Gotta tell the truth: I really didn’t like One Simple Word that much at all. They wanted to toughen their sound, so they added big rock guitars all over the record, pummelling every bit of melody right out of the songs. And I really hated the lead guitar that sounded like it was just plugged into the mixing board and played by whomever was walking by.
It’s not that I’m against jangly bands plugging in and getting loud: The Posies, for one, did it quite successfully when they reinvented their sound for Frosting on The Beater. It’s just that the production on One Simple Word felt totally wrong for the songs. And from what I could tell, the songs really up to snuff, either.