Sound — 10
At their best here? I would personally say yes, this is the album before they lost the sound that was them. From the slick bass line and riffs of the opener "Keep'Em Coming" and the dark beauty of "Tuck Me In" to the ending ballad "Radio," the simplicity of the riff picked by guitarist Matt Skiba melting into Glen Porter's drumming and bassist Dan Andriano's licks. Also note the lovelorn 'You've Got So Far To Go.'
Lyrics — 10
The dark sarcasm of some songs and the bleeding heart legitation of others bring together lyrics better than more professional and experienced bands. The kind of lyrics you want when you've just broken up with or lost your significant other (like "Radio" and "She Took Him To The Lake").
Overall Impression — 10
This is one of Alkaline trio's best accomplishments, far better than their lastest work "Crimson" and more raw than "From Here To Infirmary." If you don't have it, get it. Simple as that. If for only one song, get it for "Radio" the Trio's best loved by fans and greatest song.