With his 2004 solo debut "Homesongs", ex Four Tet member Adem Ilhan managed to break the hardest of hearts with his folk quivering and breathy songs that sounded so fragile at times it was hard not to fall in love with. For his follow up, as well as embracing drums he also opts for the concept album approach using space and planets as metaphors for his outlook on life, love and relationships. "Homesongs" was a tough act to follow and as such "Love..." is up against it right from the off, however this is a different album and as such finds its mystery and attraction in other delights. The penchant for organic sounds has been expanded even further with unidentifiable clicks, taps and rings in the background and the addition of drums (with real cymbals and everything) means songs such as "Something's going to come" and "These lights" will have a broader appeal. Title track "Love and Other Planets" is a beautiful swell of a tune and the tribal rhythms of "You and Moon" played out using vocal samples is ear catching stuff. "Spirals" is about as tender as you can get, just close your eyes and relax with a sigh.
For those who enjoyed the cold bleakness and desperation of Adem's debut there may be some disappointment felt in the overall warm positive feel that reverberates off "Love and Other Planets" but at least now there is simply an Adem album to suit all moods.