Sound — 10
Chevelle has really grown since Point #1 two albums ago, and this album is a reflection of that. Everything has ben tightened down and nothing is held back production-wise. This is flat-out modern progressive hard rock. There are hints of Tool, Finger Eleven, Staind, The Nixons, Cold and more in here, while still staying very much a Chevelle effort. The Drop-D days of "Mia" and "Prove To You" are cleary gone and the result is a harsher, more-aggressive sound. This is what happens when you're not afraid to learn from other bands (which Chevelle has done any time they've toured with someone).
Lyrics — 6
The album falters a bit here. I don't listen to Chevelle for deep, inspiring lyrics anyways, but lyrically this album is often flat and feel forced and a bit generic. Pete's incredible voice can only help so much. Oh there are some really good lyrics on here in places. When Petes sings "Tending your wounds / Thinking of adding another" on the track "Another Know It All" the mental imagery abounds. But overall I think the lyrics were a bit better on Wonder What's Next and could be better here. Pete's singing and delivery is just amazing as usual though.
Overall Impression — 8
Still a really good album, was well worth the wait. If Wonder What's Next was a hint at where Chevele was heading, This Type Of Thinking is a loud proclamation of it having now arrived. Chevelle fans will be quite pleased. Other true Hard Rock fans need to check it out, even if you didn't like previous stuff, because they're still evolving. Tight songwriting, some of the best vocals around, and a unique sound all add up to This Type of Thinking causing quiet a stir and being one of the best albums of the year so far.