The next important thing I learned was that they are a PNW band - specifically from Seattle. That earns them some (unearned) points.
The least important thing was what the music critics thought of this album. I started researching how I was supposed to feel about this band and their latest album a while ago after enjoying it during a treadmill session, and got a bit too much snark in the face to listen objectively to the music for a while. So I set it aside for a week and came back to it.
For the record, the critics are singing, in tune, that this album is like the sonic version of Lieutenant Dangle putting the moves on you - a completely limp, over-blowdried attempt to be supersexy.
What I hear are very listenable tunes that work well as workout tunes and work tunes, as long as you don't listen too closely to the lyrics, which are, at times Dangle-worthy.
For instance (real lyrics):
And when her kisses came they rain down
And when by body moved she made sound
(chorus) My summer angel keeps me on the run
My Time (a great summer song in spite of lyrics like these:)
And you're holding on to me like an old love
That you know every inch of
When I feel you start to go
Take it slow, 'til your body's saying more....baby!
Hold Me Down (another pretty song, in spite of:)
And I'm in the wind.
I am going to let it take me where it may.
Maybe it lifts me to New Orleans,
Or the dark streets of L.A.
The dark streets of L.A.! I love that! And if you order now, you get gems like, "Running out of excuses/When we know what the truth is," and "I will surely chase you down/Lure you in with a lonely sound!"
No, seriously, this is a keeper for both me and The Captain, despite (and maybe, just a little bit because of) the incredibly awkwardly corny lyrics. If nothing else, check out a summer stand-out song in this video for My Time, with Extra Sparkle Motion!. (YouTube, you better work for me this time.)
On the cold/lukewarm/hot scale, I'm giving it an enthusiastic lukewarm.