This is just a chilled out CD. I usually play Collective Soul to rock out and sing along. This album strips and slows down the song...but you know what...I'm still singing loud. If anything, this album makes me even appreciate more(if that's possible) how much I love Collective's soul lyrics. And boy did they ever choose some of my favorite songs of theirs: My favorite CS song Compliment, She Said, Under Heaven's Skies and Perfect to Stay are all just as great as their originals on this release.
I really really really love the new song called Youth. It's classic Collective Soul...very emotional and serious with intelligent CS lyrics that we all love "But if the river we know can dry to dust I guess the angels we've learned to trust can fly away." Simply beautiful. Really every word in the song is just beautiful. The more and more I listen to this song I almost think...just almost think it's my new favorite Collective Soul song...eh but I do love Compliment so much. How bout I notch it in at my #2 all-time CS song. It's that good.
Now the other new song...I have no idea what it's called as it's not credited but a secret track. I really don't care for at all.
I'm also not impressed with December on this release. I like the original but this just doesn't do it for me...especially since they took out the great ending vocals of the original, "December Promise you have unto Me, December Whispers of Treachery, etc...".
Still, I like this CD a lot. As I said before I think it nailed many of the song, which just happen to be some of my favorite CS songs. And the guitar pick was a nice added bonus! This CD is cheap, like $10 everywhere. There is no reason for a CS fan not to own this, if not to hear some of these brilliant songs slowed down then at least to hear the amazing new song Youth. Thumbs up!