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S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 November, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Before the Pop Set In
Before Incubus were made MTV darlings with poppy tunes from Make Yourself, there was SCIENCE. This is about as far from pop as you'll get these days. I don't get the people who call this album some kind of holy grail, but I do like it. It grows on you. At first, I would have rated this maybe 2 and a half stars rather than four (which is actually a bit generous.) But it has alot of really interesting lyrics and good DJing. Too bad you can't make out a damn word of the lyrics, though. So unless you read the song book, you won't understand why I think Brandon Boyd is a pretty good lyricist. But he suffers from really poor USE of those lyrics. His voice is good, but he's not so hot at making a tune. Alot of the time it feels like the words are just crammed in there. But there are moments of good melodic use. This is my only real criticism, but I'd say melody and tune are pretty important aspects of music. This is why it takes some getting used to, unlike Morning View and Make Yourself that were instant gratification. The Dj is used HEAVILY, Brandon's voice is was better and Mike's guitar work is way more "punky" than it is now. Fewer effects, more raw. But the songs, since they lack tune, tend to blend in together. Overall, this is an excellent CD that takes a few days to adjust to. Really quite an acomplishment for...what, their second time around? This is for all those nu-metal folks that wish they'd stop playing "Stellar" on the radio and kick it into gear. You won't find ANYTHING this hard on Morning View and Make Yourself. Here comes the breakdown.....
1. Redefine- one of the best songs on the cd. more tuneful that 90% of the album. killer DJ work.
2. Vitamin- eeh, not bad. now you see what i mean about "lack of melody". still, a fairly respectable song with more good guitar.
3. New Skin- more good work. tuneful, good sampling, good lyrics.
4. Idiot box- a good use of guitar, and brandon's singing is impressive.
5. Glass- very catchy, very cool in all respects. one of the best songs. more good sampling. (like i said, the Dj is prominent)
6. Magic Medicine- trippy. the title is a good indication of what's in store. this track says "light up, sit back, enjoy." all the other members step back and let the DJ have the floor.
7. A Certain Shade of Green- catchy. this one sounds like it would be the closest thing to Make Yourself on the album. it bridges the gap a bit. great all-around song with a kicker of a chorus.
8. Favorite Things- lacking. a track i usually skip.
9. Summer Romance- this one will get stuck in your head. odd, jazzy trumpets and this very old-lounge-singer vibe to it. the most calm and collected song on the album. play it for mom.
10. Nebula- pretty hard. not very interesting though.
11. Deep Inside- a good song. especially when it feels like the album is going downhill.
12. Calgone- funny, indecipherable lyrics. part of me says "...", part of me says "interesting". what saves it is the audio clip at the end where the whole band is swearing at some guy with a video camera for almost erasing the whole track.

5-0 out of 5 stars Diverse , excellent stuff
I've never listened to an Incubus CD before.I found SCIENCE lying around in my bro's room so I played it in my car.
I thought Redefined (1) was great, and by the time Vitamin (2) has ended, I was practically kicking myself in the balls for not listening to this CD earlier.

Every song is totally unique. With some crazy rappin to harsh screaming vocals, intresting and heavy guitars, and pounding and melodic bass,crazy tunrtables... this album IS A MUST for anyone remotely into metal. Id compare it to Fantomas, 40 Below Summer, and even early RHCP...
I geuss thats why I see other reviewer's saying its heavy, and Inc's later stuff is what they prefer.

Anyway unfortunately the same cannot be said for all the other Incubus albums Ive now listened to. I like Fungus Amungus because of its raw sound, but most of their later stuff doesnt do it for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Slick Aggro-metal that is all over the map
It is almost unimaginable that a band can, within the course of a few short years, go from the amateur funk rock of 'Fungus Amongus' to the uncanny and unmatched aggro-funk-jazz-metal of 'S.C.I.E.N.C.E'.

No past albums that I can think of posess a more fitting title, as this band, still very young at the time, masters the SCIENCE of genre-mixing and experimentation.

Brandon Boyd receives much credit on this album for dodging the rap-rocker schtick and keeping to a more funky yet nonetheless heavy vocal style. Think of him of the middle of the road between Anthony Keadis and Mike Patton. He is able to belt out energetic screams, but does so in moderation. The drums are the best of any Incubus album and they fit like a glove with the turntable beats. The turntables add the scientific feeling to this album and they are not abused or cliched (there is no overabundance of 'wicka-wicka' type scratching or sampled 'yo's').

This album features Incubus's heaviest material ("Vitamin", "Certain Shade of Green") but it is metallic in a slick manner. The funk element mixed with the metallic element have been mixed before, but this album seems to be the apex of that specific genre-mixture. It is not simply a tug of war between funkiness and heaviness, rather the two are molded together and sound as though they were meant to be. There is also some very jazzy material on the album such as
"Deep Inside" which always reminds me of Steely Dan, and "Anti Gravity Love Song", which just might be the best song Incubus has ever offered. The album ends on a high note with "Cologne" a song which seems more frantic and chaotic then any of those that came before it, but it ends with a 15 minute experimental turntable jam which is a great way to end such an unpredicatable alum as this. With the possible exception of 'Make Yourself', Incubus have yet to serve up anything this good in years. ... Read more

Asin: B00005RGO5
Sales Rank: 4261


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Fungus Amongus
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 November, 2000)
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As Incubus themselves note about Epic's 2000 rerelease of 1996's Fungus Amongus: "The recording's are basically a snapshot of our band, circa 1993-1995. As even the most discriminating ear could deduce, [we were] still struggling to find our feet." It's a caveat not really necessary for Incubus fans, of which there are now many, thanks to their diverse, unique, andthoughtful brand of funky, sometimes-acoustic rock, exemplified on 1999's impressive Make Yourself. This early effort, written and recorded when band members were in their teens, smacks heavily of Primus and Faith No More fanaticism, influences which, on later discs, are blended into an evolving signature sound. Songs such as "Speak Free," "Trouble in 421," and the aggressive, linear "The Answer" are decent, but not as heavy, well-written, or thoughtful as the material on Make Yourself. Ultimately, Fungus Amongus is a lightweight, casual, fun, and funky morsel for hardcore fans.--Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars psychopsilicybin
This is the real debut from Incubus. They wrote all of it when they were between the ages of 15 and 17. I'll rate each of the songs individually.
You Will Be a Hot Dancer-10/10 Brilliant. I love this song. Super wacky lyrics and funky guitar stuff.

Shaft- 9/10 Not bad. Simple lyrics.

Trouble in 421- 9/10 Good song. One away from the good one (if you know what I mean!)

Take Me to Your Leader-10/10 Another classic song.

Medium-7/10 Starts with birds chirping and a woman singing

Speak Free-9/10 Speak your mind

the Answer-10/10 The answer is...hemp?

Psychopsilicybin-8/10 Good song. It's about fungus

Sink Beneath the Line-10/10 A happy song

Hilikis-9/10 Good

Overall: 8/10 Good CD overall. It really marks the begining of Incubus.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting "debut"
If you got hooked on Incubus with Make Yourself, are you in for a big surprise. While SCIENCE / Enjoy Incubus technically marks Incubus' debut into the arena, this is their real debut. If you own the short EP Enjoy Incubus, you know what to expect. Before you check this out, though, if you own Make Yourself, listen to the track Battlestar Scartchlactica. It's got a lot of songs from Enjoy Incubus. To describe the sound on this CD, it's easy to remember this way: Imagine if Korn and The Red Hot Chili Peppers hooked up to record an album with Issac Hayes and Lenny Kravitz as producers. I doubt that would ever happen, but that's kind of how to describe this. You Will Be A Hot Dancer shows that kind of sound. Contrary to what you might think, Shaft is not a remake of the Issac Hayes anthem. Incubus really juggles their sound between these two, though they get progressively heavier with Take Me To Your Leader. The best tracks on here are You Will Be A Hot Dancer, Speak Free, and Shaft. Incubus is definately a great band, and they're definately one of my favorite new bands out there. Can't wait to hear more...

