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Salival (Limited Edition)[CD & DVD]
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 December, 2000)
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One disc of this deluxe two-disc set serves up 74 minutes (eight songs) of live material and outtakes; the other offers a DVD (in Surround 5.1) of Tool's four grotesquely artistic videos, plus the bonus clip, "Hush," from their 1992 Opiate EP. Although there's little that's new here, it's put together with as much intensity and attention to detail as the quartet's other releases. The musical high point is the driving but delicate take on "Pushit." It's also entertaining to hear singer Maynard James Keenan in a Neil Young kind of mood on "Lame." This elaborately packaged set is really just a reminder of how creative and powerful this hard rock group can be. --Janiss Garza ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars A must for Tool fans
The DVD is awesome, and contains their videos for Sober, Prison Sex, Aenema, Stinkfist, and one I've never seen before for their song "Hush". The menus for the DVD aren't labeled, but are instead done very artistically, making browsing the DVD an experience in itself. I'm still hunting through it trying to figure out if there are any hidden items on the DVD disc. The CD is excellent as well, with some great live tracks of some favorites, and also contains some new studio tracks at the end: a cover of Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter", and another track "lamc" which seems to be another "joke" track like many found on Aenima, but then breaks into a hidden song at the very end which was a nice surprise. Over all, not much "new" music, but still a great Christmas gift for the Tool fan on your list.

5-0 out of 5 stars for the fans
This set is meant for people who love Tool. Like Ænima, some of the songs on this cd arent really songs, like message to harry manback II and l.a.m.c. The live songs are very good though, and the Led Zeppelin cover of No Quarter is great, especially if you like LZ too. The DVD is what makes it worth the money, however. Not only does it feature the four "groundbreaking" videos, but it also has their first video "Hush", which is their only video to have the band members on camera and which I've heard is not on the VHS. This is really the only big reason to get the DVD instead of the VHS besides video/sound quality. The book has some pictures taken from the videos and tour pics, including Maynard in a bra and wig.

If you're going to buy Salival, get it as soon as possible so you can get the first edition which has some words and names spelled wrong or mixed up in the book's notes. This version has been taken out of print and all others will not have the mistakes, so it is now considered a collector's item and is worth a lot more if you ever want to sell it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life Altering, But $160 Used??????
Everybody knows that anything Maynard touches is gold, and that Salival is spectacular as are all Tool releases, but I cannot believe that some sellers have the audacity to ask for $160-$260 for this box set. I've never even paid $160 for Tool tickets, let alone a used box set of theirs. You're much better off trying your luck at Best Buy or a local used cd store, and I know for a fact that Barnes & Noble carries this box set in their stores for no more than $40 (I used to work there and sell this quite often!) I just had to share that with fellow Maynardologists, do not get sucked into buying this box set at such a ridiculous price!! ... Read more

Asin: B0000541I5

Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 October, 1996)
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With its heavy-duty distortion, weighty rhythms, and cynical lyrics, Tool is a heavy metal band for the '90s. Rather like Metallica circa ...And Justice for All, the sound is focused heavily on texture, with vocals and guitars layered one atop the other, and heart-pounding drums underlying everything. There's not a whole lot of variety on Tool's second full-length album--most of the songs start off fairly low-key, kicking into high gear for the chorus, and repeat--but Maynard James Keenan's distinctive voice, the prog-rock stylings over a heavy metal base, and a supremely unhealthy dose of vitriol make this the perfect album to bang your head to. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars excuse me?
I read a review a bit down criticizing Tool for playing the same chord in every song in different time signatures, and it just struck my intellectual gag reflex.

No, Tool is not a time signature-obsessed Blink 182- in fact, Adam Jones is probably one of the greatest riff architects of the modern day. At least, that's what not only pretty much every guitar magazine seems to think, but also most of Jones' peers in the industry (Morello, for instance). But hey, it's good to criticize someone for drifting too far away from what's happening in the rest of the narrow-focused modern rock world.

I hear again and again people shunning Aenima for sounding "too uniform" and I just don't see it. I guess they were disappointed there weren't any tambourines..?

Aenima's subject matter is dealt with and presented in a masterful manner. The subjects, often oblique, often vague, always with a multitude of interpretations, have generated a multitude of discussion groups on the Internet. The songs, as a whole, deal largely with cultural evolution and spiritual enlightenment.

All in all, I very much recommend Aenima as a hard rock/metal CD to anyone looking to expand their minds. Lateralus has digressed lyrically from this style, but has matured beyond Aenima to a stratospheric level in terms of musicianship.

2-0 out of 5 stars It could have been better.
The cover is a perfect example of the promise this album carries. It's eerie, unpedictable, and mysterious. (I personally believe that the holographic design will date it in a few years, but oh well.) A strange, swirling, smoky black box against a black background with floating eyes. Nifty. But the music inside...well...bleh.

To be honest, "bleh" is too strong a word. "Hurm" would be more appropirate, or maybe "oh...okay." It's just that this album could have been one of the greatest prog-metal albums ever made, but retreats to formula just when it edges into greatness.

The problem is that the band relies to heavily on their image to suscessfully create music without pretention. "Aenima" would have been a masterpiece if it was more inventive, unpredictable, and willfully innovative. It would have been more than enough to just blend elements of the Sonic Youth and King Crimson, with a dash of "Freak Out!"-era Zappa and Zeppelin, keeping the sound industrial as always, but never limited to it. Tool could have created a world that was frightening, darkly humorous, nihlistic, pioneering, and cynical all at once. So what went wrong?

Tool stays within their own limitations, as if they can't exceed them, but feel like they have something to prove anyway. Songs are longer. More stop-start rhythms. More profanity. Thicker production that only clouds the musical variety. Flavorless songwriting. Tighter performances, but little character put into the effort. Too many throwaways, too few songs that maintain consistency. Tinny vocals.

Those are the main flaws with the record. It's an intriguingly under-realized record, but fascinating nonetheless. The promise it carries is bogged down by having little to fufill. "Hooker with a P**is is fairly decent, but after five or six songs about genetics and messianic hypocrisy, what is this "Get in the Ring" rewrite doing sandwiched in? And the title track suffers from some jaw-droppingly bad lyrics that bog down a concept that could have rivaled "The Trial" in Pink Floyd's "The Wall." What's with "Some say Armageddon will come/ I certainly hope it does"? With all of the mystery Tool strives for, that's awfully straightforward.

The Bill Hicks sample in "Third Eye" is distracting, and "Message to Harry Manback" is a waste that belongs on a b-side. By misplacing the concepts and the ambitions, Tool has created one of the classic shoot-and-miss albums of the decade. How unfortunate on have so much talent, and to not know how to use it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Think for yourself...question authority...
I know no one will ever read this. I don't care. This is my favorite cd EVER aside from Pink Floyd's Animals. Those two NEVER leave my changer. Tool, I fear, will never make another cd like this, much like the Deftones will never make another Adrenaline. Unfortunate as this thought is, it is made "all better" by the fact that this great recording is made immortal through the blessing that is the compact disc. Tool is most excellent...they are, I feel, the Pink Floyd of this acursed generation, melding their album art with the music. Cam De Leon is now one of my favorite artists, along with, Giger, Dali, Escher, and none other than Tool's own Adam Jones. In short, Tool's ultimate opus lies in this album. Most excellent. ... Read more

