Sound — 9
This album has an unusual sound. A lot of effects and overlapping tracks and harmony is used on this album. The music can be very classical sounding, with soft guitar interludes, but will often pick up into faster-paced music as well. There are two main singers, who are male and female, which adds an interesting sound to the vocal tracks. They work well with harmony, as well as alone on other parts. The band offers an interesting mix of guitar as well as synth and keyboards, but they mix the sound well, and the music all flows beuitifully, sounding very natural.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics are very descriptive, but they can also be a little bit vague, however they suit the music well. I find that many of the songs are similar in lyrical intent, and very similar phrases are sometimes used, making the lyrics seem somewhat repetitive. The singers are both very skilled, and their voices suit the music extremely well.
Overall Impression — 8
This album is very good, one of my favourite modern albums, with a very unique sound for this era. There are few artists that I can compare it to, maybe City and Colour because of the range of vocal work, and because the guitar work can sometimes be similar. I would have a difficult time picking certain songs as the best ones. I prefer to listen to the album as a single entity. Every song is quite good in my opinion. My largest criticism for this album is the lyrics, and maybe that it sounds very similar to their first album, and it would be good to see them take on a different direction with their music in the future. If I lost this album, I would definitely buy it again.