Technically talented lo-fi musicians should be and is an oxymoron, but somehow this five piece makes it work, without sounding like they're trying too hard. This kind of lo-fi, pop-folk is often infected by more than an adequate amount of candy coated cuteness, but Letters manage to gently maneuver around this dull tendency, yet still keeping the sound very upbeat and sunny.
In Case We Lose What We Have is at time very plain, but quite genuine in it's sound. The straightforwardness of the main 11 songs on the album is kept well in place by 5 untitled intermission songs on which the instruments become more liberated and much less predictable.
Especially the cello stands out with its graceful, fluid counter-sounds to the very rhythmical strumming of the guitar and ukulele.
Joshua James' tired, unimpressed voice definitely goes well with the music, but it's a big disappointment that the female voice of Jeanine McGann isn't in the foreground more often. On “You Make Me Feel Like the Island I'm Not,” the talents of both cellist and vocalists are, however, fully exploited and the song definitely stands out as the highlight of the album.
Letters succeed in using most of the qualities this genre has to offer. They do it without breaking any rules or surprising much, but their approach to the music is refreshing. The album is not an instant classic, but it's a great debut and I will definitely be checking the future releases of this group out. 7/10 -- Tobias Corell (1 April, 2009)