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    Regulate the G-Funk Era
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 June, 1994)
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    Warren Griffin was due some sort of notoriety ever since he introduced best friend Snoop to half-brother Dre, and thus set the stage for one of the more noteworthy musical collaborations in recent years. But who imagined he had it in him to match the smooth gangster ride of those g-funk all stars with lyrics and tracks of his own?Falling somewhere between Long Beach comrades Domino and Snoop on the pop-R&B-rap continuum, Warren is at his best when his catchy soul melodies get equal time with his rhymes to create a radio friendly groove that's virtually unshakable once planted in your head. While not every song is as memorable, Regulate boasts at least two hip-hop classics: The shuffle beat bliss "This Is the Shack," and the title cut, featuring Michael McDonald's icy keyboard lick and partner Nate Dogg's gorgeous singing, destined to be the standout single of the year. With an excessively tuneful, but not excessively violent or vulgur, debut, Warren G.'s future lies way beyond the shadow of his better known associates. --Roni Sarig ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars 4.7 Stars, Tight
    In the Mid-90's, There were a hot bed of rappers that hit the G-Funk bandwagon.Warren G was one for sure.But I have to say, he has just the right personality to make it big.He is reflective, fun to listen to, and has a good, rhythmic flow.Some of his beats are really great, like "Regulate," and the whiny synth laced tracks "Do You See," "Recognize" (with the Twinz), and of course "This DJ."He spends less time cussing, and more time reflecting on life, having fun, and surviving in Long Beach, Ca.Of course, there is some filler, but not enough to deter the average hip-hop fan from enjoying it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars His best Album
    Anchored by the laid-back G-funk anthem "Regulate," Warren G's appropriately titled Regulate...G Funk Era embodies the mid-'90s era of Cali sunshine, endless blunts, and switch-hittin' lowriders with a welcome and somewhat surprising sense of kind-heartedness. Unlike most of his West Coast G-funk peers, Warren doesn't celebrate drive-by gang-bangin', dirty-money stackin', nor G's-up, hoes-down pimpin'. Sure, he says the f word once in a while and puffs on the cheeba-cheeba when it's passed his way, but he's essentially a good-natured, all-ages rapper, interested in nothing more than good ol'-fashioned hip-hop. He professes his demeanor succinctly on the catchy hook to "This DJ," the other era-defining highlight here: "It's kinda easy when you're listening to the G-ed-up sound/Pioneer speakers bumpin' as I smoke on a pound/I got the sound fo yo' ass and it's easy to see/That this DJ be Warren G." Like his stepbrother Dr. Dre, Warren is a more talented producer than rapper, and it's his by-the-book G-funk beat-making that truly shines here. For instance, another album highlight, "Do You See," boasts an elastic bass line and whistling synth hook, capturing the essence of G-funk as only Dre himself could. Warren further compensates for his middling rapping with a couple of guests, a few skits, and a brief running time. Even if "Regulate" and "This DJ" tower far above everything else here, Regulate...G Funk Era is nonetheless a minor gem among the myriad G-funk albums of the mid-'90s, and Warren embodies the style itself here with a precision perhaps second only to his older brother and does so with a refreshing air of harmlessness.

    5-0 out of 5 stars it was pretty good
    if i had to rate it better id give it 4.5 there were other songs that were just terrible to my ears like "this is the shack" and the unnessesary skits like "94 ho draft" and "gangsta sermon" Was that erick sermon on the mic? well my favorite song on the album is This DJ, others are regulate, recognize, and do you see. i only bought it because this album its not available anywhere else on the web if you know what i mean. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000024I7
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rap & Hip-Hop   


    Stomping Ground
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (28 March, 2000)
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    Fans of Goldfinger's likable ska hit "Here in My Bedroom" have a surprise in store on Stomping Ground: there's nary a ska tune on the record. Still, the SoCal punk attitude and general vibe of this smart, high-energy band remain intact. Singer John Feldmann delivers the goods à la Green Day or Rancid through rapid-fire, slightly snotty vocal stylings atop smart and memorable punk-pop melodies. But Stomping Ground, the quartet's first full-length collection since 1997's Hang-Ups, boasts a heavier bent, thanks in part to the addition of bassist Kelly LeMieux (Feldmann's former partner in an early '90s metal-leaning outfit). "End of the Day," with its marching-style chorus and frenetic verses is moshable and memorable, while "Bro" melds Limp Bizkit with Suicidal Tendencies. The cover of Nena's "99 Red Balloons" is fun, but the band fares well on its own, especially on the winning and less-frenetic "Margaret Ann" and the pull-no-punches "Get Away." Stomping Ground may be ska-free, but Goldfinger's music still leaves the listener shaken and stirred. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars They Don't Make Punk Like This Anymore
    I really, really sympathize with the contemporary, rock-faring youth of America.

