Album Review: Seether ‘Isolate and Medicate’

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Seether. Just the band’s name alone brings to mind post-grunge anthems of scathing rebellion and angsty inner reflection. This record does not disappoint that theory. To an extent. As the band grows on in years, so do its players. Guitarist/Vocalist Shaun Morgan’s lyrics have a more mature quality to them on this album. For those of us who have followed the band since their debut album in 2002, we have grown up as well. The thing that I appreciate about a band like Seether, is their honesty. They know who they are and stay true to their roots. They have not followed musical trends to stay hip. They instead take us back to a time of our youth, a simpler time, if you will. Compare lyrics from one of their earlier albums and where you were in life when you heard it, to songs on “Isolate & Medicate” and where you are now. While musically, they may sound similar, lyrically they seem to fit, am I right? This is a great example of how to not sell out. You stay true to your sound and know your audience. Yes, I’m sure that Seether gains new fans daily, but that too is part of their genius. Their songs are written from a deep place full of honesty and pure emotion. They resonate with people. Shaun writes the songs that you hear on the radio that make you stop and think that it was written just for you.

Now of course this all cannot be accomplished alone. The band is fully comprised of Shaun Morgan on guitar and vocals, John Humphrey on drums and Dale Stewart rounding out the sound on bass. Also worthy of note, this album was produced by Brendan O’Brien, the infamous 90’s alterna-grunge producer.

While “Isolate & Medicate” stays in the same Seether vein that you would expect, there are more mellow moments than on previous efforts. I’ll tell you now folks, as we mature, sometimes it’s the mellow songs that hit the hardest. Songs like “Crash,” “Save Today,” “Burn The World” and “Nobody Praying For Me” (probably my favorite song here) lean more towards the softer side musically but are the heaviest lyrically. Then you have songs like “See You At The Bottom” and “Suffer It All” that are just as aggressive lyrically as they are vocally and musically. Songs like “Same Damn Life” and “Watch Me Drown” transport the listener right back to the summer of 1994. The albums first single “Words As Weapons,” is classic Seether. When you hear it, you know who you are listening to. That, my friends, is what makes a band timeless.

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Track Listing

1. See You At The Bottom

2. Same Damn Life

3. Words As Weapons

4. My Disaster

5. Crash

6. Suffer It All

7. Watch Me Drown

8. Nobody Praying For Me

9. Keep The Dogs At Bay

10. Save Today

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks

11. Turn Around

12. Burn The World

13. Goodbye Tonight

14. Weak

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