Great review. I thought Virginia, wolves at the door, and strange negotiations were all stand out tracks though. Also kinda thought this had some of the least inspired sounding lyrics of his career. But was nice to see a return to some of the more classic Pedro the lion instrumentation.
The part of this album that stands out to me the most is "you can't be right about the future if you're wrong about the past". It's never really songs of his that stand out to me. It's always those strong one line jabs he throws in throughout the whole album. I just look for things I can throw out at exgirlfriends to really make em feel like garbage. Davids good at coming up with those lines for me haha.
I definitely agree with this review. While not as spectacular as Curse Your Branches, it definitely has some strong merits. It's hard to follow up an album as great as CYB, but this one will do just fine for me.
I also think that People is a standout track on the album.
I had the chance to interview Bazan this past Tuesday when the record was released for Sock Monkey Sound. He's a really cool guy. We talked about recording the album, Control, Dyan, Macho Man and a bunch of other stuff. Check it out. This is the second time we've interviewed him so check that episode of the podcast out as well.
I'm actually happy to see a lower score, instead of something in the 80s. I liked the instrumentation on this record, and actually liked it a little better than Curses. Lyrically he's tough, and the album is a bit darker than his last, which makes me like it. I think he gets kind of trapped in his own style of writing, and trying to keep the listener engaged throughout can be difficult.