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    Hybrid Theory
    by Warner Brothers
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (24 October, 2000)
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    It may be too cynical to assume Hybrid Theory changed its name to Linkin Park in order to appear right next to Limp Bizkit in your local record bin. But rock-rap workouts like "One Step Closer" and "Papercut" do make Linkin Park a comfortable fit with Fred Durst and his ilk. Producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Lit, Eve 6) and twin vocal threats Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda serve up industrial-strength rap and rock melodicism with equal aplomb on this woulda-been-self-titled debut effort. "Points of Authority" aims to sound like Trent Reznor wanking it up with Lars and company, whereas guitarist Brad Delson's Edge-y harmonics help "In the End" and "Pushing Me Away" evoke a dark romanticism akin to A Perfect Circle. Curiously, the band gets by with no bass player, while sample-happy DJ Joseph Hahn's step into the spotlight on the instrumental "Cure for the Itch" suggests a potential for eclecticism that could help Linkin Park outlive its seemingly transient genre. --Bill Forman ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Crappy modern rock band
    This stuff SUCKS...it's really funny to laugh at how all you people can only say that it's "emotional" or "there is good rapping"....how about if there is actually "a good guitar solo" or mabye "NO rappin"
    Go get some REAL rock

    yo wats up dogg I'm a albino rapper

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREATEST ROCK DEBUT SINCE "APETITE FOR DESTRUCTION"
    This album is(in my humble opinion) a classic the likes of Metallica's BLACK or Guns 'n Roses APETITE FOR DESTRUCTION!Linkin Park debuted with an eclectic but still distinct hard rocking sound that took everything everyone else was doing at the time and stepping it up to the next level.Chester Bennington can sing soft melodies and scream with the best.Mike Shinoda is a capable MC with heartfelt lyrics unlike most rap-metal bands around the turn of the century.Joseph Hahn's use of turntables and samples adds enough depth to the music that there is truly something for everyone.This is truly one of the incredible debuts that come around very rarely.I'm hoping once Fair To Midland(WWW.FTMBAND.COM) are signed they might have such an impact.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Limp Bizkit or Korn, but very good metal.
    Like most people these days, I find myself having a hard time finding a talented metal band. After realizing that the underground metal scence was full of greedy untalented crap like Morbid Angel, Testament, Iron Maiden, Amon Amarth, Nile, Suffocation, Death, Judas Priest, 3 Inches of Blood, Children of Bodom, and Cryptopsy. This Linkin Park band shows you that melody and heaviness can be combined in a brutal way.

    ... Read more

    Asin: B00004Z459
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rap-Metal    5. Rock   


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    Meteora
    by Warner Brothers
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 March, 2003)
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    Linkin Park’s second studio effort (not counting the 2002 remix album Reanimation) overflows with glossy production values and Big Rock oomph, fully embracing the pop instincts of their Hybrid Theory debut. For many, Theory sounded inexcusably corporate, from its too-timely rap-rock sound to the long list of product endorsements included in the liner notes. Meteora will only amplify those complaints, but this album is actually truer to the band’s nature. It’s still impossible not to hear strains of Limp Bizkit, Korn, Rage Against the Machine, and the like. None of those acts, howeve, would try something as blatantly anthemic as "Easier to Run," which would sound fine to a Def Leppard fan, or as borderline danceable as "Breaking the Habit" and "Session." Linkin Park is what Trent Reznor was always afraid of becoming, but if you ever wished he would drop the pretenses and just make a hair-metal record, you'll find Meteora to your liking. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Linkin Park is great. Until you listen to real music.
    This cd has plenty of catchy tracks, namely Somewhere I Belong and Numb to name two which have also got clips.
    The rest of the other tracks kind of blur together.
    Even the good tracks on this cd can't last repeated plays, after awhile one just finds them utterly predictable.
    I could care less if this band made bajillions, but at least they could make their later releases somewhat different.

    The music aside, I recommend not reading this band's lyrics, which are utterly average and gives one a feeling that the band members perhaps hired angsty high school teens to write their lyrics for them

    2-0 out of 5 stars For once can you stop the "Turntable" stuff?
    Back in 2000 when I first saw Linkin Park, I honestly thought they something that Rock really needed. I bought their first album,"Hybrid Theory", and thought it was a decent album that fused Rap with Rock in to a somewhat good field. But the new-found pouplarity(Especially Rapper Mike Shinoda)Linkin Park thought it would be alright to embrace a Will Smith style rap, minus the partying and the "uh" sounds Will smith makes and a kinda neo Turntable rock style that gets repetitive real fast. The result is "Meteora". A generally pleasing album for Audiences 8-13 and teenage girls. Although it does a few decent moments(Faint,Somewhere I Belong),its WAY too short and feels rushed. Linkin Park barely use actual Guitar Riffs, they don't take enough time to present any Musicanship(for a Nu-metal band),and Mike Shinoda is absoultey TERRIBLE Rapper.Another note is the heavy use of Musical Instrument samples and scrathing. Why can't they be like Ex-Rage Against The Machine Guitarist Tom Morello and scratch with strings and a Wah-Wah Pedal.Or use guest musicans like The Mars Volta to play piano and violin? Most likely because they think its not very MAINSTREAM. Overall you should just pick up more creative, musicanship-like acts like The Gorillaz's new Album "Demon Days" instead.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great, Creative, and Extraordinary
    I found this CD quite enjoyable. I have to give it five stars due to the creativeness of this band. I normaly become angry when rap is mixed with nu-metal (hard rock, ect.). However, they did an extraordinary job. (Until Jay-Z ruined Numb.)

    I also have purchased Hybrid Theory, although, Meteora is almost musicaly better. I reccamend this to those who are first trying nu-metal. Although the intro and instramental remix tracks are kind of a waste, this CD rules over all.

    They just need to answer my one question, was the weed really necessary? ... Read more

    Asin: B00008H2LB
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Rock   


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    14 Shades of Grey (with Limited Edition Bonus DVD)
    by Elektra
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 May, 2003)
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    The Beatles had the White Album, Metallica, a black album, and now Staind has its gray album. While lumped in with the often indistinguishable nu metal crowd, Staind stands out, thanks in part to memorable ballads, such as the pained and beautiful "It's Been A While" and "Epiphany" from the quartet's 2001 breakthrough Break the Cycle. Their latest represents a natural progression; realizing the commercial potential of the poignant but heavy rock ballad, they've penned a slew of them. The light and cheery "How About You" is radio-ready, while the layered, string-backed "So Far Away," and honest and grateful musing on success, is another get-out-the lighters showcase for singer Aaron Lewis. Lewis's beautiful ode for his baby, "Zoe Jane," a tribute to late Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley ("Layne," which intentionally and effectively cops Alice's signature sound), and the grandiose thank-you note "Intro" are more strong, overtly introspective entries in Lewis' sometimes mushy, sometimes touching CD diary. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars What happened to these guys?
    When you look at monumental collapses in the music business, you have to look at Staind. Their album "Tormented" from 1996 was pure thrash. The songs on "Tormented" were angry songs filled with tenacious disturbance which made the album great.
    Then came "Dysfunction", my personal favorite. This was also an album filled with anger. Some of the menacing riffs and words from songs like "Mudshovel" and "Spleen" made this album what it is. By the end of 1999, I had become a major Staind fan, waiting the release of some new music from the band. I cannot explain how disappointed I was when "Break the Cycle" was released. Where was the thrashy, angry Staind that we were all accustomed to? I listened to the album 1 time through and never listened to it again. I was beginning to believe that Staind sold out. This belief was backed by the release of "14 Shades of Grey". I thought "Break the Cycle" was horrendous. I listened to the songs before hand to see if I wanted to buy the album or not. I didn't even bother making an attempt to get this because it made me sick to my stomach that a great band like Staind made a huge turnaround like this. I often compare their collapse to the collapse of Metallica. Metallica has more of a legend than Staind does, but it was almost a Metallica - like meltdown. Even though Metallica is my favorite band, I still recognize their collapse. Even though Staind had released 2 albums before their collapse and Metallica had released 5, it is comparatively close.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as their last album
    This album is definately not as good as their last album. In fact I don't think any of their future releases will be as good as break the cyle. For what its worth this album is still good and has some classic staind songs(if there is such a word). If your a fan purchase this album, if not buy their previous album.

