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Suicide Notes & Butterfly Kisses
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 June, 2002)
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4-0 out of 5 stars great hxc cd
atreyu is one of my fav. hxc bands jus because of this cd. if you are planning on buying there new cd buy this one first. the new one is not terrible, but this is much better.now for a song by song review:

1.a song for the optimists- good song, catchty lyrics. this is a good opener. 9/10
2.dilated-my 2nd fav. on the cd. i love the guitar at the end. 9.5/10
3.ain't love grand- great song, catchy chorus. 9/10
4.living each day like your already dead- just didnt really like this song. only one i skip. 5/10
5.deanne the arsonist- ok song. very angry 8/10
6.someones standing on my chest- good song, love the breakdown. 9/10
7.at least i know im a sinner- lots of singing in this one. a lot of the real religious kids dont like this one. i like it. 9.5/10
8.tulips are better- love this one. words cant describe. 8/10
9.a vampires lament- not much to say. its alright. 7/10
10.lip gloss and black- great song. the best reason to buy this album. love everything about. guitar solo at the end is simple but beautiful. i love the piano at the end

in conclusion.....buy this album. peace

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most Impressive albums that I've ever heard
These guys sure know how to make music. I mean they're 1 1/2 albums deep in their career (their ep is the half), and they already sound amazing. If you've never heard of Atreyu, then I'll try to describe them as best as possible. They're melodic, but brutal metal-core, fused with a little touch of punk. For the most part their awesome. Their fairly new to the hardcore scene but already their making an impression. The album contains ten songs of pure energy. Any fan of hardcore or metalcore will be pleased with this cd. They, like most other metalcore bands out their, throw in just a little touch of melody into their music (provided by their excellent drummer), which contrasts with the lead singers style perfectly. Songs like "Ain't Love Grand", and "Someone's Standing On My Chest", showcase this relationship. Other songs like "At Least I Know I'm A Sinner", and "A Song For The Optimists", showcase their brutal hardcore roots. Combine solid vocal work, intense metal driven guitars, and an awesome rhythem section, and you've got one of the best hardcore bands to emerge in a while. This is an album that and fan of harder music should not hesitate to pick up. Atreyu does not dissapoint.

5-0 out of 5 stars beauty is...
this album is beautiful. there is not too many things wrong with it, and things that are wrong with it can be forgiven. atreyu should not be mistaken for another metalcore/hardcore band. they should not be mixed with pantera or killswitch engage. these guys have their own brand with a nice mix of a few things. musically, they do fit the hardcore name. they sound like it, with intense riffs that fail to bore anyone. they bring life back to even the undead that they sing about. and that's the next point. their lyrics are pretty morbid, equal to match that of Lacuna Coil, HIM, Nightwish, and PoisonBlack. i did not say SOUND, i said lyrics. their lyrics mostly deal with the gothic/vampyre theme, which is excellent. now, the SOUND; their delivery is immense. very powerful sounds from the singer. he will sing, he will scream, and he will grundge. what is my final recommendation? if you enjoy metalcore, purchase this album without question. if you are a generic metal fan, borrow it or listen to some previews. overall, this album shouldn't disappoint too many people. their only negative is that once in a while they play a stupid riff, listen to the album front and back and you'll know what i mean. but it's forgiveable because it's not anything retardedly noticeable. ... Read more

Asin: B000066JH2
Sales Rank: 1452
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


Too Bad You're Beautiful
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 August, 2001)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Brutal, heartbreaking honesty
I listened to this album and wasn't sure what to expect. It's been described as metal, hardcore and emocore, but I think that's not right. The most simulair sounding band would be Glassjaw on their first cd, Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence. But I say that only because of how the styles are mixed.

From Autumn to Ashes has made quite an album with Too Bad You're Beautiful. It starts of mixing emo sounds, honest lyrics and melodic guitars with fast paced metal sounds. There's definitly a hardcore influence, but I think the heavier parts show more resemblance to black/death metal than hardcore. If you don't like it, don't let that scare you. I'm not a fan of that genre at all, but I did enjoy how FATA incorporate the sounds of these diverse styles.

This album is not a masterpiece, but it's the complete honesty in sound and lyrics that win me over. This is music from the heart, sounding new by taking established styles. Halfway the album the music focusses more on heavy moments, completely embracing heavy metal only to move on to the beautiful ending, which shows what these guys have in store. Short Stories with Tragic Endings even features classic instruments and various sounds and genres all meshed together so well.

I see people comparing it to Poison the Well. I don't like them at all, but FATA has convinced me. They have talent and even though halfway TBYB the songs could have used some more dynamics, especially the drums, that is something not hard to forgive considering the way the rest of the album is put together.

This album can get a bit repetitive. The vocals need some work and the music, especially the drumming need some more dynamics. Despite of this, the album on itself is convincing enough and I see it as an establishment for what's to come.

5-0 out of 5 stars FATA
What can I say about this album. It is a true masterpiece. From begining to end I can't stop listening to it. And no matter how many times you listen to it it doesnt get old. First song I ever heard was Capeside Rock. I'll admit I wasnt hooked right away. I didnt really like it compared to some other bands. But once i started i couldnt stop.

1. The Crown Royal vs Blue Duchess ~ Love this song. Great beat. The last minute or so is the best. Sad to see it on MTV though.

2. Cherry Kiss ~ Not one of the strongest songs on the cd. but i has good guitar in it. i like the little into.

2. Chloroform Perfume ~ Very Very melow song. good acustic and singing. and great lyrics. i love the end where it picks up and says "so ill pull in the deepest breath and drop my head"

4. Mercury Rising ~ Visual Visual Visual. every time i hear this i think of the apartment he is talking about. good little filler song.

5. Capeside Rock ~ LOVE the acustic in it. Very good use of it one of the best songs on the Cd.

6. Take Her To The Music Store ~ One of the 2 favorite songs on the CD. The sampling in the begining is great. and then when it picks up you never want it to end. all around good guitar and bass. I love it when it really picks up around 1:25. i just love that guitar in the part.

7. Switch ~ A good song. fun to listen to good way of blending the vocals and guitar. i like how it dies down the comes back at you full force.

8. Reflections ~ Everyone says the Short Stories w/ Tragic Endings is the best song. Ill admit it is. But this song is the best. i love at classical intro and the little tempo. The double bass owns. and the guitar lick after it first dies out. i cant get enough of this song it has so great lyrics and just so great to listen to. A Masterpiece.

9~ Eulogy For An Angel ~ I really dont like this but yet i do its kinda wierd. its a good song. i like it when it frist gos slow. but the death metal screams kill it.

10. Short Stories With Tragic Endings ~ Ya it is a good song. Very fast and slow. Great lyrics it keeps you on the edge of your seat. the girl singing does an awsome job especially at the very end of the song. i love it when its about to go to the slow part and the guitar is all high bends.

All in all the CD is worth your money. Dont deprive yourself of a great band and CD. Any hardcore entusist should get it

4-0 out of 5 stars Drummer from FATA and PETA interview!
If you like this band, be sure to check out the interview People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals did w/ their drummer, Fran!

http://www.peta2.com/ot/o-fata.html ... Read more

Asin: B00005NKI5
Sales Rank: 3147


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 May, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars best cd of 2000
I found out about Glassjaw through hearing about them signing to Roadrunner, and i wanted to check them out, and i also found out about how they appointed Ross Robinson to produce their cd. When i heard them, i was awe-struck, at mostly how real and emotional their music is. Well, the music is just absolutely amazing, Glassjaw would best fit under emocore, yet they are probably the best in the genre. Each song is filled with emotion. The guitars are just awesome, very talented guitarists. Pretty Lush is one of the highlight tracks, it is basically a hardcore song with beautiful sounding fillins and stuff. Ry Ry's Song is definately one of the best, it is a emo punk song, with a really nice "swirl" of guitar, and lots of melody, you'll be singing it, believe me, i know. Lovebites and Razorlines is definately a better track also, it has the really heavy parts with the awesome screaming vocals, then it breaks into a really nice touch of singing drums and guitars, another one you'll be singing. tracks 7-9 are all straightup emo songs, very well written songs, with beautiful singing and melodies. Babe is a straightup hardcore song as well. But the best track on this cd is Siberian Kiss, to briefly describe it, you can say that it is the most beautiful hardcore song ever heard". This song has the ever pounding drums, with the heavy and most beautiful guitars heard since.........i don't know. it is just the best cd ever released on Roadrunner, and for the year 2000. Buy this cd, or forever hold your peace.

