From the beautiful orchestral opener 'Keeping The Blade', 'Good Apollo...' is a record that never lets up, in imagination or quality. There is, quite simply, no weak tracks on this album.
Everything stands out, firstly the lyrics. In keeping with the concept covered on previous C&C releases, they are suitably poetic, yet express epic themes in accessible terms: 'would things have changed if I could have stayed'.
This is backed up by the songs themselves, which manage to be both insanely catchy, yet ambitious ( 'From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness', Apollo II: The Telling Truth'. This is balanced with more 'commercial' sounding songs like 'Wake Up', complete with an excellent slide guitar work, and 'The Suffering', which has a killer chorus.
The fact that the songs are both accessible and challenging is largely thanks to Claudio Sanchez, whose delivery can be emotive, such as on 'Always and Never', yet can turn angry, reflecting the hatred in some of the 'Good Apollo's...' lyrics (see 'Welcome Home').
It's rare to find a band that combines melody and invention to such challenging, yet accessible effect. With 'Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV...' Coheed & Cambria have done so with ease.