Asin: B00000099Y


Mer de Noms
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 May, 2000)
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"A Perfect Circle is not a side project," proclaim the members of Perfect Circle. It's a caution worth heeding, since the most identifiable name in the band is that of vocalist Maynard James Keenan, lead singer of Tool. On the other hand, one wouldn't be much inclined to file this one under "side project" anyway. The musicians involved go to great lengths to create something distinctive, and if the uniformity of sound can be attributed to the fact that guitarist Billy Howerdel (whose previous songwriting credits include Tool, the Smashing Pumpkins, and David Bowie) is responsible for the lion's share of the music, well, the others aren't exactly marching in lockstep. Keenan's vocals here are quite different from anything heard from him before. Subtle, thoughtful, sober, they're a far cry from Keenan's work with Tool, which is what makes this album more than a side-project curiosity. Mer de Noms has a life all its own. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars Metal for the Thinking Mind.
Not since the days of bands like Rush and Blue Oyster Cult has a band brought art and music together as well as A Perfect Circle. If you enjoy TOOL, don't think twice about buying this album, it basically is TOOL, except it is a little more mellow and artsy than the average TOOL album. If you are not willing to open your mind, then don't even bother buying this album. Mer De Noms flows lake an ocean, but the intense drumming by Josh Freese (of the Vandals might I add) is like a tidal wave in this mellow ocean of sound. A Perfect Circle pretty much is a NU-metal band, because they follow some of the same formulas as bands like Deftones and Nickelback, but they also have a classic sense to them. Judith, as everyone knows, was a break-out hit for the band, and it led many to believe that it was TOOL. But do not expect the rest of the songs to be as hard-hitting as Judith. Everysong features a different formula, ranging from soft and symphonic to heavy and powerful. Other tracks to check out are "Magdalena" "3 Libras" and "Sleeping Beauty". Fans of TOOL, Deftones, Clutch, or progressive rock will instantly like this album. It only recieved four stars because I am personally a fan of heavier stuff than this; although Mer De Noms contains a fair share of heaviness, it does fall soft at many parts.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Album, A Perfect Band, A Perfect Circle
A Perfect Circle's debut CD "Mer De Noms" is an extremely brilliant masterpiece. The songs featured on here test the boundaries of musical genres while reinventing the current standards of music. "The Hollow," "Orestes," and "Brena" exhibit a sense of darkness and beauty while maintaining it's hard edge. "Thinking Of You" and "Rose" present a futuristic, electronic feel to the musical experience. "3 Libras" integrates classical style music with current style rock.

If you like this band, I advise you check out Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Finger 11, and Fuel. If you like the aforementioned bands, you'll love this CD.

If you want to see other work from A Perfect Circle's singer, Maynard James Keenan, look for albums by Tool and his cameo appearances on Rage Against The Machines' self-titled release and Deftones' "White Pony."

If you want to see other work from A Perfect Circle's drummer, Josh Freese, look for albums by The Vandals and his solo album.

To all the deposed Tool fans angered by MJK's decision to do this, I have this statement: If Tool's music has taught me nothing else, it's to have an open mind and not look at the wolrd through one paradigm. I suggest you do the same.

5-0 out of 5 stars Put a wicked smile on my face
Mmmmm, Mer de Noms sat in my CD player for a good three weeks, and more often than not I'd be hitting replay at the end. Rich and varied with a good shuffling between the hard and the soft. Absolutely nothing to skip. Favorite tracks, "The Hollow" for its vampiric themes, "Magdalene" for its sultry, unashamed hunger, and "Thinking of You," because even the bad guys need love songs. ... Read more

Asin: B00004T99Z


Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 April, 1993)
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Arguably their finest album, this follow-up to Opiate showcases Tool at their best, assisted by clean, crisp production, without the muddiness of Aenima. Edgy guitar riffs are complemented by spitting, heavy bass, especially on "Sober" and "Crawl Away". Lyrically, Tool are at their vitriolic best, targeting religious hypocrisy ("Intolerance," "Sober"; always a popular theme), the loss of innocence and its consequences ("Prison Sex"), and deliberate ignorance ("Swamp Song"). Henry Rollins makes a guest appearance on "Bottom," which, along with "4 Degrees," deals with questions of identity. Undertow is also Tool's most musically adventurous album, lacking the occasionally numbing sameness of Aenima, and with considerably more sophistication than their previous work. Very highly recommended. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Pulls you under and drowns you in darkness
"Undertow" is an incredible album by an extremely talented band. Maynard Keenan is never afraid to push a screwdriver into the most sensitive places in the human psyche, and this album does precisely that.

Tool's blend of amazing lyrics, musical talent and Maynard's vocals creates a sound that is somber and wicked, disturbing and powerful. The first single, "Sober", hooked a lot of people who were turned off by or intimidated by the rest of the album. The rest of us were drawn like moths to a flame, because every song on this record is compelling and thought-provoking. "Prison Sex" is as disturbing as the title suggests, calling up very dark images that made for a chilling video (even though they didn't deal directly with the title act). "Sober," actually, was not my favorite song on the album. It's a great song, but lacks the buildup and emotional crescendo of "Flood", nor is it equal to the dark brooding on "Bottom" (guest vocal by Henry Rollins).

"Intolerance" is an excellent opening shot, with Maynard spitting angrily at lying, greed and hipocrisy, while "Undertow" resonates with vocal beauty and lyrical artistry. "Disgustipated" is an amazing allegory on human suffering and the horrors man visits upon his brethren. This song inspired me to do an art project with my girlfriend.

I don't get all the comparisons to Korn. I like Korn a lot, but I think they bring a more visceral punch, while Tool will lull you to sleep at the same time they give you nightmares. Undertow is full of originality and depth... do not pass it by.

5-0 out of 5 stars Undertow
Tool is probably my favorite band and this is my favorite album that the band has put out. Opiate and Ænima are also great albums, but in my opinion, Undertow is the best of the three.

Some people have said that Ænima stands up better to repeated listenings than Undertow, but I don't agree. In fact, I think Undertow has the most replay value of Tool's three releases. Ænima is the best album to listen to straight through because a lot of the songs have similar sounds and it all flows together very well, but unless you always want to listen to the whole album, Undertow is the better choice. Contrary to what a couple of the editoral reviews say, Undertow has a fairly nice variety going. "Crawl Away" is one of Tool's heaviest songs (which makes sense, since it was one of the first songs they wrote), while "4 Degrees" is fairly soft-spoken by comparison.

Some people also feel that Undertow is "mindless rock," which blows my mind. Undertow has just as many philosophical concepts going on as Ænima. Songs like "Intolerance" and "Flood" deal with questions of faith, "Undertow" has been interpreted as being about struggling with substance abuse, and more.

In addition, a lot of self-professed "Tool fans" feel that "Sober" and "Prison Sex" are the best songs on the album, and the best that Tool has ever done. While they are good songs, I feel that they are actually two of the weaker songs here. "4 Degrees" and "Bottom" are so underappreciated that I can scarcely believe it. Then you have "Flood" and "Crawl Away," which are probably my two favorite Tool songs. As I said, though, there are no bad songs on this album.

If you don't own a Tool album yet, I would recommend buying Undertow first and then Opiate. If you buy Ænima first, don't expect all that many similarities between it and the other records.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Debuet EVER!
hands down.

every song is a 10

from Sober to Prison Sex to Crawl Away to Bottom to Undertow to Flood to Swamp Song to Intolerance to 4 Degrees and even the 15 minute Disgustapated.


