Thinking About The Things That I'm Not Supposed To Talk About
The album kicks off with trippy "Trip Of The Brain" and sets the cyco bar for the album. "Hearing Voices" is a darker number with some cool guitar work. "One To Many Times" and "Sorry" are melancholic thrashers that, for me, are probably the weakest songs here.
"Suicyco Mania" and "Surf & Slam" are speedy pseudo-instrumentals with some killer guitar work and strong melodies. "The Miracle" is a moving and thought-provoking number with dark and aching undertones. "The thrashy ballad and title track is one of ST's most popular tunes featured here first before being re-recorded with 2 different versions on their "Feel Like Shit ... Deja Vu/Controlled By Hatred" EP. I prefer the heavier, thrashier version then the latter "Heavy Emotion" version, but this is a powerful and poignant tune every way they play it.
The stand out songs for me are the album closer "The Feeling's Back" which is a super melodic and fast-paced philosophical piece which leaves you humming it long after you've tucked the album away. "If I Don't Wake Up" has a great intro with Mike Muir's sing song narration leading into a sombre thrashy number. And finally, this albums call to arms "Pledge Your Allegiance" is a mid-paced heavy song with a catchy melody where one cannot help but chant along ~ Suicidal~.
Overall, I feel this is an overlooked gem in Suicidal Tendencies diverse career. Perhaps it's the more melancholic undertones this album exudes, but I still find "How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today" a moving and philosophical experience.