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    I Sing Because of You
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 May, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Discover the album now
    Watching the Cardigans live is truly a special experience . The Swedes have the ability to deliver their beauttyfully-crafted melodies with excitment and style . Peter 's guitar playing is psychedelic and intense , Nina simply shines while Bengt although limited to his drums at the back of the scene , still stands out . At first glance , bassist player Magnus Sveningsson seems too bored to bother breathing . As soon as the music starts though , he gets instantly cool and energetic - a huge man ( a human head and a half above the others ) jumping around and singing along the lyrics . This is clearly one presence you can't help but loving .

    The same can be said about his first solo project , " I Sing Because Of You " released under the name ' Righteous Boy ' . It's a record of rare beautty , dark ( " I Feel Apart " ) and at the same time optimistic ( " I'm Loved Among Friends " ) . It has that nostalgic magic of " Life " although not as carefree and more melancholic . The voice is calm , smoked and at parts even haunting ( " No More Love " ) and the lyrics are simply exceptional . These are the stories of a man who seems to think much much more than what he shows ( " there's an ocean between / what you perceive and how i feel /if you could see me through / and if i let you to ... " ) .

    It's hard to actually choose a highlight from such a great tracklist but being a person who likes to keep to myself , i felt most identyfied with " All My Evils " in which " .. i wish i found a better self / a simple self / an easy self ...steady as rock won't let it show / all my evils must go " ) .

    Don't be fooled and consider " I Sing Because Of You " as a record only for the Cardigans' hardcore fans . It has it's own great music value. Sveningsson finally reveals his true wits and inspiration and without much difficulty , wins the listener . One of the best records around that everyone who loves good music should check out . ... Read more

    Asin: B000095J8M
    Sales Rank: 16055
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Beautysleep
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 February, 2002)
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    While it's tempting to suggest that Tanya Donelly tore a page from her stepsister and former Throwing Muses partner Kristin Hersh's songbook for the excellent but overcast Beautysleep, the observations culled here clearly owe to the vagaries of life (and motherhood) rather than the demons of mental illness. Even for a singer-songwriter as versatile as Donelly--contrast her trailblazing, protofeminist punk with the Breeders and the technicolor splatter of Belly--Beautysleep is a simmering stunner, filled with dusty corners, fickle rhythms, stark images, and a haunting duet with late Morphine singer Mark Sandman. That song, the minor-key epic "Moonbeam Monkey," is all the more unsettling thanks to Donelly's own gauzy voice, which stalks the song as much as sings it. "The Night You Saved My Life," meanwhile, seems to float by on a pleasant cloud of acoustic guitar until the lyrics sink in. And the woozy, spooky "Another Moment" is probably the best song the Cocteau Twins never wrote. Instruments such as mellotron and glockenspiel keep the oddball quotient high, but Beautysleep's real payoff is Donelly's angular songwriting. She seldom holds back the curtains to reveal sunshine, but she makes the most of the candlelight at hand. --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars anticlimactic
    I've always been a huge Belly fan, and well, Tanya is just the cutest.'Lovesongs' was a great album.So I eagerly ripped open this CD the day I got it, and listened to the whole thing on a long road trip.I haven't listened to it again.Not that it's bad, but rather it's simply bland.Not enough rock, and too much breathy wavering vocals.She's still cute, though.

    3-0 out of 5 stars It's Slow. Everything is Slow.
    If this CD was put out by anyone else, I would have given it 4 stars.
    But Tanya Donelly is MUCH better then this CD shows.

    If you like Belly, and LOVE SONGS FOR UNDERDOGS, then
    youmay not like BEAUTYSLEEP. If you like Tracy Thorn, or
    EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL, or The slow songs that
    MATCHBOX TWENTYsings, then you will love this
    CD.
    It's slow, and not very creative.

    There are no Little birds, Broken Angels, see-through dogs,
    frogs for friends, screamers, spacemen, or Girls with

    silver smiles, in the CD.

    It all seems like a diary she wrote while having a dull relationship
    with some guy. EVERY SONG on this album is SLOW. Let
    me say that again; EVERY Song on this album is SLOW. Her
    past CDs had some variety, and even the sad songs had a bit of
    Rock to them. Any of Dido'sCDs have more uplifting songs
    then BEAUTYSLEEP.

    BEAUTYSLEEP, despite having the Beautiful, dreamy voice of
    Tonya Donelly, will leave you a bit flat. Normally, I can pick a few
    songs out that really stand out, the first time around, but this took
    a few listening to get me to like it.

    I like this CD, but it's not what I was hoping for. I like her past
    stuff. Check out Belly's Greatest Hits. Sweet Ride is a great song.

    Oh, And this has one of those stupid "hidden" songs on it. You know,
    The last song on the CD has a 5 minute pause between it and the
    REAL last song on the CD. Makes it bad for Random Play on your
    CD player.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A record of rare beauty and spirit
    Fifteen years after the first Throwing Muses offering and ten after the unexpected success of the spooky fairytales of Star , Tanya Donelly finds herself in the awkard place of not having much of an audience to adress to . Even so , she seems to be happier than ever . " Thank you thank you my darling girl and her dad my true blue dream of sky " she declares on the sleeve of her latest offering . She's the mother of a little girl and wife to bassist Dean Fisher now . She doesn't seem to care at all about topping the charts or getting covers to flashy music magazines. Maybe that's why Beautysleep is her most haunting , magical album yet .

    There are so many discreet details about this album's songs which makes them so special and exciting to listen to : child-voices on " Life Is But A Dream " , a choir piece at the end of " The Wave " , tender melancholy wordplay on " So Much Song " . Donelly has a sensitive soul with a rich darkside and even though " The Night You Saved My Life " is a perfect indie-pop track which could have easily put her back on the radio top ten , it's when she sings those mystical lullabies when she's most affecting like " Moonbean Monkey " and the ethereal " Another Moment " , a melody about finding self-confidence .

    We fans will scream that this is her best work yet and one of the best records of the last few years by a female artist and it's been eventually ignored but there's a line on " I'm Keeping You " which seems to perfectly describe what Donelly thinks about her sudden stardom followed by media indifference "...there's something that you learn on a tight-rope / just outside the spotlight there's a big net waiting for " . The girl who once gave us " Honeychain " is now a woman and thanks God , she hasn't stopped writing music . ... Read more

    Asin: B00005UCZP
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. College Rock    3. Indie Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock   


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    Audioslave
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 November, 2002)
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    The debut of thundering supergroup Audioslave--featuring members of Rage Against the Machine post-Zack de la Rocha with ex-Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell--is as much curio as fascinating blend of visions. Cornell might be outnumbered, but his unmistakable holler and nihilistic imagery ensure that Audioslave, the album, recalls early Soundgarden. That's especially true since de la Rocha took Rage's signature rap and politicking with him. Still, if this is Soundgarden, it's Soundgarden set to stun. Rage guitarist Tom Morello is more of a mauler than Kim Thayil ever was--witness "Shadow on the Sun," which moves from bruising thud to psychedelic freak-out and back again--while the Rage rhythm section of Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk anchor the bottom end with pure instrumental cement. Intentionally or not, "Gasoline" bears passing resemblance to "Rusty Cage," while the sweeping "I Am the Highway" and slow-burning "The Last Remaining Light" best showcase Cornell's surprisingly New Age-y lyrical bent. Cover art by Storm Thorgerson, who gave Pink Floyd records their distinctive stamp, underscores the set's inherent celebrity. Fans of Rage and Soundgarden can raise clenched fists in unison, for Audioslave is win-win. --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The debut of the best band of the 21st century IMHO
    Audioslave's self-titled debut was released in November of 2002.
    Audioslave consists of ex-Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell with Rage Against the Machine's musicians which were guitarist Tom Morello, bass player Tim Commerford (bass) and drummer Brad Wilk.
    The music of Rage was great though Zach De La Rocha's rapping got on my nerves but Soundgarden were superb and with classic albums like Badmotorfinger and Superunknown, you could see why Chris Cornell rocked as a singer.
    When I first heard of this album coming out I took a gamble by buying on street date. The question was would I be rewarded in spades or would I lose, read on and find out.
    we begin the album with the album's first single Cochise which was one of the best rockers I heard in a long while. We then continue to rock with Show Me How To Live which is a great song. Next is my favorite Gasoline which is a great rocker with killer riffs and is a great song to drive on the highway to. Next is the mid-tempo rock track What You Are which is another great number with a bizarre solo from Morello. We follow with the album's second single Like A Stone. The track is a great melodic number which showed this band had major potential. Set It Off follows and is a great rocker. The way Cornell sings the verse, it sounded kind of like Don Henley's 1982 hit Dirty Laundry but still a great song.
    Shadow of the Sun is next and is another great rocker and Morello's guitar work just burns on this track. I Am The Highway follows and is a great song which just rocks. Exploder follows and is a great tune as well. Next is Hypnotize(and no it is not a remake of The Notorious BIG song) but is a funny little song that I rather like but great. Bring Em Back Alive is next and is a great metallic rocker with some great soloing from Morello. Light My Way follows and is a good song as well. Getaway Car is next and has an interesting, bluesy feel with a Soul vocal sound to it. The album ends with the very good The Last Remaining Light.
    Audioslave's self-titled effort was my first hope that music was not going to go downhill with dribble like Nickelback, Kid Rock, Staind and System of a Down running about. Audioslave's debut peaked at a superb #7 and sold well past the 2 million mark in the US proving that rock and roll wasn't dead YET!
    RECOMMENDED!

