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    Dying in Stereo
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (03 June, 2003)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Infectious fun
    I got into Northern State's All City a while back and, while I really dug what they were trying to do and initially enjoyed the album a lot, it was one of those rare albums that diminished with subsequent listens. Not that I hate, or even dislike it - it's just that something about it began to strike me, more and more, as off.

    And, finally checking out their debut, I've got more of a feel for what was rubbing me the wrong way.Because Dying in Stereo?Is really, really good.It's fun.It's smart.And it's got this feel to it, that's sort of indescribable.But I'll take a shot at it anyway.

    I listen to a lot of old, obscure, psych-rock fromthe 60's/70's.The sort of albums that came out in pressings of 100 and then vanished forever.And, listening to this stuff, there's this frantic energy, a sense that, even if the band isn't totally technically proficient in what they're doing, that they're doing it with this sincerity.This realness.You can hear the same thing in some early LA punk - the Germs for one.Or in early Can.

    And I get that same feeling from Dying in Stereo.Yeah, the beats are basic (though not at all bad, just simple).And yeah, the rhyme patterns owe a hell of a lot to early Beastie Boys.(The lyrics, naysayers below aside, are really very good indeed.Rather different subject matter than a lot of hip-hop, and it's pretty damned refreshing.) And yeah, the three are obviously white girls from NYC.But there's this same sincerity, this realness, coming through that gives the whole thing an infectious sense of energy and fun.

    And that, I think, is what was missing from All City.And I'm hoping that, now that Northern State's made it past their sophomore album, that they'll return to the infectious fun of Dying in Stereo.Which, if you hadn't realized already, is a great album that I love to death.Approach it with an open mind and you'll dig.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I don't know what the other reviewers problems are.
    i suggest picking up this album or at least listening to it a time or two. Like the other guys said the lyrics aren't for your normal rap listener, the lyrics are more mature, the beat has it's own flavor but the best thing of all is there original and thats something alot of rappers can't claim. Anyway away from my rant i say pick this up if you like something with a good beat, good lyrics and something original.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Rap Poison
    How can these three girls with absolutely no talent and no looks become popular? I checked them out after reading a newspaper article about them, and they sound like other four white Spice Girls trying to be black.
    To that guy who said this CD isnt the atrocity that people say it is, it isn't, it's so much worse. They carry the same tired beat in every song and their lyrics are the worst I have ever heard. The worst thing about them is that when they try to sing they sound worse than when they rap!!! Buy this album if you want a good joke. ... Read more

    Asin: B00009EIOG
    Sales Rank: 52436
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Rap    2. Hip-Hop    3. Pop    4. Rock   


    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (29 January, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Fun!
    What can I say?The Princess' other albums were amazing, but this one is just one-of-a-kind.Not only are her lyrics brilliant and witty, but this LP is just filled with hooks and great beats.It makes all other rap seem boring and trite.

    I heard that her new album should be coming out soon, and I can't wait!

    P.S. As if her rhyming/songwriting skills weren't enough, she's also an extremely talented DJ!

    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite white rapper!
    I like this cd of Princess , it has a lot of cool catchy songs with funny lyrics like "Bad babysitter" & "Keith N' Me" which are excellent,I wonder how come she didn't get more famous , I think she's at least good as eminem, in a more feminine rude version.

    5-0 out of 5 stars LOVE HER
    BUY IT !

    She is a super amazing artist, a fun and smash-up smart DJ , and a true D.I.Y. DIVA! ... Read more

    Asin: B00005NFK7
    Sales Rank: 117559
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Rap    2. East Coast Rap    3. Pop    4. Rap & Hip-Hop    5. Underground Rap   

