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  • Audio CD (Aug. 28 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000UJCO96
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Import pressing of the 2007 studio album from the American Alternative rockers, released in the U.S. only through a major retail outlet (rhymes with Farget). Afterwords is the band's seventh studio effort and follow-up to 2005's acclaimed Youth album and is the first release on their own El Music Group label.

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The Kings of 90s rock music are back with their 7th original studio album and they haven't changed a bit. Still pumping out great music, both lyrically & instrumentally. Because of the sad state of popular music today and the greedy record companies' negative marketing to today's youth, Ed Roland & the boys have decided to go independent on their own label. With their last two albums ("Youth" & this one), I believe that Collective Soul is sort of in their 2nd tier of their career with the majority its songs being some of their best ever. It's quite sad they don't get the same attention anymore that they received for a decade, but I'll follow them wherever they go.
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I own all of the Collective Soul albums and this is their best imo. This is also one of the best albums I own (out of 500) period.

I admit, I didn't like this album at first, mainly because it's so different from "Rabbit" (many of the best tracks are slow and melodic), but I quickly fell in love with the album with another listen or two.

Unlike other albums in this day and age, you can listen to all tracks on this album in order, from front to back (and I'd encourage you to do so). There are no "bad songs". I've listened to this album for well over 100 times and it's still my favorite.

1. "New Vibration" (8/10). Good song but not as strong as other CS intro songs.
2. "What I Can Give You" (10/10). My favorite song of the album and I fell in love with it immediately.
3. "Never Here Alone" (8/10)
4. "Bearing Witness" (7/10)
5. "All That I Know" (9/10)
6. "I Don't Need Anymore Friends" (Joel Kosche) (9/10). Hated this song at first and I thought it was so weird not hearing Ed's voice, but it grew on me and it's one of my favorite tracks now.
7. "Good Morning After All" (6/10). Not a bad song, but it's the only one I occasionally skip.
8. "Hollywood" (8/10). This is their "hit" song off the album.
9. "Persuasion of You" (8/10)
10. "Georgia Girl" (10/10). Slow (didn't like it at first), melodic, one of my favorite songs.
11. "Adored" (10/10). Another slow song and the perfect way to end the journey.

Again, I don't know why at least some of these songs aren't on mainstream radio or TV, I think they'd do really well and they're really catchy. What a shame.

I hope Collective Soul keep writing music, they seem to get better over time and they're the only ones in their genre doing what they do. Thanks Collective Soul!
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I haven't listened to collective soul in years, not since the "dosage" era, anyway. They are one of those GREAT bands that have somehow faded into mainstream obscurity over the years, through no fault of their own. Their choice for an album cover alone signified "something different" for them, and so, I decided to give it a listen (having ignored the "blender" and "youth" albums previously), and it was a surprisingly pleasant one.

There's just something wonderful about this record as a whole package (from the record name, to the album cover, to the lyrics and music of the songs themselves) that I can't properly describe.

I would recommend this to any collective soul fan, avid or occasional, or anyone else who's forgotten the truly great, underrated bands of our age (I grew up in the 90's).

I recommend the following tracks: New Vibration, What I Can Give You, Bearing Witness, Georgia Girl, Adored
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By Squege on Feb. 15 2013
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Collective Soul is the best! I love all of their albums. Was not disappointed in this purchase.. ... ... ..
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HASH(0xa40a2594) out of 5 stars I've got a memory of nothing new. Sept. 14 2007
By Jason Stein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Collective Soul are back with their 7th studio album in 13 years. In comparison to their previous work, "Afterwards" is better than "Blender" or "Youth". However, I won't give it five stars because there are a couple of songs that were just okay like "Never Here Alone" and "Bearing Witness". Also, "Afterwords" continues the Collective Soul formula of assembly line power pop power chords. They continue to remind me of The Cars on songs like the very catchy first single "Hollywood". Elsewhere, they have other potential Top 40 hits like "What I Can Give You", "All That I Know", "Good Morning After All", "Georgia Girl" plus "New Vibration", "Persuasion Of You" and "Adored". The most unusual track is the non-Ed Roland "I Don't Need Anymore Friends" which is written and sung by Joel Kosche.

I wish Ed Roland and company would experiment more. They've been around for 13 years, so what do they have to lose at this point? Shake things up a bit next time. I give "Afterwords" four stars because its better than their last two albums, but not quite as good as 1995's "Collective Soul" or 1999's "Dosage".

As a final note, I don't know whether the band's strategy of selling their album only through Target and iTunes is smart. Time will tell. However, I think many potential buyers and fans won't even know Collective Soul have a new cd out. I haven't heard "Hollywood" on the radio, nor have I seen the video on MTV or VH1. The only place I've seen the video is on the band's website, and the only place I've heard the song is on my stereo. It would make a great iPod commercial though!

