Sound — 9
Great. The grunge and rock effects really show on this album. The band's use of instruments does too. I mean, you can hardly hear the bass player in most bands. Which is a pity, because the bass keeps the lower notes and fatter chords balanced.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are insane. Some of the most clever I have ever heard. Gavin Rossdale is a lyrical genius. They'll be singing about getting their brains torn out, alchohol to colors and exes. Gavin Rossdale's vocals also help the album along with its success. His strong British voice leads the way with most of the songs. He probably sings the best on this album than any other one. Even though I enjoyed Razorblade Suitcase just the same.
Overall Impression — 9
I loved this album. I thought this one and Razorblade Suitcase were the best ones in their career. It was better than "The Science of Things" and it had just a little bit better impression than "Golden State". The best songs on this album are "Everything Zen" obviously. "Glycerine" which is fantastic. "Machine Head," "X-Girlfriend," "Monkey On The Trail" and "Little Things." All these songs blew me away, especially "Glycerine". I love almost everything about this CD. The only thing bad is that "X-Girlfriend" is a forty five second song with only one lyric that repeats about one hundred times. This CD is pretty cheap, you could find it basically anywhere. Used copies can be scratched. But it doesn't really disable the CD much. If you're a real grunge or rock fan. Buy it.