Thanks for your overview, fire angel. Although I'm not agreeing with some of your points I do feel a lot of your love and respect for the best band in the world! I hope you don't mind me giving some of my thoughts as well, based on (most of) your post. Like yours, they're just my opinion: - I feel there's much more cohesion between the songs than you and some might think. Certain lyrical themes definitely return - Mother Earth, (passage of) time, evil - and (this is pretty awesome) there's even one song that is a continuation from another song on the album! - I'm not hearing any confusion within/between the songs at all. You're right about the different points in their lives regarding the songwriting: the band started writing new songs right after the recording of Mercy Falls so the writingprocess took about 1,5-2 years before recording TGE. It's variety that I'm hearing, not confusion. - Agreed on the production and the video. - I'm not a native educated English speaker so I can't judge too much about that. Speaking only for myself, I love the themes and the lyrics/playing with words on TGE. Actually, I've never seen it that way. From my review of MF: "It's a piece of art, in which all 5 bandmembers shine". Regarding 'The Great Escape', the production of TGE is - like you said - magnificent (better than MF). TGE shows every member's talent, maybe even more than ever. The guitarsound is much more heavier, the drums sound 'thick', the keyboardsound is huge/epic and the bass and vocals are perfectly in the mix. - I love the experimentation as well. The harsher side of Tommy's vocals, the epic title track, the new tones. I'm not agreeing on the weak parts in some of the songs though. - You're right, the title track is a masterpiece (again, I do see the cohesion with other songs. It IS a massive song but to me it's the 7th track on the album - no different entities for me) Yes, yes and yes ! Finally, to me (not just the raw energy of SW's melodies but) SW's melodies in general are unmatched in the music world, past and present and I certainly do feel that after WITW, MF and TGE Seventh Wonder does have the best songs and the best albums.