I wasn't sure how I felt about it last night, but a couple of plays later, I quite like it, and it's nice to see Jane Tyrrell's vocals getting a strong use (at least, I hope it's Tyrrell--apologises if it's not).
The Herd's last album, The Sun Never Sets, was a really fine, intelligent thing that I dug a whole lot. Their previous albums were a mixed batch to me--I'd like a few tracks, hate others, and find the whole rather unsatisfying, but the third album seemed to see a change in the band, or so it seemed to me. The politics that found their way into the tracks were more mature, more interesting, and quite evocative when it came down to the language. With any luck, Summerland will be more of that.