Sound — 9
Taking Back Sunday has redefined the meaning of emo and post-hardcore music; taking it from whiny pop-punk music, to more well thought-out, better played, songs. They incorporate a good number of time-signatures, which is always good to see, and they have a good command of their instruments, often interlacing guitar melodies and bass lines to form smooth, flowing passages.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics, despite what most emo-bashers would like you to believe, are well written and meaningful, as is lots of emo music. It is put into a setting where the lyrics get a chance to develop meaning within the listener, not just to rhyme with eachother. The dual vocal lines of both singers are very well meshed, and the singing is complemented with well-placed screams. Overall, the singing/screaming is quite skillful and well-used in the music style.
Overall Impression — 9
My thoughts on this album are generally of a well produced, well recorded piece of work. TBS have made a quality record, without sacrificing musical creativity or ideas. All songs are pretty good, but the cream of the crop would have to be number 1-5 and 7. If stolen or lost, I would most likely get another copy. It's a good album by a good band.