Sound — 9
Unlike most albums written by bands that are rooted in death metal this albums production is a bit lacking in bass - due to Steve Digiorgio playing high bass lines and the guitar tone being very trebly. The music is definitely Deaths most progressive album, sounding somewhat like Queensryche wrapped in death metal. It has Andy Larocque (from King Diamond) performing excellent solos on a few songs in the album, most notably Jealousy and Trapped in a corner which are also my two favourite songs. Also, this seems to be the only album I have ever heard where the worst tracks are the first (Overactive Imagination) and the track that shares its name with the album. They aren't bad, just not as good as the rest of the album.
Lyrics — 8
The vocals are very clear unlike modern death metal bands. His lyrics are mostly about various types of people that Chuck dislikes - with songs like Jealousy, Out of Touch and The Philosopher being obvious examples. They fit perfectly with this moderately fast music, although they aren't the focus of the album.
Overall Impression — 9
It is probably my favourite Death album, my favourite songs being Jealousy, Trapped in a Corner and Mentally Blind - 2 of which feature absolutely superb solos from Andy. The biggest downfall is the lack of bass in the production - I can't turn it too loud without it starting to feel weird for my ears. I actually bought this album again after having one of my brothers friends steal the first copy I had - it's that good.