There 3rd best album (that says a lot) ... Read more

Asin: B000000993


Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 March, 1992)
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As the title of Tool's 1992 debut implies, they're none too impressed by religion, though other targets--fear ("Cold and Ugly"), hypocritical moralizing ("Jerk-Off"), nonconformity ("Hush")--get their time in the spotlight as well. Opiate is a collection of heavy, aggressive, cynical music (though the tail end of the title track sounds more like acid rock), packaged in songs noticeably shorter than on their later efforts (Undertow, 1993, and Aenima, 1996). While not as impressive as Undertow, arguably their finest effort, Opiate has a definite appeal. If ear-crunching riffs and enraged lyrics are what you go for, check this one out. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars It's Tool. Of course it's five stars.
Whoa. I love it. The rush! This CD is awesome. Sweat is a great song, easy to remember, slightly more mainstream metal than you would expect. Hush is one of the most awesome songs Tool ever made, Maynard seems a little, I don't know, angry. In this cut. Part of Me is a good song, not as good as the first two, worst on the CD. Then Cold and Ugly, great, still not as good as the first two in my esteemed opinion. Then Jerk-Off. Man, this song makes this CD. Awesome intro, the rest of the song reminds me a little bit of "Hooker with a Penis" on Aenima. If you play guitar, learn Jerk-Off, it's awesome. Last is Opiate, completely different from the rest of the CD, great song, third best behind Jerk-Off and Hush. And of course Gaping Lotus Experiment, the weird half-unintelligable hidden track, It does sound like they're on acid. That's my review, read it, like it, and buy Opiate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Early Tool=Great TooL
This album, while not as sophisticated (song wise) as AENIMA and UNDERTOW has some amazing songs on it. Don't buy this expecting an AENIMA or UNDERTOW or even LATERALUS like album, this is early TooL, though still in the stages of developement and not mature yet, still extremely powerful. This along with Aline in Chains's Sap is the best EP ever recorded. It rocks from start to finish. While not as long as later TooL, it leaves you at the edge of your seat. My favorite songs off it are Opiate and Hush. Already on this album TooL was questionning religion and obviously angry. When you'll hear Maynard chanting :"Jesus Christ, why don't you come save my life now. Open my eyes, blind me with your light now..." you'll be mezmorized. The lives tracks are especially well recorded (Jerk Off and Cold & Ugly). Opiate has it's own sort of dark side, it contains some of the most dreary music ever, which is perfect since it fits like a glove the themes of the album contains. You can't go wrong with TooL, each and every cd or unreleased track is worth owning. This is probably they're most agrrrrressssive album of all often compared to Korn's first. While this was simply a collection of TooL's heaviest songs at the time it's still worth buying but you'll probably enjoy this more if your already a TooL, a good place to start, though not the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unquestionably the best
Its hard to express just how much Tool or another band needs to build a new album based on the groundwork laid by this classic masterpiece EP. All the variations Tool makes and all spin-off efforts are quality work. However, the ferocity of Opiate remains unmatched and leaves you gasping for another breath of its fumes... ... Read more

Asin: B00000098O


The State
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 March, 2000)
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Nickelback, winners of Canada's Juno Award for Best New Band and Creed's tour-mates, are heavily influenced by the anthemic and articulate soulfulness of Pearl Jam. The State is consciously dramatic--sweet strums are overwhelmed by crashing waves of distorted guitar. Singer Chad Kroeger meaningfully wails tales of small-town woe, centering on complex relationships, a claustrophobic underground culture, and the struggle between staying and leaving. Yet Nickelback are at their best when they set aside their Pearl Jam debts, as with the heavy "Deep," the grinding "Not Leavin' Yet," and the more experimental "Worthy to Say." Nickelback are good, but still growing--possibly into something great. --Dominic Wills ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The State ~ Nickelback = MASTERPIECE
I never took a notice or care in foreign artists before, but Nickelback (a farely popular Canadian band just entering into the US) has persuaded me to start noticing. If their are any other foreign artists HALF as good as Nickelback is, I'll buy them! This album is superb. It's alternative rock with a very clear acoustic/electric sound. Nickelback has a mix of Fuel, A Perfect Circle, and Three Doors Down but still doesn't carry one recycled quality in its bones. It is an alternative rock band with a VERY original sound. Although there are only 11 tracks to this album, every one is a GREAT song. I have had this album for a couple months now and I still jam to it almost every day, beginning to end. Nickelback will always be one of my favorite bands whether they make it big here in the states or not (it would be a CRYING shame if they didn't). GET THIS ALBUM. You WON'T regret it. Tell your friends about it.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Of My 2 Favorite Bands EVER
I have Ownewd this cd for a month or so now and i was recently reading through the reveiws on this great site and i was happy to see how 99% of the people felt. They all loved this cd. Then there was 1% of the people who said they hated it. And saying things like "are we all listening to the same cd." I didnt understand that and that is why im writing this review. I will addmit that when my friend first told me of this group Nickelback I went home from school and downloaded some of there music and HATED it. I almost agreed with the one star people. Just for fun I downloaded more and more songs from them. I stared to like them ALOT more. Well ill get to the point. I went to my local music store and i bought the cd. At the time i bought it i was a big fan. I listend through the cd and i thought it was good. I listened to it again and again and everytime i hear something new that i really like and it makes me want to listen to it again. Somedays i listen to this cd 2-4 times. This normally isnt my kind of music. Yeah i like creed and some rock bands but im a bigger fan of music such as godsmack, system of a down and that type. But i have to say that Nickelback is eithier my first or second favorie band of all time.

You want this cd it is GREAT..BUY BUY BUY....Im sure you wont regret it. It if you read my entire reveiw thank you. I know i drug it out and its kinda long. Please make sure you say if it was helpful or not. Id like to see if people agree with me.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Album Grows on You...
This is a very good album, overall. The progression of Nickelback from Hesher to Curb to the State to Silver Side Up and to The Long Road is fairly straightforward. The guitar plaing becomes more complicated and the singing becomes smoother. The latter is not necessarily a good thing, however. The singing on this album is wonderful, it is rough, and gritty and fits the tone of the album beautifully. Lead singer and frontman Chad Kroeger loses this roughness in his later albums, yet his voice is too rough in earlier albums. To me, his voice is perfect on the State.

Breathe - To me, Breathe is a very remorseful song. The lyrics seem to be coming out of the mouth of someone who is bored of the life they are living. "Who wins /Well who cares/It always ends up the same." The singing is rough, of course, and the guitar playing is at its best in this track. Truly one of the best songs on the album.

Cowboy Hat - Cowboy Hat is one of the best songs on the album. I dont really know what the meaning of the lyrics are, but Chad's voice is just perfect. The percussion is great, as is the guitar. The opening stanza is probably one of my favorites of alltime. Cowboy Hat is extremely catchy and I think would probably have made a better opening track than Breathe.

Leader of Men - Leader of Men, according to Chad Kroeger, is "a song about magic mushrooms." Before I heard that, I didnt pay much attention to the lyrics. But lines like "Tell your friends not to think aloud/Until they swallow/Whisper things into my brain/Your voice sounds so hollow" are a giveaway. This is an enjoyable song to listen to and I can see why its so popular. It is one of my favorites. Though the vocals are not fantastic on this track, the lyrics are outstanding. "I jumped in to save a girl/It was somebody's daughter" is one of my favorite lines in any song.

Old Enough - This is an interesting song. I'm not crazy about it, though it appears to be very popular. The vocals are very good, as is the guitar, but there is something in the overall presentation of this song, perhaps the combination of the vocals and the guitar playing, that doesnt draw me in. The song is a bit strange, and the lyrics are open to interpretation. This is a good song, though its one of my least favorites on the album.

Worthy to Say - Again, according to Chad Kroeger, this is a song "about marijuana." I like this song well enough. I think the song is about more than marijuana though. Nickelback seems to be discussing a growing crime-rate among youth. This track showcases Chad's vocals, and is really quite good, though personally I just cant seem to get into it.

Diggin' This - I dont really like this song. The vocals dont seem to work well with the percussion or the guitar playing. I dont dislike this song so much that I would skip it, and I do sing along with it. The lyrics are very aggressive, and dont really fit the mood of the song: "Did I ask for your input?/
How's the taste of your own foot?"

