I'm not kidding with the 5 stars. This deserves to be a classic. At first you think... hmm, Bowie meets Flaming Lips... no, Pixies meets T.Rex... no, The Beatles playing twister with Led Zeppelin in Pavement's rec room !... no... Finally it dawns on you that this sound is ACTUALLY ORIGINAL and every song is distinct and catchy as hell and reveals more upon each listen and THIS IS A CLASSIC!
They might be one of those bands that ends up only making 1 or 2 incredible records (My Bloody Valentine, Slint, Zombies, Neutral Milk Hotel?) and then implode, but my money is on these guys to have a MAJOR career. Even if they never release another song I'll be pretty damn delighted just having this record to listen to over & over again.
The best thing about it? It strikes that beautiful balance where if you listen to it at low volume it seems light and poppy, but if you crank it up loud it REALLY ROCKS HARD (the Strokes' "Is This It?" has this effect as well). Beautiful, inventive, layered production (the use of strings rivals "eleanor rigby", "cosmic dancer" AND Camper Van Beethoven's "Key Lime Pie"!) that stops short of being cluttered or muddy and still has SPACE.
Okay, okay... You still want a "meets" review? Try this: Your Inner Child meets Outer Space and has the time of it's life.