Hearn expertly navigates various genres in order to touch on each of these themes. The emotive, free-flowing piano melody of opener "Gallerina" is a stunning backdrop for a unorthodox tale of unrequited love between a portrait and an art gallery worker, while some downcast dub reggae is well-suited to the woeful yet humorous "You Wrecked Me." Delicate touches of classical music adorn "Sugar Water," while listeners can find some more pop-oriented fare on "Up Above" and "Best Day Yet."
Much like he and his Barenaked bandmates have been known to do as a group, Hearn succeeds in writing in these different styles without making the album feel like a collection of influences that were forced together. While these songs are strikingly personal in a lyrical sense, the man's reliance on a relatively simplistic rhyme scheme at times feels a bit repetitive across the record. Still, that's a minor blemish on an otherwise delightful and engaging record. (Roaring Girl)