3-0 out of 5 stars Not flawless, but important
Incubus Album #1

My junior year of high school (a fair amount of time has passed since then) all my friends are heavily into Incubus, but I have a good laugh at them. At the time I was very much into punk, indie, and heavy metal, and Incubus seemed to be yet another nu-metal band. If it wasn't their music that completely disgusted me, it was Brandon Boyd's inevitability to be shirtless everytime a camera was placed upon him.

Then the day came when a random friend told me his mother bought him the first Incubus and it was the best thing he had ever heard. He placed it in his CD player and though I was not floored, I must admit I was hearing something by Incubus and I actually enjoyed it.

This album has a fair amount of Primus, Faith No More, and Chili Peppers influencing it (especially in the bass, which is much heavier and louder in the mix than most future efforts) however in Boyd's quirky lyrics and oft-changing vocal stylings I heard a young man who obviously was a Mr. Bungle fan, and I can't bash him for that. "Gonna Be A Hot Dancer" and "Hilikus" are songs cut from the more Mr. Bungle-esque thread, as they feature frantic screaming by Boyd, something he hardly does anymore. Other songs have more of a funk 'n roll sound to them, similar to early Chili Peppers with a much better lead guitar player (sorry John, Dave, and Hilel, but you guys are no Mike Eisinger). "Sink Beneath the Line" features some of the best Eisinger guitar work in his entire career, it is hard to believe he was so young at the time.

As good as this album is, it just doesn't have a strong cohesiveness; and the songs themselves are only half memorable, with the exception definitely being "Sink Beneath the Line". But one can't come down too hard on this album as it shows a high school aged band that manages to sound as though they have been playing for years. This album is not for everyone, but if you are a hardcore Incubus fan, than it is a must. In my case, this was the first Incubus album I was able to appreciate, and now I own everything by them. It was my gateway drug into becoming an Incubus junkie. ... Read more

Asin: B000050HU9


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Make Yourself
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 October, 1999)
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Young, aggro, and from Los Angeles--it's tempting to put Incubus in the already crowded category populated by Korn, System of a Down, and their other loud and heavy brethren. But that would sell Incubus short, because Make Yourself, the quintet's sophomore album, is a strong progression beyond their 1997 debut, S.C.I.E.N.C.E.. More like Faith No More than Limp Bizkit, Incubus still have that teen-mosh appeal, though the songwriting and instrumentation on Make Yourself is diverse and thoughtful, both lyrically and musically. "Drive" is an easygoing, slightly trippy acoustic-based outing, while oddball scratching (courtesy of DJ Chris Kilmore) and trip-hop funkiness make "Battlestar Scralatchtica" aptly titled. "Nowhere Fast" is vaguely 311-ish with a reggae tinge and lovely melodic interludes, in contrast to the furious intensity of "Out from Under," which gives Make Yourself a surprisingly cohesive diversity that's hard to categorize. Ultimately, singer Brandon Boyd is not a vocal genius, but lyrically and in performance, he's sensitive, charismatic, and unique. Ditto for the 13 cuts that make up Make Yourself. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars c'mon ppl
oh please yalls- I loved SCIENCE and my favorite band is tool- but just because incubus add sum more melodies and slow down a bit doesnt make them automatic sellouts- its refreshing coz im getting sick of the monotonous heavy 3 chord bands like limp bizkit and such. yu have to listen to this album with an open mind- i think the vocals and lyrics are really well done- ok ya- i miss you is a bit cheesy but it has a good sound- -this is one of those CDs you can listen to all the way through without skipping over stuff- i love all the songs- battlestar is an awesome d&b track that rocks- i love incubus for their unique sound and all the diversity they incorporate in their music- this cd will appeal to incubus fans and attract newer listeners as well- give them a break people- just because theyre trying new stuff doesnt make them sellouts- and if they get some radio play outta this- good for them

4-0 out of 5 stars (4 1/2 Stars) Talk About Your Quantum Leaps...
...Man, where did this come from?!?! The aggro-funk-nu metal of the band's previous efforts barely merit one star between them. S.C.I.E.N.C.E is so bad that I can't believe their record company allowed it to be released.

Why is Make Yourself such a quantum leap over the prior efforts? Well, for one, the boys decided to write actual songs, instilling them with previously lacking components like verses and choruses, harmony and melody. For another, Incubus dramatically, and I mean dramatically, alters their sound into a potent brew of a vaguely alternative, atmospheric, yet piercing rock.

Privilege a hard driving, straight ahead track, effectively announces the arrival of the New Incubus. Nowhere Fast and Consequence keep the momentum going. The pace relents on The Warmth, but the tune is a welcome step back, an introspective piece of work that recalls the late, great Veldt. Stellar is a hypnotic, grooving track that lives up to its name. The title track takes a little time to appease the ear, but it emerges as one of the album's best efforts. Elsewhere, the massive hit Drive, another change of pace track, is well placed on the album, if a bit overplayed on radio and TV. I Miss You, not quite a ballad, but definitely a love song, conveys a wonderful emotion the band seemed entirely incapable of producing before this release. Out From Under closes the album with a potent wallop, providing an emphatic exclamation point on the emergence of the New Model Incubus.

Undoubtedly, Make Yourself immensely benefits from the production hand of alt-rock producer extraordinaire Scott Litt. He is a tremendous step up from Jim Wirt, who is certainly among the worst producers in rock today. Litt cleans up the sound without sanitizing it. And most certainly he inspired and implored the band the come up with some decent tunes before he set foot in the recording studio.

All in all, a wondrous effort. If Incubus can continue the dramatic development witnessed on Make Yourself, they will be a cinch as one of the best mainstream rock groups currently in the game.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's no S.C.I.E.N.C.E
My first taste of Incubus was Morning View. Even though I was not an Incubus fan at the time of listening I didn't think it was anything special. My interest in this band was reignited after a friend lent me S.C.I.E.N.C.E. That album simply blew me away with the way it used turntables and I became an instant fan. Then I bought Make Yourself. I was expecting music in the same vien of S.C.I.E.N.C.E but was slightly disapointed. The turntabling that made S.C.I.E.N.C.E. so great has been toned down in this album and in my opinion it is worse off because of it. Without the turntables I think this album sounds a bit blander and more mainstream. Don't get me wrong, this is still an awesome album, but could have been a lot better if DJ Lyfe had stayed on, or at least given some lessons to DJ Kilmore. But it still gets four stars because it is a very good album. ... Read more

Asin: B0000296JB


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Enjoy Incubus
Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 January, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars This CD has it all!
I love Incubus, every one of their CD's is amazing. This is their 1st major release, and their most diverse. They combinee jazz and funk with a innovative take on the rap-metal genre. It's not too heavy, but it has some thrashier riffs on a couple songs. It is short, but man, every single song is great! Seriously, there is no down point to this EP. My favorite song (a hard choice!) is "Take me to Your Leader." It has a funky beat, some metal chorus parts, and some pretty funny lyrics.

Inside joke to my buddies: Lyric: "PAIN! my pain, forget to inject my...cocaine, forgot to apply my... rogaine!" You can't be dissapointed with this people.

5-0 out of 5 stars Feel The Funk
If you're a present day Incubus fan, (Make Yourself, S.C.I.E.N.C.E.) you might not be used to this, because it has so much funk and comedy in it. But if you've listened to Fungus Amongus, then you can tell that this is a latter-day Fungus Amongus. The first song, "You Will Be A Hot Dancer," is a really good piece of music, once you listen for a while. "Shaft!" is the best song on the CD, because it sounds the closest to any other Incubus songs. The chorus is amazing, too. "Take Me To Your Leader" is kind of weird, but I do like the orgy references (the sex action, not the band). "Version" is an awesome song, the lyrics are good, there are reggae-tinged guitars, the drums go perfectly and there are some fine scratches by Mr. DJ Lyfe. It is actually a little better than "Shaft!". "Azwethinkweiz" is a jazzy kind of song, think "Anti-Gravity Love Song" or "Battlestar." "Hilikus" is also a great song, because it has an Incubus feel to it. It is like a classic song by them, and once again there are some nice scratches be Mr. Lyfe. If you like this, try these bands: Early Primus, Snot, and Faith no More.

