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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 August, 1996)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Love this tape Bad!
I have always been a big fan of rock and a bigger fan of reggae and rap. So imaging my delight when I discovered 311!! I was hooked when I heard "Beutiful Disaster" and "Transistor" The thing is that I heard this album first. I went and researched 311 and came up on the self-titled album.. I heard "Purpose" and fell in love. I recommend this album highly, for those who follw each of the genres mentioned above you'll love these rude boys from Omaha, Nebraska!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME CD!
The only reason I knocked off a star is cause this one's edited. I hate that. The regular one is an easy 5 stars! It's full of cool reggae beats not to mention funky rapping! It's like a cross between the Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers! Throw in a little bit of Sublime and you've got a KILLER CD! ... Read more

Asin: B00005ABHG
Sales Rank: 130803


Hybrid Theory
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 October, 2000)
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It may be too cynical to assume Hybrid Theory changed its name to Linkin Park in order to appear right next to Limp Bizkit in your local record bin. But rock-rap workouts like "One Step Closer" and "Papercut" do make Linkin Park a comfortable fit with Fred Durst and his ilk. Producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Lit, Eve 6) and twin vocal threats Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda serve up industrial-strength rap and rock melodicism with equal aplomb on this woulda-been-self-titled debut effort. "Points of Authority" aims to sound like Trent Reznor wanking it up with Lars and company, whereas guitarist Brad Delson's Edge-y harmonics help "In the End" and "Pushing Me Away" evoke a dark romanticism akin to A Perfect Circle. Curiously, the band gets by with no bass player, while sample-happy DJ Joseph Hahn's step into the spotlight on the instrumental "Cure for the Itch" suggests a potential for eclecticism that could help Linkin Park outlive its seemingly transient genre. --Bill Forman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Move Over Limp Bizkit
You can stop waiting for the next best thing in rock n roll. The debut album by Linkin Park is the best I've heard in a long time. These newcomers combine rock, rap, sampling, scratching, and a variety of other genres to create a sound fusion that's all their own. The first single, One Step Closer, is as angry and sonically powerful as anything Limp Bizkit or Papa Roach has ever released. The vocal tandem of Mike and Chester provide a perfect balance in order to come at the listener from all directions. Finally a band has released an album where all the tracks don't sound like the same song. Especially of interest is the band's DJ and resident sampler, Big Bad Mr. Hahn, whose influence can be heard dramatically in such songs as Papercut and By Myself. Mr. Hahn adds another layer to the music that most bands are missing. His skills serve the complement the resounding bass and drums that are the backbone of Linkin Park's unique sound. The band really excels in mixing up the tempo of each song and surprising the listener with each passing minute. Don't be fooled by the ballad-like beginning of Crawling (one of the album's finest tracks), the band raises and lowers the intensity enough to get a strong point across. Hybrid Theory is a very beautiful yet intense debut album. Although not an instant classic in the rock cannon, the album shows the kind of promise most new bands at this time are lacking. If Hybrid Theory is any indicator, Linkin Park will soon be known to rock fans throughout the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars sO fReAkIn' kEwL!
I think "sincerety" and "creativity" are just getting SOOO played out. It's time for something new. It's time for Linkin Park.

As the late, great Kid Rock once said, "If music is good, you'll FEEL it." And, while Linkin Park is no Kid Rock, I really FEEL this breathtaking debut. Every single track makes me want to call my parents sell-outs and squeeze Noxzema pads into my mouth until I get really smashed.

Even though the cover art may be the highlight of this album, I can't forget the actual songs. There's the smash hit "One Step Closer", which, in my opinion, perfectly depicts stereotypical teen-angst. "Papercut" sorta sounds like an echo of everything that has been done in rock n' roll history, but it's still really sweet. "Forgotten" has some of those most beautiful and poignant lyrics to come along in weeks - "Taken far from my safety/The picture is there/The memory won't escape me/But why should I care?" That is almost better than the material in Jewel's book of poetry.

I could prolly go on for days about why this is the most subversive fun I've had in 13 years but I really need to get a pair of JNCOs before the store closes. Buy this if ur kewl!!!!11

5-0 out of 5 stars Some of the best hybrid music
As some might know, the band was called Hybrid Theory before their commercial breakthrough, and that name gives you a hint of what this band is like.
No, this band is not Heavy Metal. A lot of people are busy complaining that the guys are a disgrace to Heavy Metal, but really, they are not a Heavy band. They use some metal elements (very well, I might add), along with rap and electronica, which is why some like to label them as Nu-metal. This label might be the most accurate, but their sound is unlike most other Nu-metal bands.
They have a knack of creating very catchy songs, which, of course, explains their commercial success.
More, they really are a bunch of talented artists. Chester sings really well, both aggressive and emotional, even though his voice is a bit untraditional and maybe boyish, but he does it well, and it adds to their distinctive sound.
Mike raps with routine, and complements Chester well, while Brad and Phoenix on guitar and bass does the groundwork in most songs, even if they don't give off any flashy solos. Rob is, in my opinion, one of the best drummers out there, and Joe Hahn - well he is on of the elements that adds to LP's distinctive sound. LP wouldn't be the same without his intelligent understanding of scratching and electronica.
The lyrics are well written and the band keep them universal, so they are easy for everyone to relate to.
Some are annoyed by their heavy use of angsty lyrics, and most of them are about alienation, and yes, they may not be very original, but still well written.
Hybrid Theory is one of the few albums in my personal collection where I can listen to all songs at all times without skipping any of them. ... Read more

