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Hounds of Love
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Few women have expanded the vocabulary of rock as bewitchingly as Kate Bush; among male stars, only Prince may have taken as many risks. Hounds of Love saw Bush reining in the kookier aspects of The Dreaming, channelling them into epic electro-pop that tackled big issues of life and death and God with gripping drama and intensity. "Running Up That Hill" was one of the great singles of the '80s; "Cloudbusting" was string-driven, magically pretty; "Jig of Life" showed that Bush is one of the few pop artists who can flirt with Celtic mysticism without sounding twee or trite. Forget the riot grrrls: Bush is the real thing.--Barney Hoskyns ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Kate Bush RULESSSS!!!!
I am a 14 year old girl and i LOVE Kate Bush, she is the most brilliant beyond words!!! This is a fantastic album, and it is considered her best along with The Dreaming. It starts off with a well known Kate song Running up that hill (a deal with god) which is undoubtedly one of her TOP songs, and a smashing beginning to a cracking album! Second song is Hounds of love which is sweet, sad, joyful, haunting, calming and exciting all at the same time??!! How someone manages to put all those into one song i dont know, but Kate somehow manages it! And it is my 2nd fave song on the album. Then there is the Big sky, i can just imagine dancing in a field, jumping around like a pixie to this song, it is uplifting and fresh!! Mother stands for comfort is a chilling song, which gets better after you have heard it a few times, (it takes a while to get used to get used to the complicated rythym) it is beautiful and i love the ending. Cloudbusting is absolutely stunning and original, i love it, i love it, i love it!! The lyrics are something which will make you keep thinking for a long time, until you finally figure out exactly what the song is about! Then we come into the Ninth Wave, starting with Dream of sheep, this is a beautiful piano ballad which starts the Ninth Wave off perfectly and prepares you for Under ice, which i have to admit i sometimes cant listen to, it can be a very dramatic and scary song if listened to under the right circumstances! Although it is simple , it makes a big impact. Then there is Waking the witch, which starts off slow so you cant help wonder what is going to happen next, well what happens next i cant really describe as anything other than wonderfully chaotic!! Watching you without me is a calming song with extremely thought provoking lyrics, and gives absolutely no warning of the next song. Jig of life!! Wow, this is a song which will give you a shock, it is (unless you hadnt already guessed) an irish music based song, which is unbeleivably catchy and exciting! I cannot beleive that is possible to make such beautiful music, so boy did i get a surprise when i heard Hello earth! It is simply the most hauntingly beautiful song i have ever heard and it is my all time favourite! You just have to hear it for yourself!! Morning fog is simply the most perfect ending for an album, it has always reminded me of the morning sunshine on an Autumn's day, and gives you such a wondeful, heavanly feeling that after listening to Hounds of love i feel like i could be a new person!! All i can say is, buy this album and you will never, ever regret it!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Truly Magical CD
Simply put....this is one of the greatest CDs that I own out of over 500. It just has a magical quality to it. Repeated listens, especially on a great stereo system like a Bose, truly reward the listener.

There is a reason why artists like Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, etc. look up to Kate....she's frigging brilliant. It's a joke that she is not more well-known here in the States, but I guess that is almost a good thing (hehe).

A very complex CD that gives you, the listener, all kinds of sounds and soundscapes. The first 5 tracks are individual songs and the last 7 or "The Ninth Wave" deals with a "concept" album. Despite doing the CD that way, I didn't feel like the tracks are disjointed, but a very smooth and flowing CD.

Best tracks are Running Up That Hill, Big Sky, Cloudbusting (worth the CD's price alone), And Dream of Sheep, Hello Earth (listen to around the 2 minute and 20 second mark to the 3 minute and 20 second mark - absolutely amazing...maybe my most favorite one minute of music ever!), and Morning Fog.

Get it today before it goes out of stock.

5-0 out of 5 stars An incredible piece of work from an original songstress
Being a product of the '80s, well technically the '70s however I don't remember that decade as well as the '80s, one of my personal favorite songs has always been Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)". I always thought that Kate Bush had one of the most unique voices in music. I have to admit that I only own one Kate Bush cd and that is "Hounds of Love". I recently dug the cd out of my mountain of mostly useless cds that I stash in my closet. I decided to play the cd and I soon found myself falling in love with "Hounds of Love" all over again. I am no expert on Kate Bush or her music as a lot of reviewers appear to be here so I am going to have to review on what I heard. I think it is a given to say that without Kate Bush, there would have been no Tori Amos. The similiarities are obvious, especially to Tori fans (such as myself). As I said earlier, Kate has a unique voice as does Tori. Both women are constantly changing the octaves in their voices as they sing. The oblique, if not abstract lyrics are seen in both women's songs. In regards to "Hounds of Love", I found myself enjoying the "Hounds of Love" side slightly more of than "The Ninth Wave". I find myself more drawn to songs like "Mother Stands For Comfort" and "Cloudbusting". Nevertheless, all the songs are wonderful. Kate Bush has a real knack for songwriting. I just don't see or hear enough artists like Kate nowadays. Artists like Kate Bush comes once in a blue moon. "Hounds of Love" is an incredible piece of pop music and certainly deserves a remaster treatment like The Cocteau Twins' catalog were given. ... Read more

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Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 June, 2000)
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Call it "stoner rock" if you must, but the sophomore release from the Queens of the Stone Age moves mosh music into a woozier realm. Which isn't to say it isn't plenty crunchy, but former Kyuss kingpin Josh Homme and company (including guests Mark Lanegan and Barrett Martin of the Screaming Trees) create an intoxicating brew by mixing metal, alt, and garage-rock elements together and making it smoke! --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Rated A - for awesome
"Feel Good Hit of the Summer" leads off "Rated R" with a crazy, decadent vibe, but the album doesn't remain at such a chaotic, frantic pace. Queens of the Stone Age have everything in their songwriting repetoire: All at once, their music caters to the thinking man, the party goer, the rockers, people with a sense of quirkiness, and mainstream audiences who just like good melodic rock and roll - with a twist of weirdness thrown in.

"The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret" is brilliant, and it's the song that got me into this awesome band. Many of the other songs on "Rated R" share the same low-key melodic vibe of "Lost Art...", which makes for a great listening experience. Vocals on the album are shared on Q.O.T.S.A.'s second album, giving it a more eclectic feel than the classic-rock sound of their debut album, which was also excellent. Also, unlike their darker first album, this one has a brighter sound, a more pop/rock feel to perhaps cater to a wider audience. Various musicians, including the great Mark Lanegan, stop in the studio to help the band, and the results are great.

Perhaps "Rated R's" most interesting - and best - tune is "Better Living Through Chemistry." It begins foreboding enough, with Josh Homme's distant, echoey vocals and a dark guitar riff. Paranoid lyrics give way to a severely quiet lull in the song, before a Zepp/Sabbath riff kicks in unexpectantly. The song is disjointed and a little strange, but perfectly sums up this band and their love of experimentation (on many levels!).

Many of these lyrics are obviously drug-induced, some sex-induced, all of it very rock and roll. It sounds like the band had a good time making the album, as they slowly cruised their way to deserved superstardom. "In the Fade," sung by Mark Lanegan, is a tune that should have made its way straight to modern rock radio playlists all over the country - the song has "hit" written all over it. A slower, mellow tune with pleasant vibrating guitars, it's another great musical moment for this band, one that showcases their versatility as musicians, and their varying tastes. "Tension Head" is pure hard rock, with an aggressive riff and raging vocals by bassist Nick Oliveria. By contrast, "Lightning Song" is a pleasant guitar instrumental that just kind of floats for 2 minutes, making way for the last heavily Sabbath-influenced song, "I Think I Lost My Headache."

Overall, less straightforward than the first album, less ambitious than the third album, "Rated R" is full of yet more interesting sounds and great tunes by a soon-to-be very famous band.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stoner rock with a brain.
Although the latest Queens Of The Stone Age release Songs For The Deaf seems to be getting all the press these days, the previous album Rated R, in my opinion, ranks as their best release. And I hold Songs For The Deaf in pretty high regard, so that's saying something.

