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    It Still Moves
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (09 September, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Complete Original That Defies Category
    Many will want to call My Morning Jacket alternative country or something like that but to listen to their albums, including It Still Moves, is to be carried away by longing and ache that transcends any genre. First, the voice, full of crooning melancholy. Second, the instrumentation, full of lush authentic sounds. Now for It Still Moves, their newest release, which I think is a great introduction to this band. There are at least eight catchy tunes on this gorgeously produced album. Full of beautiful ballads and laments, the album is never depressing. About three songs are more fast-paced rocker songs, but I like the slow and mid-tempo ones the best. If you like this aching crooning "emotional pop rock," you might check out Ronderlin, the Innocence Mission, the Trashcan Sinatras, Silver Screen (first album The Greatest Story Not Told), Lloyd Cole (especially Don't Get Weird on Me, Babe), and Keane. I love these aforementioned bands but I must say My Morning Jacket is my current favorite. Bold and original, they've paved their own niche.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Ahhhhhhh..................
    Very relaxing music with a rock beat.Reverb vocals, classic rock styles, and an alt-country feel make this a great cd to drink a beer with in a lonely setting."Just One Thing" is a gem that most listeners probably don't appreciate as near as much as they should.Golden, ..Holiday, Mahgeetah, and Dancefloors are the standouts here.Most of the songs take a little patience, though, and that's what makes them all the more enjoyable.If you're looking for radio-friendly "hits", this isn't your cup of tea.But if you like unwinding with a beer as you look out over the peaks at dusk, this IS your cup of tea.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Unprecedented crap, useful as penance
    This album disappointed me more than any other album I have ever bought.I only heard and read great things about this band, from many reputable sources.After (painfully) listening to this drivel, I am much more careful about recommendations from anyone about anything.It is that bad, that over-hyped.Listen to it and find out for yoursel if you dare.The only reason I gave it one star is because the cover art is quite cool.And the only reason I keep it around is because I bought it right after doing something I shouldn't have done and it appears I was punished immediately with this crap.I wanted to demand a refund from the store for selling me such a horrible "album," but I keep it to (visually only) remind me of my misdeeds and the ever-present wheel of karma. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000C0FBM
    Sales Rank: 3495
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Country-Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock   


    Room on Fire
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (28 October, 2003)
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    An acclaimed debut prompts one of two kinds of follow-ups: either the band strives to broaden their palate or they attempt to deepen the colors they splashed all over that heralded first effort. The Strokes' second outing falls in the latter camp. In the tradition of the Ramones' Leave Home and Oasis' (What's the Story) Morning Glory, the Strokes largely stay the course with their second full-length release, producing an album that won't cause the stir that its predecessor did, but has a sneaky appeal all its own. Thanks to the quintet's Lower East Side roots, Velvet Underground and Television references abound with these guys, but Boston new wavers the Cars, and in particular their hit-heavy second album, 1979's Candy-O, provide a more suitable point of reference for Room on Fire. As with Ric Ocasek and company, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas and his cohorts have a Cars-like knack for sly riffs that creep deeper into ones consciousness with each listen. Not much longer than a half hour from start to finish, this 11-song is modest in intent and execution, and succeeds quite nicely on its own terms. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Addictive...
    I'm into rock like the White Stripes and Jet, and when I first bought Room on Fire, having never listened to Is This It, I feared it would turn out to be a totally computer-created boy band sort of thing. I didn't know how wrong I was (although there are some sound effects from computers on a few of the tracks, which I hate).The Strokes are really a great band. And while "Automatic Stop," "12:51," and "You Talk Way Too Much" are, in my opinion, probably the best ones on here, the disc is packed with catchy melodies and lyrics.Not to mention they're addictive-I can't stop listening to this album. All in all, a very exceptional album from what seems to be a mediocre band.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One small step for mankind...
    As a newcomer to the genre, I was very impressed by the the Strokes' "this is it".When I bought "Room on Fire", I was excited, anxious to hear what I expected to be an extensions of the success of their first album.

    I was shocked and dissappointed!

    What was this new style, less melodic, though more rhythmic, altogether different themes?

    After listening to the entire CD several times, it began to dawn on me... The Strokes weren't bent on another 'success' in the normal usage of the term."Room on Fire", in my opinion, is the logical extension of the lyric and conter-didactic (meaning he answers his own questions) style which was their trademark.This signals a the most important shift in rock and roll in more than a generation.

    Let me indulge myself for a moment; it is important to understand this band and its place in musical development.To do this, I use the Saturday Night Live example:

    It was late 2001 if I remember correctly, not long after the socio-political reaction to 9/11.(This was part of what I consider to be a greater cultural wave of consolidation.)Long after the Grunge, during the period between generation 'X' and generation 'y', popular music, as well as SNL, had been hijacked by trendy hip-hop and sugar-pop stars.It was only after the awakening of 9/11 and the re-advent of cultural tradition-- psychobilly, post-punk, and the latest folk-revival--- that the wave of the future began to manifest in popular mediums such as SNL.I consider one episode in particular:the Jack Black/Strokes episode.Here, after months of staged dancers, scantily clad rappers, etc, etc, was a band of long-haired locals wearing street clothes, coercing steady streams of almost 'beat' harmonic passage; here was a wolf howling "last night/she said/oh baby dont feel so down/...".In my opinion the height of the age-old apollonian/dionysian conflict had again turned, but briefly, in favor of the reflective, the introspective, the study of beauty.

    And what a better step to make in the study of beauty of all forms than "Room on Fire"?What better to bridge the gap between modern bacchian tendancy and traditional scholasticism?