5-0 out of 5 stars Glassjaw is Great!
I bought Glassjaw's "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence" about a month and a half ago, and the first time I listened to it, I didn't love it. Then, I listened to it again, and I liked it. After that I listened to it, and I absolutely loved it. This is an amazing cd. It is the most emotional music I have ever heard in my life, every single song is totally full of emotion, and the music is really great too. My favorite songs are "Lovebites and Razorlines", "Siberian Kiss", "Ry Ry's Song", "Her Middle Name was Boom", and "Piano". All the songs are great, except "Hurting and Shoving" and "Babe". Oh yeah, they ACTUALLY sound NOTHING like the Deftones. "Motel of the White Locust" sort of does, but that's it, I have no idea what people are talking about, maybe it's because they toured with them it seems easy to compare them to Deftones. BUY THIS CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars This the emocore, i like to hear...
Yeah glassjaw has a unique sound and no can't deny it! I got this from a friends suggestion but i wasn't to sure if i should buy it...Let's just say, im glad i did. Great sing along songs and original lirycs rimends me of such bands like deftones,coheed and cambria, &,lost prophets, which i don't realy listen to any of them except for ca&co.All and all pretty much worth it... having great production and tight melodis with heartfelt songs. Buy it! ... Read more

Asin: B00004SCYA
Sales Rank: 8290


The Used
Average Customer Review: 4.39 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 June, 2002)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Okay...
"Box Full Of Sharp Objects" and "Buried Myself Alive" are nice emo-core tracks, with screaming and soft guitar in both. "The Taste Of Ink" is a radio-friendly, slighty poppy, but still rather harmless track. The other songs are pretty much similar. Why 3 stars? The dude, the singer, Bert, has one of the most annoying voices ever. His melodic singing drills into your skull at times, it's so high-pitched and little-kiddish. The fact that the guy throws up on stage almost every show because of trying to scream doesn't prove anything except that he can't and shouldn't be screaming. Maybe if he could get his voice to crack and give up the screaming, the music would be better overall, because the guitar and bass and drums are nice and hard with plenty of punk energy and time changes. The drummer kicks majorly. It's not a bad CD, but the singing is really annoying. Some of the lyrics could use some improvement, and should be emphasized differently(like w/o screaming for instance). They're not bad, far from it, in fact. It just that they're not as wonderful as all the heaps of praise upon them are falsely indicating. Listen to Atreyu for a better overall presentation.

5-0 out of 5 stars the used.
it's pretty amazing how quickly the good name of the used has gotten out. i remember first listening to their single, "the taste of ink," on a local radio station and thinking that they'd probably be a great live band. i was right. if you think bert and the boys are awesome on their debut, you should definitely check them out live. i'll be seeing them for the third time in six more days [warped tour], and there's no doubt in my mind that there will be thousands of others there especially for them. even if you can't make it to a live performance, their current album should be enough to keep you occupied. bert has an unforgettable voice that has the certain quality that keeps you listening. i admit i wasn't that crazy about the cd when i first got it but you can bet i sing along with the tracks now, especially ones like "a box full of sharp objects," "greener with the scenery," "bulimic," "noise and kisses," and "pieces mended," though all of the songs are incredible. i don't know of anyone [with good taste] that doesn't agree. this is definitely one of those cds that you'd pop in your car stereo and blast as loudly as possible, even if you are just parked in your driveway.

1-0 out of 5 stars they suck, BUTT AT LEEST THEY'RE HOTTT!!!!11OMG
so yeah, a band of mormons trying to play "hardcore"(since when did black flag and the cro-mags sound like this?) dude, you're a freakin mormon, the only thing you have to complain about is the fact that the stores all close at 8. oh oh oh and, Bert(oh, how cute is that name?!) is a supposed ex drug addict who "lived on the streets." please, everyone knows a mormon has no clue what a drug is and even if he did live on the streets(in Utah) he'd be living in the same enviroment as someone who lives in a middle-class family's house. another worthless generic band who wont matter in 3 years. glassjaw, i love you, but why did you have to help spawn this trash?

haha, mormons. ... Read more

Asin: B000069HK2
Sales Rank: 1792
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


Worship & Tribute
Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 July, 2002)
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At the vanguard of hardcore’s evolution stand five Long Island-born straight-edgers who sport a progressive approach to punk rock on this fantastic second album. Frontman Daryl Palumbo's lyrically adventurous songs ("The Gillette Cavalcade of Sports," "Trailer Park Jesus") wage war on cultural orthodoxy, his rocky, undulating vocals morphing between a raw-nerve croon and a tortured shriek that's sharp enough to cut glass. The band differ from their nu-metal and conventional hardcore peers in the arrangements: tracks like "Mu Empire" and "Cosmopolitan Bloodloss" combine Faith No More-style sweep with a complex, post-hardcore structure that puts Fugazi to shame. "Ape Dos Mil" reins in the pure noise as guitarists Justin Beck and Todd Weinstock turn down and wring shimmering walls of ambience out of their instruments and Palumbo weaves a tale of obsessive love. Glassjaw are a thoroughly uncompromising band, as fearlessly individualistic as At the Drive-In and every bit as good. Worship and Tribute presents the new hardcore heroes-in-waiting. --Louis Pattison ... Read more


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3-0 out of 5 stars A Real Shame
2 years ago Glassjaw released the breathtaking "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence": an emotional,chaotic and oh so exciting mother of a record.
When I heard that the band were about to release their follow-up I knew immediatly nothing was going to stop me from bying this album.
After I bought it and listened to it several times I couldn't help it but I felt a bit disapointed.
Not That "Tribute And Worship" is a bad album, but it isn't a great one either.
Maybe it's because a band has all the time in the world to write a debut album and only 1 or 2 years for their second one.
The album starts with the energetic "Tip Your Bartender" and the following "Mu Empire" and "Cosmopolitan Bloodloss" are "ok".
"Ape Dos Mil" on the other hand is a real letdown; The structures of this song are really predictable, and Daryl Palumbo's vocals sound aimless. This is most certainly the weakest song of this album.
The rest of the album sounds a lot like "Everything You Ever..." but doesn't reach the quality of that album.
The last song "Two Tabs Of Mescaline" proves that Glassjaw can do much, much better than they do on this albums

A real shame, better luck next time.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best of post-hardcore
This is one of the best cds ive ever heard. Glassjaw is an extremly talented band and it shows on this cd. They're grown up alot lyrically and musicaly since EYEWTKAS. This has been in my cd player since i got it and i love it. Now im gonna rate the songs:

1. Tip Your Bartender: 9/10 Excellent song, great way to start a cd. Lots and lots of energy.

2. Mu Empire: 7/10 Alright. Everyone else seems to like it except for me. Its not bad, it just kinda blends with the rest of the stuff.

3. Cosmopolitan Blood Loss: 10/10 Wow, everything about this song is awesome. Love the guitar. Very well structured.

4. Ape Dos Mil: 9/10 Beautiful song. Lots of emotion. Very interesting guitar work. Daryl's singing is excellent in this song.

5. Pink Roses: 10/10 The verse to this song isnt the best but theres something about the chorus that i just cant get over. Its just like...wow. It took me awhile to realize that hes just saying "Pink roses" over and over agian though. The rest of the lyrics are good though.

6. Must Have Run All Day: 8/10: Nice chill song. Once again with the interesting guitar work. Their talent never ceases to amaze me. Kinda strage lyrics but i still like the song.

