Review Roundup: Singles from Pearl Jam, Flyleaf, Say Anything and Creed

Today brought a plethora of high profile single releases leading up to this fall’s anticipated albums. Here’s a few singles that escaped being scratched up by iTunes’ digital needle.

Lacey Mosley has more dynamic voice than Hayley Williams of Paramore, not to say either one is better than the other. However Flyleaf conjures more of Misery Business than I’m So Sick, which is unfortunate in its watery form. As a lead single, it succeeds in resurrecting the band, but the next needs to be stronger and more distinctive to ensure Flyleaf’s hard rock individuality.

Pearl JamThe Fixer
Piano and synths? Backspacer reunites Brendan O’Brien from Yield in an attempt to shake things up. Though in all honesty, how much can Pearl Jam be shaken? While they don’t get tossed around like those carnival rides popping up around counties around the country, the single is subtly fresh with its flashes of New Wave and hidden piano.

Say AnythingHate Everyone
Although emo in the classical sense (i.e., 1990s-early 2000s), lyrically Max Bemis delivers a late summer surprise on the heels of In Defense of the Genre. Clever, undeniable hooks layered over a catchy chorus concentrated on snide and light-hearted sarcasm. This band is in their element writing pop punk; Weezer has nothing on Say Anything.

The first single off October’s Full Circle and the band’s first in seven years. After less than stellar stints with Alter Bridge and Dark New Day, the members of Creed bring a post-grunge declaration of their return. The band stumbled with Human Clay after their phenomenal My Own Prison, diving further into Christian rock than the commercial public wanted. However, Scott Stapp’s vocals and Mark Tremonti’s guitars resurrect the late 90s. Is it a decade late? Nope. This could actually work based on Overcome.

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