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Collective Soul Audio CD
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1. Skin
2. Vent
3. Why Pt.2
4. 10 Yrs Later
5. Boast
6. Turn Around
7. You Speak My Language
8. Perfect Day
9. After All
10. Over Tokyo
11. Happiness

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Collective Soul again turn back the clock to the '70s, when rock bands were bigger than life, guitar riffs were circuitous, lyrics tended to the repetitive, and the drumming was bombastic. The Roland brothers and company reinvigorate the power ballad in a way that even Jon Bon Jovi has never been able to--and they do so totally without irony. In fact it's no joke that they've convinced old-school rock icon Elton John to croon on "Perfect Day." Collective Soul allowed a contest-winning fan to name their fifth album Blender, but it's not a particularly apt name, since they deviate so little from their classic-rock approach, save the frenetic, Prince-like "Vent," with its flashy guitar gymnastics and laughable lyrics ("You bite before you lick / Why? Because you're such a prick") and the well-executed psychedelic frills in the rhythmically challenged "Skin." But other than those artistic curves, Collective Soul serve up muscular anthems about being misunderstood, ("You Speak My Language"), finding one's way out of chaos ("Turn Around"), and love gone bad ("Why Pt. 2") with the same lumbering lyrics that colored their first four albums. --Jaan Uhelszki

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5.0 out of 5 stars :) Feb. 15 2013
By Squege
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Collective Soul is the best! I love all of their albums. Was not disappointed in this purchase.. ... ... ..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD Aug. 13 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD is great to listen to and it was in perfect shape when I received it.

One of Collective Soul's best albums (behind their self titled blue album)
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5.0 out of 5 stars My highest praise..... July 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is, and has the feel of, their favorite CD to date. You can tell from tracks like skin, vent and why pt. 2 that they thoroughly enjoyed themselves throughout the entire recording process, from gathering daily in their regular rehearsal space to writing and recording. You will be able to feel that warmth and happiness through the music.
This time, they wanted to have a little more fun, enjoy the process. The open door policy they had led to cameo appearances from assorted family and friends, including some of Atlanta's leading musicians, such as Shawn Mullins, and Butch Walker and Jayce Fincher of the alt-pop combo Marvelous 3. Elton John (a devoted fan of ColSol) makes an appearance as well, playing piano and sharing lead vocals with Ed on Perfect Day, a very soft and beautiful song. All in all, i rate this CD at the top of my list. From track 1 to the end, it just seems to 'blend'........ i love it, i am so glad i bought it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Blender = Bland July 2 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
compared to their first 4 albums, this was a huge dissapointment, there are a few ok songs but overall it is very bland...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Their weakest album... Feb. 26 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Being a Collective Soul fan since basically the beginning, this was their first CD that I'm not crazy about. Their last album "Dosage" was brilliant, so I had high hopes for Blender. After hearing it there are definitely a few good songs, but most of them are pretty bland and not up to the standards they set themselves with previous albums. Where were the string sections in the ballads for Blender?! I miss those, and having a guest appearance by Elton John was definitely a total mistake. Nobody wants to hear that fat gay clown sing on a Collective Soul song, believe me.
Basically this CD is worth having for certain good songs, but I find it hard to believe that anyone would prefer this album over Dosage or their Self Titled albums (their best work). I can only hope that Collective Soul take their time and create another stand-out album next time around.
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Format:Audio CD
The music on this CD is quite a departure from their earlier efforts. It incorporates the 'electronica' style with 70's and 80's classic rock. I have to admit I was disappointed in this CD on the first couple of listens, but I am glad I gave it a chance to grow on me. The first 5 songs are really awesome - in their own retro way. After that the songs kind of lose me - with the exceptions of "Turn", which in all honesty is a very commercial, bubble-gum song, but it is still done well; and "Perfect Day" another poppy song with Elton John doing some vocals and piano. All the other songs just never did anything for me. But, was the first 5 songs worth the price of this CD? Initially no, but after letting the songs grow on me, definitely yes. Is this my favorite Collective Soul CD? No, in fact it's my least favorite, but that doesn't mean it's horrible or even mediocre for that matter; it has its high-points and has its low-points, but the high-points are really high!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good....not their best April 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
IMHO, Dosage was a better album then this one, but hey, to each his own.
I love the sound Collective Soul is able to achieve with their 3 guitar sound. What other band do you know that can pull off a clean, classy, musical, sound of 3 guitars, & not sound garbled & over powered? Yup, non that I can think of. This is definetly a must-have album for any Collective Soul fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the Best CD You've Never Heard Before Feb. 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
Collective Soul remind me of the best days of "Cheap Trick", the best material by "The Cars" and other good 1970's bands. WIth their hard-edge guitar and vocal sounds, also sound a litle like Poison, Ratt, Warrant, and other 1980's metal bands (but without the outrageous hair). The guitar riffs bump and grind, lyrics are simple but that makes them memorable (and there's the added advantage of minimal electronic aural reprocessing, which means that you could do a decent cover version if you want). The drumming is fierce and propulsive, and the bass lines give the mix a 'larger than life' feel. Like The Goo-Goo-Dolls and the present Bon-Jovi lineup, they can cut it live on stage, too.
This CD features a good blend of power ballands, flat out rockers, a few punky/new wave sounding cuts, and a few variations that enhance the overall mix. By sticking to what they know, Collective Soul's experiments succeed, rather than falling flat because they were ill-conceived.
The best cuts here are "Skin", "Vent", "Why Pt.2", "10 Yrs Later", "You Speak My Language", and "Perfect Day"--featuring Elton John, an unlikely collaborator.
The packaging on the CD is probably the only mistake: it screams "Boy Band" (based on looks), and suggests that the CD is full of lame 'bubble-gum' and 'teenybopper' music. I doubt that Collective Soul's fans were put off (they know the band is not going to sell out and do shlock), but the music probably put off the girls who buy "boy band" CD's and the cover art probably caused a lot of potential fans to avoid the CD because it made Collective Soul look too much like the "Backstreet Boys", or "WestLife".
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