The greatness of a band is not in their hits, but in their albums...and this is a great one. Even after Collective Soul's fifth CD, Blender, I still find Disciplined Breakdown to be their best to date. Each song gives you the sensation that it is JUST THE ONE you were waiting to hear. There seems to be more musical depth here than in their other CDs. I'm amazed at how this album can stir the soul yet soothe it simultaneously. Ed Roland's lyrics aim for the head and the heart highlighting truth, love, faith, forgiveness, etc. Actually, many of the songs seem to ponder the journey itself with all it's choices, fears and wisdom to be gleaned while traveling the road of life in search of all that is great and sweet. Although the meaning of the lyrics is more general and vague than those of other albums such as Hints, this is not necessarily a bad move on the part of Collective Soul. For one thing, the subjectivity leaves the lyrical interpretation up to the listener, creating a sense of discovery. Maybe this is why this album feels so fresh yet so familiar. This album has great aesthetics in content as well as musical form. If you're unfamiliar with Collective Soul, this is your starting point.