Honestly, they were a lot better than I expected them to be; I liked Last Night on Earth but found it almost a polar opposite to their first album, which is my favorite of theirs, and not just because Laura Marling was in the band at the time. What I loved about Peaceful the World Lays Me Down was how a lot of the music on that album was so light and full of jaunty melodies and woodwind instruments, yet the lyrics were so melancholy that they gave the melodies weight, and I was afraid that because the two sounds were so different they wouldn't play much of their old stuff, save maybe 5 Years Time (which they did play, and it was awesome). But they ended up playing lots of their old songs from Peaceful (Shape of My Heart, Give a Little Love, Jocasta, and Rocks and Daggers) that they had reworked to fit in with the rest of the songs. Just imagine if all the ukelele parts of those songs were replaced by electric guitars, and you'll get an idea of what I'm talking about.
Shame on me for having such little faith!!! But then I guess the surprise made it all the more enjoyable.
All photographs are by Autumn De Wilde