More than a decade after their jawdropping debut, the Philadelphians can still set minds whirring with a feast of ideas and melody-rich songs. Moving ever further from indie guitar pop and with considerable lyrical largesse, The Tourist is uplifting enough to live up to the band’s name.
Opener The Pilot kicks things off with warm Smiths-esque guitars but by the time we get to outstanding single Fireproof, things are more synth-based. CYHSY is now a one-man vehicle for the troubled Alec Ounsworth, but rather than being dark and introspective, this is a triumphant musical purge (hence the bold proclamations of Down (Is Where I Want To Be)). This might easily become one of the most irresistible and influential albums of the year.