Deep - I'm not crazy about this song either. The lyrics seem somewhat childish, or at least, very immature. "who will be the big men giving some" is just one example. The vocals dont stand out very well, and the whole song is kind of soft and doesnt fit with the rest of the album.

One Last Run - I'm conflicted over this track. I strongly dislike the lyrics, but the vocals and guitar playing are very good. When this song comes on, I tend to ignore what Chad is actually saying, and just listen to his voice, and the sound of the music around him.

Not Leaving Yet - I like this song very much. There are a number of references to Jesus, and christianity, most very obvious such as "Come lie next to me Jesus Christ." The singing is good, Chad is at his best here, and the guitar is perfect, and balances very well with the other instruments. This is a fine song, and one of the best on the album.

Hold Out Your Hand - The lyrics to this song are actually very short, but send a tough message. The song starts out by mentioning the army, and ends with mentioning childless mothers. The connection here shouldnt be too hard to make. This is a very good song, and I really enjoy listening to it.

Leader of Men (Acoustic) - Nickelback is one of the few bands who may be better live then on album. While the acoustic version may not have the harder ending that the album version did, the vocals are rougher and just fantastsic. The guitar playing is perfect and just went perfectly with the vocals.

Overall, this is an excellent album. It loses speed in the middle, but only for a couple of tracks. Nickelback is one of my favorites, and so is the State. I highly recommend this album to anyone. ... Read more

Asin: B00004NRWH


Something Like Human
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 September, 2000)
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In Something Like Human, the moody and brutally emotional rock band Fuel has a solid follow-up to their platinum Sunburn disc from 1998. Produced by Ben Grosse (Filter, Vertical Horizon) and coproduced by Fuel guitarist-songwriter Carl Bell, Something Like Human picks up where Sunburn left off, both musically and emotionally. From Brett Scallions's heart-wrenching vocal performance on the CD's first single, "Hemorrhage (in My Hands)," with its mournful reflections to the "Shimmer"-like "Slow," the bleak, dark temperament that characterized Sunburn is continued. Even seemingly upbeat moments are buried deep in paranoia ("Knives") or leave a bitter taste ("Solace"). Not as dirge-heavy as Alice in Chains (though "Down" sounds like that band) or as commercially viable as Creed, Fuel nonetheless have the strong songs and melodies to make their doleful musical visions eminently memorable and quietly cool. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars It's serviceable
On their sophomore effort, at least as far as major releases go, Fuel doesn't really seem to change much from what made their debut album a hit. They continue to straddle the line between today's increasingly popular heavier bands and the alternative rock of the 90's that seems to be harder and harder to find in a quality form these days. Nevertheless, "Something Like Human" is still serviceable. It has its share of easily accessible songs with single-word titles like the single "Hemorrhage", as well as "Solace", "Bad Day" and "Slow". Meanwhile, they still manage to squeeze in their darker, heavier songs that aren't so radio friendly, like "Down" amidst the rest of their riff-filled tracks that all seem to blend in together. What makes this band better than a lot of the new acts coming out these days is that despite the depressing nature of the music as a whole, they still manage to fit in some, (I stress the word "some"), hooks and melodies, and they rarely resort to the primal, distorted screaming that many other bands find so charming. I was a bit disappointed that they didn't include at least one or two tracks with a more upbeat tempo. I saw them in concert, and they proved that they could pull off songs like "Nothing" from their Porcelain album that were catchy, but still heavy enough to retain their masculinity. Oh well, dark, downtrodden and heavy seems to be the way to get the money if you don't have a sugary voice, good looks, and someone else to write your songs.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fall In Fall Out Break Free Break Down.... (3 STARS)
So rock's extremist act comes through with another disc of masterfully gained up guitars, screaming Brett Scallion vocals, and artistic Carl Bell song-writing. Those like myself who were not made into believers, even after the gripping debut single "Shimmer" could no longer deny the band that brought home one of the most powerful alternative songs of all time, "Hemorrage." This album is a reward for alternative listeners, a little look back in time. But unlike many bands that attempt the same thing Fuel, masters the rock of yesterday without sounding out-dated or unoriginal. Instead, they can sound "similar" to bands without blatantly trying to plagerize them. Hence, when they sound similar to Alice in Chains on "Scar," most people don't realize it. "Last Time," is an unsettling rocker that grips from the opening moments and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the amazing, humble rock ballad "Slow," one of the record's best.

"Innocent" is tearing up the charts now, giving us all a breather from the intensity of "Hemmorage." "Bad Day" smells like another single in the making, with the same type of soft-to-hard feel that "shimmer" had. "Prove" one of the most ripping, guitar riff-lead rockers on the album, can get the most pessimistic, incredulous up and jumping. THE Album for any mood.

5-0 out of 5 stars How does this CD manage to never get old?!
This is the best album of all time! (yes it is that good) I feel it is better than Natural Selection (another great work) and a tad better than Sunburn (get this cd next if you like SLH). Songs like "Prove", "Down", "Empty Spaces", "Last Time" and "Scar" are some of the best I've ever heard. After several listens, you begin to realize just how complexly perfect every song is. They play great pure rock music with multiple guitar parts placed perfectly together. Masterful guitar solos also fill the album (a rarity these days). Also, Bret Scallions can sing with the same raw emotion as some the all time greats. (Chris Cornell, Layne Staley) This album is probably much harder than you might expect because unfortunately the radio only seems to play their power ballads. Don't get me wrong though, "Hemorrhage", "Innocent" and "Bad Day" are great songs that complement the album well but I like the other songs even better. Fuel seems to get unjustly compared with bands like Matchbox 20 when they sound more like Stone Temple Pilots early stuff (crackerman, unglued) or a more up beat Alice In Chains. Anyway, I have really enjoyed this album, listening to it straight through many more times than I can count. The stuff on the radio isn't even their best, get this CD if you want to seriously rock out! ... Read more

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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

