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Shinedown: Brent Smith (vocals); Jasin Todd (guitar); Brad Stewart (bass); Barry Kerch (drums).
Recorded at Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, California; The Blue Room, Woodland Hills, California.
Shinedown: Brent Smith (vocals); Jasin Todd (guitar, lap steel guitar, sitar, Theremin); Brad Stewart (bass guitar); Barry Kerch (drums, percussion).
Shinedown's debut album is a blast of updated vintage Florida alt-rock that should find a home in the hearts of those for whom the flames of Alice in Chains and Soundgarden still burn brightly. This Jacksonville Florida quartet's take on the genre puts all the requisite elements in place--Layne Staley/Chris Cornell-esque vocals, grinding guitars, in-your-face-drums--but LEAVE A WHISPER is no by-the-numbers exercise.
"Fly From the Inside" is a soaring hymn to the power of self-realization, while the teen angst-laden ballad "Burning Bright" could well be the band's theme song. The lesson of the 1990s has been that nobody ever went broke combining Shinedown's theme of alienation set to over-amped rock & roll, and the band, to their credit, embody this theme as well, if not better, than many of their peers.