Sound — 8
United Abominations, Megadeth's latest album, and first with the Drover brothers lineup, attempts to dive deeper into the bands thrash metal roots by becoming increasingly political, and focusing on heavy riff work. The solos on this album in particular also seem to use more tremelo and wah elements than prior albums - an element that could potentially make or break the album for long time fans of megashreddage. It definately bares a Megadeth sound and tone to it, albeit with a few new added elements.
Lyrics — 8
Lyrically, this is obviously Megadeth. The songs on this album are increasingly political, with more songs focusing on political subject than on the prior album, The System has Failed. The listener also gets a heavy dose of Mustaine's trade-mark cynicalism in many of the songs, especially Washington Is Next, which manages to paint quiet a image on the instrumental canvas. Vocally, it's obviously Mustaine, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the listener's tastes. He lacks the pure aggression of the bands early releases, but he surely isn't failing vocally. Once again, whether you like the vocal work is based on your personal preferences.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall, this album doesn't seem to hit quite as strongly as The System Has Failed did for me. it's still a good album, and it's heavy as hell, but instrumentally, the riffs seem tired and forced, and I'm not a big fan of the tremelo and wah used in the majority of the lead solos. I like most of the stuff lyrically, but it's the instrumental parts I have trouble with. It just seems 'hollow' and forced at times. Also, the new version of A Tout Le Monde isn't too impressive, and feels like a half-assed attempt to fill the track listing. Still, it's not a bad album, but it's definately not a great album either. It's not the album I'd suggest to new fans, but it's not a bad listen either. Worth the buy, but not the amazing work I've come to expect from the band.