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OK Computer
Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 July, 1997)
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Radiohead's third album got compared to Pink Floyd a lot when it came out, and its slow drama and conceptual sweep certainly put it in that category. OK Computer, though, is a complicated and difficult record: an album about the way machines dehumanize people that's almost entirely un-electronic; an album by a British "new wave of new wave" band that rejects speed and hooks in favor of languorous texture and morose details; a sad and humanist record whose central moment is Thom Yorke crooning "We hope that you choke." Sluggish, understated, and hard to get a grip on, OK Computer takes a few listens to appreciate, but its entirety means more than any one song. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars the second best album of all time
it took me over a year before i could dig into this album...its unique sounds and melodies hurt my ears at first, having listened to bands like reel big fish etc.. once i was hooked, its been with me ever since(at least 4 years now...)as my second favorite album. ths piece of art has brought me to tears. paraniod android is the most beautiful song ever written, by anyone, in any style. thoms voice is smooth like chocolate, and coupled with johnnys abrasive guitar makes for excellent contrast. everyone in the band gets an A for note choice. i took 2 years music theory, and 2 years jazz theory, and whereas my knoledge of music somewhat wilted my love for some rock(the three chord dronings of todays modern music) it helped me appreciate this band even more. each member of radiohead has its own voive. very rarely will any of the 3 guitarists be playing the same notes, let alone the same thing. bass player Ed has the melody countless times(ex. airbag, exit music for a film), instead of just playing the bass note on the guitar like 98% of other rock bassists. and the way phillip(drummer) and ed lock and sound like one instrument. a must have for any music lover. for anybody looking to go beyond green day.coupled with the bends, all the music you will ever need to get through any crisis, or appreciate a beautiful moment.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic.
If Nirvana's Nevermind and U2's Achtung Baby are the two best albums to come out of the nineties, OK Computer is undoubtedly the third. While it lacks the anthemic sweep of The Bends and the Radio-friendly jangle and bombast of Pablo Honey, it's a work of beauty, emotion, and unbelievable creativity. Yorke, Greenwood, & Co. stretch the boundaries of pop music as far as it can go, achieving the rare feat of being experimental without being self-indulgent. Tracks like Airbag and Let Down shimmer and shake with spaced-out effects and warbly tremelos, yet somehow manage to still rock. No Surprises is a beautiful beach boys-esque take on suicide, and Climbing up the walls is most likely the product of a damaged mind. I mean this in a good way. To be fair, there are places on the album where the quality of the tunes falls off a bit, but these tracks are saved by insightful, clever lyrics and musical inventiveness. Even the weakest songs on OK Computer (Exit Music and Electioneering) contribute to the album's theme of isolation in the information age well enough to justify their place on the LP. Buy this album--you will not be disappointed. If nothing else, this is one of those albums (such as Sgt. Pepper or Dark Side of the Moon) that everyone should have in their collection. You won't want to admit in twenty years that you don't own it. OK Computer is a must for any true scholar of rock and roll.

5-0 out of 5 stars Genius.
This is the exception to the rule that the music on the radio from my generation sucks. This is purely wonderful music, of genius caliber. Radiohead, with each song and album that the release, will simply put you into a state of awe. This are five seriously talented musicians. Thom Yorke(lead singer) is a modern musical genius, and his other four bandmates (Colin Greenwood, Johnny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway) work together to produce a sound that no other group of musicians has ever done. Radiohead is a band that will be remembered for generations to come, and OK computer is the pinnacle of their work. Radiohead is a name that will be remembered along with the likes of The Beatles and Pink Floyd. ... Read more

Asin: B000002UJQ


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White Pony
Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (03 October, 2000)
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The aggro-rock movement spearheaded by the 'Tones, Korn, Sevendust, System of a Down, and Rage Against the Machine, among others, has been taking on new influences with each new release by the major players. White Pony may be the biggest leap yet for the genre, as Chino Moreno, Chi Cheng, Abe Cunningham, Stephen Carpenter, and DJ Frank Delgado maintain the fierceness that's earned them a rabid following. This time out, however, their patented brand of hip-hop metal is adorned with ambient and alt-rock touches. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars there is much growth here
the deftones have been one of my favorite bands for a while now. their debut cd, Adrenaline is definately worth checking out as well as their 3rd cd, White Pony. The two are much different however. Adrenaline is almost a hardcore-punk cd. it's great. it really really is. White Pony shows a gloomy hardcore-punk band exploring w/ a new sonic, almost "spacey" sound. i love it and i think you would too.

the album varies a lot from style to style, which i think is nice. the opener is "back 2 school". it's a deafening anthem for anyone ending their summer and going back to school. (as corny as that sounds, this song actually is pretty damn good.) other nicely done heavy songs on White Pony include "elite" and "knife prty". both just deftones doing their thing...kicking bum.

there are also some damn good slow jamming songs too. "digital bath" and "change (in the house of flies)" both equally rock lyrically and musically. "passenger", one of the album highlights f/ Maynard of Tool, is quite amazing. "teenager" is a hauntingly beautiful song.

THE POINT: this album rocks. it shows a lot of growth from their last cds. it shows that they can be different and versitle and still be good. it's not a lot like their other cds, musically, but its still damn good and worth checking out.

Stand Out Songs:
1. Change (in the house of flies)
2. Passenger f/ Maynard of Tool
3. Knife Prty
4. Elite
5. Digital Bath

5-0 out of 5 stars It's diffrent...that's for sure...
If you've heard of the Deftones before, it was probably because you've listened to KoRn's "Life is Peachy" or Limp Bizkit's "Three Dolla Bill, Yall$". BUT BE WARNED:Don't go buying any Deftones CD expecting them to sound like what Chino did on those 2 ones. Instead of all the rapping, which you hear on them, this is really a soft (skip "Elite" and "Back to School (Mini Maggit)") and emotional album, with meaninful lyrics. Chino's voice can one minute be as vulgar and loud Corey Taylor's (Slipknot), and the next be as soft and peaceful as Maynard James Keenan's (Tool, A Perfect Circle). It's mainly an aggro/alternative album, but it can have a gothic vibe in some songs, such as "Change (In the House of Flies", which was also their first single and the reason I bought this CD. (I didn't see the video or hear it on the radio or anything, I just listened to it on "The Queen of the Damned" soundtrack.)

I suggest you get this if you're a fan of Spineshank, Taproot, Linkin Park, or Tool.

5-0 out of 5 stars The new millenium's best rock record!
With the Deftone's third album, White Pony, they set themselves apart from the posers, packaging their usual hammer heavy hardness with a newly attained level of dense, haunting, and textured rock and roll that can only be safely classified as "moody art rock."

The moods swing from the demonic rage of "Elite" or "Korea," where front man Chino Moreno spends most of his time screeching in his now familiar roar, to flashes of Cure-style goth on "Digital Bath" and "Passenger," (which features guest vocals from Maynard James Keenan of Tool). There's even a ballad. The soft and thoughtful "Teenager" sounds like a lament of the carefree days of youth.

Standout tracks include "Change (In the House of Flies)," "Passenger," and "Digital Bath," a song that, at it's core, refers to murder, but sounds almost sweet on the surface. This ambiguisness runs through the record on other tracks like "Knife Party" and "RX Queen."

The new sound is softer than Adrenaline and Around The Fur, but provides the same emotion and intensity without missing a beat. The lovelorn heart of Moreno beats as that of a poet and on White Pony you will feel his sorrow in a swoon of multidirectional harmony and pain.

