Tenement are not a pop-punk band. They're so much more, as a matter of fact. This notion is reinforced in spades on this, their second full length LP. It's an interesting affair, to say the least. It opens with a strange piano piece, but quickly transitions into six straight punk jams, "Feral Cat Tribe" being the highlight from this. It then throws a curveball with "Ants + Flies", a somber, yet hauntingly beautiful piano-driven track. The next three songs are all perfection, what with the incredible catchiness of "The Butcher" and the anthemic "Whispering Kids" being a part of the trio. Elsewhere on the album, we find more of these great songs, but some songs like "A Frightening Place For Normal People" come totally out of left field, and really surprise. Alas, an album with 23 songs on it has too much material for one soundoff, so really all that's left to say is: this album rules, so jam it as soon as possible.
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