This is the first and the best and I'm so glad I bought it. Reminds me of when I was a kid and emo was big and this band was the only band that hardcore kids, punk kids, and even pop punk kids could all like.
I strongly would argue that this album gave way to the cross over of emo into popular culture, but I know it was only one stepping stone in the mainstreaming of emo.
Despite the emo label, Tell All Your Friends is by no means sad or depressing overall. Sure, the songs might appear sad if you just look at the lyrics, but if you look past the heart-on-my-sleeve attitude of the music, you would see this is actually a strong and clever album.
Timberwolves At New Jersey or Cute Without The E (Cut From The Team) shows how the singer can make singing about feelings something to be proud of, while Ghost Man On Third is probably the hardest to listen to if you can relate to what he is singing about.
Tell All Your Friends is a great album for kids who need something to believe in when they reach a low in their life, or if they want to be reminded of someone that they can relate to songs to. It's wonderful. Classic. Amazing.