Sound — 9
As always, Moneen uses a variety of sound effects, mainly with the guitars, and somehow manages to come off as an original and pure sound. A lot of bands have made the advantages of the studio their ultimate downfall (Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance), but even so Moneen happens to be a great live band on top of it all. Also you can very much see that their split ep with Alexisonfire influenced the sound on several of the songs (namely, The Frightening Reality Of The Fact That We Will All Have To Grow Up And Settle Down One Day). So they managed to make the same familiar Moneen sound very much mature, but original. Also as you might have noticed, they kept with the long song titles.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics on this album are just great. They have 2 singers but they don't alternate a whole lot. I believe they are both brothers of the last name Hughes, if that's of any signifigance. Personally, I find "The Day No One Needed To Know" and "The Song I Swore Never To Sing" very heartfelt and "emotional", but I wouldn't label them as an emo band. They just happen to pour emotion into their music (and what is music without emotion). Also on the track "If Tragedy's Appealing, Then Disaster's An Addiction," the singer's power really stands out when he screams the anthem "I'm not a failure now."
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, I found the album to be both of the same style as their 2002 effort, "Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now?", as well as a mixing pot of a selection of new styles. Prior to the album's release, I didn't like what I heard. But I would deffinately recommend this album to any whose interested in it.