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    Pod
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 June, 1992)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Not much of a departure from the pixies....Thank God!
    Someone wrote the former in a review and I thought the latter. I would disagree that this one is neccessarily any better than the second album though. Too hard to tell for me. You know its a good album when people are naming they're favorite songs which were your least favorite. My fav is "Doe," runners up are "opened" "oh" "fortunately gone" "metal man" and "glorious" in that order. The third album by this band is pretty good too. Definitely get Frank Black's first two albums after the pixies though. They seem like a natural evolution of how he was developing his genious, especially the self titled album

    5-0 out of 5 stars Killer "alterna-pop" - one of a kind record!
    Undenyably unique. Nothing quite like this album came before, plenty of similar music came after (I thought it was pretty funny when people were singing Veruca Salt's "(can't fight it the) Seether" as "sounds like the Breeders" although I actually like that song anyway). Even today, POD sounds unique. It's still my favorite Breeders album (LP - I would probably like the SAFARI EP even better if it was longer!)

    I was so exited when this album first came out. I already loved Kim Deal's singing in the Pixies, so a whole album with her on vocals was sheer bliss. The drums are often slow, always heavy, and the music is occasionally injected with spit-fire, punky adrenalin. Carrie Bradley's violin also adds to the unique sound.

    A few notes:

    "Glorious" - sounds like a heavenly slow rise "wake n' bake" on Saturday - which is exactly how I used to celebrate it!

    "Happiness is a Warm Gun" - stunning Beatles cover, a radical reinterpretation (the bravest and usually the best way to approach a cover). May have influenced Nirvana's "quiet/loud" dynamic (I do know Kurt Cobain was a fan of the album and Nirvana toured with the Breeders).

    Kim Deal wrote most of the music on POD but guitarist and ex-Throwing Muse Tanya Donelly helped her write the exquisite "Only in 3's." Tanya's stint as a Breeder was all too brief.

    "Metal Man" - this bizarre track featuring a crisply strummed acoustic guitar and a thrashed-out interlude is strangely epic ("One silver drop/ Is all you need/ To put a hole in your head/ At 2,000 degrees . . .").

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Pleasent Surprise
    This is a lot different than the Pixies which I wasn't expecting. The songs and subject matter are a lot darker (which is cool) and the production is cold and distant (which is also cool). The songs are much more bass driven, which is fine because Kim's a great bass palyer, and the instrumentation is very spare. The use of strings in songs like "When I was a Painter" and the spine-tinglingly good "Oh!" really works and raises the songs to a new level. Also it turns out that Kim is amazing singer, I don't know why she didnt sing lead much in the Pixies. I mean I knew she was good but she really breaks your heart into a million pieces. In conclusion if your a fan of the Pixies or amazing rock music in general you're gonna want this, just dont expect this to sound exactly like the Pixies. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002HB0
    Sales Rank: 4824
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Bass (Electric)    3. Drums    4. Guitar (Electric)    5. Indie Rock    6. Pop    7. Rock    8. Violin    9. Vocals   


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    Cherry Pie
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (21 August, 1990)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Quality&Music You Can Taste
    When this album was released in 1990,even though the hair metal would be dead in about two or three years,people would still be nice to the once beloved genre for a while,and they proved it when Warrant's sophomore album,"Cherry Pie" was released that year. The slogan used for this album was "Quality You Can Taste"-and this album had pure and great music. Here is a rundown of every track:

    "Cherry Pie"-This song gets remembered for being a little overplayed in it's day, and that could be part of why Warrant is not popular anymore,but this song, as juvenile and immature as it is,is also fun as all get out. Little Unknown Fact:Poison guitarist C.C. Deville played guitar on this track.

    "Uncle Tom's Cabin"- One who listened to this album for the very first time might be a little shocked with this song-but it was a very hood shock. This song is a little bit of both a blues and a folk song, and it is about murders being commited in Lousiana in October 1988 by a teenager in the approximate age range of 14-15 and his uncle, who would hide the bodies in the wishing well, all of which led to the cops doing searching and a lot of investigation(for more info on what I said about this song, check out Warrant's "Quality You Can Taste" VHS supporting this album, see my review, the last time I checked it was on Ebay going on sale on DVD). A very good story based song, and the lyrics come along good to flow along with the story without being violent just for the sake of being violent.

    "I Saw Red"- A very beautiful,emotional,heartfelt ballad about having your heart broken becuase your girlfriend cheated on you for another man and having to say good-bye to your wife/girlfriend(song does not say which)becuase of her betrayal.

    "Bed Of Roses"- Not as good as "I Saw Red" or "Heaven" off of D.R.F.S.R.,but this one will probably win you over also.

    "Sure Feels Good To Me"- I think everyone could relate to this song-it is about doing bad and dirty things even though you know that what you are doing is wrong,but enjoying it anyway. Like "Cherry Pie", very juvenile and immature,but also very fun as well.

    "Love In Stereo"-Probably my least favorite track on the whole album,but this one rocks like "Cherry Pie", the title track off of D.R.F.S.R.,"Bonfire" off of "Dog Eat Dog",among other classic Warrant songs,do.

    "Blind Faith"- Another ballad that is this time about making sure you can trust a girl before you welcome her into your life. This song is a winner for these reasons:The lyrics are great,as well as the music and the passionate vocals Jani Lane uses when he sings this song.

    "Song and Dance Man"- Very calm and relaxing,and the lyrics to this song not only flow like a song, but it also flows like a poem. The music is very pretty, and since there is a piano to be found on this song,you can kind of tell that this song was maybe a little bit influenced by both blues and jazz.

    "You're The Only Hell You're Mama Ever Raised"-If you listen closely to lyrics of this song, You'll know what it is about:It is about a boy and a girl who have grown up,are doing things their own way and kind of doing whatever they like, which resulted in their parents being kind of shocked where it got to the point of ridiculus-except this time, they had a reason to be that way! Weird,but if you put the Billy Joel song "Only The Good Die Young" and this album(leaving out this song)in a blender,this song would probably be the result.

    "Mr. Rainmaker"-In a way, an angry, non-piano version of "I Saw Red".

    "Train, Train"- Not an original song, but a cover of a song that was originally written and recorded by Blackfoot. I have heard most of the orignal version, and I will say,even though Blackfoot's verion of this song sounded more original than Warrant's version did;Warrant's version sounded more blues influenced than Blackfoot's version did.

    "Ode To Tipper Gore"- This is actually not a song, but it is a minute of profanity and explicits clipped from some of Warrant's concerts where vocalist Jani Lane would use profane language and make dirty jokes onstage. Very hillarious.

    This album always has been,and will always be,a great hair metal album. Unfortunately,the grunge scene in the early 90's would kill Warrant's popularity(although what really caused it was Sony Records not putting enough money into marketing Warrant's third album,1992's "Dog Eat Dog", which had some grunge material on there)but this album is really awesome-without question. If you buy this album,be sure to get the re-issued version that has digitally remasterd sound,expanded liner notes by Brian Ives, and two bonus tracks as well,but either way this album makes a great purchase and it sure does deserve a spot in your album collection, whether you are a fan of hair metal or Warrant(or both).

    5-0 out of 5 stars 32 oz of Pleasure
    A long time ago in a stadium far away, a band of longhaired beer - swilling journeymen traveled the byways as the lap-boys for the future hall of famers, "Poison."I was in my 20's at the time thinking that it didn't get any better then this. I knew this band would eventually be their own headliner (although I didn't think it would be in the local bar).Back then, a band would release an album and before they could hit the local stage they had would several radio hits under their belts, Warrant was no exception.Riding high from their first album, DRFSR, Warrant exploded, (yes they were huge) back with the release of single #1 from album two: "Cherry Pie."Oh yea, a song about hot women and backing it up, a video with the hottest, Bobbie Brown.Breaking the mold of releasing a hard-song, ballad, mild-song, they went straight to the jugular with "Uncle Tom's Cabin" as release #2, easily one of the greatest hard-rock crossovers to the female audience there ever was.Everyone loved this song, but that was no surprise."I Saw Red" was a mildly successful third release but still a great song.Sadly, Warrant released their next album amid rumors of in-fighting and drug use, it never achieved the airplay or success of the first two releases...

