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Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (31 October, 2000)
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Imagine if the ghetto got electrified. That's Stankonia, an album ofstreet smarts doused with gasoline and ready to burn. When a thundering electric guitarcollides with a relentless drumbeat on the molten "Gasoline Dreams," it dominates mindand body, setting the tone for the album. Dre and Big Boi spin a world of freaks, poets,preachers, and pimps, but most importantly, possibilities. This music messes with yourhead. --Lizz Mendez Berry ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars nothin' but stanklove for stankonia
even though i'm not a big fan of dirty south hip-hop, i couldn't help but fall into what is stankonia. it was named number one album of the year in the village voice, and after even just one listening it's easy to see why. their brand of funked up beats and somewhat syncopated delivery create a distinct sound that's pure pleasure to my ears. although i haven't followed them since their first album, i've heard that their fourth and latest installment seems a bit more "for the masses." but hey, i'm not complaining. i recently saw them in concert and they know how to keep a crowd entertained.

personal favorites include:

"B.O.B." - fast, energetic, dynamic, sublime.

"so fresh, so clean" - smooth, funny, interesting.

"ms. jackson" - who doesn't like this song? unforgettable hook, dre and big boi at their best.

"humble mumble" - erykah badu vibe mixed with outkast funk...enough said.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outkast Is Pure Talent
I've been listening to Outkast's music since 1998, when the incredible "Aquemini" came out. From then on I look up to them as a truly re invented, trend-setting and no-holds barred rap duo with talent. The duo's chemistry, whether while they are rhyming or just laying down a beat that they seem to ride, is smooth and convincing... Andre 3000 brings forth eclectic, soul-tinged and adrenaline-pumped rapping, while Big Boi has that traditional yet compelling laid back flow. Their incredible hold on Southern style rap is evident in their songs that scream originality and appeal to everybody at once. Power guitars, accordians, industrial-style hardcore beats... you'll find a lot on this album, and a lot to be thankful for. If you pick this up just because you loved "Ms. Jackson" then you're a smart buyer, but you'll also be incredibly pleased to know that there are pure gems on this large CD which outshine their #1 hit. I can't WAIT for their next one! And, yes, I'm white...

4-0 out of 5 stars outkast!!!
this cd is pretty good. very old school and funky. the stand outs are:

B.O.B.- very nice beat and lyrics by andre 10/10
So fresh, so clean- nice lyrics 10/10
Ms. Jackson- killer beat 10/10
Snappin' and Trappin'- awesome verses by killer mike
" box ya in ya mother f@#%&$
mouth" 10/10
We luv dez Hoez- hilarious song by big boi 8/10 ... Read more

Asin: B00002R0MA


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asin: B0000013GB
Sales Rank: 10164


Point Blank
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (03 November, 1998)
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The Dub Pistols hail from Leeds, England, and while they have released numerous recordings in their home country, Point Blank is their American debut. Led by ambitious DJ-composer Barry Ashworth, the Dub Pistols integrate a variety of compatible influences into an upbeat multicultural sound. With a strong emphasis on Jamaican dub and reggae as well as American hip-hop and British acid house, the Pistols create a pulsing, rhythmic stew appropriate for both listening on the home stereo and the urban dance floor. Ashworth's turntable skills and sampling choices are moderately impressive, but the band's drum programming keeps the music hurtling forward. Funkier than the Chemical Brothers, the Dub Pistols are just beginning to distinguish themselves from the pack. --Mitch Myers ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars not enough dub
With a name like the Dub Pistols one would expect a lot of dub or dub influenced songs in their album . However the album offers very little. It's not a bad album on the whole. It's just another example of a band trying to capitalize on the genre of dub by including the sacred word in its name.