Asin: B00004Z459


Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 July, 1996)
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For all his tattoos and bulked-up frat-boy persona, singer Bradley Nowell had real soul, which made his fatal heroin overdose even more tragic. There's more to this Long Beach, California, trio's debut, released shortly after Nowell's death in 1996, than white suburban punks imitating Jamaican ska music. The band comes up with great songs, notably the catchy MTV hit "What I Got"; spooky dub-reggae undertones, produced by the Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary, to go with the snappy horns; and surprisingly progressive lyrics that attack sexism and other social ills, especially on "Wrong Way." Like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fishbone, obvious forebears, Sublime become slightly tiresome after 17 songs, but the band is great in short doses. --Steve Knopper ... Read more


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I don't get why some people will give a cd a lower rating cause it gets radio play. You shouldn't like or dis-like a cd cause some of its songs on the radio. Anyway i'm a huge Sublime and own all there cd's (execpt stand by your van) I think this cd doesn't get enough credit just because excellent songs like what i got, wrong way, santeria and doin time are played on the radio. It also holds some other gems like Garden Grove, April 29, 1992 (Miami) which has a great story line, Same in the end, Burritos, Get Ready and Caress Me Down. The best song has to be what i got (reprise) when you listen to it just makes u feel good. In my oppion this is Sublimes second best album behind 40 oz to freedom, but it is still great.......... mad love out to lou dog and RIP BRAD..........PEACE!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE GREATEST CDs OF ALL TIME
If you haven't heard Sublime before, I suggest buying this CD. It's full of ska, reggae, punk, rap, and hip-hop. All of the songs are great, energetic, and they all sound different. This is how I would rate each song:
(1)Garden Grove:A++
(2)What I Got:A+
(3)Wrong Way:A+
(4)Same In The End:A+
(5)April 26, 1992:A+
(9)Pawn Shop:A
(10)Paddle Out:A
(11)Balled Of Johny Butt:A
(13)Under My Voodoo:A
(14)Get Ready:A
(15)Caress Me Down:A+
(16)What I Got(reprise):A
(17)Doin' Time:A+

This is the last CD that Sublime made before Brad passed away, and it's one of their best. It's to bad he went away at the height of their success, but he new some day he would "lose the war".-Pool Shark

R.I.P. Brad Nowell

5-0 out of 5 stars Bradley Nowell sounds even better now that he's Dead.
"Sublime" is one of my favorite albums of all time and it is by far the best Sublime record. Listening to "Sublime" is like the equivelant to watching an episode of Cops. There are songs about prostitutes, pawn shops, weed, race riots, and guns. All good fun!
Some highlights are:
"Garden Grove"- I like when Bradley goes through the list of reasons why his soul is unsound.
"Same in the End"- Totally rocks.
"Seed"- Totally rocks too.
"Burritos"- Should have been another single. ... Read more

Asin: B000002OZS


Third Eye Blind
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 April, 1997)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good, solid effort
This album doesn't break any musical barriers, but it is a very enjoyable listen. Too often I read reviews that focus on whether the CD is original or "moving music into the next millenium" whatever the hell that means. People now rate CDs on how they fit into pop culture, which is not the real issue. Just take this album at face value, that is, its music, and you will like it. Don't be influenced by these people who are way too serious and have their musical priorities out of whack. These types of people try so hard to be different and "alternative" that they miss the real point: the music. Third Eye Blind writes good, if unadventerous, pop rock music. The radio hits are good tunes, but the real gems are at the end, when the boys slow it down a bit on songs 11, 12, and 13. If you've got a spare ten or fifteen bucks, this is a solid buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of our times
I'm generally not a huge fan of this genre of music...what I guess I want to call "medium pop-rock" or something like that, but this debut album from Third Eye Blind (3EB for short) is absolutely positively one of the best albums EVER, regardless of genre. For those who only remember the bouncy sounds and fast lyrics of Semi-Charmed Life coming over the radio, you are missing out on one of the most coherent pieces of musical work ever made.

Although each song is well-written, with good hooks and deep and poetic lyrics, what makes this album five stars is the way in which all the albums weave together and tell an intricate story when played beginning to end. Now, the story it tells is up for interpretation, but I've always imagined it as the story of a man who is watching his life crumble away before his eyes...he is abandoned by his girlfriend and his loved ones, he grows to feel empty and shallow, and he is torn emotionally as a series of difficult situations arise...for instance, the girlfriend, who was only exploiting him but he still holds love for, is caught in a horrific accident in "The Background" and he has to decide to put his heart on the line again or walk away from the girl he loves.

There are so many other examples that I could go on for pages, but to summarize, this album is so ripe with a coherent and intricate love story that you could write a novel based on this album. That puts Third Eye Blind's debut album near the top of a short list of the best albums ever made, period.

