one of rock's finest albums in recent memory. every song on the album proper shines -- the melodies are perfect, the music memorable, the songwriting haunting. the bonus tracks aren't shabby either.
this is rock music, but it comes from a totally unique place all its own. the lack of cliche is refreshing, as is the lack of anything resembling filler.
my favorite song is "a latex ice age," which starts with quiet, hushed vocals and builds slowly into a monumental crescendo via the most perfect chord progression i have ever heard. it's a stunning song; i'd liken it to a long lost 50's prom ballad being performed by the residents of a post-apocalyptic world on instruments they made themselves out of scrap metal (and who are themselves stunned by the timeless beauty of the music they are creating).