The group's debut Is This It? was a raw and stripped back indie masterpiece. By contrast, Comedown Machine is a cocktail of 80s new wave inspired sounds, with some hints of punk and Hawiian jazz. Old skool fans won't like it, because they don't like change. However, I embrace change, and overall I think their new sound is more fun and instrumentally intriguing than anything they've done previously.
Poor vocal production sadly lets this album down a bit. Julian Casablanca seems to drown under the instrumentation. His lyrics end up incomprehensible. But oh well, the instrumentation makes up for it.