7. Stuck Pig: 5/10 My least favorite song on the cd. Its still not bad. Its just plain. It blends together and isnt paced well. I dont like his singing in it either.

8. Radio Cambodia: 8/10: Great song. Really fast. I like all the guitar work and in the chours he sings great. Overall good song.

9. Cavalcade: 7/10: Weird song. I like it though. The bridge is priceless, when he starts talking really fast about his heart, mind, soul and body like a radio anoucer. "Heh, That was a good one Bob..." lol, great stuff.

10. Trailer Park Jesus: 8/10: Once more, a chill song. Relaxing. The chorus is great. Really good lyrics. The drummer also shows his skills in this song with 6/8 rythms.

11. Two Tabs Of Mesculine: 7/10 Another weird song. Bass distortion. The weirdest lyrics of all. "K-Q-E" ???? and the whole feeding time thing. Yeah, its still a cool song though.

12. Convectuoso: 9/10: Great song. I love the tune and the lyrics to the chorus. Thats what wins me over. Now go and buy this cd...NOW!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars new music that is actually good
I've been a fan for a while and I was definitely not disappointed by worship and tribute. Sure it's not nearly as hard as the first album but it does have it's heavier parts (stuck pig, the beginning of mu empire) but the album is so much more melodic than the first that I feel it is a much stronger effort. I see nothing but good things in the future for glassjaw and head automatica looks promising. By the way for all you people you dig the gilette cavalcade of sports, the part in the middle/end part where there is the play by play announcer type stuff, that was taken from a frank zappa song off of joe's garage called "fembot in a wet t shirt" you should check it out. Zappa was a huge influence on daryl and is an amazing musician. ... Read more

Asin: B000068VSV
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The Illusion of Safety
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 February, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and innovative
I discovered this group by chance when I read they were opening for The Used. Out of curiousity, I downloaded a couple tracks... and was so overwhelmed by their blistering intensity and engaging lead guitar work that I instantly bought the album. Take THAT, evil kazaa-fearing record companies.

Listening to the album all the way through, and reading the lyrics to go along with it, it didn't take me long to realize I had come across something special. Thrice's second album - "The Illusion of Safety" - is a work of art, and I'm proud to add it to my cd collection.

Perhaps what impresses me most about this band is their sheer and quite obvious intelligence. These aren't a gaggle of high school dropouts angry at their dads and ex-girlfriends. On the contrary, these are clearly learned individuals that know a thing or two about the way the world works, and actually have something to say.

Despite the fact that every song ascribes to the same fast pace and semi-repetetive "thump-thump-thump" drum beat typical of punk, Thrice manages to intersperse variety and a unique flavor into each of their songs. It's true that the music is always either fast, very fast, or cathartic - but the differences in tempo and such are just enough to provide noticeable and effective soft-loud crescendos. "The Red Death" - possibly the heaviest song on the album - shifts from a slightly melodic punk vibe at the beginning to a brutally hardcore ending

The guitarwork throughout is truly commendable. The heavy riffs combined with the melodic lead guitar and constant drumming are at least enough to get your foot tapping ... at most enough to send you into a complete frenzy. (Believe me, it happens.)

Their lyrics? Poetry. For real. Some of these songs ("A Subtle Dagger", in particular) would not seem out of place in an English textbook. "A Living Dance Upon Dead Minds" is actually a poem by E. E. Cummings, vocalized and put to music. Their content ranges from the depressing and hopeless ("Betrayal is a Symptom"), to the metaphysical world of dreams ("Deadbolt"), to the vaguely uplifting ("The Beltsville Crucible"), to the downright morbid ("The Red Death").

I actually noticed a common theme surfacing and resurfacing throughout the album. Thrice apparently feels that faith in God and salvation are merely lies we tell eachother to give ourselves an illusion of safety (hence, the album title)- that when all is said and done, we as human beings are alone in the world. BUT, all is not gloom and doom, as we can all use true love ("Trust") and friendship ("The Beltsville Crucible") to fill in the gaps in our lives and make them worthwhile.

Thrice's new album "The Artist in the Ambulance" seems to be doing quite well for itself on the billboard charts. I say good for them, and look forward to checking out that album also at my first opportunity.

5-0 out of 5 stars Melodic, catchy, heavy, and beautiful
I picked this album up without any prior experience with Thrice. Never heard of 'em, but for some reason I decided this might be a good record. How right I was. And not just a good record...a mindblowing album that comes around but a few times in one's life. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised.

First of all, the production is great. The worst thing that can happen to a good album is bad production. But that's not a worry here. Now, to the music.

_The Illusion Of Safety_ begins with "Kill Me Quickly," which fades into a wall of Thrice's metal-influenced emo-punk sound (a very fun combination to listen to). It also features the oddest, coolest tempo change I've ever heard.

"Deadbolt" starts as a fast, in-your-face track, before slowing down to half-speed and adding screams to the background, all before a calming piano outro.

"So Strange I Remember You" begins with a beautiful, blues-inspired guitar part, before bursting into a fast 'n heavy punk track.

Throughout the rest of the album, the listener will become acquainted with the way that the guitarist has no qualms about throwing in an Iron Maiden-like riff, or the drummer tosses in double bass drumming madness over top of the melodic voice of the singer, who apparently loves to go from clean vocals to harrowing screams.

This is a terrific record. If you are a fan of any heavy emo-type band (such as Thursday or From Autumn To Ashes), chances are that you'll also dig this. Or, if you want to expose yourself to something new, I highly recommend this. It's easy enough to get into, but almost impossibe to take out of your CD player.

5-0 out of 5 stars Once again, Thrice kicks rear!
First off, I see a lot of reviews stating that they're not exactly sure what emos is or sounds like. Defining emo is difficult, as it is a broad category, but it can be divided three ways:

Power pop (similar to geek rock) - Promise Ring, Weezer, etc.

Emo - Sense Field

Post-hardcore - Thursday, Texas is the Reason

While Thrice tends to capture a fair portion of the post-hardcore sound, I would say they're closer to punk and indie rock. "The Illusion of Safety" represents this amalgam with speed, aggression, and melody, perhaps more than the other two major releases, "The Artist in the Ambulance" and "Idenity Crisis".
Thrice separates themselves from other bands of these genres with their intricate strumming and patterns, ranging from the metal breakdown near the end of "To Awake and Avenge the Dead" to the bluesy intro of "So Strange I Remember You". The songs on this album are cleaner and catchier than those on the more hardcore-laden "Identity Crisis", while being less mainstream and metal-sounding than "The Artist in the Ambulance". Overall, my favorite release by Thrice, as it starts strong, ends strong, and kicks rear everywhere in between. ... Read more

Asin: B00005YTRR
Sales Rank: 3225
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Hot Action Cop
Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 March, 2003)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A hidden masterpiece
I first heard Hot Action Cop on the end of the "Real Cancun" movie when they showed a clip of them playing. I had never heard of them prior to this, and I doubt a lot of people have ever heard of them, hence the title of my review. Anyways, I thought "Fever for the Flava" was a real good song, very catchy and pretty different, so I decided to check out the rest of the cd. As I listened I found every song to be different from the song before or after it, yet just similar enough so you could tell it was the band playing. They have a sound all their own, with quite the large influence of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Also you'll notice through some songs (Doom Boom, Show Her etc.) that Rob does a Shaggy-like impression which adds to the songs. They are a talented band and are worth a listen. Lyrics are also very good and well crafted, although they may be a bit too raunchy for some people. I wouldn't recommend the edited version however, because it really takes away from a lot of the songs. Overall this CD is very solid, w/ my favorite songs being: Doom Boom, Fever For The Flava, Why Judy, Busted and In A Little While. Get this CD if you want a good one to throw in your car stereo and just cruise.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wicked ill
I say wicked ill because I have always wanted to describe something that way. I mean it though, and Hot Action Cop has become a favorite of mine. This album is the epitome of funk rock while mixing many other elements like reggae, rap, etc. to the sound. From the first time I saw the video for Fever for the Flava I was hooked, and it still remains my favorite song off of the album. In my honest opinion though every song is good, and it holds the distinction of being one of those rare cds I can play the entire way through without skipping any songs. The best songs to me also include Dont Want Her to Stay, Why Judy and Club Slut. Downloading those tracks first will give a good indication of what to expect from the rest of the album. So overall I recommend this cd whether you want to relax or party or whatever you do. It is just that good.

