Sound — 10
Straight from Underoath, you would think that Aaron Gillespie would have a harder edge to his music, but combining Emocore, Indie, Southern Rock, and even Bluegrass his sound has an absolutely great and diverse feel to it. On songs like "Amazing Because It Is" and "Dirty and Left Out", he brings a Singer/Songwriter style to the table and contrast it with the songs "Say This Sooner", "Never Say 'I Told You So'", and "I Mostly Copy Other People" to give a harder and sharper edge to the CD.
Lyrics — 9
Hymns, spirituals, and symbolic lyrics are all present in "Southern Weather". Gillespie takes some of his vocals from Underoath and some of his own seperate vocal talents to the CD. "Amazing Because It Is" brings some of the most tear-wrenching lyrics I have ever heard, combining lyrics from "Amazing Grace" and personally written material (though spirituals and hymns usually get to me). a lot of "Southern Weather" was written due to Gillespie's anxiety disorder, hence the lines from "Say This Sooner" saying, "No one will ever say things the way I do, no one will try. All my friends think that I'm gone, but I swear I'm not." Aaron Sprinkle really brought that little bit of what the CD needed on the song "Never Say 'I Told You So'". Lyrically, Gillespie rocked!
Overall Impression — 10
For a debut CD, Gillespie held no punches and was absoulutey great lyrically, vocally, and instrumentally. Everything is balenced out, and even if you were expecting something a little harder it is something worth checking out. If anyone had ever stole it, I would first beat the crap out of them, then buy them the CD, then give them a good stereo just so they could listen to it. I love it and would definately recommend it.