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

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

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

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

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

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


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    Unplugged
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (30 July, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars awesome, but maybe only to the diehard fan
    This is a purely fantastic CD, and makes me wonder why Alice in Chains did not record other acoustic sets. They provide acoustic renditions (full band however, guitars, acoustic bass, drums) of both some fitting and predictable songs (Nutshell, Rooster) and some you wouldn't necessarily expect (Would, Down in a Hole). The end result is a 13 piece thing of beauty, alternating between dreary, delicate and delightful.

    If anything can be said against it, Unplugged might not appeal to the casual fan or radio listener. Its for the fans, but I feel its also an irresistable ablum that will grow on a person.

    Another thing worth mentioning (sadly) is that its pretty obvious singer Layne Staley was tripped out on heroin at the time. One of the side effects of heroin addiction is a temporary alteration in the pitch of voice, and its quite noticeable in the song set. Compared to studio recordings Staley's voice is higher and thinner. But he is still such a proficient singer that he pulls it off very well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Alice In Chains born to play "Unplugged"
    A lot of bands, especially ones whose sound was so shaped and driven by electric guitar, go on "Unplugged" and sound like crap.Alice In Chains surprised a lot of people with their set-though I'm not sure why.
    Both Sap and Jar Of Flies were acoustic- heavy. What surprised me on "Unplugged" is how well Cantrell and Staley pulled off tracks like "Sludge Factory" and "Angry Chair", even "Would?".Alice In Chains blows me away on this album. They don't sound stripped- down and limited like some rock bands do on Unplugged. They almost sound better than on the studio albums.The only foul- up is on Got Me Wrong, and it's a minor mix up of one word.Forgivable, trust me. This album is arguably their "greatest hits." A great set list to say the least.
    One of the best live recordings you're likely to hear any rock band put down, acoustic or not. If you're a fan of Alice In Chains, you won't regret buying this one bit.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing
    This is one of my favorite bands at their best.You never would have known that they hadn't performed together in 3 years, and it's sad that this was their last performance together as well, but what a note to go out on.They were still on top of their game when performing this set.Such a tragedy that a beautiful and talented individual like Layne had such a torturing habit.The last song on this CD is very prophetic of Layne's troubled life..."The Killer is Me."I highly recommend this CD to anyone who not only appreciated the media labeled "grunge" movement, but anyone who appreciates acoustic sets.They maintain their edge, yet pull it off with a grace none of us imagined they could. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002BM5
    Sales Rank: 5533
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Grunge    4. Hard Rock    5. Heavy Metal    6. Pop    7. Rock   


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    Odelay
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (18 June, 1996)
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    Beck brags here that he's "got two turntables and a microphone." He also has a sweeping aesthetic that sees no reason why musical allusions to hip-hop, the Beatles, James Brown, punk, Gram Parsons, cool jazz, and Dylan can't coexist in the same song. Throughout, he rap-sings with sincere irony--I bet he laughs at the sight of a jump-suited Elvis, then cries when the King starts to sing--and Odelay's rich collage of sound may very well prove a prediction of the future. If he ever finds the courage to can the loopy metaphors and just tell a story, he could take over the world. --David Cantwell ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars In a way his best and his curse at the same time
    Countless musicians will release that one awesome record that puts them on the map and/or being a huge critical and fan favorite. Fleetwood Mac has Rumours, Motorhead has Ace of Spades, and Nirvana has Nevermind. Well Beck in 1996 released Odelay!, since became a big favorite and although its merits might be a bit overcooked, no denying there is a great record here.

    Devil's Haircut: One of my favorite guitar riffs, even if it's so damn simple. Has his trademark Beck-style rapping and his odd lyrics. A more bluesy-rock number and finishing with him screaming the chorus over guitar feedback. Excellent opener. 10/10

    Hotwax: Best way to describe this is one of those country songs after a big drug binge. Has usual odd guitar noises, slide guitar and a spanish chorus. Lots of stuff going on but weirdly listenable. Favorite sound effect is after the first chorus. 9/10

    Lord Only Knows: Weird screaming starts it before it's a country-esque number with what sounds like a beat up tuba in the background. The chorus is ok and the song as a whole is just simply ok. Neat folk guitar ending though7.5/10

    New Pollution: Here we go, getting to some good stuff. Pretty funny intro until it becomes a funky-style number and a nice catchy chorus and some saxophone thrown in. One of the hits. 9/10

    Derelict: Beck must've visited the Middle East and the Orient because it definately sounds like that. Not much of a song though. 7.5/10

    Novacane: Another funky number with heavily distorted guitars, almost sounds like a pre-Limp Bizkit song without the lameness. Probably good live but on stereo it's just ok. Bit too long outro. 7.5/10

    Jack-Ass: It's a very slow song yet for some reason I love it. The banjo and that weird echo-y guitar and that melodic-yet-monotone singing that Beck does. Might not last past 10 listens but first couple listens it's nice. That donkey at the end just sucks though. 8/10

    Where It's At: One of the most well-known Beck songs yet I can't stand it for some reason. Good keyboard line but that chorus has a shout-it-out quality yet I don't feel the urge too. Too long also. 7/10

    Minus: Big punk-style song driven largely by the bass and rather fuzzy guitars. It's pretty short and there's nothing a lot to say about it but good guitar work. 7.5/10

    Sissyneck: The opening whistle might get stuck in your head. Funky bass(or is it guitar?) song and it's pretty good although it probably won't be a big favorite. 8/10

    Readymade: I like that robotic voice in the beginning. It's a more sonically interesting song than an actual song with saxaphones, echo-y guitars and quick keyboard notes.

    High 5(Rock the Catskills): A very strange track with rapping, turntables and bullhorn vocals. I hear even Beck doesn't like this song and it just sounds too cluttered like they went overboard with the sounds. 6/10

    Ramshackle: An effective closer with the acoustic guitar at the forefront. Kind of like a pre-cursor to the Mutations/Sea Change stuff. The chorus is nicely sung. Runs a bit too long though but still good. 9/10

    It's funny reviewing a record that gets several 7's and even a 6 yet it's 5 stars but the sum is more impressive than the parts, which is usually a typical Beck album anyway.

    1-0 out of 5 stars It Depends On What You're Looking For
    If you are simply looking for something unique, this CD will probably tickle your fancy. Beck is pretty ambitious in combining as many genres as he can, using samples and many different musical styles to form interesting tracks from start to finish. The problem, however, is that he is not very good at any of the genres, and the result is a collection of pretty disjointed, below-average tunes. He usually begins with a solid idea---a good piano/guitar riff or a sample---and then changes course. Occasionally the songs are catchy ("Devil's Haircut", "Where It's At"), but the melodies are overly simplistic and repetitive, which tends to become annoying after a while. The final track, "Ramshackle", is the only effort on the album that maintains any kind of flow, but is marred by boring writing. On the whole, this is a pretty bad album if you care about complex melodies, fluent compositions and good vocals.If, however, your merit judgment is based solely on the uniqueness and far-reaching attempts of the composer, regardless of whether or not they are successful, then you will be pleased to hear Beck try to do things that nobody else is doing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beck's Best
    When this album came out in 1994 it was groundbreaking in its merging of rock and electronic epherema.While it has been overrated and blown out of proportion in the last 10 years, this is indeed a great album and probably Beck's crowning moment.The opening salve of Devil's Haircut, Hot Wax, and Lord Only Knows stand along with Beck's masterpiece on this album, Where It's At, and go with his punkier numbers like High Five, the odd Derelict, Ramshackle, and Novocaine.From front to back this is just a great album and one that should be your starting point if you're just getting into Beck. ... Read more

    Asin: B000003TBP
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Indie Rock    3. Lo-Fi    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. Singer/Songwriter   


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    Fairweather Johnson
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 April, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars They Just Keep Getting Better and Better
    Hootie & the blowfish have done it again, they have created some of the best music I have ever heard. One of my absoulte favorite Hootie songs is on here and that is the "Earth Stopped Cold at Dawn." Nanci Griffith (the girl in the song) does a great job at the harmony with Darrius. Anyways this is one of my favorite Hootie albums and definetley recommenend that if you want some easy listening too music, that you should definetley get this album.

