5 Takes repeated listeningyetihw | 08/11/2013 | See all yetihw's reviews (28)Much like the single Reflektor, this album requires repeated listening to fully sink in. When I first listened through the album I was not massively impressed. It sounded like a complete mess, and to be honest I didn't even go on to the second CD. Luckily I didn't give up on it, and tried again, this time through headphones. I don't know if this makes sense but this is definitely a 'headphones album' - it has a much greater presence if listening through a decent pair of headphones and really immerses you more than usual.Once I listened to the second CD I started to realise how great this album was. You can almost treat each CD as a separate album if you want - this tends to be the way I listen to it, one or the other but rarely one after the other. Each has a distinctly different sound and feel.Standout tracks for me are Reflektor, We Exist, Normal Person, Joan of Arc, Here Comes The Night Time II, Awful Sound and Porno, but honestly, each track is great once given enough time to grow on you.This album is really easy to dismiss as 'messy' or 'they've forgotten their roots' on first listen but it really rewards the listener on repeated plays, and just gets better and better every time. I can't applaud the band enough for taking themselves in a new direction and succeeding brilliantly with an album which I'm sure they were aware wasn't going to win them much mainstream success. But honestly, I'm not sure they're that bothered.