Sound — 10
Being a massive fan of the first CD, I eagerly anticipated this CD, I instantly pre-ordered it from play.com the second I knew it was coming out, (as I have with the 2-Disc Special Edition), and I rushed home the day it came out to find it lying on my floor, and then I put it in my CD player and read the lyrics as it played. It is incredible, and well up to the standard the the self-titled. A must-buy for anyone who likes them.
Lyrics — 10
OK, Corey's screaming isn't as brutal as the first one, but that's what I expected after hearing Slipknot's Vol.3 (Corey & Jim are in both bands, for the noobs.) But since The majority of Stone Sour is melodic singing rather than Heart-Pounding screaming, it's no big loss. His screams are as intense as ever, (see the chorus of Reborn to see what I mean) and it all fits so perfectly with the lyrics. Lyrics like "Can you take away every single day? That we have given to another false prophet Can you give us all a reason not to fall? Before you take away another broken promise" are very obviously about George W. Bush, and so, so good. The lyrics never stray from the subject, as with most of Corey's lyrics, and are usually not as cryptic as they might seem.
Overall Impression — 10
Bands usually get better and find themselves more with time. And this greatly exceeded the expectations set by the first album, and covers so many different genres and subgenres. Do yourself a favour and buy this album.