Sound — 10
The sound in this album is great. In "B.Y.O.B." there a are strong political views. That shows there's a message in the song. But overall, the sound is an amazing variation. In "Radio/Video" there is some folk music and in "Sad Statue" it is very heavy rock. The great thing about this album is the variation of different sounds used in the songs. It's great for the every day rocker.
Lyrics — 10
My first impression of lyrics was, whoah, fast words, need to keep up. But once you know what he is saying it's better. The words are strong and so is they way he sings them. The lyrics go right with the pace of the songs which is good. Also Serj has very good singing skills, but you can't forget Daron. He'll sing occasionally but his words really stick out. They can both go from high to low pitch voices, and they both sound good especially with their music.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is so hard to compare to others because it's so different. But that's how System of a Down is. One of a kind. Some of the most impressive songs are "B.Y.O.B.", well, all of them are impressive. They're all good, I didn't think any of them were bad. I just love the hard rock sound with the folk and softer sounds blended in it. I don't hate anything about this album except for the fact that there weren't more songs to rock out to, but there's probably some sort of limit, so I can't blame them. If the cd was stolen or lost, I'd definetely buy it again.