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Album Review

The rules of pop only allow for big things, big sales, big records, big success. You can be indie rock, only sell a couple-thousand albums, and survive on your hardcore fan base, but how many bands that fall firmly into the category of pop can say they have a hardcore fan base? That's why it's always interesting when bands like Blessid Union of Souls go it on their own and come up with a better album than expected. Being too uncool for college radio and too "over" for mainstream radio is one of the hardest places to be for a band, but Blessid Union seem up to the challenge with frontman Eliot Sloan cranking out some quality songs, mostly written on his own for a change. While "I Still Believe in Love"'s opening couplet — "Ten years have passed and we're right where we were/Some things are better but so much is worse" — could apply to the state of the band, the song is actually one of those huge, life affirming ballads that incorporates strings. Hear it in the wrong mood and it seems like a shameless play for the big-time, but in the end, it's like everything else on the album, genuine and heartfelt. Tracks like "A Thousand and One" and "Reminds Me of You" are the kind of grand and positive message numbers the band does best, and hearing them on an indie-level budget just ups the ambitious quotient all the more. As a lyric writer, Sloan is getting sharper and sharper, which makes up for hookless tracks that appear every third or fourth number. Sixteen-songs long, the album could have trimmed the hookless numbers and made more of a case for the band that was once considered faceless Hootie-come-lately's. Now they're barely even considered, which is a shame since Perception is breezy, uplifting, and a testament to Sloan's sincere belief in positive pop.

Customer Reviews

I love these guys...

I was walking through a Best Buy in Sioux Falls, SD, trying to kill sometime and I was just browsing through the music and I noticed this bright, blue and purpleish cover. I looked closer and there it was...Blessid Union of Souls!! I had thought they were done making music and this was the best suprise I could have asked for. I first started listening to them back in 7th grade, I bought the CD "Walking Off the Buzz" because of the song "Hey Leonardo". From that point on, I fell in love! Their music is so deep and moving and they have a song for everymood which means you are ALWAYS in the mood for them. I love hearing people that sing with passion and if there was ever a group that did that...this is it. They performed at our county fair and I was singing out loud the whole concert and at one point, ever was moved to a tear. These guys are amazing and I just wish they got more recognition for their songs...they are so many hits that NEED to be heard. Thank you Blessid Union of Souls and PLEASE!! don't stop making music! You have inspired me to keep singing and ever write a few songs that kind of fit your style. So keep it going and I pray people hear more and more about you!

one of the better albums in 2005

As a fan of Blessid for years and have seen them twice live, I was excited to see this CD released. I preordered it on CDbaby.com and spent $22 on it. And let me tell you, it is well worth it! It starts off with Could've Been With You, which is an extremely catchy song that will probably chart when this CD is released by a major label. This is a great song that everyone can relate to. Wild Side of Me is unique but is also a solid song. I Still Believe In Love could possibly be a continuation of I Believe, and while not as good as I Believe, it is still amazing and will probably chart when this CD is released by a major label. The next track is Bittersweet Sublime which is solid. A Thousand and One is one of my personal favorites on this record. The rest of the songs are all good and deffinatly show signs of being Blessidized. My favorites on this CD are Could've Been With You, A Thousand and One, Closer, Better Side of Me and Redemption. This CD is one of the better Blessid CD's.

Another awesome album, yet clouded by obscurity...

When BUOS first hit the scene in the early to mid 90s, most people couldn't fit the band to the music. This was definitely not the band's fault, especially when each of the first three albums were released by three different labels that didn't give BUOS much of a chance. That seems to be the case here with the 4th as well, while it was anticipated by BUOS's most die hard of fans (including myself who paid the $22 pre-order on this in 2005) , it seemed to not get the publicity push it needed to make mainstream radio take notice. 'Could've Been With You', 'Closer', 'A Thousand And One', and 'Better Side of Me' are my favorites.

Biography

Formed: 1990 in Cincinnati, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

With their optimistic, spiritual outlook and song-oriented mix of pop, R&B, and folk — dubbed "rural soul" by the band — Blessid Union of Souls quickly became one of the most popular bands in the post-Hootie & the Blowfish adult alternative radio format in the mid-'90s. Their...
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