I'm consistently reminded of why they're my favorite band and, it might be overused, but I can't think of a better adjective than genius for Merritt.
'Xavier Says' is written in the form of a play. This is backed by a depressing Christmas song. Which in turn is followed by a traditional rhyming song, a noise-country song, and a sing-along drinking song.
I love that he rhymes words that look like they should rhyme on paper but don't actually, like blood and good.
I love that Shirley is back contributing vocals on this as the variety really is just lovely.
I love how I can't decide on which song to include on a mixtape because I love every single song for a different reason.
And I love how in 'The Nun's Litany', one of the verses is:
I want to be a dominatrix
which isn't like me, but I can dream
learn S, and M,
and all those gay tricks
and men will pay me to
make them scream
The fact that he didn't write S&M is clearly a reference to his initials as well as the double-meaning of "all those gay tricks". It's that kind of thing which just consistently wows me.
If you haven't given this album a chance, do so.
If you have, do so again and this time just sit and read along to the lyrics while you do.