The pair's mutual love of leftfield hip-hop is still detectable over the course of the eleven tracks, but the kaleidoscope of guttural clatter that formed much of their previous output has been refined to create a more introspective sound. Marking immediate moments of note, "Sky Burial" opens the album up in a beatless wash of almost Vangelis-esque futurism, before "Toldyall" ups the tempo by contrasting a grid of broken percussion against droning key stabs. "Missed a Spot" and "Point Return" follow to cement a brooding yet fluid start, although the ground soon proves more arduous, as Jimmy Edgar layers breathy innuendo over "Let's Work." After a flat mid-section comprised of "Better From U," "Out the Door" and "Pleasure Zone," the album's early promise is restored by the kinetic drops of the preceding single "Sounds Sane" and a decent collaboration with Travis "Machinedrum" Stewart entitled "CHSEN."
There's a case to argue that Memory doesn't feature anything as engaging as Roy's latest 12-inch as Lando Kal—Rhythm Sektion—on Hotflush, nor does it have the edge of Addison Groove's recent, similarly-tipped LP on Monkeytown's subsidiary channel, 50 Weapons. However, despite these unfavourable comparisons, Lazer Sword's somewhat gloomy sophomore album does still represent a largely enjoyable body of work that packs in plenty of well-executed ideas.