This album is way more experimental than your run-of-the-mill stoner rock. Pianos, horns, and electronic effects are pulled out for effect while Josh Homme digs deep into his bag of guitar riffs and comes up with a memorable, headbangable one for each track. The lyrics are typical QOTSA--ironic, intelligent, funny, and drug-induced. Most of the songs are kept short and to the point, and never lose their punch.

And my, what diversity. Loud Olivieri screamers (Tension Head), straightahead yet left-of-center rock (Leg Of Lamb, Autopilot), a floaty little instrumental (Lightning Song), a brilliant number featuring Mark Lanegan on vocals (In The Fade), Sabbath-esque lumbering rock (I Think I Lost My Headache), and just all-out trippiness (Better Living Through Chemistry, Monsters In The Parasol), it's amazing what this band can do with just a 42-minute run time.

While there is one weak song (the aptly titled Quick And To The Pointless), it's not enough to keep me from giving Rated R 5 stars. Whether you're a QOTSA fan, a Kyuss fan, or just love alternative or stoner rock, this is one of the best-executed albums I've heard lately. Highly reccommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars Queens of the Stone Age return
I'll make this quick and to the pointless. It is a good album if you like queens of the stone age. It is not their best album- Songs for the Deaf. It has enough to songs on it to buy but in my opinion contains fillers. ... Read more

Asin: B00004TH6O


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Bellybutton
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 June, 1992)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A forgotten gem
I was only thirteen when I saw The King Is Half Undressed on MTV, and I had to get the album after only hearing the song once. It quickly became one of my favorite albums. Looking back, I wasn't very picky about what music I listened to back then, and some of the stuff I loved in my youth doesn't sound very good to me anymore (Bon Jovi anyone?) When I decided to give this album another listen a year ago, I discovered that I liked it even more than I did as a kid, if that's possible. This is one of a very few albums that doesn't have a bad song on it. Songs like The King Is Half Undressed make you realize why this music is called "power" pop. Baby's Coming Back, the song that came the closest to making Jellyfish stars, is one of the catchiest songs I've ever heard. Really, you can listen to this album over and over again and never get tired of it. If you don't have this album yet, you have really stumbled across hidden treasure. Hopefully some day this album will get the recognition it deserves, but until then, at least YOU can experience it!

4-0 out of 5 stars I've been stung.
I guess an average rating of 5 stars must mean this is pretty good. It is. I will forever be in debt to the old hippie I once delivered pizzas with, who turned me onto "Throwing Muses", and especially "Jellyfish". This really is a near-perfect pop album. Each song seems to tell a little story, and the musicianship of these guys is awesome. My favorite thing about "Bellybutton", is that it's almost impossible to not sing along with it. It's amazingly catchy, and the music is as colorful as the cover art. I believe "That is Why" was the single off this, and "Bedspring Kiss" is the hidden gem. This is one "Jellyfish" you should get your hands on.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing craftsmanship
This power pop album is the masterpiece that still shines in the pop history.They can incorporate some musical ideas and sound styles into one fine tune.Their ability to arrange and mix abundant musical factors outshines than any other pop artist.You can hear their well-designed,polished,intricate music texture through this sound treasure.These guys achieved their musical ultimate goal without compromise. WOW!! That's incredible. ... Read more

Asin: B000002URU
Sales Rank: 8132


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De-Loused in the Comatorium
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 June, 2003)
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4-0 out of 5 stars best albu mof the year
This album is amazing yet slightly tedious. Showing an entire scpectrum of music and dynamics- rhythm driven madness to powerful beauty.

1. Son et lumiere- vocals almost sound john lennonish though this track leads perfectly up to the fierce and one of most voilent songs on the album "Intertiatic esp" (8/20)

2. Inertiatic esp- The vocals and guitar on this track are amazing, if you were wondering what esp means it means, it means feeling or intuition. The vocals almost sounds like Robert plant on this track. (9/10)

3. Roulette dares- my favourite track, maybe because the vocals are robert plant vs. freddy murcury in the chorus which really works well. The chorus is amazing and extremely catchy. The syncopation on this track and rhythm shifts are interestiung to follow... or loose yourself in (10/10)

4. Tire me a las aranas (throw me to the spiders)- an interesting work of the guitar sounding brooding yet atmospheric. (6/10) (because its only an instrumental)

5. Drunkship of lanters- a definite anthem, displaying vocal range and showing an amazingly tight yet complicated song structure. (9/10)

6. Eriararka- this song is a bit droney but has some great melodies on all instruments played. The band doesnt seem to get as involved in this song, but nonetheless it is an epic. (7/10)

7. Cicatriz esp- (scar feeling)- if this song wasnt filled with 6 minutes of atmosperic noise, it would be great but its one of those songs you listen to the peak and then skip when the machines take over the instruments... or do the instruments turn into machines? (7/10)

8. This apparatus must be unearthed- this song is more int he vein of at the drive in- where the vocals run into odd harmonies and agressive madness. A definite stand out on the album- short and to the point. This song keeps you on the edge of your seat.
(8/10)

9. Televators- the ballad of the album, a great song where all the instruments compliment each other well. (8.5/10)

10. Take the viel carpin taxt- probably my worst song on the album, its good in its own right but it just doesnt seem to follow the vibe of the album nor conclude it- its too jumpy. (6/10)

This is a must-have album... but the album isnt for those who want music they can hear on MTV or listen to on the radio station. Although possessing qualities of a wide range of 70's rock acts, the band turns left of mainstream with its complacent structures and rhythms (which is a good thing). On the down side... id quite happily trade the album's atmospheric wierd noises (which make up about a third of all the music on the album) for more songs. Though its something no one has ever done to this extent and shows the ruthless extremes in experimentation that the mars volta explore.

The music is a mixture of post hardcore, at the drive in, led zepplin, santana, early genesis, queen, and tool- haha is that possible... yeah mars volta did it!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Breath Of Fresh Air
Finally, a cd I don't mind spending my hard earned money on! I can't stop listening to this disc. I have been so bored with all of the "wanna be / sound like that band" crap that I kind of gave up on the music biz. Mars Volta really doesn't bring anything new to the music arena. They've done a great job reinventing prog-rock. They've taken Yes' "Close To The Edge" album and added a harder edge, some latin rhythm flavoring, and a live feel I have not heard on any recording in a while. When I listen to this record, I get the feeling that I'm at their live show. I can't wait to see them tonight (they will be in town tonight). At The Drive In was good. Mars Volta, to me, is better. With the addition of Red Hot Chili Pepper's Flea on bass, this collection of songs is something not to be missed. Flea is excellent on this one. If you're a drummer, like me, you owe it to yourself to check the drummer out. BUY THIS CD!!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Well...I'm De-Loused
Let me Preface this review by saying this is my favorite CD I own. That being said, It still gets 4 stars, not 5. While the band is enormously talented, the production is over the top. This really shows through in "Cicatriz ESP". The song starts and ends strong, but whats with the 3 or 4 minutes of ambient noise in the middle? I also am a strong believer that, while the lyrics have a cool sound, they are absolutely there as a formality; and no one, including the writer, really understands what phrases like "Exoskeletal junction at raliroad delay" really means. The Vocals are absolutely fantastic. That man has an amazing range. Theres some amazing fast pitched tempo changes such as on "Drunkship of Lanterns". All in all its a fantastic cd if you don't mind a little over-indulgence on the writer and producers part. ... Read more