    "One by one tickin time bombs won/ It's not the secrets of the government thats keepin you dumb/oh It's the other way around"

    I think that the strokes are on to something here.Lets hope that they continue to outpace society like they have done exponentially here.this is one of just a few bands that gives me hope for the intellectual future of my generation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Strokes album
    I still think the Strokes first album (is this it) is the better of the strokes albums so far.But I still love this album, its another one of those albums that you can put on and let play all the way through.I think, even though the play it all the time, my favorite song is 12:51.Still a great album, I highly recommend you buy this album. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000C9ZLD
    Subjects:  1. Garage Rock Revival    2. Indie Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. United States of America   


    Youth & Young Manhood
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 August, 2003)
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    Already tagged with the unfortunate critical label of "southern-fried Strokes," the full-length debut by the brothers Followill (Nathan, Jared, Caleb) and cousin (Matthew Followill) may well have its roots in their itinerant evangelist father Leon blasting his sons with relentless doses of ‘70s rock as they traveled the South from one preaching gig to the next. But the way the Kings channel sources as disparate as Led Zeppelin's "That's the Way" into "Joe's Head" or the Who's "Circles" into their ""Molly's Chambers" seems almost subconscious; after a decade of bands trying to reinvent the rock wheel, it's refreshing to hear one content to gleefully pry it loose and send it spinning in their own peculiar directions. As with all the great ones, deconstructing the Kings' sound doesn't get you far: singer/guitarist Caleb perpetually seems to be rolling one too many syllables off a lazy, Southern tongue while his haystack-haired brothers and cousin chug maniacally along like some lost, recently re-tooled '60s garage-psych-rock legend. In the end there's not an ounce of the Strokes' latent pop culture self-consciousness in the Kings' intoxicating sonic haze--just the restless, often bittersweet noise of one of the most original bands to hail from Dixie since R.E.M. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Pure Rock N Roll In Years
    Amazing! These boys ROCK! It is hard to believe how young they are and when you consider their sheltered upbringing with Preacher Pa it is all the more amazing what they have accomplished in 2 years' time. This record is fabulous and the follow-up, Aha Shake Heartbreak is even better! They are both must haves. As an "older" fan from the early '80s REM Athens Ga era, I have seen and heard a lot of bands and it has been a long time since I have been this excited over anyone!

    1-0 out of 5 stars I hate this band so much.
    Seriously, these guys are awful. They're boring, predictable, and they look like the rejected cast of That 70s Show. I don't know if they think of what they wear is genius or not, maybe it was 40 years ago. When I first heard "Molly Chambers" on the radio, I asked myself, "who allows this crap?" The singing is awful (completely monotone) the whole song is the same, boring struggle, and the solo sounds like the guitar player just woke up from a drinking binge the night before. I hate these guys. Just stop the music, please, god.

    5-0 out of 5 stars All Hail Kings of Leon
    I disagree with the reviewer from Colorado who gave this band one star.Like that reviewer, I too saw Kings of Leon open for U2 last week, and they were amazing.Their music is dizzying, exhilarating, and sometimes even heartbreaking.After the U2 concert, I bought KOL's recent "Aha Shake Heartbreak" and 2003's "Holy Roller Novocaine" (which features several of the songs on "Youth and Young Manhood").I have been listening to both albums nonstop.This band perfectly embodies the crazy, anarchic, Dada spirit of rock that makes it worth listening to in the first place.They the real deal.Wait and see... ... Read more

    Asin: B00009YFP8
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Country-Rock    2. American Trad Rock    3. Garage Rock Revival    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. Southern Rock   


    Decoration Day
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (17 June, 2003)
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    They earned wide acclaim with the double-disc Southern Rock Opera, a sprawling concept album about Lynyrd Skynyrd. Their three-guitar lineup and greasy look signify big, dumb rock in the minds of many, but their songwriting is relentlessly whip-smart. And what may be their greatest song, "The Living Bubba," is an ode to a righteous, hard-rocking redneck felled by AIDS. No, the Drive-By Truckers never do anything by the book, so it's no surprise that with Decoration Day, the band's first release for indie New West Records, Patterson Hood and his mates take another rewarding left turn. The album boasts a handful of crowd-pleasing, party-starting cuts, like the brash, cranky rocker "Hell No, I Ain't Happy" and the Stones ringer "Marry Me." Yet more common are moments of startling beauty (the steel solos on "The Deeper In" and "Loaded Gun in the Closet" and the jangling guitars, rolling melodies, and soulful fiddle breaks of "Heathens" and "My Sweet Annette") and heavy doses of recrimination and regret, as in the back-to-back suicide tunes "When the Pin Hits the Shell" and "Do It Yourself." --Anders Smith Lindall ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One Of Their Best...
    Decoration Day is an awesome rekkid from start to finish, not a dud track to be found just killer songwriting/storytelling & playing until the end...
    Patterson Hood,Mike Cooley & Jason Isbell are some of the finest songwriters & guitar players I have heard & they're all in the one band, makin everybody else jealous I guess
    I wanna see DBT live desperately but I'll have to make do w/ DBT-Dirty South:Live At The 40 Watt for now

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Masterpiece****1/2
    Most breakthrough albums are a surprise to most bands, if it isn't their debut.And while the Drive By Truckers and the world at large were certainly stunned at the success of "Southern Rock Opera," it was still a calculated move.So, who would have expected "Decoration Day" to take them a step further despite the odds?Unlike "SRO," "D Day" isn't soaked in preperation - the band had only a year to turn out these 15 songs, and many of them were written on the road.In short, if "Southern Rock Opera" put people in the seats, "Decoration Day" kept them there.

    Unlike 2004's "The Dirty South," Patterson Hood is the unequivical leader.His name is attached to all but a select few of the songs here.His songwriting has never been better - his tunes for "SRO" sound like they were discovered before they were ready, and "Dirty South's" Patterson songs sound a bit tired.Here they reach a DIY perfection; "My Sweet Annete," "Careless," "Heathens," and "The Deeper In" are Southern Rock classics.Mike Cooley and Jason Isbell (who would shine on "Dirty South") pitch in with "Outfit" and "Mary me," among others.Southern Rock could be on a rebound, spearheaded by DBT.The band as a whole haven't to this day risen so high.Maybe they never will.

