Sound — 7
Megadeth's 'Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?' is, without a doubt, a classic metal CD. It signals a landmark time in trash metal's history, and Megadeth's as well. The overall sound quality production isn't outstanding, but it's good enough. Sound-wise, the guitars don't sound as chunky or heavy as on 'Rust In Peace', but Megadeth's classic tone is still there. Also, the bass is audible, which is great to hear, especially in the title track. Generally, the sound production ain't superb, but what makes this album great is the catchiness and quality of the songs. Some of Megadeth's best solos and riffs are featured on this release, making it a must-have for any 'Deth fan.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics on this album are quite varied, but mainly with dark themes. Songs like 'The Conjuring' and 'I Ain't Superstitious' typically talk about semi-occult type subject matter, though as is usual for Megadeth, there is one politically-minded song on this album (the title track). The lyrics aren't outstaning, but they're not bad, and are some of Mustaine's better creative work. The vocals, well, as is usually the case with Megadeth, you'll probably either love them or hate them. Mustaine sounds okay on this record, but if you're looking for a more matured, stronger sound, check out his work on 'Rust In Peace', 'Countdown To Extinction', or even 'The System Has Failed'.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, it's not a perfect album, but it's a good one. If you like thrash, or 80's metal, you will most definitely get a kick out of this release. The great thing about it is that it's quite varied: you see Megadeth's melodic side on 'Good Mourning/Black Friday', their NWOBHM and speed metal influences on 'My Last Words', their mainstream appeal on the title song, and even some classic rock inspiration on 'I Ain't Superstitious'. And let's not forget the sheer awesomeness of 'Wake Up Dead' and 'The Conjuring', two classic metal songs. This is not an album to be missed, so check it out if you have not done so.