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Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 August, 1999)
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Home wasn't a place Sevendust saw much of following the 1997 release of their self-titled debut. The Atlanta-bred quintet spent nearly two years on the road, eventually earning gold status for Sevendust. The result is a band that is tight, precise, and finely honed. The songs on Home, however, while boasting a heavy and headbanging coolness like the Deftones with a touch of Faith No More funkiness, tend toward the unremarkable and redundant. The lack of hooks aside, Home still sounds excellent, thanks to producer Toby Wright (Fishbone, Korn), who ably captured the band's ample instrumental and vocal talent. Still, most listeners would be hard-pressed to sing along--or describe the difference between--"Home," "Denial," and several of the other aggro, riff-based songs on Home. While vocalist Lajon Witherspoon is powerful and melodic and writes thoughtful, personal lyrics, a welcome diversion is the addition of Skunk Anansie singer Skin on "Licking Cream," her wailing wakes (and shakes!) up the song and the record. It may be where their hearts are, but Home won't make Sevendust household names. Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The new kings of heavy metal
Just because lead singer Lajon Witherspoon is black, don't dismiss him as a rapper with a heavy metal band at his arsenal, because that is definately NOT what Sevendust is. Sevendust is straight-up heavy metal. No but's about it. They are easily the heaviest band out there, and every person in the band has an awesome talent at their instrument. Guitarists John Connoly and Clint Lowery are 1-2 punch guitarists, almost as good as James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett. Bassist Vince Hornsby holds his own punping awesome bass lines, and Morgan Rose punds the skins like no one else. Everyone in the band has a singing part also. But the band's secret weapon is singer Lajon. His voice is so great that it's haunting. He can both sing and scream with the best of them. A run-down of all the tracks on a scale on 1 to 5.... 1. Home-Nice opener, heavy intro, cool vocals by Rose (4/5) 2. Denial-The 1st single, bone crunching riffs and great screaming by Lajon (5/5) 3. Headtrip-Very cool song, love the chorus, also love when Lajon screams "NEVER FORGET THE PAIN! " (4.5/5) 4. Insecure-Sort of a prelude to Reconnect, not great, another good song could be filled in here (2/5) 5. Reconnect-Excellent, very nice chorus, great songwriting on this track (4.5/5) 6. Waffle-The 2nd single, one of the heaviest tracks here, starts slow, gets ROCK HARD (4.5/5) 7. Rumble Fish-Another LOUD track, most of it is screaming, but it's awesome (4.5/5) 8. Licking Cream-The highlight of the album, ITS AWESOME! Skin from Skunk Anansie guest stars on this track, and her voice combined with Lajon's is beautiful (5/5) 9. Grasp-More melodic, I don't care for it (2/5) 10. Crumbled-The heaviest track on "Home", very cool chorus where Connoly sings also (his voice is really cool) (4.5/5) 11. Grasshopper-A track where bassist Hornsby messes around and sings some stupid acoustic song. Entertaining though (3.5/5) 12. Bender-Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno guests on this track, and his voice only contributes. Its a very haunting track (4/5) Overall, if you like Staind, Machine Head, Metallica, or any metal band, you should DEFINATELY check this out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Quite a good CD, but Sevendust can do better...
This CD is a good addition to your collection. Songs like "Denial", "Headtrip", "Reconnect", "Bender", and "Licking Cream" are truly remarkable, showing a diverse and pleasant use of melody by frontman Lajon Witherspoon, and being quite different from Sevendust's first record's songs. I would say that Lajon is one of the greatest singers in metal - or music, if you mind! - today, his screaming is fantastic but his SINGING is unique, adding peculiar soul influences to the guitars of Sevendust. It gets even better in "Animosity"... However, there are some weak points. "Home" is even shorter in length than its predecessor. And while there are some great songs, there are some filler tracks, like "Grasshopper". Two or three songs also lack personality; that would be the case, in my opinion. The guitar work in the self titled CD was also far more expressive...

Thumbs up go to Lajon's singing, to the stand-out tracks mentioned above, and also to the guest appearances by Skin from Skunk Anansie in Licking Cream, and Deftones' amazing singer, Chino, in Bender.

5-0 out of 5 stars the only cd i'v ever worn the bottom off of-ITS THAT GOOD!!!
To be honest-Sevendust's debut didn't impress me.My whole view of the band changed once "Denial" hit the airwaves and I bought "Home".I dare you to find me a better so called "new metal" album.

1. Home 10/10 the choppy riffs are just the start of great things to come
2. Denial 20/10 the best sevendust song ever, i can listen to this all day and night and never get tired it's just amazing
3. Headtrip 15/10 the second best Sevendust song ever very aggressive and brilliantly crafted
4. Insecure 10/10 even this little 1 minute guitar lead in is amazing
5. Reconnect 9/10 i usually skip reconnect to get to the next couple of tracks but still a great song
6. Waffle 10/10 good, old fashioned sevendust here folks-the second single off the album which didn't see as much airplay as Denial
7. Rumble Fish 10/10 Sevendust really release some aggression here and throw in some of the best chopped up guitar patterns ever
8. Licking Cream 12/10 the third best Sevendust song ever I can't get tired of this one-the whole Lajon and Skin (Skunk Anansie) combo is amazing-definitely worth your time
9. Grasp 9/10 good song, but overlooked
10. Crumbled 10/10 awesome track i love how the bass really stand out
11. Feel So 9/10 good effort but usually i'll pass
12. Grasshopper 10/10 haha I like the little 8 second cowboy thing
13. Bender 10/10 amazing combo of Chino (Deftones) and Lajon rock out the end of the album-a definite stand out track

I praise Sevendust for their work on this album.Definitely in my Top 5 albums of all time.Well done! ... Read more

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Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Average Customer Review: 3.18 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 October, 2000)
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The splicing together of nu metal, rap, funk, and sterile electronica laced with dark melodies as infectious as anything Britney has to offer inspired 6 million people to purchase copies of Limp Bizkit's Significant Other. With Chocolate Starfish, they perfect their formula. From the electro-infused "Intro" through the contagiously chugging "My Generation" to the straight-up rap of "Getcha Groove On," Chocolate Starfish is a slick, clinical, and flawless platform for Fred Durst's effortlessly savage--and occasionally unintentionally comic--sociological rants geared toward disaffected youth. Ultimately, though, it's that undeniably intelligent musical backdrop--the brooding guitar sound that gave the Mission Impossible 2 theme haunting new life and menace, and that defines "Hot Dog," "Full Nelson," "My Way," "Rollin'," "Boiler," and "It'll Be Okay"--that makes this a seething work of genius. The fact is, with rap and rock saying pretty much the same thing, Limp Bizkit have plenty of competition. They just do what they do better than everyone else. --Dan Gennoe ... Read more


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2-0 out of 5 stars Limp Bizket has lost their touch
The best Limp Bizket album of all time is by far 3 dolla bill. All following albums have been mediocre and satisfy nothing more then the pure MTV neo hardcore audience that want to be with the "in crowd" at junior high school. Just attend a Limp Bizket concert and you will see amazingly young people running scared from the mosh pits with wild eyed fear. Lord knows they then go home to tell their friends that they had "a BLAST" at the show, "moshed the entire show" and "almost got into a fight with a two ton gorilla." The CD does show some effort however with catchy guitar work and reasonably decent mixed backbeats, but thats about the extent of it. Fred Durst is in with the whole Carson Daily, Kid Rock, Eminem TRL crowd that everyone seems to love today. In other words Durst is the Christina Aguilera of hard rock/rap core and it was quite fitting to see them together on stage at this years MTV Video Music Awards. If you want a truly innovative CD I recommend Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory, any Deftones CD, Taproot - Gift (Fred Durst doesnt much like Taproot for some reason *shrug*), or any Pitchshifter cd. Hope this helps.

3-0 out of 5 stars I dunno about this one
There is no doubt that this album will have heads banging all over America and from what I have seen, the UK. The band have selected to smash out a heavier more metal sound on many of these tracks, ie. full nelson, hot dog and rollin' (air raid vehicle). Any Bizkit fan will love these. They have also put in there mellow but heavy bass tracks, ie. livin' it up, my way, and the one. However, the lyrics to these tracks stay typically Limp, rapping and singing about how damn f'ing good they are at partying and rockin'. Now i am not against this but maybe a change in lyrics might be nice. But my main complaint of this album is there move into DR. Dre type rap, not what Bizkit are about at all, no better example than 'getcha groove on', which is very cheesy and typical. Almost gangster rap.

