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This review is from: My Own Prison (Audio CD)There aren't many bands out there quite like Creed. Sure there's the ever expanding amount of alt. rock bands out there trying to succeed with the post grunge sound, but Creed are one of the few that use it to their advantage and add some new things to it too. There is a lot to be said for the guitar work of Mark Tremonti. Whereas he is not completely original, if Creed had been around in the early nineties, he would have been ranked up there with Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam), Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) etc. Whereas his full capacity isn't fully shown on 'My Own Prison' it was later on. But Tremonti's guitar work, for all that it is, is not Creed's only major attribute. Scott Stapp's lyrics are the very epitome of a guy down on his luck. And do you know why? Because Stapp has been at the very bottom, which also explains why they are better than the vast majority of the masses and masses of angst-driven hard rock outfits out there. Creed are honest and they aren't scared to write what they like and what they feel. Many people criticise this, but that's because many people want another band that will stick to a formula that although may sound great throughout, isn't honest. Creed prefers not to stick in that crowd.
Take opener, 'Torn'. The lyrics were written on an empty apartment floor somewhere in Florida, where he had no bed, no furniture and no money, and you can see this scattered throughout 'My Own Prison', and just reading the lyrics, it is obvious that in a former life a few years ago, this was poetry, written by a guy with no hopes for a future. Forsaken by his family, who gave Stapp a strict religious upbringing, as well as his college, who expelled him for smoking a joint, while teaching him that 'God forgives all', you'd think that Stapp would be very blaming, and very angry. Maybe the latter rules over the first, but he knows that he isn't totally blameless. Take 'My Own Prison'. He says that he created his own prison, he made it himself. The song's pretty good too. These sort of sentiments are scattered all the way through 'My Own Prison'. This is, as you would say, Creed's 'letting the demons fly away' album. But there are some signs of hope in the likes of the anthemic, 'One', but for the majority this is a low album, that can be enjoyed by the optimistic too.
Tremonti's superb guitar work ensures that the monster riff lovers of the world will come back for more. Raised on Metallica and the like, you can tell where his influences come from. The introduction to 'Torn' could be straight out of a slow Metallica ballad, but still contains its own sense of individuality. Stapp's voice and Tremonti's guitar work connect well, and create some fine songs, that believe it or not, many of were written on the day the two were re-united in Florida. The likes of 'Torn', 'Ode' (which has a very menacing chorus), the title track, the superb acoustic work in 'Pity For A Dime', 'What's This Life For' and 'One' all provide entertaining songs that keep you interesting. Depending on the listener, you may find this infinitely intriguing, or it may tire quickly depending on your personal tastes, so it is up to the individual in the end, but there is definitely a certain aura around Creed that causes a stir and does separate them from the rest out there.
So if anything, believe it or not, there is certain honesty about Creed that does keep them above water away from the rest, although you can often find it hard to believe. But this is a solid modern day rock record that although was never going to change the world, adds an interesting spin to the angst-powered hard rock market out there. Honestly.