Sound — 2
The song the Great Divide is just awesome, I won't deny that. Justify is the next best song. Everything else just sucks. You know the main problem with the sound? Scott Stapp. It sounds like he sang 5 versions of the same song and layered them all at once. It sounds unnatural and crappy the way he does back up vocals for his own freakin voice. It's disgusting. The guitar is ok. Nothing ground breaking here. Basically they tried to copy Creed's grungy distortion, but it is not tremontiesque.
Lyrics — 2
Justify and the Great Divide have pretty lyrics, every other song is arrogant and/or corny. I've already filed my complaint about how they did Stapp's voice. His voice is ok for this style of music. The guitar complimented his voice well in Creed, but it just doesn't seem to work as well in this album. I would go into the hypocrisy, but it's really somewhat irrelevant to how good the CD is.
Overall Impression — 1
Two ok songs, the rest is bull crap. If you're looking for the next creed cd, you can forget it. It's not here. It sounds more like Creed than Alter Bridge, but Alter Bridge has more things you loved about Creed than this does imo. Great Divide and Justify are the only songs worth having off this. I would not replace it if it were stolen.