Sound — 9
Quite frankly, I was reading through the other reviews on this album, and wondered if I had the same album everyone else did! I haven't been a Thursday follower since the beginning, as some of these kids have been, but I was very pleased by this album. I will admit, when I first bought it, the day after I saw them play live, I found myself wondering, what happened to Thursday? I mean, the Thursday I knew did not sound like this. This CD didn't deliver the aggression or harsh vocals I had come to love. But for some reason, I just kept listening to it, because I wanted to give it another chance. Very rarely do I fall in love with a cd the first time through. So anyway, I kept listening to it, and soon had a completely different mindset. I had fallen in love with the album, and I had no idea how it had happened. Sure, it was a different sound for Thursday, but it's a more mature sound, I mean let's face it, they are getting older, and maturing as musicians as well. This is simply proof of that. The sound was more "emo-ish", sure, but I wouldn't call them "emo". But my advice to all of you is to listen to this cd a couple of times, and see if you change your mind at all.
Lyrics — 5
Well, I still love their lyrics. They always seem come up with something different, than what you normally hear. But with that said, I was still dissapointed with them. And also, Geoff just, rarely screams anymore, maybe he's grown out of it or, maybe Thursday as a whole has just grown out of it?
Overall Impression — 9
This compares to other albums as being probably their most unique. It is definitely different from the others, but I feel it has this kind of hypnotic sense to it, and I just keep listening to it. My personal favorite off this album is probably "The Otherside of the Crash/Over and Out of Control" but there are a bunch of good songs. I really like the keyboard in that particular song too, it just fits, especially in the break. I don't like the fact that the songs are toned down in a sense, and I do not like "Arc ? Lamps, Signal Flares, A Shower Of White (The Light)" or "Sugar In the Sacrament". They are definitely not my style or Thursday's. Finally, if some jerk stole this CD, I wouldn't buy it again, because it's uploaded onto my Itunes. Gotta love that Itunes.