Land Of Talk – Cloak and Cipher (Review)

August 24th will be the drop date for the second full-length album by Land Of Talk.

Usually its Elizabeth Powell who helms the band.
With the second album she got alot of help from Patrick Watson, Stars, Arcade Fire, The Besnard Lakes, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Wintersleep and Esmerine.
I am very surprised with the production on Cloak and Cipher.
Its alot of experimentation and a fuller sound.
What is great about this album it came during Liz’s downtime on recovery from her vocal surgery.
She had alot of writing and making music during her downtime.
The result is ten luscious tracks on the album.
There is a mix of the mellow LoT (Better and Closer) and angry LoT (The Hate I Won’t Commit).
Blangee Blee sounds like its picks up the song where Some Are Lakes left off.

There are some tracks that I have a sense of emotion and connection to which are Goaltime Exposure, Quarry Hymns and Color Me Badd.
Wondering what the name of the hidden track after Better and Closer.
Overall I really love Cloak and Cipher.
Best tracks:

  • Cloak and Cipher
  • Goaltime Exposure
  • Quarry Hymns
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  • Swift Coins
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  • Color Me Badd
  • The Hate I Won’t Commit
  • Blangee Blee
  • Playita
  • Better and Closer

If I rate this, it would be 9/10
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  1. jonathan butts

    I definitely agree. When i heard the album i was expecting a Some Are Lake part 2 so to speak. But this album was another stand alone Land of Talk collection. I love liz and all her great melodies, guitar parts, and lyrics (which i paid more attention to on this album). Land of talk is definitely one of my favorite bands because they continue to impress me.

  2. Greg

    Actually I would give this album 10/10. Well maybe because I am a huge fan but still I think this album is really great.
    I recommend every one who loves them a bit to buy it!

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