When Your Heartstrings Break has a lot more grit than their 2001 follow-up The Coast Is Never Clear, which the Bishop of Jamaica Plain will like: there is less saccharine and more oatmeal here.
The first two songs ("Score from Augusta" and "Sunday Under Glass") are just impossibly good and reflect that edge that The Coast Is Never Clear lacks.
Beulah - "Score from Augusta"
On an 11-hour plane ride where I listened to music the whole time, the only song I felt compelled to re-play was "Sunday Under Glass." (I played it four times in a row.) Sure, the album flags a little towards the end, but who cares? Enjoy it, you snob!
CD Placement Rating: Portable CD Case.