On The Impossible Past remains a fixture in my rotation, and while this one fails to top it (at least, for me), I still find a great amount to love about this album. A few songs in particular hit in hard lyrically, and I love the blend of straightforward punk rock and stuff that's a little more existential and veers from typical punk fare.
Great review. I really really didn't like this album at first, probably because I was (like many people) comparing it to OTIP. I found it radio-ready and uninspired on the first few listens, but I found myself coming back more and more to the slower songs and eventually wound up coming back to the album as a whole and just playing it through all the way.
I can safely say it's grown a lot on me, and not because I'm no longer comparing it to OTIP, but because it's an incredible album. Looking forward to getting my hard copy for the car.
"Transient Love" and "When You Died" are my favorite songs this band has put out, and this is probably my favorite overall release of theirs, as well. Just incredible.
Love the grooviness of the former, almost in a latter-day Pixies kind of way. Don't really get the Dylan comp for the latter at all, other than it just being dudes with acoustic guitars lol, but incredible closer nonetheless. Love the delivery of the "And oh I cannot help but fear the things that I can't control / The things I'll never ever know" bit.
i listened to OTIP on my walk to work this morning, and while it's great, and starts off super strong to me, i think this one might be my preferred choice of the two. but regardless, they are both super great punk albums with great storytelling, fist-pumping guitars and all the stuff we want and love from this road-weary genre of music. back to back albums like this are hard to come by, and like thomas said, we are lucky to have them.