    5-0 out of 5 stars cherry pie taste sweet
    this is one of the greatest hair metal records ever released, seeing as how I grew up during this era I know what i'm talking about.every song except maybe for "ode to tipper gore" which isn't really a song is awesome,and i don't know what some people are talking about calling the title song "cherry pie" cheesy because if you listen to it,it really isn't cheesy at all. it is a great party song that is great fun.I love it and i love this album.buy it ... Read more

    Asin: B0000026XA
    Sales Rank: 53946
    Subjects:  1. Hair Metal    2. Hard Rock    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Pop-Metal    6. Rock   


    The Razors Edge
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 September, 1990)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars The razors edge!!!
    heres the breakdown

    1. THUNDERSTRUCK- the best opening riff of all time!!!!!!! one of the best ac/dc songs, just amazing!! and the best on the album. what a song!!! brian sure hits those notes to.10/10

    2. FIRE YOUR GUNS- most people love this song, but i think its just good. it has a cool chorus and all but you know not the best.8.2/10

    3. MONEYTALKS- awesome!!! another masterpiece ac/dc songs!!a really cool beat, and chorus, i just love it!!! instant classic! 10/10

    4. THE RAZORS EDGE- i great song!!!! it has like a halloweeen soundinf riff at the begging, along with the lyrics. they could go with a horror movie. its a new aproach for ac/dc. the chorus is almost like heavy metal with the screaming, the razors edge!!! 9.6/10

    5. MISTRESS FOR CHRISTMAS- another great song, i mean the lyrics are so good, and quite funny. the riffs are cool just one of those ac/dc songs you can't help but tap your foot to. 9/10

    6. ROCK YOUR HEART OUT- what a song!!! i love the lyrics!! maybe the second best on the album!! love it!!! great riffs, and chorus!!10/10

    7. ARE YOU READY- another song you gotta move to. are you ready for a good time???!!! awesome!!! it just rocks! instant favorite! 10/10

    8. GOT YOU BY THE BALLS- here comes those hardcore lyrics by ac/dc using balls as a subject. great hard song. just obove average. 8.7/10

    9. SHOT OF LOVE- another cool song, thats just above average!! but you gotta love the riffs. pretty hard song. good one too. 8.7/10

    10. LETS MAKE IT- ummm i don't know, its cool but not to cool. lol its good but ithink this is the filler. 7.2/10

    11. GOODBYE AND GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD LUCK- i personally love this song!! hard rock!! good lyrics!! good riffs!! thats a good song in my book. i'm sure you'll enjoy it!! 9.5/10

    12. IF YOU DARE- heres where the not so good song comes in. at the end unfortunatley, but its ok. not bad. 6.8/10

    overall averaged out rating- 8.9
    i highly recomend it!!!


    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best CD's of 1990
    AC/DC can open an album better than any band in history. Think of the opening tracks on "Back in Black", "For Those About to Rock" and "Highway to Hell". The first song on each of those disks prepares the listener for what is coming and really sets the mood for the album. "The Razors Edge" opening "Thunderstruck" is no exception. The slow build with Brian Johnson's growling vocals lets you know you are in for another fun ride with AC/DC. The music as a whole on "The Razors Edge" is really just your typical AC/DC bluesy, corner bar rock that the band has the patent on. And that is a good thing. Throughout the years AC/DC has remained constant with their music. Through disco, new age, hair-metal, grunge,rap & nu-metal AC/DC has stuck to what they do best, simple guitar rock. And "Razors Edge" features some of their best songs "For the Money", "Mistress for Christmas", "Are You Ready" and the title track are pure AC/DC. If you are a fan of the band then you should own this disk, if not.......hell, pick it up anyway. There is no better away to drive away the blues of a long day at work, or a fight with the wife than by cranking a little AC/DC.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "I always liked AC/DC, alright?!"
    After the magnificent peak of "Back In Black", it seemed that AC/DC had spent their muse. Their creative slump through the 80s came to an end, though, as they delivered this superb gem in September 1990.

    "The Razors Edge" was a sizable hit, although not as big as it deserved, and it is filled with the kind of memorable, catchy and unapologetically silly rock n' roll that made "Black In Black" such a tremendous album.

    From the menacing title song through the melodious (and surprisingly big) hit singles "Thunderstruck", "Are You Ready" and "Moneytalks", to the silly "Mistress For Christmas", this record doesn't have a single weak track. Even the lesser-known album tracks, such as "Shot Of Love", "If You Dare" and "Let's Make It" are more than worth a listen, and rarely has any rock band put together such a great collection of songs...tune for tune, riff for riff, this is better than most hard rock bands' greatest hits-collections.

    The title, by the way, is a quote from a 1988 interview with Keith Richards.
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    Asin: B000002JNN
    Sales Rank: 49803
    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Arena Rock    3. Aussie Rock    4. Hard Rock    5. Heavy Metal    6. Pop    7. Rock   


    Recycler
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (15 February, 1994)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good album
    This is a quite good album, specially if you compare it to their terrible 2004' Mescalero

    3-0 out of 5 stars Frank Beard Is Not A Real Person...
    I swear, the electronicdrum machine is really getting old.Every single drum riff sounds like "Sharp Dressed Man".Personally, I think Frank Beard retired (or keeled over)after "El Loco" and Billy has been using the electronic drum machine in his place ever since.Billy & Dusty are just propping old Frank up for the photo shoots and concerts. ZZ should come out with an album "Weekend At Frank Beards".Even Billy's guitar riffs sound worn, old & "recycled"; so maybe the joke is on the listener.The title tells us exactly what to expect.None the less any ZZ Top album is 10 times better than most of the corporate cr@p being spit out these days.So for any ZZ Top fan, ya gotta get this disc.There are enough good tracks like "Heads In Mississippi" to satisfy your "ZZ" mojo.
    For the uninitiated, go for the new "Chrome, Smoke & BBQ" 4 cd box first.Ya, it's a bit pricey, but you won't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars At Their Best
    It's great to see ZZ Top at their best once again. A collection of wonderful bluesy tunes by this famous trio of rockers. Penthouse Eyes was pretty goodbut Concret & Steel was my favourite (rocking guitar) -my fave ZZ Top track behind 'Sharp-dressed Man' and 'La Grange' (guitar strumming heaven). ... Read more

    Asin: B000002LLY
    Sales Rank: 21595
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Ragged Glory
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (31 August, 1990)
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    After a long period of unfocused weirdness, Young spotted grunge around the corner and declared unity with the loud, scruffy sounds coming from Seattle. The countryish ballads, such as the opening "Farmer John," get roaring Crazy Horse treatment, and the headbanging "F*!#in' Up" is the most self-effacing rock anthem since the Who recorded "I'm a Boy." Amid the clatter, though, there is beauty: Crazy Horse's sympathetic backup vocals turn "Mansion on the Hill" into a pretty pop song despite the electric guitars, and even the white noise that closes the 1990 album is soothing in a scream-therapy kind of way. --Steve Knopper ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Full Circle With Crazy Horse
    With Neil Young's 1989 solo effort Freedom, I like many others was warming up to his music again, after the numerous and sometimes alienating stylistic changes he was making in the 1980's. On Freedom, I tended to favor the harder cuts on the album such as "Don't Cry" "Rocking In The Free World" his driving cover of "On Broadway". At the same time I was heavily listening to some of his work with Crazy Horse; Live Rust and Rust Never Sleeps.All though this I was thinking, "Why doesn't he just make another kick-a**, all electric album from beginning to end?""And at the same time why not just get back together With Crazy Horse?"

    Well less than a year later in 1990, both prayers were answered.Neil Young finally reunited With Crazy horse for Ragged Glory.And the music matched my expectations and anticipation.I was totally blown away with their resulting effort. Raw, honest, intense and most importantly, excellent songs.Truckloads of guitars and solos. Short, terse rockers are mixed with their trademark eight to ten minute jams and loads of feedback in the right places.Most importantly this album matches all of his 70's work, with and without Crazy Horse.

    Ragged Glory is also the essential album to listen to on a long country drive, disturbing the cattle and the small towns on the way!The leadoff track on the CD "Country Home" is obviously well-suited for the aforementioned type of drive."White Line" has an excellent driving riff and is a very concise song, almost ending prematurely, kind of like Stone Temple Pilots "Interstate Love Song" four years later.

    "F*!#in' UP" is my favorite track on Ragged Glory.It is the most aggressive song on the album lyrically and musically.It's an understatement, but this song kicks serious a**.The title itself prevented it from major airplay, but changing or editing that would be a grave injustice."Over And Over" has a killer melody, a great chorus and the guitars keep on rocking.

    "Love to Burn" is a ten-minute long opus that seriously rocks. It will hold your attention the entire duration and at the same time may cause to you look deep inside yourself on what you want and need out of love and out of life.

    The bouncy "Farmer John" snaps you out of that, I think of a comely, natural, well built county girl almost every time I listen to it. "Mansion on the Hill" is the track that garnered the most radio airplay at the time.The second ten-minute opus is "Love And Only Love".

    The only downer is "Mother Earth" I respect the message Neil is trying to make with this track, but it is completely subpar and totally out of place on the CD, unfortunately, it practically rescues the CD from near perfection.It is a totally expendible track.