    3-0 out of 5 stars I May Want To Check Further
    This is a better sounding album than what I first anticipated. I mean after all with "Cracked Rear Veiw" setting the world on fire like it did I would still like to meet "Hannah Jane"(namesake of my all time favorite Hootie song). I was first put off by this when the group decided that "Old Man and Me" was the first single to come off the album, but to me it was a huge mistake as it was tired sounding, and just dull. I'm glad that it wasn't the first song off this cd otherwise I may not have wanted to continue. I feel that the first song is one of thier greatest, and "Tucker's Town" I can still hear traces of "Hold My Hand". I've only given this a 3 star rating until I hear the rest of the album. It may change.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Up yours sophomore slump!!!!
    Forget whatever you've heard about Hootie & the Blowfish up until now. People who say they're soulless pop music have obviously never listened to (any of their music but especially) this album. The boys ROCK on here, turning up the guitars and letting Dariius loose. You cna hear it right away. Be The One is a big boot up the @ss lettin you know that Hootie's back and means business. Songs like Sad Caper and She Crawls away slow things down, but are guaranteed to move you. Meanwhile, Tucker's Town manages to rock while still saying something important, So Strange is back to full gear, as the boys craft the perfect anthem for a sunny day with your special someone. Here's a perfect test of Fairweather Johnson's mettle: wake up, put on Earth Stopped Cold At Dawn and look out your window. When the chills run down your spine (and they will), you know it's time to get this album. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002J98
    Sales Rank: 14247
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    To the Faithful Departed
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (30 April, 1996)
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    This is the Cranberries' contribution to the time-honored difficult-third-album syndrome, with the Irish quartet--particularly frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan--working to expand its musical base and stretch out in new lyrical directions. While their efforts are only partially successful, the band approaches the task with such cocky confidence that the album maintains a consistently high level of likableness. The band employs a convincingly aggressive instrumental attack on "Salvation" and "Hollywood," while the lilting balladry of "Free to Decide" and "When You're Gone" underlines O'Riordan's ties to Celtic folk tradition. And while her efforts at tackling current events on "War Child," "Bosnia," and the controversial "I Shot John Lennon" are hit-and-miss, her obvious sense of commitment gives those songs an undeniable power. --Scott Schinder ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars When the Cranberries explored new territory... and succeeded
    I really enjoy the Cranberries and their music. Their light guitar songs and precious melodies. But most of all what draws me to them is Dolore's amazing voice. It is truly unique and I can't get enough of it.

    On To the Faithful Departed, the Cranberries stray away from their first two albums and truthfully I couldn't be more happy. I am very surprised that many fans don't find this appealing. I am a general rock fan and anyone who likes rock will like this CD. Maybe this review is biased because I have a love of rockier songs but this is what I believe, the best of the Cranberries. Here is my review song by song:

    1. Hollywood 5/5- This song bears a striking resemblence to "Zombie", their smash hit. I especially love Dolore's extended vocals at the end of the song, truly amazing!

    2. Salvation 5/5- This was one of the singles off the album and did fairly well. This is another rocker and Dolores' gives her opinions of drug usage. Her "uh-huh-uh-huh" add a sing-a-long flavor to it.

    3. When You're Gone 3/5- I like this song but it's not really one of my favorites. I love the beginning with the "doobie da doobie da"but it seems a little too familiar.

    4. Free to Decide 5/5- Another single. Probably the second best song on the CD. It's not a harder song just kind of simple. It resembles alot of the slower songs from No Need to Argue but sends a great message too.

    5. War Child 4.5/5- Dolores tells a story in this song. As most know she is a pacifist. There's not much instrument in this song. Some disagree with the politicalness of it, but who can't agree on peace?

    6. Forever Yellow Skies 4/5- A pretty solid song. Major drums and guitar here and sounds great with Dolore's voice.

    7. The Rebels 6/5!!- By far my favorite song on the album. This song is great. The main reason I love it is the quiet stillness throughout the verses and then a burst of energy when the chorus arrives. About Dolore's teenage years in Ireland.

    8. I Just Shot John Lennon 3/5- Another kind of odd song from the album. It seems Dolores had great respect for John Lennon and the Beatles in general. She expresses her anger of his murder over a fast-paced guitar.

    9. Electric Blue Eyes 4/5- A perfect song for this album. It's eerie and mysterious and the chorus is sung in Italian. Very great touch.

    10. I'm Still Remembering 3.5/5- A song about the deaths and tragedies mainly Dolores has overcome. She mentions her wedding day and Kurt Cobain's death. Very touching song.

    11. Will You Remember? 1/5- I don't particulary find this song appealing at all. The celtic flavor really doesn't appeal to me.

    12. Joe 2/5- I'm not too keen on this song. A little slower ballad type song.

    13. Bosnia 5/5- Another song I really enjoy. A bit political once again on the topic of war. I love the break in the song and the lyrics "When do the saints go marching in?"

    OVERALL: 5/5

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Faithful" a terrific postlude to "No Need to Argue"
    First of all, if you already like the Cranberries, you will love this album! It is the best (in my humble opinion) next to No Need to Argue. Dolores, Mike, Noel, and Feargal work together wonderfully in their music-- there's always such harmony with voice... guitar... drums... crazy Italian-sounding instruments in the background... in all of their songs, to evoke whatever feeling to you, whatever thought the music is trying to make. Dolores O'Riordan has the most talented voice of all the female vocalists I've ever heard, and she displays it beautifully in this album especially. You can hear her soft soprano on numbers such as "Joe", the harsh and forceful voice on "Bosnia" and everything in between. If one of her many tones happens to become obnoxious to you after a while, if you switch to the next track, it's liable to take a completely different tone. Same with the instruments and the lyrics and everything, without every switching away from the essence of their album, To the Faithful Departed. This album is beautiful, simply amazing-- political, reminiscing... love, war, John Lennon... no Cranberries fan should ever have to miss out on this!

    5-0 out of 5 stars To the Faithful Departed
    I carefully read reviews before I make a decision about whether to buy a CD or not...This time that was a mistake. Most of the reviews I read were putting down this album, stating it was their worst collection. Obviously I disagree with that remark.
    Yes, some of the desperate political messages can get annoying, but if that is the worst thing about this album, that's not saying much. There are always going to be those few songs that you don't listen to as much, but in this case it isn't because they're bad, its just because you fall in love with the other ones.
    'The Rebels' has got to be the best track on this album. Her loud, powerful voice just blows you away, plus the melody is great. 'Yellow skies' is brilliant. It's one of those songs that you just have to sing along with. 'Hollywood' and 'Salvation' really gives you a reminder of how hard they can rock, so if you like that style definately listen to those.
    All in all, EVERY song is worth listening to. Even the intermission is beautiful. Ultimately, I read too much negative information about this album, costing me time that I could have used enjoying it's unique style. ... Read more

    Asin: B000001E9I
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock   


    Wax Ecstatic
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (02 July, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Killer concept album, Sponge's best...
    The fine art of a concept album was all but forgotten in the nineties, until Sponge unveiled this masterpiece on the public who (criminally) didn't seem to care.That is very unfortunate because "Wax Ecstatic" is easily some of the best music to come out of the drab mid nineties.The lyrical concept is certainly a strange one:the death of a drag queen.Not all the songs seem to fit the formula, but the vast majority do.The lyrics can be explicit at times, but never do the churn the stomach.By the time Velveteen comes around you'll find yourself feeling sorry for the transvestite protagonist, trust me.The music on this CD is diverse and a great leap forward from the nondescript grunge rock of "Rotting Pinata".

