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    What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (29 May, 2001)
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    You'd think that after reaching the heights of rock stardom and becoming mainstream enough to achieve three Grammy nominations, the Goo Goo Dolls would play it safe with a greatest-hits compilation. But this hits package totally ignores their huge megahit "Iris" as well as the four hits that followed. Instead, EOAC mostly offers 22 of the band's hardest rock tracks from their six albums. It's interesting to hear the evolution from Replacements wannabes to the more polished, radio-friendly rockers of today. What's most interesting when heard in this context, however, is how little the band--and leader Johnny Rzeznik's melodic music--has actually changed over the years. (All the tracks have been remixed and remastered.) "Acoustic #3" and "Two Days in February" are acoustic ballads, and "All Eyes on Me" features symphonic accompaniment--but everything else rocks. The gloriously anthemic "Another Second Time Around" and "Girl Right Next to Me" nearly rank with the Replacements at their best. In fact, this compilation might offer those who've written off the Goo Goos as "wimp rockers" a chance to reassess the band's status. --Bill Holdship ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars Decent Compilation, not great for collector
    EOAC is a great best of CD for a fan who hasn't collected much past Dizzy Up the Girl and Gutterflower. However, die-hard collector's won't find that this adds much to their collection. It is heavily-weighted towards the past three CDs (before Gutter) and the tracks don't add much new to the album versions.

    Also, anyone who is a fan or friend of Robby Takac may as well skip this - it is HEAVILY weighted towards songs by Rzeznik. Granted, for most fans that is preferred, but again, die-hard fans will note a lack of Robby songs. (For the uninitiated, they split lead vocal duties, but have become heavily-weighted towards John Rzeznik in the more recent albums).

    Summary: Good for a beginner; just another disc in the collection for fans with other albums. You'd do better to create your own Greatest Hits with your CD-burner.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ego, Opinion, Art and Commerce
    I have heard many complaints about how pathetic a greatest hits album this is, not having the goo goo dolls greatest hit "Iris" on it. Sorry guys but this album wasn't intented to be a 'greatest hit' album in the 1st place! Still, it is a great collection of their work with some of my favourite goo goo dolls' songs included.

    This cd begins with four tracks from the goo goo dolls most recent album at the time, Dizzy Up The Girl. The "Acoustic #3" song was a beautiful soft ballad on the Dizzy Up The Girl album, but was remixed for this cd into (what may seem impossible) an even more passionate song.

    The next five songs were taken from the record, A Boy Named Goo, and are all exactly the same as the originals on A Boy Named Goo.

    There is also no change to the 7 songs from A Superstar Car Wash, but from the album Hold Me Up, the ballad "Two Days in February" was remixed into a version which (I believe) isn't as good as the original.

    The last 2 songs on the album were taken from the 2 oldest goo goo dolls' cds: Jed, and Goo Goo Dolls. I always press the stop button on number 20, because personally I believe that these last 2 songs are so different to the band's more recent work, and I don't like them.

    My favourite song on Ego, Opinion, Art and Commerce is "Cuz You're Gone", and I would recommend the cd to people who own a couple of the Goo Goo Dolls' albums, but not to people who already own the whole collection, simply because there aren't enough new remixes to get your money's worth.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AGreat Way To Catch Up
    While I am a big Goo Goo Dolls fan I havent spent a lot of time listening to Jed or the original release. These are CD's, that while I own them, are not my kind of sound. This CD, EOAC, pulls it all together and just gives the listener a taste of where the Goo Goo Dolls came from as well as where they are at now. They have since released Gutterflower, which may not have done as well on the charts at Dizzy Up The Girl, but EOAC is important to have to understand Gutterflower. This is an excellent compiliation of some of the bands best work that did not make it to the radio. You will LOVE this CD!! ... Read more

    Asin: B00005J9YE
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Hard Rock    4. Pop    5. Post-Grunge    6. Rock   


    The K.G.B.
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (18 September, 2001)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars What ever happened to OLD KGB?
    I used to have an alien spy/KGB CD that I got at a show in 1997/98. It had all the old KGB songs on it! Reefer Madness, Marilyn Monroe, schoolbouse blues, danger boy, Aisle 13. If anyone knows anything, let me know!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars KGB - Isabella
    This album is without a doubt one of the most emotionally diverse spaces of sound that a group of artists could put togethter from their hit single "Lover Undercover" they shot the moon with this record and didn't fizzle out half way there. there is actually more than one good song on the album. not only "Lover Undercover" but, "Fortune and Fame" and "Isabella" with this emo-tearing trilogy the KGB drops "fat-boy" on your heart and after listening you feel completely physically and emotionally refreshed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars throw em up for the east bay!
    i love to rock out to this cd. they use a great mix of big band and rock. the lead singer's voice is unique and captivating. most of the songs are upbeat; the type you just want to get up and dance your butt off to. there are references to the east bay(california)which is always wonderful to hear. for those of you who aren't familiar with the berkeley area, get your butts out here and climb indian rock to see the sunset, its beautiful. (number 7 'used to climb up indian rock and watch the sunset low across the rooftops') buy the CD!! ... Read more

    Asin: B00005O55Z
    Sales Rank: 60731
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock   

    (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (03 October, 1995)
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    This big rock candy mountain of an album justifies some if by no means all of the poses and pretentious statements made by Manchester's natural-born rock & roll deities. A dramatic attempt to rekindle the flames of the original British Invasion, Morning Glory rolls 30 years of Britpop tradition into one irresistible (if achingly self-conscious) whole. "Wonderwall" can be read as a Beatles tribute, "Don't Look Back in Anger" feels like a Mott The Hoople anthem and "She's Electric" and "Morning Glory" are chewy pop confections.--Jeff Bateman ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Album Ever Made
    When I bought this album, I listened to it straight through two times in a row and I was instantly hooked.This album is perfect, literally perfect.
    For those who want to rock, turn up "Hello", "Roll With It", and "What's The Story Morning Glory."
    For those who want to mellow out, Oasis serves up four classics, "Wonderwall", "Don't Look Back in Anger", "Cast No Shadow", and "Champaign Supernova."
    Throw in the amazing "Some Might Say" and you have a complete and flawless album.This album defined the 90's and brought the greatness of Britpop over the pond.
    Oasis-more than hype, more than attitude.The greatest rock and roll band on Earth.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not OASIS's BEST!
    Alright!I'm tired of hearing that this is OASIS's best album.I personally do not think so, especially...after listening to Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants, which I think destroys (What's The Story) Morning Glory?Don't get me wrong...I love OASIS...and for some weird reason I don't like The Beatles(but that's a whole other story).It's kinda funny when I notice people only have (WTS)MG? album in their CD collections and refuse to get any other OASIS albums.

