It's full of interesting juxtapositions of sounds: organs and analog synthesizers, acoustic guitars and autoharp. I worship "The Slow Wonder" and have really come to appreciate "Get Guilty," but after several spins I can't get into this one. The songs feel more personal, but the contrast between the cryptic and the personal is too off-putting for me. There are great songs: "I'm Not Talking," "Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns," and "They Should Have Shut Down the Streets" are all terrific. The only song I find that I hear in my brain as I think of the LP, though, is "There's Money in New Wave." If you love A.C. Newman's music (with and without NP) as I do, pick it up. Just don't expect to be bowled over by it.
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