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2.0 out of 5 stars way off the mark, 16 Feb 2014
This review is from: Proof Of Life (Audio CD)
Needless to say, I am a long time fan of the usual associations etc etc. Now, every review of this album I've seen on Amazon so far is clearly written by serious fans of whatever Stapp writes. There is nothing wrong with that. However, in terms of reviewing this offering with more subjectivity, this album is poor in my opinion.

Firstly, digging out the acoustic guitars for the majority of the album wouldn't cause me an issue if the music was challenging. But it is so basic and cliche ridden that I am honestly struggling to see what the fuss is about. I am not suggesting music has to be complicated to be good but is does have to be fresh and demonstrate talent above a high school aged busker in your local city centre. For a well established artist - I think we would all expect more of Mr Stapp.

Secondly, as an album it doesn't make any sense - and this comes from wildly varying sounds and production within the album. For example, the drums sounds great on some tracks and dire on others. That really winds me up as it sounds like a set of demos and final cuts - unprofessional.

Lastly, despite the occasional good hook and strong harmony it is all simply quite boring. And this saddens me as I like this guy! I cannot say I've ever been bored with any album Mark Tremonti has had a hand in writing. Should I compare artists? Some would say no, but there is absolutely no hiding from the fact that this hugely inferior in almost every way.

In summary, there is nothing here you 'must hear'. My copy is going to a charity shop.
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Initial post: 17 Feb 2014 11:59:42 GMT
A. G. King says:
Obviously someone who hasnt a clue about decent music . this is one of the best albums made and has out sold every other c.d so far this year .

Posted on 1 Mar 2014 02:00:26 GMT
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Posted on 16 Apr 2014 17:53:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Apr 2014 18:00:23 BDT
ravenheart says:
Entirely agreed. It gets off to a flying start with the first two or three tracks, then becomes generic US alt-rock radio stuff that people like Shinedown would be proud of. This can't touch his last album. It's almost as if 'Proof of Life' and 'What I Am' were written eight years ago, and the rest was written last year. 'New Day Coming' and 'Only One' are absolutely atrocious, blatant attempts at trying to score a radio hit.

I like the groove of 'Jesus Was A Rockstar', and a couple of the purely acoustic ballads are good too, but it's the upbeat, childish faux-rock stuff in the middle that lets this down in a big way. I do expect some of the weak stuff to sound a bit better in a live environment though.

What's really hard to believe is that serious players like Kenny Aronoff and Phil Xenidis are on this album, but everything's so basic. I can only assume it was a good pay cheque for them.

And best counter-point offered is a barely coherent "hurr, you don't have a clue about music"? Helpful.

Posted on 25 Apr 2014 10:31:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Apr 2014 00:28:23 BDT
James g says:
I was surprised how good a album it was,very well sang,good lyrics with uplifting and catchy songs across the whole album,even if the song Jesus Was A Rock Star was a touch much! And in a way it was more enjoyable then Alter Bridges last album Fortress which was very head banging heavy.
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