When I first heard the first single from 'Life on Display', 'Away From Me', I could instantly relate it to Puddle of Mudd, this is how they are and this isn't going to change. I would firstly say there seems to be much more clarity in the style that POM are trying to put accross, Wesley Scantlin has noticed his own vocalistic style and emphasised it greatly. Let me give an example ('away from me, comes accross as 'AWAY FROM MAY') Any fan of the band will know exactly what i'm talking about instantly. For me this is a good thing, today bands seem to be all about experimentation and many leave behind their initial roots, this is not the case here. The closest POM get to straying comes accross on 'Freak of the World' and even here don't expect anything crazy, it's still straightforward grunge in the end.
The styling is pure hard rock, with some tracks heading in a heavier direction such as 'Already Gone'. Some tracks such as 'Think' show more vocal diversity than 'Come Clean' but these probably represent the weaker tracks and even in this case it is not a bad song, all in all the riffs remain strong and crunchy.
If you are a fan of Puddle of Mudd's less commercially appealing side such as 'Basement' and 'Nobody Told Me', then this album is for you, there is no sign of anything representing the warmth of 'Blurry' or the yob rock chant of 'She Hates Me'.
All in all good honest rock which makes a change in current years...