Listening to the first 2 singles in "Bow Down" and "Breaking Down", the album showed amazing promise as a follow up to an incredible Lifelines album that was full of hook and heart. Once "Paranoid" was released, my concern started to grow but I decided to wait to pass judgement and just chalked it up to a track that I just wasn't into. Then the album dropped. Out of 13 tracks, only 5 are worth a listen and 3 to be played on repeat. Track 3 really started the down fall with "Every Time You Leave". It sounds like Hinder or Nickelback from the late 2000's came in, held a gun to their head, and said "record this or die". "DOA" at track 6 disappointed me the most as it started off sounding as it could drop into another heavy hit like "Bow Down", but instead fell into the stereotypical tropes that today's Trap music falls into. That track actually left me mad.
All in all, I support when bands like to go in different directions as it shows growth and maturity. I don't mind, and sometimes like, when Hip Hop elements are used in Rock and Metal. However, there is a difference between Different and Good, and this album unfortunately is not good. It's all over the place in a bad way. Some tracks belong in a Rom-Com, some in a bad strip club, and some that deserve 2nd and 3rd chances.
Listen, I respect the message behind the album, but it was delivered in a way that I can't relate to very much unlike Lifelines. Buy the tracks "Bow Down", "Breaking Down", "Gasoline", "Hurricane" (which I had to listen to a few times before I finally gave it a thumbs up) and "Deadweight" for the tracks you expected from this album and stay away from everything else.