Sound — 8
The new album is well hard to describe using words, but as all I have is a computer and a keyboard it's all I can use so here it goes. Teen Dance Ordinance is well an emotional sea with great big nasty guitar riff sharks swimming ever so menacingley in it. With hardcore riffs from Rush Song and Worst Thing That Could Happen to the ultimatley more catchy Better Off With Him poppy track you get the feeling of a cresendo of musical talent spanning the genres. This band seem to be un genreless and only the one more general rock is able to be labeled on them without the cliche of "which type?" Jason Perry has managed to find even more room on the tracks for his hypnotic accent and abled to once again use it in unison with the rest of the band. Also the welcome return of Giles Perry on Keyboard. It's hard to imagine how a rock band can sound so good with a Keyboardist but it's true, GP adds the needed sounds to the tracks that Mark Chapman (although a master of the strings) is unable to create with his axe.
Lyrics — 10
The album is composed of songs wittled down from 40+ originals written for the album, so naturaly only the best are on the album. Jason has managed to create a love story to end all love stories with Rush Song and Better Off With Him. These two stories interlock and tell the tragic tail of two lovers killing themselves so that they can live for ever in eternity. But one not dieing and falling in love again. The rest of the album is mostly about the strife of being a famous rock star and not beind able to lead a normal life. As in Someone else JP sings of his wish for a new life in which he can have a fresh life with a women who continually ignores him. Although the lyrics on the new album are exceptional, they are, well lacking when read on their own. JP has a new outlook on song writing and producing but it is nothing without the music that is used with the songs.
Overall Impression — 8
Teen Dance Ordinance has received little or no promotion from warner. The odd article in Kerrang and the adverts in the music magazines. Also the website offered free promotional slip cases for the Rush Song single. But that was it. It is sad to think that a bad with such integrity and determination is well ignored in such a fasion because the current scene is too "mellow" for their unique take on the genre of rock. The previous album Hi-Fi Serious was a serious contender in the charts as it hit just when nu metal was at it's peak but not enough to make people remember. And now it is feared on the forumns that the band may split. Probably the best thing you can do with this album is to sample it on Kerrang then decide for yourself weather you want it or not. But me myself, I would say do not hesitate and buy this album. It is so incredibly well ACE I struggle to use only words to describe it. How about I just ask for your opinion on it instead!