    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (30 July, 2002)
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    Like Beth Orton's previous offerings, her third album makes a slight first impression. Sure, the jangly acoustic guitars, drifting melodies, and robust voice are pleasant enough, but it is only after a while that the true potency of the songs becomes apparent. "Nobody can keep you from the one you know you are," she sings quietly on "Mount Washington." Fueled by her mother's early passing, each of Orton's songs is accordingly anchored by a deep sense of sadness and loss. Despite the occasional electronic flourishes at the hands of collaborators such as the Chemical Brothers and Everything but the Girl's Ben Watt, and the beaming West Coast harmonies she shares with pal Ryan Adams, Daybreaker is a supremely personal record. "There's a concrete sky falling from the trees again and I don't know why," she muses on "Concrete Sky." And like Tim Buckley and Nick Drake--the hopeless folk icons that came before her--there seems to be a sublime urgency in her work that suggests a seemingly innocent song like "Thinking About Tomorrow" is not so much about optimism as fate.--Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!
    I have all of Beth's CDs and this is by far her best. A very mature Orton really pours it on with her powerful words and the music is supremely sublime. It grows on you with every listen. In my top ten of best albums in my collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Orton at her best
    'Daybreaker' is by far one of my favourite albums by a woman EVER.Orton has this special feel about her music that just keeps you attached.'Paris Train' is the opening track and it draws you in to the very genius mind of Orton.Beth's style and vocals are very different from anyones I've heard which makes her one of the best artists I've heard in a long time.The best tracks are 'This One's Gonna Bruise', 'Paris Train', 'Concrete Sky' and 'Thinking About Tomorrow'.I highly recommend this album!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Her best album, and most accessible
    What a good fortune that Beth's best album is also the album I would recommend to someone who had never heard her before. Central Reservation put her on the edge of cult status, and Daybreaker has given her a small venue drawing power in college cities that is very respectable. The early songs are very pop-ish, well-crafted. the later tracks are more artistic and more authentically her, sounding almost as though she was trapped in a studio for weeks and these are her private diary entries. For example, "Ted's Waltz," my favorite from this album, is very intimate, much like "Blood Red river" from Central Reservation.

    This vital artist will be around much longer, I hope; I've seen her on her opening concernt for this album, I hoep she has many more opening concerts for albums. ... Read more

    Asin: B000069HH2
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Folk    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Singer/Songwriter   


    Hello Nasty
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (14 July, 1998)
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    It's been a dozen years since the Beastie Boys broke, and on Hello Nasty, they show that--though they've grown up, matured, and just gotten older--they're still in touch with the inner brat that always made them so much fun. Turns out that the brat's turned into an ace record collector with choice taste in collaborators, too. --Randy Silver ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Could of been so much more lyrically (Still a dope record)
    Hip Hops drunken frat boys are back and they are growing up...sort of. "Hello Nasty" finds MCA, Adrock, & Mike D discovering more styles of music to mess around with and steer away from the drunken rhymes of such seminal albums as their debut "Licensed to Ill". Instead they seem to be talking in rhyme about a whole lot of nothing a lot of the time. They are saying stuff but it is kind of subliminal and not direct. I guess this is my beef with the album while it sounds tight throughout and is worth bumping over a lot of today's hip hop this album generally is not saying anything. I have to respect the beasties for continuing & advancing in a genre where most groups that have been around for twelve plus years are still doing the same things they did at the beginning of their career. The music on this album is pretty amazing throughout and the instrumentals placed on the album are really sick. I guess I would have expected that with all their statements about politics and how bad they feel about their misogynistic lyrics of the past they would have included some of that on here. Either way they dropped yet another groundbreaking album for hip hop and it is definitely worth checking out.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Hello Mediocre
    I've been a Beastie Boys fan since I was in 8 years old. I played the cassette version of License to Ill until it did nothing but make a squealing sound in my head phones. And until a while ago I would maintain to anyone that EVERY Beastie Boys album was great, cool in its own right and an evolutionary step forward by some of hip hop's most talented artists. (Get to the point. I know, I know.) But I had never really owned "Hello Nasty' myself. It was the only one of their albums I hadn't picked upon release. Until recently.
    Now, upon closer inspection reveals that there really isn't a stand out track on the whole album. "Intergalactic," "Body Movin'" and "Super Disco Breakin'" may have been pseudo hits but they don't really stand out from the rest of the album, which feels like mostly filler. Decent filler, though. There are a few stinkers: "Song for the Man" (It's cool when they try to do new things and the lyrics are interesting, but this track is utterly skippable) and Dedication (following House of Pain's shout out track lead is indulgent and just plain boring to listen to).
    Like their previous two LPs, there are a few decent instrumental track that break up the album. But in general the whole album seems to pass unnoticed. I listened to it 4 times in a row while at work an couldn't really discern any standout track. But for what it's worth, I wasn't annoyed.
    All in all it's cool to hear the B-Boys make a cohesive album with a unique sound, but it's not mind blowing. I'd recommend it for serious fans and people collecting all their CDs. It's certainly won't detract from your collection and there will be a time you'll want to listen to it. But I wouldn't expect to find yourself picking it over Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head or even To The 5 Boroughs (awesome, by the way) for that matter.

    5-0 out of 5 stars my favorite of the beastie boys collection
    I'm a relatively " late"beastie fan, because I only really started listening to them when this CD first came out. I decided to check it out because some of my friends were recommending them and Intergalactic had sounded pretty nice on the radio.

