The vocals are particularly striking, with a wonderful smoothness to them, and they flow rather fantastically over the top of the music. There’s a good amount of body to them, yet they’re not overpowering, which makes for a refreshing listen.
Another great element of the album is the great use of keys and synths throughout the songs. Even when used as a backing instrument, they really add a lot to the overall feel of the music, with a particularly good use being Tomorrow’s Path, which has some masterfully energetic lines that really worm their way into your head, as well as simple sections that complement the vocals and other instruments well.
Unfortunately, it is the case that it’s a little difficult to maintain interest over a long period of time. Whilst Round II is a good listen, some of the songs get a little repetitive and revisit the same ideas over and over, so it can be a bit of a struggle to remain focused on the album for a long period of time, which is a bit of a shame.
As a whole, Round II is a nice piece, but at times feels a little more like background music than a substantial listen.