    2-0 out of 5 stars OVERRATED NONSENSE.......
    This really is a dull, unimaginative and ultimately boring album. How on earth people can claim it to be the best album ever, and even in one instance, 'life changing' is beyond me! Definitely Maybe was okay (Slide Away and Live Forever are fine songs) but apart from Some Might Say, this really is a very poor album. I think the reason it was so popular in UK is that it was just a case of the UK record buying public following the herd and buying what everyone else was buying (a la Phil Collins in the late 80s and Simply Red (remember 'Stars'?) in the early 90s).

    My advice to those of you who regard this as the finest album ever is to try and broaden your musical horizons a little - check out the Super Furry Animals, The Flaming Lips, Kings of Leon, Wilco, Arcade Fire, Doves, Joy Zipper, The Mars Volta, Modest Mouse etc and a thousand other lesser known acts - you might be surprised. Experiment!

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    Asin: B000002BBY
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Britain    3. British Trad Rock    4. Britpop    5. Hard Rock    6. Pop    7. Pop/Rock    8. Rock    9. Rock & Roll   


    The Jealous Sound
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (05 September, 2000)
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      5-0 out of 5 stars I first heard these songs on Napster
      This is one of the better emo records that I had heard. I first heard of this band when they were featured on a Napster forum showcasing up-and-comming bands. I downloaded their songs (hehe) and I must say I was more than pleasantly surprised. Later I just ordered the album from Better Looking Records in LA because they didn't have it here. Let me give you the breakup of each song:

      1. What's Wrong is Everywhere 5/5 - A really strong intro to the album and the most rockin' song. It blows you away the first time you hear it.
      2. Priceless 5/5 - The BEST song on the album. I don't know what else to say.
      3. Bitter Strings 4/5 - Great song but the least resounding and memorable on the album.
      4. Quiet Life 5/5 - Super lil' pop song, which features bouncing piano chords and great chorus lines.
      5. Anxious Arms 5/5 - Again, a rockin' song in the "emo" style of rock. Check out Burning Airlines, Knapsack, or other bands for a reference.

      This is a terrific album if you like this sort of music. I do, so I hope this was helpful.

      3-0 out of 5 stars short but good!
      I have only two complaints about this album: the first is ancriticism.Despite often being labeled as an emo band (and emo is short for emotional, is it not?) these songs are delivered with a lack of fervor.While musically and lyrically well-crafted, there seems to be little enthusiasm from the singers.In all fairness, I have heard that they are a good live band, so perhaps it is only on the recording that the band comes off as disinterested in it's own work.
      The second complaint is that the album is too short.Although the lack of emotion bothered me, I was still captured by the songs, especially by the lyrics, which are usually the main reason I find myself liking or disliking a song.
      In summary, it was a good debut though there are areas for improvement, and I'd like to see more from them in the future (emotionally and song-wise!)

      4-0 out of 5 stars a little more polish
      one would think the jealous sound would start off where knapsack left off. as in a way they do (quiet life assumes an uncanny rescemblance to "cinema stare" by knapsack), the production seems a little more refined. the vocals and guitars are smoother this time, resulting in maybe a loss of intensity, but a great production nonetheless. even with these small differences, if you are a fan of knapsack, i would definately recommend it. ... Read more

      Asin: B00004WK4S
      Sales Rank: 23800
      Subjects:  1. Indie Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Punk    4. Rock   


      Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
      Audio CD (12 September, 2000)
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      5-0 out of 5 stars The last gasp of M3.Still awesome, but not as good.
      Compared to the Hey! Album, I would give this 3 stars.Which is to say it is an awesome album still, just not their best.The music, while good, is not pure.Still, this group is probably the best of the late 90's.I enjoyed this album, but it is not on my high-played list like their previous two albums.

      5-0 out of 5 stars Oh, ohohoh...oh!
      If Butch and the boys meant for ReadySexGo to be a virtual orgasm for the ears, then they've succeeded.The third effort from the now-broken Marvelous 3 is by all means the best.It's hard to choose favorites on this album because it's meant to be listened to as a whole, from the way tracks one and two are tied together to the ending track, Cigarette Lighter Love Song, which basically contrasts the rest of the CD.Throughout the tracks the M3 take out their frustrations through the music, ripping apart the fakes that inhabit the world, the women that have ****ed them over, and the rocker lifestyle.Even as they're pouring out their caffinated hearts to the helpless listener, describing nearly unsolvable problems, you want to dive right in to this life that they're singing about.Then with the ending track, Butch pours out his heart in a gorgeous song about love that's clearly reached an end, and as it starts with Butch and a piano and continues through as a rocking ballad, you know that these are the feelings that are so cleverly disguised in the sarcastic, intelligent, and fun lyrics that make up the rest of the album.It's impossible to resist a band that doesn't take themselves seriously, that's ok with singing, "Can we take it to the bridge and skip the part about the fridge/where she keeps her cold heart by a stale pop-tart," and then ends it all with a serious love song.For more like this, get Butch's solo, Left of Self-Centered, another fantastic mix of irrelavance and emotions.

      5-0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS CD RIGHT NOW!!!!!!
      I have to say that this cd is one of the BEST CD'S ever made.If you are a fan of kick ass rock songs combined with catchy melodies then you can't go wrong with Readysexgo.I could go on all day about great this cd is.Do yourself a favor and pick this cd up now!!! ... Read more

      Asin: B00004X0O8
      Sales Rank: 15407
      Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


      Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
      Audio CD (18 July, 2000)
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      5-0 out of 5 stars [SUPER]!
      You all have no idea how [SUPER]Bottlefly is. They rock so hard. They have an eclectic mix of songs that never stops. This cd is great to listen to anytime and anywhere. Buy it now!They rock .... Word.

