Facts is wistful as a look back at adolescence tinged with melancholy and regret. The title track, a sing-songy ode to the harsh reality of first-time love, finds Nixey addressing the inevitable: "Now's the time to deal with the fear of being rejected/No one gets through life without being hurt."
"May Queen," an ethereal reminiscence of the fragile awkwardness of a first kiss, features lyrics such as, "Meet me after school/Meet me by the field/Away from prying eyes/Kids can be so cruel." And "The Art of Driving" offers the best extended-metaphor song in ages: "You've got the hang of steering," Nixey sings to a hapless suitor voiced by Haines. "Now try stepping on the brakes." Set to music far lusher and more baroque than on the group's debut, England Made Me, these songs sink in deep and never let go.