But regardless of expectations or otherwise, it's a great, warm pop record, chock full of good licks and hooks and the funny squidgy little beats that keep you nodding along.
In some ways knowing exactly what you will get, doesn't really stop you enjoying Panda Bear's records. In any case, I'm not sure whether we want them to be surprising any more. Like Ave Tare's solo stuff, Panda Bear keeps knocking out things that are happily familiar and reassuring; however oddball or quirky, or 'on the money' they are in their arrangements. Mr Noah and Principe Real are classic Panda-stomps, and arty, slightly reflective tracks like Davy Jones' Locker and Butcher Baker Candlestick Maker are very much what you would expect from him.
But regardless of expectations or otherwise, it's a great warm pop record, chock full of good licks and hooks and the funny squidgy little beats that keep you nodding along. It's never a boring record. It's often ebullient, as with the uplifting Crosswords, and the brilliant mid-paced groove Boys Latin, set against the masterful, ridiculously theatrical left-right of Tropic of Cancer and Lonely Wanderer which are emotional signposts for the record.
Ach; nothing much more to say, and if you're a fan of his then you've probably got this already and have played it to death. Makes me wonder I felt I had to write about it.