Eleven Days of Rain

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When Creed broke up in 2004, they left an obvious hole in the mainstream music market for a band with a stentorian lead singer bellowing pretentious, vaguely Christian lyrics over a band who stole all of their moves from Stone Temple Pilots and Alice in Chains, with a little late-'80s U2 thrown in for extra bombast. Illinois-based heartland rockers Eleven Days of Rain clearly ache to fill that particular void. A band that could not be a more obvious ripoff of Creed -- themselves hardly a beacon of musical originality -- Eleven Days of Rain have filled their debut album with blurry photocopies of lifted Creed riffs and lazy rewrites of Scott Stapp's less-meaningful-than-they-sound lyrics. There's a core audience of die-hard Creed fans who might react favorably to pompous riff-rockers like "Into You" and the would-be epic first single "Here With Me," at least until Stapp and the boys regroup for the inevitable reunion cash-in. For everyone else, Within is best avoided.

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