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Early in 2007, producer Rob Cavallo asked Shinedown frontman Brent Smith about his goals for the band's new album. Smith didn't hesitate.

"I said, 'You know what -- when I'm dead and gone, when everybody in this band has passed or what have you, I want the world to remember this as a record that needed to be made, and that there was a reason for it,' " Smith ... Read more in Amazon's Shinedown Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 15, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0002ABUUC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,863 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fly From The Inside
2. Left Out
3. Lost In The Crowd
4. No More Love
5. Better Version
6. Burning Bright
7. In Memory
8. All I Ever Wanted
9. Stranger Inside
10. Lacerated
11. Crying Out
12. 45
13. Simple Man
14. Burning Bright (Sanford Mix)
15. 45 (Acoustic)

Editorial Reviews

As proven throughout their debut album, Leave A Whisper, vocalist Brent Smith, guitarist Jasin Todd, bassist Brad Stewart and drummer Barry Kerch have fully absorbed influences ranging from the classic sounds of Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin to the soulful stirrings of Otis Redding to today's chart-topping efforts of Staind and Tool--then filtered them all through their own unique musical perspectives. The result blends together bold, strident guitar power, blues-tinged vocal fury and cutting-edge metallic mayhem. Songs such as the powerful first single "Fly From The Inside," the emotive "No More Love" and the overwhelming "Burning Bright" show that in Smith, Shinedown sport one of the most talented singers and unconventional songwriters currently operating within a hard rock context. This is one guy who clearly plays by his own rules when it comes to creating great rock and roll.

Customer Reviews

Excellent vocals great guitar structures.
Ron Turner
Not a whole lot to say about it, other than mentioning that it's, like every other song on the album; really solid, with good lyrics.
The first time heard the song fly from the inside on the radio I knew I was going to buy this CD.
brad anderson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By George Dionne VINE VOICE on July 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
What's good about it?
Unless you don't have a TV or a radio it's hard to ignore Shinedown's first single "Fly From the Inside." The twangy, dark guitar tones and sturdy vocals command this song about conquering all doubt despite others holding you back. It's refreshing to hear the vocal harmonies in the chorus. The tone becomes slightly darker on "Left Out." You'll start to make comparisons to Staind or Alice in Chains here. Somber acoustic guitars and soft vocals kick off "Lost in the Crowd," but are soon engulfed by a flurry of cranking guitars in the chorus. Jasin Todd's soloing isn't so much bombastic as it is effective and to the point. "Better Vision" is impelled by a repetitive guitar lick, while "Lacerated" is dominated by a tribal drumbeat. There's plenty of meaty riffs on "In Memory" and "No More Love." Two ballads really stand out on Leave a Whisper. "45" is a dark ballad about a man on the edge, and "Burning Bright" is an acoustic ballad that builds slowly to an emotional chorus.

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Bottom Line
If you consider their name and the song titles, it's easy to dismiss Shinedown as another Christian metal band. However, their tone and lyrical content is too dark and deep to fall into that category. Leave a Whisper is a strong debut that's full tuned-down, radio friendly hard rock. It has recently been re-released with three bonus tracks and a video.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By sbrozo on February 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I saw these guys in concert last year with 3 Doors Down. I had never heard of these band before, but they sounded really good in concert. The lead singer even came out and I met him. I bought their CD after the concert, and I am so glad I did. It is a solid album all around, with all songs worth listening too. The singles are doing well on the radio charts. Fly From The Inside is my favorite song, but I really like all of them.

Be careful, you probably want to buy the other enhanced album that has three extra songs on it, two acoustic song additions (45 and Burning Bright new mix) and their new single, Simple Man. You want to make sure to get that one!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
45 is one of the greatest songs I ever heard, and has been since I first heard it on the radio a few months ago. Leave a Whisper is one of the most perfect albums ever passionately made. Shinedown can write songs, and when you're soaked in their awesome rhythm and lyrics, you'll never be able to stop listening. Also, listen to the song "Cold" by Crossfade, and buy their album when it comes out, you'll thank me.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By SEETHERhangon on August 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Shinedown's cd, Leave a Whisper, rocks! Outstanding vocals, guitars, and drums make this cd unbelieveable. Brent Smith sings these songs with a lot of emotion which makes them even better. Here's what i think about the songs on this album:
1.Fly From the Inside- great single,really inspiring lyrics,10/10
2.Left Out- really cool guitars,a lot of different beats, great lyrics, 9/10
3.Lost in the Crowd- good song, more mellow. 8/10
4.No More Love- i love this song. great everything. 10/10
5.Better Version- fantastic lyrics. different sound. 10/10
6.Burning Bright- great slower song. great message in the lyrics of this one. 9/10
7.In Memory- my favorite on the cd cause of the lyrics mostly but the overall sound is great. 10/10
8.All I Ever Wanted- Couldn't get into this song. good lyrics and different beat. 7/10
9.Stranger Inside- 2nd favorite on the cd. i like to listen to this one when i'm frustrated. fantastic lyrics. 10/10
10.Lacerated- least favorite on the cd. 6/10
11.Crying Out- great, fabulous. cool song. 10/10
12. 45- lyrics couldn't be better. cool sound. depressing song but we all need those at times. 10/10
Buy this cd. you won't regret it...its worth the 10 fact its worth more then 10...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lance on October 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album, it comes from the Florida quintet Shinedown. Soon to be a break out in the world of rock.
1.Fly From the Inside(10/10)-First single, great lyrics, "I found a way to steal the sun from the sky." Simply amazing.
2.Left Out(8/10)-My least favorite, a little repetitive, but all in all it puts forth great effort.
3.Lost in the Crowd(10/10)-Ever had the feeling of losing something or someone important to you, this song says it all.
4.No More Love(9/10)-At times sounds like Linkin Park, but still hard and heavy and a great song.
5.Better Version(10/10)-Everyone has had the feeling like they are never good enough, this song puts it in terms everyone can relate to.
6.Burning Bright(10/10)-This has become one of my all time favorite songs, buy the album for this song alone if nothing else.
7.In Memory(10/10)-Another great, makes you think.
8.All I Ever Wanted(10/10)-Oh my god, this songs just flows with emotion of being left behind with out anyone. Words can't begin to describe it.
9.Stranger Inside(10/10)-A very angry song, also the heaviest on the album. Very aggresive and gets the point across.
10.Lacerated(9/10)-Very unusual, nice tribal beat. Interesting and different, but still good.
11.Crying Out(9/10)-OK, so this guy can really write touching lyrics, this song is pure genius.
12.45(10/10)-This song is extremely deep, weird to end the album with a suicide ballad, but I love it. It takes you down a path of death and depression.
This album is by far one of the best I have ever purchases, and I think everyone else should also go out and buy it. These guys deserve success for the master peice of an album.
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