Metronomy sell mopey moods by the seashore: The British synth-poppers' last album was called The English Riviera, and now and then on their new one you even hear people splashing around. Love Letters opens with "The Upsetter," sounding like a message from some place stuck in 1992; the music starts out emaciated, but gets lusher as Joseph Mount reaches for his space-glitter falsetto. His zodiac kitsch in "I'm Aquarius" picks up steam too, and sweet Italodisco beach balls "Boy Racers" and "Reservoir" balance out wet-blanket ballads like "Call Me." Mostly miserable on their perpetual holiday, Metronomy at least manage to let some sunshine in.
From The Archives Issue 1205: March 27, 2014