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    Poses
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (05 June, 2001)
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    The scrutiny of success that came early on--being named Best New Artist by Rolling Stonein 1998, the year of his debut album, for example--would have smothered many another emerging talent. But itfailed to stopper the singular, unclassifiable, ranging gift of singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright. His sophomore album, Poses, advances beyond the earlier, cabaret-inspired effort with a suite of songs marvelously varied in arrangement and texture but linked by Wainwright's characteristic theatrical panache. "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" catalogs excess with playful self-censure, but Wainwright's whimsical ironies often take a bruising, poignant turn, whether in the pseudo-upbeat "California" or, most movingly, on the title track. The dying fall of Wainwright's lusher melodies--echoes of "Across the Universe" as well as ultrachic Beatles tunes such as "Michelle"--meshes remarkably with the poetic substance here as he explores a landscape of wistful self-knowledge caught between longing and decadence. Yet even through all the layers of picturesque, postmod observation, Wainwright conveys a sense-filtered experience that gives urgency to his hauntingly mumbled opacities. With Poses, the young artist proves his authenticity. --Thomas May ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
    POSES is a brilliant album by one of the most talented singers and songwriters ever.

    It is a must have for any serious collector of fine music.

    And, Rufus is Canadian.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My new love!!!
    The most pleasantly musical album I've heard in a very long time.As far as musical pleasure is concerned, I'd say he's generating the same placid, relaxed, serene, enjoyable feelings as Norah Jones, but I think his music is better.Like rowing a slow boat down a river.Of course, I just got his cd, so I may be biased.I haven't heard his others yet, and I hope they are as pleasurable!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars This is a pretty good cd
    I think Rufus Wainwright is a type that kind of sounds like Bob Dylan.
    What I heard is that he is from Canada and he is a kind of folk rock singer.
    The 1st track is REALLY GOOD!
    But the song California is REALLY good!
    It talks about being in Califoria.
    Also Rebel Prince And The Consert Is a Really good track. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005IBGQ
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Chamber Pop    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Singer/Songwriter   


    Death to the Pixies 1987-1991
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 October, 1997)
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    Disc One of Death to the Pixies is the random-button scrambling of the Pixies' studio discs; Disc Two is a convincing live show that repeats a few of the songs and still doesn't make you feel that you've heard too much. There are, of course, plenty of arguments to be made for the band's original sequencing, but since the Pixies are as adept at pop hooks as they are at punk screech, the set works to freshen songs you know well--an effective reintroduction to a group that perhaps sounds even greater now than it did when making an LP a year in the late '80s and early '90s. Gigantic indeed. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I was talking to preachy preach about kissy kiss
    I really was. Too bad he was listening to *Death to the Pixies* on his iPod. These CDs are a terrific collection of Pixies tunes and are the perfect place to start for somebody interested in this band that doesn't already own all the Pixies albums. Also try Frank Black's under-rated *Teenager of the Year.*

    4-0 out of 5 stars Best Band of All Times
    I've loved the Pixies since I first heard tracks from "Surfer Rosa" played on college radio when I was in junior high.Almost 20 years later and they are gods of modern rock to me.

    Unfortunately, as good as "Death to the Pixies" is, it just scratches the tip of the iceberg of their amazing catalog of work. I guess there's no way a band could please everyone when collecting tracks to put on compilation, so I'll go easy on their selection here, and just reserve the right to say that some of my favorites are missing.

    The live CD, while good, was slightly disappointing to me--I've seen/heard the Pixies play much better than that. The track selection for Disc 2, however, makes up for some of what's lacking on Disc 1 (i.e. "Ed Is Dead", "Something Against You", "Broken Face").

    Because its a double-CD, this is a good CD for the casual fan looking to add some Pixies to their CD library, but I urge every fan of any level of intensity to also pick up Surfer Rosa (and if you're looking for more, Trompe le Monde).

    4-0 out of 5 stars This is "Gigantic".
    This is a great collection. It's one disc of "hits", and one excellent live disc. However it's out of print, so you can only get it as an import or used. BUT, there is a new 23 track "Best Of" coming out, that includes everything from "Bone Machine" to "Alec Eiffel", and a "Neil Young" cover. I'd wait for that. They're touring too. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002HR4
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. College Rock    3. Noise Pop    4. Pop    5. Rock   


    Rubberneck
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 August, 1994)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Kissing a toad.
    This Toadies album is an all time favorite of mine.It is a shame that only Possum Kingdom was recognized as this whole cd was phenominal.I think the Toadies will have a hard time topping this album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars tragically overlooked
    That is all: one of those tragically overlooked albums from the 90's. Find it, listen to it from start to finish, think about robbing a bank or something

    5-0 out of 5 stars ONE ROCKIN' CD!!
    I BOUGHT THIS CD RECENTLY AFTER HEARING "POSSUM KINGDOM" ON THE RADIO AND REMEMBERING HOW AWESOME THIS SONG WAS...I WASN'T TOO SURE HOW THEIR OTHER STUFF WAS, SO I LISTENED TO THE MUSIC
    SOUNDBITES AND WAS BLOWN AWAY....THESE GUYS ROCK!...I LOVE THE "FUNKY" BASS PLAYING MIXED WITH THE HARD ROCK EDGE........
    AND THE LEAD SINGER AT TIMES REMINDS ME OF ANOTHER KICKIN' BAND-CHEAP TRICK.-----------I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE WHO LIKES THEIR "ROCK WITH A GROOVE"....YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED! ... Read more

    Asin: B000001Y6E
    Sales Rank: 5460
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