    You have nothing like this band.Good Charlotte?Please.They don't have the intensity or power Goldfinger had.GC is an MTV boy band in a somewhat rugged, poser shell of a group.The music was predictable and stale.Bands like Goldfinger don't frequent the Warped Tour anymore, and it's a sorry, sad thing.Anymore it all sounds a little too produced, too calculated and planned.There's no spontanaity, no power, no sincerity.The day of the Boy Band Punk Rockers is at hand, and the genre is in decline.The grassroots, straight-from your garage band really was the likely culprit for corporate abuse, and with the fall of bands like Goldfinger, this was the likely step in the progression of the Corporate strangulation of Rock music the industry experiences today.

    Even if Stomping Ground was one of the most polished albums Goldfinger produced, it seriously killed everything else up to that point.It was the greatest achievement punk had made while simultaneously laid the groundwork for its demise.The hooksy, catchy and unbridled passion these cool guys displayed both in the studio and on-stage (if you missed the "Crouching Fish; Hidden Finger" Tour, I pity you) was one of the finer moments of modern corporate rock. Even rock fans outside the punk genre gave these guys due credit for the music they made on this album.Goldfinger was the last bastion of pure, great punk before it was destroyed by Blink 182 and all the boy band poser Punkers destroyed the genre with crappy, 3 chord guitar music and semi-illiterate lyrics.

    Give these guys due credit.You may hate punk rock as much as I did before Goldfinger and after them, but these guys made it pallatable for everyone and they made it a hell of a lot of fun.One listen to this record and what I'm saying will become painfully obvious.Stomping Ground remains one of the greatest punk albums ever recorded.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Goldfinger's best work yet!
    Goldfinger changed it up quite nicely on their 2000 release of "Stomping Ground". Their previous work was more ska friendly. It was interlaced with horns and quick guitar rhythms. "Stomping Ground" was a move to the heavier side, without the horns.

    As a huge fan of the earlier ska/punk sound, I found myself a little worried about their decidedly heavy, more metal sound. To my amazement, this has become my favorite Goldfinger album yet. Their influences sound like they come from "The Clash" and "The Kinks". The songs are very well written, and performed with great intensity. The loss of horns is welcomed change after you listen to the album. The album is ever changing, and doesn't include a dull moment.

    If you find that you like the punk/metal sound of "Stomping Ground" more than it's predecessors, I would also recommend their 2002 release of "Open Your Eyes", as it has a heavier sound as well.

    Goldfinger seems to be taking all the right steps of your basic punk/ska band. They are changing with the times on each one of their albums, not recycling material over and over, which several punk/ska bands have a problem with. I am anxious to hear a new album, to see how they've raised the bar for punk/ska once again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest CD ever
    This CD is really cool. The song I really like is 99 Red Balloons. I first heard 99 Red Balloons on GT3. I also like a song called Donut Dan. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004S58Z
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. Ska    5. Ska-Punk    6. Third Wave Ska Revival   

    Significant Other
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (22 June, 1999)
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    Florida-bred metal-rappers Limp Bizkit sold a million-plus records of their debut largely on the strength of a George Michael cover song. But the band indeed had "Faith" and the group's second outing proves that the Bizkit have the goods. Still, it seems as if boastful frontman Fred Durst is loading the band's deck again, this time by including scads of guest vocalists, such as Stone Temple Pilots' singer Scott Weiland, Method Man from Wu-Tang Clan, and Korn's Jonathan Davis. (In fact, Korn gave Limp Bizkit a leg up in the industry.) But the 16 diverse yet cohesive tracks on Significant Other don't need any help. Not as heavy as their mentors Korn--or as they are on their debut--Bizkit give Everlast a run for his money on the tuneful and appealing "Rearranged." "Just Like This" is another winning hip-hop and rock entry, while the amusing and memorable "Nookie" (as in "I did it all for the nookie") has self-deprecating lyrics not unlike the Offspring's "Self-Esteem." Bizkit segues with ease from pleasing rock and hip-hop amalgam to spooky Tool territory on "Don't Go Off Wandering" to moshable moments in the entreaty "Show Me What You Got." Significant Other may be hard to categorize, but it's easy to like. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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    1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible!
    This is the most overrated band in the music history since Tool...piece of sh**! This is awful! Why are you here???

    1-0 out of 5 stars limp bizkit
    the music is bad hands down, but i think the name limp bizkit is cool for two reasons and both being very descriptive reasons of this music and the band members

    1) limp: i'm sure all the members are limp and have to use tweezers as masturbation tools because their thingofabots are so small and limp.

    2) bizkit: biscuits is another name for turds which can be easily compared to the music and intelligence levels of "bizkit" and his fellow band members.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kwit Dissin On My Bizzkit!
    All ov U 1-star reevuers R ideeutz! Limp Bizzkit iz da god ov deth metul! All ov U pafetik poseurs onlee h8 Limp Bizzkit beecuz U think dat Judas Preest and I-earn Mayden R a milliun timez bettur dan Limp Bizzkit! Do we C doze lozerz on MTV? No! Fred Durst iz god! ... Read more

    Asin: B00000JCB2
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Post-Grunge    5. Rap-Metal    6. Rock   


    Back at One
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (21 September, 1999)
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    Quiet Storm never dies, although many of its love-man practitioners' discs blend together into a kind of ardent wallpaper. So it's a bit of a surprise to find Brian McKnight's fourth album, Back at One asserting itself as a committed, highly listenable sample of the genre. Putting his writing skills to work, McKnight manages to make one midtempo plaint after another stand out from its brothers on the disc. In combination with his assured but never overbearing vocals, songs such as the title number, "Last Dance," and "6, 8, 12" trump anything Babyface has done lately. McKnight makes a big claim on the style with this excellent album.--Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars classic brian
    He is one of the few people whose albums i can buy without hearing a note cause he rarely dissapoints. One of my favorite songs EVER is "home", and "3,6,12" is also hot but the whole cd is smooth and sexy his voice is crazy and the guitars on this album are hypnotizing. I love brian and everything he does his latest album isn't all that but that's another review.

