Sound — 10
This album takes getting used to. In this case, that's not a bad thing. The first time I listened to it, it seemed like noise. The second time I listened to it, I thought it was a solidly good album. The guitar parts are more complicated than most music being made these days. That might not be saying much, but rather than sounding like typical emo/metal/screamo/whatever guitar parts, they sound new. The drum beats are interesting, but they could lose some of the cymbals. But this impresses me the most: I can hear the bass parts. In most music that goes in their "category", I can't distinguish one bassist from another and they're all expendable. I like the bass on this album, though. I don't know anything about the creation of this album; I don't stalk Craigery Owens. This is also impressing: the band seems to be able to effortlessly jump from time signature to time signature, genre to genre, and mood to mood. In a split second, they can go from a piano rock ballad to a pop-punk anthem. The next thing you know, there will be a headbanger moment. Honestly, this is the most original album I've heard in a long time.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are my least favorite part of the album. I never did find out whether or not they were stupid enough to believe there were penguins in Alaska, or whether or not their mothers got mad at them for breaking a lamp while moshing in the living room. Nope, they're all love songs, or something similar. However, the lyrics sound great with the music, that is, if you can comprehend them without peering into the colorful booklet they kindly provided. It sounds good to me. The singer... I don't know where to begin. Three cheers for Craigery. His voice sounds excellent on this recording. There is one problem, and it just might affect his voice later: You can tell his vocal cords are just screaming, "Help me! This man is abusing me! I'm going out, training please! I'm gonna die!" He is singing/screaming directly from his cords instead of his diapragm, and at times, you can just hear the pain in his pipes, usually after the screams. People might say that it doesn't matter, but it will when he blows them out like his friend Sonny Moore.
Overall Impression — 9
This album easily goes among my best. I can see why they would tour with From First To Last, the bands are quite similar in mannerisms and about equally talented. I love the originality and free spirit of it more than anything. But originality and free spirit can translate to "noise", so this isn't really for everyone. I hate the screaming. Can't one band of today refrain from doing that consistently? It defaces the purpose of the words they are trying to get across. I don't mind when it occurs occasionally, but when it's excessive, then I mind. I would burn a new CD off my computer if this were lost or stolen. The best songs on this CD are "All Nereids Beware", "Baby, You Wouldn't Last A Minute On The Creek", and "No Hardcore Dancing In The Living Room". I'd recommend this CD to anyone who likes From First To Last or an MCR fan that can take something heavier than what they usually listen to.