    3-0 out of 5 stars OK
    This album is ok.I loved their first album, I loved the fact that the songs they sung were real, I could relate to them, they didn't try to sugarcoat it or anything.It seems like with this album and with Break the Cycle they tried to show how they felt but at the same time tried to make it uplifting, it works sometimes, but not always.I really only liked a few of the songs on this album, the rest weren't bad, they just weren't that good either.If you liked their first album the best and understand what I'm talking about, you should get their first self-released album, you can buy it on Staind's official web page, it's pretty raw but good.Some of the best songs on 14 Shades of Grey are "Zoe Jane", "Yesterday", "Price to Play", and "How About You". ... Read more

    Asin: B00008J2JT
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Anthony Rupert ... Read more

    Asin: B00006ZCFF
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock    5. Southern Rock   


    The Fallout
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (02 October, 2001)
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    Just as Korn spawned a plethora of like-minded brethren, the hit-making Canadian band Nickelback has produced their own offspring, which includes this talented Vancouver-based quartet. Nickelback's Chad Kroeger produced and cowrote many of the songs on this 11-song collection of tame if memorable and emotional midtempo rockers. "Wasting My Time" is at once familiar and soaring, as vocalist Dallas Smith, jangly guitars, and gentle melodies mesh to make this a poignant relationship song for fans who like their rock accessible but with an edge. Cooler and rawer are the forceful "Seize the Day," and the Pearl Jam-like "Slow Me Down." "Sick & Tired," too, has a musical tone that suits the angry lyrical perspective. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars I'm "Wasting My Time" Reviewing This
    I'd write a review, but I'd be wasting what LINKEN_PARK_SUX wrote.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A real rock album!They still make these?
    Ohmigod!I was so so happy the other day when the batteries on my CD player died in my car and I was forced to listen to (NO!) the radio.I flipped to the "new rock" station (there were too many commercials playing on the ClearChannel infected classic rock station).I was shocked and amazed!It wasn't Godsmack (phew!) or Korn (Phee-ewww!!!) or somebody else trying their damndest to sound like them.It was a real honest-to-goodness guitar riff and a guy was like...singing to it!It was "Sick & Tired" by this new band called Default.Well, I tell ya what I immediately spun the wheel and headed to my local merchant o' music and grabbed this beauty of a CD right away!Nothing too fancy (which is fine by me) just good riff-and-hook oriented emo-rock, somewhere between Pearl Jam and Candlebox with obvious influence from Kroegger of Nickelback.

    I don't know if something as unconventional as Normal Guitar Rock can survive today amongst the oh-I-hate-this-miserable-success-stuff bands, but here's to 'em for giving it a try!

    3-0 out of 5 stars not a great first release, but better than second
    this cd has two good songs: "sick and tired" and "wasting my time". like their second release, elocation,which one has one good song (taking my life away), the rest of the songs are classic "fillers" without great lyrics or melody. I gave elocation two stars for having one good song, but since this one has two, i give it three. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005Q6IA
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Post-Grunge    3. Rock   


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    Reanimation (Dig)
    by Warner Brothers
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (30 July, 2002)
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    Reanimation is the evil twin of Linkin Park's 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory. While plotting their next studio album, the Southern California band enlisted some of aggro rock's leading lights, as well as some of the more enlightened underground MCs and producers, to slice and dice all the songs on their debut (including a few bonus cuts that made it to their Japanese release). Linkin Park allowed their special guests--including Korn's Jonathan Davis, Staind's Aaron Lewis, Orgy's Jay Gordon, the Roots' Black Thought, and Jurassic 5's Chali 2NA--to run riot through their songbook, tweaking melodies, writing new lyrics, and sometimes changing the entire intent of the originals. As a result, this collection of 20 songs is Mr. Hyde to Hybrid Theory's Dr. Jekyll. Most of Linkin Park's atmospheric and melodic moments have ended on the cutting-room floor--along with the self-consciousness that pervaded many of the songs--replaced with a brash impudence that's more rap than rock. Chali 2NA entirely changes the landscape on "Forgotten," shape-shifting the song into an alien being dubbed "Frgt/10," which takes you to a dark, desolate place with only your own disturbed thoughts and some electronic bleeps for company. And that's enough. This is a masterful art project that truly succeeds. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Hold On! Didn't They Already Release This CD?
    I can't believe that Linkin Park fans actually bought this. As if the original version of Hybrid Theory didn't suck enough. What we have here is the collection of crappy songs that was Hybrid Theory remixed. I thought LP was supposed to be a metal band (well, not a real metal band, but a wannabe metal band)! This is basically no different than your average, crappy, talent-free rap album (except most rap albums are better than this CD). All of the tracks that are heavy on the CD suck, too. Is Linkin Park a real rock band? No. And this CD further supports my opinion. Name one metal band (besides White Zombie and Rob Zombie) that have released a remix album. One GOOD metal band. It will take you a long time to think of one, but hopefully by then your taste in music will have gotten better. If you want some real heavy metal, give Dimmu Borgir or Tool a listen.

    And if you don't believe me when I say that the most of LP's fan base is made up of kids ages twelve and under, look below. More than half of the positive reviews this CD received were written by kids.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good. But not as good as Hybrid Theory.
    This CD is pretty good. Although this is not as good as Hybrid Theory it does have pretty good remixes. Some of those remixes are FRGT/10 which is my favorite and ENTH E ND is also tight. Some new songs are good on there too. Including X-ECUTIONER STYLE which is so awsome. And of course the KYUR4 TH ICH remix is as gay as it is on Hybrid Theory. And the tracks like (Chali), (Riff Raff), and (Stef) are so stupid. H! VLTG3 is also tight. They come so close to cussing and just stop. It's so funny. WTH>YOU is also good. I hope you enjoy this CD and have a great day.

    5-0 out of 5 stars LINKIN PARK IS DA BEST
    all the songs are sweet!!!!! you should get it you would LOVE it!!!!!:-) ... Read more

    Asin: B000069CWE
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Animosity
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (13 November, 2001)
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    Those expecting a collection of full-on metal songs on the latestSevendust album will get only half of what they want. While the band has alwayshad a more melodic, less rap-metal approach than their peers, tracks onAnimosity are far more accessible than typical nu metal. Some songs, withtheir contradictory mixes, do sound disjointed and confusing, but "Crucified,""Damaged," and "Dead Set" are just a few examples where it all fits togethernicely.

    Elsewhere, tracks fall into power-ballad waters, but thankfully they are notcheesy. "Xmas Day" and the midtempo "Follow"--featuring assists by Aaron Lewisof Staind--feature darkbut emotional melodies that are carried beautifully by Lajon Witherspoon'ssoulful vocals. The album closes on a spiritual note with "Angel's Son,"Sevendust's heartfelt tribute to late Snot singer Lynn Strait, which is fleshedout by a string section. --Gail Flug ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Hard Rock CD Ever
    I just saw these guys last nite in Hampton Beach NH, they rocked.This had to be the best concert I have ever been to.Animostity is there best CD in my opinion.Seasins is good too.I didnt like the first two all the well, just a few songs on each.They played 2 new songs at there show for there upcoming cd which is finished they said.They have a new guitarist.He was really good.He had alot to fill in place of their old guitarist.There new songs are heavy!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Forever my favorite Sevendust CD
    After i heard all 4 albums, i concluded this to be my favorite one. Simply because of how "colorful" the album is. This album while exploring lots of emotions, is still heavy, and still puts a beat in you! It also brings you to tears at some times with "X-Mas Day" and DEFENATLY with "Angel's Son"

    T.O.A.B. -- This is a like a track from Home. A good opening track, but probably should have been put more toward the end. Ah well... Heavy as crap, so i cant complain - 4/5

    Praise -- One of my favorite Sevendust songs EVER! It has an explosive beginning, a great chorus, and a positive attitude (which is really rare in NuMetal songs)! This ties for my favorite track on the CD with "Crucified" - 5/5

    Trust -- Trust was one of the first Sevendust songs ever nailed in my head. Although im not really sure what the lyrics are about (which just makes it all the more better), this is a really good slow themed song -4/5

    Crucified -- One of the friggin heaviest tracks on the album, Crucified always has me singing with it. Ironically, Lajon dosent scream through the whole track (although Morgan, and Clint do). This song brings alot of melodical heat! This ties for my favorite track on the CD with "Praise" - 5/5

    X-Mas Day -- I always played this song when i ws upset about a girl, and even when im not this song almost brings me to tears. Its an awesome comibined acoustic/electric job, and this is the song that will make me miss Clint forever (he left Sevendust Dec.04) - 4/5

    Dead Set -- Dont get me wrong, i like this song, but i think it needed more to it...Either that or be made shorter. This song has a great pre-chorus, and chorus though, which saves the rating! - 3.5/5

    Shine -- This song is fast paced, and has good guitar jobs! The moldy of the song is pretty good, and once again has that melodic heaviness that Sevendust is so good at! - 4/5

    Follow (feat. Aaron Lewis) -- Another slow paced song, but to me, Sevendust puts an illusion of a waterfall in my head the introduction!Lajon, and AARON both do a good job singing. The image this song creates in my mind is what makes it really great! - 4/5

    Damaged -- This is obviously a song about a loved one commiting suicide! This song is fairly heavy, and has meaningful lyrics. As a matter of fact, i suggest if your thinking about self-harm that you listen to this song, before you put loved ones through that - 4/5

    Live Again -- This is a good song, but im not too sure if it was the right choice for a single. This song like "Follow" isnt heavy at all, but has hard-rock traits, and very great singing in it. - 4/5

    Beautiful -- This is the only song on the album i really dont care for. It basically has the same traits as "Live Again", but it isnt a horrible song, so i cant give it a horrible rating- 3/5

    Redefine -- Defenatly one of my faves on the album, Redefine is crushingly heavy verses, with a catchy chorus! Perfect fighting kind of song - 4/5

    Angels Son --No matter what, i always cry when i listen to this song. This song was written dedicated to "Lynn Strait" of Snot, but i highly doubt thats all whom it applies to (since Sevendust has lost alot of freinds in the past few years). This song is sad, but positive becuase it gives the message of heaven. Also, this song is done acoustically, and with some orchestra in the backround. This song (isnt my favorite, but) is probably the greatest acheivement Sevendust has ever made - 5/5

    I love this CD. Its one of the few CD's i can listen to all the way through! I suggest this CD to NuMetal, or even Classic Rock fans.

