Still too political
By Kit Karamak
I didn't enjoy it in 2004. I mean, having Bush being judged on the front of the album is funny, but it's hard to take it seriously, insofar as lyric content.
We get it, Dave. You hated Bush. We all hated Bush. Bush wanted oil, and Haliburtan was not a good thing. We get that.
It sounds like this album was written to explain everything from 9/11 to Shock & Awe to today's elementary school kids.
It was just ... plain. "Here's what happened. I didn't like it. You shouldn't either. Here's a guitar solo..."
I feel like Dave wrote these songs while watching CNN, angry about the war on TV, but then his label was like, "You need to water this down."
So he did. And that was that.
Or, maybe, Dave just got into writing simple lyrics with simple rhymes. All the songs are pretty much political.
It's almost like a concept album for a Social Studies report.
But, for me, this was compounded by a lack of catchy metal hooks. There are no guitar parts that are memorable for me, here. There are no drum parts that grab me.
It's like Dave was listening to some political punk, and said, "Gee, I can do a metal version of this stuff!"
So he did. And ... eh. I didn't like it.
It just felt uninspired to me.