Bodies of Water - Twist Again (2011)

Bodies of Water have been on hiatus for the last couple of years, while the band's central forces, David and Meredith Metcalf, indulged their fetish for 1970s pop with Music Go Music. Something in them seems to have been exorcised by the change of scene, because "Twist Again", BoW's third album, is a calmer, more controlled affair than either of its predecessors. The four-part gospel choir has been abandoned in favour of a focus on David's brooding baritone and Meredith's nightingale trill, and where familiar musical ingredients appear – abrupt changes in tempo, flurrying saxophones, galloping guitars – it's with an appealing new restraint. So while the stabbing synthesisers of opening track One Hand Loves the Other retain some of the hysteria of old, that's tempered by the quiet grace of Meredith's courtly harmonies. And when the couple duet in My Hip Won't Let Me, a treatise on unequal love, the slight disjunction of their voices subtly dramatises and expands the song's sorrow.

Bodies of Water
Twist Again
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1. One Hand Loves the Other
2. Triplets
3. Mary, Don't You Weep
4. Open Rhythms
5. Rise Up, Careful
6. Ever With Us
7. Like A Stranger
8. Lights Out Forever
9. New Age Nightmares
10. In Your Thrall Again
11. My Hips Won't Let Me
12. You Know Me So Well

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Thousand Tongues
United States
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