Collective Soul
Afterwords


4.5
superb

Review

by Porter W. Richards USER (62 Reviews)
September 6th, 2007 | 13 replies | 41,072 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Even with shady marketing tactics and crummy pop-influenced production, Afterwords manages to show that Collective Soul still can deliver the goods.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

I'm not running, I'm not chasing, I'm just looking for that old sensation.
I'm not cooling, I'm not craving, I'm just looking for some new vibrations.

-New Vibration

These lines of lyrics are self-explanatory of what Afterwords actually is. Arguably Collective Soul's 'return to form' album, this album is what Ed Roland has wanted to do for years, and that is to bring the fans good, heavy, hard-edged alternative rock that is a throwback to Collective Soul's former magnum opus, 1995's self-titled album, while having some of the more melodic, poppy charm of their later releases like Blender and Youth. Comeback of the Year? Definately.

I'm pretty shocked and surprised at the actual quality of the album-as in the weeks leading up to the release, I figured Collective Soul would continue ride the downward slide the big alternative rock bands of the 90s had been on lately (a la Live, Everclear, Fuel, etc.), but Collective Soul may have single-handedly pulled themselves out of the gutter and kept themselves as a legitamate alternative rock bands in today's society, even though, most likely Afterwords won't get much public exposure outside of a few moderately popular radio singles. In fact, this album is so good, you can put it side-by-side with 1995's self-titled, and you'll find a much matured, older-brother of the 1995 classic. What's not to like?

Wait, well let's stop for a second. The album isn't as heavy as their self-titled, nor is it as over-zealous and desperate as Blender. There's some heavy riffage, especially found in songs like the awe-inspiring New Vibration, or the dancefloor-like beats and riffs of Persuasion of You. You can't describe what this album actually is until you listen to it and make your own decision-because it doesn't fit in with any other of their albums, really at all. Afterwords has its own identity, as its a bit softer than previous efforts, which is shown in songs like the epic Breaking Witness or the heart-felt love ballad Georgia Girl, while keeping the heavyness and strangeness that made Collective Soul so different than every other alternative rock band around in the 90s.

From start to finish, the album really never drags or shows any signs of imperfections outside of the lackluster production. The songs kind of sparkle with insignficance, and a bright, gleeful sheen that is reminescent of pop albums that are released across the country. The only other relative issue with Afterwords is the Target-only gimmick deal Collective Soul signed with the French chain that helps only to alienate the record stores across the country that are slowly dying. Honestly, I really don't know what Ed Roland was thinking by signing this deal, which will only end up hurting Afterwords sales in the first place. But, hey, I guess when you've sold as many albums as Collective Soul has, and you've had as many #1 singles as Collective Soul has, your record sales really don't matter anymore.

Despite a few marketing and production issues, Afterwords shines bright with its cheerful themes, solemn anthems, and Ed Roland's signature uplifting and thought-provoking lyrics. And, while this isn't the same Collective Soul that dominated radiowaves for so many years in the 90s with their massive hits Shine, The World I Know, and Why (Part 2), this band is still at heart, the strange alternative rock group they've always been filled with loud, noisy guitars mixed with in a few radio-friendly love ballads and classic slow anthems. Afterwords is proof that Ed Roland and Co. hasn't lost a bit through the years, and they still have the ability to be legitamate alternative rockers, and Afterwords may just go down in history as Collective Soul's best work.

DOWNLOAD:
New Vibration
Bearing Witness
Persuasion of You
Georgia Girl
Adored



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
September 6th 2007



15774 Comments


Didn't this just get reviewed yesterday with virtually the same score? Just curious if my mind is messing with me or not...

Digging: Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism

tribestros
September 6th 2007



918 Comments


Yeah, so. I built on his review, and gave the album to readers from a non track-by-track style.

What's the problem?

I got some inspiration after my last few reviews have sucked the big one.

Willie
Moderator
September 6th 2007



15774 Comments


I never said there was a problem... I was confirming whether or not my memory was betraying me or not... there's no need to always be so defensive.

tribestros
September 6th 2007



918 Comments


I'm not really getting defensive, just saying why I wrote another one.

Dude, you should really check this out though. Its good stuff.

Willie
Moderator
September 6th 2007



15774 Comments


I can't really get into alternative music at all... it just doesn't work for me. I spent the years that alternative was big being angry that there was never anything good on the radio.

As for the review... maybe a few spelling things... and are you aware that the second paragraph consists almost entirely of one giant sentence... also ther seems to be a few words missing within that sentence.This Message Edited On 09.06.07

Mikesn
Emeritus
September 6th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules

new vibration and adored are the two best songs

astrel
September 6th 2007



2613 Comments


I might give this a listen, do they sound anything like the recommended bands at all?

tribestros
September 6th 2007



918 Comments


Yes, I know its one big sentence, but it works.

Patrick
September 6th 2007



1891 Comments


umm isn't it "Bearing Witness?" Anyhow, good review, great album. When I saw the cover and listened to it for the first time over crappy computer speakers shortly before it came out, I kind of hated it. But once I bought the cd and opened it up and saw the disc for some reason I was prepared to love it, and since the music rocked the heck out of my stereo speakers I became very pleased.

El_Goodo
September 8th 2007



1008 Comments


Hmm I heard the single once and I remember thinking it was pretty boring...and I usually love most of Collective Soul's work there last album was great...but these ratings seem pretty good.

tribestros
September 8th 2007



918 Comments


The single was god awful. Well, not god awful, but it gives off pretty bad vibes about this album.

Mikesn
Emeritus
September 9th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The single is easily the worst song.

thelawler
October 19th 2008



42 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Collective Soul in my view are the kings of melodic pop rock....I love every album from this band, they know how to mkae such great songs and Ed Roland's emotional vocal delivery is always worth the price of a collective soul album, I see some people saying they don't like alternative music, I don't think Collective Soul is alternative at all, there just a great melodic rock band!....I listen to this album on a regular basis, The ballad "Adored" is just simply beautiful!This Message Edited On 10.19.08



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