3-0 out of 5 stars 3EB, "Thanks A Lot".
Unfortunately, these guys have suffered the same fate as many others, like "Sugar Ray". They got huge right away with their debut, then with each release people kind of lost interest. Well, regardless of all that, this is a great disc. I've heard a few make comparisons to "Pink Floyd" and "Jane's Addiction", and while 3EB is nowhere near the caliber of those bands, they're much better than say "Matchbox Twenty", or similar VH1 bands. Most all of these tracks are good, but the hits are "How It's Going To Be", "Jumper", "Losing A Whole Year", and the way overplayed to the point of being annoying "Semi-Charmed Life". Their next album had some good tracks like "Never Let You Go", but this is the disc to own. You should be able to find numerous copies at your local used cd store. ... Read more

Asin: B000002HOK
Sales Rank: 5049


Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 July, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Grassroots is one of 311's best
Grassroots is one of 311's best cds with great tracks like "Homebrew", "Lucky", "Tayed", and most of the songs on the cd. ... Read more

Asin: B00004W9M6
Sales Rank: 292189
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Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 November, 2000)
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The first single off of R. Kelly's TP-2.com, "I Wish," might be amoving memorial to a dead friend, but the main theme on his latest CD is sex. The first tip-off that Kelly has left the spirit world to concentrate onnookie is the CD title, which refers back to his mid-'90s smash 12 Play.Back then, Kelly made his name with a take-no-prisoners (if somewhat obvious)sensuality. Yet now this loveman sounds conflicted and ill at ease. He mightoffer to "Strip for You," he might lay claim for a girl who's "Like a Real Freak," he might even promise his lady "The Greatest Sex," but his manner is so tentative and so self-reflective it makes one wonder how hot the loving could really be. Kelly has been expanding his creative repertoire over the course of his past two CDs, and his latest motif is a sort of stream-of-consciousness style that constantly returns to the main thrust of the argument: a circular groove. At its best (the triumphant "I Wish"), this style is emotional and emphatic. At its worst, or when Kelly insists on using it over and over, it's the musical equivalent of having a drunk poke you in the arm repeatedly to make his point. On "Fiesta," Kelly literally builds a song out of this annoying rhythmic tic, and it's like he's on a treadmill, never getting anywhere. TP-2.com is raw andromantic, but it becomes too redundant to truly sustain the passion.--Amy Linden ... Read more


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R.Kelly have prove to everybody that he is The World Greatest Male Musician, Artist, Singer, Performer, Producer, Songwriter, Arranger and Re-Mixer Of All Time. This Album Kick the A** of all other R&B Albums of other Artists. You can`t compare perfection (R.Kelly) with imperfection (Rest of the so call R&B singers). Every sigle song is sensational, emotional, sensual, heartfelt, soulful, etc. and etc. Songs like: "TP-2", "Strip For You", "The Greatest Sex", "I Don`t Mean It", "Just Like That", "Like A Real Freak", "Fiesta", "Don`t You Say No", "One Me", "I Wish" and His Ghetto Remix, "A Woman`s Threat, "I Decided", "I Mean It(I Don`t Mean It)", "All I Really Want", "Feelin On Yo Booty" and "The Storm Is Over Now" gives to every listener a very tasteful journey of passion, life, love, sex, relationships, party, Inspirational way to look to life and enjoy life. Nobody can do a Classic like this, just R.Kelly. You haters have to really listen to true music at his best.



BUY IT NOW...!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is Too Much Soul... Amazing Classic by the King !!!
Wow. What can I said ??? R.Kelly is The R&B King...Period. This is by far one of the Best R&B Albums of all time. It have it all in just one whole album. Phenomenal Smooth Grooves, Sensual Hot Slow Jams, Pair of Blazing Club Banging Joints, a lil' Hip-Hop, and even Gospel Tunes. R.Kelly is a Musical Genius. His Production, Writting and Arranging Skills shines in every song in this Masterpiece. All the songs are Flawless, Timeless, Relaxing and just Memorables. Is so difficult to pick my favorite songs because everyone of them are Heartfelt, So Soulful & Passionate. But if I got to choose my Top 10 songs here in this magnificent album I will pick:

Not in order:
1) I Wish and His Ghetto Remix.
2) Strip For You.
3) I Don't Mean It.
4) Just Like That.
5) One Me.
6) All I Really Want.
7) A Woman's Threat.
8) Don't You Say No.
9) Feelin On Yo Booty.
10) The Storm Is Over Now.