      5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD
      This CD is an excellent rendition of true artists. The Music is excellent, far better and far more talanted than any popular bands of today. I don't understand why this is not on the top of the charts. I have seen them in concert and they have blown away the other "more popular" perfomers that they openend/played with.

      1-0 out of 5 stars liars...
      this band/disc is awful trite garbage.it's got as much soul as any lame pop album, and anyone writing a glowing review like the ones i see here works with the band and/or their label in some way. ... Read more

      Asin: B00004UAOQ
      Sales Rank: 169125
      Subjects:  1. British Trad Rock    2. Britpop    3. Pop    4. Rock   

      Throwing Copper [Bonus Disc]
      Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
      Audio CD (06 December, 1995)
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      Ed Kowalczyk knows a thing or two about transmitting personal anguish through song. Even though the Live frontman is often derided as a budget-bin Michael Stipe, there is no denying his cathartic influence on this Pennsylvania foursome's musical direction. Throwing Copper is not only Live's most successful release (six-million-plus copies sold) but also the best showcase for Kowalczyk's fierce vocal prowess. From the violent "Selling the Drama" to the moving "Lightning Crashes," this is an album of unparalleled intensity by a singer and group of rare passion. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more


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      2-0 out of 5 stars short and simple
      This album is not worth buying compared to any other albums that were made near the same time. it has 2 good songs lighting strikes and selling the drama. Definatly do not buy, pick up some pearl jam or even candlebox, just basically anything is better.

      5-0 out of 5 stars +It Was I Alone I Am Thankful For+
      +1994+ I was driving eastbound on Belleview on my way to high school in my old Blue Jeep. The overpass to I-25 was directly in front of me...and the radio started playing "I Alone." I've never forgotten. But the radio went into some other song eventually. Maybe a week later I heard it again, this time driving westbound at night, and a female DJ said "That was Live..." I cannot express my frustration, having never heard of a band called "Live" (did I misunderstand her?) and the recording certainly *wasn't* live.

      +Ten Years Later+ With today's Internet, it's easy to track down these things, but I wasn't so lucky in 1994. I still don't know how I found out who Live was, but I was fortunate to finally have this album placed into my hands.

      +Throwing Copper+ is masterful, a thought-out, original, musically creative album that, in my opinion, hasn't been equaled until "Birds of Pray." Kowalczyk's lyrics are some of the best I've ever heard, and Live's music is shamelessly good. It took me a long time to get used to the "rock-frequency formula" -- Live's songs tend to start in a quiet trough, then reach a loud crest, fall quiet again, and finally become some super force of pure energy. "Iris" became an instant hit for me, and I've played this song thousands of times. "Pillar of Davidson" is underrated and is also one of my favorites.

      +Also, something+ about the end of "White, Discussion" haunts me, as if I've heard it before...I guess I'll always wonder.

      +To this day+ I have never had such a vivid recollection of a song on the radio, one that caught my attention, only to bring back floods of memories a decade later...I think that's a shame for the music world. But Live definitely struck a chord with me and I'm thankful I was even listening to the radio that morning.

      5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent..!!!!
      If you are a fan of Live, this is the best cd before Awake "great hits". Nothing more to say, just buy it.
      Excelente cd, muy bueno, solo superado por el Secret Samadhi, buenos ritmos y armonioso sonido. "All Over you", "Selling the drama", "I Alone" "Lightning crashes".... tantas canciones buenas en un solo álbum. ... Read more

      Asin: B0000071MW
      Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Post-Grunge    3. Rock   


      Nasty Little Thoughts
      Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
      Audio CD (07 September, 1999)
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      They may seem like the latest in an endless line of overnight sensations, but San Francisco foursome Stroke 9 have been playing together for over 10 years. They formed the group as a high-school senior project, and jammin' 'n' groovin' since their teens has given Stroke 9 the kind of musical chemistry many outfits only dream of. Theirs is a story similar to that of teen-sensation-turned-multiplatinum rock band Live, and appropriately, Stroke 9 worked with Live producer (and ex-Talking Heads keyboardist) Jerry Harrison on their debut album, Nasty Little Thoughts. An upbeat collection of strummy rockers and jangly ballads, the album combines the earnestness of a band like R.E.M. with the hook-laden songcraft of acts like the Connells and the Counting Crows. Luke Esterkyn's vocals are consistently emotional without sacrificing melody, and guitarist John McDermott coaxes a rainbow of textures and tones from his instrument without straying from the simple core rhythms of the songs. But most importantly, Stroke 9's energetic pop is utterly infectious, making songs like "City Life" and "Little Black Backpack" echo through your head long after you click off the CD player. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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      5-0 out of 5 stars ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!
      I just bought this CD in Dec. of 2004, almost six years after it came out.I always liked the songs that were on the radio but I never picked this little beauty up until now.I must say, I wasted 5 years of my life by not hearing this CD everyday.Every song on here is sweet. From little black back backpack to tail of the sun this is a disc that you can blast in the car through the whole trip and not have to skip a song.PICK IT UP!

      4-0 out of 5 stars I don't think you dabbed them, oh no, one-hit wonders????
      They disappeard off the face of the earth after this raucous CD and you just wiped your ass to say what????Wanna get away from mainstream hype, then this CD is the way to do it.After repeated listens, you beg, more????Little Black Backpack.Sounds funny?A top 10 hit on Billboard's modern rock chart.A no-brainer for a follow-up, then bam }:-(Worth checkin out.

