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After the surprising success of "Shine" from his debut effort, Collective Soul honcho Ed Roland told anyone who'd listen how the track was a demo that wasn't even recorded by his "real" band. This self-titled release is the first thing recorded by Collective Soul as a group, and guess what? The sub-Allman Brothers country boogie and ultra-derivative classic-rock riffing proves that "Shine" was a fluke and Roland certainly isn't the best judge of his own material. --Jim DeRogatis
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Need I rave about such hit tracks as the rockers "Gel" and "Smashing Young Man" or the slower tracks "December" and the absolutely stunning "The World I Know"? These tracks are all modern classics in my book. However, I also have to rave about such tracks as the rocking opener "Simple" (one listen to that when I first played this CD and I knew I was in for a special treat). Another fav is the second to last track "Bleed", a slightly above mid-tempo track with a killer bass line.
Another reviewer referred to this album as progressive rock with an edge. I couldn't agree more. For sure this album stands up as one of the classics of the 1990s decade. Both commercially and musically, this album is a winner.
"December" is a mid tempo alt-rocker with deep sounding vocals. "Gel" is a more poppy, anthemic rocker that almost sounds like it could've come out of the '70s. It might be better known as 'The Uh-uh uh-uh song' as I call it. "The World I Know" was a slight departure as it's a pretty sounding, lighter rock song. I'd call it a '90s power ballad that sounds very much like Live or the Goo Goo Dolls. In fact, even after hearing it for so long, I still confuse it with "Iris" sometimes. "Simple" isn't one of my favorites, but it's okay. It has a grungier sound, as the vocals are more distorted and it's not as catchy. A real lost gem here that used to get airplay but doesn't seem to anymore is "Where the River Flows". This is one of the heavier songs with somewhat distorted guitars and high pitched vocals. Strangely enough, even though this song likely appeals to Grunge fans, especially the verses, it's my favorite on the album. As I said, even though I was never the biggest fan of that genre, I can't get enough of this song. It proves that the general Grunge sound could be done well. It's still catchy and not depressing or angry, more of a typical '90s hard rocker.
"Smashing Young Man" is a song that many people seem to like, but I don't. It seems like a bunch of noise and the lyrics are weird.Read more ›
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Buy this one and their first. Download individual songs after if you HAVE to.Published 19 months ago by Neuro
I like most of this album....well maybe just the first half.... nah ...The album is fine beginning to end....The first half is just better...that's all....Published on Sept. 24 2013 by Wayne the welder
this album sold three million in the states as opposed to the first 2 million
i don't think the word fluke applies unless your talking about
your hopes this is the only... Read more
This album is worth playing over and over again. Trust me, I never get tired of listening to this 'blue' of a gem album.Published on Nov. 23 2004
I was apalled to read the review first by Amazon's, Editor Jim DeRogatis, about the "Collective Soul", and then the reviews by all your buyers. Read morePublished on April 1 2004 by Noah A. Lefevre
This is one of the best albums in rock to date. It's also one of my all-time favourites. From start to finish, there is no need to skip a song, dislike a song at first listen or... Read morePublished on March 19 2004 by Laura
after the decent debut. collective soul really hit it in their own both comercially and artistically w/ the self-titled follow up album in 1995. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2003 by Jeans Yoder