    5-0 out of 5 stars metal you can groove to
    Sevendust is jammin'. Open their mind to their music and get inspired. Melodic as can be heavy metal with a hip-hop and techno influences. Their singer is of color and his bandmates are white. That I find super cool. It only helps against prejudice and racism in music these days just because. Nu-metal with soul. Not so popular like Korn or System of a down; Sevendust has that on their side too. I love underrated kick ass bands! ... Read more

    Asin: B00005R5ZG
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Industrial Metal    4. Pop    5. Rock   


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    Break the Cycle
    by Elektra
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (22 May, 2001)
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    Watch out, mom and dad. If you don't treat your kids right, they're gonna up and start an alt-metal band to share the angst you've brought on them with the world. After all, who needs therapy when you've got a million kids hearing your pain on MTV? Staind has never been a band to gloss over personal issues. They've given their albums names like Torment and Dysfunction, and their lyrics delve deep into singer Aaron Lewis' difficult past. Contrary to the title, Staind's third release, Break the Cycle, sticks with the tormented cycle, covering the same themes of heartbreak, self-doubt, and broken homes.

    Lewis has almost three decades of personal material to mine, and as familiar as his issues are, Break the Cycle still feels like a new, honest look into difficulties that can hit people across the board. "Waste," a song written to a fan who committed suicide, is particularly poignant as it grabbles with Lewis's empathy and anger for a boy he's never met. "Outside" is another album standout. It's a slower, partially acoustic number that builds on its own emotion. The songs on Break the Cycle are drenched in melancholy melodies and slow, heavy riffs typical of the sensitive side of the alt-rock genre. Lewis sometimes breaks out into either a hearty yell or a throaty gurgle that sounds like the devil vomiting ("Can't Believe"), but the best songs keep his passion a little more controlled. You've probably heard rock like Break the Cycle piping from mainstream radio stations already, but Lewis's ability to turn his breakdowns into his art should capture a new round of fans happy to find kindred spirits in the band. --Jennifer Maerz ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The genius of Aaron Lewis
    It's a shame that Staind is always being categorized with the likes of STINKIN PARK or GODWACK etc... groups that I don't like at all and yet I'm a huge fan of staind.I've heard people complain about the music of Staind being to depressing,or Aaron Lewis whines to much,but take time and listen to these songs the guy is a great song witer period... Maybe that's the difference,maybe that's why I like them better than the rest.I will say though it may sound odd,that I liked the style of there first album dysfunction better, however I related more to the songs on break the cycle. well hey i'm just a lover of good music, and this album definitly has the goods.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Staind's Best!
    This is imo, Staind's best album to date. It has the hard heavy songs that made us fall in love with this band, and it has the beautiful melodic guitars and drums that compliment Aaron's voice perfectly. Here's a track by track review, and you choose whether or not to buy the album, but I say it's definitely worth it.

    1. Open Your Eyes - (****) A great opener, Staind hit the nail on the head with this one. This album wouldn't be as great without this nice heavyish song to open it up.

    2. Pressure - (*****) I luv this song, one of my favorite and also one of the heaviest on the album. Aaron shows great emotion throughout this track.

    3. Fade - (****) The second single of the album, and a great choice to release after "It's Been Awhile." It's heavy, yet melodic, Aaron shows emotion, and gracefully sings this song in perfect pitch.

    4. It's Been Awhile - (****) The album's first single, and the song that made me fall in love with this band. Great emotion throughout, and nice guitars to compliment the man's voice.

    5. Change - (***1/2) I didn't like this song much the first time I heard it, but It eventually grew on me the more I listened. It's not one of the better tracks on the album, but I also never skip it, so that should probably tell you something.

    6. Can't Believe - (****) Awesome, purely awesome. This is probably the heaviest track on the album, Aaron's screams throughout this song which gives oyu a feeling of angst or anger.And sure makes you want to bang your head and sing along.

    7. Epiphany - (****1/2) The first acoustic track on the album. I luv this track, and i'm sure any other true Staind fan luvs it too. Pure emotion througout as Aaron belts out the lyrics and makes you just want to sing along, definitely one of the better track on the album. Definitely do not skip, give it a chance.

    8. Suffer - (*****) One of my absolute favorite tracks on this album, it definitely makes you belt out the lyrics along w/ Aaron, and makes you turn up the volume. It's hard and hits you heavy, will definitely get up off your feet and want to pound on somebody.

    9. Safe Place - (****1/2) I luv this song, the emotion just pours out of Aaron when he's singing this. Just listen, hard to explain.

    10. For You - (*****) The third single off of the album, and definitely my favorite single they released off this album. I luv this song, people seem to not like singles cuz they're released to mass media for all the teeny-bopper MTVers to listen to. But I don't care, I still luv this song. It's hard hitting, and you get gripped in to what he's saying, and the lyrics catch you and don't let you go.

    11. Outside - (****) I like this song, but it got old, it's been out since '99 when Fred & Aaron performed it together at FV '99, and got a great response. And since then i've heard it a million times, even b4 BTC was released in '01. But it's still a great tune.

    12. Waste - (*****) The BEST track on this album imo. I luv'd this song the first time I heard it, but I didn't start to connect w/ it until I found out what it's actually about. Once I found out, I listened to the lyrics, and almost cried literally. It's a sad yet heavy song, definitely my fav. on this album.

    13. Take It - (****1/2) A great closing track, not really a closing track if you got an early version lol. It's emotional, and....damn, another one that's hard to explain, just listen, you'll definitely get trapped.

    Bonus Track 1 - On mine I got "It's Been Awhile" (live) and defintely better than the over played track that others got. I got my copy the day after the album was released, so I got the Live version of IBA, and i'm glad I did.

    Bonus Track 2 - I guess current copies have the live version of "Outside." And that's the one w/ Fred Durst, and it's been OVERplayed, and definitely pretty annoying, but hey if you like it, that's cool.

    Well get this album, it's definitely worth every penny, and you will not be dissapointed, I know I wasn't, lol. I've seen Staind live twice, the first time at FV '01 after BTC was released, and the second time in '03 after 14SOG was released. Definitely see this band live when you get the chance. They'll be releasing another album this summer titled "Chapter V," So pick it up when it's released, and a tour should soon follow. Pick up their 3 other albums "Dysfunction," "14 Shades Of Grey," and finally "Tormented." Althought "Tormented" isn't available in stores, you have to order it online, but believe me when I say, It's definitely worth it. But for now check out BTC you won't regret it. Peace out.

    4-0 out of 5 stars No five star album but very good
    This is stainds best album to date and the whole album is listenable straight through which is nice. I love most of these radio friendly songs. I still remember hearing outside acoustic and I was so excited to buy this album. Anyway its not a five star album but its still worth buying. ... Read more

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    12 Stones
    by Wind-Up
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 April, 2002)
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    It's appropriate that this earnest, young quartet of rockers is signed to the label that squired Creed to multiplatinum superstardom. Like Creed, 12 Stones deliver accessible, middle-of-the-road, postgrunge rock throughout their formulaic debut. Having emerged from the small burg of Mandeville, Louisiana, they serve up songs that tap (albeit at times tritely) into the self-doubt and romantic woes of post-Ritalin teens ("Patiently waiting by the phone / Hoping that you will call me home"). The songs, though, are honest and deeply felt, especially when singer Paul McCoy summons a metallic growl and Eric Weaver's sinuous guitar yields memorable melodies and acute solos. The menacing drums and agitation of "My Life" make it a highlight; ditto the speedy, edgy rocker "Eric's Song" and the passionate "Soulfire." --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad
    I work in a Christian book and music store, so I get to hear it all, usually a month or so before the steet dates. Although I personally think "Potter's Field" is a better CD, this one isn't bad. They are not in the same league as Pillar or Kutless, but who knows how much they will mature as a rock group given time. Just look at how much Pillar has improved over the years. The thing that makes me sad is when I see reviews of Christian rock bands by (obviously) non-Christians who just don't get the message. (EXAMPLE: ok... this band ..honestly just SUCKS and nothing more. in every damn song this stupid singer is saying " i know i need you now " ...i wanna puke i cant believe that some people givem 4 or 5 stars...) There WILL come a time when that reviewer himself will be saying "I know I need you now", and it will be too late. Eternity is a long time to burn in hell.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it more that most albums
    I enjoyed this album alot. I am becoming a fan the more I listen to them. I think there very good there just missing that one hit song that will make them go big. They are just a cult hit right now and by that I mean just the Christian audience. In order to be a true ministry they have to go after more than just the Christian audience which alot of Chrstian bands and labels don't seem to understand today. The CD was pretty good I'll do a to my favorite 3 songs on the album. I like them but I can't stand Creed or Nickelback. I'm a tough critic so even if its only a 5 or 6 doesn't mean the songs terrible its just not great.

