This approach is quite a change from the group's 2004 breakthrough, Funeral, which ruminated heavily on aging and rebirth from a perspective of possibility. Unsurprisingly, Bible lacks the Talking Heads-esque childish playfulness and jug-band jubilation of Funeral, and there's nothing on Bible as gut-punching as Funeral's "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" or as catchy as "Rebellion (Lies)." In fact, Bible sounds more like a somber funeral than Funeral does; minor chords, cherubic harmonies, and sprawling, chilly string-and-horn arrangements combine for fire-and-brimstone hymns and stormy sea lullabies. The exception is the bouncy swagger of "Keep the Car Running" and "(Antichrist Television Blues)," both of which are dead ringers for Bruce Springsteen tracks. But the album isn't boring it's just more subtle, more challenging, more immense, and a quintessential headphones listen.