Sound — 8
Shinedown has really made an improvement on their music. Though they do not have as much of those harder rock songs they make up for it for having really good soft songs. Also they have shown better guitar skills with a better and more solo and better chorus parts. They show more emotion and feeling and have created something really good, but not great.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics of this album is really impressive. They us metaphores which is a really big plus for me and they show deep emotion and feeling for getting the message across. Brent smith has exploded his voice and has shown he can sing not only deep bass parts but high vocals. He is a good singer and I can wait to see what new stuff they have.
Overall Impression — 9
I love this album and my second favorite behind Chevelle: this type of thinking. I have told my friends about how bad ass shinedown is and how talented they are. I think every one should by this CD and learm from it.