Sound — 6
I bought this album solely based on hearing one song from it: Ohio Is For Lovers. I think I can safely say that that one song is probably the highlight of the album. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the album is awful; far from it. I listened to the album for the first time and loved it. But the next day, I couldn't remember which song was which, and nothing really stood out in my mind. The songs, while good, are all a bit "samey," I could listen to them seperately and love them, but together, on one album, I soon became bored. The album I bought came with a DVD I have yet to check out (I'll keep you posted) and a booklet which gives a summary of how each song was conceived, which is a pretty nifty idea, if you're like me and find that thing interesting. The songs themselves were good, and I'd listen to them any day. However, I'm not sure putting them all on this album was the best idea, as they all seem to merge into one, which didn't give a lasting impression of each individual song.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics to the songs on this album are clever and touching. The anguish, pain and torment they convey really fit with the screaming and heavy music played with them. Not much to say about the lyrics, really. They tell stories of love, of pain, of music, the stories behind each song come with the CD so I don't feel a need to explain them really! The vocals on this are amazing, I really love the singer's voice, both singing and screaming, it sent shivers down my spine on several occasions.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall, this album is OK. I have better albums that are much more memorable, however this could be a lot worse. I think the main problem here is the order of the songs, they blend into each other and most of them sound quite similar. However, the album does have it's good points, and some amazing songs. The lead vocals also really bring the songs to life. The instruments on the song are brilliant and well-played. If I lost this album, I don't think I would buy it again, although I would maybe give Hawthorne Heights another chance and buy "If only you were lonely", which I don't own at present. The album isn't brilliant, but it isn't awful, either. If you enjoy HH, I would still recommend the album to you, but I probably wouldn't advise listening to it all the way through, maybe listening to the songs seperately when you put your iPod on shuffle if you have one.