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Album Review

After delving a bit too deeply into glam on 2004's Youth, their first foray into indie recordings, Collective Soul straightens things out on its 2007 follow-up, Afterwords. Contrary to the implication of the title of "New Vibration" — the hard-hitting opener on this, their seventh album — Afterwords brings the band close to how they sounded about a decade before, when they were riding the peak of their popularity and when modern rock bands could still be heard on the radio because there was modern mainstream rock radio. If this kind of radio still existed in 2007, Collective Soul could still have hits, at least with an album like Afterwords that unapologetically plays to their core strengths of hooky, sturdy songs, delivered unpretentiously but grandly, as if they were designed to fill an arena. There may be no one song as grabbing as "Gel" or gently transcendent as "Shine" — or even anthemic as that power ballad classic "The World I Know" — but the songs are big and tuneful, crying out for the appealingly glossy production they're given. Collective Soul needs that kind of huge, clean production — the kind of recording where the drums sound cavernous, the guitars are pushed to the front along with the voice, and the slight electronic flourishes, such as the occasional drum loop, are buried and used as texture — because they're at heart a mainstream band even if they're now on an independent label. The fact that they're now on an independent is more a reflection of the nature of the music business than the music, because Afterwords is the kind of good, solid mainstream pop/rock that isn't heard much in 2007 and anybody missing that sound should seek this out, especially fans who weren't quite thrilled with its glammier predecessor. Unlike Youth, Afterwords is a Collective Soul album for those who like Collective Soul. [El Music's 2008 reissue included three bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

Solid Album from one of the best

First of all, let me tell you, the review by Brc_ham is spam. I've seen his reviews before, they all promote this band called Braintree. They're not that good. More importantly speaking, this album is pretty darn good. It has three songs not released with the initial version of Afterwords. The songs are An Evening With, Ain't That Enough, and Give. My personal favorite song on the album is All That I Know. Verdict: If you like Collective Soul, you'll like this CD.

Great Album, Even greater with the three new songs and the Peru video!!

One of Collective Souls Great Albums, None of Collective Souls songs are boring, (you can't skip through any of them there so exciting) Everyone listens to all of there songs over and over again. I just cant get enough of Collective Soul. I have been to three Collective Soul concerts over the past year and I just can't stop listening and watching them in concert. The new songs are awesome, a little different than the rest of the album but they create a great mix to the music in this album. Thanks collective soul- You guys Rock!!!!

Good from start to finish!

I became a fan of Collective Soul after hearing "Run" on the radio (yeah, I found them a little later than most). Went out and bought all their stuff. Never thought another one of their albums would come close to Dosage but this one does. It's worth every penny. Every song is different from the next, that's what's so good about Collective Soul, that's why they endure. (And for those who care--you can play this album in front of your family, that's always a plus for me). Just good music. A+


Formed: 1992 in Stockbridge, GA

Genre: Rock

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

When Seattle grunge went mainstream, it was only a matter of time before the ripple effect was felt in regions other than the Pacific Northwest. The Georgia-based quintet Collective Soul -- along with fellow inheritors of the then commercially lucrative post-grunge landscape like Live, Bush, and Candlebox -- developed the genre into a more succinct brand of angst, turning the sonic cacophony of bands like Mudhoney and the Melvins into radio-friendly hard rock. Collective Soul (whose name borrowed...
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