Coming full circle in the best possible way
Whilst Creed’s third album, 2001’s Weathered might have been weak compared to their 1997 debut, My Own Prison and their mega selling sophomore effort, 1999’s Human Clay, I really don’t think anyone foresaw the band’s breakup in 2004. Equally surprising to many was the band’s official reformation in 2009 as vocalist Scott Stapp, guitarist Mark Tremonti, original bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips worked through their differences to do what many – including the band members themselves - thought would never happen. Creed were back and their aptly titled fourth album, Full Circle, is one hell of a return!
There’s no wasting time for the reformed quartet as they get the ball rolling with the quality opener, Overcome. It’s text book Creed and a solid statement of the band’s rediscovered lease on life. What else is clear is the band’s direction with album number four. It’s almost as if Weathered never happened as the band’s heavier groove is clearly more inline with My Own Prison and Human Clay. Bread of Shame only goes to reinforce that and A Thousand Faces is every bit as infectious as any of the groups slower, powerful tunes. The heavier Suddenly is easily the band’s heaviest track in many years whilst Rain serves as the ideal radio friendly lead single and the gentle Away in Silence is another that it sure to remind many just why Creed were huge all those years ago.
Fear is sure to fire up any crowd as it delivers a truly rockin’ driving riff and just to throw in a change of pace, the group change it up in to the truly gentle ballad On My Sleeve, which is as true as it comes. The title track, Full Circle, couldn’t sum up the band’s current position more if it tried. Time is another of the expected ballads before Good Fight brings the rock again but compared to some of the other harder tracks on here, it manages to fall quite the bit short. At least the final track, The Song You Sing, leaves the album finishing on a stronger note.
You could argue that Full Circle is a little too skewed with more ballads than rock but in fact, it’s probably just the order of the tracks on here. That’s probably the only real criticism here and even that is minor. Full Circle is the next logical step from Human Clay and that alone means that it is the album that Creed fans have been waiting for.
(Wind-up Records/EMI Music Australia)