I say "but intelligent" and it sounds like a bad thing, but I promise it's not. 'Under The Crooked Moon', HP's first album was, admittedly, more poppy and upbeat than BH. It had more songs that were instantly catchy, radio hits, and yes, if I was going to introduce people to this band for the first time, I might well play them a song from that album.
However, BH is, it could be said, more thought out. With numorous biblical allusions, plus a rather large heap of extended metaphors, many of the songs on this album may leave you a bit confused, or at least reaching for Wikipedia to try to understand certain aspects. That's just my opinion anyway, maybe I'm just ignorant. I would say that this album is probably aimed at a slightly older audience than their previous album, though.
The vocals are still there and, happily, if anything better. Becki still has the best voice in the world, and the lyrics are still as witty and clever. The songs are simply a little bit more reflective and deep than UTCM, which I can see putting a few people off.
Standout songs for me are Blue Hands, Clarinet Town, Somwhere and King of England.