"I could spend a thousand years just drifting through your atmosphere," Kelley Polar sings on "Satellites," his second album's central trackā€”meaning both that it's in the middle of the song sequence, and that its polite pulse, plinking keyboards, and mildly catchy vocal melody stand in for the album as a whole. Like 2005's Love Songs Of The Hanging Gardens, I Need You To Hold On While The Sky Is Falling updates frosty '80s synth-pop knowingly, but without resorting to kitsch. Unfortunately, Polar's smarts don't necessarily translate to memorable material. He's better with funkier grooves, as on the opener, "A Feeling Of The All-Thing," or when he digs into his gear with the synth whorls of "Zeno Of Elea." Like a lot of electronic-minded folks, he's got more to say with his sound than his words; the less he worries about "writing real songs," the better.

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