I must confess that when Creed split-up in 2004, i was utterly dumbfounded. We had lost one of the greatest Rock Music bands of all time - Right in their prime. And even though i became a huge Alter Bridge fan (and Scott Stapp solo), the music was never quite the same as it had been. The optimism of a possible reformation seemed to be completely crushed after Mark Tremonti stated that they would never play together again. And then, completely out of the blue, this comes along! The Great Divide has been crossed, and Creed are back. Bigger, brasher, and with a whole new outlook on display. I honestly thought all my Christmas's had come at once. Just fantastic news! Full Circle probably wont win any accolades for being 'classic' Creed. But it marks a new start for Creed, and thats almost as important as the tracks contained on it. Its also fresh and vibrant enough to stand on its own merits in anyones CD collection. 'Overcome' offers an immediately familiar Creed sound, with an almost 'Bullets' style melody. Great track that grabs you from the very first chord. But from there on in, the album see's the band obviously reaching out in several new directions at once. And its that mix of styles that probably leaves the album open for criticism by the massed ranks of blinkered Anti-Creed journalists. But i fully applaud the efforts. Personal favourites are Overcome (obviously), A Thousand Faces, On My Sleeve, and the title track Full Circle. The DVD also gives an interesting and worthwhile insight into all that is 'Creed-World'.
Forget all this Bible-Bashing, Christian hugging, music for the Jesus Army nonsense! I've never really understood why Creed get tagged with that label. They are a kick-ass rock band, pure and simple. Go out, buy this CD, and enjoy listening to the Rock Masters doing what they do better than just about anyone else!
Back in 2004 when Creed broke up, rock had lost one it's most shining glories. Stapp went solo, Tremonti, Phillips & Marshall formed Alter Bridge with Myles Kennedy. With success varied, a creed reunion was always likely, fast forward to Autumn 2009 and "Full Circle," Creed's fourth album showcases some of the band's heaviest material, twindled with some crisp ballads. Stapp is on top vocal form, Tremonti's riff's and pounding solo's set the tone, opening rocker "Overcome" with its uptempo melody and infectious chorus ticks every hard rock cliche going, welcome back Creed indeed. Creed maintains their hard rock approach on tracks "Bread Of Shame," "Suddenly," and "Fear," the latter being the best track, it sounds very similar to the music that Alter Bridge have made. It's when "Full Circle" begins to mellow that Creed's music becomes more mainstream, radio friendly rocker and second single "Rain" has radio hit written all over it, as does moody ballad "Away In Silence." Elsewhere, Creed sing about their own musical journey on the title track, beautifully followed by the albums most somber moment, "Time." "This time I have nothing left to lose, I'm stuck the second hand won't move, it's about time that I speak my mind." Maybe a reference to Stapp's own wishes for Creed to get back together way before they actually did. Overall, "Full Circle" is an immense album. Creed have already confirmed a full world tour in 2010 in support of "Full Circle," I for one will be first in the queue for any UK dates they announce. Best Tracks: "Overcome" "Rain" "Away In Silence" "Time"
Being a fully fledged AB fan I didn't know what to expect with this-six years of a break up is a long time for any rock band-but it offered great value for money so I thought "why not" and took a punt. From the outstanding opening track "Overcome" I realized this was something special......it's a storming rock song probably the best number on the album. "A Thousand faces" and "Time" are beautiful ballads something Creed do so well,then there's the radio friendly "Rain" one which you'll play a lot. The only weak track in my book is "Bread of Shame",but one poor track out of thirteen isn't too bad I think. There's also an enjoyable "behind the scences" DVD included which i've watched a number of times.