First off for anyone worried this would sound like Circa Survive now that Anthony Green has returned fear not, this is pure Saosin. Much of this sounds as if the band never changed and they only matured. Songs like The Secret Meaning Of Freedom are the perfect blend of hardcore punk drumming and harsh vocals with more melodic harmonies and breakdowns. Sore Distress, which is one of my favorite tracks off this album, is Anthony Green's intoxicating voice at it's best emphasized by the haunting guitar work resulting in a truly emotional and atmospheric song. If there was any doubt that this is not only one of the best Saosin albums, but one of the best Post Hardcore albums in the last decade then the closing track Control And The Urge To Pray will silence those doubts. It wraps everything nicely and is a perfect example of everything the band can do.
Everything on this album is so strong it's not even fair. The guitar work is particularly interesting with high pitched screeches and distorted heaviness it's unlike anything really being done today. The drumming is always varied throughout the songs and album and helps keeps things going. Often times especially when screaming Anthony Green's vocals match the tempo of the drumming which just creates something otherworldly.
Along The Shadow grabs hold with the opening track The Silver String and never lets go. From the moment the drums hit and the guitar comes in, the moment Anthony Green belts out "Who holds a silver string..." two things become very clear. First this is Saosin through and through, there are no unwanted or distracting influences and two that this is going to be a powerful album. It'll be interesting to see if they can keep up this level of intensity with (hopefully) future albums, but for now Saosin is back and better than every before.