Sound — 10
Hmmm, lets see. The Rainbow sound kind of hard to describe. I guess you would call them Progressive Rock (Prog Rock). Guitar driven music, definitely. The guitar is lightly distorted, and has a bottom-heavy gallop to it. The lead guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore - is a god. The solos are genious, and overall guitar structure to the songs are excellent. The bass and drums are excellent, especially the bass. The vocals are great, and have range. Check out 'Eyes of the World' for a prime example of the genious of Ritchie Blackmore, and the sheer range of vocalist Grahm Bonnet.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are actually pretty good. Some very clever hooks and lyrics here, such as the phrase "Loves no friend of mine...". Some lyrics on Down to Earth ARE cliche', but not all. Various topics are covered, and the lyricism is actually pretty good here. And the lyrics are, as I stated above, very well-sung by Bonnet, giving the lyrics life.
Overall Impression — 10
I believe this is the best Rainbow album thus far, if Blackmore doesn't re-unite Rainbow (which would be awesome). The guitar work here is genious, a great guitar album that every guitar shouldn't be without. Although all the songs really stand out in there own way, the best songs are "Eyes of the World" with it's excellent solo and vocals, "No Time To Love" with a fast-paced guitar drived groove to it, and "Loves No Friend of Mine" - a very catchy song. Buy this album now. The best album, from the best band ever. ;-)