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A big part of this record’s disappointment is that it starts so strong: “Black Hearted Love” is a fabulous, dark-edged rocker that could have fit on Side A of Stories From The City. As an opener, it’s both brilliant and bewildering — nothing else on this album matches it or even slightly resembles it. From there, things slide into decent but undercooked avant-folk (“Sixteen, Fifteen, Fourteen,” “Leaving California”). Then Harvey tries on an irritating vocal affectation that brings White Chalk’s old-lady vibe to an ill-advised extreme (“April”). The title track’s menacing swagger is a nice change of pace, but it quickly fizzles into a directionless instrumental glop of organs and piano.