Sound — 10
The sound is much much better then that of Come Clarity. Not to suggest that Come Clarity was terrible, but my main grievances with that album is that it sounds too monotonous. Aside from the title song, you can't distinguish one song from the other. However, A Sense Of Purpose is huge improvement in terms of sounding less monotonous. The guitar work somewhat reflects much of their past works like Whoracle, Clayman, and the Jester Race. If I where to give an accurate description about this album, I would say it's a tie between Clayman and soundtrack to your escape. 01. Mirrors Truth - a great song with great melodic guitar background. It's fast, heavy, and catchy as hell. 02. Disconnected - I know many people don't like the lyrics in this song, but I will have to differ with them by saying this is one of the best in the album. Great song. 03. Sleepless Again - shows how Anders' voice can coexist with the melodies of the guitar. With the opening of a classic Jester Race type acoustic strums, this song takes of to be one of the highlights of the album. 04. Alias - easily the catchiest song of the whole damn album. However, around the middle song, In Flames takes you through a time journey from Sound Track to your Escape to the Jester Race with an amazing guitar strum. It's great, haunting, and catch(again). 05. Delight And Angers - now this song has awesome melodic plucks that lead into the chorus. It's great and one of my favorites of this album. 06. The Chosen Pessimist - here we go. I know many Many people have complained about Ander's voice. I always thought that In Flames somewhat reminicent to Metallica. I know, you are probably cringing, for the bands sound nothing like. However, they are like Metallica by the way they have changed throughout time. Like my feelings toward Metallica, I have zero problem with the direction In Flames has gone to. The Chosen Pessimist is a fine example of how great New In Flames. Many will complain about Ander's voice, but I think this is one of the highlights of his career in a long long time. Ander's and company has to be very proud for creating something different then they ever have before. I like to think of this song as the song that never existed in Come Clarity. Where not for this song, I feel A Sense of Purpose would sound monotonous. This song changes the mood of the album drastically from heavy to epic. Great song and great lyrics. 07. Drenched In Fear - possibly my favorite of the new album. The chorus is incredible and goes real well with the impecabble guitar work. Though it might be a bit short, this truely depicts what In Flames is best at, melodic metal. 08. March To The Shore - finally the closer of the song, ends of with a thrash-melodic type song, where Anders screams "You are a killer" to perfectly end a great album.
Lyrics — 9
The Lyrics in my opinion are some of Anders' best in a long time. Again people mentioned their grievances they had with the song Disconnected. I, however, find them enjoyable and to be the best they have done since Clayman. The best chorus and lyrics would have to be The Chosen Pessimist.
Overall Impression — 10
If you are looking for a Jester Race Type album, this is not for you. However, if you are open to a new generation of great music by In Flames, I highly suggest you to listen to A Sense of Purpose. Yes the days of Epic Acoustic ballads where amazing, but, like Metallica, that time is long gone. That was the past and this is the present/future.