Sound — 10
Before indulging in this album, I could never really say I was a fan of Brand New. I'd heard basiclaly all of their songs but they weren't a band I'd go out of my way to listen to. This CD changed that. Musically, I feel like this CD is a good combination of what was good about the first album, and what was good about the second album. I absolutely love every song on this album, especially the first half of it. Every song on it sounds like it could be a single. It is very apparent that plenty of time was put into the making of this CD.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are breathtaking, as for Jesse's usual standard. Brand New's music has always seemed centred around the singing to me, and this album keeps it up. I've found more than a few times, I would be listening to a song I love from this album and hear a new line sung that I didn't notice before and that song just becomes exponentially better. There is more than one song where the vocals are done in harmonies for the majority of the way through it, and I love that style of singing. The lyrics also fit with the music perfectly. These songs seem like classics that have been around for several years.
Overall Impression — 10
This CD is number one on my listening list right now and has replaced Protest The Hero's 14 month straight run in my car's CD player, which I must say, is really saying something. My two favourite slower songs from the album are "Luca" and "Jesus Christ", for their simply beautiful melodies and vocals, and my favourite harder ones are "The Archer's Bows Are Broken" and "Sowing Season", the latter of which starts of slow and just begins booming about a quarter of the way in and just sounds amazing. If it were lost or stolen I wouldn't think twice about replacing it. It's music like this that reminds my thick head why music can be worth every penny.