But in 2002, I was watching Fuse and the video for “Like A Stone” came on, and it blew my freaking mind.
The rockers on here are dripping with rock and roll swagger that demands your banging head and your raised fist. The ballads are as moving as the faster tracks are ballsy. “I Am the Highway” and “Getaway Car” follow much of the same format as “Like a Stone,” but without getting trapped in its shadow.
My personal favorite track is “Shadow on the Sun,” an emotive slowburner that starts as a ballad and ends up heavier than anything on here.
Through the years, this record has aged incredibly. While Chris’s death has put a few of the songs into a darker light (especially “Set It Off”), this album stands strong on its own two feet, unencumbered by the expectations put on it by the two bands it merges.