Sound — 10
Ok, well this is pretty much my favourite CD. It's a lot less emo than "casually dressed" and after one listen to this CD, their previous material seems slightly inferior. Every track (except the closer) has a unique feel and sound, ranging from the clean guitared "Drive" to the hardcore "End Of Nothing" to the most emotional song, street car. It's obvious that FFAF have gone to great lengths to make a better record than ever, matt even recorded the vocals to "Drive" in a car. The lead guitar is as intricate as before, with both guitars often playing equally tricky licks, Ryan has also stepped up the drumming with a fast yet satisfyingly solid pace throughout. As well as being a sonically superb album, it's also difficult to compare them to any other band, although inspiration from bands such as Jawbreaker and Iron Maiden is obvious.
Lyrics — 10
Matt davies has always made FFAF's lyrics stand out and he's really outdone himself here, The lyrics and the singing in general is more mature and better quality, even though matt was apparently hospitalised between this record and the last. As someone from Rise Against once said of Matt, "That boy has a good set of lungs on him." The greatest example of lyrical genius on this record would be the chorus to "End Of Nothing" which boasts the line "The light looks good against the bruises on your cheek, another medal that you'll have to wear this week". Nuff said.
Overall Impression — 10
As I said before, this is my favourite record, full of highlights. The explosive opener, "All The Rage," sends shivers down my spine, as does "Recovery," "Drive," "Street Car," "Monsters" and "Hospitality." The riffs are heavy, the choruses are epic and the album is by far FFAF's best and a true modern classic. The let down on this record however, appears to be the closer "Sonny" which goes into a sort of electronica direction which is basically, not good and not at all suited to the band. Matt even rips off a christina aguliara line from "Beautiful." Ignore this song and you're left with a collection of amazing songs and the anthems for a decade.