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  • Audio CD (October 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: El Music Group
  • ASIN: B000UJCO96
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Import pressing of the 2007 studio album from the American Alternative rockers, released in the U.S. only through a major retail outlet (rhymes with Farget). Afterwords is the band's seventh studio effort and follow-up to 2005's acclaimed Youth album and is the first release on their own El Music Group label.

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This Collective Soul album is yet, another great one.
W. Barclay
I love listening and enjoying each new thing they put out and that I can send for them in the mail.
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Simply put, Will Turpin is the musical heart ~ and soul!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on September 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Collective Soul are back with their 7th studio album in 13 years. In comparison to their previous work, "Afterwards" is better than "Blender" or "Youth". However, I won't give it five stars because there are a couple of songs that were just okay like "Never Here Alone" and "Bearing Witness". Also, "Afterwords" continues the Collective Soul formula of assembly line power pop power chords. They continue to remind me of The Cars on songs like the very catchy first single "Hollywood". Elsewhere, they have other potential Top 40 hits like "What I Can Give You", "All That I Know", "Good Morning After All", "Georgia Girl" plus "New Vibration", "Persuasion Of You" and "Adored". The most unusual track is the non-Ed Roland "I Don't Need Anymore Friends" which is written and sung by Joel Kosche.

I wish Ed Roland and company would experiment more. They've been around for 13 years, so what do they have to lose at this point? Shake things up a bit next time. I give "Afterwords" four stars because its better than their last two albums, but not quite as good as 1995's "Collective Soul" or 1999's "Dosage".

As a final note, I don't know whether the band's strategy of selling their album only through Target and iTunes is smart. Time will tell. However, I think many potential buyers and fans won't even know Collective Soul have a new cd out. I haven't heard "Hollywood" on the radio, nor have I seen the video on MTV or VH1. The only place I've seen the video is on the band's website, and the only place I've heard the song is on my stereo. It would make a great iPod commercial though!

So, if you are a Collective Soul fan like myself, you will probably like this, and should pick up a copy. They are the only Christian band masquerading as a rock band that I can stand! I'm hoping next time they will offer more surprises with their music. For now, "Afterwords" is enough to tide me over.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jef Fazekas on October 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I want to make one thing clear, right up front.....I dig Collective Soul! They're one of the few rock acts (along with Sheryl Crow and, to a lesser degree, The Wallflowers) to emerge over the last fifteen years who's entire catalog I've purchased, who's new releases I'll pick up on the day they come out, and who I continually try to turn others on to. Needless to say, after the exceptionally strong piece of work that was 2004's YOUTH, their latest offering was one of my most eagerly anticipated new releases for 2007. Sadly, AFTERWORDS ultimately falls short of my expectations. It's not that it's a bad album.....it's just that we've heard most of this disc before on previous CS albums. In fact, during my first listen, I kept picking out earlier songs and albums that each track reminded me of! Things kick off with the blistering "New Vibration", a powerhouse tour de force that is anchored by new drummer Ryan Hoyle. While Shane Evans was no slouch, Hoyle has a style that is equal parts power and finesse, and he puts the former to excellent use here. Next up is the brilliantly textured "What I Can Give You." Amid layers of shimmering guitars, a pounding backbeat, muted keyboards and whip-smart percussion, Ed Roland lays down a lead vocal that is both smooth and sincere. Even though the intro to "Never Here Alone" veers dangerously close to ripping off the opening chords of "Dandy Life" from 1999's amazing DOSAGE, it still manages to be another high point on AFTERWORDS. Armed with a tight arrangement and a killer lead vocal, the strong lyrics ("Had a thought but it hurt/So I let it go/I let it go/See I don't need these verses/Laying down their blues on me today") slyly roll off Roland's tongue, resulting in a track that is seductive and spirited. Brilliant! Ditto "Bearing Witness.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marie Christman on September 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to this album. And If you like Collective Soul you'll like this album. Upbeat, new sounds and as good as any of their other albums. If you've never heard of Collective Soul this is a good album to start with.
-Marie C.-
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 15, 2009
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I've so often purchased CDs because of one particular song by an artist, only to find it's really the only song worth listening to on the album. I purchased this CD being a big fan of their Seven Year Itch. I listened to the 30 sec samples of the songs on Collective Soul's various albums that I didn't have. I didn't recognize any from the radio (tend to listen to my CDs) on this album. But, chose this one anyway. There's not one song that isn't good, and several I just love. I truly look forward to listening to it when I get in my car. My favorites are Bearing Witness, All That I Know, Persuasion of You, Georgia Girl, Adored, and An Evening With. To repeat though, there's not one song that I don't like! I can't wait to order their latest. I highly recommend this one for sure!! This is the only band that could challenge U2 as my all time favorite band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Dionne VINE VOICE on January 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
wanted to give Collective Soul's latest album a feature review, but I just couldn't find enough to say about it. I was a thrilled with the outcome of their last album Youth, but found out quickly that Afterwards falls below the standard that album. It's not necessarily bad, but it's just not that interesting. The group for goes up-tempo tracks from slow, adult-contemporary material.

However, the group doesn't falter on the songwriting front. The only tracks that really grabbed me were the guitar heavy opener "New Vibration" and the album's first single "Hollywood" (which you are probably familiar with as the theme to this year's American Idol auditions). I'd like to hear Collective Soul kick up the rock quotient a little built instead of treading the safe waters of adult-oriented pop.
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