Review by Ritchie Birnie for MPM
The first thing that most people think when they see the name Scott Stapp is Creed, the second is probably troubled past but this man stands on his own and his solo career has been incredible and I expect upcoming album “Higher Power” will be more of the same as the three previously released tracks along with Deadman’s Trigger is Stapp through and through.
The song bursts forth with heavy riffage and the sheer power of Stapp’s powerful and for me underrated voice. Stapp has taken every adversity thrown at him and every pain from within to write huge, melodic and all encompassing hits.
The title of the song has a very reflective and worrying look into his past and he has harnessed all the loss, frustration, betrayal and near defeat and twisted it into a Rock filled monster of a song. It taps into everything you love about the mans music but it feels so new and reinvigorated.
The guitar work is excellent and the drumming is the brutal backbone and Scott has never sounded so good. The man has a voice that any vocalist would be signing over their soul to the devil for.
There may be massive hype regarding the Creed live shows( and I pray they come to the UK as that is one band on my bucket list) but I cannot wait for this album and after two years of cancelled shows in the UK I at least hope I get to see this man live on stage so I can die happy.
Higher Power tracklist:
1. Higher Power
2. Deadman’s Trigger
3. When Love Is Not Enough
4. What I Deserve (feat. Yiannis Papadopoulos)
5. If These Walls Could Talk (feat. Dorothy)
6. Black Butterfly
7. Quicksand (feat. Yiannis Papadopoulos)
8. You’re Not Alone
9. Dancing in the Rain (feat. Yiannis Papadopoulos)
10. Weight of the World