5-0 out of 5 stars funkiest rock album around!!
This album kicks royal buttocks.Funk rock at its finest. Hopefully HAC is got a new album coming out soon. Their website says that they are in the studio, hopefully with an august release.

download "show her" its the cut!
then buy this album!!! ... Read more

Asin: B00008DCSV
Sales Rank: 15756
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Your Favorite Weapon
Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 October, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Your Favorite Weapon Becomes Your Favorite Album
Brand New's debut album bursts out and intantly becomes a classis. This cd will stay in your player for months, if not years, its awesome. Its one of those few records that from start to finish the whole of it is great. Many of the songs are instant classics...I'll rate each song out of 10. The + sign stands for a .5

The Shower Scene: 7/10 The album kicks off with a fast, dark song with odd but interesting lyrics like "Its time for you to choose, the bullet or the chapstick." Tied for my least favorite song on the cd. Still good, but I can think of atleast 100 cd openers better than this one.

Jude Law and A Semester Abroad: 9/10 This is the song that introduced me to Brand New. I pretty sure it was there first ever single. Its a fast paced song with simple but effective lyrics and a great closing minute full of incredible energy. A good song through and through.

Sudden Death in Carolina: 10/10 My second favorite song on the cd. Its catchy, cleve, and put together very nicely. The tempo in the song is amazing. Its a song that you will instantly love.

Mixtape: 8+/10 A fun song that has mostly a paragraph repeated over and over with only a couple changes. The lyrics, though short but fun include "This is te first song for your mixtape, and its short just like your temper." Surprisingly though, its not that short of a song, almost 4 minutes long.

Failure By Design: 9/10 Another great song that is very catchy(something most of the songs have in common) and great to listen to. The chorus is so fast its crazy, and the song instantly gets stuck in you head.

Last Chance to Lose Your Keys: 8+/10 The begining 2 lines of this song I absolutely love, but the chorus somewhat drags this song down, but its brought back up towards the end of the song when Jesse sings "This isn't Highschool, this isnt highschool, this isnt highschool...," I really like that part a lot and its a solid song.

Logan to Government Center: 8/10 Not a bad song, about average for the cd but still catchy in many many ways not much to say about the song, kinda slow paced from most of the rest of the cd.

The No Seatbelt Song: 7/10 Tied with The Shower Scene for my least favorite track on the album. Its all aquistic and kinda boring but it changes up the cd and every record needs that. I dont listen to this song very much.

Seventy Seven Times 7: 10/10 My favorite track on the record easily. The electric quitar s incredible and the words flow together perfectly. Many lyrics in the song are amazing, like "I've seen more spine in jellyfish, I've seen more guts in 11 year old kids." It has amazing energy and I just cant get enough of this song.

Secondry: 9/10 This song starts out with a killer guitar riff and once again amaizing energy is portrayed in this song. I can just imagine Brand New playing this song live, it would be awesome. It fires you up, and the chorus is a high point.

Magazines: 8/10 A short, fast paced song that jumps right into singing just like Jude Law and A semester Abroad. I'm pretty sure this song is about a girl in a mgazine that Jesse is fantasizing about.

Soco Amaretto Lime: 9/10 This is an excellent closure to the cd and is also a great aquistic. I enjoy listening to this song every time. Its too bad they couldn't have opened up the cd with a great song, but Im not complaining, the whole album is great.

So there you have it. By now, if your still reading this review, hopefully I have convinced you this is an amazing record. Hey, look at the time, Best Buy is still open. You better go pick this up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing.
This album is simply incredible. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it.

1. The Shower Scene- Good, solid, opening track. Sets the mood for the rest of the album. 4.5/5
2. Jude Law and a Semester Abroad- One of my favorite songs of all time. Amazing lyrics. 6/5
3. Sudden Death in Carolina- Another one of my favorites. Amazing lyrics as well. Definately a standout on the the album. 6/5
4. Mixtape- Not one of my favorites at all. Not bad, there's just something about it that I don't like. 3/5
5. Failure by Design- I love this song. Very upbeat. Another standout. 5/5
6. Last Chance to Lose Your Keys- Eh..again, not one of my favorites. It's one of those songs where I have to be in the mood to listen to it. To me, it just doesn't seem to all flow together. 4/5
7. Logan to Government Center- Usually I end up skipping this one. Don't like it. 2/5
8. The No Seatbelt Song- The first song I heard from Brand New. Incredible song. Definately another standout. 6/5
9. Seventy Times 7- My favorite song on the album by far. Incredibly written. Just amazing. 10/5
10. Secondary- Good song. Nice beat. It's one of the songs I can't help singing along to. 5/5
11. Magazines- Good song, but I would place it somewhere else on the album. It doesn't come off that strong after Seventy Times 7 and Secondary. 4/5
12. Soco Amaretto Lime- Amazing ending. Wraps up the whole album into 3 minutes. Beautiful song with amazing lyrics. 6/5

All in all, I can say that I have no idea how I went so long without this album. If you don't have it, I HIGHLY suggest you go get it now.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very fun CD
This album is enjoyable from start to finish. They sing with so much energy and the music is very fast and catchy. The lyrics are amazing and the acoustic songs are great. This CD lifts me up when I'm down. ... Read more

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A Passage in Time
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars punk at its full potential
i live in arizona, and down here we have an hour of punk rock mon-thurs, @ 9pm. they just play all punk. i heard "a passage in time" and it blew me away, my adrenaline was pumping fast. authority just doesnt have fast and loud songs all the time. the song "one more minute" just makes you want to grab a chair and sit down on the beach checking out the waves and girls. the band's main influences are PENNYWISE and SUBLIME, who i also happen to be a big fan of. and if you like either of these bands, you'll like authority zero, the first time you listen to the entire cd, its hard to stay seated. me and my friend started a 2 person pit in my living room. one main i like about AZ, is no EMO!!!!! the band has the uplifting lyrics of pennywise, with some of PW's style, along with the variety of SUBLIME's music, there's even a little bit of SKA in here.

if all you've heard is "one more minute" check out "everyday" or "a passage in time" it'll blow your mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars Authority Zero-A Passage In Time
Finally Authority Zero Came outh with there full cd! For those of you who don't know who they are, they are Arizona's Top Local Band but I don't think that there so local anymore. They are now on the Punk-O-Rama tour. And now back the the album. And yes it is a good album. They have remade all of the songs and there sound great! On the song "Everyday", they changed the lyrics of the first chorus and they left out the little bass part where the music stops. I was disapointed because that was a good part of the song i felt but hey! I didn't make the cd! If you are a large fan of punk rock or just any type of music ranged from there, i highly suggest that you purchase this album. Well thats all for now, please reply!

