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    Rage Against the Machine
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 November, 1992)
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    Not since the days of the Clash and the MC5 has rock seen such political force as in the uncompromising debut from this L.A. quartet. Expanding the hip-hop/metal style of bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage tap the spirits of vintage Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, coupled with hardcore punk intensity and Public Enemy-style grooves. "Bombtrack" opens the LP with a shot of adrenaline and singer Zack de la Rocha's infuriated chorus of "Burn, burn, yes, you're gonna burn!" The intensity doesn't let up an inch on the militant "Killing in the Name" (with the inspiring chant, "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!"), the ultrafunky "Bullet in the Head," and the engrossing "Fistful of Steel." Tom Morello combines time-honored metal guitar riffs with sounds that suggest a hip-hop scratcher over a rhythm section that simply takes no prisoners. Intelligent and aggressive, this is unimpeachably one of the best hard-rock records ever made. --James Rotondi ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Rock Album of the 1990s
    Rage Against the Machine's self-titled, debut album was the definitive rock album of the 1990s and, more than any other album from its time, has influenced the mainstream rock genre as it flows through the airwaves today. Although Rage's influence on the evolution of rock music has generally been overlooked and understated by critics, if one were to analyze the current state of rock music, he/she would be hard pressed to argue that it could still be what it is today without Rage.

    Rage spawned the rap/rock revolution (for better or worse), infused rock music with intelligent social and political commentary at a time when the genre was severely lacking it, and helped rock music evolve to its current state. Listen to the entire album once, all the way through, and you will see why. An amazing band, with amazing musicianship, lyricism, and insight, Rage should go down in history as one of the most influential rock bands of its generation, although it seems as though the scope of its influence may always be overshadowed by other deserving bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Regardless, what's most important is that the music will always be there for us to enjoy, and the music can never lie.

    Trust me and the others who have taken the time to express their opinions on this album -- if you are a true fan of rock music, you owe it to yourself to own this album.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Liberal Propaganda
    This has got to be the worst type of music ever created. I am appalled at the amount of liberal garbage spewing out of the singer's mouth. Or should I say "Liberal Loonie". As a good conservative American, I go to church and abide by the law. I read a review by the "God Fearin Conservative Bill", and I agreed with every word he said. He did act a bit "exaggerative" though.

    Liberals will destroy this world that we conservatives worked so hard to build. With their crazy idea of "Social Programs" and "More Government", they will pollute the minds of the young ones.

    Also as a devout Mormon, I believe that men are superior to women. Women should serve their husband at all costs and be faithful, or else they will get a slap with my leather belt.

    Considering my side of the story, you can see how I view this album. Horrid and toxic to the ears. DO NOT BELIEVE ONE WORD THIS MAN SAYS!!! He is a demon and will not get to the Celestial Kingdom of Heaven.


    The album should be torched by all who own this album. Burn it and go to your local Mormon Ward for the real truth in this world.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a must have.
    Ok first of all, I'm very cautious on throwing 5 stars out. But this album, Rage's first album from 1992, deserves each bit of these 5 shiney stars for their debut album.

    First off, this is the best Rage album out there. It's obvious everything by Rage is good (even "Renegades" and they didn't even write those songs) but the self-titled debut stands out as the funkiest, most aggressive and most meaningful Rage album out of their catalogue. The songs are complex and well timed, each song is brilliant, each song is just as angry as the next(especially the closer, "Freedom" where Zach is absolutely screaming "freedom" from the bottom of his heart) and Tom's guitar playing is superb. This album probably shows Tom at his best, crazy unique solo's, great riffs, he's all over the place on this album. Tim's bass playing is excellent as well, funky, and aggressive, sticking tight with the drums (as the way it should be). The cover of this album means serious business as well, remember, this was Rage Against the Machine's first album, and looking at this cover added drama and suspense to who these guys were. You take a look at the cover and your first impression of this masterpiece is anger and (obviously) politics. What you hear, is what you get, violent, pissed off, meaningful, and straight from the heart. Especially with some lyrics, like Zach's veiw on "Fistful of Steel", "Silence, something about silence makes me sick, 'cause silence can bring violence sorta like a slit wrist."

    This is an excellent album, one of the best in alternative rock music. If you settle for this album now, you'll settle for it later. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000028RR
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Rap-Metal    6. Rock   


    Battle of Los Angeles
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (02 November, 1999)
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    Having successfully fused music and politics from their start, inspiring both moshing and young minds in the process, Rage Against the Machine emerges in peak form with merely their third album in seven years. Guitarist Tom Morello is one of the most distinctive and innovative players of his era, and his foil, vocalist/lyricist Zack De La Rocha, is as unrelenting and inspiring as ever on The Battle of Los Angeles. Rage, whose past antics include performing naked with duct tape over their mouths to protest censorship, released Battle on Election Day, but the politics of the group can be separated from the sounds. Indeed, the 45 minutes of mayhem heard here can be enjoyed solely as rousing aggro hip-hop rock. There's more variety found on Battle than on its predecessors, however. "Sleep Now in the Fire" is one of their most straight-ahead rock tunes. The trippy guitar on "Calm Like a Bomb" is out there even for the adventurous Morello. And "Born a Broken Man" serves up lovely musical interludes. Overall, the more finely honed Rage heard on Battle may not inspire a generation of young revolutionaries, but they still stir up more mutinous spirit than the rest of the current rock pack. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not their best work, but still worth it
    "The Battle of Los Angeles" was the last album that RATM made with original songs. Although it's not as strong as "Evil Empire" and the unforgetable debut (self-titled) way back from 1992, it's still got that catchy groove, aggressive bite, and angry poetry from Zack's notebook. Not the best album to start on if you're looking into getting to know Rage (start with Evil Empire), but once you get what they're all about, you'll find yourself getting this one soon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the last real epic rock album
    Rage Against the Machine had a hell of a career, if a bit too brief.Their debut was brilliant, but I find Battle of LA to be the band's most distinct and impressive work.Nearly every song on this album is memorable and stands out in its own way, and the songs have a larger-than-life quality and sense of authority that most heavy music lacks today.

    The sounds and dynamics of 'Battle' are crunchy and in-your-face, and give the album that epic feel.Even with the shorter tracks, the band never slacks off; the sounds on this album are creative and original and never fail to entertain.RATM was always a band with a political message, but they knew how to have fun with it and make it entertaining and energetic.Born of a Broken man, my favorite song on the album and one of my personal all-time favorite songs in general, is especially heavy and driving, not to mention atmospheric and beautiful.

    Fans of metal love to bash RATM mainly because of Tom Morello and his refusal to sound like every other guitarist out there.To you people: get lost (to put it lightly).A virtuoso guitarist is not one who shreds the fastest, he is one who knows his own music well and creates a dynamic sound that makes the songs work.For example, Dave Mustaine is one of my favorite guitarists out there, and he's fast and very technical, but he still could not replicate Morello's sound, riffs, or solos.Only Morello can.

    As for the people bashing RATM for their political stance: politics and music go hand-in-hand.Always have, always will.And I'm sure Morello has more of a right to talk politics than most politicians do.

    Overall Battle of Los Angeles is nothing short a masterpiece.As the title says, I consider this to be one of the last true epics of rock.And for the rock/metal elitists who whine about this not being "real rock" or "real metal" for its rap and techno influences, think again.This is creative metal set to groove and rhythm, and it rules.

    5-0 out of 5 stars their most darkly powerful release
    I think that this is RATM's strongest effort based on their message.it is not quite as funky or mindbending as their previous two cd's, but the message they are trying to bring across is extremely clear and poignant.this one is extremely dark, and zach d has a more focused perspective in his lyrics, instead of just the same old ranting from Evil Empire.they have really branched out their artistry on this one, and if their career hadn't been cut short, this proves that they would have continued to inspire and amaze.Many fans only like the first two cd's, and refuse to acknowledge the importance of this one or Renegades.Battle of LA is a little more rough around the edges and experimental then the first two, but songs like "Calm Like a Bomb" and "New Millenium Homes" show that Rage still had the power.

