Sound — 9
On their latest CD Circa Survive really shows their true colors, at times it sounds like one big jam session, but then when you listen really closely you can hear how everything is just melted together to make real music. The guitarists are just amazing, the way they work with one another is borderline telepathic, they sound awesome together, On Letting Go is a good track to listen to in order to hear this. The drummer also sheds new light on his talent, I think he gets some god-given talent from his huge beard, Living Together shows off the drummer. The bass player does really cool things to add to the music over all, I haven't heard anything overly impressive from him, but The Greatest Lie has a cool bass run.
Lyrics — 10
It's Anthony Green, need I say more? His lyrics this time around are some of the best he's ever written. On Letting Go, Semi-Constuctive Criticism, Your Friends Are Gone, and Travel Hym all show off his impressive writing skills. His voice never seems to stand out from the music, it sounds like another intrument in the background, he places it in the mix perfectly, no one does it better than him. His voice may take a while for someone whose never heard the band to listen too, but he really is amazing.
Overall Impression — 10
I bought this CD about two weeks after I bought the new Fall of Troy CD, and the new From Autumn to Ashes CD, I've listened to this more already than both those CD's together, it truly is some of the greatest music I've heard in a long time, you can tell they have their hearts in it, and it shows, they are simply breathtaking, if you've never heard Circa Survive, you need too. I love everything about this album and hate nothing, and if it were stolen, I'd buy it again.