Collective Soul’s tenth album is Blood and it’s a welcome addition to the current music landscape. The Atlanta band comes to 2019 playing pop rock mixed with 90’s influenced rock, mixed with classic rock – that’s what Blood is in a nutshell here. Its melody driven, classically produced music that prides itself on being authentic.
There are a lot of bands out there that no matter what they do, it doesn’t feel real. That’s not Collective Soul. On Blood that’s exemplified perfectly. This is melody driven alternative pop rock that does a good job of pleasing the listener. “Now’s The Time” is a bouncy track that kicks the album off right, then the Hagar-esque “Over Me” follows and it sounds like something the band would do in 1995, not 2019. Really, a big chunk of this album sounds like it could have been on the band’s self-titled 1995 release. “Crushed” is like a new version of “Where The River Flows.” After that, the album gets a little poppier. “Right as Rain” sounds very much like the Collective Soul that people from the past decade have grown to know. It’s light on the guitar and heavy on melody. The guitars power the song, but E Roland drives it everywhere it needs to go. “Them Blues” is something the band hasn’t really done before. It’s a piano part with Roland crooning until the full band hits. It might be the most different song that Collective Soul has ever released, and it might be my favorite song on the album too. Really, that’s what this whole album is… it’s old Collective Soul mixed with new Collective Soul with just a touch of experimentation. It’s the perfect balance.
Collective Soul’s tenth record is probably overdue by a couple of years, but it was also worth the wait. They might be older now and they’re probably not as good as they were in the Dosage years, but they’re still a remarkable band that’s somehow still underappreciated. This tenth album is a great one and it’s probably in the upper half on the quality scale of the band’s catalog.