      4-0 out of 5 stars great cd
      wow i should have bought this cd a long time a go! i bought it for little black backpack and tail of the sun but all the songs are great! ... Read more

      Asin: B00000JNOD
      Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Post-Grunge    3. Rock   


      Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
      Audio CD (09 November, 1999)
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      Sugar is the cure-all for your rock & roll blahs. The follow-up to 1997's platinum-selling Lemon Parade shows that the Los Angeles trio Tonic has taken a big step forward. Here they've forged a sound that's memorable and timeless, thanks to stellar songwriting matched by equally fine instrumentation and vocals. There's nary a bad song on this self-produced, self-assured 13-song collection. The more upbeat fare, including "Future Says Run," is open, catchy, and forceful. Ballads, such as "Waiting for the Light," are instantly appealing and beautiful without being sappy. Nearly all of Sugar's tunes have that hauntingly familiar feel. With the exception of "Jump Jimmy," which is redolent of the Tubes' "She's a Beauty," they're fresh, honest, buoyant, and gladdening. Here, at least, high doses of Sugar are beneficial to your psyche. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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      5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the '90s
      Sugar is one of the great records of the '90s, in fact its in my personal top ten. The rock songs are instantly catchy and the ballads have a quiet depth lyrically and musically. The overall quality of the songwriting is outstanding. Their previous album was uneven with some rock'n'roll highpoints, 'Sugar' is all quality. The followup to 'Sugar' is 'Head on Straight', while not quite as smooth as 'Sugar' it too is a worthy addition to any rock and roll record collection.

      5-0 out of 5 stars Tonic deliver the goods again...
      A alchemic blend of rock-anthems and melancholy musings, this album from trio Tonic is even better than Lemon Parade.This really is the thinking man's rock in a world quickly sinking beneath the nu-metal and hip-hop deluge.It's an eclectic sound...somewhere between Paul Simon and Live, with perhaps a dash of Crowded House.In equal turns both soothing and inspiring, this album is the latest in my collection from a Band that continues to grow and explore.

      My personal favourite tracks are Knock Down Walls, which growls and drives with a 'still-humming-it-3-hours-later' chorus, Queen, which is both subtle, and rock-out fun, and Waltz With Me, a rythmic, gentle love song that is touching without getting slushy.

      Yeah, I have favourites, but I love every song on this album...its one that I'll stick in my player and realise only when I come to switch it later that its already played through 3 times.More upbeat than Lemon-Parade, I'd highly recommend this to fans and new-comers alike.

      4-0 out of 5 stars Great cd!
      What can I say? I love Tonic, the band is excellent, their cd is excellent! It was worth the money. ... Read more

      Asin: B000028TZZ
      Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. American Trad Rock    3. Pop    4. Post-Grunge    5. Rock   


      Yourself or Someone Like You
      Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
      Audio CD (01 October, 1996)
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      The sound of Southern rock gets a facelift for the '90s on Yourself or Someone Like You, the record that made Florida's Matchbox 20 a success story.Rob Thomas's charismatic and passionate vocal delivery carries this collection of captivating, personal-story songs, based on honest, heart-felt lyrics rich with cathartic emotion. Anyone who's felt so scarred by love that they can't imagine taking the chance of getting hurt again will relate to a song like "Push" (an exhilarating feminist anthem disguised as just another relationship-on-the-rocks song). A much-needed break from the alternative pack. --Gail Worley ... Read more

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      3-0 out of 5 stars A group that doesn't have much to say in titles
      This is probably one of the most interesting phenomenon to happen where the words in the title of a song are mostly one or two words long. Well the production is fairly sparse, and the guitars are not too fuzzy sounding, but it qualifies for adult alternative. Mostly an alright collection of songs, but it's alot of hit and miss with miss winning more. "Real World" and "Push" will probably be my all time favorite M-20 songs, the rest are either in the deep realms of my memory, or I just plain hated them. "3 A.M" is one of them. A passible beginning, but I would've wanted them to continue in this vein before releasing Mad Season.

      4-0 out of 5 stars Yourself Or Someone Like You
      This album was like my first album to own as my collection started to grow. I got this album about 8 years ago, and it's a classic. Rob Thomas is an outstanding song writer, and he gave us all a preview of what was to come later on. This is a great rock album. It has a mellow side to it, with deep emotional lyrics with "Hang". It also has a straight up rock n roll side to it with "Push" and also a post grunge type of feel to it with the song "Busted". This is one of the few albums in which has a variety of different styles.

      5-0 out of 5 stars fine debut
      I have been listening to this album nonstop for about 8 years now and I must say that I like every song immensley. I really never get tired of this album unlike the band's last release "More than You Think You Are" this one isn't a chore to listen to and it seems as if every song could have been a single. If there's one album I'll remember when I'm old it is this one. It seems so rare for an album to really catch your attention but this album and Dave Matthews Band's "Crash" both band's really hit the nail on the head and released classic's.

      I'm sure by now most everyone that will buy this album has already heard half of it on the radio, but if you are one of those people that still don't have this album then I would encourage you to pick it up because the song's that never made it to radio are just as good if not better thansong's that did. ... Read more

      Asin: B000002JWU
      Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. American Trad Rock    4. Pop    5. Pop/Rock    6. Post-Grunge    7. Rock   


      Throwing the Game
      Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
      Audio CD (08 May, 2001)
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      5-0 out of 5 stars Lucky Boys Rock!
      I have this cd and every song is great...especially when you're playing it at parties.I have seen them play live, and they are amazing.Although they are a Chicago band, many people elsewhere are also realizing how great they are.I have met them, and they also help manage/tour with agreat group called 15 minutes late (AWESOME BAND!) also from the Chicago area. I just wish more people knew who LBC were...fred astaire, breaking rules, 40/80,saturday nite,city lights and one to the right are my favs on the album, but as a whole its worth having!I was just amazed at how well they performed these songs live.This is one band that I expect to see more of.I think they will get more a fan base and become more famous in the near future.Everyone should go out and get this album and Committment.

      4-0 out of 5 stars diverse power-pop
      alright, lemmie just start by saying that this album isn't as good as their newest one. If you're only going to buy one LBC album, make it "commitment". However, if you already have commitment, get this one next...

