Sound — 9
Lead Sails Paper Anchor, what can I say? It's got an '80s hard rock sound with an Atreyu twist. The guitar solo's are better than ever, the baseline's are funkier then any other album, and the screaming isn't in your face. It's got a fresh feel to it as it's a completely new chapter in Atreyu's sound. They've pushed themselves even further. The album has really opened them up and showed what they can really do. For example Marc McKnight's basslines were often too shy and not very punchy, but on this album he lets himself loose and produces some really nice line's. This is so different from any other Atreyu album, but it's still pure gold.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics in Lead Sails Paper Anchor are deeper than ever, and I feel more personal than what we've heard previously from Atreyu, at point's the lyrics can be very cliche but at the same time they have a feel to them that makes you think, and make you want more. The lyrics and the music blend together perfectly, the screaming is not so loud and noisy, but more melodic and smooth and this is great. I am personally a big fan of metal/screaming but it's a nice change from Alex and his usual screaming. He should be proud of his sound on this album. Brandon's clean and crisp vocals really add depth and true tone to this album. Overall they've really pushed the boundaries of their musical talent and it's amazing.
Overall Impression — 8
Firstly, I'd like to say that I am a die hard Atreyu fan and I've been into this band for a very long time and they have molded my taste in music. Lead Sails Paper Anchor is completely different from any other Atreyu album, and there are many people who believe this is their worst album, but it's not. Give it a chance, listen to it a few times and you'll fall in love with it. As that's what I did. It's worth buying it just to add to your Atreyu collection.