Sound — 8
My first impression of this album was how different it is from the other albums. There isn't the five minute segments of birds chirping or any strange ambience like that. It is much more straightforward than their Frances The Mute and Deloused In The Comatorium. There is still a lot of fantastic guitar work and great interaction between drums, keys, guitars, and on occasion a horn. They seem to have more songs sounding like Pink Floyd, especially Vicarious Atonement, and some sounding like Tool, Day Of The Baphomets, but they do bring in their own style. The style is pretty much guitar driven, no forays into salsa. Most of the strangeness that I fell in love with on the previous albums is gone. Much less "progressive". Overall I think the melodies and music overall is good, it's just not up to the standard that Deloused set and Frances tried to reach.
Lyrics — 7
Well, most of the time you can't understand what is being said or it is in Spanish. The lyrics do blend well with the music though. There definetly some cool sounds and interesting digital harmonies. I really like the feel of Asilos Magdalena's lyrics. They are in Spanish but they work well with the guitar. Again, comparing it to the past album, these lyrics don't touch Deloused Of Frances'. There doesn't seem to be any epic or mystical lyrics like in Miranda, Cassandra Gemini, and the whole of Deloused. That is probably what I miss the most in this album.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, this album is fair. The biggest disappointment is that this album seems to lack cohesion. It doesn't feel like one big long track. There are breaks or dramatic sudden changes between songs. It just doesn't have a meaning. The strongest points of their previous work seem to be gone or held back. There are a few good songs like Asilos Magdalena with the nylon guitar in the beginning, but it just feels more like an EP than an album. If I lost this album, I would probably buy it again hoping that it will grow on me. Afterall, I didn't really love Frances when it first came out, but it grew on me. So perhaps in a few months I will rebuke this review and write a more adoring review.