Sound — 10
This isn't another hard-pop, post-grunge Audioslave album. Morello wasn't kidding when he said they had gone a different route, calling it something between Led Zeppelin and Earth, Wind and Fire. This album is incredibly beat driven, with the harder stuff comming second. Once again though, Tom Morello has created a whole new sound in his guitar solos. Don't think for moment that he toned it down at all on the distortion and wah pedal, but he does more rhythm than he's done in the past. It reminds me a lot of Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden's stuff a times, like on the song Somedays. Don't get wrong though, this album is very different than anything else the band has done in the past or with Audioslave. Some of the songs that caught my ear are Revalations, Sound Of A Gun, Until We Fall, Original Fire, and Broken City.
Lyrics — 6
On a whole, the lyrics are pretty corny, it sounds like Cornell was trying way to hard. Lines are repeated much more than the band has done in the past. For example, in the song One And the Same, you definitely know that it's called that by the time it's over. His voice, on the other hand, is as good as ever. This album is heavily based on rhythm and beat.
Overall Impression — 8
I liked the album on a whole, but I wouldn't say it's as solid as their first two albums. It's missing solid lyrics. If nothing else, this album is worth the buy just to hear Morello. If you're looking for something catchy and/or something to grove to, then you'll love this album. For those who are looking for something more like their old stuff, then you might want to listen to the CD before you buy it, just because it's so diferent. It's the kind of album that grows on you. It can be compared to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper and the Dave Matthews Band's Stand Up in the sense that it's a big change in the band's overall sound that not all will like, but will definitely make the band stronger in the long run.