Adeline is another, longer track that sees alt-J draw upon the timeless concepts of repetition and variation, with the percussive elements demonstrating solid progression and development. While the lyrics fail to live up to the pretensions of the drawn out vocal delivery, the song has an overall aural quality that is worthy of the audience’s time. Not all of RELAXER’s longer compositions manage to be successful though, with the six-minute Last Year being largely forgetful, and Pleader’s pleasing contemporary-classical sound proving interesting until the vocals start-up.

This is an extract from a review originally published on the 26th June 2017. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.

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