Not a huge amount of lyrical depth, but the melodies grab you and the production seems pretty spot-on and attention-worthy. Lots of these songs get jammed into your brain with no good way of getting them out – not just “Yellow”, either. Both “Trouble” and “Spies” trend towards mesmerizing. Some of the moods of this album would get revisited in a darker manifestation by The National several years later. I will admit that this is mostly atmospherics rather than great art or great musical science, but at the same time, the atmospherics are enjoyable and friendly.

I also really don’t get the hate that this band seems to engender in certain circles. I get that they were all over the airwaves in the 2000-04 time period, but there are a lot of bands that got significant airplay that people didn’t decide to actively despise. 

RATING: 720