cool review. you've actually made me put the album on, which is not to say that's some high bar of music criticism or whatever, but the fact is i always thought this band was for idiots because the people i always saw talking about it on the internet were idiots with whom I had nothing in common. but you definitely make it seem intriguing and, for lack of a better term, important.
But maybe it's the Fleetwood Mac-style "i hate you" guy/girl drama you describe so well that has made me interested. like some sort of scavenger hunt to find the true reasons behind their personal discord.
when did they record this album? I'm assuming before November when they announced a hiatus? Or did they do it all separately and bitterly?
They recorded before November. Below is an article that talks about the second record and has quotes from the producer and how he felt the tension during the process.