Sound — 9
Irish band Blink have been around for a very long time, but they choose only to release albums once every 3-4 years. This may be because they choose quality over quantity. 'The End Is High' is their second album and its brilliant. Fans of their much rockier 'Deep Inside The Sound Of Sadness' album may be a bit puzzled by the addition of synthesizers and other effects but this is a brillianty accomplished rock album. They have a very unique sound and you really have to hear them to get a sense of what they're like. Their music styles range from the classical-esque 'Cello' to the dance-rock of 'A Planet Made Of Rain', or the bittersweet 'The Raven'.
Lyrics — 9
This album is possibly their strongest lyrically. Dermot Lambert is a great songwriter and this is extremley evident on songs like 'The Raven', 'Sky Landscraper Paper Fly' and 'Dead Little Bird'. His vocal stylings are also amazing, his ability to switch his voice to suit rock songs like 'A Planet Made of Rain' to soft ballads like 'Would You Kill For Love? 'is brilliant. 'The Raven' is possibly one of the greatest songs, lyrically speaking, that I've ever heard.
Overall Impression — 8
This album is an extremley good rock album. It switches genres alot and every song has its own distinct style. Stand out tracks include 'A Planet Made Of Rain', 'Cello', 'Dead Little Bird' and 'The Raven' Although some weaker tracks like 'The House That Illuminates Your Thoughts' do take away from its quality. definatley a band to check out for fans of Modest Mouse.