Both Ways Open Jaws will strike you as both new sounding and classic, as both fresh and rooted in tradition. Most importantly, it will strike you as a treasure, and probably, as the best album you have heard in a long time.
In addition to the obvious musical proficiency that is displayed throughout this album, which in and of itself would make for engaging listening, the true strength of the Dø's uniquely blended sound is its sense of adventure and good old fashioned fun.
The string-soaked The Wicked & The Blind, in particular, illustrates the strange, impressive feat they've managed to pull off with this record, which is to sound sparse and rich at exactly the same time.
More often than not, the contradictions between the band's knowing appropriations and its calls against jaded cynicism resolve themselves in the album's intricately rewarding attention to rich and unexpected sonic details.