Asin: B00009V7T2
Sales Rank: 1127
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Love Trap
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 June, 2003)
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For this follow-up to her 2001 debut, (Salt Rain,which won a BBC Radio 3 World Music Award and was certified Gold in France), Raman continues to build on her tried-and-true formula. Born in Britain to South Indian parents, her Tamil birthright did not preclude an attraction to Western pop and she explores this duality throughout the album. The title tune is a back-room, jazzy rendering of an urban Ethiopian hit--it and a sexy cover of Joan Armatrading's "Save Me" are the only English-language tracks. The other nine offer a far-flung mélange of languages, constituting a dream journey during which the chanteuse's silky, flexible alto encounters trip-hop, Tuvan throat singing, sinuous Indian classical ornamentation, and assorted African influences. As modern electronica flickers amid age-old acoustic instruments with unexpectedly felicitous results, it becomes clear that Raman has achieved a study in contrasts that is also a primer for inclusion.--Christina Roden ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Airy and weak pop music
Raman's "Love Trap" intrigued me, for its promise of intercultural sound weavings. But when it arrived, I discovered its mediocrity. It's just cheap music, reminiscent of the worst of 1970s pop music: light, weak, and empty. Right from the first track, "Love Trap," you know you're in for a frivilous album, with trite background vocals "Love Trap, Love Trap, oooh, Love Trap, Love Trap, ooooh," and tin-plated lyrics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Her sensual world
If world music is all about bringing people from different nations close and making them understand the beautiful side of each others music culture then it's no coincidence that Susheela Raman is one of it's stand out artists right now . The Anglo-Indian gifted lady mixes creatively various elements of the Indian , Tamil and wider western and eastern music tradition and manages to deliver an exotic , dazzling offering . First cd single " Love Trap " with it's poisonous charms can seduce a priest while " Sarasa " is as tender and sensual as a melody could ever be . What's most suprising though about Raman is that despite her young age she delivers such rich perfomances on songs like the slow and hypnotic " Amba " . Clearly she's here to stay and has all the wit and talent in order to do so .

5-0 out of 5 stars Susheela is excellent
I found this CD a most amazing walk into the far-away-lands I never knew existed. I especially like the Title song. It blends interesting rhythms and beautiful voice inflections. I stronly recommend this CD. I enjoy it the more I listen to it. ... Read more

Asin: B00009OYRN
Subjects:  1. India / Pakistan    2. Int'l & World Music    3. Pop   


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A-Sides
Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 November, 1997)
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Soundgarden combined the epic grandstanding of Led Zeppelin with the grunge buzz of Blue Cheer and the psychedelic undertones of the Butthole Surfers to create some of the definitive hard rock of the 1990s. This collection of what can loosely be defined as "hits" (hard rock isn't noted for its singles action) briefly sweeps over the indie years with SubPop and SST, placing emphasis on the band's successful A&M years. Singer Chris Cornell's histrionic wails grabbed the bulk of the attention, but the band's true power rested with the drumming of Matt Cameron and the twin guitar attack of Cornell and Kim Thayil. One need only listen to "Fell on Black Days" or "Blow Up the Outside World" to understand that Soundgarden's complex riffs and superb dynamics were its great strengths. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for anybody trying to get into Soundgarden or Grunge!
First off, If you didn't figure this out before, this album is essentially a compilation of the best songs from Soundgarden's 6 album spanning career, not necesarrily a Greatest Hits compilation, as many of the songs on here are not hits, but you will find many hits. Soundgarden, along with Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam, hit it big after the sucess of Nirvana with the sucess of Superunknown, which featured the massive hit "Black Hole Sun", "The Day I Tried To Live", and "Fell on Black Days". It also had the mildly popular "Spoonman", which introduced the major public to Soundgarden. Although this was Soundgarden's commercial breakthrough, they'd had many albums before this one. Soundgarden started off with the EP "Screaming Life/Fopp" which is represented on A-Sides with the haunting song "Nothing to Say", which has a surprising amount of maturity for a song released on their first album, and is one of my personal favorites. Thier next CD turned out to be a full LP, and it was called Ultramega OK, and this album is represented by "Flower", yet again another powerful song with great lyrics from Cornell. Next up Soundgarden released another LP, Louder Than Love, which is represented on A-Sides with "Loud Love", a song with a great chorus that sounds a lot like fellow Grunge band Mother Love Bone, "Hands All Over" has great guitar work from Kim Thayil, and " Get on the Snake", a song that to me sounds like late 80's metal with an AC/DC edge to it. Soundgarden's next album was their first Major Label release, and it was this album, not Nevermind, that was expected to blow the Alt Rock doors open. That album, the mysteriously called Badmotorfinger, is probably Soundgarden at their grungiest and best, and still stands as thier best album in my opinion, with no bad songs on it whatsoever, and it is represented in A-Sides with the less than stellar "Jesus Christ Pose", which is a little to repetitive for me, "Outshined", my 2nd favorite Soundgarden song because of the great chorus and overall musicianship to the song, and "Rusty Cage", a song that features some great singing via Cornell and a speed that rivals Metallica in some ways. The next album, as I have said before, Superunknown, was Soundgarden's huge commercial breakthrough, and most all of the singles off Superunknown are still radio staples on any station. Superunknown is represented on A-Sides with the catchy "Spoonman", a song that gets old after a few listens though, "The Day I Tried To Live", a dark song that builds up to Cornell's haunting lyrics(Great Guitar work too!), "Black Hole Sun", my personal favorite song from Soundgarden, as just everything seems to fit, with Cornell's GREAT vocals, and the end of this song really makes you want to jump up out of your seat and bang your head(Really!), and finally the last song of Superunknown is "Fell on Black Days", a song that starts slow but really picks up at the end, great musicianship all around. Soundgarden's next album, Down on the Upside, was thought to be as big a commercial sucess as its predecessor, but upon it's release, it flirted on the charts for a few weeks, then dropped off, and sales never really picked up after that. Down on the Upside is represented on A-Sides with the songs that follow: "Pretty Noose",a song with great vocals from Cornell and really good drumming from Cameron, "Burden In My Hand",a relatively slow song with an awesome chorus, gets faster at the end, "Blow up the Outside World", a song that starts slow with annoying vocals but quickly picks up to an awesome chorus due to some great vocals via Cornell, and the worst song on the album, "Ty Cobb", a song with a pretty good beat that is ruined by the stupid lyrics that don't add anything to the song. There is also a previously unreleased song on here, titled "Bleed Together", and it is a great addition to A-Sides, with really good guitar and drumming work, and catchy vocals from Cornell. Unfortuneatly, after poor sales on Down on the Upside, Soundgarden decided to part ways, closing one of the best chapters in the history of Grunge, and in effect, ending the whole grunge movement, with Pearl Jam the only one to carry the load but failing to do so with their albums Yield and Binaural. Since the end of Soundgarden, Chris Cornell has gone on to do a solo project, releasing the LP "Euphoria Morning", and also teaming up with the instrumentalists of Rage Against the Machine to release the stellar self-titled LP "Audioslave", which has introduced a whole new generation to Chris Cornell and his faithful old band Soundgarden, and A-Sides is where you want to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars A dream compilation
I bought this record as a novice to the band and I was and still am completely blown away by it. It is a magical journey through Soundgarden's career from the early, raw days of Nothing to say' to the maturity and class of 'Blow up the outside world' The best is the middle of the album which includes the Superunknown and Badmotorfinger classics such as 'Black hole sun', 'Outshined' 'Spoonman' and 'Rusty Cage'. In that era of the album, Cornell's amazing voice is at it's peak. Every single song on this album is breathtaking especially the stadium classic rave 'Loud Love' and 'Hands all Over', and it was only later that I realised that there's alot more to Soundgarden than A-sides after I listened to Superunknown. Soundgarden could put up a compililation of their weakest songs it would still deserve 5 stars. If you've never heard anything from Soundgarden before, there's no better place to start than this.If you're a Soundgarden fan already, don't call yourself a true one unless you own this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, more titles, live cuts?
A good collection, but it certainly could have been better.

Three songs I certainly would have considered adding, which I have not seen mentioned here, are:

Girl U Want (from BMF SOMMS) - among best cover tunes ever.
Slaves and Bulldozers (any live version ... no history of this band is complete without a live version of this song and that is all there is to it.)
Big Bottoms (live) - funny and loud and passionate and crud and musical all at once.

