Armed with a self-deprecating sense of humor, Puddle of Mudd was redeemed from being another entry into the crowded post-grunge field with its 2001 debut album, "Come Clean." Sadly, the band ditches t

Armed with a self-deprecating sense of humor, Puddle of Mudd was redeemed from being another entry into the crowded post-grunge field with its 2001 debut album, "Come Clean." Sadly, the band ditches the comedy—found on previous single "She Hates Me"—for full-blown despair on its follow-up album, "Life on Display." Too many of the songs follow the same structure, with a sinister guitar intro leading into a midtempo chorus about paranoia, depression and general malaise. That said, there is potential in the ballad "Think," as it offers a different, contemplative pace from most other tracks here. And "Cloud 9" is powered by a fierce opening hook. Yet lacking a soaring voice like Nickelback's Chad Kroeger or explosive instrumentation like Korn, Puddle of Mudd largely blends into today's sea of angst-ridden rockers with this latest effort.—SA