With Passage, Exitmusic has turned in one of the more ambition, evocative, and engaging efforts of 2012.
What stops it from being a turgid and dull affair are the songs themselves, which are dark throughout yet almost always enthralling.
Passage simply pulls several familiar objects into one detailed picture, a predictably good look from a pair whose script seems every bit as written as much as lived.
Passage is endearing, with unforgettable peaks; it looks beautiful at first glance, and has no shortage of beautiful moments, but don’t delve too deeply lest the mirage of a grandiose masterpiece dissolve.
Ffor all its bleak, dark fissures, bright and tender lights serenely burst out with hope.