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Collective Soul - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars

Collective Soul

Collective Soul
(Roadrunner Records - 2009)

Collective Soul stepped into the spotlight in 1993 with the rock hymn Shine. This track helped their debut album to get platinum awards. And til 2000 all their album got platinum or at least gold status in the US. Now they present their second self-titled album.
They kick off with Welcome All Again which isn't just an intro, it's a real song, even if it has a kind of spacy intro before they start to rock. A catchy refrain make this one a perfect opener. After Fuzzy they add some heaviness for Dig! Crunchy guitar riffs meet a catchy vocal line. A cool rocker and pure fun! For You they ease up a bit and present a balladesque tune. My Days is a rock tune spiced up with percussion. More heavy riffing at Undersstanding, the song has due to the riffing a slight touch of The Who... Then they speed up and this impression got stronger. But that's only part of the story, coz the song has twists and turns. One of my favorites on the album! The first single is Staring Down, a catchy rocker with an unusual drum pattern and percussion. This song has the rocking guitar and the melodic vocals, they show both ends of their sound universe in one song. Another highlight is She Does. After a few spins this rocker will haunt you! For me a candidate for the next single! The closer is Hymn For My Father, a piano-based ballad which convinces with it's simplicity and emotionality. Touching.
A good album which shines with it's rock tunes. The balladesque tracks aren't bad, but personally the backings are annoying me... But that's a matter of taste. So, if you liked their balladesque stuff, check them out!

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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