    5-0 out of 5 stars ...
    What can I tell you? If you dont have this album yet...What are you waiting for??? Its a must have! You'll love it.

    I also recommend out of exile.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Debut Album
    This album is simply one of the best to come out in 2000's. The singles on this are "Cochise", "Like A Stone" and "I am the Highway." The first 8 tracks of this are great and amazing with everyone one of them having ther own unique sound. After track 8 it just seems to become so mediocre. It is so much better to have Chris Cornell singing with Tom Morello's guitar's then having RATM's lead singer. SG and RATM are a great combination and even there second album is great. With Chris they easily surpass RATM's music. ... Read more

    Asin: B00006RU5B
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Hard Rock    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Post-Grunge    6. Rock   


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    Musicforthemorningafter
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 March, 2001)
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    The phonograph crackling that opens Pete Yorn's debut album is an appropriate gesture for an artist hailed as the best thing to come out of South Jersey since Bruce Springsteen. Actually, Yorn doesn't sound a thing like Springsteen, but he does possess a classic pop craftsmanship shared by tradition-minded singer-songwriters such as Neilson Hubbard and Elliot Smith. On the cool, infectious "Life on a Chain," Yorn's relaxed crooning evokes the spirit of Bruce Cockburn, while "Simonize," ostensibly a love song penned by Jack the Ripper, calls to mind Big Star-period Alex Chilton. Rhythmically, the part-time drummer and multi-instrumentalist (he scored the Farrelly brother's movie Me, Myself and Irene and plays most of the instruments here himself) leans toward the drone lilt of early New Order and Joy Division, resulting in a smooth fusion of American and Anglo influences that make Yorn a new artist well worth watching. --Bill Forman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Brillant!
    Pete Yorn is a brillant artist. Musicforthemorningafter is quite a wonderful album to listen to from begining to end without skipping through songs. The guitar is so rich and warm, and followed by Yorn's fantastic voice, making a great combonation. If you want to take a first listen to see what it's all about check out the first album definately!

    3-0 out of 5 stars 2.5 stars?
    I think if I started over I would probably never get into pete yorn again but a few years back I was not very knowledgebale about music. I really liked the song For Nancy and a fw of the other songs on the album are ok. what pete is basically doing here is taking the kind of music that bands like Pavement or Wilcodid ten times better and dumbing it down so it would succesful in the mainstream and then the kind of people who read rollingstone magazine would buy it in throngs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars musicfortherestofmylife
    Pete Yorn is one of the finest singer/songwriters I've ever come across. "Musicforthemorningafter" is a well crafted record that should be hailed classic.

    There is nothing left to say, buy this record, you won't regret it. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005AREX
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Singer/Songwriter   


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    Thirteenth Step
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (16 September, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
    This record saved a rather mediocre summer for music. Overall, it's a bit gentler and a lot better than the group's debut, Mer de Noms. Whereas the first album had only a handful of noteworthy tracks, Step should be listened to front-to-back.

    This is likely due to the different creative process: with Noms, founder Billy Howerdel wrote all of the background music and had Tool singer Maynard James Keenan add vocals. On Step, Keenan helped with more of the music, and band membership changed to include Jeordie White (formerly Twiggy Ramirez of Marilyn Manson) and James Iha (formerly of the Smashing Pumpkins).

    The only negative aspect of the record is the very first track: the six-minute-plus "The Package." It is by far the weakest track musically, drags on too long and sounds too much like Tool-from the guitar tone to the song length to the odd time signatures to the vocals (for obvious reasons).

    The rest of the record, though, is filled with great music: ethereal, dynamic backgrounds supporting Keenan's unique, mysterious and haunting voice.

    The biggest surprise is "The Nurse Who Loved Me," a quirky, indescribable-yet-catchy ode to the medical profession: "I'm taking her home with me / All dressed in white / She's got everything I need / Pharmacy keys."

    For any fan of gentle, deep alternative music with occasional heavy sections, it's a must-buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The album that saved rock music.
    With the rise of nu-metal in the late 1990's, and simpler song structures beginning to take over (at least in the mainsteam), an album like A Perfect Circle's sophmore effort "Thirteenth Step" was desperately needed. The craft that the band practiced on their debut "Mer de Noms" has been perfected on this album. Flowing, rich, textures, haunting and beautiful vocals, and the exact right combination of heavier, rock parts and melodic and beautiful movements. This collection of 12 songs may constitute the most rewarding and meaningfull rock album in the 21st century thus far this side of "Lateralus".

    "Tribal" movements and sounds are utilized to brilliant perfection, especially on the 8 minute epic opener, "The Package", as well as the sombre dirge of "The Noose". Like "Lateralus", the instruments all come together to form a beautiful audio soundscape to reward the listener's ears with an emotional outpour by Maynard James Keenan, without a doubt in my mind, the most accomplished vocalist in mainstream music today. In the vein of a vocalist like Mike Patton, Keenan's voice is an instrument, with the expressive (if a tad self-indulgent) lyrics adding the foam to the warm wave of sound.

    "Thirteenth Step" boasts production of the highest order, and a quality sound system is greatly suggested in order to experience all of the hidden nooks deep within the album. This album is much more of a wave, like I said, but if I had to select individual songs, these would be the best:

    "The Package" - the epic opener takes the listener on a trek (literally), while remaining fresh and original throughout.

    "Weak and Powerless" - the first single has some incredible lyrics, and also a hauting bass line, and is a definite anomaly, as is a bona fide rocker, but with the APC "twist".

    "The Noose" - one word: melody.

    "The Outsider" - Maynard with a brief falsetto, a heavy as hell passage from out of nowhere, and one of the best guitar performances on the album.

    "Pet" - my personal favourite. Experience the final 30 seconds and you'll surely see what I mean.

    Don't let this gem pass you by, Maynard and Co. certainly deliver with this masterpiece. 5 stars.

    1-0 out of 5 stars "The Nurse Who Loved Me..."
    ...sounds cool but I think this album st***s! I hate this band and I hate Tool and System of a Down....I hate these bands...their music is awful...it makes me sick! ... Read more

    Asin: B0000AZJXQ
    Sales Rank: 3166
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock   


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    Hounds of Love
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    Few women have expanded the vocabulary of rock as bewitchingly as Kate Bush; among male stars, only Prince may have taken as many risks. Hounds of Love saw Bush reining in the kookier aspects of The Dreaming, channelling them into epic electro-pop that tackled big issues of life and death and God with gripping drama and intensity. "Running Up That Hill" was one of the great singles of the '80s; "Cloudbusting" was string-driven, magically pretty; "Jig of Life" showed that Bush is one of the few pop artists who can flirt with Celtic mysticism without sounding twee or trite. Forget the riot grrrls: Bush is the real thing.--Barney Hoskyns ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece.
    While its a term that is often misused, "Hounds of Love" is an album that shows Kate Bush as a mature artist-- this is not to imply lifeless or without edge, as this usually means, but rather that Bush has fully come into her own as a performer, providing an album performed with confidence, full arrangement, and cleverness.Lyrically, it is her best imagery, at times her most distant and yet her most personal, and her vocal delivery lacks any sort of harshness that could sometimes be present in the past.

    Back in the days of vinyl, this was a two-sided album in the truest sense, the first side titled "Hounds of Love", the second "The Ninth Wave".The latter is apparently some sort of concept story about a woman drowning, but its quite honestly pretty loose.

    The first side is filled with mid-tempo pieces-- Bush has reached a state of fully realized pop, with the fantastic "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)", the title track, and "Cloudbusting".Perhaps the highlight of all of these is the fantastic arrangement and superb confident vocals from Bush.Drastically different is "Mother Stands For Comfort", featuring a fantastic vocal and superlative bass playing, but somewhat marred by an obnoxious breaking glass sample.I've always found "The Big Sky" unfortunately to be a bit too pop for me, its a reasonable song, but what it does, other pieces on this one do better.

    The second side is puncuated by much sparser arrangements, the result being that Bush's voice really gets a chance to shine on pieces like "Under Ice", where her vocal floats above dark strings and the stunning "Jig of Life".But really the entire side of the album is a long highlight and rather brilliant, barring the somewhat annoying "Waking the Witch" and "Watching You Without Me", where samples and overproduction get in the way of otherwise fantastic pieces.

