Sound — 9
An album with catchy, original guitar riffs and inspiring lyrics. I'm amazed with the sound of this. It's definitely different from "Tell All Your Friends", with the guitars sounding even more loud and powerful. Of course it has the token slower, sort of depressing song (New American Classic, which I find to be an amazing song), and the rest of the tracks being energetic that'll make you want to jump around and scream (Set Phasers To Stun). I'm very impressed with the sound overall. I love the guitar sounds, and the drums are phenominal, like usual.
Lyrics — 10
Adam and Fred, ahh. Amazing vocalists. Fred's screaming and Adam's more higher voice make my spine tingle (especially in One-Eighty By Summer [defenseless, dependent]). They write from a range of things, mostly deep and personal (which I prefer. Fans should be able to connect to the music, correct). They never once failed to disappoint me.
Overall Impression — 9
If you're searching for a masterpiece, go to the local music store and purchase this album. It's phenominal. Literally every single song is good, except there are 2 I didn't like as much, Number 5 With A Bullet and Slowdance On The Inside. The songs that I loved the most and that I even could put down in my book as my favorite songs would be "Set Phasers To Stun", "One-Eighty By Summer", and "A Decade Under The Influence". Some songs I've noticed will have some boring verses (The Union, I Am Fred Astaire) but the choruses will completely make up for them and will make the songs worth the listen. This album is essential for any rock fan, especially ones that are looking for music to connect to. Where You Want To Be is what got me into TBS. It's a very deep and inspiring album, one that could make a difference in one's life like it did for me. Though I find it a masterpiece for the most part, I give it a 9 due to the seldom boring verses and the 2 tracks that I wasn't very much into. Put this album on your shelves. Hell, put it on your wall.