    "My Purity" rocks with the sheer attitude and abandon of a Guns N' Roses song, with much better vocals of course.The title track is another standout with a catchy guitar hook dominating the song."I Am Anastasia" is a highlight, as is the Bowie-influenced "Silence is Their Drug"."Have You Seen Mary" should have made the boys in Sponge veritable stars, but thanks to the poor marketing Columbia gave this album, it's just another highlight in an album full of them.The final 1-2 punch of "The Death of a Drag Queen" and "Velveteen" are emotional highs, the former being a gruesome tale of a late night murder and the latter being a heartfelt memoir, as well as the obvious choice for the album's best song.After Velveteen, there's an amazing hidden track that rocks on par with the rest of the CD.Why it is unlisted I don't know.

    Don't let the crazy concept prevent you from purchasing this CD, you'll be missing out on some truly classic music."Wax Ecstatic" stands as Sponge's crowning achievement and is a testament to the perils of the record industry.The music is certainly catchy enough for radio and high quality enough to please any rock fan and keep them coming back for more.Pick up this forgotten gem and tell all your friends to do the same.You won't regret the money spent.

    4-0 out of 5 stars defineitely worth your while
    there are four excellent songs here.the first three (my purity, got to be a bore & wax exstatic) are amazing songs.anastasia is also a great song.thick guitars, great rhythm section and amazing grooves, especially in got to be a bore.great production as well for this album.on wax exstatic (the song) i love it when the guitar solo kicks in.it is the perfect balance between hearing the lead and yet still hearing the other instrments.i can hear the drums, bass and guitar holding a great groove as the lead blows me away.GREAT stuff!!
    as for the slower stuff, it is good.i think the louder stuff is more vibrant and holds stronger songwriting but still, death of a drag queen is a terrific moody song as is drag queens of memphis.there are some great songs here and this is one band that made one great album in wac exstatic.i have to check out some of their other stuff.

    5-0 out of 5 stars More underrated, yes... But better than Pinkerton?Maybe
    Yet another misappreciated or unappreciated gem from '96.Detroit's entrant in the post-Cobain-suicide grunge feeding frenzy took off from their rote, angst-by-numbers debut Rotting Pinata & made what some have gone on to pronounce the first salvo in the glam revival.Specifically, I'd assume, given the wistful but inspired take on transvestism that the band presents in Drag Queens of Memphis, Death of a Drag Queen, & perchance even Velveteen (pick the better album closer: this or Butterfly...).Additionally, though, there is also a power in the chugging guitar of the opening My Purity & Silence Is Their Drug.Here, the guitarists --- it's been a long time since I read the liner notes, so I forget the names --- treat their instruments as that extension of their anatomy, we all know which one, a la NY Dolls, KISS, Aerosmith, or any of the 70s greats, glam & non-glam & pseudoglam.& then there are the effecting tracks, I Am Anastasia & Have You Seen Mary?Having beaten our heads against the wall, us having happily let them (trust me, if it wasn't good, we wouldn't let them at all), they grab our tear ducts & sap them totally.Ah, yes, then, another 70s staple: the lighters-held-aloft moment.& I love that, unabashedly & unironically.For me, I'm starting to think, '75, or maybe '74 --- I wasn't around then --- was the golden age of rock in that decade.[Of course, the Sex Pistols are still hella good. - ed.]& Sponge, on Wax Ecstatic, ran with that sentiment 'til they could run no more... As would be apparent from their limp output since & even at the time minimal output (WE is 10 tracks).But who's to quibble when 10 hit like 20, or maybe 30, from Rancid (another good band, but a different sort of band... Even if Buddyhead isn't fibbing when they say that Lars Frederiksen has a Grateful Dead logo tattoo).My vote then for most misappreciated '96 album: Pinkerton.But most unappreciated: Wax Ecstatic.Now, then, I'm finished... You, appreciate this record.Buy it & love it. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002BIQ
    Sales Rank: 67386
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


    Ledbetter Heights
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 September, 1995)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Solid Effort
    For some reason I decided to pick this Shepherd album up last, no idea why. It's real good. Instead of writing an actual review though, I decided I would add to the ongoing argument surrounding "while we cry".

    "Yellow Ledbetter" was released as the B-Side to "Jeremy", the hit song off of the album "Ten", which was released in '91. Unfortunately it looks like my boy Kenny did rip the melody off. I won't deny it. Either way it's still a good listen.

    As for comparing them both to "Little Wing"....what is your damage? Noting comes close to it, either Hendrix's or Vaughan's (although I prefer Stevie's more....it's a cover, but all instrumental and he rips).

    Anyway, not to get too technical, but the Chord Progression to both "While We Cry" and "Yellow Ledbetter" run from E to B to A to E, whereas the progression in "Little Wing" goes far beyond just 4 simple chords (Em, Am, G, Am, Em, Am, Bm, Bb, Am, C, G, A, G, F, C, D...Something or other around that....granted most of them are 7th, sus, or add9.)There's way too much crap in it....I can't even play it, but I suck, so that's no suprise. ANyway, the songs are pretty far apart. Jimi and Stevie are also tuned down a half step, I don't know about Kenny and PJ.

    Besides a clean strat running thru an amp with a warm sounding reverb, "Little Wing" has nothing in common with these songs. Haha, sorry if I got offensive, I just don't think you can put these songs in the same ballpark, because I find that offensive.

    4-0 out of 5 stars You're both wrong.
    To the reviewers disagreeing on which came first Yellow Ledbetter or While We Cry:I believe it was originally Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix so you're both wrong.Regardless this is still a great CD and I feel KWS has not topped it yet. Pretty amazing since he was only 18 when it was released.

    3-0 out of 5 stars eh... not great
    I didn't care too much for this album, i'd rather listen to SRV than KWS... his playing definitely shows his SRV influence... but when it comes to the blues you'd be better off checking out Rory Gallagher, Kim Simmonds + Savoy Brown, Buddy Guy's Stone Crazy album... there are much better blues albums out there with better playing and vocalists... so i wouldn't start here.
    and hey logan... this cd was, i believe, released in '95... and Yellow Ledbetter, by Pearl Jam was written in either '91 or '92, which means Pearl Jam didn't rip off KWS... ... Read more

    Asin: B000002L3P
    Sales Rank: 4376
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    New Beginning
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (14 November, 1995)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Go Tracy!
    Heaven here on earth, give one reason, and well, all of the songs are just so dang good! the words, the band, the blusey wonderfulness of all of it. just good stuff. buy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An emotional journey: not for the weak of heart
    Ok, I understand the "Give me 2 reasons" review only because the radio release of Give Me One Reason was a bit of false advertising. But come on people, you can listen to a CD before you buy it now! This is, without question, my favorite of her collection. It is a rare gem that takes you on an emotional journey through the heart and the world. At this Point in My Life is as real as it gets in life. If you can't be this honest in love, then what's the point? The live performance of Promise at Lillith Fair in '97 made me cry and it was the first time I heard this song: my first Tracy Champan experience. Remember the Tinman? I think we all know the Tinman in this life and I wonder if this song refers to mankind. Lastly, I'm Ready is rightfully placed at the end. This song is enlightening and is reason alone to have purchased this CD. "Gonna wake up and know where I'm going...I'm ready to let the rivers wash over me". This is the most beautiful song I've heard from Tracy.

