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The Oracle (Deluxe Edition)

May 4, 2010

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Label: Republic / Universal
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Universal Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 51:08
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  • ASIN: B003IYL9BY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,582 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Godsmack has been one of my favorite bands ever!
Fredrick Vasquez
So if your a fan of Godsmack and want to listen to a good rock metal album pick this up and enjoy good songs one after another.
Jack D. Lowry
Overall The Oracle is a strong album with many good songs.
Smack

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68 of 76 people found the following review helpful By KANE on May 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Just got the Deluxe version with CD. As for the music...well I liked their first three albums and this is somewhat closer to those than their last release. However, it is sure not a 100% return to form; more of a 60% return maybe. Have to listen to it more obviously but so far highlights include basically the four first tracks. I was actually pretty impressed with Love Hate Sex Pain, heavy and haunting. Bad news though the middle of the disk seems quite average at first listen.

What you REALLY NEED TO KNOW right now is this: Do not buy the Deluxe version. The DVD is not very interesting. Also, inexplicably, the bonus songs are ON THE DVD! Just unbelievable. So if you think you are getting Whiskey Hangover as part of the CD to listen to, that is not the case. The description for the item is a little unclear about this, and I thought there's no way they were that stupid. Well, they are. The bonus songs are part of the DVD only, which makes them not real useful for listening to on a CD player or Ipod or what have you. Highly recommend you buy the cheaper version and then perhaps download the couple songs individually. Now you know.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By E. Phillips on May 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to the album all the way through three times as of this review. To the reviewer that said nothing stands out, I beg to differ. Every track stands out. "Cryin' Like a B**ch" and "The Oracle" are two of the most stand out tracks I've ever heard from Godsmack. And "Love-Hate-Sex-Pain" has probably the catchiest guitar riff they've ever written. It flows better than any of their other albums due to it being their heaviest to date. It never lets up. They've never had a bad album and I actually can't even rank them because they're all amazing in their own way. This is no exception. If you like Godsmack, buy this album.

Just a note, "Whiskey Hangover" is not on the album. I'm guessing it's because Sully Erna wasn't satisfied with it due to it being rushed out for the Crue Fest 2 tour. It also isn't on the CD of the "Deluxe Edition", it's only on the DVD. Let me just say, this is the most falsely advertised item ever. On the sticker on the front of the album, it says you get two bonus tracks. So, you assume they're on the CD, right? Nope, they're on the DVD. Not only is the DVD just a 30 minute making of, but who's gonna put the DVD in just to hear the two bonus songs? And what if I wanna listen to them in the car? Not to mention, if you put together all of the webisodes they've been posting up on their official website, they're longer and they're not even done posting all of them up yet. I heard there's going to be a total of fifteen. So you're paying for something you can watch for free and it's not even as long. Simply put, do not buy the "Deluxe Edition". It's not worth the five extra dollars. Purchase the bonus songs separately on AmazonMP3 or iTunes. I never really liked "Whiskey Hangover", but "I Blame You" and "The Departed" are two of the best songs on The Oracle and should've been on the physical CD. So, the true fans go out and buy the album and don't get anything, but iTunes users just click their mouse and get the best songs?
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By MrSavoie2U on May 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I really liked Godsmack's first two cd's, but thought Faceless and IV were decent, not as good as the first two. At that point, I figured Godsmack would could continue to their slow decline and that we had seen the peak of their career early. When I first heard "Whiskey Hangover", I wasn't too impressed and thought I was gonna be correct about the group's steady decline. Well, after hearing the entire Oracle disc, I can say I was proven very wrong. The guys have brought the SMACK back into their music and with a vengence!! There literally isn't a weak track on this disc, including "Whiskey Hangover", which has grown on me. If you call yourself a Godsmack fan or even a fan of metal, you owe it to your to ears to buy this disc. It very well could be album of the year and I don't just say that. I don't give too many five star ratings as I believe not many discs deserve such high praise. This one comes close though, 4.5 stars.

IMPORTANT NOTE: "Whiskey Hangover" is NOT INCLUDED in the standard version of this disc, only the Deluxe version.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Smack on May 5, 2010
Format: Audio CD
A lot of folks online (not just amazon) and even Sully himself have been making comparisons to Faceless. This album is not Faceless, but it also isn't a bad album. Comparisons aside, when I look at an album, I consider my initial impressions, overall energy and re-listenability. In that order:

Initial Impression: Godsmack as a band has the tendency to lead in with toms and acoustic guitars even when the overall song is relatively aggressive. As a result I ended up skipping over some tracks which pick up in intensity after the lead in. But that's my own impatient fault. See Good Day to Die and Shadow of a Soul.

Overall Energy: There are only two tracks which feel like they're easing back on the throttle a little; similar to some of the lighter fare on previous albums. Overall vocals have a wider range, guitar has more complex riffs and more fingerpicking fills. Godsmack shows they're still evolving as a band. I wish Tony would have more extended guitar solos, but cest la vie.

Re-listenability: Started listening to it on Tuesday morning. Listened a full 8 hours at work and home in the car. Did it again today (the day after release) and I haven't gotten tired of it. For a comparison, I've tossed some CDs aside after three listens. Though it's early I think this one has staying power on my playlist.

Overall The Oracle is a strong album with many good songs. No qualms about recommending it. I do have the same complaint other reviewers have had about the Deluxe Edition; the bonus tracks are imbedded into the DVD and is impossible to play the audio on a standard CD player. Come on, I want to listen to "Whiskey Hangover" while I'm driving, not on a DVD player!
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