Chirpy tracks such as "Edisto" and "The Pick-Up" have that annoying Phish-like sound that makes the hippies spin, but the band is better off on more subdued tracks like the title song and the moody, percussion-heavy "Optimist." Even if Switzer and Lesinski don't nail the vocal harmonies, both songs have distinct melodies and tight arrangements that suggest the band's songwriting skills go beyond the noodling guitars that are featured prominently in tracks such as "Firefly" and "Jasmine."
Ultimately, though, there are too many failed attempts to play music from different genres: "Jasmine" comes off as a faux Latin rock number, complete with Santana-like guitar solo; "Wine" pretends to be a bluegrass number with nominal banjo riffs (courtesy of guest Ben Bachert); and "Grasshopper Blues" begins with a gritty blues guitar riff that unfortunately gives way to fake funk and more noodling guitars. -- Niesel
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