I am still quite ill, and so do not expect much of a detailled or articulate post.
In a decision to juxtapose yesterday's album, today you get what very well might be the best pop album of all time (and I say this even while I favour 1999's When Your Heartstrings Break). It keeps up the excessive instrumentation of the previous album but is sligthtly more downbeat-- mostly lyrically. That, of course, does not mean it is a downbeat album at all. The Coast is Never Clear is a sweet albeit slightly heartbreaking disc whose tracks have a tendency to show up on every fanmix I've ever looked at.
It was also unfortunate enough to be released on September 11th, 2001.