Sound — 10
Their second album, noticably fueled by sex, drugs, etc., finds them going to unexpected and undefineable places. Is it metal, rock, some kind of wierd pop? Who knows. But anybody who listens to this will agree that this is one of the best and most creative cd's to come out of the 90's. The vocals, musicianship, songwriting, and sounds on the album are superb. Josh Homme is some kind of genius, to go from brilliant songs like "In the Fade" to the heaviest screamer "Tension Head" to the zeppelinesqe acoustic/bongo/piano instrumental "Lightning Song" and make it all flow and make perfect musical sense is an accomplishment. On this excellent sophomore effort from an excellent unclassifiable band, there is a song for everyone.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics kick ass, except maybe the lyrics on "Monsters in the Parasol" are a little strange, probably because I think it's about trippin'.
Overall Impression — 10
This Cd is Killer. You can see how they are making their own musical progression album by album. This one is a little softer than the others. But it still rocks hard. The most impressive songs are "Lost Art of Keeping a Secret", "Autopilot", "Better Living Through Chemistry", "In the Fade", and "Lightning Song", which is one of the best chill-out songs I've ever heard, it's just a shame it isn't longer. I'd cry if it was stolen. If you like rock and roll and your sick of numetal or unoriginal B.S. then BUY THIS CD!!!