- Audio CD (July 22, 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: RYQZ
- ASIN: B0047VE2UW
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (568 customer reviews)
My Own Prison
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Until I heard Creed.
This album is amazing. Creed is a tier above the rest of the music industry. I get so sick of "artists" worshipping at the altar of money and popularity. Creed has a strong thread of reality and wholeness that I haven't heard in a long time. They tell stories, they write philosophy, they address issues, they offer hope. "My Own Prison" is a powerful piece of art.
If you aren't a fan of grunge/hard rock music, their edginess may turn you off. Personally, I think they have it just right. Scott Stapp's voice conveys anger, hurt, or hope very well and the band is very professional in its playing.
Obviously they can be compared in sound to Pearl Jam, and other groups. But certainly not in quality. They have actual messages. They are a group that can write, can sing, can play, and can really inspire.
Creed is fueled by the band members' own passions and beliefs, and that shows through in this great CD. They aren't "wannabes"; it's the rest of the music industry that is!
You know this album is going to rock when Mark Tremonti's guitar starts to kick-in right as Scott Stapp sings "Lies are what they tell me" in "Torn". "Ode" takes the rock one step higher and harder before things tone down some for "My Own Prison". We kind of tolerate "Pity For a Dime", "In America", and "Illusion" before "Unforgiven" explodes confidently from the first note. "Sister" is a fun and sentimental rocker. "What's This Life For" asks an emotional question that really gets no answer (beware of one naughty word sung three times). Finally, "One" visits social frustrations as it punctuates an energetic departure.
Although we can celebrate the sound of edgy hard rock all day long, the amazing thing about "My Own Prison" is the lyrics themselves. Creed incorporates a great deal of religious imagery, angst, frustration, and anger in to the song writing, but isn't that how so many of us feel? ... and possibly that is why the foursome became so popular. We heard songs about us.
All-in-all, "My Own Prison" plays very well in any CD player. Parents may object to hearing profanity (God's name in vain coupled with "damn") on track number 9, but Creed definitely puts pop music on its gluteus maximus with this release. It is a strong debut.
'My Own Prison' is a masterpiece with two helluva great songs in 'Illusion' and 'Unforgiven'. I have the Australian CD release version where a bonus track 'Bound and Tied' was included. This album is 'tour de force' of Creed's best.
Of note are 'In America', 'What's This Life For?', and 'Pity for a Dime'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I know people like to goof on these guys, but they are solid musicians. Love this CD~Published 8 months ago by Dino Bravo
If you like alternative bands like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Breaking Point.. or even... Nickelback.. you will most likely really enjoy this album. Read morePublished 9 months ago by SuperJosh2015
I'm a Creed fan...but who couldn't love Creed? Hard rock with the soulful undertone. This is clearly a group seeking (maybe even struggling with) truth & faith in God while living... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rhonda