    Overall:9 out of 10.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good, but not amazing.
    alittle over rated, but i stilll like it. the lynyrd skynyrd comparisons are getting a little old, and I'm not sure if they are that accurate. stilla good disk, better after a few listens. ... Read more

    Asin: B00009M8IA
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Country-Rock    2. Hard Rock    3. Indie Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. Southern Rock    7. United States of America   


    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (03 June, 2003)
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    Head Eel Mark "E" Everett purges his soul with a smile on Shootenanny!, as he delivers bursts of bittersweet wit and lighthearted drama. Unlike solemn 1996 epic Electro-Shock Blues and 2001’s thorny Souljacker, E's songwriting here puts the emphasis on light melodies and clean pop craft. While his limber genre-jumping often earns comparisons to Beck, there's also some of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy in E’s razor-burn voice. And though Shootenanny! isn’t out on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’s experimental ledge, it has a similar unruly twang that injects a dose of whimsy into soul-searching songs like "Love of the Loveless." "Wrong About Bobby," for instance, glides along on sunny, jangling guitars while E tries and fails to forgive a violent grudge. By mixing sweet with sour, E's warm and fuzzy mope rock sounds great whether it's blasting out of a convertible on a sunny day or playing in the background on a rainy night. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Keep Them Coming E
    From my first sight of Beautiful Freak two years ago, lead singer/lone wolf band member (not forgetting drummer Butch) E continues to pleasantly surprise me with his increasingly incendiary music.From the poppy edges of BF that attracted me to this band in the first place, to the utter heartbreak and/or soul searching of Electro-Shock Blues (thus far my second fav album by E), to the light at the end of the tunnel of Daises of the Galaxy, to the BUS-STOP BOXER in all of us through Souljacker, and now to Shootenanny! my, by far, favorite album by this great "band" (yeah, I'll call them a band).The first two songs of the thirteen are a bit weak but the remaining eleven are rides you won't want to make just once.From buying this album yesterday I haven't quit listening to it yet there's just something so appealing about the EELS and E that it's impossible to describe in words.This album exceeded my expectations of what E was capable of, hitting me in all of the pressure points, really touching my soul in a way few thing ever do.I thank God for the day he introduced me to E and his little band called the EELS that day two years ago.I've never looked back and look foward eagerly to the band's April release of their new effort: "Blinking Lights and other Revelations."To E: Keep them coming man, keep em coming.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great album, Eels take a new turn
    this new album, which comes after the sometimes criticized 'Souljacker' experimentation, has a far more conventionnal sound ; although easily recognisable as a member of the 'eels' galaxy. I found it a great album because of its melancolic songwriting and melodies, which gives this new release an intime and personnal aspect (a bit like the previous 'Electro Shock Blues') ; and of course because of the presence of the core elements of eels greatest albums such as an original and 'mindcatching' sound and E soft and 'folk' singing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars have yourself a shootenanny
    E and Butch have been producing rock of the finest quality for years. While Souljacker was full fledged rock, in Shootenanny E emerges somehow having found how to mix some rockin' folk with the melancholy we loved in Electroshock Blues. All I can do is stand back and say: "how did this happen? I'm toe-tappin' happy and drip-droppin' wishing life was better." What?!? you say. Yeah, that's what E does that no one else is on to. You're happy, you're diggin' the folk twang, you want more, and yet you can also sit back and honestly, nostalgically say: these are rock hard times.
    Now that E has emerged above the clouds of CMJ indie kids and come into a realm where there is no one but E, the kind of unique realms of rock dwelt in by the likes of Beck, guys who are flying solo and continue to amaze, we can say: enough talk, just enjoy Eels. ... Read more

    Asin: B00009B8G2
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Pop    4. Post-Grunge    5. Rock   


    Welcome Interstate Managers
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 June, 2003)
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    After a four-year hiatus notable for some film and television soundtrack work, a lapsed contract, and a relaxed songwriting schedule Fountains of Wayne return with their third and best CD to date. The New York-based power-pop quartet delivers a diverse feast of infectious melodies and endlessly clever lyrics. Songwriters Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood still slide on a sweet scale between the Beatles and the Monkees, but they've branched out from '60s sounds to include bona fide alt rock ("Little Red Light," "Bought for a Song"), orchestrated pop ("Halley's Waitress"), a country lark worthy of Dwight Yoakam ("Hung Up On You"), and hints of psychedelia ("Supercollider"). The Cars-flavored "Bright Future in Sales" and "Stacy's Mom" warrant heavy-rotation airplay. Following their acclaimed eponymous debut and the vastly underrated Utopia Parkway, Welcome Interstate Managers leaves no doubt that Fountains of Wayne are gaining strength. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Music for a sunny day
    If you are looking for great driving music - perfect for a beautiful day - this is it. Turn it on, roll down your windows, and just enjoy your day. It's probably not going to change your life, but it's catchy and you can sing to it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A landmark alternative pop record
    Forgive me as I must have been living in a cave when this record came out.Critically acclaimed and commercially successful, here I am listening & reviewing this record for the 1st time, 2 years after it was released.And if it wasn't for Austin City Limits I may not be here period telling you how this is easily one of the best pop records of the past 10 years and maybe even more.

    But let's face it, I'm not the only one who thought Fountains of Wayne were just a fun little almost novelty pop band.The group who sang that "Stacy's Mom" song.Well, I was wrong.

    Sometime last week I was scanning late night television when I heard this band singing this irresistible melancholy ballad about snow coming down in a new england town..."Valley Winter Song".I immediately jumped online to see who sang this song, downloaded the single on I-tunes and went out and bought the CD the next day.

    That was about 3 days ago.Since then what I've discovered is a true pop masterpiece.

    The 1st 3 songs/singles on the disc ("Mexican Wine", "Bright Future In Sales" & "Stacy's Mom") represent the more commercial side of the band, yet only one facet of the many that FoW have to offer.

    "Hackensack", "Valley Winter Song" & "Fire Island" represent a more melancholic side of the band with the latter also recalling a 60's pop vibe which is also evident on "Peace And Love".

    This record was critically acclaimed and for good reason.When its all said and done "Welcome Interstate Managers" should go into the Alternative Pop Hall of Fame, right next to the 1st Weezer record and Material Issue's "International Pop Overthrow".