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    Transistor
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (05 August, 1997)
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    With Sublime and Sugar Ray having made whitewashed reggae a hot commodity on the pop charts, it makes sense that the prime movers of the genre are making a headlong comeback into the fray. With Transistor, 311 goes for the jugular, cramming the disc with over 20 songs, and just as many angles on its melange of rock, hip-hop and Caribbean musical styles. There are hyper rap-metal rehashes of the hit "Down" ("Tune In," "Starshines," and "Borders"), chunky guitar tracks ("Beautiful Disaster"), and lots of frivolous reggae-lite songs ("Light Years," "Stealing Happy Hours"). --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Depending on my Mood, 311's Best..........
    Give this album and Grassroots and I am set for my island. This is 311's most experimental album by far and it showcases the wide ranges of talent they posess musically. Released in 1997 on the heel of the Blue Album, 311 were the princes of rock and this album was a curveball for many. It did still sell 4 million copies on the strengths of the previous albums residuals and the hit "Beautiful Disaster", but overall to mainstream critics it was a dissapointment. To many 311 fans however this album is a gem.

    The first 7 tracks are good (especially Prisoner and Inner Light Spectrum), but the album really gets moving with Jupiter and takes off with Use of Time, probably one of the top 5 songs 311 has ever done, with Nick Hexum lamenting about writers block and creating music. The 2nd half of the album (which is 21 tracks and takes up most the cd time allowed) showcases 311's dub influences (Strangers, Rub a Dub)and their ability for laid back stoner grooves (Stealing Happy Hours, Running). There is also a few rockers (Tune In, Starshines) and a track that reminds me of the opening theme from Adam's Family (Light Years). My only complaint is that there sems to be a rushed feeling to many tracks on the 2nd part of the album. 311 has stated they were pressed to get a massive concept like this finished on time. Maybe more time and an expansion of some of the song ideas into a double disc could alleviate this problem.

    311 has a lot to be proud of. Still together after 13 years and putting out records that still are relevant (everyone of their proper studio releases has charted in the top 10 since The Blue Album). They also have continued their tradition as a strong live act. This album is the peak of 311 as their subsequent work never again reached the work of the first four albums. Enjoy It!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I AGREE BEST 311
    THIS IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL 311 ALBUM. TRUST ME- IF YOU WANT TO GET A 311 CD- GET THIS ONE. GREAT MUSIC- SONGS FLOW PERFECTLY INTO ONE-ANOTHER- GREAT GREAT SONGS!

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE ABSOLUTE BEST 311!
    1. Transistor - catchy lyrics and some good guitar parts; the end is nice :) ***

    2. Prisoner - Spacey feel, great song. *****

    3. Galaxy - Building intro., then Tim and Nick trade guitars while S.A. crushes the mic in 2 killer raps. ****

    4. Beautiful Disaster - First single, classic sound, rocking end, overall quite nice. ****

    5. Inner Light Spectrum - Absolutely amazing use of instruments and vocals here. Very trippy and spacey. One of S.A.'s best slow vocals. *****

    6. Electricity - This song was originally titled, "F%$k the KKK." Good guitars and positive, unifying lyrics. ****

    7. What Was I Thinking - P-Nut owns this song. Original slap-bass intro. leading into slammin' guitar. Nick's voice is really distorted on this one, but not too hard to decipher. *****

    8. Jupiter - Another spacey intro., Nick and S.A. trade positivity, ends w/ great guitar. ***

    9. Use Of Time - Cream of the Transistor crop. Absolutely amazing. Great value, amazing soloing. Must hear. *****

    10. The Continuous Life - Dreary feeling intro. leading into S.A. rapping slowly. Guitars and vocals pick up and lead into sweet chorus. ****

    11. No Control - Odd sounding beginning w/ Nick describing how a person w/ so much can still be depressed. S.A. flies in w/ a new guitar sound, nice chorus. Original. ****

    12. Running - Tim and Nick trade guitars again while S.A. sings about not regretting anything. Catchy chorus. Great guitars. ****

    13. Color - Instrumental. ***

    14. Light Years - Creepy guitars and odd lyrics. Interesting though. ***

    15. Creature Feature - I hardly listen to this one. It's probably the worst on Transistor. Kinda bland. *

    16. Tune In - Good harmonizing and nice guitar breakdown. Energizing. ***

    17. Rub A Dub - A really nice island vibe song. Makes you wanna dance. ****

    18. Starshines - Guitars are mediocre and lyrics are weird. Takes a while to get into. Outro leads into next song's intro. ***

    19. Strangers - Bubbly guitar sound, nice flow, cool lyrics, just chill. ****

    20. Borders - Rockin' guitars throughout. S.A. and Nick trade raps w/ good lyrics. Chorus is alright. ****

    21. Stealing Happy Hours - Another one of those really relaxing, trippy songs. Great CD ender. Guitars are traded well in this mellow piece of art. *****

    -All of these songs sound real nice on headphones too.
    -My favorite CD of all time.
    -Go purchase it NOW.
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    Asin: B00005ABI6
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rap-Metal    4. Rap-Rock    5. Rock   


    Unplugged in New York
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 November, 1994)
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    The last Nirvana collection recorded before the untimely death of Kurt Cobain, Unplugged caught many by surprise with its stripped down, neo-acoustic offerings with a bridled fury. When Cobain sings, "I swear I don't have a gun, I don't have a gun" with clenched teeth (instead of an open howl) and when the haunting strains of "About a Girl"--from their earliest LP--chills even with quieted guitars, you discover a new appreciation for the nuances of one of the greatest bands of recent times. Highlights include covers of three Meat Puppets tracks (featuring special guests Curt and Kris Kirkwood of that influential "college rock" band), the weepy cello on the Vaselines' "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam," and their cover of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World." --Lorry Fleming ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars It's amazing what a junkie can do when he gets his fix
    Why'd Kurt have such a mellow vibe during the whole performance? Because he had some MTV execs score him some heroin before the show. No joke. Just listen to the way he says "I've already had three cups of tea already, but thank you". Kurt was blitzed. It's amazing that he gave such a good performance on heroin. Yeah, that does embody a lot of what Nirvana was about.

