(I wrote this back in April and am just now posting! Whoopsies!)
It's been awhile since I reviewed any new music!
I will fully admit to being a bit out of the loop on much new rock music, since I don't listen to any rock radio these days. However, People Magazine gave me the heads up that a new Shinedown album was coming out in late March, and I immediately put that note on my calendar. Yes, we are trying to save money, but that $12 CD was my big splurge at Target that day. Hey... it was on sale! And, since I've never been disappointed by one of their albums before, I figured it was worth a shot.
The album is called "Amaryllis" and that track is actually my favorite on the entire album. It totally gets stuck in my head every time I hear it! But hey... that's better than some random annoying pop song! Or it is to me anyway. The rest of the album is good, but I am going to have to admit that their last album, "Sound of Madness" is by far superior. There aren't any knock-outs on this album like "45" (which is probably one of their biggest hits) or my personal fave, "Call Me."
The thing I like best about Shinedown, versus other modern rock bands, is that their lead singer can, well, actually SING. Yes, I'm totally guilty of jammin' to some bands like Nickelback, but they just sorta scream and are mediocre singers. But Brent? Well, that boy can belt it out! It's not necessarily as obvious on some of their harder rocking songs, but "Call Me" is a beautiful example. Oh, I could lick up that boy's voice! Yum! Another total winner? Their cover of "Simple Man." I don't even like when people cover songs, but this one I actually prefer over the original. Basically, all their acoustic stuff is brilliant!
So, now that I've given you some of my all-time favorite Shinedown songs, the final verdict on the new album, "Amaryllis" is two thumbs up. But not as far up as "Sound of Madness." It's a bit tamer, so if you're not as into their heavier rock songs, this would be a good place to start getting into them. They're definitely one of my all-time favorite bands!