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American Postcard
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (18 April, 2001)
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1-0 out of 5 stars face plant
Save your money. I can't say anything good about it. I have a used copy for sale, ..anyone?....anyone?...

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Unsigned Band
I saw these guys on a fluke in Feb, 2001.I was at Hollywood Alley to see a friend's band, and decided to stay to see these guys.Let me tell you, they ROCK!!!A couple of months later, they were back in Phoenix, and I was not going to let my friends miss out on this awesome band, so about eight of us went to Doc & Eddy's in Tempe.My friends were totally blown away.I love their original music, but their covers are PHENOMENAL too!!!You've got to see these guys live if you ever get the chance.They put on a great show, and they're really friendly too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Motorplant frickin rocks
Its about time Vermont Tech let out its best kept secret of great musical talent. Motorplant has been playing the college I attend since before I came there in 1998.This is a very good CD, its very tight and will grab you from the first note until the last cymbol crash.The guys have worked very hard on this, and it shows, there is not a song on here you will want to skip and I know I have a new favorite every time someone asks, cause I just cant choose between them.So check it out, its very worth it or I wouldnt be going on like I am about it. ... Read more

Asin: B00005J5DA
Sales Rank: 192278

Inside The Walnut
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 January, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Motorplant rules!
This has to be one of my favorite CDs!Every song rocks...unlike most CDs you buy nowadays and only 1 or 2 songs are good.The other great part about Motorplant is not only is their CD "Inside the Walnut" an AWESOME CD, but seeing them perform live in concert is even BETTER (hard to believe it can get much better =)I recommend Motorplant VERY highly to any music lover...it's a must have CD in everyones music collection!SO BUY IT NOW! =)You won't regret it!

This album is very good.. I bought it right when it came outand i enjoy all the songs not just 1 or 2 like most cds i own.. Stevehas a beautiful voice and the band is great.END

5-0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS CD!
Here is a band and a sound for the 21st century.High energy, distinctive sound. This CD captures the energy and enthusiasm of these extremely talented musicians.I cannot wait for the next release! ... Read more

Asin: B00000G1CM
Sales Rank: 139834
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   

What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 May, 2001)
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You'd think that after reaching the heights of rock stardom and becoming mainstream enough to achieve three Grammy nominations, the Goo Goo Dolls would play it safe with a greatest-hits compilation. But this hits package totally ignores their huge megahit "Iris" as well as the four hits that followed. Instead, EOAC mostly offers 22 of the band's hardest rock tracks from their six albums. It's interesting to hear the evolution from Replacements wannabes to the more polished, radio-friendly rockers of today. What's most interesting when heard in this context, however, is how little the band--and leader Johnny Rzeznik's melodic music--has actually changed over the years. (All the tracks have been remixed and remastered.) "Acoustic #3" and "Two Days in February" are acoustic ballads, and "All Eyes on Me" features symphonic accompaniment--but everything else rocks. The gloriously anthemic "Another Second Time Around" and "Girl Right Next to Me" nearly rank with the Replacements at their best. In fact, this compilation might offer those who've written off the Goo Goos as "wimp rockers" a chance to reassess the band's status. --Bill Holdship ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars Decent Compilation, not great for collector
EOAC is a great best of CD for a fan who hasn't collected much past Dizzy Up the Girl and Gutterflower. However, die-hard collector's won't find that this adds much to their collection. It is heavily-weighted towards the past three CDs (before Gutter) and the tracks don't add much new to the album versions.

Also, anyone who is a fan or friend of Robby Takac may as well skip this - it is HEAVILY weighted towards songs by Rzeznik. Granted, for most fans that is preferred, but again, die-hard fans will note a lack of Robby songs. (For the uninitiated, they split lead vocal duties, but have become heavily-weighted towards John Rzeznik in the more recent albums).

Summary: Good for a beginner; just another disc in the collection for fans with other albums. You'd do better to create your own Greatest Hits with your CD-burner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ego, Opinion, Art and Commerce
I have heard many complaints about how pathetic a greatest hits album this is, not having the goo goo dolls greatest hit "Iris" on it. Sorry guys but this album wasn't intented to be a 'greatest hit' album in the 1st place! Still, it is a great collection of their work with some of my favourite goo goo dolls' songs included.

This cd begins with four tracks from the goo goo dolls most recent album at the time, Dizzy Up The Girl. The "Acoustic #3" song was a beautiful soft ballad on the Dizzy Up The Girl album, but was remixed for this cd into (what may seem impossible) an even more passionate song.

The next five songs were taken from the record, A Boy Named Goo, and are all exactly the same as the originals on A Boy Named Goo.

There is also no change to the 7 songs from A Superstar Car Wash, but from the album Hold Me Up, the ballad "Two Days in February" was remixed into a version which (I believe) isn't as good as the original.

The last 2 songs on the album were taken from the 2 oldest goo goo dolls' cds: Jed, and Goo Goo Dolls. I always press the stop button on number 20, because personally I believe that these last 2 songs are so different to the band's more recent work, and I don't like them.

My favourite song on Ego, Opinion, Art and Commerce is "Cuz You're Gone", and I would recommend the cd to people who own a couple of the Goo Goo Dolls' albums, but not to people who already own the whole collection, simply because there aren't enough new remixes to get your money's worth.

5-0 out of 5 stars AGreat Way To Catch Up
While I am a big Goo Goo Dolls fan I havent spent a lot of time listening to Jed or the original release. These are CD's, that while I own them, are not my kind of sound. This CD, EOAC, pulls it all together and just gives the listener a taste of where the Goo Goo Dolls came from as well as where they are at now. They have since released Gutterflower, which may not have done as well on the charts at Dizzy Up The Girl, but EOAC is important to have to understand Gutterflower. This is an excellent compiliation of some of the bands best work that did not make it to the radio. You will LOVE this CD!! ... Read more

Asin: B00005J9YE
Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Hard Rock    4. Pop    5. Post-Grunge    6. Rock   


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

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

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

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

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

Asin: B00004Z0LW
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 February, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars There all here and LIVE!
I saw Cheap Trick live in Rockford before the went on the japan tour and they were wild, crazy and fun.Talented lead vocalist, crazy, goofy and talented lead guitar backed by heavy base and drums, this was good rock and roll.When they slow it down for songs like THE FLAME they got very emotional.

This Silver Live has all the songs I loved done with good sound reproduction and of course the crowd.Put the head phones on and image you are there.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Lovefest, A Gift For The Faithful
As one of those Cheap Trick fans that has weathered the 25 years of up and down records, labels, etc, "Silver" is a pure joy. Unlike "Music For Hangovers," "Silver" celebrates every album Cheap Trick has recorded, even with Rick Nielsen's kiss-off to the critics who lambasted "The Doctor" at the end of "Time Will Let You Know." Despite that little snippet of bitterness, there's a lot of love in the air for this album. Everyone from Billy Corgan to Slash to Art Alexakis to Nielsen's kids show up to pay their respects, and the band takes full advantage of the night to play like this was a club gig party instead of the massive outdoor show that it was.

Even better is that you get some of the songs you wish that Cheap Trick had on a live album before now, in full exuberant CT fashion. Like "Day Tripper," or "She's Tight." You also gotta dig the Rockford Symphony Orchestra putting the George Martin string section in for "Stop This Game." It's nice to see Cheap Trick in such fine form, with an audience this appreciative, giving something extra back to the fans. It might not be "At Budokan," but it's certainly a worthy addition to the history of live concert recordings.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not a 5-Star Album
Well, I see all the reviews that give this album 5 stars and I must shake my head.To be blunt - I think 3 stars is a generous rating.I think you would have to be a rabid Cheap Trick fan to give it a 5-star rating.

