Standards is Evan Weiss’s first Into It. Over It. album since he turned 30, the kind of milestone that throws some songwriters into crisis. He has long been the spokesman for the emo revival, usually the most eloquent guy quoted in the "Emo’s Back" trend pieces that circulated a couple years ago. But now that the emo revival is looking less like a niche scene and more like the shape of alternative to come, Weiss is settling into a new role as the scene’s elder statesmen. He’s mellowed with age, and on Standards he banks on subtlety—which, really, is as good a way as any to distinguish yourself in a scene defined by overstatement. What’ll be most surprising about Standards to anybody still weary of the emo tag is how tasteful it all sounds. In his many interviews on the subject, Weiss has sought not only to reclaim the term emo but also to normalize it, arguing in effect that it’s as just as respectable and ordinary as any other genre, and that for all its youthful appeal it’s the kind of music that you can grow old with, too. On Standards, a thoughtful album about bracing for the future while grieving the past, he’s leading by example.