    Small flaws aside, this is likely the best of Bush's work and a superb place to begin looking at her work, highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow - A Real Classic
    I really enjoy this album. It's actually my Dad's, but I think of it as a shared CD now, since I play it so much.

    Anyways, my Dad loves Kate Bush and has raved about this album for as long as I can remember. So, one day, as I was on the computer, I decided to play it. I'd heard it all before, but never really paid attention.

    The album is fantastic and one of my favourite albums ever. Kate Bush has a great voice and every song is worth listening to. It's very original.

    10/10 - A Timeless Classic

    5-0 out of 5 stars Generally haunting favourite of both casual and serious fans
    "Hounds Of Love" by Kate Bush
    Genres: Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, College Rock
    Release Date: 1985

    This entirely self-written and produced album was a huge success for Kate both in England and overseas, the single "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)" being a hit in America. She produced it all inside her own private studio at her house in England, and when released in September of 1985, it knocked Madonna's "Like A Virgin" off the top of the album charts.

    The success is understandable, as this is Kate's best album to date. However the two halves of it are very different. There is the first half of the album entitled "Hounds Of Love" and features the more commercial, pop-orientated arrangements and tunes on the album. The second half is a mini concept album called "The Ninth Wave" in which Kate tells the story of a drowning woman which may end with her surviving and waking up, or dying and being reborn. This was extremely ground-breaking and sounds like nothing else that came out of the '80s and is therefore not dated in the least today. It's a shame that movie plans for this concept fell through. Everyone who brought this album the first time around probably brought it for the four hit songs packed on side one, the only non-single being a strange song ("Mother Stands For Comfort" that would only be out of place with the rest of "The Ninth Wave" for the mood ring synthesizers. It too could have been a hit single with the crashing glass sounds (used also on "Running Up That Hill" and an earlier Kate masterpiece "Babooshka"), cold piano, and warm electronic waves. All four singles are spectacular, and even groundbreaking on "Cloudbusting", a beautiful if not instantly catchy number full of strings and heavy drums about a machine that makes it rain. Kate rocks out on "Hounds Of Love" and "The Big Sky" and performs with sensual and energetic catharticity on "Running Up That Hill". Full, bewitching and layered pop/rock is not where the album description ends.

    Riding the death-whale that is "The Ninth Wave" Kate moves on to haunting territory with the sentimental sounding "And Dream Of Sheep" (Kate sings and plays the piano beautifully) that leads onto the tense and brilliant "Under Ice" which stirs up the imagery of a snowy day with a tragic accident waiting underneath the ice on the lake, through to the calm but ominous and eventually terrifying "Waking The Witch", then onto the mellow "Watching You Without Me". Sampling is used very expertly on all of those tracks. Kate then experiments further with the Irish sounds used on 1982's "The Dreaming" album with the dramatic, unforgettably epic "Jig Of Life" (Complete with recited poetry by her brother John during the climax). Then the creepy "Hello Earth" breathes down your neck like a scene out of "Nosferatu" during the dark cathedral chants before Kate is reborn in some way through the light and bouncy "The Morning Fog".

    Arguably the best and most enduring album released in the 1980's, this is widely regarded as Kate's masterpiece. It shows off all her best qualities and in their best light.

    Best Tracks: Every single one. "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)" is the most catchy, and "Under Ice" the most instantly memorable from "The Ninth Wave". ... Read more

    Asin: B000002U9E
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. College Rock    3. Pop    4. Prog-Rock/Art Rock    5. Rock   


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    Machina: The Machines of God
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (29 February, 2000)
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    With the doubters hovering round his band following the rock-is-dead pronouncement that preceded the flawed electronic dabblings of Adore, Machina finds Billy Corgan desperate to prove everyone, not least himself, wrong. On their fifth album, the Pumpkins attempt to reclaim the higher ground they dominated with the peerless Siamese Dream and the sprawling 28-track opus Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. As a result, they hit the ground running on Machina, exploding into life with "The Everlasting Gaze" and its firestorm of guitars and heavy metaphysical thunder. There are some quintessential Pumpkins moments here, notably "Stand Inside Your Love," which soars away on a spiraling guitar solo, and "Try, Try, Try," which taps into Corgan's ever-present melancholy. At 73 minutes long, Machina overstays its welcome, beginning to flag, ironically, at the self-aggrandizing "Heavy Metal Machine." No matter--the Pumpkins have made their point with brutal grace. --Mike Pattenden ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Machina: the concept nobody got
    Machina: the machines of god

    Hello fellow pumpkin fans and spectators alike, I wanted to write a review of this album b/c i dont feel any of the other reviewers tried to do anything but compare this album to the other pumpkins work so .here we go. Billy Corgan and crew come back strong w/ a return to the guitar orientated album also, Jimmy Chamberlin came back to drum on this one and it shows on songs like "the everlasting gaze" , "heavy metal machine" and "stand inside your love"

    I noticed that most ppl didnt seem to enjoy the monochrome tone that kinda looms over the whole album . This is totally a part of the concept of Machina:the machines of god.
    You gotta realize the pumpkins knew this record was their last and the filled it with gems, wanted to make a statement with it, test the waters and see if anybody would dig for the answers..
    yet its tone and experimental production is all part of (what i feel) is Billy's view on the music world as of the new millenium. With all the 3 chord pop acts, and pop stars being made in studios like ginger bread cookies i think the tone of the album is really a response to people not appreciating (real)music.
    The whole thing is as if the Pumpkins became a new band (hence no return to big muffs and the Siamese Dream/Mellon Collie guitar tone) Even the title hints at a concept of a "fake" band, similiar the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.
    What good would it do to make another Siamese Dream for the last album? what kind of statement would THAT make? that it was all just for the singles and money? NO i think they wanted ppl to figure out that it was the last album based ont the "clues" included in the artwork and lyrical references.. So they created this sound for the album to accompany that and based on what ive read they never used any keyboards or synth for this album despite its monochrome sound.. it is all very precisely modified guitar and drums. (despite what some others said about "the crying tree of mercury") heh ;)

    anyway that aside the songs are beautiful on this record, and the lyrics are very cryptic in their own way. Everything on the record points to the end of their career without really telling you that..There's also a underlying love story between the characters of Glass, and Machina aka Zero. (i would assume an unknown lover of Billy's , but could also represnt the love story between the Pumpkins and their fans and the loss involved)

    The music on this album is not only the Pumpkins most ambitious its also a glimpse of the end of the road although when it came out no one knew. Comparing this album to the other works of the Pumpkins is really futile seeing that its not what they wanted to embrace. Its like peering thru a dusty window and seeing a bright image of an angel , the typical songwriting of Billy shines thru but is clouded in a shroud of mystery that was to be the last puzzle for fans of the band to figure out.
    It may not take on the granduer of Mellon Collie or the raw emotion of Siamese Dream but was more of a combination of the whole career put into a context with the sound and mood that the band wanted to emulate.
    Honestly i think it is their great unappreciated masterpiece and should've been recognized as a superb work of art but was kicked to the wayside for bands that take a less "artistic" approach to their music

    2-0 out of 5 stars My favorite band's last croak.
    The Smashing Pumpkins are a phenomenal, underrated band that was one of the best bands of the 90s and still is my personal favorite. I personally think they beat the band they're most compared to, Nirvana, because Billy Corgan is a force to be reckoned with on an electric guitar (Kurt Cobain isn't very good) and they are more artistic and creative and they have more meaningful lyrics. All the band players are great at what they do, especially Billy and Jimmy. Their songs are passionate, angry, tender, and sometimes breathtakingly beautiful. They're just so good...

    After the artsy, psychadelic Gish, the epic Siamese Dream, the creative masterpiece Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and the brooding Adore, the Pumpkins have seemingly taken everything that was so great and original about them and departed from it on Machina.

    On this album, Billy sings with less passion and his past lyrics; full of whimsy, beauty, human emotion, and twisted metaphors are gone and his new lyrics are oddly straightforward. Jimmy's power drummming is seemingly toned down, and D'Arcy's vibrant, bone-rattling bass and James' swirling guitar textures are drowned by Billy's really loud guitar and a lot of unneccessary studio sounds which just sound unnatural for such a raw-sounding band.

    If you loved the fury and majesty of such rockers as Cherub Rock, Geek USA, Jellybelly, Bury Me, Zero, and Bullet With Butterfly Wings, you just might as well skip this album. Though Stand Inside Your Love (one of the best songs on this record) comes very close, there are no songs that fully capture the awesome power of their finest hard-rock songs. If you want a slow, beautiful song to the caliber of Disarm, Thirty-Three, or Luna, look elsewhere on SP's older albums; it's like the Pumpkins forgot how good they were a few years ago. It almost sounds like they're trying to sound like The Cure on some tracks.

