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I Really Don't Want To Give This 2 Stars, But...
on March 1, 2012
It's not as good as their first two albums, I'm afraid. The melodies are up to the usual snuff: all the instruments pop in at the right times and sound great, and there is a progression from Pershing (though it's a less-marked progression like from Broom to Pershing).
The problem, as I hear it, are the vocals and the lyrics. They've lost that sweet pop sound from Pershing, and the anxious low-fi edge of Broom. Here, they sound no different than a thousand other Alternative Rock bands, with lyrics to match.
From the very first song:
"We're comin' around
Up from the ground
Straight to your heart now
From my mouth
We've got the sound
Gonna give it out"
What? I mean, how does that even compare to something like Heers from Pershing:
"Now that I'm
Oh, oh, older,
The distances of maps got smaller,
And promises of happiness stall.
I wanna see you again."
There. A simple, perfectly understood sentiment. From an album that was smart and sounded great. I don't know what happened, guys; I really don't. I still look forward to your fourth album, but it won't be an instant purchase. You'll have to earn the trust back.