Collective Soul
Rabbit


2.5
average

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
August 28th, 2009 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rabbit isn't bad, it's just incredibly dull.

Collective Soul really surprised me with Afterwords. It wasn't as though I didn't have any faith in the band to replicate the excellence of Collective Soul or Dosage, but it had been eight years and two records since they had released anything of substance. Yet, not only was the record excellent, but in "New Vibration", "Persuasion of You", and "Adored" Collective Soul had written some of the best songs of their careers. So maybe "Welcome All Again" would have fit better than the quasi-comeback Afterwords. Not only is just as good as anything on the Collective Soul's 2007 release, but it would have sounded a lot more relevant.

Although Afterwords was not a huge commercial success, it was good enough to suggest that maybe Collective Soul had enough left in the tank to continue their career at the same level as it was in 1999. "Welcome All Again" doesn't quite open the group's second untitled album (for simplicity's sake, I'll just call it Rabbit like everyone else) with as much infectious energy as "New Vibration", but its strength is testament to Collective Soul's endearing sound. So what happened after that? After "Welcome All Again" the remainder of Rabbit sees Collective Soul reverting back to the most tepid moments of Blender and Youth. First single "Staring Down" is the exception here; the mid-paced melodic rock isn't particularly new, but it's memorable enough to remain likeable.

Beyond that, there isn't much interesting about Rabbit. There are a few catchy choruses scattered throughout the record, most notably in "She Does", but for the most part the record is dull and forgettable. Between the heavy rock of a song like "Lighten Up" and mellowness of "You", Rabbit isn't aesthetically different from past Collective Soul works, so it's difficult to see where the band went wrong. The only legitimately awful song is "Understanding", a track that attempts to combine the band's heavier and softer dynamics. The idea itself isn't all that terrible (or original), but the song lacks the execution to actually make it work, and the transitions between the two styles are awkward at best and god-awful at worst.

"Understanding" aside, it isn't as though Rabbit is a bad record, it's just incredibly dull. Considering Collective Soul's track record this decade, it really isn't much of a surprise, but given Afterwords' excellence, it's still disappointing. It has nothing to do with the lack of risk taking; neither Afterwords nor Dosage strayed very far from Collective Soul's established sound, and both records were fantastic. No, for the most part Collective Soul simply sounds uninterested and as result, Rabbit ends up being nothing more than a cheap copy of the band's more accomplished material.



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Mikesn
Emeritus
August 29th 2009


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ugh

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2009


15035 Comments


that cover is strangely appealing

avoiding this obviously

Waior
August 29th 2009


11451 Comments


I have their self-titled on cassette, never had any interest for their later material and this furthers that opinion, I'd reckon.

The Sludge
August 29th 2009


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Ugh, Collective Soul are now just a shadow of their former selves. Good review, hit this one right on the nose.

iranscam
August 29th 2009


469 Comments


so does incredibly dull not equate to being bad?

Greggers
August 29th 2009


2375 Comments


Good review as usual, this doesn't really sound like my type of thing anyway so...

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
August 30th 2009


23826 Comments


Sounds boring. Pass

EVedder27
August 30th 2009


6088 Comments


didn't even know they were coming out with this. I don't know if I'm gonna bother listening to this since I wasn't impressed with Youth.

fishdude
September 1st 2009


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Questionable review, This would be the first person that I have heard that like Afterwards over the new Rabbit. All other reviews I have seen of Rabbit have been good. I really like this album.

fishdude
September 1st 2009


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mike,
I challenge you to listen to Rabbit a few more times in your car with the volume turned up and then write another review.

Waior
September 7th 2009


11451 Comments


Driving with the volume turned up is dangerous. Sputnikmusic does not condone traffic violations.


My friend got into an accident while blasting Mono. He fell asleep at the wheel and drove into a ditch though, everything was fine except his bumper.

But oh the irony.

xxm
December 6th 2012


209 Comments


i slightly disagree with you here mike even if you are right

mindleviticus
December 6th 2012


8231 Comments


Dosage is prob their only good album

Digging: Cultes Des Ghoules - Henbane

xxm
December 7th 2012


209 Comments


@middleviticus you might be right on that subject, but i think you're wrong

Cipieron
December 7th 2012


3508 Comments


se7en year itch is the only thing worth owning by these guys

xxm
December 8th 2012


209 Comments


what i said up there

xxm
December 9th 2012


209 Comments


@cipherion if you don't share my like for Collective Soul then that's totally fine,i'm just venting here

Cipieron
December 9th 2012


3508 Comments


i really like collective soul, i just feel like they're a singles band similar to foo fighters.

xxm
December 9th 2012


209 Comments


@cipieron As i said up there it's you're opinion man so it's no use for you to reply to my senseless rambling go on nothing to see here.

Cipieron
December 9th 2012


3508 Comments


lol you seem needlessly defensive. why dont YOU move along with your shit opinion



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