Sound — 10
This was Taking Back Sunday's first, and, in my opinion, best. Keeping it simple, Taking Back Sunday's genius is not in their complexity of music or lyrics, but in that they have a great progressive sound, they keep the music light (although the album does have its dark moments), and put emotion into the album to make it work. Probably the best part of this album is indeed the mood you get when you hear the songs. Not the most musically complex, the band doesn't aim to be Van Halen or Led Zeppelin, they keep the solos light, and aim for a cohesive sound of double vocals over guitars, drums, and bass.
Lyrics — 10
The best part of the lyrics is definitely the infectiousness of them. After two or three listens, they start to play in your head. "You Know How I Do"'s opening line (So sick, so sick of being tired, and also tired of being sick) sets the mood for the rest of the album's lyrics. Almost all have great lyrics (in particular There's No "I" In Team, a song actually aimed as a response to Brand New's "Seventy Times Seven", even going so far as to use some of the same lyrics) while, in my opinion the only one that doesn't is the exit track "Head Club", which is still a fantastic song. Whether or not they strike your heart or not, the lyrics are fun and infectious, and will have you singing them over and over again.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is fantastic, simplistic, extraordinary. The songs are great, and, as a full listen, the album blends perfectly, capturing the fire of youth while not going too far into the emo style, keeping the songs as light as possible without losing the edge to them. A great effort and one of my all-time favorite albums, Tell All Your Friends is an amazing effort by a (once) amazing band.