Defiance follows soon after: "The words you wrote to me/I'm feeling blue as the see/But I'm not sorry." This introduces a segue of floor toms that moves into Brit-rock where Ferrel riffs on a phrase like "I'm busy with my radio," delivered any number of different ways as the song ramps up to a crescendo that finishes melancholy.

Who can't empathize with a sentiment like "I miss the leaves in New England"? And the finish is the sun-shiney, sing-along, head-nodding rock, you never want to end, full trilling piano work from Sam Chandler.

The only thing I would change to the whole album, which even mixes in an R&B flavor in the finishing "Gallop," is to bring Ferrel's vocals higher into the mix at times. The lyrics are harder to make out than they need to be and you hate to miss them. It imparts a raw nature to the recordings, but I think they can pull off unadorned and "studio" at the same time, and "Skyo" suffers because of it, despite some really cool flat-pick guitar breakdowns.

You won't miss Ferrel in "Headlights," though, as he spits like an amped Joe Jackson: "Let's move away from the city/Let's burn all the money." He pulls off a pretty great "woo!" here, too. Theodore Treehouse have a way of doing big rock choruses without actually structuring the song in a verse-chorus-verse manner.

Whatever you want to call what they're doing, it's infectious. At times it's exhilarating. If you like to ride your music as much as listen to it, you need to get on this bandwagon in a hurry.

THEODORE TREEHOUSE | Released by Theodore Treehouse |

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