Sound — 8
This record is tailored for college students everywhere. Big time sound, crunching guitar riffs, catchy chours lines, and above all varied styles of sound editing. The track "Like Your Style" shows the depth with which Pepper can produce their music. Abnormal song beat, strong voice editing, and little guitar work, all coming together in what might be one of the more popular tracks they've ever released. They speed the melodies up, only to slow you down later with smooth island jams. This record has it all: traditional ska, anthem rock, alternative rock, and even a little rap/rock.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics range from deep, in-depth character study to humorous story telling. "Your Face" seems to recall relationship issues in a serious tone of story telling, while the track "Point and Shoot" is full of sexual inuendos and humorous one liners. The words don't seem to stand out more than the music, but arn't overshadowed either. There is a sort of smooth blend, where it seems that the instruments seem to make the perfect sound for a certain line of lyrics. The vocal range is impressive and the singing is very much raggae inspired. There are a few skits that seem to give the record a complete feeling.
Overall Impression — 8
If you frequent the beach on sunny days or roam around college keggers you will absolutely love this album. Heck, even cruising down the open road with the windows down. This is the bands strongest effort since "Kona Town" was released in 2002. "No Control" will have you head banging along, "Point And Shoot" will have you singing along, and "Rent" will be stuck in your head for days. "Your Face" has the strength to become a mainstream hit as does "Like Your Style". Aside from the 6-7 outstanding tracks on this album and the 2-3 that are enjoyable, the rest are not nearly of the same quality. Which leaves about 5 that may not be of any interest to non-diehard Pepper followers. It's not a CD to listen to beginning to end, but one to load your iPOD up with solid tunes. This would definately be a re-buy if stolen or lost.