Proof of Life

Proof of Life

by Scott StappScott Stapp

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Overview

Scott Stapp's solo career got interrupted by the 2009 Creed reunion, so it took him a full eight years to get around to following up 2005's The Great Divide. Perhaps that's why he feels the need to call this sophomore set Proof of Life: he's reiterating that he's still here, still raising a ruckus. Like The Great Divide, Stapp is intent on keeping most of Proof of Life operating on a gut level. It comes crashing in on a cascade of heavy guitars as Stapp testifies "I'm not evil/No matter what you think/I'm just human/There's a part of you just like me," the first line on an album that could be read as a loose song cycle about losing faith then finding, well, "Proof of Life," then discovering there is a "New Day Coming" assisted by the help of god ("Jesus Was a Rockstar," before learning he was just "Dying to Live"). Along the way, Stapp does occasionally buff the finish so the album doesn't seem entirely like a throwback to the glory days of new-millennial post-grunge -- the album's centerpiece power ballad, "Only One," has hints of electronic rhythms and a clean, metallic glint reminiscent of prime 3 Doors Down; "Hit Me More" churns on syncopated rhythms that may (or may not) have a passing acquaintance with EDM -- but he's at home when he's allowed to bellow alongside massive walls of guitars. He does so throughout Proof of Life, so it offers surface comforts even if, at its core, this is something of a travelogue of a dark night of the soul.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2013
Label: Wind-Up Records
UPC: 0601501337925
catalogNumber: 133792
Rank: 42987

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Scott Stapp   Primary Artist
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Howard Benson   Keyboards
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Josh Freese   Drums
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Phil X.   Guitar
Scott Stevens   Guitar,Background Vocals
Isaac Carpenter   Drums
John Paul Nesheiwat   Guitar

Technical Credits

Doug Brown   Composer
Howard Benson   Producer
Paul DeCarli   Engineer
Phil X.   Composer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Dave Bassett   Composer
Mitch Allan   Composer
Zac Maloy   Composer
Blair Daly   Composer
Scott Stapp   Composer
John Curry   Composer
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Michelle Lukianovich   Art Direction
Toby Gad   Composer
Tyler Connolly   Composer
Todd Clark   Composer
John Alicastro   Composer
Julia Michaels   Composer
Lenny Skolnik   Composer,Programming
Scott Stevens   Composer
Alex Bodnar   Composer
Mike Lauri   Composer
Jagger Stapp   Composer

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