409. Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid – Collective Soul
HINTS, ALLEGATIONS AND THINGS LEFT UNSAID (1994)
Collective Soul is mainstream band that never expected to be sop readily embraced by fans of Christian Music, but the overtly spiritual lyrics of the opening track and monster radio single, “Shine” made remaining anonymous to the CCM fan base next to impossible.
Oddly enough the album wasn’t really an album. The songs were simply a collection of demos the band’s leader, Ed Roland, had written and recorded in hopes of getting some songwriting interest. A local college radio station began playing the song “Shine” and things just blew up from there. they were quickly signed to Atlantic Records and afraid of losing the momentum the single had generated the record company simply released the demos (officially unmixed) as their debut project.
They have gone on to record seven number one rock hits and have continued to be a successful touring and recording artist. The grungy hard rock riff of “Shine” does not necessarily reflect the rest of the album as there is more of an alternative feel than hard rock feel. Often there is almost a Daniel Amos sound infused into the music, and most notably the vocals.
Early on band members would stress that while holding to Christian beliefs (Southern Baptist for the Roland brothers), they strove to reject the “Christian Band” label. That notwithstanding the deeply spiritual and clearly evangelical themes are present throughout. In fact, later albums would receive distribution directly into Christian Bookstores. I don’t believe they ever matched the success of these original demos despite the lengthy career.