"Be Born" EP (Self-produced; 2014)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Magnets & Ghosts is a collaboration between Dean Rolland, the rhythm guitar player from Collective Soul, and Ryan Protesta. This band is considered alternative rock. This is their second album. The first was titled "Mass" and it was released in 2011. This is a seven song EP. It doesn't really sound like Collective Soul, which I thought it might. Instead, it has its own unique flavor and when the guitar starts up you can hear a fire in Dean's playing.

This 'collective' duo was formed after Collective Soul's 2007 disc "Afterwords." I didn't get to hear "Mass" before writing this review so I don't have anything to compare it to but this EP sounds really good with plenty of guitar and some salty solos to boot. The songwriting deals with lots of different subjects. It's a mixed bag. A tour followed the first disc.

In related news, Collective Soul have a new disc coming out sometime in early 2015 titled, "See What You Started by Continuing."

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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