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Ten
Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 August, 1991)
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Part of the '90s Seattle grunge triumvirate completed by Nirvana and Soundgarden, Pearl Jam debuted with Ten, their most accessible, least self-conscious album. Over time, PJ's rep as a politically correct band just a little too above it all to prostitute its music on MTV has nearly superseded the music. But before that, they were a simply an in-your-face, in-your-head, loud, melodic rock band. And lead singer Eddie Vedder was known for his possessed stage presence and a primal growl that sounded like it required three vocal chords. The personal, narrative singles "Alive," "Jeremy," and "Even Flow" catapulted the reluctant band into the 10-million-plus-sales division. Subsequent albums are more intricate, subtle, thematically complex, and, in many ways, better than Ten. But the band may never repeat the stampede caused by this debut. --Beth Bessmer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Of A Dynasty
Okay everyone knows how Pearl Jam came to be, the members of Pearl Jam rooted in the seattle bands Green River, and Mother Love Bone, its lead singer (Eddie Vedder) who was with the seattle supergroup, Temple of the Dog. Ten was their debut release following the heels of the groundbreaking "Nevermind" by Nirvana. Everyone also knows it would be Ten that would launch Pearl Jam in the same orbit as Nirvana. but lets break down what Ten is, although it is Pearl Jam's most commercially sucessful album to date (due to the following albums absence of music videos, which i fully support), the sum is greater than its parts. Aside from Evenflow and Jeremy, we have the sonic rocker Deep which i find is sort of Eddie Vedders road map to stardom. The deep perplexic Garden, The gorgeous ballad Oceans, To the most underrated track in the Pearl Jam catalog, the moving Release. Which sometimes makes me still cry after all these years. Some say this is the album for all new Pearl Jam listners to get, I say get it because its the foundation. Even if your looking for something listen to or a group to get into, pick this one up and discover the dynasty's foundation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Emotional Release, Not Pent Up Anger
Admittedly I don't take to Pearl Jam the way many of their more hardcore fans do. I understand that PJ represents a complete change in the music scene, but as far as the "these guys changed my life" sentiments, I'll have to pass.

What PJ and their debut album Ten are at heart is good rock. PJ are a throwback to the 60s when rock was supposed to send a message to the listener. Personally I've always found those types of recordings a bit preachy. But PJ does it in such a way that it's more of a release than a burden to listen to.

Ten deals more with emotional letting go and dealing with things than in the actual rage that you bottle up because of these awful things. In this respect they are the exact opposite of Nirvana. It is the release of this rage and the catharsis that it brings on that makes Ten an emotionally charged album.

Ten is easily PJ's most rock oriented album. There's little experimentation here. The songs are basic and they rock. Ten is not my personal PJ favorite, but it's a very close second to Vs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music, great debut album
Not so often, have I seen and heard so much good music on one record. I got the album two years after it was released and it was like an explosion, literally, at least for me. I was a little bit sceptical at the beginning, especially not liking Nirvana, but so surprised after hearing it. It was nothing like anything I heard before. The music is absolutely absorbing, breathtaking and soulful at the same time, great guitar playing, good rock with still enough rhythm to be listened to by the crowd. Not to talk about Eddie Vedder's voice and his way of singing. The first time I heard Alive I couldn't believe anybody can have a voice like that and can sing a great and said story like Jeremy or deeply personal lyrics like Alive or Black so well. Truly amazing. I would recommend this album to absolutely everybody who appreciates good music, good lyrics, and great voice. Probaly the best voice.... ... Read more

Asin: B0000027RL


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Superunknown
Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 March, 1994)
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"Fell on Black Days," indeed. Seattle sludge slingers Soundgarden made a living out of cathartic, woe-is-me wailing (we're talking the banshee vocals of Chris Cornell and the crypt-creaking guitar of Kim Thayil), but this wallowing in grim depression ironically proved to be the band's most uplifting career effort. When the reclusive Cornell ventures out of his shy-guy shell, it's typically via a primal scream of cathartic emotion--he might camp it up with a sophomoric "Spoon Man," but most of this vicious disc leaps straight for your jugular. Generations in the post-millennial future will one day refer to this record to discover exactly how 1990s rock & roll was done. --Tom Lanham ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Grunge.......
"Superunknown" is Soundgarden's full-blown masterpiece. Picking highlights is difficult, because every single track is a gem in its own right, giving this album a consistency that is seldom found on any album of any genre. My personal favourite is the sludge-grunge of "Mailman", which showcases Chris Cornell's unique vocals at their very best. But there are plenty more stunners here, from the self-deprecation of "Fell on Black Days", the eerie psychedelia of "Black Hole Sun", to the apocalyptic "4th of July". Every other song has its merits too, to the point where the album is almost flawless.

Kim Thayil's riffs are brilliant on Superunknown and background the passionate, anguished wails of Cornell to great effect. The vocals and instrumentation here are impeccable, as are the cryptic lyrics, which deal with depression, misanthropy, nihilism and darkness in it's myriad forms, with an intellectual sensibility that is rarely found on modern rock records.

The album closes with the haunting ballad "Like Suicide", which fits nicely with the dark theme maintained throughout the album. This album is one of my personal all-time favourites, and is certainly recommended to fans of the Seattle grunge sound.