    5-0 out of 5 stars oh
    I don't own any Nirvana cd's and I've never been to a Nirvana concert. Nirvana never interested me UNTIL I saw Nirvana unplugged on MTV. Wow. Great work Nirvana. RIP Kurt

    5-0 out of 5 stars an essential for any Nirvana fan
    what i really enjoy about this cd is that Kurt Cobain decided to do some covers of a favorite band of his, the Meat Puppets.3 really good songs of theirs are on here, plus a David Bowie song and a Vaselines song they covered. THey draw from songs that are already fairly mellow, and give them an acoustic edge that sounds awesome.I was already a fan of the Unplugged series, and this is one of the better ones.It is very special, and embodies a lot of music that Nirvana stands for.You definitely need this one in your collection. ... Read more

    Asin: B000003TB9
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock    3. Rock/Pop   


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    Pretty Hate Machine
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (09 November, 1989)
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    Considered the breakthrough album that delivered a more palatable version of industrial music to the commercial audience, Pretty Hate Machine left its dingy mark on pop culture. The abrasive "sonarchy" of the album was first churned by despondent club-goers who roiled with the rhythms and aligned with the angst-ridden convictions. Since its release, the album's tempered deviations came to signify an aesthetic reverie for machine-driven martyrdom. Permeated by hissing engines and dissonant strains, the tracks cascade outside channels of modern complacency. Hits like "Head Like a Hole" and "Down in It" are recognized by the acidic beats, piercing riffs, and lyrical hostilities which snare the listener with disparaging rhapsody. Not for the light-headed, Pretty Hate Machine afflicts the inner sanctum and strikes a nerve. --Lucas Hilbert ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking.
    Hailed as the album that brought pop sensibilities into industrial music, "Pretty Hate Machine" is a real breakthrough in its genre.Nine Inch Nails (aka Trent Reznor) constructed an album of pain and anguish, of a mood of loss and anger, or mourning.The arrangements are sparse, far moreso than Reznor's later work, and its a much more pop record than any of his other material, and its got its own unique charm to it.

    The album succeeds best when Reznor keeps the backgrounds simple enough to really allow his voice to carry the work-- blessed with the ability to really invest passion into his singer, he excels at the morbid ballad "Something I Can Never Have", prodded gently by the mournful piano line and the fantastic "Sin"-- full of anger and rage over a straightahead beat, Reznor really cuts right into it and the results are nothing short of stunning.The infectious rhythms and the great delivery together with an irresistable chorus hook sink the song right in your head.Add to that a couple really great angry tunes to open the record up (the anthemic "Head Like a Hole" and "Terrible Lie"), a great wacky piece with a funky bass line that threatens ballad form even as it rejects it ("Sanctified"), and a couple pieces with confessional lyrics and great delivery ("Kinda I Want To", "The Only Time") and you've got a great record.In fact, the only thing on here that doesn't really work for me is closer "Ringfinger"-- it always seemed a bit lifeless.

    One other thing Reznor excels at is a sense of unity in his works-- "Pretty Hate Machine" is successful not just as a collection of songs, but as an album with a unified feel.It does drag a bit on the second half (although "Sin" is there to shake it up), but overall its a fantastic debut.Recommended.

    3-0 out of 5 stars I don't see what the craze about this album is...
    Maybe I have a different preference of my music than this album. There are a few good songs on here, but what kind of music is it? I couldn't help but to feel it was a mixture of pop and metal. I will say that is an interesting blend, but it came out all mixed up.

    I listened to this album and it sounds to me the man is angry and heading into a hole he can't get out of. Behind his lyrics is the twisted sound of his guitar and crazy sounding electric funk beats.

    On the other hand, some songs like "Sanctified" and "Head Like a Hole" are pretty good. They have a cool groove to them. These songs sound like they actually tried to make something meaningful.

    I'm not going to be rude, but this album was not as good as everyone says. You could grab someone off the street who has had a tough life and they could probably write lyrics to the same extent as well as music like Trent Reznor. I can't really "feel" his pain because his lyrics are whack and confusing. I just had to listen to the instruments rather than his voice.

    However, this is just my opinion. It did start a cult following and many other artists cop this style of music. Millions of fans can't be wrong about this album if they all enjoyed it.

    If you're like me, you'll probably be more interested in artists like Screaming Trees, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Trent's beginnings
    It's common knowledge that Trent Reznor *is* Nine Inch Nails, and "Pretty Hate Machine" is his first effort, going way back to the late 80's! At the time, Trent Reznor wasn't a rock icon; rather, a skinny young man with a keyboard and a love for synthesized/industrial music (which he'd bring into the mainstream a few years later).

    Thus, "Pretty Hate Machine" is like Skinny Puppy meets The Cure meets Prince, with a heavy dose of angst.

    "Head Like a Hole" is the most popular song on here, still getting airplay today. It's the most intense thing on here, containing angry lyrics and a killer hook. "Terrible Lie" also mixes pop beats with angry vocals, and received modest airplay.

    "Down In It" has a hip-hop influence, and is the most dated sounding thing on here. It was the first single, I believe. Very 80's sounding.