5-0 out of 5 stars A passage in time
THIS IS THE BEST CD EVER!!!!!!!!!! The guitars are great, the songs are full of energy, and the lead singer's voice is awesome! ... Read more

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Wonder What's Next
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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Chevelle’s haunting, booming, and vitriolic sophomore release opens with a song about three brothers called "Family System" Given that the three Loeffler brothers comprise Chevelle, it's easy to imagine the source of the song. Singer/guitarist Pete, drummer Sam, and bassist Joe have an intuitive gift for melding melody and intense, brutal passion in a manner that recalls at various times Live, Taproot, and Tool. From the brutal plea of the dynamic "Forfeit" to the bombast of"An Evening with El Diablo," Chevelle’s earnest, less then groundbreaking modern rock captures an intensity that almost makes up for a sometimes cookie-cutter musical vibe. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Genius
I had only heard the name Chevelle hear and there and had never heard them until awhile ago. I heard Closure on the radio and decided to buy the CD. I was totally satisfied. It was worth every penny. I love songs 1,2,3,4,5,7,10, and 11.
1. Family System: Hard rock song. 10/10
2. Comfortable Liar: Great all around song to listen to. 10/10
3. Send the Pain Below: Good song, but I dont think it deserves all the credit it got. 9/10
4. Closure: Awesome. The perfect balance of screaming and distortion. 10/10
5. The Red: I absolutely love this song. It is the best song ever. 10/10
6. Wonder What's Next: Eh...okay, I guess. 6/10
7. Don't Fake This: I love the chorus and verse. 10/10
8. Forfeit: Pretty good song, but I don't like how it stops before the chorus. 7/10
9. Grab Thy Hand: Okay song. 8/10
10. An Evening With El Diablo: Awesome song. 10/10
11. One Lonely Visitor: I don't listen to it much, but it just demonstrates Chevelle's musical abilities. 9/10

In conclusion, GO BUY THIS CD! I think Chevelle has more screaming potential they don't use, but what the heck, its awesome anyway. If you aren't sure if you should get it, get it! the red, closure, and send the pain below arent the only good songs. I give this album 10/10!!

5-0 out of 5 stars greatest cd ever made? Quite Possibly
This could possibly be one of the best cds ever made. Every song has emotion and certain anguish to the lyrics. Pete, the singer, is a man who knows to write lyrics. From the Melodic intro of "Family System", to the angry tone of "The Red", to the ultimatly eerie "An Evening With El Diablo", This cd has what it takes.

1. Family System - Great intro, very heavy. 8/10
2. Comfortable Liar - This is the 2nd best song on the album. Very good. 9/10
3. Send the Pain Below - The 3rd best song on the album. 9/10
4. Closure - This song is ok not the best though. 5/10
5. The Red - I am sure everyone has heard this song. 4th best off the album 10/10
6. Wonder Whats Next - Possibly the Hardest song on the album. Very Heavy. 8/10
7. Dont Fake This - Very Nice song, Great melodie. 9/10
8. Forfeit - great song, i like the lyrics. 9/10
9. Grab Thy Hand - another great song 7/10
10. An Evening With El Diablo - This is the Best Song off the entire album. It is very eerie. 10/10
11. One Lonely Visitor - I dont like this song. 1/10

Overall You need to get this cd. It is great for when your angry.

5-0 out of 5 stars HANDS DOWN
I've been a tool fan for a long time, loved all of their stuff, but as soon as i decieded to check out this new band called Chevelle i was blown away and Tool was history. Never had i heard such great songs before. To start off, i noticed they use incredible lyrics with such depth and feeling. Even if you dont understand it, it just leaves you in wonder and excitement. You feel drawn ever closer to it everytime you listen. Secondly it has pumping metal through out it like crazy. Like tool it has low-voiced sharp lyrics and then goes to screaming tension within all a controlled pace, something i havent seen in a long time. Instead of taking 3 minutes to get to the point like Tool it starts off right away with a blast of good riffs which lead to an awesome very catchy chorus. Rather then telling you track by track what is good and what great,(like many of the other reviews) i think you can only be the judge of what tracks are best on this cd. Everybody has a different opinion on what they like so, i'll just say i liked everything on this cd from beginning to end. One more thing, if your wondering whats next dont be, because you wont be disappointed. Chevelle's next album,(this type of thinking could do us in)is coming and the first single,(vitamin R)is killer, their best work yet. ... Read more

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No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls
Average Customer Review: 3.78 out of 5 stars
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You can tell a lot about a band by the company it keeps. Simple Plan's close chums include Good Charlotte and Blink 182, giving one a fair hint of the sound the group's debut, though, judging by song titles like "I’m Just a Kid," "The Worst Day Ever," and "God Must Hate Me," it’s clear these Canadian pop-punkers are aiming for a younger demographic still. Ignore the bikini-clad babes that festoon the sleeve--there’s none of Blink 182’s smutty double-entendres here. Frontman Pierre Bouvier writes about skipping school, crashing dad’s car, and lusting after girls that don’t know he exists. "Every day," he sob, "is the worst day ever." The music itself is far from glum. "I’d Do Anything" is a beaming Green Day-style chugger, while "When I’m With You" is a tale of obsession and heartbreak that owes more to the Go-Go's than Rancid. Seasoned punk fans will be put off by the excessive juvenilia, but the new wave should lap this up. --Louis Pattison ... Read more


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3-0 out of 5 stars Good and Not So Good
I bought this CD as a gift and ended up listening to it. I really really enjoyed their sound. When it comes to catchy melodies and upbeat rock, Simple Plan has it down.

However, I was turned off by some of the lyrics. Here you have grown men whose subject material ranges from fighting with parents (One Day), to complaining that 'summer plans are gone forever' because of a job (Worst Day Ever), to wrecking your dad's car (God Must Hate Me) to 'dropping out of school' (I'd Do Anything) to having no friends (I'm Just a Kid). The fact that many of their lyrics are aimed at junior high students when the members of the band are clearly beyond high school, gives a feeling of insincerity. At times, the disc is well suited to be a soundtrack to a high school comedy show like Saved By the Bell. I understand that they are simply trying to appeal to their audience and give kids music they can relate to, but in the process they leave some more mature, post-puberty fans out to dry.

When not focused on teen and pre-teen angst, Simple plan has a sound that really works for them. Their single, 'Addicted' is a fine example. It's catchy and people of all ages can relate. Other favorites of mine include 'You don't Mean Anything' because of its irresistible hook, 'Meet You There' because I can realte to it so much I sounds like I could have wrote it, and 'Perfect', again, because of the fact that I can relate.

If Simple Plan can mature lyrically, I think they'd really be on to something. Who knows, maybe someday we'll get to see A Simple Plan: The College Years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple Plan Rocks my world!!
o.k first of all simple plan is the best band ever! the guys are really good performers and have some kickin songs!!! leadsinger pierre bouvier is the best. he's got it all, he's sexy, famous, and is a part of the best band ever!! i've never been to one of their killer shows, but they are awesome!!! i love them and i will never be a sp hater!! now secondly, if you are a sp hater, the why are you writing on here? keep your'e hating comments to yourself and leave sp alone. they never did anything to you!!! Their cd, no pads, no helmets.. just balls is the best cd of the year! sp obviously knows how to rock our world!! so you haters out there, keep you bad comments about sp to yourself!!

sp rocks!!!


1-0 out of 5 stars It isn't the genre....
Though Simple Plan isn't punk, its the fans that call them it and THEY are the dumbasses, anyways, the reason simple plan sucks is because they are talentless, posers, moneygrubbers, pointless, and above all canadian. Their lead singer whines too much and their music has no purpose or voice besides *insert high pitched whine* "oh me oh my, my parents hate me, and god hates me, and I want your cash to help me overcome my pain," well folks don't give 'em a dime, let the little bastards suffer.

