Born and raised
A kneejerk reaction: Yessssss!!!!!!!!! Finally!!!!!!!!!!
A critique: I wish they would do more "different" songs like "Howl." Brian seems to really like one chord particular progression, and as a result there are parts on this album that sound exactly like songs on American Slang and Elsie. There's much more emphasis on detail here, but if you put stripped down acoustic versions of some of the songs here and some of the songs on older albums side by side, I might confuse them for the same song. That applies for some of the songs within the same album as well.
Andddd an overall first impression: It's good!!!!!!!!!!!! The guitars on Biloxi Parish sound freaking fantastic. The force behind the song combined with the amped up production just makes it audible bliss. National Anthem is brilliant, so glad they wrote something so beautiful. I haven't been a big fan of some of their closing songs on previous albums, but this one is in contention for one of the best songs on the album. 45 is a very adequate opener. Very sure the rest will grow on me, but those are the early standouts for me.