4-0 out of 5 stars You Will Enjoy Incubus
The first track "You Will Be A Hot Dancer" had me singing along with it's catchy tune and unforgettable chorus. "Shaft" is a great hard rock song with an amazing Primus like sound. "Take Me To Your Leader" grew on me like no other song has done before. It is now one of my favorite songs. It has very unusual lyrics ("What if I had a mustard drenched cucumber tied to my leg and I did not want my pants to get dirty"), but very interesting none the less because some things he sings are actual facts ("What if your brain unexpectedly and suddenly picked out things to flip around and view"). mattcarrot has offended me with his opinion of the song "Version." I believe it is one of the best song's on this album. It happens to be the only Incubus song with a reggae, ska like groove. "Azwethinkweiz" happens to be one of two songs that Incubus released on a hard to find record entitled Let Me Tell Ya 'Bout Root Beer (The other is "New Skin" which is found on the S.C.I.E.N.C.E. album). It's also a very good song. "Hilikus" has a kickin' groove, as any Fungus Amongus fan would know. If you fast forward past the end of the song, you will find a hidden track with different beats and grooves similar to the secret track at the end of S.C.I.E.N.C.E.. Enjoy Incubus is a true title to this album for any hardcore Incubus fan because if you are a hardcore Incubus fan you will enjoy this album and appreciate Incubus' diversity and roots. ... Read more

Asin: B000002BSF
Sales Rank: 7571


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Morning View
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 October, 2001)
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Though Morning View follows hot on the heels of Incubus's breakthrough single, "Drive," it doesn't feel rushed. After all, their previous album, Make Yourself, was released nearly two years ago. Like fellow Los Angeles metal pioneers System of a Down, Incubus find themselves lumped in with the nu-metal fraternity merely because they're young(ish), angry, and very loud. That's more than a little unfair, because their sound owes more to the clever and creative funk-metal of Faith No More and the Red Hot Chili Peppers than the faux-rap posturing of Limp Bizkit. In fact, songs like "Nice to Know You," "Circles," and the excellent "Blood on the Ground" display real maturity. But that's not all that sets Incubus apart: on "I Wish You Were Here," "Just a Phase," "11 a.m.," and "Mexico," they show an uncharacteristic willingness to tread softly, using acoustic guitars and touches of strings to make less noise, but more impact. Some could call it selling out, but it sounds more like growing up. Morning View is a leap forward for a band that continues to get better with each release. --Robert Burrow ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Surprising...but Excellent
I got interested in Incubus during their last album Make Yourself. When I heard they had a new album coming out, I was looking to more metal/funk head-banging goodness. I bought it. At first I didn't like it. After about a week, I realized that it was different but probably better than Make Yourself. Here's my review of all the tracks.
1. Nice to Know You. One of the best on the cd. 5/5
2. Circles. Reminiscent of MY. 5/5
3. Wish you Were Here. Radio friendly, good song though. 4/5
4. Just a Phase. Starts w/ a 2 minute instrumental and very powerful 5/5
5. 11 AM another powerful one 5/5
6. Blood on the Ground. Best on the cd. 6/5
7. Mexico. Gets a littel slow 3/5
8. Warning. Good song. Good Message. 4/5
9. Echo. Very touching. One of my favorites. 5/5
10. Have You Ever. Heavier song. Kinda mindless though. 3/5
11. Are You In? Extremely catchy and upbeat. Mr. Boyd shows us whjat he can do w/ his voice. 4/5
12. Under my Umbrella. One of the best. Heaviest on the album. One of my favorites. 5/5
13. Aqueous Transmission. Very different. The two minutes of cricket noises at the end are a bit mcuh though. Nevertheless, one of the songs that will make Incubus great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incubus's New Style
When I first heard of Incubus, it was from "Stellar" on the radio off of their album, Make Yourself. I fell in love. They grew more famous with the pop scene after releasing "Drive", also off of Make Yourself. When they released the album, "Morning View", I was first in line to buy it. I am happy to say this is one of Incubus's greatest works. It's definitely lighter sounding and more "mature" as lead singer Brandon Boyd puts it. Every track on this album is beautiful as beautiful as it is powerful. They have a selection of songs that display their new style such as the crisp sounding "mexico" and the melodic, fun "Are You In" and some songs bragging their old, heavier style such as "Under My Umbrella" and "Just a Phase." This CD is for everyone, not just lovers of metal or rock. Teens who prefer bands such as LFO will enjoy this just as well. Brandon Boyd's beautiful and unique style of singing still doesn't fail to move fans to tears and Mike's genius with the guitar will have you listening to this album time after time. A MUST-HAVE for anyone who loves music!

5-0 out of 5 stars S.C.I.E.N.T.I.F.I.C. Pop
I love Incubus. You know what song made me a fan?..*gasp*.."Drive"! I know there's a tendency with Incubus fans to think that everything they did before "Drive" became popular was awesome (which it was), and everything they've done since then has been terrible (which is hasn't). When "Morning View" came out in October of 2001, lots of people accused them of "selling out" or "going soft". The album definetly has a consistent mellow tone that their previous albums lacked, but it was expected; the album was recorded at a beach house in Malibu (or some exotic location). It's kinda tough to be angry in that type of picturesque setting. People also accused them of purposely trying to replicate the sound of "Drive" by writing softer songs, but "Drive" didn't blow up in popularity until spring/summer of 2001, when this album was probably 90% completed already.

The point is, it's a natural evolution in sound. Either embrace it, or go listen to S.C.I.E.N.C.E and stop whining. I'd much rather see a band evolve and expand their sound, as opposed to making the same album over and over again (kind of like Godsmack, Linkin Park, and other modern rock mainstays do).

Anyway..

1. Nice To Know You

The second single, IIRC. And it's a perfect example of what makes Incubus such a great band - here's a song with an unusual mixed time rhythm, lots of tempo changes, and weird lyrics (about lead singer Brandon Boyd regaining feeling in his arm again after an extended period). Yet, the chorus has an incredible hook, making the song totally radio friendly.

2. Circles

Heavy verses with a heavy melodic chorus. Nice harmonies in the "What would it mean to you" part. Like another reviewer said, it's reminiscent of the Chili Peppers.

3. Wish You Were Here

The first single. Not a Pink Floyd cover either. The verses are mellow, and full of metaphorical imagery by Brandon Boyd (a highly creative and underrated lyricist), which lead into the catchy, anthematic chorus.

4. Just a Phase

The best Incubus song ever, in my view. After an extended turntable/piano led intro, the song switches tempo (from 4/4 into 6/8) for the verse. Then it switches tempo again for the pre-chorus, etc. Basically, the song builds and builds, then the final chorus explodes with a wall of guitars. It's a wildly successful experimental song.

5. 11 AM

I kinda expected this to be a single. Like "Wish You Were Here", another mellow mid-tempo song with a memorable chorus.

6. Blood on the Ground

This sounds like something from "Make Yourself". Brandon Boyd rapidly spits out great lyrics in the verses, leading into the explosive, angry chorus.

7. Mexico

A totally accoustic number - no percussion or anything. It's actually a pretty heartbreaking ballad, with great emotional vocal delivery.

8. Warning

This was another big hit single. Again, it's radio friendly and catchy, but unlike other rock bands that get heavy rotation today, it's not full of generic power chords and angst-filled lyrics.

9. Echo

I didn't care for this one initially, but after 4 or 5 listens, it became one of my favorites. It's actually a little reminiscent of "Stellar", but mellow the whole way through.

10. Have You Ever

A heavy song..probably my least favorite on the album. Musically, it doesn't stand out much, but the lyrics are really good.

11. Are You In?

This one makes you feel like you're in the midst of a party with all your friends. Catchy, cool, and very jazzy (jazz pop I suppose). It gets a little repetitive after awhile, but still a good song.

