Sound — 8
Filled to the brim with island grooves and anthem rock jams. One half of this album can be described as loud and the other chill. Lots of quick catchy guitar riffs, palm mutes, and ska strumming. There are epic, building stories told from first person view and short quick catchy melodies that just make you feel good. Nice blend of acoustic and electric guitar work.
Lyrics — 10
A very youth directed album in terms of lyrics. Very laid back, party style songs. "Give it Up" plays true to its sexually suggestive title in a very humorous turn of events. The very politically intelligent semiprotest song "Stormtrooper" takes the listener through (as the title suggests) a complete StarWars analogy with blasters, intergalactic war, laser beams, and even tatooine. The CD even brings in an acoustic love ballad or two.
Overall Impression — 9
From the second you get hooked on the guitar riff to "B.O.O.T." or laugh til you cry because of it's firm mention of MTV and the band CREED, you will fall in love with this record. Being the band's first musical recording effort, they did a superb job in this listeners opinion. "Tounges" is a masterpiece, "Give It Up" will be one of the party anthems of 2002, and "Face Plant" will be a choice favorite of outsiders everywhere. "Stormtooper" will stand out as a statement of where this band stands with athority and hit home with many people. Pepper is here. They have a message, a stance, and most importantly a terrific way of communicating it. I only wish there were more tracks, so the musical fusion could go on forever. This is one of the few records I have bought in the last 10 years that I can listen to start to finish and love every minute.