That would be a good start. ... Read more

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Audioslave
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 November, 2002)
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The debut of thundering supergroup Audioslave--featuring members of Rage Against the Machine post-Zack de la Rocha with ex-Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell--is as much curio as fascinating blend of visions. Cornell might be outnumbered, but his unmistakable holler and nihilistic imagery ensure that Audioslave, the album, recalls early Soundgarden. That's especially true since de la Rocha took Rage's signature rap and politicking with him. Still, if this is Soundgarden, it's Soundgarden set to stun. Rage guitarist Tom Morello is more of a mauler than Kim Thayil ever was--witness "Shadow on the Sun," which moves from bruising thud to psychedelic freak-out and back again--while the Rage rhythm section of Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk anchor the bottom end with pure instrumental cement. Intentionally or not, "Gasoline" bears passing resemblance to "Rusty Cage," while the sweeping "I Am the Highway" and slow-burning "The Last Remaining Light" best showcase Cornell's surprisingly New Age-y lyrical bent. Cover art by Storm Thorgerson, who gave Pink Floyd records their distinctive stamp, underscores the set's inherent celebrity. Fans of Rage and Soundgarden can raise clenched fists in unison, for Audioslave is win-win. --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars To be or not to be enslaved by Audioslave...
The 21st century has seen and heard rock music go up and down like a roller coaster thus far, and Audioslave's arrival into the music scene couldnt have come at a better time, when rock is nearly breathing hard to gain its foothold as an artform in the music world. Audioslave is definitely the best collaboration band to exist since Temple of the Dog (and no, i'm not totally biased on Seattle or anything-- it's true) in terms of musical talent and accolades, and their debut album without a doubt, rocks to the max. The single "Cochise" kicks the album off to remind the listeners that the Rage sound is not totally dead even with Chris Cornell as its vocalist,and the rest of the album's 14 tracks would follow nicely in its musical progression. I personally favor "Cochise",'Exploder","Light My Way"," Set it off" and "What you are" as the tracks to listen to, but even then, all 14 tracks are great. The sound of the album is neither Rage or Soundgarden. It's a little bit of both, with some Led Zeppelin and maybe even weird, techno stuff in it too on a couple of tracks. I think Chris Cornell's wise in his decision to not continue to sing political lyrics for the band and also for not playing guitar on the song (although he is a pretty good guitarist), and that the ex-Rage guys are wise to listen and adapt to Cornell's voice and style, all without alienating their sound a bit. Overall, this CD is a great debut for Audioslave, and well worth the money to purchase it. With great songwriting (although i can live without the overuse of the "black hole sun" & "skin" analogies) and killer instrumental work, this CD is a definite must for any serious rock fan to have in their collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars Audioslave - Audioslave
The album by the new band Audioslave composed of the remaining members of Rage Against the Machine plus Chris Cornell is an excellent CD. It has those heavy riffs and sci-fi guitar sounds that made Rage famous in the early 90's, combined with the powerful voice of Chris Cornell. These two sounds blend very well and emit wonderful music. There are the heavy rock tunes of "Cochise", "Show Me How to Live", and "Light My Way" and for the softy at heart there are "The Last Remaining Light", and "Getaway Car". This CD really has it all. A new sound (that should not be compared to Rage Against the Machine or Soundgarden)heavy rock riffs, and soft hearted rock anthems, not to mention access to awesome online content where you can hear interviews and unreleased tracks. The only reason for this album not to get 5 stars is, on some of the songs Tom Morello's guitar solos can be a bit lengthy and really going no where in respect to the song. I highly recommend anyone looking for something to take the spot light away from today's pop garbage to check this out!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for Rage fans, awesome for Soundgarden fans
This is the collaboration of the recently disbanded Rage Against The Machine and Chris Cornell, the incredible voice of the also broken up Soundgarden. So, you would think they might make a record that's got a heavy funk rhythm section(RATM), with a powerful rock vocal(Cornell), wouldn't you? Well, no surprises here. That is exactly what you get, and I like it.
For those of you who were fans of Rage, it all depends on why you were a fan whether you appreciate this record or not. If the real appeal for you was Zach De La Rocha's rap-style vocal more than the bombastic groove of the band, then you may not enjoy this release as much as I did(and still do). With Cornell on the mic you get Soundgarden-like song structure, but you still have the perfect groove of Rage. These songs are MUCH less political, and more radio friendly.
This is usually a bad thing when it comes to hard rock. So many bands lose their edge when they try to appeal to a more mainstream audience, but I don't believe that's the case here. The edge is still there, just not in every track. These songs aren't experimental in an instrumental sense, or a lyrical sense. They are just typical, serious, well-crafted, straight forward rock songs. We even get quirky guitar wiz Tom Morello playing a straight forward acoustic-like track (see "I Am The
Highway"). His experimental playing takes a backseat to Cornell's haunting vocals on many of these songs. I think that Rage realizes what they have in Chris Cornell, and they want to showcase it. All lyrics were written by Cornell, and this is very obvious. In one of the best tracks on the release("Show Me How To Live"), Cornell rants "Nail in my hand, from my creator, you gave me a life, now show me how to live." An incredibly powerful lyric, but very different than the Rage lyrics.

All in all, I think the Soundgarden fan will enjoy this much more than the Rage fan. And, fans of just plain good music should enjoy most of this release. Your getting an extremely talented band doing what comes naturally with the situation they have. It's not all good, but for the most part it has a lot to offer.

Check out these best tracks: "Cochise","Show Me How To
Live","Gasoline","What You Are","Set It Off", "I Am The Highway", and "Like A Stone".

OVERALL RATING (1-10;10 being superior): 6
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Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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On
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 October, 1995)
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums
I own 200 CD's, and this one is up there in the top 10 that I listen to very regularly. Every song is brilliant and catchy, with roaring guitars and soaring vocals, and always seems fresh every time. As far as pop genius this is right up there with Abba/Gold (another of my favorite albums, once I got over the initial shame of listening to "disco"). Dark Therapy still sends chills down my spine every time, it's so dreamy as it meanders at first, building to it's climax, then setting you down with a gentle landing. Then there's the perfect motivational song Great Things--"I wanna do great things, I don't wanna compromise". If you liked Hole's Celebrity Skin or Elastica, you would probably like this album, it has a similar rocking upbeat groove to it.

But the style is totally unique. Soon I will have their new album (People Are Expensive, an import) as well, from the clips I've heard they've really grown! Lustra also has some excellent tracks, but it's not as consistently good as On.

5-0 out of 5 stars WHOA! totally awesome!
Let me tell you how I feel about this album. I have a master's degree in music perfomance so I'm not an uneducated music listener. I have around 600 albums and this one gets listened to more than any other. When I listen to a band, I generally listen for their "sound" not their genre. Consequently, I listen to many different styles of music. The guitar/drum/vocal sound is incredible. Yes it's pop-ish, but extremely well constructed, very catchy and highly energetic. The second half of the album is more mellow and thought provoking than the first but great for a night-time drive or studying. The most interesting aspect of the sound is the guitar which somehow finds a marriage of raw and produced. Madan's voice is fantastic, reminiscent of Bjork. I highly recommend this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best albums of all time
I have owned this album since its release and I have never grown tired of it. All the songs on this album are good and it is such a fresh summer time album that it will stand the test of time.

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Katepina Kypmizh
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 August, 2000)
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4-0 out of 5 stars The best greek pop record of the last few years
Greek pop music is an enigma for most of the people in this land. Few young singers have yet managed both to write quality stuff and gain publicity and an audience to buy their records. There's seems to be some kind of artistic ghetto around here . It's like only old cult-status names like Mahairitsas , Papakonstantinou and Pyx Lax are worth selling albums and nobody else . Things have slowly started to change with the success of Oniropagida , Ble , Manolis Famelos and Iro .