    1-0 out of 5 stars Fountains Of Excruciating Pain Is More Like It
    I bought this album for my dumbass sister for Christmas 2003, since she loved that "Stacy's Mom" song. I hated the song, and I hate the video as well. Wouldn't it be gross if you got a woody woodpecker from your best friend's mom? I think it would, as I am straight and like my women young and beautiful. The rest of the album is just pure trash as well. It sounds like if someone ate a Matchbox 20 album and regurgitated it up to form a hybrid of pure garbage. It's just that horrible. Fountains of Wayne sucks it hard! ... Read more

    Asin: B00009QGF2
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Indie Pop    3. Indie Rock    4. Pop    5. Pop Underground    6. Rock   


    Castaways and Cutouts
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (06 May, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Ballads & thoughtful ruminations along a road less traveled
    You have to like a band that draws its name from the early 19th century Russian nobility who chose to rebel against the Tsar.Not surprisingly, Colin Meloy was an English major at the University of Montana, where he headed up his first band, Tarkio, that never got beyond Missoula.But Meloy found his way to Portland where he put together a band that better suited his eclectic tastes.This is probably their most engaging album in that it exhibits Meloy's wonderful storytelling ability with an infectious set of grooves that carry the lyrics.The title implies a loose set of songs but it is actually a very tight album.The band seems to be finally getting the attention it deserves with its latest release, Picaresque.The Decembrists have long been the rage of the alternative radio channels, keeping up a hectic touring schedule and playing to rapt fans across the country.A far cry from Meloy's early days in Missoula when he was playing "party music" at college bars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love the Decemberists
    This album is a masterpiece, along with Her Majesty. Colin Meloy has an amazing voice and is compared with Jeff Mangum of NMH quite a bit. I don't know why it took me so long to review this album, because i listen to it two or three times a week. I still don't have their new album yet, but from what i've read it seems like it is the best so far, which, if true, would have to be absolutely amazing to top this album and Her Majesty. Meloy writes music so incredibly well i sit on my computer and read his lyrics like a book. Every single song is well thought out, and actually means something. This album is well worth your money, and your time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great, Great, Great
    Colin Meloy spins a cautionary tale... Castways and Cutouts is one of the most remarkably melodic stories of the past few years. The album is like a collection of short stories, all set to beautiful, serene soundscapes whose atmosphere range from happy, stark, melancholy, playful and downright odd.I believe the Decemberists are a more intellectual, less cryptic/weird Neutral Milk Hotel.The album is not immediately accessible for casual listeners, as they may be turned off by the lyrics and song-structure.This is one that grows on you, and you begin to notice small nuances each time you hear it, whether it be the way a particular word is sung, or the astonishing reverb of a distant accordion.This is one for the ages. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008XS4D
    Sales Rank: 784
    Subjects:  1. Chamber Pop    2. Indie Pop    3. Indie Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock   


    Fever To Tell
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (29 April, 2003)
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    Well before the release of this solid but slender debut, the Brooklyn-based Yeah Yeah Yeahs were the subject of so much international press hype that the WhiteStripes were probably taking quick, nervous peeks over their shoulders. But while Fever to Tell captures a lot of what’s good about the trio--mostly the caterwauling energy of their club shows--it also exposes the band’s limitations. Singer Karen O is the undeniable star here, contorting her voice from a primal P.J. Harvey growl to the pre-orgasmic purr of Chrissie Hynde. Nick Zinner chops, slashes, and torpedoes his guitar around, across, and straight at O’s voice, while drummer Brian Chase delivers a suitably raw trash-can thump.There are a lot of cool sounds on this 11-song, 37-minuute disc, and enough metallic-KO attitude to make a bare-chested grandpa like Iggy Pop proud. What’s missing is a more varied set of fully fleshed-out songs, the kind it took the White Stripes four albums to write. Hype too early in a career can be terrible burden--ask Liz Phair or, soon enough, the Vines. Better to enjoy Fever to Tell for what it is--an uninhibited blast of garage-rock fury--without swallowingextravagant claims for a potentially great band still under construction. --Keith Moerer ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars Weird....And We Like It That Way!
    I've been listening to this album for quite a while now, and I have to say it just keeps getting better. Guitar, drums, and Karen O's cool voice draw me in ever deeper.

    What is it about the YYY that make them cool? Well, first we have Karen O's presence. There are some bands where the singer commands you to listen to them. And you do. She has that power. From a screetching wail to a soft whisper Miss O proves again and again why she's in this band and not Jessica Simpson!
    Secondly we have the guitar, drum and that's it combo. No bass here. At first you'll think they're crazy, but it works really well actually. That would be because this is a talented group of people! And.....hey, enough of this. What makes them cool, is because what kind of band they are.
    This is a rugged raw band. And they ooze talent. It's not radio friendly, and it's not for the faint of heart. But it is excellent music and money well spent.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Please, If I wanted to listen to crap I would put in Nirvana
    Horrible Band, no talent at all. Same medolic songs same guitar cords same everything ICK.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lets do thislike a prison break.
    Is Karen O The Coolest person of the new Millenium? Quite Possibly.Everything about her... she's like Souxie Souix, only not... anyway... This album is quite enjoyable, if you are into what might best be described as a full fleged auditory assault. The Overtly sexual and wonderful 'voice' of Karen makes this album. Guitars not bad either. From the Hysterics of "Tick" to the quiet reflective, "Maps", this whole album is a treat, again, if you think that you will like it. It starts with "Rich", a song with great guitar. Then comes "Date with the Night, with its unforgettable "CHO CHO CHO" chourus. The Album only gets better from there, With "Man". This song is a highlight, with Karen O Singing "We're all gunna burn in hell" Over and Over and Over. Then Comes the most rabid, spastic song on the album "Tick" In this song, Karen sounds like she's about to explode all over the neatly designed guitar and drums. After which comes my personal favorite "Black Toungue". This song makes almost no sense, but I love it just the same. "Pin", easily the catchiest song on the album, also has the most sexual lyrics, but is still fun... its hard to resist singing along, but as a guy, I try hard not to. "Cold Light" goes on to long, as does "No No No". But then, then comes "maps". The Song that carries this whole album, in the eyes of the mainstream. Not much I can say about it i havent said before. Then comes the most produced sounding song, the still very good "Y control". The Finale, "modern romance" is simalar to maps, but is no where near as good. That's really about it, If you have an open mind, check this out, it might be your thing... but then again, its a little 'out there'. Oh well those of you with an open mind are in for quite a treat. Well, I'm off now.

