Proof of Life

Proof of Life

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by Scott Stapp
     
 

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Scott Stapp's solo career got interrupted by the 2009 Creed reunion, so it took him a full eight years to get around to following up 2005's The Great Divide. Perhaps that's why he feels the need to call this sophomore set Proof of Life: he's reiterating that he's still here, still raising a ruckus. Like

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Scott Stapp's solo career got interrupted by the 2009 Creed reunion, so it took him a full eight years to get around to following up 2005's The Great Divide. Perhaps that's why he feels the need to call this sophomore set Proof of Life: he's reiterating that he's still here, still raising a ruckus. Like The Great Divide, Stapp is intent on keeping most of Proof of Life operating on a gut level. It comes crashing in on a cascade of heavy guitars as Stapp testifies "I'm not evil/No matter what you think/I'm just human/There's a part of you just like me," the first line on an album that could be read as a loose song cycle about losing faith then finding, well, "Proof of Life," then discovering there is a "New Day Coming" assisted by the help of god ("Jesus Was a Rockstar," before learning he was just "Dying to Live"). Along the way, Stapp does occasionally buff the finish so the album doesn't seem entirely like a throwback to the glory days of new-millennial post-grunge -- the album's centerpiece power ballad, "Only One," has hints of electronic rhythms and a clean, metallic glint reminiscent of prime 3 Doors Down; "Hit Me More" churns on syncopated rhythms that may (or may not) have a passing acquaintance with EDM -- but he's at home when he's allowed to bellow alongside massive walls of guitars. He does so throughout Proof of Life, so it offers surface comforts even if, at its core, this is something of a travelogue of a dark night of the soul.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2013
Label:
Wind-Up Records
UPC:
0601501337925
catalogNumber:
133792
Rank:
35440

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Scott Stapp   Primary Artist
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Howard Benson   Keyboards
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Josh Freese   Drums
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Phil X.   Guitar
Scott Stevens   Guitar,Background Vocals
Isaac Carpenter   Drums
John Paul Nesheiwat   Guitar

Technical Credits

Doug Brown   Composer
Howard Benson   Producer
Paul DeCarli   Engineer
Phil X.   Composer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Dave Bassett   Composer
Mitch Allan   Composer
Zac Maloy   Composer
Blair Daly   Composer
Scott Stapp   Composer
John Curry   Composer
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Michelle Lukianovich   Art Direction
Toby Gad   Composer
Tyler Connolly   Composer
Todd Clark   Composer
John Alicastro   Composer
Julia Michaels   Composer
Lenny Skolnik   Composer,Programming
Scott Stevens   Composer
Alex Bodnar   Composer
Mike Lauri   Composer
Jagger Stapp   Composer

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Proof of Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had the opportunity to listen to Scott Stapp's new solo album titled Proof of Life. The song titles from the album are Slow Suicide, Who I Am, Proof of Life, New Day Coming, Only One, Break Out, Hit Me More, Jesus was a Rock Star, What Would Love Do, Crash, and Dying to Live. It was interesting to see how the lyrics of some of the songs follow along with some of the experiences he talked about in his book. For example, he talks about living a lie and falling down 10 floors, which expressed some of his feelings and his experience of falling from the hotel balcony. I enjoyed reading the lyrics of the songs and thinking about how they relate to stories from the book. Some of the songs were a lot harder rock than I usually listen to, but there were a couple that I just love! Only One and What Would Love Do are great songs! Of course, Only One is like a power ballad, and What Would Love Do is a beautiful ballad. I also have to say that while I was listening to the CD, I talked to my teenager about it and she was surprised it was from a Christian artist. She noted that it is different from what is normally on the radio station we listen to, and she liked it very much. So I want to note that the album gets a gold star from the younger crowd! Finally, Stapp still has the beautiful voice I remember from Creed. If you enjoyed his work from the past, you will enjoy this album. If you are young enough that you did not know him as front man of Creed, you might really enjoy this solo album as well. I received a copy of this CD from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember his first album and I liked a couple of the songs on it. I listened to a portion of a couple of songs and went ahead and bought the album. I have been listening to it all day. A major step up from his last one. The songs rock, and they will reach inside of you and expose parts of pain and allow you to relive great moments of joy. Highly recommend this anyone that enjoys great works of art. Way to go Scott Stapp.