HIM is the best rock band around these last years. And this third album 'Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights', with the politically incorrect cover of lead singer Ville Valo holding a cigarette (and wearing makeup of course), keeps going in the exact same style as the two former albums.
In other words: no surprises but no disappointments either. Good rock music, well-arranged melodies, love'n'hate lyrics... business as usual!
The album starts greatly with a potential hit, 'Salt In Our Wounds' (typical HIM lyrics). Then proceeds with another catchy rock song, 'Heartache Every Moment'. It's unmistakably the HIM sound!
From track 3 on, it becomes more routine. Like 'we've heard this before', including the single 'Pretending' which is a good song but very ordinary. On track 6, the more silently rocking 'Close To The Flame', this routine becomes nearly a bit boring - but then the album goes uphill again.
'Beautiful' is another rather calm song, still in the usual HIM style but more thought through and polishedly arranged, and yet pretty straight forward.
'Don't Close Your Heart' is a very catchy song, also a potential hit since it sounds a lot like 'Pretending'...
...but the brilliant highlight on 'Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights' is the closing and pretty long 'Love You Like I Do', with its cool guitar sound, its amazing keyboards, its heavily slowish feel, its quiet rough sound!! Great!
So, all in all, another worthwhile HIM album, though continuing in the exact same style as before.