This album is still blowing my fucking mind.
After enough spins one thing that really stands out to me is the ratio of words:music on this album, and how short it is (~30 mins). Almost every song starts and ends with Dave singing, with mostly singing in between. Like I think 4 bars is the max amount of time any song intro gets, then he is right into the melody. He stops singing, the song is over. Coupled with the incredible production of the album and how interesting and nuanced the music is, Dave's voice really drives the album, for all the synths and drums around it.
It is really interesting that longer musical interludes are not on this album (or it would be more like 45 mins) and it feels intentional, because nothing is missing from the album. If anything, it is only more accessible because you can listen to it so many times. Some songs are shorter than normal for Dave (< 3 mins), and some almost hit the 5 minute mark.
In that respect, Care gives me a really strong Headphones feel, written quickly, the overflow of creative buildup and the drive to see it through. And though that is one of my favorite records, Care is that much better. The lyrics are fucking incredible (see forum), and so brutally honest. It's super hard to be objective while still so close to release, but I love this album so much.
when I was a boy
everything was right