Maybe if I had the DVD, the recording would stir me more than just listening to it on my car stereo.Let me say that as a musician, I am a connoisseur of live albums and own over 25 of them.Here are the faults I see with this recording:

Incorporation of crowd - there is basically no interaction with the audience and you don't hear them except between songs as background noise.Even then, they seem uninspired.

Vocals - other than the lead vocals (which are basically good), other vocals are almost nonexistent, especially on songs when they need to be.

Keyboards - like the background vocals, the keyboards are almost nonexistent.This is quite eveident on songs like Dream Police, for which keyboards were heavily based in the studio version.Rumor has it that the band got their name from their use of offstage personnel to help out with other instruments during concerts.They could have used this type of help with this recording.

Sound quality - the overall quality of the sound seemed blurred on the real rockin' tunes like Surrender, almost as if it was overmodulated.It is not a real clean, crisp sound that I have enjoyed on so many other live albums.

Now don't get me wrong, there is some good stuff on this double album, and I will continue to play it.The band has a lot of talent and energy, but I don't think it was captured real well.Even my favorite from Budokan, Ain't that a Shame, just doesn't fire me up on this album.The bottom line is that I don't think I got my money's worth out of this CD.Maybe if I picked it up used for [less]..... ... Read more

Asin: B00005A0BD
Sales Rank: 134894
Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Arena Rock    3. Hard Rock    4. Pop    5. Pop/Rock    6. Rock    7. Rock & Roll   

Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 February, 2001)
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With three years passed and a new producer at the helm, the Dave Matthews Band find themselves stretching beyond the borders of Before These Crowded Streets to more emotionally explorative territory. On Everyday, Matthews's clenched-jaw delivery has an unrelenting constancy that's cunning and determined. "I Did It" opens the CD in an aggressive groove, while "When the World Ends" follows with clipped licks that dive into a muddier, open-flowing chorus. From there on out, the floodgates open into something that often recalls Peter Gabriel, which is ironic, given that the band replaced producer Steve Lillywhite, whose work with Gabriel is legendary, with Glen Ballard, whose work with Alanis Morissette is of equal note, if not acclaim. The album is Gabrielesque in scope, from Matthews's deepening rasp to the epic instrumentation. Yet, what's lacking is Lillywhite's ability to capture a sense of naked honesty. Instead, Ballard dosses down the tracks in designer-suit production, unable to save a band that might simply not be up to the task on such an ambitious sonic endeavor. That, combined with Matthews's tendency to eschew conventional hooks, leaves the album stalled between the group's jam-band compulsion and radio-friendly packaging. To capture the latent majesty of this album, you're going to have to hear it live, and with this band, that's always been precisely the point. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Dave Matthews Band - Everday
Dave Matthews Band introduces a slightly new sound on Everyday. They leave the lengthy jam-band songs behind for shorter, pop-produced pieces, partly due to working with a new producer and co-writer, Glen Ballard, who has worked with Alanis Morissette, Aerosmith, and No Doubt.

Unlike previous Dave Matthews Band recordings, Matthews is the obvious front man, with few improvisational solos from band members Boyd Tinsley (violinist), Leroi Moore (saxophone), Stefan Lessard (bass), and Carter Beauford (drummer). The addition of the electric guitar heard throughout the tracks is another first for this group. Even with these changes, the album is eminent and has a intimate, casual, melodic vibe.

The first track "I Did It" starts with a frisky, aggressive, punchy electric guitar lick that sets the tone for the fresh Dave Matthews Band sound. It has been argued this song is about the band selling out to create more radio-friendly pop tunes: "I did it, do you think I've gone too far, I did it, guilty as charged," sings Matthews, begging the question. Another energy-driven track "So Right" has a catchy electric guitar riff followed by a potent, resonant saxophone that flows throughout the vigorous song.

Matthews brings back the acoustic guitar and accompanies it with a wistful saxophone and dreamy piano for "Angel." The enticing harmonies of the chorus and empathetic lyrics ("When you're not here love, it's hard to pretend") make it the best heart-rending ballad on the album.

Several of the songs on Everyday focus on love and relationships. The subtle serenade "When the World Ends" is an atypical love song about being with the one you love during the destruction of civilization: "We will rise as the building's crumble, midst the burning we'll be churning."

Everyday is an impressive album with captivating, compassionate songs that caress the ears.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another good album
A lot of great songs here also. Not their best but still a good effort.

2-0 out of 5 stars A sign of the times
This CD reflects what music was going through in 2001 when it was released.Alternative had died out a few years earlier.Jangle rock and boy bands were the rage.The music was all being driven by certain producers, and not the artists.Producers were creating bands or changing the direction of existing bands.Artists were not creating.Producers were continually reproducing the sound that had scored big.

This is a producer's album.It was produced by Glen Ballard, who also co-wrote all of the songs.He molded and guided Matthews in his own image.

Before this Ballard had produced for Barbara Striesand, Paula Abdul, Wilson Philips, the Corrs, Michael Jackson and Alanis Morrissette.Ballard took that same formula on put it on this album.What you end up with is the Dave Matthews Band trying to do pop.

I applaud bands for experimenting and trying new things.But, it is the artists who must have the creative spark to change to be successful.It is rare that an artist is successful when being driven to change by a producer, or trying to change according to the prevailing musical styles.

While Glen Ballard's pop style has worked with some artists, Dave Matthews is really not a pop star.I think that this music emphasizes Matthews' weaknesses while rarely highlighting his strengths.

This CD starts out well, and the first two songs are very good.But, after that, the songs just get tedious, boring, and in some cases sappy.Space Between is just hard to get through.Dreams of Our Fathers is somewhat better, but then ends with this horrible buzzing.If you listen to it through headphones, it sounds like you have a fly in your ear.

The next four songs are fairly poor, but the CD does pick up again at the end.Sleep to Dream Her and Everyday are fairly nice songs.Mother Father is very good, poignant song, but it repeats to much and becomes draining in the first two minutes.I aslo think that the guitar work at the end is too bombastic for the material.A slower, blues working of the song probably would have been more effective.