    5-0 out of 5 stars brian your album rocks
    brian i just wrote thisletter 2 tell u that, when i listen 2 your album(back at one) it feels that i"m loved i really love your album again know that if i had money i would have bought all of your albums especialy super hero thank yoo

    4-0 out of 5 stars Worth Buying
    While Anytime is Brian McKnight's best CD, Back At One is definitely second.

    There are several good songs on the CD, "Stay", "Played Yourself", "Back At One", "6,8,12", and "You Could Be The One". However, McKnight attempts to copy the brilliance of "When Chariots Come" from anytime with his "Gothic Interlude" on this CD, and it is not impressive.

    Overall, the strong songs outweigh the not so good songs, and if you go by the "4 good song" rule for a CD, this one has 5. ... Read more

    Asin: B00001QGLB
    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Pop    3. Quiet Storm    4. R&B    5. Urban    6. Vocals   


    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (09 September, 1997)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars this is talent
    This is my favoriot CD.This was before the band got caught up in bad lyrics and peta.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good stuff

    This CD gives me some serious nostalgia, because the first track, "Superman", was featured on the first Tony Hawk's Pro Skater for the N64 and PS1. It's a real throwback for me, and for the rest of you people who recognize it. As for the rest of the tracks, this album is quite listenable. I still don't get why the last track is 36 minutes long when only 8 minutes of it is really used for music. Stupid. But anyway, if you're just looking for some good punk, then get it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Song Rating System
    This album is probably my favorite from Goldfinger. Their first self-titled is a very close second. Dan's Coconut Ass is a good album, but not their best work. The same goes for Stomping Ground and Open Your Eyes. Stomping Ground has some very good songs on it, my favorite being "Forgiveness". Check it out if you haven't already. Open Your Eyes has about 6 good ones and the rest kind of suck. "It's Your Life" being my favorite on Open Your Eyes.

    To the person who rated "Last Time" the worst song on the album, you need to get your hearing checked, because it hangs in with the rest. There is no bad song on this album.

    Superman- 5/5 Excellent song
    My Head- 5/5My second favorite song on the album
    If Only- 5/5My favorite song on the album
    Lonely Place- 5/5 Great Song
    20 Cent Goodbye- 4/5 Good song
    Question- 5/5 And all I gotta say is "F*ck you!"
    Disorder- 5/5 My other second favorite song
    Carlita- 4/5Another good one
    Too Late- 5/5 Makes me want to beat up my dad
    I Need to Know- 4/5 Very ska-ish
    Authority- 5/5 You will respect its Authoritah
    S.M.P.- 3/5 Not really a song
    Last Time- 5/5 My other favorite song
    Chris Cayton- 4/5 He looks like Satan
    It Isn't Just Me- 4/5 Secret song worth waiting for
    Chicken McNuggets- 5/5 Who doesn't like Chicken Nuggets
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    Asin: B000005AZY
    Sales Rank: 103249
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock    3. Ska   

    This Is the Shack
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (22 August, 1995)
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    The Dove Shack display much more than the requisite vocal skills on their debut, This Is the Shack. They fly nimbly along a freestyle course that cuts through lyrical rap and R&B crooning on the title cut (which appeared originally on Warren G's Regulate ... G-Funk Era album) and the single "Summertime in the LBC," both instant West coast classics. Unfortunately, the trio never lives up to its promise, opting instead to fill most of the debut with unimaginative raps, misogyny, and racism. --Roni Sarig ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars creme de le creme...
    i too grew up in long beach on 20th and remember these guys talkin about gettin big on warrens label. it really is a good album and i think they summed up what east long beach life is in an album. listenin to this record reminds me of growin up on the eastside and all the fun that came with it like drinkin old english in king park. it relaxes you yet pumps you up, its g-funk, and its pure.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Doveshack Is Back
    I'm From Long Beach And i personally know the doveshack. i lived next to them when this album was released and i have to say that these guys are real talented. out of bo roc, two scoops, and C-Knight i have to choose C-Knight now this guy could really flow and touch you with his tight ... lyrics. much of you don't know that c-knight has done a solo project and is out now but the name of the album is Knight Time. bo roc is still incarcerated he should be out soon. so if you loved this album please look around for The DoveShack. Also look out for Bad Azz, Hobo, Lil Goldie Loc. East Side Up ESRTCG20

