Sound — 9
In Alter Bridge's sophomore album, they're gone a little heavier than on One Day Remains. They make good use of down-tuning with clear "rock" singing, which is kind of fresh nowadays where you either get cookie monster vocals with drop D or standard tuning with audible singers. It's a really catchy album, mixed with Mark Tremonti's insane guitar playing, and Myles Kennedy's blistering voice. This is definitely one of the defining rock albums of the year. My only problems is there are too many songs that seemed to be slower so that they get more radio play, and I wish they would have just let Tremonti loose on a couple songs to do whatever he wants, instead of limiting it for radio play.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are solid, Myles Kennedy has been doing this with past bands, so you know what to expect. His voice itself is great, with a lot of range. The lyrics work well with the music; a gritty heavy rthythm with his higher clearer voice over it. He is in fact one of the best singers in modern rock.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, I'd say this album is better than One Day Remains. A few songs I really liked were the heavier ones, "Buried Alive", "Coming Home", and "Come to Life". I love the heavy riffs and skillful solos of Mark Tremonti and the great range of Myles Kennedy. This combo really creates a catchy rock album, with Tremonti's guitar work making it near-metal. If I lost this album in all ways possible, I would probably buy it again, it's a solid rock/metal album in 2007, which is hard to find.