This is an album that needs to be listened from start to finish as the order of the songs makes it such a special album, everthing about this album is brilliant.
Lyrically it is poetic (without being naff), each song is a story beautifully described. The singer tackles issues such as cancer, religion, social deprivation, crime, familly relationships and mental illness in a sensitive an intelligent way without being over sentimental.
Musically it is tight, the bass and drums drive each song and no instruments overwhelm the music, there are also some great bits of percussion and it even sounds like a bit of brass section on 'A Letter'. The vocals are clear, you can hear every last word, and the singer and yells when it is appropriate to the lyrics of the song. The production has a real live sound about it which I like, but doesn't sound raw.
There are many outstanding moments on this brilliant album, 'King Park' being my personal favourite, but also 'The Most Beautiful Bitter Fruit', 'St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Blues', 'I See Everthing' and 'Safer in the Forest' are also amazing.
Don't expect a heavy noisy album with this offering, this is an album to listen and appreciate. I've played this album to friends who are not really mad on ardcore music and they also fully appreciate it.
To compare it to other bands it is in the same scene as Defeater and Pianos Become the Teeth, but is also inspired by Fugazi and Henry Rollins.
Just go and buy it, you won't be disappointed.