There are certain playful eccentricities found on Empty Estate that haven’t been explored too often in the past.
Modern Vampires of the City finds the band in both familiar and unfamiliar territory, and it’s pure pleasure hearing them navigate these waters.
It's a graceful and highly intricate record, sometimes taking a baffling amount of twists and turns.
It's a nice update for Hunt-Hendrix's vision, but it's not quite vivid enough to dispel the nagging reminder that the mighty vessel who delivered “Sun of Light” and “Generation” has temporarily run aground.
This work feels more in tune with decay and exploitation in sexual portrayal, the numbness accrued from a constant barrage of imagery, than anything that’s notionally "sexy."