I was really surprised to see so many negative reviews here on amazon. I love this album. Yes it has a very different sound to "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" but all the ingredients that make them such a great band are still there. The creativity is there, the melodies, the intelligent lyrics, the humour, Brendon's strange but great vocals, and the songs are just as complex and original (although I think they may have been spending a fair amount of time listening to the Beatles, which is no bad thing). There are plenty of horns, strings, harmony vocals, and the songs are fantastic and just like the first album they have a tendency to grow on you as you listen to them again. Great second album from one of the most talented bands around today.