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  • Summary: The second full-length album for the Canadian indie-rock band was produced by Aaron Fisher.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 80
    Hamilton's second album only firms up a reputation for making pastoral, semi-acoustic pop. [Mar 2009, p.107]
  2. Some may shy at his slushier lyrics about girls in clocktowers and lovers wanting to fly into each other's arms, but there is enough strength behind these sentiments, and enough muscle in the band's heady harmonies, to make this an inspiring meditation on exile and return.
  3. This looks to be the album that has really brought the nomads that make up Hamilton's band together, and it's another Canadian triumph to add to an ever-increasing list.
  4. If you like Sufjan Steven's lushly orchestrated reveries, you'll love this canadian eight-piece, who come across on their ambitious second album like an indie-folk Arcade Fire. [Mar 2009, p.105]
  5. Thier sound, comparable perhaps to Arcade Fire, Camera Obscura or Grizzly Bear, features harmonies that take flight as beautifully as those of Fleet Foxes. [Spring 2009, p.77]
  6. 60
    Treasury Library Canada feels less whimsical and more polished, although Hamilton still sticks closely to his signature mix of rich acoustic chamber-pop arrangemnts and quietly barbed lyrics. [Mar 2009, p.107]
  7. It’s hard to fault the band for the album’s underwhelming second half, since the first half is so strong. But in the future the band needs to avoid the self-indulgence this slips into.