Sound — 10
They aren't the same crossfade you heard a few years back. This album is indeed a lot more modern-sounding than the last. While though they changed they're style somewhat, this album provides a fenomenaly great sound. Yes, they dropped two former members that played a part in last album's success. But that wasn't enough to hang it up good. Ed Sloan (vocals, guitars) has an amzing ability to write music and project it into a lively sound. a lot of riffs were heard though-out the album, and a lot more lead was heard assisting the rythem guitar which departed this Crossfade that made Falling away from the Crossfade the made thier debut album. Although none of these tracks came in comparison to thier, probably, all-time greatest song "Cold", the album as a whole was a much better, self-infused album.
Lyrics — 8
It's obvious that Ed's been through many hard relationships and hard times as well. Some of the lyrics written here are a little angry, and some are uplifting and couragious. The lyrics written here as a whole weren't outstanding, but more so tolerable. They went well together with the sound of the music, but just doesn't cut it as some of the best poetry you ever heard.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall? A very good album that makes you dig down deep and really explore the real Crossfade that simply posed some of what was written from they're debut album and put in they're true music writing abilities. Very fluent and modern sounding. Some of the greats would have to be "Already Gone", "Someday", "Invinceable", "Falling Away", "Breathing Slowly" and whatevers left. This album is a great album. The lyrics seem to be a little under average and some of the riffs seem a little dead to the rest of the song. But I would buy it three or four times at least if something were to happen to it. I can't wait for the next album!