's production adds sharpness to the sound of this British art/folk-rock band, but he can't give them the distinctiveness they need. The sound is delicate and wispy, full of midtempo acoustic guitar strumming, as singer Boo Hewerdine
speak-sings the lyrics in an uninvolved way that suggests Bryan Ferry
but doesn't equal them. Those lyrics are vaguely about love and rejection, with several references to marriage, but it's the vagueness that dominates. One keeps waiting for the Bible
to focus in on musical and lyrical moments that will help define them, but things remain cloudy, and finally the record just floats away.