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    Wonder What's Next
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (08 October, 2002)
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    Chevelle’s haunting, booming, and vitriolic sophomore release opens with a song about three brothers called "Family System" Given that the three Loeffler brothers comprise Chevelle, it's easy to imagine the source of the song. Singer/guitarist Pete, drummer Sam, and bassist Joe have an intuitive gift for melding melody and intense, brutal passion in a manner that recalls at various times Live, Taproot, and Tool. From the brutal plea of the dynamic "Forfeit" to the bombast of"An Evening with El Diablo," Chevelle’s earnest, less then groundbreaking modern rock captures an intensity that almost makes up for a sometimes cookie-cutter musical vibe. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Fred Durst's Numba One Fann Is A Moron!
    "Yo my street peeps, how are ya?? Usually I hate evil black and death metal bands, but this Chevelle band pulls off the stylr rather well, with low end, heavy riffs, growled vocals, rumbling bass and fractic drumbing!! The lead guitarist is a madman and a half!! You have to be a it mentally disturbed to write riffs as savage as he does, but his mental instability is our gain!! Another noticable thing is their love for all things dark and satanic. One of the more obvious moments is in "Comfortable Liar" which shows how comfortable they are with telling lies and bearing false witness against their fellow neighbors!! This bltantly defies the 8th commandment of course, but this don't effect them one bit since their veterans of the left hand path. "The Red" is another evil moment, taling of their love for the color red which represents blood and sacrifice. "Send The Pain Below" talks of all things painful and deviant in the underworld. I would have given this more starz but the lyrics and music is scary and overwhelming so 2 is good for now. This album goes well with anything by The Bee Gee's, Vital Remains, Three Dog Night, Black Eyed Peas, Christina Augulera, Weezer, Nelly, Exhumed, Aerosmith, Alan Jackson and Puff Daddy. Peace out peeps!!"

    Some idiot reviewer by the name of "Fred Durst's Numba One Fann" decided to hark on this a year ago. Well, I'd like to tell him that CHEVELLE IS NOT SATANIC METAL! They're actually a Christian band, as a matter of fact.

    The problem with this disc is that it is overrated, and it is nothing compared to "Point #1". "The Red" is not my favorite song, but it is acceptable. "Send The Pain Below" is a better track, but it is very overplayed. "Closure" is possibly the best track on this CD. It sounds a lot like Tool at times, and I love Tool. "Comfortable Liar" would be my pick for an underrated track. However, if you want this CD, buy it used. It's not worth your fifteen dollars. I suggest "This Type Of Thinking (Can Do Us In)" instead. It is not as overhyped as "Wonder What's Next", which isn't terrible.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Is there a better live act?
    If you get a chance, check out Chevelle live.They play with such back-breaking intensity, you can't help but tip your cap to them.They played mostly off of Wonder What's Next and This Type of Thinking and simply rocked out.The booming and abrasive tracks of Closure, The Red, and Comfortable Liar were incredible to witness live and make this CD worth purchasing just on their own merit.

    Chevelle, without question, have the most intense, yet somehow extraordinarily well-coordinated, guitar riffs of any band out there.And better yet, this CD never gets old.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    I have all 3 Albums of Chevelle so far. If you love Hard rock stuff you'll love this album. ... Read more

    Asin: B00006GO98
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Indie Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock   


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    Looking Up
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 June, 2000)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Hmm...
    I love Autopilot Off (p.k.a. Cooter), and this cd has its good and bad parts. The bad thing about this cd is the similarity of the songs - most of them have nearly same drumbeat and guitar riffs. My favorite songs are the ones that don't sound like the rest: Full House, Looking Up, Underrated, and Sleep Tight. I (highly) recommend Autopilot Off's EP instead of this, but if you like punk, you might like this.

    And APO is not a Christian band...*sigh*

    5-0 out of 5 stars christian band
    i loved this cd and thier e on island they have a great sound. also if not cussing makes you a christan band than that must make rakim (a rapper) a christian rapper

    5-0 out of 5 stars cooter- autopilot off
    this is one of the best cds i have ever heard. cooter, now autopilot off is most definetly not a christan band, they stated they just did there own thing and cussing alot to get there point across didnt make any sence to them. i would most definetly buy this album. ... Read more

    Asin: B000023VRR
    Sales Rank: 186585
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Punk Revival    3. Punk-Pop    4. Rock   


    Hurry Up and Wait
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (06 August, 2002)
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    SharingBlink 182's prepubescentcharm andPennywise's atomicpower chords, the former pizza delivery boys who go by the name of Riddlin' Kidshave practically stumbled onto a gold mine. It helps that venom-spewing songssuch as "Crazy" and "I Feel Fine" come replete with torrential riffs andblinding choruses along the lines of "She knocked me on my ass again, but Idon't mind/ Looks like I'm alone again and I feel fine." Any self-respectingteen could get with that. Produced by Paul Ebersold(3 Doors Down) at ArdentStudios in Memphis, Hurry Up and Wait proves that no matter how hecticthings get, there's always room for one more on the short bus. --AidinVaziri ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Atomic pop-punk from down south
    I used to think the only thing "punk" coming outta Texas was Bowling for Soup...Until, of course, I bought "hurry up and wait". It's a pretty awesome debut, If I do say so myself, and it doesn't mind being actually more pop than punk (which is always good in an age where being "real punk" is more important to some than life itself). The guitar work is cool, but nothing outstanding, and the music is pretty catchy too. At first, the songs didn't really stick, but after a while, they grew on me like crazy, and HUAW practically never left my CD player. However, not everything is great about HUAW. Some of the songs have less than steller chorus', and the vocalist is a bit too low pitched for my tastes. But then again, those are all just MY opinion and have no real reflection on the CD itself. So take my advice, if you like Bowling for soup or other talented pop-punk acts, you'll enjoy Riddlin' Kids.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Album
    this is an awesome cd, riddlin kids have definately made their mark in the punk world. this cd is incredible and even though their other cds (any day now and why are you buying this?) were good as well, this one was a major breakthrough for them. they have awesome sound and amazing talent, in other words THEY ROCK!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Another faux-punk band...
    Another faux-punk band. One good song (I Feel Fine) and a weak cover of REM's `End of the World'. Great cartoon cover of a girl kicking a boy in the nuts. ... Read more

    Asin: B00006DU12
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Punk Revival    4. Punk-Pop    5. Rock   


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    No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 March, 2002)
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    You can tell a lot about a band by the company it keeps. Simple Plan's close chums include Good Charlotte and Blink 182, giving one a fair hint of the sound the group's debut, though, judging by song titles like "I’m Just a Kid," "The Worst Day Ever," and "God Must Hate Me," it’s clear these Canadian pop-punkers are aiming for a younger demographic still. Ignore the bikini-clad babes that festoon the sleeve--there’s none of Blink 182’s smutty double-entendres here. Frontman Pierre Bouvier writes about skipping school, crashing dad’s car, and lusting after girls that don’t know he exists. "Every day," he sob, "is the worst day ever." The music itself is far from glum. "I’d Do Anything" is a beaming Green Day-style chugger, while "When I’m With You" is a tale of obsession and heartbreak that owes more to the Go-Go's than Rancid. Seasoned punk fans will be put off by the excessive juvenilia, but the new wave should lap this up. --Louis Pattison ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars a time when i was........ Just a Kid.
    no doubt i have joined the ranks of those who proclaim simple plan a skunk band than punk band... at the age of 18 and my music tastes has since transitted to that of classic rockbands and obscure indie bands.

