on November 5, 2013
I'm extremely impressed with Scott's 2nd solo effort. I loved Creed's first album and enjoyed the next 2 but felt they lacked the hard edge of the first. With Scott Stapp's first solo record I was again very impressed with the songwriting and hard edge while still being melodic. Proof of Life is a continuation of sorts from The Great Divide in that it's melodic and does have an edge but this time the edge is more melodic and fine tuned. The first run through left me very impressed and the second listen is so far giving me more of the same with the additional of nuances and lyrics that I missed the first time. Definitely worth the purchase for anyone that's enjoyed his earlier works and/or Creed. On a side note, I recently read his autobiography and after reading that the lyrics in the Great Divide took on a whole new meaning and I can also recognize certain subjects on this album.
on November 5, 2013
This is the album that a lot of Creed fans, and Scott Stapp fans have waited for since Creed's latest offering in 2009. And the difference between this one and that one are easily noticeable, right off the bat. This is not a Creed album at all. The sound here, barely resembles Stapp's last solo offereing, 2005's The Great Divide.
Here we are treated to a rock star with renewed belief in his abilities as a singer and songwriter. His voice is much cleaner, and more polished than we last heard it in '09, and the music is void of any Creed re-treads. The album as a whole is fresh and modern, without losing it's hard rock edge. The production is very polished, but it still allows room for the gritty, raw sound that post-grunge fans will like, and that will keep most of these songs from getting too much tired air-play.
The main focus of the lyrics is challenges faced and overcome, with a generous portion of dark reflection.
Overall, I can see 1 or 2 more of these songs being released as singles, mainly tracks 6 and 7, to go along with the opening track, which was release prior to the album. Aside from those, being mostly mid-upper tempo, radio-friendly songs, there are a couple all out hard rockers. The album is heavily loaded with mid-tempo balads in the second half, but unlike Creed's 2001 album Weathered, and Stapp's previous solo outing, this does not diminish from the recording. It never gets too "soft."
Overall, if I were to compare this to something for you, so you can go out and buy it (or not) without previewing it first, I'd say it's about as "hard" as a later 3 Doors Down album, and about as "pop" as a heavy metal album produced by Mutt Lange (no, it doesn't sound like Def Leppard).
As as Creed and Stapp fan, I really enjoyed this ablum, but not because it sounded like previous records, but because of how different and fresh it is, and for the fact that it is still pure hard rock.
PS, there is a version at the competing store, the one with the blue and yellow logo, with 2 extra tracks. I would suggest buying this one as a hard copy, as those 2 songs are worth it.
on November 7, 2013
Excellent rock album! Very inspirational. As soon as I heard this CD, I knew that it would be a great album to help me get through an extra ten minutes on the bike or to help me pull out an extra ten push ups. This isn't just an excellent CD to workout to; it's also an excellent CD to inspire you to think more positively in your daily life. So, not only will Proof of Life inspire you in the gym, it will also inspire you in your life. For me, there's not much higher praise I can say about this CD, or any CD. Proof of Life is a highly inspirational rock album. What more can you ask for?
on November 5, 2013
The music combines all emotions, from an adrenaline rush to introspective thought. The heartfelt lyrics are delivered with his powerful, passionate singing. The songs are melodic, gritty, and catchy. thoroughly enjoyed this CD. I think it is better than The Great Divide (which was also very good).
on November 5, 2013
This guy's got talent. It's a great song oriented, hook based album. You can hear more healing in this one than The Great Divide, which was damn near an angry masterpiece in my opinion. Also a bit more diversity here. It's a shame rock is not in the forefront in this country anymore because Creed, Alter Bridge and Scott Stapp have been helping carry a big ass burning rock torch. Stapp's voice is still great.
I hope Creed can get it together again next year, because they nailed it on Full Circle and I think they could do it again. But in the meantime, Alter bridge and Scott Stapp have given us worthy, yet totally different efforts to listen in on and enjoy. I am man enough to say I enjoy Scott Stapp solo, Creed and Alter Bridge as seperate entities. If you can do that, you will enjoy this album. It's Scott. Be proud of yourself Scott. This is a good collection of works. See you on the road. Peace.
on February 16, 2014
It took a few listens but in the end I really like Proof of Life. I disagree with other reviewers here in that I think Stapp's first solo effort 'The Great Divide' is a MUCH stronger album. The Great Divide both lyrically and musically was great from start to finish (I actually liked it more than many Creed albums), and I just can't say the same about PoL. However, other than Tracks 7 and 8 (which I skip, they are just awful imo) I do like the album. The strongest tracks in my opinion are Proof of Life, Only One and Break Out with honorable mention What Would Love Do.
Honestly I think I like it more than Creed's last album Full Circle.
Stapp's vocals are varied (which was a pleasant surprise) and a strong point of the album. This guy has such a great voice. I just wish the songwriting were stronger.
If a fan worth a buy for sure.
on November 9, 2013
My fear after hearing the first track that is so polished, hard melodic and fat in sound was – oh no, the one radio track and the rest will now be filler. I was wrong, not a bad song in the package. Each and every song can stand on its own and is deserving of repeated air play. The songs all have that melodic rock, strong lyrical content and hooks that Creed fans were so found of, and yet they all have a great deal of separation at the same time. This mix of content is not simple variations of other songs in the package. Some may feel it is over produced – I would strongly disagree, that full production quality works very well on the album. Between Hard Rock and Catchy Pop, Scott hit the sweet spot with this one! Agree or disagree, I don’t think anyone would argue that this album shows thought and effort; it was not cobbled together to build a package for release. Scott – well done to you and all that were part of this effort!
on June 4, 2015
Regardless of Stapp's current personal issues, this album is a redemptive and reflective offering that I frequently play thanks to its very positive message and sold, Creed-like sound. Stapp can write well. He pours his soul into the lyrics and song delivery, and it shows. I so wish him the best as he continues his turbulent walk with Christ and his earthly challenges in being the best dad possible for his family.
on November 16, 2013
Scott Stapp has just released his sophomore solo CD PROOF OF LIFE. The CD is rich with his stand out CREED sound which made him famous in the music industry. Who is Scott Stapp you may ask. He is the lead singer of the band CREED. HIs first solo CD "The Great Divide" was spectacular and his follow up "Proof Of Life" is just as good if not better. There are 11 track on the standard version and 13 on the best buy version. Songs 3 - 11 are instant classics and all absolutely fantastic. There are three tracks in my mind that stand out and could be international hits if the radio stations pick them up. They are; What Would Love Do, Hit Me More, and the bonus track, Your Beautiful Cage. The first two songs are more heavy. They are good, but the remaining tracks really stand out. Here is the track list:
1. Slow Suicide
2. Who I Am
3. Proof of Life
4. New Day Coming
5. Only One
6. Break Out
7. Hit Me More
8. Jesus Was A RockStar
9. What Would Love Do
11. Dying To Live
Best Buy version includes two bonus songs one of which is: Your Beautiful Cage
Scott Stapp is a person who wrestles with inner life issues and because of his own inner struggle and vision, he has written some beautiful thought provoking music. In the 80s we had Michael Been (God rest his sould) of the band THE CALL to carry us through many struggles. Now we have Scott Stapp. Whatever he touches, weather in CREED or as a solo artist, turns to gold. This is worth the investment of the entire CD. Great listening pleasure here. MAD.