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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 June, 1998)
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New Jersey white-trash visionary and Monster Magnet frontman Dave Wyndorf spent most of the '80s and '90s dropping acid, popping pills, inhaling pungent weed, and churning out sludgy, drug-induced paeans to hedonistic abandon. And when he finally came down from his cosmic cloud, he realized the rest of the world was as messed up as he was. Addiction loomed everywhere--for power, money, and sex--and all Wyndorf could do was take out his notepad and marvel at the chaos. Monster Magnet's fourth album is a seething document of decay, corruption, and consumerism. "When you get tired of their crap, baby / Move over here and maybe buy some of mine," he shouts on the title track, while crashing power chords, throbbing bass, and tumbling drum fills resonate around him. Musically, Powertrip is less rambling and psychedelic than the group's past albums, owing as much to such confrontational garage rockers as the Stooges and Blue Cheer as to Black Sabbath. It's also more experimental. "Crop Circle" roars with blowtorch guitars and a circular groove; "19 Witches" and "Your Lies Become You" shiver with twanging surf-punk guitars; and "Space Lord" buzzes like a swarm of angry wasps. A powerful trip for sure, or as Wyndorf says in "Bummer," "If you want to spank your demons and make them pay.Baby I'm your man of the hour." --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars ROCKIN' !!!!!
With the track 'Spacelord' which got radio play and was a catchy tune, I decided to pick up a copy of the album with hopes that I wouldn't be dissappointed like I usually am with bands who have one hit or two hits on the radio. Anyways, I couldn't have taken a better chance, because this album ROCKED! My personal favorite song is '19 witches' (or is it 17?)..... anyways it's got catchy jams like 'See you in Hell' and so on. Godsmack reminds me of these guys a little bit, but Monster Magnet is one of the better rock bands you don't hear about much, which makes them even better. I'd hate to see them sell out to MTV like all the other metal bands such as Metallica and others. So check it out, you won't be dissappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this CD now!!
With the demise of bands such as Soundgarden and Nirvana over the last few years, and the increasing wimpiness of the bigger rock bands that remain, such as Metallica and the Smashing Pumpkins, the future of rock music was starting to look pretty bleak. The future is starting to look a bit brighter, thanks to New Jersey's Monster Magnet.With "Powertrip", Monster Magnet wisely chose to abandon the psychedelic stoner rock of their previous efforts, 1995's "Dopes to Infinity" and 1993's "Superjudge, in favor of simple, heavy guitar-rock that would make Black Sabbath proud. MM's ringleader/psycho-genius, David Wyndorf, wrote all of the music and the lyrics in Las Vegas, where he forced himself to hole up in a hotel room, until he had an album's worth of material. Twenty-one days later, he returned to New Jersey with twenty-one songs written, thirteen of which wound up on "Powertrip", the band's most aggressive and mature album to date. Themes of greed and lust are evident throughout the lyrics and even the album's cover, which features pictures of scantily-clad women and dollar bills falling from the sky, clearly a result of Wyndorf's Vegas "vacation". With songs such as the Metallica-style opening track, "Crop Circle", and the Soundgarden-esque "Atomic Clock", Wyndorf makes no apologies for wanting to rock like a rock band should. But this album is not just an hour's worth of rock with gratuitous guitar solos (which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing); in fact, the heavy songs are nicely contrasted with the '60's pop-rock-sounding "See You In Hell" and the surf-guitar tinged "19 Witches".Wyndorf is ably backed by his band that features should-be-guitar-god, Ed Mundell, as well as, drummer, Jon Kleiman, and Joe Calandra on bass. Having toured with the likes of Aerosmith, Van Halen, Marilyn Manson, and Metallica, it looks like Monster Magnet is here to stay, at least for a while.Suburban teenage boys all across America finally have a band that is air-guitar worthy, and their parents are going to hate it. Thanks, Dave Wyndorf, for finally making things right again.

5-0 out of 5 stars MONSTER MUSIC
This is A Fantastic Hard Rock Masterpieace and Monster Magnets Best album, very powerfull Rock. If you like big fat power chord this is for you and it even got 2 wonderfull ballads. I love this Record, and you will 2. ... Read more