    This album may have prepared me somewhat for 1991-92 grunge explosion.I was beginning to gravitate towards rawer, grungier rock at the time, not to replace the more polished hard rock or progressive rock that I was listening to but to compliment it.While Neil Young's "Godfather Of Grunge" title is obvious and a little overused now, Ragged Glory helped me welcome the sounds of Nirvana, Soundgarden & Pearl Jam with open arms.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amps are hot, recording is warm
    The songs on this album are outstanding, the writing is direct, the themes are the same ones Neil has always sung about, making relationships last over time, country living, the road.But the way this album was recorded is probably the main reason I keep coming back.Obviously the guitars are all melting and the amps are overdriven and the songs are free-form, but the vocals are right where I want them, and the guitars are so warm that the album never agitates me (and believe me, I've listened to some agitating music - Teengenerate anyone?).I guess the fifth star is gained by the fact that the songs and the band are still more important than the medium, this album isn't noteworthy for its use of feedback and hot guitars, but because everything fits, in a smooth and soulful way.Never gimmick.Always authentic.Neil transcends the genre again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars NO SIGNS OF RUST JUST YET!!!

    From all of Neil different bands and styles Iwould have to say that Crazy Horse are my favourite. Not by a huge margin though. Its incredible that Neil was so far gone from popularity and prominance in the 80s and came back with a series of albums beginning with Freedom (1989) that are as great and influential as any of his earlier work. Refering to Michael A Beyers comment about scraping in with a good 80's album with Freedom, I think 1980s Hawks and Doves beats freedom hands down. Anyway, Ragged Glory is up there with his best work. Im not going to compare it to his albums with different bands because its pointless. However, I would say the greatest Crazy Horse album would have to be either Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (1969) or Zuma (1975). Rust never sleeps is slightly eclipsed by Live Rust and Ragged Glory by Weld- the 2 cd live album with 5 songs from Ragged Glory all sounding better than their album versions plus the rest of the 2 cds filled with grunged out versions of classic Crazy Horse.
    Therefore I would reccomend Weld instead of this for the casual fan but both are neccessary for the hardcore RUSTIE!!!. ... Read more

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    Stolen Moments
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 June, 1990)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Premium Hiatt in His Prime
    John Hiatt is AWESOME baby! And this album is one of those albums that continues to grow on you every time you listen. Its why I never grow tired of listening to it. It is so diverse and has so many musical elements in it. It's nearly impossible to put in words the bare essence of this eclectic performer and how his raw and broad talent is captured... Probably, one of the most overlooked albums ever made period! Buy this damn album NOW!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not quite on par with its predecessor
    This album, which became John Hiatt's highest-charting at the time, came right after his two masterpieces "Bring The Family" and "Slow Turning".
    And it does feature its share of fine songs, especially "Child Of The Wild Blue Yonder", "Back Of My Mind", and the lovely ballad "Bring Back Your Love To Me".

    The title track is okay, too, although it does feel a little bit monotonous after a while. But too many of these twelve songs lack that little extra something that would have made them truly memorable...the hook, that special "groove". One really misses the superb, muscular rhythm section of Hiatt's best-ever backing band, Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe and veteran drummer Jim Keltner.

    Not that "Stolen Moments" is a bad album, far from it. It may not be consistent or accessible enough to rank among Hiatt's best, and it is not a good place to start if you're new to John Hiatt's music (that would be "Bring The Family" or one of his compilation albums). But it is certainly not one to be avoided, either.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorite CDs ever
    This is an album that would be in my 5 top list to bring on an island ...and I own 500+ CDs.I have all of JH's albums and this continues to be my absolute favorite and the only one of his on my top-5-island-choices.That's how much this has affected me. The album is a very reflective and spiritual body of work and I feel profoundly moved by this album.

    I would say that if you like your JH as a southern folk rocker best, than this album may come off as a bit off-kilter, or even soft, new-ageish (it's not!) or pretentious.

    I would say that you almost have to have an appreciation of Native American spiritual/religious beliefs/concepts to appreciate the spiritual insights of the writing in this work.
    JH makes references to time, spirits, nature, in the Native American sensibilty of how each are intertwined and affect our reality of things.

    This album first and foremost in my opinion is about the writing. The music is like icing on the cake, which on somesongs are softly Native American-feeling in tempo (Seven Little Indians, Thirty Years of Tears, Listening to Old Voices).

    There are few "rocker" pieces here but it's again the terrific writing here that simply really blows my mind. All the songs are incredibly poetic in the imagery that gets painted.

    I cried the first time I heard Listening to Old Voices -- a very beautiful piece about the realization of how beautiful life is both in the real and spiritual world. There is a very Zen-like quality that JH draws in this song.13 years later the song (and the album) still affects me profoundly with each listen.

    The title track also makes references to time and how we and the spirits weave in and out of it together.

    The song The Rest of the Dream on the outset is about bringing a new life physically into space but the title is a really a reference to the Native American concept of the continuity of life like a dream and that lives weave in and out of it, justas in how dreams operate.

    To be more honest, this album really changed my life and came into my life at one of the lowest points of my life. This album is not particularly "depressing" or even "uplifting" but rather it is a life affirming, written by a person who probably has had his fair share of ups and downs and this album is a chronicle of his life and his reflections and self-examination of why things are the way they are.

    What I am saying in this review is not so much to try to persuade anyone but rather how a particular work of music cangreatly affected and enriched your life.If you do give this CD a whirl I hope it has the same positive afect on you as it had on me. Thanks Mr. Hiatt! ... Read more

    Asin: B000002GJ4
    Sales Rank: 26664
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Edge of the Century
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 March, 1993)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Yuck!
    Really bad album. Styx hits a new low by hiring some heavy metal scab to ruin their sound. I can't believe people praise love is the ritual! That's without a doubt the worst song I've ever heard in my life. Everybody else lets his poision sink in, Dennis has gone to Broadway-ville, and is competing with Celine Dion for "worst adult contemporary artist" award, james is absent, and Glen stinks up the place with his awful awful songs.
    I love Styx up to and including Killroy but this is too much. Avoid this.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Listenable and decent
    This album is Styx with Glen Burtnik and without Tommy Shaw, but you probably know that by now. Glen has a style a lot more like John Curulewski than Tommy Shaw, with his folk songs and blues-rockers. It's a nice album to listen to.

    One track absolutely jumps out, for me, 'All in a days work' which sounds like a bluesy-folk song but with a heartmelting ballad-melody chorus and a very inspiring synth arrangement from Dennis, like something George Martin would have written. The song is all about melody, it doesn't have a processed sound and heavy drums, it's just acoustic guitar, vocals and some synth/strings. It's such a beautiful, melodious song. It's one of my favourite Styx songs.

    There is also some other excellent material. 'Love at first sight' is a feel good pop song, the anthemic 'Show me the way' and JY's rockin' 'Homewrecker'. My favourite of the Glen Burtnik rockers is 'Edge of the century', which I think it a great song. This is a very nice album to listen to.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Come back does not come far enough back
    This album was released about six years after "Kilroy Was Here," which turned out to be a swan song for the original group.A number of reviewers in various places have called this album Styx's "comeback" album.What I find interesting is that there seems to be a nearly continuous spectrum of ratings from one star to five stars.The album peaked at #63 on the Billboard 200, which also indicates a mixed reaction from fans, though one song from this album was a significant hit for Styx.

    Styx originally consisted of Dennis DeYoung, Tommy Shaw, James Young, Chuck Panozzo and John Panozzo.When the group reformed to produce this album Tommy Shaw was replaced by Glen Burtnik.I find it difficult to attribute differences in Styx between "Kilroy Was Here" and this album to the replacement of Tommy Shaw.It is just as possible that the group was trying to keep their sound fresh and updated, and the differences are more in the era than in the artistry.

    This album opens with "Love Is a Ritual."Many fans think this is one of the better songs on this album.I disagree.This song is very derivative of 80s rock, containing elements from a number of artists including Queen and Glen Frey.The song is contemporary rock cool, but in a crowd of songs from the mid to late 80s would not have been considered anything special.The song did well on Mainstream Rock Tracks, peaking at #9, but only reached #80 on the Billboard Hot 100.

    The second song on this album is in the classic Styx' style and is probably the standout song on this CD."Show Me the Way" is reminiscent of Styx's peak years.Apparently fans agreed because this nicely crafted ballad reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, the best performer of the three singles released from this album.This song also appears on Styx's "Greatest Hits" album; deservedly so.

    "Edge of the Century" is the second "big hair band" song on this CD.The problem I have is that after a decade of hearing this style it just got old.There is nothing wrong with this song; it is just too much like dozens of other similar songs.Styx has been and can be better than this song.

    Another good song on this CD is "Love at First Sight."This pop ballad is mellow and also suffers from being derivative, but likable.The hooks are catchy and the lyrics are emotional and creative.This song reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it deserved better.

    The fifth song is unusual and another standout song on this CD."All in a Day's Work" is mellow, harmonious and acoustic, and is the most unique song on this CD.This song is carefully crafted and pretty, and shows that Styx could still be experimental and creative.The whistling near the end of the song is rare in pop and rock music, and fits nicely with this song.The primary instruments are an acoustic guitar and strings.

    The following song, "Not Dead Yet," clashes with the previous song too much.I like this song because it, like the previous song, is also unusual compared to the other music on this CD.The song is also playful and fast, and shows yet another side of Styx.However, I would have placed this song away from the previous song rather than have such a dramatic difference in styles juxtaposed.