    I was pleasantly rewarded when I indeed bought this album. Unlike some albums, it has A LOT of solid songs, and are all well-balanced. These guys can flow.

    I then checked out their previous albums, which arent bad, but I still say this one is their best. (song-wise though, nothing tops Fight for your right and Sabatoge!!!).. But for total number of good songs on one CD, this one is up there.

    Highly recommended. ... Read more

    Asin: B000007TE8
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Rap    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Rap & Hip-Hop    6. Underground Rap   


    Give Up
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (18 February, 2003)
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    Give Up, the debut release by this indie supergroup composed of Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie and Jimmy Tamborello from Dntel, is a smart, quaint, and often transcendent little pop record. The roots of the album lie in "(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan," a woozy, gorgeous song recorded for the rad 2001 Dntel album Life Is Full of Possibilities. With Jimmy in L.A. and Ben in Seattle, the two simply mailed tracks back and forth, collaborating via (you guessed it) the United States Post Office. Lyrically it’s far breezier and happier (though not too happy) than anything Gibbard had written up to this point for Death Cab. The music is an elastic, very smart update of synth-pop and the melodies crystal clear, while the backing vocals courtesy of Jen Wood and Jenny Lewis are spartan and pretty. The songs stick in your head for days at a time. Forget the tags that have been thrown up against this music--Poptronica? New new new order? Please just enjoy this album. It just might be a classic--but of what exactly, we’re not quite sure. --Mike McGonigal ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars YES...more awful music!!!!
    this is terrible!if you are 10 years old i can understand why you may like this.otherwise, i think you have serious issues and are hearing impaired.your ears are broken.you have no idea what 'good' means.i know good and i know crap.i have had experiences with both.i feel that the earth is going to stop spinning and we will all end up floating in space because of too much crap building up on our planet.the postal service is adding to this crap.the postal service is destroying humanity.death cab for cutie is a stupid band name too.more crap.to whovever likes this album...i hope one of your family members dies very soon.this music would make a great soundtrack to a rainbow brite movie or a my little pony commercial.

    This cd isn't the best cd I have ever heard but is still very good. To be honest I like more DCFC but they are still one of the best music bands on these days of bad , overrated, and unoriginal music. The combination bewtween the electronic beats and the voice of the singer is great and sometimes beautiful soundscapes result in their songs. My personal favorites are Nothing Better and Brand New colony, please check the lyrice of nothing better, they are just amazing and the way the singer combines with the woman to sing the song together is awesome. This cd is worth your money and really deserves serious attention.

    3-0 out of 5 stars decent beats, cheesy vocals.
    sorry, but the vocals sound like he's reading paragraphs from a short story written in a high school creative writing class.the awkwardly square delivery and below average voice do not help either.a few of the tracks have rather nice beats.more poetic lyrics and an interesting voice and postal service might actually have something. ... Read more

    Asin: B000089CJI
    Subjects:  1. IDM    2. Indie Electronic    3. Indie Pop    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. United States of America   


    Make Up the Breakdown
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (08 October, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Original and upbeat
    Though Hot Hot Heat are a rock band at their core, "Make Up The Breakdown" is one of the most upbeat records of the past few years, almost to the extent that it could be classified as pop. Singer/keyboardist Steve Hayes has a quirky voice, with finely enunciated chops and shrill cracks that make his vocals distinguishable from other bands, and the guitar riffs are quick and chipper.

    In addition to the traditional guitars and drums, a large array of extras are thrown in; the result is that nearly every track here is danceable. "Talk To Me, Dance With Me" includes a cowbell and tambourines, while the album's first single, "Bandages," as well as "Aveda" feature organs in the background. "This Town" feels a bit folksy, and "No, Not Now" is reminiscent of early 80s New Wave. The album ends with "In Cairo," a slower song featuring a lot of piano.

    Though the CD clocks in at just over half an hour, Hot Hot Heat manage to cover quite a few musical bases in that space. And though it might seem like all these styles would clash, the guitars and vocals tie everything together, leaving us with a great little rock album.

