Twin Shadow: Eclipse

Moody synth-pop prince lets loose, but not for long

Credit: Milan Zrnic

There's a single moment on New Wave revivalist George Lewis Jr.'s third album as Twin Shadow where he throws off his leather coat to get lost in pure ecstasy. It comes on "Old Love/New Love," a house-beat-driven highlight that offers rave-level bliss on an album that more often sticks to cocksure swagger ("To the Top," "When the Lights Turn Out") or somber introspection ("Turn Me Up"). Of those two modes, the more muscular approach nearly always suits Lewis' strengths better; his contemplative moments, like "Alone," tend to get drowned out by pompous synths and howled pleas. At its best, though, Eclipse is an album that's self-assured and unrestrained.