    when i was 14 (going through those lame-o transitions phrases), simple plan was THE band and part of the "punk" revivial of the 2000s...unfortunately they ARE pop in the facade appeal of punkrockers to appeal to the young disgruntled youths..of let's say..age 8 to 15.

    however, when i was 14 this cd meant everything and was especially relevant in the going-ons in life.
    songs like I'm Just a Kid (yeah life is a nightmare, i'm just a kid, yeah life's not fair) has a Malcolm in the Middle tinge to it, sorta reminds you of the time when you thought snapping girl's bra straps were cool and just cuz your mom didn't give you any pocket money, life ain't fair.

    Songs like; The Worst Day Ever and God Must Hate Me; is perfect for those rainy friday nights when all your buddies are out with their new girlfriends at some ice-cream store and your at home watching HBO or playing computer games.

    My Alien is pure silly and reminds me of my terrier humping basically.. (4 legs to wrap around...she knows when something's wrong...)

    Perfect with its huge radioplay should also appeal to the young teens who all claim to be misunderstood.

    the album's for pure fun really. for those parties where your friends are all mainstream and think classic rock is noise, for the middle line between not falling to britney/a1/westlife type pop.....compromise and go 'pop-skunk'. like simple plan. i wouldn't even call them punk and the word punk is getting too heavy with every single newbies jumping on its bandwagon.


    otherwise. skip this album. you won't enjoy it and at the constantly broke age of 18 attempt to hide it below your dad's bryan adams and metallica albums, hoping guests who come over do not spot it...and dream about how you could spent the $16 from the simple plan cd wiser.
    cuz that's what i do.

    2-0 out of 5 stars read this and thaen THINK about it!!!
    these guys are losers.... okay im a 14 yr old girl, im not not somefreak, i have a life and i like music, however even i, a 14 yr old relize how dumb these guys sound. They are like insanely rich but they still complain and whine about thier lives and how much they suck. The shut up music video is really weird too, the guys go into a hotel (they just walk in, kinda random, but i can deal with that)but the weird part is that all these peaople are eating, right? totally minding thier own business and the guys walk through and they're singing "stup up! shut up!" and they are knocking waiters over. i was like "that makes sense. not" what the h*ll were they doing they're like mad at everyone and no one is even doing anything to them. The people there were eating freakin pasta or something! What are they always so made about? i reallydon't get it. also they complain about everything nonstop...oh wait i already said that, duh! They are losers!!! i don't know if anyone else gets that... i even like pop. im not some goth girl who is like a veagan or something or one of those people who wears black to mourn for our country (even though we are really messed up), im actually preppy, i don't know- something about them really bothers me a LOT! k, thats my opion sry its so long.

    1-0 out of 5 stars id give this -100 stars if possible
    this so called "band" just needs to quit, right now. but they won't cause they know that the people like those who gave this poor excuse of a cd (more like a drink coaster) will listen to them and give them the money which they don't deserve. simple plan, hmmm, well they do have one. that is to brainwash these idiots into believing their music is actually GOOD, and of course some people are actually stupid enough to believe such things. heartbreakerrrrr...oh dude shut the hell up, i so want to punch the lead singer in the face, its more like no pads, no helmet, and no balls. and their new cd is called "still not getting any." really, i wonder why, could it be because all of you in your little elementary school p***y pop band have no talent and are all complete flamers?

    Simple Plan stinks, no matter what anyone says. ... Read more

    Asin: B000060P79
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    That's Business
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (31 October, 1995)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Record from a Mediocre Band.
    This is a listenable album, but it didn't win any records, and it didn't deserve to. This is a basic start by Home Grown, the recording quality is poor, which is probably its best atribute (making it sound like an older punk record), and the songs arn't really that catchy. "Surfer Girl" is easily the albums best track, but it sounds too raw and unfinnished, almost as though it was rushed in order to get on the album, this song is, however, brought to justice on the bands second record "Act Your Age." If you are planning to buy a Home Grown record I suggest "King's of Pop," an all together much better record, but be warned the voices of the band's two vocalists become intolerable after a few listens!

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD TO ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION
    That's business is one of the best albums I have.Before I bought this cd, I wanted to get Act Your Age first because I heard it was great.So I went to Sam Goody's and they didn't have it.They had That's Business, so I decided to give this album a try first.I am so glad I did.This is a very talented band.Song after song is a hit.One of the best punk/ska albums you can buy.Get a job, The Hearing Song, She Said, Alternative Girl, and Wanna-Be are great songs to start out the cd.But the stand out song on this cd is Surfer Girl.Its very different from all the others.The music to the song is written very well, including the stuck-in-the-head lyrics.After Surfer Girl, the cd keeps it up with its ska fast paced songs like Ubotherme, and Face In The Crowd.There are absolutely no filler songs on this album.But there are some weak songs that don't do as good as the rest like One Night Stand, Employers Market, and S.F.L.B.This is long album too but not too long to get bored with it.The bonus track at the end of S.F.L.B. is worth listening to.Its all instrumental but very awesome.Well, I guess that's my review.I hope you will consider to buy this cd.You will be very happy you did.Rock on.

    5-0 out of 5 stars this cd kicks ***
    This is the best punk/pop cd you will ever listen to. The lyrics are catchy ,and the music rocks. SOngs like "Surfer Girl" and "My friends suck" rule. This cd is totally worth your money. ... Read more

    Asin: B000008UOL
    Sales Rank: 49107
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. Ska    5. Ska-Punk    6. Third Wave Ska Revival   


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    Trapt
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (05 November, 2002)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not that bad.
    Like about 99.9% of the people reviewing this album, the first song I heard was HEADSTRONG. I waited for about a year but finally bought it. I would probably give it a 3.9, but that rounds to 4. Here's how I feel...

    Headstrong-8/10 great song but does tend to get old
    Made of Glass-10/10 great underrated song
    Hollowman-8/10 exactly like headstrong
    These walls-6/10 not to good. but not too bad
    Slill frame-9/10 hard rock that doesn't lose it's frame, needs a video
    Echo-10/10 best song on the album, NEVER GET'S OLD
    Game-4/10 worst song on the album, makes no sense and it's just not really trapt
    When It's said and Done- 9/10 Impressive, very impressive
    Egnigma-5/10 oK, not bad, not good
    Stories-7/10 a good song and it gets addictive
    New beginning-5/10 It's alright

    Not the best band, but still pretty good

    1-0 out of 5 stars Trapt by Trapt
    Trapt is another band who has been trapt by Hollywood, Clear Channel, and the rest of public media.They are light pop garbage that doesn't deserve to be on the market, unless there is some market for bodily wastes that I haven't yet discovered.If I ever do find this market for brown solid torpedo shaped waste products, I will most certainly sell my used copy of Trapt's miniature frisbee on this market and make some money.

