Creed: Full Circle
If the sole purpose of your reading this review is to find out how bad Creed are on their new album, trust me, you are going to be sorely disappointed.
The Florida rockers are back with ‘Full Circle’, and the band seems to have come full circle from their experiments in proving themselves to be remnants of an era gone by. Scott Stapp returns to Creed and gets them doing what they know best. Suggesting a deeply personal travelogue for the band, the album title ‘Full Circle’ announces a return to the scene for a band that, quite frankly, no one was looking forward to. But Creed, along with their tour for the album, seem to have hit some sort of purple groove with this album.
Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti and their crew of immensely talented musicians put together a rock music fan’s delight of an album. Mark Tremonti takes centre stage this time around with his solos, something that was sorely missing from most of Creed’s earlier music. With his work in Alter Bridge standing testimonial to his genius, Tremonti roams free on this record, producing some brilliant work on “Overcome”.
The band still hasn’t shed all it’s passé rock and roll swagger, though, and this comes across in some of the blandest song titles ever — “Rain”, “Time”, “Fear” and “Suddenly”. Tremonti provides some relief here as well, with some exceptional and heavy work.
The band does have a mellow side, but I’m not sure how well it works for them. I’ve always found the Creed of “What If” much more fun to listen to than the one that gave us “One Last Breath”.
Scott Stapp, the man who (unsuccessfully) went solo, appeared on a sex tape with Kid Rock and faced battery and assault charges from his wife. But the little terrier doesn’t roll over and die on this album, no sirree. Stapp has lost some of the edge in his voice, but he still gives it the ol’ one-two, and with the kind of lyrics this guy can write, if he was any more Eddie Vedder than Scott Stapp, we’d probably be saluting him as the leader of this revolution. If you really grew up listening to Creed, it’s going to be hard to give this album a miss just because it isn’t cool to listen to Creed anymore.