Sound — 9
This CD has, of course, its own unique sound. Of the set, Mezmerize has a more rock sound, while Hypnotize has a metal sound. To be honest, I prefer Mezmerize. The guitar is nice and hard, but still challenging, the bass is harder than the other albums, and the drums are still solid. Serj and Daron are gods with the way they harmonize. As far as sound goes, I like Radio/Video, BYOB, and Lost in Hollywood the best.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics to songs have never been SOADs strong suit. They have always been better at the music part. However, it still isn't a weakness. Of course, they talk about SOADs favorite subject: politics. Like in BYOB: "Why don't presidents fight the war, why do they always send the poor?" Great lyrics, for SOAD. However, I believe Billie Joe Armstrong is a better songwriter than Daron or Serj, no offense.
Overall Impression — 9
01. Soldier Side Intro - this makes for a nice intro. It connects hypnotize and mezmerize. 02. BYOB - the legend itself. Masterpiece, although not perfect because the rhythm is a little hard to follow. 03. Revenga - not the best song on the CD. Very OK. Good space filler. 7/10 4. Cigaro - Hilarious. The goofy song on the CD. 05. Radio/Video - probably my 2nd or 3rd favorite on the CD. Great gitar, and simple lyircs. Makes sense for a 5th track. 06. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song - hate (typing) the title. Love the song. Don't eat the fish. 07. Violent Pornography - first song I heard on the CD. Gotta rate it high for that. Not the best, but not the worst. 08. Question - my favorite on the CD, without question (no pun intended). The sound is amazing, with the harmony, and the lyrics. 09. Sad Statue - annoying. Worst song. 10. Old School Hollywood - sounds like it shoulda came out in 1985. Nice, simple, pleasant, mediocre. 11. Lost In Hollywood - fighting with Radio/Video for my 2nd favorite. Love it, played it for a talent show. Blew them away. Beautiful ballad, SOAD.