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  • Audio CD (Oct. 10 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00004YMJQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,839 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 ~ Blender

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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4.1 out of 5 stars

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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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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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This is great 70's classic rock in the year 2000. It's great, full of funky rhythms, guitar riffs in one ear and out the other when the next one pushes its way in, bomming drums and pounding beats. And of course, the various sounds and piano are highly commendable and Elton John's appearance is a real class act.
Skin is good, the guitars are great, good effect. Vent, just kind of skip past that one. Why Pt. 2 is the best song onhere and one of their best, nice homage to the 70's. 10 Years Later is really good, showcasing Ed Roland's wonderful voice. Boast is good, another of those repeating words, but rocking out thought, because the words don't matter, the music does, kind of songs. Turn is good, a nice little ballad-ish tune, I enjoy the reformation it portrays.You Speak My Language just thumps. Perfect Day is great, just great, I'm so glad Elton John decided to tag along. After All and Over Tokyo are gentle and subtle kind of tunes, though very stylistic. Happiness is the guns a blazin' play out that reminds you about the beginning of the album, so then you hit repeat and play it all over again. It gets my highest recommendation.
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The first time I ever counted down the days until the release of an album was with Collective Soul's Blender. In 1999, Heavy (from the band's 4th album Dosage)  took my musical experience and changed it forever: it introduced me to Collective Soul. I promptly bought all of the bands 4 albums and listened to them constantly. 2 out of the 4 albums were fantastic- Dosage (released in 1998) and Collective Soul (released in 1995) are two of the "must-have" albums of the 90's, and I anxiously awaited Collective Soul's 5th installment for over a year. The anticipation practically killed me. I frequently visited the band's website for updates and possible sound clips. I listened to more Collective Soul. October 10th, 2000 had a tunnel-vision effect on me- the release date was all I could think about as the day drew nearer. Finally, on October 10th, my brother drove me to Walmart and I bought the CD, which, through a contest put on by 99x in Atlanta, was titled Blender (not a very good title, but I could have cared less). So I picked up Blender, and my brother picked up Vs. by a little band known as Pearl Jam. Driving back, my brother popped in Pearl Jam. Being obsessed with Collective Soul, I told him to shut it off and let me listen to my new CD (ironically enough, Pearl Jam is one of my favorite bands now). From the opening track, Skin, I was hooked. Blender seemed very different from the other Collective Soul CD's with it's integration of electronics and Pro Tools into their music. Initially, my favorite songs were Skin, Vent, Why Pt. 2, and Happiness- basically the upbeat songs.
Well, it sounds great so far, doesn't it? Well, after the initial joygasm of listening to my new CD over and over again wore off, I was left to ponder how good the CD actually was. My conclusion?
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