by Derrick Stembridge in New Music on Monday 8 September 2008

Released in 2008, Why Are We Not Perfect? presents three Jesu tracks originally issued on a split EP with the ambient act Eluvium during the previous year. As with the Silver and Lifeline EPs, Why Are We Not Perfect? finds Jesu mastermind Justin Broadrick pushing his heavy aesthetic further into more melodic territory with their track Farewell, in particular, marked by epic synth washes and the title song carried largely by soft vocals and a lopping drum track. The aforementioned tunes are also featured in previously unissued alternate versions, making the EP essential for Jesu completists. The remaining track, Blind and Faithless, creates a nearly symphonic sound, rounding out Why Are We Not Perfect?, and providing yet another example of Broadrick’s impressive indie-rock reinvention.