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It's such a beautiful record. Though I can definitely feel the absence of John Robert in the songs (I really like his voice), I can honestly say this one is really awesome. It's closer in sound to Broom.
I agree Kannika and figureskater with what you had to say about Fly By Wire - worry about how it would turn out without John Rob, though enough songs and preview videos had come out that I hadn't been worried in the last month. Miss his voice and his lyrics, but I too agree they nailed this album. In some ways it probably ends up easier to select songs to record and the album order when there's only one main songwriter and easier to make the album cohesive. Downside being less bonus songs left over (I don't ever expect another Tape Club). I look forward to getting to read the liner notes and see on which songs Will has songwriting and vocal credits. I do know from Philip Dickey replying to someone on Twitter that Will sings Lucky Young.
8 of the 10 songs on this album are really beautiful to me. The other two I've heard twice on my car stereo and once on my home stereo. Now that I've heard them on better speakers they too are starting to grow on me. The 8 songs I like more are more complex and have more variety in terms of instruments and rhythms, song structure, lyrics, and use of space (restraint/not filling up every second of a song with vocals/all the instruments). The piano especially sounds great on this album. It and the acoustic guitar give it that feeling of a nod to the past, while effects have a more modern feel. I'm really glad I got to read Kannika's interview before listening to the album. I loved reading about how Phil and Will listened to some of Will's dad old records, picking apart what they liked.
The album is really good. I'll have to listen to it about a couple more times before I form a real opinion on it. John Rob's songs and voice missing still bums me out a bit, but I'm sure I'll get over at some point.
This album makes me want to curl up with hot cocoa and draw things. But then at the same time, it makes me want to get in a car and go see something wonderful. The album feels short even though it's a standard length, I find myself putting it back on because I felt like I hadn't listened to it enough. I just love listening to Harrison Ford and Bright Leaves and I can't wait to dance to Nightwater Girlfriend and Young Presidents at concerts.
This album feels really emotionally intimate with both the lyrics and the instruments. I am very pleased