I wasn't so sure I enjoyed Where You Want To Be as much as Tell All Your Friends.. the schism of the band, I think, took away from their overall sound. This album is like the answer to that sentiment... the remaining singer and the rest of the band seem to have settled into this new sound, and they do it so well. My first time through, I had my doubts, but it only took one more listen to hook me in. It's less pop-punky than their former efforts, bringing more of a rock sound to the table. The singer's voice works so well, especially in the songs Makedamnsure and Miami; it's all at once catchy, painful (in a delightful way), and intelligent. It seems to thrive in a beautiful simplicity that will have anyone hooked after only a few listens. The song writing has definitely taken a step up from Where You Want to Be and (to my joy) away from the emo. I'd recommend this to almost anyone.
Upon a review of my review, I think that this album is not as good as I first stated. The pop tunes will loop you in fast and you will enjoy the music rigorously for many listens. However, the song compositions are very simple and straightforward and so I found the album wearing inevitably thin after a while. It is more similar to Tell All Your Friends but due to a little bit of overproduction, it lacks a certain raw quality that has Tell All Your Friends spinning in my stereo much more often.
3.5 stars upon rereview.