Sound — 7
The sound of this album is rather trippy, as a whole. The guitar is very ambient, the drums fit into the style perfectly, and I'll describe the vocals when I get there, since they seem to be the principal part of this band. It is pleasing to the ear. This album is straight-up art rock. I can't think of anything else to describe them. There are very few instrumental parts, so it's rather hard to review the ones that are there. To sum it up, Anthony Green needs to let everyone else in the band shine, not that it's exactly a liability for this band. Overall, very good, but could be a lot more innovative.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics don't make any sense. You can't really help but feel like there's some secret society and they're telling you all of its inside jokes that aren't funny unless you were there. The lyrics are beautiful, but they don't get any point across, and I'm not sure if they were supposed to. They sound great with the music and with Anthony's voice, however. The vocals. Anthony Green is almost a perfect vocalist. I can't say perfect, because he doesn't have any vibrato, but he's as good as perfect, and the lack of incoherent screaming is always nice.
Overall Impression — 9
I can think of plenty of bands that are better than Circa Survive instrumentally. However, vocally, there can't possibly too many people who are superior. If you like Anthony Green's vocals, you should listen to Chiodos (that is, unless you absolutely detest screaming; whether people like it or not, Craig and Anthony do sound alike). Surprisingly, my favorite song from this record is "Mandala". That song is a perfect mix of cool beats and trippy vocals. I don't really hate anything about this record, and it's already on my computer. To be honest, I can't believe no one has reviewed this yet.