Asin: B000007QDK


God Says No
Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 April, 2001)
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Monster Magnet's superhuman cartoon mindset becomes ever more grand with each album. Indeed, from the first chord of God Says No, you know you're in for a wild ride. "Melt" finds head Magnet Dave Wyndorf in his "world of pills." "Heads Explode" rolls along with the same mock Mod-fervor as "See You in Hell" (from 1998's Powertrip) before tumbling into absolute mayhem at the chorus. Wyndorf plays the devil's advocate throughout God Says No, switching between adulation toward--and a thirst for--the annihilation of his bitch/goddess foil on "Doomsday" and "Queen of You." The bare-bones, bluesy "Gravity Well" is as raw as it gets; it sounds like an updating of Son House's "John the Revelator." And Wyndorf faces his own judgment day on the sin-soaked title track, finally coming down on the side of the damned. --Chris Campion ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars The Magnet still rock!
Monster Magnet had masterpieces with SPINE OF GOD and DOPES TO INFINITY. Now, they try to make a case for another classic album, and nearly come close with GOD SAYS NO. Unfortunately, it isn't their best album...but it is worth hearing without a doubt. I figured since I own most of the Monster Magnet collection, GOD SAYS NO would be a welcome addition.
"Heads Explode" is a good song, but it's far from the best one. "Melt" is a great tune, with guitars that slowly drill into your brain. "Queen of You" is one of the most haunting tunes I have ever heard from them, and it's one of the strongest on here. "Take It" was an interesting track, as it features no guitars and mostly keyboards and, of course, the vocals of Wyndorf, which on the album are pretty nice. This track was a big departure from the sounds you have heard from the Magnet, but it was catchy. "Kiss of the Scorpion" has a great rhythm; "Gravity Well" is a real gritty Delta blues number with nice slide guitar work; and "My Little Friend" has atmosphere. However, "Silver Future", although a good song, could have been better.

Overall, GOD SAYS NO is a good album, and if you are a big fan of these guys, it really wouldn't hurt to add this to your collection.

P.S. For those who own the UK version of this cd (I happen to own that import and the regular version), "Down In The Jungle" is a great hard-charging Monster Magnet track. Probably my second fave on the album.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but far from their best
I have all Monster Magnet's albums, so was eager to hear their latest release. However, as with the previous album 'Powertrip', this record suffers from too much filler (Heads Explode, Doomsday, All Shook Out and Silver Future are all nothing special). There are some great songs here though- Melt is a slab of classic Magnet, Gravity Well is raw and bluesy, and Queen Of You is dark and moody. The album as a whole is generally more diverse than previous releases. One thing about Monster Magnet is that the last couple of albums have seen them shift from their raw pyschedelic noisefest to a more focussed, slicker approach. I have to say that I prefer the earlier sound, rock music sounds much better with a more spartan production, not with a layer of gloss. Depending on where you stand may affect which Monster Magnet album you prefer, but for what it's worth, here is the order in which I rate Magnet's work.... 1)'Spine Of God' - debut album, raw garagey sound and classic tunes, the title song is their absolute best ever. 2)'Dopes To Infinity' - a consistent collection of big riffs. 3)'Superjudge' - patchy but has some glorious moments. 4)'God Says No'. 5)'Powertrip'- very disappointing, only three or four decent tunes. If you are new to the Magnet I'd get their albums in this order, if you have all their albums then the new one is worth owning but not classic. (PS the self titled six track EP is also very good and makes a good companion piece to 'Spine Of God', but it is only available on import I do believe. 'Tab..25' is another long EP, worth owning but is largely one long psychedelic jam with no vocals. Very trippy). For those who have never, ever heard Monster Magnet, they play heavy rock (with more than a nod to Black Sabbath), and sing about cosmic imagery, mountains and drugs. They are a bit more cerebral than yer typical 'stoner rock' and are a good band, check them out.

4-0 out of 5 stars 5 great songs is enough!!!
Sorry to say but 5 great songs is enough:

The sad state of affairs is that five great songs on any record now days is rare enough to make it a good record. Truly sad but that's where I'm at these days.

This CD is super cool and worthy of many honorable notes. Such as "it totally rocks" and "this is the defining state of power rock" and it's recorded beautifully well. I've put this CD on some of the finest equipment in the Hi-Fi audio industry and it stands up to any recording out there (even Sting...oh my god!) these guys have the full power of the industry behind them (hence the quality recording) but have not surrendered their commitment to super explosive power rock.

Fraught with cliché after cliché it still delivers. Electric Six could use a few of these tricks on their CD's these guys understand their genre or "format" like Nirvana and the Beastie Boys (also examples of bands understanding what we want when we buy one of their records) Monster Magnet knows how to deliver the goods to their fans.

It's BIG
It begs to be played loud
It compromises nothing for the format

It's a pretty darn good CD for anybody who makes the claim to be a fan of rock... Do you? Better yet, can you?

I know you will...I did and it feels really good ... Read more

Asin: B00005ABO0


The History of Rock
Average Customer Review: 3.32 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 May, 2000)
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The History of Rock arrives as the sort of superstardom-celebrating release that can buy a hot-selling artist time. (Think, say, G N' R Lies.) After 8 million (and counting) sales of 1998's Devil Without a Cause, the trailer-rockin' rapper is out to remind the world that it hardly started there. Mostly drawn, and often retooled, from his out-of-print Polyfuze Method and Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp, these tracks display a "funky country hick" already on point with his knowing, hardheaded combo of old-school beats and classic-rock guitars. An "American Bad Ass" for sure, but also an artist who could come only from America, Kid Rock brings the noise--not to mention the bread and the circus. --Rickey Wright ... Read more


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3-0 out of 5 stars Decent, but misleading packaging...
This CD is fine, if you know what you are getting. Packing list should read:

1 absoulutely killer new song (American Badass)

1 fairly lousy new song

The rest of the Cd is made up of a mix of re-recorded or re-mixed Kid Rock "classics". Most of the songs are very listenable, if a little derivative. They all sound better than the orignal versions available only on the out-of-print CD's.

