Sound — 10
Mae have a very idividual style, mixing many different sounds but all at once sounding like a very complete package. Each song has it's own feeling, direction and sound.
Lyrics — 8
Nothing too lyrically impressive here, run of the mill stuff throughout. Songs about girls and all that, the guy has a great voice though, which makes up for any short comings on the lyrical side of things. His style is very similar to Ben from Death Cab For Cutie, quite high and soft.
Overall Impression — 10
Your urge to skip any tracks on this masterpiece of an album will be non existant as each song brings something different to the table. Highlights include the opening track "Embers and Envelopes", "Runaway" and the somber and beautiful "Skyline Drive". Proper top draw stuff.