Leaves' excellent debut record achieved deserved comparisons with Doves due to its slow-burning, deeply bruised emotive rock. Despite it not selling so well, much will be expected of their follow-up. Unfortunately, this time they fall short as their once powerful and dramatic songs now sound forlorn, moody and devoid of fist-clenching vigour. 'Shakma' gives the first clue; vocalist Arnar Gudjonsson was the key element on 'Breathe' but here he sounds jaded, only soaring five minutes into the track after which time most will have already lost interest. The musicians also seem subdued as they plod through from one track to the next. Only on 'The Spell' do they achieve genuine greatness, thanks to Gudjonsson's swooping vocals and a modern, edgier rhythm. Sadly, 'Silver Night' is Coldplay on an off-day and 'Should Have Seen It All...' is a dour, tuneless way to end a record. Fans - and possibly the band themselves - are swiftly advised to return to the first album and to be reminded of Leaves' former passion.