i regret any remarks in first post that are condescending and insulting. on reading a second time i realize i sound like a dick. however, i think the heart of what i'm saying makes sense. this band has made themselves vulnerable--and put their hearts out there for the world--and you gave it a B-.
fair enough, if we worked on an inflated scale, a B- wouldn't be so hot, it's true. but most of us try to reserve "A" grades for monumental, revelatory albums, and this one doesn't qualify. again, i emphasize that it's a great album and 80% is a good score for this site. in the end, it's just a worthless number anyway. the text of a review is really what matters and i think this review speaks for itself. to argue that a band has "put their hearts out there for the world" is silly. or rather, it's part of the business. this is what the music industry is about. if you're worried about "vulnerability" (read: exposure, press, etc), then you're in the wrong business.