Sound — 6
The sound of this album has changed a lot from Wake The Dead. The sound has matured. Longs are longer, and the songs have structures to fit. There is a lot more melody to it and less hardcore elements which made Comeback Kid truely what they are, especially in 'Turn It Around'. On the other hand, nothing has made it change genre. The sound is still Comeback Kid, it's just grown up from when the kids were playing songs about falling out with friends. Expect hardcore punk, but not as you remember it being. It defintely isn't up to their older standards, but the sound is still enjoyable nevertheless.
Lyrics — 6
Polictical lyrics in hardcore punk was a major part of it. Arguably, it still is. Comeback Kid have lyrically taken that root but have rewritten it in a style which isn't as you'd remember, once again, like the sound of the album. The other side of lyrics is personal experiences, which is written a lot like plenty of post hardcore lyrics. The rest express messages, which are conveyed in lyrics which need multipul read throughs to fully understand. Where they lack in some areas, they make up in others, but overall leave you disapointed. The new vocalist, who played guitar previously, has a far more aggressive and faster style to the previous one, but is uncannyingly similar. It's arguable that it's better than the last effort.
Overall Impression — 6
There are less stand out songs, but of which include 'Broadcasting...' and 'In Case Of Fire', but even those are on the more averege side of things. In no means is this a poor album mind. If you are to compare this to older attempts, you will be disapointed. However, songs are well written, and it is still quite an enjoyable album, just don't expect to spin this in your record player as much as you did for 'Wake The Dead' or 'Turn It Around'.