    Headstrong and Echo are the two singles that actually got somewhere: onto top 40 radio.That's a sure sign that the rest of the albums SUCKS just as much.This may be music to the ears of some, and those some are crap to all of me.Trapt is trapped in a loop of a mix of metal ballads(is there such a thing), and acoustic $ex music.Please save your money and buy some quality music.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad For The First CD
    I first Heard 'Headstrong' on my hometown rock station before the album came out. The first thought that went through my head was "Oh s***, another one hit wonder." There have been so many come-and-go bands recently that I paid Trapt little attention. Then I heard the second single titled 'Still Frame' and it got to me. I decided that I still didn't want to own the CD, but I would give it a shot. I borrowed from a friend of mine and listened to it while reading the lyrics off the internet (I only borrowed the disc). I was amazed at how the lyrics and guitar riffs flowed and moved with the beat. What impressed me more was that you could actually hear what the bass player was playing!!! That's almost unheard of anymore. I think that, while they are only OK, this band deserves at least a four star rating because few bands are that good at the release of their Freshman Album. I think they are gonna go places and hope to hear the new CD soon. ... Read more

    Asin: B00006WL1Z
    Sales Rank: 2875
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


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    Disclaimer
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 August, 2002)
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    Creed's brand of life-affirming hard rock has done little to lift the spirits of label mates Seether. "It seems like everything is gray and there's no color to behold," the South African trio's frontman Shaun Morgan fumes on "Fine Again." Its debut album is an unrelentingly grim affair, punctuated by self-obsession and angst, grinding riffs, and dragging rhythms. "It seems like I'm alone here, hollow again," Morgan sings on "Sympathetic." But taking a cue from leading miserablists Staind, Seether temper their angst with melody and soul, allowing the sun to break through in sweeping, emotional tracks like "Fade Away" and "Driven Under." Perhaps shifting a couple million units will improve the group's disposition. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Seether Rocks!!
    This cd is just absoluteley incrdible. All of the songs are so meaningful,original,and will just blow you away. His voice fits every song and the band rocks!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Cut the crap, this band kicks a**...
    I hate it when a band gets a little bit famous, and all the sudden people hate them. Wtf is that? If you like a band, don't you WANT them to get some recognition? Of course, its an entirely different story if that band changes their style... N*E*Way, I've had this CD a long time, and after tons of listens I can say it's pretty much above average. Some of the songs (Driven Under, Fine Again, Broken w/o Amy Lee, Fade Away) totally kick a**, while others (69 tea, gasoline, pig) don't quite get to kickin. My favorite though would have to be F**k it, cuz the screaming kicks a**.

    Highly Advised for fans of: Trapt, Smile Empty Soul, Three Days Grace, Linkin Park ect...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome
    Seether's new song with Amy Lee {Broken} is Awsome!!
    Some people say that they are a copy band but I don't think so. Everyone has to start some where. Many bands have copied other bands to get ahead. If you want a good CD this is it.
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    Asin: B00006BMWO
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock    5. South Africa   


    Stone Sour
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 August, 2002)
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    After validating every stripe of teen torment when working as masked members of Slipknot, vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root offer fans a chance to explore the sounds of their former, failed hard rock band, Stone Sour. Formed in 1992 and retired in 1997, Stone Sour played soulful, metallic hard rock in the vein of Alice in Chains, traces of which later appeared in looser, guitar-oriented Slipknot numbers like "Left Behind." The album opener, "Get Inside," and the snaky "Choose" kick with the agility of Pantera, while the mellower "Monolith" and "Blue Study" rely on Taylor's nasal vocals for emotional punch. Stone Sour probably wouldn't have made it out of Iowa in 2002 without the platinum pedigree of its erstwhile members; still, this is a respectable package of monster riffs and dynamic ideas. --Ian Christe ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Stone Sour is Sic
    Late Review, i got this CD about a week after it came out

    Stone Sour is Allot better than slipknot, melodically, vocally, and instrumentally.

    Slipknot's music is hard and heavy, really good, but after hearing three or four songs, it just sound all the same (well i must comment them on their latest album Vol. 3), the screaming, the yelling, it just gets old after a bit.
    Only time I really heard Corey Taylor's singing voice was in "Wait and Bleed", and that was for a short bit.

    Corey's voice is much better when he isn't yelling.

    There was only one song in Stone Sour self titled album that reminded me of Slipknot which was "Idle Hands"

    From my personal opinion, every song on here is great, there isn't one that I can make any bad comments on, all have great vocals and guitar riffs.

    My only disappointment is that there is a chance they won't make another album now that slipknot has reformed.

    Another album from Stone Sour would be really great.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ACE!
    this is wierd. Im a... sorta fan of slipknot. i like vol.3 but the older stuff i stay well clear from. its scary hahaha. stone sour is more like my kinda music yet its just too wierd seeing how slipknot have become more and more like stone sour, yet altho the hav the same guitarist and same singer how different the two are. if you like vol.3 then ul love stone sour. if your more of a fan of the older slipknot then stear clear of this. this is light compared to Iowa, Slipknot and Mate Feed Kill Repeat. GOOD STUFF THO !!!!
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    Bother 10/10
    Tumult 9/10
    Get Inside 10/10

    5-0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite cds
    this album is one of the greatest cds next to slipknot's vol 3 and the darkness's permission to land. favorite songs on this cd are orchids and omega ... Read more

    Asin: B00006FYG0
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


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    Back Into Your System
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (12 November, 2002)
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    Saliva frontman Josey Scott unintentionally elevated his band above countless nü metal clones by teaming up with Nickelback's Chad Kroeger to write and record the song "Hero" for the Spider-Man soundtrack. The tang of mainstream success was exactly what the Memphis, Tennessee, group needed to break away from the pack on Back into Your System. This follow-up to its major-label debut, Every Six Seconds, ups the heavy atmospherics and dyspepsia. "Always" takes on the touchy subject of domestic violence with unblinking force as Scott rips into the verses "I've seen the blood all over your hands / Does it make you feel more like a man?," while "Raise Up" mixes testosterone-heavy rapping with raging guitars in the most menacing way possible, and Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx contributes the authentically angsty ballad "Rest in Pieces." It's the sound of a band discovering its potential. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars My first taste of Saliva - refreshing nu-rock
    This is another band that I was introduced to through a friend at work and had some doubts too. All I can say is WOW. They remind me of a much younger Nickelback. Not age wise but music career wise, with some interesting and thought provoking lyrics in 'Always', 'Raise Up' and 'Back In Your System'. Great songs with even greater messages in them. The important issue of domestic voilence in our society is again touched upon in a resolute way in 'Always', which for me makes this album a winner for me.
    Good music is great but even better is music with messages that can be heard clearly within the lyrics. Scott as the lead vocalist carries the band and the beat backup is supurb. The only reason I didn't give this CD 5/5 is for the last 3 songs that sounded flat...the hits of the CD should have been spread out a little more.
    But overall great CD and can't wait to get more of Saliva's work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars SALIVA- back into your system is good...A MUST BUY!!!!!!!!!!
    Saliva- Back into your system- 5 STARS ALL THE WAY, BABY!!! YEAH!

