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Stress: The Extinction Agenda
Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 August, 1994)
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Before Pharoahe Monch started playing party games, he was working with partner Prince Poetry to put together three of the best albums in hip-hop history. Stress: The Extinction Agenda is the best of this musical triple crown. Every song has an ace beat that mixes loose, jazzy samples and tightly coiled snares. And every song features two of hip-hop's all-time greatest MCs doing their best work, using their voices like instruments to create performances that are intellectually stimulating and rhythmically bangin'. Pharoahe's verse on "Bring It On" is raw enough to force even the hardest MCs to consider careers as accountants. One warning: Q-Tip's alleged guest appearance on "Let's Organize" consists of him repeating the words "Bounce, let's organize" over and over again with minor variations as the song fades. And it's still a great song.--Joe Schloss ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Its rare that i give an album a five star rating. Partly because my standards are high, but there are also no half-star ratings. That means you really have to draw the line on what is great and what is classic. But in the case of Organized Konfusion's second album, Stress: The Extinction Agenda, I think the five star rating is well deserved. Though not the most enjoyable album ever (at times the production becomes a little too gloomy, even for an underground act), that may be the only noteworthy setback, as it is certainly one of the most complicated records to speak of. That is a good thing too. The album has an intellectual edge that is at times unparalleled in hip-hop. Buy this album and you will be struck by lyricism. The obvious choices on display are Stray Bullet, Thirteen, and Bring it On. But there are others. Pharoahe Monch's now infamous line from Extinction Agenda, "who can you trust when a priest is now the beast", which may be the enduring question of underground laborers. Then there is Keep it Koming and Maintain, where Organized (especially Pharoahe) twist popular phrases and make them uniquely theirs. The aforementioned somber mood becomes movingly justified at the very end of Maintain as Pharoahe offers a subtle tribute to his father, who died during recording, by referencing to him on the last line of the album.

5-0 out of 5 stars This LP is a hip hop classic, hands down.
Organized Konfusion's second effort, "Stress," is considered by many to be the most "slept on" album in rap music history. This album redefined lyricism, taking it places it had never before been. Pharoah Monch and Prince Poetry, who comprise O.K., have a message which is both conscious and real. One highlight of "Stress" is Stray Bullet, which is rhymed from the point of view of the bullet itself. Another gem is "Thirteen," where Monch flexes his unparalleled MCing skills. There are few acts out today who ca n match what Monch and Po are doing lyrically. The underground has already taken notice. Now, it is time for some mainstream recognition for these young, talented conscious urban poets. They inject nothing but positivity into an industry desperately in need for some. I recommend this album without any reservation, listing it in my personal top 5 hip hop albums of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just as good as debut
this album is the answer to people who said the beats werent chunky enough on the celph titled debut it is what defines hip hop today. Forget the 50 cents the eminems the chingys and check out real dope hip hop

Favorite Track: Stress and Bring it on and the whole disc!

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Asin: B000000OCL


Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 August, 1994)
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Resembling at times a soft-sung Robert Plant, Buckley was an intuitive vocalist capable of dizzying arabesques and choir-boy sweetness. He is joined here by a tight band for 10 tracks highlighting his stylistic range--Pearl Jam bluesy on "Eternal Life," impossibly serene on Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," art-school noisy on "So Real," Led Zep daring on "Mojo Pin." Unorthodox, this was the debut of '94. --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Jeff Buckley, tragic genius
What can one say about Jeff Buckley? There aren't enough words to describe what I'd want to say. First of all, I saw Jeff's videos quite some time ago (many years ago), and when I heard his music I immediately bought his cd Grace. There was something incredibly haunting and spooky in his songs like "So Real" and "Grace." Jeff seems (seemed, because he died not too long after the release of his album) to plummet into the dark depths of emotions which nobody else seems to notice in our modern day world. His songs are like diving into the beautiful ecstasies of life. It is like ambrosia for the soul, for lack of better words.

