The two old college friends Keith Murray and Chris Cain serve up predominantly cheerful and light pop melodies on their fourth studio album. Having gained many international festival and tour experiences, they have developed a feeling for what works. These include scratchy guitar riffs, polyphonic harmony chants and catchy choruses ("Make It Easy"). Somewhat more quiet songs than on previous albums can be found on the current release, which are arranged almost old-fashioned. Like a slow waltz on a college prom of the sixties, for example, "Courage" works. And also "Blow It" is rather quiet and begins like a jukebox oldie before it leads into a more modern chorus à la Grizzly Bear. A pinch of eighties sound, produced by echoed keyboard sounds ("overreacting"), should not be missing of course. The quieter pace might give the impression that the New Yorkers have become more mature. But they still love to knit fantastic stories about the history of an album and their band bio and to fool around with their hearts, as their homepage and videos show.
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