12. Under My Umbrella

Of all the heavier songs on the album, this is my favorite. It works the soft/loud dynamic perfectly, and the bridge is really cool.

13. Aqueous Transmission

Along with "Just a Phase", the most experimental song on here. And it's another success. It's 8 minutes long, *extremely* mellow (you'll feel like you're floating down a river at night as you listen to it), and features a sitar (the main "riff"), a Japanese pan flute (giving it a very oriental feel), strings, and even crickets chirping at the end. It's totally ethereal and wonderful.

And that wraps up "Morning View". Don't listen to some of the harsh criticism for this album. It's a fantastic collection of songs that takes creative guitar licks (from the also highly underrated Mike Einziger), creative lyrics, and overall creative musical ideas, and combines them with lots of memorable melodies and hooks. Thus, it *is* a radio friendly (or "mainstream") album..but it's also innovative and experimental at the same time. That's what makes "Morning View" such a great success.

Best Songs: Just a Phase, Echo, Under My Umbrella, Aqueous Transmission. ... Read more

Asin: B00005QG9J


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The Invisible Band
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 June, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars They Weren't a Fluke, You Know
Travis created one of the surprises of 1999-2000 with their stellar second album, "The Man Who." Rather than try to duplicate the formula on their follow-up, they have changed direction a bit. It has served them well.

Nigel Godrich is back on board as producer, and this album adds to his legacy as well. Overall, "The Invisible Band" gets away from the blazing guitars that were so integral in past Travis albums. The overall feel here is sparser, more acoustic. Andy Dunlop picks up the banjo on 'Sing,' a transatlantic smash. Above all, the quality of the songs is just as solid as on "The Man Who," proof that Fran Healy is a top-notch writer and not hardly a flash in the pan. Songs like 'The Cage,' 'Safe' and 'Indefinitely' are as impressive as anything he's written.

Travis do not try to make difficult music. What they do, as well as anyone in the world at the moment, is make great music that is accessible and honest. This album really shines on that level. There are great tunes here, and they are well-sequenced. What will they do next?

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Expectations
Travis' follow-up to their multi-platinum sophmore effort "The Man Who" finds the Scot foursome in a strange place. The completely unexpected worldwide success of that record understandably left the band unsure of what to do as an encore. What they opt for is another selection of impeccably produced pop-rock songs, although this time around they tend to be more glad than sad. Which is all well and good,except that the sunny nature of the album feels a bit forced, as if main songwriter Fran Healy feels obligated to give the public a more optimistic version of their previous collection of mostly melancholy numbers. Less personal, more universal. But in doing so, he extracts the element that allows his songs to speak to so many. First song and leadoff single "Sing" is pleasant enough, but it seems to lack the conviction of the songs on "The Man Who", or the rollicking rockers on the band's debut, "Good Feeling". The same can be said of "Flowers In The Window", "Side" and "Safe": lovely, shimmering guitar pop but with the undeniable feeling that something's missing. The moments that allow Travis to truly shine are when the mammoth expectations placed upon them fall to the wayside, leaving Fran and Co. free to detail his own hopes and concerns. "Dear Diary" is a lovely ode to Healy's own collection of thoughts,while "Last Train" seems to be the vengeful flip-side of the band's "nicest guys in rock" image, as it details the inner monologue of someone spurned and the dark thoughts that accompany him on a trip to nowhere. "Afterglow" convincingly details the end of a relationship with the narrator detailing what came before, envoking joy, bitterness, and regret simultaneously. Love is more complicated than black and white, Healy says. When Travis realize this, it's when the songs truly shine. "The Invisible Band" is a good album. It will no doubt fulfill the expectations of most of the fans who made "The Man Who" a phonemenom. But by doing so, hopefully the next time around Travis will feel free to make a record for themselves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Outstanding Album!
While it was nearly impossible to top their previous album "The Man Who," Travis has succeeded on a number of counts to do just that. It's true that as a whole the album doesn't quite attain the greatness of its predicessor; however, the strength of the album's best songs by-in-large outshines anything Travis has done before. Just a few of the instant classics here are Sing, Side, Follow the Light, and possibly the best song written by anyone since the Beatles--Flowers in the Window. With songs so richly beautiful, it's no wonder that the band quickly became a favorite of mine and my family's--buy it and I'm sure they will become one of yours too! ... Read more

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Viva Nueva
Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 June, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very original, very funky.. overall, just great.
I've been a fan of rustic overtones for quite some time, just based on their radio play on WCYY out of portland, their hometown. I recently picked up viva nueva at a show ( a chili fest, actually.. lol) and was pleasantly surprised to find that a couple of their older songs (check and gas on skin) were on the album. God, theres so much you could say about this album... its a damned shame that more people will probably never own it just because they're not more mainstream. It's honestly one of the greatest albums ive ever bought; their mix of funk, jazz, hard rock and hip-hop beats is just amazing, and the david bowie track (sector z) is absolutely incredible. The standout (aka, "odd") track here is definitely "baby blue", but not because its bad; its a great, light jazzy little number thats no more than a gruff voice away from elevator music (but in a good way.. trust me!). If i could sum this all up in a few words, they would be BUY THIS ALBUM. Its smart enough for a critic, and danceable enough for a pop fan, and all around great. Goes great with chili, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Puff Daddy hits it big and RO tanks?
There is something so very wrong with the world when Weird Al Yankovic and Puff Daddy (on much the same level of musical talent) make millions and more in the music industry and a talented band like RO gets nothing. I am a huge fan of these guys and probably saw 30+ shows over a period of 4-5 years and I'm deeply saddened that they broke up. They have such an original sound, an odd fusion of funk/ska/rap/rock you name it, they're so good it makes my teeth sweat. Sadly, this means nothing in the cookie cutter world of modern music, it's a matter of who can scream the loudest (though Dave Gutter could shriek...) or who's the skankiest of them all (hello Spears and Aguilera!), not a matter of actual talent. Our music is lowest common denominator, what will hypnotize the largest amount of people into buying...bleh. Love Underground, Girl Germs, Iron Boots, Long Division, the list could go on. The band had incredible range, a lead singer with some serious mojo and a great presence.

Best of luck to the guys in RO from the kid in the Yankee hat at every show on the east coast. Cheers.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
I've been listening to RO for about four years now and have yet to hear a band to rival their sound. Viva Nueva will stand as their going away album as the band broke up at the end of 2002, they will be missed. This album offers listeners a look at the growth Rustic has undergone in their eight years together. "C'Mon" remains their first major label single and MTV video but the driving beat of "Combustable" holds a place as my favorite song on the album and one of my favorite RO songs in general. If you can track them down, check out some of Rustic's earlier stuff or catch a show by the two new bands formed by former members, Paranoid Social Club and Roctopus. To sum up, get this album, get other Rustic Overtones albums and zone out to great music. ... Read more

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The Guest
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 February, 2002)
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Having Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake as your record producers is roughly the equivalent of having musical life insurance. In addition to the pair's outstanding work together in the Latin Playboys, Froom has produced Crowded House and Suzanne Vega, to name two, while Blake has mixed or engineered seminal groups from the BoDeans to the Bangles. That said, the danger in hooking up with such a studio-savvy pair is the sheer force of their dominance, and unless an artist has real vision, the star of the show will inevitably be the ensuing sonics, not the songs. While fledgling pop combo Phantom Planet write breezy, accessible, jangly, upbeat songs that only occasionally speak to darker themes (the mildly cynical "Turn Smile Shift Repeat" and wistful "One Ray of Sunlight"), The Guest feels maddeningly measured, as if every chiming guitar part were scripted and directed for maximum sheen. In other words, it's toothless. If a band can't stretch in the presence of Froom and Blake, when can they? --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Damn Skippy That's Good Music!
Sometimes, I get the feeling that Phantom Planet is the best band in the whole entire world. Their music is so good, and this album will hopefully never be taken out of my cd player. Does it get any better than a song that has hand claps, I ask you? There's a definite magic with this band, and I'm not sure where it started. Is it Alex Greenwald's amazing voice? The fact that Sam, Darren and Jacques are just plain awesome? Or maybe it's Schwartzman and his awesome drum skills that make this album what it is. I don't know, but I love what I hear everytime I hear it. And, I haven't stopped listening to it since I bought this album in May. Phantom Planet deserves all of their success and hopefully this album will launch them to something more than the band with that "Rushmore" guy in it.