    Now, there are some Pumpkins moments on this album that are actually very good. There is Stand Inside Your Love, a rocker that seems sort of like the rockers that made them such an amazing band. Also, I Of The Mourning is actaully pretty good; it's very dramatic and tells the tale of (to me) a washed-out rock star. Try, Try, Try, one of the strong points of Machina, is a fun pop song that could almost rival their famous single 1979. The Everlasting Gaze is the most popular song on this album, if any of the songs were actually popular; It tears out of the speakers like a thousand chainsaws; with ominous lyrics and the one line on this album that is actually one of Billy's irresistable twisted metaphors; "You know I'm not dead...I'm just the tears inside your head". Classic SP line!

    Yet, the best song on the album is Age Of Innocence. At the end, the line "Desolation yes, hesitation no, as you might have guessed we won't make it home" really tore at my emotions. Some of the song is messed up with really fuzzy noise, but the song itself is just georgeous.

    Some of the songs are just mediocre but sound good at first. Raindrops + Sunshowers sort of hints at Adore; the hip-hop beats and sort of a dark pop song; and it sounds breathtaking at first! But later, it's just mediocre with kind of dull lyrics. Wound is more of the same but a little more cheerful and I like Billy's songwriting here. Glass And The Ghost Children is creepy, but it's very, very, very overlong. (9 minutes!) It's hard to sit through.

    The production is really bad. The whole album almost sounds like a bootleg produced at home. The apocalyptic Blue Skies Bring Tears, the sinister Heavy Metal Machine, and the gorgeous, ominous Age Of Innocence are nearly ruined by bad production. These would-be Pumpkins classics sound muddy, fuzzy, and it seems like there are a thousand unnessessary studio effects being played at the same time during any given song. I just don't like the style of songs like With Every Light. C'mon, Billy! Give me the music that made the past SP so great!

    Plus, the album is too overlong! 15 tracks? 90 minutes? Make Siamese Dream that long, not this!

    The albums's still not THAT bad, though. There are a few glimpses of their past successes, and their new style isn't horrible. The thing that just really bugs me is that after some fantastic albums, the magic, originality, beauty, and fury is dead.

    Now the Pumpkins are broken up; they've all went their seperate ways; Corgan formed Zwan, Jimmy formed the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, and James Iha put out his own solo album and (I think) joined A Perfect Circle if what I've heard is right. (Plus, Billy's supposed to come out with a solo album that was due at the beginning of 2005, and he came out with the poetry book Blinking With Fists, which is actually really good.)

    So, all in all, if you want to see what made the Pumpkins so fantastic, buy Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness, and possibly Gish and Adore. If you want to follow the Pumpkins beyond their breakup, there's Life Begins Again by Jimmy Chamberlin Complex and Mary Star Of The Sea by Zwan, which are both excellent albums. (Iha's album isn't that essential) Hear magical songs like Disarm, Thirty Three, Mayonaise, Luna, Siva, and Cherub Rock, and they put this album to shame.

    Get this album used. It's not awesome and spectacular like past releases, and it's not flat-out horrible, like a Styx album, but it's alright; it shines on some parts and is weak on some.
    Yet, if you want to see SP at their peak, buy all their past releases; they are too fantastic and spectacular to pass up.

    BUY

    Siamese Dream
    Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness
    Gish
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    Pisces Iscariot
    The Aeroplane Flies High (Boxed Set)
    Mary Star Of The Sea (by Zwan)
    Life Begins Again (by Jimmy Chamberlin Complex)

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    Billy Corgan's solo album is coming out in June!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Eh...
    I still don't know what to make of this album.I mean, it does have some great songs (Stand Inside Your Love, Wound, Crying Tree of Mercury).But overall, it sounds like the magic that was in Gish, Siamese Dream, and Mellon Collie has disappeared.Like it wasn't fun anymore for the Pumpkins (which is probably why they sadly broke up later on that year).

    From what I've heard, "Machina II/Friends and Enemies of Modern Music" is great, but you can only get that online...and the site I downloaded two of the songs from is now down!

    Bottom line: it's not the worst album I've ever heard, but the magic has run out. ... Read more

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    Grace
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 August, 1994)
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    Resembling at times a soft-sung Robert Plant, Buckley was an intuitive vocalist capable of dizzying arabesques and choir-boy sweetness. He is joined here by a tight band for 10 tracks highlighting his stylistic range--Pearl Jam bluesy on "Eternal Life," impossibly serene on Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," art-school noisy on "So Real," Led Zep daring on "Mojo Pin." Unorthodox, this was the debut of '94. --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An under-appreciated masterwork
    Grace is a rarity in modern recordings.Influences from Nashville to the Delta echo throughout, while the entire recording is chock-full of gems.A haunting cover of Leonard Cohen's "hallelujah" is both powerful and submissive at once.All the melodies eventually blend into a concise whole, possibly the best road-trip record in history.References to nightmares that "suck me under" are eerily prophetic concerning the late Buckley's demise.
    Jeff's voice and vocal prowess are astonishing.It's sad this accomplishment won't be topped, the possibilities certainly seemed endless at the time of its release.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Love This Album
    I learned about Buckley through a recommendation from a friend.I was disappointed on first listening to songs like Lover, You Should've Come Over and Last Goodbye, but was hooked instantly by the beautiful Hallelujah.Buckley is almost whispering and you can even hear his breath, and it sounds fantastic.After a few more listens, while Hallelujah started to lose interest, I started to appreciate the other songs more.I started to notice how perfect the choice of the chords was, as for example in Lover under the line of "maybe I'm too young...", and the vocal segments where Buckley seemed to float without direction suddenly seemed to have direction.

    This seems to be an album where the greatness stays hidden for a while and then suddenly jumps out at you.I recommend buying this album and, if it doesn't hit you in the first couple of listens, try listening to it on different speakers, even crappy ones, or with slightly different equalization.But buying the album would be a very good place to start.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Falling For Grace
    I feel a little fortunate that I had this album before the untimely passing of Jeff Buckley. I heard a version of "Hallelujah" in Los Angeles that swept me off my feet, and literally had to stop what I was doing till I found out who was singing it. I friend of mine at CBS hooked me up with this CD and was excited beyond anything I usually would here from her. "Expect great things from this guy, Tim," she told me. "We think he's going to be a major artist."

    Little did she realize how prophetic she was. Three years after releasing his only fully produced album, Jeff took that ill-fated Memphis dive in the Mississippi. Which leaves us with "Grace," an in-your-face statement of artistic boldness that pressed the folk-mysticism of Van Morrison with bursts of rock that would have made Led Zepplin proud. The songs stretch at their seams with both frustrated sensuality and unbridled joy, and an uncompromising musical vision.

    From the teasing come-hither of "Lover You Should Have Come Over" to the cabaret jazz curiosities that would lead him to cover "Lilac Wine," Buckley's self-confidence carries "Grace" to an intensely personal level that so many artists shy away from. It made "Grace" a standout in 1994, and has kept it on my desert island list for over a decade. It's also the touchstone that his now rabid cult takes their cues from. After all, he delivered a stunning debut, cut a tragic profile even in life, and disappeared far too young. Fortunately for the casually curious, "Grace" lives up to its reputation. ... Read more

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    Real Ramona
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (12 March, 1991)
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    "My mouth is full of demons / I swear to God," Kristin Hersh sings with escalating fury in the middle of "Ellen West." The image is apt. The Real Ramona marked a high point for the Throwing Muses, whose debut was the first-ever American recording issued on the hip British label 4AD. The quartet excels in two largely different veins, the first a glistening, poppy one with Hersh's unnervingly crisp voice edging the guitars, and the second a more frantic, revved-up version of the first, where the drums pound harder and the vocals veer into referential terrain that's almost sublimely opaque. The key to the Throwing Muses at any stage in their career is Hersh's emotional frankness and unflinching conveyance of her schizophrenia-tinged lyrics. She makes the band magnetically frenzied, even when they're being lovely. And with Ramona, Hersh and the Muses perfected their mix. This is their last recording with band cofounder Tanya Donelly, who continued on with the Breeders and Belly. --Andrew Bartlett ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Their Most Accessible, Radio-Friendly Album
    First, that "The Real Ramona" is the most poppy, easy-to-like Muses album (in my opinion) doesn't make it any less praiseworthy than other TM albums.The string of songs on this album go from the perfectly-hooked pop of "Counting Backwards" to the sublime, dreamy "Two-Step," (the only TM song "equally" produced by each band member).And Tanya Donnelly's brilliance in Belly was portended by her contributions to the album (Honeychain and Not Too Soon).The percussion that bombards its way through the album imparts each already-compelling song with even more infectiousness.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST of the Muses
    This album was the perfect blend of Kristin's brooding introspection and Tanya's fun pop sensibilities. The record constantly rewards and surprises upon repeated listening. The Golden Fleece of the Misunderstood.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Muses as a fun, party band!
    This is a really fun Muses record and thats saying something because the Muses are usually not equated with fun (except in concert). "Counting Backwards" was a big hit in Europe, "Not Too Soon" should've been a massive hit in the States, but wasn't. This album feels like the band was on the verge of something and I guess it was, because after "The Real Ramona" came out Tanya Donnelly split the band and formed the insipid Belly. What the hell was Tanya thinking? "The Real Ramona" is an album that I think would appeal to people who don't even "get" the Muses. "Hook In Her Head" is the masterpiece on this one. A real poppy record, but with the amazing lyrics and loopy rock intact. Good stuff. ... Read more

