Sigh. As an old-school YLT fan, I have to say that I find ATNTIIO to be a disappointment. Now mind you, it does have a great deal to offer: the only known song derived from a Simpsons line ("Let's Save Tony Orlando's House"), several shy but sweet love songs (the best of which is "Our Way to Fall"), the amazing "Tear Are In Your Eyes" (one of their five best songs, I think), and the cheerful, hard-rocking Sonic Youth tribute "Cherry Chapstick." Even the standard long song, the seventeen-minute "Night Falls on Hoboken," is better than the annoying "Spec Bebop" from the previous record. And yet still, I find myself consistently listening to only five or six songs from this record. What's the problem? I'm not sure. It can't be that the rock & roll quotient has decreased, although it has; "Cherry Chapstick" is the only raver to be found. But a band of YLT's skill can work around that easily. Nor is it an increased reliance on keyboards and electronic percussion, though I do miss the rawness of, say, "Electr-O-Pura." Ultimately, I think what I'm missing is the tunefulness. Tunefulness and pop hooks have been key weapons in YLT's arsenal since day one, and it hurts to hear such sloppy tuneless tracks as "Saturday" or "Last Days of Disco" from them. The singing, never YLT's strong suit (although not a weak point either) has regressed to Ira mumbling and Georgia whispering; what's the point of writing better lyrics (as YLT are) if you can barely hear them? And finally, this record needs editing. Seventy seven minutes is just too long. "Night Falls on Hoboken" could be six minutes shorter without losing much, and of the three other six-plus minute songs, only "Cherry Chapstick" holds my interest throughout its length. "Painful" and "Electr-o-Pura" showed that Ira, Georgia, and James were great editors, but they seem to have forgotten that step this time around. This is worth owning, just as any YLT album is, but it's also one of their weakest efforts.