Now THIS exemplifies how a sophomore album should be - a slight to drastic improvement upon their first. This album learned to make a fair compromise of balancing their shorter, punk-oriented tracks w/ less vocal "shrieking" and gave their longer, artsy tracks the soothing vocals accompanied by their complementary & less aggressive metal (esp. replacing w/ acoustic) sound. A few too many of these tracks are romantic-oriented, but I'm feeling a soft spot for this album. Definitely a nu-metal album worth owning.