11:45 AM on 06/08/12
I think you hit this album right on the head. It seems to be more balanced and natural than The Here and Now. While Daybreaker is certainly going to be dismissed by many who insist on a return to the band's sound on Ruin, this is not a record to be ignored. It's a very solid album that remains enjoyable and catches the listener's attention all the way through, though the closing ballad seems somewhat bland and repetitive as it follows ten much more varied, engaging tracks. All told, you gave a very well written, thoughtful review that highlighted the strengths of this album while remaining cognizant of its faults. Your comparisons to Underoath surprised me at first, but seem surprisingly appropriate at points.