    This was my introduction to the group, and I was blown away by the intensity of the music.I have never heard another group that was so focused on social and political issues, and it had never before occured to me that you could do that in music.This cd has stood up to years of repeat listening, and is definitely deserving of a place in your collection if you like Rage.You shouldn't worry about getting it if you are a new fan; in my view the band hasn't released a single mediocre cd.But most people recommend beginning with the self titled cd of theirs, and I am going to recommend getting that one before you get this.On all accounts don't overlook this cd. ... Read more

    Asin: B00002MZ2C
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


    Evil Empire
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (16 April, 1996)
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    As the vitriol spewed from Evil Empire, Rage Against the Machine's long-awaited follow up to their 1993 debut owes much to Chuck D.'s polemic fury and rapid-fire urgency--though as always the band rages without hip-hop machinery in favor of the heavy-duty power tools of rock. But no matter if Rage against the Machine amounts to revolutionary rap, protest metal, or a combination of the two, the band's command of sonic rage makes Evil Empire a powerful assault in any musical language.

    But wait, there's more to the name. Raging against the machine, like yelling at the TV, is woefully misdirected. Lyricist Zack de la Rocha is clearly someone with strong political views--particularly when it comes to the plight of fellow Mexicans on both sides of the border. He vents his indignation sharply at times ("Vietnow," "Without a Face"), rather clumsily and artlessly most others. Music this angry should be aimed at something more specific than an entire race or nation or government, or else it risks sounding like the empty rants of confused postpubescent rebellion. If only Rage against the Machine's raw musical muscles were grinding over a focused message, lord knows how potent they could be. --Roni Sarig

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    5-0 out of 5 stars There are a lot of naive listeners here
    At first when I listened to the album, I was all in for the good riffs and the angrish rage. But I did not understand the meanings or their aim. If I kept this perspective, I would have blindly reviewed their material and commenting only on morello's guitar talent, or the potential this band could have, or zack's political rants. But, as I did some research over the meaning, and this is what I found on zack's site.

    People of the Sun
    This song was first written about the original California Chicano natives. But as the song developed more, the lyrics changed to focus on the Zapatista Movement in southern Mexico. The Zapatistas, an army of indigenous farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, launched an armed uprising on January 1, 1994.

    Bulls on Parade
    Bulls on Parade discusses the American structure of force -- from the armed forces to the C.I.A.

    This song slams right wing AM radio shows such as "The G. Gordon Liddy Show", "Rush Limbaugh" and "The Laura Schleschinger Show". With completle media control, these programs are able to dominate airwaves with propaganda of the right. Fear is what controls those who listen to these programs.

    Zack describes the horrific conditions of domestic violence u.

    01 (Hugh Pouliot): The struggle and sorrow of being revolutionary.
    02 (Phillip Lomax): A snakecharmer controls a snake and the song is about you being controled and used by people who say they are your friends, but these people are lying and dont want to know you when something new comes along example lyrics:- "Your friendship disapears when the wind re-directs!" This song could also point to you being used by your government!

    Tire Me
    Zack has said that this song was written to "celebrate the death of Richard Nixon". I think it's rather self-explanatory.

    Rollin' Down Rodeo
    The poor people in the ghetto must direct their anger toward the class which causes their misery. This is most easily done by rolling down Rodeo Drive with a shotgun in hand. The lower classes only kill themselves by destroying eachother and their neighbourhoods. also this song is about racism against rich blacks, and how they are unofficially banned from places like rodeo drive "these people ain't seen a brown - skinned man since thier grandparents bought one"

    Without a Face
    Explaining the plight of Mexican immigrants in America. United States officials and representatives build Berlin Walls across the border to preserve the 'purity of christian values'.

    Wind Below
    This was based on the essay, "The Southeast in Two Winds" by Subcomandante Marcos. Marcos describes the Zapatistas, and the Chiapas as "the wind below"...as it is rising up, and a storm is brewing. This song is about the movement, and the EZLN's fight for justice. The United States media silences the movement.

    Roll Right
    "Send them to the seventh level" is referring to Dante's nine levels of hell, the seventh being the place where war-mongers are sent.

    Year of the Boomerang
    Frantz Fanon coined the phrase "Year of the Boomerang" in a speech about the time when violent uprisings will come back and nail imperialists in the face.

    1-0 out of 5 stars nope. this sucks.
    morello was never good at guitar. he's worse than cobain and that's saying something awful. what's with the singer? he's like a mosquito that won't go away. you hear him buzzing with his gay political agenda, but you try not to listen. someone needs to swat this turd to commie china. that's rage. grown men who love lying to kids making millions off them with music with no skill with a lame and bogus political statement. have fun, boys and girls. these homos love to suck the blood out of you.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great stuff, not the best though
    Once again, I see people docking Rage for being political.NO ONE ELSE DID THAT IN THE 90's. They used MTV like a puppet to get their message across. These "reviewers" then push the flag-waving, , democracy rules philosiphy, then diss the band because they can't admit their talet and they're biased against hip-hop. While a good amount of rage listeners are slack-offs, nearly all of thier intellegent fan base now that they're not around is made up of college kids, musicians, and activists trying to CORRECT the flaws in the system, not blow everything up. But to those who are yelling, just remember that the only people whose minds you are going to change are people with a lot of free time, nothing to do , and an internet connection. Not really a way to reach the key audience for your rants. Try Alabama.

    Musically this album is really good. rage had something their contemporaries didn't: MUSICAL ABILITY. Morello invented the pedal-heavy solo but he made it unique and interesting. Unlike the three note "solos" we get from "metal" bands like Korn and Linkin Park. Timmy C.'s bass is the main problem. He stopped slapping, which (for me at least) made the music a lot less powerfull. But I can tell that they didn't want to sound like they were copying the Chilli Peppers or 311 so they decided to *gasp* TRY SOMETHING NEW for the decade and play actual bass parts along with following the guitar. The drummer's fantastic, hip-hop meets funk-rock. Great sound. Finally, Zack's lyrics are less direct and urgent than on the debeut. But that's a byproduct of the fact that the band sounds a lot tighter musically. A great set-up for the battle of L.A.

    For those who still want to diss Rage for the whole Major-Label thing: "If you want to fight Empire, you first must become a part of it."-George Orwell
    I read that in school. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000029D9
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Rap-Metal    6. Rock   


    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 February, 1997)
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    Blessed with the voice of a wispy angel, Elliott Smith creates sad little pop songs, which, like the work of Nick Drake (to whom he's been compared) threaten to disappear into the night air. Several of the tracks here were featured in Gus Van Zant's movie Good Will Hunting, and they're among the album's best (though "Miss Misery," nominated for an Academy Award is only available on the soundtrack album). "Angeles" and "Say Yes" are bittersweet laments that feature Smith's idiosyncratic guitar picking, which is well served by the album's decidedly low-fi production. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Shuffling your deck of trick cards
    This is my favorite as it was my first exposure to Elliott. Notice I did not say it was his best, lord, I don't really think I could name a best album. I love all his LPs and all the heatmiser stuff as well. I Started listening to Elliott before XO came out and since first listen have been devoted since. I'm not going to say this is his best, just that there is something about this LP that tugs at me more than his other stuff. Maybe it's the fact that the title is the same as a Kierkegarrde piece, Ida know. I do think its better to start with either this or Roman Candle or his S/t lp over XO, figure8 or Basement as your first exposure. Build up the latter day lushness. So many great songs here with a beautiful minimalism, Strong beginning with a strong ending.A few great slow numbers like Between the Bars and 2:45am, a few almost out of place uptempos like Pictures of Me, and Cupid's Trick(But OH do I love both so much, especially Pictures). I've always loved Music, but Elliott was probably one of the first artists whose songs spoke to me fairly directly. His death really shook me up, more so than any other musician I can recall, I was too young to comprehend who Lennon was when he passed, and when Cobain passed, well at that time let's just say I was in rejection of the Majors(allthough now I recognize his talent). Don't get me wrong I'm not necessarily comparing, just stating. Sad songs buck me up, as kind of sick as that sounds. Check out Either/or, it's a beautiful testament rom a beautifull writer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
    Elliott Smith was one of the most gifted artists to ever live. His lyrics were beautiful, as was his voice. He put such emotion into his music and into his lyrics, it's as if you can feel his pain and feel his emotions coming out of the speakers. His music is mostly somber and downbeat, but amazing nonetheless.

