This is kind of a strange, self-indulgent album but rewarding. Villagers mix together a lot of different sounds, with indie rock sensibilities, frequent ambient passages and occasional bursts of singer/songwriter sincerity. The songs change style, texture and intensity often, but it comes across as clever rather than messy. I found something enjoyable in nearly all of the tracks; to me, “Earthly Pleasure” was the standout. I highly recommend the album and think it should be considered for rotation.
August 25, 2013