It's probably just because I never really became enthralled with "An Awesome Wave", so I find myself going against the grain because this album is a lot more enjoyable I feel. It's actually interesting that despite certainly having a ∆-ness to them, both of those albums feel very different. For all of "An Awesome Wave"'s attempts to welcome in the listener (which, on an individual track level it does decently), it doesn't come close to what they achieve here. This is an album that can very easily be listened to from top to bottom, as it's just a far more cohesive album.
This album comes after the departure of bass player Gwil which is perhaps what has affected the sound, but despite that, I find that the deep feel of this album is more immersive than "An Awesome Wave", which otherwise is the album that feels like there's a missing piece of the puzzle.
I think the biggest asset of the album is that it really couldn't be a debut album. Very rarely will you hear the band blatantly trying to catch your attention (and there's no "Breezeblocks" on this album), which leaves them with an already existing audience to please. This album progresses slowly, but in the best way possible. That being said, it perhaps could do with some more regulation, as further down the tracklist it does dip below the previous standard, but when it comes to handling the pressure of following up a massive Mercury Prize winning debut, I think that ∆ made a good move with this album. 4.3