Matt Diehl
October 13, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Blender

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Rock

We gave it a C+

The Georgia band Collective Soul has chosen an apt title, Blender, for their fifth album; every song feels like a puree of alt-rock tropes (a little U2 bombast here, a little Smashing Pumpkins breathy balladry there). Not even the few exotic spicings — a darker, more industrial vibe, a Beatles-like duet with Elton John — can save the stew. Soul controller Ed Roland displays an effortless knack for pop formula, but the slick production is missing one key ingredient: personality. C+

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