And my opinion claims that this album is one of the best this year, right there with the likes of Bloc Party, The Bravery, Maximo Park and Franz Ferdinand. The problem is that The Rosebuds will likely get the least recognition. Which is not fair, as this album could be successfully argued the better album of all the former mentioned bands.
"Birds Make Good Neighbors" starts with what is now the best Rosebuds song to date: "Hold Hands And Fight". The song starts soft and melodic, after one minute however it picks up and enduces one of the most melodic vocal melodies yet by The Rosebuds. The song makes the best use of the expression "whoa" ever.... ever. It's enchanting, really. "Boxcar", the next track, is another really good track. The song starts off a lot similar to "Back To Boston" from "Make Out", but proceeds to differentiate itself with the rest of the song. "Leaves Do Fall" is an amazing song, which has husband and wife, Ivan and Kelly, trading vocal duties. "Shake Our Tree", which is the second best track on the album, has a nice beat with an ambiance of clapping that would in fact provoke clapping. It also has an extremely good chorus. The album ends with "4-Track Love Song", which has a slow 80s sonic guitar sound. VERY nice, it definitely finds itself on multiple repeats from me. Other notables are "Outnumbered", "Warm Where You Lay" and "The Lover's Night".
With only a few months remaining in the year, this album is without a doubt one of the best yet. It's nearly perfect if not for two songs, which is not unlike any other great release this year, but "Bluebird" and "Wildcat", which seem repetitive to me, could have seen a change up or two. In a year which as seen so many great releases, The Rosebuds just proceeded to cemented themselves on the top of the pile.
Pick this one up for sure, and look out for the new releases by Rogue Wave, Franz Ferdinand and especially 31knots.
P.S. 31knots sounds nothing like these other bands, I just wanted to mention them as I am obsessed with their music.