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On a bed of bubbling synths, palm-muted guitars and insistent piano I Thought I Knew It All explores “anger and regret for losing something good” with a hauntingly evocative vocal that sounds like the result of feeding a dozen classic soul ballads and Pretty Hate Machine into an AI generator.

It’s marvellous and refreshing in its approach, with the distorted, raw vocal performance being a brilliant counterpoint to the rich, atmospheric production. On paper it sounds like a jarring aesthetic mismatch, but in practice it makes for a compelling, singular and emotionally stirring experience, with the tense and uncertain arrangement being a perfect analogue to the heart-on-sleeve lyrics which are delivered in a bruised and raw soulful croon.


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