I'll quickly conclude that this album is GORGEOUS. Most of his songs do deal with extreme emotional intensity, with subjects ranging from intoxication, death, sex/spirituality, religion, and mysticism. Besides the EXCELLENT musicianship, composition, and lyrics, Jeff's singing is SUPERB. His voice is/was unlike ANYONE else I've EVER heard in my entire life.

The eerie thing about this album as well, released before he died, is that there seem to be foreshadowings in his lyrics (about drowning, water, etc.) Anyhow, an excellent album for those who enjoy good rock music with emotional intensity. Buy it now!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful tragedy
There are certain songs or artists you remember hearing for the first time, the impression is/was so strong. Jeff Buckley is one such artist. At first you hear the voice-That Voice!-expressive, far-ranging, wailing falsetto and heart melting vibrato.A close clock on his voice is like combining the apex of robert plant with some van morrison and a little of his own father's(tim buckley) monstrous instrument. Next you hear the music-plaintive, melancholy , pleading, ethereal-Free. Stylistically he harkens back somewhat to 80's alternarock ala cocteau twins-but really his sound(other than cover songs) is all his own; highlights are the soaring, epic "grace" and the rainy-day blues of "lover you should've come other" to the wistful "mojo pin". The third and most important ingredient to this masterpiece is his honesty- when you this album , you hear Jeff Buckley, heart and soul. Every song , every note-whether his own or borrowed, is another thread in the weaving of his own personal story, musically and otherwise.All in all, rarely has a debut artist come onto the scene with impact of a jeff buckley. Alas the tragedy is that his musical legacy was impromptly halted. Jeff Buckley accidentally drowned in May of '97. Which makes this album and his subsequent, unfinished release "sketches for my sweetheart the drunk"-that much more precious, and that much more graceful-A.N.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is undoubtedly one of my favorite discs. When the album originally came out I was overwhelmed by the range, ecclecticism and rawness of Buckley's voice and lyrics. His covers are also adeptly rendered.

Buckley's talent is lost on some, but anyone with an appreciation for creative and daring musical exploration will enjoy this collection. Years after first buying the album I still have it in "active rotation." This is not for everyone. Buckley seems to be a love him/hate him artist, but he managed to indelibly mark the musical landscape and is often cited by other illustrious artists as a point of inspiration and reference. ... Read more

Asin: B0000029DD


Basquiat: Original Soundtrack - Music From The Miramax Film
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 July, 1996)
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Few film soundtracks capture the essence or personality of their subject matter as beautifully as the collection of songs culled from Basquiat. Jean Michel Basquiat's charisma was based in the many facets of his character and his art, and there's a song here for a good portion of his ever-changing moods. "Public Image," by PiL is a cynical sneer matching Basquiat's own disillusionment over his fame. The inclusion of the undulating rap/funk masterpiece "White Lines" by Grandmaster Flash, plays almost like a cautionary tale, while the hopelessness of Joy Division's "These Days" seems like a theme for the bleak emotional state the painter sometimes experienced. There are, of course, songs that reflect the period of Basquiat's rise from the '70s until his untimely death in the '80s. --Steve Gdula ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Basquiat Opening Title Song: Fairy Tale of New York
This is a great soundtrack! Fans of the movie should be aware, however, that the most requested song from the film, the title track "Fairy Tale of New York" by the Pogues is not included in this CD.

(To provide some recollection, this is the quiet melody played during the emotional title sequence in which young Basquiat accompanies his mother at the museum. The actual song is actually quite fractured, with the soft "drunk-tank" description at the beginning and a celebratory, quick paced Irish-style anthem in the second part.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Moving film, intriguing soundtrack
Um, Kelly Bone...what do you mean "Basquiat himself was a selector of the music"? He's dead and has been since the mid-1980s. His friend and contemporary Julian Schnabel made the film, but unless some sort of channeling is involved, I think Basquiat remains dead.

4-0 out of 5 stars Help please
Does anyone know the song that is being played when JMB goes into the bathroom of the restaurant and begins picking at his face?? I think it might be Tom Waits (but it is not Tom Traubert's Blues)... ... Read more

Asin: B000001E9U


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