There are so many different things that I love about this album that I don't know where to begin. The album art is awesome, the lyrics are great and Claudio sounds better than ever on this cd. The music is amazing, succeeding at capturing the essence of Coheed that we know and love, while branching out to new areas of metal, pop, and (to a lesser extent) some very electronic sounds. Coheed have added a keyboard player to their touring line-up, and when you hear this album you'll understand why: there are keyboards on almost every track, though you may have to listen to the cd several times before you hear some of the minor bits of keyboard and even orchestral instruments that lie within. These new layers of sounds, along with excellent production quality (and of course top-notch musicianship) make the first two albums seem pale by comparison. A must for long-time fans and newcomers alike.
Owen (Mike Kinsella) is truly an amazing artist. The Owen releases are done solely by him, and the musicianship on his albums is incredible. If you're the kind of person who only likes the current trend of 'screamo' music than this is not for you. If you like slower, beautiful, intricate, enchanting guitar (and synth to a lesser extent) melodies and meaningful lyrics than this and other Owen cd's are for you. Some people say this music is good to fall alseep to. I say it is, if you lay down and are tired. Otherwise, sit up, whipe the drool from you mouth, grab the lyrics, and listen to this cd with open ears and an open mind.