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Justin Broadrick strays yet further from the metal fold on this new Jesu outing, placing greater emphasis on texture and dream-pop styled songwriting. This won't come as too much of a shock to regular Jesu followers (in fact, the first three of these five tracks appeared on the Jesu / Eluvium split 12" on Temporary Residence), but in creative terms 'Why Are We Not Perfect' could hardly be a more marked departure from the good old days of Godflesh. 'Farewell' doesn't occupy an entirely different universe to the first vocal experiments of Styrofoam, matching up brittle drum programming with synthetic chimes and plenty of background noise. It's the immensity of fuzz and digital noise coating these productions that separates Jesu from fellow shoegaze resurrectionists like Ulrich Schnauss - the sound palette is that little bit more ascerbic when Broadrick is at the helm, and you can even hear some of the low-end guitar grind of old during the EP's title track. The final two tracks are alternate versions of 'Farewell' and 'Why Are We Not Perfect', and the former stands out in particular as a more abstract interpretation, dissolving the drums away and embracing a Kevin Shields-like sonic miasma, only for chugging, palm-muted guitar to emerge half way through, suggesting that metal will always find a way into Broadrick's music.