Sound — 9
After releasing an album like "The Resignation" its near impossible to put together an album with such ingenuity, intricacy, and freshness. Well, fortunately, the Rx Bandits found a way with "...And The Battle Begun." Track after track is filled to the brim with unique chord progressions, soulful singing, and all out rocking. The constantly changing time signatures easily throw off first time listeners, but this type of music is perfect. It takes many listens to absorb all that the RX Bandits labored to pour into the album. Every song starts one way and evolves to finish differently. Highly musically advanced and emotionally charged, the Bandits have put together a "rock symphony" if you will. Simply incredible.
Lyrics — 9
Truthfully, the Rx Bandits boast some of the best lyrics of any current musicians. The lyrics are always honest and emotional. Unlike many bands who struggle to write 12 sets of lyrics for their album and end up writing regurgitated love stories, Matt Embree of the RX Bandits always has a story to tell. His lyrics are thought provoking and obviously come from his heart. He uses his phenomenal range and emotionally charged voice to deliver them exceptionally well.
Overall Impression — 10
If this CD were stolen or lost I would most likely buy 5 more to take its place. I love everything about this album. Putting a review into words is near impossible. This music speaks for itself. If you don't believe me take a listen for yourself. Even if you aren't completely into their style of rock, their phenomenal musicianship should be obvious. Fantastic album, I recommend it to anyone!