Gothy art-rock­ers’ lively fifth.

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Hav­ing toiled for pre­cious lit­tle re­ward over 14 years and four al­bums, less hardy souls than The Duke Spirit might have been tempted to put them­selves out of their mis­ery. In­stead, they’ve re-trenched, ditched the stodge and emerged with their sharpest, bravest al­bum to date. Ma­genta clat­ters like an arena an­them in wait­ing; Bones Of Proof evolves from ten­der All About Eve-style bal­lad to fear­some swirl and Liela Moss does a pass­able Ste­vie Nicks turn on See Power. They’re bet­ter still when they re­ally stretch them­selves on the catchy How Could, How Come and the blis­ter­ing YoYo, which gath­ers to­gether all that’s good about a band sur­pris­ingly peak­ing. At the very point they had noth­ing to lose, The Duke Spirit have gained much. JOHN AIZLEWOOD Lis­ten To: How Could, How Come | YoYo | Ma­genta | See Power

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