I’ll admit to not having heard the preceding New Age Norms albums before putting the third one on my radar, but I can’t say that I feel like I missed anything. This sounds like a swipe. It’s not intended as such. I think the record works as a closed circuit despite belonging to a series, which for me speaks to smart choices made in production and in songwriting.
It’s good work all around. I think the more explicit it gets in terms of message, the less successful it is, but at least the band’s still making good songs.
You can read my full review over at Paste Magazine.