Like 1990's Black Sheets of Rain, Body of Song starts with an electric high point: "Circles" sandwiches Mould's nasal snarl between a mellotron-style keyboard and fuzzed-out guitar. "(Shine Your) Light Love Hope" recalls the forgettable electro discs, and "Paralyzed" sounds like a techie's take on a Sugar song. But the disc recovers. Album closer "Beating Heart the Prize" is vintage Mould and plays like a deep cut from Warehouse-era Dü, with a hint of Beatlesque melody. A cello solo makes the breathy "Days of Rain" glow. If Mould writes more songs like this, he'll emerge from the shadow of his early work and start earning comparisons to Peter Gabriel.
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