You also get a few un-refurbished tracks straight from old albums which sound pretty dated production-wise. There are also a couple of unreleased songs which are ok, but unessential.

All this adds up to a decent Cd. I bought it for "American Badass", and fully expected the rest of it to be horrible... but, it's really not so bad. I do take issue with Kid Rock and his record company for deliberately presenting this as a "new" album... i.e. the sequel to "Devil Without a Cause". The only way you'd know what it really contains is by reading a review or reading the CD booklet (which obviously means buying the CD.

The cd does go some way toward illustrating that Kid Rock was not an overnight sensation... or, was an "overnight" sensation 10 years in the making. All of the ideas that made "devil" a killer album and a hit were kicking around in Kid's warped brain for a decade... they just came together the best on "Devil".

So, in closing, if "Devil" was like U2's "Joshua Tree" (i.e. a breakout album than attracted millions of fans) then "History" is "Rattle Hum" (a thrown together mish-mash designed to buy time and make money while the artist works on the proper follow up). Buyer Beware.

4-0 out of 5 stars The bullgod is back
2 years ago,Detroit based nu-metal artist Kid Rock crossed over from the underground hip-hop clubs of Michigan,to the mainstream pop charts with his hit album "Devil without a cause". This is not a follow up album as some believe but a compilation of remixed,re-recorded,and unreleased material from before the detroit rapper/rocker's went mainstream.The main difference between this and DWAC is, in DWAC Kid rarely went beyond the rap-metal genre,here Kid showcases his talent in a number of styles. We have hiphop tracks like 3 Sheets to the wind, country ballads such as My Oedipus complex,he even pays tribute to Elvis in Born 2 B A Hick!But fans of DWAC will not be dissapointed by songs such as American BadAss,F**k That and Prodigal son. I recomend this album to anyone who appreciates artists such as Linkin Park,Papa Roach and Eminem,in the words of Kid himself "P*mp On!"

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
really good

intro - best song on the cd lol no it's just some guy talking about kid rock its not a song

american bad a**- best kid rock song ever recorded on any cd in the world 20/20

prodigal son - awesome 20/20

paid - great 19/20

early morning stoned pimp - any song where joe c raps earns my respect 20/20

dark and grey - just like i am the bullgod 20/20

3 sheets to the wind - great 18/20

abortion - sorta ok 14/20

i wanna go back - sucks 4/20

ya keep on - AWESOME i hear this song at baseball games a lot and it took me until i got the cd to know it was kid rock himself 20/20

f**k that - AMAZING!!!!!!!! 20/20

born 2 b a hick - lol great and funny 20/20

my oedipus complex - 2nd best song on cd TBT kicks a** on this song 20/20

overall 20/20 ... Read more

Asin: B00004TCPN


Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast
Average Customer Review: 3.55 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 November, 1990)
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2-0 out of 5 stars At the time.. decent, maybe.. but now..
At the time of the release of this album, it might have been a decent album. This was at a time where rap was just starting to evolve, and the "old-school" sound was the ticket to ride. When you look back on those albums now, you almost have to laugh at the lack of talent displayed on those albums. This album might have been good back in 1990, but now, in 2001, you almost have to laugh at the sound. This might be a good purchase for an EXTREME kid rock fan, but for anyone else, don't waste your money.

5-0 out of 5 stars grit sandwiches for breakfast


5-0 out of 5 stars Huh?
There's somethin' about Kid Rock I want you to know,This is way before The Polyfuse days. There is no Twisted Brown Trucker band in there because Jive Records ust uses rap and pop mostly. But I only heard a snippet of Yo-Da-Lin in the Valley and it didn't have a explict sticker! This was before 1991 when they started to
put PA stickers. And I'm just 11 and I like Kid Rock.
(No Joe C. and Uncle Kracker in there) ... Read more

