If you like any previous Birthday Massacre albums, you definitely won't be disappointed by this one. It is a bit heavier on the guitar end, but I don't think the synths suffer for it. This is just as melodic as anything they've done before, though maybe not quite as dark. Also, while some songs are extremely catchy (Pins and Needles, for example), I'd say this album is less catchy overall. Some of the songs, while good, don't quite stand out. For that reason, I'm not sure I would rank this album above their last effort, Walking with Strangers. Still, this is a solid collection and I'm definitely glad I purchased it. The opener, "In the Dark," is one of their best songs to date, while "Shallow Grave" and "Control" are a joy to listen to.
If you're at all curious about buying this album, go ahead and do yourself a favor. Buy it now. If we don't support good music like this, it just might go away.
*** UPDATE on JANUARY 12, 2010 ***
After giving this album a few months' listening time, I have decided that it is not only my favorite Birthday Massacre album, but one of my favorite albums in general. It has remained in my car stereo for weeks. Every time I try listening to something else, I find myself missing this album. Seriously. It's good. Just let it grow on you.