Sound — 9
Ill Nino has made itself an animal all of it's own. A good nu-metal influence, almost hardcore punk/metalcore, but not comepletely, and with a Latin influence heavily entwined into the music and style, this band has been so successful. This album is overall pretty good, there are the usual low points, yet, most of the album is solid as can be. The Latin influence really sets them apart from a lot of other bands, and allows you to listen to a heavy style of music, with an occasional break into some traditional Latin styled interlude of guitar solo.
Lyrics — 10
Overall the lyrics are good. They range over multiple topics, some of which are targeted at other people in general, some are past relationships gone sour and such. A decent portion of the lyrics are in Spanish (because of the Latin influence) and they fit into the music perfectly. It's a flawless connection between the English lyrics, the Spanish lyrics, and the musical style of the band. The singer really ranges from a soft soothing voice to an enraged scream, excellent vocal abilities.
Overall Impression — 9
Some of the best songs on this album include: "The Alibi of Tyrants," "Finger Painting (With the Enemy)," "Me Gusta Soledad," and "Kellogg's, Bombs and Cracker Jacks." I really love the mix of styles on this album and by this band in general, it really sets them apart from a lot of other bands that could be grouped together with them on a wide genre base. I would most definitely buy this album again if it was lost or stolen, it was well worth the $10 I paid for it.