I've had trouble getting into the music... it is quite good but just hasn't captured my imagination. I haven't given up on it, though! The surround mix hasn't helped much. Yeah, its adequate, but... A strong 7 overall.
I don't listen to this one too often, so i dug it out and gave it a listen. Now i remember why i don't listen to it too often. It's kinda average all around, nothing real bad, just nothing real good. Average music and average surround mix, a 7.
I had never heard anything by this group before, but in my quest to get some current rock music, I bought this Hybrid SACD Multi-ch disc. It is certainly better than I guessed it would be and a worthwhile purchase at the budget price. A solid 7, and these guys might get better. My few recent rock music purchases in surround are mostly very listenable. I haven't heard any cracking, I wonder if there was a repressing.
FWIW, the live Monster disc has a higher rating in the polls. I remember it sounding awesome. I don't love all the songs, but the hits have aged well.
If this music is tolerable, I recommend hunting down that live Monster disc. Away from the Sun Live - Monster disc poll