    4-0 out of 5 stars ridiculous
    i think it's really sad that it's impossible for someone to become a fan of a band, without some pathetic supposed childhood-friend-of-the-band compeletely ripping into them. you should be glad for mtv showing those kids who the hot hot heat are. cuz guess what? without mtv, they wouldn't know who they are, and hot hot heat would be making a LOT less money. i dig the hot hot heat. and guess where the first place i heard them was? you guessed it... mtv.
    we need to stop labeling everyone and just sit back and love the music, man. if anyone should be proud of the hot hot heat having a new fanbase and selling records, it should be you, who apparently grew up with them. so if you'll excuse me, i'm gonna go pick up a bag of wonderbread, bring it home and turn on some mtv. just for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing and Fun musik
    This album is HOT HOT HOT and what I like about this band is their use of irony and their vocal style. Wow, something new yet "Bandages" reminds me of the Breakfast Club era and it's funny that one of the UK reviews mentions XTC, lovely! It is kind'of grunge but also wave'ish: Cairo. I think there is a lot of versatility on this album and the music reminds me of Pilate and Flannelmouth. I am sure you can draw your own conclusions but you just have to buy this cd. Be prepared to suck all the energy from HOT HOT HEAT. ... Read more

    Asin: B00006L3PY
    Sales Rank: 3129
    Subjects:  1. Canada    2. Indie Pop    3. Indie Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock   


    From the Choirgirl Hotel
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (05 May, 1998)
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    For Tori Amos, sex can be a weapon, a spiritual offering, or an act ofprotest;it's certainly been the singer-pianist's big subject since her 1989debut, Little Earthquakes. Butwhereher earliest compositions tried to punch every emotional hot button at once and came offmerely overblown,From The Choirgirl Hotel packs a greater punch by toning down the mock-symphonic excess in favor of stark, haunting tracks that contain their own veiled mysteries. Love cuts both ways on Choirgirl. Songs such as "She's Your Cocaine" and "cruel"view relationships as vicious, sexually-charged power plays, while the protagonists in "playboy mommy"and "Northern Lad" are desperately seeking salvation in the form of some emotional connection. Hypnotic, affecting, and frequently gorgeous, From The Choirgirl Hotelis Amos' most accomplished album to date. --Marc Weingarten ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Take the plunge into a world of emotion
    Tori Amos' works have always explored the human soul, going deep and trying to emerge with some kind of light. This album however came from a much more personal place. Prior to recording Choirgirl, she suffered three miscarriages and a subsequent period of depression. The album documents the journey of the character and her effort to feel alive again. And it is an effort that is every bit as heart-wrenching, haunted and desperate as can be.
    Using the concept of a hotel, each song being a character who lives in it, Tori Amos creates a mosaic of astonishing insight and depth.
    The album is inspiring. Like great works of art, it makes the listener feel soothed and much less alone, while tackling themes such as loss, grief, abuse, a ruined childhood, sexual manipulation, rejection and codependence.
    Sonically, it incorporates many elements of electronic music and the band has much more of a role to play on this album compared to her previous, piano based works. Lyrically, her poetic voice is stronger than it's ever been despite coming from a person broken into pieces.
    I cannot rave highly enough about this album.

    Highlights: Black Dove (January), Liquid Diamonds, Pandora's Aquarium

    5-0 out of 5 stars A true work of art.
    I can't believe I didn't listen to this album sooner.This is truly a wonderful, solid piece of work.Every track is a masterpiece.It's hard to pick out my favorites.If you don't know any of Tori's work, this would be a good place to start.I would certainly recommend this CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My First and Most-Played Tori album
    If you are not familiar with Tori, this is an excellent starter album. Her first with a band, the music has a rocking, dark sound. A couple of the songs are about Tori's miscarriages (including my absolute favourite, "Spark") and "Pandora's Aquarium" is about one of her best friends who was raped by her father. If you like songs with heavy, intellectual meaning, you will enjoy Tori's wonderfully poetic lyrics.
    Great Tracks include but are not limited to:
    Raspberry Swirl
    She's Your Cocaine
    Playboy Mommy
    All of her albums are excellent as well. I reccomend each and every one. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000062S6
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Singer/Songwriter   


    Big Beautiful Sky
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 April, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Trip-pop at it's shiniest
    To start, the only group I would say sounds anything like Venus Hum, is Frou Frou, and that is still combining apples and oranges.Imogen's steamy deep voice is amazing, and while I highly recommend them as well, we're talking about Venus Hum, here.

    The music is well varied, so I have yet to get bored of this album.I listened to it every night in bed for almost a month, and I honestly can't imagine what it would be like NOT to have this album.It makes me feel so good.The vocals range from powerful to light, the music stretches from fast and hoppy to slow and thoughtful.And they do it all with such finesse that you wonder why you haven't heard of them until now.Why they haven't done...MORE.

    And that's exactly what you'll want when you listen to this album all the way through."GIVE ME MORE!"

