Review: Ice on the Dune by Empire of the Sun

Ice on the Dune by Empire of the SunEmpire of the Sun’s second album plays with the sound of its debut, Walking on a Dream: it’s glossy and shimmery, with a good dose of pop sensibility. That last bit gets eschewed on Ice on the Dune in favor of a (more) shimmery euphoria, as icy as the album’s title suggests. Now, there are good bits in the album. “Concert Pitch” could be described as the climax, if not for the fact that the record never quite reaches its sweet spot. It’s twelve songs that does the same old, same old: no standouts, just icy, shimmery euphoria, something that works on the dance floor when everything clicks and becomes a blur. Elsewhere – especially when you factor in how Empire of the Sun portray themselves in the promotional bits for this record – it’s depressingly underwhelming. | 2/5

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