These guys just can't go wrong. It's almost frightening how consistant the Kadane brothers are. 'The End Is Near' builds upon what they did in Bedhead, as well as their last New Year record. There are a few changes here, as always. This time they seem to have used some piano and even strings, along with more up-tempo songs. The result is even more beautiful than expected. The songs seem to get better the more you listen to them. It's often the little things about The New Year's songs that really make the songs special in the end, so repeated listens are recommended. Nice recording by Steve Albini.(again)
His approach seems to fit The New Year very well. Overall this is probably their best record to date. Don't miss this one.