The record is as complex in its message as it is musically layered. The Deftones have always scated the line between hard and heavy rock and roll and moody art rock. White Pony is the perfect product, a haunting and textured rock record that announces The Deftones as one of the most intelligent, playful, and critically acclaimed bands in the biz. ... Read more

Asin: B00004Z400
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Vapor Transmission
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 October, 2000)
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As good as Orgy's 1998 debut Candyass was, Vapor Transmission (2000) kicks things up a notch.The Los Angeles-based five-piece goes straight for the jugular this time, abandoning new wave covers and creating a few fresh classics along the way. The result sounds like Depeche Mode after several consecutive viewings of Blade Runner: edgy, moody, and armed to the teeth with enough sonic bombast to jumpstart techno-goth fans everywhere. Vocalist Jay Gordon's hoarse histrionics are perfect for the band's surreal paranoia and lust; imagine a romanticism with room for lyrics such as "Transglobal spectacle with post mortem and fame / Popsicle cannibal, can you hear me?" The production by Skinny Puppy's Dave "Rave" Ogilvie is a bright purple fluid that turns Orgy's blood into a deep murk, dark but dazzling. While Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson may be the most prominent techno-rockers, Orgy's Transmissions are louder and clearer.--Jason Josephes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Better Orgy
I have liked Orgy since I heard their first song, "Blue Monday." I bought Candyass and I thought it was a really good CD, then I got tired of it. So then I started listening to "3 Doors Down," and "Papa Roach." Then I saw Orgy's new video, "Fiction (Dreams In Digital)." And then I started listening to Orgy a lot more. Well, to the CD. The first track, "Vapor Transmission," starts out starts out quiet, then gets louder. The second track, "Suckerface," in my opinion, is a real cool song. It starts out with a weird sound, it's kinda like Megadeth's song "Almost Honest," then has a cool sound too it. Track #3 is called "The Odyssey," which is one of the best of the songs on the album. It starts out with a cool drum beat, and then comes into a cool sounding guitar. The fourth track is called "Opticon," which starts out like "Blue Monday" with the drums at the beginning. You've probably heard track #5, "Fiction (Dreams In Digital)," for those of you that haven't, it is one the best songs on the album. It starts out with a guitar and a bass. The chorus is the best part of the whole song, with the lyrics of, "She dreams in digital, because it's better than nothing," followed by a cool sounding guitar. Track #6 is called "Eva," which sounds like something from "Guns 'N Roses." The seventh track, "107," has a cool sound to it. Track #8 is called "Dramatica," has a weird sound at the beginning, then kicks off to a great song. Track #9 is called "Eyes-Radio-Lies" which sounds starts out with a cool sounding guitar at the beginning. For the rest, just check out the CD. You'll like it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Using past and present, Orgy have made the future of music.
I've never given an album five stars on here before, but I believe I have finally found a more than worthy CD to take that honor. Orgy's "Vapor Transmission" is an absolutely stunning accomplishment -- a wild fushion of keyboards, hard rock, creative production, and great vocals. It blows away their debut album and just about any other hard rock CD released so far this year. What makes this album -- and Orgy in general -- so effective is how they take many elements of 80's music, like synths and keyboards, and weld them to catchy late 90's metal, an approach that produces some truly epic songs here. And in an age when nearly every modern metal band has a rapper for a singer and a DJ they don't really need, Orgy stand out for creating smooth, textured music than is nonetheless aggressive without lapsing into meaningless rap shouts.

There really isn't a single dud on "Vapor Transmission". After the intro song, Orgy blast into action with "Suckerface", a heavy song with a catchy rhythm and subtle keyboards. From there, it's almost all gravy: the beatiful "Fiction", the gorgeous ballad "Eva", and the haunting "Re-creation" are among some of the best moments. All of the songs have memorable, interesting touches, and the whole thing closes out with a bang with "Where's Gerrold?", a blazing slice of perfectly executed metallic fury. Throughout the album, Orgy throw out every trick in the book to give the music maximum impact: weird vocal effects, string instruments, breakbeats, and moments of remarkable passion from singer Jay Gordon. At times, all the effects risk overwhelming the music and can seem gimmicky, but it's refreshing to see a band go too far to please the listener instead of not going far enough.

All in all, if you're a fan of Orgy's first album, modern metal in general, or even some 80's music, you'd be insane not to pick up "Vapor Transmission". Unlike most CDs, it gets better the more you listen to it instead of worse, a great rarity in these times. And if you can, see them perform live some time. They are more than capable of producing this tricky, complex music live, and they put on one of the best shows you'll ever see.

5-0 out of 5 stars A head trip to listen to.
I bought this cd thinking, "ohh it is going to be just like candyass (the first orgy cd, buy it.)." But when I got into my car and put it in I was amazed to hear how much better it was in sound. The mix of Jay's vocals with Paiges' bass and Amir on the V-synth was just astounding. This cd will not dissapoint you. ... Read more

Asin: B00004YNGE
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Enema Of The State
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 June, 1999)
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On their 1997 release, Dude Ranch, juvenile hardcore-pop band Blink 182 tickled the funny bone with an assortment of dumb sex jokes, off-color artwork, and between-song skits, including one of a dog drinking from a freshly peed in toilet. So, two years down the road, have the band matured at all? One look at the cover of Enema of the State, which features cover art of a tarted-up blonde nurse donning a rubber glove, provides the easy answer. Fortunately, Enema supports the humor with strong musicianship. The songs are more dynamic and multitempoed than those on Dude Ranch, sounding like a cross between the Descendents and Fountains of Wayne. And unlike the glut of alt-rock releases that offer one or two memorable songs, Enema is flush with instantly memorable melodies and ear-pleasing harmonies. Good, dirty fun--no more, no less. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars I'm starting to change my mind about Blink
Earlier this year, i wrote a reveiw giving this cd a great name. But as the time has gone by I have gotten quite sick of the Blink 182 I am now seeing every second on MTV, doing dumb commercials, and changing their sound just to be big. Man, I am really upset to see a group of funny guys who used to masters at the punk rock scene sellout. Their music used to be so awsome, but now, it's cheezy pop with dumb lyrics. The songs are catchy, i have to admit, and i listen to this album when i'm really in the mood, but still I thought Blink could've done a lot better with their old sound. I mean Dammit was an awsome single, and if they would've just stuck to the Chesire Cat and Dude Ranch sound they could've made punk rock huge. I still haven't lost hope completely for Blink. Maybe they will go back to how they were a few years ago, but right now i'm dissappointed to see my favorite band go down the drain. All you punkers out there, stick with NOFX for now.

1-0 out of 5 stars Blink 182 Is A Ween
This album sucks, Blink 182's weiners are small.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD, start of the new blink.
This is a great cd! But it isnt like their older stuff. Their older stuff was more punk-like. But this cd leans towards a more pop-rock like. This cd is what made them HUGE. It has such great songs as Adams Song, Aliens Exist, Whats My Age Again, Dupweedl, and of course All the Small Things. Although it is a new Blink 182 style it is still blink. I love this cd just as much as their older stuff. Overall its a great cd. ... Read more

Asin: B00000IPAX


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Californication
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 June, 1999)
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Reunited with producer Rick Rubin and guitarist John Frusciante (both of whom were on board for the 1991's breakthrough Blood Sugar Sex Magik), the Chili Peppers waste no time in burying their last effort, the so-so One Hot Minute. Californication's kickoff cut, "Around the World," swaggers around the room, reacquainting itself with old fans and welcoming new ones. Fuzzy Hendrix vibes and popcorn bass lines still rule the roost, along with a heaping helping of disco magic and some unexpected twists. Ten years ago, Anthony Kiedis and company wouldn't have been comfortable doing revamped new wave ("Parallel Universe") or unpretentious ballads (the acoustic "Road Trippin'"), but such material fits Californication's extra-wide canvas. Except for a few meandering numbers that could have been excised, the Red Hot Chili Peppers succeed and regain their footing on the mountain of adrenalized funk. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Chili Peppers are back!
Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers is a return to their past success. Old guitarist John Frusciante is back and better than ever.

