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★★★☆ I’m shocked: not only is this the most not-bad Todd La Torre-era album the band have ever released, but it also finally halfway sells me on the very notion of a post-Empire Rÿche. (Speaking of La Torre, he not only sings on this album, but he also plays drums on this album instead of Scott Rockenfield. A+++) The music itself is also gratifying, featuring welcome elements of Mindcrime, Empire, American Soldier, and even Condition Hüman. Not exactly innovative or memorable, but the sound is fresh enough to be winsome.