This album has absolutely floored me. It has blown me away.
I first heard about The Long Winters quite some time ago (before this album came out), and casually decided to check them out. I expected, like I do with most bands these days, not to be impressed. Well, I instantly liked them. Actually, I instantly loved them.
This record turned me onto them once again. But in an even bigger way. This is easily one of the greatest records I have had the pleasure of hearing in the last decade. I don't throw out a line like the easily. There is, as you know, TONS of great music out there. But this is the cream of the crop, it is truly amazing.
Each song on this album is unique. Each track is different from the others. So, most people who listen to this album have a different "favorite" song than their friends. Title track? Try every song. It is just all-too perfect, even for words.
You start out with "Blue Diamonds". This song is absolutely wonderful, it's a pop masterpiece. And with every listen you appreciate it more and more.
Next is "Scared Straight". I adore this song on so many different levels. The Sax adds true brilliance to it, and the rhythm and undertones of this song are, simply put, beautiful.
Then you have "Shapes". This song is built upon some fabulous guitar playing. The riffs and hooks in this song are so creative and original. The whole song plays through these and makes it's "feel" a very new one. It's catchy beyond belief.
Another great song is the acoustic magic of "It'll Be A Breeze". This song is so simple, especially compared to the other Winters tunes. It is all played on an acoustic guitar. None the less, the chords, timing, and rhythm are perfect. The vocals are magically moving. And it leaves you with truly "fresh" tease in your mouth.
And then of course we have "Stupid". A true pop piece. The chorus is really wonderful, but the verses are even superior. This song is so fun, and so well-built.
The Album ends with "Nora". A powerful and emotional track. I always really loved this song, but I found a new appreciation for it when seeing it preformed live. The passion involved was incredible. The vocals, the guitar solo- oh, the guitar solo, so mind blowing it was.
All in all, this record is perfect. It brings new hope to contemporary music. And a new favorite album for all of us.