4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars its REALLY hot, but it's not 12 PLAY!!
TP-2 is hot. Okay its really hot. Its no secret that RKelly is all about sex and TP2 is no different. I love the raunchy songs and the gospel tinged ballads. THE GREATEST SEX is what it is, a sexy song! I DON'T MEAN IT is a R.Kelly begging ballad if I ever heard one, but his voice is on point and whoever the girl is...dammit he didn't mean it!! :) JUST LIKE A REAL FREAK AND FIESTA are summer jams, even though the remix to FIESTA with HOVA is hotter. The chorus to like a real freak is jus mad cool. On I WISH R.Kelly brings his guards down and promises to bring back a loved one to spend time with him. Very touching but the remix is even hotter. WOMAN'S THREAT is a dark and Sparkle-esque jam that showcases R.Kelly in dark mode. This brings me to my all time fave jam of R.Kelly or anyone for that matter, FEELIN ON YO BOOTY. Yeah everyone is saying that he went over the top with that one, but that is one of the sexiest song ever hands down. Yeah it sounds so simple, yeah feelin on yo booty, but that baseline and the beginning of the song, just gets the mood right. I wish he made a 10 minute version of that song and released it I would buy it. He shoulda went Prince on it and released a 10 minute version. That sh*t would still be banging in the clubs til this day! The last song THE STORM IS OVER NOW is a nice song similar to I Believe I Can Fly, once again R.'s voice is onpoint! This is a nice album, many bangers, hot beats, and you can't forget Feelin on yo Booty. But like the title says its no 12 Play that is his masterpiece!! But TP2 is HOT!!! ... Read more

Asin: B00004WIZA


Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 April, 1997)
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At first it sounds like Living Colour vocalist Corey Glover was spliced into a joint project between Faith No More and Testament, but the longer Sevendust's self-titled debut album plays, the more it takes on its own life. The Atlanta, Georgia band is well schooled in thrash metal, but it has a soft spot for sing-along melodies and more than a passing interest in hip-hop. Cobbled together, the results could sound fractured and divisive, but Sevendust's surging wah-wah guitars, razor-edged riffs, bloodcurdling screams, and soulful vocals blend together as smoothly as strawberries and rum.--Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful Album-Best I've Heard
I dont care what anybody says, this is one of the best albums out today. They used very little money to make it, but the sound is incredible. I am a big fan of bands like Tool, Godsmack, Biohazard, and other hardcore bands, but they do not even come close to the calibur of this album. The singer, Lajon Witherspoon, has such an incredible voice. He sings with many different styles, ranging from very melodic to an all out growl. I was a little disappointed with the guitar playing, its a little bit unclear, but the singing and percussion make up for it. Those who insult the CD and give it 1 or 2 stars don't know what heavy metal is. This is so much better than sellout bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit. People that dont like this CD can't appreciate good hardcore music. Their CD Home doesn't even come close to their self-titled debut. Every single track on this CD is great. Peace Out to all the Sevendust fans.

4-0 out of 5 stars I just had to clear up some things...
First, if you're on this page, you're interested, so go ahead and pick up Sevendust's self-titled debut. It's good.

Second off, I just had to clear some things up. Scroll down a ways, until you get to the one out-of-place review here briliantly entitled "LAME!!!!!" with five, count 'em, five exclamation points to really drive this person's pointless review home.

Now, everyone's entitled to their own opinion, and I understand that, and I wouldn't have even written a thing about it if it didn't appear to be a totally WORTHLESS jumble of whining. From the top, the cd is good and solid, and actually has music behind the thrash you think it may just be. This certain reviewer from can you find Arthur? (whatever that is supposed to try and mean beats the crap out of me - probably just more pointless junk) starts off by complaining to all of us how he/she felt pressured to buy the cd because "everyone just loves [it]". And then they whined because it was a waste of their money. Heads up for you: they're reviews on the page of a product you must be interested enough in already (you're viewing the page to buy it, after all) and not people making you do anything. Then they go on to say it is just like every other band they've heard other than their certain select favorites. Well, if you hate all other bands other than Pink Floyd and Nirvana and such, why would you waste your money on anything else? Just stay at home and listen to them all you want and don't try and steer people interested in this hard-working band away.

Just my opinions on the matter. Buy it if you want, don't if you don't want to.

Peace out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Where Hard-Core-Melody Began.
Beautiful masterpiece in musical history. The kind of cd which defines a generation. In your face for its time, cleverly crafted to mix chorus and breakdown riffs... quite unique ... Read more

Asin: B000000GS5


Three Dollar Bill, Y'All
Average Customer Review: 3.96 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 July, 1997)
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Rap metal has been around ever since 1986 when Run-DMC and Aerosmith joined forces for a remake of "Walk This Way," but it took nearly a decade for Rage Against the Machine to bust the floodgates wide open. Soon after, a stream of percussive hellraisers including Korn, Downset, and Deftones infiltrated the metal market, and they, in turn, sired a new breed fronted by acts like Snot and Limp Bizkit. Three Dollar Bill Y'All, Limp Bizkit's debut album, is a tempestuous collection of divergent styles. Unlike metal acts that try to get "dope," but lack the hip-hop background to legitimately fuse the two genres, Limp Bizkit--which features Wes Borland and House of Pain member DJ Lethal--have the know-how to groove and grind. And instead of launching a one-dimensional Blitzkrieg, Limp Bizkit mixes up its rhythms and tempos to keep its listeners guessing. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars An Honest Review

Here's the real deal to me...

