Sound — 7
I'm not gonna lie, I was a little disappointed by "Faceless". When I first heard "Speak", I was like "Oh, yeah! This is gonna be awesome". The riff was awesome and the drums sounded pretty cool, too. Then there was the awesome guitar solo by Tony Rombola. Then I bought the CD and, again, was somewhat disappointed. The music was noticeably different. What I mean is that this album's style predominantly keeps to their original formula, but you can easily tell they strayed away from it a little. The riffs on a lot of the songs were more bluesy and not quite as heavy. Plus, on this album there are only a couple of guitar solos, as opposed to their first three albums when there were solos all over the place. The music was cool, but I prefer their earlier material.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics pretty much stayed in line with Godsmack's original style, but with a couple of obvious differences (i.e. Shine Down, Mama). I must admit, though, Sully's lyrics aren't quite up to par with those of "Awake". The same goes for his performance. He does it well, but not quite as well.
Overall Impression — 7
Honestly, I think of "IV" as "Faceless, Pt. 2", only just slightly heavier and darker. In my opinion, "Awake" was Godsmack's best album. Overall, this album is acceptable, but I'm not gonna jump to give this one 10s all over the place. I must say, though, I really did like Speak, Livin' In Sin, Voodoo Too, and Temptation. It's a good album, but not quite as good as "Awake". Needs more solos and heavier riffs.