Californication is a major plus for RHCP. I was very glad RHCP was back when Californication came out, and I continue to enjoy this album to this day.

"Around the World" kicks off Californication with a blast. Great bass as usual. One of the best songs on the album. Great ending. "...Ding dang dong dong ding dang dong dong ding dang..." I LOVE THAT! RHCP is the only band that could just do that randomly right in the middle of a chorus. "Parallel Universe" has got cool guitar and drums. A sweet song. "Scar Tissue" is one of the most popular songs on Californication. I think it won some award a long time ago. I forgot which one, though. Nice guitar solos. "Otherside" is an amazing song with superb lyrics. The music video is awesome, by the way. Really, a great song. "Get On Top" is the most underrated song on Californication. Excellent drums, vocals, and bass. Excellent lyrics, too. Aahhh, "Californication", a wonderful, nicely written song. "Californication", along with "Otherside", "Get On Top", and "Purple Stain" make Californication the great CD it is. "I Like Dirt" is also very underrated. No one seems to write about "I Like Dirt" at all on Amazon. Nonetheless, it rocks. Great bass, as usual, and a good ending, as usual. "Purple Stain" is a pure RHCP funk song. It's got cool lyrics that go extremely well with the guitar and bass. And another fantastic ending! "Right On Time" is pretty good with yet another good ending.

However, there were many tracks on Californication that I could do without. These are them:

Easily
Porcelain
Emitremmus
This Velvet Glove
Savior
Road Trippin'

Overall, one must ask a question: HOW DO THEY DO IT?? How does RHCP manage to make a successful comeback?? Most comeback attempts even by great bands are ill-fated. RHCP proves that they have great versatility as a band as to be able to make a comeback like this. Many people thought RHCP was done for good.

BOTTOM LINE: I RECOMMEND CALIFORNICATION TO ALMOST ANYONE BECAUSE THIS IS SOME OF THE BEST STUFF THAT MODERN MUSIC HAS FOR US.

-Tabucky

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE?
id say with alice in chains's 'dirt', we are looking at the best album of the decade. lets take a better look...
stars next to the songs mean how good they are out of 5.
1)Around The World **** - verse IS FUNK. lovley, with a sweet melodic chorus.
2)Parallel Universe ** - dosen't stand out much. your average track.
3)Scar Tissue ***** - beautiful song. lifting guitar riff and perfect vocals, very nice.
4)Otherside ***** - bettter than scar tissue marginally. this is nothing short of magic, i leave you to find out the rest.
5)Get on Top *** - Psychaedlic funk, just letting you know where you are.
6)Calafornication ***** - a fragile guitar and bass riff with refreshing chorus.
7)Easily ***** - chilis show that in true style, that they are still a flawless rock band.
8)Porcelain **** - slowest song to date, nice tranquil stuff.
9)Emit Remmus * - 'ive heard it all before' youll be muttering to yourself, oh well.
10)I Like Dirt * - oh dear.
11)This Velvet Glove **** - excellent piece of music, to the point yet subtle, at the same time.
12)Saviour *** - accepteble, not their best.
13)Purple Stain ***** - #FUNK#FUNK#FUNK#FUNK#FUNK#FUNK#FUNK#
14)Right On Time *** - chorus: i smell pop. nevertheless a good song.
15)Road Trippin' ***** - beautiful brisk acoustic number reflecting on america.

ok thats it. you have got to check out 'by the way' ITS AMAZING!
billycorgan266@yahoo.co.uk

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5-0 out of 5 stars Top heavy, good stuff nevertheless...
"Californication" is top notch Chili Peppers, but the best tracks on the album are definitely in the beginning. 'Around the World' is one of the best openers ever, and it rocks hard. 'Scartissue' is a radio hit and so is 'Otherside', and 'Easily' is easily (sorry) one of the best tracks on the album. The title track is the best track and speaks of West Coast superficiality. The rest of the album is scattered and not very cohesive, but it includes a variety of different songs and some sound a little experimental. "Californication" was one of the most successful rock albums of the 90's and rightfully so. Highly recommended. ... Read more

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The Fragile
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 September, 1999)
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Trent Reznor took five years to record this monstrous double-CD set, wielding a perfectionist's touch in the production and the subtlety of a chainsaw in the musicianship. The result is uncompromising, full of hysterical noise and yet utterly accessible. Somehow, someway, this is one of the best pop records of the year. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Fragile part of NIN
The Fragile is truly a masterpiece of modern music. After five years without an album release Trent Reznor has simply outdone himself on this latest effort, blending countless infuences and genres into a seamless new form of music. Over two discs and twenty-three amazingly wed tracks the listener is exposed to a new strata of composition, previously unheard of.

Seemingly sourceless sounds are combined with electronic, tribal and hip hop beats; heavy guitar intertwines with eastern influences and clever, driving electronica; haunting piano melodies accompany disturbing and beautiful atmospherics; odd swampy guitar and bass riffs fuse with clanking metallic rhythms to create a fresh and awe-inspiring style of music, at once rock, funk, blues and ambient. Lyrically, 'The Fragile,' is Reznor's usual fare, but his words are no longer the focus of his work, but rather serve to carry the music through its twisted motions.

Themes of anger and pain continue throughout, but sometimes with an optimistic edge rarely heard from the artist, carried on a voice that has matured in its five-year absence from the scene, a voice that has found a broader range and that, throughout the album's one-hour-forty-minutes duration, screams threats and promises, whispers pain, or sings liltingly about loss and sadness.

"The Fragile" is undoubtedly the album of the year. It is almost uncanny how my respect and admiration can be so lifted by an artist whom I respected and admired so much in the first place. Immensely satisfying and pleasurable, no one who loves music should be without a copy of Nine Inch Nails' "The Fragile."

5-0 out of 5 stars It grows, slowly, but most deffinately grows like a monster.
Too cool, Trent has evolved much beyond the rage and bludgeoning of his earlier efforts like Broken and the Downward Spiral. This album is much more eclectic with a broad electronic variety like Pretty Hate Machine but far more layered and engrossing.

The first video for "We're in this together" is showing where wannabees such as Filter or Orgy get their sounds, borrowing from Trent's creativity to supplant the lack of their own. The introing song "Somewhat Damaged" is a perfect microbe of the album itself with it's bizarre mixing of rythms and various sounds.

A hidden gem that is unfortunately only around 2 or so minutes is the enveloping "Underneath it All", it builds sonically and emotionally and stands up to The Doors' "The End" or Tool's "Third Eye" as an all consuming monster of a tune that is inescapable in it's ability to stay in your mind for many days after hearing it, WITHOUT getting monotonous. That takes real talent. The lines "all I do, I can still feel you.." repeated get you singing along in almost a trance like state.

The broad scope of this album deserves a listening from many, even if they had never cared for NIN earlier works, something will catch you're ear and stay there, and you won't mind one bit.

5-0 out of 5 stars a musical masterpeice
Trent Reznor is an extremely talented singer and song writer. His writing is perfect, music is mezmerizing and wonderfully crafted. He has a message that should be heard: the world is not all daisys and fairytales. In my opinion, his music is not intended for the mainstream pop culture. It is simply intended to tell a story that in in is mind. The music has an appeal to the deepest parts of the soul. In my opinion, this is the perfect album to sit back and reassess the thoughts and views of such a horrible time we live in. ... Read more

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

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

5-0 out of 5 stars LIMP RULES ONCE AGAIN!!!!
LIMP ROCKS!! I'D GIVE THIS ALBUM MORE THAN 5 IF I COULD!THESE R MY RATINGS ON THE SONGS!

