Collective Soul's 7even Year Itch: Greatest Hits, which includes "December," "Shine," "The World I Know"—seven No.
Collective Soul's 7even Year Itch: Greatest Hits, which includes "December," "Shine," "The World I Know"—seven No. 1 rock hits in all—is a filet-mignon feast for fans of the enduring, highly melodic band. One of two new cuts on 7even Year Itch, "Next Homecoming" shows the group breaking into a sloppy sweat with an assault of unusually hard-driving guitars, a distorted vocal from lead Ed Roland, and the ingredient that has consistently defined this quintet for the past seven years: a harmonized hook that packs a serious punch. There's also a mean middle breakdown that could run your grandma off the road. In an era where Alien Ant Farm, P.O.D., and similar acts are turning up the volume, Collective Soul shows that those guys are still cubs in the animal kingdom of rock by comparison. This is vintage stuff.—CT