    Say Yes is by far my favorite song, but the album is full of beautifully written and beautifully preformed songs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty essential.
    While he's often portrayed as a bit of a downer and sort of a mopey singer-songwriter type (understandable, in light of his personal life), Smith revealed himself with this record, and from this point on in his career, to be, first and foremost, a student of the pop song.These songs are really just as much about the melodies and deft chord changes as they are about the maudlin stories behind them.Every single aspect of the music is perfect -- not a single note feels wasted, and each song demonstrates remarkable life and movement.Smith was clearly being very smart and careful with these songs.

    This is easily the best place to start with Smith, and maybe even the place to stop, depending upon your personal taste."Either/Or" is much more artful and nuanced than Smith's earlier work, and really nails the Beatles/Big Star tradition in which he operates.It's also much rawer and stripped down than his later albums -- none of the production work is cringe-worthy, and the lyrics pack a gut level immediacy that began to dissolve as Smith began to focus even more on writing pop masterpieces.This is one of those rare albums that's very personal and emotionally involved but also smart enough to know that all of the feeling in the world can't save a shoddily constructed song. ... Read more

    Asin: B00000373U
    Subjects:  1. Indie Pop    2. Indie Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Sadcore    6. Singer/Songwriter   


    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 August, 1998)
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    Elliott Smith's fourth solo album and major-label debut, XO, brings narrative detail and a wide range of emotion to an indie meld of '60s-style rock and folk-pop. Whether in the broken stateliness of "Waltz #2 (XO)," the Sgt. Pepper tribute of "Baby Britain," or the explosions of "Amity" and "Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands," Smith's melodic and arrangement senses give his vulnerable vocals and brilliant wordcraft the maximum effectiveness. XO is a watershed in singer/songwriter rock. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars ornate, blissful pop from a great tunesmith
    Elliott Smith may not have been a stylistic trailblazer, but I can't think of a contemporary who wrote prettier, more tuneful Beatlesesque songs. As a friend put it, "they make your ears melt." XO captures Elliott Smith at his most ear-melting, melodically supple. " "Bled White"- the album's standout- positions a lovely two-part harmony behind a soaring lead vocal while drums and bass provide a perfect counterbalance. It's enough to make anyone's reuptake-inhibitor fizzle into overdrive. The groggy, intense, almost chemical elation Smith's music induces is fitting since so many of his songs, including "Bled White," are about drug addiction. "Cuz I'll have to be high/To drink the sunset down." The buoyant melodies and enticing images seduce you into Smith's comfort zone of depression even as their literal meanings horrify. Hard-edged anger would at least indicate hope, a drive to fight off one's chemically dependent malaise. In that sense, "Amity," the album's sole hard-rock tune is the album's most emotionally healthy. "Baby Britain" is a gratifying ode to Brian Wilson- and the travails of alcoholism. The emphatic piano chords and jangly guitars are positively rousing just as the subject matter is positively sad. "Waltz #1" is the rare example where you can hear Smith's influence upon others rather than vice versa. Between the dreamy vocal effects and dirge-like piano waltz, the crux of Michael Andrews' Donnie Darko score, intentionally or not, echoes "Waltz #1."

    4-0 out of 5 stars Balance. Sweet sweet balance.
    Something happens when an artist, craftsman or lunatic reaches their peak; They enter a personal santuary where on their flanks, rabid followers and the pop culture rank & file attack with equal measure: they've sold their soul! they've opened up magical doors to the uninitiated! These diametric views cancel each other out in all cases: The white album. Pet Sounds. Even O.K. Computer and Nevermind. And although I personally dislike both O.K. Computer and Nevermind, I can see how they created a streetfight between the "loyalists" and the "johny come lately's" XO did just that. It pitted those who'd walked lockstep with Smith from his humble acoustic roots in the Northwest against those who where rightfully swept away by the complex, lush pop arrangements which cast a net over the masses following the Elliott Smith name dropping by 2 up and coming movie stars. Did Good Will hunting snuff out Smiths intimacy, his from the heart, efficient narratives, or did it finally give him the brushes he needed to paint his fleshed out ideas and ideals? XO stands eternally as a wrong choice at the proverbial fork-in-the-road to some, but to those without an unhealthy obsession with his roots, it is one of the most gorgeous, livid, lush, and enduring records to break out of the 1990's doldrums of guitar based pop. For better or worse, this record is his flagship in a fleet of fireworks and dimly lit candles. A pitch perfect balance of soulbaring, desperate innocence and swelling, grandiose optimism. Elliott would never do this again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Quietly spectacular
    There are two types of music. 'Bubblegum' which catches you with its pop hooks, but loses its appear very quickly, and music which could be compared to a fine wine. You tend to develop a taste for it, and it tastes better as it gets older.

    Elliott Smith's seminal album XO, right in the midst of his often turbulent career, combines the best attributes from both. The catchy and original pop hooks in 'Baby Britain', 'Bled White' and 'Waltz #1' catch your ear immediately. While the sullen tone of some of the track's more subtle tracks, such as 'Pitseleh' and even 'Amity' showcase the depth of talent in this record. This is certainly a downbeat, contemplative sort of record which lends itself best to continuous, multiple listens. Not one of those 'one song, one listen' type albums.

    Although excellent in almost every facet, it does have its minor faults. Arrangement tends to be fairly similar throughout the album, and those not possessing an ear for this type of music may overlook it. It goes to show that perhaps not everyone will enjoy this type of music, but once they listen to it more they will usually learn to appreciate its nuances. If you haven't heard it already, the lush instrumentals, vocals, melodies.etc will surely win you over. ... Read more

    Asin: B00000AEF9
    Subjects:  1. Indie Pop    2. Indie Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Sadcore    6. Singer/Songwriter   


