Sound — 10
When I first heard the music to the Ocean and the Sun, I was a little disappointed that it lacked a sort of "passion" to it. But for some odd reason, after listening to it over and over again, I've found a sort of love to it that exposed it self if you listen deeply inside the music and lyrics. You get this "need" to want to listen to the music again. For example, Cellophane is a song that had a sound from The Tiger and the Duke, and it gave you this feeling of "what if?" I don't know if TSOAF has this effect on other people but they have ways of getting inside your mind. As in Uzbekistan, Lauren Coleman speaks words of wondrous questions, like "What are you thinking?" in a whisper. Matt Embree and Anthony Green have their own melodic music. Just their voices alone would qualify for their own album. I The Swan is an excellent example of their music. Starting out with low harmony with Matt and it progresses through the music with Matt's vocals along with children reciting the song near the middle. Near the end, the grand feeling of what this band is really about, is when Anthony Green amazes everyone with his soprano voice.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics in this album, along with the other two will always be questionable until the band themselves actually releases the lyrics. In Uzbekistan, near the end, a poem or something along the lines of one is recited. It explains how we should live our life and how we should appreciate every second of it. You won't get this lyrical sense anywhere else. There is another poem in The Ocean and The Sun, and the lyrics were released to the poem and the whole song. This poem talks about success and how one person can make the world a better place. Lude is an instrumental that doesn't contain lyrics. I have always thought of Lude as an "interlude" but with a shortened title. In Wikiepedia it states that it's "not" a reference to the character Lude in The House of Leaves. Ahab is one minute of static and a voice reciting something about being "In the desert". Most of the albums lyrics are hard to define. Unfortunately because of this, points are taken off. I know absolutely that their lyrics have great meaning, but it kills me that I don't know what those lyrics are.
Overall Impression — 10
The Sound of Animals Fighting has the only sound I've ever heard. It absolutely has the same sound as their previous albums, mainly Lover the Lord has Left Us. I give all the kudos in the world to the songs Cellophane, The Heraldic Beak of the Manufactures Medallion, Uzbekistan, and Blessing Be Yours Mister V. The only thing I missed from this album was this "messed up, what the hell" sound that I've always appreciated, like the Overture in The Tiger and the Duke. I appreciate that The Ocean and the Sun has again reached into us and showed us meaning to real music. And you have to appreciate music A lot to really like The Sound of Animals Fighting. I hope they will again make a new album in the future that will amaze us yet again!