The Robbers turned to producer Daniele Luppi for help with this new one; the studio whiz who had recent success working with Danger Mouse on Gnarls Barkley’s St. Elsewhere. The production is as crisp and radio-ready as you’d expect on the Strokes-like “Crown Victoria” and the exceedingly peppy (for its subject matter) “The Fatalist.”

The band in the past has been compared incessantly to Spoon, but if you want to draw comparisons here you’ll do well to mention My Chemical Romance. Especially Black Parade-ish is “The Ramp,” a slow, sad piano tearjerker.

The next song on the album manages to trump adversity, making the listener feel a little less guilty when singing along to “Kick ’em in the Shins.”

Grade: A

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