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Sparo\'s inimitable intimacy is well-preserved on several of these new tracks; the fragility of guitar paired with Moss\' piano/organ can be heard to great effect on \"Bright Angel Park\" and \"This Lie\". With an additional element - bass in \"My Sistr\", digital treatments in \"Camera\" - the carefully expanded palettes play with countervailing forms: modern jazz ballad and naive music-box lullaby. But Sparo has also assembled larger ad hoc bands for various set pieces on the album. Album opener \"Hospitalville\" is a fluid, slow-burning swing complete with drums, bass and trumpets - a brilliant arrangement set pumping by Efrim\'s heavy compression treatment (he recorded the album at the Hotel2Tango). A men\'s choir later makes a brief appearance, as do some digital de/reconstructions, on the record\'s two rock songs, \"Akzidenz Grotesk\" and \"Back on Speed\". Sparo can always be counted on for top-notch reflection and erudition in the lyrics dept., so if you enjoy language, give these a close listen. A very fine and complex collection of poetic music.