QUOTE(Mike B. @ Dec 8 2010, 11:18 AM)
Out of the 11 or 12 songs, there are 3 or 4 that I actively dislike (the Dan Bejar songs in particular), a few that I'm ambivalent on, and 4-5 that I love. Especially "Crash Years" and "Sweet Talk" for the latter. "Moves" is great, love the opening cello bit. I skip around a lot whenever I put that CD in.
I confess that I only started listening to it while washing dishes and, yes, it's Crash Years that sucks me in everytime. I'm a big fan of Destroyer and some of Bejar's earlier NP songs but I agree that his songs on this album are among those that disappoint.
I'm falling behind with new music while I rebuild my iTunes collection post-computer crash but so far, with a few notable exceptions (The National, Wolf Parade, The Gaslight Anthem), this has largely been a year of mediocre albums from bands I love. (New Pornographers, Arcade Fire, The Hold Steady, Spoon, Ted Leo, Massive Attack, Menomena, etc.)