This album seems very clattered to me. Almost like they're knocking you over the head with 51523523523 different instruments. And really for me it all just leads to one big migraine. My favorite songs are "20@12," and "Jedidiah," though that's probably no surprise. But then again, I'm very much a less-is-more kinda guy, so maybe this wasn't the album for me. That being said, Bays chases down some really heady lyrical territory and that in and of itself is worth boatloads of merit.
That's enough instruments to make Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' heads spin... I just have a very soft spot for the angularity of those early post-punk bands, and I think this channels that well, probably even better than Makeup the Breakdown
did. I found it refreshing that they gave up trying to get soccer moms on board with their music and just let it all hang out.
There's definitely stuff that's abrasively off-putting to me, too. I listened to that Crystal Castles album that's getting all the buzz the other day, and I think my ears are still ringing. But the chaos that Hot Hot Heat bring here feels just right.