Sound — 9
Park is no doubt an emo band, but a progressive one at that. Awash with guitar harmonies, flowing melodies, and creative, intricate drum lines, Park's latest release doesn't offer much that has not been presented on previous efforts. But for a person who has not ever listened to Park, their emo-based rock sound is sometimes found quite innovative. The songs can be repetitively dark, but what they lack in variety is made up for in their musical creativity. There are often simultaneous lead parts, backed by a punchy, driving bass, and subtly complex percussion arrangements. Miles Logan (drummer) makes the most difficult of parts sound so simple.
Lyrics — 8
Vocalist Lad Mitchell offers a different sort of voice that can take some getting used to. His melodies though, are nearly flawless on this disc. Mitchell offers a very intelligent, and less nostalgic spin of emo on this album. Mitchell exhibits a vast vocabulary, combined with a knack for rhythm, and great rhyme schemes. The best lyrical track is probably "Mississippi Burning", a track that is about the tragic death of Olamide Adeyooye.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, this is a very good CD. The disc ends with a stellar acoustic rendition of a previous track on the disc ("A Message"). Park does not strive to be radio-friendly. If you're looking for originality and great musicianship, Park might be your new favorite band. The entire album is fantastic, but the standout songs are "Mississippi Burning", "Angles and Errors", and "Hide and Seek". It's sad that these guys are breaking up, because their music is phenomenal.