Creed has defiantly become one of the most controversial bands in history. Some people hate them because they think they are a hallow band with no real substance. On the other hand, people think they were a very talented band that made great music. However you feel about the band, they certainly have made an impact in music. In late 90's they were one of the most popular bands on the music scene and had a good number of hits. One of those hits was "One Last Breath".
The music in this song is not great, but it is good. The guitar work in this song is pretty good, Mark Tremonti does a great job with the intro and then the heavy chords he plays in the chorus really make the chorus stand out. The drum work is solid, but it isn't anything to special. It is a common drum beat we have heard a lot and doesn't really enhance the song to much. I like the vocal work of Scott Stapp in this song. He isn't a great singer but his voice really makes Creed unique and it contributes big to this song. He sounds really good and you can tell he is giving it his all when he is singing. Overall, the music is solid and sounds good, but isn't too special.
Lyrically, this song continues with the Christian style lyrics this band is known for. The lyrics are about being feeling like you've lost it all but still wanting to keep going. The chorus is basically calling out to God to keep you from falling and losing your way. I think the verses are pretty good, but the chorus and the bridge are the best parts of the song, lyrically. While the lyrics do have a more Christian tone to them, they aren't blunt about it. They have been able to convey it in away that appeals to both Christians and non Christians alike.
While I don't think this is a great song, it is good and it was actually unique for it's time. Thanks to grunge, most rock in the 90's was about being depressed and angry all the time. However, Creed decided take a positive turn. They still had songs about being hurt and feeling depressed, but instead of being totally focused on the negative, they expressed hope and a way out of the pain. I give them props for doing something different at the time. However, the problem Creed had was that a lot of their music sounded the same, they never really experimented outside their comfort zone, which is strange when you look at bands they are in today like Alter Bridge which experiment a lot. This was a problem with a lot of post grunge bands including Nickelback, Seether, and Candlebox. They found a formula that worked and they didn't look outside of the formula until it was too late. People either didn't care to listen to them anymore or hated them because they thought they were hallow and lacked substance. However, Creed is one of the bands that I feel gets a little more flack then they deserve. One Last Breath is a good, solid song that I enjoyed listening to. It isn't great but I enjoy listening to it from time to time. I give One Last Breath a 3.5 out of 5.
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