Sound — 10
Atreyu has had since the beginning, a unique sound of it's own. It has always fit into a metalcore style, yet seemed to stand out against a lot of generic metalcore bands. With this album, a newer sound comes from the band. It has almost a pop type of sound, while remaining true to it's metal roots. And the new sound is creative and original. It's not a cookie-cutter album, each song is it's own.
Lyrics — 9
I would say that Alex's ability to write lyrics, as well as scream and sing them, has greatly increased on this album. It started on "A Death grip on Yesterday" and has arrived here. The lyrics are sung beautifully and the screams are just the right touch, not obnoxiously over-present, but still there, adding in the metalcore roots into a newer style of creativity for Atreyu.
Overall Impression — 9
"Lead Sails Paper Anchor" compares well against Atreyu's previous work. Most every song on the album has something that connects the sound to their older style, but connects outwards into a new place, which is excellent. Why release the same thing over and over again? That'd be boring, and Atreyu know it. Notable songs on this album are: "Doomsday," "Falling Down," "When Two Become One," and "Blow." The cover of the song "Epic" is pretty good too, not the best cover ever, but still, entertaining. There really isn't a whole lot of things to dislike about this album, but the expansion of style and skill on this album is amazing, and inspiring. Songs which can stand on their own, while reminiscent of old songs, still have a new taste to them.