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Stone Sour
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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After validating every stripe of teen torment when working as masked members of Slipknot, vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root offer fans a chance to explore the sounds of their former, failed hard rock band, Stone Sour. Formed in 1992 and retired in 1997, Stone Sour played soulful, metallic hard rock in the vein of Alice in Chains, traces of which later appeared in looser, guitar-oriented Slipknot numbers like "Left Behind." The album opener, "Get Inside," and the snaky "Choose" kick with the agility of Pantera, while the mellower "Monolith" and "Blue Study" rely on Taylor's nasal vocals for emotional punch. Stone Sour probably wouldn't have made it out of Iowa in 2002 without the platinum pedigree of its erstwhile members; still, this is a respectable package of monster riffs and dynamic ideas. --Ian Christe ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Stone Sour - Surprise
First off let me start out by saying this album is one of my favorites that I've heard in a long time. I honestly can't put it down. Where ever I go it's in my CD player. I think everyone was shocked that Corey can really sing and hold out notes. I knew he had it in him even in Slipknot but he only shows it for a 20-30 secounds in songs such as Me Inside, and Only One from Slipknot. Moving on, songs such as Bother, Get Inside, Monolith, well the whole damn CD is great only song I don't really like is Cold Reader but even then it's still a great song! The guitar riffs are yet another difference from Slipknot. James and Josh have 3 or 4 solos they both trade off, some of the solos espically Monolith is based off a classic guitar (the style) riff somewhat like Toccata & Fuge in Dm. Anyways. Best 4 songs in my mind would be: Get Inside, Monolith, Bother, and Idle Hands. I also saw them live great band as well very energetic. Jim also plays over the top with throwing in more crazy solos that are longer in the songs. Thoose guys do know how to play! Buy the CD! If your tired of listening to that on the radio or getting a little old of KoRn this will be great.

4-0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise
Upon my first listen to Stone Sour (the rough mix of 'Get Inside') I was ready to label them as a Slipknot re-hash. That was, until I heard the rest of this CD, which, if you have ears, you will realize is a vast improvement over anything Slipknot has ever accomplished before. The clutter, the cacophany, the noise, it's all gone. What we get here is a solid, stripped down, semi-heavy metal disc. Corey Taylor's vocals are in top-form and it's nice to hear him not straining himself or trying to sound so tough on here. I'm sure we're all familiar with 'Bother' by now, which stands as the token acoustic song and highlights Taylor's vocals. 'Orchids' is a straight-forward rock track that is dominated by melodic vocals. On the flipside, we have the band staying safe with the cliche (but fun) 'Get Inside' which, as stated before, is as close to Slipknot as the band gets. 'Inhale' is probably my favorite track, excellent riffs combined with powerful singing and a mindblowing cap-off. Most of Stone Sour's material is bound to stay stuck in your head for days. It's good to see that this band has had just as much, if not, more success than Slipknot. Definitely easier to swallow and not even half as pretentious. Give it a chance.

4-0 out of 5 stars Stone Sour Rocks!
I think Stone Sour is an excellent band but some of the songs were too soft. Maybe you can already tell that im a slipknot fan. Get Inside-10/10 best song on the CD. Orchids-7/10 eh .... yeah. Cold Reader-9/10 cool song! Blotter-8/10 pretty cool. Choose-9/10 this was the 2nd best on the CD. Monolith-7/10 2 soft. Inhale-8/10 cool song. Bother-8/10 soft but the lyrics are cool. Blue Study-8/10 cool. Take a Number-8/10 cool. Idle Hands-9/10 this song was cool. Tumlut-7/10 it's ok. Omega-8/10 not a song i think that Corey Taylor is just reading Poetry or Sumthin'? ... Read more

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The Sickness
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Half Sevendust, half Gravity Kills, mix well and serve
"Disturbed" isn't groundbreaking, but it does what it does pretty well. Mosh beats and simple guitar lines with the required off-key spots. Like Sevendust, Disturbed plays it smart by putting a good singer (David Draiman) in front of all the wrath. The lyrics are the standard child abuse/misogyny/I'm-a-psycho stuff that defines nu-metal.

The electronics ("The Game," "Meaning of Life") have a Gravity Kills flavor. They're not overdone, so they mesh well with the Rage Against The Limp Korn rock.

"Voices" is a strong opener with a deep groove. "Numb" and "Want" are the filler tracks. The uptempo "The Game" and "Conflict" should be dancefloor hits. "Down With The Sickness" (my favorite song on here) is a gut-punch if you've only heard the radio edit; a spot after the second chorus lets you know exactly how The Sickness came to be. The cover of Tears For Fears' "Shout" is a hoot. "Conflict" belongs on Front Line Assembly's "Millenium" album from '96.

"Disturbed" is good stuff when you need a big dose of rock that gets to the point double-quick.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Debut From an Incredible Band
Easily one of the best records in the nu-metal genre, this is one cd that stays awesome throughout.

1. Voices (10/10): A terrific opener for the album, this fast and rhythmic tune is one of my favorite songs by any band.

2. The Game (9/10): This song is a great follow up to "Voices" and showcases all the elements that make Disturbed great: gritty guitars, melodic vocals, interesting electronic effects, and a great finish. The versatility of vocalist David Draiman's voice is heard in this song more than any other.

3. Stupify (8/10): Despite being grossly overplayed on the radio, this great song just never gets old.

4. Down With the Sickness (9/10): Oh-wa-a-a-a! This song caps off what is argueably the best four sucessive tracks on any album ever. DWTS was (and is still, thought to a slighly lesser degree) so popular, I'd be willing to bet that everyone has heard this song at least once.

5. Violence Fettish (7/10): "Violence Fettish" is a great song by any standards, but it seems like something of a disapointment after the first four tracks.

6. Fear (7/10): Another solid effort. Not terrific, but still a very good song.

7. Numb (6/10): The fact that this song, the worst on the cd is still above average just proves Disturbed's talent.

8. Want (7/10): "Want" features what might be the best song intro on the cd. A rather quiet few seconds turns out to be the calm before the storm, as Draiman's voice breaks in so suddenly that I actually jumped when I first heard it. Oh yeah, and the rest of the song isn't bad either...lol.

9. Conflict (7/10): Somewhat repetitive but still worth listnening to.

10. Shout2000 (8/10): A harder cover of "Shout" by Tears for Fears. It actually sounds pretty good.

11. Droppin' Plates (7/10): A brutal song somewhat suggestive of rap.

12. Meaning of Life (7/10): It's by far not the best song on the cd, but "Meaning of Life" is a good finish to the cd, despite it's rather weak lyrics.

3-0 out of 5 stars For a debut, it does well
The first time I heard the radio playing the single "Down With the Sickness", I was not overly impressed. It had energy, but was not very memorable. Of course, that was before I heard the whole bridge where David Draiman, well, discloses his less-than-perfect relationship with his mother. If anyone has heard (and I'm sure most rap fans have) Eminem's "Cleaning Out my Closet", Draiman makes Eminem look like a momma's boy in comparison. I mean, the guy calls his own mother a b*tch and wh*re, and tells her that she better get ready to die. Obviously, his mother isn't exactly a sensitive woman either, and Draiman makes it quite obvious that his rebellion against the family being Orthodox Jews doesn't sit too well with her. That phrase is by far the most outraged one I had heard in any song as of now (not the heaviest; Disturbed is no Pantera or Slayer, but I've never felt like the lead singers of those bands needed to see a few hundred therapists, either). Draiman definitely draws you into his gruesome world with this song, and perhaps further down than most of us would like to go. So much for unmemorable.

