Sound — 9
The sound is great. Godsmack really tightened up its tone and extended Tony's solos. When the band said that they were going for a more rock sound they definately did it with this album. But, even though it may be very rock-ish, it didn't take away from any of their aggression. This is a very tight, very precise album. And Sully is a hell of a harmonica player!
Lyrics — 9
Lyrics have the basic content all other Godsmack albums. But with Sully Erna (in my opinion, the best voice in metal) delivering, they take on a life of their own. The lyrics have a very "pick yourself of and suck it up" tone to them and they fit perfectly with the music.
Overall Impression — 9
This is a killer album and definately ranks right up there with the others. I love the single "Speak" as it is very classic Godsmack, but more mature. My only gripe is that I wish all the songs on this album followed the template of this song. If this album got lost go buy it again, it's worth it.