“Forgiveness” is the standout track. The beginning echoes Symbion Project’s “Soft Tempest." The scattering beat shimmers along the pulsing synth lines. A light bass riff makes an appearance two-thirds of the way through. It’s repetitive, but never dull, sketching a definitive evening mood. The sub-five minute running time allows the song to breathe just enough, and to bow out when needed.
The production overall is superb. It’s a clean-sounding record with enough dynamic range to accommodate big beats and gentle vocals. Better Luck Next Time will certainly make my year-end ten best list.