Dates & TimeSat, May 5 | 8pm
LocationGrande Exposition Hall
Collective Soul have followed their songs and souls to hits and multi-platinum alt-rock success, starting with 1993’s anthem hit “Shine” and onto “December,” “The World I Know,” a duet with Elton John, a song on the hit Twilight soundtrack, and eight acclaimed albums. Don’t miss Collective Soul at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino on Saturday, May 5.
The band’s newest album, “See What You Started By Continuing,” produced by frontman Ed Roland, as were all the band’s previous records, is Collective Soul’s ninth album, and first in six years. After 19 straight years of an often-grueling album-touring cycle, the pause was intentional. And it served to bring the Atlanta-based line-up back with a fresh enthusiasm and approach.
That’s evident in the master riffs, soaring melodies and tough, dynamic rockers that comprise the 11-song collection, which was engineered and mixed by long-time collaborator Shawn Grove (Sevendust, Stuck Mojo).Though some ballads were recorded –after all, Collective Soul’s poignant 1995 ballad ‘The World I Know” was a #1 hit—the energy ultimately proved more intense, and the band’s mantra became “let’s make a rock record.” While “Without Me” boasts lovely piano, (real) strings and soulful female vocals, the edgy, mid-tempo “Exposed” is blunt in its accusations: “You took all my money, you took all my clothes/ you took a little of everything, but it’s you who’s now exposed.” That’s ripped from real-life—though not Ed’s own. “Tradition” has spoken parts, which Ed calls “the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. You’re used to hearing yourself sing; but to hear yourself talk on an album, you’re like ‘Ooh, yeah, I don’t know about that.’” The idea was spawned when he was noodling on piano, inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s “Candy’s Room,” and the drama between the drum, chorus and speaking. The song “AYTA” (Are You The Answer), raw at first, then all soaring choruses, and a dramatic bridge, asks a romantic question, contrasted with “Hurricane,” an unflinchingly self-referential song penned when Ed was “angry and tired.”
“See What You Started By Continuing” was fully realized by a cadre of musician friends who dropped by Ed’s studio to add programming, backing vocals, sax, strings, horns and, in general, the good vibes that are evident in every groove of the album.