Ritual is the second instalment by the British post punk indie trio. The sound is heavily influenced by the likes of Joy Division and Interpol but has a distinctly dark 80's synth feel that leaves the taste of The Human League in my mouth. For an album that has received the media hype that it has, I have found it a little bland and lacking in the experimentation that makes this genre so exciting.
That being said, the overall production on the album is very good, mostly to the credit of Alan Moulder (Depeche Mode, Smashing Pumpkins and Jesus and Mary Chain). Aesthetically the sounds blend well and the album is very listenable and would be out of place at your friends dinner party.
Formerly known as Fear of Flying, the band consists primarily of Harry McVeigh (lead vocals, guitar), Charles Cave (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Jack Lawrence-Brown (drums).