|All Artists: Godsmack|
Title: The Oracle
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Universal Republic
Original Release Date: 1/1/2010
Re-Release Date: 5/4/2010
Genres: Pop, Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Genres: Pop, Rock
The upcoming album arrives as the most anticipated 2010 rock release, so far. The debut single from the 10 song disc, "Cryin' Like A Bitch," is already blowing the doors off rock radio and the digital domain, furthering th... more »
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The upcoming album arrives as the most anticipated 2010 rock release, so far. The debut single from the 10 song disc, "Cryin' Like A Bitch," is already blowing the doors off rock radio and the digital domain, furthering the Boston Band's record-breaking streak at the coveted Active Rock format. The punishing anthem, which debuted a mere three weeks ago as the most added new Active Rock single of the year, has already blazed to the Top 5 tier of the chart. "Cryin' Like A Bitch" is the 15th Top Five hit for the group, more than franchise artists such as Linkin Park, Foo Fighters, and others. It also marks Godsmack's record-breaking 18th Top 10 single of their career, extending their dominance as creators of the most Top 10 hits in Active rock history. Produced by Dave Fortman, who has worked with Mudvayne, Evanescence, and Simple Plan, among others, The Oracle is another lyrical and musical touchstone for the four member band. The new album revels in Godsmack's scorching underpinnings, served up via frontman Sully Erna's monster-vocals on the scathing new single, "Cryin' Like A Bitch," and other songs, including "Saints And Sinners," "War And Peace," "Devil's Swing," and "Good Day To Die." The Oracle is the band's first studio album since 2006's Godsmack IV, another platinum-plus trailblazer for the group, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top albums chart (their 2nd #1 debut following 2003's Faceless) and harking back to the signature sound of multiplatinum masterpieces like their 5 million selling breakthrough debut album and 2000's AwakeConsidered one of the definitive alternative hard rock bands in contemporary music, The band's 12 year legacy - guided by fearless founder and frontman Sully Erna, includes nearly 15 million albums sold - highlighted by scores of sold-out international concerts, countless successful tours, a remarkable 18 hit singles, 4 platinum records, 1 gold EP and three Grammy nominations.
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The Best Godsmack Yet
MrSavoie2U | Oregon | 05/04/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I really liked Godsmack's first two cd's, but thought Faceless and IV were decent, not as good as the first two. At that point, I figured Godsmack would could continue to their slow decline and that we had seen the peak of their career early. When I first heard "Whiskey Hangover", I wasn't too impressed and thought I was gonna be correct about the group's steady decline. Well, after hearing the entire Oracle disc, I can say I was proven very wrong. The guys have brought the SMACK back into their music and with a vengence!! There literally isn't a weak track on this disc, including "Whiskey Hangover", which has grown on me. If you call yourself a Godsmack fan or even a fan of metal, you owe it to your to ears to buy this disc. It very well could be album of the year and I don't just say that. I don't give too many five star ratings as I believe not many discs deserve such high praise. This one comes close though, 4.5 stars.
IMPORTANT NOTE: "Whiskey Hangover" is NOT INCLUDED in the standard version of this disc, only the Deluxe version."
Some of their best work
E. Phillips | 05/05/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've listened to the album all the way through three times as of this review. To the reviewer that said nothing stands out, I beg to differ. Every track stands out. "Cryin' Like a B**ch" and "The Oracle" are two of the most stand out tracks I've ever heard from Godsmack. And "Love-Hate-Sex-Pain" has probably the catchiest guitar riff they've ever written. It flows better than any of their other albums due to it being their heaviest to date. It never lets up. They've never had a bad album and I actually can't even rank them because they're all amazing in their own way. This is no exception. If you like Godsmack, buy this album.
Just a note, "Whiskey Hangover" is not on the album. I'm guessing it's because Sully Erna wasn't satisfied with it due to it being rushed out for the Crue Fest 2 tour. It also isn't on the CD of the "Deluxe Edition", it's only on the DVD. Let me just say, this is the most falsely advertised item ever. On the sticker on the front of the album, it says you get two bonus tracks. So, you assume they're on the CD, right? Nope, they're on the DVD. Not only is the DVD just a 30 minute making of, but who's gonna put the DVD in just to hear the two bonus songs? And what if I wanna listen to them in the car? Not to mention, if you put together all of the webisodes they've been posting up on their official website, they're longer and they're not even done posting all of them up yet. There's going to be a total of fifteen. So you're paying for something you can watch for free and it's not even as long. Simply put, do not buy the "Deluxe Edition". It's not worth the five extra dollars. Purchase the bonus songs separately on AmazonMP3 or iTunes. One more thing, I never really liked "Whiskey Hangover", but "I Blame You" and "The Departed" are two of the best songs on The Oracle and should've been on the physical CD. So, the true fans go out and buy the album and don't get anything, but iTunes users click their mouse and get the best songs?"
Godsmack - The Oracle
EternalLies | California, USA | 05/04/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a Godsmack fan for a long time now. Although I was disappointed when they released IV, I kept faith in the band. I knew they would come up with a true masterpiece. The Oracle is nothing BUT a masterpiece. Perfectly constructed, perfectly written. Have you even wonder if Godsmack can release an album that can top Faceless? Well they just did with The Oracle. Brilliant album from start to finish. It's by far Godsmack's heaviest album to date. If you are a Godsmack fan, you won't be disappointed. The Oracle is a must have."