I bought this CD back in '95 and it has remained one of my favorites since. Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid is an eclectic collection of melodic rock-infused tracks, soulful ballads, and beautiful instrumental string arrangements. This record, though not as commercially viable as later releases, is a showcase of Collective Soul's versatillity and talent, and an epitaph to their idealism and integrity as an independent garage band striving to make a name for themselves.
Later Collective Soul albums seem to be motivated more by dollar signs and record deals than by the uncorrupted passion for music that drives Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid. The band recorded this album independently before fishing for a label and when they signed onto Atlantic Records, the disc was re-pressed, but the original independent recordings were used. This is an album that could only be made independently, free from the tampering of record execs and from the influence of business.
This is one of those rare albums that is all about the music. A true classic, a standard, and a time capsule from a Georgia garage band that made it big.
If you like Collective Soul's new sound, do not shy away from this album, but be prepared for something a little different.