Katerina's debut was surely one of the most sensational greek pop recordings of the 90's . Gifted with a beautiful , sweet voice , she quickly became known for radio hit singles like " Stin Piso Tzepi Tu Blue Jean " and " I Paramithenia " . When you listen to those tracks it's easy to understand why . The nostalgic character of the romantic melodies and the tender youthful feeling of Kirmizi's voice immediately have a positive affect on the listener's mood . Her lyrics talk about emotional problems most but with a poetic , mature way which convinces you they are heartfelt . After all she was only a teenager when " Concerto... " was realeased . It's naturall to expect her to be that way . If i had to chose a highlight that would surely have to be " I Paramithenia " , a song about not understanding your other-half in a relationship . " ...Steady , you play your part and your look...an innocent stab " she says . In a few weeks from now a new album will be realeased and so we will have the chance to see if Katerina's talent will once again astonish us all. ... Read more

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No Need to Argue
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 October, 1994)
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It was a tough act to beat when Irish group The Cranberries released the follow-up to their debut disc Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't We, an interesting and intimate album highlighted by the memorable hit "Linger." Critics chided that Everybody was timid in nature both musically and lyrically, but No Need to Argue quickly changed all that. The 1994-released effort was decidedly more confrontational, instantly evident by the lyrics, inspired by the Irish conflict, in their hit "Zombie." In her trademark sharp alto, frontwoman Delores O'Riordan sings, "In your head they are fighting/With their tanks and their bombs/and their bombs and their guns." Since anger is more difficult to embrace than love, many fans were initially disappointed with the tougher stuff, but those who stayed discovered a much more emotionally layered effort. --Denise Sheppard ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Five Star Cd
To start of this has to be one of the all time best cd's every made. This cd [is really good], there is only one lil' bit of cranberries that I dont like and it can be fixed Delores O'Riordan's lyrics, dont get Me wrong she has one of the most beautiful voice's in all of music, but here lyrics can be a lil' childish. Even with that I can still give this cd 5 stars. It's rare that You can buy a cd and listen to it the whole thing and not change the song because You dont like it, with this cd You dont have to do that. Every song is a gem waiting to be found. The best of the best in my mind anyway are "No need to argue","Ridiculous thoughts","Empty","Dreaming My dreams","Daffodil lament","Ode to My family" and "Zombie". Pick up this Cranberries cd and also there first album "Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't We."

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly one of the most outstanding albums of the 90's
Music bands come and go. Some come and stay for a long time. Others come for a brief moment and leave afterwards never to be heard from again. The Cranberries can fall in both categories depending on what your point of view is on the 90's rock music scene or just this particular Irish band. One thing is for sure, "No Need To Argue" is a timeless work of art. The album mixes rock 'n roll with a nice cozy sentimental feel that would make any person weep. The album is brilliant really and I would have to be a biased reviewer here and say that I judge this album on my personal account on what it means to me personally. In other words, I love this album.
From the beautiful hum and sing along tune 'Ode To My Family', to the deeply moving '21', 'The Icicle Melts', and 'Disappointment', the albums carries you along a flow of groundbreaking songs one track after another. To be honest, there isn't a bad track on 'No Need To Argue' even if I tried to find one. The music, the singing, and the lyrics all shape up together beautifully to form a masterpiece. Standout tracks, however, are 'Zombie' which remains to be one of The Cranberries most famous songs and one of the best songs written in the 90's; 'Ridiculous Thoughts' is the most haunting track on the album that plays with your ears and your senses for as long as it is, and its Dolores O Riordan's vocals that makes this song as well as all others an exciting listening; 'Dreaming My Dreams' is a beautiful love ballad and so is 'I Can't Be With You',; 'Ode To My Family' is as the titles states a beautiful ode to the closest people in your life.

Since 1994, when this album was released, The Cranberries have failed to equal the power and originality of 'No Need To Argue' They probably won't ever even if they tried to but who would need to prove himself after giving an excellent example of what a music album should sound like?

The Cranberries should enjoy what a successful album they put together here, and you should too!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best..
The Cranberries sure do dominate with this album.
It's hands down one of best music albums ever. The lyrics are just great and the voice which is the best part about it. Simply Beautiful. Every song in this album is a good reason to buy this. It is every bit of what good music is was ment to be.

The best song though is Zombie from my opinion.
Over all if theres one album you wanna' waste your money on its No Need to Argue.

It's also one of the best albums The Cranberries have to offer.

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The Real Ramona
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 March, 1991)
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"My mouth is full of demons / I swear to God," Kristin Hersh sings with escalating fury in the middle of "Ellen West." The image is apt. The Real Ramona marked a high point for the Throwing Muses, whose debut was the first-ever American recording issued on the hip British label 4AD. The quartet excels in two largely different veins, the first a glistening, poppy one with Hersh's unnervingly crisp voice edging the guitars, and the second a more frantic, revved-up version of the first, where the drums pound harder and the vocals veer into referential terrain that's almost sublimely opaque. The key to the Throwing Muses at any stage in their career is Hersh's emotional frankness and unflinching conveyance of her schizophrenia-tinged lyrics. She makes the band magnetically frenzied, even when they're being lovely. And with Ramona, Hersh and the Muses perfected their mix. This is their last recording with band cofounder Tanya Donelly, who continued on with the Breeders and Belly. --Andrew Bartlett ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Every Reason to Love the Muses is Here
"The Real Ramona" is the point where the Muses may have hit their peak. That is saying something for a band this amazing. The last great Muses LP, "Colder" was excellent, but it heavily focused on the vocals and lyrics of the Muses half-sister team. At that album's high points everything seemed to click, but at the low points it seemed like the vocals and the instrumentals flew in opposite directions. This album reunites the band as a unit. On the track "Not Too Soon" the guitars mesh with the vocals in perfect rocking harmony.
The Muses early work could be describes as "haunted" and "beautiful", but "Not Too Soon" is closer to "fast" and "fun". "Golden Thing" sounds like the kind of song Hunkpapa really needed, and "Ellen West" would fit well with "Colder's" best tracks. The song "Graffiti" is just plain touching. The Muses even decided to experiment with samples on this album.
Bottom line, "The Real Ramona" heads in every direction at once, but manages to hold together very well. Good news for fans, the band (including Tanya) is cutting a new album for 2003. According to Kristen Hersh: "It rocks. Hard." There you have it. Here's hoping for another "Real Ramona".

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best music releases of the 90's
It's been more than a decade since " The Real Ramona " was released and the Throwing Muses are certaintly not kids anymore . David Narcizo , Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly are all enjoying a quiet family life nowadays while rarely do they perfom live anymore . Even though both Donelly ( with Belly's million-selling debut " Star " ) and Hersh ( with the acoustic ballad album " Hips And Makers " ) have experienced stardom during the 90's , their band somehow managed to remain all this time an underground secret for the few .

The Muses had always been adored by critics and there'll be a certain core of fans who will follow them forever but they haven't yet reached a wider audience and ...never really seemed to care in doing so anyway . Their music is an exciting , unpredictable mixture of raw pop and rock . 1991's " The Real Ramona " is arguably their best offering yet . Hersh's tortured vocals and wonderfully psychotic lyrics result in some truly gripping and addictive songwritting ( " Counting Backwords " , " Graffiti " ) while Donelly reveals a more sensitive , ethereal side of the Muses' music . From a generally great tracklist the songs which stand out are the moody rock lullaby of " Two Step " and the twisted , haunting storytelling of " Honeychain " .

The thing with " The Real Ramona " is that even though it's clearly a first - class pop and rock release , still it has remained largely unheard . That's so unfair for a record as good as this one - a record that all people who like good music can enjoy and not just fans of the Throwing Muses . A must-have withought doubt .

