While I do appreciate you taking the time to write this thoughtful review, Derek, I must admit that I'm actually now less hyped for OML as a whole. Your descriptions for Nobody Can Save Me and Sharp Edges especially killed a good part of my hype, as I was truly hoping that LP would have at least made their opener different enough from everything else on the album. You mentioned that NCSM sounded quite a bit like Battle Symphony, which I find very disappointing. Opening tracks have always been a strong suit for LP, since they tend to sound distinct, and can stand out by themselves IMO. As for Sharp Edges, the country-esque description has definitely left me skeptical, as that is another genre I have tried to listen to and appreciate, but am unable to whatsoever. Also, what's with several songs on the album being intentionally happy/upbeat if they are meant to depict the life struggles of the band members? I thought this album was supposed to be a darker kind of emotional, but I guess I was way off with what I thought would be the case. I'm sorry to say, but this album may be an almost total miss for me, and it really sucks. LP has meant a lot to me for the past decade or so, and not being able to stand by the majority of a new album from them is just incredibly frustrating and depressing. I hold this band in very high regard, as they are the sole reason I became intensely interested in music, if at all. All of this said, I will give OML a chance, and by that I mean several full listens. Don't think I'm completely dismissing the album before hearing it in full. For what it's worth, I pre-ordered OML soon after it was officially announced in February. Oh, and Good Goodbye has actually grown on me a lot, and is probably the only song I completely enjoy listening to, out of the ones I have heard.