Review by MichaelT|
4 stars out of 4
Already with a phenomenally successful debut album, Creed wasted little
time writing and recording a second album. “We're the type of band that
functions really well under pressure, and there was definitely a pressure
to try to top ourselves this time,” says Stapp. “Not so much what we
sell, because we don't really care about that. We wanted to make a really
reat record. The band’s goal has always been to make records that are
solid from start to finish; records that take you through an entire range
of emotions.” “Human Clay” is nothing short of an emotional journey
indeed. Creed’s sound, as well as songwriting, clearly progressed as the
album features eleven thought-provoking tracks. From the jangling guitar
intro of “Are You Ready,” to the comforting sway of “Inside Us
All,” the album resembles a complete work, rather than a collection of
songs. The album leads off with the same type of heavy songs that
initially gained Creed’s notoriety. “What If,” “Beautiful,”!
“Say I,” and “Wrong Way,” are some of the album’s more
aggressive songs, which would make anyone with a pulse nod their head.
On “Faceless Man” and “Never Die,” Stapp/Tremonti once again
deal with themes such as spirituality. Stapp tops himself, though, on
the highly personal “With Arms Wide Open,” a song about the joy of his
child’s birth, as well as the uncertainty of his own responsibility.
The album then hits a definite peak at the opening chords of “Higher.”
The song’s catchy riffs and lyrical message make the song a quintessential
Creed anthem. “Wash Away Those Years,” a song which tackles the issue
of rape, and “Inside Us All,” a song which explores inner peace,
conclude the album. Ultimately, the album is a triumph of songwriting.
The album is thought provoking, yet never preachy.
Obviously, many listeners have had their “clay” molded by Creed’s
music. “We were out on tour for a long time, and wherever we went, there
were people telling me how much certain songs meant to them and how they
felt so close to them,” says Stapp. “That means more to me than any
other kind of attention. It’s important to feel as if you're doing
something worthwhile, and in this band, I feel like I am.” Fortunately
for Creed, there are legions of adoring fans who believe that Creed’s
work is worthwhile.