So those seeking an encore of Bright Flight’s sparse indie honk will be bewildered by the strident guitar stomp on album-opener "Punks in the Beerlight." Its immediate high descends into more familiar, Southern-fried territory, and guitars, violins, banjos and keyboard skronks shimmer atop countrified sing-alongs.
And while the music has gracefully matured here, the cleaner production makes Berman’s whimsy cloying at times. His lyrics have veered from esoterically cryptic to cheeseball: "I’d rather live in a trash can/Than see you happy with another man." This album is perfectly adequate, and the music is comforting — the Jews are masters of indie-fied country-lite — but it ultimately leaves you hungering for something more.
Monica Price is a Metro Times editorial intern. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.