    "Springtime #2" is one of the best tracks on this album.It's light, plinky, and emotional.You cannot top that, no matter how hard you try."The Bells", "Wordless May", "Lumberjacks", "Montana" all help to round out this stellar album.I cannot recommend this enough.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fresh, unique sound
    Venus Hum has a fresh sound, standing out from the mainstream.Their music is often perky, sometimes moody, but never depressing.The singing is bright, the music is bouncy.Definitely recommended for something different...I just got the CD and can't stop listening to it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beautiful
    The music and lyrics could be a little more involved.But, I have to give it five stars because of Annette Strean's voice alone.She has the strength and natural tone of Bjork (without the grunting) and fluid, angelic phrasing much like Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins fame.

    If you like powerful female voices, check this one out.There are a couple of fast and fun pop tracks highlighted by 'Sonic Boom'.The best track on the Album if 'Bella Luna', mainly because they put Annette into the foreground.Amazing.

    Please, please, please give me more! ... Read more

    Asin: B00008QSCG
    Sales Rank: 5050
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Dance    2. Club/Dance    3. Dance Music    4. Dream Pop    5. Pop    6. Trip-Hop   


    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (05 June, 2001)
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    More song-driven and acoustic than Kid A, Radiohead's Amnesiac isn't quite "Kid B," but it is unquestionably cut from the same far-out cloth, as the band revels in fascinating quirks and abject nihilism. It's also the first time in Radiohead's career that a new record hasn't meant a complete shift in artistic priorities. Surely, however, regardless of which was released first, they both deserve recognition; after all, Amnesiac, like Kid A, is an amazing piece of work.

    Only lightly augmented with electronics, songs like "You and Whose Army?" and "I Might Be Wrong" almost sound like they came from a typical five-piece rock band. You may even believe the band still employs a guitarist after hearing Jonny Greenwood's wistful surf-guitar lead on "Knives Out" or his subtle but noticeable contributions to the anticapitalist rant "Dollars and Cents." But inevitably, the band continually shifts gears, moving into Boards of Canada territory on "Like Spinning Plates" and delivering dark, bass-laden oddities like "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors," a fuzzed-out piece of avant-garde techno that could just as easily be on an Autechre or Aphex Twin record. The song's half-sung, half-spoken vocal was laid down by either a heavily distorted Thom Yorke or, just perhaps, a loquacious microwave oven. Either way, the music always has momentum, regardless of whether propelled by man or appliance. Radiohead as a band understand how to make rock interesting again, and in the end, that's all they set out to do when they recorded Amnesiac, as well as Kid A. It's more than can be said for the bad frat-punk, teen-pop and soulless techno that currently rules the charts, and for that alone, Radiohead's astonishing exploration of 21st-century anguish deserves credit. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Didn't believe the hype.
    I love this album, but in a way different from my brother, the only other person I know who listens to it (I don't really discuss Radiohead anyway.) I listen to this album as a way of relaxing, and for that it gets 5 stars. I actually cut Knives Out from the album because it kept waking me up as I was going to sleep.

    Some may think that because of my above comment, it is almost as if I am bashing the album, but the fact is it fills a very important hole in my life, and for that, why not give it such a high mark?

    All I know is that the first time I was listening to it, before I knew who Radiohead was, I just sat there and was so at peace with myself, I was astounded. I begged my friend to borrow her copy so I could listen to it at home, and did such repeatedly. I'm not a Radiohead groupie, hell, this is the only Radiohead album I listen to, and I love it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Radiohead release - give it chance though!
    Radiohead over the years have captured the imagination of many a listener with their unique and often mind-boggling style of alternative rock. 'Amnesiac', Radiohead's fifth studio album, released in 2001 is, in very much simple terms, a continuation of the experimental 'Kid A', which they had released a year earlier. Since the groundbreaking popularity and critical acclaim of their 1997 masterpiece, 'OK Computer', Radiohead took steps to completely change their style and 'Amnesiac' is a fine example of this phase of the bands career, where they produced music which echoed the band's own dislike of the great popularity and acclaim which they gained from their earlier releases.

    'Amnesiac', I'll put it simply, is quite a complex ultra-layered record which you have to put an awful lot of effort in yourself to get into as it has a very intraverted and off-the-wall style (more so in my opinion than 'Kid A'). 'Amnesiac' has often unfairly been given the tag of being 'Kid B' by those who believe this is the rejects from the 'Kid A' recording sessions in 2000. I think this is quite harsh on the album - I think that Radiohead have actually separated the music from the 2000 creative batch quite well into the two albums. The stuff on 'Amnesiac' is quite different to that on 'Kid A', remember that Radiohead are not a band that puts out the same album twice.

