The poppy "It's Raining," for example, relies upon simple chord progressions reminiscent of any wholesome early '50s doo-wop song, but finds Coomes in a particularly dour mood as he sings, "So go ahead and cry/But that won't keep you dry." His vocal performance also produces an eerie shiver in "Better Luck Next Time," a song about suicide. Coomes isn't alone in exploring his dark side. On "The Curse of Having It All," written by Weiss and one of the most haunting and heartfelt tracks on the album, she makes allusions to her ex-husband when she sings "Hostile and sad/He made her turn bad." While it's likely she's singing about Coomes, the song works on another level that goes beyond the personal, because it's also about the co-dependent craving that lurks deep in the heart of everyone. Often compared to Elliott Smith, Quasi has found something it can call its own on The Sword of God, an album whose disparate themes include anger and restraint, romance and aversion, hope and despair.