    "Sanctified" has a lot of synth effects, again, pretty dated sounding, but it's a strong song. "Something I Can Never Have" is a tortured, beautiful piano ballad in which Trent throws out his emotions on the table in a stripped down environment.

    Other highlights include the dance pop-ish "Kinda I Want To", the dirty, sexual grind of "Sin", the funky "The Only Time", and the brooding closer "Ringfinger".

    The main problem with "Pretty Hate Machine" is the sound. This is 1989, and Trent's production methods sound very primitive 15 years later. Any album from that era based on synthesizers like this is bound to sound dated. That applies to albums from Trent's influences as well: The Cure, Prince, etc. all have their share of dated 80's albums. BUT, when the songwriting is so strong, it's easy to forgive.

    So, let it be known: this is not the intense, harrowingly loud Nine Inch Nails of "The Downward Spiral" (although "Head Like a Hole" hints at it); rather, an early, more dance/pop sounding NIN. But Trent has crafted a bunch of infectious numbers on here, and it's interesting to see how he started off. ... Read more

    Asin: B000000GPY
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Industrial    3. Industrial Metal    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. Rock/Pop    7. United States of America   


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    There Is Nothing Left to Lose
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (02 November, 1999)
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    Riding the momentum of the hit single "Learn to Fly," which hit No. 1 on the modern-rock charts long before this album's release, the Foo Fighters' third record is unarguably its most refined and poppy. The ominous riff that the opens "Stacked Actors" (which sounds like something Kurt Cobain could have hacked out on Nirvana's gnarly In Utero) is pretty much a red herring. The 10 tunes that follow are a succession of hook-laden pop songs tarted up with guitarist-vocalist (and former Nirvana drummer) Dave Grohl's thick guitars and increasingly sugar-sweet vocals. Nearly every cut on There Is Nothing Left to Lose has the potential of following "Learn to Fly" up the charts. The production is big and friendly and songs like "Generator," "Aurora," and "Headwires" just melt in your mouth. And even though the Foo Fighters' latest is seductively sweet in sound, there are just enough rough edges and lyrical angst to keep things interesting. --Adem Tepedelen ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Face it people
    The Colour and the Shape will always be their best album and the best album ever made. Unless their upcoming album is a miracle, it will always remain this way. Never will a song capture me like Everlong does, again.

    3-0 out of 5 stars kinda disappointing
    when i first saw this album, i thought that it would be another awesome cd made by the foo fighters.when i listened to it, though, i was pretty disappointed.i mean, really learn to fly is the only really good song on it, and i got tired of it pretty quickly.its no wonder why i hadnt heard of this album until my friend told me about it, its pretty bad compared to the other foo albums.well, at least they came back strong with one by one.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Worst Foo Fighter Disc
    This record was a disappointment for me; especially following up The Colour and The Shape. Stacked Actors is probably the best Foo song ever, but after that it's a pretty weak record. Sure there are some Highlights to follow (Aurora, Ain't it the Life), however they are few and far between. Learn to Fly is the closest Dave Grohl has ever come to selling out completely (although they may be making fun of theirselves), and Breakout is just NOT COOL.

    In addition, this is the only Foo Record that has 100% completely unmemorable songs on it. Live-In-Skin, Headwires, and Gimme Stiches are pointless, uninspired tunes. Generator and Next Year are songs that my girlfriend likes a little too much. And all in all, the last half of the record is all Easy Listening Ballads......sorry. I love the foo fighters too. ... Read more

    Asin: B000020617
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


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    Superunknown
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (08 March, 1994)
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    "Fell on Black Days," indeed. Seattle sludge slingers Soundgarden made a living out of cathartic, woe-is-me wailing (we're talking the banshee vocals of Chris Cornell and the crypt-creaking guitar of Kim Thayil), but this wallowing in grim depression ironically proved to be the band's most uplifting career effort. When the reclusive Cornell ventures out of his shy-guy shell, it's typically via a primal scream of cathartic emotion--he might camp it up with a sophomoric "Spoon Man," but most of this vicious disc leaps straight for your jugular. Generations in the post-millennial future will one day refer to this record to discover exactly how 1990s rock & roll was done. --Tom Lanham ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Started Grunge
    Soundgarden created grundge and let bands like Alice In Chains, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam. Superunknown is most likley what started it all. Good album for a good band.

    5-0 out of 5 stars To the reviewer below me
    Alice in Chains **DID** release a masterpiece. In fact, they released two, which makes them tied with Soundgarden. Those masterpieces are "Dirt" and "Jar of Flies".

    BTW, "Superunknown" is a great album. Black Hole Sun. Fell on Black Days. Like Suicide. My Wave. NEED ANY MORE BE SAID?!?!?!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
    This is simply a masterpiece. Soundgarden evidently learned from Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath how to make a heavy and melodic record that is ethereal, moody, and full of raw rock and roll power. Chris Cornell is one of the greatest rock and roll singers of all time. This album has it all from great ballads like "Black Hole Sun" and "Fell on Black Days" to heavy rockers like "My Wave," "Superunknown," and "Spoonman." Some of the tracks that didn't receive much radio play like the Zeppelinesque "Fresh Tendrils," the dark and moody "4th of July," and "The Day I Tried To Live" are every bit as good as the singles. This album sounds every bit as good in 2005 as it did in 1994. There are probably very few classic albums that came out in the 1990s. This is one of them. Soundgarden and Alice in Chains are probably the best of the grunge bands. Alice in Chains, however, never put out a masterpiece. Soundgarden did. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002G2B
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Grunge    4. Heavy Metal    5. Pop    6. Rock   


