This is not unprecedented; I will occasionally become so taken with a song that it will be the only music I can think about for several days. Since 2003, when this phenomenon first manifested (Fishing the Sky by The Appleseed Cast, which is now my ringtone), I have not stopped enjoying any of these tunes.
I say all this to back up one seemingly hyperbolic statement that I totally believe: I will be listening to I Dont Want to Go to Sleep Either consistently for the next eight years, if not the rest of my life. It is in the upper echelon of songs Ive ever heard not because of any meticulous analysis, but because I want to hear it over and over and over. I could spend several hundred words talking about why the goofy charm of the tune makes it addictive, but heres the music video instead. The visuals are a perfect match.
The balance of Don't Want To Sleep is a clear case of naming your album after the best track and going from there.
American amps up the goofy factor, with the Icelandic kids murmuring incoherent phrases (your name is in search of a friend, your head is as numb as your face) and then chanting Im gonna learn American! The perky, fun sounds that compose the song only add to the dont think about it, just love it mood. New Year has great synth contributions and a solid melody.
Other tracks try to be taken seriously and totally fail (In Line, Happy Winter). FM Belfast is privy to what Im right now dubbing the Architecture in Helsinki rule: If your quirkiness is what enthralls people, forget self-awareness or seriousness and just keep quirking. People will forgive repetition if there are high highs, but they wont forgive a crack in the veneer.
Really, you shouldnt be reading this far down in the review. You should be dancing euphorically. You need that song in your life. The rest of the album? Perhaps. But that song? Definitely. Stephen Carradini