Sound — 10
Thrice are great at putting together songs, and filling in gaps, something they have gradually improved on. This album sounds a lot more polished than their previous releases, and the songs have more structure. Teppei Teranishi is a great guitarist, though he doesn't show off his range of skills fully on this album. Riley is an awesome drummer, and this album proves that. Ed is getting better at the bass, as evident in "Stare At The Sun." This is a great sounding album that I have loved ever since I bought it on the recommendation of a wise man at JB Hi-Fi.
Lyrics — 10
Dustin Kensrue's lyrics are strong and emotional, and suit this style of music perfectly. He is an excellent singer, considering he has to juggle singing with rhythm guitar. The things he sings about are not your everyday topics, such as "Melting Point Of Wax", a retelling of the story of Icarus, whose wings melted.
Overall Impression — 10
I think Thrice have the potential to become an extremely influential band (if they were given more airplay) and are a notch above all th other bands in this hardrock/metal genre. The best songs for me from this album are Artist in the Ambulance, Hoods On Peregrine, Silhouette, Cold Cash and Colder Hearts, and Melting Point Of Wax. If it was stolen, I would hunt down the thief, then ask him his views on this album, and if he disliked it, I'd clock him a few to the head.