    Figure 8
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (18 April, 2000)
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    The story of Elliott Smith is well known now: Shy and reclusive indie rocker soars to a Hollywood soundstage and major-label contract. His fans gasped in collective horror when he took a bow at the 1998 Oscars, his hand clasped by Celine Dion. He seemed far too fragile to survive among the sharks and vultures on the corner of Hollywood and Vine. But as his subsequent albums XO and now Figure 8 show, Smith has weathered the spotlight successfully and is moving ahead with self-assured grace. The beauty of Figure 8 is that it encompasses Smith's musical virtues, from the stark and wispy tunes of his lo-fi beginnings on Roman Candle to the orchestrated, Beatlesesque pomp and circumstance of later work to the intimate and sometimes painful nature of his live shows. Figure 8's opener, "Son of Sam," is as good as anything Smith has ever crafted, its soaring melody buoyed with lush instrumentation and a tin-pan-alley piano romp. "Happiness" is vintage Smith, its lyrics belying the title. But best of all are "Everything Reminds Me of Her" and "Everything Means Nothing to Me," which capture the dichotomies of Smith's music. The first is a lovely, delicate little tune--just Smith's wavering voice, a plucked guitar, and the plaintive lyrics of unabashed longing. The second is a layered soundscape, heavily produced, with washes of music covering a repeated lyrical line. One is direct, naked, and honest; the other is slippery, distant, and rational. These are the yin and yang of Smith's music, and it's the friction between the two--or, more accurately, the wreckage from one obdurate truth bashing up against the other--that makes Figure 8 resonate with such devastating power. --Tod Nelson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great stuff.
    When I first purchased Figure 8 at a local rec store I was blown away by the song Happiness. There is just something about the lyrics that make me uplifted yet still a little bit sad. Other great songs are Stupidity Tries, Everything Reminds Me of Her, and Somebody That I Used To Know. The last one was a surprise that caught me off guard when I heard it on vinyl at a friend's house. From there I had to buy 8 and everything else.
    By the way-Paul didn't die in a horrible car accident. No Beatle has.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A cracking album
    Sitting around my friends house, getting high one night last year, my friend pulled out a cd and asked me if I had ever heard of Elliot Smith.My response was something like, 'Yeah, thats the dude who recently died, heard his music is pretty good.'With that my friend put Figure 8 in the cd player, andimmediately I was hooked, but profoundly sad at the loss of such a great artist.

    That was a year on, but today I feel compelled to write a review for you folks.Having listened to the majority of Elliots stuff I can say that this is probably not his best album.However, it is still a masterpiece that deserves recognition as possibly one of the best albums released in the last 5 years.Straight away I was taken in by this albums brilliance, captivated by songs such as Son of Sam, Junk Bond Trader, Wouldn't Mama Be Proud etc.This album safe to say didn't leave my md player for a long time as the albums copius hooks refused to weaken and give way.

    Listening to the cd a year on it has lost none of its touch and is even fresher than the day I first got to hear it.Elliot Smith was a great artist.You'll find yourself feeling an edge of sadness listening to his music but at the same time the music is quite uplifting.Elliot had the knack of singing about depressing themes but not doing it in such an upbeat way.

    This is a good starting point for Elliot if you haven't heard his earlier stuff as its easy to get into, then once you are hooked progress onto XO or Either / Or.I personally find his early work (Self Titled, Roman Candle) a little more harder on the ears, however that may well be because I have not given them a great deal of play so far.

    Get Elliot, you'll not be disspointed.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Elliott's Final Completed Album
    The last album he completed before his death, "Figure 8" blends the stripped down sound of his early work with the lush arrangements of his later works.

    The album kicks off with one of these lavish songs "Son Of Sam". Possibly the strongest signature track Smith ever recorded it proved to be his biggest hit (also check out the acoustic version which is equally good). "Junk Bond Trader", "Stupidity Tries" and "Happiness" follow suit and are just as strong.

    "Wouldn't Mama Be Proud" is the song that introduced me to Smith. After a friend played it for me I bought this album straight away, which soon led me to owning Smith's entire back catalogue. It's the catchiest, sharpest pop song of Smith's that would have been an obvious choice for the first single (that honour went to "Son of Sam"). "Can't Make A Sound" is also a highlight.

    As ever Elliott remains one of the strongest acoustic guitar player/songwriter I've ever heard. "Everything Reminds Me of Her" is a short, sombre and beautiful song filled with heartbreak. The accompaning "Everything Means Nothing To Me" starts similarly, with a piano replacing Elliott's guitar before winding into a more powerful, instrument heavy song. "Easy Way Out" and "I Better Be Quiet Now" also will appeal to fans of Elliott's more delicate tracks.

    Essential Tracks: Everything Reminds Me of Her / Wouldn't Mama Be Proud ... Read more

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    Razorblade Romance [Bonus Tracks]
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Hoho!
    Ok, this may the most commercial album Finland has ever produced besides The Rasmus...this is pure sh**!

    1-0 out of 5 stars hot topic rock
    "I expect you to spout off things like oh its totally (...)" i never said it was (...), but thanks for reminding me. IT IS (...). and completly devoid of musical depth and persona. Stink 182 has a better guitarist. Simple Plan has a better drummer. and green day has a better singer. and never thought the day would come when i'd say that. holy (...). if you want something with dark lyrics, try alkaline trio, the cure, or atreyu. and yes, i know, atreyu is not heavy metal.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Finnish goth metal?
    are u on drugs? stop with the metal label. pop rock sounds a bit better to me. "When razorblade romance was released in Finland, a young man threw himself off a cliff and they found this cd in his Discman." yet one more reason NOT to listen to the amazingly boring, pop goth crap group known as HIM (hopeless idiotic morons).and bam IS the only reason they got anywhere. goth METAL my ass.
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    Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights
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    1-0 out of 5 stars This is pure sh**!
    THis is pure commercial sc***! I hate this band...they can't make any good songs!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Band!
    I am a new HIM fan and Deep Shadows & Brilliant Highlights is my first HIM purchase.It is well worth the money.Each song is beautifully written.Favorite tracks would have to be Close to the Flame, Salt in our Wounds, Don't Close Your Heart.The melodrama and darkness of Love You Like I Do is so intense that you feel as if in a trance listening to it.Ville's voice is amazing, great range.These songs will be stuck in your head and you'll be humming them all day!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Deep!!!
    This HIM cd is deep and darker than Razorblade Romance, and still kicks ass like Razorblade Romance! I once again realized that I loved all of the tracks equally. Beautiful lyrics and art work on the book. Wow! HIM rocks! ... Read more

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    Good Will Hunting: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Movie soundtracks are chancy in that the music is often geared to specific parts of the film that are meant to evoke concurrent emotions; many don't hold up apart from their cinematic context. The trend of the past few years has been to gratuitously traipse down memory lane, with the convenient stance that a hit parade of '70s funk will lend an otherwise bloodless film some street cred. Thankfully the soundtrack to Good Will Hunting doesn't strive for fake urban cool; this film about white, working-class Bostonians gets a mostly white, working-class sound. The soundtrack effectively mirrors the half-filled desires and lives that the film capitalizes on: restlessness, ennui, doubt, and unrequited love rule here. Elliot Smith contributes the most, and the best, songs, beautiful weepers that outshine Danny Elfman's somber original score, which makes only a few appearances. --Alan E. Rapp ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack.
    This is a great soundtract for those out there that love Elliott Smith, and a great introduction for those yet to discover him. Once you delve into the many albums out there, you will find one gem after another. I go through periods where I put all of it on shuffle, and enjoy, for a week at a time. I think that he will be remembered as one of the greatest songwriters of the 1990s.

    In case you can't tell, you should buy this soundtrack.

    Just a note to the poster that lamented that the song from the trailor was not on the soundtrack: it is quite common in the movie industry to use music in a trailor that is not the actual music from the movie. This is because the music is one of the last things to go in. I am glad you found your song, but I don't think that it was "left off" the soundtrack, because I don't remember that song being in the movie at all. Also, some artists generally allow their music to be used in a movie, but not on the soundtrack. The Rolling Stones are a good example of this. I am glad that you found the song you were looking for, but if it was only in the trailor (and I can't remember it being in the movie), then it doesn't really belong on the soundtrack. I am glad that you grew to like the soundtrack. Enjoy.

    4-0 out of 5 stars nearly priceless.
    The Good Will Hunting Soundtrack is just one of a couple Elliott Smith albums (you know what I mean) I did not own before yesterday.I know, I know, he dies and I go out and buy it.Total cheese, right?But, this album is what turned me on to Smith in the first place.After seeing the movie, I could not get Elliott's voice out of my head.Smith has had many songs stuck in my head during the past five years.

