Sound — 7
Their sound has changed a little bit, from being in your face, technical guitar riffs, to a more heavy linear sound. They wanted to mature a little more and change things up a little, but I don't think that it made them any better. It sorta downplayed their catchy sound, and made them less easy to listen to. Their guitar riffs are good, but they could have done so much more with it. The drum track is nothing special, it's like Paul had a "whatever" attitude going into recording. The bass is normal for a band, no special solos or anything throughout. The vocals are almost the same. They've changed a little though, for better or for worse, I'm really unsure. Overall, they've got a more radio appropriate sound, and are edging away from their underground roots.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics in this record are still the same Silverstein, and they did try to make them a little more mature. But they made the lyrics sound a little more cornier and more like something out of a chick-flick. The lyrics match the music pretty well, and seem to blend together nicely. The only problem is Shane's singing style in this album. it sounds like he took melody pieces out of Discovering The Waterfront, and put them right into this piece of work. He also sounds like his voice is synthesized in some sort of way throughout the entire record. It is really noticable when in the song "Sound Of The Sun", when Shane stops screaming and begins singing with "And I don't know what's wrong with me, I wanted to be all the things you need". They do scream a considerable amount, but in their new sound it's almost needed less, and takes away from the music a little.
Overall Impression — 7
Compared to their other albums, this sounds like a lesser effort. It's almost like they ran out of ideas. A lot of the songs on this record sound the same, but there are a few good ones. "Sound Of The Sun" is a good start to their album, but with the song "Bodies And Words", it's like a move away from their sound, and their single, "If You Could See Into My Soul", it doesn't sound anything like the Silverstein I used to know. It's probably because they're trying to get their name out there more, but to the old fans, it's not really them. I would like to see the old sound again, but when bands mature, that normally never comes back.