08/30/2011 10:46 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Beirut, 'A Candle's Fire' (AUDIO)

Beirut's latest album, "The Rip Tide," is officially out today, and fans who have come to depend on Zach Condon's old-world mentality will be surprised, hopefully pleasantly, by the turn he takes here.

As Theo Spielberg put it in The Huffington Post's review of the album, The Rip Tide departs from Zach Condon's natural tendencies:

Condon seemed more like the musical Max Fisher, precocious and preternaturally talented; posturing like a man twice his age who has a taste in fine wines and exotic literature. This time around Condon seems to personify the Dylan lyric: “I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.” Condon’s songwriting and palette have matured into a wonderfully adolescent focusing of pop.

Today, we're starting things off as the album does with its opening track, "A Candle's Fire," which sets up this youthful pop sensibility -- with an old soul still buried in there -- up nicely.