I gotta say, I was really impressed with Justifide’s first offering, Life Outside the Toybox, so I had my hopes set fairly high for this album. I’m happy to say that I wasn’t dissappointed. Justifide’s trademark intensity and emotional appeal are still there along with a drastically improved degree of polish. This is a recording that I’d put on par with almost anything else out there right now. Of course, the changes Don’t stop with a tighter recording. The sound has matured with the artists. It’s a lot more composed than their last album, and arguably more radio friendly, but the well placed screams I’ve always loved them for are still present. There are moments where the gorgeous harmonies and multi layered sounds made my mouth hang open. The highlight of the CD is the third track, Pointing Fingers.” Those harmonies I mentioned are fully in effect in this track as well as a lyrical intensity and ferocity that we see all too seldom anymore.
The themes discussed lyrically are really diverse and cover subjects from grief to self-deception to love which is major divergence from Life Outside the Toybox. The really awesome thing is that they’ve managed to discuss subjects that matter to both Christians and secular folk while still holding true to their faith.