While the Doom Patrol often tries too hard to come off as dark and disturbed by adding multiple tracks and echoes that sound affected, the main thing the duo's debut has going for it is a variety of textures. There's a shimmering quality to "Where," a track that seamlessly incorporates a sequence of rapping. Some of the vocals in "It Always Seemed Alive" are filtered through a synthesizer, and a spoken word interlude (with obscure references to gunshots) introduces "Wicked." The harpsichord-like synths of "Lullabye," the combination of falsetto vocals and punchy drumbeats in "Belief," and the scattershot synthesizers of "Air" make the group sound like a gloomier Depeche Mode. Now, if it could just lose the silly name.
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