    I just got this album not long ago and I was amazed how good the songs were. Josey Scott has an awesome voice that brings in a different kind of rock vocal, which definalty isn't a bad thing. I got into it while listening to "Survival of the sickest" on a rescent WWE pay-per-view. After that I was at their mercy. I believe back in to your system is their best album but do like some tracks from Every six seconds & SOTS. my favorite songs are "Weight of the world" "Always" "Pride" and "Superstar II."

    I am going to get the rest of the albums as soon as possible.

    I hope this review has made you want to buy this album, cause its a total collectable, no doubt.

    1-0 out of 5 stars WAL-MART METAL BULLSH*T!
    God, these guys are pathetic poseurs. Every album they've released (I don't know about the first album) rips off a different band each time. This CD is a knockoff of Nickelback, yet another pathetic "wannabe grunge but can't be Eddie Vedder" band. Out of all the Saliva albums, this is the worst. One star? Come on, ONE STAR? It doesn't deserve this. This deserves -9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 stars! "Always" has a bunch of s**tty lyrics to it:

    "I love you, I hate you, I can't live without you..."

    What a bunch of pathetic bullcrap, but wait! We have the song "Rest In Pieces", a bunch of garbage stirred up and delivered to the pop radio stations. $ellout$!

    I can't believe that bands these days are copying other bands' albums and pasting the albums as their own. ... Read more

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    Away from the Sun [Limited Edition w/ Bonus DVD]
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (12 November, 2002)
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    Mississippi's 3 Doors Down will forever be known as the "Kryptonite" band--a reference to the runaway hit from their debut disc, The Better Life--but not for a lack of trying on their part. Away from the Sun is pretty much everything one could want from a contemporary American rock record--terrifically catchy melodies, soaring choruses, meaty playing, and lyrics that reach for meaning. In other words, a disc crafted with radio in mind. The title track and album opener "When I'm Gone" are grand, wide-screen suites with big guitar and even bigger themes, while "Here Without You" is a fat, earnest weeper Bono would envy. In fact, there's nary a clunker in the bunch, although a certain sameness pervades the band's writing, a point exacerbated by vocalist Brad Arnold's everyman contralto. Still, 3 Doors Down juggle the hard/soft dynamic deftly, alternately recalling Stone Temple Pilots, Creed,Train, and their ilk. --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of my fave CD's that I own
    Words cannot describe how much I love this album! Most people would agree 'When I'm Gone' & 'Here Without You' are some really good songs. However songs such as 'The Road I'm On', 'Changes' & 'Away From The Sun' are just some of the notable mentions. Then again its hard to single out just some songs. From song number 1 down to the hidden track at the end, they are all great.

    A must buy....Just my 2 cents worth :)

    4-0 out of 5 stars American Pride
    Away From the Sun gives hope to the fact that there is still some quality music being produced that isn't prepackaged crapola.3 Doors Down turns out a very heartfelt album here steeped in their trademark guitar riffs, bending harmonies and somber thoughtful lyrics that make you want to sing along !! 3DD definitely avoids the sophomoric jinx with tunes like "Here Without You", "Running Out of Days", "Away from the Sun" and of course the tune that has become an anthem for our troops overseas "When I'm Gone" !!I haven't been this jazzed about a "southern" rock band since Drivin' & Cryin'...and these guys have the same energy, their own distinctive sound and tremendous musicianship!! These guys belt out high quality rock that carries a distinctive sound that you can be proud to have in your collection.

    3-0 out of 5 stars 3-1/2 stars -- Nothin' like a nice serving of 3DD
    3 Doors Down's latest album Away From The Sun is a good piece of work. There are conscious lyrics, exceptional guitar work, and, of course, stellar vocals from Brad Arnold.

    Things start off on the right foot with the leadoff single "When I'm Gone", and after that comes the introspective title track. Then it's on to "The Road I'm On", which, incidentally, may replace "Be Like That" as being my favorite song from them. And their latest song, "Here Without You", is a ballad that is sure to be a hit with their female fans, but it may have to grow on their male fans. I like the song already, though.

    Why only 3-1/2 stars? Well, I really wasn't a big fan of the songs toward the end of the album. "Changes" isn't exactly my favorite song, and the production of "Sarah Yellin'" is really disorganized. Also, "Going Down In Flames" sounds like it was thrown together at the last minute.

    But this is still a good album, and the hidden bonus track reminds you why you picked it up it the first place. I'll be looking forward to their next album.

    Anthony Rupert ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock    5. Southern Rock   


    The Lonely Position of Neutral
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 July, 2002)
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    Though this semi-anguished boy-metal group claims that lock-jawed Helmet is a primary influence (and layers of frayed guitar chords support that claim) Trust Company are better characterized as a simpler and slightly more heartfelt relative of Linkin Park. Minus the turntables and digital tricks, but laden with revealing lyrics, a wide guitar sound, and thumping rock rhythms, Trust Company charge fearlessly through the gaping hole in the pop landscape left by more famous contemporaries. Thanks to Linkin producer Don Gilmore, their major-label debut is smoother than those of Papa Roach and Puddle of Mudd. To their detriment, they're sometimes lulled by the slickness of their polished hooks. Like the title implies, the ride is more impressive when the band dares to veer beyond its own neutrality. --Ian Christe ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Mundane and Generic Nu Metal Trash
    I was bored one day and decided to listen to some music, so I decided to give TRUST Company another listen. I could not believe it. What I have been listening to for all of these years is now unpleasant to my ears, and as nu-metal itself is a sinking ship and extremely generic today, I decided to quit listening to this. As I hate Linkin Park with a burning passion, I also realized that TRUST Company is just another stale and mundane nu-metal band. I am starting to grow away from nu-metal as I am typing this. Sure, I can enjoy instigators of the genre like Helmet, Faith No More, and Korn, along with up-and-coming bands of the late 90's like Coal Chamber, Mudvayne, Nothingface and Slipknot, but with a bunch of generic followers today? I'll pass.

    The first single, "Downfall", consists of vocals that remind me of Linkin Park, which is never good, and "Running From Me" was a favorite, but I grew out of it. This CD is nothing other but an extremely watered down copy of Linkin Park's "Hybrid Theory", which is a watered down copy of Machine Head's "The Burning Red". To be serious, there is much better music than what the radio has to offer. I'm not saying that all radio music sucks, as I am not a purist, but many of the new artists appearing on the radio are extremely boring. For mainstream rock music that doesn't suck (not stuff on pop radio), I suggest Mudvayne, Slipknot, Black Label Society, Porcupine Tree, System Of A Down, Static-X, and Adema (their new album is pretty good). Please avoid this at all costs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Rock of 2002
    This is one of the best rock albums of 2002. Every track on this album can be repeated and still be fresh. The lyrics take on a totally different meaning each time you listen to them, and are easy to bring into your own life for evaluation. This is an amazing debut effort, and only a preview of things to come on True Parallels.

