Sound — 9
On their sophomore release The Fold makes a point to sound like, well, The Fold. The sound is different from their first album (This Too Shall Pass), but does not move at all away from their genre or basic style. I was thoroughly impressed with how well the album listens the entire way through. I have found that I miss very good songs by many artists because their CDs become too tedious to listen to all the way through. The was SKYS links songs together in both sound and rhythm is a wonder to behold. Other high points in the CD in include a more pronounced bass line on certian songs (Medicine, Catastrophe! Prepare to Difilerate) including some solos. The one thing missing is the subtile parts of intermentals that made you feel so special when you noticed them on TTSP, such as the much underpronounced bass line in Remnant.
Lyrics — 10
The Fold's strong point has always been their song writing, and SKYS affirms to this very strongly. With catchy hooks throughout all of their songs it makes the album great for both straight listening or for mixing into a playlist. Dan expresses a bit more of his personal side in this album, relating stories of the past in songs that can be both touching and harrowing. In Faster Still Dan shares of a past friendship that could have ended up being more. This is followed by the not so secret track Melting Snow and Video about a close relative, presumably his mother, that has passes on. The final track on the CD Revisited tells of the night a friend died and even after feeling that he has let it go the memory still haunts him, but he also finds solace in knowing that he is in God's hands. As always Dans voice is clear and wonderful.
Overall Impression — 9
The Fold has come back strong with a second CD that rivals the mastery of the first on all points. My only complaint (and a insignifigant one at that) is that certain songs have transtions into the next song tacked onto the end of them adding a minor annoyance when listen on a shuffled playlist.