And I think a big reason Gin grabbed me lyrically and conceptually the way it did was I really really liked the music in the first place. I'm a fan of albums that grow on you, but there has to be some immediate love. I'm obviously not going to totally change by opinion of The Ichthyologist by learning more about the concept. That kind of cheapens the fact that at any album's heart, it's music, and the music has to grab you before the other stuff can fall into place.
Glad you like it though, they're a band who truly deserves support. I don't regret buying it and I think they'll make good stuff in the future, and their live show was fantastic.