Sound — 10
At first I was a little sketchy on what this CD would sound like, as it was produced by Josh Abraham (30 Seconds To Mars - Beautiful Lie, Atreyu - A Deathgrip On Yesterday). But I Think it was prolly the most refreshing trio sound of the last few albums. saying as that Jerry Finn had his hand with mixing and producing From Here to Infirmary, Good Mouring, and Crimson. The Band says they tried to make it more organic and actually do have a lot less extras of keyboards, and synth than Crimson. You can still hear some of these parts, but it is all in good taste. At certain parts like at the end of "I found away" it sounds like some of the Cure's Disintigration was used and referrenced, but it fits the songs just fine. A diverse collection of songs, none of the songs have the feeling they don't belong. Alkaline trio is progressing in many ways, most notably is Matt Skiba's Guitar work. Saying as to the point that when Good Mourning was coming out in 2003, matt said he didn't know where a C note was on his guitar. This must have changed, becasue he seams to know what he is doing on guitar more and more. Dan's voice goes through many spectrums, and he show cases his voice a lot more than previous records. A Good record soundwise, above par for people who were worried like myself knowing that AK3 was moving to Epic records for their major label debut.
Lyrics — 10
Anyone who knows alkaline trio knows that the lyrics these guys write are always true and bite into the minds of their fan following. Nothing has changed, there are lyrics on this album that loyal fans will get tattoos of. Back up vocals was in good taste, and written to fit very well.
Overall Impression — 10
One of the best Alkaline Trio albums. prolly the best one since pre-From Here to Infirmary. It is an album, not a CD that is overloaded with songs that are new. It may be only 10 songs, but they go together well. I'm very pleased with these guys. Sellouts? I think not. Keep it up guys, I'm all ears for b-sides (speaking of b-sides, Lost and rendered is stellar at the least).