1. intro-not rated
2. hot dog-good guitaring but kinda bad lyrics, 2/5
3. my generation-very good guitaring and pretty good lyrics as well, the middle is so good too. 5/5
4. full nelson- good song yet the end is dumb. 4/5
5. my way-great song with great lyrics, u'll love it. 5/5
6. rollin'(air raid)-one of the best songs on the album, great job by all members of band. 5/5
7. livin' it up-also one of the best songs on the album, mix of rap and rock, end is ausome! 5/5
8. the one-great song with great beats and lyrics. 4/5
9.getcha groove on-great rapping by fred and xzibit. 4/5
10. take a look around (M:I2)- an ausome song wit good guitaring as well. 5/5
11. it'll be ok-pretty good song with good beats. 3/5
12. hold on- the worst song on the album and it feels like it never ends. 0/5
13. boiler-ausome song with good drumming by john. 5/5
14. rollin' (urban assault)- not that good of a song but it still deserves some credit. 2/5
15. outro-not rated

Band Ratings:
Fred Drust: (vocalist)- very good and has emotion in his singing, he can also rap pretty good too. 5/5

Wes Borland: (guitarrist)- does a good job in "take a look around", but is pretty bad in other songs. 2/5

Sam Rivers: (bassist)- the best member of limp bizkit, hes sooooo good. 5/5

DJ lethal: (turntables)- hes alright but his scrathing always seems the same. 3/5

John Otto: (drummer)- hes sooo good and he makes the best beats. 5/5

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5-0 out of 5 stars Limp Bizkit's best album yet.
I am not very big on many of the latest talents (if that is the word to use) in the music business. But some bands like Stone Temple Pilots and Limp Bizkit really keep it going. The latest album from Limp Bizkit is a true winner. "Chocolate Starfrish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water" not only contains some of the band's best music, it is a consistant album that I can listen from start to finish. The big single of the album is "My Generation" and it is one of the strongest songs on the album but there are some really good songs like "The One" and "Getcha Groove On" that really stick out as well. The theme from "Mission: Impossible 2", "Take a Look Around" is on the disc in which the band takes the old TV show theme to a new level. "Rollin (The Urban Assault Vehicle)" features DMX, Method Man, and Redman in a song that mixes hip hop and metal really well. "Hold On" is a slower song which features Scott Weiland on vocals and is more melodic than most of their songs. The album is 100% energy and should be purchased by those that want something that rocks. ... Read more

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Nevermind
Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 September, 1991)
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If Nevermind's sound is familiar now, it's only because thousands of rock records that followed itwere trying very hard to cop its style. It tears out of the speakers like a cannonball, from the punk-turbo-charged riff of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" onward, magnifying and distilling the wounded rage of 15 years of the rock underground into a single impassioned roar. Few albums have occupied the cultural consciousness like this one; of its 12 songs, roughly 10 are now standards. The record's historical weight can make it hard to hear now with fresh ears, but the monumental urgency of Kurt Cobain's screams is still shocking. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Landmark Album
Thank God for Kurt Cobain & Nirvana. They came along at exactly the right time when the music business in general needed a good swift kick in the butt. All those horrible, manufactured pop acts that were around in 1990, like Paula Abdul, Color Me Badd, Whitney Houston, as well as the endless amount of equally horrible pop-metal hair bands, like Warrant, Slaughter, Cinderella & Poison....ugh! With the release of 1991's "Nevermind," Nirvana finally put a stop to these acts...for a little while, anyway. Led by the legendary pen, agonising howl and scorching guitarwork of the late, great Kurt Cobain, and firmly anchored by Krist Novelselic's booming bass riffs & Dave Grohl's thunderous annihilation of the drumkit, this band from Aberdeen charged in with amps cranked up to 11, and, armed with the unique ability to make actual, tuneful *music* underneath all of the noise (something that Warrant & company could only dream about), they blew all of the gooey Top 40 poppers and all of the hair bands right off the map. The music revolution had begun. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was clearly The Shot Heard Round The World, but Nirvana didn't stop there. Other songs like "In Bloom," "Come As You Are," "Breed," "Lithium," "Stay Away," "On A Plain," and the jubilant punkfest of "Territorial Pissings" all have a passionate urgency & a sonic blast to them that rock right off the Richter scale. Kurt, Kris, & Dave even take a brave, brief detour into prog-rock territory, as the excellent King Crimson-like bridge of "Drain You" plainly shows. And then they surprise us with a couple of lovely "downtime" songs in the forms of "Polly" and the album's finale, "Something In The Way." Both tunes are surprisingly quiet & low-key, and they're also quite beautiful. And wrapping up the whole Nirvana punk/pop package in a neat glossy bow is producer (and Garbage drummer) Butch Vig, whose first-rate production helps bring the band's pop sensibilities to the fore without sacrificing their incredible knack for shredding wallpaper. But as great a debt the music business owes to this brilliant band for delivering an album that remains just as strong a landmark as, say, The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" or Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon," it must also be conceded that, sadly, the music biz has pretty much reverted back to the way it was before since Cobain's tragic suicide in 1994. Before Nirvana, we had Paula Abdul. Now we have Britney Spears and all of her ilk. Before Nirvana, we had Color Me Badd. Now we have N-SYNC and all of *their* ilk. Pop-metal hair bands have NOT made a comeback (thank God), but in their place are scores of young rock bands who either rock without any REAL ..., or who happily crank up their amps to 11 but have completely forgotten about being *tuneful*. Essentially, nothing has changed. In the immortal words of David Byrne, it's the same as it ever was. Still, there's no question about what Nirvana achieved. With "Nevermind," these three guys from Aberdeen shook up the world with a true classic "every home should have one" rock album. Their catalog of six albums, not only including "Nevermind" but also the equally-great "Bleach" and "In Utero" discs, are all this band need to show how truly great they were (and are). Nirvana were rock gods because they had ... AND catchy tunes to match. You'd be hardpressed to find another unique band these days who can scale the musical heights that Nirvana reached. It may be a long time before we see another important band like them again.

1-0 out of 5 stars I've never listened to this album, but...
A friend of bought this album four months ago after repeatedly reading how utterly fantastic it was,how it was probably the greatest album ever. Today he uses it as a coaster for cups of coffee.

5-0 out of 5 stars 13 years and still kicking
well, depending on what u grew up with all changes the aspect of what you like...so all opinions are welcomed, but in my opinion nirvana has qualities that some bands could only dream to master, instand fame, and kurt's ability to write lyrics, just listen to what he has to say before you criticize his voice, everyone is born with a different vocal talent. And then there's my man Dave Grohl on drums where he belongs, not on guitar with the foo fighters, anyways, nirvana had the attitude needed for this decade and if not for them...music today would not be the same, you can't deny it... ... Read more

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Follow The Leader
Average Customer Review: 3.99 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (18 August, 1998)
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Love 'em or despise 'em, you've got to give Korn props for kick-starting a new metal movement that blends aggressive hip-hop rhythms with roaring hate-metal riffs. In the wake of the band's 1994 debut, many like-minded groups cropped up, including Deftones, Snot, and Limp Bizkit. But with the release of Korn's disappointing 1996 sophomore effort, Life Is Peachy, the imitators seemed likely to usurp the innovators. Maybe that's why Follow the Leader is so crafty and inspired. Instead of continuing on cruise control, Korn have diversified their formula, experimenting with mood and dynamics while intensifying their melody and noise thresholds. "Got the Life" blends a seductive disco beat and vocals reminiscent of "Epic"-era Faith No More with oppressive guitar chimes and squawks. "Children of the Korn" features a propulsive rap beat, throbbing bass lines, and angry guest vocals by Ice Cube. But just when Korn's groovin' psychedelic fury starts to make listeners see red, the band lashes out with "All in the Family," a hilarious rap-metal diss-fest duet with Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, that proves Korn are much more than the sum of their rage. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Buy it for "Dead Bodies Everywhere" if anything
Follow The Leader is the first KoRn album I have brought. I got into this band after downloading some MP3s of Napster, and their famous song "Dead Bodies Everywhere" was the trigger of my purchase. That song is just so cool; I felt it obligatory to own it on CD in all its glory.