Asin: B0000004X3
Sales Rank: 64432


Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 November, 2001)
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Detroit-bred rocker/rapper Kid Rock has reason to be "cocky," as 1998's multiplatinum Devil Without a Cause established the multifaceted artist with the Southern rock influences as a generally likable braggart able to back up his boasts musically. Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker backup band also spawned a successful solo career for DJ Uncle Kracker, who wrote songs for--but whose turntables aren't on--Cocky. With a little help from fab friends, including actor David Spade, and musicians Sheryl Crow and Snoop Dogg, Cocky covers a mélange of styles, from rap to country, utilizing organ, pedal steel, and harp as well as metallic guitar solos. Ultimately, though, the 14 songs are schizophrenic and not always successful: on "Lonely Road of Faith," Kid Rock turns in a anthemic ballad nearly worthy of Lynyrd Skynrd, whose "Freebird" he samples in the laid-back R&B-flavored "You Never Met a Motherf**ker Quite Like Me," while Crow's vocals on the gentle, country tune "Picture" and the plodding "Midnight Train to Memphis" contrast with the metallic riffs of "I'm a Dog," the nasty "sex rhymes" of"WCSR," and the rapped boasts of the narcissistic title track. Cocky? Indeed. Commendable? Dubious. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars Blues, Country, Rap, and Rock, an good combination
I am a BIG fan of Kid Rock and I have heard Devil Without A Cause and History Of Rock, I have even heard some songs from his first cd Grit Sandwiches for Breakfast. But in Cocky, some of his songs would start off a little boring but get better, but it takes too long for the good part to come. I like Kid's music a lot so I think its a great album, but it might not be a good album for you if your not open minded to other music. I personally think the way he mixes Rock, Country, Rap, and Blues is great, but if you absolutely hate two or more of these types of music, you probably wont like this album. Here's what I think about each song.

Trucker Anthem- Great way to start off the album, has a great hard rock beat and great lyrics. My favorite song in the whole album.

Forever- A great rock/rap song. Has lots of good rhymes. My 2nd favorite song

Lay It On Me- Another great song that has a good mix with country and rock. (My 3rd favorite)

Cocky-Even though it has racy lyrics, it is a great song to listen to, with a lot of good rhymes.

What I Learned Out On The Road- A good soft song, with blues, country and rock mixed into it.

Im Wrong But You Aint Right- A good hard rock song, with great guitar riffs by Twisted Brown Trucker's guitarists. It just needed a better chorus.

Lonely Road Of Faith- A great blues song, it is this album's
"Only God Knows Why"

You Never Met A MotherF*cker Quite Like Me- A good country/rap/rock song with great vocals by Kid.

Picture- A good Blues/Country melody with great vocals by Sheryl Crow.

Im A Dog- A good rock song but the rock beat repeats way too much.

Midnight Train To Memphis- The first 2 and a half minutes are boring but then gets really good through out the rest of the song.

Baby Come Home- Kid Rock could of done better with this song, it needed better lyrics but did a good beat with the banjo.

Drunk In The Morning- Starts off slow and a little boring, but most of the song is fast and good.

WCSR (World Class Sex Rhymes)- I don't like rap unless it has a guitar in the backround, so I think it wasnt really good but he does great rhymes with Snoop Dogg

2-0 out of 5 stars Kid Rock...More Like Kid CRAP!!!
If it weren't for Uncle Kracker's "Double Wide" then this album would definately take the cake for the lamest, wackest, most hilariously awful commercially available rap album I've ever heard.

I'm SOOOOO glad I didn't buy this CD. I downloaded a few tracks, listened to them, then completly deleted them from my hard drive so there is no chance I may accidentaly have to hear them again.

It's such a shame. I've been into Kid Rock since the early 90's and I always thought that he had the skills to make it big. Well, he finally did but somewhere in between DWOC and Cocky Kid Rock was brainwashed into thinking that this country-rap crap is not only listenable, but cool.

I think not. Whenever a conversation comes up about who the worst rapper of modern times is, Uncle Kracker's name always topped the list. Now I'm afraid Kid Rock's name may top that list and I feel embarrassed that I even own any of his stuff.

This is DEFINATLY NOT an album for long-time fans of Kid Rock or fans of Devil Without A Cause.

Come to think of it, I don't know WHAT type of music fans this type of album is for. I just know I don't EVER want to be associated with any of them for fear of them polluting my ears with such crap as cocky.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kid Rock At His Best.
This has to be Rock's Best Cd. I Love it but its missing something! A Track With his good buddy Uncle Kracker. besides that this is fine work its all Rock/Hip Hop Like The Classic Kid Rock. Best Song is LAY IT ON ME. ... Read more

