Sound — 10
This is definitely the album of 2004. Slash, Duff and Matt have not sounded this good since Appetite For Destruction, and Dave Kushner's fuzzy tone compliments the great line up. All is left is the singer, Scott Weiland, whose etheral vocals leave you dazed. From the Bluesy "Sucker Train Blues" to the all out rock-fests "Slither" and "Set Me Free", from the riffing of "Do It For The Kids" to the more melodic sides of "Fall To Pieces" and "You Got No Right", there isn't a weak track here. Slash is a phenominal player, and he has really found his tone here.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics also are superb. They echo around the songs, bouncing off the other instruments. There are numerous references to drugs, marraige and annoying children. They are genuinely innovative and humorous and aren't repetitive. They are let down very slightly by the song "Big Machine", where the line "We're all hooked to a big machine" is said a bit too much. They're still excellent, however.
Overall Impression — 10
This is really an album you must own as an album. You have to listen to this from start to end to appreciate the excellent songwriting on display. With funky bass, pounding drums, cool vocals, blasting rhythm guitar and blistering solos, what's there not to like?