Sound — 8
This album, considered by some as a response to American grunge band Nirvana's "Nevermind" album, maybe be the essence of grunge. Distorted guitars, strange as hell lyrics, gritty vocals, it's all there. However, as with all grunge bands, the sound and style are acquired tastes. If you're not used to this kind of sound, this album would probably not be a great place to start your grunge experience. Look to Nirvana for that.
Lyrics — 6
The lyrics in this album, as with any other grunge album, are disjointed, make only half sense, but fit with the style of music almost perfectly. Gavin Rossdale's voice is a wonderful blend of grittiness, tonality, and slight slurring, also complimenting the lyrics well. However, there are some points in the album when one thinks, "What the hell does that mean??" This can go on for songs at a time. Almost no artist can pull the feat of pointless lyrics off, as listeners mainly want music that they can relate to. Thus, this attribute of the album greatly reduces its quality.
Overall Impression — 8
The most obvious comparison to this album is, of course, Nirvana's "Nevermind" album, as many view "Sixteen Stone" as a Britain's response to the US's grunge craze. However, "Nevermind" is an extremely good album and it's hard to best it. "Sixteen Stone" fails to do that, but that doesn't mean it's not a good album. Songs like "Machinehead", "Everything Zen", and, of course, "Glycerine" make this album possibly one of the best grunge albums ever. Just not as good as "Nevermind".