Combining state-of-the-art sonic trickery with inventive rhythms, gorgeous melodies and - most importantly - solid structures, these 19 tracks represent Handley and Turner's most satisfying collection to date.
The first album from The Sixths was a dirge-like affair, but the new one's delightful.... The maturity of Merritt's songwriting lends emphasis to the singers' voices and interpretive powers; more often than not, they avail themselves capably.
Now if only the duo could deliver an LP that's consistently rather than merely frequently brilliant, we could stop fast-forwarding through the second-string tracks and soggy ballads that clutter up side B.
Those expecting another helping of stand-up comedy and skewed dancefloor firepower clearly won't find what they're looking for on "Whatever," but the LP certainly hangs together better than any previous Green Velvet CD.