A testament to human emotion and punk rock, simply phenomenal in every way. They found the perfect balance between their odd, experimental material (Document #12, 7) and their chaotic material (Document #6, #4) on this one to create their true masterpiece. While it's not quite their most balanced album in all these departments, no moment of it is wasted; breathtaking from start to finish. Some might say it's front loaded, since "In Love With An Apparition" is of course one of their best songs, but the closer is probably their masterpiece. This is punk for those who feel, and also those who think about the genre itself. Plus it has the best quote ever about the music.
Punk rock should mean freedom. Liking and accepting anything that you like, playing whatever you want, as sloppy as you want. As long as it's good and has passion.
I can't feel this album as much as I should. Not to be a screamo purist, but this music's passion is so much more visible when the production is ugly and unmastered. Pg. 99 seems to bring in a more mainstream audience with a very strongly produced handful of songs and it seems contrary to their overall mission. That aside, the music and lyrics are often good but nothing that merits this as an emo classic.
Fantastic screamo a majority of the time, but the generic punk-rock-ness of the final track really holds this album back for me. Pg. 99, you make fantastic music out of such confusing cacophony, stick to what you do good and don't try being every punk garage band ever. 3.7/5