This is an album of simple yet (get yer ass) moving rhythms,
Sam Prekop's almost whispered vocals, swirling guitars, and
odd little keyboard sounds. The overall effect is of lite jazz/pop
fusion. It works, and The Sea and Cake have pretty much been
following this formula for a while.
I don't think it's as balanced as their masterpiece The
Fawn. The keyboard bits seem to be in front of the guitars
a bit too much for my taste. Especially on Seemingly,
where the keybaords are positively silly washes that overpower
the rest of the song. And Prekop doesn't have any really catchy
lyrics on this album, like he did with Do Now Fairly Well
or There You Are. It's like this is the same album, only
not quite as good.
And ultimately, that's disappointing. I want them to grow as
an artist, to continue to put the same emotion into their music.
I just don't get that with this disc. It seems cold and formulaic.
Of course, there is an exception: the song You Beautiful
Bastard is the one moment where The Sea and Cake fulfills
the promise of their music. It is a simple song of stunning
beauty, with breathy vocals, chiming guitars, and subdued keyboards.
It is the one standout in the otherwise uninspired album.
My advice to you -- go get The Fawn. It's a much
better disc and really showcases the band better. This is not
bad, but i know they can do better.