I get that a lot of people pee on this album, but to bash it and then go 'listen to Maladroit instead' is absurd. Both are good enough in their own way, but they're both uniquely flawed, and to say 'fuck this uniquely flawed record, listen to this uniquely flawed record instead' just strikes me as strange. No offense intended, or anything.
if you're in the mood for lyrics which literally bleed saccharine from their veins and the very blandest of alt/idie/rock/whateverthehellitis music then this is the album for you ~ otherwise head back to Maladroit or Pinkerton
This album kind of made me a Weezer/Cuomo apologist, although the next 2 albums made ambivalent about that. Yes to the props for TISAP & Perfect Situation, but The Other Way is on par with those two. tbf I find the album a slight upswing from the sometimes messy and unmemorable Maladroit.