According to some critics, Megadeth “bottomed out” with “Risk” in 1999. So, after “bottoming out,” Dave Mustaine and Co. returned two years later to try to recapture past thrash glories. Even though some songs on “The World Needs A Hero” fall flat (like “Racipe For Hate…Warhorse” and “When”), and Dave Mustaine’s vocals aren’t in top form here, this album was still a mostly successful attempt at returning to form. It may not be as good as, say, “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?,” but “Hero” is a lot more aggressive, metallic, and thrashy than “Risk.” The riffs are back, the alternative sound and ballads are mostly gone, and the song tempos are quite a bit faster. Marty Friedman’s replacement, Al Pitrelli, makes himself right at home on this album. He’s almost as good as Marty, and he and Mustaine combine to turn out crunchy riffs on songs like “Disconnect” and “Burning Bridges.” Other highlights include the churning riffs and catchy refrain on “Moto Psycho;” track four, “1000 Times Goodbye,” includes an extended guitar solo; the album’s only ballad, “Promises,” has light, textured guitar strings and (what sounds like) a violin; and the album’s best guitar solo is featured on track nine, “Dread And The Fugitive Mind.” And “Return to the Hangar” isn’t as good as its namesake (“Hangar 18,” which was released on “Rust In Peace” in 1990), but “Return to the Hangar” is still this album’s fastest song and features six guitar solos (!) All in all, “The World Need A Hero” isn’t a great album, but it’s a good one. And it wasn’t a complete return to form, but it was definitely a step in the right direction. Recommended for hardcore Megadeth fans.