Hints, Allegations & Things Left Unsaidby Collective Soul
Collective Soul never claimed it was an alt-rock band, but it arrived with the debut Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid when anything with guitars was marketed as anti-establishment, underground rock. In retrospect, it's sort of hard to see how this record, with its loving debts to Southern rock and AOR anthems, ever shared airplay on modern rock radio stations and 120 Minutes, but that's just the way things were in the heady days of 1994. Ironically, Collective Soul succeeded where cult heroes Urge Overkill couldn't -- making late-'70s arena rock popular. Urge, of course, was a band of hardcore ironists, where the members of Collective Soul were dogged traditionalists, which sells better with a mainstream audience, and that's part of the reason why this debut was a hit. The other reason is that the band hits the riff jackpot a couple of times here: "Wasting Time" and "Love Lifted Me" are strong classicist rock, but "Shine" is a tremendous guilty pleasure, built on a guitar riff so indelible you swear it's stolen, blessed by a sighing melody that makes this a fine album-rock single that would have sounded as good in '74 as it did in '94. This is the song that signaled that the group had the skills and smarts to be a first-rate singles band, even if the rest of the record vacillates between pleasant and forgettable filler.
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Performance CreditsCollective Soul Primary Artist
Ed Roland Guitar,Vocals
David Braitberg Violin
Matt Serletic Trombone,Keyboards
Jun-Ching Lin Violin
Will Turpin Bass
Dean Roland Guitar
Ross Childress Guitar
Shane Evans Drums
Paul Murphy Viola
Daniel Laufer Cello
Brian Howell Bass
Technical CreditsBill Richardson Executive Producer
Ed Roland Composer,Producer,Engineer
Matt Serletic Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Matthew Serletic Engineer
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My personal favorite of all the collective sould CDs(I do own all four). I like all of the tracks on this disc. Actualy one of my favorite tracks is the instamental, ''Pretty Donna.''
Love the hit track ''Shine''. Like many debut albums the songs tend to suffer from a touch of a monotonic sound that begs to diversify, but the lyrics are positivie and upbeat and the musical potential is definitely there.
This is one of those cds that is haunted by it's single. 'Shine' is one of the best songs to come out of the 90's, but if you are waiting for more songs like it you will be disappointed. To CS's defense, they are amazing musicians but the music industry only focused on one song instead of their style. Ranging from a good old rock song to a slow ballad to instrumentals, this cd has it all and will take some time to get used to. Overall it's a great cd though.