Sound — 9
Underoath in themselves are much different than any other screamo band that I have ever heard, and trust me, screamo is my specialty. They have a unique sounsd, especially with the dual vocals. I really like that the drummer (Aaron) sings, and the guitarists just know how to put together melodies like none other. I'm kind of disappointed in the bass work because it's really too simple, except maybe in "It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door". The whole keyboard/synth/sample thing usually doesn't really appeal to me, but I think it's really necessary for this bamd.
Lyrics — 10
If you can understand what he's saying in "It's Dangerous Business..." you'll realize that his lyrics are actually way deeper and more important to the song than other bands. They not only talk about depression and the usual stuff that comes with screamo, but they also talk about helping, and learning how to fix things and overcome them. My personal favorite song is "Reinventing Your Exit", and even though the lyrics aren't as deep as other songs, they still really make you think about things. Spencer is without a doubt an amazing screamer, and Aaron has become what I think to be, the best drummer-singer of all time.
Overall Impression — 10
I don't know any screamo bands that have even come close to this level or matured as much as they have. My three favorite songs are "It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door", "Reinventing Your Exit", and "I'm Content With Losing". There is nothing about this album that I don't like, and I recommend it to everyone. If this album was stolen from me ten times, I would buy it again every time with a smile on my face because I was getting my CD back.