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    The Sophtware Slump
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (06 June, 2000)
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    By pledging allegiance to old-time country music, 1960s power pop, and cheesy '70s electronic music, Grandaddy create an unlikely merger that, when it works, recalls the poppier elements of the Flaming Lips ("The Crystal Lake"). At other times ("He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot"), you might hear the rustic charm of Palace shot through with a dose of Kraftwerk. Much like, say, Mark Linkous (who helms Sparklehorse), Grandaddy mastermind Jason Lytle camps out in a remote part of the world (Modesto, California, in his case) and then transmits his off-kilter observations with a minimum of fuss. He can be poignant (the piano ballad "Underneath the Weeping Willow") or too clever for his own good ("Broken Household Appliance National Forest," a love song to technology's grimier half). But then just as Grandaddy mix disparate musical influences, they also jam together in-jokes on top of pathos. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars RARE ORIGINALITY!
    DON'T buy this CD if you like music star clones!Grandaddy is one of those rare bands that actually shows original genius and not just one of the many bandwagon jumping sheep bands out there. You can actually RELAX with this music, rather than get all hyped up by all those bands in the fast lane who are just chasing the buck. The writing shows insight into a world gone mad with consumerism. Take a break, for God's sake!

    4-0 out of 5 stars hooray for robots!
    Grandaddy are afraid of robots. They worry about what will happen to us as we become more and more dependent upon computers (see also the Flaming Lips ca. "Yoshimi")
    The album, while being rather long, maintains its focus and doesnt seem to contain any filler material. Starting off with a bang "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot" sets the pace for the album. Rock music under layers of electronics , vocal blurbs ("ready? okay") and a catchy rhythm. Another great track is "National Forest" where a field of broken household appliances are now being inhabited by various animals. The highlights of the record though are the Jed poems. The first drones on about the creation of a humanoid who begins to feel neglected and dies miserable. the follow up is a poem he wrote before he died. He had become an alcoholic and was sharply sensitive. That doesnt sound so great but the songs are fantastic. Trust me.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Whose Yur GRAND-daddy????
    Jason and crew are the future of music NOW.
    The current Gods of sound got it going on....been following the edge for 40 years now and Jason has gone over it!
    Congrats and props to him.
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    Asin: B00004T02T
    Subjects:  1. Indie Rock    2. Neo-Psychedelia    3. Pop    4. Rock   


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    Haunted
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (31 October, 2000)
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    Give Poe credit for overcoming obstacles and delivering a second album as ambitious and loaded as Haunted. Extending over 15 wildly diverse tracks linked together by ambient interludes and spooky tape splices of old cassette recordings featuring the singer's late father, documentary filmmaker Tad Danielewski, the album shows the songstress moving effortlessly through ethereal folk-hop ("Haunted"), Shania Twain-style country rock ("Walk the Walk"), and flamenco-infused balladry ("Spanish Doll"). The only constant through the turbulence--emotional and otherwise--remains her desperately romantic voice and its desire to bid her father a proper farewell at every turn. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful CD to listen to
    I first heard the song "Haunted" when it was used in the ending credits for the movie "Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows" and I had to find the CD.Ever since I got it....I was totally captivated.There is a ton of personal reflection on this CD and you can hear it in every song.It has an etheral vibe with songs that falls in the same vein as Madonna, Garbage, and even The Beatles if you give a close listen.From the first to the last track.....you'll find yourself wanting to listen to everything for hours on end.

    5-0 out of 5 stars so.....she hates men?
    That's what a friend of mine asked when we were driving and I had this CD in the player. I had to laugh but I do love this album!
    Poe has such a strong etheral voice and sings with so much passion and power. He songs are from her life experiences and how she handles things. I loved this one so much! What a great way to follow up her first album. And it seemed to take so long to put out her second album.

    loved it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars You wont believe the depth of this artist
    I am not into meeting celebrities, but POE would be my exception.The exploration in this set of music is riveting.I have read about 15 of these reviews.Even the reviews excite me when thinking about this incredible music and siren.

    I was mildly impressed with her earlier effort, but it was nothing to write home about.But THIS cd spans layers and layers of what we experience as human beings, in its richness and its deceptive hidden agendas.I am still shocked to see this cd in used bins.Actually, I cant stand to see it.So much so that I have bought several used copies to give to close friends, and say just take an hour, a glass of wine and sit and give it your undivided attention for 5 minutes.

    I own over 500 cd's, mostly female singers and this cd is easily one of my top 3 for the content, the composition, the artistic creativity and the abyss she medolically plunges into with total abandon. She is in search of something she mentally recorded during her early years and a way to portray her very vivid recounting of her life experiences.

    This cd is charming, agressive, innocence, boiling, emotive, assertive, poetic, bitchy, melodic, hypnotic and addicting from beginning to end.I find melodies, phrases and escenses that stay with me long after the cd finishes.But I hit repeat (at least once) every time.I keep another copy in my car.

