Sound — 10
They sound a lot different, Alexisonfire is more focusing on harmony and want their music to be user-friendly toward radio stations as said in a interview with Dallas Green. Two songs that really struck me were "To A Friend" and "This Could Be Anywhere In The World"; both good songs and a great deal of harmonizing was put into these songs. By far this album takes it up a notch on "Watch Out!" But they still have the energy they had from their Debut album "Alexisonfire", with songs like "Boiled Frogs" and "Crisis", they are showing their heavier metal side we haven't seen in a while. Some of the songs I found I didn't like, but at first when you hear your favourite bands new cd; you are left with trying to adapt to it. Took me about 3 days to get use to their new sound. It still feels a bit like "Watch Out!" Wade, the lead/backup guitarist sings way more in this album. Also really suits the songs and blends in perfectly. "Boiled Frogs" they're 3 different verses, one starting with George Screaming, Dallas singing softly, then all in a sudden we are struck with another voice which is Wades. Alexisonfire offered something new to this cd, another voice. Gared O'Donnell (Planes Mistaken For Stars) is a guest vocalist for only one song on the cd. I could even barely notice the guest vocal.
Lyrics — 9
They have matured a lot lyricly. The lead singer of Alexisonfire George Petit told Etalk Daily that "This album is much more mature, you won't find songs that are about Go-karts and stuff like that" (making a reference to the song "Hey, It's Your Funeral Mama"). Funny story is, the name "Boiled Frogs" came from George Petit, talking about how his father just before retirement got ripped off with his boss. The band was thinking on changing the name but George told them that the name has a lot to do with the song in general "Leaving a frog in a pot to boil, he doesn't notice it heat up and eventually dies." The vocals have been worked on a lot, the screaming is some what understandable, and Dallas is singing wise better from "Watch Out!"
Overall Impression — 9
This album is different than their previous ones. Sound, Lyrics, etc. Their sound has been polished and cleaned to sound more professional and this album shows it. The most impressive songs have to be "To A Friend", "Boiled Frogs", "This Could Be Anywhere In The World." I like their new style with an additional voice, but I still thing this album should have been a little more heavier. If it was stolen/lost, I would definitly buy a new copy.