It's been a while, and even longer since I've given Get Hurt a close listen. I watched Brian's acoustic livestream of the whole album and loved it! I really liked the stripped down arrangements, and prefer them to the album versions in some cases. And as always Brian's banter and commentary was funny and insightful. I also thought the the songs themselves have aged quite well. I feel like I was generally pretty positive about it when it came out (at least more so than some fans and critics), but still considered it to be their weakest album.
I still think it's flawed and not their best work - some lyrics just don't quite work and some of the different sonic things going on don't always mesh. But overall, it is a bold and very good record that seems to hit harder now than when it came out. I think Stay Vicious, 1,000 Years, the title track, Stray Paper, Break Your Heart, and Have Mercy (which Brian acknowledges definitely should have made the official record) are especially great. They could have kept rewriting The 59 Sound and Handwritten over and over, but they tried something different and a little weird, and I really respect that. What do you folks think? Has your attitude towards Get Hurt changed at all 7 years on?