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Alt-J's follow up to 2012's An Awesome Wave peels back much of their debut's bombast and paints instead a commercial, folksy map shot through with images of sex, power and the countryside.

The group's lauded debut managed to combine irrepressibly nerdy electronica with a lyrical tenaciousness akin to punk. This Is All Yours feels more like a live construct, with less lunatic percussion and a lot of very pretty moments of introspection punctuated by their trademark toy chest Casio keyboards and some rockier numbers.

This Is All Yours first strikes you as an eclectic patchwork of the commercial and the bizarre. The band has clearly marked out a couple of singles ('Left Hand Free' and 'Every Other Freckle') and a number of extended live wig-outs, impressing them into a smoothly efficient folk-noir collection. The danceable factor is reduced; instead the audience are metaphorically led out of the club and into the open field. More mid-tempo and a capella moments glue the louder chunks together. Clearly they're expecting 2015 to have a long, glistening summer.

The aforementioned 'Left Hand Free' is so simple it could almost be a Black Keys cover. The track is a vulgar strut through US gun culture that posits them nicely as the receivers of the Beta Band's crown as eclecticist cowboys, and it's a bold step away from the album's more pastoral backbone, represented by 'Garden of England' and 'Warm Foothills'.

The latter song in particular is a standout success. Making wonderful use of vocal lines that sound like they're sung alternately through the headshaped voids of seaside characters, the singers take turns to contribute flesh to the bones of sentence structures. The result is super cute, brave, and a near-complete success. It's even a shame when they don't add a couple more verses in and go full broad vista. The track leaves the listener expecting more, but not unsatisfied.

Despite their cerebral approach to arrangement and the cutesy appeal of some tracks, Alt-J also pull off lascivious pretty well. Lines like "We can hold hands for fifty minutes in the sauna" from 'Pusher', and one Carry On-style phrase about a crisp packet give an awkwardly sexy angle to TIAY. Alt-J contrast this with a settled, comforting style with beat patterns and melody, as well as a sense for making their tracks rise and fall naturally. The landscape of TIAY is marked by steadily climbing tundra and open plains rather than explosions of discord. Tracks rarely smash their way into your consciousness; beats emerge out of garlands of arpeggiated guitar, the rising voice begins almost in silence, the bass synth is warmly sinister.

And it's this smoothness that makes TIAY an exceedingly comfortable listen, despite how challenging its compositions are. As with their familiars in Wild Beasts, Alt-J have defined a territory in the pop landscape, and a host of other acts will doubtless visit to pay homage in the coming months. For the time being their concoctions remain a successful blend of sardonic and mystical, and will most likely win them a stream of new fans.

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