Sound — 10
Musically it's somewhere between The Downward Spiral & The Fragile. I think theres a little bit of Telfon Tel Aviv slipping in on track 1 too. Must say I enjoy the music (even "Only").
Lyrics — 2
I feel slightly I'll reading these lyrics. I've been a fan for many many years (since broken really), but I feel mr. Reznor's lyrics are getting worse with each album. Some of the content is borderline embarassing, and the spoken word parts just do not work. Sorry, but this album would have been 10 times better if it was instrumental.
Overall Impression — 1
He'll never beat the downward spiral. Musically this is great, lyrically this is a car crash. I don't know if I would have preffered a medium ground tho, because the music would suffer. But then I don't think Trent's lyrics have ever been that astounding. Shakespear he ain't.