    If you LOVE emotional music, buy this one and Tracy's debut album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Only one complaint
    I only have one complaint about Tracy Chapman.....she doesn't do more!A superbly talented songwriter, storyteller and vocalist, Tracy is terrific in "New Beginning."The rock and blues "Give Me One Reason," hooked me from the start.But check the "listen" section to hear clips of all her songs to be sure you like Tracy Chapman's work because it is different.You don't want to buy an entire CD just because of one song then get all out of wack because you don't like the rest!

    Chapman's "I'm Ready," has a repetitive theme but so much soul.The sad and also soulful "Smoke and Ashes" is terrific with a real story and Chapman's voice giving it life.

    This isn't music for the masses but it's great for the conniseur of soul, blues, pop, and great great songwriting.While other lesser people claim credits for writing their own material only Chapman and Jewel remain in the Pop arena as remarkable vocalists and songwriters.Anyone with a good voice can get on stage and warble out the songs of others.Chapman makes no such fake pretenses.She's terrific in "New Beginning."

    Again, this isn't a cd for everyone.So give it a listen before you buy. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002HKC
    Sales Rank: 3982
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. Singer/Songwriter   


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    Wither Blister Burn & Peel
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 January, 1996)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not great
    Stabbing westward finally hit the radio waves after the release of latter album Darkest days and got a lot of well deserved attention.Not to mention that the singles (save yourself and the thing i hate) sold pretty well by singles standards.But it seems they forgot about this album which although not quite as complete as the latter has some really good tracks namely What do i have to do and so wrong (Which is also on the spawn soundtrack).I wouldnt say its worth running around for but if you enjoyed darkest days you might just find a track or 2 on here that you like.

    2-0 out of 5 stars No Shelf Life
    Let's see what has the longer shelf life, Disco or Industrial Metal? I'm betting on Disco. The problem with Stabbing Westward/Nine Inch Nails etc. is that once you've heard one of these bands you've heard them all. And while "What Do I Have To Do" was a neat tune for 1996, almost 10 years later...it sounds as dated as anything the Village People put out in 1978. I guess if you are interested in this sound, you could do worse than Wither Blister Burn & Peel, but after a couple listens it's still hard to differentiate the songs from one another. There is no variety to the music presented here. You can almost see them going through the nu-metal check list:
    1. - Guitar Hook on chorus, then resume grungy 2-3 chords repetition (play fast).
    2. - Vocals either angry whisper or angry yell, usually through an electronic filter.
    3. - Drummer...just kidding...let the computer take care of drum work and bass lines.
    4. - Electronic sound effects added just for the hell of it.
    No, I'm afraid in another 20 years somewhere an oldies radio station will still be playing Funkytown or Stayin' Alive, and Industrial music will be long forgotten.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wither Blister Burn and Peel
    Released in 1996, Stabbing Westward's second album: Wither, Blister, Burn, and Peel was a step forward in the right direction after 1994's well done and experimental album UnGod. This album is when Stabbing Westward truly came into their own as the bands slightly overindulgent mood of UnGod is transformed into a more cohesive and whole experience in this well thought out album. Christopher Hall's amazing lyrics and vocals combined with Walter Flakus' Keyboard's and programming effects give this album a more direct approach than their previous album, as the songs are shorter and to the point, driving home the meaning of each song with a sound that must obviously pay due respect to Nine Inch Nails, and other bands in this genre. The radio hits on this album; namely Shame, and What Do I Have to Do?, helped to bring SW into the forefront and into the commercial mainstream, showing that the band was capable of creating radio hits, while still maintaining a straightforward and cohesive feel to the entire album. Jim Seller's Bass and Andy Kubiszewski's programming and drums cannot be overlooked however as this album shifts back and forth with slowly disenchanting and roundabout sounds and effects that combine well with the slower and harder edged songs, helping to set the pace for what in my opinion is Stabbing Westward's best album: Darkest Day's. Hall's vocal's work in way with the music much like Maynard's work in Tool or in A Perfect Circle has a way of drawing you into the music and flowing dynamically from the speakers, working its way through the high's and lows of the music and creating a perfect balance and an equally impressive experience, although in all actuality I don't think Stabbing Westward can hold a candle to any of Tool's work as truly, there are few artist's and Band's that are as unique and important as Tool and Maynard truly are. Not to kick SW though, but back to this album, which truly has a way of grabbing your emotions, bringing you through Hall's doldrum's of past relationships, as the lyrics truly hold your interest in song's like Inside You, and Why? Sleep, one of the most well done track's, which deviates away from Stabbing Westward's songs of loss, seems to be about a girl whose father rapes her and she is unable to do anything about it; we are taken through this song in such a way that you can feel the tension this girl must feel as she waits for her father to come into her room, and abuse her, as she hides away in her mind hoping that one day the pain will eventually end. This song truly deviates away from what you'd normally expect from this band from their previous album, and truly allows the band to step into their own, creating a tension that would be completely soldified and experimented with on their next album: Darkest Days. An excellent audio experience in the dynamics of sound, and excellent writing and vocal talents, make this an album that is not to be missed. Pick it up I truly believe you'll enjoy it. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 6473
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Industrial    3. Industrial Metal    4. Pop    5. Rock   


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    Congratulations...I'm Sorry
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (13 February, 1996)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Marriage Only The Gin Blossoms Could Make
    In spite of what the "critics" have said about Congradulations...I'm Sorry, I think it's a fine CD.The marriage of country music on Memphis Time was nothing short of brilliant (even though I don't care for Country Music).While the CD may not have been as widely successful as Miserable New Experience, the boys from Tempe, Az still put together a superior effort...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Band
    Congratulations Im Sorry is a top-notch album. Its that simple. Their first album was wonderful and this is too. Competition Smile is one of the best songs Ive ever heard. I bought this record when I was 15 years old. I am 23 now and it is still one of my favorites. I cant wait for the next Gin Blossoms album. It should be soon because they re-united in 2002.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A Not-All-It-Could've-Been Follow Up
    This album is OK, and thats pretty much it. As compared to New Miserable Experience this album is pretty weak. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge Gin Blossoms fan, but this album seems to have lost that lone, midwest, folky-rock, freshness the first cd had. Of course Follow You Down is Great, and so are songs like Whitewash and Not Only Numb. But what is up with Highwire?? I don't get that song. There's not much of a flow to the album either, and the writing feels a lot less heart-felt than New Miserable Experience or Dusted. But if your a fan, yea, pick it up. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002G4K
    Sales Rank: 48408
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Pop/Rock    4. Rock   


    Test for Echo
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 September, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars this gets a bad rap, but it is very special
    I can understand if people don't like some of the badly written songs on the album, like dog years and virtuality, but honestly listen to it.Those are the only 2 songs I don't like, but the rest of the album is very good and quite exceptional for Rush.I find it similar to moving pictures in its mood, and everything really came together on this album to make it their best one from the 90's.(counterparts was good, but there were honestly some bits of songs on there that made "dog years" sound like "stairway to heaven!" for instance, "we'd elect each other president" has got to be one of Neils worst lyrics! corniness cannot be forgiven!)