I listen to a lot of metal (Pantera, Machine Head, Sepultura, Shadows Fall, In Flames) and I really don't think its a bad CD. The production is terrible thanks to Ross Robinson, but otherwise this is a pretty honest CD from a band that has become the equivalent of n'sync. As a band, Limp Bizkit are pretty tight (minus Fred). Wes Borland is a good guitarist, nothing groundbreaking. The rythym section shines though. Sam Rivers lays down some good tracks that carry a few of the songs pretty well such as "Stuck." And John Otto...I gotta say, this guy really ranks up there, I'm serious. I read he played jazz before joining these guys, and it shows. He really is a good drummer. The songs here are definitely the "heaviest" out of their three CD's. I think "Counterfeit", "Pollution", and "Stalemate" are the best on here. The riff's are good, the song structures too. So, yeah, go ahead and think you're cool and diss LB, but this isn't a bad CD. I basically wrote this to all the cool "metal" guys who think they know everything because they listen to Slayer, Megadeth blah, blah, blah. If you don't like it, fine. But don't compare this to them, this isn't speed metal, its Mallcore, plain and simple. That is all.

4-0 out of 5 stars Without question Fred's finest work
Limp Bizkit may have become the worst sellouts ever with "Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water" (except for Wes Borland, who was unhappy with Fred's actions), but "Three Dollar Bill Y'All" will always be the band's best CD ever. It's a perfect example of the naked rage that's been fading from a few rap metal bands today (Hed P.E. for example, though they're still a good band).

Wes Borland and Sam Rivers's guitar and bass work is raw and relentless, just like John Otto's drumming, which is the most technical ever done in the band's career. DJ Lethal's turntable work is also impressive and a little atmospheric (especially in "Everything"), but the most memorable member on the CD is the frontman: Fred Durst. His voice may sound whiny at first listen, but he's acting emotional while rapping. And it's super-catchy. Even with his ear-crushing screams, you can almost picture the bloodshot rage (which he once had here) in his eyes.

Every track on here is good, from the chord-crushing "Counterfeit" to the beautiful, eerie atmosphere of "Everything", which will be great to relax to after jumping up and down to the beat of the heavier songs before it. "Pollution" is an awesome opener, and "Stalemate" has a great intro with a hawaiian-sounding guitar (before kicking into a faster pace later). "Sour" is a classic with lyrics that are actually pretty funny, just like those in the moody, slow-paced "Stink Finger"(which IS NOT rip off Tool's "Stinkfist" in any way as some LB haters claim. It's just about a neighbor that made Fred's life miserable).

Bottom Line: Check out this CD. Even if you dislike rapcore, its worth a listen.

2-0 out of 5 stars The only Good bizkit
Before Fred Durst managed to sell out and drag the reputation of Nu Metal with him, Limp Bizkit released this album. While the album isn't terrible like Chocolate Starfish, New Old Songs and Results May Very; 3 Dolor bill isn't that great. The songs Counterfiet and Pollution are actually pretty good, unfortunately Durst turned out to be both of these. Stuck is a song that is fun, but once again nothing special. The rest of the songs fall along these lines except Indigo Flow (it was recorded at Indigo Ranch), all it is Fred thanking everyone who helped get them this far, but its quite pointless. Everything is a song that is over 15 minutes long, is very quiet/boring and you can't make out what is being said. The shotgun effect found on Leech is actually quite funny, that demo is actually pretty cool. But once again I say that this is limp bizkit's only good album. Everything after here was a downward Spiral. This is the only Limp Bizkit Album I ever bought. If you are interesting in what the "good Bizkit" sounded like, just download it. Limp Bizkit will be remembered as Korn's Curse. Korn is one of the only good Nu-metal bands out there. This album is sub par to everything Korn has done. ... Read more

Asin: B000001Y42


February Son
Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 February, 1999)
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Oleander take their name from a highly poisonous shrub. A spin of February Son makes one wonder why they didn't decide on a more straightforward name like The Bastard Sons of Alice in Chains. The opening cut "Why I'm Here" is a wholesale clearance on grunge staples: the subdued verses, the Stone Temple Pilots vocals gaining speed as the chorus, wavelike, rises and crashes on the same ears that grew bored with this sound years before. At times the boys in the band stretch in a more interesting poplike direction, but not enough to reach into that part of the brain that remembers strikingly good music. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hard and positive
What a novel idea. Make something viable to those who like music loud, hard and fast (not thrashy) but something positive in the lyrics. Can't be done via a non-christian\secular band you say: then pick up this bit of notes, chords, and lyrics. To put it simply, this band knows how to step it up a notch. This Cd has an edgy pop feel to it. Good hooks, great arrangements and mixing. Shrinking Blob, Where Were You Then, Lost Cause, Stupid, and especially You'll Find Out are very much in your face anthemic type rock songs. They don't come at you with guns blazing, but rather change tempo, allow you to catch your breath and then get pushed back into the grove where you roller coaster your way to the next track. There is also the radio friendly Why I'm Here (a great song even after a hundred listens) and How Could I?. Wonderful Cure cover, Boys Don't Cry. It doesn't move far from the original but does add an nice hard rock sound as opposed to a poppy goth sound. What sets this band apart are the lyrics. You'll Find Out, with lyrics aluding to addiction of some sort, that you can pull yourself out of, Down When I'm Loaded "It's the sound of super sad. It's the kinds shi* that makes me angry. your bad, your wasting your time on irresponsibility", and Never Again "cause I've been there. never again, never again will I allow myself to drown".

