Sound — 10
Those of you that know Funeral For A Friend know their trademark sound - scorching riffs, emotionally-charged vocals and heartfelt lyrics. This time around, the welsh quintet have produced something which takes some of the best aspects of their last album and brings them forward into a more mature phase of their career. Songs range from a solemn, drum-machine backed piece entitled "Sonny" to a fast paced, heavy and somewhat uplifting "Recovery." The boys have changed, and while it's not better than their previous releases, it's as good but on other levels.
Lyrics — 10
Once again, the lyrics are traditionally open to interpretation by the listener. Every line is more or less what you make it. There's a lot less screaming on this release, with the band opting for several acoustic-ish songs that have no need for it. Matt's voice is tone-perfect, and beautifully piercing as always.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, this album is a complete masterpiece in my eyes, but I know a lot of people will be upset by the softer, more gentle approach to things. Those who weren't expecting the same riffs and foundations as those in past releases won't be disappointed by the bands more mature tone. If, however, you are looking for re-hashes of "Juneau" and "The Art Of American Football," you'll be upset. Highlights of the album are the beautiful and uplifting "History," the mellow, sombre "Sonny" and the brilliant, fast-paced riffs of "Roses for the Dead" and "Recovery." Overall, a brilliant use of twelve quid.