A year later I have to say I pretty much feel exactly the same as I felt then. It's one of the best albums the band has ever released, for many reasons. Individually these are some of the hardest songs ever written by the band and also the most interesting. The throwaway cords and various odd time signatures the band used in previous albums, but had seemed to tone down with the last two, are in full effect. Shown off in particular with the songs If You Got It At Five, Then You Got It At Fifty, and The Lash Whistled Like a Singing Wind. If I was trying to introduce someone to Norma Jean, this would be the album I would have them listen to first. It best demonstrates all the different styles the band has explored. Containing elements of sludge, hardcore, mathcore, metalcore, and post-hardcore, it's a melting pot of styles and sub-genres. Basically in listening to this album you'll be able to figure out which other Norma Jean albums you'll like best.
So do I still listen to this album? Regularly. As a whole album, I don't that often. Occasionally I will especially when I'm in a certain mood. Many of these songs do end up on my playlist for my drive to work. As far as the longevity of the album is concerned I'd say it has it in droves. It's going to be hard for the band to top this one, but I certainly look forward to watching them try, and based on past evidence, succeed.
Read my original review here