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With different instrumentation, “Us Failing” could be a baroque revelry that turns trippy, what with its pipe organ-suggestive synthesizer runs and low-bass hums. The dots of sound that make up “Inforate” move in competing tempos that overlap, like two androids in a heated argument. “Worn” is more forlorn, as if while in his living room, Tamborello were scoring a CNN political discussion on TV in the background. Optimism? Yes, Tamborello can still express it. He concludes the album with sunshine-suggestive “Hope in My Heart.” Unfortunately, it’s also the darkest, grimmest track here.