The Florida based band Shinedown have done what I didn’t thought they were capable of. They have released their best and most complete album up to date and to be honest, this album will be very hard to beat. Their Bob Marlette produced “Leave A Whisper” from 2003 was a mighty debut and showed that they were a band that really deserved to be in the first league. With a mix of southern-rock and hard-rock in millennium package they managed to bring a perfect mix of edge and melody that few bands are capable of, at least with as much finesse. Wasn’t then that impressed with the follow up “Us And Them” with less edge and an just ok collection of songs. It’s still a good album, but I think that it was too safe and tape without the extra edge that the really delivered on the platinum selling debut. So with a fantastic debut and an ok follow up Shinedown was I guess more or less forced from Atlantic to deliver again. To sell gold (50000) is sure great, but isn’t totally convinced that we had seen the band there anymore with a decent record. But that discussion is useless since I’m totally sure that this explosive third album will be as popular as the debut, if not even bigger. This is to me their best album up to date with and an almost perfect collection of songs. Sure the tunes are great like the first single “Devour”, the melodic "Second Chance" and the Goo Goo Dolls similar "If You Only Knew" that can be a huge hit. But to me Shinedown isn’t a single band; no they’re more an album band, which really are proven on this third effort. And for those that doesn’t know there’s a deluxe edition out with three extra tunes that all are damn good. It’s a mystery that last of those, “Son Of Sam” didn’t make it to the “real” album since it’s the best song off the album with a explosive killer chorus that just Shinedown can deliver. So to summary up "Sound of Madness" is very easy, it’s the best effort so far and without a doubt the best album in this genre so far in 2008. Just get it today, and buy the deluxe edition!
This record is well placed among several other uninspiring records this year in a genre some like to call "modern rock". In all honesty I just have to say, there is absolutly nothing modern about this record what so ever, in fact "dated rock" would fit the label more correctly. Looking for cliches? You can find them here, because both the music and lyrics are full of them. Shinedown, like many of their peers continues to go backwards into the future.
I agree, this album is completely badass. Shinedown is one of the best bands out today, and I hope this album will continue to bring them much success. This was their first top ten record on the billboard top 200 list. Again, congrats on that fellas. Here's to making number 1!
I've got to admit, I didn't think Shinedown would release any good after Us and Them, I didn't really like that album. But this... Man, this is how a modern rock bomb should explode in your face and ears. Definitely the modern rock album of the year!