    Stay out of the daylight!

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    Subjects:  1. Garage Punk    2. Indie Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock   


    Chutes Too Narrow
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (21 October, 2003)
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    The Shins' sophomore album is a joy from start to finish, though it's rather different from their 2001 leftfield pop genius stunner Oh, Inverted World. That album was like a warm embrace from a long-lost pal. True to its title, all of the songs were of a piece, seeming to inhabit one landscape, with an invitingly similar sound throughout. Chutes is more far-reaching and decidedly eclectic. Each song is essentially its own genre exercise. There's singer-songwriter James Mercer's surprisingly Perry Farrell-ish wail on the almost indie-metal opener, "Kissing the Lipless"; the lovely pedal steel lilt to "Gone for Good"; the moody folktronica of "Those to Come"; and the Cars-gone-rockabilly riffing on "Turn a Square." The strongest song, the acoustic "Young Pilgrims," is stripped-down and brilliant. On every tune, Mercer packs more hooks and melodic invention than most bands do on one album. As a whole, it's an even better record than Inverted World. --Mike McGonigal ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars feelin' groovy
    a rather addictive little fun-loving collection of songs. At times this band is spirited, evoking elements of beach rock, or trippy spaced-out stuff from the sixties. Then I feel hints of The Judys and later Grandaddy. All-in-all they deliver a surprising blend of joyous sounds to love.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is going to sound like hereicy... Better then Beatles?
    Goodness me, just when I thought that good music had died long ago. The Shins (who i've been a huge fan of before Garden State, by the way...) have managed to become my favorite band. Not an easy task. My music collection is rather... extensive. Everything from Metallica to Mozart. Every genre, Everything. But I can not find a flaw in this album. This sublime(NOT THE BAND, although they rock my socks, for those illiterate among us) album opens with "Kissing the Lipless", a huge departure from thier 2001 masterpiece "Oh Inverted World", starts out nice enough, with a simple clap clap clap clap clap clap WOOO! And from these humble beginnings, a masterpiece is born. Every song is different from the rest, and everyone is one to cherish.The First song, "kissing the lipless" (yeah, I know, i already said that) Might be one of thier "heaviest" songs yet. Not saying a lot, but it is still is great. Lets just do this the fast way, so you can get on with your life and buy this album
    Uno: Kissing the lipless, 5/5, Even with the screaming tis great.
    Dos: Min'es Not a High Horse 5/5, a soft, shimmering keyboardy song, with nice soft mumbled lyrics
    Tres: SO SAYS I: 5/5 The Centerpiece of Ye olde album, a 'heavy' semi political song, sounds like the Ultimate beach boys/beatles collaboration.
    Quatro: Young Pilgrims: 5/5 Could be the Best song on the album, Just James and his acoustic. Great lyrics (as always) and a nice song, biting, sweet, melencholy, but still has an undeniable joy surrounding it.
    Cinco: St. Simon 5\5: The Most musically ambitious song on the album, almost (forgive me god of rock) zappaesque, or dare I say, System of a down uh.. esque, in its rythyms and time changes. Varying from soft to almost eerie sounding, this Song shows what they are capable of.
    Sies (spelled wrong...) Fighting in a sack: 5/5, a short sweet rockabilly tune, showing the shins can 'rock' (again, used sparingly)
    Seite (also spelled wrong) 3/5. I'm not sure why anyone would pick this over "young pilgrims", but some people... oh well. I'd rather hear this all the time for the rest of my life then hear Hoobastank one more time.
    Ocho Turn a Square : 4\5, a slower version of "fighting in a sack", basically, except with a much better chorus.
    Nueve Gone for Good (spelled wrong? I dont really know spanish...) 4/5, THE SHINS GO COUNTRY, AND ITS BRILLIANT!
    Dies. Those to Come, 5/5. A slow, melancholy song, and a perfect way to end a perfect album.
    46 /50, uhhhhhhhh, which rounds to 50/50 A PERFECT SCORE!!!!
    This is one of those albums that defines your life. The "Abbey Road" of our (yeah, i'm not that old) generation? You bet your iPod. From the Explosive "So Says I" to the stereolicious soundscape of "St. Simon", Everything about this album is something to love. And the lyrics, Dear me, the lyrics are unlike anything I've heard. Like Lennon before them, They have created a Musical masterpiece that will sureley be heralded as a masterpiece of the times.

    Stay out of the daylight!


    5-0 out of 5 stars A Stellar Effort
    This album is considerably better than The Shin's first effort, Oh, Inverted World. Their sound is consistent, easily definable as "The Shins" yet they experiment with new influeces, allowing them to grow as a band. They lyrics are equally as smart, but the music is even more sophisticated.

    You may not like listening to the entire album straight through, like you could do with Oh, Inverted World, because of the various styles of songs. For example I usually skip Mine's Not a High Horse and Gone for Good because I don't prefer country music. However there's no denying that every song on this album is of a higher quality than their first album.

    By the way, I actually like the rough-edged sounding voice in several of the songs because it gives the music an edgier quality in the otherwise smooth pop sounds. I think it's appropriate given the topics of various songs. It seems a little disingenuous to sing about the unfortunate traits of the human race (in So Says I) without the edge. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Indie Pop    2. Indie Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. United States of America   


