I've seen The World Is … live a few times and they tend to come across as loud and unruly, with so many instruments playing so many parts - and so many vocalists participating - that some songs almost devolve into chaos. And while I love that side of them, this CD embodies something completely different - emphasizing melodies, acoustic instrumentation, and a fair amount of order. This is by far the most pleasant sounding recording they've made thus far (their live show is a bit toned down, but still raucous, if the one I saw earlier this month is any indication). A great way to ease into a really top-notch underground band.
I would recommend this to a friend