17. Get Lonely (2006)
Released less than 18 months after The Sunset Tree, Get Lonely introduces brass to the instrumental palate. In one-sheet terms, it's the breakup record. While still recording at a breakneck pace, the band allows themselves plenty of room to stretch out. The vocals are softer, the songs lengthier. One has time to consider these songs' ancestors; "Half Dead" reprises the untangled-assets narrative of We Shall All Be Healed's "Your Belgian Things," but substitutes door chimes for the slyly oversaturated narrative. The brief "If You See Light" rolls along on a brass theme and Corey Fogel's tomwork, inverting the conquering-hero tale of "Quito" (also on WSABH) into a weirdly jaunty cowering from exposure. By far the moodiest record of the band's career, its string textures would be folded into the red-blooded Heretic Pride.