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Weathered is the third album by US Christian rockers Creed. It's pretty much business as usual and this album delivers more of the same from Creed whose sound has gone pretty much unchanged since their first album. There's plenty of soft melodic verses giving way to harder, distortion packed choruses on Weathered, and it feels like Creed have nailed their formula: Not very original but effective none the less.
This album has a couple of hit singles on it including "My Sacrifice" and "One Last Breath" both of which reaffirmed the band as verified chart pleasers. I quite like this album but find it hard to listen to the whole thing in one sitting, mainly because the songs tend to sound a bit the same after a while. "My Sacrifice" is probably the best track on the album, and in my opinion the band's best song to date.
The album is very one-paced with little variation to spice things up.
Creed are one of those bands that I somehow struggle to get into, despite them having a few good tracks. I've seen them live a couple of times and they were terrible but on CD they are a fairly accomplished band. I just get the feeling that they are in it for the money and fame rather than for the music. Any band that releases a "Greatest Hits" album after only 3 studio albums deserves a slap in my opinion, especially when only 2 of those albums have been commercially successful.
Anyway, personal gripes a side, this is not a bad album with a couple of fairly good songs on it. If you are a Creed fan then this album represents more songs in the same vein as Human Clay.
I wouldn't be running to the record store to pick up this album though. 3 out of 5.
Creed were an American rock/indie band formed ion the early 1990s under the name Naked Toddler. Under the name Creed they released three studio albums before splitting. Their third album is this one, Weathered, and answered many critics who had slated them for their first two albums.
Weathered was released in 2001 to great critical and commercial acclaim. The album showed a good mix of heavy rock tracks and some lighter, mainstream commercial sounding indie records. This is when I first became aware of Creed, as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) used the track 'My Sacrifice' as the theme tune for the wrestler known as Edge. The track was successful as a single, as was 'One Last Breath'. The band also released the track 'Bullets' as a single, but this was their least successful single. IT is much heavier and would only have appealed to those more of a rock metal persuasion. I appreciate the quality of the track, but can completely understand why it was not successful as a single.
The remainder of the album is very well balanced. The title track, Weathered, is a thoughtful probe into losing and refinding yourself, and lyrically it is a tour de force in my eyes. I enjoyed the later tracks in the album moreso than the first four or so. Although they are all rather similar this did not bother me so much as I felt the lyrics justified this.
In conclusion, this is a well balanced album. It is a shame that Creed split up in 2004, with band members going off to do their own things. Just when the band had got it right, they finished recording. Still, I am glad to own Weathered, and I listen to it on a regular basis.
Who's Got My Back
One Last Breath
Stand Here With Me
Don't Stop Dancing
One last point: The album debuted at number 1 on the billboard charts and actually stayed there for a phenomenal 8 weeks straight. This is a record that is held jointly with the Beatles. No other album has managed this! Thumbs up from me!
