With its exhilarating choral opening and closing, "Better Days" was the perfect pre-release single to announce the advent of this indie folk/pop group's third album. Lead singer Alex Ebert calls it "the rawest, most liberated, most rambunctious stuff we've done" and says that "these songs mean everything to me."
"The shuffling, Sgt. Pepper's-indebted 'Let's Get High' moves through a handclapping poppy section full of blurting brass and 'high on love' choruses…. Multiple references to Lennon/McCartney compositions [are] sometimes as blatant as the crunchy guitar lead of 'Oh! Darling' being appropriated for the chorus of the Zeros' 'This Life' and other times as subtle as a vocal affectation borrowed from Let It Be. Vocalist Jade Castrinos again joins Ebert with her passionate howl … on her sole lead vocal tune, 'Remember to Remember.' Along with the Beatles-borrowed marching band sounds and milky guitar tones, the band also tries on a '60s soul influence, bringing to mind Devendra Banhart's fractured take on doo wop on tracks like 'They Were Wrong’."—All Music Guide