Full disclosure: I am a very big fan of this band's music. That said, this is their most accessible and easiest to love album to date. I struggle to say it's their best, only because Quicksand/Cradlesnakes is so stellar. One reviewer below insists it's easy to like, but hard to love. Oddly enough, I have the opposite opinion.
For any fan of ambient sounds, interesting arrangements, and evocative, textured instruments, I highly recommend this band's work. Throw Roots & Crowns on in the background a few times, and soon enough you'll be reaching for the case (or maximizing your iTunes window) to see which song it is that you're so drawn to. Before long, you will love this album. I have trouble finding the words to explain exactly why this music seeps so deeply into my brain.
If you are on the fence, listen to "The Orchids", "3 Legged Animals" and "Sunday Noises". If you like them, you will love this album. The songs vary from quiet, delicate, hypnotic tunes like "Our Kitten Sees Ghosts" to lilting, horn infused mid-tempo numbers like "Spider's House". If this is your first exposure to Califone, and you are typically drawn to more immediately accesible alt-folk like Wilco, don't throw this album on and expect it to wow you with clever lyrics and catchy choruses. Let it seep in gradually. After a few turns, you won't want to stop listening. It is infectious.