What a great band this is, and they deserve a much bigger following. I started hearing some of the songs on this when they were on tour last year, so I eagerly anticipated it. Just give a listen to a song like "I Came Around" about a showing up a funeral of guy you didn't like, for courtesy sake, and then getting a little drink and realizing from the stories the dead man's friends tell that you're superficial impression was far off the mark, and then realizing that the dead man is so worth of grief that you're overcome with it, by the end of the night. It's a great, great song. Then listen to "Hard World," which as Adam explained in one of his concerts he was inspired to write after 2 girls in his small Indiana town were killed. One was a rich girl, whose death got a lot of attention, the other a poor girl, whose murder was almost overlooked. Samantha Crane, who has toured with MBD, provides the backing vocal, and as she and Adam sing the haunting chorus, "Nobody calls for me/Nobody hunts for me/They don't seem to know I'm gone," your heart is wrenched with grief at the injustice of it.
Per usual, the album is filled with one great tune after the next. The uptempo rockers like "Straight at the Sun" and "Ramblin" are great, and the slower tempo stuff is just a good.
I love Adam Turla's voice and guitar playing and he is surrounded by talented musicians -- and Sarah on that cello gives them their signature sound. Drummer Dagan and Matt on the bass provide a greath rhtyhm section, and they have a new member of the band who plays multiple instruments.
There isn't one album they've produced that I haven't loved. I encourage anyone who likes their sound to get the whole catalogue. They have a signature sound but their style has evolved so much, every album is distinctly different.