Killer review. I agree with just about everything except the fact that I really like "My Greatest Fear."
When first hearing the singles, I was pretty unhappy. But after putting them on my phone, and spending some time with them in the car, the "wtf, I'm pissed at no guitars" sentiment left me and I could actually have fun and enjoy these songs. Now, I can't stop listening to this album.
"A Look" doesn't get much love on the boards but I think it's one of the best. Max's parts might be a little forgettable but Stacy King's vocals are top notch and Bob Nanna's outro is so infectious. Never thought the Braid frontman would be on a Say Anything album.
Also, glad you mentioned your website in the comments. Never seen it before but it looks nice and I'm definitely going to bookmark it for future reading. Keep up the great writing!
Thanks for reading! I'm glad you were able to get past the instrumentation; I actually really enjoy how the organic stuff mixes with keys and string arrangements. "A Look" still hasn't hooked me very much (although "Judas Decapitation" clicked really strongly with me today), but it's far from bad, and those guest spots are fantastic.
Also, thanks so much for checking out the website! We've only been doing it for about a year, and I've only been in college for journalism-communications, so we're consistently trying to improve the design and format. We recently relaunched with new staff members and are getting better numbers than ever at the moment, so I think our writing/features/exclusives are getting better as well (we just interviews Dreamtigers, which is half of Defeater, and we're interviewing Foxy Shazam sometime next week). It's just cool to be a part of this collective of college kids who want nothing more than to write about and help share good music.