Six By Seven The Closer You Get

Like Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Smashing Pumpkins before them, London's Six By Seven have figured out a way to combine ambient guitar noise, epic prog-rock structures, tortured vocals and gorgeous melodies to create stirring and beautiful music. On their sophomore release, the shoe-gazing Brits demonstrate that they are equally at home pulverising their instruments on songs like "Slab Square" and "Eat Junk, Become Junk" as they are kicking back for slow jams like "England and a Broken Radio" or "One Easy Ship Away." And on "Ten Places to Die," where they combine elements of both styles, they really excel. (Mantra)