This has got to be one of the most frustrating albums of the year for mine. Harmony Hall is a great song - really a fantastic belter - but the album itself needed someone to just tell Ezra Koenig that some of the musical ideas weren't worth putting on an album, and others just needed an awful lot more fleshing out.
Haven't listened to Keepsake, but it would need to be pretty excellent to beat Go Further In Lightness for Australian Album of the Decade, or even Ball Park Music's Museum for Brisbane.I've already listened to it 7 times. Keepsake is the Australian album of the decade, quite easily the best album to come from a Brisbane artist since Grant McLennan passed.
It took me a few listens - the first time, I thought it was really good rather than something special - but then I just found myself coming back to it time and time again. I now think it's something pretty special.Sharon van Etten's album is awesome though.