    5-0 out of 5 stars G - Funk is work of art
    Warren G's original style know as "G - Funk" dazzles it listeners with tastes of a Jazz, rap, hip hop fusion.If one is a fan of music with a laid back touch, I highly reccomend this album.Another great rap cd from classic rap. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000024KG
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rap & Hip-Hop   


    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 November, 2000)
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    The first single off of R. Kelly's TP-2.com, "I Wish," might be amoving memorial to a dead friend, but the main theme on his latest CD is sex. The first tip-off that Kelly has left the spirit world to concentrate onnookie is the CD title, which refers back to his mid-'90s smash 12 Play.Back then, Kelly made his name with a take-no-prisoners (if somewhat obvious)sensuality. Yet now this loveman sounds conflicted and ill at ease. He mightoffer to "Strip for You," he might lay claim for a girl who's "Like a Real Freak," he might even promise his lady "The Greatest Sex," but his manner is so tentative and so self-reflective it makes one wonder how hot the loving could really be. Kelly has been expanding his creative repertoire over the course of his past two CDs, and his latest motif is a sort of stream-of-consciousness style that constantly returns to the main thrust of the argument: a circular groove. At its best (the triumphant "I Wish"), this style is emotional and emphatic. At its worst, or when Kelly insists on using it over and over, it's the musical equivalent of having a drunk poke you in the arm repeatedly to make his point. On "Fiesta," Kelly literally builds a song out of this annoying rhythmic tic, and it's like he's on a treadmill, never getting anywhere. TP-2.com is raw andromantic, but it becomes too redundant to truly sustain the passion.--Amy Linden ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Cd
    This whole cd is bumping R kellybeen making good stuff for a while now

    5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelieveable
    TP-2.com is probably the greatest cd's that I own.I have had the album for 4 years and I am listening to it as i speak.Its a cd that i can never live without again.R.Kelly is a genuis and I believe i can go out on a huge limb and say he maybe the top 3 or 4 best R&B artist ever.I can't wait for his new album TP-3 reloaded.

    4-0 out of 5 stars the Album has Grown on me
    R.Kelly is the king of Music Period. the Most Prolific, the best ,Writer,Arranger,Producer,Conceptionalist,Vocalist,stylist,etc... He Got the whole Game on Lock. when I first heard this album it didn't hit me,but over time it truly has grown leaps&Bounds with me."I didn't mean it is my cut. those vocals in the background he hits just hit like Scrambled Eggs in the skillet with CHeese&Onions on them. "the Greatest Sex" is a Cold Jam period.I Wish hits home on so many ways. those Strings&Vocals are all on point. hearing this Album this was the blueprint for the 21rst Century R&B Male Vocalist.I've heard so many cats trying to get at those ARRUh Riffs."Feeling on Your BOOTY!!! is the Cut. he cracks me up.the Groove is cool. this Album deals with Loss,Gain finding yourself through so many Journeys. Can't nobody make Albums in the Modern Era like Brother Robert Kelly. He is the musical Genius of Our time.Peerless&His Only Competition is Himself."A Woman's Threat" shows a Cat who ain't afraid to speak on what might happen if His Lady Steps.Props,Daps,Claps,Door bell Rangs&More Stepping through this Journey.the King of Music Covers it all. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004WIZA
    Subjects:  1. Contemporary R&B    2. Pop    3. Pop-Rap    4. R&B    5. Urban   


    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 November, 1998)
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    A double disc may seem indulgent after barely a decade in the biz, but after meandering through the commercial minefields of innocent fun (1992's Born into the '90s), pure raunch (1993's 12 Play), and pop crossover (1995's R. Kelly), Kelly has come close to the perfect mix--and if it takes two discs to do so, why not? There are still moments of indulgence (the forced theatrics of "The Opera"), and the occasional venture into mediocrity ("Did You Ever Think?"), but the sheer funk of tracks like "Home Alone" (a head-bobber featuring Keith Murray) and "Dollar Bill" (featuring--surprise!--Foxy Brown) allows you to overlook such cracks in the formula. Other bit players in this star vehicle include Cam'Ron, Noreaga, Jay-Z, Nas, and (yes) Celine Dion. --Rebecca Wallwork ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best CDs of all time!
    This is a true masterpiece! Every song on both CDs are non-skippable! Compared to all the Biggie albums, Usher albums, Nelly albums, Jaheim albums, and the Avant albums, this is one of the best CDs my ears have listened to. This is an esstenial RnB album for any RnB collector. While you're at it, buy all the others I have listed above, and all the other R.Kelly albums. You will not regret this buy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST CD EVER!!!
    If you don't like this CD then you do not have any taste for music. This man is a GENIUS. He producers and write his own songs, and he is the best producer when it comes to other artists songs. I love this CD and I still listen to it to this day. You Go Boy!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Peak of Kelly's Career
    R. is the best effort of Kelly's career and perhaps the best R&B CD to come out of the late 1990s. The songs on this CD run the gamut from sexy slow jams ("Half On A Baby") to hip-hop-inflected grooves ("We Ride") to soaring adult contemporary ("I'm Your Angel"), revealing the versatility of man previously known solely for bedroom music. The album also shows Kelly coming into his own as a lyricist: tracks like "When A Woman's Fed Up" and "Suicide" show him at his emotive best. This CD stayed in my carousel for two straight years and belongs in the collection of any true R&B enthusiast. ... Read more

