Disappointingly, though, Collision's good first impressions lead to a sloppy second half. DJ Harry seems most in command when he's at ease and acting noirish. "Shadows," the top track, is crisp and clean, as is "Tragedy in Blue" -- right up until the cheesy "steppin' out" Broadway horns kick in and ruin the damn thing.
"All My Life," the album's touted collaboration with vocalist Lissie, aims for a Morcheeba vibe but falls well short. Lissie's got the pouty thing down -- one of several viable approaches for the trip-hop female singer, including, but not limited to breathy (Morcheeba), eerie (Portishead) and creamy (Dido). Compared to Morcheeba diva Sky Edwards, Lissie sounds just a bit, um, drunk. And less assured in spite of that. Enjoy what Collision has to offer; fade to a different jam by track six.