Sound — 8
The sound of the album draws heavily from post-rock influences, what those influences are I do not know. The sound of this album is intricate and blissfully melodic. Beautiful, clean, shimmering guitars and a certain sound set this album apart from similar artists, to put it simply when one of their songs comes on I know immediately that is an Explosions in the Sky song. I don't know so much about musical innovation; what they do isn't particularly original, but the way they do it is, very much so.
Lyrics — 8
Well, I don't know how to say this, but there aren't any. And that's what I love about it. Many bands do this; heck, instrumental music has been around for decades, but what they play is a very modern variety, very much a sound for the 21st century. I think that lyrics and vocals would ruin the mood and tone of the music.
Overall Impression — 10
I think that I would place Explosions in the Sky in-between near symphonic Canadian band Godspeed You! Black Emperor and up-beat, insanely technical instrumental band Ghosts And Vodka, because sometimes you cannot tell whether the music is up-beat or slow, spacey and orchestral sounding. I love everything about this album, I love every track and I wouldn't change a thing. If it were lost or stolen, I would definately buy it again.