Afterwords

Afterwords

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by Collective Soul
     
 

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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

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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
ock 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2007
Label:
El Music Group
UPC:
0187966001125
catalogNumber:
660011

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Collective Soul   Primary Artist
Ed Roland   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Lead,Group Member
Anthony J. Resta   Guitar,Keyboards,Guitar (Baritone)
Will Turpin   Bass,Percussion,Group Member
Dean Roland   Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Ryan Hoyle   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Cheney Brannon   Tambourine
Joel Kosche   Guitar,Vocals,Lead,Group Member

Technical Credits

Ed Roland   Composer,Producer
Anthony J. Resta   Producer
Jay Condiotti   Engineer
Shawn Grove   Producer,Engineer
Ryan Hoyle   Programming
Joel Kosche   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jonathan Beckner   Engineer

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Afterwords 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not since 'Dosage' has Collective Soul come out with a cd that is this good. In fact I am listening to 'Good Morning After All' as I type this. With their 7th studio album CS has come into their own. No more playing by the rules of the big labels. And with new lead guitarist Joel Kosche and drummer Ryan Hoyle there is a fresh new feeling to their music. This cd has everything, from the catchy 'Hollywood' that just makes you want to dance to the guitar driven 'Persuasion of You' this cd just begs to be played over and over in your cd player at full volume. If you were, for some strange reason, let down by 'Youth' then this cd will definitely renew your love for the boys from Atlanta GA.