Sound — 8
While it is hard to distinguish Of Mice & Men from every other post-hardcore band out there, what they do on this album, they do pretty well. Most of the songs have insanely catchy choruses, and their breakdowns are better than ever. The band really knows how to make a song heavy and catchy, without taking it too far.
Lyrics — 8
Vocalist Austin Carlile, formally of Attack Attack! does an amazing job carrying out screams on every track. He has a quite unique scream, and I've never heard anything quite like it. It's great nevertheless. Rhythm guitarist Shayley Bourget does an amazing job providing clean vocals during the choruses or bridges of the song, and has an amazing vocal range. The screaming and singing is split about 25/75.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall this is a great album, especially for their first. Every song is put together great, but the album's standouts are "Second and Sebring" "Westbound and Down" and "Farewell to Shady Glade." One more album, and they'll be 2011's the Devil Wears Prada.