      Breaking Rules- Awesome, really catchy and very much a power-pop gem 5/5

      40/80- The verses aren't my favorite, but the chorus is awesome. Its got kind of a reggae/ska feel, as does alot of the album 3.5/5

      Fred Astare- Amazing 1,000,000/5

      Bossman- Great verses, and a really catchy chorus. Features beenie man 4/5

      Do you miss me- Great piano work in the begining, although I think I've heard the chorus somewhere before 3.5/5

      Childs Play- The rapping sucks, but LBC would do away with that all together later on ;) 2/5

      Dumb Pop Song- Fans of pop-punk will like this one ALOT. nuff' said 10/5

      Not about debra- I'm not a huge fan of the verses, but LBC can write a chorus like nobodys business 4/5

      Saturday Night- The guitar work reminds me alot of GC's on their first album. The verses are good, and the chorus is pretty solid too 4/5

      Never like this- Short but sweet acoustic song 4/5

      3 to 10- Song about gettin it on in the back seat. Awesome chorus, but the screaming at the end is a little annoying 3.5/5

      City Lights- I'm not a huge ska fan, but this song has me sold. The horns just blend in so well with the chours that its amazing 5/5

      One to the right- The chorus took a little while to grow on me, but when it did, I was singing right along 4/5

      Slip- the first three minutes are good, but once the song stars moving into its "ska riffs", I lose all interest. 8 minutes is way too long for one song anyway 3/5

      The reason why I call this album "diverse power-pop" is because it showcases many different styles. Some were good, like the reggae and ska, but others sucked a**, like the rapping. Honestly, I probably wouldn't even own "TTG" if it wasn't for the fact that my friend sold it to me (w/o the case) for 3 bucks. I'd recommend this album if you like music from bands like Mest, Goldfinger or LIT (tripping the light fantastic era)

      4-0 out of 5 stars Great CD
      This is some real punk mixed with reggae sounds. Out of the South Side of Chicago, these guys are awesome. If you like bands like Goldfinger or other ska bands, then you'll like these guys. ... Read more

      Asin: B00005BC7W
      Sales Rank: 72225
      Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Punk-Pop    4. Rock    5. Ska-Punk   


      Menace to Sobriety
      Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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      The astonishingly and presumably deliberately inept artwork of this debut from Californian skate punks OPM helps create a carefully contrived image of a bunch of lads intent on loafing about, doing as little as possible. The threesome's modus operandi--which involves sun, sex, tattoos, getting stoned, and traveling the streets on four small wheels--is cemented by the opening tracks "Stash Up" (a paean to smoking grass and not giving a flying one for anything) and "Heaven Is a Halfpipe" (a surprisingly catchy sing-along about the joys of skateboarding). Menace to Sobriety's boisterous, good-time feel sprawls across its 15 tracks like a teenager on a particularly comfortable sofa, its bleach-top college-rock roots (Blink 182, Sugar Ray) regularly spiced up by Latino piano and horns, ska rhythms, hip-hop textures, and noisy raps. --Mike Pattenden ... Read more


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      5-0 out of 5 stars Best of Genre
      I'm 51 years old, and can't quite bring myself to love the rap genre, the only thing my son listens to.OPM is quite the refreshing change;Real drums playing great grooves.Happy songs, even if they, like their brethren, Kottonmouth kings, focus a bit much on drugs and alcohol, it is still lyrics that are friendlier than run of the mill hood rap.My favs on this CD are Capitan and Dealer man.All the others are good too.I'm hoping to work up a couple of these in my classic rock band, I know it will get em dancin'!

      1-0 out of 5 stars kinda crappy
      this cd is probably the worst cd of its genre i hated it. it sounded like the were tryin to hard to be original and have no talent

      5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing
      I heard Heaven Is A Halfpipe on the radio one night and I thought it was pretty good. After that I heard a few more of OPM song's on the radio including Stash Up and El Capitan so I thought about buying their album. And I am extremly happy I did!
      I'll do a track-by-track review

      1.Stash Up
      A song about smoking weed and not giving a f**k about anybody.Nice guitar riff with ska/punk feel but hearing "I don't give a F**k" gets tired.Good song if your p***sed off with someone 8/10 2:58

      A really weird electronica song(if you listen to the rest of the album then you'll you will think it's weird) but still fun 7.5/10 0:33

      3.Heaven Is A Halfpipe
      The essential anthem, perfect for any party and one of the catchiest songs ever. A mixture of hip-hop and alternative that works out very well 11/10 4:18

      4.El Capitan
      Another very catchy song that's good for a party.Not good,not bad. 7.5/10 3:22

      5.Undercover Freak
      A okay song with a very strong reggae feel.Not all that good 6/10 3:47

      6.Brighter Side
      A very pop/rocky song that will cheer up when your down and out
      9/10 3:30

      7.Better Daze
      One of the best song on the album talking about money being the energy source for everything and making the world go around. Sounds alot Everlast's "What It's Like" except better
      11/10 3:58

      Another very weird song sung in Spanish or something like that(i don't know). This song also has a very strong reggae feel.Okay not great
      6/10 4:01

      A pretty good song ruled by a guitar talking about a guy who isn't appreciated by anyone but gets along with his dealerman well.A good song to listen to if you feel the world hates you
      8/10 3:40

      10.Reality Check
      A very good song with a very nice r&b/hip-hop feel that would be good for a pool party
      10/10 3:57

      11.Interlude-Rage Against The Coke Machine
      One of the funniest things i've ever heard, it's a little skit about a guy trying to get a Coke but failing to so he ends up smashing the living s**t out of the vending machine.if you listen to this and don't laugh, you must be dead!! 11/10 1:04

      An very catchy okay song with ska/punk feel to it.Not bad, not bad at all 7.5/10 2:50

      13.Interlude-15 Minutes
      One of the most fast-paced song i've ever heard and more addictive than herion, this is pretty good
      9/10 0:45

      14.Fish Out Of Water
      A good song to listen to if you don't want to got to work/school.Extremly catchy with pop feel to it 8.5/10 3:32

      15.Sound System
      A catchy song which is 50/50 with me
      6/10 3:46

      My Top 5
      Better Daze 11/10
      Rage Against The Coke Machine 11/10
      Heaven Is A Halfpipe 11/10
      Reality Check 10/10
      Brighter Side 9/10

