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Collective Soul
"Hints Allegations And Things Left Unsaid"

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Year of Release: 1993

track listing
  • Shine
  • Goodnight Good Guy
  • Wasting Time
  • Sister Don't Cry
  • Love Lifted Me
  • In A Moment
  • Heaven's Already Here
  • Pretty Donna
  • Reach
  • Breathe
  • Scream
  • Burning Bridges
  • All

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    "Hints Allegations And Things Left Unsaid"

    Collective Soul truly defines a common sound in today's Alternative Rock. Their 1993 release, Hints Allegations And Things Left Unsaid truly defines a great sound for Alternative Rock fans, and will truly be enjoyed by the common AR fan.

    I don't think there's anyone who isn't familar with today's Alternative Rock who doesn't know the opening track, "Shine;" it's a great song, and a great way to start off an album. Another great song is "Goodnight Good Guy," a basic rocking Alternative song, with Nirvana-type rocking guitars, and vocal styles compared to such bands as Counting Crows and Matchbox 20. "Wasting Time" is a slow-to-medium rock tune, as it gets away from the hard rocking styles of "Shine" and "Goodnight Good Guy."

    An even better slower song is heard in "Sister Don't Cry," and if you like Collective Soul's song "Run" from their Dosage album, you'll love "Sister Don't Cry." CS returns to the hard Alternative Rock sound in "Love Lifted Me," as it has a sound similar to INXS' "Suicide Blonde" -- another great rocking tune. Another song that can be compared to INXS is "In A Moment," having a much relaxed pop rock sound, again, like many songs heard earlier from this album, it's another excellent one.

    "Heaven's Already Here" is another slowie, having the accoustic guitar as its main instrument. Bands such as Counting Crows and Train come to mind while listening to this one, another great tune. An instrumental is featured next, as it features orchestral instruments -- "Pretty Donna." In fact, it has a more Classical sound than Alternative and/or Rock. Another impressive move to include such a song for a rock band.

    We returned to our regular scheduled program -- Having the rock sound of "Shine" (yet this one is bit more mellower), "Reach" is another cool CS song. "Breathe" definitely has a harder rock sound, as in "Sbine." "Scream" is another hard-drving rocker, having a bit of a punk rock style to it. Another great medium-tempo song is "Burning Bridges, and its just as great as the earlier heard medium-tempo rock songs on this album. "All" ends the album, as it is another medium-tempo rock song, having a little bit of inspiration in such bands as Electric Light Orchestra, and even the later years of The Beatles.

    Collective Soul's Hints Allegations And Things Left Unsaid is an exceptional album. It blends musical styles where it can really rock, and then calms things down, and returns back to the common Alternative Rock sound, making it an equal balance. Quite an impressive debut by them, and for any fan of Alternative Rock and/or Rock in general, this album is highly recommended for their music collection.

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