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The Young and Hopeless
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 October, 2002)
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Despite the piercings and spiky hairdos of Good Charlotte frontmen Joel and Benji Madden, the filth and the fury of punk are not in evidence on The Young and the Hopeless. Rather, Good Charlotte lean toward the sunny power pop favored by the lighter Huntingdon Beach, California, outfits. Nevertheless, with the title track and "The Anthem" ("I'm just a minor threat"), the band appeals directly to high-school outsiders. Relationship problems are delved into in "Wondering" and "Say Anything," and they even find space to explore comic horror with "My Bloody Valentine." So they're not as intense or enraged as the hardcore likes of Black Flag or even Linkin Park. But the undeniably strong melodies this bunch comes up with have plenty of appeal on their own terms. --Dominic Wills ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a group that sold out
As much as I hate the fact that Good Charlotte are on every single cover of cheezy magazines like Pop Star or Bop and get tons of Hilary Duff-worshipping preps to pose as punks, this CD is very addictive and catchy. So what if it isn't "real punk music"? The beats are good and the lyrics are pretty good, although at times lame, which is why I didn't give this 5 stars. Good lyric example: "Can you feel the cold tonight? It sets in, but it's all right. Darkness falls, I'm letting go. All alone, but I feel fine." Bad lyric example: "Don't say a word, I know you feel the same. Just give me a sign, say anything, say anything." The lyrics on this CD range from dark (Bloody Valentine) to rebellious (Young and the Hopeless) to emotional (Hold On). Joel Madden's vocals remind me of the vocals of Green Day or MxPx, and the same can be said for Benji Madden's vocals (although he rarely sings), except he sounds a bit raspier. If you like catchy songs and you're 11-18, you'd probably like this album. If you're looking for "real punk music", some good bands to check out are AFI, Minor Threat, Rancid, the Ramones, or Pennywise.

5-0 out of 5 stars kepp rockin, GC!!
I love Good Charlotte. I have both Cds and I think they rock! I first heard of them in chatrooms when people talked endlessly about them so I was like, oh heck. let's see what this' all about....and loved them immeadiately! Here's my thoughts:
1)A new beginning - its an intro, so i skip it all the time
2) the Anthem - 4/5 it's pretty good, but they didn't put the entire lyrics along on the cd! im just GUESSING what joel's singing here!
3)Lifestyles of the Rich and famous - 5/5 lol this is really funny and true at times. the music video is hilarious!
4)Wondering - 5/5 one of my favorites. it's not a love song though, Benji wrote it about his dogg.
5)Story of my old man - 3/5 kinda funny, but if their dad hears it, won't he be pissed?
6)Girls & Boys - 3/5 funny but not exactly true. but then i go to a christian school.
7) Bloody Valentine - 4/5 This is obviously very unreal, I don't think anyone would go that far. But still, I really like it.
8)Hold on - 4/5 very good, i listen to this when im depressed
9)Riot Girl - 5/5 Everyone's fave!
10)Say anything - 4/5 I used to not like it, but now I do.
11)The day that I die - 3/5 ok..its still alright.
12)The young and the hopeless - 5/5 another fave. So brutally true!
13)Emotionless - 5/5 I love this song. Where is Benji's and joel's dad, anyway?
14)Movin on - 4/5 Very good. It kinda relates to me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good CD
Hmm interesting reviews here. Personally I didnt like these guys until I saw them live- somebody said it best- they sound way better live than they do on the records, mainly because they mess with the sound and pro-tools too much, I like the more raw sound better. antiradioandmtv, you have some great points, but I along with alot of others I'm sure dont care if Good Charlotte are posers. Yes, I do know their posers and I know people will think I'm a "poser" for listening to them, I could care less- labels are just a wimpy way of people attacking others or defending themselves. I just think their music has a great sound to it- its energetic, infectious, melodic, and explosive all at the same time. So yeah, I think this is a great CD, the only flaws I can see is some of the production sucks (like I said, they shouldn't mess with the pro-tools as much as they do) and that I HATE when Benji and Joel sing at the same time- when just one is singing they sound great. Oh, and for people who think GC isn't "real rock", well, I listen to Led Zeppelin, Guns N Roses, and Aerosmith but I still think GC are rock... ... Read more

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Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


The Wraith: Shangri-La [Riviera]
Average Customer Review: 3.96 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 November, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Eight months well-spent
I don't think any reviews on amazon.com do this album any justice. Something needs to be said: this album is nearly flawless. The production is thicker than any other album by ICP. There's a lot of diversity in it as well. The lush soundscapes on each track makes ICP's most profound lyrics and performances make the presentation all the better. The liner notes are everything a juggalo could ever hope for. A thick booklet without shameless adds for stupid merchandise. An hour-long free DVD.
With ICP I prefer to give short track-by-track reviews. They're all perfect 10's.

Thy Intro [unlisted] - Unlike the other Joker's cards, the intro is short and doesn't intrude with the flow of the album.
Walk Into Thy Light - A melodic mood-setter for this bright fan-pleasing album.
Welcome To Thy Show - Sgt. Pepper anyone? This is ICP's first TRUE concept album. Nothing but goodness on this track.
Get Ya Wicked On - Short, sweet.
Murder Rap - Old School. Good cover. Great production.
Birthday Bxtches - Short and funny. ICP can be weird like this.
Blaaam!!! - A memorable song about getting everything you want.
It Rains Diamonds - Wow.
Bxtchslappaz [unlisted] - Short Old School type track. A fan-pleaser.
Thy Staleness - This is why we love ICP. More "stab stab" fun. Its a salute to fans and a message to their critics. Esham appears to much of our delight at the end and sets the mood for the next track.
Hell's Forecast - Disturbing enough. I am hoping that Hell's Pit
(this album's counterpart) will be more frightening than this. After all, this is still Shangri-La.
Juggalo Homies - ICP always knew how to sequence tracks for contrast. One of the lightest good-spirited songs (Most heard this song before we heard the album. If you haven't, don't listen to it before you hear the album.)
Ain't Yo Business - Fantastic track. Production is not very "heavenly", but we wouldn't want the album to be redundant.
Soopa Villians [unlisted] - Great team with ICP and Esham (the Boogieman?).
We Belong - Unusual/interesting production keeps the album from being redundant.
Cotton Candy & Popsicles - Better than you may expect. It works.
Crossing Thy Bridge - Killer track.
Thy Raven's Mirror - The album moves along toward the end.
Thy Wraith - The sixth Joker's Card is explained in this track for anyone who cannot think.
Thy Unveiling - While everything becomes "clear" after hearing this track, anyone who can listen and read will not be surprised by it. The album does not end abruptly and it should not.

What ICP does stylisticly on this album is respectable. When they do a rap track, they do a rap track. There are also rock songs. The mixing of the two isn't common. I can imagine that a lot of us were hoping they would take that route. Each track is very strong because of this choice, and their skill as lyricists is more evident after giving this album a listen.
ICP has made the best album of their career, and it puts a little too much pressure on their next release (Hell's Pitt) which even shares the same title as sixth Joker's Card.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, the 6th Jokers Card
I've been a dedicated ICP fan since their first album "Carnival Of Carnage" and i've heard every album since. "The Wraith: Shangri-La" finally tells everyone the one thing they've been wanting to know: WHAT IS THE SIXTH JOKERS CARD? Now that's its here, it is both good and bad for ICP fans. The good is that we know what the sixth and all the other jokers cards are. The bad is that there will be no more jokers cards, which means no more new ICP albums. I cannot wait till part 2 of the sixth jokers card "The Wraith: Hell's Pit" comes out in November 2003. I'll always be down with the clown...

1. Walk Into The Light (5:09)
2. Welcome To The Show (3:12)
3. Get Ya Wicked On (1:47)
4. Murder Rap (2:32)
5. Birthday B***** (1:18)
6. Blam! (3:39)
7. It Rains Diamonds (5:26)
8. The Staleness (3:58)
9. Hell's Forecast (2:58)
10. Juggalo Homies (4:42)
11. Ain't Yo Bisness (4:49)
12. We Belong (2:44)
13. Cotton Candy and Popsicles (3:42)
14. Crossing The Bridge (4:14)
15. The Raven's Mirror (2:59)
16. The Wraith (3:33)
17. The Unvelling (3:37)
Other ICP albums you should have:

"Vol. 3 Forgotten Freshness"
"Amazing Jeckel Brothers"
"Vol. 1 & 2 Forgotten Freshness"
"Tunnel Of Love (EP)"
"Terror Wheel (EP)"
"Great Milenko"
"Riddle Box"
"Beverly Kills"
"Carnival Of Carnage"

5-0 out of 5 stars KICK ASS!!!

5.BIRTHDAY B******:B-
6.BLAAAM!!!:A+ ... Read more

Asin: B00006RY7T
Sales Rank: 38426
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


Average Customer Review: 3.68 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 November, 2001)
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The multiplatinum kings of MOR nu metal have gotten a bit more aggressive and intense--to fine effect--on some of Weathered's 11 stellar, radio-friendly tracks. For those who prefer the soft side of singer/stud Scott Stapp and his cohorts, there are the melodic and soaring "Hide" and "Don't Stop Dancing." But more interesting is "Bullets," which finds Stapp raging before a surprisingly heavy and intense musical backdrop. Other highlights include the Seattle-sound throwback "Freedom Fighter," the Zeppelinesque "Who's Got My Back," and the disc's first single, "My Sacrifice." The effects-laden, passionate "Signs" contrasts nicely with the laid-back, world-weary title track and "Lullaby." Ultimately, Weathered gently expands the seemingly fail-proof formula. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A masterpeice...
This album is simply amazing. Creed is definately one of the best rock bands of today, even though criticized by many people.