    Asin: B00000BKHT
    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Contemporary R&B    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Pop-Rap    6. R&B    7. Urban   


    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 August, 1998)
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    In a post-Seattle Sound rock world, there's still a hunger for music that's dark, dirgelike, and heavy. And the void left by Soundgarden and company is being filled by a spate of bands, including Boston's Godsmack, who even nicked their name from an Alice in Chains song. Like Creed and Days of the New, Godsmack are raging and disenfranchised, as singer Sully Erna's lyrics illustrate: "I am in a living hell / Makes me wonder if I'm alive" or "You're pathetic in your own way / I don't like you anyway." Though the territory being mined isn't new, Godsmack's grungy grooves, potent energy, and strong hooks are irresistible. With a dash of Tool and a smattering of Filter seeping through, Godsmack are on the money, especially on "Whatever," the tantalizing "Get Up, Get Out!," and the strident and syncopated "Bad Religion," on which Erna puts one in mind of James Hetfield. While Godsmack's approach may not be fresh, the foursome's strong songs and powerful energy are still intensely tasty--especially for those with a taste for songs on the sober--but never staid--side. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good album, very good. so, BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!
    This is a pretty good album, but it takes awhile to get used to it. In my opinion the #1 best song on the album is "whatever"
    But don't get me wrong it's not the only good song on the album the rest are pretty darn good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Debut Album!
    First of all, i hope everyone posting reviews of amazon knows that this band's name is NOT taken from Alice in Chains' God Smack song! Sully follows the Wiccan religion, a karma-based religion that he makes references to throughout this band's albums. This unique religion states that if you bring pain to another, whether physical or emotional, it will come back to you three-fold. This probably explains why many of the lyrics heavily express an amazing level of "pissed-offness" and pain. The powerful vocals of Sully backed by Rambola's wicked self-taught guitar mastery and the tribal-based drums make this album, along with the other Godsmack albums, well worthy of a chance.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Complete Alice in Chains rip off
    I know this has been said way too many times already, but Ill say it again. THIS BAND IS NOT ORIGINAL AT ALL. They have stolen everything from Alice in Chains. From their music, to their logo, even their name was stolen from an Alice in Chains song "God Smack". They are by no means a bad band, they just need to come up with something more original. If you want the original style pick up "Dirt" or "Facelift". ... Read more

    Asin: B00000ADJW
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Hard Rock    3. Heavy Metal    4. Industrial Metal    5. Pop    6. Post-Grunge    7. Rock   


    Straight Outta Compton [Clean]
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    A lone voice sneers "You are about to witness the strength of street knowledge," and with that warning the greatest-ever gangsta album begins. Then these Niggas with Attitude--wicked rhymes by Ice Cube, Easy E, and MC Ren; soulful production courtesy Dr. Dre; beats provided by DJ Yella--come barreling into your face, just daring you to ignore the streets of Compton (or any American city) even one day longer. From the anti-police brutality anthem "F__k Tha Police" to the angry, unflinching realism of "Gangsta Gangsta," to the pro-free speech "Express Yourself," this is slammin' and ruthless.--David Cantwell ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY ILL!!!!!!!!!!
    This baby isAWESOME! Its a classic. Every songs great,here is a review for each song.
    Straight Outta Compton-***** ILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!
    Gangsta Gangsta -***** Best on the album.
    If It Ain't Ruff-****Great.
    Parental Discretion Iz Advised-***** Awesome.
    8 ball-***** Hilarious!
    Something like that -****Good.
    Express Yourself-***** I'm running out of things to say.
    Comptons In The House -***** It is in the house!
    I ain't the One -***** Cool.
    Dopeman -***** I am out of things to say uggh cool.
    Quiet On the Set-***** ugghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Something 2 dance 2 -***** Great way to end it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Straight Classic
    I bought this cd when i was about 11 without my moms consent, of course she knew what it was im 18 now, and i still have it and still listen to it, this is one of the breakthrough albums for true gangsta rap along with Public Enemy which was alot more political than NWA but pretty much all rap was in those days..but anyway if you havent already heard this cd then you're way behind on times without a doubt go pick this up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing
    this NWA cd is a classic. dre, eazy, ice cube, ren, and yella all do great. heres a review of the whole Cd

    1. Straight outta compton (5/5) classic
    2. F**k tha police (5/5) another classic
    3. Gangsta, Gangsta (5/5) CLASSIC
    4. If It aint ruff (5/5) ren solo=great
    5. Parental Discretion Iz Advised (5/5) awesome
    6. 8Ball Remix (5/5) my second favorite solo. eazy solo
    7. Something like that (5/5) dre and ren do great
    8. express yourself (5/5) dre solo. my favorite solo track
    9. comptonz in tha house remix (4/5) good song but not that much of a beat
    10. I Ain't tha one (5/5) ice cube solo great
    11. dopeman remix (5/5) not as good as i aint tha one but a great ice cube solo
    12. quiet on the set (4.5/5) another good ren solo. but not as good as If it aint ruff
    13. Something to dance to (5/5) great way to end a classic album ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Gangsta Rap    2. Golden Age    3. Hardcore Rap    4. Pop    5. Rap    6. Rap & Hip-Hop    7. United States of America    8. West Coast Rap   

