Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World For Tomorrow review by Coheed and Cambria

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  • Released: Oct 23, 2007
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (239 votes)
Coheed and Cambria: Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World For Tomorrow

Sound — 10
Prog-rockers Coheed and Cambria return with the final chapter of their musical science fiction saga. The album opens with dual, epic-sounding pieces, with the title track being the more rock-sounding. "No World for Tomorrow" is straight out of Atreyu's book, circa 2006. The following "The Hound (Of Blood and Rank)" is a keyboard-heavy song that sounds like an electronica Guns'N'Roses. "Feathers" sounds like it could be penned by Fall Out Boy. "Hound" and "Feathers" both have hair-metal solos. When you get to "The Running Free", you're in for a treat. The song, originally written for the Transformers movie, is a high-octane blast of otherworldly, Chinese-response vocals, and U2-like sounds. "Mother Superior" provides a superb acoustic break. From there, the album gets somewhat confusing. While the pair of "Justice in Murder" and "Radio Bye Bye" fit together, they are adjacent; "The Fall of House Atlantic", a one-minute, dramatic instrumental with choir vocals intervenes. By the time the album concludes, you find yourself at the end of an outer-space soundtrack. For those unfamiliar with the band, Coheed has a concept behind the songs, penned in comic books.

Lyrics — 9
The lyrics illustrate frontman Claudio Sanchez's story. Descriptive and unrealistic, the songs represent chapters in the story. You might want to search the story before listening. The lyrics are good, and Sanchez's voice is remarkable. The words fit in well with the music. In "The Running Free", you can imagine Sanchez as the top-hat-bearing, surrealistic master of fate, with marionette and cane in hand. The circus ride through Mars and into the neverending galaxies does not disappoint.

Overall Impression — 10
I've made artist comparisons. My personal favorite tracks are "No World for Tomorrow", "The Hound (Of Blood and Rank)", "Feathers", "The Running Free", and "Mother Superior". I would definitely buy this again. It's a great album. There aren't too many disappointing moments, not a note out of pitch. It's the album currently haunting my brand-new Walkman.

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    Wow somebody thinks the same. The last album is way better. this new one, yawn. The running free is good, feathers too, thats it.
    mn8b wrote: i actually didnt enjoy this album as much as Good Apollo. i dont know what it is. it feels as though somthing is missing, like an epic song like "Welcome Home". theres also less guitar solos which i was really disappointed about
    XxXLuisanXxX wrote: 2late2know wrote: SMITH05 wrote: Cheesepuff wrote: WHOA WAIT! These guys are NOT emo! Somebody change that genre! Seconded ^agree with them. Anyway i really really got into this band after hearing "Welcome Home". I was completely amazing by the guitar work in that song (even though it took me a while to get used to his voice) now I think they are an amazing band. I definitely want to get this album to see what they have in store now I third it, someone cahnge the emo part. MCR is emo, not C&A
    Why? You are talking like that tag is unambiguous. If you cant hear the emo side of this band, you are basically deaf.
    Great album just got one problem.....GO BACK TO YOUR OLD SOUND COHEED! ): I just hope...One day they'll be back to Second Stage...Or even IKSSE:3....
    TheDisturbed78 wrote: i saw the add for this and at first i was like "hey this looks pretty cool" but when i looked it up on youtube, i realized this is the worst crap ever, the music is fine, but the singer is terrible, you can tell that his balls havent dropped.
    Wow... I think you need the growing up... Awesome album... "Mother Superior" just captivated me... "No World for Tomorrow" is just plain out amazing... same goes for "Gravemakers and Gunslingers"... I don't see the why the bashing on "Feathers" though... it's a very well created song... plus... if Coheed does a poppy song once in a while I thinks it's perfectly fine... Saw them at Warped last year... going to see them at Staples Center in March... I CAN'T wait!
    i think their best work is fear through the eyes of madness more catchy songs like "welcome home", "final cut", "once upon a dead body", "ten speed" etc. no world for tommorrow did not have as many good songs as their previouse albums so i was kind of disappointed