My main worry about Bizkit is their future. It is plainly obvious that they are goin' to sell out. I bought this album in a supermarket alongside the new Spice Girls CD. Not what i would expect. BIZKIT, FOR THE REAL FANS, PLEASE DON'T SELL OUT.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best limp bizkit album ever!!!!!!!!!!
1.intro-9/10 very good beat in the intro.fred did a good job on this intro.has the alien voices in it,there are pretty good.<br /> 2.hot dog-8/10 this song is good.good beat and guitar sounds.this song would have had 10/10 but it got 8 because the lyrics are nothing but the F word over and over again.He says it 48 times in this song.<br /> 3.my generation-10/10 AWESOME song.everything in this song is good.<br /> 4.full nelson-9/10 this song is pretty good.fred sings about how he was bullied all the time and how he would knock anybody out who picked on him.this song will pump you up to fight anyone who messes with you.good song though.<br /> 5.my way-10/10 absolute awesome song!!!lyrics,beats,guitar,everything in this song is great!<br /> 6.rollin {air raid vehicle}-100/10 The best song on this album!!!!!great for when your cruising around in your car.everything in the song iS GREAT.<br /> 7.livin' it up-9/10 a good rap and rock song.beat is alright.guitar is absolutely awesome!lyrics are awesome too.<br /> 8.the one-5/10 this song is ok.not rock or rap.not much to say about this song.<br /> 9.getcha groove on-10/10 very good rap song.fred and xzibit did a great job on this song.great beat and lyrics.<br /> 10.take a look around-9/10 the classic mission impossible song.beat and guitar is great.lyrics are alright.it's pretty good.<br /> 11.it'll be ok-7/10 this song is not bad.everything but the lyrics are good.lyrics are slow.<br /> 12.boiler-3/10 this song isn't really good.all it's about is fred's problems.<br /> 13.hold on-4/10 this song is fair.that's all i can say.<br /> 14.rollin [urban assualt vehicle]-10/10 great remix.fred,dmx,red man and method man did a good job with this song.this is the rap version.very good song.<br /> 15.outro-6/10 great outro.just like the intro.it's good until they start talking.the guy that starts the talking is annoying.<br /> <br /> <br /> WARNING:I STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU GET THE EXPLICIT VERSION OF THIS ALBUM.THE EDITED VERSION SOUNDS LIKE CRAP.HOT DOG IS ALMOST NOTHING BUT INSTRUMENTAL.TRUST ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br /> ... Read more

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Significant Other
Average Customer Review: 3.74 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 June, 1999)
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Florida-bred metal-rappers Limp Bizkit sold a million-plus records of their debut largely on the strength of a George Michael cover song. But the band indeed had "Faith" and the group's second outing proves that the Bizkit have the goods. Still, it seems as if boastful frontman Fred Durst is loading the band's deck again, this time by including scads of guest vocalists, such as Stone Temple Pilots' singer Scott Weiland, Method Man from Wu-Tang Clan, and Korn's Jonathan Davis. (In fact, Korn gave Limp Bizkit a leg up in the industry.) But the 16 diverse yet cohesive tracks on Significant Other don't need any help. Not as heavy as their mentors Korn--or as they are on their debut--Bizkit give Everlast a run for his money on the tuneful and appealing "Rearranged." "Just Like This" is another winning hip-hop and rock entry, while the amusing and memorable "Nookie" (as in "I did it all for the nookie") has self-deprecating lyrics not unlike the Offspring's "Self-Esteem." Bizkit segues with ease from pleasing rock and hip-hop amalgam to spooky Tool territory on "Don't Go Off Wandering" to moshable moments in the entreaty "Show Me What You Got." Significant Other may be hard to categorize, but it's easy to like. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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2-0 out of 5 stars Nookie can't save this mediocre-at-best album.
I heard "nookie" on MTV 5 million times before i finally took the time to borrow the CD from my friends's brother. All i can say is that i'm glad i didn't spend $ on it. Nookie is my favorite song on the album, but probably because its mainstream and catchy as hell. I really appreciate what Fred Durst has tried to do here but he just couldn't pull it off. Three Dollar Bill Yall is unlistenable at least in my opinion. But i hate rap so if you like rap i'd recommend it over Significant Other. Getting back to the music...No Sex and Rearranged are more melodic songs which are slightly better than the rap-metal tracks which drag down the rest of the album. However, rearranged just doesn't hold together and Fred doesn't have the voice to do anything but scream. No sex is marginally better but if i wanted good rock and roll, trust me i wouldn't have turned to limp bizkit. In the end, Limp Bizkit is too rap for rock lovers and too rock for rap lovers. Their idea is a good one but it just isn't my style.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best LB ever had to offer!
Okay, you read my review on "Chocolate Starfish", now its one step back to Limp Bizkit's prior effort "Significant Other". This, according to me was the best album Limp Bizkit had to offer till date. Fred, Wes, Joh, Sam and Lethal were inseperably directed their collective talent towards the establsihment of Limp Bizkit as a Nu-Metal Heavy Weight and also find a deeper philosophy in their music, unlike their rather random debut. This was the first time they had an all-star lineup which includes Jonathan Davis of koRn, Scott Weiland of STP, Method Man of Wu-Tang Clan. Here is how the album goes:
01 Intro -- Damn weird and totally Limp Bizkit.
02 Just Like This -- Swingin Hip-Hop beats courtesy of John Otto.
03 Nookie -- He did it all for the Nookie. The flow continues.
04 Break Stuff -- The heaviest song on the album!Anger unleashed!
05 Re-Arranged -- Some people may buy the whole godamn record just for this song. Its the deepest and the most beautiful song that Limp ever made. Fred shows he can sing too, not only that, he can sing beautifully as well.
06 I'm Broke -- Continues where Nookie left last.
07 Nobody Like You -- Featuring Jonathan Davis and Scott Weiland.
08 Don't Go Off Wandering -- Uncanily weird.
09 9 Teen 90 Nine -- Don't Stop! It's 1999 baby! Swing!
10 N 2 Gether Now -- Awesome rhymes dropped by Method Man.
11 Trust? -- Probably doesnt belong on this album, but its there.
12 No Sex -- A rather philosophical song, "Dirty Sex!".
13 Show Me What You Got -- Another Thank-you song.
14 A Lesson Learned -- Isn't is supposed to be "Learnt"??
15 Outro -- Sick, and annoying as usual.

That's it hope it was useful. Reviews on the rest of the Limp albums coming soon!

1-0 out of 5 stars DIE FRED DURST DIE!!!!
The title of this album outta be called "Untalented self." That's what these guys are, no-talent white boys with backwards hats and Fubu clothes who try to fuse rap and metal. Kill this band and all of its fans!!!! ... Read more

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Stiff Upper Lip
Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 February, 2000)
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Like death and taxes, you can count on AC/DC. The Australian metal men, unlike the more daring likes of Metallica, have stuck with one virtually unchanged formula since 1973. While '90s albums such as Who Made Who and Razor's Edge are uneven at best, the five-years-coming Stiff Upper Lip marks a return to the group's Back in Black prime. Muscular, meaty, and powerful, Stiff Upper Lip boasts a dozen instantly hard and heavy classics full of macho bravado, double entendres, and, of course, Angus Young's trademark guitar. From the archetypal title track to the more portentous "House of Jazz" to the forceful, irresistible syncopation of "I Feel Safe in New York City," AC/DC are again at the top of their game. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars AC/DC has slowed down a bit in the studio, but not on stage
When I first heard this album, I gave it an honest listen. I mean we all know what to expect when we buy an AC DC album. It was slower and bluesier than earlier releases. That's not a bad thing, in fact this album continues in the vein of what one would expect from AC DC. In fact after listening to it a couple of times, you can almost imagine how the album came about.....

Ring, ring, ring,

Brian : Hello?

Angus : Brian? This is Angus, hey Malcolm and I are sitting around the house drinking Foster's and playing our guitars, you wanna come over?

Brian : Sure, I'll be right there.

Two hours later, the tapes from the living room and brought to the studio for Cliff and Phil to finish. Yeah, it's a pretty laid back album.

Now on stage it's a different story. I saw the Stiff Upper Lip Tour in Ft Lauderdale this year, and let me tell you, AC DC hasn't lost a step. All their classics, Angus' antics, Brian's screaming, and the rhythm section's thunderous noise is all there. I hadn't seen AC DC in over ten years, but they still played like they were on the Back In Black tour. They were on stage like a hungry bunch of twenty year olds trying to get signed. If you've never seen AC DC in concert, you're missing one hell of a rush. The only song they played off Stiff Upper Lip was the title track, but that's OK, they have a very long songlist to choose from.

I hope these guys go on forever.

