It is a shame that America still remains oblivious to the work of Blood Red Shoes, as they make interesting and highly energetic music. The 2010 film SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD featured the song "It's Getting Boring by the Sea" on the soundtrack, but the film sadly never really found its audience (give it time though). IN TIME TO VOICES feels a little different from the bad's two prior albums (BOX OF SECRETS and FIRE LIKE THIS), and this is not a bad thing at all. It is good to see a band progress musically, and Steven and Laura-Mary's willingness to expand upon their trademark sound has paid off well.
I get the impression upon reading other music reviews that I should discuss individual songs, which is difficult for me (I'll try though). I tend to listen to albums as full entities (showing my age, I know), and will progress as thus. IN TIME TO VOICES plays very well as an album, complete with and underlying theme. This is sadly uncommon in modern music, and welcome to those of us that grew up listening to such albums. The only semi-negative thing I can say about the album is that it starts a lot more energetically than it finishes, which may be (at first) off-putting to established fans. Longtime fans of the band will likely be drawn to the first three songs (title-track "In Time to Voices", "Lost", and "Cold"), and may have to warm up to later tracks. However, this does not mean that the latter songs of the album are not good. Quite the contrary actually, as some of the best songwriting is toward the end; "Night Light" is probably my favorite track in general, and is perhaps the slowest song on the album. The final track "7 Years" is lyrically among my favorites, alongside "The Silence and the Drones". Steven and Laura-Mary have not skimped on the album's sound while trying new things and exploring their influences; for example, the beginning of "Slip Into Blue" has a nice Pixies feel to it, which I find quite pleasing. There is not a single track on this album that I dislike, which says a lot.
In short, if you are a longtime fan of Blood Red Shoes and feel unsure upon first experiencing the album, give it a few listens. There is a very good chance that IN TIME TO VOICES will continue to grow on you with each listen.
NME made the album available for online listening several weeks before its release, and I listened to it quite a bit before purchasing it. This did not deter my playing of the album once acquired; I've owned it for about four months now, and it remains a constant in my vehicle (and it should be noted that I drive a lot for work). Great band, great album. A worthy addition to a young band's already strong catalog.