The incredible Floridian rock band, Shinedown released their second album, Us And Them on October 4, 2005 and Immortal Music goes way back with this album! A couple of the songs off this album were what introduced us to Shinedown, and they still remain one of our favorite bands today. We discovered them just before their third album Sound Of Madness came out, because their song, "I Dare You" came up as a related video on YouTube. Because of that, we look back fondly on this album.
This album is awesome, and it starts off with a minute long intro of a little girl and she recites a poem and informs everyone that they are listening to a dream. To this day, we're not entire certain what that means, but it sounded good and started the album off very nicely.
Our favorites from this album are, "I Dare You", "Save Me", "Some Day" and "Fake." Its incredibly impressive to hear the stories "I Dare You" and "Save Me" tell you. "I Dare You" introduces you to the voices in his head, and you go through the madness he's experiencing in a very beautiful, powerful way.
"Save Me" appears to be referencing a drug addiction, which singer Brent Smith did have at some point from what we've heard. Its a cry for help and flat out says, "Someone save me if you will, and take away all these pills." Its done wonderfully, and we just love it.
"Some Day", is going through the thought process of figuring out how exactly you feel about someone. You and this other person don't quite see eye to eye anymore, but you still want them around. Problem is, it may not be the exact same way as before, but you can't quite figure it out. Its just all about trying to work that out, and its done in a beautiful way that many could relate to.
Finally, there's "Fake", its all about being yourself in a world that's always trying to be something its not. You see the struggle, but you also see the acceptance that you just have to be yourself, even if that's ridiculed and misunderstood.
This entire album is one of those albums everyone must hear at some point, if they haven't already. It may be an old album now, but its still wonderful. Shinedown is still incredibly active today, as they just released Threat To Surivival back in September 2015, and will be touring nearly consistently through this June. They will be performing all over the UK, and US. The US tour ends with basically all the big festivals happening in the US, such as Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Northern Invasion, Rock On The Range, and Rock'n Derby. For further information, head on over to the Shinedown website or the websites for each festival.
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.