Sound — 8
The third effort from the most loved and hated band in the genre of rock has shut all the critics up, leaving them with nothing to complain about. Despite frequent comparisons to Pearl Jam, anyone that does not employ the power of a hearing aid knows that the two sound entirely different. That bit over and done with, "Weathered" is an outstanding album, that takes the listener on a journey. Starting off with a skull-crushing distortion of Bullets and Freedom Fighter, it slowly cools off, giving the impression of suddenly being caught up in a violent storm and surviving, pulling through and healing wounds afterwards in a calm safe environment. The guitar work is good, with original and melodic riffs (for some reason with a lot of bands you get one but not the other, whichever quality it is). Bullets and Freedom Fighter make the guitar sound like those things they were looking for in Iraq. Stand Here With Me brings out the shredding, My Sacrifice and One Last Breath are those cigarette-lighter wielding tracks, and Lullaby is something that you'd listen to to go to sleep, as the name suggests (same effect as sitting a maths class, but beats it any day).
Lyrics — 10
Lyrics are filled with meaning, and Scott Stapp is definitely the right guy for the job, even if his voice is in a similar vocal range as Eddie Vedder's. It's powerful, melodic, very wide-ranged and just damn brilliant. He is also a great songwriter.
Overall Impression — 8
Basically a summary of what Creed is about. Almost like a greatest hits package. So I'd definitely replace it if something happened to it. While it mostly sticks to Creed's basic philosophy, it is a great album. My only problem with it is the departure of Brian Marshall, the bass player. Maybe he wanted different things or something, but he was definitely the right guy for it, and he is a great bass player. Mark, with all my due respect to him, should stick to guitar. The bass lines are a bit simplistic and obvious. Apart from that, an outstanding achievement.