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Beware dance artists who attempt to “write real songs”—not that they can’t necessarily do it as much as that, in most cases, the results are incredibly boring. And doubly beware drum & bass artists attempting this, since, well, you know—fusion, soundtracks, horrible stuff like that. Then say hello to Kosheen. Markee Substance and Darren Decoder, veteran English drum & bass producers, provide the monochromatic, melodramatic, windswept-desert backgrounds; over them emotes Sian Evans, a Welsh folkie with a big, declamatory voice and zip of anything interesting to say with it. I mean, her most engaging moment comes on the parts of “Hungry” when her voice is thrown into a pitch-corrector that makes it sound vaguely pixilated. As for the songs, they're airless and deadly dull—Diane Warren or Desmond Child could have penned them. Which means Kosheen can write real songs after all—just not very good ones.