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    O.U.T. (On Ultimate Things) [Import Bonus Tracks]
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (28 November, 2000)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Absolute trash!!!!
    It is very clear to me why this album went out of print so quickly and received little fanfare when available. As an absolute lover of OPUS 3 I spent a long time trying to find this CD. I've listened to it perhaps 10 times and cant enjoy it.While Kirsty is great at providing whispy vocals to light ambient influenced songs and excells at using her voice as a background instrument, she has neither the range or projection to front a band or an album. In addition, her songwriting is suspect as well. I thought the collaboration with Mark Pritchard on this album would be fantastic. Mark is half of the group GLOBAL COMMUNICATION, but his uninspired effort here is probably more of a lack of interest in the uninteresting structure (or lack there of)of the material rather than his own failings as an established artist. If you want to hear Kirsty and Mark at their best, get the single from PULUSHA called Isolation part 1 & 2. These tracks, Mark's own, shine and Kirstys vocals provide the exact amount of feminine warmth and personality to turn the otherwise cold tracks into something very much embraceable.

    This is a poor effort and none of the songs hold a candle to anything she did with the group OPUS 3. If you like Kirsty's vocals, as I do, keep your money in your pocket (this CD tends to be expensive when bought online) or wait till you find a copy in a budget bin. Better yet, do a little research and buy her stuff where she lends her vocal abilities to other musicians and groups (The Drum Club - Drums are Dangerous, Orbital-Halcyon+on+on & Silent Poets - To Come...) where her vocals are much more part of the MIX rather than front and center where her shortcommings as a front-woman are too painfully exposed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A rare beauty, sensual and surreal
    I found Kirsty Hawkshaw, as many have, through her vocals with the now-defunct band Opus III. While I love the music on Opus III's two albums ("Mind Fruit" and "Guru Mother"), I was most struck by the etheral, subtly powerful voice that sang for almost every song. I made a mental note of her name, and in the intervening time I heard her vocals sampled for music by Orbital, as well as two new songs for the band Delerium.

    Her work on her solo album, "O.U.T." (On Ultimate Things), is some of her best. Where before she was always singing someone else's songs, I get the distinct sense from this album that it is her music and nobody else's. It has a strong variety and a unique sound, and much of it is dramatically different from what we've heard from her elsewhere.

    The lead track, "Leafy Lane," is the perfect way to set the tone for the whole album. It's a sexy, smooth song, Kirsty as I know and love her... but better. Her singing here is soft and sultry, ideally suited to the instrumentation. It's one of the strongest songs on the whole CD, which is filled with some really excellent work.

    My personal favorite song, because it seems to tell an mysterious story, is "Chapter 8." Kirsty alternates between soft and powerful vocals here, and the lyrics suggest a story deeper than what they literally reveal. Listening to the song, I never fail to find myself imagining what it's talking about. Though it's never said with clarity, I find my self imagining "the meaning behind Chapter 8."

    "Sci-Clone" is probably the biggest surprise on the whole album. If you've heard Kirsty Hawkshaw before, you probably recognize her for her breathy vocal style. She abandons that completely for this song, adopting a powerful, loud voice to scream out the lyrics against a fuzzy, technological beat. It's not at all what I expected from her when I bought the album, but it was delightful nonetheless.

    I don't need to go through each song, but will only conclude by saying that each song on "O.U.T." has its own unique flavor and sound, and they're all good in their own way. Though the album is only available as an import, and is thus fairly pricey, it's one of the best single CD's I own, and it was worth everything I spent on it and then some. It has my highest recommendation, and I find myself looking forward anxiously to new solo work from Ms. Hawkshaw.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must for everyone who loves good music
    Kirsty Hawkshaw's debut album is not easy to find in stores and anyone who checks this out on amazon[.com] should definetely buy it . The music is ethereal , the voice is beautifull , the lyrics too . " Leafy Lane " , " Sciclone " and " Chapter eight " are all amazing electronica gems yet do focus more on trackslike " Orange " or " The Bigger Picture " whose sensitivity brings tears . ... Read more

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    Ok Computer
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 July, 1997)
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    Radiohead's third album got compared to Pink Floyd a lot when it came out, and its slow drama and conceptual sweep certainly put it in that category. OK Computer, though, is a complicated and difficult record: an album about the way machines dehumanize people that's almost entirely un-electronic; an album by a British "new wave of new wave" band that rejects speed and hooks in favor of languorous texture and morose details; a sad and humanist record whose central moment is Thom Yorke crooning "We hope that you choke." Sluggish, understated, and hard to get a grip on, OK Computer takes a few listens to appreciate, but its entirety means more than any one song. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Life-changing
    This album is sadly underrated by several reviewers.Some call it sluggish and some call it phony.The first complaint has an element of truth to it, the second has none at all.Radiohead are nothing if not absolutely sincere, and what's more they actually have meaning to spare behind their songs, as well as some welcome irony.

    How else can you take a song called "The Tourist", written about the way people speed through life without ever stopping to take in the world around them, when it's played at nearly the slowest tempo possible?And how can you respond when that song rings true not only for the way we as a race behave today, but also for your own life?

    The way I respond is by giving the album five stars.This is without a doubt one of my favorite albums.Every song is special in its own way, from the first brooding, then uncontrollable menace, anger and insanity of "Paranoid Android" to the breathtakingly creepy yet strangely beautiful "Climbing Up The Walls", on into a emotional climax that is slow and quiet but definitely earned in the final three songs.OK Computer simply feels complete, both musically and conceptually, and if you take the time to truly listen to it, it will become a major part of your life, just as it did for mine.

    5-0 out of 5 stars In Next World War.......
    Theres 1659 reviews on this album,and Thom, I want u to know that I'm above the rest of them to be your no. 1 fan (even to the guy who claim that Radiohead is his religion ha..ha...nice try,bro)Yes, Yes Mozart is great, Beethoven is genius, Pink Floyd is bla-bla, Beatles is yada-yada, but every generations have their own hero. This is mine. Who wants to be the best on earth if u can aim to the whole universe.

    Magic does not just happen in Hogwarth,mind you. it could come from Oxford too. Yes, this is magic.... cause I doubt that Radiohead can make something as beautiful as this anymore. But who cares. Who needs another Ok Computer? One is enough and stick to this album for the rest of your life.

    I love every second of this album and yes, even Fitter Happier and yes The Tourist is the best song here and not just Paranoid Android!

    If Neil Amstrong made an album right after his trip to the moon, it should sound like this.Glimmering!

    And please dont compare Radiohead with Pink Floyd. I dont know why, just dont.....ok :-)

    And if u dont like this, I respect that. We're all different people.

    I'm an avid fan, yes, and I've done my duty to give it 5 stars tho i know it needs no support anymore. If u dont like this album, call me, I'll give you your money back. Seriously!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Flawless
    This album is one of the best, if not the best album have ever bought. Packed full of emotion and originality it is definately an essential album of the 90's, and an essential album to brit pop. Highlights include: Paranoid Android, Exit Music, Let Down, Karma Police, Climbing up the walls and No Surprises. In my opinion it is the best Radiohead album in existence, and probably nothing they release in the future will live up to it. ... Read more

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    Telling Stories
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (15 February, 2000)
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    With Telling Stories, her first album since 1995's New Beginnings, Tracy Chapman returns to the spare, unsentimental feel of her early work. In doing so, she recaptures some of the urgency and simple melodiousness that made her debut a soulful folk-rock classic. There's maturity here, exemplified by recurring spiritual metaphors. On "Unsung Psalm" she imagines her funeral, singing, "I'd have a halo and flowing white robes / If I live right." "Wedding Song" offers the plainspoken, devotional line, "I reach out for your hand / For you I'd don a veil." The musical arrangements, too, are pared-down, with ghostly banjo, silvery fiddle, and guitar woven into subtle drum loops. Though not as immediately captivating as her debut, Telling Stories is a focused return to form for Chapman. --Lucy O'Brien ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of my FAVs
    If my darling husband, Norman, and me start kissing right when i put this CD in the player, we'll be.. uh.. very happy.. and .. er.. um, busy, by the time "Wedding Song" comes on. we love this CD soooooooooooooo much, it's fabulous kissing music. needless to say, i LOVE this music! (or did i say that already?) this is one of Tracy's best CDs. sometimes i could cry it's so beautiful. sniff.... really, no kidding, you've got to buy this and listen well.Tracy is truely a talent not recognized in the pop music world. maybe because she is way better than just "pop". although some of her stuff is played on the radio - not much is, and that's a dam shame. it is good.

