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Blender [Enhanced]

Collective SoulAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)

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Collective Soul gained a special place in the hearts of music lovers when they burst onto the scene in 1993 with the rock anthem “Shine.” It’s hard to imagine that the band has been making music for nearly 2 decades since then. Hard, that is, until you turn on the radio and find yourself singing along to “Staring Down,” the new radio smash ... Read more in Amazon's Collective Soul Store

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  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: October 10, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00004YMJQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Collective Soul again turn back the clock to the '70s, when rock bands were bigger than life, guitar riffs were circuitous, lyrics tended to the repetitive, and the drumming was bombastic. The Roland brothers and company reinvigorate the power ballad in a way that even Jon Bon Jovi has never been able to--and they do so totally without irony. In fact it's no joke that they've convinced old-school rock icon Elton John to croon on "Perfect Day." Collective Soul allowed a contest-winning fan to name their fifth album Blender, but it's not a particularly apt name, since they deviate so little from their classic-rock approach, save the frenetic, Prince-like "Vent," with its flashy guitar gymnastics and laughable lyrics ("You bite before you lick / Why? Because you're such a prick") and the well-executed psychedelic frills in the rhythmically challenged "Skin." But other than those artistic curves, Collective Soul serve up muscular anthems about being misunderstood, ("You Speak My Language"), finding one's way out of chaos ("Turn Around"), and love gone bad ("Why Pt. 2") with the same lumbering lyrics that colored their first four albums. --Jaan Uhelszki

