Go get the Deluxe Version; thank me later
The album proper is lush, tuneful, well-arranged, pleasant, enjoyable.... but sort of inconsequential. Absent Friends Lite, if you will. For me, the 2nd disc -- the "chamber opera" In May -- is the real keeper here. A dying son's letters to his father, it reminds me of nothing so much as Elvis Costello's Juliet Letters -- maybe the high points here aren't as high as the ones there, but it also lacks the incredible gratingness of some of the songs there. Affecting and profound from end to end. Go get it.