I believe that the opinon of one person should not affect the ratings of one cd... So I was compelled to write this review based on the fact that it had only two stars before I reviewed it. It overall was a really good cd with very catchy songs and well it has a lot of replay values unlike most cd's that I buy I only listen to them once or twice and then they are left in storage. Also I did some research on this and found an interesting review by Roling Stones that I would like to share with everyone that is interested in buy this cd... I would have easily made my personal view for this cd much more interesting, but I believe that it would take off less of an effect that the Roling Stones review has... So here it is.\n\nWith hardcore anthems that raged against teen apathy in the Bush era, these Chicagoans began as a thinking punk's alternative to the chain-wallet angst of groups like Good Charlotte and A Simple Plan. Then they cracked the Top 10 with 2006's excellent The Sufferer and the Witness \u2014 and now they're wondering out loud if their message got muddled on the way to the Warped Tour. Appeal to Reason is an honest appraisal of their rise from the indie trenches into the mainstream. \"Our shoulders bear an awful weight,\" singer Tim McIlrath admits on \"The Strength to Go On,\" and on \"Entertainment,\" he worries, \"All we are is entertainment\/Caught up in our own derangement.\"\n\nThe politics on Appeal to Reason are more personal than those of most agit-punk bands: The ambivalent aggro-folk track \"Hero of War,\" for instance, draws its lyrics from actual stories Rise Against heard from soldiers in Iraq. And the songs are driven by an ever-sharpening pop sensibility. Producer Bill Stevenson dirties up the chugga-chugga riffs with the Reagan-era spit shine of bands like Fugazi and Black Flag, but big choruses and radio-friendly hooks still anchor the tunes. \"Collapse (Post-Amerika)\" bounces on a skate-punk pogo beat and a shout-along refrain of \"This is not a test\/This is cardiac arrest!\" And the power ballad \"Audience of One\" finds McIlrath growl-crooning with real force: \"Maybe we've outgrown all the things that we once loved\/Run away\/But what are we running from?\" Rise Against may be nervous about leaving the underground behind, but with sharp songs like these, they're ready for the rest of the world.