Recommended TrackPatien, Mirror In The Dark, Five Seconds
When George Lewis Jr. offered up his debut album ‘Forget’ at the tail end of 2010, its shimmering, nostalgic pop lines soon revealed themselves as veritable diamonds in the blustery winter dark. With follow-up ‘Confess’, the Twin Shadow formula has changed very little – the misty-edged sense of days gone by, laid alongside the singer’s gorgeously pure, timeless vocal is still the overriding element here, and yet, despite not reaching for particularly new ground, ‘Confess’ still manages to excite. From the dreamy wave-washes that introduce ‘Golden Light’ – with its soaring, tribal-inflected chorus – to the pop anthemics of single ‘Five Seconds’, to clear highlight ‘Patient’ – which pits Lewis Jr. as a sultry modern-day Prince – and finally the hidden track ‘Mirror In The Dark’ – unexpectedly one of the album’s finest moments, – ‘Confess’ takes up the mantle of its predecessor and whittles its smooth grooves into something even more tactile. Between the gems there are moments (‘Beg For The Night’, ‘The One’) when the maudlin lovesickness beneath the hopeful crescendos begins to grate, but in general, Lewis Jr.’s return is triumphant. There may be a slew of hopefuls in contention for the shimmering retro crown, but ‘Confess’ is ample ammunition to fight them off.