Ch1 Greatest Hits (Advisory) Best of, Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics
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Sevendust's Best Of (Chapter One 1997-2004), is a comprehensive look into the group's stellar history. This 16-song collection has every hit and fan favorite, serving as a great introduction for the casual alternative rock fan, plus 4 exclusive bonus tracks that are a must-have for even die hard 'dust fans. From crushing early favorites 'Black', 'Bitch' and 'Waffle' to the chart topping radio hits 'Angel's Son' and 'Enemy', this collection is sure to be in heavy rotation on your cd player. TVT. 2005.
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If you are a faithful Sevendust listener, you most likely own all of their albums (the material on this only reaches as far as 2003's "Seasons" album), so the only reason to pick this up is for the rare, hard to get bonus tracks. Songs like "Coward" and "Rain" and the covers of "Inner City Blues" and "School's Out" (originally done by Marvin Gaye and Alice Cooper, respectively) are no doubt hard to track down, but by sniffing around a few Sevendust fansites, I found these songs with ease. The Tom Lord-Alge Mix of "Waffle" is nothing too special, as it is basically the same song, with very slight variations that only someone who has heard the song hundreds of times could discern. As for the overall selection, it really doesn't capture Sevendust at their best. Yes, it's all fantastic material, and the classics like "Black," "Denial," "Angel's Son" and "Enemy" are all here, but other singles like "Broken Down," "Licking Cream," "Terminator" and "Live Again" are not only among the band's best work, but definitely show the many sides and dynamics to this group that this collection ignores.
It seems like someone who barely knows this group blindly chose 12 songs to throw in, and then tacked on 4 b-sides to hope it sells. If they really wanted to sweeten the deal, how about a bonus DVD with the videos that have come out since "Retrospect" or some live material (which is where this group really shines). I'm usually not a critic of "Greatest Hits" albums, as they rarely please everyone anyways, but this is an exception. TVT obviously put this album to cash in on Sevendust's past successes, and it's really a lazy job at that. I love the band, I respect these guys so much for what they do. They work harder than most bands, and they deserve a "Greatest Hits" package, but this just doesn't do them justice. Plus, if it ain't supporting the band, why fatten someone else's wallet by purchasing material you already own?
This compilation is arraigned chronologically from the group's debut self-titled album to their last studio release Seasons. The thunderous riffs and driving digital effects of "Black" is what introduced Sevendust to the rock lexicon. From there it was full speed ahead. "Bitch" switches things up with a mix of clean arpeggios mixed with balls-to-the-wall riffage. "Denial" displays Sevendust's transition into a more melodic sound. The group still manages to keep it heavy on "Assdrop." Lajon Witherspoon's vocal ability shines as he abandons the shouting for calming, pleasing, and melodic tones on the touching ballad "Angel's Son."
Don't mistake Sevendust's one ballad for them going soft on you. "Praise" hits you right in the teeth with plenty of punch, and a catchy, anthemic chorus. "Enemy" is the best representation of the group today. It's a perfect blend of their early intensity and their current melodic flair. There are 12 hits in all, and four bonus tracks. "Coward" and "Rain" are B-sides from Seasons, and their Marvin Gaye cover of "Inner City Blues" is from a bonus DVD that was included with that release. "School's Out" is a B-side track from a promo for the first Sevendust album.
This CD is clearly TVT's was of cashing in on Sevendust's past success and probably part of letting them out of their contract. I guess the biggest slap in the face is that this collection was released while Sevendust is trying to push their latest album Next. Looking through the booklet it's evident that the band didn't have much to do with this release, and it must suck for them that TVT owns all the rights to their hits. "School's Out" is too different from the original for me. Its signature Sevendust, but the chord rearrangements distances it from the original.
Listening to this collection reminded me just how much I love the intensity and raw power that is Sevendust.
The other tracks are some of Sevendust's biggest hits in the 1997-2004 era, with my favorites, Too Close to Hate, and Follow, and some uninteresting singles such as B**ch and Black.
So, Sevendust is a great band, and this Greatest Hits album is a perfect addition to your collection, whether you're a fan of Sevendust or a person who doesn't have any of their CDs. I also recommend Next, Alpha, Chapter VII, and Cold Day Memory.
Rating: 5 stars/5 stars