    What you have read about never tiring of it is absolutely true.It is an experience of being thrown into the pages of a very personal journal or private diary that you just cant put down.It is exactly Haunting!~

    Dont read any more reviews...(ok, maybe a couple more)...this cd is a one of a kind.If I had another copy, Id give it to you myself.
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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. Singer/Songwriter   


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    Version 2.0
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (12 May, 1998)
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    It's not that Garbage is doing anything particularly new. At times, singer Shirley Manson borrows Chrissie Hynde's phrasing, Patti Smith's rock beat poetry, and Brian Wilson's chorus from "Don't Worry Baby." But producer Butch Vig provides a modern sheen to Version 2.0 that makes it sound fresh and distinctly modern. Purists may blanch--the album is a hybrid of rock guitars, dance rhythms, and pop choruses--but songs such as "I Think I'm Paranoid" (a rip of Elastica) and "The Trick Is to Keep Breathing" (Depeche Mode, without the chill) sound great no matter what they're called. --Keith Moerer ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Raising the bar
    Of all four of Garbage's albums, "Version 2.0" is probably my favorite. The title itself seems to suggest that the band wasn't really going for a big departure from the sexy post-grunge/techno hybrid they created on their debut, just trying to take the sound to the next level, and I think they accomplished this in spades. "Version 2.0" is a tighter, leaner, meaner, more cohesive album than its predecessor. The crunchy guitars, abrasive beats, and slick production, combined with Shirley Manson's sexy-yet-damaged vocals, make "Version 2.0" an album that brilliantly straddles the line between rock and dance, and between pop and alternative.

    Highlights: The self-deprecating sexiness of "I Think I'm Paranoid", the sinister heavy breathing of "Hammering in my Head" and "Push It", the melancholy "You Look So Fine."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Alternative rock in its purist form
    I have been aware of Garbage for awhile now. But since I've only recently relized that I'm in desperate need for new music, have I decided to give Garbage a deeper look. And all I can say is...wow. This is a great album, and there's not much more to say then that. Anyone who has taken the time to listen to this album knows what I mean. I love how Garbage isn't afraid to mix rock with the likes of dance, techno, and yes, pop. All other bands would fail, but this works so well for Garbage. Every single track on this album is great but my favorite, without question, is "You look so fine". The song just has this great atmospheric mood, and it represents Garbage perfectly. The singles off this album, "Push it", "Special", and "When I grow up" are all great by themselves, but this album offers so much more, and by the last track, you really wish it wont end. To anyone thinking about purchesing this album, I would highly recommend you do, especially if you're an alternative rock fan. You just can't go wronge with Garbage, or this album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Try Version 2.0 (with axis.)
    Ask anybody, I am the world's number one fan for anything that sounds like experience,(in music)right? first classical then jazz. Shirley Manson can do it!Can't she sing. Their latest concert is almost in Manhatten,due to the production of 'Bleed Like Me',i cannot wait,but I was thinking Today..if you wanted to tell someone that you loved them or even how you felt.. it would only take you a precious minute.That is what I like about this kind of music. They write all these songs,some of them are good,they practice, and it then takes at least a year to get the tracks down-but when you 'listen to the record' it takes about 'a whole hour.'Is'nt that great.In Version 2.0 Shirley sings to you for an hour(approximately).Shirley Manson sings to you for an hour.Well-I like Classical-I like Jazz-this wonderful music is.. so great.I am an artist too.I think that you know what I mean.If Jimi were alive Today,(he would know) at the end,(I mean towards 'the end') you sence an empathic rapport with Shirley,starting to begin, because her singing is so honest and sincere.[This is a really fine tapestry in red, Buy this album and you will not regret it.]...not one farthing..These new female artists are really great and Shirley deserves a place among them.mfd ... Read more

    Asin: B000006NZV
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Dance    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock   


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    I Am an Elastic Firecracker
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 June, 1995)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars A Lesson Learned
    The album cover to Tripping Daisy's "I Am an Elastic Firecracker" should have been enough to ward me off of it.Alas, it didn't.

    That's not to say that this record is not without its merits.Of course, I am talking about two, perhaps three, songs.The obvious winner here is "I Got a Girl".It is on this song that Tripping Daisy master the breezey alt rock that they seem to be shooting for.

    Beyond "I Got a Girl" there is track #4, "Piranha" and track #7, "Trip Along"."Piranha" comes closest to matching "I Got a Girl"'s infectious sound but is ultimately an average tune.

    When I was younger I had no problem with purchasing albums from bands that I had only heard one song from.It is experiences with bands like Tripping Daisy and The Presidents of the United States of America that have successfully weaned me from that practice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic Meets Harmony
    Tripping Daisy was one of the more unique and original bands to come out of the 90s.I happened to pick up the CD in 1996 and it's been a cherished item in my collection since then.

    The highlight of this CD for me has to be the track 'Prick'.An epic nine minute rock saga that covers the rage and sorrow of watching a brother wasting his life on drugs, the lyrics are backed up by screaming guitar riffs and a hard core drum beat that smashes relentlessly into the track.

    Unfortunately the band's career was cut short by the death of the their guitarist Wes Berggren in 1999 at the age of 28.

    For a glimpse of a band that had all the potential genius but none of the breaks, you can't go past "I am an Elastic Firecrack"

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best
    This album sits right in the middle of my top ten albums of all time.Musically, the guitar playing, drumming, and vocals are all top notch and give you plenty to aspire towards.While at times some of the guitar lines are nothing technically amazing, they are creative and fit perfectly with the song.The drumming is the gem on this album and I love every minute of it.The vocals are uniquely Tripping Daisy's own and make this band stand out from the crowd.

    Part pop, part hard rock, and mostly a perfect blend of the two, this album provides you with enough types of sound to keep you interested, but keeps them woven together so that it does not sound out of place.

    "I Got a Girl" is of course the "hit" from the album, and by all means is the only reason I heard of this band in the first place.But I must say, "I Got a Girl" is the worst song on the album even though it has its moments instrumentally speaking.My favorites are "Motivation" - much quiter than most songs on the album but just beautiful in every way, "Step Behind" - very fun catchy song, but unique in its structure/arrangment, "Prick" - long prog rock style song with sick guitar riffs and some of the most amazing drumming on the album, and "High" - a nice peaceful song with some beautiful guitar lines which I have been told, although cannot confirm, was not originally a song to be on the album, but just a bit of a jam in the studio that was caught on tape, who knows (the lyrics to this song are the only ones missing in the album notes)?

