I'll start by saying I wish I could give this album a rating of 4.5 stars. I think all the songs are good an' strong with the expection of the end. I didn't enjoy the last track or the extra remixes I got in my cd. I don't like extra tracks tagged onto albums in the first place, so I may be biased.
Upon a first listen, you are immediatly drawn to track 3, "Young Folks". That is unless your local radio ruined it for you by playing it every 10 minutes (burn in hell fm 96). This track introduces you to the awsome vocal styling of Peter Bjorn & John along with their amazing backing music (in this tracks case, the sound of a cool set of what I think are bongo drums and whisling).
This pattern continues but is never repeated in sounds, voice and instruments used. My favorite track, "Up against the wall" combines simple keyboard and guitar tunes to create what I beleive is one of the best uncomplicated songs ever created. It still sends chills down my spine when I listen to it. Which works, because #9, "The Chills", I also one of my favorites on the album.
All in all, I extremly impressed with this album. Another reviewer mentioned the comparison to Sigur Ros. I would agree there. Although, obviously, their voices play a much larger roll and stand out more in comparsion to the electronicly driven music of Sigor Ros.
If you like, or are atleast will to give this type of music a try, you wont be dissapointed. If your looking for something that sounds like chingy, nickleback or metalica you won't like this.