    2-0 out of 5 stars It's not bad...it's just boring.
    I could find no other word to describe this album.
    I love Tracy Chapman. I have most of her CDs. Her debut being her best album and one of the few albums I have from the 80's that still sounds fresh. And New Beginning was an amazing work with a blues touch that Tracy sounded comfortable with. And her newest release "Let it Rain" is definitely her most beautiful sounding album (in fact I'm listening to it now).
    But this one is I guess anti-climatic (maybe because it was after the big success she had with "Give me one Reason"). I really didn't hear a standout track. Nothing really grabbed my attention as if saying, "Stop what you're doing! Your mind and ears are mine!" All of her albums are solid and full of talent but this album just seems so...ehh (sigh) compared to New Beginning and lackluster next to Let it Rain. If you're new to Tracy start with her Grammy winning debut "Tracy Chapman".

    4-0 out of 5 stars She speaks straight from the heart , you know...
    Music is supposed to be all about communication and expressing your inner thoughts and feelings and Tracy Chapman is one of the few artists around who seems to fully understand and believe that . Her work over the years has been direct and undeniably brave in terms of honesty and sensitivity . In " Telling Stories we meet a more gentle and compelling as always Chapman , singing about lies ( the tittle track ) , love ( " Speak The Word " ) and death ( " Unsung Psalm " ) . The track which in my opinion stands out though is the tender , low-key " Wedding Song " .

    One of the best things about this album is to see that , more than a decade after her amazing debut , Chapman's virtues as a singer-songwritter remain intact . Her meticulous lyrics full of self-awareness , her warm , striking voice , her humble personallity - so real and humane you just can't help but admiring are all still here . " Telling Stories " is a record of rare beauty and soul , one to cherish forever and ever . ... Read more

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    Little Earthquakes
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 February, 1992)
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    Emotionally and musically intense, Little Earthquakes shows that the piano is as much a rock & roll instrument as the guitar. Tori Amos's debut (if one disregards Y Kant Tori Read, as one would be well advised to do) is at once listenable and challenging; she takes on every topic, from sex to gender to religion, in an uncompromising manner. Her music appears gentle at first, but this appearance is deceiving, as one quickly learns upon listening to the wrenching "Crucify" or the almost violent "Precious Things." By the time the album gets around to "Me and a Gun," sung hauntingly by Amos without accompaniment from her piano, the juxtaposition of Amos' sweet voice and the emotional complexity of her lyrics is both familiar and shocking. Sandman fans should listen for a reference to author Neil Gaiman in "Tear in Your Hand." --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good CD but not her best
    Okay readers, I COULD just praise this album repeditively like the below reviewers have done (which I am not going to do by the way), or I could type something original.
    Although this CD is very very good, I don't think it her best. I will be honest. I only own this release and The Beekeeper, and I enjoy the beekeeper better. This CD has absolutely excellent songs but is sometimes but very rarely inconsistent in producing bad tracks, TB is the same altough it has 19 tracks.
    This CD is very excessible compared to some of Tori's future releases. I didn't mention that I have also purchased Boys For Pele (album #3), because I have only listened to it once.
    Altohugh my all-time favourite Tori Amos song is Precious things. Read any of the good reviews below, and you will see why this song is such a masterpiece. Other standout tracks are Crucify, Girl, Winter and Little Earthquakes. "China" is okay, but get get boring after repeated listens(it's peak quickly ceases after a couple of seconds, which reminded me of Kylie Minogues Automatic Love song) this is the same with Me And A Gun (and Tear In Your Hand to a lesser extent). Mother I like better because it has more emotion. Winter is sort of like Mother but it has a lot more emotion in it.
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    Ballads: 3, 5, 7, 9, 11.
    Other:: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12
    Do you see the pattern? I believe if this album was in a different order it would have been much better.
    Therefore, this is a great intro to Tori Amos.
    For more information see the 300 or so reviews written below.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Youneed to give credit...
    Tori Amos is one of those women who you can sum up in one word: Genius. You might not think so, but if you don't, you really should listen harder. I give credit and respect any woman that can write and preform her own music as beautifully as she does. She has a beautiful voice and had went though a lot in her life and just kept going. I think she is a great inspiration and I think atleast everyone should hear her sing once. But not only is she talented...she is increadibly beautiful. She doesn't even need to show off anything. I suggest you learn more about her and listen to a song of hers, she is a gifted woman..one of the best for our generation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Songwriter...
    I havent heard much of Tori Amos, but from what I heard shes a very talented writer, and has a nice voice. Any women that can write music should be respected..right Amanda? ... Read more

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    Eat at Whitey's
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (17 October, 2000)
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    Everlast continues defying the odds with his sophomore CD. The former House of Pain frontman and Ice-T sidekick defied the odds in 1998 with the chart-topping Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, which moved Everlast beyond his rap roots and deep into a spare, acoustic amalgam of Delta blues, country, and rock--an approach that took critics and fans by storm. Eat at Whitey's finds him beefing up his sound as well as bringing in big names, such as N'dea Davenport (who adds her always welcome vocals on the sexy, R&B-flavored "Love for Real"), Goodie Mob's Cee-Lo, Cypress Hill's B Real, and Carlos Santana, for whom Everlast penned the Grammy-winning "Put Your Lights On." Everlast is still fixated on redemption and regret, but his intensity and passion make up for the narrow focus, as, guitar in hand, he conjures up a nocturnal, sultry world populated with saints, sinners, and homeboys.--Amy Linden ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, if that's possible
    Yes, you heard right.I believe this album (Babylon Feeling, Black Jesus, I Can't Move, Black Coffee, etc.) carries more GREAT songs than WFSTB did.Sure, WFSTB had great songs like What It's Like, Ends, and Money (Dollar Bill), but it is in my personal opinion that this 2000 release--Eat at Whitey's--surpasses its predecessor.

    For those of you who are not familiar with Everlast, he was the frontman of the 90's (although a different reviewer incorrectly defined them as 80's) hip-hop group House of Pain.He quit HOP in '96 and went solo, releasing the gem Whitey Ford Sings the Blues.On his second solo album (he released one on Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate in 1990) Everlast combined several musical styles to release a successfull "folk-hop" record as I've heard it been called.

    Truth be told, WFSTB was not a full folk-hop record.

    This is.

    WFSTB is a very diverse record, with lots of hip-hop songs and a few of his folk-hop brand.This record, however, continues where WFSTB left off and has only a few hip-hop songs and more folk-hop (that would be a good thing).Although the rap tracks on here are good (especially the Deadly Assassins collaboration with B-Real) Everlast was meant to do this kind of an album.

    Five stars.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Im "....at whitey's" but the food not so good this time!!
    Let me start off by saying im a HUGE EVERLAST fan so this album disapointed me....just a little. After hearing his near perfect creation that is "whitey ford sings the blues" i was dying for more. What i loved about ".....sings the blues" was that it had an even balance of rap tracks and str8 up guitar songs. Unfortunately this time its more than 80% guitar and only 20% rap. Dont get me wrong, the songs are mostly top quality, but some of them i felt were mediocre at best such as "put your lights on", "mercy on my soul", "love for real" and "children's story" (which i never liked anyway). BUT the thing is, when he gets it right, EVERLAST gets it really right!!!! The best on the album are "whitey", "i cant move", "black coffee", "babylon feeling" and "one,two". The others i didnt mention are solid efforts but not standouts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pushing musical boundaries
    Ever since I heard "Black Jesus" on the radio I was hooked. I can hardly name another band that plays this style of music. Everlast left only a small amount of hip-hop in his music, and added a lot of R'N'B, acoustic guitar rock, a touch of soul music, and even a string quartet. The resulting innovative blend appeared to be top-quality music that is suitable for serious listening and appealing to fans of different genres. We can say that Everlast addressed the R'N'B roots of hip-hop, but it also sounds very modern.

    The diversity of styles presented here is impressive. "Deadly Assassins" is the closest thing to House of Pain times, while "Black Coffee" is almost a ballad. "Love for Real" has this specific bluesy feel, and "One, Two" is a mellow rapping flow. "Children's Story", a cover song, is impressive. Actually, I like the entire album, and I'm particularly impressed with the integration of cello and violin in a music like this. Carlos Santana's desire to work with Everlast is a quality approval mark, and the result is very good.

