Exclusive review of Collective Soul bassist Will Turpin’s new solo album “Serengeti Drivers.”

Being busy with Collective Soul his whole career, Will Turpin didn’t put out his first solo work until 2011 with The Lighthouse EP.  Fast forward to 7 years later and he is putting up his follow up which is a full length album called “Serengeti Drivers.”  Just like with Collective Soul, this is good music.  However, don’t expect a duplicate of a Collective Soul album because this solo album explores territories that Collective Soul doesn’t always touch.  There are familiar sounds that a Collective Soul fan will find familiar especially on the song “One And Done,” but overall it’s different from a Collective Soul album.

The album opens with mid tempo track “Demons.”  It makes sense why this song was chosen as the first song Will released as it is in somewhat familiar territory.  It doesn’t really sound like a Collective Soul song but has some elements in the music that they use.  While it may seem like an angsty song by the title, it isn’t as the music is pretty bright with a good melody and sounds like something you can listen to on a sunny day.  The solo is good towards the end of the song and sounds like it would sound cool blasting this in the summer while driving with the windows opened.  “All On You” continues the album in a good directions it has also a good solo towards the end with some cool interesting sounds.  The next one “Make It Home” is also mid tempo though a little slower.  When I first heard this and some other songs too I thought there was a similarity between Will’s vocals and some songs Pat McGee has done.  It doesn’t sound exactly the same but being a Pat McGee fan also I was able to make the connection.  When I interviewed Will and asked him about this, he said “I can’t say I was directly influenced but who knows. An artist work will almost always reflect some of their peers stylings.”  “Faith, Hope, Love” starts off as a mid tempo song in the versus though it seems like a more upbeat song in the chorus with catchy guitar sounds. “On And On” is a positive song about love and is a good love song.  “One And Done” is different from all of the songs before and is a straight ahead rock song with lots of good guitar work.  It starts off with in your face guitars and it stays throughout the rest of the song.  Another interesting thing about this song is Will’s attitude in the vocals.  It compliments the music and has a very good rock and roll vibe to it.  This track might remind you of a Collective Soul song the most out of all the other songs on this album.  With that being said though, it still sounds different from a Collective Soul song.  Being a big fan of Collective Soul though the similar Collective Soul sounds makes me like it even more and is one of my favorites on the album.  “So Long” starts off with just piano and then the full band comes out like 10 seconds later.  One thing notable is the melody in the chorus which is really catchy.  “Belong” is more of a rock song and has a “jam” kind of song influence.  A lot of this album has songs that are different from the others, but this one seems to be really different which is not a bad thing though.  The album ends with “Final Score” which starts off slow but builds up in the chorus like some of the other songs.  The song ends with a pretty interesting outro at the very end of the song when Will stops singing.

The tracklisting is as follows:

All on You
Make It Home
Faith, Hope, Love
On and On
One and Done
So Long
Fallen Castle
Those Days
Final Score

Go HERE to pre-order Serengeti Drivers.

To read Alternative Revolution’s exclusive interview with Will which we posted a little while ago, go HERE where he talks about the new album and a little about new Collective Soul music.

Will is going to be busy this summer hitting the road with Collective Soul on the Rock And Roll Express tour with 3 Doors Down and Soul Asylum.  Here are the dates:

July 6 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre
July 7 – Jacksonville, Fla. @ Daily’s Place
July 10 – Boca Raton, Fla. @ Mizner Park Amphitheater
July 11 – Tampa, Fla. @ Al Lang Stadium
July 13 – Pelham, Ala. @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
July 14 – Biloxi, Miss. @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum
July 15 – Houston, Texas @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented By Huntsman
July 17 – Irving, Texas @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
July 18 – Cedar Park, Texas @ H-E-B Center
July 20 – Oklahoma City, Okla. @ The Zoo Amphitheatre
July 21 – Maryland Heights, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 24 – Chicago, Ill. @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 26 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Armory
July 27 – West Bend, Wis. @ Washington County Fair
July 28 – Riverside, Iowa @ Riverside Casino *
Aug. 3 – Clearfield, Pa. @ Clearfield County Fair *
Aug. 4 – Kalamazoo, Mich. @ Wings Event Center
Aug. 7 – Sterling Heights, Mich. @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Aug. 8 – Huber Heights, Ohio @ Rose Music Center At The Heights*
Aug. 10 – Gilford, N.H. @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Aug. 11 – Holmdel, N.J. @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 14 – Brookhaven, N.Y. @ The Amphitheater at Bald Hill
Aug. 16 – Uncasville, Conn. @ Mohegan Sun *
Aug. 18 – Niagara Falls, N.Y. @ Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino *
Aug. 19 – Atlantic City, N.J. @ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa *
Aug. 21 – Baltimore, Md. @ Pier Six Pavilion *
Aug. 22 – Greensboro, N.C. @ White Oak Amphitheatre
Aug. 24 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ascend Amphitheater
Aug. 25 – Simpsonville, S.C. @ Heritage Park Amphitheatre
Sept. 6 – Lemoore, Calif. @ Tachi Palace Casino *
Sept. 7 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Report *
Sept. 8 – Funner, Calif. @ Harrah’s Resort Socal *
Sept. 11 – Denver, Colo. @ Fillmore Auditorium *
Sept. 12 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Utah State Fair *
Sept. 14 – Mescalero, N.M. @ Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino *
Sept. 16 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Comerica Theatre *
Oct. 27 – Cherokee, N.C. @ Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Report – 15th The Better Life Foundation Concert*

No Soul Asylum – *

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