REVIEW by Todd Lukan
A literal “dual” to the death between an insomniac and his pillow, al yell’s second album counterpoints agony and enlightenment in a musical mesh that is both intricate and taut. Songs such as “Believe” and “Never Knew Love” are melodic—yet deceptively simple—streams of personal longing. Somewhat more subdued in tone than Into the Night, Mind Division is al yell at his most contemplative, and searing. Songs such as “Close Your Eyes” and “Crux” continually affirm his allegiance to no one. Yet the only target is himself, and, as “The Jewel in the Lotus” so masterfully reveals, there is no contentment until even that has burned away.
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