Sound — 9
There's definitely a beatles sound to it, but it sounds a lot harder, even on the ballads. Shine on's more balanced then get born was, where get born was either in your face kickass rock or a ballad, shine on has both and a lot of in between, you can especially hear it that middle sound in songs like skin and bones and all you have to do. I wouldn't say they're moving away from a garage band sound, but they're going to other places with some of their songs so while songs like put your money where your mouth is or rip it up, are just straight up jamming, songs like bring it on back, the best song on the cd, are more thought out and sound more like a stadium band. So the entire cds a little more varied which is nice because none of the songs sound the same and that was kind of a problem with get born.
Lyrics — 8
A lot of people complain about how basic some of their lyrics are, but that just doesnt't make sense because honestly, when your jamming you'd rather listen to how hot that chick is then about how wrong something is in the world. Plus their ballads have really deep lyrics to them like in shine on and bring it on back.
Overall Impression — 10
Shine On is one of the top 5 albums of the year without question. The only problem with it is how long it took for them to get it released. Every song on it is worth listening to, and I love how you can just pop it in and listen to the whole thing without having to skip around. It's got a kickass sound that anyone can like. There isnt anything I don't like about this album and I'm really looking forward to their next album.