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Collective Soul

4.7 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 15 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J4B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,792 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Simple
2. Untitled
3. The World I Know
4. Smashing Young Man
5. December
6. Where The River Flows
7. Gel
8. She Gathers Rain
9. When The Water Falls
10. Collection Of Goods
11. Bleed
12. Reunion

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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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Format: Audio CD
There are several bands and artists that helped rock music survive grunge, but none more than this great band with this classic album. This is the perfect hybrid of modern and classic rock. With 5 (count 'em, 5!) rock radio hits, this album and band made a huge splash on the rock music landscape at a time it was really needed.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
From beginning to end Ed Roland and his band crank out hit after hit on this album from soft ballads ("The World I Know") to more powerful hitters ("Untitled" and "Where the River Flows"). The hit single "December" delivers on all accounts with an amazing guitar beat plus lyrics that shine. The very up-beat fast tempo song "Gel" is another great cut. More of the softer ballads come when we get to "When the water falls" and "Reunion", which are more amazing tracks. Reunion sounds a little like December, in which, they use the same guitar line, which is not a bad thing of course. "Bleed", another one of my favorites, hit on all cylinders with the stellar drum loops and guitars. The only flaw in the album, if you can really call it a flaw, was "Collection of Goods". I'm not sure what they were trying to do with this track because the music sounds a bit garbled. Maybe they decided to experiment with a new sound for one track. But in all essesences, with an album that is chock full of hits, it is difficult to choose a favorite. I recommend this album to music fans of all tastes. You will not be disappointed.
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Format: Audio CD
This is possible the biggest selling Collective Soul CD and, while I will agree that this was a great CD, it's a shame the masses didn't keep buying with "Disciplined Breakdown" and "Dosage", which in my opinion, are by far the two best CDs they've done. Possibly their best known song "World I Know", it is an acoustical and lyrical masterpiece. "Simple" and "Smashing Young Man" are fun songs to jam to. The thing I love most about Collective Soul is that they can have the best jamming songs along-side some of the most thought-provoking, deep lyrical ballads without any hint of incongruence. I have been a big fan of this band since this CD came out and still am a big fan today. Collective Soul is one of those rare bands that actually have talent - musically and lyrically. Ed Roland is one of the best songwriters I've heard in years. This was a very strong release (especially compared to their debut release) and is a must-have in many music lover's collection.
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Format: Audio CD
I like alot of 90s pop, Adult Contemporary, and some Alternative rock, however I'm not the biggest fan of Grunge. Even though I was about 9 when it got big, and it lasted till I was about 15, I just never could get into the angry themes and dark depressing tone of the music. That being said now, I really love this album. It's got some Grunge traces, but it's not Grunge, it's more Pop/Alt-rock, even some hard rock.
"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.
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