    Besides Elliott Smith's awesome contributions to this album, the soundtrack is complete genius.Give me Luscious Jackson and Jeb Loy Nichols any day.I actually hadn't heard anything from Nichols before the purchase of this album.Apparently, he is likened to Ben Harper and other folkie-slash-rock greats.

    The orchestral version of Smith's "Between the bars," left me wanting more, while "Say Yes" puts me in a Love Trance.

    You will not be disappointed with this soundtrack.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Overall theme of tragedy... well thought out soundtrack.
    Great soundtrack to a great movie! The Elliot Smith selections seem to perfectly reflect the tragedy within the drama, a lonely pop track by Luscious Jackson, "Why Do I Lie?" (sad, sorrowful, nicely done), Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street' (A classic with a tragic story and mood), and even an Al Green tune, "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" (need I say more?). I could do without The Waterboys. ... Read more

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    Elliott Smith
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Recorded mildly better than his debut (Roman Candle on Cavity Search), the self-titled second solo album is one of the most understated and incredible albums to emerge from the indie-rock scene in the 1990s. With his nimble picking fingers behind him, Smith writes sad, little songs about drugs and romantic codependence that border on the obsessed. "Needle in the Hay" and "The White Lady Loves You More" are exemplary tunes that fuse the Beatles' pop sense with Neil Young's sense of doom. Lying in his own burned out basement, Smith can rough up the gentlest love song with a few salty words of choice. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not a big fan of Elliott's early works...
    I became a big fan of Elliott Smith after listening to 'From A Basement On The Hill' album.After that, I wanted to purchase another one of his albums and so I picked this one.I read many great reviews on it and that's what did me in.After listening to this album, I did not likle it...at all.Don't get me wrong, I'm still a huge fan of his, but I guess I'm just not really into his early works.So if you were like me, who first got into Elliott's later work, be careful...because you might not like this album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Smith's Cohesive High-Watermark
    People who like Elliott Smith tend to divide his career into two halves (or three if you count Heatmiser): the first three records (quiet, acoustic, indie) and the last three records (poppier, electric, mainstream).Obviously this is way oversimplified, as some of his finest quiet acoustic songs, like the flawlessly brilliant "Tomorrow Tomorrow", are from the latter period.Nevertheless, from the first three, this one is hands-down the best and most satisfying.Roman Candle (his first, not this one), and Either/Or are both fantastic, but neither one quite holds together all the way to the end like this one does.Elliott was never quieter or more intimate than this: the deep breaths, the sounds of his fingers switching chords, his voice barely above a whisper at times--it's all so beautiful.Apparently many were surprised to find out that he wasn't using heroin at this time and hadn't even tried the drug.But I really wasn't.It's obvious after a few listens that he is totally together and professional in his execution, despite the ethereal nature of the tunes themselves.His great live concerts from this period reinforce that and are a far cry from some of the later 2002 shows where he was in desperate need of help.Like all great artists, he was able to write about experiences he had never been through personally by empathizing with those who struggled through it, Smith himself struggling with other issues.

    The songs themselves are astounding: "Christian Brothers" and "Satellite", with their bizarre chords; the sadness of "The White Lady Loves You More", written from the perspective of a person trying to compete with heroin for someone's love and attention; the cryptic "Clementine" and how the traditional song of the same name relates to the despondent character in the story, drinking at a bar.Just brilliant material across the board, each one an odd narrative open to multiple interpretations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best from the most important artist in my collection.
    I have only recently been introduced to the absolutely aesthetic work of Elliott Smith. After being in rotation for an obsessive amount of time on my iPod, I have come to the imminent conclusion that Elliott Smith is truely my favorite artist of all time. The man was so unbelievably deep. His music is so emotional and personal it's brilliant. I really couldn't have imagined a person with such talent and scale existed. I'm forever grateful for his music and now feel distraught and saddened by the great loss of his life.

    My introduction to Elliott Smith started with his self-titled. I was always a big fan of The Royal Tenenbaums movie and was aware that "Needle In The Hay" was his work. Though when I would watch the movie, the song never caught my interest, and now I have to wonder how that was. It's a wonderful, dark song that is increasingly rewarding with each listen. But that song is not my single favorite. There are so many good songs on this album; it is extremely hard to pick a clear standout. So, I won't bother singling out anyone one song.

    "St. Ides Heaven" is one of the most aesthetic Elliott Smith songs. The chorus alone makes me want to leave the song on repeat for hours. The acoustic setting of the song is beautiful as well. "The Biggest Lie" is a slower paced, but equally beautiful song that has one of my most memorable quotes at the end when he says "we're so very precious, you and I, and everything you do makes me want to die." I'm not sure why, but that quote has stuck with me. "Southern Belle" has my favorite guitar work of the album. It's fast paced and after you hear him say "I wouldn't have you how you want" it goes into some of the greatest guitar production you will hear-it's nice. "Christian Brothers" is a song with great lyrics, and one thing my friends and I comment on Elliott Smith about is illustrated with this song. We love how he can so nonchalantly just throw in "f***" and sound genuine, not gimmicky. "Alphabet Town" is a standout track, in my opinion. Simply because of the harmonica that is put to excellent work (very Bob Dylan). Great lyrics and production make this another one of my favorites.

    The rest of the album is excellent as well, but I'm only going to emphasize those select tracks. Anyone would be doing themselves a favor by buying this album. Elliott Smith, in my opinion, never released a bad album. I've found all of them perfect. ... Read more

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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    If Renegades proves to be the last Rage Against the Machine albumto feature singer Zack de la Rocha, who quit the band after nine years, it's a cool way to go out. Produced by Rick Rubin, Renegades is a salute to the artists who made Rage what they are--or were. While it's easy to hear Rage's rap roots in songs from Afrika Bambaataa, EPMD, and Volume 10, it's more interesting to see theirtake on rock in its classic and punk forms. Rage capture the raw spirit, if notthe quite the intensity, inherent in the MC5 classic "Kick Out the Jams." A superior second livetake appears at the CD's end, followed by a concert version of Cypress Hill's "How I Could Just Kill a Man," with help from B-Real and Sen Dog. Devo's "Beautiful World" is rendered quietly unrecognizable, while Minor Threat's "In My Eyes" is given a wonderfully melodic, ultra-aggro treatment. The Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man" takes on a techno vibe that's unsettling and Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm" is also effectively modernized. Ultimately, Renegades is a must-have for its song selection, musical execution, and the unhappy fact that it's likely the ultimate offering from one of rock's most musically and politically relevant lineups. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars not the best rage cd but still worth a listen...
    how could anyone give any rage cd 1 star? i think they were the most talented band of the 90's.i love the bass and drums on this cd and the guitar isn't at top-notch but this still is a great cd. alot of these new bands could take a lesson from tom because most of these "nu" bands need dj's and turntables but if they were even remotely talented as this band theyd only need 4 people instead of 7 or even 8 people in the band.and for the record rage broke up and they will never release a new cd, and for the people who dont know, the remaining rage members are in a new band called audioslave and are just as good as rage.audioslaves sophmore cd OUT OF EXILE comes out May 24th.go buy it ive already heard the entire cd and its amazing its 10x better than there self-titled cd.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not the Rage I knew
    I know I shouldn't be reviewing this CD after only hearing it once, but I don't know if I could sit through it again.This isn't Rage Against the Machine.Did Tom run out of riffs?Did they lose their creativity?I thought they were awesome as a band creating their own songs.This CD sounds very little like their first three CDs.On some songs, Zach becomes too much of a rapper and it loses its rock.In others, it has no power and sounds nothing like Rage Against the Machine.A lot of the songs are boring with riffs that are no where near catchy.This is by far their worst and I very much wish I hadn't bought it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic...
    If you take a look at Rage's rating for all four studio albums by customers on Amazon.com, they're all 4 and 1/2 star rated. That was how good this band was. Although this page is for Renegades, I just want to comment on Rage's music on the whole. Doesn't it seem that most rock groups nowadays sing about relationships, heartbreaks and the likes? And every rock group vocalist seems to have that high pitched-punk rock voice? Well, Rage Against The Machine was different. They had things to say, they projected their views through their songs. They were one of the most powerful and influential voices on many many political agendas. And hey, even if you don't agree with what they have to say, you still have to appreciate these guys on a musical level. I have all 4 studio albums and listen to them very often until today. In fact, I'm listening to Renegades right now. No other group has longetivity like this band.