4-0 out of 5 stars Uneven yet promising debut
The Dub Pistols put out a promising debut. Combining funky hiphop beats, techno sampling, and a reggae feel, this CD deserves a good look. But it can't maintain through rhe whole album, unfortunately. The first six tracks of this album are diverse enough to keep you listening. But the going gets rough from then onwards, with the music turning into a seemingly constant pounding beat. Nevertheless, it is worth buying this album for the tracks "Best got Better","TowerblockTrash" and "Cyclone". So if youre looking to dance funky and hard, pick this up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rare CD
This has to be in my top 10 if not top 5 cd's of all time. Its one of those cd's I associate with a whole sumer full of fun, but it didn't end there, its a cd I can always go back to and listen time and time again. I highly recommend it if you like techno or hip-hop, it's a nice cross genre mix, with some excellent bass tracks. ... Read more

Asin: B00000DMNP

Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 May, 2001)
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1989's Straight Outta Compton, by Dre's previous outfit N.W.A., may have shined the public spotlight on the genre, but The Chronic legitimized it. That is not to say that Snoop Doggy Dogg (The Chronic marks his debut) and Dre's raps are for everyone; the subject matter is the sex, drugs, violence, and politics of South Central Los Angeles, and the phrasing is explicit, to say the least. But The Chronic's real genius is the music. By breeding hip-hop, jazz (studio instrumentation includes saxophones and flutes), funk, and soul (sampled artists include Parliament, Donny Hathaway, and Isaac Hayes), Dre creates downright intoxicating grooves. If you can't feel The Chronic pulsating through your veins, maybe your heart's not pumping. --Bill Crandall ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars nuthin but a classic
"The Chronic" is definately one of the best rap albums ever made. It's so perfect because it brought the West Coast beats back alive and every track is tight as, which is what I really look for in rap music. Every time I see an album with Dr. Dre's name on it, I know it's gonna be a tight album because Dr. Dre is simply rap's finest producer ever and his beats are unbelievable and magnificent. All 16 tracks proves this point and to other rappers (except for 2PAC and BIGGIE), it just shows that the other rappers are like ants to Dre. Expect guest appearances from RBX, Daz, Nate Dogg, Kurupt, Lady of Rage and Snoop Dogg.

'Nuthin But a "G" Thang' is simply the best song on the CD and to make things better, it was voted 2nd best rap song made. It's quite chilling and kind of a relaxing song to listen to when you've just had mary-jane. "F*ckin Wit Dre Day" is a diss song aimed at Eazy-E. It's quite sad that these 2 became enemies because they were a fine team around their N.W.A years. Other classics on the CD are "Lil' Ghetto Boy" which outlines a young, black youth's life but the real gem of the CD is without a doubt, "Stranded on Death Row". This is simply one of the BEST songs I'VE EVER HEARD but the sad thing is that Dre isn't on the track. Such a dark but wicked as beat, he should have released this song.

Every album with Dre's name on it, you know that the album is going to be tight. For those that don't like Dre, think again. Dre is one of the most producers of rap music and will continue to be a genius.
One love
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*if you like this album, check these great classics out*
-2pac- All Eyez on Me
-Biggie- Ready to Die
-Wu-Tang Clan- 36 Chambers
-Warren G- Regulate
-Snoop- Doggystyle
-Nas- Illmatic

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely A Favorite Of Mine!
This is one of those unique albums you never get enough of. The album is classic from beginning to the end. Dr. Dre and his then fellow label makers hit you with gangsta shhh, straigth up! This introduced the infamous Snoop Doggy Dogg to the rap game together with Tha Dogg Pound, Nate Dogg, The Lady of Rage and RBX (all members of Death Row back in the day). This was realesed in the golden era of Death Row Records (92-96). I wont mention favorite songs 'cause the pretty much all hot. You can chill to this, have an old school party or sit back and smoke a fat ass joint. As Dre says himself. It's The Chronic goddammit! If you're callin yourself a rap fan without this one, get it as fast as possible! Classic!

