I never understood the reviews of this album. It's rare to see someone give a negative review of it, yet from first listen, five years ago, until today, I still don't enjoy the album much.
Not to say it doesn't have its moments. No More Talk, The View From Here, Ghost, Inside... all great. Northern Lights and Let's Go are both attempts at slow, pianoey-type ballads, and aren't too bad (but could do with a little more inspiration, perhaps). The rest, however, is quite dirgy and samey slightly dub reggae-influenced stuff. Mainly slow, quite percussive and not very electronic. Wilkie's guitars, if at all present, consist of bland strumming and little else.
When You Say Goodbye opens with a truly beautiful guitar-led melody, almost heartbreaking, which then turns into a rather bland, muddy sounding song once more.
Disgraceful was poppy, and good fun at that. Make It Better had a bit of attitude, and was more serious, but at the same time also fun, and production-wise was their most mature and interesting. Goodbye, as I see it, contains very little quality production and very little good songwriting.