    3-0 out of 5 stars eh, not that great but it is worth a listen or 2.
    im not a huge trust co fan but they do have potential to be huge, just not on this record.i like to listen to this every now and then because i rarely ever listen to this cd.the only worth while thing about the band is there bass player.the singer isnt bad but he sounds like a school girl in some of the songs and the band is lacking creativity.they were big for awhile but then it seemed like they just disappeared off the face of the earth.however im looking forward to there sophomore cd TRUE PARELLELS which sounds like its going to be very good , but who knows it could end up like this cd.i just really wish i could get into them but as for now ill stick to more new bands like 3 days grace, 3doors down, chevelle, incubus, queens of the stone age, crossfade etc... ... Read more

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    The Better Life
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (08 February, 2000)
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    The Mississippi-based quartet 3 Doors Down has only one thing that sets them apart from other hard rock bands: lead vocalist Brad Arnold is also the drummer. The group shops the sounds of Pearl Jam and the Goo Goo Dolls, pointing at what they like, picking it off the shelf, and throwing it into the stew.While the music on The Better Life, their debut, sounds overall both competent and confident, the songs themselves are equally uninspired and clichéd.For example, the riff from the track "Loser" is straight out of the Alice in Chains songbook, adding much more cringe-worthy lyrics ("Addiction needs a pacifier, the buzz of this poison is taking me higher").In fact, most of the lyrics zero in on well-worn rockthemes of aggravation, confusion, and frustration, feelings that 3 Doors Down will easily coax out of discriminating listeners. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars 3DD Best Album
    I bought this album when it first came out and I still love it. I'm mainly writing this review to let new fans of 3DD know that this one is still their best. Every song on this track is amazing and still gets routine spins in my CD player. It's also their hardest rocking CD they've put out and it's one every fan should have in their collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Band Ever
    Although I may sound biased when I say this, but 3 Doors Down is the best band ever. The summary by Jason Josephes, who is a very unopen-to-good-music-no-matter-what-genre-critic, is a load of bull. 3DD may sound like Alice and Chains,the Goo Goo Dolls, andPearl Jam, but they do have a unique style of their own. They take country music sounds and tweak them till they sound like rock, and that makes it all the better. I guess even though 3DD got 3 top ten singles on THE BETTER LIFE, 3 more on AWAY FROM THE SUN, and one now on SEVENTEEN DAYS, and got #1 on SEVENTEEN DAYS WHEN IT CAME OUT!, Mr. Josephes isn't happy. 3DD has been around for 5 years, and will be around for many more. Of course, it might help to listen to the cd before you say crap about it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love this CD!
    This is a great, rockin' CD full of terrific rock energy and great musicianship. Love this CD. ... Read more

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


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    Pay the Girl
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (04 March, 2003)
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    Essentially singer-songwriter stylings performed by a rock quintet, Pay the Girl’s debut mines catchy pop in the vein of Lifehouse and Collective Soul. The Spin Doctors-like "Beverly" is a bouncy tune with charming lyrics about unrequited love. The band also fares well on the moodier, keyboard-infused "Clueless." The Cincinnati-based rockers, oddly enough, cowrote some songs with Hedwig & the Angry Inch mastermind Steven Trask, as well as with Jeff Pence from Blessid Union of Souls and Default guitarist Jeremy Hora. Still, Pay the Girl forge their own style, churning out radio-ready rock songs that break no new ground, but are clearly heartfelt. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Give It Time...
    I won't lie to you:I bought this CD at full retail awhile ago, and it didn't impress me, so I traded it in about a year ago.But just recently, thanks (unfortunately) to a going-out-of-business sale, I picked it up again on a whim from the same store for almost nothing.Now that I've had a few weeks to re-acquaint myself with Pay The Girl, I must say I'm glad I did.

    There's really not a bad song on this CD."Beverly" is a good solid rock song reminiscent of Nine Days' "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)", except that it's marred by the painfully cliche'd line, "I wanna be your Romeo".Possibly the best song on the album is the exquisite ballad "Clueless".Other great tracks include the rocker "All You Are", the first-rate power-ballad "In Between", and the closing track, "We Both Lose".Jason Phelps' lead vocals not only sound a bit like Jon Bon Jovi's, but also give this group's sound the same complementary, propulsive energy.

    Sure, there's nothing about them that's particularly groundbreaking or unique, and their "radio-friendly" production values might make them seem a bit bland and even turn off some listeners, but as far as debut albums go, Pay The Girl put out a pretty darn decent and enjoyable CD.If you're not impressed at first, give it time ... you may find yourself warming to it like I did.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Rock Bland
    I bought this based on some of the reviews and some of the Amazon links, which implied if you liked groups like Athenaeum and Collapsis, which were excellent bands by the way, then you will love this.Unfortunately, they couldn't be more wrong.The lyrics and music are very unoriginal and lack depth.The songs aren't even catchy.I listed to this CD four times, which is my limit for giving things a chance, and nothing appealed to me.My high school band was more original than these guys.Do yourself a favor and check out Athenaeum, Collapsis, or Muse instead.

    5-0 out of 5 stars superb / what a great cd
    I have been finding new music frequently on Amazon via links and recommendations and reviews, and am thrilled to be able to do so(thank god for the internet). Pay The Girl is one of my rewards. A truly wonderful cd. New,refreshing,unique,different,impressive. Definitely one you want for your collection. They remind me a little of Dishwalla (my all time favorite R & R group). You won't regret the money you spend on this one. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Album Rock    3. Alternative Pop/Rock    4. Pop    5. Pop/Rock    6. Rock   


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    Where You Are
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (11 February, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Music?.......Absolutely
    WOW I first heard "Down" and "Everyone" on the radio and thought "Wow must get this CD" and I did, and am VERY glad that I did, it is certainly not a waste of money even if you had to pay $30 for it. The music is some dang amazing rock that you wont get from any other band, the lyrics are even good which is a plus. There isn't one song on here that i like less than any of the others. I definitely recommend this one.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Ain't Nirvana, Ain't bad though.
    There are alot of comparisons to other bands in the review for this album. I must say, I am a huge Nirvana fan, I am from Washington after all, and there are some points during the album that it does sound like a new Nirvana track. But in no way, shape or form does this sound like a Nirvana album. The songs are upbeat and peppy (Not Nirvana) but they are musically sound. Generally this album lasted two weeks in my car, not bad for me. My advice is to make sure you know you aren't getting a Nirvana caliber album and understand that there are a lot of ballads on this cd. So those attracted by the sngle might be dissapointed.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Solid effort
    This band is incredible, not only because of this very commendable debut but also for the fact that the whole band has barely graduated from high school. ELements of Kurt Cobain (Nivana singer) and Lifehouse (instrumentals) can be found here; it seems the band cannot decide between the Melodic Rock approach, or the grunge, hard rock tact.

