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Creed: Full Circle,
This review is from: Full Circle (Audio CD)
As a big Creed fan I was both excited and apprehensive about the release of Full Circle. It was great news that they were back together and making music, but the speed with which the album was made left me wondering if it was going to be a cash in.
However, while not exactly a perfect album it is far better than I could have hoped for. Very few songs miss their mark. Scott Stapp still writes the same introspective lyrics, and delivers them with his customary Eddie Vedderesque growl. And Mark Tremonti still exhibits a great mix of melodic and muscular guitar work, backed up more than satisfactorily by the bass work of Brian Marhsall and the drumming of Scott Philips.
The album starts with 'Overcome', a rousing stadium rock number and their first single. It's a decent slice of heavy rock and roll and sets up the tone well for the album. It continues onto Bread of Shame, which is in my opinion the worst song on the album, and possible candidate for worst Creed song ever. It just seems like an assault of sound that never really progresses anywhere, with possibly one of the most obnoxious choruses I have ever heard.
From this low point however, the album picks up and never really lets go. 'A Thousand Faces' 'Fear' 'On My sleeve' 'Full Circle' 'Good Fight' and 'The Song you sing' are all hard hitting yet tuneful songs with great hooks that never let up. 'Rain' and 'Away in Silence' are both hugely uplifting slices of hit ready radio rock, which you won't be able to not foot tap or nod your head to.
The albums best song though is the superb Time. Stapp alternates brillantly between soft emotional croon, and anguished growl. It is very emotionally stirring, backed up fantasticly by a mix of mid tempo electric and acoustic guitar work from Tremonti. Despite being classed as Post Grunge in the past, Creed have always exhibited there greatest strength in writing relatable rock ballads. Songs you just want to pump your fist in the air to and sing along with. 'Time' is a song in that mould, like 'Higher' and feels like perfect justification for Creed's reunion.
The only other song is 'Suddenly', which while not bad seems painfully generic with no real hook, and just falls slightly flat.
A reason why Creed have always been so successful, especially in Bible Belt America, is that they have never baulked or backed down from a winning formula. They did, do, and will continue to write personal and emotional songs full of religious imagery that get people pumping their fists into the air, and beating their chests. There is nothing at all wrong with this. They do it better than any other Post-Grunge/Hard Rock band I think I have ever listened to. If you are a fan of Creed, you will love this album. While not perfect, due almost entirely to the awful 'Bread of Shame' it is a great listen and will alleviate any fears that they are only doing this reunion as a quick cash in.
Hits: Overcome, A Thousand Faces, Rain, Away in Silence, Fear, On My Sleeve, Full Circle, Good Fight, The Song You Sing
Misses: Bread of Shame, Suddenly