When I watch live registrations of them on Youtube; I always find Keiths singing rather poor. I also had the same experience when I was so lucky to see them live. Does anybody agree on this? It doesn't mean I like them any less tho! Still one of the best bands around, although I find some videos (especially their acoustic videos) painful to watch.
It definately lacks the pure desperation, sadness and intensity that the previous releases had to offer. It's more like keith thinking back to important or otherwise memorable event of his life. Lots of detailed stories about his childhood. It's nice but definately not as good as what it takes... If you don't feel like listening to the whole thing you should at least check out ribbon, it's so much darker when a lights go out... and the promise that life can go on... And read the lyrics while listening
perffectONpaper Yeah, the lyrics feel like some local newspaper columns randomly sung over the music. Even if it is intentional, it just doesn't work without John Zorn or some other guy who would trigger the "Oh, that's some avantgarde stuff" type of reaction.
"Spent the night playing videogames"?! Are you serious?!