Arms is the seventh studio effort from the Dublin based rock group Bell X1. Their first six outings have resulted in four Choice Music Prize nominations for Irish Album of the Year and three debuts at No. 1 on the Irish album charts. Recorded in Dublin and Donegal by the group and Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers, Soak) the album was mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Jónsi, Frightened Rabbit) in Bridgeport, CT and it sounds like nothing else in their canon. The depth and width, the colors and shades, are familiar, but there's a new space and sense to the songs which speaks volumes about what the band have achieved. The songs here possess a shabby grace and soft-focus elegance, but there's also a bruised, bittersweet, romantic mood throughout. Melancholic and lovelorn in places for sure, but also spirited, determined, bolshie, and optimistic by turns. It's exactly what a band should be doing at this stage of their career.