(Note to Amazon buyers - the artwork isnt what you see here. The remastered version has different artwood, Amazon should update this for collectors looking for all the artwork)
I will start by saying Risk is probably the weakest album Megadeth have released, the only other one I would declare weak is Cryptic Writings, but does this made it a bad album? It depends in how you look at it. If you look at it as another addition to the powerful thrash catalogue of long time running metal band Megadeth, then Risk can be a complete letdown, but if you value it on its own and as maybe an experimental album its actually pretty good. As I'm sure many know, Risk got its title by taking risks and coming up with different ideas and directions. That is what this album did.
Some of the main songs I like on this album are Insomnia, Crush em, The Doctor's Calling and Prince of Darkness, these songs are actually fairly heavy, just not compared to their other music. Some songs take a while to get into. If you think of this as another project it's actually pretty good and its worth getting to complete your collection. Its probably worthwhile getting the re-mastered CD as the vocals were not re-recorded like Rust in Peace and you will get the better quality version with the bass enhanced.
This was the last album to feature Marty Friedman, that for me anyway, is a good reason to own this. Marty is the best guitarist to work alongside Dave and his involvement is assuring that there will be some quality work here.
Overall Risk is quite a weak Megadeth album but it's a pretty good metal album nevertheless especially with today's generation of music. There are some good songs on here.