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The Lotus Eaters Album Reviews 4out of 5
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Over 15 years on from 'No Sense Of Sin', The Lotus Eaters have finally released a follow-up and it almost seems as if they've never been away. Granted, they've acquired a penchant for space-y atmospherics but the chiming guitar and seemingly simplistic songwriting style is still very much their forte. Reaching stunningly beautiful heights on 'Feel It' (the addition of Saree Williams's vocals adding to the breathless euphoria of Peter Coyle's gentle, hushed tones). Recorded in a garage and produced by long-term associate Ronnie Stone - who helped remaster 'No Sense Of Sin' - the lo-fi sound only enhances the intimacy required to make these songs sound so special. One gripe though, is the unnecessary toying with what sounds like a very cheap keyboard that often threatens to undermine the purity of their best work; in fact on 'Face Of The Century' the song is so ruined by its use of technology that it perversely becomes the most dated thing on this record. Better results arrive in the almost-acoustic joys of 'Sara' and the occasions when the keyboards are welcome as on the swirling 'Stereovision' or the cheap but cute 'Lost In Flow'. It's a slightly tainted comeback but The Lotus Eaters have served to remind us that their innocent magic is still wondrous.
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  Track Listing
01 Bodywave
Standout Track Feel It
03 Stay Free
04 Can Your Kisses Fly
05 Lost In Flow
06 Sara
07 Face Of The Century
08 Minimal Emotion
09 Stereovision
10 Come Together
11 State Of Mind

Standout Track = Standout Track

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