I was just introduced to Stratovarius not long ago from a friend. My friend showed me the song I’m Still Alive. I thought it was ok, and decided to investigate Stratovarius a little more. I then heard Speed of Light, and I also thought that song was ok. So I decided to buy my first Strato album. I headed down to the store, and only found elements pt 2, so I said “what the heck” and gave it a try. This is a mediocre album at best. It has some enjoyable tracks such as the album opener, I Walk to my Own Song, and I’m Still Alive. However, this album is just boring for the most part. This band has so much potential. Kotipelto can sing pretty good when he is in key, and Tolki is a good guitarist, but the songwriting is not good. This album is full of dumb lyrics. “Mr Mean you don’t know Beans”-enough said. Don’t get me wrong, this is an enjoyable album, but it isn’t anything special. I rate this album 2.5 stars, but I’ll use my rounding skills that I learned in 3rd grade and give it a 3.