slomo007 wrote:I completely disagree with you Tav. Creed's return to true rock sound was extremely different than most "rock" music coming out at the time. We're talking about the height of Green Day/Goo Good Dolls, Barenaked Ladies, & Third Eye Blind.
How exactly does Creed sound anything like the most popular bands of 1997/1998? I've heard the Pearl Jam copycat reference before, but Pearl Jam was early '90s, not late '90s.
Pearl Jam put out two albums (No Code and Yield) right around the same time as Prison so its wasn't like they were some long faded memory. Metallica put out Load and Re-Load, Silverchair had Freakshow, Live had Secret Samadhi, Soundgarden's Down on the Upside, RatM' Evil Empire, Tool's AEnima, Korn's Follow the Leader, Bush's Razorblade Suitcase, Pantera's Great Southern Trendkill and a few others all were around the same time. If you remember the late 90's rock scene as being Goo Goo Dolls and Barenaked Ladies, with Creed as the holding down the fort then you missed out on a bunch of good music.
Creed was playing the same riffs and singing the same vocals that were popular 5 years before they broke mainstream. The only thing that really made them stand out was the inclusion of religious overtones that the band promptly tried to push as far away from them as possible because it might have put a strain on future record sales.
Skip to 3:15 in to the song. I admit Stapp sounds absolutely horrible. This song is actually off Weathered, their latest CD, and he was already screwed up by this point.
There are several more solos that I'm having trouble finding on You Tube. Pity for a Dime, on My Own Prison, has a great solo in it but it's not on You Tube. Also, some heavier songs on My Own Prison are Unforgiven and Ode. Not all of Creed sounds anything even close to With Arms Wide Open or Higher.
You may hate Stapp, and to be honest he deserves a lot of the crap he gets. But, to say that the band has no talent is just plain wrong. They're an extremely talented band, and Stapp, believe it or not, is talented. He just chose to waste it.