Only a few years ago now Broken Records were arguably one of Scotland’s (and certainly Edinburgh’s) great hopes for another big crossover success. Understandably really; their self-titled EP was unashamedly ambitious and heartfelt orchestral folk pop which was by turns intimate and cavernous. Then they were snapped up by 4AD, and the Scottish music community seemed to hold it’s collective breath for the debut album that was sure to propel them in to the spotlight. Then Until The Earth Begins To Part was released and most sighed in disappointment. Not that it was necessarily a bad album but it lacked the gusto of their early tracks and felt horribly over-produced and a wee bit vacuous. At least that’s my interpretation of it, perhaps if I hadn’t become so attached to some the tracks in their original form then I wouldn’t have felt so apathetic towards the album. Teething problems are to be expected though I guess; here we have a batch of entirely new songs for the septet to demonstrate what they’re really capable of and thankfully, for the most part, they seize it.