It didn't seem as if these Brooklyn art-rockers could come up with something to match the brilliant Veckatimest, but they have.
Their box of tricks is used more judiciously this time, giving Shields a more direct and open feeling – it largely strips away the dreamy aura of some of their past efforts, and there's more depth to their lyrics as well.
Sleeping Ute is a wonderful opening cut, with its baroque sway, starbursts of guitar and curtains of synth, before the psychedelic folk juggernaut Speak In Rounds and the single-minded determination of A Simple Answer.
There's still time for ethereal anguish in What's Wrong?, and less ambitious poppy moments in Yet Again and Gun-Shy, before Half Gate and Sun In Your Eyes provide a surging grand finale.
Best tracks: Sleeping Ute, A Simple Answer
- Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.