Album Review of Amaryllis by Shinedown.

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Amaryllis by Shinedown

Release Date: Mar 27, 2012
Record label: Atlantic
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Hard Rock, Post-Grunge

75 Music Critic Score
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Amaryllis - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

Rolling Stone - 100
Based on rating 5/5

On their fourth album, these Florida rockers muster up anthems that would embarrass a Hallmark Card hack: "Bully" sides with schoolyard outcasts, "Unity" big-ups concertgoers, and "Miracle" — well, the wonder of that song's all in the line, "My Mona Lisa's making me smile." These dudes are more earnest than emo boys put under oath. Their sound — post-grunge buffed free of anything remotely grungy, and then often embellished with a 30-piece orchestra — matches thebombast of their sentiment. The combination overwhelms, especially when the saccharine turns bitter, as on the F-bomb-equipped kiss-off "My Name (Wearing Me Out)." Worn out yourself? At least you know they feel your pain.

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Sputnikmusic - 50
Based on rating 2.5/5

Review Summary: How about a better version of this, please?There are actually a myriad of reasons why so many people expected Amaryllis to be a step backwards for Shinedown. One such reason was the anticipated letdown following the commercial success of The Sound of Madness. Another was the disappointing lead single ‘Bully’, which possessed little more than a forgettable hook and juvenile-sounding lyrics.

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