Asin: B00005R2IN


Devil Without A Cause
Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (18 August, 1998)
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It's fitting that the Kid Rock revival got started when the Beastie Boys featured him in their Grand Royal magazine--and not because the kid from Detroit shares their skin tone. Rock has often been compared with the early Beasties--the boys of "Fight for Your Right to Party" and "Brass Monkey," the boys no one ever thought would grow up. With lines like "I ain't straight outta Compton, I'm straight out the trailer" and "I started an escort service--for all the right reasons," it's obvious that Kid Rock doesn't aim to follow suit. But that's no hindrance to Devil--backed by the funky metal band Twisted Brown Trucker and special guests like blues vets Robert Bradley and Thronetta Davis, Rock is hosting one hell of an interesting party. Ultimately, Rock's party is great, schlocky fun, equal parts old Beasties and Sebastian Bach--making Devil a guilty pleasure, the Starship Troopers of hip-hop. --Randy Silver ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Kid Rocks breakthrough album
Excellent rock/rap album- Every song on the cd is good and its a fun cd to listen to.
1.Bawwitdaba- 5 out of 5 stars- one of my favorites on album
2.Cowboy- 5 out of 5 stars
3.Devil without a cause- 4 stars
4.I am the bullgod- 4.5 stars
5.Roving-3.5 stars
6.Wasting time- 4 stars
7.Welcome 2 the party- 4 stars
8.I got one for ya-4.5 stars
9.Somebodys gota feel this- 4 stars
10.Fist of Rage- 4 stars
11.Only god knows why- 5 out of 5 stars - great ballad
12.F*** off- 4 stars
13.Where u at rock- 3.5 stars
14.Black chick white guy-3.5 stars
Overall great rock cd worth the money/ Classic

5-0 out of 5 stars This Will Make You a Believer
Guns N'Roses are gone. Led Zeppelin is history. Aerosmith has been clean for years. The Rolling Stones are living, breathing anachronisms. Rod Stewart is a pop singer. And hip hop bands don't use live bands with loud guitars. Is the modern music scene hopeless?

Nope. It's alive and dangerous. For those of us who miss loud guitars and controversial lyrics, Kid Rock has come to the rescue.

If you are a hard rock fan and can keep from banging your head during "Bawidaba," you don't have the volume loud enough. If you don't bang your head after the piano break in "Cowboy," you need to buy Pat Boone's "In a Metal Mood." If you don't sing along to the bridge in "Roving Gangster," perhaps you need to take your a** to the early-bird special at Denny's and take your geritol.

If you miss the danger of G N'R, you'll love the drug-glorifying jams of "I Am the Bullgod" and "Where You at Rock?"

While I've never been a fan of hip hop, I must say I thoroughly enjoy the drug-glamorizing, braggadoccio of Kid Rock's "Devil Without a Cause." Imagine the Beastie Boys merged with G n' R, Zeppelin, and Skynyrd and you have Kid Rock.

If you're looking for modern music with the edginess of the backporch of a house overlooking the Pacific in SoCal, this is it.

4-0 out of 5 stars A lot better than I thought it would be
"Devil Without A Cause" is a lot better than I thought it would be. It opens up with "Bawitdaba", which is one of the best song's on the CD. My other favorites are "Devil Without A Cause", "I Am The Bullgod" and "F-ck Off". If you like rap-rock than you should get this CD. ... Read more

Asin: B000009ED0


The Slim Shady LP
Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 February, 1999)
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On The Slim Shady LP, Eminem wants it all. He's conflicted, you see; the world has treated him badly, and he wants to respond in kind. But he isn't a straight-up gangsta--this is, after all, the first release on Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records, his post-Death Row-era venture--and Eminem (born Marshall Mathers) doesn't really want anyone to follow in his footsteps, which leads to some interesting contradictions on this album. In the first single, "My Name Is," he's self-deprecating, rapping about his poor upbringing and his hairy palms. But on the very next song, "Guilty Conscience," he plays the devil to Dr. Dre's angel--that is, until Eminem brings up an incident from Dre's devilish past, rapping, "You gonna take advice from someone who slapped Dee Barnes?" Later, on "'97 Bonnie & Clyde," he turns Will Smith's "Just the Two of Us" on its ear, making it a tale of murder; but on "My Fault," he actually feels bad--though whether it's for the girl he overdosed or for himself is tough to figure out. With his nasal Midwestern tone, Mathers has a clean, clear flow, and the production--by Dr. Dre, Marky, and Jeff Bass--is crisp but consistently fun. With his outlook, it's tough to take Eminem too seriously, but he's made an album you don't have to take seriously to enjoy. --Randy Silver ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars One Of Em's Finest
Simply a classic Marshall Mathers masterpiece. Slim gets help on the mix boards with one of rap's most admired producers of all time, Dr. Dre. Dre makes songs like "Guilty Conscience" stand out with a unique feeling that you won't get from listening to anything else. My favorite tracks (in no particular order) are: My fault, As the World turns, Role Model, Guilty Conscience, My name is,'97 Bonnie and Clyde, Just don't give a F--- and Brain Damage. This album often gets hard knocks due to hits harsh lyrical content. Since buying this album two weeks ago, I have listened to it quite a few times and the lyrics do not bother me at all. However, if you are under 16, I do not reccomend playing this album in front of your parents. Eminem is one of the most talented emcyees to pick up a microphone in years. He makes words rhyme brilliantly in ways you could never immagine. If you are thinking of buying em's third release-The "Eminem Show", or his sophomore effort-"The Marshall Mathers LP" I deeply reccomend picking up this album first. It will help you relate to what he is saying in his newer releases, and will let you travel deep inside the mind of Em's dark alter-ego-Slim Shady. If you love classic rap like Tupac, Biggs, Nas, Jay-Z, Dre, and Snoop-then I promise you will fall in love with this album immediately. 10/10-lyrics 8/10-beats (if you want some very tight beats buy "The Marshall Mathers LP") 9/10-production, 10/10-Flow. Pick up this album soon!

