Sound — 10
Amazing, Mark Tremonti is on top form with his guitar again. All the members are really playing a big part in this album in comparison to the previous, "One Day Remains". You can really hear Brian Marshall in most of the songs, the most prominent of which being blackbird, in which he adds a whole different feel to a riff that would simply have reapeated itself. The title track, Blackbird, was inspired by a friend who had passed away just as the song writing process had finished.
Lyrics — 8
Myles Kennedy, singer, really shows off his voice in this album. Incredible vocal range that is put to it's fullest use. Some people would say that the lyrics are common to modern day rock and metal/Punk bands; that of overcoming pain, sorrow and loniless. He sings about general concerns of the planet and not just of one man. Sounds brilliant though.
Overall Impression — 10
This album outstrips that of other modern hard rock bnads. However, for the more "metalheads" among us, this would not suit you, as the tracks are simply not that heavy. The order of the songs affects the way the listener reacts. Switching from the beautifully melodic and calming "Watch over you" to the heavier rock riffs of "Break Me Down" gives the listener. You lose concentration while listening to "Watch Over You" and drift off and are suddenly brought back down to earth by the fast drum fill intro of Break Me Down. The same affect occurs when "Blackbird" switches from the beautiful acoustic outro riff to the heavy guitar intro of "One By One". Yes, I would buy it again!