Familiar themes of anxiety, psychological disorder, death, depression and social politics are all present and armed by the fragile masculinity in Sean Bonnette's vocals but there's a musical distinction missing that elevated past work to such peerless heights.
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Lyrically, this is as sharp and infectious as anything they've written, articulating an incredible sense of emotive first person storytelling that many other songwriters could simply never achieve. Production being the only criticism, it's easy to accept this as another step in their growth towards a larger fan base and simply enjoy the music on its own merits given the quality of Bonnette's mentalist lyricism.
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Opener 'Temple Grandin' is a seismic punch of social commentary wrapped up in a straightforward punk melody. Grandin' pops up again later towards the end of the record on 'Temple Grandin Too', laying a thematic cohesion to the album's many peculiar topics of commentary. The highlights however lay with the sordid self deprecation and twisted imagination found in Bonnette's first person writing.
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