In the late 1990s there was an explosion of alternative guitar-driven music like Nada Surf. This record is a throwback to those times--power chords, the occasional guitar solo, and a pretty strict adherence to traditional verse-chorus-verse structure. The singer sounds like Damien Jurado, the songs are lots of fun, and the album can be listened to frequently without burning out on it. My only complaint is a minor one; the songs sort of all blend together--there is not much variety. If you are looking for technical musicianship like the Mars Volta, this ain't it. But if you're a fan of fun straightforward power-pop rock like The Hold Steady, then you should definitely give this one a listen. Turn it up!