12:31 AM on 09/20/11
Nice review. This was a really good read, much like the Horrible Crowes one you wrote not long ago.
I agree wholeheartedly on most accounts. The one-two punch of After Midnight and Snake Charmer is probably my favorite section of the album. Natives, Wishing Well, and Kaleidoscope are all great as well.
It was a good point about how the AvA and +44 comparisons are kind of irrelevant. Blink was going to sound like this regardless of whether or not those two bands existed.
I think that Jerry Finn could have really made this album amazing if they had him working the production, but they did a pretty good job themselves. As a whole, I was very pleasantly surprised with this album and I can't wait to see what they do next.