Arrived on my snowy doorstep in Germany just in time for Xmas--Lovely sound, big soundscape, very atmospheric & quite melodic.
After repeated listenings, a few more impressions:
Mastered in a similar fashion to John Grant's Queen Of Denmark and Grinderman II - some digital smushing of loud sections but not horridly so. (Still, would be nice to get Steve Hoffman "the breath of life" mastering on all 3 of these releases, my faves of 2010 by far).
Songs 8 & 9 are reversed from the cover listing: "Now I Wanna Go Home" is actually track 8, and "The Flowers Of Angst" is #9. Also, there is an extra verse of "Angst" not listed on the lyric booklet.
Like this one a lot. Tends towards the quieter Shriekback tunes like "Faded Flowers" & "The Only Thing That Shines". Lots of space in the arrangements, but many nice sonic details too. The lyrics are wickedly humourous in many places.
My choices for singles: "Semidelicious" & "Make It Mauve" - both are witty "earworms", as they say in Germany.