For My Sunday Song #175, we are discussing the song “Contagious” off Collective Soul’s 2015 album ‘See What You Started by Continuing’. The song was the fourth single off the album, but I don’t believe it charted anywhere.
After doing a slow Collective Song last week, I felt we needed a swift kick in the ass and this song does that. The song grabs me because of one thing. The guitar! This is a heavy, hard-driving, guitar screaming guitar song. The quick tempo, the killer riff that sounds like Collective Soul. Jesse Triplett and Dean Roland’s guitar work is spectacular. It has all the energy, the sonics, the vibes that scream Collective Soul. This might be one of the funnest songs they have done in years.
I have to talk about the song’s lyrics as well and this one is quite simple, not like some of their songs. It is about a long love. I love that has been through a lot and come out the other side still together. I love the opening line…’Together here we stand / Covered in our rust”. That shouts a long relationship with that one word…”rust”. It hasn’t been an easy ride as no relationship ever is. They have had their struggles, but all is okay.
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25 Years! Wow! Collective Soul is celebrating 25 years together as a band and as luck would have it, we also get a new record to boot. The band delivers their 10th Studio Album with ‘Blood’ and they prove there is still life in that blood running through their veins.
With the opening track, “Now’s the Time”, you get that classic Collective Soul guitar sound and Ed’s soaring vocals. The song is high energy and welcomes you to the party with open arms. The heavy bass line from Will Turpin opens the next song “Over Me” which keeps the energy level pumped up to 10. The band has a way with catchy riffs and choruses that are simple yet impactful.
“Crushed” is a song that would feel right at home on their 2000 album ‘Blender’. It is a throwback, yet modern. Then comes “Right as Rain” which the band has been playing live for awhile now so it makes you feel right at home.
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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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