    All the Pain Money Can Buy
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 March, 1998)
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    On this second album, these rockers from Austin, Texas, demonstrate a flair for perfect mid-'60s pop epitomized by the Kinks and the early Who. The opening track, "The Way," was an early break-out hit for the trio, but the entire album offers similarly uptempo serenades. It's a surprising direction for a band known for its hard-rocking live sets, but an early clue of their fondness for romantic hokum came on their remake of Bacharach & David's "This Guy's in Love with You" from 1997's Lounge-A-Palooza tribute album. Some of these songs actually come off tougher live, but that doesn't detract from the simple pleasures of this record, which is smooth, smart, and moving. --Steve Appleford ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Pop(ish) Rock
    Like most people I know with this album, or who liked this band, I first discovered them when their "The Way" music video aired.I immediately bought the CD and have been happy with it ever since, even though I'm usually into less mainstream bands.This is simply good music -- very good music -- that most people ought to enjoy, or at least appreciate.

    One reviewer described this music as "upbeat Gin Blossoms."The tunes are definitely, for the most part, quite upbeat, and on the surface then this seems a very upbeat album.

    If one listens to the lyrics carefully, however, this is actually a concept album with a dark/"dead-end" theme.It starts out ("The Way") with a person, or people (doesn't really matter) making up in their minds to abandon all responsibility in their lives, and live in the now insetad: "They wanted the highway, they're happier there today."The theme progresses slowly, as the person/people get further and further submerged in their fate.

    By the song "Which Way to the Top?", the character(s) have come to the point where they're no longer happy and want to, make it, if not to the top, at least above their current station in life."Won't you tell me, which way to the top?You know that I cna't stay down here.... We used to drive around in a broken down old car, but now I'm changing trains."Through the next couple songs, there are various ups and downs, hopefulness (or at least hopeful draydreaming - "Warm Fuzzy Feeling").

    By "Slow Drag," however, the character(s) life has taken a turn for the worst after attempts at self-betterment which provided hope in the recent past are quickly crushed.Cigarettes and perhaps other such chemicals are useful to calm down: "every day the same old dizzy dance" and "Charlie the Methadone Man, fills out the papers just as fast as he can."

    It then hits the character(s), again, that their really not "making it to the top," tensions rise and they become unhappy with their lives and with each other, one of them becomes abusive, or at least cruel, "don't matter what I say, only what I do, I never mean to do bad things to you."He eventually "pushed her away with the things [he'd] said."

    So many outer forces (society, absurd and unfair vice laws, etc) are just destroying life for people (such as himself), the charater(s) reasons: "take it to the highway, you travel far and wide, caterpillars carving up the countryside."The situation becomes increasingly hopeless, even nihilistic: "No matter where it goes it's a nowhere road."The character(s) get fired from their jobs, get tired, etc.

    That's my take on it, anyway.Maybe they're just unrelated songs, though.Either way, it is great music.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Effort With A Couple Of Standouts
    I bought this CD after hearing "The Way" on the radio and thinking what a brilliant piece of 1960s-esque pop it was. From the quirky intro to the tight guitar and drum interplay, it really sounded like it could have been a long lost Beatles song covered by a band from Texas.

    While "The Way" is still far and away my favorite song on the CD, there are a couple of other noteworthy standouts, of which "Fire Escape" and "Better Than It Was" are my personal favorites. Interestingly, those three songs are also the first three on the CD, and from there the music suffers a bit with capable, yet uninspired, writing (although all performances are all quite good.)

    I like this CD and give it four stars; the first three songs are five star-plus performances, but the rest of the CD fails to keep the pace. Nevertheless, for these guys from Austin, this is a great beginning; I just hope that they don't lose the way.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good album
    I got this CD as a birthday present in 1999.When I got it, I was only familiar with 2 of the songs from the radio, "The Way" and "Out of my Head", but I was very pleasantly surprised by the rest of the album.I like every song on this CD, but my favorites are probably "Fire Escape", "Good Old Days", and "Nowhere Road".

    Fastball has since become one of my favorite bands, mainly because their songs are very upbeat and catchy, and you don't really hear too many bands with that kind of style anymore.When I try to explain Fastball's sound to people unfamiliar with them, I usually tell them they're sort of like Weezer, but I think they're better than Weezer.They definitely have a sound that you don't hear very often, and it's a sound that my ears like. ... Read more

    Asin: B000005ZKM
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. American Trad Rock    4. Pop    5. Pop Underground    6. Post-Grunge    7. Punk-Pop    8. Rock   