4-0 out of 5 stars Still "Stiff" After All These Years.
"You can't stop rock and roll," barks Brian Johnson on track number 7 off "Stiff Upper Lip." Apparently, you can't stop AC/DC either. In the thirty-odd years these guys have been around, they've bypassed every known musical trend (classic rock, disco, punk, new wave, techno, and elctronica) while leaving their sound virtually unchanged. And why should they bother? If it ain't broke, don't fix it, and on their umpteenth album, they've given more of the same head-banging rock to please old and new fans alike. Produced by George Young (the elder brother of guitarists Angus and Malcolm), we get killer guitar riffs, catchy choruses, and enough double-entendres to make Austin Powers proud. These guys have clearly aged and have somewhat mellowed a bit since the glory days of "Back in Black," but the energy is undeniably present. "Safe in New York City," "Hold Me Back," and "House of Jazz" deliver the goods as only AC/DC can deliver them. The album lacks one straight up classic in the vein of "You Shook Me All Night Long," "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" or "TNT," but even so, "Stiff Upper Lip" is a very solid record from "the thunder from down under."

2-0 out of 5 stars Stiff Upper Lip
Stiff Upper Lip, AC/DC's 15th studio album, may not reach the heights of Back in Black or Highway to Hell, but it delivers strongly and satisfyingly. It's the record that the highly-touted, Rick Rubin-produced Ballbreaker should have been: a simple, addictive, hard album, bursting with bold riffs and bolstered by a crunching, thrillingly visceral sound. Sure, there are absolutely no new ideas, but that's the point. AC/DC knows their strengths and they embrace them. And why shouldn't they? Nobody writes a better riff than the Young brothers; each song has a riff so catchy, it feels like you've heard it for years. Is there anything earth-shaking? Hardly, but it's largely terrific nonetheless, just because AC/DC are so good at what they do. It's simple music, to be sure, but it's unassumingly musical and, in a way rather smart. If making music like this was really that easy, why can't anybody else do it this well? Some bands are capable of knocking out one record like this -- one, maybe two. AC/DC does it nearly every time out. They've never really stretched, yet that's why they have one of the most reliable catalogs in rock & roll. When you put on one of their records, you know what you're in for, and they always deliver. With Stiff Upper Lip, they're not at classic status, but they're still top-notch. This may not be the first AC/DC record for a collection, but once you're into their scene, it's a fine place to be. ... Read more

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Human Clay
Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 September, 1999)
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Creed burst out of Florida with 1997's My Own Prison, a dark but commercial debut reminiscent of the early-'90s Seattle sound. Creed's moody guitar grunge and ardent lyrics, coupled with singer Scott Stapp's passionate vocals, helped My Own Prison sell millions. Human Clay demonstrates that this likable quartet hasn't messed with success; they turn in a sophomore outing rife with evocative moodiness, soaring guitars, and a dark, roiling, intense vibe. "Beautiful" is but one of the winners on this strong 11-song CD. Haunting and indeed beautiful, the track is more delicate and seductive than most heard here, as is another lilting and mysterious entry, "Never Die," which boasts some Middle Eastern accents. "Higher" is typical Creed--safe, emotive guitar rock for the masses, but with a slight edge. Memorable hooks, Soundgarden-like guitars, and Vedder-like vocals make Human Clay at once compelling and effectively redundant. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but far from great
I initially scoffed and made damning remarks about Creed when they made their debut with My Own Prison. NOT ANOTHER ALTERNA-.... BAND! I've heard the monotonous F guitar riffs before. I've heard the same trendy Scott Wieland/Eddie Vedder/Travis Meeks vocals before. Yet...I bought the .... thing along with Human Clay earlier this year. What transcended the alternative rock cliches was Creed's ability to uplift...to "move" the listener (this listener anyway). The group's shortcomings lie within Stapp's inability to produce a wide vocal range, Tremonti's guitar lines are't the most creative musical pieces, and Phillip's repetitive drum patterns are used repeatedly throughout each song. At least Phillips works his cymbals well...providing crisp and punchy accents on his 8 and 10" splashes, intricate lip/bell patterns on his ride, and eighth note HiHat barks immidiately followed by an extra beat with the hats closed. Cool...but used waaaay too often. I actually liked My Own Prison better as an album, but Human Clay does shine through with some musical and lyrical integrity...it just shows that Creed's best works are yet to come.

5-0 out of 5 stars They're Not Another Pearl Jam Rip Off
By 1999 Creed had quietly sold upwards of 4 million copies of its debut album My Own Prison while getting little respect. They were all ready outselling Korn and Limp Bizkit when they absolutely exploded onto the charts with their 2nd album Human Clay. They also prove they aren't Pearl Jam imitators and our a great band in their own right. This album once again features roaring guitars, smashing drums and passionate vocals. Creed proved they are a great band with this album and not a flash in the pan. If you like hard rock you will love this album.

1. Are You Ready. 9/10 Great album opener. Sets the tone for the journey Creed is about to take us on.

2. What If. 10/10 Very angry song and very well done. Overall the best song on the album.

3. Beautiful. 9/10 About how beauty is skin deep, I really like the guitars on this one.

4. Say I. 9/10 Another stand out track. Everything is good about this one.

5. Wrong Way. 9/10 I like the drumming on this one.

6. Faceless Man. 9/10 Starts off softer than explosive chorus's take over.

7. Never Die. 10/10 One of the best songs. I love the lyrics, the guitars and drums really go well together.

8. With Arms Wide Open. 10/10 Big radio hit about Scott learning he will be a father. Perfection.

9. Higher. 10/10 Even bigger hit. Don't let it get to you that it was somewhat overplayed, it is a great song.

10. Wash Away Those Tears. 9/10 Another great song that masters the soft/hard dynamics wonderfully well.

11. Inside Us All. 9/10 Really inspirational album closer.

Overall a great rocking album with no weak spots. If you can see these guys live cause they know how to play and put on a great show. This album deservingly put them on top of the rock world. Get this album and all of their others.

1-0 out of 5 stars Boring, humorless, and pretentious...
and that's the best part of this album.

I'd rather hear my dog eating out of his dog food bowl.

Avoid this group like the plague.

Thankfully, they have broken up, so we will no longer be exposed to this sludge anymore. ... Read more

Asin: B00001NFCY


Make Yourself
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 October, 1999)
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Young, aggro, and from Los Angeles--it's tempting to put Incubus in the already crowded category populated by Korn, System of a Down, and their other loud and heavy brethren. But that would sell Incubus short, because Make Yourself, the quintet's sophomore album, is a strong progression beyond their 1997 debut, S.C.I.E.N.C.E.. More like Faith No More than Limp Bizkit, Incubus still have that teen-mosh appeal, though the songwriting and instrumentation on Make Yourself is diverse and thoughtful, both lyrically and musically. "Drive" is an easygoing, slightly trippy acoustic-based outing, while oddball scratching (courtesy of DJ Chris Kilmore) and trip-hop funkiness make "Battlestar Scralatchtica" aptly titled. "Nowhere Fast" is vaguely 311-ish with a reggae tinge and lovely melodic interludes, in contrast to the furious intensity of "Out from Under," which gives Make Yourself a surprisingly cohesive diversity that's hard to categorize. Ultimately, singer Brandon Boyd is not a vocal genius, but lyrically and in performance, he's sensitive, charismatic, and unique. Ditto for the 13 cuts that make up Make Yourself. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars c'mon ppl
oh please yalls- I loved SCIENCE and my favorite band is tool- but just because incubus add sum more melodies and slow down a bit doesnt make them automatic sellouts- its refreshing coz im getting sick of the monotonous heavy 3 chord bands like limp bizkit and such. yu have to listen to this album with an open mind- i think the vocals and lyrics are really well done- ok ya- i miss you is a bit cheesy but it has a good sound- -this is one of those CDs you can listen to all the way through without skipping over stuff- i love all the songs- battlestar is an awesome d&b track that rocks- i love incubus for their unique sound and all the diversity they incorporate in their music- this cd will appeal to incubus fans and attract newer listeners as well- give them a break people- just because theyre trying new stuff doesnt make them sellouts- and if they get some radio play outta this- good for them

4-0 out of 5 stars (4 1/2 Stars) Talk About Your Quantum Leaps...
...Man, where did this come from?!?! The aggro-funk-nu metal of the band's previous efforts barely merit one star between them. S.C.I.E.N.C.E is so bad that I can't believe their record company allowed it to be released.