      An extraordinarly good album, this is one of the best albums ever made and the essential album for a party of any kind ... Read more

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      Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Funk Metal    3. Pop    4. Rap-Rock    5. Rock    6. Ska-Punk   


      Wide Awake Bored
      Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
      Audio CD (24 April, 2001)
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      This Toronto-based rock quartet scored a bull's-eye in 2000 with "American Psycho," a catchy pop tune about the cult of celebrity from the group's third full-length disc, Wide Awake Bored. Eventually, the album repeats that song's pop-punk formula to diminishing returns, but not before unleashing a fair number of pleasures. "Brand New Low" has a verse that swings and a chorus that explodes, "Business" steals a page out of the Buzzcocks' songbook, and "Funny" is a decent breakup song that builds to a splendid guitar-and-synths crescendo. Most of the lyrics are of the failing relationship sort, but the group's take on the boy-girl thing is more mature--listen to the vocals on "Cheat Away"--than that of the average band of baggy-shorted juveniles. However, the initial sugar buzz of the candy-coated selections eventually wears thin over the course of 11 songs, although the ballad "Just What They Told Me" ends the disc in fine style. Listenable and likeable, Wide Awake Bored is a better-than-average take on the increasingly ho-hum pop-punk genre, but may leave listeners longing for a little more substance--or a few more swear words. --Shawn Conner ... Read more

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      4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Overall
      I'd consider myself a very mainstream music fan. If you listen to top-40 music, like Britney Spears, like me, than this review should reflect you.
      1. ***Brand New Low: 3rd verse is catchy because it's used similarly to other songs
      2. ****American Psycho: pretty solid
      3. *****Business: chorus is really catchy with the backup high vocals
      4. ****Cheat Away: good, wouldn't like it at first
      5. **Funny: depressing, can get annoying
      6. ***Favourite Worst Enemy: catchy, should've been in "Detox"
      7. *****More's The Pity: sounds like a john mayer's song, everything is perfect including the nice long ending
      8. **I Don't Know: my least favourite track
      9. *****Wear Me Down: sounds like a surfing song, underrated and catchy
      10. ***Another Dollar: good but not the best
      11. ****Just What They Told Me: nice chorus with nice guitar

      5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS I'VE HEARD!
      Here's my thoughts about each track on the album.

      1.Brand New Low-Good tune, great lyrics. 4/5
      2.American Psycho-Excellent beat, especially in the 3rd verse.4/5
      3.Business-My least favorite, but still not bad. 2/5
      4.Cheat Away- MY FAVORITE TRACK! Excellent lyrics, excellent tune. 6/5
      5.Funny- Another great track! Awesome tune, awesone lyrics. 5/5
      6.My Favorite Worst Enemy- Usually I'd skip this one, but its not bad. 1.5/5
      7.More's the Pity- Just OK. 3/5
      8.I Don't Know- A good melody. 4/5
      9. Wear Me Down- Great lyrics, great tune. 5/5
      10.Another Dollar- Great lyrics, better tune. 5/5
      11.Just What They Told Me-An excellant acoustic song with very well written lyrics. 5/5

      All in all, if you like bands like Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, The Offspring, Green Day, Gob, MXPX, or Sum 41, you would LOVE Treble Charger.

      5-0 out of 5 stars Good Wan
      I must say i bought this CD because of the song 'Brand new low' on NHL 2002. Im glad i bought it becasue even after hearing it many times a day for a month straight i still enjoy every single song. Most of the songs are amazing if not for their catchines then for their tempo and feeling. If you like Gob, Treble charger is much better. ... Read more

      Asin: B00005B5AA
      Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Pop/Rock    4. Rock   


      The Madding Crowd
      Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
      Audio CD (16 May, 2000)
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      The Long Island-based Nine Days' major-label debut will most likely be remembered for the track "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)." Prominently showcased on TV's Dawson's Creek, the song's mindless but infectious hook was almost guaranteed to hit its mark in yearning young adults. Even without the visual aid, Nine Days' sound works best when they're going for universal emotion instead of quirky wordplay and, though definitely not original, the songs on The Madding Crowd are well-produced and competently executed. While the band claims Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan among their influences (hence the track "Bob Dylan"), they're not far from Third Eye Blind ("Absolutely") or even Bon Jovi ("Sometimes") thanks to vocalist/guitarist John Hampson's raspy voice. The group's mixture of folk, rock, and essential emotional bombast comes naturally to them, even if it seems like the band could be doing so much more. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

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      4-0 out of 5 stars Good Group...Now Whered They Go?
      Ok, I really do like this group (they remind me a lot of newer Vertical Horizon), but I have no idea where they went! After they made this album, they just dissapeared off the map totally. I think they already broke up, although why I am not really sure. Too bad too because this CD is pretty good.

      5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD!
      I can't imagine not being able to listen to Amazon's music samplers and reading the reviews-either good or bad.I rely on these reviews and samplers and I can say I have not been disappointed yet.After listening to this CD, I am happy to say I still have not been disappointed!Please disregard the bad reviews on this one!

      4-0 out of 5 stars Good
      As one reviewer said.."quirky wordplay." and "infectious hooks."
      Many of the melodies are easy to latch on to.Definitely music not of my generation(I'm 44 years old) but it's high energy and so much more positive than a lot of the gangsta rap garbage that is posing as music today for young impressionable minds. Parents, know what your children are listening to!! ... Read more

      Asin: B00004TB79
      Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Hard Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock   


      Savage Garden
      Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
      Audio CD (15 April, 1997)
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      As these two boys from Brisbane, Australia, know, it doesn't hurt to be endorsed by Rosie O'Donnell. When the Queen of Nice sang the words to "I Want You" and the praises of the duo behind it, the song catapulted up the charts. Largely ignored by the serious music press, Savage Garden have cultivated a vast fan base on the strength of their music--and airplay--alone. As formulaic as it may appear, the ballad "Truly Madly Deeply" was lodged at No. 1 for week after week for a reason--it's damn catchy and a welcome reprieve from overdone rock ballads. Lead singer Darren Hayes lends the same yearning vocal style to the third--and best--single from the album, "To the Moon & Back," a slice of synth-pop genius that culminates in a dramatic crescendo of strings, courtesy of coleader Daniel Jones. --Rebecca Wallwork ... Read more

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      5-0 out of 5 stars A hell of an album
      Although I don't really listen to "Pop" all that much, I love how haunting Savage Garden sounds. If I was to label the music as just "Pop" I would be ignorant and obviously deaf. They use so much strings and electronica and rock that it's a genre of its own! I bought this album like in '98 and I still enjoy jammin' to it occasionally. It puts me in a romantic and melancholic mood. I also like their second album. But is this one I'll always remember. Too bad the group only released two albums. They were so talented and unique in my opinion.

