A little polarizing the first few listens because the sounds on the record are all over the place (genres, instrumentation.... nothing sounds like it comes from the same sonic tapestry) but more listens reveal the album is about precisely that lack of cohesion; the challenge of the creative process (Deadlines, Life Worth Missing) and adhering to the demands of a larger audience that comes with fame (Weightlifters, Hollywood, Famous). This is the kind of album that fans of the band will return to and claim as their own, the “misunderstood” and “underrated” album in the band’s discography. It’s not going to set the band on fire- “Pitchfork” and their 6.6 review really is the kiss of death for an album with Car Seat’s core demographic, but who needs ‘me... as if they know what it means to struggle with creativity. Big things are in store for Will Toledo and his band, and once his vision gels more acutely with the mainstream, I guarantee this album will be reclaimed as a profoundly interesting one.
I have heard all three versions (another concept that ties to the whole project being about the creative process + consumer desires). I love the CD version the most. If you streamed the album on spotify or Apple Music and didn’t really dig it, really check out the CD mixes.