Soul – Youth
By Zane Ewton
The band that had those songs on the radio
that you liked but could never remember the name of has returned.
Four years since their last album, Collective
Soul has returned with Youth, a title that implies a renewed sense
of purpose and an excitement for the music. That is good news coming
from one of the more successful bands of the late nineties. Collective
Soul has enjoyed a steady string of radio hits since “Shine” from their
debut album. However, the band has been quiet since their 2000 misstep
The long wait is over and it appears that
the quiet period for the band has had positive results as Youth
is an upbeat album. Bandleader Ed Roland has a talent for writing
solid, memorable songs. Unfortunately his albums can be uneven, for
every good song there seems to be two or three that are forgettable.
This isn’t necessarily the case on Youth as there are really only two or
three weak tracks on the whole album.
One of Collective Soul's strengths is they
have a distinct sound, Roland’s voice and the guitars are some of the most
recognizable sounds on the radio in the last 10 years. The band is
at their best when they play to those strengths. Roland has a habit
of making many of his songs too busy with samplers, like the lead-off track
“Better Now”, where the songs has too much going on. On the other hand,
tracks like “Counting the Days” and “Him” are where Youth is strongest,
relying on Roland’s melodies and appealing guitar riffs.
Youth has the high production value
of the previous albums. Roland serves as the producer and each album
has the feeling that every note has been accounted for. Collective
Soul has never been a progressive band but they use the tried and true
formula so well that it is hard to argue the results.
While Youth is not as immediately
memorable as Collective Soul, it is definitely a step in the right
direction. Expect to hear the songs on the radio a lot, as “Counting
the Days” is already on heavy rotation. Maybe you will remember the
band’s name this time around.
Soul – Youth
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There's A Way
How Do You Love?
Feels Like (It Feels All Right)
Perfect To Stay
Counting The Days
Under Heaven's Skies
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