Full Circle



Creed rocks hard, but the lyrics are OK for tweens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Several songs talk about taking personal responsibility for failings. "Own up to your sin," Creed sings on "Suddenly," and on "Fear" they sing, "Change is permanent, staying silent is a crime."

Positive role models

Most of the songs discuss being unsatisfied or unhappy and trying to get past the negativity. But the internal dialogue sometimes takes a self-destructive turn as in "Away in Silence," with these lines: ""Stopped and turned around to say goodbye to me, I'm pleading as you're leaving, I'm begging you to stay. I've changed, I'm not the man I used to be...I've changed, don't give up on us, don't give up on love, if my life is the price, then my life it will cost."


"Overcome" includes the lines "knock me down, throw me to the floor."


"Overcome" mentions the word "damned" several times.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that for the most part this album is okay for tweens and teens who want to rock out. The band doesn't go into any type of sexual discussions or violent imagery, and there's a definite lack of patience for pessimism, intolerance, and cruelty in the lyrics. Although the driving guitars might sound aggressive, the overall tone of the album is contemplative and slightly philosophical.

What's the story?

It has been quite some time since Creed last appeared on the music scene. Eight years in fact! In that time the band broke up, worked on solo projects, and eventually regrouped. FULL CIRCLE marks their first release as a reformed band. On the dozen or so tracks, Creed goes back to its trademark rock sound infused with front man's Scott Stapp harmonic vocals. The album's theme follows the LP's title, coming "full circle" from dissatisfaction and anger to hope and a call to action to be better, whether it be in relationships or global issues.

Is it any good?


Fans of Creed's famous sound will have no shortage of tracks to enjoy here, with songs like "A Thousand Faces" and "Fear" revisiting the band's popular style. However, the album probably won't garner many new fans because of this recycled sound. Some songs seem to drone on and on, like "Suddenly." However, tracks like "Rain" and "Time" have the inspiring effect of hits like "Arms Wide Open," and shield against the air of pretension that creeps in on tracks like "On My Sleeve," which includes cringe-worthy lines like "it only hurts when I breathe."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about music lyrics and what's appropriate for certain age groups. Although this album has nearly all appropriate lyrics, sometimes it's tough to distinguish what's appropriate for certain ages. What are you family's house rules when it comes to music lyrics?

  • Several songs make references to sin, hope, and faith. Are these important issues for bands to cover, or do you prefer lighthearted subject matter that doesn't get too deep?

  • Talk about how to handle negative life experiences. Many songs cover betrayal and heartache. Have you seen any issues like this in the news from celebrities? How have they reacted to these issues? Do you think celebrities are good role models for showing how to deal with bad situations?

Music details

Release date:October 26, 2009
Label:Wind-Up Records
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byFearlessmaster May 31, 2010

FLAWLESS look into today's society

This is a FLAWLESS Creed record! Sure the band dives into religion but that's what makes them awesome, I can't stand Creed haters; I think they are exttremely relavent to today's world and how people behave in it.
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Kid, 12 years old December 12, 2009


very cool!!!!!!!
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