This album is simply brilliant. I bought it on the strength of the pitchforkmedia.com review and after downloading the song 'blizzard of 96' which is undoubtedly one of the standout tracks on what is a great album. This album reminds me of snowy childhood days, the awesome piano arrangements sound like what falling snow would if it made a sound, and that mixed with a Smiths-esque guitar sound and very interesting drums, fronted by a singer with the most charismatic voice you could imagine, makes this album simply brilliant. My only criticism would be that a couple of the songs sound rather similar, at first listen anyway, but this is a great first full-length album from a band who will surely go on to greater things. 5 stars.