A thing about Shinedown
that I always loved was it's care and love towards their lyrics. With older songs like Better Version, All I ever Wanted
, 45, Simple Man, Burning
Me, Shed Some Light, you get the point, they put love and emotion into their songs. So naturally I was pretty excited for this CD. I was highly disappointed. The band set such a high standard for themselves making almost every song on both their older albums amazing with only a few missing. This CD is just a train wreck into those masterpieces of albums.
Second Chance is not bad, it's the only song I kind of like on this thing, though I never heard the bonus tracks, which I was glad of, this one sort of made up for my wasted money. It touched on some emotional level like they used to, not really, but at least they kind of tried here. The next song of Cry
for Help sounds mainstream like they didn't try, Crow and Butterfly isn't that bad so I'll give them that. The next song sounds the same as Crow to me and sounds lazy but it's fine I guess. Sin
is just an ear sore and Shame sounds lazy again, it's like their trying to copy everyone else and it really is a shame compared to the older albums. Don't even touch Tooth Suicide
, it's just the same, and Breaking Inside
sounds like their trying to get back to what they had but can't. You can't even hear the emotion, you can't even hear their honesty other than they want some more money. It's sad. I hate their vocals in Call Me, just stop.
Thankfully that's the end of the song list from my non-bonus CD could handle, and I was thankful. This ear sore really insulted the fans from previous albums and tried to gain some other audience that they wanted to have; maybe everyone else's that was mainstream? Did they think they were that far behind that they needed to put everything in the trash and throw it all away just to sound like tools? It's sad to watch a band change from such grace, talent, and originality to this waste of space. The poem in Us and Them
still gives me a little bit of chill and amazement as the little girl talks into my ear; I mean come on. Where is all that in this! There isn't, there's just a load of normal without anything that should be labeled as "Shinedown
". I still listen to the older CDs but I don't think I'll be touching this or the new one for a very, very long time.