Sound — 9
It's an extension of their previous album's grungy alt-pop sound. There's very few acoustic numbers as compared to TBL. It's very much an autumn feel as opposed to the summer feel of the last album. There's kind of a rushed feel about the whole thing, however, like they're trying to fit a 90-minute show into 45 minutes.
Lyrics — 6
This is where the album loses some points with me. Jon seems to think he's got his ear to the socio-political grapevine, except that he doesn't quite. He tries to go with too much politics and not enough Jesus. He's trying to impress too many people.
Overall Impression — 8
This is the one that should have been titled The Beautiful Letdown, as that is exactly what it is. I had high expectations and was excited at the sound clips, but I judged the book by its cover. It has taken a few listen-throughs to genuinely like it. Still better than average, and its forgiveable seeing as this is its sophmore album as a megaband.