Stabbing Westward's second album sees the band incorporating a more noticeably 'rock' sound into their oeuvre than their debut. This shift helps the band define their own identity seperate from their obvious main influences. The songwriting has improved a little overall and grown somewhat tighter. Thematically, this is somewhat in keeping with the debut, however, they branch out into general depression and incestuous rape on some songs (smiley faces, everyone!). Whether grooving or brooding, this is a consistently enjoyable release (if you can deal with the dark themes).