This album does feature some of the 'poppyiest' songs Say Anything has ever written. Particularly the song Crush'd which was clearly written as a way to proclaim his love for his now wife Sherri. It's a decent song, really but comes off even more sappy than Shiksa (Girlfriend) was. It's a cute song really but it just feels a little out of place for the band. The song Cemetery is another one clearly written for her. I don't mean that in a bad way really, it's probably one of my favorite songs, it's just a little out of place from what we've come to expect from Say Anything.
I wish people, especially older Say Anything fans would be more willing to give this album a chance. Once you get past the poppy love songs and get over the more polished production, it's still Say Anything underneath. Death For My Birthday is probably the darkest and most depressing songs they've ever done. It's still full of self loathing and angst just in a less chaotic and coarse package. It's definitely more accessible as an album to really fans of pop, pop punk, emo, indie rock, etc. It signifies a new era for the band that should be celebrated.