Sound — 9
The consummate cock rockers are back. They'll appeal to fans of [insert name of any 80s rock / metal band here]. And, while "Balls Out" may not be as abundantly comedic as Steel Panther's first album, anyone jonesing for classic rock will get high off of this album. Steel Panther is the epitome of overindulgence. Their hair is bigger. Their bulges are bigger. Their lyrics are about sex, drugs, and rock and roll (literally, that's all their lyrics are about). They also happen to be incredible musicians. Steel Panther exists in parody, but they're so good at their craft that you also take them seriously.
Lyrics — 7
The band's best instruments are the cords of vocalist Michael Starr. He is the Sybil of hair metal - channeling David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar, Rob Halford (on the high wails), and other important rock personalities that live inside him. His range adds melody to every song. Also, listen for the Chad Kroeger cameo on the second verse of "It Won't Suck Itself". That boy from Nickelback loves singing about blowjobs, doesn't he? The album's themes are limited to booze, tits, drugs, pussy, jizz, Tiger Woods, etc. It's all purposefully overdone, sure, but the lyrical redundancy is the album's biggest weakness.
Overall Impression — 9
You will relate to this album. This is a statement of fact. Every riff is familiar but has been altered enough to make it original. The lyrics will remind you of drunken nights, one-night stands, puberty, that one time a group of dudes gang-banged that one chick, and other raunchy events that you reminisce about in your buddy's garage. It's "dude rock", dude. Is the new album as successful as the debut album? Close enough. The comedic shtick might be thin and maybe its stuff you've kinda-sorta heard before. However, if you're looking for a good time, Steel Panther will show it to you with their "Balls Out".