Sound — 10
With the less of Johnny Craig in late 2007, it seemed Dance Gavin Dance had lost the most important element of the band, a voice that many would say got them recognized. Not long after Johnny's departure, the band found their new singer Kurt Travis (formerly of Five Minute Ride) and began writing and recording almost immediately. The new album itself is a lot more complete than their previous effort, Downtown Battle Mountain, and is amazing to say the least. The band have stuck with the same half screamed/half melodic vocal idea and singers switch leads often, and Kurt's voice really shines on this record. Some old fans of the band might thn he is unable to replace Johnny but his addition has contributed the band's new sound, with the songs on this album being much me structured and catchier choruses than they have ever had before (Burning Down The Nicotine Armoire Pt. 2). The guitarwork is just fantastic, with strong guitarlines littered throughout everysong, the basswork is amazing and Matt kills on the drums.
Lyrics — 9
DGD are known for their crazy lyrics and this album definately isn't short of them, but that's one of the elements that makes the band unique, they'll throw anything they want into their music and still be able to pull it off. Kurt's parts really do show off his voice, and he proves to be very good with vocal melody, and their screamer Jon Mess still gets a very good amount of mic time, which is and extremely good thing as the songs just wouldn't be complete without him.
Overall Impression — 9
This is an extremely good album, and if you aren't familiar with thisband, just jump straight into this album. It's amazing work from start to finish and there are a lot of suprises, along with a decent amount of humour (Rock Solid for example). Most ipressive songs on the album are easily 'Uneasy Hearts Weigh The Most' for originality, Rock Solid, Burning Down The Nicotine Armoire Pt2, and their closing title 'People You Know' takes on a very different angle and is a great way to finish the album, with Jon having a very strong screaming part. There really isn't much to hate about this album and I would struggle to find any flaws because this is the new DGD, and DGD at their best. They've proved they don't need Johnny, and may have even emerged stronger in the long run. Get it.