The aptly named album, Weathered, as in a “survived and withstood the storm” sense, is the third and still the most recent offering from Florida-based band, Creed. Released in 2001, it came out on the back of a slating by the critics of their first two albums, and of the band in general. However, along with millions of (predominantly American) Creed fans, I ignored the critics and having enjoyed their second album Human Clay, happily forked out a tenner and added Weathered to my collection. I’ve now listened to it consistently for a couple of years, and it was definitely a tenner well-spent. It’s not the most original rock album I possess, but for the most part it’s a solid, tight sound that makes me feel good, and the production translates superbly onto my bass-heavy hi-fi settings. Creed’s music is not easy to pigeonhole. Vocalist and lyricist Scott Stapp includes Zeppelin, Skynard and U2 amongst his influences, and there’s certainly a couple of tracks on this album that have a hint of Zeppelin about them. But if you imagine Metallica with a melody, you’ll be on the right track. Stapp is constantly compared with Eddie Vedder (vocalist with Pearl Jam), and it’s true, he does sound a lot like him. Stapp hasn’t got the power and gravel of Vedder but he does hold a tune rather well. If you like Pearl Jam, you’ll probably find Creed acceptable but don’t expect the same musical inventiveness. Ironically, Vedder was the unwitting catalyst for the sacking of Creed bass player Brian Marshall prior to the making of Weathered. Derogatory remarks were made by Marshall and out the door he went. Band guitarist Mark Tremonti took over bass playing duties, which are performed adequately enough o
n this album, but for me, there’s an originality missing that was there on Human Clay, and on their first album, My Own Prison. After co-writing all the tracks with Stapp and contributing all the guitar work, maybe Tremonti ran out of creative juice on the bass lines. The drummer and keyboard player, Scott Phillips continues to provide a solid, though pretty basic support. Having said that, I do think that Weathered is the best album Creed has released. There’s a feeling of completeness about it, and by the end, the lyrics have moved from anger and frustration to an acceptance of “how life is” for the band. I don’t know if that was intentional, but it’s interesting to note that there are no further Creed albums or tours in the pipeline. They’ve denied a permanent split, but both Stapp and Tremonti have solo projects due for release soon. The album opens with Bullets, which hits you like an unexpected alarm clock first thing in the morning. It’s by far the heaviest track I’ve heard from Creed, and almost borders on thrash metal. Lyrically, it’s abrasive and full of anger at the constant sniping from critics but Stapp’s voice doesn’t really have the guttural power to carry it off. I much prefer the title track, which comes towards the end of the album and deals with similar issues. Musically it’s far superior. There is the usual driving guitar work, but it’s interspersed with an almost country feel, and has a crescendo at the end which I can imagine going down particularly well live. It acknowledges the hurt that Stapp obviously feels: “Me - I’m rusted and weathered Barely holding together…” But his reaction is to decide to get on with life, as it’s just too shor
t: “Take all this pride And leave it behind Because one day it ends One day we die” Lyrically, I relate to this song more than any other. In true rock star fashion, Stapp refuses to be drawn on the meaning of and inspiration for his songs, saying that they can mean whatever the listener wants them to. Although there’s plenty of angst-ridden introspection, it’s balanced by optimism for the future. I particularly like the way he completely avoids bad language, which is almost unheard of in this genre of music. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against an expletive or two when it’s expressing intense emotion, but generally I think it’s just lazy writing. I can quite happily have this album on though, with my youngest son around. The middle few tracks on Weathered are the strongest. I often get the impression that Tremonti’s guitar abilities are fairly limited, but on tracks such as One Last Breath and Stand With Me, he displays a little more agility with his instrument and allows it to soar – more in the style of Aerosmith and Guns n’ Roses. On these tracks, Stapp is vocally more comfortable and sounds like he’s singing within his natural range. Although his voice is pretty good, I am disappointed by the lack of vocal inventiveness on the album. Stand With Me and Don’t Stop Dancing are the only tracks with harmonies. The latter uses a boy’s choir from Creed’s hometown Tallahassee, but it’s too faint to make much of an impact. Much better, is the addition of Stapp’s sister, Aimee, at the end of the same track. Her voice, though capable, is light and feminine and provides a gorgeous contrast. Phillips provides additional varie