Note : some versions of Superunknown come with the bonus track "She Likes Surprises", which is worth seeking.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
I've listened to lots of music, and "Superunknown" doubtlessly stands as arguably the best album I have ever heard. Visionary, perfectly executed and technically impeccable, Soundgarden set the standard for dark hard rock with this one. I can't really think of a place to start in praising this album, but Chris Cornell's vocals are as good a place as any. From the hushed tones of "Fell on Black Days" to the cathartic wailing of tunes like "My Wave" and the propulsive singing of "Fourth of July," Cornell can simply do it all. His dark, churning, guitar riffs, aided by Kim Thayil's soaring, distorted solos, complete the powerful atmosphere of these songs. Add in Matt Cameron's nimble and inventive drumwork and the result is a musical masterpiece. The variety of this album is also noteworthy, as it mixes hard rockers like the opening double shot of "Let Me Drown" and "My Wave" with slower, more melodic numbers like the hits "Fell on Black Days" and "The Day I Tried To Live." The megahit "Black Hole Sun," while a strong song, is easily the worst track on the album, with the exception of the filler track "Half." "Superunknown" boasts all that serious music fans could possibly want, from creativity to technical precision to complex arrangements to a truly masterful and powerful overall vocal performance from Chris Cornell. A masterpiece in every sense of the word.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Best Grunge Album and Band in the 90's
I dont know how to explain on how this album was one of the best albums in the 90's fellowed by Badmotorfinger. It's obvious that Superunknown was consciously styled as a masterwork, and it fulfills every ambition. ... Read more

Asin: B000002G2B


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Throwing Copper (+ Bonus Disc)
Average Customer Review: 4.68 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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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Classic Rock Albums of All Time
Live is one of my favourite bands - on every album there are powerful, intelligent lyrics riding on the waves of melodic guitar sounds. "Throwing Copper" is their second album (excluding "Death of a Dictionary") and is their best, in my opinion. Their hits "Selling the Drama" and "I Alone" are on this album, not to mention little-known tracks like "Iris" and "Top" which are truly amazing. "Lightning Crashes" is a melodic ballad about birth and death, and is perhaps one of the band's most beautiful songs ever written.

This album is nothing like their more recent albums ("V" and "Birds of Pray"). "Throwing Copper" has more unique melodies and styles and, although recorded in 1994, has catchy up-tempo songs to which you can still rock out to today and not feel stupid! Kowalczyk's lyrics are moving and sometimes cryptic, but always poetic, and this combined with Live's unique and original melodies makes for a must-have album for any rock fan. This will surely become one of the classic rock albums of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Their finest performance.
Out of the three albums that I have to date that come from Live, this is by far my favorite. The others that I own are "the distance to here" and "birds of pray." Although "birds" comes in a close second, this album just has it all. It has those great rock songs (dam at otter creek, iris), great slow songs (lightning crashes) and songs that are just great singing along to (I alone, selling the drama). Live is one of those bands that you feel proud to have discovered. I had always heard of the group, but never gave them a chance. I guess I had been too young at the time and didn't want to try out new bands. I'm so glad that I finally broadened my perspectives and gave this great group a shot. Upon hearing "lightning crashes," i knew Live would have something really great to offer. I have not been letdown thus far. All three albums are terrific, but "throwing copper" is by far my favorite. If you were to begin listening to Live and have an interest in their music, I would say to begin with either this album or even their most current "Birds of Pray." Although take into account that I have not yet heard "secret samadhi," "V" or "mental jewelry." I'm sure they are all equally excellent in their own right. But to end my two cents, give this group a chance. After producing 6 cd's, I'm sure they've created at least one that tickles the music inside of you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Feel This
This cd....how do I say this,considering few cds have done this to me...kicks my a$$ every time. I listen to Throwing Copper and I want to scream, cry, throw my balled fist up in triumph, and kill myself all at the same time. Don't take that wrong...sometimes good music is so intense that I almost can't take it. The 90's were the last time I think really great music may have reigned. I mourn the loss of something real, true, authentic. Not something that's just for sale. Britney Spears is an example of the destruction of real music. B*tches like her have ushered in the plastic. Back to Live. I love this band despite how they have evolved or experimented, I own all their albums, 6 exist I think. Their music does it for me when I am brooding, dark, suicidal, poetic, and just lonely and myself. They make me hope; something I rarely do as much as I once did. I feel at peace, a little less warring. Buy this as if the soul of true music depended on it. Because in a way I believe it does. My life has been sung to the songs of Live. I have cried, won, died, been reborn, lost, and gained to these songs. This band was in my life before I knew who they were. Before I knew what good music was. I was alone in the desert, 3 months, when I started buying their cds, and they got me through. I hope you gain from what I have said, and may you have peace in your life, though we are not here for peace. ... Read more

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Little Earthquakes
Average Customer Review: 4.79 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 Absolutely Amazing!
There's is not a word in the dictionary that would do this album justice,it's that good!

This emotionally gripping,thought provoking and completely original piece of work absolutely blew me away,far away.

Tori takes you on a journey of self discovery that will touch you at your deepest most hidden core and never lets go.

As far as trying to pick a favorite track,it's almost impossible, because EVERY SONG IS GREAT in their own unique way.

WINTER,MOTHER, and SILENT ALL THESE YEARS are 3 of the most touching ballads ever written, ethereal and gut wrenching, all tied together by amazing piano playing.

CRUCIFY and ME AND A GUN are introspective and thought provoking.

