The gothic aura of Diorama keeps fading. There are still vague traces of it in Torben Wendt's vocal style, but overall "The Art of Creating Confusing Spirits" is both more electronic and more up tempo than its predecessors. Sadly, it is also a little less interesting. While it is hard to shower it with negativity, the album is pretty consistent, the desperate feelings of panic from earlier work goes missing here. I'm thinking of most of the slower songs on "Pale" and "Her Liquid Arms", headlined by "Leaving Hollywood", "Kain's Advice" and another glorious piece I can't remember the name of now. Firstly, 13 tracks and 66 minutes of gloom is too much and a portion of the songs pass by unnoticed. Here and there things glitter, but not the way I expected. Solid music, solid singing, solid tracks. Still, for some reason, "The Art of Creating Confusing Spirits" does not tickle my nerves.