It's something of a triumph for Thorburn, to match his most emotionally devastating material yet with music that's so close-sounding and unassumingly, unabashedly pretty.
It’s an inspired look at the grieving human heart. And one of the best Islands records so far, to boot.
While A Sleep & A Forgetting is a bold new statement for the band, the album occasionally treads on the mundane level, due to its similarly-orchestrated tracks.
That infectious, childlike zeal was so integral to the first part of their career that A Sleep is jarringly unfamiliar at first.
It's just that, well, it gets a bit boring, a bit sleepy, and altogether, it's a bit forgettable.
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