TEAR IN YOUR HAND is a quirky, yet very beautiful song.

Suffice to say, if you like music, any music.....then you MUST OWN THIS CD,it's a must buy for anyone who has a human feeling or emotion of any kind.

The best way I could summarize is just this;

IF YOU LAY DOWN AND LISTEN TO THIS CD FROM START TO FINISH, I MEAN REALLY LISTEN, YOU WILL BE A DIFFERENT PERSON WHEN IT'S OVER THAN WHEN IT BEGAN.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sex, lies and . . . erm . . . ghosts in nunneries . . .
The best album of 1992? Quite possibly. Whatever, 'Little Earthquakes' remains a timeless piece of work, the success of which a generation of 'kooky' female artistes would attempt to emulate - read Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morrisette, Meredith Brooks etc. They succeeded generally to only a minimal extent in recreating the intensely personal style of Amos' lyrical themes, but what makes her so fascinating and so unique is how interesting her musical palate is. Albums that are good just for their lyrics in many cases cannot sustain repeated plays. Listen on 'Little Earthquakes' to the jangling guitar in 'Happy Phantom', the 'Irish war drum' in 'Winter' and the exquisite use of male voice in the epic title track. But of course a good melody is essential and there are few better than Tori at writing these. Indeed despite four excellent albums following this she has recorded few, if any, more beautiful songs than 'China' and 'Tear In Your Hand'. Another reason for 'Little Earthquakes'' continuing popularity is that any fillers are conspicuous by their absence - the great songs just keep on comin'. After a fine opening trio of songs, the fourth track is a prime opportunity to unleash a potato peeling, but then comes the breathtaking 'Prescious Things' which, again, remains one of Amos' greatest moments. After many listens the sudden drum beat still startles as it erupts from the breathy piano introduction. Of course 'Me And A Gun' is also worthy of a mention - an uncomfortably stark account of when Amos herself was raped leaves the listener no place to hide because this accapella track is bereft of musical accompaniment. Sexuality and relationships are themes that run throughout this remarkable record and as such it is a bruising experience, but also a strangely pleasurable one as it leaves the listener utterly purged.

5-0 out of 5 stars classic & amazing but slightly overrated.
on toris "debut" (disreguard YKTR) she makes a classic & breathtaking record that has won me over. & if you do notice i did give this albam 5 stars because that's definatly what it deserves.

but...

i don't understand why a lot of tori fans are so obbsessed with this one oppose to her ABSOULUTLY AMAZING later works such as boys for pele, chiorgirl, to venus & back, strange little girls, & scarlets walk.

i can understand why fans love under the pink so much (i do myself) because it is one of the most beautifully constructed records ever made. but little earthquakes falls kind of short is a lot of places although it's still amazing.
if i were introducing soemone to tori, this would not be the fisrt record i'd play for them. the first one i'd play would be chiorgirl & then under the pink.

don't think i'm bashing little earthquakes, because i'm not. its just that her later works are sooooooooooo good. ... Read more

Asin: B000002IT2


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Exile in Guyville
Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 December, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing debut
Since its release, this CD remains as a one of the musical milestones from the 1990s. It topped the lists of many critics, propelled Matador Records further into the big time, and helped open the door for Alanis, Fiona, Meredith Brooks and a hundred other female artists to follow. With a title adapted from an Urge Overkill song ("Goodbye to Guyville" from their 'Stull" EP), this impressive debut was supposedly structured as her song-by-song response to the Rolling Stones' "Exile On Main Street" album. Brad Wood's subtle production brings her sound out of the bedroom without sacrificing the intimacy and honesty of her "Girlysound" days. Several of those songs get updated, including the explicit "F&@k and Run" and "Flower." Pottymouth lyrics aside, the songwriting is outstanding and her quirky guitar riffs perfectly compliment her dry singing style. The subject matter is much more blunt than her later work (where her perspective was changed by marriage and motherhood), and the instrumentation has a stripped-down feel. For those just discovering this album, the freshness of the material will no doubt suffer a bit in the wake of Lilith Fair and the media's "Women In Music" saturation, but it's still superior to a lot of what came after it. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a Classic.
For anyone interested in what alternative could have been should listen to this record. Liz is a rock and roll goddess. I have been listening to this record for over 10 years and I still think it is one of the ten greatest recordings in rock music history. All the songs stand out; my favorites are "Mesmerized" and "Stratford-on-Guy." This is not music for the faint of heart, and that includes fans of bands like Nirvana or Smashing Pumpkins. The lyrics are extremely explicit, but there is real art here. Don't be fooled by people who call this "post-feminist" or whatever. This is simply great garage (or living room - where she recorded it) rock and roll. It sounds gritty and semi-amateur, but more in the same way that the Clash sounded when they started out. It is hard to pin down Liz's influences, but I think the Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithful, Chrissy Hynde, Iggy Pop and the Velvet Underground would be a few. But this record remains Liz's unique statement - she is true visionary. Other favorites of mine from the same period are "Dry" by PJ Harvey, "Become What You Are" by Juliana Hatfied and "Last Splash" by the Breeders.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Truly "Mesmerizing" Album
What an absolutely wonderful album! I was afraid that I wouldn't like it at first, but from the opening notes of 6'1", I was hooked! Every song on here is a gem and hooks you, especially the opener, "Soap Star Joe," "Never Said," and "Stratford-on-Guy." MUCH better than her latest and completely the opposite of it. Word of warning: If you don't enjoy indie-type music, minimalist arrangements, garage-type production, or lyrics that actually make sense beyond the usual Britney Spears type stuff, then this one isn't for you. ... Read more

