Okay. I'm not just writing this review out of the blue. I'm a Saliva fan, and proud. I don't even KNOW any other Saliva fans. People have always asked me why I like them. I've always replied, "Because they're heavy, and they have definite potential to be great." Songs from their previous CDs like "Faultline" (ESS), "Separated Self" (BIYS), and, my favorite Saliva song, "Holdin' On" (BIYS) all showed a definite musical ability outside of the screaming masculinity of rap/rock. So even with the INCREDIBLY stupid title of this CD (don't get me started), I didn't hesitate to buy it.
It took me one listen to HATE it.
I felt ripped off. It sounded like they threw all of their musical ability out the window in favor of being angry rock n' roll saviors. All the songs have stupid lyrics, and it doesn't even sound like they tried. I was pissed, to say the least. I even made myself listen to it a couple of times, before I realized what it really was.
Oops. I was wrong. Or, not wrong, just not looking at it in the right way. It wasn't meant to make you think, or be a thoughtful album. This is high-octane, heavy, fast music. One starts to get into this effect more and more as the album progresses. While some songs try too hard to be cool ("Bait & Switch", terrible song), and some transcend other genres ("Razor's Edge": country, and not good country), most of them are just heart-pumping anthems.
After a good listen, I now have a new respect for this album for what it is. Four stars, -1 for the crap-tacular name and some sorry tracks.
By the way, "No Regrets(Vol. 2)" MIGHT be my new favorite Saliva song.....