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5.0 out of 5 stars The final nail in the coffin of Creed., October 9, 2007
This review is from: Blackbird (Audio CD)
Okay, so it's now official. Creed is dead, and Alter Bridge is here to stay.

Back in the summer of 2004, when AB's major-label debut "One Day Remains" was released, a lot of folks wrote these guys off as Creed clones or wannabes, merely because 3/4 of the band is made up of ex-members of Creed. And while some Creed-like sounds were present on that disc, on the whole it was fresh and exciting music from a completely different band. Guitarist Mark Tremonti was permitted to play in a fashion he never had before during his Creed days and the rhythm section, comprised of drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall (who actually left Creed before their 2001 release "Weathered"), really showed off its A-game. However, the true ace in the hole for these guys was new frontman Myles Kennedy, of Mayfield Four fame. With vocal range and passion that Scott Stapp couldn't match on his best day, Kennedy slowly emerged as a voice to be reckoned with in modern rock. The band had a few semi-successful singles in the form of "Open Your Eyes," "Find The Real," and "Broken Wings" (as well as WWE wrestler Edge using "Metalingus" as his entrance theme), but on the whole it seemed as if they couldn't escape from Creed's shadow. And although One Day Remains was certified Gold, the band's future didn't look too bright, as they remained unheard from for the better part of nearly three years.

Enter their Universal-Republic debut, just released today: Blackbird.

How does it sound? Well, to be perfectly honest, *much* better than the debut. These guys have clearly matured a great deal musically. Gone are almost any traces of the Creed sound that "remained." (No pun intended.) I suspect that a lot of that has to do with the fact that frontman Kennedy actually participated in the songwriting this time around, whereas the songs on One Day Remains were almost all Tremonti's work. And speaking of Mark, about those solos on this disc?! The man continues to push his own creative boundaries and make Alter Bridge's second release rock even harder than the first. Having only had this album for about four hours, I haven't had a significant opportunity to listen to it enough for it to sink in, but so far I like, no, *love* what I hear. Thus far, my favorite tracks are "Come To Life," single "Rise Today," "White Knuckles," and of course the epic, near eight-minute long title track dedicated to the memory of a friend of the band.

On a side note, the copy of Blackbird that I purchased from Wal-Mart included not any bonus track(s) but rather a bonus DVD, featuring interviews with Kennedy, Tremonti, and Phillips (and to a *much* lesser extent Marshall) about the songs and creation of the new album.

Take heed, rock fans. With Blackbird, this reviewer feels that Alter Bridge will finally get the respect they deserve.
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Initial post: Aug 13, 2009, 12:37:59 PM PDT
It's official, Creed is back.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2010, 10:40:13 PM PDT
blunt says:
you might call it a full Circle good call mr. presumptuous

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2010, 8:57:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2011, 7:32:44 PM PDT
Nate McCooey says:
Wow. I had no idea people would actually be interested in commenting on a music review I wrote two and a half years ago. That just goes to show what kind of life they have. To wit, none whatsoever.

Hey "blunt," did you by any chance smoke a blunt before you posted that comment? Looks to me like that's the case and that it negatively impacted both your reading comprehension.

See, if you look very carefully at the date posted after my review's title, you will see that it says "October 9, 2007." Meaning this review was written at a time when just about everyone, myself and even Mark Tremonti included, had completely written off the idea of a Creed reunion. Tremonti went on record in SEVERAL interviews stating something to the effect of Creed being "a thing of the past," and that his focus was Alter Bridge. I'll leave you to do the research there. So calling me "presumptuous" really isn't a valid criticism. Wikipedia states that Creed's long-defunct website announced the band's reunion in April 2009. Now that you have all of this information, let me ask you a question. How in the HELL was I to know that Stapp and Co. were going to reunite almost TWO FULL YEARS later? I didn't and neither did you, so stop acting like the fanboy you are making yourself out to be, 'kay?

And for the record, I *do* own a copy of Full Circle. As a matter of fact, I picked it up on the day it was released. My thoughts? Meh. Songs like "Overcome," "Rain," "A Thousand Faces," "Away in Silence," and "On My Sleeve" are right up there with the best tunes in Creed's earlier catalog, in my opinion. The rest of the album, not so much. I love how Tremonti was given some more chance to shine on the axe. Stapp's voice is okay, and the rhythm section plays quite well. The way I see it, these guys can only get better from here now that they've done a record together after nearly eight years apart, and I for one am looking forward to what they may put out in the future. But you know what I'm looking forward to even more? The new Alter Bridge album slated for release later this year, tentatively called "Alter Bridge III." I love both bands, but in terms of creativity and vocals AB blows Creed out of the water.

Posted on Jun 10, 2010, 8:22:12 PM PDT
I personally wasn't too impressed with Full Circle, but I'd have to give it more listens to be fair. On the topic of Alter Bridge, I think Blackbird was one of those pleasant surprises that suddenly obliterates one's expectations of a band (in a good way). For me, a good comparison is Shinedown's The Sound of Madness, released a year after Blackbird. I had always been appreciative of some of Shinedown's work, and suddenly their third album was entirely solid all the way through. Like that album, I still think Blackbird is great, but it was truly fantastic when I had no expectations.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011, 12:58:09 PM PST
Vic says:
I love both of these bands. Creed and Alter Bridge are awesome in their own ways.
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