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Album Review

If Collective Soul's 2004 comeback album, Youth, was a splashy, glammy guitar rock record, its EP sequel, From the Ground Up — arriving just six months later — is its opposite, a gentle, laid-back set of acoustic tunes. But with the exception of "Youth," which may have been intended as the title song for the proper album, there are no new songs here: the remaining seven tunes are relaxed acoustic reinterpretations of songs from the band's catalog. The stripped-down, laid-back vibe suits the group well, making the guys sound relaxed and assured, more natural than they do on many of their glistening studio albums. While this is primarily a record for fans — the only big hit to lure in casual listeners is "December" — Collective Soul sound so loose and warm here, they might manage to win over some doubters, if they ever managed to hear the record. This, combined with the shiny hard rock of Youth, suggests that Collective Soul is entering its second decade as a more ambitious and interesting band than it was at the height of its popularity in the mid-'90s.

Customer Reviews

Rhythm of Your Soul

I have introduced my husband, Larry, to several musicians that he would have never paid attention to otherwise. One band in particular, Collective Soul, is now one of his favorites. When I write, several musicians inspire me, but I consider, Ed Roland, lyricist, musician and lead singer of Collective Soul, one of my first teachers. I had incorporated more of Collective Soul and Ed Roland's music within my first audio-blogs and when Larry first listened and read my beginning writings he looked at me with astonishment and said, "You think like him." Usually, it is common for loved one's to tell an aspiring artist something that most others will never see or hear, however, coming from Larry, I accepted this as one of the most appreciated compliments of my life. Larry never offers simple words for lip service. I don't know if Ed Roland would agree with Larry, but I do know that it is his style, the band's determination to break from control of a record label, his poetry and collective angelic, beautiful voice that helped me hear rhythm and harmony, find my style, gave me confidence to break from tradition and create without control from any industry or support. As I finished my digi-tome: life and it's audio-blog volume, I decided to use collective soul as the title for JUNE's representation. The music at the end of the JUNE: collective soul chrack is from the cd: FROM THE GROUND UP, track 2, YOUTH. The beauty of his words and voice: "And you said we would be golden when we grow old.", inspired me to use this selection as a representation of the hope, dream and pain of love, the promise of God's love, and the heaven of anyone that allows you to indulge in the promiscuity of the rhythm of your soul. Collective Soul is a band that appeals to a wide audience of hard and soft rock. Listen, listen, listen.

Solid New Acoustic EP from Collective Soul

Collective Soul's latest effort is a sweet one for fans, and is a great introduction to the band for the few who haven't heard any of their songs. The acoustic and stripped down nature of the EP highlights a trio of musical beauties: Ed Roland's rich singing voice, the poetic lyrics of the songs, and the boys' guitar abilities. This belongs on your iPod. Play it when you crave acoustic serenity.

Collective Soul Unplugged

Just downloaded this one from Collective Soul and sounds great. These acoustic versions of some of their more popular songs make it a cd to listen to if you are in a mellow mood. Only one new song I believe, so its more for the seasoned fan.


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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