It's been a while since we've heard from The Whigs. In fact (at the risk of making a bad pun), you could almost say we've been In the Dark for a few years. They released that album three years ago, and since then, they have played a whole ton of gigs. Indeed, Enjoy the Company is a record that was written to be performed live. It was written whilst on the road, and the band chose the tracklist by looking for the answer to one simple question: 'Which songs do we enjoy playing live the most?' As a result, album number four has a totally different feel to its predecessor, which was quite a dark listen.

There's a celebratory feel running throughout the new songs; opener 'Staying Alive' is a jubilant eight-minute epic that kicks things off on an extremely high note. It's the sort of song that could easily have closed the album, but the trio wanted to make a statement, and that's exactly what they've done.

Elsewhere, it's all rather succinct: four of the album's 10 tracks are under three minutes in length, and they're all quite punchy. The band have decided to take the most direct route on their new album, meaning that tracks like 'Gospel' and the forceful 'Summer Heat' - the latter possessing one of the best choruses of the year - are simple yet extremely effective. This is the sound of band reclaiming the optimism and vigour that they were once known for, going back to basics and doing it in style. There's a powerfulness to the album that suggests that the band were nothing less than completely focused during its creation; it would be hard not to be when in a recording studio housed in a church in rural Woodstock, NY, and indeed, this was the case; "It was just us and the music," bassist Timothy Deaux explained when asked about the making of the album, and when the band slow things down for the gorgeous ballad 'Thank You', it's clear that they had their minds on the music the whole time.

That song would have been very easy to toss in as an aterthought, as it's so different to the rest of the material on offer, but it's a surprisingly tender moment on an album that isn't afraid to mix things up when the time's right. The brief lull that it brings helps 'Rock and Roll Forever' to hit that much harder. The penultimate track on the album is quintessential Whigs, and it sums up everything that they've tried to do with their new album in a spectacular fashion, paving the way for the colossal-sounding 'Ours' to bring things to a close.

Its acoustic beginnings are deceptive, as a change of pace signals its gradual growth into one of the very best things the band have written to date, allowing Enjoy the Company to close on a sort of open-ended note that raises plenty of questions about their future. There are plenty of places they could go from here, but their next album will be hard-pressed to be as fun as this.