Sound — 10
At the Drive-In are one of my favourite bands and it was this album that got me interested in their music. To me, this album is phenomenal. The basslines are fast and you can actually hear them which (for me being a bass player) is a very important ingredient to have in a band. The drumming is also very fast and holds the frantic guitarring together. Each song finishes so fast (even though the average length is about 4 mins) that you skip back to hear it again. Everything is perfect, even the odd telephone call in Enfilade is awesome and you don't question it atall.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are so cryptic and unusual that it takes you a long time to work out what each song is about. But for me, this makes the wole ATD-I (and Mars Volta) experience so much better because it isn't the obvious lyrics you hear on the radio, these songs are highly angsty and political. Cedric can also sing a song in so many different ways. Every song is differently sung, from the fast-paced spittings of Arcarsenal to the slow atmospheric tones of Quarantined.
Overall Impression — 10
I don't own the whole collection of ATD-I CD's but out of the one's I do own (this, Vaya and In/Casino/Out), this one has to be the best. The album is just amazing on so many levels. The lyrics are perfect, the instrumentatiion is loud and fast but also delicately wraps itself around the lyrics. This album is perfect, it really is. My favourite songs for me are either Quarantined or Enfilade. But this album gets even better with every listen. The lyrics start off cryptic but you then realise their artistic imagery and the messages the songs are given out. At first the guitar riffs sounds noisy and clumsy, but with each new listen you appreciate their intricasy and precission. Overall, an epic opus. Shame they split really.