Haha, well maybe not the first time EVER, but one of them.
Great review. This album is a LOT to take in. It's crazy how much is contained in each song. I get sort of a Bazan vibe from a lot of the songs; more just in the way he writes than the actual music I suppose. Both have an uncanny way of mixing poetic musings with plain bluntness that really catches you off guard. The storytelling here is fantastic as well, I find that I can't really use this record as background music because of the engaging stories and the descriptive way he portrays them. It's almost like an audiobook at times. Anyway, I really enjoyed this review Craig.
Definitely. I've tried listening to this album when working, and it doesn't really work. I get distracted by the lyrics because there is just so much to take in.