When they deviate from this formula it's a lot more satisfying. Three Swallows has a deeply yearning guitar riff, along the lines of The National. Singer Joe Casey sings a fairly ordinary line "you used to be so beautiful" with a fair degree of pathos, giving it enormous resonance. The whole thing is done and dusted in less than two and a half minutes. Jumbo's feels like a centrepiece. The longest song here, it opens with a wobbly-sounding riff which gradually gets more and more ragged, allowing Casey to bawl lyrics like "I will not have a drink" and "every night at Jumbo's" over it. Other tracks such as Ypsilanti, Feral Cats have their tightly-wound riffs infused with just enough melody to keep you coming back. Too Many Jewels stomps in with a hard-ass, squalling riff, while the fatalistic sounding How He Lived After He Died has a strong chorus that you could almost sing along to.
So nothing earth-shattering here but will be of interest to anyone who enjoys this band's music.