At least, songs such as "Change Last Forever," "Pt. II Gazing," and "Path of Least Resistance" contain a range of varied change-ups, from a straight-ahead pop section to a mathy build-up; arena-rock guitar solo to soaring emotional chorus with screamo backing vocals. (The production clarity of Andy Wright from Plus/Minus doesn't hurt either.) But these tracks sound so much like a mix of other bands (not the least of which is Creta Bourzia -- the band even includes a snippet of a Creta song in a radio-collage interlude) that it's hard to make much of a case for originality.
It isn't very encouraging that Shill admits in the liner notes to looking for guidance to radio station "The X" -- the last place you'd turn to carve out your own niche would be the bland domain of comm-alt radio. Plus, there's nary a lyric sheet in sight, which is strange -- why wouldn't they want the kids to sing along? The kids may eventually get on board, though, once Shill stakes out more of its own musical territory.