I think the period of 1997 to 2001 was a pretty dreary time for music.I think a goodcompanion CD for this album would be U2's It's A Beautiful Day.It is the same kind of popish-jangle rock style of music. ... Read more

Asin: B000056K04
Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. American Trad Rock    3. Jam Bands    4. Pop    5. Rock   


Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 October, 2000)
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Collective Soul again turn back the clock to the '70s, when rock bands were bigger than life, guitar riffs were circuitous, lyrics tended to the repetitive, and the drumming was bombastic. The Roland brothers and company reinvigorate the power ballad in a way that even Jon Bon Jovi has never been able to--and they do so totally without irony. In fact it's no joke that they've convinced old-school rock icon Elton John to croon on "Perfect Day." Collective Soul allowed a contest-winning fan to name their fifth album Blender, but it's not a particularly apt name, since they deviate so little from their classic-rock approach, save the frenetic, Prince-like "Vent," with its flashy guitar gymnastics and laughable lyrics ("You bite before you lick / Why? Because you're such a prick") and the well-executed psychedelic frills in the rhythmically challenged "Skin." But other than those artistic curves, Collective Soul serve up muscular anthems about being misunderstood, ("You Speak My Language"), finding one's way out of chaos ("Turn Around"), and love gone bad ("Why Pt. 2") with the same lumbering lyrics that colored their first four albums. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not really much of a "Blended" mix
Sticking to their tried and true formula of guitar oriented rock; Collective Soul finds themselves in a strange place on this one. Musically solid,but lyrically clumsy, lacking the assurance found in their earlier work, the band seems a little lost here. It seems a step backward for a band that started with such a forceful sense of self. Maybe it's just a bit of growing pains.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hello Hawaii and Guitars!
My husband and I bought this album in Hawaii on our honeymoon because there is absolutely NO radio on the Big Island.We listened to this album up and down 19 and all around the island (we decided one day that we would drive around the whole island - that was the best!) and it NEVER got old.Why Pt. 2, Skin and Vent all start the album off rocking!Why Part 2 is reminiscent of Heavy from Dosage.Actually, most of the songs are reminiscent of songs from earlier albums, but you can excuse that because you LOVED the earlier songs and you LOVE these songs!I'm on my second copy of this album because I wore the first one out!

5-0 out of 5 stars My highest praise.....
This is, and has the feel of, their favorite CD to date.You can tell from tracks like skin, vent and why pt. 2 that they thoroughly enjoyed themselves throughout the entire recording process, from gathering daily in their regular rehearsal space to writing and recording.You will be able to feel that warmth and happiness through the music.
This time, they wanted to have a little more fun, enjoy the process. The open door policy they had led to cameo appearances from assorted family and friends, including some of Atlanta's leading musicians, such as Shawn Mullins, and Butch Walker and Jayce Fincher of the alt-pop combo Marvelous 3. Elton John (a devoted fan of ColSol) makes an appearance as well, playing piano and sharing lead vocals with Ed on Perfect Day, a very soft and beautiful song. All in all, i rate this CD at the top of my list.From track 1 to the end, it just seems to 'blend'........ i love it, i am so glad i bought it. ... Read more

Asin: B00004YMJQ
Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Hard Rock    4. Pop    5. Post-Grunge    6. Rock    7. Rock & Roll   


Dizzy up the Girl
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 September, 1998)
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The orchestral-pop hit "Iris" (from the soundtrack to City of Angels) proved the Goo Goo Dolls were no one-hit wonder with 1995's "Name." One listen to "Slide," the crafty, yearning second track off their sixth release, suggests the streak continues for Buffalo's finest. Not surprisingly, aspects that make the aforementioned songs memorable--warm, acoustic stylings; strings; heartrending hooks--also make Dizzy come alive elsewhere. Ultimately, the effort documents the band's continued migration from indie rock toward the mainstream. Thus, while "Slide" and the reprise of the wondrous "Iris" might shine for weeks (or even years) of repeated listens, attempts to keep alive the group's power-trio past often have a been-there/done-that feel. --Neal Weiss ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This Album is AWESOME.There's Four #1 Hits featured on this album I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Alternative Rock-Pretty Sweet
This cd is awesome, one great track to the next. Perfect for anyone who likes Alternative Rock. The order of the tracks is good because the songs of a similar pace aren't next to each other.
Dizzy- An awesome lead off song, short, powerful
Slide- this song is different than most, the chorus contributes well "I wanna wake up where you are/I won't say anything at all"
Broadway-I love the background music to this song, it's so cool.This songs about a bar, and it sounds like music from a band you might hear in a bar.Sweet.
January Friend- A good song to blast when you just want to jump around your room
Black Balloon- Slower and much different from "January".The first verse is so good. "I almost fell into that hole in your life/And you're not thinking 'bout tomorrow/Cause you were the same as me"
Bullet Proof- The background vocals on this song was especially good
Amigone- I don't know what this song is about; it perplexes me
All Eyes On Me- This song stands apart from all of the others, the chorus is my favorite part
Full Forever- A song to the moon
Acoustic #3- This song is so sweet; I wish it was longer.
Iris- The saddest song on the track; My favorite
Extra Pale- A song of regret, misplaced trust, pretty good
Hate this Place- A song of an ending relationship; great way to end a cd

5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST ☺_☺ !!!!!!!!
I LUV THE GOO GOO DOLLS AND WITH GREAT SONGS LIKE;ALL EYES ON ME,I HATE THIS PLACE,DIZZY,BULLET-PROOFAND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE IRIS THIS IS A MUST BUY!!! all of the songs have good meanings, r thought pro-voking and some r quite touching and extremely well preformed!!! ... Read more

Asin: B00000AG8K
Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Hard Rock    4. Pop    5. Post-Grunge    6. Rock   


Drops of Jupiter
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 March, 2001)
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In 1999, Train came out of nowhere with the single "Meet Virginia" and soon after found themselves the proverbial overnight success. The San Francisco band with a penchant for the Southern jam could very easily be one of those acts that fade from memory after a lone hit. But the follow-up Drops of Jupiter makes that misfortune highly unlikely. The band employs tools of the roots-rock trade--mandolin, harmonica, bongos, and crisp acoustic guitar--to evoke that sort of "everything's gonna be all right" sentiment common in so many great pop rock songs. But this isn't a band that relies solely on its precursors for inspiration. These accomplished musicians never overplay, and understand the value of a well-placed synthesized accent or guitar effect. On tracks like "I Wish You Would," they command a plugged-in assertion that lends an inspiring jolt to their acoustic instrumentation. The title track is the album's epicenter. With swelling strings and chorded piano melody, the song sounds as if it were lifted from some lost tapes of Elton John's Madman Across the Water.It sweeps you up in an irresistible top-of-the-lungs sing-along and becomes the reference point for the rest of the album. Radio-friendly rock bands these days tend to be virtually indistinguishable from one another, but Train breaks from the crowd, charging full steam ahead. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars The "16th Avenue" Effect
Back twenty or more years ago Lacy J. Dalton sang 16th Avenue, a superb country song about unknowns seeking their musical fortune in Nashville.One verse had this lyric:

Ah, but then one night in some empty room
Where no curtains ever hung
Like a miracle some golden words
Rolled off of someone's tongue

Well, that's Train.They had the miracle of Drops of Jupiter and who knows where it came from, but come it did, like a slap to the face and always remained fabulous with every overplayed-on-the-radio hearing. (Though I could do without all the "na-na-na-na-na" background over the last minute or so.)

And beyond that, there is not a single thing on this CD worth hearing, relentless mediocrity, as if one were trapped on the state fair circuit, hearing big-haired bands from the 80's eternally playing their semi-hits while roller coaster and dodge 'em cars add to the aural clutter.