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

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Supernatural
Average Customer Review: 3.92 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (18 August, 1998)
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4-0 out of 5 stars THE POP ISN'T CONTINUOUS...BUT THIS ONE IS PURE TALENT!
I personally like continuous pop and funk songs after another, and Des'ree is not like that. But she still has upbeat songs with the exception of about 50% of the album, which is ballads. My favorite song is "Life", the common hit for this album. I also love "What's Your Sign". Des'ree's voice is just so pure and unlike anyone else's. She has her own quality and something about her that makes you wanna keep the CD on play. I have heard her debut, and I think both are pretty cool. So my feelings are, if you are an R&B fan but don't like R&B song after R&B song after R&B song.....then SUPERNATURAL is for you!

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice, but a little different than expected
I bought this cd expecting something more along the lines of "I ain't movin." Simple lyrics, but inspiring. I was kind of disappointed by Supernatural because some of the lyrics are really corney on this cd. Like the fist song "What's your Sign? Do you know?/Let me guess? You're Scorpio/...Scorpios are pretty cool. See I am a Sag..." Just very lyrically uninspiring. The first song "What's your Sign" was not my cup of tea at all; I did like the chorus however the rest..ahh. The music was very good for all the songs-but lyrically, it was lacking (which drags the power of cd down). And all the "doo doot doo doot doo" choruses (instead of actually words) in many of the songs also got on my nerves. However, there are some redeeming gems that make the cd great. Such as Indigo Daisies, Darwin Star, and Time. The song that was my favorite was "time"-I love that song; its about how time goes so fast & we all just need some more, beautiful melody. So if your buying this cd, buy it expecting ok music but not v. wonderful lyrics.
I would definitely recommend her 1st cd mind adventures & I ain't movin before this cd. =)

4-0 out of 5 stars Third uplifting pop&soul release for the gifted british lady
All of us fans have loved each of the three Des' Ree offerings for some very specific reasons . In Supernatural , the warmth in her voice is once again perfecly combined with her delicant melodies and her , full of wit and simplicity lyrics . " What's Your Sighn ? " , " Indigo Daises " and the first single " Life " are all great yet do pay special attention to the sensational " I'm Kissing You " and the tender , ethereal " Darwin Star " , the magic ballad which the Celine Dions of this world have never released . Even though she's a beautifull tall woman , Des' Ree sounds she would be perfect as your best friend as well . ... Read more

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Electric Honey
Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 June, 1999)
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On their 1996 album, Fever In Fever Out, cool New York hip-hop/funk-pop combo Luscious Jackson took a break from their dance-till-you-drop edict and addressed some serious relationship issues, recruiting producer Daniel Lanois to provide the appropriate murky, atmospheric vibe. Well, either that project purged the group of its sadness or the disc's less-than-spectacular sales prodded LJ to return to their more ebullient roots. Whatever the case, Electric Honey is a fluid, spirited release that expands upon the formula of 1994's Natural Ingredients. Jill Cunniff and Gabby Glaser's vocals have never sounded as sleek or sexy, and their playing has improved considerably. So have their songwriting chops, allowing hip-hop, funk, electronica, pop, and alternative rock sounds to coexist harmoniously within the same sonic framework. "Nervous Breakthrough" bumps and grinds to skankin' guitars, trumpets, and a throbbing electronic beat; "Alien Lover" pumps up the funk quotient and tosses in some otherworldly keyboards; and "Sexy Hypnotist" seduces the mind with a buoyant pop rhythm, engaging harmonies, and some compelling flute trills. And the Luscious girls earn extra points for recruiting the ultimate party girl, Deborah Harry, on "Fantastic Fabulous," whose title accurately sums up the entire record. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A CD that has lasting power
I feel that while many CDs remain good over time, they'll lose some appeal after the continued listening. That's not the case here. The first song Nervous Breakthrough gets the album off to a nice disco/dance sound. Ladyfingers has the good message of having warmth in the relationship when it is needed. Sexy Hypnotist is my favorite, with its unique guitars and middle-eastern sound. Devotion has Luscious Jackson trying some punk-rock, and they have the rock voices to pull it off. The interlude instrumental in Devotion is definitely one to check out! The hip-hop of Alien Lover is very clever. Friends is the perfect anthem for appreciating the meaning friends have in life. Gabby's voice is sounding better than before. The last song, Lover's Moon, has beautiful violin, and has an emotional depth not shown on the rest of the album. Not one song on this album sounds stale. It's a great buy.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Honey Of An Album
This is a great CD, I bought it essentially because I love Luscious Jackson's previous efforts. However I must admit that I find this CD to be the weakest of the efforts so far. There are a lot of great sounds on here and a lot of great music, but a lot of it seems to blend together and the individual songs don't have the same variety and signature sounds that the previous CDs did.

That being said I still love this album. It has a great hard driving feel to it and a nice mixture of different origins, from alternative to hip hop. I loved to pop this CD in while I'm writing code at school, it just seems to fit so well and helps me to write faster too I think.

I think my favorite track on this CD is "Ladyfingers" which you probably have heard on the radio, it's a great dance tune. "Nervous Breakthrough" is another great track, it has a really bumping beat that just seems to jump and grind all over the place. "Beloved" slows the CD quite a bit but is still very good. "Fantastic Fabulous" makes use of Deborah Harry in a great role and the song is pretty good overall. "Alien Lover" has a great bass sound to it, and despite its almost corniness I like "Friends" as well.

If you like this CD you should most definitely check out Luscious' previous two works, Natural Ingredients and Fever In Fever Out I think both are superior to this one and Fever In Fever Out is probably the best.

Overall this is still a really bumping and jumping disc and I recommend it to anyone who likes to dance.

5-0 out of 5 stars electric honey is right!
My copy of the CD showed up last night, and I'm still in shock. Every track on this CD bumps, grinds, floats or shimmers in its own way. The LJ sound is funky, sexy, and sometimes wistful. It's hard to sit still when you're listening to this - you've been warned! ... Read more

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Split
Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (14 June, 1994)
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While many of their contemporaries have branched out in intriguing newdirections since their dream-pop debuts, the members of Lush remained committedto a hazy wall of Cocteau Twins guitar, breathy harmonies by Miki Berenyi andEmma Anderson, and a fairly straightforward dance beat. The English quartet'sthird album, Split, isn't an improvement or a departure from Gala(1990) or Spooky (1992). Lush continues exploring pleasant but slightsounds on songs such as "Hypocrite" and "Light from a DeadStar," and it's likely that the group will always be remembered as theopening act on Lollapalooza '92. --Jim DeRogatis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sigh.
It just tears me up that the band is finished. I've seen them live several times. "Sweetness and Light" from the Gala album is my all-time favorite song. Hearing it live is an experience I wish I could re-live endlessly. Lovelife and Undertow (tracks 5 and 8 from Split) are my next favorite Lush songs. I both respect and regret the band's decision to break up in the wake of the drummer's suicide.

5-0 out of 5 stars Substantial, multi-faceted, well-written and deep
Lush were a terrific band, no doubt about that. Though each of their incarnations were slightly different (ragtag guitar noise and murky lyrics on their early tracks, dreamy-dull "etherial" stylings on their first LP "Spooky," frisky Brit-pop on their last album "Lovelife," which mostly-English critics liked a lot more than I did), the group truly shines on "Split."

