Sound — 6
Here's Queensryche a band that's been around a while, but there no longer worried about the quality of there music, they just got lazy picked a controversial subject (The war in Iraq) and recorded an album. I'm not saying I could do any better but I know they could have. The music in this album is not very catchy, interesting or enjoyable it's just music not good music but not horrible.
Lyrics — 5
The lyrics in this album are nothing short of depressing although depressing lyrics aren't always good lyrics. I respect the U.S. Armed forces just as much as any other American but I really felt bored listening to Geoff Tate ramble on about fighting in the war. Obviously Tate has no first hand experience in the U.S. Military, so all the lyrics are fiction or are based on stories he had heard in the first stage of the writing process where he interview multiple American soldiers.
Overall Impression — 6
I never really like Queensryche, but I respect them even less with the release of American Soldier. Part of the problem with the album is that it's lack of catchy music. Not only are the songs unoriginal, but also the music itself is monotonous. The music was so boring I found it hard to listen to the album even once let alone the second and third time. Now don't get me wrong this album is no Scream (Chris Cornell), But it isn't any Physical graffiti (Led Zeppelin) either. If this album was lost or stolen I probably wouldn't even notice.