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Shinedown On A More Serious Side
am 5. August 2012
Less than a few months ago, members of Shinedown were interviewed on the Fuse music channel. My initial impression of Brent Smith and the rest of the members were of men who genuinely appreciate all of their fans. However, I was still initially uncertain about getting the album because of my neutral feelings about the song "Bully". I admit that I was more accustomed to the hopeful messages in songs such as "Second Chance" and "If You Only Knew". "Second Chance" was also one of the songs that helped me cope with my summer 2009 transition from the military to eventual civilian life. Their recent decision to hold a one day 99 cent sale on their mp3 album persuaded me to purchase their album. Amaryllis is definitely a bargain for the 99 cent sale that was temporarily offered. My reason for this sentiment is due to my enjoyment of the following high-energy and motivational tracks: "Adrenaline","Miracle", "Unity", and "Amaryllis". Please understand that I am aware why many millions of others may enjoy "Bully" and/or rank this collection higher. The only reason why I ranked "Amaryllis" three stars was due to my feeling that there could have been more upbeat songs in this compilation to balance out the more somber musical tracks. This is because I felt some powerful energy from their happier tracks that helped to add strength to the whole compilation. "Amaryllis" does grow on the listener after each successive listen of the whole album. This album is definitely worth it if purchased as an MP3 album for less than five U.S. dollars or as a CD that is nine dollars or less. For this reason, "Amaryllis" is more for the listening audience that enjoys hearing "Bully" and/or those who are fine with a musical creation that has more tragic songs than upbeat tunes.