Review Summary: As diverse as it can be when diversity is hard to portray
First of all, you won't find many superlatives in this review. Why? Because the genre "emo" which this is associated with doesn't allow for much that is "outstanding" in the way of being completely new and original. Particularly if an album was released in 2005, at least ten years after the first releases that set the sound this band follows here. Speaking of Sunny Day Real Estate's "Diary" it is more remarkable that the band borrows their style from Mineral, Penfold, Christie Front Drive and Jimmy Eat World's early work. "Racing A Train" has some aspects of "Goodbye Sky Harbour" in it, while "And Matter" could remind someone of The Get Up Kids' "Something To Write Home About". So if it's just like those albums, why on earth would you be listening to "Silent, Sober and Sound" then, one may ask?
Because if you do like the relaxing guitar riffs, that do remind of other, more well-known bands, but that are, if you have listened to similar bands before and enjoyed it, addicting. The song structures vary from mostly bright-guitar driven riffs that do have a distinct diversity to more heavy elements while some songs have electronic parts too, what are somewhat unusual for an album in this genre. The tracks are also full of fitting vocals that are seldom harsh or screamed, apart from small sequences, but represent the tone of every song well and emphasize the emotions when needed to. The right portion of catchiness is present in some forms, too.
Another strong point are parts of the lyrics, "hub city" is about the mind of a prostitute, what is a somewhat fascinating and unusual topic for a song. Though there is not much of a poetic riddle hidden in each and every song, and some are just average to be fair. "Farewell Sunshine" therefore is the low point of lacking creativity in lyrics.
In the end, what makes this mostly overlooked album enjoyable is the functional interaction of guitars and vocals, just like in every other "emo" album. So if you do like Mineral, Penfold, American Football and so on, you may enjoy this one, too. Just right for a relaxing listen on a rainy sunday. If you are looking for a revolutionary piece of art that creates a whole new sound, you can pass by. And if you are more in a mood for heavier material, i recommend doing the same thing.
...And So Ends The Drought,