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4.0 out of 5 stars Modest Music....For Modest People, 25 Jan 2004
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S. Wright (Sheffield, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Disciplined Breakdown (Audio CD)
Modesty is a hard thing to pin-point in music, especially with the ammount of sheer egotism there is around today. Collective Soul have always written modest songs, and their secret ingredient has always been a simple song that's effective, but always sounds more than it is. Genuine emotion is also a big part of it, but Collective Soul have always written modest songs for modest people.
I say they, lead-singer/guitarist, Ed Roland writes all Collective's songs, but despite their simplicity, there's always something different about each song, despite their simple one-or-two-riff stylings, to go with the usual heartfelt lyrics. The difference between Collective Soul and others who follow a similar system, particularily in pop-rock, is that Collective Soul always pull it off much more effectively. Take opening cut, 'Precious Declaration', which is, of course, modest, it has a very catchy riff, some fine lyrics and the sort of catchy, refreshing chorus that made Collective famous. The same goes for 'Listen', which like 'Precious...' became a hit in its own right, and despite the way they do that, and have excellent singles, Collective Soul are a highly consitent album band. The super catchy, 'Maybe' is a prime example, and the winding, 'Full Circle'. If the songs don't directly relate to the title, you will find a crafty way that Roland has snuck the meaning into the song (Full Circle's main section says, 'Round and round and round' for example).
For some, Collective Soul could become tired because their songs do tend to follow a similar vein, but the overall catchy style and refreshing and surprisingly different sounds they seem to put out will help the listener through. If you liked the singles, you will more than likely like the rest of 'Disciplined Breakdown'. While, 'Blame' does seem to go on, and the opening is recycled on the end of the song, the title track has a nice tasty huge riff, and 'Link' is pleasently melodic, both not dissimilar to past works from their self-titled, and fans of their previous albums will be pleasently surprised by 'Disciplined Breakdown'.
In the sense of listening to the full album, 'Disciplined Breakdown' is also Collective's most consistent to date, and is even better than their self-titled bedut, and does contain some stunning songs, such as the simple, but truly effective and heartfelt 'Forgiveness', which is quite heart-wrenching for those in that 'lost' mood, and Collective do stick to their way of uplifting rockers and heartfelt, meaningful ballads throughout 'Disciplined Breakdown' and never move away from that, but that doesn't make it a bad thing. Collective Soul offer a lot emotionally to the listener and are a fine band for those into this kind of music, and 'Disciplined Breakdown' is quite possibly the best place to start, whether you're a weathered veteran or someone just starting up. It must also be one of the only albums to ever be written about falling out with one's label...
4 Stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Collective Available, 11 Mar 2000
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This review is from: Disciplined Breakdown (Audio CD)
Personal Thoughts: One of th best CD's out. Very few CD's come out with all the tracks listenable, however Collective have done it, all tracks are amazing. Especially 10 "In Between" one of the best tracks I have ever heard.
This CD should be a part of every Collective Soul fans collection, if not GO GET IT!
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