Went in without hearing any singles, on listen #3 right now. My first thought is that, with the exception of Guilty Party, it’s not as immediately melodic as the other albums. But I’m assuming it’s going to grow on me and things are going to start jumping out more, the difference between the third and first listens is already huge. Wouldn’t surprise me if it ends up being album of the year.
It kind of suddenly dawned on me yesterday, they’ve basically been the best band of the past 13 years. Other than Radiohead, I can’t think of any other band with a longer peak operating at such a high level. The last 4 full lengths are all solid A+'s for me, and it wouldn’t shock me if this one becomes the fifth.