It's hard to believe that BTS could mature this much in only a year. Unlike "Ultimate Alternative Wavers", which was rather harsh and unorganized in all respects, TNWWL attempts to create a dreamy, yet tightly bound atmosphere. At first listen to this record, I got a feeling that I was hearing cliché, lovesick melodies. Somehow, I didn't mind it all that much. After further listening, I realized that the reason I could stand the simple clichés, was because of the countless spine-tingling guitar riffs.
Take "Distopian Dream Girl", for instance. It has that kind of cheesy, "I hate my life" lyrics, yet Dug's wailing guitar, and the band's impeccable melodic timing make their whining lyrics work. Even when Dug says, "But when it came down to your life and mine, I'd do the stupid thing, and let you keep on living." Can somebody explain to me what that is supposed to mean? Instrumental talent and tightness of sound can make the most ridiculous lyrics tolerable. Take many Phish or Dave Mathew's or Moe songs, for example. I'm reluctant to say, but the sheer musical talent of BTS give this record 4 stars. Not all that much going on lyrically.
"I want to see, movies of my dreams", from the song "Car" is the kind of mystifying lyrical quality that this album only hints at. But what if BTS could somehow combine this intrumental genius with lyrics that actually mean something profound to the listener ????? Hold on folks, it's coming soon. Try "Perfect From Now On" or "Keep it Like a Secret".