    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 July, 1998)
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    The Ladies have done more than lie in bed the way Brian Wilson did; they've spent some quality sandbox time mastering the intricacies of catchy pop records, hooks and all. Sounding at times like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young after a week in the Caribbean, the Ladies mix a dash of rap with a pop backbeat on "One Week," while "It's All Been Done" is classic 1960s Top 40, right down to the "woo-hoo-hoo" backing vocals. The lyrics are the hidden joy on this record, with lines like "I love you more than I did the week before I discovered alcohol" and the male voice singing about tying his pantyhose around his neck. The songs are well crafted and the production flushes out the Ladies' hidden musical talents, resulting in their best effort since Gordon. --Katie Sigler ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Music stunted by chart grab?
    Look at the production credits and you'll see the name Patrick Leonard. He's the man behind albums by Sheena Easton, Toto, Avril Lavigne, and the Outfield to name a few. That clues you in that this is the Ladies' attempt to make a play for U.S. pop success. He's counterbalanced by co-producer Susan Rogers, known for work with less commercial artists Nil Lara, Prince, and David Byrne, and the Ladies themselves.

    What this means ultimately is that while some songs feel like they're placed here as sops to the whims of radio music directors, on the whole we still have a CD that wears well with repeated plays.

    Out of the gate comes the first pop concession "One Week", a rapid fire white bread rap tune replete with the skewed pop culture references BNL first unveiled on "Gordon". But instead of accents as on "Gordon", the references are the substance of the song. Ultimately it's just ear candy...happy and hummable but ephemeral. Things improve from then on....

    Best tracks here are pop smash "It's all Been Done", which is NOT a blase anthem about lack of originality in music as some may have supposed on cursory listen, but instead is a nod to reincarnation, "Alcohol", a witty ode of self-loathing ("But now I know that there's a time and there's a place where I can choose, to walk the fine line between self-control and self-abuse"), Type A rallying cry "Who Needs Sleep?" and the gentle lullaby "When You Sleep".

    Misfires here are "One Week" (no so much bad as unexceptional in the end) and the mediocre "Leave".

    Bottom Line: Not as charming as their debut, but still better than many.

    3 1/2 stars

    5-0 out of 5 stars An incredible CD, BNL's best
    I'm not very good at describing music. but I do know what I like, and I think that this is one incredible CD.

    I think another reviewer hit it on the mark perfectly explaining that the songs on this CD combine beautiful sounding melodies and lyrics, but when you actually listen to the words you find they are often dark and disturbing, and they question conventional attitudes and social mores.

    It's intellectual music, and I love it.

    The only downside to this CD is that it doesn't get this good again. I bought Maroon and Maybe You Should Drive, and sadly discovered that BNL's other CDs just don't reach this level of accomplishment.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great all around album
    Barenaked Ladies is a great band, but Stunt is an even better album.Stunt is not only Barenaked Ladies best album, it is a near-perfect album.There are certain specific criteria an album needs to meet to be this good:

    1) Great songs--with both flair, individuality and variety.Each song must sound different from other bands sounds (unless they are deliberately emulating it to the other band's credit), but also different from the other songs in the album (this is where groups like Third Eye Blind fail).

    2) The right songs--a great song may not belong in the album if it doesn't fit.Each song must contribute to the album as a whole and also find a way to stand out.Every song in this album stands out for something without drowning out the other songs on the album.

    3) The right arrangement--each song must be in the right place within the album.It really does matter whether the song is in the middle, begining or the end.It matters which song comes before and after which song, and especially what song comes first and what comes last.This album accomplishes this difficult, yet very rewarding task.

    Any album that meets these criteria is a notch above the masses of songs out there.Anybody can create an album with one or two hit songs, but this album is special because of the collective experience from listening to the entire album (which should give you some insight as to why I am against the idea of downloading individual songs off the internet for 99 cents--it destroys the art of the album and is like downloading only some of the chapters of a book!)

    The songs are all delightfully ludicrous, often applying with witsharp criticism of our accepted social standards.From the radio hits One Week, It's All Been Done and Who Needs Sleep? to the lesser known but just as well conceived Light Up My Room, I'll Be That Girl and In the Car, Barenaked Ladies have found something to comment on about everything and everyone.There is love and relationships, environmental and economic concerns, social propriety and disease--none of which are spared under Steven Page's and Ed Robertson's command.The writing is ingenious, and Page's vocals would be funny if he were singing a cookbook.Mostgroups like this have funny lyrics, but the sound is subpar.Barenaked Ladies, however, manages to integrate classic and modern rock music with their lyrics.There is not a single bad (or even forgettable) song in this entire collection.Barenaked Ladies have never been known to back away from a challanging topic, opting rather to turn it on its head--and this album will not disappoint any fan. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


    Doc's Da Name 2000
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (08 December, 1998)
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    The pride of Newark takes a slow rumble through hip-hop's history on his fourth album, jacking whatever beats he takes a shine to: Ice Cube, Audio Two, and the Beastie Boys all get their hits heavily rewritten, and on the closing Roni Size collaboration, "I Got A Secret," he invents a dazed, earthy style of drum 'n' bass rhyming. As the title suggests, there's some conceptual/identity overload going on here, but Redman's spilling over with sly turns of phrase and goofy allusions (as well as gratuitous chickenhead/baby-mama baiting), and his Def Squad teammate Erick Sermon lightens up on his trademark swampy boom, giving himself more room to cram his word hoard into. Every imaginable space is full of blunted puns, fleeting samples, and yelps of "Yo!"--Douglas Wolk ... Read more


