Creed - Human Clay 
Music Disc Reviews Audio CD
Written by Brian Kahn   
Tuesday, 28 September 1999

Human Clay, Wind-Up Records, 1999
| Performance 7 | Sound 7 |

Creed's long awaited second album is even more ambitious and sophisticated than it’s predecessor "My Own Prison". "My Own Prison" was no slouch in it’s own right with four number hits and quadruple platinum sales. The songs on this album all demonstrate the edgy, grunge rock that marked the first album. If you are not familiar with Creed’s music think of a blend of Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains and Pearl jam and you will get a pretty good idea of what to expect.

Vocalist Scott Stapp opens the album with a hard hitting "Are You Ready?" in which his angst ridden vocals are well complemented by Mark Tremonti’s guitar riffs. The lyrics cover such ground as love and religion, usually over a solid hard rock back drop. The album delivers its grunge rock at full volume for the most part. The albums mellower moments include "Never Die" and Arms Wide Open" which remain strong with fervent vocals and gripping guitar riffs. The music goes past the bounds set by their first album and reaches a higher level of sophistication in doing so.

Strapp’s enthusiasm and Tremonti’s impressive guitar prowess go along way in covering up the bands weakness, songwriting. I don’t mean to imply that the songs are not good, or that they are not enjoyable, they are. The weakness lies in the repetition, the songs begin to blend into one another with only a few exceptions. Luckily Creed has little competition in the grunge rock field right now, and this album is still strong enough to produce a few solid hits.

For those looking for variety in their albums, this may not be it. However if you are looking for some good solid grunge rock to play at full volume, look no further, Creed delivers.

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