...and you thought it was hard to read the lyrics when compressed into one giant paragraph on the first two albums? How about not putting them in at all? Okay, I'm kidding, cuz they're in the CD-ROM stuff, but it was funny.
Anyhow, after plenty of solo expression and Manic experimentation, it looks like we're back to the good old days of great riffs and great harmonies. Honestly, to the devoted like myself, these guys can do no wrong at this point, so my bias has overcome any ability to be objective, but this album rocks!
But I did feel a little suspicious that these may be left over songs that have been around for years, since several really have the same "feel" as OOTSP and GGTN, thrown together just to get a new album out. These suspicions seemed confirmed when the CD-ROM gave me a video performance of Dreams that's nearly 20 years old! But honestly, although it makes me fear they may be running low on steam as song-writers, which may affect future albums, I still love this album. They might be outtakes from the last two decades, but I'm glad I finally got my hands on them. One of these days, I'm gonna find a copy of Freedom, that Japanese bonus track on Ear Candy.
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