      5-0 out of 5 stars A Pop Masterpiece
      I was determined to not like this album, because I am not the biggest fan of pop music, but when I bought it on a whim, I was blown away by how good it was.

      This is a pop masterpiece-well-crafted, intricate and CATCHY songs with great lyrics and good singing.There's great songwriting and artistry here and as a listener who's been disappointed by inconsistent albums or overproduced singer-personalities who don't write their own songs-Kudos to Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones.

      With the exception of 1 song, the entire album is good.I won't say which one, because these things are so subjective anyways.What's more important is what percent of songs I and my fellow reviewers here at Amazon actually DO like.If you get a disc where people hate half the songs, you really have to wonder whether it's worthwhile.If the reviewers like 90% of the songs, it's a rare winner in this genre.

      1-0 out of 5 stars Where could music go next......so so sad
      This is truly the largest monstrosity in the music industry to date. I wouldn't recommend donating your time or your money because first of all, I'm not sure these 2 supposed guys aren't women, and secondly, if they aren't...they certainly should be. ... Read more

      Asin: B000002BUH
      Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Dance-Pop    3. Pop    4. Rock   


      Third Eye Blind
      Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
      Audio CD (08 April, 1997)
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      5-0 out of 5 stars best $14.99 you can spend
      I've worn out 3 copies of this album and had to beg, plead and cry to get my 4th back after I loaned it out. 'Nuff said.

      5-0 out of 5 stars Best CD Ever
      This is a great CD from start to finish there is not one bad song that you need to skip over on the entire CD. It has all the real popular songs like 'semi-charmed life' and 'jumper' ect, but all the other less known songs like 'narcolepsy' 'backround' and 'motorcycle drive by' are also really good. Definatly one of the best CDs I ever bought

      5-0 out of 5 stars The best CD I ever Bought
      First, let's look into value.This CD, like the other reviewer said is WORTH EVERY PENNY that you pay for it, even if it was twenty bucks.Normally when you buy a CD you enjoy a couple of tracks, and that's about it.I enjoy almost everything single one of the tracks from start to finish.It is one of those albums that make you think, "That was a job well done."
      I don't appreciate the missuse of God's name in the first track, but I just skip that one; all of the other tracks are top notch.The music is so crisp, clear, original, and catchy, and the more you listen to it, the better it gets. The only tracks I don't like are God of Wine and Motorcycle drive by, I don't know what the big deal with God of Wine is, but anyway, buy this incredible album as soon as you can. ... Read more

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      Sales Rank: 1113
      Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Pop    4. Post-Grunge    5. Rock   


      The Slim Shady LP
      Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
      Audio CD (23 February, 1999)
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      On The Slim Shady LP, Eminem wants it all. He's conflicted, you see; the world has treated him badly, and he wants to respond in kind. But he isn't a straight-up gangsta--this is, after all, the first release on Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records, his post-Death Row-era venture--and Eminem (born Marshall Mathers) doesn't really want anyone to follow in his footsteps, which leads to some interesting contradictions on this album. In the first single, "My Name Is," he's self-deprecating, rapping about his poor upbringing and his hairy palms. But on the very next song, "Guilty Conscience," he plays the devil to Dr. Dre's angel--that is, until Eminem brings up an incident from Dre's devilish past, rapping, "You gonna take advice from someone who slapped Dee Barnes?" Later, on "'97 Bonnie & Clyde," he turns Will Smith's "Just the Two of Us" on its ear, making it a tale of murder; but on "My Fault," he actually feels bad--though whether it's for the girl he overdosed or for himself is tough to figure out. With his nasal Midwestern tone, Mathers has a clean, clear flow, and the production--by Dr. Dre, Marky, and Jeff Bass--is crisp but consistently fun. With his outlook, it's tough to take Eminem too seriously, but he's made an album you don't have to take seriously to enjoy. --Randy Silver ... Read more


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      5-0 out of 5 stars the cd that made eminem
      This cd is just amazing!! Eminem at his best, you wont hear a better cd than this. Every song on this cd is just great. Most people have only really heard "my name is" from this cd yet there are so many songs on this cd that i find equal, or better than my name is. Rock Bottom, Guilty Conscience, 97 Bonnie and Cylde, Role Model, As the world turns.....this cd is just amazing no other way to explain it!

      4-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as marshall mathers LP
      "His palms are sweaty / Knees weak, arms are heavy / There's vomit on his sweater already..."

      Given Eminem's recent success with lyrics that can still be understood after the "clean version" reworking (there isn't a single murder fantasy on his latest record, Encore), it's easy to forget how disgusting, profane, hilarious and ultimately brilliant his first major-label record, The Slim Shady LP, was.Even those who don't enjoy much rap will find here that the musically simple genre, when done correctly, can showcase extremely well-done lyrics.

      From the first, Eminem has proven himself capable of covering a variety of subjects in his music.On this record, he covers his life ("My Name Is"), being bullied at school ("Brain Damage"), thoughts of killing his wife ("97 Bonnie and Clyde") and drug abuse ("My Fault").His success with this record is due to the fact that he can take a variety of approaches to writing lyrics.

      For example, "Guilty Conscience," a song about moral dilemmas, takes the stereotypical rap "guest"-it features Dr. Dre-and adds a new twist.The rappers play the parts of angel and devil, trying to convince the characters in the song to handle a situation their way.It also works in more traditional insults between the two (Eminem: "You gonna take advice from someone who slapped Dee Barnes?"), and the lyrics are still in a rap style ("I'm yo muthaf---in conscience!" remarks Dre early in the song).

