The trumpet flares at the beginning of "We're Already Gone" might have you thinking you put your Miles Davis CD in the player by mistake. But after a few seconds, the horn is joined by a sleepy bass line, scratchy rhythm guitar and vocals of Mat McHugh in a dreamy reggae.



The genre is a favorite for this Australian quartet and the band infuses each song with a jazzy element that further elongates the already slow rhythm. Between the dance numbers, lie acoustic guitar numbers like "Let's Take the Long Way Home," an around-the-beach-bonfire Jack Johnson sort of tune.



That song's about a romantic stroll but most of this album has serious overtones of things gone wrong, so it‚s suitable for analysis if you like. But forget the poverty spun out in the lyrics of "Skipping Cracks;" just tune into the groove instead.

Grade: B