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★★☆☆ This is a mixed bag of an album. On the one hand, the band’s production has never sounded so good. On the other hand, I can’t think of a time when they sounded more impotent. The net result is not unlike what you might get if XTC put out a Nirvana covers album. That’s not to say that it’s bad — because it isn’t — but this is an especially confusing followup to 2012′s snarling “A Brief Crack Of Light.”