Choir of Young Believers has expanded upon the blueprint outlined on their well-crafted first album and channeled it into a sophomore release that's really outstanding.
Both bold and refreshing, Rhine Gold’s dreamy approach to its dark arrangements delivers a unique take on orchestral pop.
Allow it to deceptively wash over you a few times though and eventually you will be pulled down into their murky but shimmering world.
It feels like the soundtrack to an intimate film, sounds gently lapping around you until you’re swallowed up by them.
Rhine Gold is an album that demands scrutiny, and it’s definitely worth taking the time to engage in.
With this record, he and his choir may very well have found that desired breath of fresh air without abandoning the immensely solid groundwork of album #1.
There’s ambition, surprise and innovation. It’s just that it feels like COYB go on autopilot at certain times, which detracts from the album as a whole.
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