WAS never try to be too clever, they just hit the hooks, so I won't overcomplicate this...
Ghouls starts promisingly but never gets going like it should, much like the album.
"Let's see it" "Impatience" and "Chick Lit" are urgent pop-rock hits that have great hooks, this should please fans of the first albums.
"After Hours" has unit shifter written all over it, wonderful, charming hit carved on a late night, less urgent but still attached to hooks.
"Lethal Enforcer", "THat's what counts" and too an extent "CHick Lit" show a new, 80's indebted direction, they are songs that, as Keith Murray says, "you can grind too" and are great, refreshingly different yet still tunes.
But "Dinosoars" and "Tonight" try to be harder than WAS should be and although they sound great live they don't quite work here, they may be skipped, this works better on "ALtered Beast" which chugs along on a big bassline but is still unconvincing.
"Spoken For" is a VERY AVERAGE ballad attempt that is nowhere near as good as "Textbook" from the first album.
So its good, and I think the guys in the band are great, very funny, but I don't think that they quite achieve what they were looking for here, which is a shame, but they havn't lost it completely and their ability to sound like an arena band is undoubted, they could still be one of the big boys if they can perfect what they do rather than try another re-invention.
THis is worth a listen though, for "After hours" "Impatience" and "CHick Lit" alone.