    That being said, every song is worth listening to and I have played this album start to finish in entirety hundreds of times.Other Tripping Daisy albums are good and worth listening to, but none of them capture the mix of hard rock, pop, and psychedelic sounds like this one does. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 57821
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Grunge    3. Pop    4. Rock   


    Title of Record
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (24 August, 1999)
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    "Hey Man, Nice Shot" may have been a fluke hit, but Filter's Richard Patrick has spent four years working on the follow-up album, mastering enough sonic variety to ensure that Filter stick around the moshpit. Programmer Brian Liesegang is gone, but Patrick continues on, picking up the slack and yielding nothing. Crowd reaction is impossible to anticipate, but at 70 minutes, Title of Record is an exhaustive collection of hyperkinetic guitars, subliminal melodies and thunderous dynamics--which is to say, it sports plenty of hard rock aggression, but is firmly rooted in the pop experience that keeps the songs in your head. "It's Gonna Kill Me" has a stalker's vibe in its techno-metal roots, while "Take a Picture" and "Captain Bligh" are radio-friendly unit shifters that suggest that underneath the technology rests a beating, and often bruised, human heart.--Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This album is amazing
    This album is much more lively than Filters previous album Short Bus, being that is was a much more darker album. "Welcome to the Fold" is probably my favorite song of all time". This is one of the few CD's that I can listen to all the way through and be completly happy with it. This album took over my life, i frickin' love it. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Weak, dude ...
    If you really enjoy Filter, Short Bus is for you.This album is total pop.It'd go nice next to a collection of Shakira and Britney Spears albums.This album is sooooooo weak.Weak!You have been warned.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Richard Patrick's brother was in Terminator 2
    Filter is one of my favorite bands and this is probably their "best" record. I prefer "Short Bus", but honestly, "Title of Record" has better songwriting (not lyrics). I think that maybe Richard Patrick picked up some pointers from Billy Corgan when Filter toured with the Smashing Pumpkins. Filter has never been more psychedelic, spacey, or techno driven than in this album.

    1.) "Sand"- Pure filler. 0/10

    2.) "Welcome to the Fold"- It's probably the heaviest song. It has a lot of twists and turns to it. It has a real catchy chorus as well. 9/10

    3.)"Captain Bligh"- When I said psychedelic and spacey, this is what I meant. This was my favorite song on the album for a long time. 10/10

    4.) "It's Going to Kill Me"- Has a great bass line to it. It also has a good electronica sound to it. 10/10

    5.) "The Best Things"- Great electronica sound to it. The beat to it is awesome. A real catchy song. 10/10

    6.) "Take a Picture"- This is an incredible song. It proves that Richard Patrick is an excellent singer. 10/10

    7.) "Skinny"- After songs 2-6, things slow down a bit with "Skinny". It's a good song, but pales in comparision to the other songs. 7/10

    8.) "I Will Lead You"- Finally, a straight up, no frills hard rocker... well when you compare it to the other songs on the record. 10/10

    9.) "Cancer"- Richard tries to pull some Skinny Puppy goth rock. It was a nice try, but I don't really buy it. It does have an awesome metal part at the end. 6/10

    10.) "I'm Not the Only One"- It's sort of a more emotional song, like "Take a Picture" or "Skinny". It's good but I think it's just too long. 7/10

    11.) "Miss Blue"- I don't like it. 5/10 ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Heavy Metal    3. Industrial    4. Industrial Metal    5. Pop    6. Post-Grunge    7. Rock   


