Sound — 3
The actual mastering of this album is pretty well, it doesn't seem to clip, it's not to loud, very similar to the production on Don't you fake it, however, the band sounds more like a pop group now than a rock band, if you're expecting songs like in fate's hands or face down, you're looking for the wrong band now... unfortunately, none of the screams from the old album apart from 1 I noticed at the start of Pull me back, they seem to have "sold out" and gone into a really radio friendly direction now.
Lyrics — 7
Singing overall is good, solid RJA apart from lacking the screams, however some of the lines get really annoying after a while, in pull me back for example right before and after the solo (which is a decent solo) "Pull me back again I need you to Pull me from my sin Pull me back again I need you to Pull me from my sin" This is also the chorus line but gets repeated as verse to..... so it drives you up the wall a bit after a while. All the other songs have their moments to, but nothing that really stands out.
Overall Impression — 3
Doesn't even come close to Don't you fake it, or their self titled, there's about 2 or 3 songs that are enjoyable compared to don't you fake it, the entire album was pretty solid, this sounds more like a Fall out boy album with western style acoustic thrown in (Believe) to me than the old RJA. If it was lost or stolen, I wouldn't buy it again, massive let down unfortunately, hopefully this is the album that walks the lonely road, and they improve later on...