Bullets - starts off this album kind-of strangely, being the most angry song the band has ever written. 7/10

Freedom Fighter - Yet another heavy-metal song, powerful, but good-sounding. 8/10

Who's Got my Back - VERY POWERFUL, a brilliant song, and its unexplainable how great it is live. 8 and a half minutes long, sends you through a journey, asking the question of what is there left to depend on. 9.5/10

Signs - Yet ANOTHER heavy song, a really metal-like riff, this one is also powerful and great live. 8/10

One Last Breath - Kind-of tiring after hearing it over and over on the radio, but its a nice song, fits the "pop-like" side of Creed. 7.5/10

My Sacrifice - My personal least favorite song on this album, overplayed... 6/10

Stand Here with Me - Excellent, my favorite song on the album. Very riff-driven, with an awesome guitar solo, this wonderful tune will get stuck in your head. 10/10

Weathered - The title track, has a very cool riff. Its heavy sounding, but has a nice groove to it. Nice song. 9/10

Hide - Very surprisingly is yet to be a single, but who knows what the future will hold. Very soft and has a good guitar part. 8.5/10

Dont Stop Dancing - Very uplifting and tells you never to give up hope for what you believe in or what you're struggling through. 8.5/10

Lullaby - Ends the album very well, yet not one of my favs. 7/10

5-0 out of 5 stars the Kings of Alternative Rock!
Just when I thought that an album couldn't surpass the spiritual depth and inspiration of Human Clay, Creed goes and releases this unbelievable CD. The first single, "My Sacrifice", was an instant radio success and surely many more will follow. Singing about everything from suicide to reunions with old friends, vocalist Scott Stapp takes the listener on a journey filled with rage, sorrow, relief, hopelessness, and all the plights of being human. While "My Own Prison" dealt with spiritual and moral struggles and "Human Clay" with themes of joy and inspiration, "Weathered" is definitely the band's angriest album to date, attacking critics, haters, and those out there who refuse to believe anything positive can come out of this world. The absolute best tracks are those about the weariness that souls endure on this earth and the temptation to relieve oneself from this moral burden called life ("Weathered", "Don't Stop Dancing", "One Last Breath"), while positive anthems ("My Sacrifice", "You Stand Here With Me") and a tender dedication (
"Lullaby") only further propel its intensity. Guitar god Mark Tremonti delivers awesome riffs and wonderful solos, while Scott Phillips provides him with solid rhythm. Weathered is definitely one of the best alternative rock CDs money can buy.

1-0 out of 5 stars If you like Creed, it must suck hard being you
Anyone that doesn't know that the only thing Creed does is to copy Pearl Jam's music needs to be anally raped with a cactus. By the way, Pearl Jam sucks too. A lot.

Creed almost SUCKS LEGALLY. Those newborn christians wankers got in court because their dumbass singer (he is a horrible monster and I pray for his death, satanically of course) was too drunk to sing with his usual horrible voice at one show. The thing went in courts because fans (who must suck a lot too, if they had to go to a Creed concert to realise they sucked) felt ripped off. I bet obese people like Creed's music. Obese people should go to jail for being violently ugly.

I De-MAND testicular EXPLOSION !!!! ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 November, 2002)
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Posthumously released albums are always kind of creepy. Certain, probably innocent references suddenly take on prescient overtones. Or, in the case of TLC's fourth, 3D--issued mere months after the accidental death of rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes--we're given a dreary reminder of what might have been. 3D artfully completes TLC's transformation from colorful, freewheeling fashion criminals to confident, elegant R&B divas, albeit divas with attitude and a palpable sense of humor. That's most evident in the sassy, hip-shaking classroom send-up "Quickie," where a droning schoolmarm lectures her pupils on the fine art of pulling a fast one. "Quickie" is a bit of an anomaly, though, as the majority of 3D finds the trio navigating smooth, melodic midtempo songs about love, empowerment, and that rare space in between. The women have never sounded better. As with their classic CrazySexyCool disc, TLC deftly blend soul, hip-hop, faux-gospel, pop, and consistently smart lyrics. "Turntable" is an irresistible ode to positive thinking that should be an anthem for the downtrodden everywhere. That such a hopeful message arrives on the heels of Lopes's untimely death makes 3D that much more compelling.--Kim Hughes ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Tender Loving Care
TLC has got it like that.......T-Boz, Left Eye and Chili, "3D" has it all. A sensational album from start to finish. The vocals are tight, the beats are phat, and the lyrics are bumpin'. Here are my individual ratings for each song:

"3D" 4/5

"Quickie" 5/5

"Girl Talk" 5/5

"Turntable" 4/5

"In Your Arms Tonight" 3/5

"Over Me" 5/5

"Hands Up" 3/5

"Damaged" 5/5

"Dirty Dirty" 2/5

"So So Dumb" 5/5

"Good Love" 4/5

"Hey Hey Hey Hey" 3/5

"Give It To Me While It's Hot" 4/5

There's alot of great music on this CD. TLC did an excellent job. Thank you TLC for 10 years of beautiful music. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, We all miss you and love you.

3-0 out of 5 stars what happened to the crazy sexy cools?
O.K. TLC have always had a good album but this one I can't say the same for this one. I thought that this album was going to be good but there weren't too many songs on the album that sounded like all of their albums. However there were a few decent tracks:

1. 3D Intro- Tells what 3d means and then goes into a song. It's not their best intro. 7/10

2. Quickie- Very good song, goes back to the tlc tip. But why in the hell did they not release this as a single? 10/10

3. Girl Talk- It's pretty good and is alot like "no scrubs" but not a good lead single. 8/10

4. Turntable- Awesome! it is very positive and the song is very true. I think their releasing this as a single pretty soon. 10/10

5. In Your Arms Tonight- What in the world happened to the neptunes? Just about every song they produce is a hit on the radio but this one is pitiful. 3/10

6. Over Me- It's alright but I don't think that Brandy's "What About Us" needs to be remade. 7/10

7. Hands Up- This is a very sexy song and the beat kind of reminds you of "red light special," but not single material. 7/10

8. Damaged- Unbelievable! It reminds me of "unpretty" and "waterfalls," good song but why radio didn't want to play it that much I don't know we're tired of listening to 50 cent's "21 Questions" and Sean Paul's "Get Busy." 10/10

9. Dirty Dirty- That is the craziest song I ever heard and the song mainly [is bad] but they do give left eye a moment of silence. 7/10

10. So So Dumb- Good Good Song. It is a good slow song and it would've been great as a single, a whole like "dear lie" which was the last single from fanmail. 9/10

11. Good Love- It's a very happy song but I hate it. It's just a bore. 5/10

12. Hey Hey Hey Hey- This song is just dumb. When you listen to it you know it's going to be stupid and the beat sounds very dirty too. It earned itself as the worse song on 3d. 1/10

13. Give It To Me While It's Hot- This is the last song! oh my god why did they do that? I mean left eye is in it but still there are more songs that would've been better as the last song. 7/10

Overall it is not good at all left eye was the force behind TLC I guess and too bad that most of the songs were without her. Otherwise, the album wouldn't have [been as bad]. Crazysexycool was my first album ever and TLC is always no.1 to me but after this album no offense, T-Boz and Chilli but you all should go solo or at least release a greatest hits album so you two can prove you all are still a force just as a duo.

4-0 out of 5 stars Terrific CD
TLC are one of the best and most popular "girl groups" of all time. Their style influenced so many artists in the '90s and continues to influence even today. They had some of the most popular songs of the past decade. Can you imagine where radio would be without "Waterfalls" or "No Scrubs". Their CDs were among the best modern R&B had to offer. So when the group released 3D several months after the death of group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, many wondered what Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas would fare without who was without a doubt the most charismatic member of the group. Although 3D didn't sell nearly as many copies as their previous albums and didn't score as many hits, it is still a very good CD. Listening to this CD, you wouldn't be able to tell Left Eye hadn't been there to finish the album because she appears on several tracks. It's kind of eerie listening to her, but her appearances on these songs are a testament to her talent. T-Boz and Chilli do a great job of carrying on without Left Eye, and you can tell just by listening to the music that despite their many public battles and disagreements, the 3 women truly loved and respected one another.

Although the music isn't as good as the music on CrazySexyCool or FanMail, it is still better than most of the R&B out there right now. "Quickie" is classic TLC. "Girl Talk" should have been a bigger hit, and "Damaged" ranks right up there with the classic "Unpretty". TLC works with a large variety of producers, and each one brings something good to the table. I especially love "Dirty Dirty", which features the always reliable Missy Elliott.

This was a good album for TLC to end things on. However, I recently read that T-Boz and Chilli are going to have a reality show on Fox that will deal with looking for a replacement for Left Eye. I have mixed feelings about this, but in the meantime, I will enjoy the music TLC left behind. I highly recommend 3D. It is a good addition to your music collection. ... Read more

