Emerging just on the right side of twee are Tears In X-Ray Eyes, a group led by the cute songwriting abilities of Tim Closs. 'The Way We Live Today' is a sugary pop confection. Much like Canada's Stars and Sweden's The Cardigans it basks in an innocent British indie pop glow and unusually the band are actually a British outfit, from London. Nevertheless they are clearly a fine band as the fuzzy guitar pop of 'Love Is Suicide' testifies. 'Promised Land' is the real masterstroke; from the opening shot of viola to its heartbreaking chorus, it's a big sloppy, romantic kiss of a song. 'Heavenly Host' follows a similar pattern but 'Nothing On Earth' and '100 Years' are a little too saccharine and sickly. Somewhat fitting for this time of year, the closing title track has a Christmas ring to it. But much like the rest of the album, enjoyment of 'The Way We Live Now' really depends on how fluffy you're feeling at the time.