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'Sumday' is further proof that almost all the worthwhile music of the last twenty years has come from the USA from bands who combine traditional musical values with a little ingenuity. This is a very accessible album, smooth and neat, with little electronic quirks here and there. Above all, it's melodic and with its oblique lyrics repays repeated plays. Most of the tracks are beaty, but the ones that stay with you the longest tend to be the slower ones. 'Saddest Vacant Lot In All The World' and 'The Warming Sun' have an aching, haunting quality, the latter containing some beautiful piano chord progressions.
Other reviewers have mentioned Jason Lytle's soft, high voice in exalted terms. I wouldn't go that far; it doesn't stand out particularly from a lot of other vocalists of recent times. The guy from Mercury Rev ('Deserter's Songs') beats him and there's a similarity to Belle & Sebastian's male lead, these being just two examples that spring to mind. Where Lytle scores over most, however, is that his voice complements the music perfectly. 'Sumday' isn't quite jaw-dropping, but it isn't far off.