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Frogstomp
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 June, 1995)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Very impressive considering their age - 3.5 stars
With a sound that appealed to angst-ridden teens and a look that attracted teen girls, Silverchair hit on a formula that was bound to be huge. Their debut album, Frogstomp, is quite impressive considering that the members of SC were all around the age of 15 when they recorded it. Some of the songs are heavy and in the vein of bands like Helmet and ... yes, Nirvana. Their flaws come out when they get sentimental, on songs like "Shade", which had vocals and lyrics that made me cringe. Lyrics are a weakness of the band, with such goofy lines as "I fantasize about my death / I'll kill myself from holding my breath" (from "Suicidal Dream"). Those flaws aside, they still manage to come up with intense rockers that tackle powerful themes, with the strongest tracks being "Israel's Son", "Tomorrow", "Faultline", and "Undecided". This band was at its best when they pounded out harder rock songs, but they've taken a turn for the worst with their later albums. When they turn the volume down, that only makes the band's weak areas more apparent. There is better rock in this genre (some would call it "grunge") out there, like Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Silverchair's sophomore album "Freak Show", but this is recommended if you enjoy this sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seemingly-simple Rock music with a message
Speaking from the mouth of an experienced music listener, I can safely say that there are no similarities between Nirvana and Silverchair, unless you count having blond hair a similarity. Nirvana has some songs that were within the listenable territory, but they were far from what everyone has hailed them as. Nirvana had no message to tell teens, but Silverchair do. Especially on Frogstomp. All of the songs on the album have great hooks and melodies, but the icing on the cake is Daniel Johns' surprisingly well-written lyrics. They're simple yet still have meaning. Silverchair create full-on music without all the gibberish and pretentiousness that Kurt Cobain had. Johns writes songs about being anti-abuse (whether they be human or drug abuses), anti-war, anti-suicide, and the uncertainty most teenagers feel. I suggest buying Frogstomp instead of Nevermind, but that's only if you want to hear somebody that actually has something to say worth hearing.

Fave tracks as of right now: Israel's Son, Faultline, Undecided, Pure Massacre, and Shade.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seek and you shall find ...
I'm not a huge Silverchair fan, but I feel I have to say a few things.

Firstly, I, like few others, often laugh at the comparisons between Daniel Johns of Silverchair and Kurt Cobain, and for a different reason to most people. Daniel Johns is Daniel Johns, not a Kurt Cobain double. Why compare them? Daniel doesn't look like Kurt, doesn't sing like Kurt, doesn't play like Kurt, and doesn't sing like Eddie Vedder as Courtney Love once felt she (for some reason) had to point out. Those who feel Silverchair aren't anything special are either Seattle based grunge fans, or fans who don't really appreciate grunge if it isn't from the United States. Having said that, there is absolutely nothing wrong with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden or any other similar grunge bands of the past - they're just different to Silverchair.

The only thing that could have been better in this cd was the lyrical content as it is, at times, a bit simple and predictable. Still, the boys were around 14-15 when this was recorded.

Everything else about this cd is awesome. John's vocals are good; the riffs are excellent and packed with raw energy, harder and heavier than most other similar bands - just listen to 'Madman'; there are standouts, particularly 'Tomorrow', but there are no bad or any throw-away tracks.

If this was really such a bad-try-hard 'copy' of early 90s grunge bands, there wouldn't be so many people out there wasting their time defending this cd and this band with objective and good reviews. If you're on the 'Silverchair are tryhards' bandwagon and you have never even heard the band play before, jump off it!, and give it a listen. You won't be disappointed. ... Read more

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Music
Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 April, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars 311, 1993, still doin you right
Okay, I won't lie to you, I didn't listen to 311 until...eh, maybe 8 months ago. I've been a black metal and death metal fan for most of my early years. After that phase music essentially encompassed almost every aspect of my life. When all my friends rushed out to go buy "Evolver" the day it came out, I was confused. What was all this rush about? So I'm thinking, okay, go buy that one, let's see what they got...HOLY S*IT, they got it. Ok, this isn't a single-record deal here. Backtrack to a decade earlier, and this is "Music", 311's major-label debut (Ok, so maybe not real major-label but it wasn't independent). It took me a bit to get into it, but as I keep going through, I see that these are where their most solid melodies and beats come through.

Welcome was a rather interesting album-opener, I think that's what stopped me initially. But afterwards, Freak Out just explodes on and keeps moving with the now solid back and forth groove pattern. This is rap-rock's roots, and this is where all the other bands crowding radio and MTV are. All 311 does is groove, and that's all they need. No one else can touch this combination. Flip between Paradise and Unity and yes, that is still the same band. Although Music still isn't my favorite 311 album (Transistor got me good), I recognize it to be the foundation, and a damn good foundation at that. For these guys to be messin with the same musical revolution they started from high school until their mid 30s is amazing. No one can even claim to stand on the musical world as 311. So just chill out, stay clean (311-stylee) and nod your head to this...

