The follow-up to "Zero For Conduct" sees DIY rock heroes Jetplane Landing leave behind their former Pavement-esque meanderings and throw themselves headlong into full-blown Biffy Clyro-esque emo, in places so heavy that it could easily be classed as metal. This is apparent right from the opener "The Violence", a concoction of crunching guitars and screaming vocals. Here the similarity with Biffy Clyro doesn't just end with the genre, but also with the crucial time-signature changes which adds a whole new level to their previous work. Add to this the inclusion of instant anthem "Calculate The Risk" and you have an album which, if this band was on a big label, would catapult them to superstardom. Fans of the original LP need not despair either, as tracks such as "Brave Gravity" and "Do It... Now!" see the boys return to their 'old' sound of cleaner guitars and softer vocals.
The only criticism that i'd have of this album is that it sounds a lot more gleaming and polished compared to the ragged edges we're used to. For some, this will be a bonus, for me though it takes away the "live" atmosphere. Probably a prime example of this is "Tethered By All That We Know", for a long time a live favourite, yet a lot slower and less action-packed on CD.
In short, if you're into emo-rock (particularly the American stuff), get this album and love it. If you're already a fan, go into it with an open mind, then catch them in concert.