“...It’s like the 60′s soul, 70′s funk and 80′s new wave had a three headed child... “Short Term Memory” starts it off with a bass line made for dancing. ...the guitar and synth work win every time... Ben Brunnemer and Joe Palumbo vibrate disco through their fingers without complicating it. They go for a cleaner sound and I think that is what pays off best on the album. ...It’s that contrast that kept pulling me in. “Take What You Need” sounds like a punk song just in title and it fits the bill, bringing in some great synth and a guitar that echoes the 60′s surf sound.... ...“Swing (suburbanite)” has an addicting chorus... The reggae influence makes it a track that stands out on the album... The last song “You Like Boats” sounds like a 60′s throwback with country acoustic jangle and some great production layering... Goldberg’s drum work, with the snare playing a revolutionary call to something epic, I think the drummer and the synth player get the las”
"... Even in this, the heyday of music categorizing snobbery that seems to delight fans, bloggers, and YouTube commenters round the globe, The Better Letters aren't that easy to classify. ... ... The Better Letters' first LP, Mixed Feelings, pops with lyrics comparable to that of The Mountain Goats, in a stream-of-consciousness, straight-to-the-point, conversational kind of way. Some lyricists toy with you, but this band isn't playing around. This LP harbors no metaphorical mind fucks ... Produced with crisp snare drumlines and hyperactive lyrics that take boat complimenting seriously, "You Like Boats" shows what is really good about Mixed Feelings. "I really like what you've done with the place/ I must say you have a good eye," they sing, and it seems the vocalist genuinely likes what she's done with her place ... Intriguing! ... I like this band."
"Throw on a track from the Better Letters' new LP, entitled Mixed Feelings, and the comparisons to the Talking Heads are at once evident ...The Better Letters deliver quick-hitting jolts of strange electricity, featuring frantic riffs, catchy vocals and often some well-placed synth that will certainly remind you of the eighties... If taut, erudite guitar rock is your thing, rest assured: the heat goes on."
“Brooklyn’s the Better Letters take you back in time to the dawn of the 80’s and the onset of twitching, jangly punk that will certainly invoke numerous Talking Heads and possibly some Feelies references. Vocalist Joe Palumbo (formerly of sh-sh-sh-Shark Attack! Fame) has a nervous yet somehow infectious voice. The bouncy “Container” smacks of Freedom of Choice era Devo without some of the histrionics. However, the Better Letters also blend pop elements that make the band come across as an Americanized, male Shonen Knife. If you are a touch confused, do not worry; simply take your time, give this multiple listens and I promise you’ll be hooked.”
“...This is a great sleeve...The A-Side 'That's not all' has an overall nervous energy... the post punk kind with stuttered guitar strumming. Super quick bursts of chords match Joe Palumbo's vocal delivery, his staccato high register syllables that inflect off the end of the sentence...resulting in an un-singalong-able verse... they jab around waiting, not to knock you out ever, just poke around until you go down...But this sounds a little more unemotional...dare I say they get into Devo territory even...or the Units? It's hard not to come up with David Byrne in this case...We don't have any feelings...'Container' raises the post-everything bar adding plinky keys to the epileptic changing jangly thin electric thin, barley amplified sound...It's that same feeling, layered unusual phrasing...pure art school...appropriate weird stuff, the influences mash together, but a willingness to experiment in that genre and take it to a further place...”