Out of sheer randomness, this seems to be the first Death Cab For Cutie album that I've acquired or even listened to, so I have not all that much in the way of context here.
That said, I like this a lot. It's happy bouncy music, and there's absoutely nothing to dislike. I hear some echoes of Built To Spill here and there, and perhaps even a touch of Olivia Tremor Control. I'd have to say that my initial preference is for the first 8 tracks that, as I understand it, composed the original album - they seem a bit more consistent and hang together nicely. But the 10 additional tracks are damned fun (especially the Smith's cover, lyrical gaffes aside)- the band seems to be having a great time, and it's infectious.
Considering that this album seems to be peripheral to the bulk of these guys' output, I'm looking forward to see what the rest of their catalogue has in store.