I don't think it's a record that's going to blow too many new fans away, and it's a bit of a slow burner. A friend who's nearly as hopeless a nut as me said he felt pretty non-plussed after the first listen and had to force himself to go back in, but when he did it really grew on him and he loves it now. That being said, there are some truly great songs on there - particularly in the second half. There are some I'm still not entirely sure about - Day I Die, Turtleneck and Walk It Back. As with pretty much everything they do, it gets under your skin and takes hold. I don't love it in quite the same all-consuming, 'got to hear it twice a day' way I did Trouble Will Find Me or Boxer, but it fits into their catalogue really well, and is a fairly daring evolution while still calling back to earlier points in their catalogue. The guitar playing is amazing, probably the most impressive of any record they've done, but there's also less of it, due to the amount of electronic stuff going on. The orchestration at the end of I'll Still Destroy You is utterly amazing, and underlines just how brilliantly clever and artful the Dessners are at arranging music. What a song. Bryan really hammers home what a remarkable drummer he is, too. If I was able to give half marks, I probably would have given the album an 8.5 in all honesty, but I still think it's a beautiful, daring piece of work.