I think it's a brilliant record. Drive has some good songs on it but I've always found the arrangements rather bland and uninspired. With Beautiful Collision I think she's really grown into the role - her voice sounds better in the mix and there isn't a bad song on there. My top 3 are Get Some Sleep, Election Night and the brilliant closer, Gravity. There's a lot of emotion in this record, I think, and Gravity brings it all together in one amazing track. I played the whole album on a long drive down the Llyn Peninsula in Wales to mystical Bardsey Island, and the music seemed so apt in a landscape of low light and grey cloud-covered hills - one of those moments when music and place really come together.
At the end of the day, regardless of how it stands up to Drive, in comparison to a lot of the crap out there Beautiful Collision is well worth the money.