“Faceless” was the first Godsmack CD that I bought, and at first I thought it was great. Then I got the self-titled debut, and realized that Godsmack really lost it. One of the mian things that I see wrong with “Faceless” now is that there’s hardly any variety in the songs! If you listen to only one, it sounds great, but then when you listen to the entire CD, the songs start sounding the same. The reason for this, I believe, is that Shannon Larkin’s ride cymbal is too over-powering. It’s being played almost constantly during the opening guitar riffs of many of the songs, and it takes a lot away from the guitars. You can’t hear the heaviness of the songs as well as you might have been able to. Eventually, though, if you work hard enough, you start hearing the differences and it gets a lot better. Unfortunately, many people might not give this CD a second listen after hearing how similar everything sounds. For those of you that don’t give up right away, this album does become pretty good. The songs and my reviews for each are:
1.) Straight Out Of Line (10/10): The war sounds in the beginning are pretty cool. The opening drumming is the best anywhere on the album- it’s just amazing. It remains great throughout. When the music starts, it sounds like the guitars are swirling around you as Sully yells in your face. It makes for a good song and a great opener. Tony solos the hell out of his guitar towards the end. The lyrics are chorus are pretty good.
2.) Faceless (8/10): Not as good as “Straight Out Of Line,” but still decent. The guitar’s really chugging loudly on this song, and, along with the drumming, make this one of the heavier tracks. Once again, great lyrics and guitars all the way through, especially the solo in the middle. It’s too bad a lot of the later songs don’t have that…
3.) Changes (7/10): Another mediocre song. It’s not great, but it’s not bad either. Nothing really stands out on this track, but the lyrics are pretty good. Other than that, there’s nothing all that special.
4.) Make Me Believe (10/10): My second favorite on the whole album. The opening guitar riff is amazing, as are the vocals. I especially like the chorus. The drumming is second only to that on “Straight Out Of Line.” From about 2:24-3:00 is great, because Sully slows it down and shows off his singing voice. “Make Me Believe” is just an amazing song all the way through.
5.) I Stand Alone (7/10): This song’s nothing too special. You listen to it once and forget it, twice and you’re tired of it. But who knows, maybe a lot of people will like it.
6.) Re-Align (10/10): My third favorite on the CD. The guitar riff is great, and this is one of the faster songs. Excellent lyrics and chorus. It’s obvious why they decided to add this to “The Other Side,” Godsmack’s acoustic CD. As with “Make Me Believe,” it’s great all the way through, though it’s not as heavy as some songs.
7.) I F***ing Hate You (2/10): Ugh. This song is boring and tiring. The lyrics and anger sound too forced, and this track is probably why “Faceless” got a Parental Advisory slapped on it. It tries to be heavy but it’s not, it tries to be angry but it’s anything but, and it tries not to be forgotten quickly but it is. Seriously though, the lyrics are terrible! It’s kind of sad that they even decided to make a song like this…
8.) Releasing The Demons (10/10): From the title, you would suspect that this song would sound scarier and stranger than it really does. The guitar riff is great, and there is some creepiness to the lyrics, but with name like Releasing The Demons, you’d expect something more. Great chorus though, and I like the start-and-stop of the guitars towards the end.
9.) Dead And Broken (6/10): As with “Changes” and “I Stand Alone,” there’s nothing too special about this song, and it’s forgotten pretty quickly. I really don’t even remember anything about it, even though I just listened to it!
10.) I Am (10/10): Great guitars, lyrics, and drumming. This song is one of my favorites. It’s one of the few tracks that has a really noticeable difference from everything else. All in all, a pretty good track.
11.) The Awakening (5/10): This “song” is basically just tribal drums with some guy chanting in the background. At just over a minute, I’m guessing it’s a prelude to “Serenity,” like “The Journey” was to “Spiral” on Awake. In my opinion, it’s really just filler, but I gave it 5 out 10 because it’s good filler.
12.) Serenity (10/10): My favorite song on the entire album. It’s the first Godsmack song I ever heard, and it remains my favorite. “Serenity” is entirely acoustic, but it’s still a great song, with amazing drumming and bass. What else can I say but WOW! You must go and listen to this song to see what I mean.
OVERALL: 95/120, 79.2% 3 out of 5 stars
This album’s not bad if you get used to it. I mainly bought it for the song “Serenity,” and I eventually began liking the rest of it. I would reccomend you buy the self-titled debut first though.