Sound — 4
If this was 1991 this would be innovative, but it's 2003. This band tries so hard to revive grunge, by trying to sound like Kurt Cobain playing with Alice in Chains. But if anything, this album took a step back from their last CD. Nothing about it sounds creative, its uninspiring grunge revival music. Those three chords in "Away From Me" sure are cool though huh?
Lyrics — 4
The lyrics nowhere near compare to their first album. Nothing is a standout like "Blurry" or "Drift and Die". Most of the lyrics are forcely rhymed and depressing. "..afraid you're f***ing someone else" yeah take it from there. "Time Flies" is a horribly written song, its like 8 minutes and supposed to be the big ballad. But it is as bland as that title, and if anything time stops while listening to it. Wes Scantlin's vocals- Kurt and Layne, imitation is the highest form of flattery, but you are lucky you are not around to hear this.
Overall Impression — 4
This album was a huge letdown. Puddle of Mudd has had some great singles, and the first one from this CD isn't all that bad, but it turns out to be the best song. That's not a good thing to say, cause "Away from Me" isn't even all that good. This band tries way too hard to be too many other bands. Its not worth buying at all, go buy "Dirt", go buy "Core" by STP instead. I don't mean to keep harping on the grunge thing, but this is some very bland and played out music. If another song from this album even makes it on the radio I would be surprised, but maybe this is the kinda crap that gets commercial nowadays. But if you want something new, avoid this CD like the plague.