12:52 AM on 05/31/13
It was one of the albums that really switched me over from listening to pop-punk to more indie back when I was in high school. I was already a fan of Murder By Death, and when I heard this album it was immediately who they reminded me of. I guess you can call this a gateway album for me. The concept of the album, the way they used the cello, the eerie haunting off-key sound that some of the songs had just all worked perfectly. And of course you can't forget the amazing lyrics in "Sierra". Just a masterpiece of an album if I do say so myself.
Also, maybe I just haven't been paying attention, but it seems like saddle creek hasn't been releasing solid albums like they used to. It could be just me, but it seems like they aren't what they used to be.