Yeah it's a five-star album. I agree that with all the expectations put on this album to be as good as their self-titled album, this one gets a bad rap (yuk yuk). However, this contains some darn good songs as well. In fact, I might say that just because it has MORE songs, but it isn't better than the first. You see, the circumstances surrounding the first album's recording-getting a contract after only ten shows, sending out tapes, being in general a buzz-band, and then exploding in furious indignation onto people's radios every five minutes for the next ten years-gave it more attitude and rebelliousness. Evil empire has the same song formula/structure, with militant rapping and stellar, bombastic guitar work, along with a funky rythm to every song. The best part of their albums is when Zack gets all of his points accross and then just rips it up, yelling at people to fight the power, etc. I like Revolver- what happens is that the verse is slower, but like with Settle for Nothing previously, and later Born of a Broken Man, the slower verses contrast elequently with the guitar chorus. These make for the most intellectual songs on their albums, and with Revolver it certainly works. I heard someone say that there was a hip-hop scratcher on it-it's one of three things. 1) the reviewer is stupid and doesn't know that they only use bass, drums, guitar, and vocals 2) I'm really stupid and didn't know that they really used one, or 3) they copped out and got a scratcher. I hope it's number 1 because you can't break a tradition like that! Standout tracks include the short People of the Sun (hehe-short people), Revolver, Vietnow (GREAT GUITAR THERE), and of course the single, Bulls on Parade, which I find impossible to learn on guitar now matter how much I try (but I guess I suck anyway). So This is not as essential as their other studio albums, but it's much better than Renegades (because they wrote all the music). Think of a combination between Battle of L.A. and their Self-titled.