Two stars for one miracle of brilliance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
I loved this CD. "Let It Roll" is my favourite. The lyrics are just great and the music is beautiful.
"Mississippi" is another fave...the guitar and sax melody is gorgeous.
"She's On Fire" is a great song! Especially sung live.
"I Wish You WOuld" Not my favourite but a good song to sing along to"

5-0 out of 5 stars not bad
Drops of Jupiter is one of my favorite albums. i have very high regard for Train in general, in my mind they are one of the better bands out right now. the lead singer has increadible range and they use a wide variety of instruments. each album has a different sound and direction, although it is always possible to pick out the "train" sound. Drops of Jupiter its self, though a bit over played on the radio, is i think one of the most brilliant love/pop songs to come out in the last ten years. the album has a big mix of sounds on it, from very mellow to realatively rocky but it is, in general, very listenable. 'Mississippi' is very mellow, but it grows with time & is very beautifuly sung, he doesn't push his voice at all or use a gigantic range. 'Whipping Boy' jumps around quite a bit but it works, and they always bring it back to the point. their lyrics are clever, and not overstated. they don't go over board but their not insipid either. they stick to the 'love' line of writing in general, but their love songs are beautiful.'Hopeless' has happened to a lot of people at some point and i enjoy it greatly. the album is not overstated: they dont over play, he doesnt over sing and it still has an edge, which is something that i find much modern music lacks. ... Read more

Asin: B000059Z82
Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. American Trad Rock    3. Jam Bands    4. Pop    5. Rock   


Everything You Want
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 June, 1999)
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If R.E.M. hadn't already blazed the trail years ago, Vertical Horizon's Everything You Want would be a seminal album, with its earnest harmonies, fluid melodies, and jangly guitars. And while Vertical Horizon may not have taken many forks off the road to Athens, they have whipped up an excellent pop-rock meld out of the purloined elements. Beginning with the ardent and anthemic "We Are," the pop band who began life on Georgetown's central campus nearly a decade before this major-label debut was released unleashes a personal diary of loss, love, and angst. The band, led by school chums Matthew Scannell and Keith Kane, find they just can't leave their pedagogical leanings behind. Only this time their investigations are into the mysteries of the human heart rather than Zeno's famous paradoxes. But the real paradox here is how a band so derivative can have made such a credible album. This time familiarity doesn't breed contempt. "You're a God," an edgy lament about putting someone on a pedestal, could have been lifted right out of the Alanis songbook, but it still manages to shimmer on its own merit, as do most of the 11 songs. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Sounds like country music...
Maybe it's the fact I'm so much more used to listening to hard rock(V-Shape Mind, Future Leaders Of the World), punk(Chronic Future, Start Trouble), even a little metal(Soil, Static-X) that V.H. tends to sound like country music or contemporary Christian.
I don't hear any comparisons to REM. I've never enjoyed anything REM has ever put out. Can't say I know much about the band, other than I despise them and I can live with V.H. So how can it be REM does it better? REM does everything I dislike better? Sure, I'll give them that. Trust me, I could have done without tracks 4&11, which totally blow like REM songs, but the rest of the cd is way better and different than REM. Songs have amazing lyrics, depth, and philosophy, other than track 4&11.Those 2 songs deserve no rating at all.They should be taken off the cd and cast into the abyss never to be heard from again.
Overlooking those 2 indecent, void of all talent whatsoever encounters, you'll find a listenable record but it falls somewhere between rock, country and pop.Whichprobably won't appeal to alot of guys like me. To go on, I probably wouldn't recommend this cd to anyone. It's future is uncertain but will probably wind up at the bottom of my closet with all the other cd rejects.
If you do buy it, you probably won't be that disapointed. It's got alot of good stuff. It's worth listening to on certain days.

3-0 out of 5 stars Sounds very familiar....
It's funny: The initial time I heard this album the first thought that popped into my head was "man, they sound like REM." Sure enough, the first sentence in the short Amazon blurb about the album echoed my thought exactly.

That's not to say this album is bad. It's a good, listenable pop CD with a few solid hits. Vertical Horizon does a very nice job writing radio-friendly songs that fall just this side of complete pop anonymity. The problem is they sound a lot like REM, and REM just does it much better. In VH's defense they tend to smooth over the jangliness that characterizes most REM songs to approach a slightly different sound, but it's a very, very thin disguise.

My advice: don't buy this CD on the strength of the radio hits. I would definately recommend giving Everything You Want a listen before dropping your hard-earned money.

3-0 out of 5 stars ugh...
when i heard this album i wasn't at all impressed.then I checked out their older albums and i was shocked they were the same band!all the albums before Everything You Want is MUCH better than this.lyrics and instrumentally, this falls short of the amazing talent they had in their earlier work.GO BACK PLEASE!! ... Read more

Asin: B00000J6BR
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


No Name Face
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (31 October, 2000)
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No Name Face is an auspicious debut from a band seemingly made to rule the airwaves. The insinuating melodies that mark Lifehouse's radio-friendly sound are not unlike those of matchbox twenty or Live in their softer moments. From the first single, "Hanging by a Moment," to the emotive and uplifting "Quasimodo" and the wonderful "Trying" (think Crowded House at their lilting best), Lifehouse are self-possessed and focused. Young singer-songwriter Jason Wade (the son of two ministers) imbues Lifehouse's vibe with a spiritual quality that's never heavy-handed, delivering the goods with the authority of an experienced troubadour. No Name Face may be a first offering from a young band, but it looks to signal the beginning of an estimable career. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars RIP-OFF
I HATE THIS ALBUM!!! The only good song on this album is the first one but the rest of them SUCK. The rest of the songs are only slow, acoustic crap. DON't BUY THIS ALBUM...PLEASE!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars 2.5, it was good till it lasted.
Who ever says this is the best album, or best album of the year they should definitely check far more records to come to that conclusion. When I first got it when it was just released I was in my late teens, in high school and ofcourse STUPID! This album doesn't lack of music compared to other artists in the same level but the tunes are definitely repetitive. In fact, I can not stand one song from this album, it sounds over and over the same, which is how you can spot a mainstream band or album. I did told people this band would not last. Was I wrong?

5-0 out of 5 stars Every single song...
on this CD is amazing. Lifehouse is really one of the most talented bands out there and should be heard by everyone. I love bands that write beautiful, heartfelt songs and this is one of them. No Name Face is just an utterly amazing piece of work and I really cannot say anything else without sitting here for days. Everyone must purchase this album. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. ... Read more

Asin: B000050HZO
Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Pop    4. Post-Grunge    5. Rock   


Mad Season
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 May, 2000)
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Sell 10 million copies of your debut album and you might find yourself putting on a few airs. Evidence that it's happened to matchbox twenty can be found in the new, spelled-out format of their all-lowercased name and the pretentious insertion of that name into the title of this, their sophomore set. The level of popularity achieved by their 1996 debut, Yourself or Someone Like You, posed a more profound problem, though--should they follow in the footsteps of that smash effort, or strike out in a different direction? To their credit, the Orlando quintet puts their massive popularity on the line by opting mostly for the latter course: there are no obvious retreads here of earlier hits such as "Push," "3 a.m.," and "Real World"--or of "Smooth," the multiple-Grammy-winning Santana hit penned and sung by matchbox frontman Rob Thomas. Instead, the album sports a nice mix of material that is catchy, but may take a little longer to settle into your memory banks, such as the moody yet intense "Bent," the horn-driven rocker "Black & White People," and several songs examining various aspects of relationships, "If You're Gone," "Rest Stop," and "Bed of Lies." Whatever the members of matchbox twenty want to call themselves, these guys may yet be able to have it all--artistic growth as well as massive sales. They're not headed for Hootieville just yet. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more


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2-0 out of 5 stars Too overproduced, and trying to jump over the moon.
Well I finally decided enough was enough, and decided to sample this album. I first heard "Real World" in 1998, and I thought to myself "This is not bad at all", but the album was released in 1996. I feel that the group fell under the Guns and Roses syndrome as there is almost a 4 year span of releases. I feel that the group was either trying too hard to make up for lost time, or they exposed themselves to too much too soon. I feel that if another album came out before this one it may have been complemented instead of "What the hell were they thinking?" "Bent" is without a doubt my favorite song on here as it has traces of the first album with more of an edge. "If You're Gone" could belong here as it shows the group growing a little bit more with organ and a horn section. The title cut makes me actually want to puke. Don't ask me why, but the opening riff is so lovely, but then it's watered down with organ, and it's one of the few songs in the key of b flat that doesn't sit well with me. After the riff I can picture that scene in an episode of "Will and Grace" where the 2 guys are tongue kissing. I guess it was because the night that episode aired the last song I heard before going home from work was "Mad Season". The rest is either passible, or just too much experimentation. This would've been an ideal 3rd album, or maybe 4th, but since it's the second one it just was much too much.