    I have had my friends who don't really like rush at all listen to this disc, and they have all thought it was really good.This is why I think it is the best intro to Rush, if you are a teenager especially.
    this was my introduction to Rush, and I liked it because it had a feel to it that I had never experienced on any other cd.this is good for a canadian winter in a log cabin with big windows, wool socks, and a wood stove.I think that Resist is one of their greatest ever songs, especially live!Just check it out, listen before you buy, etc.But don't overlook it just because others say it is bad.Also check out Neils video set "a work in progress" where he demonstrates the drums for all of the songs.It reaffirms his belief that this is his best drumming album, after he refined his technique just for this cd!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This album is a lot of fun!
    It is so amazing to me. Rush has been in the game for 30 years now, and every album they make is outstanding. T4E continues the more straightforward rock that Counterparts started, but T4E is more progressive than Counterparts is. Some songs on here I like better than others, but not one song is bad. Highlights include:

    Test For Echo: I love the vocals and the somber nature of this song. Being a drummer, I really like the drum part after Geddy says "Here we go...." Cool song with great musicality.

    Driven: A very driven (no pun intended) rocker. Very progressive with weird time signatures and stuff. Cool lyrics.

    Time And Motion: How can anyone not like this song? I love the synthesizer parts accenting between the 12/8 and 10/8 time, the lyrics are very well crafted, and there is a perfect balance between heavy and light.

    Totem: Some say they don't like this song. Well, that's you and this is me. This song is awesome. Very catchy, and I love the background vocals in the chorus.

    Virtuality: Ha. This is it right here. I can't help it, whenever I hear this song, I HAVE to crank it up. That guitar riff kicks so hard, and the bridge contains use of Neil's cowbells and his newly-practiced traditional grip for fast press rolls on the snare. I'm not all for the lyrics (they're sort of cheesy though true) but that music rocks very hard.

    Resist: Immediately after the headbanging Virtuality is the tear-jerking Resist. This song is so beautifully crafted, so lyrically moving, and musically moving too. Seeing Alex and Geddy play this song acoustically on "Rush In Rio" was a real treat for me and was very appropriate for the song, but every time I hear it at all it moves me in so many ways.

    Limbo: Back to the rocking. Very cool instrumental with some tribal-esque mumbo-jumbo mumble here and there. Gotta love it.

    If you're a big Rush fan and haven't heard this yet, check it out! It's cool!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rush - 'Test For Echo' (Atlantic)
    This Rush effort from a few years ago is SO much better than what I had expected.On several past releases by the band,they've promised to return to the Rush old sound.On 'Test...' they make good.I was caught off guard with "Half The World","Time And Motion",the ass-kicking "Dog Years" and "Resist".The twenty-page full color CD booklet is packed with song lyrics and rare photos.Sort of maybe like a mini-program.Don't you just love it when bands do that?The production here is superb. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 95447
    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Arena Rock    3. Canada    4. Hard Rock    5. Pop    6. Prog-Rock/Art Rock    7. Rock   


    R. Kelly
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (14 November, 1995)
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    R. Kelly's third album indicates that he's got the range and the stayingpower of an R&B great. More importantly, it's the album where the libidinousstage persona of R. and his creator Robert finally come together, offering aglimpse of the man behind the libido. Kelly plays almost every instrument on the16 tracks himself, delivering subtle variations of his laid-back rhythm andgently pulsing bass with lush walls of sound constructed from synthesizedstrings, keyboards and marimbas. At first listen, the melodies seem lazy andindistinct, but the hooks are sly and insidious, and they work their way intoyour subconscious. Kelly's voice is what keeps you coming back until theyregister. A sweet and supple instrument, it caresses the curves in thearrangements, stretching from a throaty whisper to an croon to a magnificentsoaring wail. He's also made strides beyond the more misogynous impulses of the earlierrecords. Predecessors from Marvin Gaye to Prince have believed that there'snothing more spiritual than really great sex, and R. Kelly is makeout music thatranks with the very best. --Jim DeRogatis ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars R.Kelly does It again
    When I first bought this CD I didnt think it was going to be great at all. After hearing it again you can understand how he is and how he grew up. Of course the stand out track is Down Low but my favorite track is "Thank God is Friday" Buy this CD is shouldnt be that expensive and its worth it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Undoubtedly R. Kelly's BESTAlbum, Hands Down!
    I have to give not just 5, but 10 stars for this masterpiece! I had listened to this album from start to finish without ever skipping a track. I have NO regrets whatsoever! Every song is great in it's own way, and I like the way in which the album blends. It's mature, it's original, it's romantic, it's emotional, there're lots of melody going on, it's smooth R&B...easy-listening. And it's great for relaxing to. :)

    The album is very well arranged and thought out, not rushed. Personally, I'd recommend it over a few of his other albums: 12 Play, TP.2, Chocolate Factory, and that dreaded Happy People/U Saved Me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars R. Kelly
    This is the album that really made me take notice of "Tha Rrah"! I gave it a 5 star rating because as a music lover, any album that grabs my attention & allows me to listen all the way through without skipping is classic in my book.This album just flows from song to song, no production flaws, no songs that jarred my sensabilities but oh how I regret taking it to work one day to listen to - I was jamming so hard at my desk (with ear plugs in, of course) that my co-workers thought I was going into convulsions.

    There's not a bad joint on this disc but the standouts to me are:

    You Remind Me of Something - classic slow jam for the 90's
    (You To Be Happy) w/ Notorious B.I.B - great collabo
    Down Low - who can forget that epic video
    I Can't Sleep Baby - love this song!
    Trade in My Life - as powerful as "I Believe I Can Fly"

    **I know a lot of people diss R because of his obvious problem with females but try to separate that from the music - this album is terrific.I'm not condoning him/his actions and hope that he gets help for his problem and is able to keep his musical focus and continue to put out good music.** ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Contemporary R&B    2. Hip-Hop    3. Pop    4. R&B    5. Urban   


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    Older
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (14 May, 1996)
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    After a two-year legal battle in which the pop star accused his former label of treating him like, well, a pop star while he demanded to be considered an artist, any designation short of masterpiece would qualify Older as disappointment. Since securing his release from Sony and hooking up with DreamWorks SKG (run by folks named Spielberg, Katzenberg, and Geffen who could sympathize with Michael's two-ton ego) the question has been: Now that Michael got what he wanted, can he deliver that masterpiece? Older's answer: Of course not.

    In fairness, however, the 32-year-old semireformed teen idol's return comes close enough to greatness to suggest he deserves to be cut a little slack. Where he overestimates his talent, perhaps we've underestimated it. Older has not forsaken the supermodel worldview of Michael's post-Wham! successes Faith and Listen Without Prejudice. Style is still a big part of his substance, and the word 'baby' is still used too much in his lyrics. But Older is, as implied, a more mature set. Paying homage to Brazilian bossa nova composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and his own Greek heritage, Michael stews his Brit/American R&B with Latin jazz pop and Mediterranean swirls. He even casts himself as a '90s Sinatra on a lounge-friendly track where he plays all instruments. And with all of Older's high-stakes ambition, Michael manages to keep the album immersed in a superbly melodic pop glaze that might have turned most of these tracks into hits. --Roni Sarig ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Older, and Fabulous
    First of all let me say, I tried to purchase this CD in the States but could not find it. What a shame. I finally ended up ordering though the UK.
    About the CD. This is probably the finest piece of so-called Pop music available. However I do not consider this Pop at all, but a contempory tribute from a very gifted individual. George Michael has taken us on a trip, and allowed us to visit places in his head that he lives with everyday. I read somewhere that his fans want to know if he has a diary. if so, would he share it? As far as I am concerned, he doesn't need one because it's all in his music. It's all there, just listen.From beginning to end he tells us stories. Powerful stories that have occurred in his life. His voice quality is superb. He doesn't try to scream out, or force it like so many artists do today. He carefully controls each note. I think control is a real issue for him. He controls everything. Within that control he lets us in. It's there. Just listen. Brilliant.

