This 11-track CD offers listeners a combination of hope and despair. On one track, Ronnie Winter et al. scream about losing control, in another they still “Believe” “that there is more love than hate/there’s more heart than ache.”

Winter’s soft and musical voice, which in some cases sounds like that of Placebo singer Brian Molko, and the band’s general sense of harmony have the ability to mask the grimness of the lyrics with their melody. The listener gets lost in the music of “You Better Pray,” “Pleads and Postcards” and “Step Right Up.”

Grade: B



Lonely Road is currently available.