The sad bit about rating systems is that they’ll never capture the complexities of an album’s listenability. While Achilles Heel may be rocking the middle ground of my taste’s sliding scale, I still think the album should be listened to. That said, Achilles Heel is a little rocky on the path to its mark. Frontman/songwriter Dave Bazan has strayed from the narrative drive of his last two efforts, and that compromises these songs somewhat. Also, the alt-Christian aspects suffer from the lack of parable. But maybe this is Bazan (like Daniel) in the lion’s den, testing himself and the faith of his listeners. So Achilles Heel may be a stagger toward perfection, but even in that, it’s closer than most ever come.