    Killer songs include "Never be the same", "Utopia" (sound like they ripped it straight from Nirvana's CD), "Everyone", and "I"m Happy". However, the album generally carries an optimistic mood, with some very catchy melodic passages.

    If you're a fan of staind, thornley, or anything that incorporates talented vocalists and modest "heaviness", then you'll no doubt enjoy this up and coming band. ... Read more

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    Inertia
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 January, 2003)
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    Modern, but not mired in nu metal or too-cute punk pop, the Exies' brand of raw, dark rock falls somewhere between Nirvana and early Goo Goo Dolls. The powerful, percussive "My Goddess" has a "Welcome to the Jungle" feel, while "Can't Relate"’s beautifully layered and conceived vocals and melody are oddly reminiscent of ELO. Ballads "Kickout" and the title track aren't as compelling as the headier, heavier entries, though "Creeper Kamikaze" has a soaring Beatles feel, as does "Genius." These Los Angeles musicians may wear their influences on their sleeves, but they wear them well. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars good but slow
    this was an awesome cd! i recently got head for the door and i got this with it. (head for the door is a great cd as well) the first track, my goddess, was an great song and probably the best. the rest of the cd was definitely a little slower than i expected it to be though, but it was still great. it is definitely a buy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    This Album is amazing... The Exies are one of the best bands I have heard in a long, long time.Listening to them now actually.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS CD!
    This is a great cd, with some absolutly amazing song especially Kickout and can't relate. great stuff. i recomend this to anyone, i really can't compare them to anthing a bit more famous, because they are completely different. I heard them on launch, a great place to hear music you've never heard of. the url is www.launch.yahoo.com if your curious, it's much better than your local huge rock station if you want to hear more than just the amazingly overplayed hits which start to get boring after a while. so check it out and buy this cd. ... Read more

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    One by One
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (22 October, 2002)
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    There's a certain sameness to the spiky, percussive bursts of punk-pop tabled by the Foo Fighters. Yet it's pretty hard to fault players as palpably enthusiastic as Dave Grohl and his gang. Every Foos record, up to and including their fourth studio disc, One by One, fluently merges rock menace with unabashedly cheery melody and thoughtful if cryptic lyrics. (And those videos!) So while insistent, guiterrorized tracks like "All My Life" and "Times Like These (One-Way Motorway)" don't expand the Foos' oeuvre, they're catchy as hell and well worth the price of admission. Those searching for veiled Nirvana/Courtney references will no doubt unearth them (or unearth what seem like veiled references), while longtime fans can relax in the knowledge that a seasoned pro like Grohl knows better than to muck with a winning formula. --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars The Food Fighters!
    This is pure garbage! "ALl My Life!" is the only good song! This is worse than Nirvana!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Getting better and better
    The first, self-titled album from the Foo Fighters would probably get a 4 out of 5 from me, which is pretty impressive for a debut album.Fortunately, these guys just get better and better as time goes on."One By One," their fourth album, is easily their best work yet.Storming out of the gates with "All My Life," this album doesn't get stale or boring and never wears out its welcome.The songs vary a little in tempo, with some out-and-out rockers and some more sad, introspective-type numbers, but all of it is quality hard/alternative rock.This is one of those records that I'll listen to a bunch of times in a row, then kind of ignore it for a few months before pulling it back out and getting obsessed with it again.I don't think I'll ever get sick of "One By One," and I don't think you will, either.

    3-0 out of 5 stars GOOD...
    The great Dave Grohl, is one of those musicians I came to associate with, growing up during that grunge-era, Nirvana golden years. For me, the perfect combination of his and Kurt's voice, his musicianship, even attitude clearly defined what was Nirvana. Learning to Fly, was excellent plus the funny video, which was like FF's signature, just watch Low. I find Walking After You, amazing and who could forget that poignant video. True, this album have gems, the explosive, All My Life, cool, Times Like This, and the unexpected, Come Back(which is very long....). The rest were totally generic ones (or fillers, so they say).Still, there's the voice, the musicianship and the attitude, that makes Dave Grohl, one of the best if not the best mucian there is. ... Read more

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    Sea Change
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (24 September, 2002)
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    Beck is bummed. Really bummed. And if song titles such as "LostCause," "Lonesome Tears," "Already Dead," and "Nothing I Haven't Seen" don'tmake the point, his achingly sad lyrics and Sea Change's unerringlydowncast sound do. While 1998'sMutations--arguably thesinger-songwriter's masterwork and Sea Change's spiritual cousin--wasfilled with unflinching self-examination, moments of levity were found in songslike "Tropicalia." Not so on Sea Change. Beck's woozy, almost narcolepticdelivery seems to amplify the set's sense of ennui. But sad isn't necessarilybad, and despite the somber tone, there's much to praise, not the least of whichis the return of producer Nigel Goderich (Mutations,Radiohead), who wrapsBeck's gloom in a dreamy, warm blanket of soft strings and floating bleeps andgurgles. LikeDaniel Lanois, Goderichis all about vibe, and even Beck's most bare-bones songs benefit from billowyatmospherics. That's especially true of "Paper Tiger," a restless, slowlybuilding epic improbably propelled by a languid orchestra and Beck'sexpressionless drone. The inky black feel of "Round the Bend"--a glacially slowdirge with muffled vocals--may be the darkest thing Beck's ever written, notcounting the very grim "Already Dead." Whatever's going on in Beck's world, atleast we know he's purging, which, all things considered, may be better for hissoul than ours. --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Breakup Beck
    This is the Beck "break up" album, recorded after his girlfriend of 9 years left. In "Hollow Log" (from "One Foot in the Grave"), he told us to "get yourself a pistol". Now, it seems like he's thinking about putting one in his mouth.

    Every song here is bathed in melancholy, making it very much a "mood album". There's not really anything upbeat...or even uptempo...to break the consistent plod. It's all resignation and no anger..didn't it piss Beck off that he put 9 years into the relationship and it's just over now? Or an "I'll show you..I can get any woman I want" song? It just seems like this is a whole album's worth of a single emotion.

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    "Guess I'm Doing Fine" is understated and conveys its agony better by not overdoing it. ("It's only lies that I'm living/It's only tears that I'm crying/It's only you that I'm losing/Guess I'm doing fine") Single "Lost Cause" is Beck deciding it's not worth trying again. "Already Dead" proclaims him to be over her ("Love looks away/In the harsh light of the day/On the edge of nothing more") although the music belies the claim. You get the impression he's trying to convince HIMSELF, rather than the ex.

    LOW SPOTS:
    There aren't any really BAD songs..but outside of the highlights, the album suffers from sameness. It's not easy to tell where one tune ends and the next begins sometimes.

    BOTTOM LINE:
    There's no denying that the huge production and swamp of strings make it SOUND like Beck's "big statement". But ultimately the songs underneath all the windowdressing can't always carry the weight of the tracks. It's a nice album if you want to just listen to the arrangments and say "Oh, how pretty...", but there's not a whole lot here to make an emotional connection to. It's also difficult to imagine throwing this on CD repeat.

