Sound — 10
"Grace For Drowning" is an outstanding record. This isn't an album for everyone, although there are songs which I'm convinced everyone can like if they would just give it a try. But these are not catchy three minute pop songs, although there are some songs which are relatively short. The overall thought of this album was to make a record that needs some sittings like the track "Raider II" (23 minutes long) needs soms sittings before you can criticize it.
Lyrics — 10
That's why there are two CD's in "Grace For Drowning" that are separate but at the same time depend on each other, therefore this is not an album that's about the lyrics, it's all about the music. You can hear a little bit of everything like jazz, rock and electronic tunes with much texture and layers in it.
Overall Impression — 10
Keeping that in mind, lets not forget about the astounding artwork the CD, Blu-Ray and especially the deluxe book gives you! Steven did an amazing job putting this together with Lasse Hoile, artist of mix media, photographer, graphic artist, film-maker/director, and cinematographer. As a graphic designer myself, it's rewarding to buy something which I can hold and look at. "Grace For Drowning" is an inspiring album - both the art and music it contains, and it is unique in it's own way. The album of 2011!