Belgium is rarely seen as a hotbed of talent in any field of entertainment. There was Hergé's 'TinTin', Newcastle United defender Philippe Albert and Agatha Christie's admittedly fictional detective, Hercule Poirot. So it's heartening to report that dEUS can carve their name with pride to add to this list. In a year when British rock has achieved great commercial success but has failed to deliver on the originality front (Travis, Stereophonics), dEUS come back with a great welcome return to form shown on their first album 'Worst Case Scenario'. That album showcased a band brimming with ideas but didn't seem to know which idea was their best so this latest effort is almost conventional in comparison. The winning combination appears to be Tom Barman's superb voice which combines beautifully with the intricately built up melodies from the guitar, keyboard and rhythm section accompaniment. Most of the time eschewing the more traditional rock-and-roll bluster, dEUS's songs work subtly into the veins of the listener which sound better and better on every listen. Not containing one disappointing track at all, this truly is an exceptional album, the best of which, 'The Magic Hour', is really quite beautiful in its build-up and execution. The future's bright; the future's Belgian.