    "World Tonite" adds a blues element to create a song with a different flavor from the others on this CD.There is a harmonica portion on this song that is really good.There are also vocal portions that I think are good.I like a number of the individual elements of this song, and yet the song overall is just a bit better than average for this CD, the reason being that the more interesting portions of the song are wrapped in a derivative cloak that takes focus away from the better elements.This song could have been much better.

    I think "Carrie Ann" is another good track.The mellower pop tracks on this CD tend to be the better tracks, and such is the case here.The song was apparently a tribute to Dennis De Young's daughter.The style is very Styx, and dates back to their first albums.Just short of being great, this song is very good, and another of the better songs on this CD.

    I have mixed feelings about "Homewrecker."This song is very cookie cutter.On the other hand, it has catchy licks and hooks and I find myself caught up in the music.Similar to "World Tonite," this song had the potential for being much better had the better portions been exploited more fully.

    The final song on the CD, "Back to Chicago," was surprising to me.The style actually has some elements of the group Chicago, including a good brass section.This peppy up tempo song seems to be a tribute to Styx's home town.This song was reasonably well done and I consider it above average for this CD.

    I believe that every group writes its music in the belief that their music is artistic and hopefully good.Further, I have rarely been the fan of the term "filler."However, in the case of this CD it seems as though there are some wonderful songs, such as "Show Me the Way," "All in a Day's Work," and "Back to Chicago" mixed with a few songs, "filler," that drag the overall quality of this CD down.If a couple of songs could have been eliminated from this CD its quality would have improved significantly.Had a couple more songs been revised the album could have approached a level of quality near that of Styx's best.However, the album is what it is, a fair attempt at a come back that misses the mark, but not by much.
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    Sales Rank: 9981
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    Facelift
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 August, 1990)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great debut.
    Alice in Chains produced a great first cd with Facelift. Lane Staley's voice coupled with Jerry Cantrell's guitars and lyrics created one the greatest grunge rock bands ever. You won't find a bad song on this cd.For the lovers of true rock, i.e. Metallica, Godsmack, and STP, this cd, along with all of AiC's others, is a must have.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Giving 90's rock a FACELIFT!Alice in Chains...thanks!
    When Alice in Chains' debut album, Facelift, was released in 1990, about a year before Nirvana's Nevermind, the thriving Seattle scene barely registered on the national musical radar outside of underground circles (although Soundgarden's major-label debut, Louder Than Love, was also released that year and brought them a Grammy nomination).

    That started to change when MTV jumped all over the video for "Man in the Box," giving the group a crucial boost and helping to pave the way for grunge's popular explosion toward the end of 1991. Although their dominant influences - Black Sabbath, the Stooges - were hardly unique on the Seattle scene, Alice in Chains were arguably the most metallic of grunge bands, which gave them a definite appeal outside the underground; all the same, the group's sinister, brooding, suffocating sound resembled little else gaining wide exposure on the 1990 hard rock scene.

    Neither hedonistic nor especially technically accomplished, Alice in Chains' songs were mostly slow, oppressive dirges with a sense of melody that was undeniable, yet which crept along over the murky sludge of the band's instrumental attack in a way that hardly fit accepted notions of what made hard rock catchy and accessible. Although some parts of Facelift sink into turgid, ponderous bombast (particularly over the erratic second half), and the lyrics are sometimes immature, the overall effect is fresh, exciting, and powerful.

    1. We Die Young
    2. Man in the Box
    3. Sea of Sorrow
    4. Bleed the Freak
    5. I Can't Remember
    6. Love, Hate, Love
    7. It Ain't Like That
    8. Sunshine
    9. Put You Down
    10. Confusion
    11. I Know Somethin (Bout You)
    12. Real Thing

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Grunge Album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is without a shadow of a doubt, the best grunge album ever and will stay that way! Every track is bad ass, kick ass, etc., etc., etc. But one thing I dont understand is that why Nirvana got and gets more exposure. This cd came out before Nevermind and still "Nirvana is the best." Dont get me wrong, they're awesome, but Alice In Chains is way better than them, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and all the other grunge acts. AIC got ripped off 'cause they should have got more respect than Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Nirvana, but didn't. Take for example, when Kurt Cobain died, it was like the music world died to, but when Layne Staley died, it was announced on the radio and now is forgotten. What the hell?????? Another example is when Soundgarden broke up, everyone was so sad and disappointed. And AIC doesn't get any credit. Now rumors are going around that AIC might get back together to do one last studio cd with Mike Inez, Sean Kinney, and Jerry Cantrell, as well as release an Essential AIC cd. Everyone pray and cross your fingers that, that rumor comes true. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 3961
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Grunge    4. Hard Rock    5. Heavy Metal    6. Pop    7. Rock   


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    Extreme II: Pornograffitti
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 July, 1990)
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    Extreme's best recording displays this band's considerable talents to their best advantage, particularly those of guitarist Nuno Bettencourt and vocalist Gary Cherone (as of this writing, sounding a lot like Sammy Hagar as the current singer for Van Halen). The album's success has mainly been due to the soft-spoken hits "More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted," but there's plenty to like on this album, which explores the very general theme of love in a cynical world. Extreme had a lot on their minds when they recorded Pornograffitti, as evidenced by the songs "Decadence Dance," "When I'm President," and "Money (In God We Trust)." Aside from the aforementioned ballads and the loungey "When I First Kissed You," this album rocks out, examining serious themes with considerable humor, which prevents Extreme from ever sounding preachy or condescending. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars MORE THAN "more than words"..THIS ALBUM ROCKS!
    Perhaps their best, most solid album. I gave the original 5 stars as well.However this thing has 13 unforgettable songs on it.When bands like Firehouse and Slaughter were adding some filler to thier released, these guys seemed to make sure they had a true rocker or solid "balad".The songwriting is excellent and covers everything from people and politics to loves lost and found.

    Nuno Bettencourt is supreme on guitars and if you have not checked out his work, you should.Often referred to as the "Eddie Van Halen" of the 90's, Nuno's tracks include a solo called "flight of the bumblebee" that was originally a violin piece.It opens up into the garbled computer voice saying "NO WOMAN ALLOWED" and then the band breaks into "He man woman hater", a great rocking song that is one of their best.Ballads are on here to but are more of a classical or even blues perspective than the typical sappy 80's ballad that saturated the rock world in the late 80's and early 90's.

    Guitar, Piano, Cherones singing..I love this album and never get tired of listening to it.A VERY SOLID SOPHOMORE EFFORT!


    1. Decadence Dance
    2. Li'l Jack Horny
    3. When I'm President
    4. Get the Funk Out
    5. More Than Words
    6. Honey (In God We Trust)
    7. It ('s a Monster)
    8. Pornograffitti
    9. When I First Kissed You
    10. Suzie (Wants Her All Day What?)
    11. He-Man Woman Hater
    12. Song for Love
    13. Hole Hearted

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Extreme Album
    I believe the Extreme fans will elect this one as the best of the band. This album is full of passion and emotion. Incredible Nuno showed his talented guitar skill in this album. It will be in my collection forever!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just listen!
    Being a Freshmen in High School when this came out, there were so many reasons why I liked this record at the time (1990) There was " More Than Words" that my girlfriend love because it was on the radio all the time. Hole Hearted, that even my parents could like. Get the Funk Out that had the multi diversity. A few head banging hits, but more importantly a slew of songs that are just damn good.
    It had it all. Jazz, big band, metal, rock, pop, funk, rap...ect. Extreme was a hard rock / metal band, but music is music and there is more here than just about any other album I can think of. Turn it on and turn it up! ... Read more

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    Seasons in the Abyss
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Different...
    ...but still a classic slayer album. This album has many classic tunes that slayer still jams out live today. Dead skin mask, War ensemble, Blood red, and Born of fire are among my favorites. If you like driving, thick sounding drums, lots and lots of chromatic scales, and screaming, this is an excelent album for you to own. You won't be dissapointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
    This is awesome. This is the Slayer album that has something for every one. If you like the slower more midpace tempos of South of heaven youll like Blood Red, Expendable Youth, Dead Skin mask, Skeletons of Society, Temptation, and Seasons in The Abyss If yourr a speed freak, you will enjoy War Ensemble, Spirit In Black, Hollowed Point, and Born of Fire. The Solo's on South of heaven were amazing. These are even better. Every song is brutal, Every song is heavy. I think it is Slayers second best album. Reign in Blood being their best. 666

