I respectfully disagree with the poster below. I have been a fan of the Gamblers for a long time and am very pleased with the new album. Don't worry, the earlier stuff is still available. As a whole, I think bands either continually release the same record under a different title, or try to make each record have a sound of its own. In the former case, fans will almost always prefer whatever release they heard first as it has become their standard. All later albums will be a failed attempt to recreate the greatness that was. In the latter case, I think people gear up for more of the same and are immediately dissapointed with what they hear. That's too bad because they may be robbing themselves of a new favorite. If you genuinely dislike it, then so be it. My favorite songs, however, are always ones that took a few listens. Underneath the Owl took a few listens. It is definately a departure, although not so much so as implied below. I now believe it is superor to To the Confusion... and on par with Something to Crow About - not in sound, but in overall execution. These songs are different. They are not as uniformly high tempo and cover a much wider range. There are still burners on here, but there are also songs that are simply not raucous punk anthems. I agree with the poster below that the order of songs is not ideal. The second half is not as energetic as the first. I do not like the second to last song either. Don't be alarmed, it is, without a doubt, still the Riverboat Gamblers. If you are a fan, then you have enjoyed what this band has done in the past. Learn from the past and give yourself a chance to enjoy a great record.