5-0 out of 5 stars This isn't nu-metal or rock? well it's still d*mn good
Holy @%*#$@%&$*!!! I'll just give the list of songs and ratings:

1 Public Service Announcment- funny - 10/10
2 My Name Is- Funny, creative, and sturdy - 9/10
3 Guilty Conscience- Very Creative, got Dr. Dre, flowing - 9.5/10
4 Brain Damage- A little funny and smooth song - 8.5/10
5 Paul- Ok, I don't necessarily care about his lawyer, but ok - 5.5/10
6 If I Had- Funny and sad, cool song - 8/10
7 97' Bonnie And Clyde- Wicked and freaky, but awesome song - 9/10
8 [bitch] Eh, just some ... - 5.5/10
9 Role Model- Super Creative and...trippy - 9/10
10 Lounge- Hey, he can really sing! - 7.5/10
11 My Fault- um, just not for me, it's alright - 7/10
12 Ken Kaniff- Funny, somewhat creative...I think - 9/10
13 Cum On Everybody- yeah, not for me, but ok - 7/10
14 Rock Bottom- ONE [HECK] OF A SONG!!! - 10/10
15 Just Don't Give A [FUCK]- Wacky and awesome - 10/10
16 Soap-...oh, weird thing to put on a CD - 7/10
17 As The World Turns- Good and creative, that's about all - 8/10
18 I'm Shady- Good and creative - 8.5/10
19 Bad Meets Evil- Good, but nothing as creative as it seems - 7.5/10
20 Still Don't Give A ... Less Awesome than Just Don't Give A ..., but still great - 9.5/10

5-0 out of 5 stars Sick!
I liked my name is that's funny! Gooooood lyrics and great beats. ... Read more

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The Eminem Show
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 May, 2002)
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Any lingering doubts as to the depth of Eminem's skills or his potentialfor raw yet compelling honesty are dispelled on The Eminem Show's firsttrack. Armed with a quicksilver flow and a thundering rhythm track (the recordwas exec produced by longtime mentor and partnerDr. Dre), "WhiteAmerica" finds Eminem ferociously mauling the hand that feeds him, lambastinghis critics, the industry, and the racism that, in many ways, helped makeMarshall Mathers more than just another rapper. "Let's do the math," Em sneers,"If I was black I would have sold half/ I could be one of your kids/ Little Ericlooks just like this." After the bombast ofThe Marshall Mathers LPand Eminem's well-noted use of sexual epithets, this kind of material is mademore controversial because it actually rings true. From a brutal retort to hislong-estranged and equally troubled mother ("Cleaning Out My Closets") to asurprisingly tender ode to his child ("Hailie's Song"), Eminem examines hislife, loves, arrests, addictions, failures, and successes with surprisinginsight, making this a funk-drenched hip-hop confessional well worth the hype.--Amy Linden ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars His best to date
I had loved the Slim Shady LP and Marshall Mathers LP before Eminem Show had been released. I was looking forward to it because I knew he was not going to miss. After listening to this straight through and loving every minute of it, my opinion about his first 2 lp's slowly started to change. Not in a bad way, but in a way that shows that Eminem has outdone himself once again.

Without a doubt, this is Eminem's best cd out of his 3 LPs. Taking the reins on his album, he does the majority of the producing. You can see his obvious growth from his previous two albums to this one because he has left the gay-bashing and wife-killing lyrics on the shelf this time. Instead he takes a stand on political issues (White America), hip hop's issues ("Hip hop is in a state of 911" from the song Business), women issues (Superman) as well as his own issues (Soldier, Say Goodbye to Hollywood). The hit singles "Without Me", "Sing for the Moment", and "cleanin' out my closet" kept him on top of the charts for pretty much all of 2002 and part of 2003. You can tell from a few songs that he still has issues with his mother and Kim, as they are mentioned in several verses. Em tries to take a stab at singing in "Hailie's Song" and while he's no American Idol, the song was still enough to touch me. An angry delivery ensues in my favorite track "Till I Collapse" where Em spits angry grimy lyrics. The last "controversial" track if you can call it that is called "My Dad's Gone Crazy". I've seen some reviews that said Eminem is a bad influence over his daughter for including her in a song with those kinds of lyrics. Obviously nobody has heard of audio editing where he inserted his daughter's vocals into the song. Now that I've put that ballot to rest, moving on to "Sing for the Moment" which uses the sample of "Dream on" by Aerosmith. Sing is another great song with more real lyrics from Eminem. "Say what you say" is probably the weakest effort along with "Drips" but these below average tracks are not nearly enough to bring down this 5 star album. Eminem needs to ditch these clowns he is hanging around with (50 cent, G-unit, d12, obie trice, etc) and go solo. Eminem himself is powerful enough to carry a label. He doesn't need anyone.

