Sound — 10
Venomous Pop-Punk-Metal with attitude. That is how I'd describe this album. Firstly I'd like to set it straight that I have been a huge fan of 'prophets since the beginning. I love FSOP and SS, each of which get regular listens every week. This album's sound is very different to previous efforts it is a much more pop orientated record but still retains the lostprophets' foundations and "Us against them" attitude. When I first listened through I was a little shocked and like WTF? But on repeated listens it began to sink it's teeth in and have it's cannibalistic way with me. Now I'm absolutely loving it! Don't get me wrong, this is undeniable radio-friendly pop-punk-metal. But instead of being crappy bland radio-rock ballards each one of these songs are filled with enough f--k you style attitude Love us, or hate us, we don't care! that you can't help but to jump up and dance/sing with it. Each track is well structured with awesome verses and unashamedly-catchy sing along choruses. My favourite tracks are 'Everyday Combat', the album opener with an awesome drum beat and riff that grabs you from the instant it starts until the end where Ian Watkins screams Don't think your safe, cos it's not over! 'A New Transmission' is a fast paced punk-metal sing-along that you can't help but rock out to. Your shattered ground just drags me down, cos there's no sun when you're around! I love it. If I had more time I'd write what I love about all the tracks but I haven't so I just chose my two favourites. But every song on this album just dances the hell out of you. There is great variation on this album, no riff sounds the same and each one is equally as good. They are simple but you'll be tapping along to everyone!
Lyrics — 9
Lyrically this album varies. The majority of the chorus lyrics are relatively simple Everybody's Screamin! We're only bleeding! (And Repeat) But this is not necessarily a bad thing as they are suppose to be catchy and easy to sing-along to anthems! And over-complicated lyrics wouldn't serve that purpose. Shakespeare it ain't, but who wants it to be? Many of the lyrics focus around similar themes of love and This is who we are, and if you don't like it, we don't care!
Overall Impression — 10
I love this album! Musically this is a lot tamer then FSOP, no screaming (but a lot of shouting and sing-along stadium choruses). Every song on this album is potentially a single (to quote 'All Killer No Filler'). Every track has been produced to a very high quality, with multiple layers and a perfectionist polish shining on every track. This album is going to be huge! Rocking out for the guys and dancing for the girls. This is a must have album and I'd definitely buy it again! But a word of warning if you're already a fan of Lostprophets do not expect anything like the first album. Approach it with an open mind and if you can accept the fact that it is more 'poppy' your going to love it! I know I do!