A strong album, perhaps surprisingly so. Less concessions to everyman balladry than 'Plans' and some successful (and less successful) stylistic diversions. Despite this, the best song is one that harks back to 'Photo Album' era - 'Long Division'.
Lyrically speaking, this is their weakest effort. In fact, with each successive album, the complexity of their lyrics decreases. That's not really surprising as most artists go through the same thing.
What really pisses me off is that Ben said he would like his lyrics to be more literal, and was dismissive of some of his earlier work. I don't think lyrics should be literal and/or banal. If they are, what's the difference between good music and poor writing?
well I do enjoy 4 songs on this: Grapevine fires, talking bird, i will possess your heart and no sunlight. Might need more listens, but songs like bixby Canyon bridge is one reason I dont like this album very much
"I'll never understand why this album got such a weird reception. It's great beginning to end in my opinion. Not a single bad track, a complete album listening experience." -- I fully agree. It's really an excellent album.
I'll never understand why this album got such a weird reception. It's great beginning to end in my opinion. Not a single bad track, a complete album listening experience. Great on headphones and i love the fact it was recorded on analog tape, it gives the music such a warm sound. Surely this has to be considered a modern day classic. It's my favourite DCFC album. It hasn't gotten old for me in nearly 2 years.