Plants and Animals are probably the biggest hidden gem of the Canadian scene these last five to ten very fruitful years. They offer a lot to the serious music fan that still likes stellar musicianship, interesting recordings, and from-the-heart deliveries of all kinds. The End of That boasts some of the bands best tight proper *songs* ever, namely "Lightshow" and "Song for Love", that really showcase what they're good at: acoustic/electric hooks that sound both classic and fresh. It's a pretty in-your-face record, but not in an aggressive way. The lyrics go from being silly and straightforward, almost Ween-like, to clever and desperate. You have to take the whole package to really process it all, like all their albums (Parc Avenue and La La Land are both equally great), but when you do it's a rewarding trip. "Before" and "2010" are two other favorites, for completely different reasons: Before is a slow, beautiful acoustic number that kind of invites you in and enchants, and 2010 climaxes, crashes, and with Spicer's vocal delivery, kinda breaks your heart. Dig the Nels Cline-caliber solo in "No Idea" and the big swallow-you-whole sound of "Runaways". They don't make many bands like this anymore. Thank god these guys are still at it, let's hope it's not the end of *that*.