BEST FOURTH RELEASE 2008 Award Co-Winner!
Superchick (Rock What You Got).
Lost In The Sound Of Separation is the perfect sequel to Underoath’s previous album (and a great disc in itself). Frontman Spencer Chamberlain now tends more toward the low end of his range (which has gotten even lower)… their music— which was already good, of course— has actually improved quite a bit in technicality, diversity, and even sound quality… and Lost In The Sound Of Separation‘s lyrics, while still quite honest, bring closure to many of Define The Great Line‘s themes and also share more hope.
In evidence, the disc kicks off with “Breathing In A New Mentality”, featuring great lyrics, a pounding drum line, and music and vocals that are as dynamic as ever.
“Anyone Can Dig A Hole But It Takes A Real Man To Call It Home” is somewhat suspenseful and faster-paced. Well into this track, Aaron Gillespie makes his first vocal appearance of the album.
“A Fault Line, A Fault Of Mine” musically shifts tone several times; and there’s also an interesting contrast between its slightly-more-conventional rock music and Spencer’s quite heavy screams (though Spencer and Aaron actually share this song’s vocals, often excellently trading off).
Flowing from the previous track, “Emergency Broadcast :: The End Is Near” moves to rhythmically dark music with complex interactions between the right and left speakers.
“The Only Survivor Was Miraculously Unharmed” slams in heavy, loud, and fast. Its music is dynamic and technically excellent, and the vocals are equally dynamic and varied.
“We Are The Involuntary” features unusual vocal rhythms at first, which draw some words and sentences out interestingly. And the bridge before the final verse is excellent, with Aaron singing and Spencer singing/screaming perfectly. The outro of this song flows into the next track.
“The Created Void” is mostly sung by both vocalists (though with quite a bit of emotion, power, and screams ) and has music that is yet again dynamic. It’s an excellent track.
“Coming Down Is Calming Down”, of course , kicks the heaviness meter back up a bit further; and it flows without a pause into the next track.
“Desperate Times Desperate Measures” is quite rhythmic at times, and (given its heaviness) is surprisingly catchy as well.
“Too Bright To See Too Loud To Hear” is slow-building and completely sung by both vocalists until the very end, where the heavy power returns to cap the track off right. It’s very memorable, and it’s .
And flowing right from the previous track is the closer “Desolate Earth :: The End Is Here”. It’s instrumental with a slight soundtrack feel until the end, where the music smoothly yet unexpectedly kicks up a step, and then Spencer slides into the background with the disc’s perfect final words.
During the DVD, there is one use of P*** and one use of H***; and while relating a conversation where another choice word was spoken, the word is abbreviated (describing it without actually saying the whole thing).
The Special Edition comes with a DVD featuring a making-of-the-album documentary. This includes some behind-the-scenes clips of the recording, as well as tons of interviews and commentaries from the bandmembers, both producers, and the mixer. (There is also one more clip that plays after the video appears to be done.)
The Deluxe Limited Edition is a collector’s box set limited to just 5,000 copies (authenticated by a certificate hand-numbered and signed by the band). It includes the CD and Special Edition DVD; a vinyl copy of the album on two colored, saw blade-shaped discs; and a large-square hardcover book. The book contains (occasionally on translucent pages) artwork, the lyrics/song commentaries/thanks, in-studio and behind-the-scenes photos, and copies of handwritten lyrics and notes (some used, some not).
Lost In The Sound Of Separation is Underoath’s best album to date, and worthy of Best Fourth Release.