It’s remarkable how quickly Hop Along’s “Bark Your Head Off, Dog” moved along the following progression:

  • I like it, but I maybe liked their last jawn better
  • wait, holy shit, this is great
  • this is definitely one of the year’s best records
  • telling everyone I know how great this band and record are
  • this is definitely one of the decade’s best records
  • this record has become my new Emotional Center, my safe harbor