Friday, November 13, 1998 Published at 16:51 GMT
Entertainment: New Music Releases
Faithless (Cheeky Records)
The dance outfit's second album sees them voyage further into a land of dense, brooding soundscapes.
There's a darker pulse to the music and a renewed sense of menace in the delivery of Maxi Jazz, who brings a deft lyrical touch to some heavyweight subjects.
The lazy wash of The Garden gets things off to a leisurely start, but we're soon into darker territory with one of the album's standout tracks - Bring My Family Back.
Maxi brings an original slant to this tale of a broken marriage by viewing it from three different perspectives - the young child, the husband and the abandoned house itself, now transformed from a comfortable family home into a crack den.
Sensing that a little light relief might be in order after such a relentless tale of gloom, Jamie Catto takes over on lead vocals and the mood relaxes considerably for the gospel-tinged, optimistic Hour Of Need.
Each track melts neatly into the next, and if the second-half of the album doesn't quite match the first, it's barely noticeable in the overall picture - particularly in the light of the strong finish provided by the twitchy Killer's Lullaby.
A strong follow-up to the impressive debut Reverence, this album should
firmly cement the band's growing global reputation.