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Album Review

Shinedown's 2003 single "Fly from the Inside" blended atmospheric Alice in Chains references with a lumbering post-grunge sound similar to Nickelback. The debut LP Leave a Whisper offered more of the same — a satisfactory sound as rock radio filler, but ultimately pretty calculated. But it became a hit, certainly due in part to radio support, but mostly because of the Jacksonville, FL-based band's reputation as a great live act. The quartet played something like 400 shows over the course of 2003 and 2004, and that gelling process is unquestionably a factor in the more realized hard rock sound of 2005's Us and Them. Shinedown frontman Brent Smith channels Chris Cornell (or at least Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy) on opener "Dream," but the song's grunge theft is forgiven by its airtight groove. Shinedown have been road tested, and they prove it again on "Trade Yourself In" and "Yer Majesty." The band still relies a little too much on formula on Whisper. "Save Me" and "Beyond the Sun" are direct descendants of 3 Doors Down, for example, and at other times they sound like they're aiming for power ballad crossover success. However, Shinedown's sophomore effort is definitely a step forward. They have a rewarding hard rock album in them somewhere.

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pretty solid

There is a bit of variety in styles here but generally it is solid rock. (I reckon i can here them channelling Reef or even woolfmother) There is a good range on the vocals and a simple song structure. There are some killer intros but the standout tracks if you like hard rock are: Heros, Yer Majesty, Asmosphere and Fake. These guys don't seem to take themselves to seriously so the music is pretty easy to enjoy.

Love Shinedown

Just moved here from the US last year and couldnt believe no one had heard of this group. I hope they get more airplay as they are great!

AWESOME

Great songs but the best is I DARE YOU

Biography

Formed: Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Melodic hard rockers Shinedown hail from Jacksonville, Florida and originally featured vocalist Brent Smith, guitarist Jasin Todd, bassist Brad Stewart, and drummer Barry Kerch. Snapped up by Atlantic Records during the early-2000s flurry of post-Creed and Nickelback signings, the group released its debut album, Leave a Whisper, in 2003. Whisper ended up doing quite well for the band (eventually going platinum), aided by its single, "Fly from the Inside." Shinedown also supported it with a heroic...
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Alternative, Hard Rock
  • Released: 04 October 2005

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