From start to finish, this is Helio Sequence's best album. Young Effectuals is a close second, but it's too hit and miss when compared with this album, which only gets better and better both song-by-song and listen-by-listen.
The band delves into many different styles (electronic tinged pop, acoustic melancholy, shoegaze, shambling country blues) while always retaining its signature sound. The highlights are Lately, The Captive Mind, You Can Come to Me, Keep Your Eyes Ahead and Hallelujah on the upbeat pop side of things and Shed Your Love, Back To This, Broken Afternoon and No Regrets on the softer, more melancholic side of things.
Back to This hearkens to Young Effectuals with subtle and heartbreaking effects that drift underneath the main melodic parts. Shed Your Love goes without drums, but it doesn't need them. The barely-audible sonic flourishes might even make the song.
In addition to the music, the lyrics are outstanding (On a subway train before the dawn/the ride was short but my thoughts were long from Shed Your Love, or, Sometimes you feel so lonely haunted and stark/waving in the wind like a flag that's torn apart from Broken Afternoon).
Simply put, the Helio Sequence has crafted another perfect album, musically, lyrically, emotionally and thematically. All the critics that peed their pants after Love and Distance are going to have to get on Ritalin to settle their minds after this one.