    The tracks on the album have quite a big keyboard and effects presence and again, like on 'Kid A', the guitar usage is very much stripped down. In many ways, 'Amnesiac' is an album which focuses the listener on the human senses and the song titles (such as Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors) can almost be sensed in the music on the tracks, its pretty ingenious. Certainly, the more you listen to this work, the more this becomes apparant. Similarly, Thom Yorke's vocals play a major part in creating these effects with the tracks as his lacklustre style conveys the often cynical and sarcastic nature of Radiohead's lyrics, especially on this album. Overall, you can't fault Radiohead's creative genius on this album but I think the complexity of some of their tracks can just be a little too much at times and I think they in parts sacrifice too much listenability for complex, difficult ideas.

    'Packt like sardines in a crushd tin box' is an interesting opener (the title tells you that alone!) but it is very clever, especially with the metallic sound that you hear at the start before it blends into a rather mellow keyboard orientated track. 'Pyramid Song' is a highlight of the album, very atmospheric with Yorke's humming style with the piano style in the background. The lyrics aren't pleasant but that's part of the songs style - there's some good drumming from Phil Selway later on in the track. 'Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors' is another conceptual track and a very good one, with a computerised voice speaking over sounds which sound ... well ... 'revolutionary!' 'You and whose army' is a hollow, harmonised track with some dead-pan singing from Thom Yorke but it builds to a good climax at the end. 'I Might be Wrong' has a spacey start but this soon becomes a guitar based track with a great riff alongside some wailing vocals from Thom Yorke. 'Knives Out' is another very much classic Radiohead sounding track with more nifty guitar play. 'Morning Bell/Amnesiac' though is basically another version of the track on 'Kid A' and it doesn't really seem that necessary. Next up is 'Dollars and Cents', a kind of haunting track with loads of dissonance. 'Hunting Bears' is a good 2 minute interval which is basically guitar play with a few 'yelping' effects. 'Like Spinning Plates' is a pretty odd starting track but the effects the song creates is like what the song title says. 'Life in a Glasshouse' is almost like a song you'd hear at a theatre, with a jazz band background, a very interesting finisher.

    In my opinion, 'Amnesiac' is a continuation of Radiohead's experimental post-millenia style and it works very well, even if it is a little over-complex in parts. I personally think it doesn't hold a candle to previous works like 'The Bends' but it is a multi-dimensional album which is bound to get you thinking when you listen to it. I'd definitely recommend it for any fan of Radiohead but not for a new listener.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible!
    This is just like Coldplay...pure sc***! Just whining...yhyy! Why make this kind of sh*^? ... Read more

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    Live: Roseland NYC
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 November, 1998)
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    Usually, groups wait until they've released at least three or four records before putting out a live album, but PNYC was too good an idea for Portishead to turn down. Recorded with a full orchestra on a cold, rainy day shortly after the release of their second record, Portishead, the project doubled as a live album and the soundtrack for a BBC documentary. In addition to being economical and perhaps lucrative, the disc demonstrates how sampled and sequenced music can be re-created in concert without losing any of the charm or dynamics of the original recordings. All it takes is a 22-piece string section, some horns, and a band whose tightness is exceeded only by its creativity. At times the performances on PNYC sound even more breathtaking and cinematic than Portishead's original recordings, as humming theremin, skittery scratching, and gliding strings mingle with stealthy guitar lines and sultry vocals. For Portishead, sour times seem like a distant memory. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars As close to "Live"
    Most live albums pretty much lose the feel of the original studio albums -- sometimes they sound tinny and distant. No such sound here. "Live: Roseland NYC" has not only an orchestra, but the jazzy trip-hop of Portishead's two albums, and the beautiful voice of Beth Gibbons. No wonder it was so good.

    Portishead hit the big time with their sophomore album "Dummy," an exquisite blend of smoky jazz and subtle trip-hop. Which, admittedly, sounds like the wrong kind of music to play live, but it works wonderfully here. Portishead includes an almost equal mix of songs from their two albums -- six from "Portishead," five from "Dummy."

    And surprisingly, the songs sound like simple redos of the mysterious, melancholy songs from Portishead's too-short career, not stage banter and stripped-down versions of lush songs. It's more than a little unusual to have a band's third album be a live one, but in this case it seems perfectly acceptable.

    Backed by an entire orchestra, horns and some wicked turntables, the band plays remarkable versions of their songs. "All Mine" is even more beautiful and haunting than in the album, and "Sour Times" is even more breathtaking than it was originally. Most of the others are faithful renditions, given a powerful new twist with the strings and horns -- only a couple feel less cohesive in a live setting.