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Subjects:  1. Pop    2. R&B   


Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 October, 2002)
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Underneath all Christine Aguilera's coy affectations and vocal gymnastics lurks a rare talent. With her second album, Aguilera allows it to flower by abandoning all pretense at courting the teenage market. Stripped is a seemingly effortless move into weightier adult territory. Using her extraordinary voice as a much subtler instrument, Aguilera sings movingly and with grit and anger about the disintegration of a relationship; she's ultimately stronger for the pain. But that's not her whole agenda. Aguilera also extols the power of women on "Can't Hold Us Down," which features Lil' Kim. Other guests include Dave Navarro, Redman, and Alicia Keys. Aguilera cowrote most of the songs on the disc and produced one cut. She also partnered with former 4 Non Blondes leader and Pink collaborator Linda Perry on four songs, which gives Aguilera a rock edge that she has never before displayed. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Stripped" to Perfection
I must admit, I was alittle nervous about buying this CD. After seeing her evolving image and shedding more clothing at each appearence. The video was well, Dirrrrrrty. I was watching it thinking is this the same Christina that did that cute little Genie song? What happened?? And the Cd title: Stripped. I thought that was bull how she was saying it wasnt it meant to be sexual just very personal and true to herself. She tried to clarify that in every TV interview and then ends up on the cover half naked. Crazy, but I bought the CD (gotta support my home girl...go pittsburgh!). I also think she has one of the best voices in the businesses. The songs are very original and catchy and really enhance her singing ability. I really loved most of the songs on here with the exception of the numerous interludes that I don't think add much but serve as fillers. Here's the rundown:
1. Stripped Part 1: Numerous cameo's...Fred Durst to name a few. Intro to CD
2. Can't Hold Us Down: Nice beat, catchy rap tune. Lil kim enters to fill some vocals. Very nice upbeat song. 7/10
3. Walking Away: Decent song, it's kinda slow and redundant in the beginning but it picks up, really creative lyrics, but the tune gets annoying after awhile. 6/10
4. Fighter: Great song, I really enjoyed the rock feel to it. It also has a great message. 9/10
5. Interlude....shes playing guitar and talking in espagnol.
6. Infatuation: An ode to her ex Puerto Rican lover, good song, i like the guitar in the background, nice and upbeat, good grooving tune 8/10
7. And yet another interlude....notice how i don't rate these
8. Loving Me For Me: Slow ballad, i didn't like it at first but it grows on you...pretty song but slow and it dragges 6/10
9. Impossible: If your an Alicia Keys fan you'll love it, Im not really but its a decent song, its very repetitous though 5/10
10. Underappreciated: Infatuation Part 2...the break up. Fairly upbeat tune, it doesn't stand out much though like some of the others, its decent though 6/10
11. Beautiful: Great song....its well beautiful. She sounds amazing hitting those high notes, good self-esteem booster, beautiful piano background 10/10
12. Make Over: Very almost heavy metalish sounding, but fairly catchy, she doesn't "sing" much tho, alot of more yelling but its decent enough 7/10
13.Cruise: Very slow in the beginning, it gradually gets better, its very repetitous tho, not my favorite. But its a nice ballad 6/10
14.Soar: One of my faves, nice and upbeat, great message. Its one of those songs that really contrasts those half naked outfits and dirrty videos. I wish she would do more of these amazing songs with great messages 10/10
15. Get Mine, Get Yours: I love the tune, the lyrics are well...risque. It would be a perfect upbeat tune if it wasn't such a raunchy topic. I cant believe its right after such an empowering song like soar. 9.5/10
16. Dirrty: This wasn't my fave, hated the video, not digging the message...but fairly catchy tune 5/10
17. Stripped Part 2: One phrase sums this interlude up "sorry im not a virgin"
18. The Voice Within: Another fantastic tune...I love it, it starts as a ballad and she really hits those high notes. Another empowering message. I really love this song 10/10
19. I'm Okay: Pretty good song, very emotional but it drags at the end. 7/10
20. Keep Singin My song: Another good message, nice way to end CD but alittle repetitive. 8/10
So really a good CD, none of the songs r bad, some stand out more than others. Christina has talent, its sad that she thinks she needs to dress like a tramp to get noticed. Maybe she'll realize that her image is not reflective of her talent and is not sending a good message out to young girls. But buy it...its very good. Just clean up the act Christina, then you'd be perfect!

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest cd's ever
This is one of the best cd's I have ever heard and by far her best cd.....If you get one cd this you this must be the one

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and empowering
It took her a while but she came back in full force. All the tracks are great and they show that she really grew up. Through her songs, you understand that she grew into a woman who's comfortable in her skin, sexuality, and just her place in the world. You hear her tears in "I'm Okay", singing about her abusive father and you feel her love for herself in "Beautiful" a song that encourages self love and determination in believing in all that you are. Every woman should own this album. You won't be wasting your time. She kicks Britney's ass with this. ... Read more

Asin: B00006CXXU
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 August, 2001)
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Judging by this 12-song debut, the powerful, heavy, and distinctive nu-metal band Adema have the songs, sound, and connections to succeed. Where pull in powerful places is concerned, singer Mark Chavez is the half-brother of Korn's Jonathan Davis, but Chavez and his cohorts have the goods to go the distance on their own musical merits. Drummer Kris Kohls, a veteran of Videodrone, bashes with Tommy Lee-like power, while Chavez's wide-ranging vocals are appealing, distinct, and intense. From "Giving In," which tackles alcoholism, to the ironic bitterness of "Close Friends," to the epic closer "Trust," Adema create a soundscape that is modern, heavy, and aggro--without being juvenile. With stellar production skills, topical lyrics, and a vibe that's current without being too trendy, Adema have promise to burn. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars Decent Debut...They'll be big someday!
Adema's self titled debut album is just like KoRn, a rap/metal CD. Before the song "The Way You Like It"'s video came out, "Giving In" was the only video they had, and I know a lot of people were going around saying "Adema [stinks]!" or "Adema's KoRn posers!" But, when the video for "The Way You Like It" did come out, a lot of those people changed their minds about Adema. Anyway, here's my song review:

1.Everyone-3/5-The very first part's really cool, but when the metal kicks in, it gets boring. The lyrics aren't really that good, either.
2.Blow It Away-4/5-Well, it is better then "Everyone". It starts of with a hard metal intro, then turns into a fast rap style lyrical part. The lyrics are so-so, and the chorus is very cool.
3.Giving In-5/5-My 3rd favorite. Very, very hard intro and depressing (but true) lyrics make up this song. The chorus is awesome.
4.Freaking Out-5/5-My 2nd favorite. It's intro has some what of a techno feel to it, but it turns into mainly a rap song with very strong lyrics about kids as outkasts, misfits, etc.
5.The Way You Like It-5/5-My favorite. The verses are rap, but the chorus is metal.
6.Close Friends-2/5-Annoying guitar intro and Mark sounds like a little girl when he's singing. Not to good.
7.Do What You Want To Do-1/5-The rating says it all.
8.Skin-3/5-Very emotional song with a metal chorus.
9.Pain Inside-1/5-See #7.
10.Speculum-3/5-Another song like "Skin".
11. & 12.-1/5-Guess what!!! THEY [STINK].

Overall (forget my comment on #11 & 12), this is a very... emotional CD and I suggest you get it if you like:
KoRn, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Cypress Hill, or Deftones.

4-0 out of 5 stars Adema's album finally hits stores........
Adema finally have made it big with Arista Records(From Zero). This band has been around for awhile, containing former members of Orgy, Juice/Sexart. Lead vocalist Marky Chavez is the half brother of Korn's frontman Jonathan Davis. Hailing from Bakersfield, California..Adema create a smooth blend of melody and heaviness that makes this cd truley a beautiful listen.

Vocally, this cd is incredible. As mentioned above, Chavez is blood relation to Jonathan Davis of Korn, so it is no suprise that his voice sounds VERY close to Davis. The perfect example is the track "Pain Inside". The opening 15 seconds sound like a vintage JD verse and then kicks in a thundering Fieldy bassline. On many other tracks, Chavez croons to the point where you can paint vivid pictures in your mind about the easily understandable lyrics. This is a bonus. No filler, no nonsense. The lyrics are pure emotion.

Guitar wise, the album is stacked with aggressive new metal riffs that dabble extensively with swirling harmonics and screeching effects pedals akin to KoRn. Bass is very roomy with downtuned plucks that serve as a base for the overall packaged feel the band presents. Drums crunch with general hits that leave little to be desired. All the instruments work together to create a very polished sound and spacious feel.

Perhaps the reason why it can't get a 5/5, is because the very often used Kornish dynamics and vocal patterns are somtimes just too blatant. Adema has a strong underground following and was signed by Arista without ever playing a live show prior to the signing. There familiar sound, akin to Linkin Park, Orgy, and Korn is a welcome to the genre because they do it alot better than many others. The gamble on Adema will pay off, as their musicianship is top notch and will carry them forward into stardum.

Adema are a bunch of talentless fags. They run there mouth every song about killing them selves and how they hate life and compalin about the stuppidest stuff ever. On track 3 he says he wants to die Go ahead do it. The world will be a better place with them gone. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 3.36 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 June, 2002)
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When your debut album scans 8x platinum, why mess with the formula? That's what Nelly must have been thinking on Nellyville, as he virtually carbon-copies the Country Grammar template on his follow-up. This time around, though, unusually large chunks of his rhyme schemes are fixated on tales of his rise from rags-to-bitches. On tracks like "Work It" (which sadly features Justin Timberlake of toy band 'N Sync) and the title track, hip-hop's materialistic excess hits a fever pitch. Still, "bling, bling" never sounded so good over St. Lunatics in-house producer Jay E's beats.

Nelly takes his down-home St. Louis rap cadence to, er, identical heights on "Country Grammar II," one of the many similar-sounding sequels to original chart blazers "Country Grammar" and "E.I." The anthemic "Hot in Herre," whose hook implores hotties to get undressed over a poppy Neptunes beat, is the 2002 version of "Ride wit Me." Nelly even pulls a Q-Tip routine, mutating his already singsong delivery into full-on balladeering on "The Gank" and "Pimp Juice," with mixed results. KRS-One has called for a boycott of this album because he's decided Nelly has no respect for hip-hop elders, and, well, maybe he's right. But that won't stop this St. Lunatic from taking his fresh approach to commercial hip-hop to the nearest Chase Manhattan. --Dalton Higgins ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad......
This is a pretty good follow up album to country grammer.

1. Nellyville-nothin special 1/10
2. Gettin' it started-again... nothin special 1/10
3. Hot in herre-good party song 7/10
4. Dem boyz-dont really like this one 5/10
5. Oh nelly-pretty good track with a nice beat 8/10
6. Pimp juice-i like this one 8/10
7. Air force one-i like this one also 9/10
8. In the store-havent really listened to this one
9. On the grind-one of my favs, good beat 9/10
10. Dilemma-another one of my favs 9/10
11. Splurge-havent really listened to this one
12. Work it-pretty dumb 1/10
13. Roc the mic (remix)-i like this one 8/10
14. The gank-probably my fav song 10/10
15. 5000-not that good 5/10
16. #1-not bad 7/10
17. CG2-first one was awsome this one sucks 3/10
18. Say now-havent really listened to this one
19. F*** it then-this one either

overall it was a pretty good album, some forgettable tracks some good ones. and whoever keeps sayin nelly is gay, you should probably stop because you arent selling multi-platinum records.