5-0 out of 5 stars If you don't have someone to... (sing along please!)
This one is the bomb, baby, this is the album that hooked me like a fish and hung me out to dry. I first heard "Do You Right" (circa 1993) and that was it. I stole it from my girlfriend so I could hear it all the time.

"Music" is just that. From the reggae hook at the beginning of "Welcome" to the body-slam beats of "Freak Out", "Fat Chance" and "Feels so Good", this album is the all-time party record. I went to see these guys in early 94 at a tiny club in Santa Barbara with Sublime... the show burned my ears off.

Stop criticizing 311s newer albums. Just accept that all good bands want to evolve their sound, try new things, experiment. All bands get bored doing the SAME THING. Even Metallica got bored. Just get down on your knees and thank the Music gods that 311 made this album at all.

4-0 out of 5 stars "Music's" what I need to keep my sanity.
I have enjoyed all of "311's" albums, but I easily like "Music" the most, and that's saying something. Being their debut, this isn't as experimental as later albums, but the combo of rock-rap and funk on here is very solid. And as you will hear, from the start "311" had great and positive lyrics, delivered perfectly from S.A. and Nick Hexum. I also feel, this is the point that "311" became the new "Chili Peppers", for me anyway. They just had that energy. This album is also actually 12 tracks, the last one being one of the best. Overall, if you get anything other than their "Greatest Hits", make it "Music". ... Read more

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Soundsystem
Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 October, 1999)
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When "Down" shot up the singles charts in 1996, it was the culmination of eight years of hard work for Nebraska-bred, Los Angeles-based 311. Soundsystem ups the ante on the quintet's good-time, never-forced amalgam of hip-hop, rock, funk, and reggae. "Come Original" features Nick Hexum's identifiable talk-singing style, and the tune's lilting dancehall and reggae overtones make it perfect for convertible cruising. From the odd but compelling rhythms in "Freeze Time," to the Santana-influenced stylings and Tim Mahoney's intricate guitar work in "Life's Not a Race," to the almost metallic riffing of "Evolution," 311 have constructed a diverse yet cohesive collection. The band's crisp, edgy sound, well showcased by producer Hugh Padgam (XTC, the Police), is especially winning on the irresistible and rollicking "Mindspin" and the aggro closing cut, "Livin' & Rockin'." It's a good bet that this Soundsystem will find its way onto the sound systems of fans old and new. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars sensitive, deep, ingenious, amazing, powerful.....ORIGINAL!
3 years ago a friend of mine got me interested in 311 by making me a mixed tape of about two to three songs...i believe "All Mixed Up," and "Down," were of the few. I was amazed. The sound was so unique. Although I loved the music, right away I didn't get around to buying the album. When the "Come Original" video went on TV I was like, "that's it I'm buying Soundsystem." And I did, I was not let down in the least. I LOVE every song on the album except "Leaving Babylon." All of these songs mean so much to me. I listen to them FULL BLAST in my discman. "Large In The Margin," is an incredibly beautiful song. The beginning starts with Nick singing slowly, then SA takes over with a rap, then there are a series of beats that separate Nick and SA's verses from the EXTREMELY powerful chorus. In the last line of the chorus it makes me want to cry when they say, "There's no reason to fear it, it's you, you." They say these lines with so much passion. "Strong All Along" is very inspirational, and it has a catchy reggae beat that takes me back to summer on the beach. "Come Original" just rocks! It's alittle apparent that 311 is referring to all those boy bands in this song...but it's about time they all come original! Rock on 311, the more competitive, the better! "Sever," and "Life's Not a Race," are very relaxing songs. I believe "Freeze Time," and "Can't Fade Me," go in the same category. The beginning of the song "Flowing" reminds me of laying under the stars. "Mindspin" is a great party song. "Eons," and "Livin & Rockin'" have great beats that u can groove to. I love the part in "Eons" where there is all that pondering going on and the guitar is blazing in the background. THANX 311 FOR GIVING ALL OF YOUR FANS A CD THEY LOVE TO LISTEN TO. I am buying ALL of your previous albums when I go shopping next. BE INFORMED this cd means more to me than you will ever know. THANKS!

~Heather P.S. Will someone email me and tell me why this album is classified under EXPLICIT LYRICS? I scanned through the lyrics, and I didn't find anything.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Album by A Great Band
311 is probably the best band to come out of the 90's. Also one of the only bands that actually have talent and consistantly put out great music. On Soundsystem the band is in top form as usual, vocalists Nick Hexum and SA Martinez are great on the album, bassist P-Nut, guitarist Tim Mahoney, and drummer Chad Sexton are excellent and some of the best musicians around. It is impossible to categorize Soundsystem, so I won't. I'll just tell you about the songs. Freeze Time starts off the album, it is pretty much your standard 311 song. Great way to open the album. The first single Come Original is an extremely catchy funk rock song with a really great bass break between verses. Large in the Margin is another rocker, nothing much to say about it. Flowing was the second single, and is one of my favorites on this album, this is also a great live song. Can't Fade Me sounds like something that could have been on the album 311. Life's Not A Race is when the album style shifts, this could easily have been an early Santana song. This is also one of my favorite songs on the album because it shows how good Tim is. He is definately the best guitar player around now, this song has some of the greatest solos I've ever heard. Strong All Along is an upbeat regge sounding song. Sever and Eons are both heavy songs that are really good. On this album 311 also has a heavier sound which works really well for them, they also said that their new album From Chaos will also have more heavy songs. The next songs on the album are Evolution and Leaving Babylon. Evolution is another mellow song kind of like Strong All Along. Leaving Babylon is the strangest song on the album, it is also very regge influenced, not really a bad song but the weakest on the album. Mindspin is another rocker that takes you back to a 311 album type sound. The last song Livin's & Rockin'is another great song, as if you expected anything different. It starts off with a techno beat then kicks into the most rockin song on the album. Soundsystem is a great album, everyone should own it, also if you get the chance definately see them live, they are amazing