3-0 out of 5 stars Mad Season
I like this album, but it's the type of album that I only play once in a long while. What I like about this record and what really shines on it, is the lyrics. Rob's song writing skills really show good on this album. It's worth buying, but I recommend buying their debut and third release first.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Cd, Great Tunes...
Another great effort by the boys of Matchbox 20. Follow-up albums usually pale in comparison to a smash debut album, but "Mad Season" just continues the show! ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 June, 1999)
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The Arista debut of Carlos Santana and band gives fans of the soulful guitar vet two albums in one, but it's a decidedly good-news, bad-news proposition. First, there's a fine collection of late-'90s-model Santana--tastefully tooled songs driven by Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms ("[Da Le] Taleo," "Africa Bamba," "Migra," "Primavera," and the emotionally charged instrumental "El Farol") that allow Carlos plenty of elbowroom for his passionate soloing. Then there's the collection of tracks featuring a lineup of de rigueur alternative and hip-hop stars, including Dave Matthews, Everlast, Rob Thomas, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Eagle Eye Cherry. To their credit, Matthews ("Love of My Life") and Eagle Eye Cherry ("Wishing It Was") muster enough chemistry to make the fusion work. But the rest of the collaborations feel like an unnecessary stretch to reach out to a younger demographic that El Jefe has little trouble attracting on his own terms. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars deserves its lauded success
there are a lot of great songs and collaborations on here, most notably with Dave Matthews, Rob Thomas, and Eric Clapton, who are people I have heard before and enjoyed.Many collaborations are with "artists" who I hate or have no respect for (such as the pathetic rappers; rap is extremely overrated), which weakens the album overall in my book.But there are great tunes, Carlos plays some great guitar, and it is a very celebratory fiesta album for modern times.The sharp arrangements and production make this the much loved album that it is.

Many people see fit to compare it to his older stuff, but i really see no comparison.THis is a completely different thing, very unrelated to songs like "black magic woman" and the like.This is a very accessible album; I recommend it in addition to any of his older stuff when Santana was a band, not just him.I also recommend you check out Shaman, which is just as polished (if maybe a little weaker) than this cd.

2-0 out of 5 stars lame songs and it's grammy time
Santana motivated me to start playing guitar over 10 years ago when I saw him in concert. I bought handfulls of his releases around that time. He deserved his first grammys back in the 'black magic woman' days, but I doubt back then such music by a non-anglo would be allowed to champion the awards scene. I figure that's the only way you can explain it. How else do you explain how 'smooth' was such a hot hit? I cringed every time I came across that stupid song in my day to day life. Lots of canned music on this release and will not buy anymore Santana that are collaberations.

I'll cut Santana slack if this is a case of needing to pay the bills, but other than that, Carlos, please leave the cheesy pop music for the Britanys, Matchboxes, and Backstreets of the world.

Carlos, you are far better than that and don't need these people. Get back to Milagro, Dancing in the Flesh of Spirits, and Blues for ElSalvador. PLEASE!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Carlos, what happened?
This is sad.Santana used to have a SOUND and PASSION.Now poor Carlos sounds like he's a gueston other peoples' albums.
The current formula seems to be, get whoever is flavor of the month ("hot") and get the whole bunch on a salable but forgettable and artistically bankrupt "product".
Of course a year or two down the line the truth is evident (Matchbox 20 anyone?).
Ditto for Shaman.
The truth is that after Michelle Branch has finally pudged out and dissapeared along with all the other pop tinsel and fluff Santana insists on "collaborating" with Carlos will still be around.Carlos, YOU are the future.PLease move on.
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Asin: B00000J7J4
Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Blues-Rock    3. Hard Rock    4. Latin Rock    5. Pop    6. Pop/Rock    7. Rock    8. Rock/Pop   


From Chaos
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 June, 2001)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Under the Radar***
"From Chaos" tends to be one of the least mentioned albums by 311 fans.This is both interesting and unsurprising, since the album is nothing new or special, but packs some of the band's best singles.Truely 311 may get a bad rap for predictability, but after a decade, they can still surprise you.

Though it may be a typical 311 outing, the band does offer something new: emotion.They do rehash a few tricks, namely the funk-punk of the harder numbers, like "Sick Tight," "Hostile Apostle," and "You Get Worked."Even pop numbers like "From Chaos" and and the borderline hair-metal of "You Wouldn't Believe" are nice, if not calculated.But the real treat are the ballads."Champagne" bubbles with slow grooviness, aching for a chill-party like nothing 311 has accomplished previously.And "Amber" and "I'll Be Here A While" proved to be two of the most surprise come-back singles of the year.Buy it for the band.Stay for the singles.

Overall:6 out of 10.

5-0 out of 5 stars This album rocks
311 is a premier band in our day and age, and they stand apart from a lot of musical acts that are out there and creating waves.I believe they nailed their sound with this record, and I commend them for doing such a good job by recording it live.The rock songs are energetic, the ballads are lovely, and I can tell they are having a blast playing them.That's all I can really ask for when I anticipate a new album from these guys.They come up with song ideas that are good, melodies that are refreshing, while fusing many styles with funk and zest.

It's amazing that they've been around this long, surviving under the spotlight of media criticism that circulates and stabs what it basically doesn't understand (in the form of 311).In the end it's all about what you like, and what your personal taste is (like if someone hates steak, who are they to tell you not to eat it?).Not everyone can enjoy 311, while others revel in their majesty.I like to consider myself enlightened to their work, and feel very fortunate to have found them in my life.

This record feels like a revamp of some of their older albums at times (especially on the first track "You get worked"), but it still carries a flavor that is fresh and welcoming to the ears of a loyal fan.Sort of, here's something new, but here's something we know you'll love.You get the best of both worlds.
Ron St. Germain produced what is the sixth album from 311, and he seems to bring out the best in them (he is said to have been jumping around while they were laying down tracks in the studio).He produced the "blue album" in 1995 which was 311's biggest commercial success, and I believe they wanted to recapture some of that magic and optimism that they were feeling a few years ago.Before then they had been virtually unknown to most radio stations or MTV, so they sort of made it big with him.I think bringing Saint aboard really gave them an edge this time around.

If you pick apart the music, listening to the guitar riffs, the bass lines, the drum beats, and the subtle programming in the background, you will understand how hard 311 worked on this album.I really enjoy their lyrics, which are positive and inspiring, much like the words of an old friend.They keep me going when sometimes no other mediums can.There's a real connection I feel.I can only hope that they continue their musical journey and bring ear candy to all of their "enlightened ones" in the years to follow.It will be interesting to see where they go with their sound.With this band, so much is possible.