2-0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY THIS CD
I hate to criticize people, but I have to be honest about this record to spare others from wasting their money. This album is terrible . Each song is more self-absorbed than the next and no song is even remotely musically or lyrically profound. I'm convinced that Phantom Planet writes their lyrics based on what they do that day, for example:
I woke up really sad/
Then I took a showa/
I hope I get through the day/
So I can have a better one tommoraaaaa... you get the idea.
But it's not only the vapid and ridiculous lyrics I have a problem with, it's also the *** of the songs. I can tolerate stupid lyrics if they are on top of some catchy melodies, but this album also lacks catchy melodies! I hate to be so harsh, but I need to be harsh for my message to break through . This band is not like Weezer or the Strokes in any way, meaning they lack musical talent and songwriting skills. So, if you are looking for something Weezeresque, look elsewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite CD
I'll dig up the review I wrote for a newspaper one of these days. In the meantime -- trust me, this is a PHENOMENAL album. ... Read more

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Clumsy [US]
Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 April, 1997)
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You want to talk about pressure? Well, imagine if your first album (that's Naveed) sold nearly a million copies in your home country (that's Canada), the press described your group as the second coming and fans bordered on fanatical wherever you played live. Then (gulp) it's time to release your second effort and all eyes are upon you. That was Our Lady Peace's dilemma by the time their 1997 effort, Clumsy, hit the shelves. The release in the end did not reach the same level of intensity for most critics who provided a "been there, done that" sort of defense. Dedicated fans embraced the disc but in the end, "Superman's Dead" and "Automatic Flowers" did not provide the same out-of-nowhere surprise and mayhem that Naveed did. The band does have two very noteworthy fans, however; Jimmy Page and Robert Plant continue to shout the group's praises from the rooftops, which will undoubtedly bring new fans to the fold. --Denise Sheppard ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Carnival
Our Lady Peace continues to remain my favorite band among a pile of other groups struggling to get their cd to the top of my stack. I love this band!!! Raine Maida's vocals and the haunting, but pulpy guitar and keyboard sounds on this album is what got me hooked. I remember back in 1997, repeating this disc in rotation to the hatred of my young sister's ears. "Ohhhh, that whiny voice.....it's just too much." NO. Maida's vocals are simply unique as well as his approach. Without him, this band would simply be ordinary.....not to knock the talent of Taggart on drums. I love a jazz drummer. This is the album that got me hooked, before stardom, before Gravity.....this album put Our Lady Peace on the map in the U.S.

Tracks:

1. Superman's Dead - 5/5 (One of their best songs)
2. Automatic Flowers - 5/5 (One of my personal favorites.)
3. Carnival - 4/5 (Yes, he really does hit these notes in concert)
4. Big Dumb Rocket - 4/5 (Symbolism of an argument compared with a big dumb rocket places the perfect setting for confusion and a pulpy setting that carries out throughout the entire disc).
5. 4am - 4/5 (renound as a crowd favorite)
6. Shaking - 5/5 (Don't push out those who need help)
7. Clumsy - 5/5 (Classic from OLP)
8. Hello Oskar - 5/5 (I love Taggart's drum pattern)
9. Let You Down - 5/5 (Sound effects are great addition to Maida's vocals.
10. The Story of 100 Aisles - 5/5 (I love the climax of this song and the drum pattern that follows it, and how it is all over the place. This song gives me chills.)
11. Car Crash - 4/5 (Great way to end an album. Maida's vocals soar).

If you're new to Our Lady Peace, you're probably going to think this album sounds slightly under-developed when in comparison to Gravity or their Live effort. But BELIEVE ME, this is their best release to date, not to say their others are good. But I love this band, have followed them for years, seen them live, and am here to explain to you that they are fabulous. Their new live shows are much more of a presentation now a days, but pack more of a punch. Check out a show. BUY THIS ALBUM!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite rock albums
First I have to admit that I am not a hardcore OLP fan, as I have only heard Clumsy and Gravity. Gravity is okay but Clumsy is a great rock album worthy of more than 5 stars really. Like a lot of people I was hooked after hearing Superman's Dead which is my co-favorite song by the band. The other is Clumsy, a great song that starts off sounding like a downer but turns into a song with a great message. I could say there are only about 2 songs that dont do anything for me, but some other really good ones are Automatic Flowers, Carnival and Let You Down. The lyric are meaningful, the vocalist sounds great and when you get to the bottom line this album just rocks. No 2 ways about that. It is a good album to have and I recommend it, but I think some of the older albums from them might be better by reading some of the previous reviews. It doesn't matter though, I love this cd and I will be checking out some other stuff from OLP.

4-0 out of 5 stars OLP aren't clumsy
What i like the most about this band is how they can make beautiful songs of hope and down-to-earth living with rock music. They are one of the best. ... Read more

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Spiritual Machines
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 March, 2001)
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While Spiritual Machines is not strictly a concept record, much of the CD's lyrics were inspired by the Ray Kurzweil's book The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence. That explains the spoken-word bits--performed by Mr. Kurzweil himself--between some songs, as well as the general themes of spirituality, and technology versus humanity, that permeate the music and lyrics. "Are You Sad?" is soaring, layered, and almost churchlike, while "Middle of Yesterday" is a cool cut with dynamic, machinelike musicality matched with an acoustic warmth. "Life," with its nearly a cappella intro moving into gently chiming musicality and spare drums, is another dramatic (but notoverblown) entry in an album that's sure to garner fan adulation for itsdiverse intensity. Nonetheless,Spirtual Machines is an accomplished, creative, and fully realized effort from this gratifying, nearly decade-old Canadian lineup.--Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Spiritual Brilliance
I absolutely love this album: it's OLP at its weirdest - and arguably, its finest. There isn't a bad song on the album..please know, however, before buying that there are 10 songs and 5 bizarre interludes. The CD is still great!

"Right Behind You" kicks the album off with an inspirational start. Up next is "In Repair," which is one of my favorites. Everything on the album is tight, never too fast, never too slow. Raine's lyrics add a lot as well.

Best song on the CD is probably "Are You Sad?" which speaks of loneliness and may cause many to break out the kleenex. A beautiful song. "Everyone's A Junkie" is the most bizarre song, almost funny, if only for the title. My other favorites are "Made to Heal" and "If You Believe," another inspirational track. You can get absolutely lost in this album, its so great!

Our Lady Peace is a brilliant, underappreciated band that is great to its fans and has been producing teriffic music for almost a decade. This is their last album with their founding guitar player, and the band has never been better. Along with "Naveed," my favorite Our Lady Peace album, although this one maybe hits closer to home at times.

5-0 out of 5 stars Machines or not - THIS ROCKS!!
Our Lady Peace have been a much underrated band over the course of their previous three albums. Naveed was just great straight-up rock, Clumsy was a little more experimental but yet enjoyable, and Happiness contained some very hummable tunes. But with this their fourth effort, they have broken all the boundaries that surround mainstream alternative rock today.

Forget the fact that this is essentially a concept album, and just listen to the songs. The 10 gems on this CD are both moving and catchy, a combination rarely found in today's rock culture of two-minute wonders. From the moment the record starts with "Right Behind You (Mafia)", where Raine Maida sings threateningly "No matter what you say, no matter what you do, no matter what I'll always be right there behind you", to the last beautiful guitar moments of "The Wonderful Futre", this album winds its way down a path of beauty and elastic emotions. It's hard to find standout tracks since they're all so good, but "Middle Of Yesterday", a song of spiteful remorse, is brilliant, as is the emotionial "If You Believe", where Raine sings his heart out in the final choruses. I've loved all of Our Lady Peace's albums, but this one clearly stands out as their best.

