After a few years of creative silence from psychedelic rock and funk band Unknown Mortal Orchestra, UMO's fourth album Sex & Food was indeed music to my ears.

It appears I was not the only one excited by the Beatle-esque, 41-second opener A God Called Hubris. It was, in fact, referenced in the caption of a recent Instragram post by Grammy-nominated rapper Tyler, the Creator.

The album's second track, Major League Chemicals, moved on seamlessly from the opener and brought in the voice of ex-pat Kiwi musician Ruban Nielson (formerly of the Mint Chicks). Sadly, from there the excitement wavered.

Throughout the album, I found that either the vocals were memorable and the instrumental background was not, vice-versa, or neither. Basically, the songs were just not quite catchy enough.

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Not all hope was lost. Hunnybee, American Guilt, Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays and Not in Love We're Just High were the peaks amongst the troughs, and I look forward to hearing them live at UMO's upcoming gig at the Auckland Town Hall.

Overall, however, this was not the masterpiece it was preceded by. I had great expectations after the Portland-based group's last album Multi-love was released in 2015. It brought Unknown Mortal Orchestra further critical acclaim and sent the group to the heights of a Coachella set.

On the other hand, despite its turn-on title, Sex & Food is a little limp.

Listen to A God Called Hubris here: