Fiction Plane (Rhyme & Reason)
3.5 stars out of 5
British trio Fiction Plane emerged on the scene in the early 2000s — boosted in no small part by the fact that bassist/vocalist Joe Sumner is the son of legendary rocker Sting. With a sound that more closely resembles U2 than The Police, Fiction Plane scored with 2003 debut “Everything Will Never Be OK” before stumbling with 2007 entry “Left Side of the Brain.”
Latest offering “Mondo Lumina” is the band’s first U.S. album in eight years and finds the lads — Sumner, drummer Pete Wilhoit and guitarist Seton Daunt — displaying a bit more lyrical optimism than on previous releases.
“This is definitely our mellowest and most textured record,” Sumner says of the new album. “In terms of lyrics it’s more optimistic, but the songs still retain a cautious pragmatism. The title means ‘world of light.’ It’s about the ability to see the beauty in things, to see life in full color.”
Lid-lifter “Where Do We Go From Here” sets the tone for the 12-track, 46-minute slab, and Fiction Plane also soar on “Real Life,” “Listen,” “Walk Through the Fire,” “Refuse,” “In My Shoes” and “Don’t Give Up the Fight.” This is a record worth exploring. (Jeffrey Sisk)