HER­CULES & LOVE AF­FAIR The Feast of the Bro­ken Heart

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - LAUREN MUR­PHY

Moshi Moshi

Andy But­ler rou­tinely treads a fine line be­tween en­nui and en­ergy, but his third Her­cules & Love Af­fair al­bum pre­vails, largely thanks to guest vo­cal­ists who bring dy­namism to the DJ’s house-driven sound­tracks. John Grant’s hon­eyed vo­cal on I Try to Talk to You is a high­light as he de­cries a lover’s lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, but his voice is later stretched over a dull mu­si­cal can­vas on Lib­erty. Parisian singer Rouge Mary fares bet­ter on Think, where breath­ing space con­versely gives vi­vac­ity to the song. Young Bel­gian pop vo­cal­ist Gustaph pos­i­tively glim­mers on That’s Not Me, one of the few tracks that varies from the slug­gish tem­plate. The glimpses of in­no­va­tion, as heard on closer The Key, just about make up for the over­all hum­drum feel­ing – this time. her­cule­sandloveaf­fair.net Down­load: I Try to Talk to You, Think

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