    1-0 out of 5 stars Eternal season in the lake of fire!
    Yeah! Do you really want to go hell?
    Listen to this cd and you'll know what kind of music demons likes to play. Of course you are burning all the time and can't see no one there. You are just alone with the beast. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 7921
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    Cowboys From Hell
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (17 July, 1990)
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    Even those who scoff at the idea that rock & roll is the devil's music have to think twice when listening to Pantera. The pill-popping, strip-bar-ogling, beer-guzzling Texas combo takes Metallica's speed-metal cues to new heights of brutality and sacrilege.Fortunately, they're extremely good at what they do. The polyrhythmic complexity of Vinnie Paul's drumming in "Psycho Holiday" and guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell's breathtaking solo in "Heresy" are examples of state-of-the-art metal musicianship. Vocalist Phil Anselmo often sounds like Metallica's James Hetfield, but his brooding croon on "Cemetery Gates" and his falsetto screams on the blindingly fast "Shattered" are more like vintage Deep Purple. Released in 1990, Cowboys made Pantera one of metal's top draws during an era in which it was almost eclipsed by alternative rock. --James Rotondi ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars This album sucks ass
    This album sucks ass, so I'm going to write, this album sucks ass a million times before i sign out. This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass This album sucks ass. Good bye

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
    This is in my opinion the best Pantera album ever made. The band really showcases their skills on this one. They are original, feirce, and melodic throughout the whole album. Dimebag and Rex's instrumental skills are really showcased in "Cowboys From Hell" and " Cemetary gates". Vinnie shows his drumming skills in "Primal Concrete Sledge" and Phil's vocals are amazing throughout the entire cd. A masterpeice.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars a superb speed metal album
    cowboys from hell is a great speed metal album from dimebag darrel and his band and is highly recommended.get this fantastic album along with far beyond driven and vulgar display of power.You would be better off avoiding lousy pop artists like Ashlee simpson(who became famous because of her getting caught for lip synching at the SNL performance).get all three pantera albums and rock out!!!!!!!!!!. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Speed Metal    6. Thrash   


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    Five Man Acoustical Jam
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is THE "Unplugged" Album !
    This is the unplugged album of all unplugged albums. It was the risk-taker that worked out. It was the one that established the trend and so rarely gets the credit it deserves for that.It is the one that Rolling Stone forgets when they compile their lists of "important" albums.

    They render some of their own tunes real well in this, like Heaven's Trail, The Way It Is, and Love Song. The crowd interaction for Gettin' Better makes you really feel you are there in the middle of the crowd. It does take some getting used to though when listening to Modern Day Cowboy as an unplugged version, but it works.

    What is impressive are some of the takes they have on classic tunes. The Beatle's We Can Work it Out is stunning.The Stones' Mother's Little Helper is a fun take. Five Man Electrical Band's song Sign was of course the big hit of this album that made a lot of people do a double-take to the possibilities of unplugged renderings.

    Also included are a couple of Tesla jams in Tommy's Down Home, which has some hysterically funny lyrics sung by Tommy Skeoch, as well as Down Fo' Boogie which is also fun.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This is a great album
    As one reviewer posted, this did not spawn the MTV unplugged era. Bon Jovi did that a couple of years before at the MTV music awards performing Wanted Dead or Alive. Stevie Ray Vaughn was on MTV unplugged in 1989, so no, Tesla did not start the whole unplugged thing. However, this a great album, and for those of you that are fans of unplugged music, this one cannot be overlooked. Signs was the big hit from the album, but I don't think there is a bad song on it. Definitely check it out if you like acoustic music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect album
    This was the performance that inspired a decade of MTV Unplugged (can MTV ever come up with ANYTHING original on their own?), and is an essential addition to any music collection.The performances are perfect because they were never intended to be on any official release.Recorded by chance, and compiled, mixed, and released only after an unexpected demand, it captures the band's intimate performance while they were at their best.It is certainly one of the best live CDs ever released, and the best of the Unplugged era.

    To whomever hit the record button that night....thank you. ... Read more

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    Empire
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 August, 1990)
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    Exploring the uncharted territory between heavy metal and progressive rock, Queensryche has always been difficult to categorize. While Operation: Mindcrime is their most highly-praised album, Empire remains their most accessible, with a somewhat more commercial approach that has no negative impact on the quality of the material. Empire produced a string of hit singles, including "Best I Can," the title track, "Jet City Woman," and "Silent Lucidity" (probably their best-known song, and ironically unlike most of their other work). At times sounding a great deal like Pink Floyd, Empire is an impressive collection that is all substance, no filler. "Anybody Listening?", which closes the album, is probably the best perspective on a life lived on stage since Rush's "Limelight". Highly recommended. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Bon Jovi? Van Halen? Ratt? no, it's the Ryche.......
    unbelievable? not at all... but somewhat disappointing

    the whole album is a pop album well arranged to look like a metal one...

    the songs are complex enough to be worth a listen, anyway

    5-0 out of 5 stars Has certainly stood the test of time
    i obviously totally disagree with the reviewer who accused this album of not standing the test of time as he put it. What a ridiculous statement that was. With this album Queensryche took their brand of progressive/80s rock metal to new heights. Mixing the epic prog of their earilier efforts with a more commericial but certainly not sell out type of material. See newer Metallica for an example of sell out. As always every song is enjoyable and no filler is present on the album. Many standout tracks that were popular when the album debuted still have that charming and instantly catchy feeling today.One reviewer noted that the songs are all so catchy its almost as if the lifted them off of an epic soundtrack. Degarmo and TAte unite obvious talent to make this their last truly remarkable album. After this album The Ryche started to crumble. This may not be their very best work, Operation:mindcrime is not only their best but probably the best concept album of all time. Empire still holds alot of weight in both the prog rock genre and the hard rock/metal genre. Loved by headbangers and fans of tight prog rock bands like Pink Floyd and Rush, Queensryche will always be remembered as one of the few modern bands who carried this form of music to commericial acceptance.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Hasn't stood the test of time
    I liked this record a lot when it came out, but put it away in the early 90's and hadn't listened to it in ages.After recently hearing it again, I now know why.Queensryche's signature sound, though accomplished and distinct, simply doesn't wear well over the long haul.Dated sounds, borrowed riffs, Geoff Tate's operatic vocals, and production values that make Phil Spector look like a minimalist, all conspire to consign "Empire" to its rightful place in the cutout bin.

    My main problem with Queensryche has always been Tate.Sure, he can hit the high notes, but does he actually sing?His range is astonishing and his delivery is unparalleled, but he manages to deliver every line with a minimum of emotion.He's clearly trying to impress, and consistently fails to inspire.

    The one exception is "Silent Lucidity," which Tate delivers with taste, restraint, and feeling.The song - unfairly but accurately described as a Pink Floyd rip-off - remains a guilty pleasure of classic stature, as chill-inducing as it was back in 1990.

    The rest of the record is a bit of the hodge-podge; there are more Floydian gestures ("Anybody Listening?"), nods towards groove rock ("Della Brown") and "Mindcrime"-style omens of doom (the title track).Individual moments impress, but almost every song contains a cringe-inducing hook or riff that instantly dates the material.

    Nobody can question Queensryche's musicianship, but their effort to fuse progressive rock riffs with heavy metal sensibilities falls short of the standard established by bands like Rush.Fans of the band or of prog metal will still like it, but modern listeners should stick to the far superior "Operation Mindcrime" for their Queensryche fix. ... Read more

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    Stick It to Ya
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (05 January, 1990)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A solid classic metal release from the early nineties
    Stick It To Ya (1990.) Slaughter's first album.

    In the mid-late eighties, Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum were fairly well known for their roles in the Vinnie Vincent Invasion, a group formed by the former KISS guitarist. But obviously the Invasion disbanded late in the decade. Slaughter and Strum were not ready to stop making music though, so they decided to form a new band, appropriately called Slaughter. Recruiting Tim Kelly and Blas Elias, the foursome went into the studio and cut their first album, 1990's Stick It To Ya. How does the group's first album measure up? Read on for my review.

    I feel bad for Slaughter. Like Warrant, Winger, and Extreme, Slaughter was a talented classic eighties-style metal band, but they came onto the musical scene too late. By the time these bands started making music and gaining somewhat of a following, the alternative/grunge rock movement of the nineties pretty much caused all of these so-called "hair bands" to fade into obscurity. Why was this bad? Because these bands played damn good music! These groups were actually some of the finest players of the genre. Slaughter's first album is probably their best, as you will hear many a review tell you. The band's two biggest hits of all came from this album - the classic metal anthem Up All Night, and the classic power ballad Fly To The Angels. What's really interesting is that with the latter song, the band gives us both an electric and acoustic version! The other songs weren't terribly popular, but are stil very good songs. For the most part, Slaughter proved to be one (...) of a band, it's just too bad the whole grunge movement destroyed any chance of them ever gaining any widespread popularity the way bands like them in the eighties did. I will admit, though, that while this is some excellent classic-style metal, it is nothing revolutionary to the genre. The songwriting is, in my mind, average. Still, what was average to the classic metal genre is now well above average compared to all the crap that floods the modern-day music mainstream. If you're a fan of classic eighties-style metal, Slaughter's debut album is worth your time and money.

    If you haven't bought this album yet, make sure you get the new remastered edition. The new version of the album gives you bonus tracks that weren't on the original pressing and expanded liner notes, making it all the more appealing. If you've got the original it's not worth buying the album again for the sake of the bonus tracks, but if you don't own the album yet and want to get it, this is the way to go.

