Creed
My Own Prison


4.5
superb

Review

by Gmork89 USER (4 Reviews)
July 14th, 2010 | 68 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The struggle of being the new band on the block brings out the best in Creed, giving us their awesome debut album My Own Prison.

Whenever somebody asks for my opinion on Creed, I am quick to fly the My Own Prison flag high. When Creed came onto the scene in 1997, they were a breath of fresh air for me. They were dark, heavy for a modern rock band, and had a very skilled guitar player in Mark Tremonti. It was obvious to me that the band knew they were going to have to pour themselves into My Own Prison in order to reach the stardom they so desired. It would be this stardom that eventually caused them to release their less than bearable later works, they got comfortable with their natural ability at writing radio hits, and that became their main goal. It’s a shame most people judge them based off of their more recent ventures, because My Own Prison deserves to be judged on its own merits.

On My Own Prison, Creed showed that they meant business with the general mood of angst and depression found on the albums 10 tracks. They also displayed reluctance to conforming to modern radio’s strict parameters. What most people don’t realize is that the two biggest singles from My Own Prison had to be cropped by quite a bit to fit the radio’s strict time requirements. “Torn” coming in at 6:23, begins with a calm and well constructed riff, it then breaks into a heavier, anger filled verse followed by an even angrier chorus. It also has a very well written bridge and overall is a very well written song. “My Own Prison” is just 2 seconds short of 5 minutes long, and has some of the best guitar work on the album. It has an excellent chorus that has Stapp step back and let Tremonti sing a bit, and his vocals fit the sad atmosphere perfectly.


The most dynamic song on here is “Pity for a Dime”. It has a very relaxing opening riff and atmosphere in general. However, near the first chorus things start getting dark and it leads into an amazing guitar solo by Tremonti that rivals even the things he has done with Alter Bridge. This song is truly an accomplishment by such a young band that is new to the music industry and didn’t really know each other all that well at the time.


For fans of grunge and heavier rock, this album doesn’t disappoint in any way. Take “Ode” for instance. It has a fast, thrashing riff that plows its way through the whole song, stopping only to let Stapp and Tremonti sing for a great chorus. The heaviest song on the album without a doubt, is “Unforgiven”. It’s a freight train of a song with a very heavy riff and very angry lyrics. It also has a bridge that causes your blood to boil as Stapp sings “No more raping innocents!” louder and louder as it becomes increasingly clear he means every word of it. None of this would work if the musicianship wasn’t what it is, and by that I mean it’s near perfect. Mark Tremonti is obviously the star, throwing riff after perfect riff at you without ever compromising or cutting corners. And Brian Marshal is always audible with his bass, throwing creative fills that catch you off guard into the mix. He really gets the chance to shine in “Illusion”, which opens with a bad ass bass line and features some of the best guitar work on the album. The drum section isn’t technical by any means, but it has a raw, not overproduced sound that I find appealing in music.


The other two singles, “What’s This Life for” and “One”, are also great songs. “What’s this Life for” has a very good opening clean section and an amazing, albeit, simple chorus with some very passionate vocals. The lyrics on this one trudge into Nu-metal territory at times, but remain believable thanks to the quality of the music they were put with. It ends after the bridge reaches it's heaviest point and doesn't throw in a final chorus just to fit the standard radio mold. “One” is pretty standard in its composition but makes up for it with its quality writing. It has a very good chorus and the guitar work is really uplifting and, as always, captivating.


The only songs that aren’t quite up to par are “In America” and “Sister”. In America doesn’t really stand out lyrically, or musically, but does feature a pretty cool bridge. Not bad by any means, but it’s not on the same level as the rest. “Sister” has cool guitar work throughout, but it failed to hit me like the other songs did. With My Own Prison, Creed created an album most bands would kill to have as a debut. It’s almost as if a completely different band composed this album, and maybe that's how it should be remembered. An album that caused a band so much fame that they forgot themselves in it, and in turn, lost the passion it takes to make an album such as this.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Maniac!
July 14th 2010


28153 Comments


4.5 is a bit high, bordering on classic. Also the last paragraph makes it read more like a 4 to me.

It's pretty damn good for a first. The only thing I can think of is that you might wanna work on thought organization and flow, but that comes with more reviews. Great job :]

Counterfeit
July 14th 2010


17837 Comments


F U C K I N G CREED, js. prolly a good review. But goddamn 4.5ing Creed? Oh, and inb4 Maniac points out my fav band and calls me a hypocrite. sup.

Maniac!
July 14th 2010


28153 Comments


Hypocrite

Gmork89
July 14th 2010


8069 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks Maniac, I appreciate that! I will take what you said into account, I know 4.5 is high but I have a lot of history with this album, but I can see what you mean, thanks again for the constructive criticism.

tiesthatbind
July 14th 2010


7441 Comments


Great review, especially for a first. This is much different than their other works, and the musicianship is pretty strong here.

Gmork89
July 14th 2010


8069 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks Ties, I knew if anybody understood it would be you haha. And give it an unbiased listen sometime counterfeit, it just might be a pleasant surprise.

Apollo
July 14th 2010


10680 Comments


This is actually a really good album, I often overlook it when someone mentions Creed. My parents were BIG Creed fans 10 years ago, so I naturally got into some of it and my mom owned this cd. One and Torn are both solid tracks.

Great review especially since its your first. Pos.

BigHans
July 14th 2010


30927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So I guess I got censored on this thread for saying fuck the haters.

greg84
Emeritus
July 14th 2010


7631 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree this album is outstanding. Pos'd

Digging: Dope Body - Home Body

acorncheese
July 14th 2010


7139 Comments


Used to listen to this all the time when I was a kid. Not going to try to place a rating on it.

Apollo
July 14th 2010


10680 Comments


^that's basically why I'm not rating it now either

Gmork89
July 14th 2010


8069 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks everyone, I appreciate your thoughts. I tried not to write rant on why I think creed is underrated and just use facts to back myself up.

BallsToTheWall
July 14th 2010


49954 Comments


The most dynamic song on here is “Pity for a Dime”. It has a very relaxing opening riff and atmosphere in general. However, near the first chorus things start getting dark and it leads into an amazing guitar solo by Tremonti that rivals even the things he has done with Alter Bridge.

Spec
July 14th 2010


35936 Comments


Sputnikmusic seems much more open-minded lately. Good review!

Apollo
July 14th 2010


10680 Comments


"Sputnikmusic seems much more open-minded lately"

lol just you wait, now that you've said that the floodgates will open and close minded sheep trolls will flame anything that is generally considered bad.

porch
July 14th 2010


8460 Comments


So anyone who doesn't like this Creed album is automatically a close minded sheep troll.
Interesting

Never liked this, listened to a couple of tracks on youtube to refresh my memory and I still think it
sucks. Solid review btw

BigHans
July 14th 2010


30927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SHOULD HAVE BEEN DEAD ON A SUNDAY MORNING BANGING MY HEAD!

Apollo
July 14th 2010


10680 Comments


'So anyone who doesn't like this Creed album is automatically a close minded sheep troll.
Interesting"

I never said anything about this album Porch. It was a joke.

Real srs business up in here.

porch
July 14th 2010


8460 Comments


Yeah I'm so mad

Gmork89
July 14th 2010


8069 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wow, thanks a lot guys. And it's only a matter of time before someone freaks out on me about this, oh well. I'm ready for that battle.



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