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Overview Multi-platinum, GRAMMY'-nominated SoCal hard-rockers P.O.D. will release their ninth studio album, The Awakening (T-Boy/UMe), on August 21. The evocative album, produced by the band's long-time collaborator and friend, Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Kelly Clarkson), features 10 tracks and special guests Maria Brink from 'In This Moment' and Lou Koller from Sick of it All.

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  • Audio CD (August 21, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: T-Boy Records/UMe
  • ASIN: B00Y43GL9S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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So this is the first time the boys have attempted a concept piece. It's no easy task to create great music or even a great story, but it's even harder to make the two mesh into one cohesive production. My first listen left me feeling a bit indifferent because the flow isn't great and it's not readily apparent how some of these songs fit into the story (like the really great radio single "This Goes Out To You" and the laid back "Want It All"). A prodigal son story within the setting of a pre-apocalyptical world is a worthy concept to tackle, but I am not sure 45 minutes is enough to fully explore the setting, develop the characters and give this kind of story the fleshing out it really needs to be great.

Musically, this thing is all over the place, which makes the first few spins puzzling, but in the end it really is an amalgam of all the styles POD is known for over the past 2 decades. It is especially cool to see some of the older elements from their early days reappear, most notably the excellent "Revolucion" with its driving punk vibe. The reggae elements only appear briefly which is a bit disappointing but overall if you have enjoyed POD at any point in their career you are going to find something to enjoy here. While I may be unpopular for saying this, the Maria Brink song ("Criminal Conversations") is the worst song on here. Papa Roach beat them to the punch with "Gravity" (a really good song) so this effort feels pretty weak in comparison. That aside, Maria's role is pretty small in the song and it doesn't evoke much emotion (other than annoyance). The opening track is really good as well, but is mired down in the dialogue which takes away from the musical impact somewhat. "Rise of NOW" is one of the strongest songs, Sonny really delivering his patented rap with conviction.
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This CD is a bit different from P.O.D. normal CDs. This one tells a story and you have to listen to the lyrics in order to follow along. It's different but not a bad CD when you start listening to things. Not exactly one of my favorites from them but it's still pretty good.
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Not your typical P.O.D. we fans have come to know and love but it's still pretty good. Even if I didn't love how they did it, I respect the artistic license they took with trying to tie it together with spoken tracks.
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P.O.D. roll back into town with an album that is...pretty decent but not amazing. I liked this album, but there were a few areas that I had an issue. The thing is, if you're a fan of old school P.O.D. and are expecting a vibrant, heavy hip-hop sound you will get about half of that as they don't commit to keeping that sound for the entire album. Now many people are judging it based on that, but honestly I don't think that sound would have worked for this kind of album. This is a concept album that is overall about the choices the main character makes and where they lead him. The album basically switches from heavy track to laid back track, bouncy track to mellow track. The album only lacks because it has some trouble balancing the two sounds, and when the broader concept is explored, "This Goes Out To You" doesn't really make sense or fit into the grand scheme of the album. That being said, there are a couple of songs here that are P.O.D. staples, with Revolucion being an exceptionally terrific track as well as the title track being a hauntingly perfect closer. All this being said, the album really does have some solid materiel and is overall a pretty pleasing listen (the production is outstanding as well). P.O.D. delivered a very different approach and it pays off because, at the end of the record, it is a pleasing and welcome experience. Props for trying out something a bit different and doing it with style. Final Score: 3.5/5 (Thanks alot, Amazon rating system).
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I almost didn't order this, because who buys music anymore, for one, and for two, I really haven't listened to POD since high school. But I saw they were offering preorder copies that the band would sign for the cost of a normal cd, so I thought why not. Once Marcos left, I kind of moved on to other bands, including the short-lived Accident Experiment project Marcos did with Pete Stewart. Honestly, I loved Accident Experiment more than POD because it was more mature music, fitting for someone who wasn't in high school anymore. I was big into POD's early albums, but it seemed like many bands in the genre, sometime around 9/11, all started having midlife crises or something, and either broke up, changed their sound to something worse, or both. While Truby was a great guitarist in the interim, once they got back together with Marcos, they still weren't the same. None of their albums spoke to me, in the present day, like their previous albums did. It was like all my favorite bands from high school failed to grow up successfully. Sans Sevendust, who matured wonderfully, and have yet to release a disappointing album.

This album, finally, DOES speak to me, in the present day. This feels like their first true follow up to Satellite, and it's their best album since The Fundamental Elements of Southtown. It sounds more like Brown than Angels and Serpents, and has that crunchiness, groove, and power that just feels mean. It's like Brown-era POD listened to modern hard rock of today and penned lyrics acknowledging and reacting to the current, conspiratorial, political zeitgeist inspired by certain things that have gotten a lot of scrutiny since the last time this band was relevant to me, like the war on terror, economic turmoil, political scandals, the Snowden revelations, etc.
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