Sound — 9
Starting with melodic piano-synth and slow intro "The Auspice" debut album of Chicago rockers Madina Lake than blows up with one of the most powerful and memorable track from album - "Here I Stand." Powerful main riff, melodic background of chorus, rhythmic drum punches, deep bass and very common song composition are the formula of catching first track and of the full album. Very various instruments including guitars and basses in different tunings, drums, synthesizers and pianos. Every song of album feels like a part of album, but there is no songs, that sound really the same. In some songs main role goes to rhythm-section of band ("River People," "House of Cards"), in others to melodic synth-effects ("Me Vs. The World," "Here I Stand") and some shows really deep ("Morning Sadness") or heavy ("True Love") sound.
Vocalist Nathan Leone this time hasn't got a chance to show his lyric vocals (only short parts in "Adalia" and "One Last Kiss"), but his emo/post-hardcore vocal and screamo cannot be called the best, but it's impossible to deny the fast, that he has a nice voice and has done everything right during recording.
Lyrics — 8
The main theme of songs from "From Them, Through Us, To You" is broken heart and in one or another way listener will find it in the most of songs. But there are also many connected themes and problems in songs and its variety is really huge. In "Here I Stand" it's easy to find story about might-have-been dream, "House of Cards" is about how secrets and lies can destroy someones life and relationships from the inside, "Me Vs. The World" lyrics tells about a missing chance and etc. "River People" is maybe the one song not connected with romantic, its main topic is good and evil.
Another one big mission of lyrics is to give listener basic information about Madina Lake, town missed somewhere in North America, and things happening there through the plot of conceptual trilogy. Lyrics are fool of different parts of plot and hints, and in one moment putting them together become an exciting quest for listener.
Overall Impression — 9
"From Them, Through Us, To You" is a rare example of a complete album, which doesn't sounds like a set of stamped tracks. All the way through the journey inside of society of Madina Lake it keeps amaze and desire listener with it music and singing style. Some tracks can be missed between such mastodons like "Here I Stand," "House of Cards," "Stars" and "One Last Kiss," but than they will be found again. However, you either like full album, or find it a big disappointment (or you will like only singles) and it depends only on musical tastes of listener