    Why did Slaughter never really gain the proper respect? The only answer to that question is the one that times change. Because the public got so into the grunge thing, all of these latecomers to the classic metal genre would never get the credit they rightfully deserved. Fans of classic metal, don't overlook Slaughter (or any of the other classic metal bands of the late eighties/early nineties.) Doing so could be the biggest mistake of your life if you're a fan of the genre!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An underrated rock classic...............
    By the time the 1990's had arrived, it would not be too long until the hair band era died. As a matter of fact,when hair bands died, the only ones that survived were Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, and Poison.That was too bad, because among others, there was another one of those talented hair bands that would find their talent soon underrated due to the succesful arrival of grunge rock.That band was Slaughter.Once Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum were gone from The Vinnie Vincent Invasion, they started Slaughter and hired two musicians who, at the time, were unknown: drummer Blas Elias and guitarist Tim Kelly.The talents of Slaughter, Strum, Elias, and Kelly all resulted in "Stick It To Ya", an underrated rock classic.This album gave Blas Elias and Tim Kelly the opportunity to really show off their talents for the first time, and Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum both shined when they were with Vinnie Vincent, but this was the first time they got to show off their songwriting talents. Neither one of them co-wrote any of Invasion's songs.Songs like "Up All Night", "Mad About You", "Loaded Gun", etc are all fun to jam along to, and ballads like "You Are The One", "Spend My Life", "Fly To The Angels", among others, are also enjoyable to listen to.While "Fly To The Angels" was written about letting go of someone, "You Are The One" sounds like a song any guy missing his girlfriend would write for her as a "Please Come Back" song. "Spend My Life" makes for not only a great hard rock song, but it would also serve as a good song for a wedding."Desperately" polishes a slick 80's feel with the lyrics and the bass line, proving that Dana Strum is one of the most talented and underrated bassists in rock music.All of the songs on this album are great, and if you like Slaughter, then you will probably not find one weak moment on this CD.Unfortunately, the death of original Slaughter guitarist Tim Kelly in a car crash in 1998 would slow Slaughter down, and to this date, even though they are still touring, Slaughter has only put out one album with Jeff Blando, who was hired as Kelly's replacement.But you can catch Mark Slaughter on the road either with Dokken, Warrant, Alice Cooper, or on a tribute record. Also, a few years ago when I was lucky enough to get to see Blue Man Group perform live, I got to see Blas Elias perform live as the Blue Man Group drummer, as it is Elias himself who does all of the Blue Man shows at The Luxor. If you ever go to Vegas, make sure you don't miss the Blue Man Group show- Elias and the show itself are both great!Do you miss the days when hair bands like Warrant were big?Are you a fan of hair bands like Motley Crue?Well, if the answer to both of those questions is yes, pick up either the original version of this album or the re-issued version that has four bonus tracks and new liner notes.You won't be dissapointed.

    4-0 out of 5 stars 15 Years Old and it Still Sounds Good!
    I can't believe 15 years has passed since this album was released. But you know what? It still sounds good today. I know Slaughter's been lumped in the cheesy hair metal category, but they actually showed a lick of talent as musicians.

    After Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum left the Vinnie Vincent Invasion, they recruited guitarist Tim Kelly (RIP) and drummer Blas Elias and began recording songs. The result was "Stick it To Ya," an album that spawned three hits: "Up All Night," "Spend my Life With You," and "Fly to the Angels." But the rest of the songs on the album (while not deep), are actually pretty good --"Eye to Eye," for example, is a great overlooked song.

    I've heard criticism of Slaughter's live show, but when I saw them tour for this album, opening for Kiss, the four of them were really quite good. This was a strong album to launch their brief career, one that actually has a bit of staying power.

    The albums after this one haven't been as consistant. "The Wild Life" had a lot of hype surrounding it and one minor hit. "Fear No Evil, actually better than "The Wild Life" faired even worse. But at this time, the pop metal scene was rapidly falling out of favor, and Slaughter was deemed another hairband casualty. Too bad, because they actually showed some promise in the songwriting department. Like I said, to me, this still sounds pretty good... I'll probably still be listening to it ten years from now!


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    Sales Rank: 19171
    Subjects:  1. Hair Metal    2. Hard Rock    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Pop-Metal    6. Rock   


    Persistence of Time
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 August, 1990)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Open Letter to "A Kid's Review" (May 10, 2005)
    Hey, Kid, I appreciate the Anthrax love, but you've got the wrong idea about the "alternative kids".I was in college in 1990, so I think I remember those days pretty well.There was a fair amount of overlap between the two scenes... not just speaking for myself, but most everyone I knew who went with me to metal shows were also fans of NIN, Faith No More, Primus, the Sub Pop bands, etc.I also knew some goth types who were into Danzig & Slayer.I could go on, but the point I'm trying to make it that it was NOT the alternative kids who "destroyed" the music we love!(I'm not even sure I accept the premise that it ever WAS destroyed; you just have to look a little harder to find it.)Blame it on the incredibly short-sighted record companies who were (and are) concerned with one thing:the bottom line.They only know how to do this by chasing The Next Big Thing and forcing it down our throats.MTV could have easily found room to keep playing Pantera and Carcass alongside the Beastie Boys and Green Day, but their priorities were obviously not conducive to musical variety.It was never the musicians or the fans who shoved metal to the fringes; blame the winner-take-all nature of the Music Business.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Belladonna's last stand, this album DEFIES TIME!
    What a masterpiece.These guys..It just blows me away how good they are...I mean this and among the living were basically late 80's albums, yet the music is not "dated" like so many albums of that time now are (Slaughter, Tesla, etc. etc.)

    What Anthrax does is mix some driving thrash with coherent lyrics.What Anthrax does is cover themes from Stephen King to World Government (instead of the usual midevil themes of witchs, knights, dragons etc.) This is music that to me is pure genius, and I actually enjoy it more now than ever before!

    Songs like "TIME" and "Keep it in the family" have driving beats.The fast bass-heavy guitar song "Got the time" is fun and "In my world" and "Belly of the Beast" have the darker feel to them that will definitley shake you up.If you have not listened to Anthrax I suggest checking out this album along with "Among the Living"...millions of fans and 20 years of their music being sold can't be wrong!

    NOTE:From my headline...this was lead singer Joey Belladonna's last album with the band.Check out all of thier stuff with Joey before forming an opinion on the later stuff with other lead singer/s.

    1. Time
    2. Blood
    3. Keep It in the Family
    4. In My World
    5. Gridlock
    6. Intro to Reality
    7. Belly of the Beast
    8. Got the Time
    9. H8 Red
    10. One Man Stands
    11. Discharge

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the era
    This album rules, truly. It is one of the greatest appealable thrash albums of all time, not just the era, and is up there with 'seasons in the abyss', 'metallica' and 'rust in peace' by the other big four relased 1990/91. Highlights include Time, In my World, Keep It In The Family, Belly Of The Beast (and the amazing intro!) and the awesome cover of Got the Time. I just wish they stuck with Belladonna after this release, and bought in a producer like Bob Rock or Rick Rubin to work some magic on what would have been a surely amazing follow up, and something that could have perhaps bought Anthrax the credit they deserve. If this had happened, this is truly the sound of a band on the way up. Catch it now, pretend your in 1990 and start fights with all the alternative kids soon to destroy the music you so love. ... Read more

    Asin: B000001FYN
    Sales Rank: 7061
    Subjects:  1. Heavy Metal    2. Pop    3. Rap-Metal    4. Rock    5. Speed Metal    6. Thrash   


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    Bloodletting
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (24 August, 1990)
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    Concrete Blonde's best and most mainstream album benefits considerably from a stronger focus and good production. Consistent songwriting means a lack of weak material, and the dark inflection of most of the music gives the songs an edge. The title track remains a favorite of the goth set, though it was the hit single "Joey" that garnered the most attention. The up-tempo songs are the best; "The Sky Is a Poisonous Garden", "Days and Days", and "The Beast" really stand out. Of the slower songs, "Tomorrow, Wendy" has an irony that gives it an edge. Concrete Blonde's later albums don't really measure up to the quality of this one. -- Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars a great dark rock CD
    This is a wonderful CD with no completely weak songs on it. Concrete Blonde has a distinctive guitar sound, like a growling motorcycle engine, that is really showcased on Bloodletting. I also love Johnette Napolitiano's smoky-sexy voice. There is a gothic, dark edge to all these songs that makes it feel like nighttime whenever you listen to it. The Sky is a Poisonous Garden and Day by Day are great fast-paced songs. Caroline is a haunting, slower song.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Guilty (Gothic) Pleasure
    I'm always a little embarrassed, first, that I have this CD and second, that I love it so much. I'm not sure why it's such a guilty pleasure for me. Maybe I have misplaced connotations that this album was more specifically intended for teenagers (as I was 15 years ago when I found it) who burn black candles in their bedrooms while writing morbidly self-indulgent poetry. Maybe that's exactly why I love it so much . . .

