A couple weeks before it came out, I noticed that Saddle Creek would be releasing The Good Life's sophomore release, Black Out. I was so enamored by their first attempt, Novena on a Nocturn, that I searched out the track listing and downloaded Black Out that night. Unfortunately, the elements that I loved so much on Novena are very sparse on this new record. The soul-baring lyrics present on the first album are substituted for choruses like "You do you do you do you do you do you do" on The Beaten Path and talk of "titty bars" on Early Out the Gate. Odd, misplaced electronic noises and 80s pop/rock drumbeats replace the mellow drumming and soothing electronic beats of the first record. Theses noises make me feel like I'm playing Galaga while listening to a Cursive album. The only redeeming factor of this album is Tim Kasher's (of Cursive fame) gut-wrenching vocals that make a drunken trip to the local strip joint sound like a trip to his mother's funeral. There are a couple decent songs when the band runs out of 80s video game noises to use, but they definitely don't make this CD worth buying. If you can't wait until the next Cursive release, go buy Novena on a Nocturn and pretend this record doesn't exist.