Creed – Weathered (2001, Wind-up Records)
1. “Bullets” … 3:49
2. “Freedom Fighter” … 2:36
3. “Who’s Got My Back?” … 8:25
4. “Signs” … 4:29
5. “One Last Breath” … 3:58
6. “My Sacrifice” … 4:54
7. “Stand Here With Me” … 4:17
8. “Weathered” … 5:30
9. “Hide” … 4:27
10. “Don’t Stop Dancing” … 4:33
11. “Lullaby” … 3:04
Scott Stapp – Vocals
Mark Tremonti – Guitar, Bass
Scott Phillips – Drums, Keyboards
Aimee Stapp – Background Vocals (“Don’t Stop Dancing”)
Produced by: Kirk Kelsey & Creed
My hatred for Creed (and Scott Stapp) knows no bounds. So I surprised myself when I went out and bought Weathered. Previously, I had friends and a girlfriend who were obsessed with this band and their first two albums, which to me, embodied everything that was wrong with rock music at the time. Creed were the poster boys for the extremely bland genre of post-grunge rock (Nickelback have since taken that honor).
There was and is an arrogance about Scott Stapp, a supposed Christian who always did the “Jesus on the Cross” pose while in concert (seriously, I saw them once in 2000 and he just stood there with his arms out the whole time) and in videos. He probably does it when he’s in the shower too to make sure his armpits get a good cleaning. So really, Scott Stapp was my big issue with Creed on a personal level because his “holier than thou” attitude really got to me (even their bassist quit before this album started recording because he couldn’t handle Stapp’s ego any longer).
So why, oh why, would I pick this album up not liking their previous music and having a strong dislike to their singer? Well, I’m a big wrestling fan, I watch it every week and WWE was using Creed’s lead single “My Sacrifice” for a series of videos at the time and I actually liked the song!
This album is another bit of a time capsule for me as I heavily listened to it upon it’s release and on my way back up to Winchester, Virginia, from Florida to live and go to college (I lasted a full semester before getting homesick and taking my butt back home to my family). That was a dark time in my life as far as being on my own and having relationship problems with girls and friends (over girls). A song like “One Last Breath” really spoke to me at the time and is pretty powerful stuff that summed up how I feeling at the time.
Anyway, so a band that I usually hated actually turned out something decent. “My Sacrifice” I guess is your typical inspirational Creed song, but I actually thought it was catchy this time around and “Bullets” kicks off the album to a great raging start.
To be honest, I haven’t listened to this album in years, I just picked it randomly to listen to today, but the stuff I remember as being good still holds up, and the lame stuff is still lame. Decent effort all around. I don’t know, I just thought this album was catchier and rocked better then their previous efforts, and I was HUGE Creed hater.
One of the worst album covers of all time though, it looks like something *I* could do in Photoshop.
Highlights: “Bullets”, “Who’s Got My Back?”, “One Last Breath”, “My Sacrifice”, “Hide”
Lowlights (It’s Creed, one of my mortal enemies, I had to bring it back just for them): “Weathered”, “Don’t Stop Dancing”