4-0 out of 5 stars Stop hating
Nelly is doing his thing, and everyone should just stop hating on him because he is getting played on the radio. This cd isnt as hot as Country Grammar but still its a pretty good cd. Nelly never claimed he was hard and a gangsta unlike that f** ja rule for murder inc, who is just a pu55y now. here is a break down on nellyville:(all outta 5)

1.Nellyville-an alrite song, 3.5
2.Gettin it started-skit
3.Hot in Herre-everyone knows this if you dont u must really sheltered got really annoying, 3
4.Dem Boyz-pretty good, 4
5.Oh Nelly-another good one, 4
6.Pimp Juice-you had to hear this too kinda dumb lyrics, 4
7.Air Force Ones-this too, 4
8.In the store-another skit
9.On the grind-nice beat, 4.5
10.Dilemma-another single, 4
11.Splurge-i like this song, 5
12.Work it-song wit Justin Timberlake alrite, 4
13.Roc The Mic Remix-great song one of the best on the cd, 6
14.The Gank-another pretty good one, 4
16.#1-my favorite on the cd!, 6.5
17.CG2-sequel to Country Grammar not as good as the first one, 4
18.Say Now-i'd say third best on the whole cd, 5
19.**** it then-skit

a good cd if your into nelly, but most people will like it anyway

5-0 out of 5 stars nelly is a trillion times better than young gunz.
nelly is a trillion times better than the young gunz. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (03 December, 2002)
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Mariah Carey's ninth album has been touted as her comeback album, coming as it does after the belly flop that produced the overwrought soundtrack to her ill-fated film,Glitter. With Charmbracelet, Carey goes out of her way to fix all those aesthetic glitches, tempering the overblown vocals, simpering lyrics, and uninspired funk covers of her last album and returning to what she does best--showcasing her magnificent five-octave voice and pillaging her lift history for inspiration. After her breakup with superstar Luis Miguel, MTV meltdown, hospitalization for exhaustion, and the death of her father, Carey had a lot of emotional baggage to sift through. She has and, as a result, has created an inspired and diverse 15-song opus that finds her skipping from an impassioned Aretha Franklin-like gospel ("Saving Grace") to an impish cover of Def Leppard's power ballad "Bringin' on the Heartbreak." Though he's not mentioned by name, rapper Eminem is given a pointed drubbing on "Clowns" for hinting in the press and in his own song "Superman" of a relationship with Carey. There hasn't been such a compelling musical soap opera since Carly Simon's '70s roman à clef, "You're So Vain." However, the disc's most inspiring moment comes on "Sunflowers for Alfred Roy," a wistful elegy for her father that recounts his final days in his hospital room. This is a stunning return to form for Carey. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Charmbracelet" - The Best Album of 2002!
"Charmbracelet" is one of Mariah Carey's best albums to date. When there are 15 tracks on a record and you have 14 favorites (the extra one being the lead single) - you know it's a hit.

There has been too much talk about Mariah's so-called "comeback". This album screams "I've never left and I am here to stay!"
From inception, to the lyrics and melodies, the production and finally the mesmerizing voice - this whole albums is perfection. This album is amazingly consistent, each new track is on par with its predecessor.
Even "small things" like the sequence the tracks were placed on the album and vocal arrangements are perfect.

Mariah's "charms" as she refers to them, take us "Through The Rain" and onto the catchy "Boy (I Need You)" which plays to the beat of a recently popular Cam'ron song, and even features him. A rhymically soothing R&B track fills the air. Then we get other fantastic tunes by a group of producers who need no introduction, such as Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and American Idol's very own Randy Jackson. Some of the other songs on this CD include a gospel track that stirs your emotion, a latin ballad, a bittersweet ode to her deceased father and even a track recorded with a live band. "Charmbracelet" has it all.

Of course, with keeping the Mariah tradition alive, the best is yet to come. A mid-tempo number that has of late been rumored to be a diss at Eminem, "Clown" has an unmatchable combination of lyrics and a unique singing style, that if performed by any other could never be pulled off. A personal favorite of mine is the dazzling remake to the 1981 hit "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" by none other than Def Leppard. Mariah brings new life to this song with breathtaking vocals, this track is a sure hit.

Bottom line - if you're a fan of GOOD music and/or talented artists - get "Charmbracelet". You won't regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Scintillating music, inspiring lyrics, refreshing sound! A++
Charmbracelet is a truly contemporary album, swinging with the times. It is a hit-maker in its own unique way and proves to the music world that Mariah Carey always had it and always will. Not that she needed to prove anything, but if she did, she could do not better than the soulful, artistic, party-in-a-jewel-case that is Charmbracelet.
Charmbracelet has a perfect mix of hip, 'happening' songs and slow groove ballads. This is definitely a more mature
album, chronicling emotional and personal growth with a hint of humour and a heartwarming touch blended into sleek sounds and catchy rhythms. This album perfectly showcases Mariah's lyrical expertise and musical genius.

The first release of Mariah's charming album is beautiful and poignant, a testament to Mariah's newfound self-awareness. With a voice that is both vulnerable and powerful, Mariah glides over the lyrics and rhythm of the song in that eternally expressive soulful, soul-searching manner. 'Through the rain' is an anthem of hope for all who choose to carry its torch. It is a gentle reminder of less-joyful times and a poignantly soothing love song to inner strength. It is destined to be a favorite among all who appreciate uplifting music and a surefire hit among MC's fans.

'Boy' is the signature upbeat track that has MC going a little raw and uncut as she's not been since Glitter's Loverboy. It is a perfect dance track.

'The One' is simply smooth and silky. This one has a groovy feel that is contemporary and hip. Mariah's vocals are impressive especially her succinct delivery of such mouthfuls of rhyme in each line.

'Yours' is precious - a beautiful anthem to true love. Crooning and coaxing, Mariah's vocal delivery in this song perfectly matches the mood of seduction created in the lyrics. Together they cast a spell. This one certainly has hit written all over it.

'You Got Me' is a unique song, a crossover in styles, lyrically strong with impressive vocals and an awesome rhythm. Another great dance number.

'I only wanted' is haunting and surreal with a mesmerizing beat and sound. I only wanted to hear this one over and over, this could easily be a sentimental favorite. Its graceful melody is utterly appealing. You can't help swaying to the beat and singing your heart out as Mariah's voice compels and captivates you with her charms on this song.

'Clown' is a catchy, humorous, lighthearted tune with slick rap-style rhythms emanating. A perfect display of Mariah's well-placed sense of comic timing. Mariah wows with her vocal delivery in this one. Pow!

'My Saving Grace' is a beautiful inspirational ballad, lyrically impressive, with simply elegant phrasing and heart-rending vocals. A perfect beginning flows into the wholesome, soulful body that is serenely spiritual and poignant.

'You had your chance' is a great song, lyrically smooth, vocally perfect. From it's rhythmic beginning to the soulful bridge and thereafter, this is an expedition of sound that was made for dancing.

'Lullaby' is vocal ecstasy, lush-sounding and irresistibly infectious. A truly memorable song.

'Irresistible' is one of those happening songs that draws you into its rhythm with an effortlessness that is admirable even for Mariah, who is well-known for capturing catchy rhythms.

'Subtle Invitation' has soaring vocals showing off Mariah's vocal supremacy, while the music is a scintillating blend of styles.

Sitting pretty is MC's darling, soulful version of Def Leppard's 'Bringin' on the heartbreak'. This one will cause you to sing along and belt it out with Mariah. It must be because I heard Mariah's version first that I prefer it to the original, or maybe it's because I am not a DL fan. I think MC's version does more credit to the beautiful lyrics and her voice is awesomely complemented by the musical arrangements for this cover version. DL's version has the typical guitar riffs of a rock song but not much more to recommend it, because compared to MC's expressive voice they cannot even come close to matching that kind of splendour so even though they sound alright they do no more. The music is what rescued them but with MC, she rescues the music to a higher plane of ecstasy and proves once again that she can sing anything and sound good doing it.

'Sunflowers' is a moving tribute, a perfect elegy. Mariah's vocal delivery is touchingly heartrending and beautiful.

The 'Through the rain remix' delivers in the tradition of all Mariah Carey remixes: It is a perfect revistation of the song. You are treated to a delightful re-exploration with additional lyrics and always good vibrations.

Charmbracelet is a perfect album and sure to be a favorite among all music fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars This has me 'Charmed'
"Charmbracelet" is one of Mariah's most underrated recordings. Though in the "Where are they Now?" category, Mariah proves she still can hit those high notes. "Charmbracelet" is Mariah's latest studio album and most of the CD she uses the 'Whispering Style.' This CD is not as spoiled by rappers as previous recordings like "Glitter" or "Rainbow". Almost all the songs on this CD should have been realesed as singles. "Through the Rain" is the CD's worst track, but it still was realesed as a single. It just is blah. Who couldn't love (Boy) I Need You? It is a singsongy high-paced song, just fastforward through Cam'ron's verse. Other notable songs are "My Saving Grace", "Subtle Invitation", "You Had Your Chance", and "Clown". "Sunflowers for Alfred Roy" is a tribute to her father. "Irresistible" with the rapper group West Side Connection is good without their verse. "The One" is good and fast paced. Bottom Line: Great CD. Period. ... Read more

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


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

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

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

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

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Average Customer Review: 3.68 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 July, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Pop,Latin,dance mix,and R&B hits put together!!!!
J.Lo has done it again! Only this time it's better! For all fans of "If you had my love" and "Waiting for tonight" there's "Love don't cost a thing", "Play" and tons of other similar hits. There's even something for everyone like "Carino'" who liked her Latin and dance mix singles. Fabulous #1 tracks and great singles different from her other hits include the catchy "Ain't it funny" and of coarse the #1 Billboard R&B hit "I'm Real" featuring Ja Rule. That is probably the song that makes the Cd one to buy since you don't get this track in the normal version. It also makes it a CD for all Mary J. Blige and Ja Rule lovers. A lot of hits also attract fans of Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. Also her dance mix singles are better than anyone else's hits. Also if you don't really like Steps, you'd love this CD. This Cd is probably great for it's fast catchy hits not counting the "I'm Real Remix" which isn't fast but is great! Although some of her slower singles aren't that good, in the first album if you liked "Feelin' so good" you might also like this. This is one CD that is worth buying. A great artist with a great album! It has something for people with all kinds of Music Tastes!