An excellent collection of mature pop/rock songs, some bitter, some sad, some moody and atmospheric, all put together beautifully. There is no feeling of randomness with this album; each track flows to the next. Miki Berenyi's voice is in fine form, at whatever octave she chooses to sing at, and Emma Anderson's guitar work sparkles. "Split" is Lush's masterpiece, a work of art, intensely enjoyable. The perfect album to listen to while lying in bed with the lights off and the headphones on.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buried Treasure...
but you open this one up, you have a prism in front of the (actual) sun bathing you in all colors of the light spectrum. This is easily my favorite Lush album for so many reasons.
First, this album was completely unlike the editorial written here on this site and was a major departure in the right direction for Lush. This album abandoned the "hazy" style of their previous albums and focused on a much more original style.
Second, this album was the first album that presented a variety of styles in a single release. For instance:

1. Light From a Dead Star: Kind of orchestral, yet still dreampop.
2. Kiss Chase: It's like "For Love" from Spooky x 1,000,000!
3. Blackout: Phenomenal usage of Emma's and Miki's complimentary vocal styles. It's fast too, "Superblast from Spooky, but less treble." For those who don't know, Emma on the backing and Miki on lead vocals.
4. Hypocrite: Quite hard and very loud guitar... distortion!
5. Lovelife: A warm spring day, full of sun and a warm breeze.
6. Desire Lines: It's raining in this room and it's warm....
7. The Invisible Man: Blast from the past, "Lush Spooky" era stuff.
8. Undertow: Extreme bass, slow and hard, yet so bright.
9. Never Never: The one very long song I can always listen to, since it's so gorgeous. Kind of Cocteau "ish," yet a step beyond.
10. Lit Up: So bright and beautiful, you wonder why you have bad days. It's like being surrounded by incandescent light bulbs that are tuned to your liking.
11. Starlust: A trip into outer space with the band and it's very loud out there and things zip by fast.
12: When I die: A very mellow closing song to the album, similar to "Light From a Dead Star," but the "comedown version" to perfectly close out the album.
Third, this album was marketed very poorly. The band played "Hypocrite" on Conan O' Brien, since that was the single. Meanwhile, I had been listening to "Lovelife," which was on my local radio station. This was in regular rotation and I was shocked, by the "hard" style of "Hypocrite" on the show. "Hypocrite" is a decent song, once you know the album, but hardly a good invitation to this album.
Flat out, this album is fantastic! There will be some people who like pure pop music and others that like super hard thrash, this isn't any of those.
What this album represents, is the ultimate form of dreampop for the masses... something that is not nearly as awesome as My Bloody Valentine (Loveless), but rather a cornucopia of something that could please anyone. Unfortunately, Lush abandoned their master recipe after this album was rejected (due to an ignorant consumer group and bad marketing). Instead they became a Britpop "wannabe" 2 years later, then split up. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 August, 2002)
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Named after the French word for the rustle of silk, Frou Frou's debutalbum exudes cool, stylish elegance. SingerImogene Heap's soft,whispery vocals intone dreamy lyrics of doomed romances and slow recoveries. Thesongs are penned by Heap and her partner, producer Guy Sigsworth(Björk,Madonna), who manned theboard on Heap's 1998 solo albumI Megaphone. Even themightyBrian Eno gets into theact, with a cowriting credit on the soul-bearing "Hear Me Out." In fact, all 11tracks deal with love and fractured relationships, hauntingly beautiful both intheir stark emotional content and the equally sparse arrangements that showcaseHeap's ethereal voice, which she uses as a subtle weapon, much likeJoni Mitchell circa1970's Ladies of theCanyon, with the same heart-stopping yet effortless octave leaps.--Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Easily the most elegant piece of music of 2002
Every pop fan who searches for a more mature , substancial listening than the commercial teen pop stars of our time should definitely put Frou Frou's " Details " on the top of his buying list . Guy Sigsworth's and Imogen Heap's first offering as a group is a smooth , stress-less pop gem which flirts with electronica .

Almost every track of this album has what it takes to be released as a cd-single . The orchestrations and the perfect harmony of the melodies combined with the ethereal vocals and full-of-confidence presence of Heap resulted in a beautifully-crafted record which one can use as a background to a party as well as a soundtrack for his soul searching moments . Stand out tracks incude " Flicks " , " Breathe In " and " Must Be Dreaming " while they exceptional " Only Got One " is mysteriously missing from the tracklist of their first major studio effort yet at least is available for you to downloaded it on the internet .

In my humble opinion , Frou Frou are one of the most interesting new bands around and their debut album , without doubt one of last year's best releases . They simply open their hearts and minds and create beautiful music .

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! A Pop Masterpiece for our time!
Frou Frou is Imogen Heap and Guy Sigsworth and the album is called Details. It is quite simply incredible. It contains all the elements of a pop masterpiece. Great vocals, great hooks, great production, and most importantly emotion which is easily distilled from the artist to the listener.

Imogen Heap is an incredible vocalist and she most closely resembles a Beth Orton with better vocal control. She has an amazing ability to jump between the octives and wrestle out great melodies from every note.

Guy Sigsworth, whose worked extensively with Bjork, does a masterful job of designing electronic textures which are full of warmth. This music reminds me a lot of Bjork's Post-era releases.

I highly, highly, highly recommend getting this album and if you must download some songs I get: Must Be Dreaming, Breathe In, Let Go, and Psychobabble which are coincidently my fave tracks on the album. But really all the songs rule.

Go Frou Frou! I look forward to their continued work together.

4-0 out of 5 stars Worth Buying Album
I tracked down this album after hearing the song Let Go in a preview for a movie. Let Go, the first track, sets a pretty good example of what else you'll be getting from the album. Great electronica-pop album. The only downside: 2 or 3 songs sound a little like the top ten radio countdowns. ... Read more

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United
Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 September, 2000)
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"Heatwave," the funk-flavored track on the 1999 compilation Source Rocks, suggested Phoenix were another product of the French-filtered disco wave. However, United is suffused with breezy, retro-flavored rock numbers. Keyboard player and guitarist Branco was in Darlin--the indie act that spawned Daft Punk--but if they went one way, he surely went the other. United is reminiscent of West Coast American FM pop rock, with nods to everyone from Crosby Stills Nash & Young to "Jump"-era Van Halen. The thrilling "Too Young" and swooning "On Fire" are rattling good pop songs that fall on the right side of affectionate pastiche. "Summertime" is an enthusiastic power pop thrash, "Embuscade" a Steely Dan-styled jazz rock instrumental, and "Summerdays" a carefree country-tinged trip to the beach. Refreshing, intelligent and successful French rock--now that is a first. --Mike Pattenden ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars God Bless the French
Describing this album to one of my friends I said, "it's kind of a frech-disco-pop-rock album. Honestly, that's a pretty good descriptions. There are two songs "Too Young" and "IF I ever" that are strong catchy little numbers. For the U.S. version they even included a remix of "Too Young," which is of Lost In Translation fame.
All in all, this is a great album to chill out to. You know those laid back Sea and Cake tracks that are just perfect for laid-back Sunday afternoons? There is a track here, I think #8, that is so close to that, you just can't help but imagine yourself the recluse of some deserted island. Somewhere time seem to reverse itself and, as opposed to the continually quickening pace of the rest of the world, actually seems to slow itself to the point that each thought seems like an entity unto iself so that, yes, you can finally, SLOW DOWN. Now, given, that is just one song, but nonetheless the record works well, I recommend it wholeheartedly.

4-0 out of 5 stars Really cool,nostalgic rock debut by French newcomers
By listening to United , you can easily realize how much Phoenix love the music from past decades . Maybe because they come from France and english is not their mother tongue , they write their lyrics so carefully . Their first hit " If I Ever Fell Better" is an uplifting , relaxing song which at the same time though , contains some of the most mature and optimistic lines we've seen in a chart's single the last few years ( "...It's like a bad day that never ends / I feel the chaos around me / one thing i don't try to deny / i've been alone to accept that / there are things in my life i can't control" ) . Other great tracks which dezerve your attention are " Summer Days " , " Too Young " , " Party time " and " On Fire ". Bands like Phoenix never get the hype they dezerve . Their first offering though is the intellegent listener's afternoon album , a record both to enjoy and to love.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant American Music, From A Euro Band
This CD is amazing. The disc, is very short, sadly. However, the songs here show very grown up songwriting, tight grooves, and an amazing sound. There is not a dead spot, except maybe to middle of Funky Squaredance. It's slow but its ok, it's not their fault. I cannot wait to hear Alphabetical. Get this record as soon as humanly possible ... Read more

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Shout: The Very Best of Tears for Fears
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 September, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars not great, but perfect for the newbies
Tears For Fears was all over the airwaves in the 80's. With hits like "Shout," "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "Sowing the Seeds of Love," you couldn't keep from hearing them if you tried. The core members of the band, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith went their separate ways after the excellent Seeds of Love album, and while Orzabal continued under the Tears For Fears name, it just wasn't the same without Smith's vocals in the mix.