    Everyone in Rage knows what to do, and how to do it. When they create music, it's not planned...it just IS. Zack de la Rocha is the ever energetic vocalist, he definitely puts the Rage in RATM. I believe that his voice was the perfect one to go with the group, although I do respect Chris Cornell and think he's a talented vocalist as well but it was de la Rocha which harnesses the power and the momentum. Tom Morello is one of THE most gifted guys around when it comes to playing the guitar. His creativity in creating sounds I never knew a guitar could create, astounds me everytime I listen to their albums. The squeaks and bleeps from him sound like something a DJ with a turntable would do. Bassist Timmy C complements Tom's sounds to create something even better. And Brad Wilk is exceptional on drums. Watching them live is the ultimate experience, especially their open air shows. It is definitely a wild and thrilling ride.

    To conclude, I just want to say that if you're reading this and still contemplating whether to fork out your cash to get this or any other Rage album...please do. To be honest, at first I just downloaded their albums but they were so good i bought all 4 albums. They are well worth it and you'll find yourself not just casual listeners to Rage, but a hardcore fan of theirs. ... Read more

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    Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
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    4-0 out of 5 stars RATM Fan Essential
    I'm gonna have to qualify this review as best as I can.I am a Rage fan, have been since "No Shelter" was on the Godzilla Soundtrack, sadly, but a fan nonetheless was I since 1998, two years before this was recorded and five before its release.I'm also a huge Portishead, Woodstock, and classic rock fan but as much as I like Live At Roseland, Kick Out The Jams, and all the great moments that occurred during the three days of peace, love, and music in 1969, among the hundreds of other well made live recordings, I have a new favourite.

    My moment of realization occurred as soon as the bass kicked in on 'Born Of A Broken Man' where a noise erupts that could tear a fly in half, in the same vein as Michael Ivins' bass-tardization in the Flaming Lips' "A Spoonful Weighs A Ton" but way nastier.The whole album is superbly produced by Rick Rubin who creates a rich, full sound that mushrooms between your headphones.Also, each track sounds just a little more urgent than their already screaming studio work, more pressing and still quite relevant.There's also an excellent reworking of EPMD's "I'm Housin'" and a cover of MC5 which works to further reinforce this disk's place rightly in the live album cannon.Absorbing this disk one truly realizes what a loss Rage was in a world with a desperate need for a social conscience.

    5-0 out of 5 stars give me chills, a greatest hits live cd
    This collects most of Rage's best songs on one cd, and they are performed live!This is exciting because it is their first widely available live album; they were beyond powerful onstage, but they toured very little as a band.I wish that different songs from Renegades were included instead of "I'm Housin" or "Kick Out the Jams," and I wish "Wake Up" was included, but all of the songs here are really, really well played and show that Rage went out with a bang instead of fading into obscurity.That's what any band wants, after all!
    If you are new to the band you should pick this up, along with everything else they put out (trust me, everything Rage made is beyond good, even their covers cd!).But if you want only one Rage disc with all of the hits, this should do until they come out with a Best Of disc for Rage's music.A lot of songs from Evil Empire are missing, so you will want to get Evil Empire also.I like all the versions of these songs, you will too, get everything they put out.That includes the Live and Rare Import, if you are willing to pay all the cash for it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars dvd sound is better
    if you want better sound - buy the dvd - it is mixed by someone else ... Read more

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    Love Metal
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Love Metal Earns 666 Stars
    HIM's "Love Metal" is a well rounded album. This is quite apparent when you listen to it for the first time. All of the songs are unique, memorable, and innovative. You'll never get tired of hearing these beautifully composed songs. Ville Valo, once again creates another poetically successful composition. Definetly buy this album whether you are familiar with this talented Finnish band or not. A worthy, metallic investment!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE H.I.M.
    This band is so unique and different from any other kind of rock, metal, or whatever you consider them to be. And no matter what album you buy you won't be disappointed. Their old albums are just as great as their new ones. You can't compare this band to any other... So if you want something different and wonderfully orgasmic buy this!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars HIM is not good music
    Bam isa great skater, but his taste in bands is truly horrendous. There is nothing remotely enjoyable about this Finnish goth metal band. ... Read more

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    Greatest Love Songs 666
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Pure w**t!
    This is just st**id metal-...listen to great bands like Led Zeppelin instead...this music is pure commecial sc***!

    1-0 out of 5 stars O STARS/UTTER GARBAGE
    HIM most have been smoking crack when they recorded this!

    Your Sweet Six Six Six-Only good song on the album. A solid rocker. 5/5
    Wicked Game-The vocals on this song just ruin the whole listen. 2/5
    The Heartless-Gay vocals. 0/5
    Our Diabolikal Rapture-Boring, dull, spine chilling track. 3/5
    It's All Tears-They must be ashamed of this. People who have conversations with themselves in different voices should be considered dangerous!
    When Love And Death Embrace-Worst track on album. I can't listen to this. -0/5
    The Beginning Of The End-This song has the dumbest lyrics ever written. 1/5
    Don't Fear The Reaper-Okay effort. 4/5
    For You-This song is just bizarre to me. Vocals are trash.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST!
    this is the best cd ever!i like the deep voice in the song "Its All Tears!"it sounds cool.the lyrics are strong,the singers voice is beautiful,and the guitar is the best!buy this cd i gurantee u will like it! ... Read more

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    Does This Look Infected [Limited Edition w/ Bonus DVD]
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Sum 41's blockbuster debut, All Killer No Filler, lifted riffs from Motley Crue and the Beastie Boys to make a formidably dumb racket, but this follow-up finds the Toronto quartet reining in its spiky-haired insolence. Drawing musical inspiration from toothy metal icons Iron Maiden and Def Leppard, Does This Look Infected? is not only meatier than its predecessor, but songs like "Still Waiting," with its opening refrain of "So am I still waiting, for this world to stop hating," and "Yesterday.com" reveal social consciousness creeping in. The album is not completely deprived of the goofy skate punk that launched the band, but it provides convincing evidence that CNN has taken over from Nickelodeon as Sum 41's preferred tour bus viewing. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best punk cd you will own.
    I usually dont like punk, pop punk or anything like that, but this is a really good CD. Sum 41's Chuck is also very good.

    1-0 out of 5 stars WTH?
    What kinda garbage is this??? This makes Canada look retarded!!!

    hey listen to some REAL canadian artists, like Nickelback!


    4-0 out of 5 stars Sum 41's Best
    After all the hype and success of the generic pop punk phenomenon All Killer No Filler, Sum 41 released a much different CD near the end of 2002. This one was harder. This one had more intricate guitar work. This one had better lyrics. The band lost all of their old poppy pop punk ways and made a great CD that I still enjoy to this day.

    The best part of this CD is the guitar. Dave is a great guitarist. The solos he does are amazing. Its a huge improvement from All Killer No Filler. Of course, everything on this CD is a huge improvement from All Killer No Filler. The members of this band sure know how to play their instruments. The lyrics could be better but they too are an improvement from the band's previous work.

