Starting an LP with a song as beautiful and sad as “Your Hand in Mine” sets the bar high for Vancouver post-punkers Peace. The infectious hook sweetens the universal connection we have for unbridled love, and Dan Geddes shows a softer side to his vocal styles, but those four minutes aren’t what The World Is Too Much With Us is truly about.

The remaining seven songs sharpen the soft focus and cut through the grey with scintillating guitars, propulsive drums and heavy bass lines. These songs leave a mark, both emotionally and physically. The rhythm section delivers a steady onslaught of body shots as Geddes offers his message with taunt vocals instead of floating, melodic lines.

Without question, things are bleak and heavy on The World Is Too Much (the heft of the albums last two tracks is staggering), but Dan’s words are gripping. Even as he simply repeats “black cocaine” over a swirling, heavy collage of sound, it becomes almost like a melodic mantra. His sharp pen might not attack the materialistic society Wordsworth warned of on his sonnet of the same name, but Geddes’ observations of love and regret are certainly poetic.

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MP3:: Peace - Tattoo