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Really good, really different but not what i hoped.
on October 24, 2005
So far, i don't think they've ever done anything better than Leave Here a Stranger. That record STILL sits in my CD player for days. Return visit after return visit. So, when i heard this, i anticipated a return to that sound since Portuguese sorta bored me. Anyhow, the most interesting thing to me is that this was mixed by Ken Andrews. Anyone know who he is? Ever heard the band Failure? No doubt the Starflyer guys knew... Aside from that, there ARE some GREAT songs on here. Good Sons is like... so different. The orchestrations and sounds are a great exploration of something new. I don't expect these guys to do another Stranger record but that layered, slow style suits them better. The vocals on this are more up front which is really cool but i find that some songs really suffer rather than bloom from the dry production. And the electro -80's pop drums just... make no sense to me. I know it was probably fun in the studio and all that but... ugh! They just kill the songs. Thats just me, anyway. I love the direction and the style here, but i think the production and some of the instruments (okay those stupid drums, thats all!)take away a star or two for me. But certainly, not a bad record. Actually, still a very good record. But bring back the producer for Stranger. And all those layered tracks. I wish Ken had produced rather than just mixed... He certainly would have tossed those awful electro drums.