It's a strange, synthesized, and somewhat indie pop style sound. It has the dark and poetic lyrics David Bazan is known for, and the simple drumming done so tastefully thanks to Frank Lenz of Starflyer 59. It's very much a unique record, which is why I feel it earns high marks. I have posted a couple Pedro the Lion reviews a few years ago on here, but have generally faded my fandom for Bazan in his recent work, leaving his roots of simplicity. However, the work here remains, and is a great inspiration to myself in musical creativity. I can't say many will understand why I feel it deserves a 4.5, but understandably so; There is little to compare this album with, even in Bazan's own catalog. These recordings, to me, demonstrate a less is more approach. One voice, two instruments, 10 tracks of quality music.