For My Sunday Song #172, we are going to discuss the song “How Do You Love?” off Collective Soul’s 2004 album ‘Youth’. The song was the third single off the album and hit #16 on the Adult Top 40. The album itself was actually the first album the band did on their own label EL Music Group and was an overall well-rounded pop/rock album with a good balance of both. This song would fall in the pop realm and was written entirely by Ed Roland as most Collective Soul songs were.
We are slowing it down this week with a ballad. Yes, they all can’t be rockers. This one connected to me as I was a very shy guy growing up and I wasn’t great with the ladies (I know…shocker right!). The song is from the point of view of the person that was in love with someone who didn’t notice, care or love them back at all. He/She is asking them that if they never knew that people were out there loving them, How did they actually love? What could they do to make you notice them. It is a common theme and I think connects with most people as I believe we have all been there at one time or another. Thankfully, I found that woman that noticed me and now we have 2 beautiful daughters to help us show how to love!!
Musically, as I said, it is a ballad so the tempo is a little slowed down. You get a mixture of keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and even a string section for added impact. The chorus picks up the beat a little giving it a little of the power element. You get a nice little guitar solo from Joel Kosche which all good ballads need. Ed sings with a lot of emotion with a deliberate pacing to add to the emotion. I found the song to be quite beautiful and one of my favorites on the album and from the band.
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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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