Sound — 10
A early 90's Hard Rock/Metal band coming together with a post-grunge singer. How does it work? Suprisingly, it's rock solid. The sound is original. The album flows with ideas and influences. They never once in the album sound like they're trying too hard, which was a poor case for Alter Bridge and Audioslave in some spots. The band sounds tight. The rhythm section is obviously put more out of the spotlight, and I wish Matt and Duff went nuts a little more. This is the album that will bring technique back into mainstream rock.
Lyrics — 10
Scott Weiland is an awesome singer. His voice works with the rest of a band, but gives a completely different sound to the songs than Axl did. Whereas Axl's voice is more gritty, Weiland's is a tad more melodic. The lyrics are solid, maybe a bit too extreme at times, and if he didn't have such a great band backing him, it could've been worse. I'm a fan of Weiland and love his singing.
Overall Impression — 10
You can't buy this album thinking it's going to be Appetite Pt. 2. That's not to mean it's not as good. This is definately one of the first classics of the 2000's. Many of the songs are about drugs and they can get vulgar at times. Slash's playing will be as influental on new rising guitarists as it was on Appetite. Who knows, maybe these guys will give the mainstream the spark that it needs to ignite.