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    3-0 out of 5 stars A poor effort by a good MC
    For my money, this album is just not up to par with redman's earlier work.I suggest Dare Iz a Darkside or Muddy Waters. Both have much better beats, hooks, etc.Or check out 'Whut? Thee Album' if you're looking for the old school P-funk sound.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Hot
    I grabbed this cd off the shelf at a used cd store for $8.99 because of Reggie Noble's ill past. Red has had better cd's in his past, "Whut? Thee Album" and "Muddy Waters", but this cd is still a solid 5 stars. Guests: Method Man, Busta Rhymes, Markie, Erick Sermon, Keith Murray, Dave Hollister. Single on this cd is "I'll Bee Dat", which is also a hot track. Overall this is a above average cd. You should also peep out Reggie's other cd's and his movie "How High".

    Lyrics: 8.5 out of 10
    Beats: 8.5 out of 10
    Total: 8.5 out of 10 ... Read more

    Asin: B00000DLXA
    Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Hardcore Rap    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Rap & Hip-Hop   


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

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

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

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

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


    The Predator
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (17 November, 1992)
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    It's true that Cube's third solo album lacked the righteous fury and sonic assault of AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted and the visionary social scope of Death Certificate, but calling it his third-best album is hardly a consolation prize. It remains the last great album that Cube released before giving in to his gangsta-god complex on later efforts. From a political point of view, Cube doesn't bring a whole lot of new ideas to the plate, but musically the album sounds as good as ever with its dark and aggressive beats. Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs lays down some thick, rolling bass lines for "We Had to Tear This Muthaf---er Up," while DJ Pooh jacks a smooth '70s soul loop from the Isley Brothers for "It Was a Good Day," leaving Cube himself to handle the beats on songs such as "When Will They Shoot," with its stomping beat and flinty edge. --Oliver Wang ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Ice Cube
    Ice Cube, the best rapper of the 90's released his fourth solist project at 1992, the success was astonishing. Debuted at number 2 at the billboard and it sold millions of copies worldwide. With #1 singles like "It was a good day" and "Check yo self"
    "The Predator" is one of Cube's best works to date
    Tracks are:
    THE 1st DAY OF SCHOOL Intro
    Good beat I like it
    I'M SCARED Insert
    WICKED +5/5
    One of his best songs, with a bit of Beastie Boys style
    Not bad, I like it
    It's so-so
    IT WAS A GOOD DAY +5/5
    This song made him worldwide famous. I love it
    Great beat, sounds like Cypress Hill
    FCK 'EM Insert
    DIRTY MACK +5/5
    Best song of the album
    DON'T TRUST 'EM 4/5
    Just good
    I love it, that kid made it awesome, better than Pt. 1
    CHECK YO SELF +5/5
    I love it, remix version was the first that I listened to, and this is great to
    It's so-so
    Great song

    4-0 out of 5 stars CUBE'S LAST GREAT ALBUM
    Calling THE PREDATOR Cube's third best can hardly be seen as a compliment; yes, the sharp lyrics are still there, and the production is still as aggressive and chaotic and funky, but it pales in comparison to the lyrical and sonic assault of AMERIKKA'S MOST WANTED and the thematically sound DEATH CERTIFICATE.Also, Cube's wit, perhaps drowned by his anger, is gone here; and says hardly anything new here--racist cops (e.g. "Who's Got the Camera", "Say Hi to the Bad Guy", "We Had to Tear This Mutha***** Up") white supremacy, racial oppression, the usual.What's new, however, is the theme that the album is built around in.It was 1992, at the time of the L.A. riots, and Cube sounds off charactistically about the outcome of the trials of the four officers accused of beating up motorist Rodney King (in "We have To Teal This Mutha***** Up") and providing inserts about reactions from various people, thus providing valuable insight into what everyday people thought about race and the horrible incident.Cube also displays his storytelling skills in cautionary tales ("Don't Trust 'Em" and "Gangsta's Fairytale 2").Also check out the superb "Wicked" and some of that Das-EFX flavor in "Check Yo Self".By the end of the album, where a cop is viciously shot and the words "What kind of a cop killer are you?" echo again and again as it fades away, one can't help but think that THE PREDATOR's theme was centered around racist cops, as an arm of white supremacy and oppression in America, and that this recording, despite its third-rate status next to Cube's two previous recordings, was indeed a valiant effort.Sadly, it would be his last great one, as he would eventually drift away from the socio-political edge that defined him as one of rap's captivating and engaging performers.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Never change your style
    Ice Cube came out with the single wicked which was a different style than "Classic Cube".Note: Anytime a rapper changes his flow or style can be dangerous.Any rapper changing it to a tongue twisting style is just a recipe for disaster.Should have stayed the same but polished his flow.We'll always have death certificate. ... Read more

    Asin: B000003B8F
    Subjects:  1. G-Funk    2. Gangsta Rap    3. Golden Age    4. Hardcore Rap    5. Pop    6. Rap    7. Rap & Hip-Hop    8. West Coast Rap   

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