For reasons not totally inexplicable, the Howling Bells make you really long for bands like fatalistic goth sirens All About Eve to suddenly tour again. Their melodies are clearly a throwback to that era’s neo-romantic vocal tendencies, though with a modern guitar sensibility – if by the term "modern" you understand "early nineties UK indie". Such as it is, the Aussie outfit make a case for the return of "sensible" pop, especially on "Don’t Run" which ticks all the boxes that Crowded House mined extensively back in 1991. But the album as a whole feels slightly over-thought, as if the band weren’t too comfortable to let the songs just be themselves, and so dressed them up in contrived gothic-lite drama instead.
Key Track: "Don't Run"