    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 April, 2003)
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    Jokingly referred to as the White Stripes' British album, Elephant is scattered with cultural references that give away the fact it was recorded far from home. Just listen to the lyrics on "Seven Nation Army" ("From the Queen of England to the hounds of Hell") or the album outro, in which someone chips in, "Jolly good, cup of tea?" But while there are new twists here, from Meg White discovering her voice to a tongue-in-cheek threesome with Holly Golightly, Elephant is no great departure for Jack and Meg White. They still push their creativity (and the boundaries of their eight-track) to new heights. Check out the startling, Queen-inspired "There's No Home for You Here," while the deep bass line on "Seven Nation Army" makes it a classic indie dance track. But while some songs fly off into new realms, there's plenty of their trademark straight-up bluesy rock, notably the overtly sexual "Ball and Biscuit." And there's Jack's plaintive, resolutely modest and yet theatrical voice. --Caroline Butler ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Elephant poopie
    I like the White Stripes, I liked De Stijl and White Blood Cells but this... album... was... horrible.One good song (Seven Nation Army) for 15 bucks.I kept waiting and waiting for something decent after the first track.Didn't get it.I might give them another shot because I like the band, but this was a really weak effort.I'm not going to get into the musical debate, (Are they talented, are they not?) and so forth.I personally like their raw sound, I like the band, I "get it."But Elephant just sucked, plain and simple.Hey Jack and Meg, I want my 15 bucks back!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm not totally obsessed...
    Unlike the previous three albums from the rock/blues duo the White Stripes, this CD seems to have a slightly softer and darker quality to it.Not that that's a bad thing.This is definitely another unique White Stripes classic.Recorded and mixed without the modern help of computers, as the inside booklet says, it sounds more like 1970's rock and almost reminiscent of Led Zeppelin.The album is full of catchy melodies (like on "The Air Near My Fingers") and foot stomping beats (like on the Grammy-winning "Seven Nation Army"), not to mention Meg's first solo singing song "In the Cold, Cold Night.""Ball and Biscuit" is 7 minutes of perfection and "Hypnotize" is a fast paced, amplified guitar jam (I apologize for my use of the word 'jam'-I hate when people use it to describe a song, but I couldn't think of another word to use) that is sort of like the "Fell in Love With a Girl" of Elephant. Everything else in between that I haven't listed is great and pure White Stripes.If you're as obsessed as I am with them (... but I wouldn't say to an unhealthy level...) [awkward silence] then go and buy this album now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Album
    This is the most original new band to come out and in my opinion the best. The reason Jack White is a genius is not that he is one of the greatest guitarists ever but in a similar way to Kurt Cobain. Not the best voice, not the best guitar, but there's something that sets them totally apart from everyone else. There's not denying it when you see them and hear them. They justify there hype by having success after success. And this album is proof. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008J4P5
    Subjects:  1. Blues-Rock    2. Garage Rock Revival    3. Indie Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock   


    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (22 July, 2003)
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    It takes some nerve nicking an album title from the Beatles, even in a slightly modified state. But since this Omaha, Nebraska band went through so many significant changes leading up to the release of its seventh studio album, at least it's a logical move. The aggressive Woody Woodpecker-style lyrical play and needling funk core of career lows, 1997's Transistor and 1999's Soundsystem, are toned down, replaced by a more sophisticated sound that stretches the group's well-trounced reggae-rap-rock template to include wisps of electronica and soul. The members of 311 still aspire to be half-as-clever as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but finally seem satisfied in their on skin on tracks such as "Creatures (For a While)" and the emotional "Beyond the Gray Sky." The psychedelic experiment "Seem Uncertain," meanwhile, merely lives up to its title. Producer Ron Saint Germain (Creed, Living Colour) has obviously taken significant strides in shaking the band up. This album points the way forward. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars FTB!!!Demand that Amazon list ALL these great albums!!!
    311 has put out some really great albums over the last decade +, but if you are learning of this band for the first time as a result of your visit to Amazon.com, keep in mind that there is one excellent album that they've left off the list.I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt and say that it was a minor oversite on their part, however, I'm more inclinded to believe that Amazon has sold out to the "politically correct" crap thats infected most of America.Since the album is called "Dammit" (SHOCK, HORROR!I've never heard such language, but I also don't turn on the radio, television or leave the house!), and one of the song title contains the dreaded "F-word" and the "BS word", Amazon seems to have decided that we can't decide whether or not we'd like to listen to it.They'll warn us as to "explicit" lyrics, and for some other groups that have explicit language in their song titles, they'll just block out the words, but still list the song.This one they just decided to leave off altogether . . .the whole ALBUM.

    Get a clue, Amazon, the only people that give a crap about explicit lyrics are the people that are going to whine and cry whether you put them on your site or not.You want people to respect you and spend money, show them you've got a set!

    This is the kind of "BS" 311 was referring to.You don't get to make up our minds!

    5-0 out of 5 stars 311 keeps up the good work
    I have been a fan of 311 for some time and always anticipate their next release, watch their live dvd all too often, rock them in my car always, and have not been disappointed to date. I must say, their sound just keeps maturing with each new release, in fact, I wouldn't mind a little de-maturation with the next release, if that makes any sense. Well, if you're looking for the definition of a mature sound, check out Evolver. It is interesting to compare this CD to the older releases by 311.

    On this album, both the lyrics and the music has reached a new level. It isn't the classic fast-paced rock 'em up rap-core style that we're used to, which in my opinion, isn't a bad thing. Change is always good. You will have your handful of people who "claim" to be 311 fans and will call them sell-outs with a release like Evolver, but i couldn't disagree more. They've carried on with a lot of the sounds from From Chaos with songs like "Crack the Code", "Reconsider Everything", and even "Creatures". But they've also brought a whole new range of sounds to the table with songs like "Sometimes Jacks Rule the Realm", "Beyond the Grey Sky", "Seems Uncertain", the list goes on. I think these songs portray a sound we have never heard from 311 before, the closest you will come to it is the songs from Transistor, but it is still different. And I will be the first to say, this new sound they've produced, they've done it very well.

    Evolver is not a CD I will pop in if I'm looking to head-bang around and flow with S.A. But if I want some flat out good music, it is one of my first considerations. This CD has a pretty slow mood to it, with a few here and there that speed it up. They've reached a new sound, and a new level lyrically. The lyrics on Evolver are pretty darn good. 311 has moved from singing about being pulled over and having weed in the car...to singing a pretty deep song about a friend dying, etc. It's all a maturation process. But don't worry, they still mix in those classic 311 lyrics we all love as well.

    I think I've said all I can about this gem of a CD. 311 can put together some good stuff, Evolver is no exception. I'm looking forward to the next release and I hope you all out there are too.

    Thank you 311 for all these years of truly wonderful music.

