Creed / Greatest Hits


Greatest Hits

Creed is an American rock band formed in 1995 in Tallahassee, Florida. Becoming popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the band has released three consecutive multi-platinum albums, one of which has been certified diamond, selling over 26 million records in the United States[1] and an estimated 35 million records worldwide.[2] While often criticized and parodied, Creed is often recognized as one of the prominent acts of the post-grunge movement of the late 1990s and early 2000s and is one of the most commercially successful rock bands of all time, with vocalist Scott Stapp and guitarist Mark Tremonti collectively having been noted as one of the most prolific songwriting teams in the history of rock music.[3] Billboard ranked Creed as the 18th best artist of the 2000s.[4]

Along with founding members Stapp and Tremonti, the band also consists of bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips. Creed released two studio albums, My Own Prison in 1997 and Human Clay in 1999, before Marshall left the band in 2000 to be replaced by touring bassist Brett Hestla. Their third record, Weathered, was released in 2001 with Mark Tremonti handling bass before the band disbanded in 2004 due to increasing tension between members. Tremonti, Phillips, and Marshall went on to found Alter Bridge while Stapp followed a solo career. After months of speculation, Creed reunited in 2009 for a tour and new album called Full Circle.

The Analysis:

Torn—-At the onset of the band’s career, it seemed as if they were struggling to sound like everyone but themselves!!!! This song at the onset reminds me of so many generic Alternative bands…but seems to come full circle with the Stapp vocal direction. Scott does at times sounds amazingly like Layne Staley….but in latter recordings found his own ground. this is classic 90’s style Alt Metal…powerful, muscular and delivered with intense emotion.

My Own Prison—-Delivering a bit more stable but often imitated sound, this is a track that was never really big in the US but overlooked and really appreciated now a days. This has a melodic quality to it that just makes my heart ache…I love the subtle yet quasi-aggressive sounds that flow in and out of the song. This is classic Alt Rock…from the late 90’s when bands like this were struggling to stay alive in the emerging Rap and Dance scene….

What’s This Life For—-One of the many singles that really helped to break this band huge in the US, this Eddie Vedder flavored track is full of emotion and sadness, feeling and anger, urgency and vitality. The track poses many questions that makes you sit back in your chair and question…comes across as pleasant and acoustic…but still manages enough power to make an arena go crazy. This is fantastic!!!

One—-Another of those defining tracks, and one of those tracks that cemented the separation between ordinary ans stellar Alt-Rock for me. This is so melodic and delivered with a heartfelt melody…you can’t escape the majesty of the song. there are huge ebbs and tides in the song that allow you to flow like you can’t imagine…this is classic stuff….combining a new and fresh sound while still falling back on the tried and true!!!

Are You Ready—-Beginning a bit odd and full of tin, the song comes alive in classic Alt Rock manner…building and building with aggressive vocals and loud guitars that are magically kept by the production in the back drop of the song…all the while providing the necessary injection that pumps the song up. This is incredible….brings back lots of ‘backlash’ memories but still incredible none the same……

Higher—-One of the two biggest hits of this bands career, the power chords that are delivered on this song still manage to give me goosebumps. The vocal is sedate, emotive and delves into a magical power that transcends emotion. There is that magical tempo increase when the song just explodes that still to this day makes me a bit crazy and euphoric….classic stuff.

With Arms Wide Open—-The second of the two huge songs from this landmark career, this track is infused with the same magical power that allowed this band to move 30 million units in two years time. The song begins rather sedate, but grows and becomes larger than the band itself…leaving me with a pleasant feel and a smile that last for quite sometime after the track plays out.

What If—-What leads you to believe will be a bombastic track at the onset, turns into a Scorpions style ballad intro sounding right out of the 80’s. The track finally opens up and delivers a bit of a blues touch that really plays well in hyped up arena settings. This is nice….but rather ordinary for me.

One Last Breath—-The guitar clarity at the onset of this track is welcome after the bit of a fuzzy sound on the last song. Stapp delivers his trademark emotive vocal that makes you cringe with sadness one moment and manages to elevate you the next. This is a favorite of mine and still plays damn well!!!!

Don’t Stop Dancing—-With zero introduction, Scott enters with his vocal at the first second of the song. The track slowly comes to life…building with life and gaining momentum as it progresses. This has a nice pleasant sound to it, but still comes across as rather generic and lacking energy.

Bullets—-Another track that came during the final days of the first incarnation of the band, it seemed the magnetic ambitions had waned and the band had lost a bit of direction. This is perhaps one of the most aggressive songs the band ever released…and again I think of Alice In Chains….this is just so far removed from the ‘golden’ era of the band that it is difficult to accept.

My Sacrifice—-Returning to a more trademark sound, this is aggressive and powerful without being overly heavy or pretentious. Stapp again delivers a classic vocal that reminds you of the band you fell in love with at the onset…the lyrics are dark, intense and emotive…the music a huge wall of Alt-Rock…..pretty fantastic!

Weathered—-Ending this collection with a track that is familiar and trusted, only leaves a good taste in your mouth and reminds you why you liked this band so much. Although the ‘reunion’ CD lacked any passion, you are still hopeful for the future and what can be produced.

**** out of 5

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