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3-0 out of 5 stars Updated Review: It gets boring!!
As much as I admire Jennifer Lopez, I'm afraid this CD gets old fast. The only one's worth listening to are "Love Don't Cost A Thing", "Play", "I'm Real (Murda Remix)" and "Secretly." Her voice gets annoying. She shouldn't try singing so hard. Just use it nice and lightly. I mean, look at how well Gloria Estifan used her decent voice when it was not exactly really spectacular. "I'm Gonna Be Alright" is another good upbeat song and the remix is just as good. The Rodney "DarkChild" Jenkins track "That's The Way" is boring and predictable. DarkChild hasn't produced a good song since '99. I'm not gonna even go into how bad the original "I'm Real" is. It really needed remixing big time...so call on Murda Inc! It sounds great! As for her next album she needs to work less on trying to sing like she has an extremely powerful voice (like christina has). Overall grade for J LO: C

1-0 out of 5 stars This is a total let down
If you are a person who thinks that they will like this cd. think again because i did the same thing and i did not like it abit. The only decent song is play. This song should say that it features christina milian. The rest of the songs are annoying. Jennifer lopez proves everyone that she is no better a songwriter than she is a singer, for example:

come over - This showcases jennifers lack in talent and songwriting skills. Her vocals are lacking quality, and style.
carino - In this song she only sings the verses (which she does in 90 percent of all the songs on the album, such as play, and aint it funny)

Jennifer lacks in telling us that it is christina milan singing in the chorus of play. I think that this album stinks. Dont buy this album. Jennifer hardly even sings in any of the songs. I think that jennifer is annoying. ... Read more

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Smash Mouth
Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 November, 2001)
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You can't accuse Smash Mouth of not knowing which way the wind's blowing. If Astro Lounge moved away from ska-punk in the direction suggested by "Walkin' on the Sun," Smash Mouth follows through on the band's latest breakthrough, the ebullient cover of "I'm a Believer," which was playing everywhere in the summer of 2001. "If you're not down with us, you're down below," Steve Harwell sings in "The In Set," and he's only partly kidding. They can repeat themselves ("She Turns Me On" might as well be called "Walkin' on Venus"), and guitarist Greg Camp's songs have gotten, perhaps, a little less politically engaged--the goofy "Sister Psychic" concerns Miss Cleo. Still, they're mostly playing to their strengths: Harwell's inimitable Cali rasp/whine and their ability to switch styles on a dime every few seconds. (The collision of a three-chord garage-rock chorus with Barry White strings in "Pacific Coast Party" is especially juicy.) Only a couple of slow ones break up the lightweight fun. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Okay
Sure, there are a lot of bands worse than them, but if you listen to this CD long enough, all of the songs sound EXACTLY the SAME as their previous album, Astro Lounge. In fact, I had to make sure I put SMASH MOUTH and not ASTRO LOUNGE in my CD player. There are some good songs worth listening to: Holiday In My Head, Sister Psychic, and Shoes 'N Hats. Overall, not a bad album, but I would appreciate some variety in their music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Masterpiece From Smash Mouth
So here I am holding the new Smash Mouth CD. I've been waiting two years for this... This CD is really great. If you loved Astro Lounge you'll love this one. I think they could have thought of a better title though...well anyway onto the (really good) song reviews: HOLIDAY IN MY HEAD 5/5: One of my favorites from the CD. This has a nice beat and a catchy chorus. Apparently this is going to be a single from the CD. YOUR MAN 5/5: Another one of my favorites. It's been constantly stuck in my head since I've heard. I love the chorus. PACIFIC COAST PARTY 4/5: Supposedly the first single from the album even though "I'm A Believer" was out. It's sort of a wierd violin-disco-rock blend. It's nice to see how they experiment with their songs. This was actually written by Paul Delisle (Bass) rather than Greg Camp (Guitar) who writes most of their songs. This is the only song with an unedited swear in it. SHE TURNS ME ON 4/5: This song is right out the "Walking on the Sun" Book. And I mean that as a good thing. I like the guitar riff. SISTER PSYCHIC 5/5: This is my favorite song from the CD. The chorus is really cool and it has a nice beat. This is supposed to be about Lady Cleo, you know, the psychic lady on TV? OUT OF SIGHT 3/5: This is a good song, I just don't like slow ones as much. FORCE FIELD 4/5: This is the second song with a swear in it, and its edited! I like the lyrics in this one. SHOES 'N' HATS 5/5: Another one of my favorites. It's about them dressing how they want to, I think. It has a cool chorus. HOLD YOU HIGH 4/5: This is an Ok song, but the beat gets kind of repetitive. THE IN SET 4/5: I like this song, the bass riff is cool. DISENCHANTED 3/5: Another decent song, but I'm sorry, it's slow and that bothers me usually. At the end theres a wierd segment of sound where one of them broke their headphones or something. You can hear them laughing and talking. KEEP IT DOWN 4/5: This is a wierd song, but I like it. It starts quiet, and sounds like it's going to get loud, but them Steve Harwell (Vocals) shushes them and says "Keep it down now, just keep it now" At the end it goes into this cool drum beat thing(Just think I should mention that it's play by Michael Unbano, the new drummer) with wierd sounds. It's kinda psychidelic, but I like it. I'M A BELIEVER 5/5: This is the cover of the popular Monkees song. This was a radio over last summer. It's a really good song.

Well, well, well...That wraps up my review of "Smash Mouth" the next insanely great album from Smash Mouth. Thank you, goodnight.

5-0 out of 5 stars Smashmouths Peak Album (Publically)
This was without a dout Smash Mouth at their best with the public, and it is also my favorite album of theirs. This is ther peak album because Fush Yu Mang only got thigs started for them and had one hit song. Astro Lounge is what many people consider to Smashmouth's Public Peak album, but in reality that was just the beggining of them being the famous band they are today, when people bagn to realize that they were not one-hit wonders. In this album, people being aware they were not one-hit wonders, Smash Mouth, with about 3, more than any other SM album, hit songs coming off this album, and everyone now beingaware of Smash Mouth being a Modern Rock Super Band, Smash Mouth was seemingly everywere. Then on the most recent album, Get The Picture, there was almost no public going on with that, the only radio song was that terrible "You Are My Number One" Man, that song is heck. And "Hang On" in Cat In The Hat and "Hot" from the Hotwheels chemercials, which are both good songs either way, didn't really help, but anyway, heres this album.
The album begins with "Holiday In My Head", a fun song, normal typical SMashmouth Guitar/Keyboard Cross, with a very cool riff. Nice song, I give it 9/10
The next song was "Your Man". A cool song, kind of a cross between Blink-182 style punk and typical Smashmouth, I loved it! 10/10
Then there was "Pacific Coast Party" which was a strange cross between 70's Disco and Hard Rock Guitar Bashing, enjoyable and cool. 10/10
Following PCP there was "She Turns Me On", which is kind of a Classic Rock meets James Bond Song, catchy, oonce again, with a cool guitar riff 9/10
After this was "Sister Pshyic", this was sort of a combination of *NYSYNC and sort of Hard Rock thrashing. A little too keyboardy for my tastes but other than that it was o.k. 8/10
Following this was "Out Of Sight" the only acoustic song on the album. I personally kind of like slow songs, especially in an album that is generally electric guitar dominated likethis album, it adds a diversity of style. 9/10
Then was "Force Field" which was a real all and out Techno/Rock song, cool guitar effects mixed in with spacy keyboards. Strange, yet satisfying. 10/10
After this was "Hats N' Shoes" which was a punk song, it kind of reminded me of something Green Day would do, once again, it had a really cool guitar riff. My favorite song on the album. 10/10
Following Hats N' Shoes was "Hold You High", it was a strange Techno/Disco song, at first listen it didn't appeal to me much, but it grows on you in a wierd way 7/10
Following that was "The Inset", this is another song when Greg Camp seems to ignore his amazing ability on the guitar and lets keyboards do the work. There were indeed alot of guitars in this song, but the riff was a keyboard riff. I think that Greg Camp should cut the keyboards out of his songs and show his guitar ability more. Other than that great song 9/10
Then there was "Disenchanted:, it was this wierd jazz thing. This wasn't real Smashmouth at all. My least favorite sonmg on the album. 5/10.
Then there was "Keep It Down" Which I actually really enjoyed, although it was starnge. 10/10
Finally the "I'm A Believer" cover. Need I say anything 10/10.

Well, thats all, now a word of advice for Smashmouth, Greg, your a great guitar player, show your ability more, less keyboard, and make your stuff a little more like Fush Yu Mang. thats all. ... Read more

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The Battle of Los Angeles
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (02 November, 1999)
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Having successfully fused music and politics from their start, inspiring both moshing and young minds in the process, Rage Against the Machine emerges in peak form with merely their third album in seven years. Guitarist Tom Morello is one of the most distinctive and innovative players of his era, and his foil, vocalist/lyricist Zack De La Rocha, is as unrelenting and inspiring as ever on The Battle of Los Angeles. Rage, whose past antics include performing naked with duct tape over their mouths to protest censorship, released Battle on Election Day, but the politics of the group can be separated from the sounds. Indeed, the 45 minutes of mayhem heard here can be enjoyed solely as rousing aggro hip-hop rock. There's more variety found on Battle than on its predecessors, however. "Sleep Now in the Fire" is one of their most straight-ahead rock tunes. The trippy guitar on "Calm Like a Bomb" is out there even for the adventurous Morello. And "Born a Broken Man" serves up lovely musical interludes. Overall, the more finely honed Rage heard on Battle may not inspire a generation of young revolutionaries, but they still stir up more mutinous spirit than the rest of the current rock pack. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD, but still not as good as the debut...
The Battle Of Los Angeles is Rage Against The Machine's glorious return to the music industry. One of the best bands out there has finally come back, and they give their return justice too. This album continues their legacy of delivering a great message as well as great songs. Zach De La Rocha hasn't lost a step, and his delivery is still very strong. Tom Morello is still one of the most talented and innovative guitarists of this era. The band still has their solid lineup of annoyingly catchy songs (try going a day without reciting the line "lights out, guerilla radio").

