Sound — 8
Some surprisingly inspiring guitar work and catchy melodies make this album a decent addition to the whole edgy-pop-rock-band gimmick which seems to be ever popular. "Stigmatized" has a lovely guitar progression and the classic power ballad "Wherever You Will Go"is guaranteed to stay in the minds of those who frequented MTV in those days. The compositions are definitely more complex than your go-to radio pop, though there's nothing groundbreaking nor noteworthy for the next generations to pick up on.
Lyrics — 5
Lyrics are definitely this band's weakness in general, not only on this album. All of the covered themes have been visited many, many times by greater artists, and were written with more passion and intent. Most of the songs rhyme predictably and are delivered appropriately, though the vocalist does have a tendency to overdo it often. The lyrics and song moods do match though, and, in all fairness, the singing does too - which is no easy task, yet they absolutely got it right. Lyrically, maybe "Just That Good" and "Stigmatized" stand out, although they are nothing special themselves.
Overall Impression — 7
All together, it's a very satisfying effort, with enough quality to outshine its flaws. They manage to get away with some of the more generic-sounding songs on the album since even those are still quite catchy. I'd say the best songs are probably "Stigmatized," "Thank You," "Adrienne," "Wherever You Will Go." The lowest (but possibly also the highest) point are the vocals - very pleasant and capable voice which gets ruined by unnecessary... dramatization. I keep coming back to this album from time to time ever since its release, so they did alright in my book.