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    The Invisible Band
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (12 June, 2001)
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    The Invisible Band marks no major change in directionfor Travis, but this is no bad thing. That Travis are the mostsimplistic of thepost-Radiohead groups maynot sound like the heartiest of compliments, but it undoubtedly accounts fortheir massive appeal. The ManWho became one of the most popular indie-rock records of the1990s by virtue of its cheery accessibility and its way with a simpleweather metaphor, and judging by the lyrics of "Side"--"The grass isalways greener on the other side / The neighbor's got a new car that youwanna drive"--it's immediately obvious that come their thirdfull-length album, Travis have figured out that their fans are not waiting for abrave sonic crusade. Which doesn't matter a bit, because TheInvisible Band is such a natural, instantly lovable, and thoroughlyunforced record, it seems completely churlish to knock it. The opening"Sing" sounds like, since their inception, all Travis have been missingis a banjo; the florid "Flowers in the Window" harks back toMcCartney's finest Beatlescompositions; and the synth-led "Humpty Dumpty Love Song" lays Travis'ssentimental heart bare. "I'd pray to God if there were heaven," singsFran Healy on "Pipe Dreams," "But heaven sounds so very far fromhere..." And that's exactly why Travis are so popular; they're thehumble down-to-earth boys from next door, still singing the simplestsongs, still making the mundane sound beautiful. --LouisPattison ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great album
    Why am I writing a review 4 years after it's release? Because I am still listening to it. The album starts off with "Sing" a powerful song with the funniest video ever. But there are some other brilliant songs as well. Flowers in the windows is such an adorable song, that's great for listening to in the car. Follow the light, too is another song to be credited. Even the humpty dumpy love song, with a rather weird title is quite meaningful. A lot of the songs has beautful choruses, lyrics, pianos, gentle guitars, strings, bass and drums. They use a lot of instrumnets to vary each song. The only reason is doesn't deserve 5 stars is because Side, and The Cage are slightly repetitive and dull. Aside from that - a must buy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow Travis!
    The first Travis CD I got was their latest "12 Memories", an album I completely fell in love with. I of coursegot curious about this talented, scottish band and ran to the record shop to buy "The Invisible band". And it didn`t disapoint me a bit. The songs on this album are brighter than the songs on "12 Memories". They`re happyer, and more harmonic. One of my biggest favourites from this album is "Flowers in the window". Truly the most lovable song I`ve ever heard. The song is harmonic, but in the same time it`s kinda sad. An other great song is "Pipe dreams". This song is very melancholic, and could as well be a "12 memories" song. Another melancholic song is "Last Train". It`s kinda depressing. Melancholic tunes, dark lyrics. It expresses so much. It`s about love of course (Typical Fran). Miserable love and lonelyness. "Follow the light" is one of the most harmonic songs on the album. This song is kinda comforting in a way: "But it`s allright, just follow the light, and don`t be afraid of the dark!" I also have to mention "Side", one of their greatest songs of all time. It`s about the longing for the things you don`t have. It`s easy thinking that everything is so
    much better on the other side of the wall. There`s always something you wish for. Things you know you can`t get. Well, all in all: This is a great album. Sooooo beautiful! I will recomend it to everyone who likes quiet, harmonic music, with plenty of melody ! Come on peeps, buy it, okey?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beatiful Masterpiece
    Brief story about how I discovered this cd.I was at work on a Saturday afternoon, trying to catch up on work and had my radio playing the great WXPN in Philly.One song caught my attention and as I listened, I thought to call into the station to find out who the artist was.AS that song ended and I was about to dial, another song came on and immediately attracted my attention.I called in after both songs were over and found out that the first song was Yellow by Coldplay and the second song was Sing.I had only heard the names of these bands mentioned on the radio and seen Coldplay's cds in the store, but had never really heard them.I bought both and haven't stopped recommending either of them since.I have told people and still stand by the statement that Invisible Band is one of the best cds to come out in the last 10 years, by any artist!The songwriting is perfect the singing is beautiful and the melodies are soooo memorable.If the members of the band read these, please accept my congratulations on a masterpiece!!I do call it one of the greatest cds I own (out of a collection of over 3,000).Some side notes... some of the songs sound inspired by the Moody Blues and I always thought that Flowers In The Window sounds like a cross between the Moodys' Dr. Livingstone I Presume and an early Kinks song.Have the guys in Travis ever talked about who their influences are?Just curious.I would recommend this cd to everyone. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. British Trad Rock    3. Britpop    4. Indie Pop    5. Pop    6. Rock   


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    Anthology
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (29 August, 2000)
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    Though his audience isn't as big as it used to be, George Thorogood has, at the very least, attained minor-legend status. After all, was there anyone who saw Terminator 2 and didn't recognize "Bad to the Bone" from the very opening riff?Thorogood is the punk-rock god of the blues, thrashing out Chicago riffs with confidence, even though he's never been technically brilliant--his interpretation of "The Sky Is Crying," included on Anthology, is pedestrian at best. But Thorogood has always made up for in enthusiasm and energy anything he might have lacked in technique. It's likely that more people have heard his versions of "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," "Reelin' and Rockin'," "Who Do You Love?," and "If You Don't Start Drinkin' (I'm Gonna Leave)" than the originals. Purists will never be impressed by Thorogood, but in many ways, it's guys like him who are the best ambassadors for the blues: they're accessible, they love this music, and a good time is always guaranteed. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Your Town (Big or Small) has a better Bar Band....
    ....it amazes me that Thorogood gets on the radio at all....why are you people here considering buying 'his' music....buy the original recordings by the original artists.KFOX in San Jose, CA is a classic rock station, and on Tuesdays it's - Two for Tuesdays, and throughout the weekend it "Triple Shot of:" ....I can't get to my volumn control fast enough when they play one of 'his' songs, let alone 2 or 3.Worst music ever....and they only play, "Bad to the Bone; One Burbon, One Somehting, One Beer; Who Do You Love; and Move It On Over"....what a 2nd rate collection of OTHERS PEOPLES SONGS.....don't waste your money.
    Want to know what I think about Janis Joplin and Santana?

    3-0 out of 5 stars ***1/2. Very thorough. Too thorough for most listeners
    Maybe it's just because I'm used to the originals, but George Thorogood's abilities as a bluesman (or a slide guitar player) don't impress me.

    To me, Elmore James did a considerably more convincing Elmore James, but there is no doubting that Thorogood rocks, in a meat-and-potatoes kind of way, and some of the originals on this extensive compilation album, such as "If You Don't Start Drinkin'", "Move It On Over" and "I Drink Alone" are fun, catchy rockers.
    This compilation is much too long for the casual fan, though, and the tempo and the approach barely changes through all thirty songs, but "Anthology" is certainly a very comprehensive overview of the Delaware-born guitarist's career. Still, anybody who is not a diehard fan should look for the single disc "30 Years of Rock - The Greatest Hits" or the classic compilation "The Baddest of George Thorogood And The Destroyers". That one cuts right to the bone, delivering just the cream of the crop.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thorogood Knows How To Rock
    This collection is an excellent overview of Thorogood's large and impressive catalogue.His music is good old rock and roll stripped of the unecessary gimmicks that plague modern "rock".Accept no substitute for this All American Rock and Roll Man. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004WJX1
    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Blues-Rock    3. Boogie Rock    4. Hard Rock    5. Pop    6. Rock    7. Rock & Roll    8. Slide Guitar Blues   


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