    Crash 6/10 - They sound alot like Audioslave in this song. Its pretty good but pretty average. They should have had a better start up song. I'll review my two favorite songs on the album.

    The Way I Feel 10/10 - I think this song is great. I love this song and its lyrics and what its about. It really spoke to me because I've felt the same. The song is very powerful and I simply love it. A great guitar solo near the end.

    Open Your Eyes 8/10 - Good song I like the guitars at the beginning.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Intoxicating Album
    This album is truly one of my all time favorite Cd's ever it is right up there with Nevermind.This album is so ausome it is intoxicating it is like a drug you can't stop listening.If there is any album you buy for the year this has to be one! ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Hard Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


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    Seasons (w/ Bonus DVD)
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 October, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Healing Album
    When it comes to hard rock and melody no one does it better than Sevendust.Ever since I picked up Animosity a couple years ago they have become my favorite band and Seasons is a great addition to the Sevendust collection.I understand many people feel like they (sold out) on this album and that it was too soft but you have to understand something.People go through changes in life and LJ said it himself, "This is really a healing album." After the death of his brother the band really had to find itself again and this cd is a true reflection of that.

    This is probably the most beautiful musically and its great in that anyone can pick it up and enjoy it.I highly recommend this and all the other albums (particularly animosity, which is there best album to date, and the self titled for some of the greatest heavy songs sevendust has produced).There is not a more genuine , honest, or harderworking band in the business.

    4-0 out of 5 stars a good hard rock CD
    I know that the popular opinion on Sevenudst's "Seasons" is that it's more commercial than their previous releases, and while I don't entirely reject this notion, I will say that though "Seasons" may be commercial, it's still pretty damn good.In no way does this album represent Sevendust's finest work (this credit rightfully belongs to "Animosity," their third release), but it is still undeniably catchy, blending elements of all-out heaviness with more melodic sensibilities.The latter is best expressed on tracks such as "Honesty," "Broken Down," "Gone," "Burned Out," and "Disgrace," as well as the instant classic "Skeleton Song," while the former rears its head on songs like "Enemy," "Face to Face," and briefly on "Separate".There is no one track on this Cd that I like above all the rest (although "Skeleton Song," "Disgrace," and the title track would undoubtedly be contenders if such a position did exist).In any case, there are a few flaws on this Cd, first and foremost the lack of diversity in the music compiled on it.This is not a completely bad thing, because I follow the logic that if you like one song by a band and they have another that sounds similar to it, you're bound to enjoy that one too.Besides, not all of the songs of "Seasons" exhibit the characteristic, and the ones that do make up for it in other areas (I.E. musicianship, vocals, etc.).My only other complaint pertains to the quality of the lyrics on certain songs, more specifically "Face to Face".I normally don't object to cussing in music, but I feel that this song just takes it a little bit too far.I would like to say that the chorus redeems makes up for the excessive profanity, and it nearly does; but alas I cannot.Despite these minor grievances, "Seasons" is an overall good hard rock album that further progresses the sound Sevendust discovered on "Animostiy" and takes it in a good, albeit more mainstream, direction.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Smooth and Tight
    Seasons is the first Sevendust CD that I can listen to from beginning to end and then want to play it again.This is probably one of the best produced, heavy discs in a couple of years. This band is good and Lajons voice is at it's prime. He's very soulful with an edge. The best songs on this CD are Seasons and Broken Down. Butch Walker produced this one and I have a feeling had a little to do with the smoothness of this CD. It's still Sevendust, but a more mature, well-rounded one. Plan to hear more hits off this disc. ... Read more

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    Thank You (Bonus DVD)
    by Atlantic
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (11 November, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The CD is flawed but the DVD is superb
    The music disc get 4.5 stars. The DVD section gets the full 5 stars.

    Stone Temple Pilots certainly proved all their detractors wrong. Initially written off as nothing but Pearl Jam clones, Stone Temple Pilots proved to be one of the most creative and vital forces throughout the 1990s. Although they borrowed from the Seattle soundbook with their debut "Core" (1992), they found their own sound with subsequent albums. STP never stagnated or suffered a creative bust. They always put out quality albums. STP was always mixing it up with each new release. All five of their albums had their own unique sound and vibe. As previously stated, "Core" was the most grunge sounding album in the STP catalog. It was grunge music made as arena rock. "Purple" (1994) was more refined and the songs were more skillfully crafted. "Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop" (1996) eschewed the grunge style of the earlier albums, and instead opted for retro, 70s glam meets 90s modern rock. "No4" (1999) was a combination of the first three albums, and was also somewhat more rough-around-the-edges. The highly underrated "Shangri-La-Dee-Da" (2001) was a more refined, polished follow-up.

    The greatest hits album "Thank You," is flawed, but great nonetheless. If you listened to modern rock radio throughout the 90s, you will undoubtedly be familiar with all these songs, as they were all radio staples, and remain so to this day. By listening to this album, you will see why STP was one of the best rock bands of the 1990s. They just wrote killer, killer catchy songs with infectious hooks. This CD is really a comprehensive overview of all their radio-hits. This compilation does an excellent job of representing the bands first three albums.

    The problem with "Thank You" is its treatment of the last two STP albums "No4," and "Shangri-La-Dee-Da." As STP rolled on through the late 90s and early 00s, their music always stayed consistently good, and these are two great albums, but they are underrepresented on "Thank You." Only two songs from "No4" and one song from "Shangri-La-Dee-Da" are included.

    "Thank You" serves as a greatest hits, as opposed to a best-of. The problem is that a lot of their best songs from the later day albums were not huge radio staples, and were not hits, but were great nonetheless. A CD can hold 80 minutes of music, but this CD holds only 60. About four additional songs from the last two albums should have been included (five, if they left off the acoustic version of "Plush" which was a cool rendition, but a waste of space). It would have been a great way for fans of the earlier albums to get into the later day stuff. "Heaven & Hot Rods" from "No4" should have been included, as should have "Too Cool Queenie" and "Hello, it's Late" from "Shangri La Dee Da."

    A real comprehensive best-of album from Stone Temple Pilots would really need to be two CDs in length, with not only the radio hits, but also essential album cuts from all five albums. In addition, it should include the awesome cover of Led Zeppelin's "Dancing Days" and the Beatles "Revolution."

    Apart from these faults, this is still a great compilation. "All in the Suit that you Wear" (recorded in 2002) is a great song, unavailable elsewhere and should please fans of the band. If you don't own any STP albums, this is a good place to start. But then I'd still check out some of the later day albums.

    As for the DVD, you really could not ask for anything more. It's three hours of all live performances, (some professional, some bootlegs, all awesome), and all their music videos. And unlike the CD, their whole career is given a comprehensive overview.


    5-0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS NOW!!!
    This is by far the best DVD/CD compilation out right now. When i first watched and listened to it, i wasn't all that familiar with STP. I had Core and i thought it was amazing so i borrowed Thank You from a friend. When i watched the DVD and listened to the songs i was floored. It turned out that i knew almost every STPsong and loved them all, i just never knew it was them.
    The DVD is probably my favorite part about this set. It has pretty much every STP video, and it is so interesting to see how much Scott and the rest of the band has changed over the years. The live performances are also great, and it gives you a good idea of how great Scott is as a frontman. I also love the Bootlegs, particularly the footage of the band recording "Pretty Penny."
    Needless to say, i was heartbroken when i had to give this back to my friend. I decided i couldn't live without it and i bought a copy of my own. This set has inspired me to buy all of STP's albums, including "Purple" and "Tiny Music....Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop" which by far are two of their best.I also discovered a bunch of STP songs like "Still Remains" and "Big Bang" that i absolutely love now.
    Overall, "Thank You" is definetly a must-have for any STP fan . Even if you aren't all that familiar with STP, i can almost guarantee that if you are familiar with 90's rock you will know most of the songs already.
    At the moment i have a kind of obsession with STP, particularly Scott Weiland, and i watch this DVD a lot. I have even gotten a lot of my friends into STP, with the help of "Thank You." So i definetly recommend this for everyone! And for all you girls out there, feel free to enjoy all of the Scott Weiland visuals (particularly the green pants in "Big Bang") but just don't fall in love with him like i have... I might have to kill you :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars ROCK ON!!!
    I am a fan of STP and this has to be the best collection of songs ever to be recorded on a cd. Then to make it even better, the cd comes with a dvd that has like 30 songs. This was sooo worth it. Enjoy and Rock On! ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Grunge    3. Hard Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock   