    1-0 out of 5 stars georgie porgie = cr@p
    This CD is bar none, the best coaster I own!Works as a great door jamb too.BTW, what's with big scary picture of you on the cover Georgie?You a hardass now suddenly or what?I don't get it...

    4-0 out of 5 stars George Michael = Soulful, Sultry, Tasteful, Older (4 stars)
    This is such a sweet, more relaxed, kinda easy-listening record to me. Ever since I purchased this used 4 $7.99 @ CD Warehouse near Powder Springs in Marietta, I was amazed I had to copped it including Marvin Gaye's "In Our Lifetime" which I have which is awesome. After I got home, I started putting into the machine and try to see it's still good 'cuz I download the entire album off on Amazon.com several times and was not dissappointed. It's easier to stick with more than just one genre or one type of music which is rap and/or hip-hop. Sometimes it's easier to let go 4 a minute and try something new, Like Outkast when they put the multiplatinum plus CD Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, that changed everything. It helps me be aware about what I feel about the culture and what's the music that's bein played right now today. As with other releases like Ray Charles posthumous/final release Genius Loves Company, Marvin Gaye's sultry Vulnerable or Romantically Yours, Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, Kanye West's The College Dropout, Alicia Keys' Songs in A Minor, Queen Latifah's The Dana Owens Album, etc. they all have a different meaning on what is about in music history. So as w/ George Michael, he changes his style into a different way w/o ever being more offensive or overrated. I'm not gon get into the full detail on whether he's gay or homosexual, that's something I don't like to discuss at this moment, maybe later. Well back to the album on the 1st track of the CD "Jesus To A Child", GM speaks with his pleasures and pleasureness on walking w/ Jesus and how to follow Him and his footsteps you know based on the Bible, I actually love the melody and the lyrics that he speaks into his mind which is pretty good tho. Pretty good cut tho. And on the 2nd track "Fastlove" w/ a more funky R&B sound w/ a lil disco beat to it which kicks off a sample of Patrice Rushen (one of my all-time heroes and also my fav. artist as well) with the classic hit "Forget Me Nots" (I know ya'll heard of that 1), which the lady doin' the back-up while George does his on his own. I like that it's still one of my favorites. Ok on other songs like the title track, "Spinning the Wheel", the jazz-lounge influenced "Move On", the relaxed "You Have Been Loved" (Kinda reminds me listening to some oldies of similar artists like Al Hirt, Burt Kaempfert, Herb Alpert, Peter Nero, Frank Sinatra, etc. y'know those I just listen back then and is similar to the 1st hit which is all my fav. is "Jesus to a Child" or "Jesus" I'll say), Star People (pretty good on my resume and also I may jiggle out right here w/ a bang or a real groove or sumthin' y'knowwhattatalkin'about?), etc. are all that have a meaning to the message what we need in our curriculum to begin our history in the music business and in the music industry as well. I suggest you go check this out, and maybe check out albums from Nas (e.g. Street's Disciple, God's Son, etc.), Kanye West (The College Dropout), Alicia Keys (Diary of Alicia Keys), R. Kelly (e.g., Chocolate Factory, Happy People/U Saved Me, etc.), Quincy Jones (e.g., Sounds and Stuff Like That, Body Heat, The Dude, Q's Jook Joint, Back on the Block, Walking Like Space, Q Live in Paris circa 1960, etc.), Miles Davis (e.g., Kind of Blue, Porgy and Bess, Miles Ahead, Sketches of Spain, 'Round 'Bout Midnight, Birth of the Cool, etc.), Dave Brubeck (e.g. Time Out), OutKast (Speakerboxxx/The Love Below), John Legend (Get Lifted), Michael Jackson (Off the Wall), Jon B. (all albums I'll say incl. his latest Everybody Struggles, put out last year), Guru (I don't know maybe the same), as with Ronny Jordan (e.g. The Antidote, The Quiet Revolution, Light to Dark, At Last, etc.), and among others you may be a more aware to add into your music collection. This is a must have to those that are into jazz, R&B, blues, funk, etc. You'll love this. George Michael is one-of-a-kind artist who is so smooth, more underrated, real diverse, and more God-given like Stevie Wonder or Ray Charles (those are 2 of my main artists and beloved mentors and role models.) ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Pop Vocals   


    William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet: Music From The Motion Picture (1996 Version) [Enhanced CD]
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (29 October, 1996)
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    Like the movie itself, the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack is filled with emotional twists; from the hardness of Garbage's "#1 Crush" and the Butthole Surfers' "Whatever" to Stina Nordenstam's endearing, whispery "Little Star" the journey is all over the map. Within the CD-enhanced grooves, however, moments of absolute brilliance flow; Des'ree's "Kissing You (Love Theme from Romeo + Juliet)" is perhaps her strongest work to date, while Radiohead's "Talk Show Host" is a track that the group treasures and performs live often. Those two tracks alone make this soundtrack worth the purchase price. --Denise Sheppard ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Audio Sex
    This album is what you want when you need to relive your twisted, mid-nineties youth. The Cardigans' LOVEFOOL is worth the price of the entire CD.
    Love me, love me...say that you love me...
    *sigh*

    5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
    I never thought that a girl could say all that to a boy. Oh la la !

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best soundtracks ever
    I was eight when "Romeo and Juliet" came out (I decided to write a kids review for the hell of it)and yes, I fell in love with leo and I still am. I thought the film was brilliant, with a wonderful performance by claire danes and after seeing it, I heard there was a soundtrack. A friend bought it for me after i said how great the movie was and I instantly was hooked. Although I did not fully understand the songs then, I understand them now and it still remains one of the best soundtracks and films i have ever seen. Here is the breakdown:
    *#1 Crush - Garbage (they are one of my favorite bands and this song is GREAT 5/5)
    Local God - Very good song to rock to. Upbeat and fun. 4/5
    Angel - Ok song, able to listen to but not as great as the others. 3/5
    Pretty Piece of Flesh - Great upbeat rocking rhythme. Fun to listen to! 4/5
    Dream - Pretty good song, but the lead singer tends to bug me. 3.5/5
    Kissing You - wonderful love song! Made me cry in the movie! 5/5
    Lovefool - Fun, perky pop song. 4/5
    Young Hearts Run Free - Fun song but not amazing. 3/5
    Everybody's Free- Nice Gospel song. 4/5
    *To You I Bestowe - I love this song! Great guitar song with wonderful beat 5/5
    *Talk Show Host - Also one of my favorite songs! 5/5
    Little Star - Can't listen to this song. Awful. 1/5
    *You and Me Song - Great upbeat song! Love it! 5/5

    *= favorite songs even though most songs are GREAT!
    Get this great collection, you won't be disappointed!
    I also suggest the special edition DVD, it is great!
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    Asin: B000002U4X
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Soundtracks    4. Soundtracks & Film Scores   


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    Friction, Baby
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (13 August, 1996)
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    The first two albums from Better Than Ezra were recorded as low-budget demos and released on tiny indie labels, even though the second one, Deluxe, was leased by Elektra and turned into a platinum smash. The third album, Friction, Baby, is the trio's first with a big budget and an experienced producer (Don Gehman of John Mellencamp, R.E.M., and Hootie & the Blowfish), and it crystallizes Better Than Ezra's identity as a mainstream pop band relying on catchy hooks, straightforward lyrics, and top-40 arrangements (which in 1996 meant grunge guitar). Kevin Griffin, the group's singer/songwriter/guitarist, has excellent pop instincts, and the 13 songs on Friction, Baby are as pleasurable as they are unadventurous. --Geoffrey Himes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is some quality music
    I just recently rediscovered this band. I had heard their mega-hit "Good" a long time ago, not realised it was them until now, and then picked up this CD. At first, I wasn't too keen on some of the songs, but now each song is great in it's own way. Kevin Griffin has a great voice.

