Sound — 10
Overall Opeth has a very unique sound about them that tends to grab you and suck you in, and in my opinion especially on this album. Generall speaking the album can shift from brutally crushing prog/death metal, to flutterly blues and jazz influenced pschedelic rock without any awkward feel. The production is also very good. The drums sound clear and full which is great when combined with Martin Axenrot's drumming. The guitar work on this album really impress me, both sound and playing wise. The sound is everything Opeth is known for and more, with plently of variety. Some of the best are the haunting acoustic sections that flow into pounding, tech metal anthems that won't dissapoint. One thing about this albums I love is it's balance from metal to psychedelic rock and everything in between. The keyboard parts and and jazz fusion freak outs all combine for a very Ozzy era Black Sabbath vibe. it's an experience, not an album.
Lyrics — 8
Lyrically speaking Watershed is very haunting, the kind of lyrics that flow in and are digested later. Though I don't find any of the lyrics to be completely amazing, they are full of raw passion and good raw vibe, so I have no complaints. Though it is important to notice that on Watershed the actual delivery of the lyrics rather than the words themselves are what will hook you.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall I love Watershed, it's powerful, yet haunting. Mezmorizing yet entertaing. With everysong you become more entranced by it's strength and yet how fragile it's structure is. I love it! It's in my opinion Opeths best album. I love every song and I've listened to it rather commonly (perhaps every 2 weeks) since it came out. I especially love the psychedelic and jazz influences on it. If it were stolen, I would but another copy for sure, it's one of those albums you've gotta have.