Doubtlessly marketed as the supposed inheritors to Doves' crown, South's second album delivers their version of that melancholic euphoric rock sound that so many strive for the world over. Strings soar, the production is modern and metallic and in singer Joel Cadbury they have a versatile and compelling frontman. Yet, to be fair there are only a few occasions where South surge in front of their compatriots. In one moment they show how great they can be as 'Colours In Waves' has it all: vocals verge between sighing and threatening, guitars sear through the skies in a fist-clenchingly anthemic way. Sadly, fellow single 'Loosen Your Hold' sees a promising countrified guitar usurped by violins. Likewise, the oxymoronic 'Fragile Day' fails by virtue of its kitchen-sink production, '9 Lives' at least opts for a gentler apprach but its melody is forgettable. Oddly, the second half of the album is more consistent featuring a memorable, gutsy chorus of 'Mend These Trends' and a sense of space on 'Silver Sun'. It's these vital signs that shows they can make it to the big league, but not quite yet.