Sound — 10
The sound of the CD is exactly what I was hoping for and more! The music is in your face, throw your fist in the air and scream along with it. Jerry Horton's guitar work has grown leaps and bounds and he even throws a few solos in here and there like in "Alive". As expected Tobin and Dave do a great job of laying a solid base down for the songs. they even go as far as to use an orchestra on the song "Roses On My Grave". It almost seems as if the band has discovered Iron Maiden and classic metal. They are locking into a grove from the beginning of the song and don't let it go. Gone are the heavy palm muted 3 chord songs, instead the music is layered with little riffs all over, just layers of guitar. I just hope they can pull it off with 1 guitarist live!
Lyrics — 8
As with any Papa Roach CD Jacoby's lyrics are about anger, relationships and breaking up. Not much has changed with this CD, however on most of the songs he has gone back to the "rap/singing" he did on infest. Bassically this is a CD to throw on if you're having a bad day or feel like your relationship is going to crap and you will definatly relate to these songs!
Overall Impression — 10
All in all I would rate this as a tie with infest as their best album. I could not have asked for anything more on this album, they have shown the world exactly how a band should grow between CDs. The best songs on the CD are the 1st single "to be loved" and "The World Around You" and "Roses On My Grave" with an orchestra backing them, is something I would never expect from them, but it works somehow. if I were to lose this album I would definatly buy another one, hell, I might get a 2nd one to keep in my car anyway!