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on 27 October 2010
Despite what you may think of Creed their talent is unmistakable. While this debut of Creed's creative cabal is similar insomuch as it is grungey and melodramatic, there is far more scope here for adaptability. Yes it is a middle of the road rock album of the ilk that do very well in the US and it will not be regarded as musical manna by anyone, but the music is good, sometimes awe-inspiringly so, and the technique is unfaltable.

'Find t Real' is a stomping, yet low-key opener that is fine but not great. Even 'One Day Remains' fails to ignite much of a spark and it starts to tarnish the album; I started to believe that it was a lost cause. Happily 'Open Your Eyes' truly brings the goods. It is not perfect but has a better chorus and feels technically more proficient. 'Burn it Down' however returns to slow-paced grungesmithery and, while not bad, doesn't excite. It takes the first great track, 'Metalingus' to do that. Heavy, difficult and catchy as hell, it is one of the album's stand-outs. From here on things get decidedly better. 'Broken Wings' is slightly cheesy but is also an excellent ballad. 'In Loving Memory' is one of my all time favourite tracks ever and is a little underrated gem. 'Down to my Last' is a great track, heavy and urgent but tuneful. 'Watch your Words' is another awesome song. Very heavy but with light undertones, it is a true juggernaut. 'Shed My skin' is on a par with 'Down to my Last' which is no bad thing. It all ends superbly with the astounding 'End is Here'. Epic and almost proggy. In my opinion, a classic.

While there are a couple of 'classics' here, there are also a few too many 'ok' tracks that bog it down slightly. It is an excellent debut but they do get better and better...
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