But perhaps I was over confident expecting the entire album to live up to the quality of DBE. There are a few songs on this album that really irritate me, especially the rap ones like "Children of the KoRn" and "All in the Family". I am not a rap fan, and when buying a CD like this, I expect good hard rock throughout, with songs emphasizing the band's musical prowess rather than lyrics depicting hell and all things dark. Unfortunately, the appearance of Limb Bizkit's Fred Durst didn't help this much, especially after being used to the quality of Slayer, Cradle of Filth and Nile (Death Metal).

But apart from that, this CD is well produced, sounds great, and the cover artwork is fantastic! I do find the 13 blank tracks at the beginning a little irritating (I thought I had a bad copy first time!). I guess it's alluding to the forbidding connotation of the number 13, which is reflected in the music's harsh, bitter lyrics and heavy, five stringed bass responses which will blow your house down if you have a decent sub-woofer connected up to your hi-fi / PC.

This CD is certainly recommended for existing KoRn fans, but for others, I recommend you listen to some of the tracks on MP3 before you buy. And the tracks of Dead Bodies Everywhere and Reclaim My Place won't disappoint any metal fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Follow the LeadeR
Korn- How can a I put how awesome this band in 1,000 words? This hard hitting-hard rock band is pure amazement. Truth is as im writing this review im listening to KoRn right now.

The problem with people today is they dont respect roots. Half the bands today wouldn't have their sound they do if it hadn't have been for KoRn. They were pioneers in the metal/hard rock stage of the 90's. They were infact one of the first bands to use down tuned 7-string guitars.

The self-titled album had already been a hit, and Life is Peachy was a comedic genius of hard rock, why not come up with some hard hitting stuff?

Follow the leader put what most bands dreamed about into music. It is a hard hitting style of beats and guitar riffs that put amazing lyrics sung by their own bag pipe playing Jonathan Davis make one great album. I personnally havent pulled it out of my CD player since I bought it.

Listen, for all you people who don't like Korn, here's a tip, STOP LISTENING TO THEM AND HATING! Korn is simply the best band I've ever listened to and quite frankly this IS the best music I've listened to (in my opinion)

All I can say is, great job guys, make a new CD like this one (although Take a Look in the Mirror was exceptionally great).

5-0 out of 5 stars Follow ThE LEADER
This was the second CD that I got of Korn's (after Untouchables). I've read lots of reviews of this CD and not too many of them were really positive. Most of them were complaining about how they have CHANGED. A word that has been popping up a lot in the music world. Change.
Well, I, for one, am all for change. I except it. That's why Follow The Leader is one of my favorite albums by Korn. It has a strange pop vibe to it, such as in songs like Got The Life and Freak On A Leash. There's even a few rap songs on the album, like in "Children Of The Korn" and "All In The Family".
However, Korn doesn't just dump their metal sound. It's all still there. Even though Korn changed doesn't mean that they are a terrible band now. They still have rocking tunes and great guitar.
If you like Korn, definatly buy this CD, despite all the crap that people are saying about it. It's a great Korn album to have in a CD collection. ... Read more

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

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4-0 out of 5 stars It's not the debut, but still great.
Rage Against The Machine stood out as one of the few rap metal acts with a shred of credibility--a breath of fresh air in an era full of turgid, sophomoric nu-metal (Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, et al).

I was amazed by RATM's 1992 debut, despite the sometimes overblown political rhetoric. I rank it among my Top 30 favorite albums alongside classics like MC5's Kick Out The Jams, The Clash's London Calling, and Metallica's Ride The Lightning. Zack De La Rocha's speed-rapping spray of vitriol and Tom Morello's virtiostic guitar playing never fails to get me headbanging.

By that standard, The Battle Of LA has some big shoes to fill. While I considered this album underwhelming at first, I eventually found that it is almost as capable as the debut and a far better album than Evil Empire.

Aside from Born As Ghosts, which is pretty dull, there are no bad songs on the album. The band is as always a well-oiled machine. Morello shows that he is capable and unique as ever as he unleashes blasts of funk on Calm Like A Bomb, turntable-like effects on Maria and Mic Check, and straight ahead blast-your-eardrums rock on Sleep Now In The Fire and Born Of A Broken Man. He also pushes his guitar to new limits with the electronic-sounding bleeps of Ashes In The Fall. On the intro to Testify, Morello unleashes a sheet of eviscerating guitar that is pure Rage.

Zach unleashes his white-hot fury too, ravaging the government at every turn and rapping with the intensity of a revolutionary. He was the perfect match to the band. Though he is a great singer, Chris Cornell can't match Zach's power and unique delivery, and Audioslave sounds fairly ordinary as a result.

The downfall of The Battle Of LA is that it's ultimately a lyrical retread of the first two efforts. The "Free Mumia!" rhetoric lacks punch after it's been repeated twice before. Still, it's a strong final effort from one of the great bands of the 90's. Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Albums Ever
hands down, this is not only the best rage album ever, but one of the greatest rock albums ever. it combines rage's political feelings with great insturmentals. it kicks off with the highly rythmical "testify". it soons moves in2 the flagship song and catchiest tune "guerilla radio". next is a true insturmental and lyrical masterpiece, "calm like a bomb". then comes a song with great sound and meaning, "mic check", my initial favorite on the Cd after hearing it once through. next comes a classic rage sound in "sleep now in the fire". "born of a broken man" provides a deep and slower interlude. "born as ghosts" sets forth the harsh realities of the world and displays some great guitar and bass sounds. following this, "maria", one of the best songs on the record, describes the hard life of a sweatshop worker. "voice of tha voiceless" is the most overtly political song and is an ode to the convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. "new millenium homes" features a great beat that keeps u listening and energized. the next song, "ashes in the fall" is the masterpiece of the album and 2 me, the greatest song ever written. this amazing album ends with a great song devoted to the zapata movement for freedom in central and south america called "war within a breath". all in all this album is worth "ashes in the fall alone", and is definetly worth "gurilla radio", "mic check", and "maria", and every song is worth listening to over and over w/out skipping any. peace out. FREE MUMIA!

1-0 out of 5 stars Rage Against the Machine spews hyprocritical bull
I know of no women of any age, race, or ethnicity who listen to Rage's music. Rage is strictly a band for teenage male sheep who think they're doing the world some great justice by being "political" by listening to "political" music. Sure, just like the majority of Americans, I want Bush to get the hell out of office too, but instead of creating the chaos and moshpit-like riots that Rage want, we need to unite and vote against the hate-filled warmonger instead. The reality with Rage is that they're all about touting militant bullsh*t 90% of the time, and their fans don't even realize it. They just like de la Rocha's violent vocal delivery and stage presence because he makes being militant anthematic. He's mucho macho, that Zach de la Rocha. Rage Against the Machine have no idea what they're talking about when it comes to certain issues that they should have absolutely no say in. Rage Against the Machine claim they are for freedom and citizens' rights to do what they believe is in their best interest, but then Rage come out with an anti-abortion song ("Born as Ghosts"). And it's always the men who don't understand women that come out against abortion. Either those types of men, or Christian fundamentalists. Tom Morello thinks that just because he went to Harvard that he can spew his own personal bullsh*t views and have them be true. Sorry guy, but your opinion isn't what anyone else should live their life by, so quit acting like you state any facts. Hey, Tom, if you think you should have a say in whether a woman can get an abortion, how about we decide whether or not you can get a testicular cancer removed?

