"We select the songs that talk to each other." Stamey added. "If he has one that pulls in one direction, I'm likely to suggest or write one that pulls in the other, and vice versa. We will shape arrangements and pick keys with this in mind, as well. But the main thing is that we write enough songs that we can pick ones that fit together and leave out the ones that argue amongst themselves too much"—therein lies the key to the even, consistent mood of the dB's oeuvre.