Sound — 10
Where to begin with the sound? A lot darker, that's easy though. So dark that it is easy to "feel" how much of them was put into it. With all the diminised chords, minored, and augmented chords, anybody wanting something other than power and major chords has found their home. Slightly innovated in the sense that not too many bands can pull off the dark creepy sound but have lyrics that are dark at all.
Lyrics — 10
Lyrically it's very poetic. Simply put it's straight from the heart and to say any less would be border line blasphemy. Oddly enough, though the lyrics aren't necessarly dark or creepy, the fit perfectly with the music. The lead singer Andrew Jordan's voice is well-above average. It's different when you first hear it but it soon sticks to you making it perfectly clear that this voice was made for this music.
Overall Impression — 10
After hearing many of my favorite artists' third CD release (Taking Back Sunday - Louder Now, Hoobastank - Every Man For Himself, etc), it's quite plain to see that Matchbook Romance hasn't run out of ideas. While most bands tend to "sell-out" after they make a major label CD (Taking Back Sunday in particular), Matchbook Romance has renovated their sound for the better. Best song on the CD? That's a hard question. Ultimately Say It Like You Mean It comes at the top of the list. But there is not one song on the CD that you wouldn't want to hit repeat and listen to over and over. The only complaint I have about the CD is the art work on inside doesn't seem to go well with the music. But that doesn't matter. Definitely worth buying or illegally downloading. But preferably buying.