Mikael Wood
July 27, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sky Full of Holes

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
music label
81988
genre
Rock

We gave it an A-

The beloved power-pop veterans dial down the big guitars and slick synths of yore on Sky Full of Holes, a relatively rootsy effort. If the sound has shifted, though, the songs remain the same: wittily observed slice-of-life tales from lives you’re thankful not to call your own. ”They opened up a bar called Living Hell,” frontman Chris Collingwood sings over a folksy shuffle on ”Richie and Ruben.” ”Right from the start it didn’t go too well.” Boo-hoo, meet ha-ha. A-

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