12:12 AM on 06/13/12
After listening it to a week straight, I honestly don't understand the 69%. I am usually not one to challenge ratings, but this is all wrong in my opinion. I feel that this album combines the best elements of both Hollow Crown and The Here and Now, while showing off just how talented they are as musicians. The guitar work is insane (see Outsider Heart), the drumming is phenomenal (see Outsider Heart as well haha), the lyrics are really cool, the screaming singing balance is much more appropriate, in regards to their last album, and overall just a solid album.
I feel that they strayed too far from their sound on The Here and Now, and so they wanted to make up for that...hence the short notice. I don't think the quick release hindered any of these songs in the least bit.
Anyways, that's where I stand. I respect your review, just think that the rating was a tad off. But have no clue where you are hearing underOath in ANY way...