    Whatever the reason, Concrete Blonde's "Bloodletting" is the perfect recording for getting in touch with your dark, pessimistic, angry, and/or cynical side. Starting off, "Bloodletting" sounds like what might happen if Joan Jett and and Siouxsie Sioux were locked in the studio together. "Darkening of the Light" shows off the softer, but no less sadder, side of the band. "The Beast" might be the strongest track, as melodramatic and theatrical as it is ("Love is the killer/You thought was your friend"). And who can't relate to the tragic hopelessness and frustration fueling "Tomorrow, Wendy"?

    Yeah, this is a pretty good one. Just don't tell anyone I said so.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Two words: "Tomorrow, Wendy."
    I bought this CD several years ago after a friend had played bits and parts of it for us in college. I had kinda heard "Joey" here and again, but one day, a few years later, I bought their best-of CD, "Recollection" (cool in its own right), just for the hell of it. I heard "Tomorrow, Wendy," and the hair on arms stood straight up ... partly because I had a friend also named Wendy who had died a few years before (not of AIDS, but a vehicle accident), and the lyrics hit me like a brick. The emotion in this song was such that I was confident the rest of the tracks from "Bloodletting" would portray the same ... and I was right. Afterward, I bought about every Concrete Blonde record I could find, but this is still my favorite. I enjoy the title track, "The Sky is a Poisonous Garden," "Caroline," "Joey," "Lullabye" and of course, "Tomorrow, Wendy" the most ... I think of her every time I hear it, sad and beautiful. If you've heard "Tomorrow, Wendy," and seek live versions ... stick with the original, IMHO. Live versions on "Still in Hollywood" and "Live in Brazil" are interesting, but the studio version is the best, I think ... Overall, this whole record rocks; give it a listen.
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    Asin: B000000QFR
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. College Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock   


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    Don't Explain
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (03 May, 1999)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars One of his best later works
    This is a varied album, or mixed bag, as another reviewer mentioned. I seldom listen to the whole album, but it's hard to fault it. With limited vocal ability, mr Palmer actually finds himself making a lot of different styles his own on this album. Especially the last five or 6 tracks may come as a surprise to casual listeners. The album rewards the owner after several listens!

    4-0 out of 5 stars IMPRESSIVE & VARIED
    There are hard rock scorchers like "You're Amazing," "Light Years" and You Can't Get Enough" as well as the lovely rock ballad "Dreams To Remember" while the rest charms in a lightervein with the funky Prince-like "Mess Around," the clever"History" with its chugging chorus and the UB40-backed "I'llBe Your Baby Tonight." The glittering prize however, is the stunning"Housework," an infectious calypso shaker that makes you wannajump for joy. Cover version include Marvin Gaye's "Mercy MercyMe" leading into "I Want You", Billie Holiday's smoky"Don't Explain" with mellifluous phrasing by Mr Smooth, and thejazzy "Top 40," and this impressive album bows out with twoarchaic ballads.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Don't Question
    This is one of my favorite Palmer cd's. I needed to come to it's defense, some peoples mixed bags are other peoples diversity's. I can understand why someone would be dissappointed with this but you will warm up to it. I lovethe Steve Stevens guitar work and the ending songs are simply great. If youare into artists who can touch all bases and are willing to open your mindyou will love this cd. ... Read more

    Asin: B00000IN09
    Sales Rank: 248625


    Holy Water
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (31 May, 1990)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Last Good Album For Bad Company Mark II
    HOLY WATER is the last really good album that Bad Company made with Brian Howe on lead vocals. It's just as good as DANGEROUS AGE, even if it doesn't quite match the first five albums with Paul Rodgers. The first half is consistent from soup to nuts, but the most riveting moment is the first song in the second half, "Boys Cry Tough." That song, a tale of a young man who dies in a gang fight, leaving his bride-to-be all alone, motivates me to look at pictures of my favorite female celebrities to inspire me not to act dangerously. There are a couple of other good tracks in the second half, and it seemed as if the group could continue forever with their new, slick sound featuring Howe's pop-oriented vocals. Unfortunately, their next two albums were relative letdowns musically and commercially, and they didn't really regain their footing until they got yet another new vocalist and recorded COMPANY OF STRANGERS.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A Far Cry From Vintage Bad Company
    Comparing Paul Rodgers era Bad Company to post Rodgers Bad Company would be like comparing a good quality steak in a reputable restaurant to the cheap meat you would get at a low grade fast food restaurant.In other words, there is nothing like the real thing.

    Listening to this Holy Water recording is truly a chore and at times excruciating.Technically the lead vocalist, Brian Howe is not a bad singer.He stays on key and you certainly can here him loud and clear.However the man hardly varies his style over the first twelve songs of this recording.Constant high pitched siren like vocals with little variation of tone can really grate on the nerves. By the sixth song I am saying to myself, "Someone please call 911 to remove Mr. Howe from behind the microphone."Maybe someone actually listened to my advise on the 13th track as Simon Kirke's lead vocal is so much better as he actually sings the otherwise mediocre 100 Miles as opposed to Siren Man's constant overpowering screams.

    Besides the grating vocal performance, the overall arrangements are a constant bore.Heavy handed guitar riffs delivered with minimal passion. One solo sounds like the next. Ordinary drumming with little in the order of drive or special effects. The background vocals also are stuck in the same rut as Howe's siren.

    What is most annoying of all about this recording is the total lack of originality of the performance.The music sounds like a cross between Survivor and Foreigner with a little bit of an edge.This is not a good thing as the two previously mentioned bands offered a nothing special style.The Original Bad Company featuring Paul Rodgers was certainly not the most diverse band on the planet.But in those days at least that Bad Company had the good sense to emphasize Paul Rodgers colorful vocals and threw in a few varying tones on the guitars and keyboards to make the listening experience enjoyable.

    Anyway, I would avoid this recording at all costs.The title track is a pretty good song and that Stranger Stranger tune seems to have a semi memorable chorus in spite of the annoying synthesizer effect.However, two maybe three pretty good tunes out of thirteen reflects a .230 average.That is bad for baseball, horrible for basketball, and unacceptable for a music CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't get much better!
    Great tracks with good variety.Solid musicianship and strong vocals.Highly recommend to those who like Rock music. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002JNH
    Sales Rank: 17018
    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Arena Rock    3. Hard Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock   


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    A Night on the Town
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 May, 1990)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Hornsby Goes In Some New Avenues and Still is a Winner
    When Bruce Hornsby and the Range released 1988's "Scenes From the Southside", he set the bar very high. It is that sophomore effort that has to be considered one of the great and underrated albums of the 1980s. In a lot of ways "Scenes From the Southside" picked up where Hornsby's debut album "The Way It Is" left off - expanding on a formula that worked very well. That formula has Hornsby at the core with his solid piano/keyboard work combined with a solid combination of support by his band - The Range, and working with some top notch songwriting (done by Bruce and his brother John). For Hornsby's third album, "A Night On The Town", Hornsby starts to change things up for the first time - going in some different routes that he had not previously explored. Although it still is tough to measure up to a masterpiece like "Scenes", it still is another great effort by Hornsby and his band.


    On those first two efforts, Hornsby pioneered something that has been called "The Virginia Sound". The best way I can describe this sound is a mixture of a lot of different genres of music: Jazz, Classicial, Bluegrass, Rock, Country, and Pop. Hornsby incorporates a wide range of instruments in the songs to give this such a distinct sound: Mandolin, Guitar, Violin, Piano, and even Harmonica. On those first two albums, if I had to pick a strong influence from those genres - I would probably lean toward Bluegrass. For "A Night On The Town", Hornsby begins to emphasize some of the other genres. This album will have more influences on the Rock and Jazz. Hornsby does continue to use a wide range of instruments - and finds a way to combine them in some very interesting ways.For example, "Fire On the Cross" contains a combination of Banjo and Tenor Sax - yet the song still has a very distinctive Rock feel.In fact, the late Jerry Garcia makes some outstanding guitar contributions. On the first two albums, Hornsby made use of The Range's George Marinelli and Joe Puerta to provide some outstanding background vocals. On this album, Hornsby makes more use of external third party vocalists - particularly female vocalists. The most notable background vocalists are Shawn Colvin (who actually has co-lead vocals on "Lost Soul"), Arnold McCuller, Fred White and Bridgette Bryant (the latter three are better known as Phil Collins' "Seriousette" band members from his 1990 "Serious Tour").If you are a fan of the first album, you are going to go through an adjustment period with this collection. After several listens, you will realize that "A Night On The Town" measures up to the high standards you come to expect from a Bruce Hornsby album.

    Here is a quick synopsis of each of the tracks:

    "A Night On The Town":This title track will immediately introduce the harder Rock edge. This song is sung in the classic narrative style that Bruce seems to have perfected as he tells the story of two middle-aged men "Van and Willie" as they wreak havoc when they have "A Night On the Town". Some great songwriting.

    "Carry The Water" has a Rock beat - but you can hear touches of R&B in it.This is a song where Bruce utilizes background vocalists - Laura Creamer and Shawn Murphy.The chorus has some great piano work by Bruce.

