austin. wrote:Think he did what he did with AoA. Released all the good songs first...... I remember an interview and if I’m guessing right based off what he was saying, there’s slow songs and stuff. Was only a few “heavy” ones and I think we’ve gotten those with name purposes for pain and I’d guess this new song face of the sun?
Which is weird if true, because why would Napalm of all record labels, go with a record that is mostly slow, acoustic or pop songs, when they usually do metal.
chtimixeur wrote:1. I can hear the style similarity between Wake up and New Day Coming. I'm not a fan of those anthemic pop songs, and I really don't understand what he's trying to achieve with those. It feels to me like he's doing those songs for his wife, and not for his fanbase. Or maybe he still thinks he has a shot at getting a top 40 hit, but if he does, he's delusional. He was a big shot 20 years ago, but in 2019, no radio station will put one of his songs on heavy rotation, especially not a pop/rock one.
2. Face of the Sun, on the other hand, is a really generic and forgettable rock song. I'll say it again, but his voice is not made for uptempo songs, especially in this later part of this career. He's struggling A LOT at 0:49, 0:54, 1:37 and especially at 1:42. He just can't hit those notes, and he's making a fool of himself by releasing such bad vocals. He should really focus on slower songs in the future, because that's the only kind of songs that he can still pull off nicely.
I agree with your first point, except, the only way he could be put on heavy rotation would be if he collabed with someone more famous than him and in a more pop genre. But I guess the problem being is that he has a pretty bad reputation I think so I don't think people want to work with him. But when Creed gets back together and they happen to make some magic I guess they could have a chance, a small one. But the issue is Rock music just isn't popular anymore anyways. So I mostly agree with you.
Your second point, I mean, yeah he doesn't have his old voice. He's ruined it over the years due to various things. But I think it's decent enough for me, at least, to enjoy. He can still sing some of those Creed songs really well. His voice has actually gotten better since the creed reunion days.
I like the song Face of the Sun. It's not on the scale of the songs of TGD but it's better than most of PoL. The thing is, the music on stapps records are only as good as the people writing it. He should definitely get back with the people who did TGD with him. But this record seems decent. I don't expect Stapp to put out a classic record with a solo effort, that comes when he and tremonti get together and make Creed magic