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This review is from: The Oracle (Audio CD)
This album, with all of the hype, is definitely not their best work, but still noteworthy. Godsmack will probably never live up to "FACELESS," but this is still a worthwhile listen. People have always said that this band does the same thing over and over....no. It's just their style and sound, which is great. To start, IV was without a doubt the weakest that they have realeased, though "Speak" and "Enemy" are still very good songs, and it is good to see some experimentation. "THE ORACLE" does have it's highlights, but also lowlights:
HIGHLIGHTS: They do sound reminiscent of their early days on a select few songs.
Sully increases his vocal range.
LOWLIGHTS: Not nearly as "balls out" as promised.
The guitar work (likewise in IV) lacks muscle. You can hear it, but it just sounds like the gutiars you here in a Daughtry song. Where is the loud guitar from the 1st 3 albums?
With all the time they spent making this record, you'd think that none of the songs would be filler...I count atleast 3.
I'll go song by song here:
Cryin' like a B****:
Very good pounding riff, and a great album opener. 5/5
Saints & Sinners:
Starts with a bassline VERY similar to their old stylings on "GODSMACK,"
and with a chorus similar to "FACELESS" -era melody. A very good song. 4/5
War & Peace:
Well, here we have the album's first "filler" track in my opinion. It seems very hastily put together and the whole blues chorus sounds way too "poppy" and happy for the title. 2/5
Not much to say, other than maybe a little repetitive. 4/5
Defintely a song from the "AWAKE" era. Very good song here. 5/5
Honestly... This is probably the worst song Godsmack have ever written. It's so poppy. It is borderline annoying, for me anyway. Definitely another last minute filler here. 1/5
Good Day To Die:
Overall, it seems like yet another album filler. Very uneventful. 2/5
Another song that's OKAY, but not too special. 2/5
Shadow of a Soul:
The chorus makes the song worth listening to. The notes are fantastic and powerfull. 5/5
Another shout to "AWAKE" with the instrumental riffing...but not to memorable. 3/5
Overall, it's worth the listen. Personally, I wish they'd go back to the loud and heavy guitars from the first three albums, because wth those abums, you could FEEL the guitar. On IV and THE ORACLE, you can only HEAR them. A good album from a great band. They've still got the attitude and that's all we can ask of them. They're still exploring new sounds here, and that's not a bad thing. Check this one out.