*pulls out the keys, opens the door, sits down* *wipes the dust off the dashboard, inserts keys into slot* *engine revs, stalls out.* *puts keys in again, engine revs, and it roars like she always has." Liftoff y'all! What's good my Grayheads!! What's goin' on?! I've been on a ludicrous musical bender with notable bands such as The National/Amos Lee/Mumford and Sons/Maggie Rogers/Big Red Machine/Cigarettes After Sex/Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats/and a new guy called Mondo Cozmo, as of late... but this is not why I write! I gotta say at long last, it's good to be back! Here's my early take. It'll change once the words set in - so this post will morph in time. It'll just take a few days. The Sapling - Eh. It’s okay to me. I like the hard 3rd beat. That's all I've got. Gold in a Brass Age - Solid Song. It’s chill, but the layering of vocals brings a subtle energy to it, and i’m all about that kinda thing. Furthering - Featuring the DAVOCODER?! Attaboy welcome to the new age of music my dude. I dig this track because it too starts out very simple and subtle, but the complexion just sneaks right in so nicely by the end. Dave sure loves that reverb/tremolo effect as of that solo tour. Ridiculous Heart/Its Late - It’s a little chaotic rhythmically speaking for me, but I think this combo will grow on me live. Electronic drums have a bigger boom live anyhow. A Tight Ship - Does anyone else hear a callback to Long Distance Call? I sure do. This one’s fun, and will go a long way in the concert hall (re: Jimmy Kimmel Live). Watching the Waves - In my opinion this is the strongest track on the album. I knew it the moment he released it. To me, this is a classic, quintessential meloncholy introspective DG song. The kind where you’re at the gig, you close your eyes, bounce to the rhythm quietly and mouth the words "everything you are, I long to be". Open your eyes 30 songs to the end of the track and it’s just magic. LETS. GO. Hall of Mirrors - At first I had nothing to say. It's definitely not my favorite track on GIABA (is that what we're calling Gold in a Brass Age?) 3 tries later, I hear what “In God’s Name” had potential to be. It's executed waaaay better, it's equally as quirky to me... and I appreciate the how (in my opinion) there's a sonic influence from the end chord of Gulls - at the end of this song. I'm pretty sure it's the same synth/effect/chord anyhow. Hurricane Season - Perhaps the story goes like this: One fateful night, the gods of music decried that Nemesis, Freedom, Nightblindness, All My Last Things were to have a legendary musical orgy. So they did, and boom, Hurricane Season was unleashed upon the world. There’s no other song that has potential to be that runaway DG solo song, from my early listening anyway. Or maybe Mallory could? Brilliant segue, Fox.... Mallory - Love it. This time it’s just Nightblindness and All My Last Things who got together to make this song. The whooooaah’s at the end make me wonder how much energy this song will actually produce live. I also really enjoy how Hurricane Season and Mallory are in the same key, and come one after the other. If 8 Were 9 - Sure? Let’s end it here? I get the same vibe from "Now and Always"... I’m okay with it. It’s a good song, and not your typical DG closer, but I’m cool with it. Are you? Cool. In closing, I feel a revival of White Ladder and ANDAM in musicality and method, while harnessing that explosion of creativity from Mutineers. I think we’ve got ourselves a fun little record and probably a very uniquely electrifying live experience. I think the album overall is quite good, love this new lyrical approach, and I think it was the right direction to go in after the last album. There's a reason why this guy's my musical rock. ...And on that note, I notice Tim has brought back the bleach blonde hair. I swear to god if Tim also happens to bring back that ridonkulous plaid blazer and pants he wore during Live at the Point - I won't know what to do! hahaha... Welp, that's my early take on the album. Let's hear yours?