5-0 out of 5 stars 311is all always up for kickin
I am a huge 311 fan! They are awesome in concert. Every fan must own this album. It has the standard great tracks that all true 311 fans love. 311 is the perfect mix between pump you up feel good music, and their signature chillin style that melts away the stress and chaos in our lives. Stay positive and love your life! ... Read more

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Make Yourself
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 October, 1999)
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Young, aggro, and from Los Angeles--it's tempting to put Incubus in the already crowded category populated by Korn, System of a Down, and their other loud and heavy brethren. But that would sell Incubus short, because Make Yourself, the quintet's sophomore album, is a strong progression beyond their 1997 debut, S.C.I.E.N.C.E.. More like Faith No More than Limp Bizkit, Incubus still have that teen-mosh appeal, though the songwriting and instrumentation on Make Yourself is diverse and thoughtful, both lyrically and musically. "Drive" is an easygoing, slightly trippy acoustic-based outing, while oddball scratching (courtesy of DJ Chris Kilmore) and trip-hop funkiness make "Battlestar Scralatchtica" aptly titled. "Nowhere Fast" is vaguely 311-ish with a reggae tinge and lovely melodic interludes, in contrast to the furious intensity of "Out from Under," which gives Make Yourself a surprisingly cohesive diversity that's hard to categorize. Ultimately, singer Brandon Boyd is not a vocal genius, but lyrically and in performance, he's sensitive, charismatic, and unique. Ditto for the 13 cuts that make up Make Yourself. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars c'mon ppl
oh please yalls- I loved SCIENCE and my favorite band is tool- but just because incubus add sum more melodies and slow down a bit doesnt make them automatic sellouts- its refreshing coz im getting sick of the monotonous heavy 3 chord bands like limp bizkit and such. yu have to listen to this album with an open mind- i think the vocals and lyrics are really well done- ok ya- i miss you is a bit cheesy but it has a good sound- -this is one of those CDs you can listen to all the way through without skipping over stuff- i love all the songs- battlestar is an awesome d&b track that rocks- i love incubus for their unique sound and all the diversity they incorporate in their music- this cd will appeal to incubus fans and attract newer listeners as well- give them a break people- just because theyre trying new stuff doesnt make them sellouts- and if they get some radio play outta this- good for them

4-0 out of 5 stars (4 1/2 Stars) Talk About Your Quantum Leaps...
...Man, where did this come from?!?! The aggro-funk-nu metal of the band's previous efforts barely merit one star between them. S.C.I.E.N.C.E is so bad that I can't believe their record company allowed it to be released.

Why is Make Yourself such a quantum leap over the prior efforts? Well, for one, the boys decided to write actual songs, instilling them with previously lacking components like verses and choruses, harmony and melody. For another, Incubus dramatically, and I mean dramatically, alters their sound into a potent brew of a vaguely alternative, atmospheric, yet piercing rock.

Privilege a hard driving, straight ahead track, effectively announces the arrival of the New Incubus. Nowhere Fast and Consequence keep the momentum going. The pace relents on The Warmth, but the tune is a welcome step back, an introspective piece of work that recalls the late, great Veldt. Stellar is a hypnotic, grooving track that lives up to its name. The title track takes a little time to appease the ear, but it emerges as one of the album's best efforts. Elsewhere, the massive hit Drive, another change of pace track, is well placed on the album, if a bit overplayed on radio and TV. I Miss You, not quite a ballad, but definitely a love song, conveys a wonderful emotion the band seemed entirely incapable of producing before this release. Out From Under closes the album with a potent wallop, providing an emphatic exclamation point on the emergence of the New Model Incubus.

Undoubtedly, Make Yourself immensely benefits from the production hand of alt-rock producer extraordinaire Scott Litt. He is a tremendous step up from Jim Wirt, who is certainly among the worst producers in rock today. Litt cleans up the sound without sanitizing it. And most certainly he inspired and implored the band the come up with some decent tunes before he set foot in the recording studio.

All in all, a wondrous effort. If Incubus can continue the dramatic development witnessed on Make Yourself, they will be a cinch as one of the best mainstream rock groups currently in the game.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's no S.C.I.E.N.C.E
My first taste of Incubus was Morning View. Even though I was not an Incubus fan at the time of listening I didn't think it was anything special. My interest in this band was reignited after a friend lent me S.C.I.E.N.C.E. That album simply blew me away with the way it used turntables and I became an instant fan. Then I bought Make Yourself. I was expecting music in the same vien of S.C.I.E.N.C.E but was slightly disapointed. The turntabling that made S.C.I.E.N.C.E. so great has been toned down in this album and in my opinion it is worse off because of it. Without the turntables I think this album sounds a bit blander and more mainstream. Don't get me wrong, this is still an awesome album, but could have been a lot better if DJ Lyfe had stayed on, or at least given some lessons to DJ Kilmore. But it still gets four stars because it is a very good album. ... Read more

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Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (31 October, 2000)
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She may not break new ground with Stories from the City, Stories fromthe Sea, but Polly Jean Harvey proves one thing: she sure knows how to tendto her plot. Hard-rocking, guitar-driven numbers, mesmerizing vocal wordplay,and plenty of noisy atmospherics prove that Harvey is still the queen ofrock-noir. --Jason Verlinde ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Back on top
PJ Harvey has gone through more incarnations than pretty much any other artist around: vitriolic punk goddess (Dry and Rid of Me); husky, sensual chanteuse (TBYML); techno-flavored diva; and now, all-out rocker.

