Although they rose to huge acclaim in Europe (mostly in the U.K.), most people forget to credit them for being at the forefront of the 'Slowcore' movement (Introspective melancholic, sometime acoustic Pop)..which paved the way for bands such as "Turin Brakes, Coldplay, Starsailor", with singer/frontman 'Francis Healy' writing most of the material, and crafting & writing songs of down to earth bittersweet introspection, and pain & regret...."The Fear" broods like a early day 'Doves' single, and demonstrates a band maturing with each album LP. But It's with the anthemic "Why Does it always rain on me?" that the band found a britpop anthem to precede Coldplay's "Yellow". Yet the strongest song is in fact their achingly introspective "Driftwood", with healy's strong songwriting asking "I'm sorry...that you've turned to Driftwood....but you've been drifting for a long, long time!!??". And as if just to show that it's not all acoustic strumming "Turn" opens with a stunning Electric guitar lead opening one of the albums louder moments. Sure, they have their detractors but how many other bands around that period were attempting to push the boundaries of acoustic pop with quite the same level of accomplishment and commitment???