Preconceived Notions: It sounds like a painful band. I’m hesitant and angry already so I’m more than apprehensive about this.
As Listening: I’d rather be listening to Jimmy Eat World. They sound weirdly similar, I think.
The Jitters– annoying, mostly because of the odd Parisian Jazz Club feel behind it. I feel like I should be snapping my approval at the end of this song, if I approved that is.
Gyroscope-I feel like I want to like this, and I probably really would like it if I was a junior in high school when I had first heard this.
This is one of those albums that I really wish I had been aware of when it first came out. I think my reactions would have been completely different. Also perhaps at that time it would have seemed at least slightly more original. Right now, all I can hear are the other bands that, no doubt, have been influenced by these guys, like Death Cab For Cutie. It’s easier on the ears than some of what we’ve listened to, but there’s something lacking for me. I’m not sure if it’s the semi-spoke vocals, the jumps in styles within each song, or that I can’t hear them without thinking of something else, but well, that’s the best explanation I can come up with. I could listen to this again though, so for now, it’s “ok”.
Favorite: What Do You Want Me To Say
Least Favorite: The Jitters