More piano, less distorted guitar sounds, more opulent arrangements, polyphonic choirs - on their second album the Berliners of choice change the direction a little bit. Less dreamy, but much more dramatic is the album - the entry tracks "Two Beasts" and "Trees & Games" are good examples. What has remained is a feeling for catchy pop melodies, all of which are interspersed with a melancholic undertone ("Water") and take some surprising turns, such as in "White", a ballad that suddenly features floydesque instrumental parts. "Wounds" combines a rest of Dreampop with a dramatic gesture, singer Clemens Kluck sounds like a (successful) mixture of Chris Martin (Coldplay) and Guy Garvey (Elbow). In the epic "Winter Act III", considerations are finally made about a personal tragedy: The unfortunate hero inevitably ends up in a giant catastrophe due to his character and fate. Fortunately, this album is a long way from one of those. It shows mature musicians on a path that proves that intelligent pop music, made in Germany, is possible.
Top track: Wounds