Sound — 10
Sound quality, though not perfect, is quite good. You can hear all the intricacies of Rob Baker's lead guitar work, which often fly under the radar of Gord Downie's vocals. This album runs the full gambit of sound, from a mellow, smooth rock song on the opening track (Grace, Too a staple of Hip live shows and one of the best concert openers ever) to harder rock and roll, (Daredevil), to something that I can't even put a name too (the rest of the album). The verses are slow and melodic, and the chorus gives you an unexpected punch. Great, unique sound, with some very impressive and underrated guitar work by Rob Baker.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrical genius of Gord Downie has carried The Tragically Hip throughout their careers, and Day For Night provides an excllent representation of that. His voice is something to be experienced; though not a technically brilliant singer, the listener can feel the emotion in his voice (plus, he can carry a tune). If you're sick of the cookie-cutter lyrics of most bands, all singing about the same old stuff in the same old way, you will be very pleased with this album; these lyrics are poetry.
Overall Impression — 10
This is an album that will grow on you. I remeber purchasing it after hearing Grace, Too in concert and being somewhat disappointed with many of the tracks. The one downfall of the Hip is that songs start slowly; you have to give it a good 20 seconds before it really gets going; when you're looking for instant gratification and your finger is one the track select button, you will miss a lot of incredible music. Give this one a chance and you will not be dissappointed. This CD had a slight scratch on it, which caused it to skip about 2 seconds on one song; so I paid 20$ for a new one.