Sound — 9
This album is brilliant. It ranges from lo-fi grungy rock to beautiful ballady songs. One of the reasons the sound is so good is that John pretty much records on analogue equipment. Listen to the guitar solo on "Look On" and Omar Rodriguez' double tracked solo on "666."
Lyrics — 8
As usual, John has a very wierd way with words, so I don't try to decipher meanings. The way in which it is separated from other singer-songwriters is the delivery and vocal arrangements. For example, in "I'm Around" he does a very interesting thing with one of the sections with two seperate lead vocals singing the same thing as a harmony with slight differences in delivery. Also, I love the chorus of "666." The line "The Drop" is delivered so powerfully (think Dave Grohl at his loudest) and held over a very long period. This guy must have a big lung capacity.
Overall Impression — 10
I also have Shadows Collide With People, and I believe it matches that in quality while maintaining its own style. One thing is for certain. John Frusciante writes for John Frusciante. Best album tracks are 666, I'm Around, and Look On. I think there is nothing bad about this album, except it is too short (about 35 minutes). It improves on Shadows Collide, by eliminating the segue tracks (which I love, but can be annoying when I want to hear the songs).