Question the government and all forms of media, especially music that shouts it tells the truth, because truth is in the eye of the beholder. There are as many truths as there are individuals in the world. ... Read more

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Kid A
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (03 October, 2000)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good CD
Review after review has commented on how the music on this album has similarities to other types of music or how Radiohead has gone down the tubes or how it't their most brilliant ingenius CD ever or how it isn't really rock...My review is inbetween all those dissenting opinions.

True, Kid A sounds like other music particularly with the obvious Drum-and-Bass influence on "Idioteque", but it isn't necessarily a bad thing. The music on the CD is still pretty good and Thom Yorke's voice, while sometimes distorted, sounds as good as ever. Kid A is not an inviting CD the first time you hear it. Unlike the blazing rousing first song "Airbag" from OK Computer, Kid A starts off with the low-key "Everything In Its Right Place" complete with no guitars whatsoever in contrast to "Airbag" with its guitar assault. Instruments foreign to rock albums appear all over Kid A like trumpets, organs, drum machine beats, harps, and synthesizers. Most of the songs build up to obvious crescendos especially "The National Anthem" with a horn portion that will likely make you cringe the first time you hear it.

However, it all seems to work most of the time. This CD is best listened to as a whole. It's only 50 minutes long including the short hidden track after "Motion Picture Soundtrack", so it's almost made to be listened multiple times. This isn't Radiohead's best CD and it certainly isn't their worst. It isn't what most would consider rock, but then again most people don't consider the Beastie Boys hip-hop despite obvious indicators. If you're new to Radiohead listen to "The Bends" or "OK Computer" first. What you'll find is that Radiohead always delivers the unexpected. No one expected "The Bends" to follow "Pablo Honey" and nobody expected "OK Computer" to come after "The Bends". And I think no one expected this CD to be the way it is. Radiohead always brings the unexpected. And with this CD they brought a good CD different from their previous efforts. It's not the be all end all of rock/alternative music and not the slump all rock bands supposedly have. It's just a pretty good CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eclipsed only by its predecessor
"Kid A" is an absolutely beautiful work of art. In fact, if it weren't for Radiohead's previous album "OK Computer", this would be my favorite "rock" album of the last decade.

I'm not a sucker for Radiohead, be warned. A lot of their earlier work was a bit too morose for my tastes. So now you know you're hearing not from some Radiohead "fan boy", but a real music fan with a broad taste in music.

So, what does the album sound like? Just as Madonna's "Ray of Light" incorporated elements of techno into her music so does Radiohead swallow up electronic music with "Kid A", although in a manner not as blatant and tacky as Madonna's effort. Kid A sounds like a brilliant rock album that has been dipped into a rich vat of sweet-sounding digital filters and distortions. What we are left with is an extremely listenable (immediately so), major work of modern pop music. Thom Yorke's pained and delicate voice guide is like an old friend guiding us through a new and fantastic sound.

This song easily meets my "Rule of 3". That is, it has 3 great songs on it which make it worth purchasing. In fact, it has more than just 3 but some of the highlights are "How to Disappear Completely" (my vote for song of the year), "Treefingers" (headphone material here, folks), and the satisfying "Optimistic", a track that you can play in your car to your friends and you'll have them singing along to it before the song is over.

This album is most certainly worth your [money] even if you're not a huge Radiohead fan. This is the best rock album in the past several years.

1-0 out of 5 stars music for sheep who don't want to be sheep
Pointless, redundant, possibly the worst form of per capita matter that has ever taken up space on this earth. I was not a huge fan of OK Computer, but I liked it. I felt the same about the bends. But this album is just plain trash. How is it getting five star reviews you ask? I will tell you. The people who are giving this album five stars are people who call themselves "anti-corporate," hiding behind such facades as "if you like Kid A don't listen to Britany Spears" or "not for people who listen to corporate radio" or "this is a very deep and emotional album." To the contrary, I hate Britany Spears, I don't listen to the radio, and I can say this is not a deep emotional album. This is pure unadulterated crap. It is deep for the sake of being deep, and with this ideology comes the making of shallow people listening to "deep" music, or is "deep" people listening to shallow music? Either way, the record is crap. You think it's groundbreaking? The ground has been broken by bands like Rush and Sigur Ros. Why do overrated bands get to produce crap like this and sell millions of copies? Because the sheepish people who don't consider themselves sheep because they listen to "abstract" music buy it in order to get their "anti-normal points." Who keeps count anyway?

Anyone who actually has a sense of what it is to listen to music for the actual enjoyment of it should stay as far away from this album as possible. ... Read more

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Mer De Noms
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars It's Maynard. Do I really have to say anything else?
Yet another masterpiece from Maynard and some new friends, blah, blah, blah, we all know how great he is. This is slightly better than Thirteenth step, which is more progressive and less heavy (not to say that this is even heavy, cuz it really isnt). An album for fans of Tool and other music for the mind. Mer de Noms (french for "Lake of Names") covers all emotions and many different musical styles. There's the anti-religious pissed off rocker "Judith" that I'm sure everyone knows by now. There's the creepy "Magdalena" (my favorite) a few melodic ballad types of songs ("3 Libras", "Sleeping Beauty", "The Hollow") and some more experimental stuff, as can be expected from Maynard ("The Rose (awesome)", "Thinking of You (with it's drum machine beats)" and "Renholder" (very ethnic). It's overall a lot more radio friendly than Tool, the parts arent as complex, and the songs are mostly around 4 minutes, follow verse/chorus/verse etc. The melodies on many tracks are amazing, and you can expect a lot of the usual metaphorical Maynard lyrics ("Orestes"). If you like Tool, or if you don't (this is very different, less heavy, more focused on melody) there is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON not to get this. This is an album everyone should have, metal fan or no, its not even really metal. This is a classic that is one of the essential basics. Buy it today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Music, on-par with Tool
...not to say that this band sounds like Tool, though. It most certainly doesn't, with the exception of the hit single "Judith."

We knew Maynard could scream his lungs out from listening to UNDERTOW and AENIMA, but it turns out he's just as good at smooth, soulful vocals, as proven by this masterpiece. And to call this a masterpiece is no exaggeration; not only does Maynard have arguably the best voice of any post-Nirvana rock vocalist, but the the songwriting on this album is so far beyond incredible I may just have to give Billy credit for writing something that surpasses Tool's work.

If you've heard "Judith" and have yet to buy this album, I don't blame you, because it deceivingly makes APC seem like a bad Tool rip-off, complete with the anti-religious lyrics and griding riff. It isn't a bad song, but it's nothing to write home about. The rest of the CD is.

If you aren't convinced after hearing the introductory track, "The Hollow" (my personal favorite on the CD), you certainly will be after "Rose," the most complex and out-of-this-world rock song I've heard in my life. We then move on to the incredible "Orestes" and "3 Libras," two absolutely beautiful songs that blend together with subtly recurring melodies and lyrics that rival anything rock music has seen in decades, including Tool. The second half of the album is perhaps less accessible, but just as (if not more) interesting. "Thomas" is a wonderful rocker, while "Renholder" is an instrumental piece with obvious Eastern influences. "Brena" is a change of pace for Maynard as he sings a very well-written, if a little overdone, love song for his future wife. Finally, "Over" closes things up with a calm, eerie tone.