    2 1/2 stars

    4-0 out of 5 stars Beck's Best!!!!!!!
    This is my favorite and IMO the best Beck album. Im not a huge fan of his goofy techno dabbling that are often hit or miss and an acquired taste. This album is a lot more instrumental in the traditional sense. There is still techno dabbling, but it is kept in the background to Beck's monotone singing and his acoustive guitar. There is even some slide guitar used on the 3rd or 4th song.

    The only detraction is the depressing nature of the album and the fact that some of the acoustic pieces sound a little similar.

    This is the album that shows Beck is capable of writing a very good song and isnt just a gimmicky artist who hides behind studio controls and effects.

    Highlights: Doint Time, Lost Cause, The Golden Age, Lonesome Tears

    5-0 out of 5 stars Epic
    There is no other way to describe this album than utterly depressing, but in a beautiful and melodic way. Imagine a despondent acoustic guitar player with subtle atmospheric keyboard and string arrangements in the background. The background does not overwhelm the folk sensibilities and the song writing is superb. I don't care for Beck when he is at his goofiest, combining funk and folk, which, in my humble opinion, mix like oil and water. If you dont care for the prior releases by Beck, listen without prejudice, as I did. This album appears to be a one-shot deal for Beck, as I dont expect his future releases to sound like this. ... Read more

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    February Son
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 February, 1999)
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    Oleander take their name from a highly poisonous shrub. A spin of February Son makes one wonder why they didn't decide on a more straightforward name like The Bastard Sons of Alice in Chains. The opening cut "Why I'm Here" is a wholesale clearance on grunge staples: the subdued verses, the Stone Temple Pilots vocals gaining speed as the chorus, wavelike, rises and crashes on the same ears that grew bored with this sound years before. At times the boys in the band stretch in a more interesting poplike direction, but not enough to reach into that part of the brain that remembers strikingly good music. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I could listen to this disc for hours on end!
    I could not keep this CD out of my stereo.It is constantly in rotation with my music collection and typically gets a few more plays than the rest. Since this was their major label debut it was important to come in with a bang and they accomplished that task.This band is exemplified by heavy guitar work, but the unrefined vocals of lead singer Thomas Flowers stick out as one of the most unique things about the group.If you need a disc to listen to all day long everyday, this is the one for you.Here is a track breakdownÉ

    1.YouÕll Find Out:A mysterious guitar intro leads into a straightforward rock track.This song is a great set-up for the rest of the album, good enough to get you interested, but holding back a bit on what they can do.8/10

    2.Stupid:Yeah, this song is the weakest on the CD.Not bad, just not as good as the others.The weakest lyrics on the album could have been saved by great music, but a modest guitar solo leaves a bit to be desired.6/10

    3.Down When IÕm Loaded:A good song overall that got some radio play.Decent guitar hooks combined with lyrics that actually have a meaning lead to a well put together song.8/10

    4.Why IÕm Here:The first ÒslowÓ song on the disc shows the versatility of the band.Strong vocals push this song through with just Òthere enoughÓ guitar and a placid drum part that tie the song together and push it through to the end.10/10

    5.I Walk Alone:Catchy singing with nice string arrangement leads into one of the best songs on the disc.No one item in this song sticks out; everything melds well into a song that most people can relate to and is fun to listen to.10/10

    6.Lost Cause:My personal favorite, high-energy guitar work drives this song from start to fake finish to starting again to the actual finish (listen to the song to see what I mean).Fantastic lyrics and a slamming drums top this song off.11/10

    7.Where Were You Then?Not a bad song, but you can feel the formula of the band really develop in this song.Not a bad thing, you just really start to recognize what you are in for.8/10

    8.Shrinking The Blob:Starts out with a great guitar intro, but then it falters.The music overall is good (especially in the chorus) but the lyrics are really weak and this song leaves some to be desired.6/10

    9.How Could I?Time to slow it down again, which is a nice change of pace.With an album of driving rock sounds, hearing a ballad with string accompaniment and good lyrics was just what was needed.9/10

    10.Boys DonÕt Cry:Every once in awhile a cover hits home with the same energy and passion as the original and this cover (originally by The Cure) does just that.An all out drive to the finish, this song rocks.Turn the stereo up when this tune hits.10/10

    11.Never Again:The final song really encompasses the whole CD very well.From the slow melodic intro to the driving middle, and the reflective end, this song leaves you wanting more. Throw in the best lyrics on the disc and you have another winner.10/10

    This CD is a winner and I would recommend it to anyone.It gives you a great combination of fabulous lyrics, grinding guitar, driving drums and enough fun that you want to listen to it over and over.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A band that is definitely paving paths for future pop/rock
    What can you expect from a CD which has a little robot in a flower field on the cover?A WHOLE lot.Oleander have their instruments tuned (and distorted at the same time) to perfection.They can also play with a superlative amount of talent, with lead singer Thomas Flowers' distinctive vocals.To many people, this album is a breath of fresh air over " Shrinking The Blob", which some found to be inferior.
    Here is a track breakdown:

    1. You'll Find Out- Excuse me, but did someone see or hear an alien UFO land on the beginning of this song?Very different and distorted.Hence, does this recall the opening style or sound to Nirvana's "Stay Away?"-4/10

    2. Stupid- Better than the first; completely listenable.Ends a little bit too abruptly, though.-5/10

    3. Down When I'm Loaded- THE BEST FRIGGIN' SONG ON THIS WHOLE DAMN ALBUM!!!This was also a radio hit a while back.Perfectly paced song, with excellent alternative guitar hooks.-11/10

    4. Why I'm Here- Just ONE step down from the previous song.This has Nirvanaesque hooks to it.Hence, the beginning of "Heart-Shaped Box."-9/10

    5. I Walk Alone- If I could squeeze in my rating between "Why I'm Here" and "Down When I'm Loaded"-well I actually can, making this song a 10/10.I can also REALLY relate to this song.

    6. Lost Cause- Ummmm...I don't know.I think they could have put a little more time and effort into this song.The guitar choruses are also annoyingly repetitive.-3/10

    7. Where Were You Then?- A very fine song, but the guitar riffs this time on the solo sound random and contrived.-6/10

    8. Shrinking The Blob- SUCKS.-1/10

    9. How Could I?- A beautiful, beautiful ballad, and very ,melodic.Slow and relaxing.I think that every rock album should have a cool-down song like this.-10/10

    10. Boy's Don't Cry- This song seems like a filler, but I have to admit it IS good, although a LITTLE bit fast.-7/10

    11. Never Again- The closing song on this CD, and also a very promising one!It seems like Thomas is talking about breaking some of his bad habits on this song.Role model?You be the judge.-8/10

    Well, that's it.Hopefully this information will guide you to a classic CD.In other words, February Son by Oleander.Buy it now.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Throw Back
    Some say that grunge ended metal forever. Evidently unaware that grunge was itself metal; Oleander set out to disprove the elusive myth. They are a throw back's throw back, representing the leading edge of metal before it descended in the self indulgent clichés of the hair bands. Hard, edgy and only slightly screechy, Oleander will doubtless please old Dio fans who are looking for a return to the good old days, when Devils were devils and rock bands thought that loud meant good. To anyone weaned on the alt craze of the nineties, they will just seem dated. ... Read more

