Amaryllis - Shinedown
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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28

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  1. Apr 2, 2012
    10
    This album is great i love the fact that many jerks who only like hip hop and ditched rock music talk poorly about this album asi if what theyre stupid comments matter it simply falls to one fact they are a bully!!! buy this album on itunes it is epic perfect for gaming as well in battlefield 3 >:-)
  2. May 15, 2012
    10
    Amaryllis is one of the best albums i have heard this year. I love the direction that Shinedown is heading in and Rob Cavallo was definitely the right man for the job, when you're looking for an epic production (The Black Parade, Dizzy Up The Girl and The Sound of Madness) he gets the job done right.

    Adrenaline: The perfect opener for the album, high energy and a familiar sound to get
    the fans excited.
    Bully : Lyrically open for interpretation, no hiding behind metaphors, just a bold message.

    Amaryllis : When i first heard this song I had to play it about 5 times before progressing through the album. Amaryllis is the kind of song that is lucky to come around once in a band's career, but this is not the case for Shinedown, they've done it before and haven't stopped at this song either.

    Unity: The melody and lyrics, along with Smith's voice cutting through the mix on this track provide for an incredible uplifting feeling, it's very hard to feel down or alone while listening to this song. Not only is this song about "Unity" But more than that, it is unifying.

    Enemies: This track treads on familiar ground with a guitar riff that reminds you of Shinedown's previous efforts. New and old fans will both enjoy this song even though it is one of the weaker tracks on the record. I'm Not Alright: A great contribution to "Amaryllis". This song deserves and award for the instrumentation alone, The strings really set this song apart from the rest. Nowhere Kids: High energy angst filled song "Guess who's back and mad as hell, the nowhere kids that wish you well"

    Miracle: An acoustic driven love song, one of the best tracks on the album.

    I'll Follow You: A perfectly placed song to catch your attention. 3/4 time signature, lovely piano work throughout and a soaring chorus. The only thing i can fault about this track are the lyrics in the chorus, The rhymes seem a bit forced and the cliche lyrics sound like they were rushed.

    For My Sake: Where do i start with this song.. There really is too much to talk about in my short, yet getting longer review. To sum it up in short: Catchy chorus without the need for Smith to sing notes at the end or out of his range (Which he tends to do quite often) and overall a very instrumentally versatile yet structured song.

    My Name: Probably the weakest track on the album, yet I'm sure a lot of people can relate to the lyrics "You're **** wearing me out." Through The Ghost: An acoustically dominated album closer. Not the best stripped down performance but still a solid finish to a well produced, well recorded and an outstanding effort from a band that has already given so much. I give Amaryllis a 9/10.
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  3. Jul 11, 2012
    9
    Don't believe the critics!! This is one of the best albums I've heard all year. I had lost faith in Shinedown temporarilly when they started doing single songs for movies like "Her Name Is Alice" and "Diamond Eyes" (the latter actually being not that bad of a song though). Even when they released "Bully" I wasn't that impressed. Then I listened to the whole album consecutively and it's honestly their best in my opinion. Even Bully has since grown on me! Expand
  4. Jun 19, 2012
    10
    Once again Shinedown produces an absolute perfect album. Much like their previous efforts, they have a mix of heavier songs that are sure to satisfy the fans they have had from the start and mainstream style songs for the rest of you. Miracle, Amaryllis, and For My Sake top the list for this album.
Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 24, 2012
    40
    Shiny slabs of US radio rock. [May 2012, p.94]
  2. Apr 3, 2012
    50
    Even with this change of tone, the album is still classic Shinedown, and though this kind of triumphant mood will probably disappoint fans looking for something to cut loose and pump their fists to.
  3. Mar 28, 2012
    70
    If it ain't broke, why fix it? And the results speak for themselves. [Apr 2012, p.108]