From page 75 of Classic Rock Magazine March 1999
(Capitol Records CDP 7243 4 95894 211 **********
Starting off your debut LP with an epic clocking in at over seven minutes might not seem the wisest move, especially when so many punters have the attention span of an amnesiac goldfish. But commercial accessibility is not a major concern if this Seattle crew are to be taken at their word.What they're going for is passion, diversity and solid songs that will transcend the years. Whether they manage the desired longevity remains to be seen, but the first two aims may be more easily attained, What we have here is a bold collection of songs which borrow from the long tradition of blues-based rock, embellished with grungey riffing and a few dancey tweaks.The result is not dissimilar to a technofied Alice In Chains, a sound which sometimes works well ('Electric Head;'Tonight') and occasionally grates ('Free').
Though the band's willingness to experiment is to be applauded, ultimately the strength of'Second Coming' lies in powerful, if rather downbeat, songwriting which makes all the electronic messing around appear superfluous.