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    Satellite
    by Atlantic
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (11 September, 2001)
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    The multi-hyphenated (rap-metal-hip-hop-reggae) foursome P.O.D. enjoyed indie success as a popular Christian metal band before their 1999 major-label debut, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, sold platinum, establishing P.O.D. as a secular sensation. Featuring the soaring single "Alive," the San Diego quartet's sophomore effort, Satellite, is even more a part of the nu-metal mainstream than its predecessor. Throughout, front man Sonny is more rapper than singer, especially on rhythmically forward, Rage Against the Machine-like songs such as "Boom," "Masterpiece Conspiracy," and the melodic yet mosh-worthy "The Messenjah." With positive, spiritual, and personal lyrics (several songs, including the title track, were influenced by the death of Sonny's mother), Satellite runs the gamut from lilting to intensely aggro, often within one song. In a nod to P.O.D.'s influences, special guests include Jamaican icon Eek-A-Mouse on "Ridiculous" and Bad Brains legend HR on "Without Jah, Nothin'." This cool reggae, meshed with offbeat punk power, is placed alongside mellower midtempo rockers, including "Ghetto," to round out a varied and stellar album. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars I Only Like A Few Songs...
    I do not care for P.O.D., and I tend to have a somewhat vengeance for them for selling out with this album, but I have to admit that there are two songs I like on here. "Youth Of The Nation" tends to bring me back memories when I was in the 7th grade, as that song was a big hit back then. "Satellite" is also a fair track, but "Youth Of The Nation" is better. This song has a very descriptive message to it about how teenagers become depressed and about killing themselves (like you care). Those are the only two songs I like. The rest of this album is utter crap, especially the songs "Alive" and "Boom".

    I only recommend that you download one song and leave the rest to rot. For GOOD Christian music, check out Living Sacrifice, As I Lay Dying, Zao, Extol, Norma Jean, UnderOATH, Embodyment, Training For Utopia, Stretch Arm Strong, The Chariot and He Is Legend.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Rocked
    When this album first hit the stores (on September 11, 2001 strangely enough), it didn't exactly break any sales records.Other than the hardcore, devoted-to-Christian-music community, few people noticed this album.However, for those people, including myself, who have been following P.O.D. and their previous works, this album, simply put, rocked.

    If you've heard any of P.O.D.'s songs, it would probably be "Alive."I heard the song before I purchased the CD and frankly, it made me a little less inclined to buy this album.A band is only capable of making a certain amount of "Alive"'s style of music before it runs out of creative juices.Fortunately, both for P.O.D. and the listening public, the rest of the album is extremly diverse.

    "Satellite" has an extremely diverse list of tracks, ranging from laid-back ska rock, to hardcore rap-rock, to soothing and almost meditational poems to a mother.And while the genre may vary, P.O.D.'s smoothness and emotion permeate each and every song.The lead singer, Sonny's voice packs energy and emotion into every syllable, delivering an energy to the listener that I have rarely, if ever, heard before in the genres that P.O.D. explores.

    Individually the songs on this album are enough to blow one's mind.Let me start with the title track.In my opinion, "Satellite" is one of the best alternative tracks ever.It's still on my playlist now, more than four and a half years later.The emotional high this song creates, at least for me, is a true testament to the power of Sonny's melodies.The soaring vocals and killer riffs in this song make this one of my all-time favorites.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum, P.O.D. gives their audience "Thinking About Forever," a track about the sadness felt when having to live life without a mother.In this track, P.O.D. conveys more emotion than in any of their other tracks to date, but does it in a way that fits the subject matter perfectly.The music is perfectly suited to the idea Sonny is trying to pass on.

    P.O.D. also teamed up with the lead singer, Christian, from Blindside (who released an incredible album, "Silence," the next year) to create the song "Anything Right".While some may be turned off by the somewhat harsh tone of the music, I find this song to be one of the stronger pieces on this album.

    I've only mentioned three tracks, none of which were featured singles at any point.The three I mentioned make are on the extremes of where P.O.D. travels musically.Every other track can be placed within a generic spectrum, not that this is a bad thing.

    The one regret that I had when listening to this album is that after listening through it the first few times, I started to fall into the pattern of hitting repeat after the first six songs were through.The emotional pattern of those first six songs is an incredibly moving effect.However, after the first half-dozen, P.O.D. seems to disintegrate, returning to their old formulas.While I do appreciate that style of music and understand the band's return to their roots for a few tracks, it is a bit of a let down, especially after a track like "Satellite."

    All in all, there is very little to say other than if you don't mind a CD where the back end of the tracks fizzles slightly, you should have absolutely no qualms about buying this one at all.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Music
    I really enjoy listening to this CD when I work out at the gym or drive in my car.I was a big fan of Limp Biscuit and Korn but just got tired of their use of the F word.This band has a similar style of music without all of the cussing.They also have a very positive message and a hard hitting metal sound.I would recommend this CD.

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    Silver Side Up
    by Roadrunner Records
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (11 September, 2001)
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    Following Staind's footsteps, Nickelback make the personal public and vent a history of frustration and resentment to melodic hard rock. The band's second album, Silver Side Up, starts with "Never Again," an angry tirade against domestic violence that sheds light on the issue without too much sap or sentiment. The album's catchy radio hit "How You Remind Me" and the song "Woke Up This Morning" tell of rotting relationships, while other tracks touch on damaged hope and lost dreams. The post-grunge, alt-metal combo backing these songs packs as strong a punch as the lyrical material, going hard with lots of hooks. The additional slide guitar on "Hangnail" and sludgy, alt-metal riffs on "Hollywood," "Money Bought," and "Where Do I Hide" add a little meat to the alt-rock bones on Silver, elevating Nickelback above the heap of copycat rockers clogging the airwaves. --Jennifer Maerz ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars silver side up
    first track is a killer-eye opener. second track to the end keeps the rock flowing. buy it, listen to it, feel the intensity and emotion of this timeless album

    1-0 out of 5 stars Hey, Didn't Grunge Die In 1994?
    Grunge ended in 1994 after Kurt Cobain committed suicide. Here's some proof: Alice In Chain's 1995 album was their swansong, Soundgarden focused on a different style for "Down On The Upside", and Pearl Jam...I like the stuff off their first four albums, everything else is trash.

    I should be talking about the CD now. Nickelback failed yet again to bring back grunge. What did they accomplish? They sold out and had their songs played on pop radio stations and TRL. Actually, that was the song called "How You Remind Me". Why did Roadrunner records sign these guys? I love most of the artists on Roadrunner, like Killswitch Engage, Machine Head, Slipknot, Fear Factory, you know, all the heavy metal stuff. But Nickelback? What was Roadrunner thinking? Roadrunner just made one mistake, and I forgive them for that.

    Nickelback is terrible. I hate this band very much. When they split up like Creed did, I will be glad. Puddle of Mudd also sucks as well, along with Sinch (thank God Roadrunner dropped them) and whoever makes poser grunge.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Chad's voice drive me WIIIIILLLLLLDDDDDD!!!!!
    Starting off with the good- Let me just say that this has got to be the best cd ever made. Nickelback's music makes me feel great. I would have to say my favorite tracks are ' Look What Your Money Bought ' because it gets me bouncing and 'Hollywood' because it's catchy and plus Hollywood is good. I actually went to one of my good friend's(76year old jimmy magee) parties and it was soooo fun. We popped pop corn and rented movies. Then his mother ordered us a pizza. Get this, we got to stay up past our bedtime's (9:30) we stayed up to at least 10:03. I strongly suggest this cd for having a cool time. Warning!I was beaten badly when his mother came home while we beganthrowing another unauthorised wild house-party in jimmy's house whilst listening to this. Crazy Crazy Crazy. For some reason Chad's girly voice seems to make me go bananas in pyjamas.Truly this is one of the best albums in the history of this great nation, and it would be un-American to pass on such a fine collection of songs.

    yeah hey, all you Chad haters, you all wrong. your'e lame enought to be critisizing him. hey, he makes more bling bling then you'll ever make! instead of making fun of him, u lowlife idiots, why don't you go and do something good for a change....go and kiss his @$$...... This is a great, vibrant and energized bubblegum mix of music for young children - my 7 year old has had it for over a year and still loves it. My neighbor, as a result, plans on getting it for her 8 and 6 year old girls because they love it as well. The writer before me was OBVIOUSLY writing a joke of some sort about the album, a poor joke at that

    Now for the bad, If you listen to his album, you'll laugh so hard at Chad's attempt to rap that you'll cry. You shouldn't even have attempted it, Chad. Go sit in a corner and pick your nose, tease little girls, play with toys...just leave the rapping to the grown-ups. The only reason this little boy has sold ANY albums at all is due to air-headed pre-pubescent girls who are too googly-eyed over anything Chad to realize how much this attempt just plain SUX, and wouldn't know what real RAP or real MUSIC is if it hit them, anyway. My little great grandson paid 13.98 for this CD at Wal-Mart 3 weeks ago and sold it at our yard sale for 2.50 1 week later. TAKE A Hint. Chad has a voice as squeaky as a little girl age 8. Just another white suburban man being a hip hop wanna be--which makes his "all american white man" album cover even more comical and ironic. And I'm sure he has a lot of street credibility "rapping" about sleep overs, bed wetting, and Pokemon cards. He can't sing either--I bet he is really bad without all those Mickey Mouse Club background singers drowning him out and giving the impression he can actually carry a tune.

