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Good Album...but a little confused
on 14 August 2009
This album has some quality tracks on it, including Gears of War, Sleepwalker and the updated version of 'A Tout le Monde'. Each of these tracks are fantastic in their own individual ways. Sleepwalker is definitly the stand out track on the album, both in terms of riffing and lyrical amusement. Awesome stuff.
However the rest of the album is a little less auspicious, and in many ways a bit of a let down. Granted there are some good riffs and solos, but nothing particularily inspiring. The biggest flaw to this album are the lyrics! Of course everyone is entitled to there own opinion, but this album is a little confusing, and depending on how you take to lyrics you might feel a little alienated by some of these songs, given that not everyone agrees with the common critical consensus on world issues. Lyricly it all seems a little lazy, since anybody can be a critic.
OK, its a given that Megadeth have always been political, but on previous albums such as Rust in Peace it was well crafted and enetertaining critism, whereas on this album the criticism is (complete the sentence yourself, depending on your point of view).
Having said all that, I think that Megadeth are an awesome band, and that this album contains some great gems riff-wise, as well as some great lyrical moments; but it is let down to some extent by a lack of creative consistenancy and a lack of political restraint.
Download or buy: Sleepwalker, A Tout Le Monde, Gears of War and possibly Washington is Next (nice riffs). This album could get 5 stars just for 'Sleepwalker', which in my opinion is one of Megadeth's best songs.
Sorry for any spelling mistakes.