    King of New Orleans - This is the kind of song that becomes an instant classic. Everyone loves this song because it's just like that. It has catchy guitar riffs and a catchy chorus.

    Rewind - I think this is the closest BTE ever comes to pop. Trust me, BTE IS NOT POP. This is another super-catchy song that's just as loud and gritty as 'King of New Orleans.'

    Long Lost - The chorus of this song is definitely something I'll not forget. Kevin Griffin shows his range in this song. It has a more melancholy tone than the previous two songs.

    Normal Town - Dude, this song has a flute solo in it. It sounds crazy, but it works for the song really well. While this song isn't one of my favourites on the CD, it is still a good listen.

    Scared Are You? - This is one of my favourite tracks. The lyrics are great, the riffs are great. This is a highlight track for sure.

    Return of the Post Moderns - This was influenced by the 90's. It borders more on the political side oddly enough. It's a bit strange, but it does grow on one.

    Hung the Moon - This has the perfect grunge feel to it. It starts off with the amps turned all the way up with plenty of distortion. Another instant classic.

    Desparately Wanting - This is a really catchy track. It starts off toned down and gradually picks up. It's another track that's guaranteed popularity like 'King of New Orleans.'

    Still Life With Cooley - This almost gives the impression of being country until you reach the end of the track. At the end, you get a classic Ezra sound like in 'Hung the Moon.' Another strong song by Kevin Griffin.

    WWOZ - This is another favourite. It's a great ballad.

    Happy Endings - This is like 'WWOZ,' but it does have its differences. I love the lyrics of this one.

    Speeding Up to Slow Down - This has the feel of an epic: it starts off slowly and builds up to a huge climax. Great song.

    At Ch. Degualle, Etc. - This is an instrumental. It has some great guitar work in it, and the brass that comes in later sounds great with the band. They did some very creative arrangements on this instrumental.

    There is another segment on after the instrumental where it sounds like Kevin is singing in maybe French? Anyway, that's another good song. It's a live track and it sounds like the band was doing some improvisation. It sounds great. I wish I could see them live!

    This is a great CD. Go out and listen to this band. They are so hard-working. They are another one of those under-rated 90's bands like Toad the Wet Sprocket or others.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Much better than that other album!
    Better Than Ezra made a much, much better album with Friction Baby than the previous one.The lead singer sounds very goodand the band just is dynamic on all the songs.Desperately Wanting, King of New Orleans and numerous other songs are winners here.Considering that Don Gehman was a hot producer between 1994 and 1996 with Hootie and the Blowfish, he produced a very fine effort for BTE.They deserve kudos for making this effort and showing their artistic growth as a band.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BTE does it again
    This is my favorite BTE cd, I have them all. Track for track I love the energy of this album. It has a great mix of slow, sad songs to more upbeat, hardrockin' songs. The great thing about this sophomore effort is that it is completely different from their first release. Each cd after this one is very different too. A band with so much range and the talent to back it up is definitely one to check out. If you only own one BTE cd, I would recommend this one. Actually I would recommend them all. Get them all here on Amazon...I am sure there is a good 'used' price. ... Read more

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


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    Bilingual
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (14 March, 2001)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars It's worth taking the time to dig for the gold, 3 1/2 stars.
    When compared to the incredible, and fairly constant, level of the PSB's earlier work, "Billingual", for the most part does not fair too well. Tracks like "Discoteca" & "Single" are nearly devoid of the smart PSB melodies of "Actually" & "Behavior". Instead these rely on a rhythmic departure, a very rigid Latinesque sound, which gets repetitive very quickly, (As do the chorus melodies) and only succeeds (in my opinion) on "Se a Vida ?". As long as you are prepared to sift through the material, you will find some absolute gems:

    "The Survivors" = is probably my favorite PSB track since, "Behavior". Fantastic melodies.

    "Red Letter Day" = Even with some of the structure being fairly generic, it works... well.

    "Se a Vida ?" = Already mentioned above, but I would highly recommend to purchase the single for this track before, or along with, the album.

    "To Step Aside" = Is a Solid Effort.

    If you are interest in trying some post-"Very" straight-laced dance fair: buy the "Somewhere" single. The price is more than right for the phenomenal quality, and running time. The remixes are so distinctive, I listen to them consecutively every time and it never wears thin.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Single Sputter Stop
    "Bilingual" came under a lot of horn blowing and banner waving.

    But how could they top a "Very" amazing record? The answer was, they could not. And having Atlantic records sign PSB after their much ballyhooed "Gay Marketing Division" probably set the banner far too high. It also came out after Neil Tennant's final open admittance to his sexuality. The "Community" had their new heroes and were going to squint down the microscope pretty damn hard when the CD came out.

    "Bilingual" is not without its highpoints. The first three tracks hinted at a classic to be, but the attempts at Spanish musical thematics start wearing heavy by "Se a vida e" and it becomes a struggle to hold one's attention afterwards. Not only that, but after the musically soaring "Very," "Bilingual" comes off as tunefully flat and unispired.

    Thank God for the lyrics, which have always been the PSB's strong suit. They keep "Bilingual" from falling below three stars. It is just, that from a band who I would rate 4 or 5 stars on the majority of their library, average is a disapointment.

    4-0 out of 5 stars under the volcano
    As I've found a lot of today's radio listening as being boring, I've gone back in time to fill in certain gaps of musical plentitude.Bilingual by the Pet Shop Boys was released in the fall of 1996 while I was working on a movie with Latin based themes; I thought what better to score those daily task than with Latin influenced music. Thus daily spins of Bilingual became commonplace. Tracks Discoteca, Single, Metamorphosis, Se a Vida e', To Step Aside are multicultural amalgamations of heat, rhythm, style, substance, and movement. We're talking disco beats, Latin percussion, cocktail jazz, nuance vocals, and innuendo lyrics aplenty. The upbeat, up-tempo material presented here in all sunny yellow overtones speaks of equatorial holiday - fun in the sun. To stay the mainsail, Up Against It, Red Letter Day, Saturday Night Forever shore up what becomes one of the Pet Shop Boys more adventurous musical odysseys. The real crown jewel on this album is Before. Possibly one of the most beautiful love ballads written by Tennant and Lowe, this song is masterfully crafted, with the perfect accompaniment on guitar by the always-prodigy, Johnny Marr. In no way should this album be taken lightly since the nature of the music and disposition is. Don't be fooled, overtones, undercurrents, hidden layers, depth of field and vision help make Bilingual a stunning musical achievement. . I've often read where some think this is their one off album. I beg to differ. Even on a bad day, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are songwriters nonpareil. Giants among mere mortals, the musical moments and compositions on Bilingual shine brightly, complete in themselves. Justification and acknowledgement needed from none. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005Y7OJ
    Sales Rank: 227705
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Dance    2. Club/Dance    3. Dance Music    4. Dance-Pop    5. Pop   


    Rocket
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (18 June, 1996)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Man...you can buy this album for a PENNY, man...
    This album came along at that point in my life when I started ditching the music my parents liked (which is how most of us initialize our musical tastes, of course) and began following more modern artists.The single "Standing Outside a Yada Yada Yada," with its looped, moanin' BB King and its rain-soaked drum machine grabbed my burgeoning teen angst by the bollocks and gave 'em a good yank.