I read the editorial review by Jason Joseph and I couldn't disagree with him more. True the first I heard of Oleander was that they were the "new Nirvana" and they do bring across a feeling in thier lyrics that demands thought and not just head banging or knocking around the mosh pit. They are more commercially viable than Alice in Chains but the "Stone Temple Pilots element" is what makes the music worth the listen. This is a good band that carries the grunge name and not some of the new dispose all garbage we are getting from Saliva or every new Korn wannabe.

Mind you, this is your basic power chord music but do yourself a favor and trade your hard earned cash for this CD. You'll be banging the steering wheel as you drive through traffic or across the country side. This is a definite 5 star cd for the genre it fits into as well as for production value and content.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Rock music has returned!
This is one of the best music purchases I have made since the mid 90s. Upon first hearing "I Walk Alone" on the radio, I actually though it was Candlebox. After hearing the entire album, I must say these guys are better than Candlebox, a little more upbeat and poppier while still retaining that hard edge. Every song is a gem, from the opening cruncher "You'll Find Out" through the emotional closer "Never Again". Along the way you'll enjoy many instant classics such as the current hit "Stupid", the quiet verses to raging storm chorus of "Why I'm Here" (which reminds me of Alice in Chain's more melodic side), the anthemic "Down When I'm Loaded" and the killer version of the Cure's classic "Boy's Don't Cry" (which, IMHO, out classes the original). If you like Candlebox or Collective Soul, you won't want to miss this album. Now if I can just find their indie debut Shrinking the Blob (from which can be found earlier versions of most the songs on February Son).

5-0 out of 5 stars A band that is definitely paving paths for future pop/rock
What can you expect from a CD which has a little robot in a flower field on the cover? A WHOLE lot. Oleander have their instruments tuned (and distorted at the same time) to perfection. They can also play with a superlative amount of talent, with lead singer Thomas Flowers' distinctive vocals. To many people, this album is a breath of fresh air over " Shrinking The Blob", which some found to be inferior.
Here is a track breakdown:

1. You'll Find Out- Excuse me, but did someone see or hear an alien UFO land on the beginning of this song? Very different and distorted. Hence, does this recall the opening style or sound to Nirvana's "Stay Away?"-4/10

2. Stupid- Better than the first; completely listenable. Ends a little bit too abruptly, though.-5/10

3. Down When I'm Loaded- THE BEST FRIGGIN' SONG ON THIS WHOLE DAMN ALBUM!!! This was also a radio hit a while back. Perfectly paced song, with excellent alternative guitar hooks.-11/10

4. Why I'm Here- Just ONE step down from the previous song. This has Nirvanaesque hooks to it. Hence, the beginning of "Heart-Shaped Box."-9/10

5. I Walk Alone- If I could squeeze in my rating between "Why I'm Here" and "Down When I'm Loaded"-well I actually can, making this song a 10/10. I can also REALLY relate to this song.

6. Lost Cause- Ummmm...I don't know. I think they could have put a little more time and effort into this song. The guitar choruses are also annoyingly repetitive.-3/10

7. Where Were You Then?- A very fine song, but the guitar riffs this time on the solo sound random and contrived.-6/10

8. Shrinking The Blob- SUCKS.-1/10

9. How Could I?- A beautiful, beautiful ballad, and very ,melodic. Slow and relaxing. I think that every rock album should have a cool-down song like this.-10/10

10. Boy's Don't Cry- This song seems like a filler, but I have to admit it IS good, although a LITTLE bit fast.-7/10

11. Never Again- The closing song on this CD, and also a very promising one! It seems like Thomas is talking about breaking some of his bad habits on this song. Role model? You be the judge.-8/10

Well, that's it. Hopefully this information will guide you to a classic CD. In other words, February Son by Oleander. Buy it now. ... Read more

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Permanent Vacation
Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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While it doesn't quite hang together as well as does the follow-up Pump, Permanent Vacation marked Aerosmith's rebirth as a viable rock band. On the strength of singles "Rag Doll," "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," and "Angel" (a worthy entry from the band that basically invented the power ballad), Aerosmith came roaring back into the charts with a vengeance, proving that rock & rollers really can claw their way to the top more than once. Their roots show in a couple of bluesy tracks ("St. John" and "Hangman Jury"), while other songs (notably "Magic Touch" and "Simoriah") are quintessential 1980s rockers. Overall the singles on Permanent Vacation are stronger than the album as a whole, but it was this album that announced that Aerosmith were back. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Nicely done
I do not have this album, but I have heard my cousin's tape. This is an awesome CD. Joe Perry has great guitar riffs and Steven Tyler has his regular, great voice of his. There are also great synthesizers. Some good songs are "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)," "Rag Doll," "Heart's Done Time," "Hangman Jury," "Permanent Vacation" and "Angel." Buy this album no matter what type of Aerosmith you like, because it's awesome.

5-0 out of 5 stars Aerosmith makes a comeback with a blast
Aerosmith was a great 70's band with albums like Toys In The Attic and hits like "Dream On" and "Walk This Way." They made their huge comeback in 1987 with Permanent Vacation. The album is loaded with the hits "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)," "Rag Doll," and "Angel." Those are not the only good songs on Permanent Vacation though. The title track, "Simoriah," "Girl Keeps Coming Apart" and the rest of the songs are almost as good. In my opinon, Aerosmith couldn't have made a comeback in the 80's with a much better album.

