|1. The Package|
|2. Weak And Powerless|
|3. The Noose|
|6. A Stranger|
|7. The Outsider|
|9. The Nurse Who Loved Me|
01. The Package - The lyrics sound like a drug addict's trip to a dealer and the craving for whatever it is he's jonesing for. The title: going in search of a package, of drugs.
02. Weak and Powerless - An illustration of the cotton mouth you get when you're anticipating something exciting (in this case taking the drug, but it's a feeling similar to talking to someone you're attracted to) with the knowledge that doing it is a very bad idea...but you want it anyway. The title: the feeling one gets when about to do something exhilarating.
03. The Noose - The disillusionment that follows a badly ended relationship, and how you find yourself appalled by someone you used to adore. This is quite likely a relationship that ended because of the main character's substance abuse problem, and the lyrics refer to the friend/significant other feeling shocked and disillusioned that someone they thought they knew could change so much. The title: the descent of the addict here is represented by death via noose (also the lyric about the halo slipping down).
04. Blue - Blissful ignorance followed by ignoring all the obvious signs of a problem. Also the rather obvious symbolism of someone who's not breathing turns blue. The title: the color one turns when suffocating.
05. Vanishing - The lyrics here sound a lot like the experience that someone who's high describes.Read more ›
On to the album. What makes this album so good is not the fact that Maynard is singing (I'm not dissing him- I have a great respect for him, in fact) but his contributions to the overall mood of the album as a whole. The whole album is one giant drug record (think the Cure but about chemicals not women) and Maynard adds tension to the atmosphere by sounding haunted when he sings on "The Package" and "Pet".
Speaking of the former, I think that it's the centerpiece of this tremendous piece of music. The song begins with a simplistic drum beat, sludgy bass line and guitars that whisper in the background, all while Maynard sounds like he's in withdrawl. The song builds to a climax like a great suspense novel when the guitars kick in with a crunchy riff. Following the "novel" motif, the song then declines back into what it was in the beginning. All in all, a very quick 7 minute song.
"Pet," on the other hand jumps right in from the start with a 2-guitar riff: one low-end riff that sounds like it was written by Tony Iommi and the other guitar making this great accompanying wail. The verses and choruses have this soft-loud dynamic that is shared in "The Package" with the verses being very soft lulling you to sleep (like in the lyrics) and the chorus waking you back up like a punch in the face. All this, again, while Maynard sings about protecting someone from "the bogeyman" amongst other things.
But that's not the whole album, as evidenced by other reviews.Read more ›
Want something heavier and darker with same vocal range: tool
Want something heavier but same meledic format: Stone Sour
Want something just as heavy but more screaming: Korn
Want something heavier crowd surfing stuff and headbanging: Slipknot
Want something more dark and just slighty heavier: Linkin Park
The Package 12/10 It is the best song on the album. It starts of really slow, but once it gets with it it is extremely powerful.
Weak and Powerless 9.5/10 I really didn't care for it at first, but it has really grown on me.
The Noose 8/10 Good song, but nothing special.
Blue 9/10 Takes some getting use to, but once you do it is a very beautiful song.
Vanshing 8/10 Another good song.
A Stranger 8.5/10 It is a great song.
The Outsider 9/10 Second single from cd and a excelent song too.
Crimes 2/10 Annoying, you will click the next button on this.
The Nurse Who Loved Me 9/10 Great song while many won't like it. It is a great drinking song.
Pet 10/10 This song was my original favorite on the cd before I got use to "The Package".
Lullaby 7/10 Maynard son sings this sweet segway song. My only wish is that it was more upbeat.
Gravity 9/10 Hated this song at first, but it is one of those songs that sticks in your head and you can't get it out. It grow on me and I love it now.