This album, after hearing great songs like It's Been A While, I thought the entire album would sound like that. Wrong. It sounded better.
The first track, Open Your Eyes, first starts with a quiet, hurtful sounding guitar, and all of a sudden kicks in on a raging full distortion. The entire album has a message on it, giving it the direction toward young adults (such as myself) who feel discouraged and hate life and on the verge of suicide. This is the medicine to kill those pains, it has a sliver of hope that will save lives everywhere.
"I just needed someone to talk to, you were just to busy with yourself, you were never there for me to express these feelings, I just stuff them down", the song Fade clearly shows the strong power of the entire record. Although it has it's rough language from time to time, and the entire album isn't for the sensitive of ears, it is a really unique and calculated and dark album.
It also includes the studio version of Outside, which doesn't recapture the magical elure of the original live version, but feels more like their own version of it and has more of a staind feel, although the chorus sounds a bit unsettling in some rhythm and beat parts, and the guitar is almost non-herant, almost not even there at times.
But overall I enjoy this album, since I am still listening to it at this time. I suggest any kind of modern rock fan should at least try out the first four tracks, if your not satisfied, then I'll be blown away and into a conversation about it.