The Battle Of LA is a great album, but I still wouldn't feel comfortable calling it Rage's best album. It is Rage's freshest album to date, but it still doesn't surpass their 1992 self-titled debut, which blew me away and still continues to. It's good to see them try to surpass it, just as they did with Evil Empire. But, as with Evil Empire, The Battle Of LA only goes so far as to excell Rage's career rather than define it. They didn't lose their touch after the first album like Korn somewhat did, they just can't seem to match it. Still, The Battle Of Los Angeles is an amazing album from an amazing band, and I highly reccomend it to everyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars This album is their best yet! So deep in Music and.......
The Lyrics are sooo significant, the music is sooooo good, you cant beat it. Its is unbelievable and definitly worth the o so long wait. War within a breath is textbook power bass driven hard hitting rage and is by far my favorite song, it has a significant first ending and re-explodes back with Tom playing the hardest bass you'll ever hear. My only Complaint is in the dynamics of the Mixing, every thing is recorded pretty much at one level. But the band takes music to new height, its a true masterpiece, deep in its lyrical and musical texture. Zacks rhymes are more significant and hard hitting than ever, going where most wouldn't dare. Ashes in the fall and Born of A BrokenMan bring Rage into some ne uncharted territory with somewhat softer and different sounds. I think that Ashes in the fall is there most interesting song ever. Obviously Guerrilla Radio is a great song. But the album is much deeper than the hard hitting hit single. Mic-Check a heavily rap oriented track is in my top 3 favorite songs on the album. Its unique lyrics and interesting Eerily echoed sounds make it a song you'll never get tired of. There is too much to say about this album than to put in a mere 1000 words, so i'll just stop here. My advice, order it here or get your a$$ to the store and buy it. This is a true masterpiece from the coolest and greatest band ever!

5-0 out of 5 stars rage is great .....
this album is the most unique and powerful album that i ve ever heard.the album kicks off with testify,which is a mighty song .the second one ,gurellia radio, is a melodious track ,with zack spitting out his words prodigiously.sporadic track born of a brakon man ;is another track that can revitalize even the dead and listless soul.sleep now in the fire is a preeminent song which is so real and the guitar part of morello in this song is awesome with nasty effects like that of a running dj.fire spitter zack's rapping style in mariais simply perfect.ashes in the fall is another track which should be adored coz zack's ebullient vocals in this song is inevitable.mellifluous track mic check is nicely generated in timing and more than a song it sounds like a mayhem. all in all the album is greatly packed up with power and fury which can knock down so called system ,norm and values.now rage is no more with us .tom morello and other remaing freaks really made a bad move by colliding with chris cornell to form audioslave which is not at all worth listening. ... Read more

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

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

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

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

Asin: B00005R8EL
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Madonna: GHV2
Average Customer Review: 4.04 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 November, 2001)
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So there's this pop singer... you may have heard of her? Madonna, she's called, and the word is that she's basically all image; she went through a put-your-hands-all-over-my-body phase, then she got spiritual, and then she started wearing cowboy hats. Between all the gossip columns and photo shoots, though, she's left an unmatched trail of devastatingly wonderful singles--roaring dance records, tender ballads, and a curious combination of the two that is her personal specialty ("Secret" and "Ray of Light"). How many artists' best-of-the-second-decade collections crowd out legitimate hits? ("American Pie," anyone? "This Used to Be My Playground"?) Unlike 1990's Immaculate Collection, GHV2 doesn't have any new material; "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina," from Evita, and the glorious '60s pastiche "Beautiful Stranger" are the only songs that haven't appeared on a Madonna album before. But it compresses her past 10 years worth of records into an hour of one peak after another. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars GHV2 is JUST OK
Madonna has surely never done anything half-baked , but this collection of her greatest hits from the past decade feels mighty close to it. For starters, GHV2 fails to include the #1 hit "This Used to be My Playground", as well as "I'll Remember" and "Bad Girl", the latter of which is quite arguably one of her most finely crafted pop songs. Included, instead, are radio edits of past singles that may as well pass for snippets. Just as the listener is about to enjoy the keening synth line in "Human Nature" or the ominous bass thump of "Erotica", we're transported to the next song -- a jarring experience especially since the tracks follow no specific pattern or evolutionary arc.

Unlike the Immaculate Collection, which truly lives up to its name, GHV2 is a hodgepodge of Madonna's worst ("Don't Cry for Me Argentina", the anemic "Deeper and Deeper", the downright drippy, awful "Power of Goodbye") and best singles ("Music", "Ray of Light", "Don't Tell Me", "Bedtime Story"). Incomplete? Yes. Good? Ok, I'll buy that. A masterpiece? definitely not. That will come about when all of her music is finally compiled from her very first innocent single ("Everybody") to her last dying breath. That's something to look forward to, but in the meantime don't beat yourself up if you choose not to buy this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars An Essential Purchase!!
Madonna's die-hard fans may find little reason to pick this up--after all, there are no new tracks on this retrospective--but it is still an essential companion to Madonna's 22-million selling THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION.

GHV2 bundles Madonna's biggest hits of the last decade (Music, Take a Bow, Frozen, Ray of Light, Beautiful Stranger, Don't Tell Me, Secret, Erotica, Deeper and Deeper, The Power of Goodbye) along with her personal and critical (read: fan) favorites (Drowned World, Human Nature, Bedtime Story, What it feels like for a girl). They may not have the gobal impact M's 80s hits had, but they are still great memorable songs.

Oddly though, YOU'LL SEE, RAIN and I'LL REMEMBER were excluded from this collection. I guess WB smartly left them off to encourage purchase of M's 1995 ballads retrospective, SOMETHING TO REMEMBER.

Of course, some fans will quibble about the edits and versions used, the non-sequential tracklisting but no matter. GHV2 perfectly encapsulates Madonna's passion and commitment to producing music that is challenging, progressive and most importantly, enjoyable. Pop music at its absolute finest.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost Complete
The amazon.com reviewer is right. This compilation is missing two great singles "This Used To Be My Playground" and "American Pie." Another complaint is that the single radio version (Miami Remx) of "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" is not included--it's the soundtrack album version. But still a good buy for Madonna fans. A- ... Read more

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Back Into Your System
Average Customer Review: 4.01 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 November, 2002)
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Saliva frontman Josey Scott unintentionally elevated his band above countless nü metal clones by teaming up with Nickelback's Chad Kroeger to write and record the song "Hero" for the Spider-Man soundtrack. The tang of mainstream success was exactly what the Memphis, Tennessee, group needed to break away from the pack on Back into Your System. This follow-up to its major-label debut, Every Six Seconds, ups the heavy atmospherics and dyspepsia. "Always" takes on the touchy subject of domestic violence with unblinking force as Scott rips into the verses "I've seen the blood all over your hands / Does it make you feel more like a man?," while "Raise Up" mixes testosterone-heavy rapping with raging guitars in the most menacing way possible, and Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx contributes the authentically angsty ballad "Rest in Pieces." It's the sound of a band discovering its potential. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Sophomore
Following a great debut album which spawned several notable hits, Saliva follows up Every Six Seconds with the sophomore effort, Back Into Your System. Most bands fall prey on sophomore albums to mediocre efforts; however, Back Into Your System breaks the mold. The grinding guitars litter the entire CD but instead of solely relying on that, Saliva tends to rely more on vocals and deep lyrics which proves maturity of the band. But do not be dismayed...Saliva still keeps that strong in your face attitude that made them famous.
The CD opens with "Superstar II" and this song definately introduces the CD perfectly and compliments the original hit "Superstar". "Weight of the World" seethes once again with sensual materials from nails across backs and more but remains a song that catches you just as "Lackluster" did many listeners. "Always", the current single, addresses the issue of abuse but it's an amazing song that starts soft and slow but speeds up and attacks the issue hard and heavy when it must. "Back Into Your System" has a soft feel at first but proves to be one of the stronger songs still on the album. "All Because of You" remains one of the darker songs on the album but at the same time addresses the issues of broken relationships, an honored topic in rock and roll. "Raise Up" follows in the nu metal way of screaming and everything that accompanies it but still remains a good track. "Separated Self"addresses those bigger issues of life but becomes one of the universal message songs with grinding guitars and good melodies. "Rest in Pieces" is one of the slower songs but the lyrics are extremely strong and meaningful, very pleading...amazing doesn't begin to describe the need in this song. "Storm" strums at first with a quasi acoustic tone but is shattered soon by grinding guitars and bass, sort of like a storm itself. "Holdin On" sticks to the harder tradition of many songs on the debut album but still remains good. "Pride"...what do you say but this is definately a song that kicks it hard, patriotic and charging for all of America and the world too. "Famous Monsters" ends the CD but does it as a strong finale, very dark but truthful and meaningfully strong.
This album proves a band can grow in just a seemingly short time and mature with the age and attitude of its original audience. Truthfully, this album exceeded my expectations and has been the best released rock album this year...full of new material, excellent lyrics, but that hard rocking style that still preveals.

