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Not just bubble gum rock,
This review is from: Bully (MP3 Music)
All of your fears that Shinedown has turned into Nickelback are unnecessary...Zach Myers is finally establishing himself as Shinedown's guitar player once and for all. This is no "Sound of Madness" retread- the beginning riff has shades of that album's style production-wise, but the chorus is equally as strong as anything on the 2008 release. Despite the gang vocals that seem to put the track in danger of just becoming part of the rest of the pop metal pack, the real strength of "Bully" is the solo by Zach Myers. His guitar stylings on the track show some serious chops and take the song deep into the hard rock realm- this surprised me in its aggressiveness and overall attack.
"Bully" is much more succinct than "The Expendables" soundtrack offering last summer and doesn't overreach as an "epic hard rock anthem". It is a good sign for Shinedown fans who are holding their breath as the band attempts to follow up on the success of "The Sound of Madness;" exhale, Shinedown Nation- they're back.