Most of Island's fourth record is not thrilling, but nice. Mellow to the point of sleepy. They're more interesting when they step out of their comfort zone: the poppy "Never Go Solo" had a bit of a Jellyfish ring to it, and the spacey "Same Thing" is a solid album closer.
A Sleep and a Forgetting was apparently written about a difficult breakup for Thorburn, which can often be songwriting gold. But with Islands, I'm just not
feeling the despair or urgency... - CR