    Frontwoman Beth Gibbons is known as having a lovely pop voice, and she is in excellent form here. A lot of singers are exposed in live performances as having less-than-stellar vocals, but Gibbons' performance demonstrates what a beautiful voice she has.

    "Live: Roseland NYC" is a demonstration of what a good live album should be, showcasing one of trip-hop's best bands. Definitely worth checking out, both as as an accompaniment to Portishead's studio albums, and as a good listen itself.

    5-0 out of 5 stars In Lieu of Their Self-Titled
    After falling in love with "Dummy", Portishead's debut, I hated to admit that I wasn't so enamored of their follow-up self-titled CD released three years later.As much as I tried to let it grow on me, I couldn't get through the entire CD with it grating on me by the end.

    PNYC was the cure for what ailed me: an outstanding live album (one of the best I've heard), with classics from "Dummy" and the best songs from their self-titled (i.e. you must hear "Over" to believe it--fantastic).

    This CD is truly amazing, brilliant, and is perfect for just about any mood you could wish to frame.My only complaint is that I wasn't at Roseland myself.

    A lot of people love Portishead's self-titled, but if you're like me and found it wanting, try PNYC on--you can't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best live album ever
    Often live albums aren't very good, especially if you're not a fan of the songs already.Often these live albums are just a different take on the original song but I can say without a doubt these live versions are better and more impressive than the originally producted songs.

    The real orchestra is very impressive and I was surprised how well they pulled off the dark sound.The only thing I don't like is the guy scratching records is really annoying on the first track.He does pointless playing with the vinyl like extremely fine scratching that will almost wake you wonder if it's the sound of a damanged tape.Fortunetly the DJ doesn't scratch too much but when he does, he often distracts from the awesomeness of these songs.

    1. Humming - 3 stars (it's a 4 star song but the annoying DJ scratching nearly ruins it)
    2. Cowboys - 4 stars
    3. All Mine - 4.5 stars
    4. Mysterons - 5 stars
    5. Only You - 5 stars
    6. Half Day Closing - 5 stars (awesome!!!)
    7. Over - 3.75 stars
    8. Glory Box - 4 stars
    9. Sour Times - 4.25 stars
    10. Roads - 4.5 stars
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (13 June, 1995)
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    This Icelandic marvel is such an original that, even after four Sugarcubes albums and a brilliant solo Debut, she remains an acquired taste. "Army of Me" is a turbulent, darkling tune that's almost conventional next to the gloriously eclectic material that follows. Working with Tricky, Soul II Soul/U2 producer Nellee Hooper, and string arranger/one-hit wonder Deodato, Björk looses her helium-fueled voice and surreal wordplay on Gershwinesque pop (the adorable "It's Oh So Quiet"), ambient dub ("Possibly Maybe") and all kinds of fresh dance/pop hybrids ("Enjoy," "Hyper-Ballad," "I Miss You"). Too raw and adventurous for mass success, perhaps, but a more unique, engaging, oddly accessible artist just doesn't exist.--Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Turning Point for One of the Greatest Artists of Our Time
    Ten years after its release, Björk's _Post_ does not sound dated in any way, something that will likely be said of all of Björk's albums (except perhaps _Debut_) as the years pass.On _Post_, Björk fuses the avant-garde approach to music she cultivated in the Sugarcubes with her nascent wonderment for electronic sounds; what comes out of this marriage is a CD that is nothing short of remarkable.

    Listening to _Post_ now, it is easy to see the signposts that point back to Björk's old music, and forward to the music that was to come from her."The Modern Things" harkens back to the inspired silliness of the Sugarcubes, and "It's Oh So Quiet" makes evident Björk's appreciation for the classics.The grinding sounds of "Army of Me" and "Enjoy" reflect Björk's own interests in industrial music around 1995 due to her relationships with Tricky and Goldie.

    The songs that are prescient of Björk's future turns in her career, though, are the true highlights of _Post_.The epic climaxes of "Hyper-ballad" and the rushing strings of "Isobel" prefigure the lush soundscapes and naked, raw emotions of _Homogenic_, while the minimalism of "You've Been Flirting Again," "Cover Me" and "Headphones" foreshadow the compositions of _Vespertine_ and _Medulla_.

