Guitarist and vocalist Tim Beeler's delivery is even more joyfully disjointed throughout "New Calm Part 2," a rawer and longer version of the song featured on the previous EP, which itself was already a new version of "New Calm Part 1." Confused yet? This new version fuses both these two earlier recordings, resulting in its most affecting iteration, only to then be completely torn apart in "New Calm Part 3," a sprawling six-and-a-half minutes of musical exploration and subtle abrasiveness over lingering guitar distortion. While "New Calm Part 3" is not altogether unpleasant, a nice respite awaits in the form of the more straightforward "Waiting," (if anything Ought does can be considered straightforward) with its cowbell-like cymbal tapping and plaintive vocals.
Once More With Feeling… acts as both a great introduction for new fans, highlighting their DIY aesthetic and their ability to subvert their own song structures, and as a nice addition to Ought's already great discography for existing fans. (Constellation)