The April issue of Spin (which featured PJ, among others, on the cover) called her one of the 40 best artists working today, and I have to agree. This album showcases a more "at peace" PJ; there's distinctly less anger--although her wit, power, and mastery of emotion have not decreased at all.

The same Spin article said the Stories album was PJ's most accomplished work to date, although some fans might prefer "the old, open wounds." I personally do. The early albums speak to me more than this one does, but that doesn't detract from this album's mastery. Songs like Kamikaze, Big Exit, We Float, and This Is Love transcend easy categorization. Really, there are no bad songs on this disc, although I think the energy decreases some after the first three songs until you hit Kamikaze.

Regardless, Stories is one of the better albums released in the last year or two (possibly since Is This Desire? *g*) and it's definitely worth a listen. It'll probably bring more people in on our "dirty little secret" of PJ, which can never be a bad thing.

5-0 out of 5 stars PJ Harvey retreads her past styles while moving forward
PJ Harvey returns with yet another brilliant album. Moving away from the electronic/experimental tendencies found on Is This Desire?, this album features a return to a more guitar-based formula that at times recalls her work on Dry and Rid Of Me. The crunchy guitar of "Kamikaze" and "This Is Love" would fit in perfectly on either of those albums.

Several other tracks on the album are lighter songs that feature acoustic guitar and polished pop/rock production with beautiful layering of guitars, synths, pianos, etc. One of these tracks, the wonderful "This Mess We're In", features Radiohead's Thom Yorke on lead vocals dueting with Polly Jean.

From the album-opening rocker "Big Exit" to the album's lovely, somewhat minimalist, finale "We Float", this album shines. While most of PJ's albums since Rid Of Me have moved in a radically different direction from the last, this one retreads old ground to combine old and new. The result is a captivating rock album that ranks among her best.

4-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece? No, but underappreciated
This album simply has some of Polly's funnest songs. Big Exit, Hustling, and This is Love are simply fun, adrenaline-pumping (if not sexually arousing in the case of This is Love) songs that are better than most of the so called thrashing rock that is played on our radio stations. I think some of the dissent against this album comes from the fact that it's so "pop-rocky", well, maybe so, but if it's done well, so what? And yeah, This is Love is not T.S. Elliot when it comes to poetic lyrics, but it's just a FUN song no matter who wrote it. So many people are overly enamored w/ the depressing side of Polly Jean, and I loved Is This Desire? too, but you take the songs for what they are. The guitar work of "This is Love" also straddles the line between minor and dominant tonality, and that helps to give it a grindy, seductive sound. "We Float" has a beautiful vocal line, and is a good ender to the album, solemn yet resilient, a hope earned through suffering that is perfectly reflected by PJ's passion and melody. A good solid rocking album w/ enough maudlin pieces to satisfy that fix, I'd still rank "Is This Desire" ahead of it, but not by much, and I'd take this album over "Rid of Me" and "To Bring You My Love". ... Read more

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Stankonia
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (31 October, 2000)
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Imagine if the ghetto got electrified. That's Stankonia, an album ofstreet smarts doused with gasoline and ready to burn. When a thundering electric guitarcollides with a relentless drumbeat on the molten "Gasoline Dreams," it dominates mindand body, setting the tone for the album. Dre and Big Boi spin a world of freaks, poets,preachers, and pimps, but most importantly, possibilities. This music messes with yourhead. --Lizz Mendez Berry ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars nothin' but stanklove for stankonia
even though i'm not a big fan of dirty south hip-hop, i couldn't help but fall into what is stankonia. it was named number one album of the year in the village voice, and after even just one listening it's easy to see why. their brand of funked up beats and somewhat syncopated delivery create a distinct sound that's pure pleasure to my ears. although i haven't followed them since their first album, i've heard that their fourth and latest installment seems a bit more "for the masses." but hey, i'm not complaining. i recently saw them in concert and they know how to keep a crowd entertained.

personal favorites include:

"B.O.B." - fast, energetic, dynamic, sublime.

"so fresh, so clean" - smooth, funny, interesting.

"ms. jackson" - who doesn't like this song? unforgettable hook, dre and big boi at their best.

"humble mumble" - erykah badu vibe mixed with outkast funk...enough said.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outkast Is Pure Talent
I've been listening to Outkast's music since 1998, when the incredible "Aquemini" came out. From then on I look up to them as a truly re invented, trend-setting and no-holds barred rap duo with talent. The duo's chemistry, whether while they are rhyming or just laying down a beat that they seem to ride, is smooth and convincing... Andre 3000 brings forth eclectic, soul-tinged and adrenaline-pumped rapping, while Big Boi has that traditional yet compelling laid back flow. Their incredible hold on Southern style rap is evident in their songs that scream originality and appeal to everybody at once. Power guitars, accordians, industrial-style hardcore beats... you'll find a lot on this album, and a lot to be thankful for. If you pick this up just because you loved "Ms. Jackson" then you're a smart buyer, but you'll also be incredibly pleased to know that there are pure gems on this large CD which outshine their #1 hit. I can't WAIT for their next one! And, yes, I'm white...