    "Fire On The Cross" has all of the makings of a Bruce Hornsby classic.This song took me a few listens to get into.This song (great songwriting) - is sung in a narrative from someone witnessing a KKK cross burning. What I love about this song is the combination of Banjo and Sax on top of what is a Rock song.Hornsby's keyboard work is in prime form.

    "Barren Ground" features Shawn Colvin on background vocals and Jerry Garcia on guitar.This song is like a song found on the first two albums - namely about the land.Colvin's background vocals give it a different feel from that album.

    "Across the River" was the hit single.Superb effort.Garcia contributes to some of the great guitar work (particularly on the song's bridge) and Bruce is mastering the ivory again on the chorus.The song has touches of Jazz in it.More great background vocals by Creamer and Murphy.

    "Stranded on the Street" also has more of a feel from the first two albums.It is sung in a narrative and has some of the "Huey Lewis" feel, but without Huey.Some nice harmonica work.


    "Stander on the Mountain" has some great percussion work by John Molo.This also has some classic Hornsby narrative style and has more of a Rock feel.It also features some violin by former Range member David Mansfield.Colvin provides background vocals.


    "Lost Soul" is for all practical purposes a duet with Bruce and Colvin.They blend nice on the chorus.Nice way the piano work and synthesizers blend.It's a soft song and after a few listens, you will get into it.


    "Another Day" is very much a clapping and toe tapping song.It has a Jazzy, Bluesy feel to it.Hornsby again does great on the ivory.McCuller provides background vocals.


    "Special Night" once again brings the Rock feel to it, but you will hear touches of Jazz on it.Colvin is back for more background vocals and once again is a great compliment.


    "These Arms of Mine" also has a Jazzy/Bluesy feel to it.This song will take a few listens to get into.McCuller, Bryant and White provide background vocals that really are the core of this song.Garcia is back on guitar.


    The liner notes contain all of the lyrics as well as musician and songwriting credits.As mentioned, this album and some of the songs may take a few listens to get into.If you liked the first two Hornsby albums, you should also really enjoy this album.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Southern Symphony
    Phase 3 of Bruce's "Southern Trilogy" worked then, and it works very well today."Across the River" is an epic southern soft rock classic that showcases Hornsby's emphatic playing, songwriting, and Virginian sensibilities.Band support is strong.The other songs are also quite good

    Give it a try.You'll be pleasantly surprised.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bruce Hornsby's Southern Gem
    That Bruce Hornsby can play the hell out of a piano became obvious in his first two releases.Cascades of mannered appeggios and polished grace notes marked his radio-friendly adult contemporary style.This is the album where he lets his band The Range add a grittier rock sound.They're not wailing and pounding like Led Zeppellin or anything, but the scruffier sound is a big plus.Bruce's virtuouso keyboard playing can still be heard loud and clear.

    And just as Bruce and the Range make an nice sonic adjustment, it seems like the songwriting steps up a notch too.The lush longing of "Across the River" stands as the primary example.The album makes a southern sound and an American sound, varying its tempos and styles enough to keep things interesting.Go back and listen to a forgotten gem. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Adult Contemporary    3. Heartland Rock    4. Pop    5. Pop/Rock    6. Rock    7. Soft Rock   


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    Refugees of the Heart
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 July, 1992)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Winwood's Masterpiece
    1990's "Refugees Of The Heart" was the album that made me a Steve Winwood fan. I'd heard some of Steve's hit songs from "Arc Of A Diver," "Back In The High Life" & "Roll With It," and I liked them, but "Refugees Of The Heart" completely blew me away. That this wonderful album was NOT a hit and is now out-of-print is a very sad thing, for this is Steve's best solo album by far. I enjoy all of Steve's albums, of course, but "Refugees" has a very special maturity & musical richness to it, and Steve generously adds a taste of good ol' progressive rock to some of the album's pop proceedings, which, for any fan who knows the man's work with Traffic, is greatly appreciated. Most of the songs are at least five minutes in length, allowing Winwood to really stretch out. Not a bad song among the bunch, with highlights such as the spiritual "You'll Keep On Searching," the rockin' "One And Only Man," the lovely "I Will Be Here," the bluesy "Another Deal Goes Down," the fun of "Come Out And Dance," and, what is quite possibly Steve's greatest solo composition EVER, the hypnotic 9 1/2 minute "In The Light Of Day," a dreamy, breathtaking masterwork. Steve's soulful voice, songwriting & playing are magnificent, and the album *sounds* terrific, being digitally recorded, mixed & and mastered.It's so very disappointing that the music-buying public missed the boat on "Refugees Of The Heart." As another reviewer pointed out, perhaps they had gotten a bit tired of Winwood by this time, after he had back-to-back hit albums and was such a big presence on the radio in the late 80's. But make no mistake, "Refugees Of The Heart" is undoubtedly Steve Winwood's greatest solo album to date. It is an astonishing disc from beginning to end, and should not be ignored. Pick it up!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Winwood at his best
    Steve Winwood had a period of 3 years from 1986 to 1988 where he was on top of the world. He had three very commercially successful albums in "Back in the High Life", "Chronicles", and "Roll With It". As with most artists who cross-over into pop, its often very difficult to have 3 to 4 successful albums commercially. Thus when Refugees of the Heart (ROTH) came out, it hit the wall in terms of commercial sales.

    When you listen to this album, there are three noticable differences with this album:

    1. This is not the up-tempo Stevie Winwood we heard during the three year period I mentioned. It's a more mellow collection of songs. If you've heard "Don't You Know What the Night Can Do?" from "Roll With It" (and the beer commercials), that's the trend of the sound this album takes.
    2. [...] there is an infusion of progressive rock and jazz on this album. Almost more of "Back to the Future" Traffic days.
    3. Steve Winwood shows us a lot of his spirtual side. While I don't think this is a "Christian Rock" album, Winwood emphasises a lot of spirtuality that he had previously not seen. I'm surprised that more was not made to this. When Creed put out their albums, they made a big deal about it.

    The result is a masterpiece. When ROTH came out, I thought for sure it was a Sure Winner for the Grammy. I was shocked to see it didn't even garner any attention. The disappointing commercial sales didn't surprise me. This was not a POP album and I didn't not expect it to be on the Top 40 stations all that much.

    As for the Songs - I feel they are all incredible. A quick synopsis:
    1.You'll Keep on Searching: Immediately on this opening track, I heard the differences above. The music reminds you of "Don't You Know What the Night Can Do?" even though this is not a sequel.
    2.Every Day (Oh Lord): This is the second song on the album and the first where we hear Winwood express references to his faith in the song. It is one of the faster tempo songs on the album and is very catchy.
    3.One and Only Man: This was the only song from ROTH to make the Top 40. In this song, Steve explores a relationship - a lot of trademark Winwood vocals in here.
    4.I Will Be Here: A very powerful ballad. This song grips at you emotionally as you play the track.
    5.Another Deal Goes Down: This song is loaded with symbolism. Listen to it and check out the words. Spirtuality is a big theme in this song as he discusses the temptation of the Devil.
    6.Running On: This song is another classic. More of a higher tempo than most ROTH songs. He makes the reference to Memphis, which is his new home.
    7.Come Out and Dance: This might not be the most catchy song on the album, but there are some great lyrics to the song. I particularly like the lines "Now baby, don't read the papers, 'cause they always make you sad And honey, don't watch the TV 'cause the news is always bad" and "If we got everyone dancing, wouldn't be no time for war". Clearly Winwood tells us his feelings on this topic.
    8.In the Light of Day: This is the signature song of the album. Nearly 9 minutes of great lyrics and great instrumentation. It is the deepest song of the album. Winwood has the strongest references to his spirtuality on the album. The song builds to a crescendo both lyrically and musically. It is my favorite Winwood song of all time.

    This is an album I highly recommend if you are a Winwood fan looking to hear a new direction - or someone who hasn't heard Steve Winwood and is looking for something different.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Underappreciated Gem
    On "Roll With It," Steve Winwood added touches of his '60s R&B influences to the catchy '80s pop-rock of "Back in the High Life."With "Refugees of the Heart," he added one more ingredient:the progressive-rock and jazz experimentation of his days with Traffic."You'll Keep on Searching" suggests latter-day Pink Floyd, then builds to a soulful climax (which is reprised on the beautiful "I Will Be Here")."One and Only Man" proves again that Winwood has the most hard-edged keyboard technique in rock.He could be mistaken for Stevie Ray on the searing slide-guitar blues "Another Deal Goes Down."And he makes his recording debut on vibes (!) for the lyrically and musically transcendent closer, "In the Light of Day."Top 40 radio (and its listeners) had probably grown bored with Winwood after two recent multi-platinum smashes, but "Refugees of the Heart" deserves just as broad of an audience as its classic predecessors.What a shame that it's collecting dust in bargain bins! ... Read more

    Asin: B000000WHL
    Sales Rank: 46020
    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Album Rock    3. Blue-Eyed Soul    4. Pop    5. Pop/Rock    6. Rock   


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