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At heart a safe if emotive and catchy middle-of-the-road rock band, Collective Soul up the prescription on Dosage, turning in an 11-song collection that stretches previous aural boundaries with mixed results. The Southern-bred quintet is literary in its lyrical leanings and thoughtful in its deft and dynamic pop-rock songcraft. Programming and keyboards are now part of the group's arsenal. Dosage's production, meanwhile, is handled by singer-guitarist Ed Roland and is exceedingly lively and crisp. The collection is more loose, experimental and modern--and less classic-rock-leaning--than Collective Soul's two previous albums. There's nothing quite in the vein of "Shine" or "Precious Declaration," two memorable, high-impact singles from the band's first two sets, though "Generate," "Heavy," and "Crown" are standouts. Ultimately, Dosage is a cohesive collection of strong songs and a smart step up for the band. It just may insure survival for a group where others of a similar musical ilk--such as Brother Cane and Cry of Love--have floundered. --Katherine Turman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Note, there are two "bonus" songs on this CD, in a sense. The 11th track, called "Crown" is a bit over 4 minutes long, but continues with silence for a while, then at the 6 minute mark "She Said" starts up; a personal favorite that is also available on the "Scream 2" soundtrack.
The 2nd bonus track requires you to put the disc in your computer and install HyperCD. A HyperCD tune is incomplete on the disc and the software fetches the missing piece from a special website, then re-assembles the data and plays it through a custom CODEC. Unfortunately, the suckers at Atlantic no longer maintain the website... so, Sorry Charlie! The song is called "Almost You". I'd love to hear it someday...
"Heavy", the first single and second track on this album, epitomizes what this band is about at their best. Meaty guitar track and strong vocals in a very catchy song. "Run" is another single that is moody, melodic, and sweet--vintage slower Collective Soul. "Tremble For My Beloved" gets the album off to an anthemic/rocking start. "Generate" is a catchy, mid-tempo rocker with similar stylings to some of the second album tracks. "Crown" and the hidden track within it end the album with melodic, lush, relaxed stylings.
The flow of this album is one of its strengths. Good mix of rockers and slower tracks, and none of them are fillers. As a whole, a very enjoyable rock album. Great musicianship and sound.
Dosage, although sporting the weirdest of all their mediocre album covers, was Collective Soul's most accomplished recording at the time. (Haven't heard Blender, so I can't compare.) Underneath the usual ear-candy songcraft there are more keyboards, better production/mixing and more electronic touches than ever before. "Tremble" rides on waves of wah-wah guitars. "Slow" builds a wall of sound big enough to fill your whole listening space. "Crown" slides through to the disc's finish (almost) in a low-key haze of dreamy ambience. Aha, and there's an extra treat - the hidden "She Said" at the end, which floats on a bed of gorgeous strings and another of those excellent choruses. It's an absolute gem.
They're essentially nothing more than a catchy rock band, but Collective Soul has a compelling energy and a talent for strong songs that should keep them going for a while. Those who aren't looking for anything more should be well satisfied.
TREMBLE FOR MY BELOVED-A cool song with REALLY hard guitar but softer & melodical vocals.
HEAVY-My favorite song on the whole album, it has Ed Roland basically repeating: "All of you're weight. It falls on me. It brings me down" in a deep and rocky voice.
NO MORE, NO LESS-A pop-y song where Ed Roland is talking about being "No more, no less of an angel."
NEEDS-The only song on this album that i hate.
SLOW-A good song (although Ed Roland gets pretty high-pitched with his vocaling).
DANDY LIFE-A good song that sounds diffrent from the rest 'cause it's written by Ross Childress (the lead & rythm guitarist).
RUN-My 2nd favorite on the album, it's a mysterious, melancholy and not nasty song.
GENERATE-Not as bad as "Needs" and not as good as "Heavy" & "Run".
COMPLIMENT-See "No More, No Less."
NOT THE ONE-A good song but not a great one.
Well that's it and i recommend this to you.
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Item arrived a day late - time frame provided was between May 15 - 23. Although the the CD still looked new and the entire package was still sealed in plastic, the crystal case... Read morePublished on May 25 2013 by Edgar
Quickly, its terrific, i can't get enough of collective soul. I could listen to them every day because each and every cd just seems to be a perfect blend. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by Sportscarblonde
My second favourite Collective Soul CD and there's a damn good reason why. This CD is packed with rock songs with a more light sound. Read morePublished on March 19 2004 by Laura
If you have never heard and or giving Collective Soul a chance then think again. This cd is one of my personal top 10 all time best. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by D. Scott Fitzgerald
Collective Soul are without doubt a great band. This album is good from the beginning to the end. They are great musicians, Ross Childress a great lead guitarist and Ed Roland with... Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by Serge
I have all of Collective soul's albums to date and I can honestly say they have not written a bad song in their career. Read morePublished on Dec 17 2003
I miss this band. They have not had anything new out since 2000. To me, the mark of a great band is one that you can recognize almost instantly. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2003 by Bryan
This album is amazing. For the longest time I have only listen to the Collective Soul Album. But recently I bought Dosage, and it is so good. Every song is worth listening to. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2003