5-0 out of 5 stars Saliva Dominates With Their 3rd Album
Following up on Every Six Seconds was going to be a challenge... that is, if they stayed in the same genre. So, Josey Scott and company decided to drop the rap rock shtick and go pure metal, with some of that southern rock influence from their hometown of Memphis. An amazing improvement.
1. Superstar II - I love the reference back to ESS, an amazing song. Heavy, with a great guitar/drum solo. 9.5/10
2. Weight of the World - Equally heavy as Superstar II, but more singing than screaming, which, contrary to popular belief, does not take away from the heaviness of a song. 9.5/10
3. Always - Amazing mix of ballad and metal. 9/10
4. Back into Your System - First ballad of the album, somewhat heavy chorus. 9/10
5. All Because of You - Would be flawless if he didn't find it necessary to scream "all because of you!" in a screech, ruins the song. 6/10
6. Raise Up - The heaviest song on the album. My second favorite. 10/10
7. Separated Self - Ballad # 2. Great song, allows Josey to show off his singing voice more. Dark lyrics. 9/10
8. Rest In Pieces - Ballad # 3. I love the lyrics. 9.5/10
9. Storm - Doesn't leave a lasting impression. Actually forgot it existed... 7/10
10. Holdin On - Great song, pretty heavy. Includes that southern influence I was talking about. 9/10
11. Pride - The greatest song on this album, I heard it back in November of last year at their concert. Should be America's national anthem. 11/10
12. Famous Monsters - Ballad #4. I don't see what everyone else hates about this. I love this song, it's a truly beautiful song, with dark lyrics and a haunting melody. 9.5/10

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Generic Nu-Metal
That's about it. If you love nu-metal or are looking for some filler for your collection then this is for you. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (18 June, 2002)
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For their second major-label release, Northern California's Papa Roach follow the same recipe of other rap-metal crossovers: aggressive, thick-chugging riffs, angst-driven lyrics, and touches of good ol' classic rock. Tracks "Time and Time Again," "Born with Nothing, Die with Everything," and "She Loves Me Not" have big, fat, clever choruses, which would fit with ease on harder mainstream radio. Elsewhere, they are far more engaging: "M-80 (Explosive Energy Movement)" bashes away with punk stylings, and the sweeping "lovehatetragedy" includes interesting chord and tempo changes. Jacoby Shaddix (the vocalist formerly known as Coby Dick) gives an impressive performance, and while he might not have the power of most of his contemporaries, he makes up for it with his more melodic approach, even within his raps. The only thing that's lacking is a distinction factor that sets them apart from everyone else, but at least they didn't steal any Iron Maiden riffs this time. --Gail Flug ... Read more


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3-0 out of 5 stars Good.....but forgettable
I was absolutely pumped to buy this CD when it came out. Having heard "She Loves Me Not" on the radio, it seemed that this band was going to add on some amazing songs to their last CD "Infest". Which by the way was very good. When I listened to the album however, nothing stuck. To this date I have listened to this album several times and still nothing sticks in my head. I hate to say it, but Jacoby's rapping is what really made this band shine. It gave a Rage Against the Machine feel to the music. With this album it just feels.....well bland. I found myself missing the old album and when I want to hear Papa roach, "Infest" is the CD I put in. Tracks like "Between Angels and Insects" and "Revenge" capture what this band could be like. I heard that Jacoby wanted to sing more on this album to catch more emotion, which is fine, but the rapping caught the angst and rage that made their first album so great. Hopefully they will meet somewhere in the middle on their next CD. So in short if you are going to buy a Papa Roach CD, buy "Infest" and skip the tragedy.

4-0 out of 5 stars What a welcome evolution this was!
Ok, at the time of its release I absolutely loved Infest. I had been a fan of Papa Roach from their earlier releases ("Old Friends From Young Years" and "5 Tracks Deep") and was hooked by their aggressive raprock efforts. That said, years later, if that same album had been released today I'm confident I would be completely turned off by it. The "nu-metal" sound has grown so rediculously tedious and over played that another album in that vein would have been career suicide.

Luckily for us, as well as Papa Roach, the band took a different, and much more mature, approach in this new album. As a general rule Jacoby has totally dropped the rap/sing style of his past efforts and has instead opted for a more anthemic singing style that definitely suprises in it's effectiveness. Granted there are a few tracks on here where this isn't always the case, particularly in the first single "She Loves Me Not" which was written during the "Infest" years and stands out as obviously the most immature and, in my opinion, worst track here. But for the most part the vocals are very well executed and take this band to a new level that they never would have attained without this change.

The rest of the band is along for the ride too, and I'm glad to say they've changed as well. While there is still the mosh pit intensity that was found on "Infest", the band truly shines here in their voyage into the softer and darker realm. "Decompression Period", "Black Clouds" and "Singular Indesctrutable Droid" are perfect examples of Papa Roache's new sound and are by far some of my favorites on this release. They are much more dynamic and moving than just about everything the band had done before.

Papa Roach has definitely earned itself 4 stars for, if nothing else, their ability to mature and grow into an impressive rock band rather than get stuck in their teen angst years of father hatred and rapping. Though I can't stress enough how annoyed I am by the weak lyrics in "She Loves Me Not", and the really stupid album cover (I can't stand the little devil horn hand), two little set-back can't possibly take away my overall enjoyment of this release. If you didn't like Papa Roach before definitely give them another chance with no preconceived opinions! Hopefully this is the start of a series of great albums.

1-0 out of 5 stars Why people, why?
Ok, I bought the Infest album, I'll admit it. I thought the guitar work was intriguing, but the more I listened to it the more I couldn't ignore the complete ridiculousness of Coby Dick's lyrics (he even says his name in his songs people! Don't be that guy) How many times can you rhyme the word "bleed," with the word "bleed!?"
So anyway, one of my less picky friends picked up this album and put it in while we were working on his car. After a few mintues without any biased influence I stopped and said "what is this crap?" Even with the catchier Pepsi commercial song, the crappiness of this band just permiated the atmosphere. So I hit my friend with a hammer and put in TRUSTcompany.
I'm not the most discerning music critic, but sometimes I come on to Amazon to look for new music and when I read all the shining reviews of bands I've never heard before I think, "well if all these people liked it, it must be ok" but then I come to Papa Roach, and ALL these people like them! So disheartening, that a bunch of fat white suburban kids can win so many fans for writing bad songs about how they're angry and depressed. ... Read more

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Does This Look Infected [Limited Edition w/ Bonus DVD]
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 November, 2002)
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Sum 41's blockbuster debut, All Killer No Filler, lifted riffs from Motley Crue and the Beastie Boys to make a formidably dumb racket, but this follow-up finds the Toronto quartet reining in its spiky-haired insolence. Drawing musical inspiration from toothy metal icons Iron Maiden and Def Leppard, Does This Look Infected? is not only meatier than its predecessor, but songs like "Still Waiting," with its opening refrain of "So am I still waiting, for this world to stop hating," and "Yesterday.com" reveal social consciousness creeping in. The album is not completely deprived of the goofy skate punk that launched the band, but it provides convincing evidence that CNN has taken over from Nickelodeon as Sum 41's preferred tour bus viewing. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Sum 41's new sound is great!
After becoming a big Sum 41 fan after "All killer, No filler", I went out and bought "Does this look infected?" as soon as it came out. I was completley surprised by the new sound. While All killer no filler was mainly punk/pop (and a little annoying at that,) this new C.D. is packed with gituar riffs and some heavy metal influences. There's also a lot more rapping in this C.D. like in their old song, Fat Lip. (Thanks for Nothing has some great rapping while not sounding "poppy".)
Over all, I was very impressed. The band has really graduated from an annyoing pop/punk band into a great rock/punk/alternative band with a lot of metal influences. Dave on the gituar sounds great in this one and after recently seeing them in concert, I realized how much they've improved. Some of my favorite songs include "The Hell Song", "Over my Head", "Thanks for nothing", and "Hyper-Insomnia-Para-Condroid."
I highly recomend this C.D. even if you were an "All Killer No filler" fan. The band really still is the same, goofing off and playing around (as you see in the Hell Song video), but the sound is much much better.

5-0 out of 5 stars More pop metal than pop punk, and it's GREAT
First off I am a fan of REAL metal (not numetal) and hardcore and never thought I would buy a "pop punk" album. I heard All Killer No Filler and it was better than say Blink 182 but nothing worth purchase. Then I heard Still Waiting and was somewhat impressed but didn't plan on buying the album, but then I found out it came with a free 80 minute DVD somewhat in the vein of Pantera's Home videos, and knowing these guys are pretty funny I thought the price tag was justifiable for just the DVD, I thought of it as getting a cd that I would prob. never listen to for free, BOY WAS I WRONG. The truth was the DVD was quite lack luster and only provided a few good laughs (when Stevo rearranged the college's bulletin board to say Sum Fartie 1 instead of Sum 41 I cracked up. Childish? Yes, but it was still funny as hell) But the real surprise was the album that I thought I would never listen to, while very catch and still quite poppy it also has a wonderful metal influenced edge that I could not get enough of. If you like both metal and alternative AND can through preconceived notions out the window this could turn out to be a favorite.

