Voice Farm took five years to make this record, and as a result it is dramatically more polished than The World We Live In in every respect, from songwriting to production to musicianship. You might even say it was too polished, were it not for the fact that Voice Farm just plain works. Everything on it clicks, whether it's updates of old songs like "Reconstruction," "Beatnik," and "Mama Made Me Do It" or new material like "Johnny Belinda," "Someday," and "Seeing Is Believing." Even the decision to cover the Motown chestnut "Nowhere to Run" in a sort of techno-reggae style -- which seems, on paper, like a terrible idea -- somehow succeeds. This album pulls off the difficult feat of perfectly balancing accessibility with subversiveness and sarcasm with sincerity, and as a result is by far Voice Farm's most satisfying work.
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