Sound — 10
Lets start with the recording, the levels for all the instruments are perfect, lots of bass, doesnt drown out the vocals, you can always hear the the instruments independantly. Guitar: Tom morello plays with all the best of all his completely unique guitar techniques. He creates some of the most original, innovative, and very easy to listen to riffs ever thought up. Along with his amazing out there guitar riffs he also shows some more conventional skill on the track "Settle For Nothing", proving that he needs no effects to play greatly. Bass: Tim rocks his bass guitar to the funkiest dimension using funk and rock skill and really adding to the sound of each of the songs, not just playing along like some bassists. Drums: Brad Wilk plays perfect. Like all rage albums all the musical sounds are made using the guitar, the bass, drums, and vocals, this album shows how innovative the powerful a band can be, while also showing the passion they have for music and being incredibly entertaining.
Lyrics — 10
On their first album Zach shows the potential that all great singers could have. He holds back nothing with his lyrics and shows the work that went into this completely unfiltered album. The lyrics are Incredibly meaningful and inspiring, they bring a sense of meaning and passion that is lost in almost all popular music nowadays. The words go perfectly with the music, they are thoughtful and well sung.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is an incredible collaboration of skill, passion, and creativity it creates a benchmark that i try to follow everytime I play music. The state that the band was in when they created this album was the absolute of musical artful perfection. You can just hear how they all collaborated so well, and created a masterpiece of musical and social passion. This album should be what every band strives to create when they enter the studio. It is a group of Rage against the machines best songs created when they were bursting with ideas and energy and mentally/musically ready to create an amazing album. It truly shows what is lacking from music today, and the potential we all have when we pick up our instruments.