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let a fan think of the title next time May 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
It's great to have prolific bands like Collective Soul around in a day and age where people prefer to take years in the studio crafting an album. Within 6 years, Collective Soul has released 5 albums of music that's been more influenced by Bad Company than Nirvana. Their debut HINTS, ALLEGATION AND THINGS LEFT UNSAID (1994) found a home with both pop and modern rock radio, with "Shine" even becoming a #11 hit. The 1995 self-titled follow-up showed a more subdued sound with hits in ballads like "December" and "The World I Know", proving Collective Soul wasn't all about turning up the guitars. But DISCIPLINED BREAKDOWN (1997) not only didn't conquer the charts like their previous albums, it indicated that the band was suffering from the same-old, same-old syndrome. Then came DOSAGE (1999), along with shorter haircuts and a slightly more modernized sound. Collective Soul seemed to be tapping into a fresh vein of creativity. Even with a throwback sound, the band still knows the meaning of quality. But by now it seems quantity is more important than quality for Collective Soul, because their latest BLENDER seems like it left the studio a bit too soon. The album's 40-minute length, which while is quite welcome, only further hints at this album rushed's production. I'm a sucker for a short 3-minute song as much as top 40 radio is, but BLENDER's songs still sound like they were in embryonic form as they were given the final mastering. Just as soon as you're turning up the volume on songs like "Skin", "You Speak My Language", the proto-ballad "Why Pt. 2" and the Prince-derived "Vent", it's all over too soon. I think maybe Ed Roland was trying too hard to combine 5 minute-long ideas into 3-minute singles. Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone...give it a try! November 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
As a ridiculously devoted Collective Soul fan, I'm always a little apprehensive when a new CD comes out. Will I like it as much as the last one? Will they stay true to their style but also take a chance artistically? With Blender the answer is a resounding YES!! From the first track to the last, there is something for everyone.
I don't think you can get two songs on one CD more different than the catchy "Perfect Day" (w/Elton John) and the driving, intense "You Speak My Language." It's like pitting a piano against a guitar...and not being sure which should win. There's the first trio of songs "Skin," "Vent" and "Why pt.2" that go by so fast I always want to rush the CD player to play them again. "Boast" is lyrically the simplest, most repetitive track...which just means it stays in your head longer. And I can't help but favorably compare "10 yrs. later" to Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here." And as things start to wind down with the soothing "After All" and "Over Toyko," the boys from Atlanta come back with one last classic, guitar-driven rock song "Happiness" that makes you realize why their fans are so devoted.
My only complaint about the entire CD is that it's so short. And if you're like me, you could use a whole lot more than 40 minutes of music like this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the Best CD You've Never Heard Before February 11, 2003
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Collective Soul remind me of the best days of "Cheap Trick", the best material by "The Cars" and other good 1970's bands. WIth their hard-edge guitar and vocal sounds, also sound a litle like Poison, Ratt, Warrant, and other 1980's metal bands (but without the outrageous hair). The guitar riffs bump and grind, lyrics are simple but that makes them memorable (and there's the added advantage of minimal electronic aural reprocessing, which means that you could do a decent cover version if you want). The drumming is fierce and propulsive, and the bass lines give the mix a 'larger than life' feel. Like The Goo-Goo-Dolls and the present Bon-Jovi lineup, they can cut it live on stage, too.
This CD features a good blend of power ballands, flat out rockers, a few punky/new wave sounding cuts, and a few variations that enhance the overall mix. By sticking to what they know, Collective Soul's experiments succeed, rather than falling flat because they were ill-conceived.
The best cuts here are "Skin", "Vent", "Why Pt.2", "10 Yrs Later", "You Speak My Language", and "Perfect Day"--featuring Elton John, an unlikely collaborator.
The packaging on the CD is probably the only mistake: it screams "Boy Band" (based on looks), and suggests that the CD is full of lame 'bubble-gum' and 'teenybopper' music. I doubt that Collective Soul's fans were put off (they know the band is not going to sell out and do shlock), but the music probably put off the girls who buy "boy band" CD's and the cover art probably caused a lot of potential fans to avoid the CD because it made Collective Soul look too much like the "Backstreet Boys", or "WestLife".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Mixture Of Gems. October 13, 2000
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So here is Collective Soul's fifth release "Blender". Another meticulously well produced effort by the band's frontman Ed Roland. I suspect that since their last cd, 1999's "Dosage", was ignored by radio and MTV/VH1, that the same fate will befall "Blender". That's fine. As long as Collective Soul remains an underground fan's band I hope they continue to bring us great music like they have over the past seven years. On "Blender" the band is in top form on songs like "Skin", "Vent", "Why Pt.2", "10 Yrs Later" and "Perfect Day"--a duet with a most unlikely source, Elton John. Collective Soul, or Ed Roland, creates a seamless, short song list on "Blender" that makes listening to this disc a pleasure. The band has already explored the more home grown elements of rock on their earlier cds and now they appear to be heading into a more futuristic and sharply produced realm of rock and roll. At times, "Blender" sounds like The Cars, which is very respectable. The band also has a few harder edges on this cd than they've had on their past outings. Listen to the guitars crunch on "Why Pt.2" or the punk of "You Speak My Language". There are fewer ballads this time out with "10 Yrs Later" and "Perfect Day". "Blender" takes the band forward into this century in style.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Coming in after masterpieces like Dosage and Disciplined Breakdown
Coming in after masterpieces like Dosage and Disciplined Breakdown, expectations were set high for Blender. Unfortunately, it didn't live up. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars small grouping, but great
loved getting this CD. anything they do is makes me very happy. E Roland writes such great lyrics! and I love the band and everytlhing they do.
Published 4 months ago by Nancy K. Leach
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best
This album to my ears is Collective Soul's absolute best work. Many fans bash their boy-band look and cookie-cutter sound on this record, but for my money, most of these songs are... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jonathan Weller
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good.
The great music writing continues for collective Soul, Last release we will hear with Childress included, too bad really, there music seems to suffer from the loss.
Published 14 months ago by jeffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
Thank you so much, I love Collective Soul and this is one of my favorite albums.. It's great. thank you much
Published 16 months ago by joy
5.0 out of 5 stars Collective Soul CD'S Blender
I own 10 CD's by Collective Soul, and plan on adding all the rest to my collection. I also have one by Ed-E Roland (signed). Each and every one of the CD's are superb. Read more
Published 24 months ago by ladown
2.0 out of 5 stars Re: What Happened?
When this album came out, I like many others including previous reviewers here, was like, "what?" Strange boy band artwork aside, the music was a not quite as expected, but it does... Read more
Published on January 12, 2012 by snow47
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb effort
This isn't Collective Soul in their best classic rock phase, but it's some high quality rock/pop. I loved the album on my first listen, and it's never grown old on me. Read more
Published on February 8, 2011 by D. Brooks
1.0 out of 5 stars Lack of Diversity
From the pouting boy-band photos on the cover to the amazingly insignificant content, Collective Soul's Blender is truely disposable. Read more
Published on April 26, 2010 by DW
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK album
Mediocre in my point of view, lacked in most areas. I love Collective Soul, and i do listen to some of the tracks but as far as the album goes not thoroughly impressed.
Published on April 24, 2009 by David Crawford
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