The murky Welcome To Walsh World is a welcome change (down) of pace. Walsh recites a squalid tale of "infatuation, sadism, lust, avarice possess our souls" over brooding, Tindersticks style music, augmented by strings here and there and (mercifully) no beats! It doesn't quite work, though it's a distinct improvement on what went before. File under glorious failure?
The rest of the album is, unfortunately, not helped by its production, Friday Rich/Saturday Poor and Cheerleader being a case in point. World of Liars is more relaxed, dancing around classic soul tune Walk On By while maintaining its independence. Final track Everything Is Given To Be Taken Away returns the band to their more natural, effortless state, the sound of waking up in the morning and wishing you hadn't.
Probably the least essential of the Apartments' albums, something of a misstep.