Sound — 10
How else to describe it other than an even fuller Goo Goo Dolls sound. Johnny whips up some of the craziest tunings ever, and they sound unbelieveable. Welcome to guitar string snapping hell (and hey, if you snap your high e and d strings, you can tune to play Big Machine like John does). It is nearly impossible to get anymore "bigger" sounding than this, and it's not by strings sections/orc. And by all means, not over-produced. Johnny is be far one of the most original guitarists out there, and just because he doesn't play crazy fast or bite his strings others may not agree. Robby is a really solid player as well, and amazingly meshs with John's playing/tunings. And always overlooked, Mike is one of the best drummers out there as well. Never misses a beat on record, and live. If you want to listen to some of the most entrancing tones ever, be sure to check this album out.
Lyrics — 10
If there's one thing that outshines John's guitar, it's his lyrics. There's a reason he repeatedly wins awards by poetics/lyrics communities. Incredibly deep with meaning, his lyrics are never poppy. Extremely sensitive, but not that screaming about your girlfriend looking at another guy type new age pop/rock nonsense. Robby, well, is Robby. His lyrics match what he's playing, and doesn't stray too far from his punky roots. In all, the lyrics match wonderfully to the music, fit it to perfection.
Overall Impression — 10
This music does not compare to other artists one bit. The GGD's are in a class of their own. There is actual meaning, heart, and soul behind every song on this album, and not manufactured by so called "professional lyric writers" nor writin' up by a 12-year old school boy upset that the girl he likes is playing doctor with a different boy now. And the meaning is conveyed without all that out of place screaming like an idiot type stuff. And yes, if this album, I would def buy another, even though I have three copies of it.