This album is amazing.
Its much better than the last couple of albums. The songs are addictive, fun, and powerful. And most of the songs wouldn't sound out of place on the 'Crash Boom Bang' album. The tone and production is very similar. For example, 'Speak To Me' has the same feel as 'I'm Sorry.'
And boy is it a good thing! Its like a band that had started to decline has suddenly and perfectly recaptured the original mood that everyone was in when they originally started to adore them! Practically no other band has ever achieved this.
Some of the songs have an 'updated' sound though, but are still cohesive with the 'traditional' tracks. 'Black Caddillac' is disturbingly '2011.' It has the same sound as those boring 'boom boom boom boom etc etc' tracks that get played in nightclubs... except once I'd forgiven them for it and listened a few times, I actually realized how catchy it was, and how great the lyrics were around the repetition of 'black cadillac.' I forgave them, and now its one of my favourites!
The other updated sounding song is 'Shes Got Nothing On.' Wow what a track. The thing that really does it for me on this one is the complete professionalism of the harmony where both Per and Marie layer their vocals a few times on top of each other, creating a soaring that sends shivers don't my spine. It sounds so dramatic, not forced at all!
The only complaint would be the last two tracks. Uninspired and boring, lyrically and musically. Even so we're left with 10 amazing tracks that alone earn this album 5 stars :)