Sound — 10
This album is phenomenal in almost every way. I just love Opeth's acoustic numbers, they really flow well, and the sound that this album produces is so inspirational, dark, and depressing all in one. Wow the guitarist, Mikael A., really knows what he is doing. Technically speaking this album is prestine with simplicity and complexity juxtaposing against eachother to creative a soft, smooth, creepy, and compelling tone. This album is just fun to listen to, the transtions really pull you into the music. Nothing is overdone, and every instrument is playing exactly what should be played, nothing ever seems out of place. This album really makes you pay attention to whats going on because there are a lot of strange less commonly used melodies and progressions. All in all I'd say the best song sound wise is Closure.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics on this album are very depressing overall, but the way that it's sung and played is just beautiful. The singer has the PERFECT voice to accomadate the music, it's that awesome. Tales of haunting memories, depression, lost love, death and disease. All beatifully written, the word choice is perfect and it gives off the creepiest tone. It can be confusing to figure out just exactly what each song addresses, multiple references to a friend or lover make it hard to tell just what each song is about, but again it is more poetic than story oriented so that isn't an issue. All in all i'd say the best song in terms of lyrics is Hope Leaves.
Overall Impression — 10
This album will always be a favorite of mine never to forget. If you don't have it, get it now. But be warned that it is not similiar to Opeths traditional death metal roots, you will find no screaming vocals hear and heavy distorted riffs are out as well. This album is primarily acoustic and amazing. Not much variety throughout the album, it carries the same tone throughout the album. But within this style and tone Opeth gets super creative with each song. A classic without a doubt and a must for any of you progressive fans out there. Best on the album in my opinion is Death Whispered a Lullaby.