Sound — 9
This album is simply amazing. They don't just concentrate on one genre of music, they have a wide variety of genres. In fact, a lot of their songs even have more than one genre featured in them. for example, "Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape" is acoustic and easy-listening for about the first three-fourths of the song, and then they go rather emo-hardcore. This is the first album that features the lead singer Spencer Chamberlain, so he's a little shaky with the screaming, but he gets much better in the next album, "Define the Great Line", and even low screams more thsn high screams. Anyways, the vast variety of genres in this album is incredibly broad, from soft and sweet acoustic, to hardcore emo (possibly screamo).
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are brilliant, they are simply amazing. In "It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door", it's basically telling a story about a fanatical Christian who drives his car into a tree with the woman he loves in it, so she can be with Jesus and out of this sin-stained world. In "Some Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape", the message is so strong, I was near tears, and it actually takes a lot to do that. Of course, Spencer was new, so he didn't really know what to write about, so he basically just pulled stuff out of his head (I guess we all know how he thinks now).
Overall Impression — 10
This album is overall just incredible. It's nothing like I've ever heard before. I really can't compare it to other artists ot albums, because of not only the incredibility, but the vast variety of the genres. the most impressive song in the album, music wise, would have to be "Down, Set, Go". I can't really explain it, but that song really stands out for me. Lyric-wise, I'd have to say "Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape". That song is simply amazing, incredible, extraordinary, etc. when I hear it, it's as if God himself is talking to me. Need I say more?