Sound — 10
The musical ability of the members of this band just, for lack of a better turn, knocked my socks off when I listened to it. The drummer and bassist, Evan Walsh and Pete O'Hanlon provide a rock-solid rhythm section, that provides a powerful driving force for their songs. Josh McClorey, their guitarist, combines masterful blues soloing, combined with powerful garage-punk influenced chords. Ross Farley, the frontman, has a fantastic voice, which infuses their songs with attitude and expression. Overall the sound quality is just at a tier that is unbelievable, they are easily some of the finest R'n'B musicians of their generation.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics were for the most part perfect. Though at times a bit lacking, this album is their first attempt at writing their own material, which is understandable. While some songs shine, others do not compare as well lyrically. The lyrics mold seamlessly to the music, and both work closely to emphasize the other. Songs like "Blue Collar Jane" and "Mystery Man" are packed with catchy, singable lyrics, and killer riffs. Aside from that, Ross Farley's skills as a vocalist, are very impressive, and delivers with tremendous talent.
Overall Impression — 10
In comparison to similar artists such as The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys, The Strypes easily live up to them. One of the best parts about this album is that they are able to combine lightning-paced alternative and punk with blues and pub rock. The most impressive songs on the album were definitely "Mystery Man" and "Blue Collar Jane." It really gives me hope that rock and blues music is persevering in a world where it seems to be slowly dying due to changes in the music industry and an ever-growing tidal wave of pop, (bad) rap, and dubstep. I would recommend those songs to anyone looking to get into this band. If anything happened to this album, I would go out that day and buy a new copy.