Sound — 4
I think I speak for everyone when I say I was blown away by She Watched The Sky. I knew this band had extreme talent and potential. Then, they lost Jordan and gained Jag (who is an extreme vocallist with a rediculous range). And we later ended up with Wires... And The Concept Of Breathing. This was the catapult A Skylit Drive needed. They dove headfirst into the Post-Hardcore/Screamo scene with Wires. After signing to Fearless Records (which I was excited about, as around the same time, Blessthefall got signed to Fearless aswell) they come out with Adelphia. Adelphia is almost a step back from Wires. The amazing screams we hear in Wires almost get lost into the music of this record. However, the musicianship in this record is still amazing for such a young band. I honestly do believe that Fearless producers pushed A Skylit Drive to tweak their sound and in the process, they lost fans.
Lyrics — 6
Lyrics are nothing special on this record. They seem to be less metaphorical and more "direct". They do get boring and repetitive at times. However, lyrics do fit well with the music, as we hear on Prelude To A Dream (which kicks in with a breakdown): "Stand up! This is a f--king ovation!". No problem with Jag's vocals, still a great vocallist. But in this record, he experiments with the lower part of his vocal range, which makes certain songs seem, well... Weird at times, to be honest.
Overall Impression — 4
Overall, this is nothing compared to Wires. Wires will always be my favourite CD by A Skylit Drive. I can listen to it for days and not get sick of it. It flows perfectly from track to track. It almost seems as if Adelphia was rushed. It doesn't seem to flow well. The best songs on this album would have to be Prelude To A Dream, Eva The Carrier (very catchy chorus), The Children Of Adelphia (because the first 18 seconds are brutal) and It's Not Ironic It's Obvious (for it's crazy guitar intro). I love how they experiment with more synths and such. And that's all I think this album really is... simply and experiment to see what A Skylit Drive sound, well, poppier. And unfortunately, the experiment doesn't go too well, my friends. If this CD was lost or stolen, I probably would not buy it again, to put it bluntly. I am dissapointed.