Sound — 9
If you're a post hardcore fan, then Emarosa's "Relativity" is a must have. Emarosa's old singer was replaced with Dance Gavin Dance's frontman and their sound is much more alive and intense. Emarosa uses a lot of experimental guitar that allows their music to become breath-taking. Songs such as the opener of the album "The Past Should Stay Dead", has electrifying vocals and almost has a rush coming from it. The only drawback is many of the songs in their own way sound a lot alike (again in their own way). Diehard fans of Dance Gavin Dance may not like or agree with the lead singer's new sound, but for many post hardcore fans, this album is a must have.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are very well thought of and well planned on where to place them. For example, a portion in the song that needs lyrics will have them there, and others that don't, won't have them. They have striking lyrics as well that know how to touch people such as in their song "Set It Off Like Napalm". The lyrics aren't to metaphorical either which is a plus in some ways, but they seem to be missing a little of something that could make you want to listen to it again. Altogether, Emarosa didn't really do a bad job at all coming up with lyrics or where to place them either.
Overall Impression — 9
Altogether, Emarosa's new sound is amazing. Their guitar again is electrifying and in many ways "new". Fans of screamo may not like them compared on how they used to sound, but post hardcore fans can't really complain. The CD is worth buying if you really like this kind of music. I remember I had to figure out which band this was the first time I heard them in Hot Topic. Their album is definately worth buying or at least worth giving a chance.