When I first popped in this cd I wasn't listening very carefully - still, I was blown away by the sound. The diversity of styles is impressive, and the album both captures a lot of great sounds from the 60s and develops an original, modern sound of its own. These guys can make great music. In particular, they can mix folky acoustic rhythm guitar with electronic effects as good as anyone else. And they can write good pop music.
The first thing that frustrated me with this album is the vocals. The melodies are nice, but its hard to catch the lyrics. For one thing, the vocal levels are a bit low in comparison with the other mid-range sounds. On top of that, there's a good deal of reverb in the production, and on numerous songs it sounds like there are two nearly identical vocal tracks with slightly different timing and different pan. With Mercer's lazy singing style the combined effect are vocals that blend well with the album's sound a little too well, making it hard to understand the words.
But my hardness of hearing has turned out to be fortunate for me since I don't like the lyrics at all. To me, the lyrics sound like bad school-assignment free-verse poems. It's a matter of taste, I guess, but for me the album is only good for background music, or a careful listen to sound only. It's a good album, with some great ingenuity and display of talent - but a three-starrer, not five.