4-0 out of 5 stars They should have just released the entire session.
This album could have been a classic.

The major flaws in this album are lyrics, and the duration of tracks. SA Martinez and Nick Hexum quite easily release the worst 311 lyrics on this album. The angst lyrics do not work for them.. especially not with the nasal SA voice.

The sessions produced great outtakes like Bomb the Town, We Do It Like This, TWO GREAT songs that could have been intermissions, Dreamland and Will the World, and the acoustic I'll be Here Awhile would have made a nice bonus feature.

The only real weak song on this album is Full Ride, other than that.. the highlights are the most melodic songs on the album. Sick Tight, and I Told Myself have nice chorus work, but the guitar work just seems rushed. However, this album does have a cohesiveness that brings it together. It's good work, but it could have been made so much better. ... Read more

Asin: B00005KBBL
Sales Rank: 13096
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rap-Rock    3. Rock   


Shangri-La Dee Da
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 June, 2001)
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Shangri-La Dee Da may not be STP's most commercial outing, but the disc's 13 tracks comprise a satisfying aural journey despite its lack of quick-fix hits along the lines of "Sex Type Thing" and "Wicked Garden." From the dark, grinding rhythms and obfuscated vocals of "Dumb Love" to the lovely "Wonderful" to the buoyant power pop of "Days of the Week" to the edgy and disturbing "Coma," myriad facets of the lineup's musical temperament are explored. "Bi-Polar Bear" hints at STP's humor, though Shangri-La is by no means lightweight; singer Scott Weiland's passionate and personal lyrics--especially on a touching ode to his infant son, "A Song for Sleeping"--are affecting and apt. The fifth outing from this California crew who've survived grunge and thrived in its aftermath is masterful and mature effort from a band who've spied some light at the end of their tunnel. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding final album
And in 2001 with Nu-Metal and Corporate radio rock ruling the airwaves, Shangri-La-Dee-Da was released to once again the negative reviews of the critics, but it doesn't matter, this CD rocks and anyone who knows anything about REAL rock music can you tell that. How an album like this could be dismissed as "irrelevant" 4 years ago while Creed's "Weathered" went on to sell 10 million albums will always boggle my mind and make me wonder the intelligence of those around me. STP just took great pop elements and fused them with some great rock n' roll in such songs as "Days of the week", "Too Cool Queenie" "Hollywood Bitch" and the outstanding "Hello, Its Late" which was released as a single, but got no airplay because modern radio sucks and prefers to play the new Third Eye Matchbox Dolls single. Buy this album if you want some REAL rock n' roll thats uncomprimising and doesn't give a damn what the critics think.

4-0 out of 5 stars Long Way home...and Long time coming!
Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz and frontman Scott Weiland
proved with this album that they were one of the biggest rock bands of the 90's.Shangri-La De-da was their 5th studio release in nearly 10 years which showed they were to stand the test of time during a time of lots of one hit wonder.Their ability to make alternative rock stadium rock is what helped them succeed.

Scott Weiland continued to work on staying healthy, and in doing so, the band seized this opportunity by turning out the same record as the time before, splitting the difference between heavy rockers and sugar-sweet psych-pop tunes. That's not a bad thing, nor is it unexpected, since they've basically been staking this same territory since Tiny Music, yet at this point, it feels as if the Pilots are comfortably within a musical groove, no matter how much turmoil they have privately.

And, while this doesn't result in a particularly surprising record, it's not an album that's bad, either. Here, as on 4, they're not just better on the pop tunes, they're phenomenal on the pop tunes. Regardless of their critical reputation, no rock band of their time turned out such a consistently dazzling streak of pop tunes. Sometimes, the rockers do catch hold - "Dumb Love" provides a gripping opening, "Hollywood Bitch" has a real sense of propulsion, the dreamy "Hello It's Late" has a gentle rush of its own - but, by this point, they don't seem as interesting as the excursions into psych-pop that gives Shangri-La Dee Da its real core. Overall a good album from a great band!

1. Dumb Love
2. Days Of The Week
3. Coma
4. Hollywood Bitch
5. Wonderful
6. Black Again
7. Hello It's Late
8. Too Cool Queenie
9. Regeneration
10. Bi-Polar Bear
11. Transmissions From A Lonely Room
12. A Song For Sleeping
13. Long Way Home

5-0 out of 5 stars STP's final hoorah
With Weilands drug troubles spiraling out of control by 2001, STP released their final album "Shangri-La Dee Da", again STP put forth an awesome effort here with the catchy yet rockin' "Days Of The Week" to the amazing "Hello Its Late" which is something i could have seen The Beatles doing on Revolver, that right there, should tell you how good that song is. STP even veer out into somewhat nu-metal territory, only like other nu-metal, this doesn't suck, tracks like Dumb Love and Coma are excellent and will have you singing along in no time, two songs that continue to stand out for me is the not so subtle titled song "Hollywood Bitch" and "Too Cool Queenie", both are CLEARLY directed at the infamous Courtney Love, frontwoman of Hole and widow of some guy, who's name escapes me. Sarcasim aside, with lyrics like "she said he could do no right, so he took his life, this story is true" and "rockstar light, turn off the switch, hollywood bitch, so fake that she seems real" leave little doubt as to Weilands feelings towards Ms. Love, probably stemming from 1995 when the two lived next door to each other at the chateau maramont and engaged in a month long drug binge. either way, its a fantastic album, but then i remember that its STP were talking about here and they never get respect. but such is life. ... Read more

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Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (03 April, 2001)
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The centerpiece of the Paul-is-dead conspiracy theory was that McCartney had died in 1966 and been replaced by a sound-alike augmented with plastic surgery. Journey is hardly the Beatles, but Arrival, the zillion-selling band's first studio album in nearly five years, puts a fitting twist on the scenario by hiding its Steve Perry doppelgänger in plain sight. New lead singer Steve Augeri has not only the voice, but all its inflections--notably Perry's trademark "wo-oh-oh" Sam Cooke homage--down pat, and getting it down pat is what this collection is all about. The opening "Higher Place" thumps with a rock! melodrama so familiar it should be titled "Separate Ways, Part 2," while the power ballads that follow recall the pre-Bon Jovi days when Journey ruled as a kind of high school parking lot Air Supply. Arrival is one of those records you already know you love or hate before you hear it, but even fans might feel a lack of heat compared to the Perry-era outfit's greatest-hits disc. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Arrival rocks
At first I was not interested in hearing Journey without Steve Perry. Thank God I bought this and did not miss my chance. I love Steve Perry, but Augeri is great in his own right. (Just don't listen to him sing Perry's stuff and you'll be ok)The lyrics on Arrival are some of the best Journey has ever produced. They still rock hard. If you can get past that it is not Perry, you'll learn to love Augeri and this entire album. After all, it is still Cain, Valory, and Schon (the Master). The drummer (Deen) is one of the best, too. My favorite song, if I must pick one, is With Your Love. But they are all too good to miss. A must for every true Journey fan. Also, if you love Neal, check out SoulSirKus.com - you won't be sorry.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good CD!
Very solid, consistent album; Augeri does a good job of filling some HUGE shoes.Great songs, one of the few albums I can listen to from start to finish.Did anyone else notice how Schon quotes his own solo from "Separate Ways" on the third track?!Check it out!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars MISSING THE STEVES (BOTH OF THEM)

OK, we all know the story of the new singer and the raise-the-hair-on-your-neck similarity in his and Steve Perry's voice.I'm not here to trash the guy or even question the wisdom of attmpting such a move.

