The Fiery Furnaces just get odder as the years go by.
Whereas the EP and the first album Gallowsbird's Bark were the most accessible albums, the band made more challenging stuff with Blueberry Boat and Rehearsing My Choir. Bitter Tea seems to be somewhere in between.
While there are still some highly weird tracks present, there are some moments of pop genius here. Amongst all the cheap keyboards and blues guitars, the Fiery Furnaces have a real ear for a catchy tune that they only let out once in a while in their previous work. Here that talent is shown frequently and although I've heard some confused reactions (when I played the CD on the computer, my brother told me it sounded like the PC was crashing) if you take the time to really get into it and listen to the stories you will be rewarded.
Although it's certainly not the epic that Blueberry Boat was (that an internet cartoon described as 'The Who playing nursery ryhmes for ADD kids'), Bitter Tea gives you everything that the Furnaces are all about. New and experimental music that you can still find yourself humming throughout the day. Not many bands can claim they do that.
It might be an idea to listen to some tracks from the EP first though (Evergreen, Sing For Me) just to familiarise yourself with their style.
This record alone proves why everyone should take notice of this unique band.