I don’t know much of anything about hxc, emo, skramz, Brand New, or the Midwest. If you listen to Indian Runner and wonder why I even bring up the previous, you only lend credence to my ignorance. A Decent Human Being is a definite departure from the Indian Runner debut. The continuity is maintained by Michael White’s lyrical concerns, which now contain less Jesus, more laughter. Everything is anthemic and lies near the surface. What continues to lurk under the shouts and climaxes is White’s obsession with mythologizing the proletariat and parking lots through images delivered like asides. Because of the unfamiliarity of the container, I can’t trace the sum total of the record so well, and it escapes my grasp. It operates in folds I am unfamiliar with. Born in the USA appears in the foreground sometimes, and Mike’s machine still kills communists. I swear I hear Morissey skulking around in there too. It’s worth listens.