Though Neptune was written in England, the band recorded the songs in a sublime setting (and with famed rock producer Chris Goss) while nestled in the desert hills of California’s Joshua Tree. Perhaps this accounts for all the album’s rich contrasts and its twists and turns, with songs that move in waves from bluesy darkness to light. “The Step and the Walk” or the hyper “Into the Fold” have enough anthemic, vintage-modern sex appeal to make you want to scream the choruses from rooftops, while the haunting, Bad Seeds-esque “Dog Roses,” complete with smokin’ singer Leila Moss’s cooing “oooohs,” hits like sudden thunder rolling in. And live, it only gets better. (Shangri-La Music) –Celine