First of all; I already know people will be screaming “SELL OUTS!”, but the fact of the matter is this album is truly amazing. All the critics just said that these guys were just people who jumped around on stage screaming useless stuff with no meaning. They have two acoustic songs, one slowish type song and a song that starts off heavy and enters into an acoustic breakdown. Those songs are so creative and crazy, you have no idea.This album is by far their most mature and in my opinion their best album to date and is a CD that fits everyone one way or another. Corey Taylor’s lyrics are really good, but the only downfall is Joey doesn’t get to show his skills as much, but we already know he’s a bad ass drummer, so it’s fine.I honestly couldn’t see them playing this album live, or else they would get booed off stage, because people are close minded like that. When I went to see Slipknot, they only performed four songs (“Duality”, “The Blister Exists”, “Pulse of the Maggots”, and “Three Nil”) and they were all heavyish. They wouldn’t be able to play “Vermillion”, “Vermillion Pt 2.”, “Circle”, “Danger – Keep Away” or “The Nameless”, which all have a nice little soft side to them. My favorite “soft song” is “Vermillion Pt 2.”Now as for the heavy part of the album, pretty much the whole first half of the CD is really heavy. I love “Welcome” the most, just because it’s so intense. “The Blister Exists” was really well done too, with the patriotic drum rolls during the middle and at the end. Very catchy stuff.Overall, it’s my favorite album right now and would definitely reccomend this to people with an open mind.