2-0 out of 5 stars OLP's flacid version of "OK Computer"
Well, looking at all the five-star reviews already posted, I know I'm in for a real lambasting from die-hard OLP fans, but I have to be honest... I've listened to this album about 3 or 4 times already and I have to say that it is WAAAAY overrated. This is a fairly middling album with lofty, pretentious ambitions that just doesn't hold together. It's a boring album with weak vocals and unimaginative instrumentation and compositions. There, I said it!

Look, I consider myself a fan of OLP. NOT a die-hard, blind-love type of fan, but a fan nonetheless. I thought their first CD, NAVEED, was one of the great, underrated albums of the '90s. Unfortunately, they seem to have gone downhill from there. CLUMSY was a bit of a sophomore slump (but still good), while their third may have been their "Jump the Shark" moment--it has a few good songs, but is saddled with the worst album title in years (HAPPINESS IS A FISH THAT YOU CAN'T CATCH), along with one of the worst song titles ever ("Potato Girl"). Next up is SPIRITUAL MACHINES.

I don't care if they based this on a book or not--it still was released in the post-OK COMPUTER world and invariably suffers in comparison. The spoken word bits in between songs are just plain silly, while the songs themselves are monotonous, with few standouts ("Are You Sad?" being an exception). Sorry, OLP-heads, but Rayne is NOT a great singer. He hasn't much range, and every song is delivered almost exactly the same--high, whiney and nasally. This type of delivery was a novelty upon their first release, which made it stand out, but it's painfully obvious that the guy doesn't have any more tricks up his sleeve. On this album, he's just plain grating and unmoving (I'm sure his female fans think he's just dreeeeamy, of course).

Take it from someone who's a little more level-headed about Our Lady Peace... I have yet to listen to GRAVITY or LIVE, but out of their first four albums, SPIRITUAL MACHINES is DEFINITELY their weakest effort. ... Read more

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Strait Up
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 November, 2000)
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Snot singer James Lynn Strait had a lot of friends, if this intensely emotional tribute is any indication. Strait died in a December 1998 car accident, with Snot on the verge of breaking big, thanks to critical kudos and a stint on Ozzfest '98. Strait Up features a dozen of heavy rock's most prominent singers, including Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Korn's Jonathan Davis, Incubus's Brandon Boyd, and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath paying homage to the late frontman. In 1998, Snot's Mikey Doling and John "Tumor" Fahenstock had music awaiting lyrics from Strait, who passed away before beginning the album. So the singers on Strait Up wrote their own lyrics to Snot's heavy music and recorded with the surviving members of Snot. The results are impressive. System of a Down's Serj Tankian offers up a eulogy in "Starlit Eyes": "The first to accept, the last to disappoint / Now you are free to roam the skies." Slipknot's Corey Taylor turns in a melodic but aggro "Requiem," singing: "I see the loss every time someone says your name." But it's the mellow emotion exuded by Sevendust's Lajon Witherspoon in "Angel's Son" that is the standout on a powerful album full of poignant triumphs. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars R.I.P. James Lynn Strait
Lynn Strait was the AMAZING lead singer for the AMAZING band Snot. Sadly, he died in a six-car accident near Santa Barbara in December of 1998, along with his bulldog Dobbs, the mascot of Snot and the cover-dog for their first album "Get Some". Snot was a band that I instantly fell in love with. Their sound was unlike anything I had ever heard. They were way ahead of their time and Lynn's incredible vocal talents have proved to be unmatchable. Needless to say, I was devastated when I got word of his untimely death. But his legacy lives on through this album as many of his friends have lended their voices to the intended music for Snot's sophomore effort. Also, Snot's last studio-recorded song "Absent" serves as a finale. (It was originally released as part of the "Strangeland" soundtrack.) A few of the stand-outs other than that brilliant song are "Divided" featuring Brandon Boyd of Incubus, "Angel's Son" featuring Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust, and "I Know Where You're At" featuring M.C.U.D. of hed pe. Although many of them could never match the power of Lynn Strait, they do accomplish the task of giving him a well-deserved tribute. The idea of the cd was conceived and executed by other Snot members Mikey Doling (now of Soulfly) and John "Tumor" Fahnestock (now of Amen). Snot was truly an amazing band and Lynn Strait was, in my opnion, one of the best lead singers ever! It sucks that he had to die, but at least he got a loving tribute to send him on his way. (A few of the guest vocals are just ok, not fantastic. I know that if Lynn were alive and this had been Snot's second album instead, the rating would grade off the scale!)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Tribute
When I met James Lynn Strait at an early 1998 concert, he didn't just say "hi" and move on, he actually stood there and talked to me, a mere fan, like a friend. This rock icon will be greatly missed. There is a touching video on the enhanced portion of the disc that is really moving. All his friends talking about what a great person he was and undoubtedly still is. The first track, Starlit Eyes, is 'sung' by Serj from System of a Down. The Armenian rocker moves away from his normal style of singing to a more poetic and spoken style, which is truly beautiful. Take it Back, which features Jon Davis of Korn fame, is a great head-banging song that I'm sure Lynn would have loved if he heard it today. Divided with Incubus' singer Brandon is a great song in the style of his band. Forever with the infamous Fred Durst is a nice song that would impress even the most anti-metal people on earth. Sad Air is the closer that is so close to perfect...

3-0 out of 5 stars All in all, not bad
Strait Up is a success in the long run, but there are songs that just sucked or didn't belong.

For example, is it really nescessary for Fred Durst to plug Limp Bizkit yet again in a song dedicated to the passing of Lynn Strait, even when LB isn't even playing on the recording. And the lyrics are pathetic. Not a bad song, but Fred did a terrible job at the lyrics. They are laughable.

And the song with Mark McGrath from Sell-out Ray kinda sucks too. "Catch A Spirit" with Max Cavalara is okay, but not Soulfly quality. Brandon Boyd's song is "eh." And Serj's song is suprisingly not good. The rest are pretty good.

Highlight tracks include 2,3,8,11. Jon Davis, M.C.U.D, Lajon Witherspoon, and Corey Taylor did the best jobs.

The unreleased Snot song "Absent (13) is pretty good, but not astonishing.

If your a fan of Snot, or some of the lead singers from other bands on this recording, its a decent buy. Otherwise, "Eh" ... Read more

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Toxicity
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 September, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A New Type Of Killer Toxin
Every so often, a music group explodes with such a different and solid style that just about everyone who listens to it happens to love it. System Of A Down is one of these groups, blowing up with their 2nd official CD, "Toxicity". This CD is near-flawless all the way through and any fan of hard rock will fall in love with it quickly. The lead vocalist, Serj, has such a crazy sound to his voice that it really grapples you into the songs. All in all, SOAD is filled with very anti-regulation, rebellious, good hard music.

The album starts out with a very hard song, "Prison Song", which is sure to hit the listener hard with its lyrical content and sound. It's a great introduction to most of the material we will be hearing later on the CD. Following the first song are two great ones, "Needles" and "Deer Dance", both of which have hard choruses and flowing vocals by Serj. After these comes a pretty short song (barely over 2 minutes, but short songs are somewhat common to SOAD) but hard and fast. The drummer really kicks in and goes crazy on this song. Track 5 entitled "X" comes in a bit slower but just as solid as the rest... then Serj goes very fast on most of the vocals. Next is the single track that really hooked me to SOAD's newer sounding style (over their self-titled LP a few years back), "Chop Suey!". This was a huge radio hit and is one of those songs that you love listening to even though it's so mainstream. The vocals are really "chopped" up but all flow together, and the chorus is... well... "heavenly" I guess. Very angellic sounding, if that makes any sense. Awesome song.

