Sound — 9
Great sound. The use of instruments is very well done. The brass adds just that little extra spice to their songs. The bass is very distinct in each of their songs and along with the acoustic and/or electric produces a great rhythm for the song. I think the drums are there just because they have to be, but don't sound out of place and the simple beats suit the usually slow songs that they write. The sound in The Finger is incredibley nice, they tend to play a kind of brass/old rock music which sounds great and Mark's voice suits it.
Lyrics — 9
Mark Seymour probibly is one of the best songwriters ever. He has written about some of the simplest things but they sound great. The use of words is very effective. His use of vocals is great and range is OK. Sometimes he sings the same thing twice and uses more than one vocalist, producing like an echo, but also reinforces what he just said. The use of rhyming is good, as they don't go overboard and the balance of syllables in each line is in good balance with the voice of the music. The lyrics work perfectly with the music, through all the pauses and changes, and gives them their distinct sound.
Overall Impression — 9
Throw Your Arms Around Me is arguably the Hunters & Collectors best song, and definitly the best put together on this album. Along with Everything's on Fire, This Morning, Dog and January Rain it gives a nice smooth sounding album and a great example of a broadened genre of music. I love the quiet picking in some of the songs and the use of the bass guitar in all the songs. The horns are great but in some places make it sound a bit like an orchestra, though they sound good anyway.