Sound — 9
At first listen, I was personally disappointed with the direction the band had taken. I loved Start Something and was hoping they'd taked some of the more creative aspects af that record and amped it up a bit. However, they took the opposite route. The song structures are more conventional. I heard "Rooftops" on the radio and liked it a lot for the fact that it had such a great, singable melody. As I listened to the record more, however, I realized that that is a trait that runs throughout the whole record and makes it more enjoyable. I think it's what pulls the whole album together, especially on tracks such as "A Town Called Hypocrisy". Also, there are some cool harmonies that are put to use, as well as more backup singing (Can't Catch Tomorrow). As soon as I got past the fact that it wasn't really like "Start Something" and that it went the "poppy" route, I realized it had much more potential than the initial response. My favorite tracks on the album are "Everyday Combat," "A Town Called Hypocrisy," "Rooftops," and "Can't Catch Tomorrow."
Lyrics — 6
The lyrics of this record pretty much possess the same attitude that was present on the last albums, except softened a little. Also, more "broken heart/breakup" stuff that we're a little too used to is there. Most of it doesn't bother me at all, except the last track "Always All Ways." Personally, this song makes me sick and doesn't fit in with the rest of the album. Some parts of other songs have similar lyrics, but they're not really that bad as long as you're willing to overlook them.
Overall Impression — 8
As I said before, Start Something is personally my favorite Lostprophets album, but this is not a disappointment. The group still has their same charm, you just have to get used to the changes. If you listen carefully, you can find that thought was actually put into the songwriting. I love the strong melodies and the guitar solos (which are very enjoyable and flashy). If this was stolen or lost, I would probably spend my money on something else and burn a new copy. But if I couldn't burn it, I would consider buying it again.