The 2nd Half of the album is just as good as the first. And truthfully that does not happen as often as it should in music these days. Track 7, "Bounce", follows Chop Suey! up with a fast paced and *insane* song. Definitely the craziest on the album. "Bounce, Pogo Pogo Pogo POGO!!". Good song. Following that is "Forest", a semi-long song weighing in at 4:00, but possibly one of my favorites. It has a medium paced beat going with it as Serj screams after every line. At track 12, we come to "Toxicity", the title track and very deserving of this title. Slower paced and more instrumental, this is one of my favorites. Psycho is a pretty dark song and very emotional, with a screaming memorable chorus, "Psycho...Cocaine...Cocaine...Crazy!" in increasing speed. A really good cut. And the final track: Aerials. This was their 2nd single and the most mainstream sounding song with the exception of Chop Suey!. They made a badass video to go along with this slow song. Good lyrics, and good end to the album.

Overall, I was unbelievably impressed with the quality of the work that System Of A Down was able to produce with "Toxicity". It's much more mature sounding than their self-titled CD even though that is awesome work as well! The group really made their own nitch in the hard rock community with this release and it's going to be great to see what System can come out with in the future. GET THIS CD, PERIOD.

Overall Rating: 9.5 / 10

5-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly(?) Good for a jaded Metal Fan
O.k., I originally wrote System of a Down off as yet another wanna-be corporate Mtv "nu-metal" band. I WAS WRONG. THIS CD IS FANTASTIC! Yes, I do think that SoaD should get down on their knees and worship at the feet of "Faith No More" (this CD brings "King for a Day" and "Album of the Year" to mind), but they really have their own sound that comes out and distinguishes itself from other bands.

I really liked their first CD, and on "Toxicity" the band is even more polished. The only song that doesn't seem to fit on the CD for me is "Chop Suey!". It sound a little out of place compared to the other music, but that's probably because I've heard it on the radio so much. With good reason, it's a great song!

Anyway, the rest of the CD is a little heavier than the radio hit. I really like the lyrics. The lyrics of most of the songs talk about social or political injustices, like Rage. Unlike Rage, SOAD has a sense of humor and don't seem to take up an issue with Everything.

All in all, I think this CD is a safe buy. Metal friends of mine are split on their opinions of this CD. Some love it, some hate it. The odd singing and rapid time changes could definitely throw a listener off. I know this is often said, but I really believe that if you don't like it at first listen, believe it or not "Toxicity" WILL grow on you. So will their first CD. If you like Faith No More, Korn, and Rage; go ahead and experiment with System of a Down. If you can, see them live, too. Their energy could light the planet! (Am I the only person who thinks that the lead singer of System looks like B-Real on a massive ammount of stimulants?)

1-0 out of 5 stars corgancobainmalakian is a dipsh*t!!
corgancobrainmalakian, you make me want to vomit!! Zach De La Rocha is a much better singer than Serj Turkian (he's a stupid Turk) will ever be!! So what if RATM isn't around anymore, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath aren't together anymore. I'm glad RATM isn't in Hot Topic, its a sign that they're too good for that. Daron Malakian is a terrible song writer and guitarist. Soil's guitar solo was NOTHING to scream about. 99% of his songs don't make sense. RATM isn't one dimentional, each of their songs sound completely different from the rest. SOAD is a hypocritical no-talent new-metal (not nu) band, get that through your empty head you ass-raming chode!! If you're from England and if Amazon has a British website, go to that one you retard!! Stay in your own website!! I hate you and I hate any band who's main influences are Slayer and Cannibal Corpse. Go listen to the kids in my school, ha!! All the kids in my school are retarted, they listen to rap, or the rock kids listen to pop-punk emo crap like Simple Plan and Dashboard Confessional. The metal kids listen to Korn and SOAD. I hang around the classic rock kids. They can actually sort out good and bad music (something you can't do). Another reason SOAD sucks is because they're in favor of religion over science, why don't these guy might as well say creationism is more factual than evolution!! Face it corgancobrainblahblahblah, RATM was, is, and always will be better than SOAD. If you don't like the truth, suicide is your answer. ... Read more

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International Superhits!
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 November, 2001)
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Green Day takes the title International Superhits literally,offering a no-surprises compilation of all the songs that made a big dent oncommercial radio. From the pop-punk heroes' breakthrough album Dookie ("Longview," "Welcome toParadise") through Insomniac ("Brain Stew"), Nimrod ("Good Riddance [Time ofYour Life]"), and Warning("Minority"), if a record produced a hit, that song is on this album. There areonly two new tracks on the Superhits (both recorded a couple of monthsbefore the album's release)--the spazzed out rock & roll singalong "Maria" andthe puppy-dog love of "Poprocks & Coke." Because International Superhitsdoesn't pull from Green Day's early EPs and Lookout albums or offer any livevariations, though, this album is really only one for the serious-mindedcollectors who don't want to skip past a single Green Day release.-- Jennifer Maerz ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Green Day has always been my favorite band.
I've always loved Green Day, who were at their peak in 1994 and enjoyed many other hits afterwards, including Brain Stew, Good Riddance (Time of Your Life), and Minority. Even with an album that only came out less than two years ago (Warning), Green Day is getting less and less recognition. With newer pop-punk bands such as Blink 182, Sum 41 and New Found Glory becoming more popular, Green Day has been ignored.

Let's get to the point. International Superhits is great for the casual listener, or just someone who wants to rediscover them. But unless you desperately want to hear Maria and Poprocks and Coke (which are decent songs), or J.A.R, I wouldn't recommend this to the fan who already has all of their Reprise releases. Unless you want a good cd to listen to all the way through, which this certainly is.

The songs are all good! There is not one song I can't listen to...truthfully, there isn't one song I don't like by Green Day. The two new songs, as previously mentioned, are both good...the catchy, but somewhat repetitive Maria, and the poppy love song of Poprocks and Coke, but they're not much compared to the others. You'll get every Green Day hit on this CD, from their first single (and possibly one of their best songs) Longview, to the timeless classic Good Riddance, to the melodic Waiting, the somewhat harsher Geek Stink Breath and Brain Stew, and the lesser known Walking Contradiction and She...they're all here. Green Day is a fun band to listen to, and this is a nice representation of them.

One thing that slightly peeved me is that there are no songs from their Lookout releases on here. I can't say I liked 1039 SOSH, but Kerplunk is my second favorite (after Nimrod). Beware! When you buy this, you're not getting the full Green Day experience...there are great songs such as Going to Pasalacqua, 2000 Light Years Away, Christie Road, and many others that aren't on here!

Oh yeah, if you want more Green Day, check out all 6 of their albums, you'll find some good songs that weren't played on the radio. They include, but aren't limited to, 86, Stuart and The Ave., Westbound Sign, Scattered, Jinx/Haushinka, Prosthetic Head ... Castaway, and Misery. ...

If you're that person who has heard songs like Longview and Good Riddance on the radio and liked them, but has never bought a Green Day release, by all means BUY THIS! Green Day fans with the entire collection, you may not want to get this unless you need something to top it all off or are just mad for the song J.A.R.

And J.A.R is a great song.

5-0 out of 5 stars Green Day's best CD
Of course this is Green Day's best CD because it is a greatest hits CD. The album has all of their best songs , but I am a little disappointed that it had no songs from 'Kerplunk!' or '1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours', but never the less, all of the songs on the album are 'superhits' and it just reminds you what a good band Green Day are.

1. Maria

2. Poprocks & Coke

3. Longview

4. Welcome To Paradise

5. Basket Case

6. When I Come Around

7. She

8. J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)

9. Geek Stink Breath

10. Brain Stew

11. Jaded

12. Walking Contradiction

13. Stuck With Me

14. Hitchin' a Ride

15. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

16. Redundant

17. Nice Guys Finish Last

18. Minority

19. Warning

20. Waiting

21. Macy's Day Parade

As you can see, most of Green Day's best songs and definitely worth buying. This album is definitely Green Day's best because the songs are better than the songs on 'Nimrod', 'Insomniac' and even 'Dookie'.

