Sound — 10
Everything quality wise on this album is great. I have no complaints. The vocals are well heard along with the agressive riffs from the guitars and bass and the drums are very smooth with a nice flow.
Lyrics — 8
Well as you know SOAD lyrics are not known for being good or well written, and its because most people dont take thier lyrics seriously, or look into them. Believe it or not all thier lyrics make sense in one way or another. Thats up to you to find out what they mean. I do like the Toxicity lyrics better, however.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall this album is must buy for any SOAD fan, its also a good buy for a first time listener. I still think Toxicity is thier best release, and probaly will be for the rest of thier career. Its hard to top an album like that. But yes if Mezmerized was stolen or lost I am heading back to the cd store to grab it again. Good album, but not thier best.