06:49 AM on 02/16/11
Great review Thomas. I definitely agree about the opening lines to "The Wrong Way", probably the most beautifully harsh lyrics Anthony has ever written.
I can't say that this record is flawless, especially with the production. I feel some parts are over-polished, but I think that overall Gil Norton was a positive influence on the album. There are times where I think Jack's riffs blend together, especially on "Seeing Sound" and "The Wrong Way". While they are fantastic guitar parts, I do feel in some ways that The Walking Wounded was more experimental than this album is.
But then again, I think this album will stand out better to me over time. Shudder initially didn't grab my attention like other albums did, but now I find that it is a staple in their discography. I am very curious to see how the b-sides turned out. Bayside was never really a band to have them until now, except the one that was on Shudder.