5-0 out of 5 stars True Superhits
IF you are a punk rock fan, Green Day is your band. They are absolutely amazing and always will be. First of all, Billie-Joe Armstrong is a true rock revolutionary. He has and an unmistakable voice that will be recognized everywhere. His guitar skills are also quite accomplished. Mike "Dirnt" is by far the best bassist out there today. He is absolutely amazing. He plays the bass guitar like he is soloing on a normal electric guitar. Finally, the fantastic Tre Cool on drums. Another one of the best in his field. If you listen to the drums in the background, you will be blown away at how good he is.
International Superhits is by far their best CD yet, and it should be since it is a Greatest Hits album. Everyone of these 21 songs deserves to be on this CD and totally kicks ass. The CD starts out with two new tracks that are just as good as the rest. If you are a newcomer to green day, a casual fan, or even if you have all of their CD's, I recomend this CD. Every fan of Punk Rock or any type of Rock music for that matter should go out and buy this CD ... Read more

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White Pony [Added Track]
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 The Deftones at their peak
"Around the Fur" may be the Deftones' best album, but "White Pony" comes pretty close to that category. Unlike the previously mentioned album and their debut "Adrenaline", "White Pony" finds the band getting more melodic with their sound while still maintaining a heavy edge. Less rap/rock sounding than their previous releases and with slicker sounding production, "White Pony" is a treat for the ears. Standout tracks include "Digital Bath", the Grammy winning "Elite", "Rx Queen", "Korea", "Teenager", "Pink Maggit", and the album's big highlight "Passenger" which features Deftones voice Chino Moreno singing with Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan. That song is worth the price of admission alone, and is incredibly haunting. This is the re-released version of "White Pony" which includes an extra track entitled "Back to School (Mini Maggit)" which is pretty much the same as "Pink Maggit" albeit a bit more rap/rock flavored and fast paced. All in all, consider this essential listening, even if your not a hardcore Deftones fan.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good. . .But
This album is not at all a dissapointment, but it definitely isn't as good as the Deftones second release Around The Fir. But then again how could it be, I still haven't heard anything that amazing all the way through. Here are some small thoughts and ratings I had on each track.

back to school- third most aggressive on CD, very appropriate single release, gets me real pumped up. 10/10

feiticeira- could listen to this all day, love the guitar riffs, my personal favorite track. 10/10

digital bath- a little slow but has amazing chorus, Chino Moreno is really amazing here, once again proving he can sing or scream. 9/10

elite- heaviest track, Chino screams bloody murder through out, liked the song but not the message in the lyrics. 8/10

rx queen- this song sounded too mixed for me, too many different beats and percussions, but still alright, strange lyrics. 7/10

steet carp- more great riffs, just a great heavy song, shortest on album. 9.5/10

teenager- slow and light, not exactly the deftones strongest points, good, relatable lyrics about high school love, though. 4/10

knife prty- very different from anything else on the album, features interesting screaming female vocals in the background. 8/10

korea- 2nd heaviest track, really gets tthe blood flowing, great transition in middle. 9/10

passenger- this song features the amazing vocals of Maynard James Keenan (tool, A Perfect Circle), him and Chino going back and forth sounds awesome, my second favorite track. 10/10

change- good, but a little too slow, should not have released this as a single. 7/10

pink maggit- not a good closer, my least favorite song, takes way too long to get going, when it does, it's good but almost EXACTLY the same thing as back to school, then it slows down for a long time at the end. 3/10

If you've just started listening to the Deftones, do yourself a favor and get around the fir as well as this, trust me you'll thank me when you hear it. And if your a long time Deftones fan, I'm sure you already have this and probably agree that it's good but not their best.

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

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The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 March, 2001)
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Of all the downtrodden intellectuals turning skate-punk into emo, Dashboard Confessional's Christopher Carrabba is by far the most bruised. With just an acoustic guitar and some choice words, the Ben Folds sound-alike turns the concept of the love song on its head with The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most's torrent of poetic abuse aimed at girls who've taken advantage of his good nature. From "Saints and Sailors" ("This apartment is starving for an argument / Anything at all to break the silence") to "The Good Fight" ("I claimed you as my only hope and watched the floor as you retreated") to "Screaming Infidelities" ("So kiss me hard because this will be the last time I let you"), Carrabba is unapologetically bitter. Yet while his love life may be a tragic mess, the pure cathartic joy he derives from putting the ladies in question back in their place--evident from his venomous acoustic attacks--is unmistakable, infectious, and fantastically liberating. Wallowing in self-pity has seldom been so much fun. --Dan Gennoe ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspirational Music
The first time I ever heard Dashboard Confessional was in December of 2000 during the Drive-Thru Records tour at Club Krome. I was there to see Midtown and had never heard of Dashboard. First off I was shocked that they stuck an acoustic act in the middle of a "punk rock" show, but it was a good move. A vast majority of the kids at the show were hearing his music for the first time, and I did not see one person who wasn't amazed by Chris's talent. After I heard he ditched Drive-Thru and went to Vagrant (which was very wrong of him) to release yet another album I couldn't wait to hear the new stuff on recording. From the first chords of "The Brilliant Dance" to the very last cries of pain in "This Bitter Pill" this album is pure genious. His raw emotions are 100% exposed and the subject matter is something that people in all walks of life can relate to. My favorite band (besides Dashboard) is Saves The Day. When I saw them both perform at the Vagrant America Tour, it was most likely the best night of my life. The crowd was singing along so loud that you could barely hear Chris. The bottom line is that this man is a huge talent. Every single song has a different mood, so matter how you are feeling, there is always a song that you can relate to. If you are considering purchasing this CD, stop thinking about it and buy it. You won't be disappointed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Acoustic Sounds You Fear The Most
Grab a blender. Mix in 2 parts Green Day, 1 part Indigo Girls, 1 teaspoon James Taylor, and 3 parts Robert Smith of the Cure. Hit puree for 5 minutes and walah...you've just mixed you up a strong batch of Dashboard Confessional. Be warned though, this may be one case where the sum of the parts is not equal to the whole. The acoustic format eventually wears on you and Chris Carrabba's voice cracks when he shouts his "emo" lyrics at the top of his lungs.

I bought this CD after hearing these guys in a MTV2 unplugged concert. The kids were all caught up in the music singing every lyric like a group of Boy and Girl Scouts sitting around a campfire. There is also a video out there with the Dashboard Confessionals street performing in San Marco's Square in Venice and it was equally engaging. From the performances, I though the musicianship was above average, especially the drummer. However, the acoustic format really isn't the preferred choice for showing off a drummer's skill, but on "Places You Have Come to Fear the Most" the skill does show through from time to time. If it wasn't for the drummer (who is that guy anyway) this CD probably would have garnered 2 stars.

Some of the songs here are enjoyable and I have no doubt that Chris Cabbarra has an audience of disaffected teens out there wanting to go punk acoustic but not wanting to go to far in the punk world. It's just that imagine the things that were important to you as a teen being put to acoustic strumming and being shouted at the top of one's lungs with a voice that cracks at that decibel level...sometimes it comes off as 90210 angst that becomes difficult to listen to. If you are a teen and want some campfire punk, go get this. If you aren't I would warn you away. Catch the drummer on the MTV2 unplugged segment and see if you aren't equally impressed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Let the bad-girlfriend slamming begin
I can't even begin to describe how liberating it is to listen to a CD like this. Lead singer Chris Carabba is a lyrical genius whose talents probably derived from a lot of heartbreak. Sometimes, emotionally damaging situations bring out the best in us. Armed with his acoustic guitar, he tells tales of girls who break hearts and the guys who endure the pain. During the emotional choruses of many of his songs, he strokes the guitar with so much anger and pain that you can feel it. The best song on the cd is EASILY The Best Deceptions. Listening to the lyrics is like following a story. The song is about an ex-girlfriend he broke up with, but who he still hears about. When the chorus comes up and he screams "So Kiss me hard, cause this will be the last time that I'll let you", you can't help but feel the emotion.

Other noteworthy tracks are....
The Brilliant Dance

Screaming Infidelities---a very depressing song yet liberating.

This Ruined Puzzle--- The chorus where he sings "Does he ever get the girl", is well written.

The Good Fight.

A must buy for emo fans. ... Read more

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