Posted 10 February 2015 - 10:14 PM
I'm hindsight I agree that the 'first album' comment is reductive and unneccesary. It was a review I wrote in 2012 and my knowledge and opinion of Volta has changed enormously since. My favourite album is Frances (a timeless masterpiece) and I've certainly got some love for Nocto (though it's firmly at the bottom in any list).
And yes, certainly Nocto is a progression. I think the point I was trying to make (it's very odd explaining what a three year old me was trying to say) is that this album seemed a somewhat regressive step. I baulked when the Guardian called it their best and most accessible album, I think I'd read that review before I wrote my own.
Anyway, I still don't believe that any of the Volta incarnations realised their potential, but that (as with all) is quite a subjective thing to say.