In any event, whether you love him or hate him, there is no denying his lyrical as well as his production talent in this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shady's back and better then ever!
Shady seems to get wizer with his lyrics ever album. This album explodes with great lyrics, beats, and a tight production. Dr. Dre and Eminem are the best duo. Marshall tells about social issues in America he expresses his thoughts in great detail throughout the album you get a sense of what he is going through in his life.

Curtains Up Skit- Show's Eminem ready to talk on the microphone.

White America- Displays Eminem's talent to reach out to his fans and how's he's influenced them awesome song! Very heavy

Business- One of my favorite tracks it's awesome with Dre's beats. It's kind of a batman and Robin duo. Great Lyricsm on this track it's a standout!!

Cleanin Out My Closet- Eminem talks about his fame, his ex wife, and his mother, this song tells the fans what Eminem's feeling.

Square Dance- Don't let the title fool you. Eminem seems mad on this track he trash talks canibus! It's a good rap song.

The Kiss Skit- The events that led to Eminem's arrest.

Soldier- Tells about how even though Eminem has had lawsuits against him, the press against him, and his newfound fame, he takes it all in and still moves on like a soilder.

Say Goodbye Hollywood- Talks about all the things that have happened to Shady and how he needs to keep his feet above the ground.

Drips- Talks about Obie Trice he raps about sex and STDS. Basically a son about Eminem's fictional girlfriend.

Without Me- One of my favorite tracks. Eminems first lead single and he basically tells about how he's back and better then ever. Very funny song.

. Paul Rosenberg (Skit)- Em's manager telling em not to carry a gun around anywhere.

Sing For The Moment- Aerosmith tune telling how his fans and other enterainers are attached to em.

Superman- Tells about his ex wife. And how he can care less about the situation. How's he single and his laid back attitude.

Hailie's Song- Lovesong to his daughter. Describing his feelings in this heartfelt song.

Steve Berman(skit) - The head of Interscope records says what he wants to say about this album.

When The Music Stops- Awesome talks about Em's issues and what he's feeling tight beat guest spot by D12 one of my favorite songs on this album.

Say What U Say - Em and Dre rap dissing Jermaine Dupri.

'Till I Collapse- Don't really like this song tells about how em is going to continue with his rap career till he collapse how much he loves the game and how rapping is his life!

My Dad's Gone Crazy- Eminem shines on this song it tells about him and what we've known all along Em is a little crazy!

The Curtains close- The Em show sadly ends.

*****5 stars great album!! Funny

1-0 out of 5 stars how about niggaz and wiggers learn how to act like people?
rap is not music and there is no talent involved. you know why cops pull blacks and wiggers over? it's because they're blasting this gay crap and it's annoying. if i were a cop, i would pull "yall" over and shoot you in the back of the head. all rappers and followers are insecure and the only way they can get attention is to blast this garbage in their cars. the bigger the s.u.v. you drive, the smaller (...)you have. stop trying to prove yourself, the aryan nation hates you. ... Read more

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The Marshall Mathers LP
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 May, 2000)
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Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? On Eminem's sophomore album, he can't decide who he wants to be: the deranged pseudo-psycho of the Slim Shady LP, or a nice guy who just likes to rhyme about slicing and dicing his girlfriend ("Kim"). Of course, according to Eminem, he's just kidding. He refuses to take responsibility for the misogynistic, homophobic bile he spews, whining that he's the victim of people who don't get his unique sense of humor. It's good old America's fault if the kids aren't alright (Eminem blames bad parenting), and he's just capitalizing on Uncle Sam's dark side. On the Marshall Mathers LP, he's ambivalent about his fame, angry at his life, pissed off that people take him seriously, and fightin' mad at boy bands--and a lot of other white people. But the blue-eyed brat is acutely aware of his status as rap's resident alien: he has the most offensive mouth running, but never uses the "N" word. He gives lyrical love to tragic (black) legends like Tupac and Biggie while dissing white rappers hard. Even sitting duck Puffy gets the kid-gloves treatment. Of course, Eminem is an interesting, witty rapper, and there's some nice production on this CD, courtesy of Dr. Dre and others. But the hatred in Eminem's rhymes makes the album rotten at its core. And his protests that Slim Shady is just a persona become less convincing with each arrest. Then again, Eminem's got it hard: he's rich, famous, white, and male. --Lizz Mendez Berry ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars May I Have Your Attention . . . . . .
Eminem's form of expression mixed with humor and complete vulgarity has always fascinated me in an odd way. Maybe it's because he's always testing and then breaking the boundaries of music. On "The Marshall Mathers LP," Eminem goes against the grain, but this time struggles with many different issues, including his new-found fame, the current wave of garbage-pop music, and unresolved questions from his past.