    And of course, there is the bonus DVD. It is HILARIOUS! I swear, the members of this band are funy and this DVD is sure to please. If you love immature potty humour, you'll love the DVD. It makes purchasing this disc well worth it.

    Buy this if you like great pop punk music with lots of talent. And buy it if you like watching a bunch of guys goof around on DVD. When you put the two together, it sure makes one kick ass combo which is sure to please even the most pickiest pop punk fan.

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    All Killer No Filler
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    If you've heard Blink 182, the Offspring, or Green Day, you've heard Sum 41, with or without All Killer No Filler. The Canadian quartet's California punk formula is a well-worn one that seems to be working--all the way from the store to the Warped Tour. Set poppy, three-chord rock to hyperactive speeds, write songs about why you don't give a shit, and play up your juvenile-delinquent side for all it's worth (check out the "Going, Going, Gonorrhea" video with the band "doing all the dangerous and immature stuff you shouldn't try from the safety of your own home"). Of course, this has all been done before and will continue to be rehashed again as long as a silly, snotty attitude brings in the record company gold. While these punks are hardly walking down the block less traveled, they still packed All Killer full of hooks that should snag modern rock radio listeners. Peppy sing-along choruses, rolling drum solos, and guitar-driven anthems uncork the energy and brightly color this fast-moving, TRL-friendly disc. --Jennifer Maerz ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sum 41
    The cd is all together really good except pain for pleasure i f***ing hate that song. The Good Songs are Fat Lip, In Too Deep, Crazy Amanda Bunkface, and Motivation. My opinion is if you like skatebording youll like this cd and if you like punk youll like this cd.

    1-0 out of 5 stars MORE LAME MUSIC FOR A LAMEO PARTY


    10 ITS LAME
    1.......... ITS SUM 41!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Loses It's Touch
    As you should already know, Sum 41 used the highly popular pop punk formula to make this CD. They added a bit of rap/rock and a bit of metal to it but despite that, thats just what it is. Generic pop punk music. Its not bad. But its not excellent either.

    This CD is awesome when you are 12 but when you grow up a little bit, your opinion changes of it. If I wrote this review a few years earlier, I'd have given it 5 stars without question. But now, its lost its touch. I still like it but not nearly as much.

    So in short, I recommend it to those in a younger crowd or those who are looking to get into pop punk or punk music. If you are already a pop punk or punk fan, skip it. Its nothing you haven't heard already.

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    Asin: B00005BJMW
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Punk Revival    3. Punk-Pop    4. Rock   


    Dogtown and Z-Boys
    Director: Stacy Peralta
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    DVD (06 April, 2004)
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    In the early 1970s, a group of young surfers from a tough neighborhood south of Santa Monica took up skateboards and offhandedly changed the world. At least it appears so after watching Dogtown and Z-Boys, a documentary about how twelve "Z-Boys" (including one girl) resuscitated a dead sport and created a lifestyle that spread infectiously to become a worldwide counterculture phenomenon, namely high-flying "vert" (i.e. vertical) skateboarding and punk rock abandon. Director Stacy Peralta, one of the original Z-Boys, and Craig Steyck, the photographer whose publicity first made them famous, would have you believe that with empty pools as their springboard, the clan single-handedly carved a niche that grew into what is now referred to as "extreme sports" (snowboarding seems particularly implicated). Degrees of accuracy aside, the hoard of original footage Peralta and Steyck have access to makes for an engaging portrait of "accidental revolutionaries" whose mythology as expressed by themselves (all but one of the original crew give extensive interviews) and those they influenced (including Henry Rollins, Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam, and Sean Penn, who narrates) is far more entertaining than any evenhanded version could ever hope to be. --Fionn Meade ... Read more


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    2-0 out of 5 stars Dogtown?
    More like "Skateboarder Town."

    If you really like dogs, I'd recommend "Best in Show." If you're into Z-Boys, though, this movie might be for you.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good but Inaccurate
    As I amazed my 11 year old son and his friends (and myself) by performing 3 consecutive 360's (I'm 50) they mentioned seeing this trick on 'Dogtown.....' I immediately went down to rent it. I really enjoyed it but I believe they portrayed themselves incorrectly as being the only pioneers of 'empty pool skating'. Me and my friends were doing this on our expensive $10.00 Makaha skateboards in La Habra, California in the mid 60's!!! When we weren't able to do that we were flying down West Road in La Habra Heights with dogs chasing us doing the same hairpin turns as these guys supposedly pioneered 10 years later?

    4-0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time...
    If you grew up in the 70s like me and couldn't wait until the new Sears catalog came out with the latest skateboard (remember the exposed ball bearing wheels)and spent hours at the local mini-mart combing through the latest Skateboarder magazine that you couldn't afford, this movie will instantly transport you back to those days. I hadn't thought about Stacey Peralta, Jay Adams, Tony Alba, Steve Olson, etc for the last 20 years and whammo I watched this flick and wanted to dig through my parents garage, wipe off the old Alva board, tighten the Gullwings, and find the closest empty pool. One of the better "birth of a era" flicks I've ever seen. I know I'm biased but just watching the fluidity of these kids exploring the limits of gravity at the DogBowl and listening to the choice soundtrack Peralta pieced together is a true pleasure. One of my favorite scenes: Jay Adams follows the old stiff Bruce Logan's et al at the Del Mar Nationals and blows the doors off the place with a no-holds-barred performance which is so aggressive he gets thrown off the board a couple times. Gotta love Jay! Enjoy. ... Read more

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    Shout At The Devil
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (08 April, 2003)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Overrated!
    This is pure sh**! "Shout at the Devil" is just piece of sh**! If you sing this kind of music...you will end up in the lake of fire...and you will burn forever there!...There's no escape after death! If you die in your sins...God will judge you...and then hahhahhah! You are there forever and you will not laugh...you will cry! So accept God and his love Jesus today...and be in faith all your life...you will thank me later!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Classic songs, stunted by flat production.
    There is no question that the songs of "Shout at the Devil" are among the best that Nikki Sixx ever composed. However, Tom Werman severely damaged this record with his hands-off production style; anyone who reads Motley Crue's book, "The Dirt," will find out exactly how little Werman cared about the recording of this album. It's a shame that he wasn't more interested in the material, because some of it is flat-out phenomenal. The title track, "Looks That Kill," and "Too Young to Fall in Love" are obvious standouts, but there's much more here. "Knock 'Em Dead Kid" obviously rocks hard, but it also has credibility: it's based on the true story of an altercation between Nikki Sixx and some undercover cops. "Danger" is unlike anything else the Crue ever did; there is an actual element of danger here, which may seem obvious given the song's title but is actually quite surprising given the fluff quotient of the band's catalogue. The cover of "Helter Skelter" is about as cool as a Beatles cover can be, which is "not very." It's a nice try, though. Overall, this record could have been amazing; in my dreams Bob Rock started producing the Crue with "Too Fast For Love" and followed them all the way. Unfortunately, Motley Crue didn't hook up with a real producer until "Dr. Feelgood," at which point they had already recorded four albums that sounded mostly dismal. The songs still stand up, though, over twenty years later, and that has to count for something.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This Was The One!!
    As any die-hard Crue fan knows by now this was the album that put Motley on the charts.Of course any Crue fan already knows Looks That Kill and Shout At The Devil, but this album contained so much more than those two excellent tunes.The band does a terrific job covering the Beatles tune Helter Skelter, and really shines on cuts like Red Hot and one of my all-time favorite and very underrated songs Knock 'Em Dead Kid. This was a "must have" disc in the '80s and I believe even if you have a bunch of the Motley's greatest hits packages you should still pick this up.It ROCKS!!!! ... Read more

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    Appetite for Destruction
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    A glimpse of the future, and not because of its huge influence and umpteen million sales. The poor-little-rich-boy protest "Out ta Get Me" intimates that Axl Rose's egotism and martyr complex were soon to grow bigger than his head; still, Appetite's night-train wreck of punk and metal sounds and sensibilities make it more than just an emblem of its time. Whether GN'R are dancing with Mr. Brownstone, penning a callow kiss-off letter to some chick named Michelle, or passing out on somebody else's sofa, this was and remains a savage journey to the heart of the American--or at least the Hollywood--dream. --Rickey Wright ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars My review for .... Appetite For Destruction
    Ok. I noticed that my other reviews are sorta short, so I was gonna make this one a lil more longer.This album is great.Every song is good.I mean every song.I will go more in depth later.Here are my reviews for the songs.

