Sound — 9
The sound of "ANNA" is a total overhaul of sound from the past 2 albums and gives a very delicate effect. The bass, drums and synth for the first time get a proper shout throughout the album with the inclusion of great guitar parts that run through it. The tracks on the album are a really good but each require a good few listens to. "ANNA"'s story is complex and represents a woman every man has in their life... A dangerous character, but somehow the man comebacks for more and plays out like the start of the relationship with this girl and the end. The music style is quite erratic and offers almost something for everyone but perhaps is also a acquired taste.
Lyrics — 10
Liam Fray has truly outdone himself, the album offers one-liners and heart pulling devices, like the music style it adds "Falcon" and "St. Jude" together and brings it to a total new level, almost showing the sign of a new era. The lyrics over the song show hardwork and "Van Der Graaff" isn't singing but more of a fast talk which coincides with rap, which isn't Liam Fray's forte but is definitely worked well over the song. Most songs have a harmony of Liam Fray over himself which is quite distorting and seems unnecessary but it is more a tribute to Simon and Garfunkel.
Overall Impression — 10
"ANNA" is totally different from any other album out there everything is different from what they have done prior and any other band out there. The best tunes have to be "Van Der Graaff" and "Marquee" both offer something unique and in 2 different ways with one being a slow and chilling song while the other picks up the pace. I adore the whole album but feel it slows down on "Save Rosemary in Time" and "Sharks Are Circling" but quickly picks back up, the songs themselves just feel very out of place and the songs have too bigger cliche's for a man of Liam Fray to be putting in. The story of "ANNA" is compelling and you sit down and hear it over and over again and definitely worth the retail price... Outstanding.