I wanted to buy this debut at the time, but I wound up getting "Believe" first. My views of the band changed. They were still angry, to say the very least, but as a band, their musicianship and composition skills drastically improved. "Believe" is unlike, and much more emotionally engaged than, any nu-metal album to come before it (contrary to the belief of some reviewers that it is generic, which is the one untrue thing about "Believe"). There may not have been an incredible display of talent, but the band knows how to make music. When I bought this CD, I expected it to be worse, because hey, it's a debut. Again, most of the songs on here are typical nu-metal in that the lyrics display angst and the band uses power chords almost to death. However, like the single, "The Sickness" as a whole delivers lyrics that throw you into Disturbed's mind, even if you are kicking and screaming along the way (that is, if you give this CD the time of day and aren't your typical nu-metal basher). Sure this is nu-metal, but it isn't much like Korn, Linkin Park, Puddle of Mudd, or Limp Bizkit, unlike many of you claim and will continue to claim. They take the nu-metal formula and offer a different sound that, while much different, and, as I see it, inferior to "Believe", pumps the listener full of energy. The main drawback to this album is that it is overly dependent upon the same power chords song after song, and refuses to play anything other than the most basic of rhythms and riffs. Mike is honestly one of the most static drummers I've ever heard, unless he's decided not to show us what he can do. I say this as a fellow drumer/percussionist in Marching Bands, Concert Bands, and various other percussion lines. He seriously needs to invest in some lessons; his double-bass pedals are the only thing he's got going for him. Dan isn't exactly a modern-day Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimmi Hendrix, or Jimmy Page, either. However, for a debut that wants nothing more than to deliever super-charged nu-metal that draws the listener in, "The Sickness" succeeds. ... Read more

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Drunk Enough to Dance
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars WELL BOWL ME DOWN!
Strait outta Texas comes the second major lable release from Bowling For soup and it ROCKS! Power-pop,Emo,Pop-punk call it what you will this is just a perfect rock and roll record. This is the first release of all new songs in a long time for the old BFS fans, and it won't dissapoint you. For new listeners you should pick this up and use it as a menu for the dinning you will experince at one of the most entertaining live shows you will ever see! Massive radio air play of the first single "Girl all the bad guys want" may have gotten your taste buds going for this CD and its attention is well deserved. "Girl all the bad guys want" could very well be the best BFS song ever written. However the fun deosnt stop there! The Cd opens with the very catchy "I dont wanna rock" and moves into my favorite on the CD "Emily". This is an amazing song that the boys have been playing live for a year or so and it sounds great on record. Another strong point would be "Life without Lisa" which is yet another song about the girl that got away and as BFS would put it, "....its not so bad at all". Love lost is the main theme on this record as it has been on past ones. The differnce is they seem to be fine with there lack of achievment in the love department. They have taken a subject that is supposed to be a drag and turned it into sit-com! Songs like "The hard way", "Surf Colorado" and "She's got a Boyfreind" all deal with this subject. The funny lines just keep coming and the music just keeps rocking from start too oops...... not the finish. The last song or "Bonus Track" is an acoustic version of the old BFS hit "Belgium". You should pick up any other BFS CD to hear "Belgium" as it was written, this song is now on every single BFS record to date. This CD is just slap your momma rockin and laugh out loud funny! BUY IT! You dont want to be the only one in the pit who deosnt know the lyrics at the show, do you?

5-0 out of 5 stars classic
BFS is another pop-punk band, but dont dismiss them right away. You will be tempted to think all songs sound the same, which is close to the truth, but the lyrics, and the way they are sung makes each song unique. They all have good hooks that push them over the top, making this a solid cd by an exscellent band.

1. I Don't Wanna Rock - not one of the best, it is still kinda catchy though, and shows their good musicianship. 3/5

2. Emily - this isnt very special at first listen, but the verses are delivered well as are the choruses. It takes a few listens. This is their 2nd andmost recent single, and the video rocks, check it out. 5/5

3. Girl All the Bad Guys Want - the first single, great tune, great instruments, probably the first one that you get into. the first listen should capture you. 5/5

4. On and On (About You) - kinda cool, but doesnt compare to the better ones. the chorus can be kinda boring. in the end the singer sings in spanish and does it well. 3/5

5. Surf Colorado - again your basic punk-pop, though it is still kinda catchy there are way better tunes. you will probably skip this one over, but oh well. 2/5.

6. Life After Lisa - what a great song, the second one i really got into. such great lyrics, and the chorus will pull u in. 5/5

7. Where to Begin - this is the only song that is really meant to be a ballad but it still is punky and poppy. i dont like it as much as some others, and 5 minutes is way too long.

8. Last Rock Show - i love this song. only 1:28, but it starts of with a bang, when the singer goes "yeahhhhhhh" in his funny voice and i love that part, it just rocks on form there. 5/5.

9. Self-Centered - catchy and funny lyrics, very good vocal melody. 5/5

10. Hard Way - ehhh ok, what else can i say. 3/5.

11. Out the Window - ok 3/5.

12. Cold Shower Tuesdays - great lyrics sung well. extremily catchy. 4/5

13. Running from Your Dad - so funny, great melodies. i like when he talks about the seethru underwear and porn dvds. listen to the song. 5/5.

14. Scaring Myself - decent. 3/5

15. She's Got a Boyfriend Now - kinda annoying 2/5

16. Greatest Day - the bonus song. kinda catchy though the better songs were earlier in the cd. 3/5

17-27 - silence - not too good, but better than some songs by some other bands.

28. An acoustic version of one of the songs on their debut album which u should get too. very catchy but slow and melodic.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Band
This is an awesome CD! I highly recommend getting it. I know all the songs by heart and Girl all the Bad guys want is NOT the reason to buy this CD. My personal fav is number 10. ... Read more

Asin: B000069RL3
Sales Rank: 4053
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


Chaos Theory
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 January, 2001)
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1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible
How can anyone listen to this music...theyres no creativity in it...the music on the cd is so worthless that this page should be deleted...never buy this cd...if you like anything even close to this genre just go and by a marilyn manson cd...where there actully is some curiousity and creativity...somthing very important to music thats been lost here. Stay away From This Band and do yourself and music a favor in the proscess

5-0 out of 5 stars Who are they?
I went to Media Play, Sam Goody, Target EVERYWHERE and this is the only place that has it!

5-0 out of 5 stars True
Plain and simple this isn't something your local record company packaged and sent on it's merry way, this is purely loud and angry. A must for all fans of heavier music. ... Read more

Asin: B000056O4V
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Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 March, 2003)
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Editorial Review

The Daredevil soundtrack provided a nice boost for this previously unknown quartet from Little Rock, Arkansas. Evanescence’s songs "My Immortal" and the imposing "Bring Me to Life" are clear standouts in the film, mainly because they work so well with the dramatic, eerie undertones of the storyline. They reappear here on the band’s debut, alongside a selection of similarly brooding tracks that evoke pensive artists like Tori Amos and the Cranberries. Vocalist Amy Lee has the kind of voice that can cause weeks of insomnia, but on songs like "Tourniquet" and "Haunted" she belies the music’s sinister mood with evenhanded spirituality, thoughtfully letting some light shine through the tempest. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars breath-taking.
evanescence is perhaps one of the most incredible bands breaking into the music scene right now. i've recently gotten into the "goth-rock" sound, and this band has kept me comfortably situated between music genres. i hang my head in shame while admitting that i didn't think there was anything particularly special about them the first one hundred times i heard their first single, "bring me to life," on the radio and mtv. i honestly thought that though amy lee had an amazing voice, evanescence would be somewhat of a "one-hit-wonder." i could not have been more wrong.

my friend burned the cd for me [hey, i'm a 16-year old with no job. . .thus. . .no money] and i listened to it once. i guess i wasn't listening very well because i neglected to listen again, thinking that the album wasn't as great as my friend had built it up to be. however, a few months ago, i had the privilege of seeing them live. wow. if you think amy and the guys are great on the cd, you should definitely see them live. they sound even better and their passion for music is obvious. not to mention, amy is gorgeous and should be the envy of all girls in america. i think the greatest aspect of their show, however, was that people, who listened to music from different genres that attended that music festival, all knew the words to their songs. it's not often you find a band that appeals to both goth kids and top 40 radio listeners.

needless to say, after that performance, i was captivated. their sound is indescribable and amy's voice, uncomparable. i seriously prefer staying at home singing along with her voice rather than going out. okay, so that's really sad, but i think you get the idea. anyway, if you don't already have "fallen," shame on you. if you're hesitant and not yet convinced, try downloading "going under," "my immortal," "tourniquet," "taking over me," and "whisper" to get an idea of evanescence's genius. and if they ever stop in your city for a show, make sure you catch it, even if the ticket price is outrageously high. you will definitely not be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Become "Fallen"
I bought this CD after hearing that they were a pretty good band and hearing a couple of their songs. I just could not resist it. This is an incredible CD. Here's what I think of it song-by-song:

"Going Under": Amy is a bit low for her vocal range at first it sounds like, but then she breaks out the high notes and the album takes off running. 4.5/5