If you're an Aerosmith fan or if you like hard rock, I recommend getting Permanent Vacation. It might stay permanently as one of your favorites.

4-0 out of 5 stars Aerosmith in their prime
"Permanent vacation" is one of the better, if not the best Aerosmith album ever. The previous "Done with mirrors" wasn't all bad but it sure wasn't very exciting. This time Aerosmith had a lot of better songs and the whole album gives a sense that the band had decided to do things properly. With the help from songwriters like Desmond Child (was there any hair metal band that he didn't wrote songs for?) and Jim Vallance (Bryan Adams' co-writer), "Permanent vacation" turned out to be a solid rock album. There's a lot of enjoyable tunes like the melodic "Magic touch", the groovy "Rag doll", and the catchy "Dude (looks like a lady)". "Hangman jury" and the title track "Permanent vacation" are also highlights, and those of you who think a good hard rock album needs a ballad - you get that in "Angel". Even 'tho Aerosmith usually have a rather rattling approach they manage to keep that under control on this release.

After this, Aerosmith went on and recorded "Pump" which also is a solid effort, maybe a little uneven in comparison to "Permanent vacation". Next it was time for the more commercial "Get a grip", which included hit singles like "Living on the edge", "Crying" and "Crazy". These three albums are all worth having, but I'd start with "Permanent vacation". ... Read more

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Why I Sing the Blues [MCA]
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 January, 1995)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best BB for under $10
Ok, so it's not his best (try Live at the Regal). But for about $8 you get one of the best performances of the classic How Blue Can You Get? ever captured on tape. Plus you get the studio versions of the Thrill is Gone, Why I Sing the Blues, and Sweet Sixteen". As well as the classics, this album has some nice diversity. Ghetto Woman, Humingbird and So Excited are grooving r&b songs, while Aint't Nobody Home shows the King's gospel roots. bottom line, this album is worth it just for four songs: "the Thrill is Gone", "Ain't Nobody Home", "How Blue can You get", and "Sweet Sixteen". Great stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Cheap King
This is the best inexpensive B. B. King CD on the market today. I own over 20 King CDs, cassettes, and albums and this is one of my favorites. It could almost be labeled a "best of", with songs such as The Thrill is Gone, Ghetto Woman, Why I Sing the Blues, How Blue Can You Get?, and Ain't Nobody Home. Not to metion "Chains and Things" with Carole King on piano.

I must have in everyones Compact Disc collection!

5-0 out of 5 stars King of all Blues
This album is great. Theres no possible way you will ever grow tired of it. Songs like "The Thrill Is Gone, Ghetto Woman, Hummingbird, and To Know You Is To Love You" will leave you with the desire to hear even more of B.B. Kings brillant guitar playing. Also featured is "Ain't Nobody Home" done in big organ gospel style reaviling B.B.'s childhood upbringing in the church chior. On "Chains And Things" Carole King sits in and deliveres an amazing preformance with B.B. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 April, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars "Ain't No Thang" but a chicken wing
I remember when I first heard "Player's Ball" on the radio. The song was very catchy and it was definitely something that you could play in your car, if you had one at the time. When I heard the title track, the second single on the CD, I knew that this CD by Outkast was a must buy. This CD, in itself, changed hip hop in the south for years to come and it is still setting a trend for up and coming rap acts from the Dirty South. This CD by itself, in my opinion, but ATL on the map as far as rap is concerned. When you listen to Outkast affiliated artists like Goodie Mob, Cool Breeze, Youngbloodz, Backbone, Slimm Calhoun, and Dirty, you hear "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik" somewhere in their sound. From the "Peaches (Intro)" to the "Player's Ball (Reprise)" the listener is left satisfied with the whole CD. This CD also helped a group of unknown producers, Organized Noise Productions, get their foot in the door as well. Memorable jams such as "Crumblin' Erb", "Git Up, Git Out" w/Goodie Mob, "Ain't No Thing", "Claimin' True", "Hootie Hoo" and the player's national anthem of the south, "Funky Ride", are all on this CD. Outkast has dropped 3 CDs since their debut: "ATLiens", "Aquemini", and their current smash, "Stankonia". Outkast can release 4 more CDs after their previous ones but nothing will ever get as good as their debut. If this isn't a 5 mic album the Source Rating System shouldn't even exist.

5-0 out of 5 stars 1, 2, 3 thats how it be
I often find myself debating with friends on which Outkast album is the best one. But the truth is my mind can switch from one to the other on any day. One day itll be SPCM, the next itl be Aquemini and so on. But i must say this is my favorite Outkast cd. Playalistic sounds to bump in yo jeep. The Organized Noize sound is so tight on this lp. You can put this on repeat for a whole day and not get tired of it. 24 hours straight 23 times inone day. Their flow is mostly untouchableon songs like Aint No Thang, Southernplayalisticadilacmusic, crumblin erb, and claimin true. While they drop knowledge with goodie mob on Git up Git Out, or just chillin with Funky Ride, and Playaz Ball. THis album alone makes them a legendary group but if you compound all four of their albums youve got the greatest duo ever and one of the greatest groups ever. If you have never heard early oukast cds then pick it up immediately listen to it once and you will be hooked and beggin for more. no doubt.

