The fourth album from Georgia's big-selling alt-rock success story Collective Soul takes the sound of 1995's massive hit "Shine" in a number of surprising directions -- from art rock to soulful balladry. Singer Ed Roland still delivers his lyrics in a voice amazingly akin to a cross between Hootie and Phil Collins, but the songs on DOSAGE are remarkably diverse. From the rousing, ELO-styled "Tremble for My Beloved" to the honeyed, acoustic-based ballad "Needs," Roland, his guitar-playing brother Dean, lead guitarist Ross Childress, drummer Shane Evans, and bassist Will Turpin hop effortlessly around the alt-rock map. "Dandy Life" ingeniously recasts the Smashing Pumpkins as southern-fried folk, while "Run" is a colorfully orchestrated number that might make Peter Gabriel smile. And if Roland's lyrics aren't likely to incite any student revolutions anytime soon, lines like "there's something more than the world out there" will be grappling with Jewel's poetry for space in yearbooks all across America -- just as DOSAGE might upstage Hootie's Southern-pop dominance.
Performance CreditsCollective Soul Primary Artist
Ed Roland Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Will Turpin Bass,Percussion
Dean Roland Rhythm Guitar
Ross Childress Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Shane Evans Percussion,Drums
Paul Murphy Viola
Christopher Pulgram Violin
Technical CreditsGreg Archilla Engineer
Chris Carroll Engineer
Ed Roland Songwriter,Producer,String Arrangements
Bob St. John Engineer
Jim "Z" Zumpano Engineer
Benjamin Niles Art Direction
Anthony J. Resta Programming
Arthur Spivak Management
Dean Roland Composer
Ross Childress Programming,Producer
Eddie Horst Arranger,String Arrangements
Stefan Beckman Prop Design
Shane Evans Programming
Jason Elgin Engineer
Mickey Wade Drum Technician
Joel Kosche Guitar Techician
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The somewhat weak 'transitional' sound of the third album has fully matured in this fourth work. Truly wonderful music from the title track onward. Also the same upbeat lyrics, albeit the final song, ''Crown'', is a bit darker than what I've come to expect from the band. If you choose to own only one Collective Soul disc, make it this one.
Dosage is so cool! This hypercd is just plain out good music. ''Tremble For My Beloved'', ''Heavy'', ''Crown'', and the extra downloadable song ''She Said'' makes this cd ROCK!
One rocking cd and will have you doing 80 mph. when driving and listening to it!
I bought this cd because I really like the songs Run and Heavy. Only liking two of the songs, I kind of took a risk buying the cd. (Not knowing if I'd like the rest of the cd or not.) Well anyways I started listening to it and I absolutly loved it!!! Now I kind of want their other cds too. Go out and buy!!!
Dosage is probably Collective Soul's best album. They have toned down the heavy rock to softer music, and have tried to express the more profound aspects of humanity and the soul. The music creates emotional stimuli which supports the central theme of each song, as should be the purpose of music. This album is classic, and inspiring in many ways. Excellent for relaxing.