Why is Make Yourself such a quantum leap over the prior efforts? Well, for one, the boys decided to write actual songs, instilling them with previously lacking components like verses and choruses, harmony and melody. For another, Incubus dramatically, and I mean dramatically, alters their sound into a potent brew of a vaguely alternative, atmospheric, yet piercing rock.

Privilege a hard driving, straight ahead track, effectively announces the arrival of the New Incubus. Nowhere Fast and Consequence keep the momentum going. The pace relents on The Warmth, but the tune is a welcome step back, an introspective piece of work that recalls the late, great Veldt. Stellar is a hypnotic, grooving track that lives up to its name. The title track takes a little time to appease the ear, but it emerges as one of the album's best efforts. Elsewhere, the massive hit Drive, another change of pace track, is well placed on the album, if a bit overplayed on radio and TV. I Miss You, not quite a ballad, but definitely a love song, conveys a wonderful emotion the band seemed entirely incapable of producing before this release. Out From Under closes the album with a potent wallop, providing an emphatic exclamation point on the emergence of the New Model Incubus.

Undoubtedly, Make Yourself immensely benefits from the production hand of alt-rock producer extraordinaire Scott Litt. He is a tremendous step up from Jim Wirt, who is certainly among the worst producers in rock today. Litt cleans up the sound without sanitizing it. And most certainly he inspired and implored the band the come up with some decent tunes before he set foot in the recording studio.

All in all, a wondrous effort. If Incubus can continue the dramatic development witnessed on Make Yourself, they will be a cinch as one of the best mainstream rock groups currently in the game.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's no S.C.I.E.N.C.E
My first taste of Incubus was Morning View. Even though I was not an Incubus fan at the time of listening I didn't think it was anything special. My interest in this band was reignited after a friend lent me S.C.I.E.N.C.E. That album simply blew me away with the way it used turntables and I became an instant fan. Then I bought Make Yourself. I was expecting music in the same vien of S.C.I.E.N.C.E but was slightly disapointed. The turntabling that made S.C.I.E.N.C.E. so great has been toned down in this album and in my opinion it is worse off because of it. Without the turntables I think this album sounds a bit blander and more mainstream. Don't get me wrong, this is still an awesome album, but could have been a lot better if DJ Lyfe had stayed on, or at least given some lessons to DJ Kilmore. But it still gets four stars because it is a very good album. ... Read more

Asin: B0000296JB


Fungus Amongus
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 November, 2000)
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As Incubus themselves note about Epic's 2000 rerelease of 1996's Fungus Amongus: "The recording's are basically a snapshot of our band, circa 1993-1995. As even the most discriminating ear could deduce, [we were] still struggling to find our feet." It's a caveat not really necessary for Incubus fans, of which there are now many, thanks to their diverse, unique, andthoughtful brand of funky, sometimes-acoustic rock, exemplified on 1999's impressive Make Yourself. This early effort, written and recorded when band members were in their teens, smacks heavily of Primus and Faith No More fanaticism, influences which, on later discs, are blended into an evolving signature sound. Songs such as "Speak Free," "Trouble in 421," and the aggressive, linear "The Answer" are decent, but not as heavy, well-written, or thoughtful as the material on Make Yourself. Ultimately, Fungus Amongus is a lightweight, casual, fun, and funky morsel for hardcore fans.--Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars psychopsilicybin
This is the real debut from Incubus. They wrote all of it when they were between the ages of 15 and 17. I'll rate each of the songs individually.
You Will Be a Hot Dancer-10/10 Brilliant. I love this song. Super wacky lyrics and funky guitar stuff.

Shaft- 9/10 Not bad. Simple lyrics.

Trouble in 421- 9/10 Good song. One away from the good one (if you know what I mean!)

Take Me to Your Leader-10/10 Another classic song.

Medium-7/10 Starts with birds chirping and a woman singing

Speak Free-9/10 Speak your mind

the Answer-10/10 The answer is...hemp?

Psychopsilicybin-8/10 Good song. It's about fungus

Sink Beneath the Line-10/10 A happy song

Hilikis-9/10 Good

Overall: 8/10 Good CD overall. It really marks the begining of Incubus.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting "debut"
If you got hooked on Incubus with Make Yourself, are you in for a big surprise. While SCIENCE / Enjoy Incubus technically marks Incubus' debut into the arena, this is their real debut. If you own the short EP Enjoy Incubus, you know what to expect. Before you check this out, though, if you own Make Yourself, listen to the track Battlestar Scartchlactica. It's got a lot of songs from Enjoy Incubus. To describe the sound on this CD, it's easy to remember this way: Imagine if Korn and The Red Hot Chili Peppers hooked up to record an album with Issac Hayes and Lenny Kravitz as producers. I doubt that would ever happen, but that's kind of how to describe this. You Will Be A Hot Dancer shows that kind of sound. Contrary to what you might think, Shaft is not a remake of the Issac Hayes anthem. Incubus really juggles their sound between these two, though they get progressively heavier with Take Me To Your Leader. The best tracks on here are You Will Be A Hot Dancer, Speak Free, and Shaft. Incubus is definately a great band, and they're definately one of my favorite new bands out there. Can't wait to hear more...

3-0 out of 5 stars Not flawless, but important
Incubus Album #1

My junior year of high school (a fair amount of time has passed since then) all my friends are heavily into Incubus, but I have a good laugh at them. At the time I was very much into punk, indie, and heavy metal, and Incubus seemed to be yet another nu-metal band. If it wasn't their music that completely disgusted me, it was Brandon Boyd's inevitability to be shirtless everytime a camera was placed upon him.

Then the day came when a random friend told me his mother bought him the first Incubus and it was the best thing he had ever heard. He placed it in his CD player and though I was not floored, I must admit I was hearing something by Incubus and I actually enjoyed it.

This album has a fair amount of Primus, Faith No More, and Chili Peppers influencing it (especially in the bass, which is much heavier and louder in the mix than most future efforts) however in Boyd's quirky lyrics and oft-changing vocal stylings I heard a young man who obviously was a Mr. Bungle fan, and I can't bash him for that. "Gonna Be A Hot Dancer" and "Hilikus" are songs cut from the more Mr. Bungle-esque thread, as they feature frantic screaming by Boyd, something he hardly does anymore. Other songs have more of a funk 'n roll sound to them, similar to early Chili Peppers with a much better lead guitar player (sorry John, Dave, and Hilel, but you guys are no Mike Eisinger). "Sink Beneath the Line" features some of the best Eisinger guitar work in his entire career, it is hard to believe he was so young at the time.

As good as this album is, it just doesn't have a strong cohesiveness; and the songs themselves are only half memorable, with the exception definitely being "Sink Beneath the Line". But one can't come down too hard on this album as it shows a high school aged band that manages to sound as though they have been playing for years. This album is not for everyone, but if you are a hardcore Incubus fan, than it is a must. In my case, this was the first Incubus album I was able to appreciate, and now I own everything by them. It was my gateway drug into becoming an Incubus junkie. ... Read more

Asin: B000050HU9


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