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Collective Soul ~ Blender
Collective Soul again turn back the clock to the '70s, when rock bands were bigger than life, guitar riffs were circuitous, lyrics tended to the repetitive, and the drumming was bombastic. The Roland brothers and company reinvigorate the power ballad in a way that even Jon Bon Jovi has never been able to--and they do so totally without irony. In fact it's no joke that they've convinced old-school rock icon Elton John to croon on "Perfect Day." Collective Soul allowed a contest-winning fan to name their fifth album Blender, but it's not a particularly apt name, since they deviate so little from their classic-rock approach, save the frenetic, Prince-like "Vent," with its flashy guitar gymnastics and laughable lyrics ("You bite before you lick / Why? Because you're such a prick") and the well-executed psychedelic frills in the rhythmically challenged "Skin." But other than those artistic curves, Collective Soul serve up muscular anthems about being misunderstood, ("You Speak My Language"), finding one's way out of chaos ("Turn Around"), and love gone bad ("Why Pt. 2") with the same lumbering lyrics that colored their first four albums. --Jaan Uhelszki
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This CD features a good blend of power ballands, flat out rockers, a few punky/new wave sounding cuts, and a few variations that enhance the overall mix. By sticking to what they know, Collective Soul's experiments succeed, rather than falling flat because they were ill-conceived.
The best cuts here are "Skin", "Vent", "Why Pt.2", "10 Yrs Later", "You Speak My Language", and "Perfect Day"--featuring Elton John, an unlikely collaborator.
The packaging on the CD is probably the only mistake: it screams "Boy Band" (based on looks), and suggests that the CD is full of lame 'bubble-gum' and 'teenybopper' music. I doubt that Collective Soul's fans were put off (they know the band is not going to sell out and do shlock), but the music probably put off the girls who buy "boy band" CD's and the cover art probably caused a lot of potential fans to avoid the CD because it made Collective Soul look too much like the "Backstreet Boys", or "WestLife".Read more ›
Skin is good, the guitars are great, good effect. Vent, just kind of skip past that one. Why Pt. 2 is the best song onhere and one of their best, nice homage to the 70's. 10 Years Later is really good, showcasing Ed Roland's wonderful voice. Boast is good, another of those repeating words, but rocking out thought, because the words don't matter, the music does, kind of songs. Turn is good, a nice little ballad-ish tune, I enjoy the reformation it portrays.You Speak My Language just thumps. Perfect Day is great, just great, I'm so glad Elton John decided to tag along. After All and Over Tokyo are gentle and subtle kind of tunes, though very stylistic. Happiness is the guns a blazin' play out that reminds you about the beginning of the album, so then you hit repeat and play it all over again. It gets my highest recommendation.
Well, it sounds great so far, doesn't it? Well, after the initial joygasm of listening to my new CD over and over again wore off, I was left to ponder how good the CD actually was. My conclusion?Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Collective Soul is the best! I love all of their albums. Was not disappointed in this purchase.. ... ... ..Published on Feb. 15 2013 by Squege
This CD is great to listen to and it was in perfect shape when I received it.
One of Collective Soul's best albums (behind their self titled blue album)
This is, and has the feel of, their favorite CD to date. You can tell from tracks like skin, vent and why pt. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Sportscarblonde
compared to their first 4 albums, this was a huge dissapointment, there are a few ok songs but overall it is very bland...Published on July 2 2004
Being a Collective Soul fan since basically the beginning, this was their first CD that I'm not crazy about. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2004
I own all 5 Collective Soul albums and would recommend all of them except Blender. Blender was a disappointment in that it did not bring anything new to the table. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004
I'm a long-time Collective Soul fan. My two favorite albums would be their self-titled sophomore release, followed by Dosage... Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2003 by F. Adam
IMHO, Dosage was a better album then this one, but hey, to each his own.
I love the sound Collective Soul is able to achieve with their 3 guitar sound. Read more