Eminem spits in the music industry's collective face with his song "The Real Slim Shady," which disses well-known music figures like Christina Aguilera, 'NSync, and Will Smith and includes a great sing-along chorus. Continuing in the same vein is the tongue-in-cheek "Marshall Mathers," which again snarls at boy bands while Eminem ponders why little kids want to be like him. His brutally honest "Drug Ballad" showcases his once back-and-forth relationship with drugs and their brutal effects. Two of the biggest standouts on the album are "Stan" and "Kim." "Stan" illustrates the issue of fan-obsession and its extremes. The song soars with backing vocals by Dido, making it even more captivating. "Kim" is oddly gripping and emotionally exhausting--its haunting melody and lyrics paint a picture of the darker side of a relationship gone too far. Eminem wildly wavers between hate, love, dispair, and hope before ending the song with the utmost tragedy. Eminem's writing skills are amazing--his ability to tell stories conjure up disturbing mental images as he journeys to the dark side of life. Definitely not for the easily offended, Eminem will make you laugh, think, and hit the "repeat" button on your CD player. This album is worth buying and listening.

5-0 out of 5 stars The only White Rap worth Hearing
I never listened to rap before Eminem came out. I find his rhythms and rhyme scheme to be fascinating. I believe in total freedom of speech and if you don't like the lyrics, don't listen.

...OOL LYRICS TO SONGS, LISTEN TO "IM BACK". MARSHALL MATHERS IS A COOL SONG TOO. HOPE YOU ENJOY THE CDg there money on a cd with innoproperite lyrics, and making him that much more rich. He doesn't care about you. He will do whatever it takes to make money. He has led so many people down the wrong path in life. With his money he is probably going to spend it on drugs, beer, and other stupid stuff. Why wouyld you buy something that has lyrics that talk about sex, voilence, drugs, and more. Well hope you don't buy his cd. Peace out.lad-about drugs of course

Amityville-em and his pals d-12 rappin it oy here

Kim-This one is truly a very strange song this is about eminem trying to kill his wife Kim and his hate for her.

Criminal-crazy last som stands out alot

I like this album just give it a chance to sink in and you will like it too forget about how people diss him and say hes not talented. It's goodan awesome beat.

The Real Slim Shady: Ahh, the 'friendly" radio song. It's a good single, but the happy-beat doesn't fit in anywhere on this album.

Remember Me: Another "EM going off track." It's a bit slower than usual, but yet another song that makes this a great CD.

Im Back: Em is mad. He thinks that you forgot about him. Overall, a good-to-fair tune.

Marshall Mathers: The personal song. Em talks about his mom, and Kim. It's a great slow song. "Slow?" Trust me, it works., beautifully.

Drug Ballad: Em's "love song." He mixes hip-hop choruses into it, and this is this time's "Cum On Everybody."

Amityville: I don't particularly care for this song, but it's good enough to not skip.

Bitch Please Part II: Guests galore. It hits hard and fast, with the most straight-rap vibe in this whole album.

Kim: A funny-in-a-weird-way song. His "Na-na-na-na-na"s in the beginning is priceless, and so are the lyrics.

Under The Influence: Whoa. Em starts out talking to Halley-Jade, and then...........Whoa.

Criminal: The perfect closer. A potential single, you'll love it.

As for the skits, Public Service Annoucement 2000 is basically a continuation of the first album's intro, Steve Berman is one where he pokes fun at a record-exec, and Ken Kaniff............let's just say, he got ICP back.

Em is angry at SOMETHING. You can hear it in his voice. He yells, kicks, screams, and, ultimately, gets his message across. And in the process, he makes one of the finest rap albums ever made.

5-0 out of 5 stars "floydianfan" is un-educated on real rap.
This album is great. I'm white, but it doesn't make me a "whigger" to listen to this bumpin' cd. Some people just take music too literal [serious] and actually DO what these rappers joke about. Some people are too stupid to understand what is right, and what is wrong. Em' is a comedian no matter how much he denies it. This album is his best although twisted and not for the easily-offended. It's NOT a freestlye session. And many people can rap "better" but not as "sinister" as Eminem and Slim Shady[his sick side]. So if you take things too seriously, or don't like twisted rap, don't buy it. Otherwise 5 outta' 5! ... Read more

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The Sickness
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 March, 2000)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Half Sevendust, half Gravity Kills, mix well and serve
"Disturbed" isn't groundbreaking, but it does what it does pretty well. Mosh beats and simple guitar lines with the required off-key spots. Like Sevendust, Disturbed plays it smart by putting a good singer (David Draiman) in front of all the wrath. The lyrics are the standard child abuse/misogyny/I'm-a-psycho stuff that defines nu-metal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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