Creed (band) - Reception and Criticism

Reception and Criticism

Creed was one of the most commercially successful rock bands of the late 90s and early 2000s, having sold an estimated 53 million records worldwide. Their first three studio albums, My Own Prison, Human Clay, and Weathered, have all gone multi-platinum in the United States, selling 6 million, 11 million, and 6 million copies respectively. The band also won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song for the song "With Arms Wide Open" in 2001. However, in spite of this enormous commercial success, Creed was poorly received by professional critics, such as Robert Christgau. Although Jonah Weiner of Slate has tried to make the case that the band was "seriously underrated," that "most people hate Creed’s combination of overwrought power-balladry and Christian-infused testosterone." However, the band's live shows from throughout their career have been critically acclaimed. In 2011, Billboard ranked Creed as the 18th best artist of the 2000s.

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