    2-0 out of 5 stars 311 are sputtering in this entry point ** 1/2 STARS
    Ive simply been enthusiastic as usual that 311 still put out albums long after there relavence has been shot and none of their albums brink on bad, misteps yes a few but they've never really made anything bad.Evolver is still decent but at best its standard 311. the usual smooth hooks vocal interplay of hexum is there and thankfully Martinez is finally dropping the rapping which has gotten tiresome over the years. But its same old story on Evolver. The earnesty is higher though instead of there usual ryhmes boasting about how good they are this is there most introspective lyrically album yet. I guess the evolution is where its at. but the music is mostly underwhelming. The usual quasi-metal quasi-reggae...expcet the guiatrs are sadly workshop riffs which dont as fresh as they once did. songs like "beyond the grey skies" and "sometimes jacks rule the realm" move beyond the formuls engsaging rythyms and unique guitar interplay. but the rest is predictable, "same mistake twice" builds on a ctachy chorus and rythyms and chord progression, and "dont dwell" kicks in a slap bass rythym which is signature. It seems there going back to there roots. but at this rate in the game there experimenting would be welcome now more than ever. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rap-Rock    4. Rock   


    Dear Catastrophe Waitress
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 October, 2003)
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    Just when they seemed sure to fade away into twee-pop irrelevance, this obscure Scottish indie-pop act releases their strongest album in seven years. With lots of help from uber-commercial producer Trevor Horn (ABC, Yes, Pet Shop Boys, t.A.T.u.), singer-songwriter Stuart Murdoch finally gets back to leading his band. It was a nice idea to have everyone else share the vocal spotlight on Fold Your Hands and Storytelling, but wasn't Murdoch's delicate voice so much of what made us all fall in love with the band in the first place? Clearly, Horn understands this, just as he understands that the preciously lo-fi sound had to go. Horn brings every instrument into a crystal-clear, lovingly retro, Top of the Pops clarity. It's their most diverse album by far, from the marching, uptempo(!) drums on "Step Into My Office Baby" (which sounds like Melaniemeets Adam and the Ants) to the fractured, New Wave-organ-driven "Stay Loose" (the close as B&S has come to Talking Heads territory). What a nice surprise. --Mike McGonigal ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Change of Pace
    After reading some of the reviews, I was very fearful of buying this album. Belle and Sebastian have been my favourite band for years, and the thought of them losing their musical charm seemed horrible. But, while in England, a four song CD came with the paper as usual, and on the back I saw Stay Loose by Belle and Sebastian listed. So, I played it-and really loved that song! It seemed to be a harken back to singles such as Lazy Line-Painter Jane and 3...6...9 Seconds of Light. It was fresh and new compared to their last album, the soundtrack Storytelling. And so, with eager anticipation, I bought it.

    And I was not dissapointed. I hear some people complaining about the lack of brooding mystery, but it's not a bad thing. The style is different, yes, but it's new, energetic, and very funny. And still I feel there is that tinge of sadness, such as on Dear Catastrophie Waitress, Step into my Office Baby, and Lord Anthony. It's just a different kind-perhaps more mature, in a way. The song Lord Anthony is the best I've heard in years from them; far superior to anything from Fold Your Hands..., which was somewhat of a dissapointment.

    All I can say is, I wonder what they'll do next?

    4-0 out of 5 stars Really good
    This is very good. I don't write reviews but a younger buddy lent this to me and I have to say it is worth it. It sounds funky in a way. I love it so far. Hey, they don't call me Joe Cool for nothing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Catastrophe?
    This is the most socially conscious release from our beloved B & S. Before we had Green Day's American Idiot, we had "If you find yourself caught in love", a song humanizing the victims of the Iraq war. The title track mentions violence against women. Instead of using tuneful tunes to cover the darker side of teen angst our gals and guys are all grown up now. And aren't we proud! Time for people to start taking them seriously. Look out! ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Indie Pop    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. Twee Pop   

    Up the Bracket
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (18 March, 2003)
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    Can the debut album from London dandies the Libertines live up to the hype? With the Clash's Mick Jones at the production helm, gravelly tracks such as "Horror Show" and "The Boy Looked at Johnny" rattle along like first-gen punk classics. But like the Strokes, the Libertines manage to imbue snotty garage rock with a sort of wistful romanticism that adds genuine soul to their raucous clatter. Although there's no sign of "What a Waster," the single that made their name, there's no shortage of excellent tunes here. "Boys in the Band" is an affectionate ode to a groupie, with frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat hollering: "And they all get 'em out / For the boys in the band." "I Get Along" proves that these boys have a knack for penning tight, nervy songs that evoke the Jam and the Buzzcocks. --Louis Pattison ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great band
    This band is great but they probably wont be around a long time.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Ups and downs
    The Libertines are a band that would have fitted in perfectly in the golden days of rock'n'roll, and it's only a shame that they have yet to really reform. In their debut album, "Up The Bracket," this London band churns out catchy, gritty rock'n'roll with a Britpop twist.

    The album starts on a strong note with "Vertigo," a catchy garage-rocker that alternates between Pete Doherty's slightly slurred singing, and combustive short basslicks. "The rapture of vertigo/And letting go/Me myself I was never sure/Was it the liquor/Or was it my soul?" Doherty asks. His irreverent edge takes away any softer sentiments.

    That style carries over to the yowling "Horror Show" and and sizzling "Boys in the Band," and drapes itself over the entire album like a worn leather jacket. There are a handful of lower-key guitar rockers, like the simmering "Begging" and the smooth "Tell the King," as well as the strummy and slightly surreal "Radio America."

    The Libertines have only made two albums, but their kinetic sound has made them a musical presence on both sides of the pond. What's more, it's just fun to listen to -- their music has the rare quality of being genuinely catchy, energetic, rough and well-written. It's difficult enough to find one of those qualities, so finding one with all of the above is a rarity.

    Pete Doherty, now out of the band, does pretty good service as a frontman. His vocals are strong if a bit slurred; he can raise his voice to a scream, or lower it to a seductive little chant. But surprisingly, the more you listen to this, the more it becomes obvious that the other Libertines are just as important to their sound.

