It would not have been surprising if Collective Soul
had become a one-hit wonder. Straddling a line between '80s arena rock and jangling, '90s alternative pop, their debut was a pleasant affair that became a multi-platinum smash. They don't tamper much with that sound on Collective Soul
, but the results are every bit as enjoyable due to the engaging melodies that lead singer Ed Roland
and company seem to create at will. The hits included the infectious "Gel," sarcastic, mid-tempo "December," and the lovely, soaring ballad "The World I Know." However, most everything else works just as well, from the churning "Where the River Flows" to the gospel-tinged "Reunion." While not exactly ground-breaking, Collective Soul
delivers the goods with a dozen, hook-laden songs for which they were awarded another multi-platinum outing.