      "97 Bonnie and Clyde" is this record's gem, and not only because it's the most controversial track.In this song, our hero Slim Shady has killed his fictional ex-wife and her new husband and son, and he takes his (real-life) daughter Hailie "to the beach" late at night to "help" him dispose of the bodies.

      Rather than detailing the murder scene (as he would later do, graphically, on The Marshall Mathers LP with "Kim"), he talks to his daughter as he drives and dumps the bodies in a lake.The juxtaposition of baby-talk with murder ("Momma wants to show you how far she can float / And don't worry about that little boo-boo on her throat") is sometimes chilling (compounded by fact that he uses his daughter's voice in the background) and sometimes funny.It's usually both at once.

      Despite its overwhelming success, The Slim Shady LP left room for improvement.Many of the songs have some weak, totally random lyrics ("A lyricist without a clue / What year is this? / F--- a needle, here's a sword / Body pierce with this" goes "Still Don't Give a F---"), and he had yet to perfect the "poor me" theme ("If I Had").

      Other than these rather minimal shortcomings, The Slim Shady LP is a wonderfully crafted, raw and unapologetic record.It presented everything that Eminem would gain increasing fame for with each release: nihilism, talent and playfulness.

      The nihilism would become tamer over the years, his talent would improve, and his playfulness would begin to tend more toward ego-inflation than the "Did he just say that?"-invoking jokes heard here-but the essential formula remains the same.

      5-0 out of 5 stars SHUT THE FFFCK UP

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      Subjects:  1. Hardcore Rap    2. Hip-Hop    3. Pop    4. Rap & Hip-Hop    5. West Coast Rap   


      Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
      Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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      Named in honor of the three-word codes used by short-wave radio operators, Wilco's fourth album sounds like a late-night broadcast of some weirdly wonderful pop station punctuated by static and the sonic bleed of competing signals. Songs that begin with simple, elegiac grace--"Ashes of American Flags" and "Poor Places"--end in a cathartic squall of distortion. The results can be initially jarring, but it's these tracks more than the sturdy jangle pop of "Kamera" or "Heavy Metal Drummer" that demand, and reward, repeated listens. Mixed by studio experimentalist Jim O'Rourke and produced by the band, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot harkens back to a time when the words "pop" and "sonic adventurism" weren't mutually exclusive. The Beatles and Kurt Cobain knew this, and clearly so do Jeff Tweedy and company. --Keith Moerer ... Read more


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      2-0 out of 5 stars Somnambulatory Soundstage
      So, everyone's favorite somnambulist grunge muswell hills hero tells us now that he has been addicted to painkillers. I, for one, am not surprised! Summerteeth is the one worthwhile record this band has produced, with sounds from eno, lennon, brian wilson and others blended together in an off-kilter formalism of subverted swagger. But this record? Please! If your in love with the idea of loving Wilco than love this too! Otherwise, steer clear of the pretension and the passionless pedantry. Get Spoon fed or borrow Ian Hunter's lead (as in better dead than read).

      1-0 out of 5 stars What's all the fuss about?
      How about some decent lyrics...consistantly? Also the melody lines sound like what you would sing when you've got a few chords down and are first making up a verse or chorus, not a final product. A bunch of weird noises + dumb lyrics + singing like your hungover laying in bed = great music for some I guess. There are a few decent moments, but nothing a million garage bands couldn't duplicate in 5 minutes. Maybe my perspective is different than most because I record bands all the time and have done a few albums myself.

      3-0 out of 5 stars Decent, Not Great
      I agree with some of the previous 3-star reviewers here in that I believe this album, if you were to strip it of the loopy production and Jim O'Rourke's off-beat mixing, would be shown to be the middle-of-the-road pop-rock record that it truly is.Anyway, what I'm getting at is this: great songs should be able to stand on their own and not have to rely upon overly fancy production.Strip George Martin's orchestral touches from "The White Album" or "Sgt. Pepper" and you're still left with a set of unequivocably great songs.On the other hand, the 11 songs here, 8 of them penned by Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett (whose contributions to the band are vastly underrated) and the other 3 by Tweedy alone, are nice and charming fare, but too often they fall back on the same lazy, overused chords and watery melodies found all across the indie rock landscape.

      Tweedy's lyrics throughout are interesting, if somewhat overbearing, beat poetry that make a brief impression, but then slide straight off into the distance.The "confessional" and tired-sounding nature of his words, coupled with his low-register delivery, together just don't measure up to those of any other of the great singer-songwriters (Dylan, Drake, et al.) whom he so obviously imitates.I hear plenty of swirling electronics, bloopy keys and the ocassional blast of white-noise, but behind the superfulous touches I don't hear a musical genius at work.Tweedy is an accomplished songwriter with a distinctive voice, but he is not a visionary, and his material is nowhere near as strong as that belonging to songwriters such as Will Oldham, Mark Everett, or even to Radiohead, the band to which Wilco is so often compared.

      With the exception of "Summerteeth," no Wilco album really separates itself from all the other good bands that churn out music just like this: the first two albums are serviceable country-rock, and this and its follow up, "A Ghost Is Born," are uptight, faux-experimental fare.I don't see how anyone could call this a "difficult" listen, as it's a highly conventional and straightforward album, with a few noisy moments here and there: it's "Being There" (check "Misunderstood" and "Sunken Treasure" from that release) with cleaner and more elaborate production.Turning a pretty pop song into a wall of noise is an age-old trick, and one that's been done far better and more daringly by the likes of the Pixies, Nirvana, the Olivia Tremor Control, Slowdive, Sonic Youth, and many others."Ashes of American Flags" and "Poor Places," for example, are fairly interesting noise studies, but they are not groundbreaking, plus they lurch along at sleepy, incredibly boring paces, pumping their modest melodies for all that they're worth.

      If anything, this album is incredibly conservative, timidly shying away from the explosive revelation that it always seems to approach but never quite reach.Again, this record is not bad, just incredibly overrated.It's not experimental, "weird," or revolutionary: it's just ordinary. ... Read more

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