Whatâs the 4-1-1?
Can Shinedown break the alleged âsophomore slumpâ with their latest release?
Hard rock / rock
A killer guitar riff courtesy of Jasin Todd kicks off the music portion of the disc on âHeroes.â Brent Smith gives one hell of a vocal performance as he recalls his fallen idols and how they live on in his memory. âSave Meâ has been tearing up rock radio as of late, and itâs no wonder; the simple guitar lick is just enough to tear through you, and the passionate chorus about drug addiction resonates for days. Drummer Barry Kerch sets a frantic pace on âYer Majesty.â The track barrels along like a loaded freight train with the help of Toddâs driving riffs.
Itâs no surprise that when Shinedown break out their acoustic equipment theyâre at the top of their game. âBeyond the Sunâ mixes both acoustics with electrics to create an emotionally charged power ballad. Another powerful acoustic ballad is âBegin Again.â. This one is totally unplugged and really highlights Smithâs throaty pipes. The steady guitar lick that dominates âFakeâ would make any classic southern rock band proud.
âLady So Devineâ tends to run on a bit too long.
If properly promoted (a rarity these days), Shinedown has all the potential to become the next big rock band. Us and Them follows the same path as their debut album Leave a Whisper, but at the same time shows the bandâs progression and improvement. Shinedown has a great rock sound, and a great rock voice. If I had received this release before the end of 2005, it would have defiantly made the top of my list for albums of the year.
Did You Know?
Shinedown is probably best known for their acoustic cover of the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic âSimple Man.â
Rating: 5 out of 5
Originally posted by author at Rock-Is-Life.com