U.K. duo Bent received considerable international attention in the dance/ electronic world for its 2000 debut album, "Programmed to Love.

U.K. duo Bent received considerable international attention in the dance/ electronic world for its 2000 debut album, "Programmed to Love." Unlike that album, which Bent-mates Simon Mills and Nail Tolliday "programmed" for peak-time club listening, "The Everlasting Blink" is a decidedly more downtempo affair. That said, "Beautiful Otherness," the one track co-produced by Stephen Hague, is lush and uptempo—and features the sublime vocals of the Beloved's Jon Marsh. Likewise, a track like "An Ordinary Day" spotlights warm electronic tones and languid minor key vocals. But it is songs like "King Wisp" and "Magic Love"—which reference, respectively, Mozart and Captain & Tennille—that truly make the case for wider exposure for this talented duo.—TP

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