Help Wanted Nights
Upon listening to the Good Life's fourth album, the firs thing that is noticeable is the paring back of the lush settings that marked the band's previous efforts. Those settings were one of the main distinctions between The Good Life and principal Tim Kasher's other outfit, Cursive. But The Good Life was also poppy where Cursive was tempestuous, and emotional where the latter was simple emotive. Help Wanted's sparse settings do little to detract from the band's output, though, and in many ways this is the follow-up to the immediacy developed on the previous Album of the Year. This is most apparent on "Call Home," Kasher's detailing of the little things that make home home. Like past Good Life records, this one shows Kasher to be a gifted songwriter not able to be pinned inside the parameters to which Cursive may have had him confined.