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Good. Like Creed but with rather inferior guitar.
on 19 October 2006
Creed was one of those bands that was very strong in both the guitar and the singing departments, Tremonti's avalanche guitar sound combining with Stapp's testosterone-drenched vocal to produce a formidably powerful sound.
Seems to me that Stapp without Tremonti is very much like Axl without Slash, so your feelings about the former duo will probably match your feelings for the latter. Personally I think that guitar virtuosity and originality, though of course sorely missed if absent, are of secondary importance to the vocals and the songwriting, and it certainly seems that Stapp was the main songwriting force in Creed from what's on display in this new solo album.
And as such the album is basically Creed, but with inferior guitar. Interestingly, Stapp has employed two guitarists to replace Tremonti, but they have less combined punch than he had on his own! Just shows you how amazing he is. Conversely, his new band Alter Bridge features fantastic guitar work but lacks in songwriting skill.
So basically the album's pretty good. Heavy-ish, with powerful and emotive lyrics - enough to give the odd wave of goosebumps. Last track, "Broken", is excellent.
I don't think it's a 4-star album, but 3 seems a bit harsh, so consider it a 7/10.