4-0 out of 5 stars Took a while to get used to...
but once I did, I started listening to it every day. I had been listening to a lot of newer hip hop so it was hard to tune into this, but after I did I realized how great the album really was. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes hip hop. ... Read more

Asin: B00005AQEQ


Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 April, 2002)
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Iceland's answer toLimp Bizkit,Korn, andLinkin Park,Quarashi's rock-rap-industrial hybrid usually makes for bad rap and even worserock, but the mix works on Jinx for reasons unknown. The group's FredDurst rap-metal shtick ("Stick 'Em Up," "Weirdo") is a bit tired, but itsBeastieBoys-style eclecticism ("Mr. Jinx," "Baseline") flips a catchy cornucopia ofhorn, guitar, and xylophone samples. Certainly, when Quarashi pull out all oftheir experimental stops on "Tarfur," a percussion-heavy funk track that'srecorded in Icelandic, or "Dive In," a techno ballad crooned by the band'sjack-of-all-trades Hössi Olafsson, the results are fun. Move overBjörk andSigur Rós,there's a new innovator in town. --Dalton Higgins ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars NOT LIMP BIZKIT, RAGE
ok, i just heard of Quarashi the other day on MTV2. The first thing i thought was Beastie Boys. The second thing i thought was mixed with "Rage against the Machine". yes, that's right, this band sounds nothing like Limp Bizkit, it's painfully obvious to me that they sound like Rage and Beasties. With that, this band f---ing rocks. I swore to god that if i heard another rap-rock song i was going to riot. the thing abotu this band is they're not a nu-metal band. most of the rock-rap bands are nu-metal, which means they're depressing, dull, and boring. this band is anything but that. they've got the melodic/funk side of the beastie boys, and the hard rock side of rancid and rage. i'm not saying this is anything too original, cuz it's not, but this band can really pull off a Beastie Boys version 2.0 extremely well. I can't wait to get the actual CD, tho i hear the albums released in Iceland are more raw sounding, and not as produced. i wish i could get an import. oh well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well, I don't think it's "rap rock"
I listen to many different things, because it makes me look sophisticated. So when I picked this CD up and took it home, I played it and after "Stick 'Em Up" I kind of squinted. "Stick 'Em Up" is followed by this strange sounding jazz-sample type song. A song which had nothing "rock" about it. There are semi-metallic songs on this record, but is it really fair to call this band "rap-rock", they do rap, and even rock sometimes, but songs like numbers 2, 4, 12, 7, 5 and others don't really reflect a desire to push the whole rap-rock enevelope. Now, songs like Baseline, F*** You Puto and stuff have hard rock guitars in them, but I notice little things, like the band hardly ever uses (or SOUNDS like it uses) real drums. There are spots, but not really, even though one of the guys is listed as playing "drums". Basically, this is a mostly rap record, and you can trust me when I say that the fact these guys are white, it hardly detracts from their ability to make your head bob. In fact, one of the rappers (I'm not sure which one), SORT OF sounds like Zack de la Rocha, but this is clearly no Rage record. I really liked most of the songs on this CD, even being not that much into rap. Quarashi takes rap and makes it good. I have read some comparisons to the Beastie Boys and what not, but this band doesn't sound like the Beastie Boys any more than Celine Dion, other than of course the fact that they rap. I'm not exactly sure where people get stuff like "rap-rock" and Beastie Boys, because while some rock is involved, it's not really something you could mosh to, you know what I mean? It's not rap-rock, and definitely not Rage, it's . . . . . . . Quarashi, they just be them and it works.

5-0 out of 5 stars Icelandic Creature
this record was able to meet to the standards of the tactics where listeners would get a chance to hear what these people are .
the whole cd was incredible , when i had first bought this cd i thought that these people would fail in music but after listening to it i have regreted what i had said . Quarashi uis hevay , includes some elements of jazz and quiet a bot of nu metal but this cd is good overall ... Read more

Asin: B000063WD6
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


Even in Darkness
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 November, 2001)
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When asked to name a current crew that conceptualizes to the standard set by Public Enemy and their crack production team, the Bomb Squad, hip-hop historian Harry Allen didn't hesitate before saying, "The Dungeon Family. I think those guys are scientists." That's an observant description of the Atlanta-based collective, featuring Goodie Mob, Outkast, and Society of Soul alongside the production teams Organized Noize and Earth Tone 3. Even in Darkness displays the ensemble's ability to isolate various elemental aspects of hip-hop and recombine them into fresh-sounding, organically pure compositions. Breaking it down, you'll find you're on Planet Rock: a strong portion of Funkadelic mixed in with second-generation bass culture, turntablism, and sweet soul harmonies (courtesy of Cee-Lo and the amazing Sleepy Brown). But don't get nervous--conceptualization does not mean intellectualization. These are straight-up hip-hop party tunes, floss rhymes and all. As the Dungeon Family themselves advise, "Follow the lights, they lead to something."Something exceptional. --Rebecca Levine ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars ...that reg'lar df dirt....
...this aint what i was hopin for...i was wantin some of that 'funky ride'/'slum beautiful' type of funk - a whole album of slump music...well, i didnt get it....
BUT THIS IS STILL A POWERFUL ALBUM!!! it may not go down as a classic, but it's good anuff fa me! they build on the production they started with from goodie mob's 'world party' and slimm calhoun's 'the skinny' cd's...fast, furious and fun beats that you aint gettin nowhere else in hip-hop.
this is a disc for true dungeon family fans and not just outkast fans or goodie fans...in fact, i like the hooks they sing more than most of the lyrics, but they all hold they own here: witchdoctor, ceelo, rube, society, even bubba sparxxx spits a few bars.
my favorite tracks are follow the light, trans df express, on&on&on, forever pimpin, 6 minutes, white guts, rollin, curtains, they comin, and crooked booty...that's omost the whole album...damn!

5-0 out of 5 stars A highlight of 2001...
The Dungeon Family really produced the goods here and it more than filled the space for new product from the Atlanta collective til Cee-Lo dropped his solo joint. The Outkast Hits collection was never going to cut it for hardcore fans who had every 'Kast longplayer anyway...

The aforementioned Cee-Lo features very prominently on this album while Dre3000 generally takes a backseat, although the unique Outkast MC does choose his contributions well in "Crooked Booty" and "Trans Df Express", arguably the two strongest joints on the LP. Both tracks are very addictive and bring the old school funk influences we have come to expect.

Another highlight are the 80s synth sounds of "Follow The Light", while "Excalibur" with it's rousing chorus proves good closure towards the end of the album. "6 Minutes" utilises elements from old school classic "The Show" but also creates a worthy head nodder in itself.

Those are some of my favourite moments although truth told there's not a weak track. The production is exemplorary as you'd expect from Oraginized Noize.

Anyone switched on to the refreshing twist The Dungeon Family in their numerous guises have brought into hip-hop will no doubt run not walk to get this, their first group album, and quite right too, it's superb.

5-0 out of 5 stars GIVE ME PFUNK
I think all of this is great keep on keepin on but all y'all is way way late PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC is tha thang and always will be ... Read more

Asin: B00005QXKE


Word of Mouf
Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 November, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Woh
Woh! This CD is truly amazing. I gotta give it to my hometown boy 'Cris cuz this CD is tight! In this CD we learn that Ludacris has emotions, not just sex in his mind with track #8 "Growing Pains" with great accompany in this song.
This cd starts off great with "Coming to America" which has a good beat. Next is "Rollout" which doesn't impress me; nor does the next track. But "Oh no" "She Said" "Howhere" "Area Codes" and "Growing Pains" follow respectively and all these songs are tight. I don't care about what you think about Area Codes, that song is awesome with my man Nate Dogg doin his thing. "Greatest Hits" track 9 is so freaking funny! The first two sentences explain it all. Track 16 is tight and so is the bonus track. The DJ did a nice job on the bonus track; BUT WAIT;
"welcome to atlanta" is a bonus track so wait a few seconds for that and you'll hear some more of Ludacris' talent.
This is why the five stars:
1) Excellent rhymes
2) Excellent beats
3) Good artists featured (Jagged Edge, missy, mystikal, djs, its all good)
4) Excellent and hilarious skits
5) Hes from Atlanta so it should get a thousand ************************************
I cant wait for 'cris new album. I bought 'cris first album in july and his second in november and i still listen to them every time possible! good work cris

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing CD, Here's a thorough review track-by-track
1. Coming 2 America: One of the best openings to an album you'll find. Song has great similes like: coming up shorter than 5 dannny devitos
2. Rollout: Excellent song, tight beat, but if Luda hadn't said "Rollout" for one full minute at the beginning this would be the best song on the album.
3. Go 2 Sleep: I don't like the hook so much, but the verses have some clever lyrics
4. Cry Babies: This song is awesome. In this song 'Cris shows off his rhyming abilities and they blend in with the beat well.
5. She said: Not a good song
6. Howhere (Skit):Very funny!
7. Area Codes: Very clever lyrics by Ludacris
8. Growing Pains: This is a very emotional song, and Fate has a future ahead of him.
9. Greatist Hits (Skit): One of the most hilarious skits EVER!
10. Move B****: I sing it in my head all day at school. Great song!
11. Stop Lying (Skit): Another hilarious skit
12. Saturday (Oooh Oooh): Probably the best song on the album; BUT it's only a good song if you hear all the explicit content, not the radio version, but a tight song indeed
13. Keep it on the Hush: An EXTREMELY clever song and very funny too
14. Freestyle: It's ok. Some good rhymes, some O.K. ones
15. Get the **** Back: Nice hook, weak verses
16. Freaky Thangs: Excellent song, Twista and Jagged Edge really helped
17. Cold Outside: The hook is ludicrously long, but the verses are good. the song is a little too long
18. Block Lockdown: Nice accompony. Good verses
Welcome to Atlanta (Bonus Track): Great song! If Luda got the second verse instead of JD it'd be better. No offense, but JD can't rap.
Great album Ludacris! Can't wait to get #3!

1-0 out of 5 stars I Love Listening To Rich Rapper Posers
This guy aint from da hood. He gots da gold and da SUVs and ain't gots no trouble with payin' fo gas, yo. But he has trouble spelling and with being a poser who makes crappy music about crap no one cares about. Go listen to some real hip hop like Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, Public Enemy, or Mos Def. Cerainly not this crap. This is nothing but a big bowl of wrong.

I love hearing this being played in the large SUVs of rich white boys. It seems everyone else is smarter. ... Read more

Asin: B00005R8EL
Sales Rank: 2974


Tenacious D
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 September, 2001)
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Biting, sometimes base satire and humor populates this 21-cut comedy-rock debut from actor-musician Jack Black and his band, Tenacious D. Sort of like a trashier, more casual and less musical Beck, vocalist-guitarist Black and guitarist-vocalist Kyle Gass, with help from Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, Redd Kross's Steve McDonald, and Page McConnell of Phish, deliver oddball musings that will appeal mostly to fans of the talented Black, whose earned a following thanks to memorable, frenetic turns in the films Hi Fidelity and Jesus' Son. The songs and "bits" include the wonderfully, intentionally melodramatic "Wonderboy," Black ordering "four Chicken McNuggets" on "Drive Thru," and the funny ode to vocalist Ronnie James Dio, where Black observes, "Dio has rocked for a very long time / Now it's time for him to pass the torch." With often intentionally droll and dumb humor smartly executed like a latter-day version of Bob & Doug McKenzie with a dash of Spinal Tap, this more-comedy-than-rock debut is likely to achieve cult status. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars Made for people like me
I'm a ...smoking, rock-loving son of a gun, and I can't get enough of Tenacious D. Although I cherish what I've seen of their HBO series, they manage to explode in this album, which seems made for people just like me. I'm sure it's just a ploy to get cash and chicks, though, because the D make no secrets about it.

Like it or not, you've got to admire the scope of songs like City Hall, where Jack Black and "Rage" talk about leading civilization as two kings, but eventually kill each other because they have conflicting views... it's almost too self-aware to be funny, yet they expect the audience to pick up on their indignation, which is yet another level.

Sometimes I'm so wasted I think I make perfect sense. There are no better drinking songs to be found on a recent album than "F--- Her Gently" or "Tribute". If you're looking for some rowdy party music, look no further than this CD. It's in the player at nearly every party I have, and I can't help but crack up every time we all sing along.

5-0 out of 5 stars All Hail to the One Note Song! Pure Brilliance!!!!
Actually, all hail to the entire album, because everything about it is awesome. I love Jack Black, so of course I was going to get it. I'm glad I did. These guys are hillarious, as well as also being very musically talented.

Tenacious D combines humor with music. There are great songs along with some of the funniest skits you will ever hear on an album. These guys aren't very heavy. The songs are subtle, but brilliant none the less. You will crack up in laughter and be in awe at the same time. They are great singers and great guitar players. Jack Black really does have a great singing voice.

Favorite songs: tribute, wonderboy, city hall, lee, friendship, karate, kyle quit the band.

Favorite skits: one note song, hard ****ing, inward singing, **** pushups, drive-thru.

A very awesome album, it is. Don't let the humor fool you, these guys are very talented, and should come out with more great songs in the future. Tenacious D truly rock.

Now, stop reading this review and go get the CD!! What are you waiting for?? It's calling your name. (Well, it's not. But get it anyway!)

P.S. Jack Black ripped me off. I came up with the "one note song" years ago. Well....actually I didn't. Um.....Shut up! Leave me alone!

5-0 out of 5 stars the mixture of comedy and music all in one cd case!!
this album is simply the best thing i have ever heard! Tenacious D really knows how to make music. they only have 2 members (jack black and kyle gass) but they definetly know how to make you laugh and enjoy the music at one time. as we all know, jack black just finished the school of rock and that just came out on dvd not too long ago, and you can watch the mtv cribs episode on there of jack black when him and KG (known as Tenacious D) are doing a song called the taco truck from hell (or at least that is what i think it's called). that song is funny for just the parts i heard from it. that song is funny just like tribute which, by the way, IS really the greatest song in the world! they were just joking about it but i really think it is the greatest song in the world! drive thru is also really funny and then there is that song called wonderboy it is about a story of wonderboy and young nasty man. friendship is funny too, and i guess you all know about jack black's new movie is gonna be king kong with the best director peter jackson!!! yeah!!! if you think jack black's movies are funny then wait till you hear Tenacious D! buy this cd from amazon today for less than $15 and you can also choose 1 day shipping and then you can get it the next day! listen to Tenacious D! ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asin: B00004Z459


The Great Depression
Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 October, 2001)
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Despite the overwrought production and excessive use of trite catch phrases that typifies the output of today's corporate rap elite, Dark Man's innate raw power can't be masked. Had he fallen off, The Great Depression would be considered an amazing comeback, but since X's reputation is intact and it's hip-hop as a genre that's floundering, the album serves as an antidote to the flood of insipid hip-hop/R&B combinations and "Oochie Wally"-isms that clog the airwaves. Standout tracks include the riot-inducing "Who We Be" and the dead-on "Shorty Was Da Bomb." Even the lesser tunes are dope. On first listen, Depression's most accessible song, "We Right Here," comes off as mindless radio fodder, but its blunt chorus quickly grows on you. The album's centerpiece, "I Miss You," is a genuinely personal composition built around a universal theme. Here, DMX's lyrics and delivery invite the same favorable comparisons to Tupac Shakur that he received earlier in his career. --Rebecca Levine ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars The Original Raw Dog Returns
After having his album pushed back a month DMX released his long awaited 4th album, "The Great Depression." The album starts off with with the the thoughtfull poem "Sometimes." This acting intro introduces us to a new DMX dedicated to positivity and thoughtful artwork. "School Street" is hard hitting shoutout track to all his people, that reminds his audience that just because he is on the positive doesn't mean he is giving up his rugged style. On "Who We Be," the albums second single, DMX barks thoughful lyrics to Black Key's rough beat. The result is another classic DMX street anthem. "Trina Moe" is DMX's track to all the haters, where he talks down the riches and [...] talk of rival rappers and suggests artists biggest accomplishments are done in the community. [...] "We Right Here" was the album's first single and is guaranteed to spend a lot of time bumping in your car stereo. Over a guitar based rock beat DMX returns to the "X" we all love, on the "Bloodline Anthem." "Shorty Was the Bomb" is a rap story about a one night stand that turns "X" to a father. So well told it will make even the hardest thug be sure he has a rubber before he goes out to the club. "Damien III" is the third edition of DMX's on going battle with Damien. The demon to whom he sold his soul in return for dollars and fame. "When I Am nothing" f/ Stephanie Mills is a party track questioning what will be when the fame is over. My personal favorite is "I Miss You" f/ Faith Evens, a soulful rap ballad, dedicated to the memory of his Grandma. DMX exposes deep intellectual thought on the role of God, family and death seperating him from the "bling bling" monotony of most rap albums. After a few mediocre tracks DMX hits us with his 4th prayer in which he nominates himself as a voice for God to call his people. "A Minute for Your Son" is another soulful song in which he has a dialogue with God defining his purpose on earth. He writes without ego and beautifully defines his musical goals. It is the perfect close to a great album. If you feel like that isn't enought tracks there is a set of bonus freestyles, and two bonus tracks. It is great to see an MC make music to make music (not record sales). He raps positively without losing his street credibility, and does it predominatley without the help of guest appearences (the only rappers who appear on the album are on the bonus tracks). If you are a fan of music this album is a must. It is the hottest album by one of rap's top dogs.

3-0 out of 5 stars THIS ONE GREW ON ME
I brought DMX's "The Great Depression" back when it was first released.But with the exceptions of the ruffneck anthem "School Street" and the amped-up singles "Who We Be" and "We Right Here",
I didn't really play this album much.It wasn't that I disliked
the X man's lastest effort but I don't know...I guess,it didn't move me much.

Fast forward,three months later,"The Great Depression" gets more and more love with each listen.
I'm really feeling the sincere "I Miss You"(featuring Faith Evans),a tribute to DMX's late grandmother,Mary Ellis Holloway now that I saw the video.I really like the fact that super-macho X gets sentimental and lets his true feelings flow.That's rare in the tough guy creditibility-obessed world of hip hop and I respect X for doing that.

But,let's get things straight,all of "Great Depession" isn't a weepy affair.
The cautionary sex tale "Shorty's Was The Bomb" and rocked out
"Bloodline Anthem" are among the strongest cuts here as well as
Stephanie Mills-featured '70s-inspired "When I'm Nothing" and
the scary-sounding horror movie-like narrative "Damien III".

And you can't have a DMX album without his "Prayer" installment.
And "Depression" has one a deep,thoughtful one just like the
previous three did.

Now I can't front,back when X was emerging as a star with his first two 1998 albums("It's Dark And Hell Is Hot" and "Flesh Of My Flesh,Blood Of My Blood"),I wasn't exactly a DMX fan.
I thought of him,as a hollering 2Pac clone but one day in 1999
after seeing him do a MTV interview,my opinion shifted.The same guy that I believed to be a low-intellect Pac was actually a enigmatic,intellegent,thoughtful man who trying to pick up the pieces of his life.Deep stuff.

Oh,I'm sorry,Amazonians,for adding that little part at the end but I had to say that.But back to the album:"The Great Depression" might have to grow on you a bit but after a while,
you'll feel it.

(To anyone,who read this review and liked it,Thank you so much!)

4-0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars.... Good but not his Best
DMX delivers another solid album, but comes up short because of how good his previous albums were. This is a good CD and a must have for DMX fans. DMX did a good job on here but it was the production on this album that I really wasnt feelin.

There are some hot songs on here such as; School Street, Who We Be, Trina Moe, We Right Here, Bloodline Anthem, and Damien III. These all had some great beats and great lyrics. But then there were some songs with some okay beats like Shorty Was Da Bomb. X does a great job with his storytellin on this track but the beat is lackin something. I Miss You is another good song (Dmx pays tribute to his Grandma)

Track 17, A Minute For Your Son, follows the Prayer and X again talks to God, this a hot song. Afterward there are some hot freestyles from some other Bloodline artists over old X beats. These are some hot verses so dont skip these.

As a whole Dmx delivers another good album. This album gets 3.5 stars because of bad production on some songs. But X holds his own so I gotta give him credit for that. ... Read more

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