In terms of the former Alice In Chains, the first half of this album was pretty slow for me. This certainly wasn't a bad listen. My beef was that his prior album already felt restrained. In this effort, the 1st half was too mild in comparison to track 8 and onward. I know he can do better, but this album made little to no effort to improve his already brooding instrumental play. At least Mr. Cantrell is consistent... Tracks 7, 9, and 12 were my favorite tracks.