In a genre that succeeds at developing a deep, sorrowful background, it's no wonder bands like Bright Eyes want to shed a little light. The set up of this album plays safe to the ears and plays it to their roots. Though it's simply not the best album by them, it sure isn't awful. The album feels like it's a farewell final album. Though it's completely understandable why this band wanted to make a plain and simple album. With the beginning of a new decade, bands like: The Decemberists, The Mountain Goats, and The Dear Hunter; have made albums that focus little on their venturous stories and have decided to focus on individual songs rather than the whole. Even moody band Brand New has plans on releasing a "happier" album than make their usual. None of these choices affect the bands, in fact it proves how exceptional they are rather than follow a predictable pattern. The raw deal here is that it's a break. A break from the norm and a chance to gain new ground.
Digging: The Front Bottoms - Talon of the Hawk