    Now for the ugly,Chad Kroger should just take the money he made on this lump of feces to go to DisneyWorld and meet up with Mickey Mouse, their voices sound the same. Unless you're a fan of Alvin & The Chipmunks, don't buy this. Save your money for real music. Stop judging so called "artists" on look, and judge on talent. Buying their records only make them more bloated and narcissistic than they already are. Ooooh, Narcissistic, what a big word. You know, these little 12-year-old girls who "luv" Chad are really pathetic. They're really dumb, they can't even spell. They say he has a "great" voice, and they wanna marry him! But does cHAD know about that? He's pathetic and so are his fans
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    The Long Road [Bonus Tracks]
    by Roadrunner Records
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 September, 2003)
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    It's never easy following up a multi-platinum success, but Canada's Nickelback's latest seem sure to match the sales of the many-million-selling Silver Side Up. The formula remains pretty much the same--nothing fancy, just radio-friendly grunge that lends an appropriately dramatic backing to the powerful and increasingly confident voice of Chad Kroeger. Aside from the fast and punchy opener "Flat on the Floor," the tough, staccato "Because of You," and the Oasis-like "Figured You Out," the band deal exclusively in soft-rock anthems (soft, that is, by 2003’s pulverizing standards). The only real change here lies is in Kroeger's lyrical concerns. Where 2000's The State found him suffering the frustrations of small-town life, now he's tortured by a heavy touring schedule that promotes destructive drug abuse and strains relationships to breaking point. That said, you can't help feeling the ruthlessly analytical Kroeger would turn a visit to the supermarket into a riot of hatred and self-recrimination. For fans of Silver Side Up, Nickelback have delivered the goods once more. --Dominic Wills ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Nickelback: The personification of formulaic rock
    I'm sure most of you have heard the infamous mp3 that was floating around titled "How You Remind Me of Someday". Well, i was the creator of that, and i'll tell you why i put those songs together like that. A year or 2 ago my girlfriend was a Nickelback fan. Now that sort of bothers me (i'll get to why later) but it's ok until i have to hear it as well. I began to explain to her why it's difficult for me to enjoy music which follows so rigidly to a formula to pump out songs for their albums, because it's just no FUN when you can tell that's exactly what they are doing, and by the end of the song you've got the whole thing memorized. Most of Nickelbacks songs are 90% the same thing, with the only variance being the vocal melodies (which all STILL stick to the same 4 or 5 notes anyway, just a slightly different arrangement) and a bar or 2 of the "clean section" added occasionally or something like that. I made that pairing of the songs because apparently people can't hear all of that on their own. I made it so my girlfriend could hear VERY clearly what i was talking about, and just how similar they really are.

    Don't get me wrong, Nickelback is probably the catchiest rock band out there right now... but is that enough? I answer with a resounding NO! The thing is, mass media expects only the catchiest of songs and treats that as about the only aspect of music worth airing. It's not even their fault though, who could blame them? It's how they are going to generate revenue. The average person (and even those who pretend they are more into music than they really are) only listens to something because it makes them a bit giddy when the chorus of the song comes on. Now, if you're doing anything REMOTELY harmonically adventurous, it's TOO MUCH for a casual listener of the radio to grasp, and they won't be able to get into it. This is WHY you don't hear any songs that are truly "different" on the radio. Ever wonder why all songs are about 3-4 minutes, get to the chorus in 30 seconds or less, and repeat it 5-10 times a song? hardly seems interesting to me. But the point is that when the song ends, you'll have that "catch" in your head and want to buy the album. Unfortunately with that kind of easy consumption, almost inevitably comes a quick and painful downfall. Songs that simple are just too hard to be interesting for a long time.

    What am i getting at you ask? well, i'm getting at the fact that music has so much more to offer than what most people are typically exposed to, and it's really a shame that something like Nickelback gets touted as the greatest rock band of our time. Do some of you know that not every band has an album of 12 songs at 3-4 minutes long? did you know some bands release songs upwards of 20 minutes? sounds boring huh? well, it would be if they tried to just repeat the chorus and use the kind of structure Nickelback does. My point is, Nickelback songs go nowhere. They start somewhere nice and simple, go into a chorus which is just stepping on the distortion pedal (don't forget their lame "chug chug chug chug" that they do going into every chorus), and then they do that a few times and end. It's not entertaining to me.

    Imagine a song which represents an entire emotional experience, running through the gamut of feelings one can get through the music, and leaving you sitting there when it is all over wondering how that just happened to you. When this happens, you'll realize the power of music doesn't come in small 3 minute chunks of the same thing over and over, it comes from transitions between emotions, a "journey", if you will. The whole is infinitely greater than the sum of it's parts.

    People can be changed through music... the sheer power of what some people have created is overwhelming, and it's extremely unfortunate that such a small number of people will ever come to realize this. My girlfriend despises Nickelback now, once i explained what it was that makes them unworthy of the praise they get. Let me say though, they are not without talent. I do think Chad has got an excellent ear for melody, and has a unique and fairly pleasing vocal tone. Lucky for him, that's EXACTLY all you need to make it in the pop world, so that's the end of that. Superstardom. I urge you, however, to try to seek more out of your music than just a catchy voice. If you just spend a little time looking (the radio won't help you here), you just may find something that will change your outlook on music, and bands like Nickelback will no longer cut it. Sorry, Nickelback, you're forever pegged to be attacked for what you do musically, but i guess SOMEONE'S gotta be the simplest and catchiest rock band on the radio. After all, most people love that.

    5-0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY AWESOME
    Nickelback is a totally awesome band. I saw them in concert with Finger Eleven and Puddle of Mudd and they rocked. I have every nickelback cd relased and I have to say there is not one song on any cd that i do not like.Nickelback is one totally kick a** band

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nickelback Does It Again
    Overall, i am not a big fan of the modern rock coming out these days. However, after hearing "How You Remind Me" on the radio,i really liked it and went out and puchased Silver Side Up. I enjoyed pretty much the entire album so when i saw that The Long Road was being released, I decided to give it a shot. I was not the slightest bit dissapointed. The album is filled with a whole bunch of rockin songs with good meledies that you can help but crank up and sing along to. My personal favorite from the album is "Do This Anymore", a rocking song where chad Kroger really shows off his awesome voice with his combination of singing softly and his ability to belt out lyrics with power while not making it seem like he is just straight out screaming. Other favorites on the album include "Someday", yes its overplayed but still good, "Feeling Way Too Damn Good", and of coarse "Figured You Out" (how can anybody not like that song). so if you liked Silver Side Up than i strongly recemend going out and buying this album ... Read more

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    Places for Breathing
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 May, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A diamond in the rough
    Revis had a song on the Daredevil soundtrack in 2003 by the name of Caught in the Rain. A very catchy song, it became one of my favorites, then kinda faded away. I am angry that I did not look into purchasing this CD when I first found out about this band. This is one of the most balanced CDs I have heard in a while, from the upbeat "Caught in the Rain" to the powerful "Seven" to a bonus instrumental at the end of the last song. By the way, this album has 11 tracks, not just the 4 displayed by Amazon's page.

    I highly reccomend this album to anyone who enjoys modern rock at all. If there is only one band within modern rock you enjoy, it should be Revis.

    5-0 out of 5 stars REVIS, I AM VERY SAD.
    To start off, this band is simply amazing. Their music just lifts me up and makes me feel something that I have never experienced before in music. They have this meloncholy, joy of emotion sound that I have never heard in a band before. I just can't describe it. And whats more interesting, is that this band only has one album. I should be saying the word had because I feel that Places for Breathing will be their only album. I don't even know if the band is even together anymore (Their fan site sure isnt telling me crap because nothing is updated). Places for Breathing, which is their most recent and only album came out on May 20th, 2003 and that is a hell of a long time for such a talented band to go on without writing for so long. The last post on their fan site is two years old and their most recent concert was in april of 2004!!! I just want to know what went wrong. Were they dropped from their label and then never played again. Did they slit up? Did a member die? I guess I would just simply like to know what happened thats all; find some resolution. It is honestly, distressing to not know.