When all is said and done, there's no reason that any Tool fan, or any music fan at all for that matter, shouldn't invest [money] in this magnificient collection of music. I know that sounds familiar, and you can find a review saying something about "everyone should buy this, it's teh best" for just about any CD being sold on Amazon.com, but check out the sound clips (or even download a track or two), and you'll most likely discover that this album more than lives up to the hype. If there's one downside to this album (and Tool's albums alike), it's that once you get done listening to these thought-provoking and meticulously-written songs, it's almost impossible to enjoy the monotonous drag of Nickelback, Default, TRUSTcompany, Staind, New Found Glory, and all the other commercial bands that are dominating the airwaves in 2002.

5-0 out of 5 stars Put a wicked smile on my face
Mmmmm, Mer de Noms sat in my CD player for a good three weeks, and more often than not I'd be hitting replay at the end. Rich and varied with a good shuffling between the hard and the soft. Absolutely nothing to skip. Favorite tracks, "The Hollow" for its vampiric themes, "Magdalene" for its sultry, unashamed hunger, and "Thinking of You," because even the bad guys need love songs. ... Read more

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Drawing Black Lines
Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Drawing Black Lines makes good listen. . .
I posted a former review, titled "DBL Underestimated. . .", so if you have read it I need to correct myself. I had just listened to it for the first few times, and I was ecstatic. The album does indeed rock very hard, but they are not consistant enough. It seems that every other song is the good one, and sometimes not even that.
But the songs that are hard are HARD (mostly Stein's Theme, One Armed Man, and Set Me Up). Still, by all means, purchase this cd. You won't regret it. It is still a head-banging hard album. That is what I like about Project 86 in the first place - they don't just scream, or don't just play loud music (some groups only do one of each, such as most hard core/death metal groups). But P86 does BOTH. And very well, too.
Buy this cd. It makes a great listen, just not normally past the first seven tracks, and even then you have to skip a few to retain the 'hard rock' sound that you may crave. You may personally like their 'slower' songs, but I personally don't. It makes no sense to listen to them after just hearing the incredibly, heavy metal/rock sound they've just performed.
I'd give this album a good review any day. . .

5-0 out of 5 stars Keep Drawing Those Lines
In a time where Rap-Core is whats "the next big thing" in Rock. (By the way, ANY next big thing in Rock is better then the Teen Pop Girl Crazes.) So I got this album, after hearing 5 tracks I was on the edge of my seat, ready to explode if I did not own this incredibly produced, thought provokingly written, incredible Masterpiece. This is the first I'v heard of Project 86, and since the whole rap-rock stuff has reached its peak with me. I don't think I'll check out the first album. From what I've read this is there departure from that realm, and they have moved more into the singing(screamin) heavy rock music.But MAN! I don't have enough good things to say about this album(band). The music will amp you up! You'll bob your head and scream right along with the awesome vocals of the lead singer. Its not just all screaming either, these guys create the most complex and awesome sounds I've ever heard in this Genre of Music.

The best tracks are definetly the first 4 songs (Steins Theme, One Armed Man, Me against ME, and PS) That are, dare I say it, melodic AND dark. Typically when bands get more "melodic" songs. It usually gears into the Pop Realm (like MxPx) but these guys pulled it off WITHOUT compromising there sound. Star is a great mellow ballad that I can't get enough of.The ONLY dissapointment is that the last song didn't give the album a BIG BANG ending. Rather just rolled on into a 12 minute repetitious guitar riff. Its not terrible, but not my favorite track. They should have ended with Star instead.

In short I am SO glad I discovered these guys. I will definetly keep watch for more albums, consider me a Permanent Fan.

If you're tired of Limp Bizkit and PaPa Roach. Do yourself and give these guys a try! I promise You will NOT regret it!

Side Note: The band members are also Christian so you don't have to worry about negative messages, cussing, or anyother bad lyrical content.

5-0 out of 5 stars Projects Best YET!!
A song by song break down on a scale of 1-10:
1. Stain's Theme 10/10 A solid starter!
2. One-Armed Man (Play On) 10/10 one of the best songs on this cd.
3. Me Against Me 10/10 another one of the best songs on this cd!
4. PS 9/10
5. Set Me Up 10/10 BEST SONG ON THIS CD!!
6. Chimes 8/10 a decent song
7. Toast to My Former Self 10/10
8. Sad Machines 10/10
9. Star 9/10 A awesome piano song.
10. Chapter 2 10/10 One of my personal favs!
11. Open Hand 9/10
12. Twenty-Three 9/10
An awesome cd get this if your a ture Project 86 fan! Cuz its there best work! ... Read more

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Smash
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 April, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This has to be one of the best CD's ever!!!!
Here's the breakdown:

1. Time To Relax - Just an intro to the CD
2. Nitro (Youth Energy) - Great song. Very powerful. 8/10
3. Bad Habit - One of my favorite Offspring songs. This song starts out slow, but in about 30 or so seconds, it gets nice and loud. It's a very funny song about road rage. 10/10
4. Gotta Get Away - Another one of my favorites. I love the Chorus to this song. 9/10
5. Genocide - Yet another one of my favorites!! (this cd is loaded with them) Nice! Great guitar riffs 10/10
6. Something To Believe In - At first I didn't like this song, but now I love it! Very cool song. 9.8/10
7. Come Out And Play - This is the first song that made the offspring famous. It's a sarcastic look on school violence. 10/10
8. Self Esteem - This is an Offspring classic!! Great song indeed! 10/10
9. It'll Be A Long Time - Great song... I know it has a meaning in it somewhere. I love the guitar riffs in this one!! 10/10
10. Killboy Powerhead - This is the only song that i don't like in this album. It's super annoying... all you gotta do is hear it once and then all day it'll get stuck in your head. You'll be trying to do something then all of a sudden you'll be singing "Killboy Powerheeeaaaed" over and over 6/10
11. What Happened To You? - A very funny song... kinda poppy. If you completely hate pop music, you might not like this one. 10/10
12. So Alone - A weird, but powerful song... i kinda like it. 8/10
13. Not The One - Great song with a great meaning. 9/10
14. Smash - A loud "Don't mess with me!!" kinda song. Great lyrics! (After this song ends, keep your CD player running... there's an acoustic version of come out and play about 7 minutes after the song ends. It's great!!) 10/10

So for anyone who likes punk or any offspring fan this is a MUST BUY!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Offspring Amazes Me
This is without a doubt the best CD the Offspring has put out and one of the best punk CDs ever put out.. You don't believe me? Try it out! This band doesn't get half the recognition they should get.. They're about to put out a 7th album and there isn't one song on any album that I'd skip on the CD.. This is how Smash was put together

1) Time To Relax - Your typical Offspring opening.. It's not music, but it's a guy talking (who you hear talk a few times in the album)

2) Nitro (Youthy Energy) - Probably the best opening song I've ever heard.. The drums are amazing and (hence the title) the song is very energetic and fast.. This is vintage Offspring and in my opinion their best song on the album 10/10

3) Bad Habit - Song starts out really slow but gets quick really fast.. It's one of the singles on the album and is an insane song.. If you've ever been [upset] at another driver while you were out of the road, this is the song for you! 9/10

4) Gotta Get Away - A slower song but it has a great beat to it.. The song is on rock radio stations sometimes and is supposed to be one of the best songs on the album.. I like it alot but there are better songs 9/10

5) Genocide - A little different sound to it, but it's still a great song.. It's the kind of song you'd hear a die hard Offspring fan singing the chorus to 9/10

6) Something To Believe In - It's a loud song and it's a fast song.. Extremely underrated, too.. Probably one of my favorites on the CD 9/10

