Some points I would touch on:
1) I think the vocals on the record are the strongest component, and would give them a higher score than the music.
2) The ballads here all sound kind of forced, and the song with the dance beat is kind of cringe-worthy to me.
3) Nevertheless, songs like "California" and "Long Distance" are the types of tracks lesser bands spend a lifetime trying to write. These tunes are better than 99% of what is currently on the radio.
4) In the RIYL, I would have All American Rejects and The Starting Line instead of JS and Sherwood.