Sound — 10
Musically this is Alice in Chains at their strongest, I personally think it's even stronger than Dirt, musically. Every song, even some of the worse song ones have great riffs, if nothing else. This shows how truly talented Cantrell, Inez and Kinney are. Stronger songs: Grind, Again, Sludge Factory.
Lyrics — 6
This album, lyrically I think, is Alice's worst. The lyrics often resort to ooh and such, which isn't bad, but it's not lyrics. Some songs sacrifice meaning to get a rhyming word, which is not something you expect from excellent wordsmiths like Staley and Cantrell. This album sees Cantrell taking a lot more responsibility in the vocal department, with a lot of the songs being duets, of sorts between him and Staley. This creates a strong sound, harrowing at times. It also seems to experiment with a larger range of vocals from both singers, with a lot more high pitch singing, which works bloody well.
Overall Impression — 9
Not as strong as Dirt, but right up there. Alice in Chains is one of those few bands who left their legacy with few filler/rubbish songs to their name. Best songs would be Grind, Sludge Factory and God Am, but once again I must say that all of the songs are of an extraordinarily high quality.