ty by emulating a string section on the keyboards for Who's Got My Back? and One Last Breath. I think genuine session string players would have sounded far better though. Many will already have heard My Sacrifice, the successful single from Weathered. It translated well to radio play with a mix of familiar rock-type riffs and gentler acoustic sounding bookends to the song. Stapp’s vocals are near perfect on this and I can never resist belting it out with him. It’s hard to pass this song by without mentioning the often-discussed Christian background of the band. Again, Stapp won’t be drawn on simple answers to questions about his faith, but this track could certainly be taken as an expression of his feelings of release as he communicates with God after some time away: “When you are with me I’m free, I’m careless, I believe…. “My sacrifice” Then again, it could be a song for his wife – we’re back to the ambiguity again! As well as Bullets, there are a couple of other weaker tracks on Weathered. Who’s Got My Back? is the most Zeppelin-like offering and an epic at over 8 minutes, but the inclusion of Cherokee Indian prayer chanting sounds misplaced, and frankly, a bit pretentious. I believe Stapp has Cherokee ancestry though, so maybe I shouldn’t be too harsh. Freedom Fighter is particularly weak and one for the “skip” button – it’s repetitive, shapeless and boring. You remember I said the first song Bullets was like an alarm clock? Well the last track is like a bedtime drink – milky and puts you to sleep. Appropriately named Lullaby, it’s a couple of minutes of acoustic guitar and soft vocals, and the fina
l line of the album is well-meant but far too syrupy: “Let’s give love to all” One other thing I’d like to mention is the artwork on the album inlay. It’s simply awesome and I would love to have some of it blown up and framed. Mark Tremonti’s brother, Daniel is responsible for the design, which is a breathtaking interpretation of the album title and its sentiments. In a nutshell then, Weathered will probably end up being Creed’s final release, and I’m pleased it’s a strong end to their trilogy. Stapp’s lyrics are amongst the best you’ll hear. The music is fairly predictable but competently played and the stuff that life has thrown at the band has given them an edge to their music which somehow gets to me. Track Listing: ***************** 1. Bullets 2. Freedom Fighter 3. Who's Got My Back? 4. Signs 5. One Last Breath 6. My Sacrifice 7. Stand Here With Me 8. Weathered 9. Hide 10. Don't Stop Dancing 11. Lullaby Released on the Wind-up label, Weathered is available for £10.99 on Amazon and for a similar price at the usual outlets. (Copyright: Sally Rose 2004)
Despite all the critisicm they seem to reel in everywhere they go, Creed really have done well with this album, as they did with their previous two. It's very noticable at first that this album is a lot less mournful, uplifting side of Creed. Scott (singer and lyricist) has moved on from a lot of his troubles in life. Still this record doesn't fail to arouse feelings in the listener, like them or not. The album kicks off with 'Bullets,' probably the heaviest song Creed have done. It's basically about the criticism they so commonly take. A very angry song, 'I THINK THEY SHOOT CAUSE THE WANT IT!!!' takes you into a heavily distorted, thrashing riff. One of my favourites The 2nd track, 'Freedom Fighter' is almost as heavy, and as angry. I prefer bullets, but it depends on taste. A real unique feature of the album would be track three, 'who's got my back.' It begins with a minute long indian prayer, which is generally pretty annoying. It takes a while to get into the song, and even when it does it is a bit boring, but you can see it getting some radio airtime. I love the lyrics however, a great poetic feat if anything. One I usually skip, but occasionally i'll listen. Signs, no. 4, is nothing real special. Heavy, and a cool riff, but the singing is a bit too slow for the guitar, and fails to maintain interest. IT's not bad, just comparitively bad Heres the big one, the one that will probably climb the highest in the charts, ONe Last Breath really is epic. You can't really say you hate this song. It will be overplayed, but that's all good. I suppose one of the reasons people don't like Creed is because they hear their songs so often. One Last Breath might not do them a big favour, but it's a hell of a song. Everyone has heard My Sacrifice, of course. It's very ordinary really, and I probably say that because i've heard it so often. NOt
bad once in a while tho Stand Here With Me would have to be my favourite off this album. Great guitar work, great chorus, it's just a damn good song. This song was probably the one that started me liking this album. IT took me a while, actualy, this was the first Creed album i bought. This song and this album probably set me on a wild chase to get the other albums. If you buy WEathered for one song this may be it. The title track, Weathered, has a bit of a bluesy feel about it, but a massive arena chorus, i look forward to hearing this one live, if i ever get to..not a bad song at all. Hide, the ninth track, should also get it's fair share of airtime. It's the WIth Arms Wide Open of this album, very uplifting and passionate, looks like it will do well on the mainstream charts.. Don't Stop Dancing is a very heartfelt song, and should do well.very uplifting too Lullaby is a bit of a dissapointment, but hey. it's the last track, i've listened to it about twice..it's very boring..but what are u gunna do
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Freedom Fighter
3 Who's Got My Back?
5 One Last Breath
6 My Sacrifice
7 Stand Here With Me
10 Don't Stop Dancing