5-0 out of 5 stars Southernplaylisticlassichip-hop
Before Andre 3000 and Big Boi were world-famous multi-platinum recording artists, they were a couple of teenagers making Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. This was before they were taking listeners on journeys of the mind with "Aquemini" and even before their UFO sounds of "ATLiens". No, they were just another couple of rappers, rhymin' about smokin' weed, ridin' in Cadillacs, pimpin', and not much else. And did they ever do it well!

"Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik" is for the hip-hop fans who love beats. That's what this album is all about. Beats, beats, and more beats. Lil' Jon should be taking lessons from Organized Noize, the production team in charge of the beats on this album. Go to any track (except for a skit), and you'll notice how ill the beat is. The only thing that makes those beats better are the two dope MC's riding that beat. You know who I mean. Dre and Big Boi, right out of high school on this album, drop down-south classics like the pimped-out "Player's Ball", the title track, "Ain't No Thang", and "Crumblin' Erb".

While all the songs are more than solid, there's one song on this album that stands out above the rest. "Git Up, Git Out" featuring Cee-Lo and Big Gipp of Goodie Mob rip it up with Outkast on this mid-tempo classic about doin' something with your life. The lyrics on that joint couldn't get better, and Cee-Lo's verse is one of the best hip-hop verses I have ever heard.

The only complaints I have with this album is the overall raw-ness Outkast displays. Some of the songs sound alike, which isn't a bad thing most of the time, but it would be nice to see a little more variety on this album. Although they sound almost the same, "Hootie Hoo" and "D.E.E.P." are both excellent songs with bangin' beats.

If you like your hip-hop raw, with slick flows and beats that make you wanna roll down your windows and play them really loud in your car, then "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik" is definitely for you. But if you only jumped on the Outkast bandwagon in the past year, then you might want to pass on this one, and get "Aquemini" instead. I know I'M "Outkast-ed" after listening to this album. ... Read more

Asin: B0000013GB
Sales Rank: 15150


A Place in the Sun
Average Customer Review: 4.49 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 February, 1999)
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Power pop is a catch-all term used to describe the music made by any band that knows a minimum of three chords and plays them loudly through electric guitars. Because of this, power pop is often frustratingly dim. Lit are the exception. On A Place in the Sun, Lit sound like Nirvana minus the angst, replacing it with Cheap Trick's melodic sensibility. Their slice-of-Gen-X-life lyrics are comprehensible, wryly personal musings of love, lust, alcohol, and the abuses of each. "My car is in the front yard / And I'm sleeping with my clothes on / Came in through the window last night / And you're gone," frontman A. Jay Popoff relates in "My Own Worst Enemy." Popoff sings in a from-the-gut, pure rock & roll voice that never needs to scream to be powerful or emotional. The hooks, played by brother Jeremy Popoff, are bigger than a cruise-ship anchor. There is absolutely nothing unfamiliar about any of these songs, but A Place in the Sun is one of the meatiest albums of its ilk, leaving its counterparts in the dark. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME CD!
In my collection of 90+ cds, this is definitely one of my top 10 ALL TIME favorites. Good from start to finish, dont have to skip one track! It has the 3 great singles My Own Worst Enemy, Ziplock Bag(my fav out of the 3), and Miserable, plus Four, No Big Thing, Down, Lovely Day, Place in the Sun, & The Best is Yet to Come Undone. Oh yea, for those of you who think Lit are just some brand new band that popped out of nowhere, they have been a band for about 9 years and have another cd out called Tripping the Light Fantastic, which I still have yet to check out. Anywayz, this is a fantastic cd- If you like alternative you will not be dissapointed at all! ROCK ON LIT!

4-0 out of 5 stars lit up and rockin!!!!!!
Poppy hooks tied to layers of heavy guitar and a lead singer who can even scream on key. that about sums this great miracle of rock-n-roll that mortals call a cd. The songwriting is very good and you'll find yourself snapping your fingers to"Happy", and "Ziplock"especially. Onlya few tracks did I not find too rock-worthy which is not to say they're not good songs. These guys rock hard but with full emotion. dig the thrash-slow-thrash-chorus of "NO BIG THING". Buy this cd or borrow it. I suggest buy it. Especially if there's a girl you are with and you fight. Then you can just send her a copy of "My Own Worst Enemy" Rock therapy..worx everytime

5-0 out of 5 stars LIT ROCKS!!!
"A place in the sun" is an awesome album. It is full of memorable guitar riffs, catchy vocals, and is consistantly good from beginning to end. It shows variation in the styles of songs, from "heavy", to slow, to fast. The quality of the songs is very high, compared to a lot of other rock junk out there these days. What is also appealing about the band, is that they are full of energy, and are light-hearted. They don't try to come off as being tough. They have no gimmicks, and give you what you pay for. Lit is definitely one of the most under-rated bands of recent times, so get out there and buy the cd to support such a talented band. If you love rock, you wont be disappointed with this album. If you already like Lit, then you'll love this cd, and if you've never heard them before, this is probably the best Lit album to start with. ... Read more

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