Sound — 8
Well when I lost my Us and Them CD I was pretty pissed, but now come The Sound of Madness the new album form Florida based rockers Shinedown. I must say that this album does not lack the hard rock of edge that you've become accostomed too. Songs like "Cry For Help", Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide" and "Sond of Madness" are prime exaples. On the other hand there comes sweet and soulfull rock ballads that rival Lady So Devine. Songs like "What a Shame" and "Call me".
Lyrics — 10
Brent Smith. Would Shinedown be anything witout him? He has both sides of the musical spectrum form the hard hitting opener "Devour" to the soulfull love ballad "If You Only Knew" He is awesomely talented and couldn't see any other vocalist being in Shinedown and this album really gives you a good taste of his vocal skill.
Overall Impression — 9
This album reminds me of a band like Black Stone Cherry. Songs that stand out on this album inclued " What a Shame", "Cry For Help" and "Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide". I think it's worth getting the special edition with three bonus songs. Three great tunes, a good rocker in " I Own You". A song reminisent of Rev Theory in "The Energy" and a Metallica-ish rocker in "Son of Sam."