How many times have we heard the 'sophomore slump' cliche? I was elated when I found out that Miracle Fortress had another release. I couldn't wait to dive into another round of the lush, intricate, electronic shoegaze pop debuted with the Five Roses release. That record remains one of my favorites in my entire collection. However, be forewarned - if, like me, you are looking for another Five Roses, you won't find it here. I do not wish to discredit the composer, he is clearly a man of prodigious talents. The Five Roses release established that. But as the product description alludes to, this release bears little stylistic resemblance to the predecessor. In retrospect, I wish I would have heeded that warning a little more. What's different? The eletronic beats/percussion are pushed clearly to the forefront. The swirling, kaleidoscopic, melodic swaths of electronic syths that made Five Roses so captivating are replaced by pulsing synth phrases. The wistful melodies, melancholy vocals, the ethereal effect of the production so prevalent on Five Roses - nowhere to be found. The overall feel of the record is more akin to electronic dance music. Think LCD Soundsystem meets Hot Chip with some Human League thrown in for effect. NOT what I was expecting OR hoping for. If you liked Five Roses, stick with them. That record remains a work of stellar beauty. This release.........not so much.