    Welcome To The Jungle--- this song is probably the best opener for an album in metal history. Its Guns N Roses first album and they express how they live and what they are encountering.L.A. is in fact a jungle.This was even more so in the 80s.

    It's So Easy--- This song is so cool.The bass lines are Duffs at his best.It has nice lyrics[ first song in which they say f*** ] which is good in every metal album.It is not a metal album unless it has f*** in it!

    Nightrain--- This is by far the best song to open up a concert with.They did this on Use Your Illusion Tokyo World Tour.You can buy these two videos on Amazon.com and your local video store.They should have it.This song is great to wake up to.I dont like waking up at all so you would imagine.This is axl at his best.He screams with harmony.No screechs like me.

    Out Ta Get me--- ok. People dont like this song.Just look at other Amazon reviews.I dont see how.This is a song to kick someones ass to.The guitars are great.It has one of the best openers in GN'R history.Its so simple, but so cool.Its to get you fired up.The drums are cool.Axl's voice seems to be sorta "out of it" in this one.

    Mr. Brownstone--- This song is awesome too.The drums are cool in this one.It has way-over-the-top lyrics.

    Paradise City--- ahhh.... everyone's favorite.This song is by far the best 2nd best... #1 being Nightrain.The few songs that I listed are enought to buy it.The drums are cool.The guitars are top of the game.

    My Michelle--- very catchy tune.Not much to say about it.. its an awesome filler.

    Think About You--- I DONT SEE HOW ANYONE COULD NOT LIKE THIS SONG!People are saying in other views that this song sucks.This is better this Mr. Brownstone and everyone likes Mr. Brownstone.The lyrics are average.The music is great.

    Sweet Child O' Mine--- This song is so awesome.Everyone that likes music likes this one.Its top of its game.

    You're Crazy--- This one is another one that people dont like.I still dont know why not.Awesome tune.

    Anything Goes Tonight--- This one is another one.I like every single track on this record.Best metal record of the last 80s.

    Rocket Queen--- This song is f***n' awesome.Yes. I cursed in this one.Anyone who doesn't like this is mental.Great way to finish an album.

    Overall, I would give this album 9.99 out of 10.I say that and not give it 10 because the cover sucks. lol.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a superb heavy rock album
    this is the one gnr album to buy if you had to choose one.this fantastic album contains terrific songs like welcome to the jungle,paradise city and sweet child of mine.hugely recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this CD heavy metal fans!!!!!!
    I fist started listening to Guns N' Roses a few months ago and bought their greatest hits cd. It was so good that I needed more GN'R. I bought this album and its excellent! It's awesome heavy metal, but not extremely heavy. I like Axl Rose's Voice and slashes guitar- their awesome! Here's what I rate the songs individually-

    Welcome to the jungle 5/5
    It's so easy 5/5
    Nightrain 5/5
    Out ta get me 4/5
    Mr. Brownstone 5/5 Best song on the CD!!
    Paradise City 5/5
    My Michelle 5/5
    Think about you 4/5
    Sweet Child O' Mine 5/5
    You're Crazy 5/5
    Anything Goes 4/5
    Rocket Queen 4/5

    The only thing that's bad about this cd is sometimes the language and other offensive lyrics. Otherwise it's the best cd I've heard in a long while. BUY APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION!

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    Use Your Illusion 2
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (17 September, 1991)
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    Had Use Your Illusion II been combined with Use Your Illusion I, keeping only the best material while dropping the filler, it would have been one of the best rock albums ever recorded. Instead, great songs like "Civil War," "14 Years," "Estranged," and "So Fine" compete with the inexcusable "Get in the Ring" and the well-intentioned but off-target cover of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." There's no point to the second version of "Don't Cry," either. On the other hand, when Guns N' Roses were good, they were very, very good, and some of the material on this album is unsurpassable. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Betcha can't buy just one Illusion record
    In all of music history, only two albums have come close to perfection. They are: Guns N' Roses' Use Your Illusion I and Guns N' Roses' Use Your Illusion II.

    Guns N' Roses is perhaps most remembered for the 1987 smash hit debut Appetite for Destruction, but this 1991 double-album-released-as-two-discs-simultaneously stands head and shoulders above it musically.

    Whereas Appetite for Destruction has 12 concise, guitar-driven, formulaic and catchy tracks, the Use Your Illusion CDs feature a total of 30 songs in many styles and of widely varying lengths.

    The later material made use of new instruments, most notably the piano. Also, the lyrics are much deeper in tone, and Axl Rose's vocals are complemented by Duff McKagan's (bass) and Izzy Stradlin's (rhythm guitar).

    Some of the songs, like "Right Next Door to Hell," "Perfect Crime" and "Garden of Eden," are far heavier and faster than anything found on Appetite.

    On the other end of the spectrum listeners find "November Rain," an epic ballad, and the 9-minute classic "Estranged," perhaps the best song ever written.

    These tracks each contain many different parts bridged by smooth transitions, and both emphasize lighter dynamics.

    Also in the "epic" category are "Coma" and "Locomotive," but these two bring heavier, loud sounds to the foreground.

    Finally, the CDs often touch on a genre in one or two songs, never to return to it. `50s-reminiscent rock `n' roll can be heard in "Bad Obsession," country in "You Ain't the First" and rap in "My World."

    Each of the non-mainstream rock selections is done well, and they let the recordings breathe without overwhelming the listener. Even someone who hates country or rap can listen through both discs without skipping the offending tracks.

    Essentially, the Use Your Illusion releases made up the high point in Guns N' Roses' career. Maintaining the killer songwriting of Appetite while working in greater variety and complexity, these two CDs have yet to be topped by the efforts of any other band.

    4-0 out of 5 stars My pick of the two "Illusions".
    I must admit, I really don't like it when any band releases two albums at once, especially a part 1 and part 2. I also am one of many who believe an excellent album could have been done combinding the best of the two. But, this is what we got. Despite both albums having a few filler tracks, they're still pretty good. I find "Use Your Illusion II" very good, and is the one I would keep of the pair. It's 75 minutes of 14 songs including "Civil War", "Yesterdays", and "You Could Be Mine", as heard in the "T2" movie. Plus there's the cover of "Knockin' On Heavens Door", which I like way more than "Live And Let Die", and the alternate "Don't Cry", which is only lyrically different than the original. Finally, this is a must for "Estranged", one of their epic tracks, which is amazing and moving. The rest here is good as well, and the only songs I wish this also had was "The Garden" and "November Rain". No biggie. Hey, at this point I'd even welcome a "Use Your Illusion III".

    1-0 out of 5 stars terror-ible
    i'd rather fart out a gallon of blood than listen to a minute of guns and roses. every rock station across the u.s plays this cheesy band 1000 times a day. they're so overrated just like every hair band. why couldn't these idiots sit down and say let's write music that worth something instead of the same all chords and uninspired solos? these guys are no better than grunge, alternative, and yuppy rock music. for good music, listen to death, viking, and power metal.

    now excuse me, after thinking about guns and roses, i have to fart. ... Read more

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