So, if you are a Collective Soul fan like myself, you will probably like this, and should pick up a copy. They are the only Christian band masquerading as a rock band that I can stand! I'm hoping next time they will offer more surprises with their music. For now, "Afterwords" is enough to tide me over.
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HASH(0xa40a25e8) out of 5 stars AFTERwords We've Heard Before Oct. 5 2007
By Jef Fazekas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I want to make one thing clear, right up front.....I dig Collective Soul! They're one of the few rock acts (along with Sheryl Crow and, to a lesser degree, The Wallflowers) to emerge over the last fifteen years who's entire catalog I've purchased, who's new releases I'll pick up on the day they come out, and who I continually try to turn others on to. Needless to say, after the exceptionally strong piece of work that was 2004's YOUTH, their latest offering was one of my most eagerly anticipated new releases for 2007. Sadly, AFTERWORDS ultimately falls short of my expectations. It's not that it's a bad album.....it's just that we've heard most of this disc before on previous CS albums. In fact, during my first listen, I kept picking out earlier songs and albums that each track reminded me of! Things kick off with the blistering "New Vibration", a powerhouse tour de force that is anchored by new drummer Ryan Hoyle. While Shane Evans was no slouch, Hoyle has a style that is equal parts power and finesse, and he puts the former to excellent use here. Next up is the brilliantly textured "What I Can Give You." Amid layers of shimmering guitars, a pounding backbeat, muted keyboards and whip-smart percussion, Ed Roland lays down a lead vocal that is both smooth and sincere. Even though the intro to "Never Here Alone" veers dangerously close to ripping off the opening chords of "Dandy Life" from 1999's amazing DOSAGE, it still manages to be another high point on AFTERWORDS. Armed with a tight arrangement and a killer lead vocal, the strong lyrics ("Had a thought but it hurt/So I let it go/I let it go/See I don't need these verses/Laying down their blues on me today") slyly roll off Roland's tongue, resulting in a track that is seductive and spirited. Brilliant! Ditto "Bearing Witness." This hypnotic ballad has the same sort of romantic, sweeping grandeur as INXS' "Never Tear Us Apart" or The Police's "Every Breath You Take." Everything is rather understated, but that's why it works so well; the song draws you in with it's magic, yet doesn't pummel you over the head with it. Aces! It's at this point that the disc hits a few rocky spots. "All That I Know" is nice enough, with some tasteful psuedo flamenco guitar riffs, but this is the sort of cut that's nothing new for Collective Soul. Ultimately a pleasant enough but rather forgettable track. "I Don't Need Anymore Friends" is a rarity....a lead vocal from someone other than Ed Roland. Lead guitarist Joel Kosche takes over on a track that just doesn't work for me....the vocal doesn't seem to fit and the song goes nowhere (I think it's a "to each their own" type of thing, though....this is one of my best friend's favorite cuts!).
"Good Morning After All" has a nice, classic Collective Soul vibe to it, what with it's layered guitars, steady rhythm section and thoughtful lyrics ("But you swear there's always hope/Always hope from above/Now everything starts to fall into place"). Once again, it's nothing we've never heard before, but sometimes the ratty, old bathrobe is the most comfortable one...! Not so comfy is "Hollywood." Ed Roland has been quoted as saying that the song is a tribute to The Cars, but a good tribute is fresh, fun and original...."Hollywood" is none of those. Instead, it's a piece of empty pop fluff that The Cars would have left on the studio floor 25 years ago. MAJOR misstep! Far better is the rumbling "Persuasion Of You." This track provided me with a new found appreciation of and for bassist Will Turpin. Like some of my other all-time favorite bassists (John McVie of Fleetwood Mac, Jean Millington of Fanny and INXS' Gary Garry Beers), Turpin anchors this cut - and pretty much every track on the disc - with chunky chords that are beefy and strong, yet never overpowering or obtrusive. Simply put, Will Turpin is the musical heart ~ and soul! ~ of Collective Soul. "Georgia Girl" has a cool, clean earthiness to it. Part ballad, part mid-tempo rocker, it's an easy, relaxed little number that just floats out of the speakers, settling comfortably in the listener's head. Sweet! The disc closes on a strong note with the sublime "Adored." Understated instrumentation + subtle lead vocals = perfection. Toss in some deep, but heartfelt, lyrics ("I can say this life is/Much better today/Everything turns right if/Wrong gets in the way") and you have a real winner. So....my final thoughts on AFTERWORDS? I don't love it, I don't hate it. I certainly still think that Collective Soul is one of the best bands to hit the scene in the last decade or so, and, hey, this just gives me something to look forward to.....seems I LOVE every other Collective Soul album! (As with all my reviews, I'm giving the disc an extra half a star for including the lyrics).
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa40a2a20) out of 5 stars Collective Soul Rocks Sept. 17 2007
By Marie Christman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to this album. And If you like Collective Soul you'll like this album. Upbeat, new sounds and as good as any of their other albums. If you've never heard of Collective Soul this is a good album to start with.
-Marie C.-
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa40a2de0) out of 5 stars Just Great! Sept. 15 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I've so often purchased CDs because of one particular song by an artist, only to find it's really the only song worth listening to on the album. I purchased this CD being a big fan of their Seven Year Itch. I listened to the 30 sec samples of the songs on Collective Soul's various albums that I didn't have. I didn't recognize any from the radio (tend to listen to my CDs) on this album. But, chose this one anyway. There's not one song that isn't good, and several I just love. I truly look forward to listening to it when I get in my car. My favorites are Bearing Witness, All That I Know, Persuasion of You, Georgia Girl, Adored, and An Evening With. To repeat though, there's not one song that I don't like! I can't wait to order their latest. I highly recommend this one for sure!! This is the only band that could challenge U2 as my all time favorite band.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa40a2d8c) out of 5 stars treading the safe waters of adult-oriented pop Jan. 23 2008
By George Dionne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
wanted to give Collective Soul's latest album a feature review, but I just couldn't find enough to say about it. I was a thrilled with the outcome of their last album Youth, but found out quickly that Afterwards falls below the standard that album. It's not necessarily bad, but it's just not that interesting. The group for goes up-tempo tracks from slow, adult-contemporary material.

However, the group doesn't falter on the songwriting front. The only tracks that really grabbed me were the guitar heavy opener "New Vibration" and the album's first single "Hollywood" (which you are probably familiar with as the theme to this year's American Idol auditions). I'd like to hear Collective Soul kick up the rock quotient a little built instead of treading the safe waters of adult-oriented pop.