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Shinedown: On The Way to Greatness

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When I first heard Shinedown’s debut single, “Fly From The Inside,” off of their debut CD, Leave A Whisper, I was pleased to say the least. And yet that first track, which is actually the first track on the CD, left me a little skeptical. I mean, in my history of listening to music, when the opening song on a release is also the lead-off radio single, that usually means the rest of the album is sub-par and whatever success the band achieves will be short-lived.

Shinedown, who hail from Jacksonville, Florida, proved me wrong. New release after new release has proven even better than the last. The band went Platinum with Leave a Whisper and they’ve been on their way to greatness ever since. Bolstered by the hit, “Save Me” — it’s a song that hit home for many friends of mine who’ve contended with drug use their sophomore album, Us and Them, went Gold.

And now with their latest studio album, The Sound of Madness, Shinedown created a masterpiece of heart-shaking rock. And their lyrics, whether in songs like “What A Shame” which was written about Brent Smith’s uncle, who died during the recording of TSOMor in the brilliant title track, are ones to which anyone who has been through emotional ups and downs can empathize.

If you love rock and haven’t given Shinedown a listen, I suggest giving them a shot. You will not be disappointed. In fact, I’ve seen them in concert twice so far on both occasions I managed to muscle my way toward the stage, all the while hanging on Smith’s every word and they put on a spectacular show.

Look for my review of Shinedown’s upcoming live album, Somewhere In The Stratosphere, which, incidentally, got its title in a rather interesting way. Stay tuned.

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