What's missing from this new CD, however, is Steve Perry's SONGWRITING. In fact, in listening to this album, it's now pretty obvious who was the central inspiration of all those great past hits.

It's a shame, because it's not a bad work.It's just remarkably bland, especially for a band with Journey's successful track-record and pedigree. The new members acquit themselves just fine with the veterans, but there isn't a single song on this album which catches your ear or remains memorable after the last track fades.

Also missing; Steve Smith's great drumming. Again, not knocking that new guy, either, but Smith gave Journey's sound an extra dimension for all those years with an array of tasty licks. Check out some of the side CD's that Smith has done thru the years with other musicians and discover a world-class talent.

And as for Journey, I hate to say it, but guys, I think it's time to hang up your spurs, as far as new studio albums go. Tour all you like and play those great past hits, but rest on your laurels: It's "perilous" to your legacy to continue "Perry-less".

And, if you missed it, even for all of the bad-mouthing it received, buy "Trail By Fire" before you spend money on this banal effort. "Fire" caught a lot of flak, but undeservedly so.While it is not the best Journey album ever, it is a much better album than "Arrival".

And, it has both the Steves'.
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Asin: B00004YKUY
Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Arena Rock    3. Hard Rock    4. Pop    5. Pop/Rock    6. Rock    7. Soft Rock   


Sugar Ray
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 June, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Sugar: Sweet Like it was Meant to Be
When the radio played Sugar Ray's "Every Morning" at some point last June, it had been nearly two years since I'd last heard it, and that was definitely a good thing.After over-exposure to the song in high school, my ears needed a break from it.Pop hits tend to get overplayed, and that song was no exception.

However, after those 24 months of separation from old Sugar, I realized something: When I don't hear his songs five times a day, I actually like them.I enjoyed listening to "Fly" in its day, and songs like "Abracadabra" had me tapping my foot to the beat as well.For the first time, I realized that Sugar Ray's music might actually fall in my category of preference.I figured that it was time to invest in an album, so I went to a local used CD shop, and got not one, but two Sugar Ray albums for $2.In the process, I also learned a little something about Sugar Ray.

The albums I bought were Floored, and this self-titled one.I just happened to listen to Floored first.It wasn't what I expected, to say the least.The Limp-Bizkit-inspired style and crass lyrics blasted into my brain like a bucket of ice water at 3AM.Now, I know that some people prefer such aural punishment, and I'll admit that a few of the songs were clever, but let's just say that I wasn't prepared for the rage.That wasn't quite the mood I'd expected the CD to emanate.Needless to say, I was a little hesitant to put this second album into my stereo.So I didn't.

Thankfully, I put it into my computer instead.I was once again surprised, and this time, for the better.I actually stopped my work to listen.Was this the same Mark McGrath?Enjoying the music thoroughly, I listened to the first three tracks before I returned to my work.With the conclusion of "Under the Sun," a sense of relief came over me.The Mark McGrath who had written the soft songs I'd come to love had not died, but lives!

But besides being refreshing, this album was just plain excellent, and I would put list it as one of my favorites.It's one of the few CDs where I like all of the tracks, which all blend together well and flow nicely from one to the next.The lyrics appear well thought out, and as an added bonus, the final track is one of the best songs on the album (in my opinion), ending what I would consider a great CD on a pleasant note.

So while I'm thankful that I'm no longer ignorant of Sugar Ray's history after having listened to Floored, I'm much more grateful that afterwards, I still had the bravery to try this one out.If you're a Simple Plan or Good Charlotte fan, I have a feeling that this CD will fit right into your collection, but I'm additionally confident that a large variety of people will also enjoy it.Sugar was meant to be sweet, not bitter.I definitely support the band's change of style, and I hope that you will, too, and buy this album.

4-0 out of 5 stars Man, this album is the bomb
This album is the bomb.It is one solid disc.Lots of great catch songs.This is my first sugar ray album, and I am really impressed by their music.This is one of those cds that it great for playing at a party or in your car because it is very positive and it rocks.If your a drummer, it has some great songs to drum to.Lots of catchy guitar rhythms in the tracks and Mark McGrath does a great job as the lead singer.
Another plus is that this album has hardly any objectionalbe content, so It's don't worry about that.Overall, a great disc and a great buy.

3-0 out of 5 stars This isn't that bad but it made the past distant beyond time
After ripping up ITPOL I felt generous to this one because I actually liked this CD for a while. And who wouldn't, with popular hits like "When It's Over," "Answer the Phone," and "Disaster Piece." The last was the hit from the movie Shallow Hal while the first was a big hit on radio period. But more tracks inside did this CD well but yet some didn't. So let me get back to my old school rating system for these songs. Shall we?

1. Answer the Phone: This was my second favorite song on the CD and is a straight forward song about some girl Mark wants to answer the phone so he can "do it again." That was a funny part of the song and probably the CD too. 4.5/5

2. When It's over: Big radio hit but while i liked it I didn't find too much fanfare in it. 3.5/5

3. Under the Sun: This is hands down my favorite song. Yeah it sounds weird because of what I said about ITPOL but there's somthing about this song which made me keep pressing the repeat button over and over again. 5/5

4. Satellites: Not a bad song at all I kind of liked it but it's sort of bland. 3/5

5. Waiting: At first I hated it but i started listening to it more and I accept it over time. 3/5

6. Ours: Not ours in the sense of mine that is. 1/5

7. Sorry Now: 1/5

8. Stay On: I never did Like 311 and i think it had to do with Nick Hexum pulling a Sugar Ray with them. 1/5

9. Words to Me: Decent enough to not earn a 1. 2/5

10. Just a Litte: Just a little...dissapointing. 1/5

11. Disater Piece: Straight forward poppy and happy song which was in the Shallow Hal movie (as mentioned.) 3/5

Overall rating: 3/5

-This CD has it's moments that make it stellar but sometimes it appears weak when compared to Floored and 14:59. But on the happier flipside this looks like gold compared to ITPOL. ... Read more

Asin: B00005JH75
Sales Rank: 51569
Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 June, 2001)
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More song-driven and acoustic than Kid A, Radiohead's Amnesiac isn't quite "Kid B," but it is unquestionably cut from the same far-out cloth, as the band revels in fascinating quirks and abject nihilism. It's also the first time in Radiohead's career that a new record hasn't meant a complete shift in artistic priorities. Surely, however, regardless of which was released first, they both deserve recognition; after all, Amnesiac, like Kid A, is an amazing piece of work.

