Sound — 8
The sound is lacking from "Songs For The Deaf." The bass isn't as prevalent. But you have to look at it from the fact that the band has changed. So the sound has to change too. It's basically "Queens Of The Josh Homme Experience." The guitars are very muddy. The vocals are very distorted, and the drums are very light. But then again the band has changed so the sound has to.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are very strange and very typical QOTSA. Especially in "Everybody Knows That You Are Insane" and "Someone's In The Wolf." But this album does have its bright moments in teh lyrics. "I Never Came" and "Long Slow Goodbye" are some of the best songs QOTSA have ever made. Good job.
Overall Impression — 8
While it doesn't break any musical barriers, it is a very good standard barrier for stoner grunge rock. It really does show some maturity on the side of Homme. This is a good step in the right direction. The next album has so much promise.