First off lets get this out of the way, this is NOT their second album, nor have the band ever claimed otherwise, it's an E.P (granted it's quite a long one, an extended E.P you might say) i guess people have assumed it's an album due to it being 10 tracks long and for those who have heard it, perhaps the fact it that it sounds good enough to be a second album.
Without changing the formula too much from 'Hold On Now, Youngster' This record certainly shows promise that LC! are evolving and growing as a band. 'Ways to Make it Through the Wall' and 'Miserabilia' are the sounds of a band that has massively grown in confidence. The title track along with 'You'll Need Those Fingers For Crossing' are instantly loveable and classic LC! The most pleasing track to find on here and further evidence of progression of their sound is 'Heart Swells/Pacific Daylight Time' a song in two parts much like bands such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Super Furries and Modest Mouse among others have toyed with, it's a beautiful song with heartfelt lyrics, 'I wish that you would kiss me 'til the point of paralysis' sings Gareth, and musically it's different to anything they've done before.
Overall this is an excellent record brimming with confidence and some of their best work to date showing they are capable of quality as well as quantity. It all bodes very well for their second album which i'm looking forward to even more now.