Sound — 9
Before I got this, I heard samples of most of the songs and I had heard a few in concerts and I thought that the sound of their new stuff was pretty weird. But I kept listening and it got better and better and now that I have the album, I can't stop listening to it. It came out a few days ago and I've already tabbed the album. It's great, but I still think that their other stuff is a little better. But there was some "copying" of previous stuff. (example) my favorite song on here, "Awakening" (no. 4), sounds a lot like "Golden" on the earlier record "Nothing Is Sound." But it's Switchfoot, how can't I like it?
Lyrics — 10
This is my favorite part of the album. The lyrics are amazing, my favorites are definitely "Faust, Midas, And Myself" (no. 7), and "Yesterdays" (no. 9) because they tell stories. When you break them down and read them without music and rhythm, it's amazing how Jon can pack things like that into songs. I've always enjoyed reading Jon's lyrics, he's very talented. And his voice is like no other, that's another thing that I love about Switchfoot. If you don't like his voice then you can't like Switchfoot.
Overall Impression — 10
This is definitely one to buy. If you thought like me at first, this is your chance to really know this album. It's out for sale now; I've seen it at every store I've been to since Dec. 26. You won't regret it, at least I didn't. Get it now though, you can get a bonus download while it's still new! I think you can get a download of an acoustic version of no. 2, "American Dream." And the usual statement: yes, I would buy it again if I lost it. Well, that's it! Enjoy.