    Anyway, thats life I guess. It's just sad thats all. Such a good band could of had so much more going on for them. But if its going to be this one album that will be apart of their legacy, then it's one damn good album. But I will still always leave room for hope. It would just be nice to keep your FANS updated. Revis, to me, you are everything that music and good songwriting should be. Thank you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF A KIND VOICE
    simply fantastic. please dont download the songs and buy this cd! wheter it being used on ebay or brand new! the songs are just too good to download! these guys have a very UNIQUE sound to them and is a must hear. Spin, Your Wall, City Beneath, Living rooms are just a few BAD ACE songs on this cd! dont listen to those other FCKR'S! if you love (or even like) good rocking music with a constant acoustic sound and some badass vocals, then this cd is what your dreaming of! please trust me! ... Read more

    Asin: B0000996HX
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    Year of the Spider
    by Interscope Records
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (13 May, 2003)
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    Though Cold's music has become more melodic and accessible, that doesn'tmean that they've turned over a new leaf. Scratch the surface and you'll findthese Florida soreheads are still mad at the world, but happily able to channel that rage into compelling, brainy head-banging. In fact, it wouldn't be going too far to call them post-alt-metal Beck, what with their collage of disparate sounds and effects and their self-referential declarations, mimicking the diminutive singer's early outings: "I'm a loner / I'm a loser / I'm a winner in my own mind / I'm a bad one / I'm a good one / I'm a sick one with a smile." But they're not just a hardened bunch of nihilists. Their bleak worldview is rescued by a staunch sense of self and the quaint but sweet notion of the healing power of love. The affection of a good, but flawed woman is pervasive on the album's 13 tracks. With Scooter Ward's powerful vocals, inventive guitar interplay, and Sam McCandless' nonstop primal bashing, Cold, after 15 years together, are outshining mentors Limp Bizkit. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I feel it
    I was amazed after hearing this album for the first time. I feel the pain and heartache portrayed by the band as if it were my own. I loved their second album but Year of the Spider was incredible. It was heartfelt and true. The musical aspects were great also. The drums, guitar, vocals all top noch. My favorite songs are Suffocate, Sad Happy, and Day Seattle Died.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Cold Album yet.
    "Year Of The Spider" didn't have much publicity other than their hit "Stupid Girl" but this album is a materpeiece. I listen to it every time I see it. It's slower than past Cold albums but the songs are more solid. Cold has gotten better with each album and I can't wait for their 4th release. Buy this album, it will not let Cold fans down. Dont listen to the Weezer fan (lol) below.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Same old Cold
    Normally when a band never changes their musical style it tends to get stale, over-used if you will. Using the same guitar riffs and the same drum combinations make people think you're riding on a wave of popularity that you think will only grow if you rehash old material. Cold reuses their riffs and drums in such a way that it sounds fresh and new. This whole CD sounds almost exactly like End Of The World off of their previous release 13 Ways To Bleed On Stage. Scooter's voice and lyrics have yet to be better and the musical backdrop only compliments his vocal stylings better. It took me a couple listens to really grasp what this album brings to the table, but once I did I was hooked. There's not a song on here that doesn't have something catchy about it, a definite plus.

    This CD starts off with Remedy. With good lyrics/vocals mixed with a powerful beat, this song quickly takes you back and reminds you of why you started liking them. Cure My Tragedy (A Letter To God) could possibly be one of the most emotional songs on here. Scooter's voice, in my opinion, is at it's best on this song. This is probably the best song on here. Wasted Years could be considered the ballad of this CD. It's acoustic until the end of the first chorus and then a light drum beat kicks in. This seems to be Scooter's confession to the world. Sad Happy is another highlight on here. This particular song paints you a picture when listened to closely, it tells of an abused teenage girl. To me, it seems that this touches a chord with Scooter because his voice soars through the chorus. The Day Seattle Died is a touching tribute to the late Kurt Cobain. There's more anger in this song than one might expect. While the band never really goes all out and jams, Scooter has a new-found intensity in his voice. The lyrics paint a rather grim picture, it's fitting though. Black Sunday is my personal favorite song on here. There's nothing special here, no punches pulled. Just a traditional Cold song. The final song, Kill The Music Industry, is in no way my favorite song but is worth mentioning. The anger this band has for the music industry is stifling. It's worth a listen just for the razor sharp lyrics.

    A couple of my favorite songs on here are Wasted Years, Sad Happy, The Day Seattle Died, and Black Sunday. While the CD does seem to run together for the first few listens you are greatly rewarded for your patience. If you're a fan of Cold or just rock music with an edge then this release is definitely for you. ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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    Darkhorse
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (12 November, 2002)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Better Than Their First Record...
    ...but it still sucks. The only song I liked from these idiots is "Drowning", as it sounds nothing like Crazy Town. I'd write a review for this, but I'd be wasting what LilBrit wrote.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Deserved a better fate
    Just when I thought Crazy Town had recovered from the "Butterfly" incident they broke up but left an amazing album behind. "Darkhorse" is the crazytown that should have made it big but critics decided to kill this band. Don't listen to the bad wrap, buy this album you wont be disappointed. It's not as much rapping and suprisingly more rock in certain songs. It's a wide range of music and an awsome CD that shoulda been more than what it was let to be.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Tal-ent-LESS
    "Drowning" is descent, the rest is garbage. Sounds like a bunch of white boys writing cliched hip-hop songs w/ their token black friend reminding um' not to use the word n#gga. Its a step up from their previous work, "Da GiFt Of GaMe" (or whatever the f**k it was called) but that ain't saying much. It's too bad they didn't build on the sound used in their single, it could have actually been a good album, like "lovehatetragedy" by P.roach... ... Read more

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    Fallen
    by Wind-Up
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (04 March, 2003)
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    The Daredevil soundtrack provided a nice boost for this previously unknown quartet from Little Rock, Arkansas. Evanescence’s songs "My Immortal" and the imposing "Bring Me to Life" are clear standouts in the film, mainly because they work so well with the dramatic, eerie undertones of the storyline. They reappear here on the band’s debut, alongside a selection of similarly brooding tracks that evoke pensive artists like Tori Amos and the Cranberries. Vocalist Amy Lee has the kind of voice that can cause weeks of insomnia, but on songs like "Tourniquet" and "Haunted" she belies the music’s sinister mood with evenhanded spirituality, thoughtfully letting some light shine through the tempest. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars they have great musical talent
    and it shows through their songwriting and catchy guitar hooks and smooth beautiful vocals from amy lee. I can't wait to hear their next CD where we could hear more musical diversity evanesence is capable of doing just as they did on Origin and their earlier work.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A slight deviation...
    So the first real album from Evanescence to reach the UK.Yaaay so I went and bought it almost wetting myself, loved and subsequently went to see them in concert.And at said concert they played "Even in Death".Hmm...doesn't seem to be on Fallen, in fact Ms. Lee introduced it as being an older song...
    So after much hard searching I finally manages to track down copies of Origin (the American album released before Fallen) and SHOCK HORROR there were also 4 other EPs in the underground.So after taking at least a year to track them all down and after spending hours upon hours of listening, I find that Fallen, whilst a very well produced, slick and modern album falls short of the previous genius of Evanescence.the lyrics are still deep and meaningful, but gone and the heart-wrenching lyrics that plagued tracks such as October, Forgive Me and Listen to the Rain.So my advice to buyers is thus: Yes, a very nice album, well produced, balanced with decent lyrical content (Hello, Tourniquet) and good riffage (Track 11: Whisper in particular), and by all means buy if you are new to Evanescence.Hardcore fans will be slightly dissapointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY AMAZING
    ok when i first get a cd that i have never heard before, the first thing i do is listen to the entire thing and see if anything sticks out to me.well, usually when i do this, theres only a couple songs i actually like.but this cd was entirely diffirent!every song appealed to me!i have listened to this cd 10 times over(no joke) and i still am not tired of it!but despite the amazing vocals, one of my favorite things about this cd is the feelings behind the lyrics.this is almost the ONLY band i can find that does not revolve its music around sex and immoral things like rap musicians tend to do.amy lee even expresses this feeling in the song "everybody's fool" i say if u are a parent lookin for a good but clean cd for your child, this is it.and if your jst lookin for some great music, buy this cd! its definitely worth it! i cannot express that enough!
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    White Pony [Added Track]
    by Maverick
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (03 October, 2000)
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    The aggro-rock movement spearheaded by the 'Tones, Korn, Sevendust, System of a Down, and Rage Against the Machine, among others, has been taking on new influences with each new release by the major players. White Pony may be the biggest leap yet for the genre, as Chino Moreno, Chi Cheng, Abe Cunningham, Stephen Carpenter, and DJ Frank Delgado maintain the fierceness that's earned them a rabid following. This time out, however, their patented brand of hip-hop metal is adorned with ambient and alt-rock touches. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Take A Ride
    Released in 2000, White Pony is still a landmark in popular hard rock, often showing up in various places as one of the best albums of its respective year and even all time. Still, nearly five years later it is considered to be Deftones' masterpiece and the height of their artistic and commercial success. As I type this, Deftones are preparing to release their fifth album, so the future of White Pony's title is unsure, and I think I speak for all Deftones fans when I say that I hope it gets knocked down by the new release.

    It's hard to swallow White Pony at points, and it definitely takes time to grow on you, but subsequent listens of the record in its entirety open up its true brilliance. The way White Pony is constructed is confusing, but after breaking it down, it becomes a little more manageable. Basically, it's not a full-blown concept album, but it does have a very conceptual and almost progressive feel throughout, as indicated by the many shifts in styling and song structure, yet retaining a consistent feel. The way I see it, the album can best be described as one piece, with twelve different movements that send it in different directions while managing to keep it all tied together to common thematic elements and various motifs. In its raw instrumentation, this album may not be as complex as a Dream Theater album, but the way it is put together can be just as brilliant if you listen to it in the right way and with an open mind.

