This is one of Shinedown's prime qualities in their ability to have a constant anthemic streamlined quality to their music, no matter what kind of atmosphere they play in or the tone of their performance. There's the pure anthems like Bully and the rich symphonic aided textured I'm Not Alright, there are the ballads that thankfully manage to remain engaging and have a real emotional impact like Unity and I'll Follow You and then there are the moments where things go a bit off-the-rails like Enemies which is a highlight of the album, with Myers' infectious groove and Smith's vocals of swaggering evil or the unsettling My Name (Wearing Me Out).
The album throughout serves as evidence of how much genuine class and soul is found in the music of Shinedown and the on edge performance of Smith and ever-shifting musical performance from Myers, Barry Kerch on drums and Eric Bass on... bass moves this album to a higher standard than many of their peers and makes Amaryllis devoid of any radio rock clichés. This is by far the strongest piece of work the band have turned in to date and proves that commercially successful rock can still pack a punch. This album snarls in the face of radio rock.
Shinedown's Amaryllis is out now via Roadrunner. The band will play at Download Festival at Donnington Park, Derby on Sunday 10th June.