Soul - Dosage
the sub-par sales of Disciplined Breakdown, many people
were not so sure if they wanted Collective Soul to come back.
Their last album did poorly in the charts compared to their
sophomore, self-titled, album. Most people still think of
"Shine" or "December" when they think of Collective Soul.
This may finally come to change with the band from Georgia's
fourth album, Dosage.
we get one of Collective Soul's most innovative albums yet.
The variations in musical style most closely matches what
was done on 1995's Collective Soul. Tunes on this new disc
are more R&B influenced than on Disciplined Breakdown
and Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid. What
we get here is rock that you can groove to, not losing the
rock that crunches, including the emotionality that Collective
Soul puts into each of their songs.
themselves back to the forefront of pop culture with their
first single "Run" which was featured on the Varsity Blues
soundtrack. This smooth pop/rock ballad brought in the people
who loved "December" and "The World I Know" (both from Collective
Soul). However, their second single "Heavy" is just that
- heavy. Ed Roland and company covered the entirity of their
musical skills with this album. Songs like "Needs" mesh acoustic
guitars, percussion, strings, and Ed's vocals into a tightly
knit piece of art. Others explore alternate ground, leadign
to a mix of rock, pop, R&B grooves, and more.
this album has not shown much progression in the way of subject.
We still have songs about love, despair, loneliness; your
basic pop/rock song. The difference is in the details. Roland's
wording sets this band apart from other bands. With lines
like "Mornings like this / Make me feel like I never could
float / Glimpses of peace / Portray all that you never could
show" ("Slow") we are reminded of what can truly make the
difference in a song - the words. What makes the difference
for this band, to set it apart from the others who can't make
it, is the sum total of the lyrics, musical stylings, grooved
beats, and the overall vibe they produce.
who has liked anything by Collective Soul will not be disappointed
by this disc. It surpasses everything they have put out thus
far, including Collective Soul. If your love for the group
comes from Ed's voice alone, you may want to skip "Dandy Life,"
but I wouldn't suggest it. (Lead guitarist Ross Childress
fronts vocals on this track, showing that Ed does not carry
the band). If you are just being turned on to Collective Soul,
this would be a great album to start with. Hopefully there
is more to come.
4.0 out of