Excellent, excellent review Thomas- basically encapsulates everything I want to like about this record.
For me, it's a double-edged sword; the lyrics are often relatable or absurdly specific, the vocals either fitting or off-putting. I guess my biggest problem is that while this may be one of the best albums to come from this "genre" yet, it still doesn't do much (if anything) to separate itself from the Front-Bottoms or Tiny Moving Parts of McCafferty. I will say that "Charlie Black" and "Your Graduation" are near-classics. and that closer is gorgeous. I sincerely hate"Going to Bed Now" though.
Yeahh, like I said, I'm really torn on the lyrics here. I can say "Who cares?" to a point because it's what the band does, but come on..."My breath smells like coffee and garlic?" Something about "Bitter pills in chocolate pudding"...these are the ones that kill me. Again, I really, really want to like this record more than I do. For me, it's about a 7.
Welp - I finally came around. I think this album rules. Only song I hate is (still) "Going to Bed Now." The rest, lyrically, is oddly fitting and relatable to me. Also don't think the vocals are nearly as bad as people claim, and the hooks are really fun. It's like someone threw the Front Bottoms, Motion City Soundtrack, and the Weakerthans into a blender.
i guess i sort of take that phrase loosely compared to other people. to me when people say that, specifically the idea of mixing parts of different bands, i look at it as a more aesthetic thing than a hard comparison. i see where you were coming from though.