For My Sunday Song #179, we are coving “10 Years Later” by Collective Soul. The song is off their 2000 album ‘Blender’ and although not a single, it is still my favorite song on the album and one of my favorites by the band ever. And that is saying a lot.
The song has so few lyrics, but to me is saying so much. It seems very retrospective about a lost love that seemed to have no closure. It has been 10 years and he still has no idea if she thinks about him or if he meant anything to her at all and it seems to be bothering him. It is a very sad, yet touching song.
Musically, the song is slowed down and sounds like a very heartfelt ballad. With acoustic guitars and some electronic keyboard sounds. There is almost a Beatles vibe to the sound and the writing. They throw in a nice little Ross Childress guitar solo in to it that even adds to the mystery of the song. Ed Roland sings in an almost whispery voice with such a soft delivery that makes the lyrics that much more impactful. There is a really cool vibe throughout the song and has always stood out as one of my favorites.
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For My Sunday Song #178, We are tackling the song “You Speak My Language” by Collective Soul off the 2000 album ‘Blender’. The song was never a single, but one that stood out for as there was something special about it. It was very different.
Why is it different you ask? This song is very different for Collective Soul for two reason…one, it is not written by Ed Roland and two, it is a cover song! Two very rare events for Collective Soul. The song was written by Mark Sandman of the band Morphine and Mark had died a year earlier. I believe it was done as a tribute to Mark and what a fine tribute it was. For me, the song is about walking around this world and not finding anyone that understands you for YOU!. That is until you find the one. The one that speaks the same language as you. That gets you, that knows you better than anyone. When you find that, grab hold.
Musically, Collective Soul attack this song with so much energy and ferociousness that you are taken back by how heavy and wild the song is. Ross Childress’ guitar playing is brutal with a killer riff and beast of a solo. This might be the heaviest the band ever got. Ed Roland sounds great and his lyric delivery is both deliberate and effective and with a little special vocal effect on the mic for added impact. The song is also mixed throughout with sound effects normally not found in their songs which adds to it as well. But no matter what the song is, you still hear Collective Soul and they turned a cover song into their own song. Brilliant!
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For me, this was a local band making it big. Collective Soul was from Stockbridge, GA which was just outside of Atlanta so for they were a local band since I lived just outside of Atlanta as well…only in a slightly different area. The band was Ed Roland, brother Dean Roland, Will Turpin, Ross Childress and Shane Evans. Ed Roland was the driving, creative force behind the band and still is today.
The band started selling numerous copies of their debut album ‘Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid’ without a record label’s help. I think they sold over 10,000 copies. The record companies took notice and they were snatched up pretty quickly. In 1994, Atlantic Records signed them and basically slapped their label name on the disc and put it out since the album was already made. Not a bad investment. The rest is history.
Now we are over 25 years later and the band is getting ready to release their 10th studio album and to celebrate, I thought I would rank all their albums from worst to first. And let me tell you this was really hard for me. Collective Soul is a very consistent band. They have a sound that is consistent throughout all albums. They don’t venture far from their formula and why should they. This is amazing considering they have been through 3 lead guitarists over the years, but have kept that same guitar sound.
The hard thing for me is what order as on any given day I can like one album more than the other and then back to liking another one. There isn’t a bad album in the bunch only some I like more than others. I stuck with only the Studio albums, no collections, no E.Ps and no live albums so not everything is here on this list. I hope you enjoy it and maybe discover a band you weren’t all too familiar with.
WORST – AFTERWORDS (2007)
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