Yeah, War Paint leaked. And it's a Dangerous Summer record. The follow-up to Reach For the Sun. Having connected to that album on every level (musical, lyrical and emotional) could either be your saving grace or the killer for your anticipations of this being one of the best albums of 2011. As I said, it's a Dangerous Summer record: it has the U2-esque guitars, the restless drums and AJ Perdomo unmistakeable vocals. It's not a complete 180° from RFTS in fact, the only cut that could differ is the lead single Work In Progress, that has dark tones and a long outro. The rest of the album is more of the same, with a more upbeat style where RFTS dug dipper in the mid-tempo section. Right now, War Paint, No One's Gonna Need You More, Parachute (my favourite) and Waves are the tracks I like the most.
What let Reach For The Sun stand out of the pack was AJ's lyrics, which were genuine and honest. And I think I should catch up the lyrics if I want to make a complete judgement about this album. That is a good album, nonetheless.