Sound — 10
It's a pity that this is the first Blue October that I managed to pick up. Upon hearing the exquisite first single, "Hate Me" (oh, how I love that song), I knew I wanted to pick up the rest of the album. I am very glad I did. The sound on this disc is extremely eclectic, with styles that very from song to song. It goes from "Overweight" which is oddly reminscient of the Barenaked Ladies, to a heavy rock song with "Drilled A Wire Through My Cheek" to even the techno sounding "X-Amount of Words." This ecentricity is welcome, and make it even more engaging to the listener--after all, who wants to listen to the same song over and over again?
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics here are kind of different than the cliches that are used in many songs. I don't think there are many other bands who would use lines about "playing movies in my head that make a porno feel like home" or drilling wires through someone's cheek. This is very interesting. It kind of brings a fresher outlook on some things that have been horribly cliched, which are offset by some haunting, and also enchanting vocals from lead singer Justin. Although, there are some lyrics that make you ask why he used them, as a whole, it works.
Overall Impression — 9
What I love about this album is its ability to standout amongst other albums that I own. The sound on this album is really unique, and even that differs on the album. There is a violinist in the band, something one doesn't see every day in this modern world of rock music. It is great, and is good music to just relax to, or even just to think. It also stands out lyrically with approaches that one doesn't normally think of. It all works together to create a solid piece of work, and if it got stolen, or (Heaven Forbid) lost, I would immeadiately go out and buy it again.