Sound — 7
In Three Days Grace's fourth studio album, they include the "electronic" sound that many bands including Muse, Linkin Park, and Papa Roach have been experimenting with. They do a decent job of pulling it off, but their previous sound seemed to leave a more lasting effect. A few songs stand out to me, but others seem to not grab my attention. The guitars have your typical Three Days Grace sound, mostly being tuned in Drop D, with one finger chord choruses, and a few decent solos. The drums are alright, but don't seem to stand out as much as they did in their other records. Adam Gontier's voice hasn't changed much over the years, and still remains good. Overall I'd say the sound of this album is okay, but definitely the least of all their albums.
Lyrics — 7
Pretty typical Three Days Grace lyrics, songs about being in denial, being a loser, broken relationships, and being angry at someone who left you. The two previous albums ("One-X" and "Life Starts Now") talked heavily of Adam's personal demons, where this album appears not to as much. Expectations has interesting lyrics, narrating stories of people who are convinced that they made it big, only to have their dreams crushed, following with the chorus "Expectations Go To Hell". "Unbreakable Heart" is similar to "One-X", where it speaks of being pushed around by others, being a loser, etc, then adds the positive "never give in" note.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall, "Transit Of Venus" was a decent album, it doesn't beat their other albums, but it does a decent job of keeping me entertained. My favorite songs off this album are "The High Road", "Expectations", "Chalk Outline", and "Unbreakable Heart". I have to say I hope 3DG goes back to their old sound, and doesn't keep it up with the electronics in this album. It wasn't a failed experiment, but I would have expected more from them. If this album were stolen or lost, I'd probably buy it again, it wouldn't be a matter of "OH NO! I HAVE TO BUY IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!", though.