    Doherty and Carl Barat do exceptional double-duty as guitarists, all punk riffs and deliberately sloppy edges. And it's all wrapped around strong, lyrics about drinking, groupies and being bad-boy rockers is some good music. If Doherty doesn't shoot himself up into the grave, he will undoubtedly be regarded as a masterful rock writer.

    In places, they sound like a band about to disintegrate, but that only adds to the punky-laddish flavour of "Up The Bracket." Whatever happens to the Libertines next, their debut is a must-have.

    3-0 out of 5 stars There's Better But There's A Lot Worse
    They say there's nothing new under the sun.And, true enough, the Libertines are another in a rich and endless tradition of Rock and Roll bands.So what, if anything, makes Up The Bracket worth a listen?
    For starters, it lacks the super polished Strokes syncro-mesh pop melody of two happy guitars, replacing it with toned down Chuck Berry/Link Wray funk.Their sound is the type just off by a hesitation, post-Weezer garage band punk that makes you fall to your knees as thank god it's not Jane's Addiction's Strays!Not a cheesy eighties riff in sight, how marvellous!Now they ain't the saviours of rock, nothing short of the resurrection of Jesus and Jimi Hendrix could do that, don't get ahead of me, but, in light of the oncoming Linkin Park/limpbizkit nu-rap-metal backlash and the fantastic s**teness of the Darkness, this is the type of drunken, pub singing fun that by all means should take over the world.They are the band you really wanted to play your high school prom if the principle would let it happen.As catchy as the Strokes are [a bold statement approaches], the Libertines have their act down and Up The Bracket will stand the test of time while Room On Fire will slowly fade.Rock may be dead but, if we're lucky, the Libertines will play the funeral. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Britpop    2. Garage Rock Revival    3. Indie Rock    4. Pop    5. Punk Revival    6. Rock   

    Songs About Jane
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 June, 2002)
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    Maroon 5 aren't the first band to fuse R&B and rock, but they certainly are one of the most convincing. One can almost hear Stevie Wonder's beaded braids clattering in time to their deep, funky grooves. At best, the band conjures up latter-day Motown, complete with a shuddering organ and hyperbolic vocals; at worst, they sound like a stylized boy band, with all the attendant close harmonies and dramatic pauses. But despite these musical schisms, Maroon 5 are a thoroughly engaging outfit, thanks to throbbing bass lines, hooky songs, and lead singer Adam Levin's swaggering delivery. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars HALF KILLER ..HALF FILLER
    this band became extremely popular mainly because of the track 'she will be loved 'that track alone pushed the band to the superstardom status. but what about the rest of the tracks ..well according to me this album reminds me of the earlier britney spears albums which used to have a powerful single and a collection of fillers .im not against maroon5 the track 'she will be loved is simply superb, lyrics are awfull and tear provoking but wat about the rest of the album. tracks 'hard to breath' ,'this love' through with you' are good'sunday morning' and 'shiver' are kinda ok that leaves us 6 tracks outta 12 tracks ..certainly a good effort but not a great effort ..if you r buyin this album only because u liked the track 'she will be loved ' then u r makin a mistake i recommend those people to download it or simply buy the single cd..

    best tracks in this album:
    1. she will be loved
    2. harder to breath
    3. this love
    4. through with you

    5-0 out of 5 stars Funky man...true that.
    Maroon 5: the best of the newer bands that have been released into the music scene.It's physically impossible to get sick of this cd.Every song is good.

    Also, if you like Maroon 5, keep your ears and hearts open for Teddy Geiger.He is a 17 year old, musical prodigy who reminds me of John Mayer.Check him out before he becomes famous...www.teddygeigermusic.com

    5-0 out of 5 stars CAN'T STOP LISTENING TO THIS CD

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    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock   


    Take Them On, On Your Own
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (02 September, 2003)
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    More poised and less self-conscious after two years of continuous touring, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has taken a huge artistic leap forward with their second album, stripping away much of florid guitar work and anxious drumming featured on their self-titled debut and replacing it with a sleeker sound. On their previous disc, you could barely make out their enigmatic and half-formed lyrics buried underneath the feedback and thick psychedelic swirls, but they've fixed all that and have turned out a collection of tetchy but intelligent post-modern protest songs that are a huge departure from their earlier compositions about the capricious nature of love. Titles like "Stop," "Six Barrel Shotgun," "(Kill the) US Government" crackle with anger and confrontation, much like MC5's "Kick Out the Jams" was to earlier generations. No longer sounding like Jesus & Mary Chain retreads, BRMC has carved out their own niche by combining dark poetry with a sharp disgust with the way the world is being run. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Motorcycle Club rides again!
    This being their sophomore effort, BRMC had to have had a lot riding on "Take Them On...".Cutting right to the chase, they surely did not disappoint with this endearing outing.It is filled with much of the same melodramatic poetry and captivating sound that defined them thus far.

    The leadoff track and single, "Stop" is not only the best on the cd, it was the track that started it all for me.I quickly immersed myself into the sensuous BRMC world, bought this cd and remain floored since then.Other really great tunes include the roaring "Six Barrel Shotgun", the tranquil "Shade Of Blue", and the epic "Heart + Soul".

    Ride on with this cd, you'll be relieved afterwards.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's Only Rock 'n Roll . . . but I like it.
    Had to put my 2 cents in on this one. I bought this CD months ago and haven't stopped listening. Whatever happened to our Rock 'n Roll? Amen brothers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AS GREAT AS THE CLASSIC FIRST ALBUM
    BRMC's first album is one of my all-time favorite albums of recent years.When I heard they had taken a different direction away from their Jesus and Mary and Chain sound, I was bummed and decided not to buy the CD.Well, eventually I came 'round and bought this CD, and it is awesome!!!The band has definitely grown and found their own sound, but it will still appeal to JAMC fans!!It amazes me how many people are selling used copies, because this is absolutely catchy, great rock n roll and ESSENTIAL!!!If you liked the first album, the second will be just as pleasing!Maybe moreso. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Bass    3. Drums    4. Guitar (Acoustic)    5. Guitar (Electric)    6. Pop    7. Post-Grunge    8. Post-Rock/Experimental    9. Rock    10. Vocals    11. Vocals (Background)   


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