i write this in 2013 and still can't think of a more definitive album to describe the leaps and bounds that current pop-alt-electronic has taken in the last several years. this should be in any-and-all serious music collections....no excuses. to describe the music would require volumes but it can be in the same breath manic, joyous, brooding, and mesmerizing. you're just never sure which way it's gonna go but you can trust you'll be feeling it. one of the best albums you could ever own.