It gets a "4/5" because I don't think the lyrics are as profound in their off-kilter view of gender politics as those on their freshman issue, "Becoming X."
But then again, The Sneaker Pimps have become an all-boy band, never so obvious as in the realization that it's a GUY singing on the song "Bloodsport." He tries to sound as much like a girl as possible, but it just points up how sorely the songs miss female phrasing!
HAVING SAID THAT, the guys have forged ahead to create a couple of trip-pop beauties: the titular marvel, "Sick," "Kiro TV" and "Small Town Witch." They are similar in feel to Nine Inch Nails on "The Fuel" which seamlessly incorporates symphonic samples from the 1990 "Gorky Park" film soundtrack written by James Horner ("Enemy At The Gates," "Sneakers," "Aliens," and "Once Around"). On ""Becoming X" their composer of choice was the brilliant John "Born Free" Barry.
It takes a few listens, but this album's groove eventually sinks in and takes hold!