    Asin: B00000I5M6
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


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    Happiness Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (28 September, 1999)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Without A Mess
    "Happiness Is Not A Fish You Can Catch" is an interesting CD.The cover with a grim-faced middle-aged man holding a fish would seem to be visual proof.On the inside cover, he attempts to eat the fish, gills & all.There is a great deal here that is quite entertaining."Potato Girl" is a sonic assault with Raine Maida's agonized vocals, "But I'm just so tired of waking up on the ground.""Is Anybody Home?" is a midtempo churning heartache with some high Brian Wilson background vocals and Maida's snarling pained vocals, "Tonight your faith has come down to money & a TV.""Thief" is a stadium-sized slow song, "I can't see that thief that lives inside of your head, but I can be some courage at the side of your bed.""Annie" is a lurching track with an "oh oh" chorus that seems like a pinball bounding around a pinball machine.Jazz drummer Elvin Jones joins the band on "Stealing Babies" giving some added punch to the final track.The track from which the title comes, "Happiness & the Fish," churns relentlessly with some offbeat lyrics, "Talking is just masturbating without the mess.""Happiness..." is a strong effort that has worn well since its release by this Canadian band.Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing.
    My brother played this on the mini compo one night while raving on and on about how amazing this band was and I shut my ears. I thought I would not open it again. Then, halfway through the CD, I opened my ears and a beautiful song came in.

    That song was called 'Thief' and it is one of the best songs I have ever heard.

    This CD is full of meaning, true rock, true music and power. I love this CD and now I love this band. It is truly amazing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars are you worried that your thoughts are not quite clear?
    Happiness Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch by Our Lady Peace is a very, very good album, but something prevents it from being a great album. Perhaps it's the overwhelming feeling that this could just be any random band picked up at a CD store, which in my case it was. They never defy the conventions of traditional rock nor do they explode into one of the greatest guitar solos of all time. The album has very few surprises but, that being said, they color within the lines very well. I feel as though there are a hundred albums like this out there, but it is exactly the type of music I wish I knew more of.

    The music is much better than the sum of all its parts. The slightly overfiltered drumming holds the music together, as it is expected to; the guitars (besides using kills rhythmically before exploding into sound) don't maintain much interest; the singer sounds like he just woke up and you have to envy that he still hits the notes perfectly. Ultimately, the music just isn't CRISP enough to be The Verve (the first band I would otherwise compare them to). However, unlike their shoegazing contemporaries, Our Lady Peace is no enigma; not only are they more agressive than The Verve, they pull some of the oldest tricks in the book to make the music maddeningly fun to listen to.

    In almost every chorus the singer breezily hits a couple of falsetto notes to lock the tune into your brain for weeks, and there are always huge changes in tempo and dynamics that create tidal waves of euphoria. The best example is the strongest track on the album, "Is Anybody Home?", which starts out with a hook and slows to a pause (one of the coolest ways to make the sound that much more gripping) before tumbling in with a guitar part that barely sounds like a guitar... more like Peter Frampton screaming through his voice machine. It is, like many songs on the album, a remarkable balance between soothing and epic.

    It would be nice if the guitarist tried to be more creative, or if the singer experimented with more unusual structures than the traditional ABABCB, because throughout it all the music obviously had an ambient base that keeps the listener from feeling ashamed about how catchy it is. Occasionally there is too much sound with too little complexity to it, so hard listeners like myself are not necessarily rewarded. However, OLP's formula is a brilliant one, and certainly one of the few somewhat "common" sounds that even the biggest music fan has trouble growing tired of.

    Overall : A- ... Read more

    Asin: B00001R3HM
    Sales Rank: 40836
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


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    Silence
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 August, 2002)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Fine Swedish Import.
    There's nothing too original or innovative about this release from Swedish hardcore punk band Blindside, but originality and innovation aren't what they're going for.They're going for no-holds-barred rocking to the MAX, and they definitely accomplish that here.

    The first song, "Caught a Glimpse" starts things off strongly with hard guitars and a haunting chorus, and is followed up by the single "Pitiful", another very loud song about Jesus.You'll find that these guys sing about Jesus a lot.The next few songs all continue the trend set by the previous tracks, but the pattern is broken up by "Thoughts Like Flames," a slower song, which still has a loud chorus.

    The next track, "Time Will Change Your Heart" is another good one, matching a fast-paced, screaming verse with a slower and calmer chorus.The following four songs are sort of a dip in the album.None of them are bad, they just don't stand out from each other and you may find yourself losing interest.The final song, "Silence" is another good one, totally breaking from Blindside's norm in a slow, soft, well-sung capper to a solid hard rock album.

    Silence will probably not amaze you if you seek truly deep meaning, complex layering and composition, or natural-sounding English lyrics (they ARE from Sweden), but it is a well-played, well-executed album of its type.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Buy This CD
    this is an awesome CD by Blindside you need to buy it if you already haven't

    5-0 out of 5 stars Two words: AWSOME ROCK!!!!!!
    This album is one of their best - it and About A Burning Fire. If you've heard their previous two albums, this far surpasses both. I'm going to give you a rating of all the songs from 1 to ten - I'm very critical, so even a good song may only get a 7. So here goes.
    Note: Listen to the songs while you're reading this so you don't get bored.

    Caught a Glimpse - 7
    Great screams, not to good lyrics, good verses, not sogood refrain, good instruments
    Pitiful - 9
    Great screams, pretty good lyrics, great verses, great refrain, great instruments
    Sleepwalking - 8
    Great screams, pretty bad lyrics, great verses, okay refrain, good instruments
    Cute Boring Love - 6
    almost no screams, bad lyrics, okay versus, not so good refrain, good instruments - a filler
    The Endings - 7
    almost no screams, pretty good lyrics, great verses, not to good refrain, pretty good instruments
    You Can Hide It - 7
    small amount of screams - good ones, not to good lyrics, not to good verses, great refrain, good insrtuments
    Thought Like Flames - 7
    small amount of screams - good ones, pretty good lyrics, okay verses, pretty good refrain, good instruments
    Time Will Change your Heart - 10
    awsome screams, great lyrics, awsome verses, great refrain, great insrtuments - one of the best songs I've ever heard
    Painting - 6
    almost no screams, okay lyrics, pretty bad verses, okay refrain, good insrtuments - a filler
    Midnight - 3
    no screams, bad lyrics, okay verses, bad refrain, not so good insrtuments - horrible
    Coming back To Life - 7
    few screams, pretty good lyrics, good verses, pretty good refrain, good insrtuments
    She Shut Your Eyes - 7
    Few screams, pretty good lyrics, good verses, good refrain, pretty good insrtuments
    Silence - 1
    PATHETIC

    Great album, despite all the 7s I gave - hope this helps
    I recommend About A Burning Fire also - it's good.

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    Asin: B00006AGCR
    Sales Rank: 14591
    Subjects:  1. Alternative CCM    2. Alternative Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock   


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