09:05 AM on 09/24/13
as a STD fan since Fall 2000, i find this review is spot-on. couldn't agree more. much more light-hearted and rooted in their 2001-2003 era sound than the last few albums. Probably my favorite STD album since "sound the alarm", and I find this to feel almost like the happy b-side to "alarm"'s harsh a-side. I found "under the boards" and "daybreak" to be too disjointed, incohesive and difficult to digest. Neither really worked for me as a fan. This is the album I've been waiting for for quite some time. Through Being Cool and SWYA will forever be their classics, their best work, but this one is certainly damn solid as well.
Remember was so good to hear live...really helped me fully realize that song..."in the in between", "aint no kinda love", "ring pop" and "lucky number" are also all instant classics, all with shades of SWYA in them, all have the power-pop-punk and catchiness fans have been longing for.
sure the last couple albums gave you a small taste of it ("radio" or "living without love" for example), but it just was a little off, and not enough of it as Connley tried a variety of experiments on both of the last couple albums, and the one before that, while outstanding, is just so damn dark and harsh..
the ballads "supernova" and "beyond all of time" are also really well executed, and the album closer is as good as this review bills it.
wonderful wonderful album and band. also, the 30 song sets they're playing on this current tour are not to be missed. I've been seeing this band live for a long, long time (I def. saw them headline the Vagrant 2001 tour) and this tour was just the best I've seen them in terms of set length and variety and deep cuts.