4-0 out of 5 stars outkast!!!
this cd is pretty good. very old school and funky. the stand outs are:

B.O.B.- very nice beat and lyrics by andre 10/10
So fresh, so clean- nice lyrics 10/10
Ms. Jackson- killer beat 10/10
Snappin' and Trappin'- awesome verses by killer mike
" box ya in ya mother f@#%&$
mouth" 10/10
We luv dez Hoez- hilarious song by big boi 8/10 ... Read more

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From Chaos
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 June, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars It grows on you!
When I heard 311's new single "You Wouldn't Believe", I knew that 311 was back. I was hoping this album would be heavier, more "old school" than Soundsystem and Transistor. From the first track to the last, this album is perfect the entire way. Well, ALMOST perfect. It took me awhile to pick apart every song, but i realize a few problems with this CD. Still more creative than most bands, 311's lyrics on "From Chaos" are good, but a little shallow compared to 311's past albums. The guitar work is a bit choppy, somewhat lacking the regular flow on past albums. Nick Hexum's voice is slightly flat on a few tracks, including "I Told Myself", and "I'll Be Here Awhile". Its not very noticable. "Sick Tight" is a classic 311 song, fast paced, "Head-rushing", blended style type of song. "You Wouldn't Believe" was a good choice for a first single. "From Chaos" is a cool song, I hope it will be the next single. It has SA rapping and Nick's smooth vocals, not at all flat on this track. "Amber" is the song making fans go crazy. I'm not sure why, I didn't find anything truly "great" about it. "Uncalm" sounds like something off of Transistor. All in all, this album is really good no matter what amazon's editor says (she's crazy). 311 is always breaking new ground! (Tell me if you ever heard a song like "From Chaos" on any other 311 album). This album is great, buy it and you won't be disappointed. Also try the self-titled "Blue Album" if you want to get hooked on 311. If you don't like this album at first, don't worry. Some of the songs take a little listening to get to like them, then you're hooked!

5-0 out of 5 stars From 311 Comes Another Amazing Album
People that don't know about 311's music will say that they had their day in 1995 with the release of their self titled (blue) album, what they don't know is that it's their weakest album and there are better albums before and after. From Chaos is definately one of their best albums ever, like any band should they keep getting better as time goes on, the song writing on From Chaos is great, the vocals from Nick and SA are awesome, Tim Mahoney continues to show his extreme talent without over playing, when he is technically able to, PNut's bass playing is something of envy as usual, and Chad's drumming is insane. With this album it seems as if they rediscovered thier roots and updated them, this is evident with songs such as You Get Worked and Sick Tight, they sound like vintage 311. The guitar harmonies on I Told Myself sounds similar to that of Beautiful Disaster. Songs such as From Chaos and You Wouldn't Believe are great, and both really uptempo with awesome lyrics and catchy melodies. Theres really only one dissapointing song on the album and that's Full Ride, I don't know what they were thinking with that one but it definately ranks up their with some of their worst songs, and in my opinion they only have 3. Another high point of the album are the slower songs Champagne and Amber, the latter which became somewhat of a hit in the spring/summer of 2002, both excellent songs that show off the band. Wake Your Mind Up which was cowritten with the Pharcyde is an amazing track, completely upbeat really catchy, with an astounding bass solo at the end of the song. The album closes with two amazing songs as well, Uncalm which is one of the moodiest songs they've ever recorded, could definately be an outtake from Transistor and the acoustic I'll Be Here A While which is a song Nick wrote years before there even was a 311, and they recorded it for this album, and it's the perfect way to close what is another amazing piece of plastic from one the most amazing bands ever....311

5-0 out of 5 stars Exquisite and flawless work
Allow me to express how in awe I am right now. Got the point? I shall begin my review of 'From Chaos'.

Although I've always admired 311 and liked a few of their songs here and there, I never became what you would probably consider a complete "fan" until a few months ago. I got three of their albums ('Evolver', 'Soundsystem', and 'Transistor') last month and was extremely impressed, especially with 'Soundsystem'. I remembered loving "You Wouldn't Believe" and "Amber", and wanted to purchase the 'From Chaos' album.

After a month of looking for it, I found it today...and my CD collection will never be the same.

I don't see what this negativity is about - this is a BEAUTIFUL album. Not only is 311 the most original band out there, this album just flows. I am ecstatic about it. I can see this becoming one of my favorite CDs of all time. I like every song on here (that's rare). Standouts are "Amber" (I still haven't gotten sick of it), "You Wouldn't Believe", "Uncalm", and "Champagne." Tim Mahoney is among the best guitarists I've ever heard and even though many reviews on here proclaimed Nick Hexum's voice to be monotone, I find it to be beautiful and soothing.

All in all, a wonderful album. Amazing. I recommend it to anyone - 311 fan, not 311 fan, someone who's never HEARD of 311 - ANYBODY. This album is perfection and I'm not sure how I've went this long without it. ... Read more

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