I’ll just start out this review by saying that n.o.l.a. is probably my favorite album of all time, along with koRn’s 1st album and bloody kisses. I had a feeling DOWN’s new record would be a bit dissapointing and for the most part, I was right. Of course it would be nearly impossible to make a record that sounded as good as nola did. For the most part DOWN II is a shadow of what nola was. There’s only a few songs on this album that could hold their own against nola. The high points of the album are “Theres Something One My Side”, “Ghost Along the Mississippi”, “Where I’m Going”, “New Orleans is a Dying Whore”, “The Seed”, and “Landing on the Mountains of Meggido”. As for the rest of the album, its best described as southern blues rock, which is decent to chill to, but i think DOWN could do a hellava lot better. Real DOWN is “Bury Me in Smoke”, “Rebab”, “Jail”, etc. You won’t find anything like that on this record. Overall the album isn’t very heavy at all, and Phil rarely screams. On a positive note however, this is an important record to remind us of what “real rock” is, when bands like Linkin Park are dominating the charts, which is very sad. Give DOWN credit for putting out an original piece of work. But overall, after listening to nola over 50,000 times, DOWN II pales in comparison.