    I was addicted to this album for months, and was amazed that there had been music like this floating around outside my peripheral this whole time, unbeknownst to me.This album inevitably led me to harder stuff, like Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden, and soon I recognized Primitive Radio Gods for what it was: a mediocre band.

    But man, I'll always love this album, even if it's for nostalgic reasons only.I can't give it five stars, because Lord it just ain't that good, but for one solitary red cent, I'm tempted to get back that copy I sold so many years ago.

    4-0 out of 5 stars BB King
    Yah, that "old man" is BB King.Can't remember the song name, but it's a clip taken from one of his songs.Overall I love the mix though. *grin*

    5-0 out of 5 stars 90s Childhood
    Whenever I hear "Standing..." it reminds me of the summer of 1996. The song is very mellow, but the lyrics are brilliant and the old man saying "I've been downhearted" over and over again is great. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002BJH
    Sales Rank: 11557
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


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    311
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 July, 1995)
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    Razor-sharp guitars, hip-hop and funk rhythms, and healthy doses of ska and dance-hall reggae make this one of the most surprising albums to come out of the American heartland. But what's most remarkable about 311's breakthrough release is its enlightened attitude: In an otherwise terminally aggro style of music, where everyone strives to be harder than each other, 311 put down deadly weaponry on "Guns (Are for Pussies)." "Hive," meanwhile, disses hard drug use (but they're pro-hemp, of course), and "Misdirected Hostility" encourages, of all things, positivity ("All that angst sh*t is just cheesy"). Vocalist Nick Hexum and rapper Doug "S.A." Martinez trade lines with ease, and the band dexterously shifts gears between heavy tracks like "Down" and "Brodels," the frantic "Jackolantern's Weather," and the laid-back "All Mixed Up" and "Sweet." --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars doesnt do it for me
    311.I have never been partial to them.I don't really like how they mix up the reggae stuff with their instruments; it just doesn't work for me.That's the root of my beef with 311.If you've heard any of their stuff, and you didn't like it, you probably shouldn't get this CD.If you did like it, go ahead and buy it much of their music is in the same style.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I can't believe i used to think this album sucked
    Im seeing some harsh reviews here.Screw it. I used to hate this
    album. Now i have rediscovered what a very good album this is.
    With the exception The rapping at times is laughable by nick hexum, but hes confident, so it doesnt really matter. This album has some awesome riffs, and catchy melodies. Like:
    Jackolaterns weather
    misdirected hostility
    DLMD
    Down-Yes their commercial effort which brought them to the masses, but one has to say so what? Down, is by far one of the heavyest and best 311 songs. All mixed up is good too. Let's not
    forget the in your face hive and totally kick @$$ t & p combo.
    I cannot stand don't stay home, and guns is the stupidest song
    they have ever done. This album is very rhymatic, they have
    a real ear for music. It's heavy and loud. Theres some slow down songs too, few as they are:
    Purpose
    sweet
    This freaking album rules. Don't let this stop the 311 findings. Just because you never hear any songs from grassroots, music, transistor,evolver or soundsystem doesnt mean you shouldn't check those albums out too. Do it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Know that they have always been "down down".
    There's no doubt that this is a good album, and their big break-through to the masses, but front to back I like others of theirs more. This does however include numerous good songs, and the hits "Down", "All Mixed Up", and "Don't Stay Home". Besides directing a newcomer to the "Greatest Hits", I'd also suggest "Soundsystem", "Transistor", and the excellent debut "Music". This album is still pretty "Sweet" though, and I like the alien related packaging. ... Read more

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    Mr. Happy Go Lucky
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 September, 1996)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A unique effort from Mellencamp, most definitely
    Johnny released Mr. Happy Go Lucky right after his heart attack, and near death experience. And almost all of the songs clearly reflect it.

    But anyway, I bought this for 2 bucks thinking it would have a few fun tunes, but nothing special. Not being that much of an avid Mellencamp fan, I probably wouldn't have even gotten it, had it been for 4 dollars. But it's really good. I have to say.

    Songs like "Key West Intermizo" and "Circling Around The Moon" are really different from his other stuff, and he sounds good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars transcendent and hypnotic
    I've been a Melloncamp fan for decades now and return to his albums again and again when I need an authentic music encounter.Mr. Happy Go Lucky is by far his best complete work.The album is a seemless dark journey that is strangely humerous and sad.Not a moment on this disk is dull or boring;hen you put it on you are compelled to listen to it top to bottom.Of all his disks, and I have them all, this is the one I grab on the way out of a burning house.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mellancamp: Mr Happy Go Lucky
    I've been a rock affectionado for 30 plus years. This is my first Mellancamp record. Not interested in Pink Houses and his other commercial successes. Bought this on a whim and am having difficulty extracting it from the CD player. This is rock the way it was meant to be...Large World Turning, Circling Round the Moon, Full Catastrophe, Emotional Love, all terrific. The violin play is icing on the cake.I can only hope Mr. Mellancamp continues on this less commercial road! ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 34619
    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Heartland Rock    3. Pop    4. Pop/Rock    5. Rock    6. Rock & Roll   


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    The Burdens of Being Upright
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 March, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Really, really, really good
    Like a lot of people I saw here on the Blueman tour where she was amazing.This is a solid CD throughout.I highly reccomend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Burdens of Being Good
    Like most people, the song that drew me to this album was "Mother,Mother".My own mother found it rather amusing that this woman on the radio was shrieking about being fine.

    I was young when I got it, 12 I think.I didn't understand the meanings of most of the songs, but it didn't matter.Tracy has an undeniable talent, and her songs are compelling even for young'uns like I was.

    She tangles melodies in her violin strings and belts a voice out of her 5'2 frame that belongs in someone taller and fatter.Her messages may be confusing but what is good rock without...interesting lyrics?

    Tracks to check out:Mother, Mother; Brain Crack; Bulldog.There are more but I can't think of them right now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars She's great, she's blunt and she ROCKS!!!!
    I didn't know about Tracy Bonham until a friend of mine showed me her song, "Mother Mother".I didn't know what to think at first, and kind of filed away in my memory.

    Then I heard the song "Bulldog".I listened to the song, and it really can be taken the wrong way, and I actually think she meant it that way.I fell in love with her after that song.I have access to both of her albums, and am eagerly awaiting her next album.

    She's blunt, she has a great voice and she simply rocks.Typical rock, but with her own bit of flair, making the music truly unique.I think the most unique aspect of her songs is what she sings about.In "Sharks Cant's Sleep", she talks about seeing sharks eating men, and then she ate a man.....and that's not okay.If you see the video...her expression is simply hilarious.She gives you a kind of...sweet smile.Of course, you can't hate her so much for it, because, she knows it wasn't okay.*grins*

    Hurry, when I wrote this review, only 5 were left in stock!Hurry up and buy one!You won't regret it!I promise you!Just listen to her music with a slightly....demented frame of mind, and you just might understand them better. ... Read more

    Asin: B000001E8V
    Sales Rank: 50346
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Post-Grunge    3. Rock    4. Singer/Songwriter   


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