5-0 out of 5 stars Iron Maiden + Punk Rock=Sum 41
Sum 41 is an absolutely amazing band that has now given up their nickelodeon punk-pop faz and have come out as full blown rockin' musicians. Their guitar riffs and new thrash style reminds me of Iron Maiden and Metallica, but still portrays that of the punk rock spirit. First of, Deryck is a excellent singer who really gives attitude toward the band and his music. The lead guitarist is also a very well accomplished musician who has no problem delivering face-melting solos. On of the greates additions to Sum 41 is the drummer, Steve-O (not the Jack-ass). His playing rivals that of Tre Cool (Green Day).
Another great new advancement for this band is that of their lyrics. Before they were that of pre-adolesence and about nothing but being a kid. Now they have movied into Metallica territory, at least lyrics-wise. World issues are are major influence on their writting. Such lyrics as "So are we still waiting, for this world to stop hating" appear in numerous places on this CD.
My favorite song would have to be, "Over my head," or "Mr.Amsterdam," or "All Messed Up," or "The Hell Song," or, every single one! There is not a bad song on this CD and I love every minute of it. This is a definite must for fans of any genre of rock music. ... Read more

Asin: B00007BH56
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Average Customer Review: 4.02 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 July, 2002)
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Reanimation is the evil twin of Linkin Park's 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory. While plotting their next studio album, the Southern California band enlisted some of aggro rock's leading lights, as well as some of the more enlightened underground MCs and producers, to slice and dice all the songs on their debut (including a few bonus cuts that made it to their Japanese release). Linkin Park allowed their special guests--including Korn's Jonathan Davis, Staind's Aaron Lewis, Orgy's Jay Gordon, the Roots' Black Thought, and Jurassic 5's Chali 2NA--to run riot through their songbook, tweaking melodies, writing new lyrics, and sometimes changing the entire intent of the originals. As a result, this collection of 20 songs is Mr. Hyde to Hybrid Theory's Dr. Jekyll. Most of Linkin Park's atmospheric and melodic moments have ended on the cutting-room floor--along with the self-consciousness that pervaded many of the songs--replaced with a brash impudence that's more rap than rock. Chali 2NA entirely changes the landscape on "Forgotten," shape-shifting the song into an alien being dubbed "Frgt/10," which takes you to a dark, desolate place with only your own disturbed thoughts and some electronic bleeps for company. And that's enough. This is a masterful art project that truly succeeds. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Something to tide fans over
While certainly not a new album, this remix of the original Linkin Park disc, "Hybrid Theory" comes off well. The CD as a whole has a much stronger rap feel, although the rock element is stil there. Some songs, disappointingly are hardly changed and sound not different but worse than the originals. This however, does not detract from the overall quality of the CD as none of the tracks are truly "bad". My personal favorite track on the album, and the reason I bought it in the first place, is "MY4-0 out of 5 stars My thought collaboration on "Reanimation".
If you dug Linkin Park's recent collaboration with The X-Ecutioners "It's Goin' Down", then you will definitely like this CD. A quick note to fans of Hybrid Theory(their debut): This disc has more of a hip-hop/breakbeat flava and the guitar-riffs are almost nonexistent. Therefore, I highly recommend giving this a listen before outright buying it. There are 20 tracks on this CD. 5 of them could be considered fillers; 3 answering machine messages, 1 intro, and 1 instrumental. The songs from Hybrid Theory that have been reanimated are "Points of Authority", "In The End", "Forgotten", "Pushing Me Away", "Place For My Head", "With You", "Papercut", "Runaway", "By Myself", "Cure For The Itch", "One Step Closer"(featuring vocals by Jonathan Davis of Korn), and "Crawling"(featuring vocals by Aaron Lewis of Staind). The new tracks include "X-Ecutioner Style", "High Voltage", and "My December". At first, I was unsure whether or not some of the songs would be edited for lyrics(language), but thankfully they are. The only reason I rated this CD 4 of 5 stars is because it's not the dance/trance genre which I prefer, but I purchased this disc mainly because of the great flava of breakbeat music, which I also prefer. In closing, I say, don't delay, checkout "Reanimation" today! If my review was helpful to you, then don't forget to vote!

4-0 out of 5 stars this may be 4 u
if u like hybrid theory and love rap this is 4 u.
this may be one of my fav likin park cd's ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.01 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 September, 2002)
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The Windy City alt-metal provocateurs Disturbed surprised everyone when their debut, The Sickness, sold over 2 million copies. Here, once again, the band's imperious chrome-domed vocalist David Draiman bleats out the band's messages of nonconformity, self-empowerment, and individuality with a passion and ferocity that hasn't been heard since the '60s--though there's little room for peace, love, and understanding in Disturbed's world. Instead, Draiman laces the band's message with equal parts rage, disgust, and menace, all delivered in a thundering voice that alternates from the lyrical to the grizzled. Ozzy Osbourne has called Disturbed the "future of metal," and he might be right; they have almost single-handedly plucked the genre out of the aggro dung heap and fueled it with intelligence. The band is just as aggressive here as on their debut, but they've lost some of their dark angst, and as a result have created a melodic, psychically lighter album, despite the fact that the CD kicks off with "Prayer," a conversation between Draiman and God, inspired by the singer's grandfather's death. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the year
To all those people giving this album 1 star because it's too "soft", OPEN YOUR EARS. David Draiman may have toned down his lyrics, but the guitar riffs and music are still as heavy as ever. Disturbed has not gone soft by any means, they have just showed the maturity and guts to improve their great style to near perfect. For all you who really like the harder Disturbed songs like "The Game" and "Stupify" from The Sickness, will love "Intoxication" and "Rise." And, for all those who can really appreciate a great singing voice will really like "Breathe" and "Darkness." "Darkness," by the way, is one of those ballads that all metal bands write, but few do well. Disturbed does it right (as do Metallica, Pantera, and Sevendust). As for my favorite song, it has got to be "Prayer." It is the first single and sold me on the CD before I heard any other song. In conclusion, BUY THIS CD, YOU WON'T BE DISSAPOINTED.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best sophmore effort ever!
I heard Disturbed's first album and i was instantly hooked. The unique and different vocals combined with the heavy guitar riffs and excellent drumming makes for an amazing metal experiance that very few bands will be able to match.That was all that made the debut so impressive and with this effort Disturbed has even made a better album by correcting on mistakes that were made on the last album. For one the album now has more variations and maturity as compared to the last one. Tracks like darkness and prayer may not represent the heavy sound that was common on the sickness but allow for lead singer David Draiman to showcase his vocal range along with the amazing instrumental sound that the band can produce. This leads to the second reason why the album is a good effort, as each song on the album sounds better in terms of the music and lyrics these guys have made sure that u get an album that is not too similar to the sickness while not being too different at the same time. What u hav here is an improved effort by a band which has topped it's debut by improving on little mistakes or making improvements that tweak there sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars Prove that not all Nu-metal is bad
I'm not a big fan of Nu-metal. Generally speaking these are immature bands with a whining singer screaming on top of his voice, forgettable guitar-work, no bass, simple beats, and repeating every cliché KoRn originally came up with.
This album, however, is a very pleasant surprise. It stands high above the majority of nu-metal bands. Unlike most bands, Disturbed has a clear own sound. They allready showed some of this with their debut "The sickness". Now, with "Believe", they expand and improve on it.
Guitars, drums and bass (yes you can actually hear the bass!) are all quite good, together creating their own, unique sound. Don't expect incredible firework or solo's though.
However, the thing that takes Disturbed to a higher level are the vocals of David. He's without a doubt one of the best singers in today's music scene. Not only has he an amazing voice, going from thundering and majestic to very soft and tender, he also comes up with beautifull singlines and powerfull lyrics. Just compare Davids majestic voice to the singer of Linkin Park blurting out "I wanna heeeeeal I wanna feeeeeel". There's no competition.
The combination of these 4 elements result in some iron-strong songs such as "Prayer", "Breathe", "Rise", and the beautifull song "Remember". Especially the latter sounds very epic and haunting, despite the fact it's running time is only 4 minutes. After 11 songs, varying from heavy to more melodic, the album ends in a perfect way with the beautifull acoustic "Darkness".

"Believe" proves that not all Nu-metal is immature crap, as long as the musicians are ready to expand their horizons and stop repeating all cliché's over and over again (like Linkin Park did with Meteora).
I really recommend this album, even if you're not into metal. The strong melodies will surely get you hooked. ... Read more

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Full Collapse
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 April, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A definitive album of hardcore...
"Full Collapse" is the follow-up album to Thursday's debut "Waiting," and delivers a sound like no other I've heard before. From New Brunswick, NJ, Thursday has set themselves apart from other recent arrivals in the screamo genre. Geoff's vocals sound like a young, pissed-off Robert Smith of The Cure, and the compliment of screaming background vocals provide an emotional experience from the second you press play to the time the album is over. With songs like "Understanding in a Car Crash," "Paris in Flames," and "Standing on the Edge of Summer," this album gives the listener an intense musical and lyrical jolt.

Thursday's songwriting is unbelievable, with lyrics that you can feel and guitars that amplify your emotions. While comments have been made towards the screaming being overused or "gets old fast," it is a perfect compliment to Geoff's seemingly soothing but at times emotionally harsh voice. Thursday should be Victory Records signature band, but with the recent emergence of Taking Back Sunday, they may be stalled in success (which to most indie fans, may be a good thing). If you are a hardcore/emo fan of any respects, "Full Collapse" may be your best purchase yet. If you like this album, "Five Stories Falling," Thursday latest live release, is also a great album to check out.

5-0 out of 5 stars it just kept getting better
I bought this CD based on the two tracks I had heard from radio/MTV- "Cross out the Eyes" and "understanding (in a car crash)" but quickly discovered that this album is rock solid top to bottom.

Musically, Thursday seems to combine some relatively cliche elemets in a very refreshing manner- the product is a more grown up take on emo-core. The emo lyrics remain but are punctuated by screams that will, if played at proper volume, actually rip apart your speaker and slap you in the face. I dont pay much attention to lyrical content in particular...I think that as long as the singer seems to believe in what he's saying, its good enough for me. The vocals carry so much intensity that its quite clear that each word comes from the heart.

Thursday incorporates the common emo-core garage band technique of mixing pretty melody with abrasive and chaotic agression. There is a reason that this has been a musical staple since Beethoven...It works. Thursday's musicians are capable and talented songwriters- each song avoids falling into a rut. At the end of the cd, the listener is not weary of angst but compelled to hit play again and get another fix from the album's numerous hooks.

5-0 out of 5 stars This cd is awesome
If you dont like this cd, then you are absolutley crazy. Because let me tell ya.. this cd is so incredible, the lyrics are so awesome. Thursday is my favorite band, and I think you should definetly buy this record because the lyrics are so incredible and amazing.. its just awesome..So basically buy this cd its great. ... Read more

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