Following the death of Mark Sandman, the remaining members of Morphine (drummer Billy Conway and sax-man supremo Dana Colley) did the only thing they could do: they soldiered on. They recruited vocalist Laurie Sargeant and renamed themselves Twinemen (as an admirably quiet and respectful tribute to Sandman, whose simple "twinemen" drawing adorns the album cover). Sonically, the game plan hasn't changed much. The bottom heavy grooves and melancholy, imagistic sax work anchor the proceedings with a distinctly late night vibe. Laurie Sargeant keeps her vocal melodies appropriately morose and evocative, and the unintrusive addition of drum programs and keyboards only helps maintain the smoky atmosphere. At times, Sandman's slide bass and aloof croon are missed but, given the singular, simple genius that was Morphine, that instant nostalgia was inevitable. And ultimately that may be what is so impressive about Twinemen, that it manages to sound so much like a fresh start rather than a desperate clutch at past glory.