Full Circle (Creed album)

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Full Circle
Full Circle (Album Art) - Creed.jpg
Studio album by Creed
Released October 27, 2009
(See release history)
Recorded Nashville, Tennessee, June – July 2009[1][2]
Genre Alternative metal, post-grunge, hard rock
Length 50:05
Label Wind-Up
Producer Howard Benson[3]
Creed chronology
Greatest Hits
(2004)
Full Circle
(2009)
With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective
(2015)
Singles from Full Circle
  1. "Overcome"
    Released: August 25, 2009
  2. "Rain"
    Released: October 6, 2009
  3. "A Thousand Faces"
    Released: January 11, 2010[4] (radio)

Full Circle is the fourth studio album by the American post-grunge band Creed, released on October 27, 2009.[5] It was Creed's first release since disbanding in 2004, prior to the release of their Greatest Hits album, and was their first studio album in eight years (since Weathered), as well as their first with their original bass guitarist Brian Marshall in almost exactly a decade. The record was produced by Howard Benson. The album was completed on July 31, 2009, as announced by Scott Stapp. Four days later, the album cover was revealed through the band's official e-news. The album received mixed reviews.

Touring[edit]

The 2009 Creed Reunion Tour began on August 6 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and concluded on October 20, 2009, in Hidalgo, Texas. Originally, Flyleaf and Fuel were to be the opening bands, but the New Zealand band Like A Storm and Hoobastank opened for Creed in the first leg of the concert, while Lo-Pro and Staind opened for the second leg, with Saliva doing the last five dates and Like a Storm returning near the end of the tour.[citation needed] This reunion tour featured all of the original members of the band as well as the former Submersed guitarist Eric Friedman, a friend of Mark Tremonti's who performed rhythm guitars and backing vocals. The band played five songs ("Overcome", "Rain", "Bread of Shame", "Full Circle" and "A Thousand Faces") from their album Full Circle, as well as old hits throughout the tour.

On October 24, 2009, it was confirmed by Scott Phillips that Creed was to go on a world tour in April 2010, starting in Australia and New Zealand tour, followed by South America, Europe and Canada/North America.[6] The tour dates were released on April 19, 2010.[7]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 2/5 stars[8]
AllMusic 2/5 stars[9]
Classic Rock 6/10 stars[10]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[11]
IGN (6.9/10)[12]
The Metal Forge 8/10 stars[13]
Rock Hard 8/10 stars[14]

Full Circle received mixed reviews from critics. Critics stated that they appreciate the "new, heavier, darker side of Creed".[citation needed]

Full Circle debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 111,000 copies in its first week.[15][16]

Album title[edit]

The title of the album makes reference to the instrumental band members coming "full circle" with Scott Stapp to reform the band. The title track is about the reunion and how it feels to be together as a band again.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Scott Stapp; all music composed by Mark Tremonti.

No. Title Length
1. "Overcome"   3:46
2. "Bread of Shame"   3:56
3. "A Thousand Faces"   4:54
4. "Suddenly"   3:31
5. "Rain"   3:28
6. "Away in Silence"   4:40
7. "Fear"   4:05
8. "On My Sleeve"   4:14
9. "Full Circle"   4:08
10. "Time"   5:55
11. "Good Fight"   3:55
12. "The Song You Sing"   4:07
Total length:
50:05

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[18] 8
US Billboard 200[19] 2
US Alternative Albums (Billboard) 1
US Digital Albums (Billboard) 2
US Hard Rock Albums (Billboard) 1
US Rock Albums (Billboard) 1
US Tastemaker Albums (Billboard) 10

Singles[edit]

Year Title Hot 100 Main. Rock Alt. Rock Rock Songs
2009 "Overcome" 73 [20] 4 22 [21] 8 [22]
"Rain" 91 [23] - - -
2010 "A Thousand Faces" - 23 - -

Personnel[edit]

Band
Other

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Label
United States October 27, 2009 Wind-up
Australia November 7, 2009

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Creed Getting Ready To Hit Studio - Blabbermouth.net". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 
  3. ^ "Creed To Record With Howard Benson". tunelab™. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - New Releases - January 2010 (General: Latest Music News)". australian-charts.com. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ Herndon, Jessica (April 27, 2009). "Band Creed Reunites for New Album". People. Retrieved August 1, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Creed To Launch 2010 World Tour | tunelab™". Tunelab.com. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ Grierson, Tim. "Creed - 'Full Circle' Review". Rock Music. About.com. Archived from the original on November 30, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  9. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Creed - Full Circle Review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ Fielder, Hugh (February 2010). "Creed - Full Circle". Classic Rock. No. 141. p. 84. 
  11. ^ Pastorek, Whitney (October 28, 2009). "Review: Full Circle". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 29, 2009. 
  12. ^ Linder, Brian (October 27, 2009). "Creed - Full Circle Review". IGN. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  13. ^ Milburn, Simon (December 17, 2009). "Creed - Full Circle". The Metal Forge.com. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  14. ^ Albrecht, Frank (2009). "Review Dynamit: Creed - Full Circle". Rock Hard (in German). No. 271. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  15. ^ Caulfield, Keith. The album has sold over 1,000,000 copies to date.[when?] "Michael Jackson Hits No. 1 on Billboard 200 with This Is It". billboard.com. November 4, 2009.
  16. ^ "dgsource.com". dgsource.com. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  17. ^ Greene, Andy (April 27, 2009). "Creed's Scott Stapp Calls Reunion "A Renewing and a Rebirth"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 31, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Creed – Chart history" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Creed.
  19. ^ "Creed – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Creed.
  20. ^ Ben-Yehuda, Ayala; Pietroluongo, Silvio; Caulfield, Keith; Trust, Gary (September 6, 2009). Pearl Jam Posts Week's Highest Hot 100 Debut, Peas Stay On Top. Billboard.com.
  21. ^ Creed Chart History - Alternative Songs. Billboard.com.
  22. ^ Creed Chart History - Rock Songs. Billboard.com.
  23. ^ Creed Chart History - Hot 100. Billboard.com