Though it didn't make any headlines, one of the most encouraging bits of musical news of 2000 was that the duo reconciled their differences and began writing material together again, with the hope of recording a new album. In the meantime, Mercury released Shout - The Very Best of Tears For Fears. Yes, this is the band's third greatest hits collection, but it's the first to include tracks from the Smith-less era.

As with any album like this, there are always songs that should be here that aren't, and vice-versa. To these ears, there are too many tracks from The Hurting, and not enough from Songs From the Big Chair and The Seeds of Love. It may not be perfect, but it's a full 79 minutes of music. You can't ask for much more than that.

4-0 out of 5 stars Their best collection.
I don't want to stick "Tears For Fears" with an 80's label, but there's no doubt that this band, and the song "Shout", are some of the best of that era. This collection is an improvement on the "Tears Roll Down 82-92" disc. Besides having 5 more songs, this also includes "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", "Head Over Heels", "Sowing The Seeds Of Love", and of course "Shout". Other great songs are "Advice For The Young At Heart", "Mad World", and the beautiful "Woman In Chains". Overall, this is a great bunch of songs, and a nice trip down memory lane. Some of "Roland Orzabal's" solo stuff is pretty good too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Long Live Roland and Curt!
This is just an absolutely fantastic collection of music. Tears For Fears wrote some of the most beautuful tunes I've ever heard and this compilation puts all my favorites in one place. It is still a stunner to hear these tracks and I will never tire of songs like "Mad World", "I Believe", or "Shout".
...and the best part is, Roland and Curt are back! I found out recently that they have a new record coming (9/14/04) called "Everybody Loves A Happy Ending". Damn Right! Their 1st record back in like 15 years! It's a great to be a TFF Fan again. ... Read more

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Life
Average Customer Review: 4.84 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 February, 1996)
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These days it's getting harder to tell the real pop twerps from the hip parodists--both of whom make music sweeter and more dizzying than cherry wine. Take Sweden's Cardigans, for example: On one hand, they work the same delicious Bacharach lounge jazz and gooey '60s girl swoons as Pizzicato Five, a group whose retrokitsch is delivered with a big, fake-eyelashed wink. On the other hand, the Cardigans come from a land that gave us Abba and Ace of Base, sincere pop legends if ever there were. The Cardigans, it seems, could go either way, and their subtle blend of pop-for-pop's-sake with pop-for-joke's-sake makes their first American release, Life, all the more a modernist gem.

There's no use digging below the surface of Life's amazingly catchy opening quartet of tunes. All the joy to be extracted lies right on the surface: "Carnival"'s loopy organ and punchy beat is all cotton candy and merry-go-rounds; "Daddy's Car" is a fun-fun-fun ride to the up-up-and-away; "Fine" soars heavenward while "Rise & Shine" is mile-a-minute perk-me-up. From there, though, "Our Space" ventures deeper, into darker and moodier atmospherics and a trip-hoppy electronic shuffle. Singer Nina Persson's crystalline lullaby voice keeps it all sounding innocent as hell, but when she sinks her candy-coated teeth into a Black Sabbath cover ("Sabbath Bloody Sabbath") she exposes a few sinister cavities. By the time she closes the album, exulting "No one can be happier than me!" the effect is eerie enough for David Lynch. With Life, the Cardigans give us pop till it hurts. --Roni Sarig

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Cardigans Life
This is a bubbly candy-coated album that started as a themed joke by the Cardigans. I was embarrassed to listen to such sugary music at first but I got over it. The music is extremely fun but listen to the lyrics and you'll discover that it's not just inane "pop." I gave it 4 out of 5 stars only because there's always room for improvement. "First Band on the Moon" even with its "Lovefool" track is only okay compared to this prior album but if you liked "Lovefool" you'll love this album.

The vocalist, Nina Persson, croons sweetly over the pop melodies and you wouldn't guess that the band has a heavy metal penchant (somewhat revealed by the cover of Black Sabbath's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath") I don't really like heavy metal so don't let that stop you! And if you do like heavy metal you'll want to listen to Nina's girly voice singing the Sabbath Bloody Sabbath song (or "Iron Man" on the "First Band on the Moon").

This is actually their second album but the first available in the States and is a great debut. My favorite song is Carnival but try listening to the album online. The album has a deliberately cheesy theme which surprised the band with its success but four years later I still like listening to this CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow -- this CD is amazing ... definitely "feel-good" pop!
Sure, I first got into the Cardigans because of the catchy "Lovefool" on First Band on the Moon, and after digesting the entire album, it quickly became apparent to me that there was a certain brilliant magic to the band.

Now I have only a few weeks ago FINALLY bought the Life CD, and BOY! Was I ever missing out! I fell in love with Nina Persson's voice years ago, and this definitely brought me back to that place. With great sing-along songs like Carnival, Daddy's Car, Fine, Tomorrow, Beautiful One, and Gordon's Gardenparty, anyone should be happy.

This CD was so good, I had to immediately order their import B-Sides disc, "The Other Side of the Moon" ... I can't wait to get it.

5-0 out of 5 stars POP MUSIC AT ITS BEST
In Japan there was a BOOM which called "SWEDISH POP BOOM".This band was one of the most famous acts.When the BOOM was over,the PRESS began to forget this band.But this band had a campy,delicious,crowd-pleasing taste that other band cannot imitate.For that reason,in Japan they were somewhat regarded as a "ONE HIT WONDER"pop group.The deep emotion that this band conveyed was truly a fascination that average Japanese can enjoy. ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Last of the Independents
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 May, 1994)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Several memorable songs, but disappointing overall
Notable for a few fine songs and for getting Chrissie Hynde back on tour in 1994 with a great band that is largely not featured here, this CD is for the die-hard Pretenders collector only. The Last of the Independents tour was well worth attending, with an aging Chrissie moving gracefully to focus on slower songs instead of trying to pull off the fiery sets of the 80s - perhaps a prelude to the lovely Isle of View CD. Night In My Veins is the standout rocker here, and Stand By Me is also a fine song. While several other songs may be worth a listen or two, none are remarkable - I do like having her cover of Forever Young, though. That song is worth owning if you needed to have her covers of I've Got You Babe, or Angel of the Morning. (Personally, I'll buy anything she records, and considered it worthwhile to get the Friends DVD just to see her sing the chorus of Smelly Cat). Otherwise, this batch of songs hasn't stood the test of time all that well. For those who loved the Pretenders in their youthful prime, more recent CD's have done a better job of recapturing that sound and contain better-written material. I would never recommend against buying anything that lets you listen to Chrissie Hynde's voice, but I'd recommend nearly any other Pretenders CD more strongly. Pretenders or Learning to Crawl for the early sound, Viva El Amor or Loose Screw for contemporary material.

I thought it was a cute comment from one reviewer that it was bold to name a new song Revolution what with the Beatles having a song by the same name. It's not all that uncommon for song titles to be recycled, but if there's boldness to it, there was twice as much on Pretenders II with original compositions named "Louie, Louie" and "Message of Love" the latter probably superior to the Hendrix song.

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

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

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

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

5-0 out of 5 stars The PRETENDERS capture true spirit of Rock n Roll
If you don't have this Pretenders album and thought you had the best of their work, your collection is not complete without this one. Last of the Independents really captures the heart, energy and soul of the group, from fast driving guitar rocking on "I'm a Mother" to the touching tribute "Forever Young" this compilation is one of the ultimate best Pretenders work you can own. Love Colours, Money Talk and I'll Stand By You are my favorites on the CD along wtih Night in My Veins. ... Read more

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