The title song tells the story of the beginning, middle and ultimate catharsis of a relationship's end. It sets the tone for much of what follows. "Under a Honeymoon" follows a similar trajectory, marching to a gentle bongo drumbeat before exploding into a mass of toms, horns and Kasher's caterwauling. "Notes in His Pocket" is reminiscent of Kasher's Cursive persona as it takes a foot-tapping intro into a messy breakdown of noodling guitar and power chords galore. On "Inmates," Jiha Lee, a former band member featured on the 2002 release Black Out, delivers a light, solemn but lilting vocal performance that gives Album of the Year all the ingredients of, well, an album of the year.
-- Nikhil Swaminathan
The Good Life plays MJQ's Drunken Unicorn Sun., Oct. 10. Call for time and ticket price.