    If your interests in music are broad, and you are not a "rap-fan-till-I-die", then I can't see how you won't like this record. Everlast is not the best singer, and neither he is a skillful guitar-player. But he is an excellent songwriter, sincere lyricist and emotional performer. This is one of my best purchases of recent years. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004XSI1
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Rap    2. Hip-Hop    3. Pop    4. Rap-Rock    5. Rock   


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    Long Gone Before Daylight [Europe]
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (15 April, 2003)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Spotlight on Nina, not much else
    Nina's voice is clearly the highlight of LGBD. She sings with a mature confidence, intensity and passion as never before. Much of this I credit to the fact that she wrote all of the lyrics and therefore genuinely feels what she's singing this time around. OK, that's worth the 3 stars.

    The rest of the band is sadly un-showcased. If you've grown up with the Cardigans, you're probably a fan of innovative instrumentation (brass, flute ...bassoon for Pete's sake), unconventional drum beats (I've never heard five-four sound so natural) and most of all a TREMENDOUS sense of humor (Did they ever solve who killed the bakerman in "Closing Time"?). But you'll get none of that with this album.

    All songs are in four-four (with the exception of 1 or 2 dabbles in waltz), all guitars are eighth-note-strumming to the beat, bass is predictably on the root at all times, and guitar solos are in Dorian major. You know what I've just described? Yes... country music!

    I hope I don't come across as a country music hater, because I'm not. I'm merely pointing out that, aside from vocals, this album makes our beloved Cardigans sound too much like everyone else. That's something that's never happened before (even if you hated Gran Turismo, you have to admit that it was different).

    4-0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous, mournful, meaningful album
    Nina and the boys sound sadder, stronger, wiser, and more-world weary on this album than on past releases I've heard... and that's a good thing.A good album to listen to while lying on the floor, drinking hard liquor, staring up at the ceiling, thinking about past relationships gone wrong...Past Cardigans albums have made me want to cuddle Nina as if she were some sort of adorable, sharp-toothed, clawing kitten... this album is different, though, and makes me want to marry her, or have long boozy conversations with her at least.Rather than shrugging off her heartache with an ironic wink, she instead seems to be taking herself and her music more seriously... with gorgeous
    results.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The most mature Cardigan's release to date
    This is the album Aimee Mann and Sheryl Crow wish they had released.Filled with better american pop songs than americans could write, the Cardigans have reached the arc of the careers.Not every song on this album is a gem, but their pop prowess is displayed marvelously on tracks such as "For What it's Worth" and "A Good Horse" among many others. This album will definetely creep up on you. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008OX4R
    Sales Rank: 115424
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Indie Pop    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Rock/Pop    6. Singer/Songwriter   


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    Presents Author Unknown
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (13 August, 1996)
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    Jason Falkner established his pop credentials as guitarist with the briefly fashionable San Francisco-based Jellyfish. He brings a similar musical sensibility to Author Unknown, balancing 1980s American new wave and 1960s British pop while dispensing with the spangled flares and silly hats his former group favored. Such modesty is his solo debut's greatest strength and weakness. Falkner is a capable singer and a proficient songsmith, and the better moments here, such as "I Go Astray" and "She Goes to Bed," evoke fond recollections of the first Smithereens album. Unfortunately, too much of the rest of the record errs on the side of earnestness. A little of the gaudy exuberance of Jellyfish's "The King Is Half Undressed," for example, would have been welcome. --Andrew Mueller ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars upending a negative first impression proves more important
    You've all had it happen; you've disliked an artist or a CD and then given it another chance a little bit later and it blows your mind.
    Being a former guitar snob (in college), I couldn't stand Jason's uncomfortable work on Jellyfish's "Bellybutton" and my 2nd impression of him was "Can You Still Feel" which never did reel me in despite giving it multiple chances (I think Falkner should always produce himself). This basically self-produced and singlehandedly-played debut album has a unique vibe that for some listeners may require more than one listen. For those who "get" Jason Falkner immediately, this record is a classic. For those like me who took some convincing, this album has grown from "I like a few songs" to "gosh, this is really good" to finally being the benchmark by which other self-made "pop" albums are judged. The opening track, "I Live" is indeed a classic and admirers of Jason's guitar work on this CD (besides myself) include the intimidating Dave Gregory of XTC. His lyrics, while rarely profound are pleasantly free of pretention and seem to give insight into Jason's candid nature. I'd rather hear a good writer speak plainly and Jason does just that. Jason's impressive bass work floods "Author Unknown" with an attention to detail rarely felt on most records nowadays and his drumming is neither simplistic nor flashy; they serve all of the songs perfectly.

    Fans of The Zombies, Kinks and early solo Rundgren will find "Author Unknown" to be familiar ground without being derivative. For those who love "Author Unknown", I reccommend either of Jason's 4-track CDs (Necessity / Everyone says it's on) and the new "Bliss Descending" EP, as they all present a similar aesthetic. Fans of Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich should check the highly-lauded (except by me... for now) "Can You Still Feel" instead of these more home-grown-sounding efforts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Jason Falkner's masterpiece
    I'm not a huge fan of Jason's other albums (though I continually try to get myself to reconsider). But this album is beautiful almost all the way through.Solid, tight, great strings and guitar sounds.Its a mix between Nick Drake, the Beatles, The Allman Brothers, and general modern rock.That said, it isn't a dated 90's album either.

    Songs to check out:She Goes to Bed, Nobody Knows and Afraid Himself To Be.Great stuff!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It grows and grows like all really GOOOD music!
    The first time I heard it, I felt it was mildly infectious. I would occasionally put it in my rotation as a change of pace.The more times I played it, the greater my frequency in re-visiting it.Over time, occasional was replaced by often and then it became essential.A great CD that always begs the question "WHO IS THAT" when the uninitiated hears it.The mark of a good CD, it does not fade in the middle ear. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002HN0
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Chamber Pop    4. Indie Pop    5. Pop    6. Pop Underground    7. Power Pop    8. Rock   


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    Lovelife
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (05 March, 1996)
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    If you haven't caught up with Lush for a while, you may be astonished when you put this on. Songs. Hooks. Choruses. Singing--more or less in tune. Looks like Lush stopped glanced up from gazing at their shoes and saw that there was an audience wanting to be entertained. So they dug out their old new wave albums and got themselves inspired. The opener, "Ladykiller," is just that: a stone killer that sets the lyrical mood for the whole record--relationships gone sour, the way "boys" act, and how women can be strong. Real life or what? Musically, it's as though a picture has just finally come into focus. Lush always denied their poppy side. Here they've given it full rein, and the effect is glorious, catchy as hell, filled with clever arrangements, and only "Last Night" has any kind of spook quotient. Wonderful stuff. The new wave of new wave of new wave? No, just a new lease on life for Lush. Welcome back. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not Good
    It's evident from this CD why Lush broke up not long after.Save yourself some money and just download "Ladykillers" and "Last Night" and forget Lush ever made this record. If you want an introduction to this otherwise amazing band, you'd be better of with their greatest hits, or, even better, with "Spooky"--one of the best "shoegazer" records ever made.

    3-0 out of 5 stars could be lush-er (is that a word? whatever)
    Lush is one of those great bands of the 90's that never got proper recognition (at least in north america anyways).This album has a few good tracks on it, but does not compare to the pure blissful shoegazeing trip that spooky and split induce.This album is more pure pop.....less intriguing...but still worth a listen.
    What the hell is with the artwork anyways?
    RIP chris A.

    5-0 out of 5 stars not alone?
    This is one of my top albums, after I first heard it on the radio I knew it had to be mine forever. It reflects perfectlythe feeling that floats around girls in fear of becoming spinsters, or the contumacy for Saturday outings in the hope of coming back home not alone. It contains the quintessential British superficial-deepness, neither wanting to think about the problems, nor letting you explode with joy (because you know there is something else behind the dancing queen).

    And, of course, the duet with Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) is one of those sexy duets that deserve a place in pop history (almost as a kind of Gainsbourg-Birkin duet with country arrangements). I think there is a connection between those two British groups (Pulp and Lush), but you can find similarities in other groups that combine that apparent carelessness with melancholy (...).

    If you are fond of bittersweet-but-catchy melodies, this is your record, but listen to it only once in a while. It has the power of making you want to dance while you're listening to it, and make you want to sob when the music leaves you...alone. So don't listen to it before going to bed, but before going out, and put on your sexiest clothes!!! ... Read more

    Asin: B000002N4Z
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Britpop    3. Dream Pop    4. Pop    5. Rock   


    Last of the Independents
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 May, 1994)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Best Pretenders album that didn't come out in the `80s...
    This is the best Pretenders album that didn't come out in the `80s. This doesn't compare with those great classics but it's still well worth owning. Favorite tracks are "Night in My Veins", "Money Talk" with some great guitar by Adam Seymour, "Forever Young" which is one of my favorite Bob Dylan songs, and the hit "I'll Stand by You" which is simply a beautiful ballad that Chrissie's voice really shines on.

