I'm writing this review in direct response to the person who said he was "officially disappointed" (as opposed to unofficially disappointed?!) by this album. True i don't have Odyssey Number 5, their previous album, so i have nothing to compare it to, but this album is anything but forgettable.
I was bought this album for Xmas by a friend who had just been in Oz, and looking at the case, my expectations weren't huge considering the first song was clumsily titled "Rockin' Rocks". But once you stick the CD in the stereo, my word they can write damn good rock songs, even if they can't give them good titles!
The album kicks off with a rock theme, and the second track "Baby I've Got You On My Mind" is probably the best song on the album, and one of the best songs I've heard this year.
"Since You've Been Gone" marks a turning point in the album, as things mellow out a bit till the excellent "Stumblin'". "Since You've Been Gone" is a great tune in a Vertical Horizon type mould and shows off Bernard Fanning's terrific voice.
"Sunsets" is a happy, go lucky, reflective song, with a great guitar intro. However, it is "Stumblin'" that really gets the album going again, with a rush of energy and a brilliant riff.
Another good song follows in "Roll Right By You", but is followed by the most lyrically accomplished song on the album. Its concern is the repeating pattern of war and misery in the world.
The penultimate song, "Pockets", is another one of the songs that i would consider for the best on the album. Its quite, understated intro slowly builds up, before the electric guitars and thunderous drumming kicks in, which makes this song the thing of beauty that it is.
All in all this is one of the best albums that i own, which in a collection of some 250+ is saying something. I've just ordered they're previous album, and have got tickets to go see them play live; that is a mark of how impressive this album is!