    The journey of White Pony is like traveling through a nightmare. It opens the listener up to explore the psyche of a sleeping human mind, the time when little makes sense in the human brain and its functions. In this way, it can best be described as an album that almost makes little sense on the surface, but in a slightly schizophrenic wave of emotion it can take you to places you never thought you could go, and this is illustrated beautifully with Chino's amazing singing and intriguing lyrics.

    Back To School opens the album with an offset interpretation of the album's closer. It's important to note the full title, BTS (mini maggit) as will later be described. Though a lot of Deftones fans and otherwise were a little put off by the addition of a radio-friendly, rap-laden song that they felt interrupted the mood of the album, I think it actually adds to the flow and the message of White Pony as a whole. More on this later.

    Next is where the nightmare really begins, with the dark Feiticeira, a hectic, free-flowing piece. With a lack of real song structure and a sketchy guitar line, this song builds up to an almost frightening conclusion as Chino whisper/screams "Soon I'll let you go" over a frantic background of scorching guitars and heavy bass. Frank Delgado makes his grand entrance here as well, with a great complement of wind noises and atmospheric texture that will come to be very prominent on this release. This song is brilliantly able to paint a picture in your mind through Chino's amazing lyrics along with his vocal delivery. The instrumental music is very important as well, as we can feel Chino's interpretation of what's going on in his own mind. This is the famous kidnapping song, and it is a daunting tale.

    The final dissonant chord of Feiticeira fades out into a trippy drumbeat of Digital Bath, one of the more popular singles Deftones have released. Despite its apparent radio-friendliness (which is actually not so friendly at all) this is simply an amazing song. On it's own, it's just one of the greatest songs Deftones have ever released. With Chino's soaring vocal lines over heavy two-guitar trade-offs and more atmospheric texture from Delgado, the song is so powerful it leaves me in awe. However, on a scale of White Pony's context, it is merely the next step in the nightmare. This story is that of someone who kills his girlfriend as she bathes by way of electrocution. It's a terrifying premise, but is almost masked by the great delivery of the song. The song has two climactic points, one at around 2:30 when the music drops off and the electronic bubble effect (ah, the beauty of motifs) rains down on a bleak guitar line before Chino whispers the haunting "You breathed and then you stopped. I breathed and dried you off..." at which point the guitar takes over with a screeching harmonic, almost as if the character is screaming on the inside but--just like a nightmare--cannot force it out himself.

    Elite blasts through the speakers next with a very heavy backdrop of spiraling guitars and bass with crashing cymbals laced throughout. This song may seem unlistenable the first time, but after awhile the screaming just melds into the background and you realize what it's there for. It's almost a robotic song (check the breakdown with Chino's voice effects), which solidifies with a later guitar riff that is very syncopated and almost machine-like that ends the song. This song lacks the "usual Deftones dynamic," but it still rocks and is important as a flowing piece of the ever-growing nightmare. As to how it fits in, I think it's open for interpretation.

    Immediately following Elite is the more laid-back and moody Rx Queen, which is an extremely bizarre song with heavy percussive effects and stuttering bass. Possibly the simplest guitar song Deftones have written, it is still effective and manages to convey a haunting atmosphere. In short, this song is again almost a frantic plea for help from someone ["You're my girl and that's alright, if you sting me I won't mind"].

    Street Carp slides in with a brief guitar intro before the band crashes in full force. It's a hard-rock smash similar to Lhabia from Around The Fur. It's a great song, despite the fact that it might at first seem to lack any defining or interesting qualities. It's like a rush of adrenaline in the midst of a calm atmosphere. This is where the beauty of White Pony's construction shines as well, because it almost doesn't make sense being on the album, yet it manages to mold in perfectly with the other songs. Just like a nightmare makes no sense unless you're actually experiencing it. Starting to make sense?

    Here is where we see the biggest shift for the rest of the album. It doesn't start declining here, by any means, as it is my opinion that tracks 8-12 are the best on the album and the climax of the record also occurs in that space. However, the central theme is shifted from a fervent dream state into a true twisted nightmare.

    The nylon-string opening acoustic riff of Teenager may shock some, given Deftones' track record, but, as has been displayed multiple times both on this album and their previous releases (though in perhaps a more subtle way), Deftones are truly capable of great beauty. This song holds Delgado's most obvious presence, with a scratching line and trip-hop beat that still manages to be more about atmosphere and texture than it does DJ hack-n-slash. Still, it's a mellow trip that makes me think of lying down outside looking at a star-filled sky. It's also a very melancholy ballad of lost love and pensive reflection.

    The next song, Knife Prty is hardly describable by any human words, a masterpiece in and of itself, not to mention in the scope of the entire album. The opening chords lead into a pounding distorted introduction that's just as beautiful as it is heavy. A moving bass line from Chi serves as a great foundation for the chord voicing glory of the guitar riffs and some of Chino's greatest (and most bizarre) lyrics ["My knife is sharp and chrome, come see inside my bones. All the fiends of the block, I'm the new king. I'll take the queen."] This song makes you feel like you are moving in slow motion and floating. The chorus contradicts with the verse as the intensity is picked up, a masterful arrangement technique Deftones have slowly perfected in their songs. The bridge is incredible in its weirdness, with the (again) frantic crooning of guest vocalist Rodleen over the bizarre chord progressions from Carpenter. Musical perfection at its finest as the band crashes into the final chorus over an absolutely terrifying shriek. You must hear this song to find its beauty.

    Korea bellows in next as one of the heaviest and most dissonant songs on Deftones' catalogue. It's an extremely vague song, lyric-wise, but the haunting atmosphere created by the swirling DJ sound effects and bleak guitar line is very effective and this is a great song. The bridge is one of the highlights on the album, as the bombastic and sliding guitar line leads into the final moment of heaviness that sets the stage for the next song.

    Intensifying sound effects lead up to one of my favorite Deftones guitar riffs ever for the intro of the brilliant Passenger. The dexterous guitar riff and heavy bass boost the shrouded vocal interplay between Maynard (Tool, A Perfect Circle) and Chino as the story unfolds even further, a doomed car ride. The way I see it, this song tells the story of an unwilling victim who is trapped and forced to drive in the dark without any vision of the outside world, but as they begin to go faster and faster, the exhilaration excites the victim and he begins to enjoy it ["This time won't you please drive faster."]. It's a twisted song. The dissonant and bleak piano line that lead to the final throws of heavy guitar havoc (and the climax of the album) are intense and dark, giving the image of the car driving off a cliff at top speed. The fading piano that ends the song tinges it with the dark atmosphere that leads into Change.

    Change (In The House of Flies) picks up where Passenger left off, a very ghost-like and creepy song. This song was a relatively popular radio hit, but it still is one of the best on the album. Its soaring vocal melodies and metaphorically brilliant lyrics ["I watched you change into a fly, I looked away, you were on fire."] convey a message that encompasses the entire album. As for it's true meaning, there's plenty of room for interpretation. This song is heavy, dark, and dissonant but still floating and beautiful.

    Pink Maggit is where everything comes together. Back To School, which starts the album, is a spin-off of this song, but it works out nicely as the album starts with it but finishes with Pink Maggit, a more twisted version of it, as displays the course of the album. It's a bleak and moody song with a cool guitar line and a whispered melody from Chino before the band crashes in and allows the album to finish itself with a final explosion.

    Overall, this album is one that will stand strong against the test of time. I think the greatness behind it is in its weird and unorthodox structuring, while also delivering great guitar riffs and a good share of heavy rocking. There's a good amount of symbolism in it as well, which lends it to being an effort for which much discovery is necessary. Its ability to transport you to another place is amazing, and is also where the true talent of Deftones lies, as a creative unit rather than individual instrumentalists. Deftones are closer to mastering their sound with this release, employing more guitar, turntable, and vocal interplay that add to the texture and mood, a feat they would later master on the successor, Deftones.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of their best releases
    Out of all the Deftones cds this could just be my favorite one. The songs have the perfect balance of screaming and mellow singing that people have to come to love about the Deftones over the years. You would be hard pressed to find a bad song on here and this is one of those cds that you can put in and listen to from start to finish. Overall, I highly recommend this if you are a Deftones fan or if you just want some good music.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Definetely Not Their Heaviest Release, But Decent...
    This CD is a combination of gloomy songs, strangely happy songs, and the occassional heavy song. To be honest, I can't really call this CD a heavy metal album. Some of the songs are very heavy ("Elite, "Street Carp", "Feiticeira"), but the majority of the songs on the album would not be classified as heavy metal. There is nothing wrong with the songs not being heavy, but The Deftones are a heavy metal band. So it is a bit strange that the majority of the songs on this album are not heavy. Some of the albums softer tracks such as "Digital Bath" prove to be decent. On this version of the album, there is an added track entitled "Back To School (Mini Maggit)". The guitar riffs in the song are very heavy. It is definetely a stand out track on the CD. Definetely get this version, the added track alone is worth the few extra bucks (if this version cost more than the version without the added track, that is). Well, if you are expecting something really heavy, than you'd be better off picking up their new self-titled album or Around The Fur. If not, then pick this CD up. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Post-Grunge    6. Rap-Metal    7. Rock   


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