Whenever I discover a band that already have several albums which I have not heard before, I like to start at the beginning with their very first album. I like to absorb the album as if I am hearing it at the time of its release. Once I know the album, know the songs, know which song will play next and which songs are my favourites, only then will I move on to their next album and the process begins again. I am the same with films, If I see a film by a director or writer whose work I have never seen before I get slightly irritated that I am not seeing their work in chronological order. Weird, I know.
Anywho, having listened to Declare A New State! almost everyday for a week I feel that I know the album pretty well (and I am ready to move on to Honeysuckle Weeks. Yay!) My favourite song from the album is a little ditty called This Conversation. It is not exactly one of the album's happiest songs and fairly short at 2 minutes 50 seconds, but I think it is beautiful and you should all listen to it right now: