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    Mer de Noms
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 May, 2000)
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    "A Perfect Circle is not a side project," proclaim the members of Perfect Circle. It's a caution worth heeding, since the most identifiable name in the band is that of vocalist Maynard James Keenan, lead singer of Tool. On the other hand, one wouldn't be much inclined to file this one under "side project" anyway. The musicians involved go to great lengths to create something distinctive, and if the uniformity of sound can be attributed to the fact that guitarist Billy Howerdel (whose previous songwriting credits include Tool, the Smashing Pumpkins, and David Bowie) is responsible for the lion's share of the music, well, the others aren't exactly marching in lockstep. Keenan's vocals here are quite different from anything heard from him before. Subtle, thoughtful, sober, they're a far cry from Keenan's work with Tool, which is what makes this album more than a side-project curiosity. Mer de Noms has a life all its own. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Is Judith that only good song?
    I have to say...I hate this band...they are even worse than Saxon but better than Tool or System of a Down...oh...what sh**! I hate this kind of music!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another 5 star review for an amazing album
    When this first came out, I wasn't really old enough to appreciate it.I heard Judith on the radio and it rocked, but I was fairly unfamiliar with the rest of the CD.Now that I'm a little older, I can't say enough good about it.The CD has everything from the rocking Judith to 3 Libras, which is probably the most beautiful song I've ever heard in my life.Orestes is right up there with it, even though it's not quite as popular.Overall, I can't say enough great things about this album, and if you don't have it yet, you are truly missing out on one of my favorite CDs ever.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good. but not better than Tool
    I am a die hard Tool fan. The only reason I was ever interested in a Perfect Circle is because Maynard is a great lyricist and vocalist. It's a good album. I especially love "Orestes". the opening riffs and Maynard's emotional singing will have you listening to that song on repeat. But my favorite song is "Magdalena" because it gives me this 80's rock type feeling whenever I listen to it and Maynard's passion in his singing about how he would sell his soul for one kiss from this woman is so deep. A perfect circle is a great band. They are definitely a lot softer than Tool but they still have emotional and creative lyrics and music just as Tool does (because of Maynard of course). The only reason I give this album 4 stars and not 5 is because I love Tool and I can't wait until Maynard reuinites with them for a new album. Tool is more hard rock/metal and artistic. The drummer in a Perfect Circle is no match for the drummer of Tool. MAYNARD! OKAY. YOU HAVE AN EMOTIONAL AND SOFT SIDE! US TOOL FANS GET THE IDEA! BUT GO BACK TO TOOL ASAP!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

    Asin: B00004T99Z
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock   


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    All That You Can't Leave Behind
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (31 October, 2000)
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    The foursome come roaring out of the blocks with their latest collection. The album's first single, "Beautiful Day," raced to the No. 1 slot on the U.K. singles charts and received a similar rapturous reception stateside. From its shimmering preamble to its sweeping, infectious chorus, it perfectly stakes out the middle ground between the anthemic U2 of the '80s and the more grounded group of the '90s. With Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno sharing production chores again after having taken a break with Pop, the U2 team enters the new millennium with their lineup--and mission--intact. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Piece of sh**!
    This album is full of rubbish! They can't make music...why they don't just quit? It would be the best...this is like Radiohead! Terrible!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Its really not that bad.......
    ........this was U2 (apparently) going back to their roiginal sound after the more experimental (but much better) Pop and Zooporopa and Actuang Baby.

    The problem is its little poppy and was liked to much by the mainstream pop audiences, which probably lost them respect from their fans.
    This is a fantastic album when you compare it with "How to dismantle an atomic bomb"
    everything they did was great until after the promising "electrical storm."

    2-0 out of 5 stars Leave it behind!
    Boring, insipid, banal, uninteresting, lifeless, dull, flat, fatuous, tedious, trite, trivial, hackneyed, ordinary, unremarkable, bald, inane, jejune, vapid, commonplace, empty, vain, unavailing, useless, ostentatious, superficial, obvious, predictable, futile, weak, fake, unoriginal, tired, passionless, monotonous, worthless, tasteless, apathetic, sluggish, indifferent, awkward, wretched, untalented, primitive, pointless, u2less... worst U2 album ever. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004Z0LW
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Kid A
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (03 October, 2000)
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    How is it that Kid A's opening track, laden with an electronic vocal stuttering "bleh, bluh-bleh bleh bluh" is the most fascinating statement made in rock & roll this year? Because somehow, even when Radiohead blathers and blips nonsense, it's profound. The band's future-perfect musical grammar may be hard to decipher, and the melody is even more subliminal, but the journey traveled with Radiohead reveals them to be not only rock music's greatest adventurers in 2000, but teachers as well.--Beth Massa ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Dreamy
    Awesome, at first i didnt get into this album but then when u lie down and close your eyes its takes you on a journey. I wont rate the songs individually because i see the album as one continuous song. Just dont judge the album by on the first listen. Also dont think of it as music as most of it isnt, just open your mind

    1-0 out of 5 stars Optimistic...
    ...but this is pure sc***! I would give minus 1000 stars if I could...man, this music is rubbish! Just whining!

    5-0 out of 5 stars 2:00am
    There are recordings that just sound better in the dark, perhaps when you've come out from passing out the night before in the middle of the night. Maybe you had an incredible evening with a lover...or just broke up with one, your mind in pieces from grief. An album like this is perfect for times when you just want to be quiet inside and ---listen---. Amazing, highly original, atmospheric, electronic rock. Same can be said for the follow-up, "Amnesiac". ... Read more

    Asin: B00004XONN
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Something Like Human
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 September, 2000)
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    In Something Like Human, the moody and brutally emotional rock band Fuel has a solid follow-up to their platinum Sunburn disc from 1998. Produced by Ben Grosse (Filter, Vertical Horizon) and coproduced by Fuel guitarist-songwriter Carl Bell, Something Like Human picks up where Sunburn left off, both musically and emotionally. From Brett Scallions's heart-wrenching vocal performance on the CD's first single, "Hemorrhage (in My Hands)," with its mournful reflections to the "Shimmer"-like "Slow," the bleak, dark temperament that characterized Sunburn is continued. Even seemingly upbeat moments are buried deep in paranoia ("Knives") or leave a bitter taste ("Solace"). Not as dirge-heavy as Alice in Chains (though "Down" sounds like that band) or as commercially viable as Creed, Fuel nonetheless have the strong songs and melodies to make their doleful musical visions eminently memorable and quietly cool. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A nice introduction to Fuel
    Having on a whim brought this CD at my local music store as a side thought to see how this band was, I was surprised and pleasantly surprised by the unique and sublime way this band went about with their style of music. They have won me over as a fan and have ordered from Amazon their other album releases.

    Fuel is a band that orginates from alternative rock. Rock beats with their own stylish rythmns. Fuel is like tasting the sweetest watermelon on a red hot day. Songs like Last Time, In My Hands, Bad Day, Innocent and Slow bring out the best that this band has to offer. The CD was enjoyable to listen to and I have listened to it countless times since buying the CD.

    Fuel is a band that'll be around for a long time to come. Watch out for the lyrics in Empty Spaces - they're super.

    5-0 out of 5 stars All the finer things . . .
    *IMPORTANT*:: This is a long, tedious, and infinitely awesome review.If you are worthless, skip it.

    The Incredible and Awe-Inspiring Legacy of the FUEL of Life, Vol. 2:"Something Like Human".

    When it comes to these albums by FUEL, I feel a useless, but strong desire to explain my feelings about each and every track, especially because the songs on this particular album are all very important to me... though it would be next to impossible for me to explain why.Here are my wonderful and totally relevant thoughts on SLH:

    1 - `Last Time' - A faint whiff of feedback is revealed before FUEL blasts off on a simplistic but powerful intro, which drops off quickly into Brett Scallion's angry first verse.It's as you listen to this point of the song that you begin to realize how much more mature the band sounds musically compared to "Sunburn".The lyrics don't rely on any rhyming scheme, they just flow together perfectly to fit the song's format.The chorus yells "this is the last time, this is the last time I'll bleed for you!" as the guitars boom along magnificently.The solo's wailing guitars are excellent and lay the foundation for FUEL's sound on this album, resulting in one of the most riveting tracks of FUEL's career.5/5

    2 - `Hemorrhage (in my hands)' - HEMORRHAGE RULES.Strong opening chords start off the song, and are followed closely by fast finger-picking from Carl Bell on the guitar, and some agonizingly beautiful singing of Brett.The lyrics are wonderfully thoughtful and emotional, especially during the second verse: "She cries, her life is like / some movie black and white / dead actors faking lines / over and over and over again she cries..."You can frikin FEEL the desperation writhing within the gorgeous melody, magnifying the beauty of this song and lifting it to an incredible emotional height.It's this track, more than any other, that signifies FUEL's maturation and growth musically and artistically. Forever my favorite FUEL song, and an emotional masterpiece.6/5

    3 - `Empty Spaces' - This is one of the louder and more rhythmic songs on the album.The fast and throttling main riff, like `Jesus or a Gun', makes you feel like you're moving at a million miles an hour... until you make it to the verses, where it chuggs quickly along to make way for the track's raw and steady vocals, deftly capturing the song's brilliant mood.There's more whining guitars on this one, and the short ten-second guitar solo fits perfectly in this song and provides great support for the track's sound.Kevin Miller's drums are also a noteworthy contribution to this song, as well as Jeff`s bass-work.A very strong track.4.5/5

    4 - `Scar' - A slowly brewing song that I find to be the most fun on the album.It's loud and churning, with a chunky riff that slides along with lovely devotion and impeccable musicality.Some have related this song's sound with that of ALICE IN CHAINS, and I agree, especially with Brett's vocals at the chorus: "fall in, fall out / break free, break down".The vocal melody is ridiculously brilliant and the music on the bridge, though simplistic, is AWESOME.This is just a fun track that reminds me of the kind of thing you'd hear off "Sunburn".5/5

    5 - `Bad Day' - The poppiest song on "SLH" and is strongly in the vein of the previous album's `Shimmer'; but this song is slower and is sung with a bit more emotion.I think the lyrics are great and give the song a realistic and easily relatable message.Very melodic and pretty, and the softly attractive solo help to make this song the gem that it is.This song, as well as the album closer, are the most ballad-like tracks on the entire record, and I've never ever met a FUEL ballad that I didn't LOVE.5/5

    6 - `Prove' - FETCH YES.This song ROCKS.A big, FAT, meaty riff crunches out from the dust, so loud, so heavy... wailing guitars fly in as a riff counterpart, and then comes Brett's haunting vocals with a massively haunting melody that goes beyond anything FUEL had previously done(similar to the mood of `Mary Pretends' from "Sunburn" and `Quarter' from "Natural Selection").The album's namesake comes from the last line of the chorus:"... and prove to me...you're SOMETHING LIKE HUMAN!!!"Awesome, awesome song, one of the best rockin' tracks of FUEL's career.5/5

    7 - `Easy' - A slow, almost surreally menacing song that boils with intensity all the way through.Very rhythmic percussion on this song, and the ridiculously intricate bassline from Jeff Abercrombie brings such a constant, unreal vibe to the song's sound that I just find incredible.The song's structure reminds me vaguely of `Hideaway' from the last album, and while the vocals are very subdued and quite, they again contribute to the foreboding tone.Quiet, desperate, strange guitar effects fill the last 30 sec. or so of the song, leading into the next track's setting and mood perfectly.4.5/5

    8 - `Down' - The bizarrely spooky effects quickly melt into a driving bass, with wildly erratic drums and a chaotic guitar solo rising solidly from beneath . . . an then BOOM!A huge metal riff explodes from the darkness and is simply, irresistibly AWESOME.The overall mood feels and sounds like a ALICE IN CHAINS track, the main difference being in the vocals.This is probably as close to actually screaming in a song as Brett Scallions has ever gotten, but even then the song remains musically intelligent.Those who have only heard the poppie singles from FUEL would never in a million years imagine the band capable of something like this.It's the heaviest, loudest, angriest piece in the band's three-album history, and is EXTREMELY well done.5/5

    9 - `Solace' - This song, while not incredible, remains just a little underrated.Musically, it's like a watered-down version of `Mary Pretends'(I keep referring to that song) --or is at least reminiscent of the music to that track.Not an amazing vocal melody, but they ARE strongly delivered and interesting.The lyrics are very introspective: "and all the finer things they laid upon my table...[I] smiled as their hooks were slowly sinking in".Again, while it's not altogether strict perfection, I've still fallen in love with it.Like every other FUEL song.4/5

    10 - `Knives' - Probably the worst song on the album, and yet it still gets 4 stars.Why, you ask?Well, as can be ascertained by this review, FUEL is very consistent at writing very good vocal melodies and great musical themes.This song is no different.Not as inspiring as the rest of the album, but vocally strong and musically active are the elements that work in all FUEL's songs.A fun song that, again, reminds me of those old "Sunburn" days!LOVE to sing along!4/5

    11 - `Innocent' - Earlier in the review, I made a statement about `Hemorrhage' being the major point of maturation and growth for FUEL.Forgive me; that honor belongs to this song.The lyrics, bar none, are the greatest that Carl Bell has ever written: "Angels, lend me your might... forfeit all my lives to get just one right..."The quiet riff FEELS sooo blatantly mournful; the whole song BLEEDS with emotion.The vocals are PERFECT, the music's PERFECT, everything is just PERFECT.If not for `Hemorrhage', this would be the greatest song of FUEL's career.Period.6/5

    12 - `Slow' - Interesting computer-drumming intro to this near-acoustic song.The lyrics make me think about plant-life: "everything I fought to grow is withered, hanging on that vine", but they're gorgeous nonetheless.Brett sounds so honest in this lovely, lovely singing melody and the gentle solo on the bridge is so simple and pretty.Kevin Miller's drumming is impeccably brilliant, and I love the vibe that Jeff gives off from his bass throughout the song.The slowest, softest song on the album, it reminds me a teency-weency bit of the title track off "Sunburn".And for those who don't know, that's a very, very good thing.5/5

    The first time I heard this album, I would NEVER have given it five stars.Never.But time changed my tune, and I now admit that my absolute favorite album.And though time my not fully convince everybody, just know that it's an album that you simply cannot be without.Or, an album that you SHOULDN'T be without.Either way, just get it and live a full, happy life in nirvanian bliss till the end of thine days.(Check out "Sunburn" and "Natural Selection" as well.Great, great albums.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever made!
    This is easily one of the best albums of all time! (yes it is that good) That is really saying something considering that I own over 400 cds. I feel that this album is better than Natural Selection (a great work, especially "These Things") and a little bit better than Sunburn (be sure to get that album next if you like SLH).Songs like "Prove", "Down", "Empty Spaces", "Last Time", "Scar" and "Easy" are some of the best I've ever heard.After several listens, you begin to realize just how complexly perfect every song is. Fuel plays great pure rock music with multiple awesome riffs placed perfectly together.Masterful guitar solos also fill the album (a rarity these days).Also, Bret Scallions sings with the same raw emotion as some the all time greats. (Chris Cornell, Layne Staley)This album is probably much harder than you might expect because unfortunately the radio only seems to play their mid-tempo ballads.Don't get me wrong though, "Hemorrhage", "Innocent" and "Bad Day" are great songs that complement the album very well but I like the other songs even better.Fuel seems to get unjustly compared with bands like Matchbox 20 (who I don't like much at all) when they sound more like Stone Temple Pilots, Oleander, or a more up beat Alice In Chains.Anyway, I have really enjoyed this album, listening to it straight through many more times than I can count. My only complaint is that I wish the guitar solos and songs in general were longer.The stuff on the radio isn't even their best, get this CD if you want to seriously rock out! ... Read more

    Asin: B00004YC03
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Hard Rock    4. Pop    5. Post-Grunge    6. Rock   


    The Better Life
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (08 February, 2000)
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    The Mississippi-based quartet 3 Doors Down has only one thing that sets them apart from other hard rock bands: lead vocalist Brad Arnold is also the drummer. The group shops the sounds of Pearl Jam and the Goo Goo Dolls, pointing at what they like, picking it off the shelf, and throwing it into the stew.While the music on The Better Life, their debut, sounds overall both competent and confident, the songs themselves are equally uninspired and clichéd.For example, the riff from the track "Loser" is straight out of the Alice in Chains songbook, adding much more cringe-worthy lyrics ("Addiction needs a pacifier, the buzz of this poison is taking me higher").In fact, most of the lyrics zero in on well-worn rockthemes of aggravation, confusion, and frustration, feelings that 3 Doors Down will easily coax out of discriminating listeners. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars 3DD Best Album
    I bought this album when it first came out and I still love it. I'm mainly writing this review to let new fans of 3DD know that this one is still their best. Every song on this track is amazing and still gets routine spins in my CD player. It's also their hardest rocking CD they've put out and it's one every fan should have in their collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Band Ever
    Although I may sound biased when I say this, but 3 Doors Down is the best band ever. The summary by Jason Josephes, who is a very unopen-to-good-music-no-matter-what-genre-critic, is a load of bull. 3DD may sound like Alice and Chains,the Goo Goo Dolls, andPearl Jam, but they do have a unique style of their own. They take country music sounds and tweak them till they sound like rock, and that makes it all the better. I guess even though 3DD got 3 top ten singles on THE BETTER LIFE, 3 more on AWAY FROM THE SUN, and one now on SEVENTEEN DAYS, and got #1 on SEVENTEEN DAYS WHEN IT CAME OUT!, Mr. Josephes isn't happy. 3DD has been around for 5 years, and will be around for many more. Of course, it might help to listen to the cd before you say crap about it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love this CD!
    This is a great, rockin' CD full of terrific rock energy and great musicianship. Love this CD. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004C4QQ
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Pop    4. Post-Grunge    5. Rock   


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    Breach
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 October, 2000)
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    The Wallflowers' third album isn't so much a breach birth as it is past-due. But Jakob Dylan claimed he needed the four years off to come to terms with whether or not he could plumb his own life for material. It appears he can, because here the songwriter tears the veil off his complicated relationship with his famous father and uses it as a vehicle to express some of the same moments of self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy that we all experience, even if we aren't related to Bob Dylan. This newfoundcandor in the formerly abstruse singer makes for a much more authentic, emotionally affective record, whether he's wearing his neuroses on his sleeve or reinventing old slave spirituals in "Mourning Train." And even if you don't believe that the Dylan paterfamilias ever castigated his son like "Hand Me Down" infers ("Now look at you / With your worn out shoes / Living proof evolution is through"), it makes for compelling listening, made even more persuasive by the Wallflowers' sparse, muscular playing, which evokes the specter of those titans of classic rock: Jackson Browne, the Eagles, and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars More mature Dylan
    This record is more mature than Bringing Down the Horse, and there are some some wonderful songs on it, but I dont think it measures up to Red Letter Days or Rebel, Sweetheart. A few slow and depressing songs, but otherwise a very good effort. Favorite songs are I've Been Delivered, Some Flowers Bloom Dead, Letters From the Wasteland, and Sleepwalker.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not your usual popular fluff
    The first four tunes are very catchy and immediately pulled me in, but I was surprised at how much more there was to explore. This CD is not just a collection of good rock songs that work well together. It has depth that comes from struggle, has a lot of contrasts, has a lot of variation in expression - sometimes using a bitter irony to express the pain of rejection. "Hand me Down" and "Murder 101" are obvious examples of that irony. It tends toward negativity, but it's nota world-weary or twisted kind of negativity; it's more about an awakening to disppointment and facing it. "Some Flowers Never Bloom"is a sad song about a broken relationship, but it has an upbeat kind of tempo and a catchy refrain.

    The strongest song on the CD in my opinion is "I've been Delivered". The lyrics are about a struggle against conformity: "I would move swift when the sounds of a trumpet would blow/I've been the puppet/I've been the strings/I know the vacant face it brings". Another song about deliverance is the hidden track "BabyBird".

    This is a CD that wears well with many good songs tightly put together.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Of Wallflowers
    When people first hear about The Wallflowers, straight away the immediate thought to their mind would be Jakob Dylan, son of the legendary musician Bob Dylan. Nevertheless, i would like to say that The Wallflowers have shown tremendous maturity in "Breach" and I think had done better than "Bringing Down The Horse", the album that most people would be familiar of. Certain songs like "Hand me down" and "Some Flowers Bloom Dead" contain catchy hooks but with a straightforward approach and they are just so effective in that. But Wallflowers are more than just mainstream rock with energy-pumping songs like "Letters from the wasteland" and "Murder 101". "Birdcage", the finale sounds so much like a lullaby that will send me applauding "Breach" with ease. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004YACO
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. American Trad Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock   


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    When Incubus Attacks, Vol. 1
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (22 August, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
    Strangely enough, this was the first Incubus disc I ever purchased.It was late summer and the EP had just come out and I was working at Hot Topic and our manager played it all the time.It was infectious, catchy and emotional, without being sappy.It was a pleasure to hear a vocalist so heavily influenced by Mike Patton making music and not noise.

    Brandon Boyd is and should be the focus of this album.His strong baritone rings clear over the acoustic guitar and gives each song a new identity in its new format.When I finally heard the album "Make Yourself" I was blown away by how unique each song had become when translated to the acoustic version.

    This album is a must own for any true Incubus fan, no exceptions.The live tracks are killer (_Favorite Things_ live is wicked) and the b-side _Crowded Elevator_ is an excellent song as well with "Make Yourself" elements but really, the mea of the album are this great acoustic tracks recorded in studio.Get it while you can because I believe that it is OOP!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stellar is a huge understatement.
    This EP was extraordinary in it's own right in many ways. With the vocal talents of Boyd as the front man and the melodious acoustic guitar riffs of Einziger, the CD is wonderful from start to finish with nothing to complain about. The acoustic versions of Stellar, Make Yourself, and Pardon Me were simply amazing and a very refreshing change of pace but still on a very happy Incubus medium. The live versions of Favorite Things and Make Yourself showed the true talent of Incubus and how they can perform live just the same way they can in the studio. Finally, the unreleased track Crowded Elevator is most likely one of the best Incubus songs recorded and show them in their element doing what they do best..perfecting music on song at a time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars it's Incubus!
    Seeing as this is an Incubus CD, of course I love it. But I love this for another reason. The acoustic versions of Pardon Me, Stellar, and Make Yourself are atounding. These versions show the range of Brandon Boyd's voice if you didn't already know. Mike shows how amazing he is at the guitar, he mixes up Pardon Me a lot, and Stellar is almost as good as the original. The live tracks prove that Incubus sound just as good as any studio recording. Plus the fact that Pardon Me and Favorite Things are two of my favorite songs by them doesn't hurt either. They sound as if they were recorded during the Sno Core tour with System of a Down. This also contains the hidden track Smoking The Herb Again. It's a very trippy song with a pretty good beat, well worth a listen.

    On to Crowded Elevator. This song is off of the Scream 3 soundtrack and it's also one of the most experimental tracks they have done. The lyrics are so strange that you can't help but think they're brilliant, the guitar work is perfect, the drumming is chaotic, the bass is great, and the turntables couldn't be better. I am completely infatuated with this song, this song alone is worth the price (which isn't bad at all).

    The best songs are Pardon Me (both versions), Stellar, and Crowded Elevator. Like I said though, every song is a personal favorite and as any Incubus fan will tell you, is worth the money. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004WK2V
    Sales Rank: 25785
    Subjects:  1. 5"CD Singles    2. Alternative Metal    3. Funk Metal    4. Heavy Metal    5. Pop    6. Rap-Metal    7. Rap-Rock    8. Rock   


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    Queensryche - Greatest Hits
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 June, 2000)
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    It doesn't take very many fingers to enumerate the number of American heavy-metal bands who traversed the treacherously shifting musical tastes of the 1980s and '90s intact and prosperous. And though their multiplatinum days peaked well before contemporaries like Metallica, Queensryche soldiered on, their sound evolving and maturing in remarkably similar fashion; one might argue they lead the way in that regard. Greatest-hits collections are suspect affairs, but this one presents a taut history lesson, documenting the evolution of one of America's most consistently underrated metal outfits from the Judas Priest-clone days of their self-released debut to the heights of Operation: Mindcrime and Empire, and into their equally rewarding '90s output. Along the way, the band managed to pick up an often artsy social conscience as well as an impressive musical range (the quiet dynamics of "Silent Lucidity" being light-years away from singer Geoff Tate's original Halford-esque howl) and a catchy pop sensibility ("Jet City Woman," "Sign of the Times"). Fans will also welcome two bonus tracks, the bluesy "Chasing Blue Sky" and an alternate, full-band version of "Someone Else?" --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Great
    I hate to go with the crowd here, but this CD doesn't quite rate 5 stars.While some of the songs are true "Greats", a lot of them are relatively unremarkable.If you have some extra change, this might not be a bad CD to buy, but it's not a must-have.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kings of the Reich
    I had only heard the song "Empire" when I decided to buy this collection. I haven't regreted it. The songs in this album are great! "Queen of the Reich" and "The Lady Wore Black" from the first EP show the way. The song "Warning" was for a long time one of my favourite songs but nowadays I prefer to listen to songs "I Don't Believe in Love", "Jet City Woman", and "Eyes of a Stranger". I think Geoff Tate has a great voice and he can sing very high if he wants. After this collection I have bought "Empire" and "Operation: Mindcrime", both are great albums but "Operation: Mindcrime" is the one I love. It is that kind of album I have to listen to song by song. In fact, there should have been more songs from that album than just two "I Don't Believe in Love" and "Eyes of a Stranger", for example "Suite Sister Mary", "The Mission", and "Revolution Calling" are the songs that should be in this album. Some of the songs are far away from style they started with. "I Am I", "Sign of Times", and the peaceful ballad "Bridge" are the song that made me wonder "What the Heck?". Well, I have started to like them but they aren't my favourite songs. All the songs in this album are great but there could have been at least two songs more from "Operation: Mindcrime".
    Stars: Eyes of Stranger, The Lady Wore Black, Queen of the Reich, Empire, Silent Lucidity

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the smartest purchases I have yet made.
    In August of 2004, I bought this CD out of sheer curiosity.I had a craving for new music, and had heard good things about the music of Queensryche and the vocals of Geoff Tate.Buying this CD has started me on a new journey which I am greatly enjoying.

    Most of their classic hits are here.Opening with the amazing "Queen Of The Reich" followed by "The Lady Wore Black," one cannot help but be amazed that these two songs were part of a demo(?!).In particular, "The Lady Wore Black" is sure to amaze.

    But the amazement doesn't stop there.Tons of great tracks follow, including rockers such as "The Warning," "Jet City Woman," and "Walk In The Shadows."Also great ballads, such as "Silent Lucidity" and in particular "I Dream In Infared.""Eyes Of A Stranger" made my jaw drop in amazement."I Don't Believe In Love" at first sounds like a corny song title, but it's lyrics reflect something completely different (I'll let you find out when you buy the CD), and the song itself rocks."Take Hold Of The Flame" has one vocal passage starting right around the 1:00 mark that made me spazz out, it was so good.

    My love for "Eyes Of A Stranger" and amazement for "I Don't Believe In Love" made me research the concept album from which they were lifted (Operation: Mindcrime).After hearing the album through a friend, I ran out and bought myself a copy (the remastered one with bonus tracks).At that moment I knew I was hooked.Up to the present day, I have acquired copies Q2K and the remastered editions of EP, The Warning, Rage For Order, and Empire, and also managed to score tickets to see them live (performing all of the Mindcrime album).

    Though there are a lot of great songs missing (I only know now after hearing the albums), this disc serves as a great, quick intro to a truly amazing band. I am quickly becoming a raving Queensryche fanatic because of this album.There is no better intro to the band, so this is a great place to start.Recommended to anyone who loves metal, progressive rock, and amazing, high-tenor vocals.This will start you on a journey that will take you beyond your wildest musical dreams.

    5/5 ... Read more

    Asin: B00004TJYG
    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Progressive Metal    5. Rock   


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