7) Come Out And Play - This is the single.. It's not as hard punk as the other songs but it's a fun song.. This is the "Pretty Fly" song of the album.. It probably includes one of the most well known lines by the Offspring when the music starts and you hear "You gotta keep 'em separated" 9/10

8) Self Esteem - This song made the album what it is.. Self Esteem is a slow, hard punk song that anyone can get into.. It's also taken as a very seriuous song too and is probably one of the most popular Offspring songs out there 10/10

9) It'll Be A Long Time - Good pace.. Not a special song, especially compared to the other songs on the album, but it's still great 9/10

10) Killboy Powerhead - A short song but really good.. It's probably the last song on the CD that I got into, but once you get into it, it can become addicting 8/10

11) What Happened To You? - Not hard punk like on the album, but it's a fun song like "Why Don't You Get A Job?" 8/10

12) So Alone - This song is kind of a 'let it all out' type of song.. They scream, curse a little.. It's a little over a minute but I love it 9/10

13) Not The One - Most people think this is a weak song in the album, but I like it.. I'm hit by their words "Yeah, we're innocent, but the weight of the world is on our shoulders." This song really speaks, and I lke it more than most would 9/10

14)Smash - This is a great ending.. One of the best songs on the CD .. It's a fast song and has great lyrics.. I think it's just the perfect way for the band to flow into Ixnay, which was their next album 10/10

I'd recommend this CD to ANYONE that likes punk rock or rock in general.. The Offspring have been the constant in the punk rock world since the late 80s and if you want to check out their other albums, I'd most recommend "Ixnay On The Hombre" and "Americana." ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Offspring's Finest
Smash is the album that made the offspring famous and its deffinatly their best work. Sure, this CD might be from 1994, but it's still awesome

1)Time to Relax- an intro, so nothing to worry about. no rating
2)Nitro (Youth Energy)- a catchy drum line at the beginning and powerful sound. the song has great lyrics that will fill you with energy. the song is basically a song about teens doing what they want. 10/10
3)Bad Habit- a very funny song that starts out w/ just slow bass, then turns into a really rocking song. the lyrics are amusing and shows the humor that these guys posess. the song is about someone w/ road rage 10/10
4)Gotta Get Away- 1 of the hits, it's got a great sounding intro and a catchy sounding chorus. the song is about someone who is paranoid and can't stand himself 9/10
5)Genocide- its got a very catchy punk sound w/ good but not great lyrics. the song is about how people fend for themselves and walk all over the little guy 10/10
6)Something to Believe In- 1 of their political songs, its about society falling apart. the song starts out slow, but gets faster and has a good sound 9/10
7)Come Out And Play- 1 of the hits, its the song that made them famous. the song has kind of a strange, but catchy middle eastern sound to it. it also has a great sounding chorus. the song is a sarcastic look on teenage gang violence 9/10
8)Self Esteem- 1 of the hits, the song has a more mid-tempo sound and is organized strangely, but has awesome lyrics. you can just visualize the situation going on- the guy trys so hard to look for love, but all hit gets is abuse. but that's all made up for when he gets sex(...) 10/10
9)It'll Be a Long Time- 1 of their political songs, it gets faster and has a more punk sound as it goes a long. the song is about how the the superpowers (ie usa and brits) do what they want, but in turn harm the rest of the world 9/10
10)Killyboy Powerhead- a dijets cover, the song has rather pointless and repetitive lyrics, but an ok sound with good guitar 7/10
11)What Happened To You?- a very fast paced song w/ high energy and almost a ska sound. the song has some good lyrics that move fast. it is about a good person who fried their brains on drugs 9/10
12)So Alone- the hardest sounding song on the CD, it is about loneliness and depression. however, the song is so short (a minute 15 seconds) that its hard too enjoy 7/10
13)Not The One- 1 of their political songs, it is about how society's problems are passed on to the next generation even though they didnt cause them. the song has a good punk bass and drum beat 9/10
14)Smash- the best song on the CD! it has an awesome sound and a great solo. it also has the perfect lyrics for a punk song and it is about doing what you want and not conforming. the song is actually 3 minutes long, but if you keep listening, there are about 5 minutes or so of instrumental pieces, after it 10/10 ... Read more

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The Fat of the Land
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 July, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Intense and Hypnotic
I listen to all different genres of music, but I have found that, honestly, "Fat of the Land" is one of my favourite albums of all time, and certainly the best Prodigy album there is (Jilted Generation certainly gives it a run for its money, and is probably more experimental; but the genius of Fat lies in the fact that it has a very coherant theme running throughout the tracks, and most of the musical ideas work very well). Naturally, however, some tracks are better than others.

Ranked from (1) to (10) (1 is the best track and 10 is the worst

Smack my B-- up: Very urban and gritty, the only drawback of this song is that it takes overly long to get off the ground. The Indipop vocal bridge thing is awesome, though.(7)

Breathe: Perhaps the most popular song on the album, but not really my favourite. Keith Flint's vocals don't work so well, nor does the rock-fusion effort. Serial Thrilla is a much better track in that regard.(8)

Diesel Power: Might've been nice if it weren't for the lame guest rapper.(9)

Funky S--: Awesome song; very fast-paced and aggressive, extensive sampling but all the samples work real well.(4)

Serial Thrilla: Perfect metal/techno fusion track. The guitar part is great, and the vocals fit real well into the song (though I'm not sure that they mean anything). Definately this is the heaviest and most aggressive song on the album, as well as one of the best. The overall sound is very dark and gritty.(2)

Mindfields: Another great track. Mindfields is based on a very simple theme, but it has a very earthy feel to it.(3)

Narayan: Really mystical; this track best captures the trippiness of the latter part of the album in general. It would've been an awesome song, but unfortunately it's not as coherant as it might've been and could use a bit more cleaning up. The lyrics are disturbing and cryptic - they add alot to the overall feel of this track; and the Sanskritish vocal thing in the middle is also great.(6)

Firestarter: Another techno/metal fusion track. Works very well overall; not quite as good as Serial Thrilla, but much better than Breathe. I saw the music video for this and it's also pretty cool.(5)

Climbatize: All in all, I'd say this is by far the best track on the album. This song is very coherant musically, and it has all the elements that make the album great: it's trippy, mystical, exotic, dark, agressive, earthy... (1)

Fuel my Fire: Probably the weakest overall. Fuel my Fire is a cover, adn it shows. The vocals are edgy and sorta irritating, similar to Breathe in alot of respects.(10)

3-0 out of 5 stars Most famous album but not the best
"Fat of the land" was the album that made Prodigy the most popular dance group of it's time, equal to teen idols Take That. On this album they had changed alot of their previous style. Heavier drums, more guitars, more vocals, a rougher sound in general. Keith Flint become somehow the frontman singing the lyrics on songs like "Firestarter" and "Breathe" the 2 most famous Prodigy songs you'll find. Liam Howlett was still the mastermind though but the sound had been changed alot. Only songs like "Narayan" "Climatized" abd "Mindfields" reminds me of the old prodigy, they are rather slow instrumentals. "Smack my B*tch up" is a decent dance song even if it got a offensive title. "Serial Thrilla" "Diesel power" "Fuel my fire" and "Funky sh*t" are just awful. The reason i'll only give 3 is that it's too uneven, a few good songs are not enough for a top album. "Music for the gilted generation" is a master piece compared to this.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Prodigy Indeed
Prodigy has always been a great band. Mixing several genres and coming up with something that is not crap. I love this album from beginning to end. Prodigy's "The Fat of the Land" is to Electronica what "Nevermind" is to Rock. Favorite tracks on this album are "Smack my Bitch Up", Breathe", "Mindfields", "Narayan", "Firestarter", and "Climbatize". ... Read more

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