Only lightly augmented with electronics, songs like "You and Whose Army?" and "I Might Be Wrong" almost sound like they came from a typical five-piece rock band. You may even believe the band still employs a guitarist after hearing Jonny Greenwood's wistful surf-guitar lead on "Knives Out" or his subtle but noticeable contributions to the anticapitalist rant "Dollars and Cents." But inevitably, the band continually shifts gears, moving into Boards of Canada territory on "Like Spinning Plates" and delivering dark, bass-laden oddities like "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors," a fuzzed-out piece of avant-garde techno that could just as easily be on an Autechre or Aphex Twin record. The song's half-sung, half-spoken vocal was laid down by either a heavily distorted Thom Yorke or, just perhaps, a loquacious microwave oven. Either way, the music always has momentum, regardless of whether propelled by man or appliance. Radiohead as a band understand how to make rock interesting again, and in the end, that's all they set out to do when they recorded Amnesiac, as well as Kid A. It's more than can be said for the bad frat-punk, teen-pop and soulless techno that currently rules the charts, and for that alone, Radiohead's astonishing exploration of 21st-century anguish deserves credit. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Didn't believe the hype.
I love this album, but in a way different from my brother, the only other person I know who listens to it (I don't really discuss Radiohead anyway.) I listen to this album as a way of relaxing, and for that it gets 5 stars. I actually cut Knives Out from the album because it kept waking me up as I was going to sleep.

Some may think that because of my above comment, it is almost as if I am bashing the album, but the fact is it fills a very important hole in my life, and for that, why not give it such a high mark?

All I know is that the first time I was listening to it, before I knew who Radiohead was, I just sat there and was so at peace with myself, I was astounded. I begged my friend to borrow her copy so I could listen to it at home, and did such repeatedly. I'm not a Radiohead groupie, hell, this is the only Radiohead album I listen to, and I love it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Radiohead release - give it chance though!
Radiohead over the years have captured the imagination of many a listener with their unique and often mind-boggling style of alternative rock. 'Amnesiac', Radiohead's fifth studio album, released in 2001 is, in very much simple terms, a continuation of the experimental 'Kid A', which they had released a year earlier. Since the groundbreaking popularity and critical acclaim of their 1997 masterpiece, 'OK Computer', Radiohead took steps to completely change their style and 'Amnesiac' is a fine example of this phase of the bands career, where they produced music which echoed the band's own dislike of the great popularity and acclaim which they gained from their earlier releases.

'Amnesiac', I'll put it simply, is quite a complex ultra-layered record which you have to put an awful lot of effort in yourself to get into as it has a very intraverted and off-the-wall style (more so in my opinion than 'Kid A'). 'Amnesiac' has often unfairly been given the tag of being 'Kid B' by those who believe this is the rejects from the 'Kid A' recording sessions in 2000. I think this is quite harsh on the album - I think that Radiohead have actually separated the music from the 2000 creative batch quite well into the two albums. The stuff on 'Amnesiac' is quite different to that on 'Kid A', remember that Radiohead are not a band that puts out the same album twice.

The tracks on the album have quite a big keyboard and effects presence and again, like on 'Kid A', the guitar usage is very much stripped down. In many ways, 'Amnesiac' is an album which focuses the listener on the human senses and the song titles (such as Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors) can almost be sensed in the music on the tracks, its pretty ingenious. Certainly, the more you listen to this work, the more this becomes apparant. Similarly, Thom Yorke's vocals play a major part in creating these effects with the tracks as his lacklustre style conveys the often cynical and sarcastic nature of Radiohead's lyrics, especially on this album. Overall, you can't fault Radiohead's creative genius on this album but I think the complexity of some of their tracks can just be a little too much at times and I think they in parts sacrifice too much listenability for complex, difficult ideas.

'Packt like sardines in a crushd tin box' is an interesting opener (the title tells you that alone!) but it is very clever, especially with the metallic sound that you hear at the start before it blends into a rather mellow keyboard orientated track. 'Pyramid Song' is a highlight of the album, very atmospheric with Yorke's humming style with the piano style in the background. The lyrics aren't pleasant but that's part of the songs style - there's some good drumming from Phil Selway later on in the track. 'Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors' is another conceptual track and a very good one, with a computerised voice speaking over sounds which sound ... well ... 'revolutionary!' 'You and whose army' is a hollow, harmonised track with some dead-pan singing from Thom Yorke but it builds to a good climax at the end. 'I Might be Wrong' has a spacey start but this soon becomes a guitar based track with a great riff alongside some wailing vocals from Thom Yorke. 'Knives Out' is another very much classic Radiohead sounding track with more nifty guitar play. 'Morning Bell/Amnesiac' though is basically another version of the track on 'Kid A' and it doesn't really seem that necessary. Next up is 'Dollars and Cents', a kind of haunting track with loads of dissonance. 'Hunting Bears' is a good 2 minute interval which is basically guitar play with a few 'yelping' effects. 'Like Spinning Plates' is a pretty odd starting track but the effects the song creates is like what the song title says. 'Life in a Glasshouse' is almost like a song you'd hear at a theatre, with a jazz band background, a very interesting finisher.

In my opinion, 'Amnesiac' is a continuation of Radiohead's experimental post-millenia style and it works very well, even if it is a little over-complex in parts. I personally think it doesn't hold a candle to previous works like 'The Bends' but it is a multi-dimensional album which is bound to get you thinking when you listen to it. I'd definitely recommend it for any fan of Radiohead but not for a new listener.

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible!
This is just like Coldplay...pure sc***! Just whining...yhyy! Why make this kind of sh*^? ... Read more

Asin: B00005B4GU
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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

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5-0 out of 5 stars kryptonite
The lyrics of Kryptonite are poetic with the archetypal image of Superman. The myth of superhuman strength influences how we behave and interact with others. The metaphor of "Superman" describes the fa├žade that we displays to the world, while Kryptonite stands for our weakness. Kryptonite is the rock that renders Superman helpless. Sometimes we feel alienated from the rest of the human race just like Superman."Kryptonite" portrays a universal feeling, namely, that all people at some time feel vulnerable and fear revealing parts of themselves to others for fear of rejection.

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

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

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


Double Wide [Clean]
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 June, 2000)
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4-0 out of 5 stars By Far His best
Do not buy this album if you expect every song to be like "follow me", but if you like rock,country, and a little hip hop this is the perfect combination. I was very surprised I did not expect the album to be this good. I had never heard rap over a harmonica before, but not only does he pull it off he almost creates a whole new genre or sound. GOOD JOB KRACKER!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars What a Cd!
Wow! This is one of the best album's ive ever got. I listened to it for the first time and fell in love. Good Rap/Rock/Country Mix. Not Like His Other 2 albums.

1. Intro - Kracker gettin on a train...ready to go to the real world

2.Better Day's - Very good rhymes.Best Song on cd.Not My personal favorate though. 5/5

3.What Chu' Lookin' At? Another hit. 4.8/5

4.Follow Me-1st single. Different then the rest. 3/5

5.Heaven (feat.Kidrock and Paradime)- My favorate. Kick a** 1,000,000/5

6.Steaks and Shrimp - Greatness. Another Hip-hop Track. 4.6/5

7.Who's Your Uncle - Hip-Hop Track. Good. 4/5

8.Whiskey & Water - A hip-hop/Country track. Could of Been Better. 4/5

9.Yeah Yeah Yeah - 2nd Single.One Of the better Songs. Its More Rock Then Hip-Hop. 5/5

10.Aces & 8's - Very Different. Tells a good story. 4/5

11.You Cant Take Me - Good Song To End The Album.

Overall: Could of been longer but its kick azz.

3-0 out of 5 stars follow me
I love the song, follow me, but if you don't like rap, than do not buy the cd. I am not a rap fan, but if you are than it is a good cd. ... Read more

Asin: B00004TJAU
Sales Rank: 52809
Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. American Trad Rock    3. Hard Rock    4. Pop    5. Rap-Metal    6. Rap-Rock    7. Rock    8. Singer/Songwriter   


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