Album of the Day
Us & Them
Jacksonville, FL post-grunge quartet Shinedown followed a successful debut with hundreds of live dates, and the hard work paid off with sophomore set US & THEM. The tight performances on the 2005 Atlantic collection have a classic-rock authority, though the '60s and '70s influences are subtle on these 13 originals. Tracks like “Heroes,” “Save Me” and “I Dare You” (all of which were Billboard Mainstream Rock Top 10 singles) have a wide dynamic range that showcases frontman Brent Smith's vocals to fine effect, and the instrumental work is equally outstanding. Guitarist Jasin Todd and bassist Brad Stewart left the band after the platinum-certified US & THEM, and this final album from the original lineup remains among Shinedown's most memorable.