"Hot Summer" is an obvious single with an appealing immediacy. It hits you directly without a lead-in; the lyrics are unobscured and blunt, sad and beautiful. The song is pared down to its core, poppy, and powerful.
Hard-rocking riffs face off with Becker's whispered verses in this showcase of the band's raw talent. While the album is a nice introduction, the live show is always worthwhile. You owe it to yourself to catch this duo in person.