Sound — 9
"The North Pole Project" released January 15th, 2008, is Number One Gun's second release on Tooth & Nail Records. The record was highly anticipated, not just because of the success of it's previous release "Promises For The Imperfect(2005)", but because in the lengthy period between the two, Number One Gun has gone from a group to a solo project. Such is the quality of this album, that it's hard to isolate one or two stand out tracks. The vocals are overwhelming and it will take a few listens for you to realise the variety The North Pole Project offers. From the raw emotion of tracks like "The Massacre", "Bad Habits" and "Thank You Ending" to the calming resonance of "The Different Ones" Number One Gun does not put a foot wrong.
Lyrics — 9
When you're not sucked in by the soaring vocals of the very talented Jeff Schneeweis, and you listen to the words behind the melodies you can't help but to relate the words to certain situations, events or scenarios in your life. Very thoughtful lyrically, very out-standing vocally. Combine that with the layers of piano, acoustic guitar, and catchy hooks and you're bound to have a final product that is nothing short of brilliant.
Overall Impression — 9
While "The North Pole Project" wont appeal to everyone initially, those whom give it the time are bound to appreciate the effort behind it. The album could afford to be a few songs longer being only 10 tracks. This can sometimes make it feel a bit anti-climactic, however as you're bound to have it on repeat the value is definatly there. You will realise just how exceptional this record is when you've got a chance to listen from start to finish. Although every song is great in it's own right, it's the complete package, not just a bunch of tracks thrown together and called and Album. Play this on a road trip and it's bound to be at the top of your CD pile for a long time(if your friends haven't stolen it).