Sound — 10
Thrice took a large step to full-on metal in "The Artist In The Ambulance." They really show off their musical chops, and they can do it without sacrificing a good, memorable song. The fact that Thrice can write amazing songs while still allowing their musical ability to shine through is a feat that not many bands these days can accomplish. If you want to play some songs off this album, you better be prepared to tune to Drop C! That's what Thrice writes all their songs in on this album. It helps fit the singer's (Dustin Kensrue) vocal range better.
Lyrics — 10
If you're looking for good lyrics, you came to the right album. Dustin Kensrue's lyrics are some of the best I've ever read. He writes about topics that are meaningful to everyone, and he does so in a deep and powerful way. He makes his lyrics fit the music perfectly, and his screams are strong and perfectly timed. Even though this album has a metal setting, Dustin is not like other metal singers who just scream and scream. He actually has a good singing voice too. That said, when he screams, it shakes you to your bones.
Overall Impression — 10
This is a favorite album of mine. As you may realize from my other reviews, I like it when I can let an album just play, and there are no bad songs. This is definitely one of those CDs. All the songs are impressive, and all the songs are different. A rare thing in today's music. If it were lost or stolen, I would buy it again in a second. Definitely an album worth buying again and again.