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If you like Creed, you'll like this,
This review is from: The Great Divide (Audio CD)
Ever since Creed's rise to fame in the late 90s, Singer Scott Stapp has been equally loved and reviled. To his critics, he is a third-rate Eddie Vedder, who fronted a third-rate, candy-ass pseudo grunge band. Creed's music was seen as an easily digestible version of what Pearl Jam and Soundgarden had done ten years before. To some, Creed was nothing but corporate pap.
Perhaps worst of all, Stapp's Christian beliefs and Creed's religious themes seemed to rub people the wrong way. His "Jesus Christ Pose," as Soundgarden would put it, was very off-putting to some.
Still, as Creed sold millions and millions of albums, Stapp certainly had his fans. To the Creed faithful, Stapp was inspirational and Creed was a great band.
Loved by some, hated by others, for a casual fan, and an objective ear, a happy medium can be reached. No, they were not the most original band in the world. And no, their music was not all that challenging. Still, they were good musicians, and came up with some good riffs and infectious songs. Perhaps their biggest asset was their sincerity and their biggest flaw was their complete somberness.
There used to be a shirt that read "EVEN JESUS HATES CREED." The shirt illustrates perfectly people's disdain for the band. Truth told, however, Creed was never really a Christian rock band. While Stapp is a devout Christian and Creed's music dealt with some religious themes, their music never advocated conversion to the faith or damned nonbelievers. To that end, hatred and contempt for the band for being "Christian rock" was unfair and unfounded.
Much to the sorrow of the Creed army, after releasing a mere three albums and spawning countless radio-hits, Stapp and guitarist Mark Tremonti, unable to get along, called it quits. While the rest of Creed hooked up with a new singer and resurfaced as Alter Bridge, the Creed faithful have been waiting for Stapp to reappear. With the release of "The Great Divide," (2005) the wait is over.
Quite simply, if you loved Creed, you'll love "The Great Divide." If you hated Creed, you'll hate "The Great Divide." If you thought Creed was okay, you'll think "The Great Divide" is okay. If you thought Stapp's lyrics were inspirational and heartfelt, you will be no less pleased with his new music. If you thought Stapp was a pompous, self-righteous wind-bag, you will feel no less differently here. Even without Tremonti and the rest of Creed, "The Great Divide" is essentially the fourth Creed album. Stapp's album is done in the same vein of radio-friendly post-grunge that so defined Creed's three studio albums. Even without Tremonti, the songwriting on "The Great Divide" is of the same quality as anything Creed ever released. Guitarists Aristides Rincon and John Curry, bassist Mitch Burman, and drummer Mark Archer do a good job as Tremonti, Marshall, and Phillips stand-ins.
"The Great Divide" is not the most ground-breaking album in the world, but it's still a good collection of radio-friendly songs that should appeal to Creed's base and to that end, "The Great Divide" accomplishes what it sets out to do.
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Initial post: Dec 23, 2011 10:43:07 PM PST
This is a great assessment of what creed was and is, folks. Scott Stapp's solo effort is essentially the unofficial fourth Creed album, and it does not disappoint in the tiniest bit--and I love Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. I personally own all of 5 Creed's albums--I'm including this one by Scott Stapp, of course. Also, if you enjoy Creed as much as I do, check out Alter Bridge, another band formed by Creed's Temonti, Marshall and Phillips. They're a sweet band, musically and lyrically. Myles Kennedy's voice is out of this world.
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