In a sentence, if you liked 'Still Searching', you'll like 'Life Is Not A Waiting Room', and maybe even more.
There seems to be just a tad more emphasis on the guitar work by Garrett and Heath, and there's enough variety in the songs to please most fans of this eclectic group...it seems like they're making an attempt to reach a greater audience...to really 'make it'.
Vocalist James "Buddy" Nielsen attempts to sing you through a whirlwind of emotions, and, considering that he broke up with his first-love, long-time girlfriend, and that some songs were inspired by a friend he met who had cancer but didn't make it, he easily succeeds. Although some will beg to differ, I believe Buddy's vocals and the lyrics on this record are outstanding...perhaps his best effort yet.
Despite having everything from very melodic and catchy pop-punk (a very edgy 'Boys Like Girls'?) to heavy, hardcore "screamo" metal, 'Life' excels when different atmospheres are created, such as on 'Fireworks At Dawn', 'Yellow Angels' and 'Map The Streets'.
While I admit I'm not much for the furious fare ('Lungs Like Gallows' and 'Wolves At The Door'), the album is strong from top to bottom...even the small amount of "screamo" is tastefully done.
Overall, Senses Fail shows progress on 'Life Is Not A Waiting Room'...definitely a success in my book.