"Bring Me To Life": The song that most people know them by. Amy starts out belting out those high notes, and I absolutely love it. This was the first song I heard of theirs, and fell in love. Her voice mixes with the guest artist's so well. 5/5

"Everybody's Fool": This one starts where Bring Me To Life left off. They sound so similar that the transition could easily be made seamless with just small editing. The lyrics are great, everything is great. 5/5

"My Immortal": The song that convinced me that I just had to have this album. Amy's voice is so perfect over the piano, and eventually the strings. This song sends chills up and down my spine every time I hear it, not to mention that the lyrics rock. When combined with Bring Me To Life and Everybody's Fool, this is the best 11 minutes in music history, I think. Very inspiring. 8/5

"Haunted": My least favorite song on the album. I don't know why I don't like it, it just doesn't float my boat. Still a wonderful song, though. 4/5

"Tourniquet": I can't emphasize this enough; I love Amy's voice!! This is a cry out to God for salvation. Beautiful, descriptive lyrics. 4.5/5

"Imaginary": This is also a bit of an odd song. However, it does work for Amy's haunting voice. Beautiful. 4.5/5

"Taking Over Me": Another wonderful song that you can listen to again and again. This one really has a bit of a different sound than anything else on the album. I like it. 4.5/5

"Hello": Some people have said they don't like this song, and that she's a schizophreniac or something. After listening to it, I've found that it has a rather catchy tune, and that she's just swimming in her memories. Another song where Amy is singing over a piano. 5/5

"My Last Breath": This one has almost a techno feel to it in the beginning, but then the guitars hit you like a wave, but then Amy's voice comes in like a breath of fresh air. Altogether, this song works perfectly with the CD. Perhaps its not a very original theme, but that can be forgiven since its such a good song. 5/5

"Whisper": Not only the last song on the CD, but also the longest. This one really brings back the idea of "Fallen" with its lyrics. The chorus is very catchy. You may find yourself singing it in the shower if you're not careful! 5/5

I truthfully feel that this is the best [money] that I've ever spent. Amy has an incredible voice, which is so rare these days in the professional music industry, sad to say. From "Bring Me To Life" to "My Immortal", Evanescence shows their diversity and capabilities with this freshman release. It should be a crime not to own this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Blew me away....
I just recently discovered Evanescence by mistake after visiting a friend's web site and clicking a link for Evanescence - Hello. I absolutely LOVED the track and, having friends who were obsessed with the album and the band, naturally decided to borrow/buy the album. A friend lent it to me, and here I am, listening, several days after becoming obsessed with it myself. I just cannot stop listening to it... Amy Lee's voice is so much more polished and mature than anyone else in her age group of singers, such as Avril Lavigne, Brittany Spears, etc. It's like an angel from heaven has come down to bless us with her talent, and it's no wonder why the song "Bring Me To Life" attracted so many fans to this small Arkansas band and singer! And, without further ado, onto the ratings... Going Under - This song is not my favorite, but nonetheless, it is a great song. The rock beat really strikes my fancy, and the lyrics are well-polished. 9.5/10 Bring Me To Life - The song that inspired Evanescence's fan base, and it's really easy to see why! The lyrics are great, the tune is wonderful, and it's really easy to pick up. It's haunting and rocking at the same time, and overall a great song. It has its shortcomings, however, as it will become really repetetive after a while of listening to it because it is so awesome! 9.5/10 Everybody's Fool - A great song, but it's basically repeating the same thing, merely in different words, through the entire song. 9.5/10 My Immortal - After listening to all of the album and Hello before it, this was my new favorite song. As another reviewer put it, it may be what heaven really sounds like. This is one of the band's songs that you hear everywhere, like Avril Lavigne's Sk8er Boi, and you just instantly love it, but you just never know who the artist is... then you find out, get the album, listen to the song and the rest of it, and become obsessesed instantaneously! Its haunting lyrics and beautiful piano make this an instant classic, not to be missed. 10/10 Haunted - Amy Lee sang the heck out of this one, and because of it, it's great. It's not quite at bloody as Tourniquet, but creepy all the same, and in this reviewer's eyes, creepy = good. 10/10 Touniquet- This song really makes you brood over death. Amy really convinces you that she's in serious pain when she sings so soulfully, and it makes you so sorry for her, that you just can't help but like the song. However, I'm not really one for the morbid-type, so marks down for the gruesome details. Don't get me wrong though; this song is still great. 9/10 Imaginary - Amy describes how she retreats into her own world to escape the horrors of this one, but she can't decide which one she likes better. Very soulful, just like all of the other songs on the album, and one of my personal favorites. 10/10 Taking Over Me - It seems like Amy is willing to drop everything and find her true love, who has taken over her soul and now is morunful for him because he left. The lyrics are great, and the entire song has a very catchy beat. 9.5/10 Hello - This is the song that got me hooked on Evanescence. Haunting and beautiful lyrics, Amy's beautiful voice that will keep you awake (and slightly insane because of sadness and other factors) for weeks to come, and absolutely haunting melody on the piano, this is my personal favorite song on this album. It maintains the sad note of Haunted and Tourniquet, but with much less violence. She doesn't know if she's sleeping or not, and then she realizes that death really does exist, and that nothing will ever be the same. Let me scream for a moment: I LOVE THIS SONG!! 10/10 My Last Breath - When I listened to this, the first time, I got the lyrics stuck in my head because Amy sung them so beautifully! The beat is catchy and fun, and the lyrics are great. Overall, a great song. 9.5/10 Whisper - This song is probably the worst one on the CD, though don't get me wrong; I still love it, but it just isn't up to par with the others. I do, however, love the Latin at the end; Amy translated it roughly to "Save us from danger, save us from evil," and it really fits the mood of the song. It gets pretty slow at the end, so that turned me off of it a little bit. Still a good song nonetheless. 8.5/10 Overall, this album is one of the most polished I've ever heard in years, and it really got me hooked on the goth/rocky genre. I simply can't wait for the next one! Keep up the good work guys! ... Read more

Asin: B000089RVX
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


The Burdens of Being Upright
Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 March, 1996)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Tracy gets down with her talented self
This girl can rock! There are some very cool songs here. I remember watching her on MTV a few years back and thinking her songs were cool, but, I didn't get the CD until today. Now that I've discovered her, I intend to empty my wallet for this lady. "Mother, Mother" is a funny and equally alarming song filled with personality, but, I don't need to tell you that, because I'm sure you've heard that song. Really the best song on the album is her not as popular second single "The One", but, "Bulldog", "Tell It To the Sky", "Navy Bean", and "Sharks Can't Sleep" are woopty freakin' great as well. Great CD if you like alternative rock. Check it out!

2-0 out of 5 stars Spend your money on something better
The reason I bought this CD is I heard "Shark's Can't Sleep" on the radio and really liked it-sort of a feel-good sounding song. I hoped the rest would be similar, but it really was not at all. I found most of the music almost grating, especially the popular "Mother Mother" and the lyrics quite uninspired. In addition, the CD as a whole lacked flow, rather, it seemed like a bunch of random songs and chants thrown together. I ended up trying to give this CD away, then throwing it away when nobody wanted it. I did keep a tape of "Shark's Can't Sleep", however, which I listen to frequently enough to warrant a couple stars. But I would definitely avoid purchasing this album-go for a single if it is available, or just make a tape from a friend.

the burdens of being upright is one amazing trip of a record. i think its only flaw is that at times it is a little too derivative. "tell it to the sky" comes off like black hole sun era soundgarden and "navy bean" is one great rocking riff but, to me, is very nirvana circa incesticide. there is also the radio candy hit "mother mother" which is one great song. smart, toungue in cheek humor with great music to back it up.
i see alot of reviewers did not like her voice but i find tracy a good singer, capable if singing and really belting out a good scream when the song calls for it. there were a couple of weaker songs but all in all this is a good cd. ... Read more

Asin: B000001E8V
Sales Rank: 51633


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