    I think the reason why The Pretenders albums of today don't compare with the early stuff is the songwriting. The best songs on this CD were mostly written by Tom Kelley & Billy Steinberg (the same guys that wrote "True Colours" for Cyndi Lauper and "Alone" for Heart). But I still have hope that Chrissie Hynde has one more great album in her. She still has the voice.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Kudos to the genius of songwriters Steinberg & Kelley
    I love this Pretenders album and Chrissie always rocks but I love the songwriting skill of Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelley.They wrote "Love Colours", "Night in my Veins" and the hit "Stand by You".Her follow-up to this, "VIVA! EL AMOR!" also contains three tracks written by them.I purchased this long after its release and was glad I did.Steinberg Kelley write memorable hooks and good lyrics with interesting chord changes.Something not all big names can do on their own and Chrissie wisely is aware of this.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice comeback
    After releasing 3 sensational albums, the Pretenders starting going downhill with Get Close and bottoming out with Packed.They (she) made a nice recovery with Last of the Independents.It is interesting how a group will release an album every year, but as they get older, the time between albums gets much longer.Packed was released in 1990 and this came out in 1994.The next Pretenders album (the poor Viva La Amor) wouldn't come out until 1999.

    This is an album of very good songs, but nothing sensational.There aren't really any bad songs on the album (unlike Get Close, Packed or Viva La Amor).My least favorite song on this album is the one hit, I'll Stand By You.

    The song writing is strong throughout, with many interesting ideas and phrasing, likeJust Another Night in My Veins.The music is strong and rocks.

    I would get this, and the first three (Pretenders, II and Learning to Crawl) and skip the rest, unless you really need your Hynde fix. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 34295
    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Pop    3. Pop/Rock    4. Rock    5. Rock & Roll   


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    Achtung Baby
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 November, 1991)
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    "I'm ready / Ready for what's next," Bono announces at the outset of Achtung Baby, the album that proved the so-called "band of the '80s" was capable of blazing into the '90s by replacing its flag-waving arena-rock stance with screaming synths, clubby rhythms, and industrial skronk. The group advances its sound without losing accessibility on "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses," "Even Better Than the Real Thing," and "Mysterious Ways," while pushing the envelope a bit more on "The Fly," "Zoo Station," and "Acrobat." The moody ballad "One" is arguably the finest song the band has produced, full of sorrow, compassion, and hope all at the same time. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Perfection!!!!
    With its original sound, straightforward lyrics andsocial message, the band U2 has been a worldwide critical and commercial success for more than two decades now. The album "Achtung Baby," released in 1991, is one of their boldest enterprises and remains my favorite CD by the group... actually, it's one of best CDs ever released by anyone! I think it's a musical masterpiece!

    In November, 1989, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. U2 finished their "Joshua Tree" tour in 1990 and flew to Berlin to begin a new album. The group was on the last commercial flight to land in Berlin before the unification of East and West Germany. It was an extraordinary time in world history. The track "Zoo Station" was inspired by a train station called "Zoo Bahnhof," which had been the gateway to the East, when the world was divided by Cold War. And as the destruction of the Wallrepresented a changing world, "Achtung Baby" signals "Attention"- U2 is changing again too. Here they introduce industrial guitars, altered vocals, and electronic dance beats into the experimental mix. Rather than addressing world problems and politics, song lyrics convey a more intimate, introspective message of love, loneliness and heartbreak.

    Produced by Steve Lillywhite, "Achtung Baby" has twelve tracks and its run time is about an hour. I love the wildly romantic cut "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses." The music caught my attention from the first, and the lyrics are phenomenal, "You're an accident waiting to happen / You're a piece of glass left there on the beach." "Even Better Than The Real Thing," is another I listen to over and over again. And "One" simply blows me away. It is so beautiful - a soulful and emotional ballad. Another heavy on the emotions track is "So Cruel," with its painfully cutting lyrics and its simple piano sound: "You say in love there are no rules / Sweetheart / You're so cruel." Bono's voice is intense here and the song comes to a stunning, shattering conclusion. "The Fly" showcases The Edge andsimply Wows!"Until the End of the World" throbs with an energetic, almost tribal music, a great rock song and vastly underrated, to my mind.

    I can't recommend this brilliant, formidable U2 classic highly enough. Quite simply, it's great!!
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    1-0 out of 5 stars YH!
    This is awful! Why to make such sc***! This is terrible! I hate the songs like "The Fly" and "Zoo Station"...they are just like from the depths of H'll! "One" is a g'y song!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
    This album is simply transcendent.As good as U2 is, to say that this album is their best does not even do it justice.This album can take on so many personal meanings, and even after hundreds of listenings, it does not lose any of its power.

    First and foremost, this is not a brisk, light album, which is why you must get past Mysterious Ways, good song as it is, when you delve into the album.As usual with U2, the biggest single of the album is quite unrepresentative of the rest of the album.(Was Pride representative of The Unforgettable Fire?)Achtung Baby is dark, moody, and broken, and the beautiful sonical layers created by the band are merely a cover for the tortured soul at the heart of it.

    They say strife and personal problems lead to the best music, and that was certainly true in this case.The band almost broke up before the recording of this album, unsure of where they should take their new sound.And it's a common fact that the Edge's break-up was the inspiration for many of the shattered lyrics that make up the core of the album.

    Zoo Station is deliciously nasty and Even Better Than the Real Thing sounds flawless.On Until the End of the World and The Fly, the disturbing guitar coming from the Edge are the perfect fit for the unsettling lyrics; you'll have to hear this to understand.Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses and Ultraviolet are lyrical masterpieces that underscore the uncertainty of lost love, while Love is Blidness ends the album on a disturbing note; there is no ambivalence of the feelings towards lost love here.

    Yet all of these songs are merely second class when compared to Acrobat, So Cruel, and One, all among U2's five or ten best songs.To try to describe One at all would be to taint it; all I'll say is that Bono's current idea of using it as a political vehicle is hideously inaccurate.Just like the rest of Baby, it is an intensely personal song.

    This album is so good because it sounded like nothing U2 had recorded when it came out; not only did U2 create the best album of their lives in 1991, they reinvented their sound and discovered a much more mature, subtle, and inventive group.Achtung Baby may overwhelm you at first, but it will stun you with its genius. ... Read more

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    Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 April, 1993)
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    Their first full-length shows a band fully formed, with faint debts to the Sundays and the Smiths, but turning out more-than-tuneful pop behind the gorgeous lilt of Dolores O'Riordan. "Dreams" and "Linger" both seem to weave magic spells that remain even after the tracks pass, and there is a glorious freshness to the performances that's impossible to resist. It remains their most satisfying outing. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars sonic antithesis of grunge
    Beautiful and inspired, the Cranberries' sound ultimately managed to merge the ambrosial ambience of Enya with the jaggedness of Seattle Grunge to produce a unique poignance owing little to either influence.

    Standouts "Dreams" and "Linger" reached the pinnacle of lushness,with the latter suggesting emerald landscapes and adventures to advertisers inviting Americans to see Ireland.

    This album favored softer mixtures, draping complex aural textures across O'Riordan's lush voice, complete with yodels.Later releases favored the harsher combinations(hinted at here in "Still Can't" and "How", and later reaching full potency in "Zombie"), following influences elsewhere in pop, but the debut remains the Cranberries' unsurpassed achievement.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A magical experience through voice and song...
    Only once in a good while does a band come along that has something truly unique about them. The Cranberries emerged in the early 90's; a time when music was everything. With this album, they created a fan base that would last them well into the end of the millenium.

    The smash hits from this record are not nearly what you should pick the album up for. Sure "Dreams" and the ultrahit "Linger" are purely sensational the rest of the album has the same quality. The album starts of perectly with the regretful "I Still Do..." and ends with the sorrow filled "Put Me Down". Two examples of the diversity within the group.

    But intbetween the start and the finish you will experience a whirlwind of emotions. One standout track is "Sunday" in which Dolores uses her angelic voice to match perfectly with the songs tempo. Her whipsy voice will carry you away on "Linger" and "I Will Always"but blow you away on rockier songs like "How" and "Still Can't".

    STANDOUT TRACKS: Sunday, Dreams, How, Linger and Wanted

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everybody Else Is Doing It, Why Can't We ?
    The first Cranberries album is brilliant.The Irish band, fronted by the unique,talented singer Dolores O'Riordan started their magical career by recording consistently good original tracks, Linger,I Still Do,Wanted and How,just to name a few. I believe this is the best Cranberries album followed closely, mind you,by No Need To Argue and Bury The Hatchet. This is the perfect blend of slow,soft lullabies and fast catchy guitars songs. Everybody Else Is Doing It,Why Can't We is a must buy for any music fan. ... Read more

    Asin: B000001DXL
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Indie Pop    4. Indie Rock    5. Pop    6. Rock   


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