    _Post_ serves as testament that Björk certainly did not suffer from a "sophomore jinx" on her second major-label album; if anything, on _Post_ Björk manages to escape what few elements of "mainstream music" happened their way onto _Debut_, and stakes her claim as one of the most independent and unique singers and songwriters of turn-of-the-millennium culture.All those who can get past portrayals of Björk in the insipid mass-media as "the weird chick in the swan dress" should purchase _Post_ and discover for themselves the early roots of Iceland's foremost musical genius.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Album, I Am Fully Bjorked.
    Post is far far better than her debut. On this album she likes to create darker more hectic soundscapes. She still retains a little bit of her "Debut" sidenamely on tracks like -You've Been Flirting Again"- , "Cover Me" and "Headphones" other than that she has fully moved on.

    Post eclipses everything Debut did including chart success.
    "It's Oh So Quiet" became her first and so far only UK TOP 5 HIT.
    This album perfectly blends string groups and bursting programming into one innovative album. However this is not her best album, Medulla is. If anyone who wants to get into Bjork's music, they should listen to Post first instead of the average "Debut" or daringly beautiful "Medulla".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bjork's best album to date
    After the initial shock that was "Medulla", I picked this up simply because it has most of my favourite Bjork songs on it. Nothing more, nothing less.

    "Post" is a perfect follow up for Bjork's career with The Sugarcubes, and her first solo album, "Debut". The mixture of different styles is wonderful, and the fact Bjork holds the entire album together is a plus.

    The industrial-laced "Army of Me" is a perfect opener for the album, complete with dark-sounding synth and drumbeats. Thankfully, "Army" doesn't sum up the whole album like other openers, as "Post" breaks into the upbeat dance track "Hyperballad", and followed up with tracks like "It's Oh so Quiet", "Enjoy" "Isobel" and "I Miss You"

    As usual with her work, Bjork's voice is the main attraction as she sings over layer upon layer of strings, trumpets, synths and drums.

    Top marks all around for "Post"... Bjork newbies should really start with either this or "Debut" ... Read more

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    A Rush of Blood to the Head
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Coldplay required a lifetime to make their wonderfully assured debut,Parachutes. But it tookless than two years for the moody British quartet to deliver a masterful follow-up. As a band, Coldplay have advanced to a stage where they outshine nearly every oneof their rivals in terms of imagination and emotional pull. A Rush of Bloodto the Head is a soulful, exhilarating journey, moving from the catharticrock of "Politik" to the hushed tones of "Green Eyes" without once breaking itsmesmerizing spell. Singer Chris Martin takes his voice on soaring flights,reaching places only JeffBuckley previously dared to go. And the music is nearly flawless, apersuasive cross between PinkFloyd and the Verve.Even if they haven't come up with another "Yellow," you would be hard-pressed tocare. This is exquisite stuff. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the most overated band of current times.
    Unimaginative songs, delivered with repetitive and monotonous,completely dull vocals. I just do not understand the hype nor the interest unless ofcourse, it is more about the lead singers relationship with his famous, and equally dull, wife and his tendancy to name children while visiting the greengrocers.
    Every generation gets saddled with a dull band most people don't appreciate and who end having no real talent and longevity much beyond their media hype, witness Oasis. Not worth listening to and I guarantee you will tire of it and find it irritating eventually.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A "Desert Island" CD
    I have had this CD in my computer at work for three years! Most CDs don't last a week. I get bored of them and take them home again. I love every song on this CD--yes, the singles have been played out. "In my Place" and "Clocks" are the most familiar. But the treasures on this album, for me, really are "Warning Sign", the title song and "Amsterdam." Three songs I cannot live without, hence, if I were stuck on a deserted island, this is the CD I would want with me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Beatles reborn and trying out a new genre!
    Coldplay is awesome! I'd say they're almost as good as the Beatles were, but in they're own genre. Really, this is a MUST buy if you're into soft rock or alternative stuff. They completley took everyone bt storm with they're first album "Parachutes". This, I'm sad to say isn't as good as the first one but still really nice. The first track on the album, "Politik" is an excellent showcase of what their made up of and is simmilar to some of their earlier stuff. "Clocks" was their biggest hit on this album and if you listen to english radio you've probably heard it a gazillion times. Overall really nice. If you haven't heard anything else from them, i suggest you start with Parachutes. ... Read more

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    Back to Mine
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (29 May, 2001)
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    In a market saturated by mix albums of every description, Ultra Records' Back to Mine series glows like a beacon in a fog of mediocrity. The idea is simple: artists are given a free rein to compile sets that are both intuitive and personal to their tastes, resulting in mixtures of postclub textures chiefly designed for horizontal dancing and chilled-out bonhomie. Latest recruits Everything but the Girl take to the format like ducks to water, displaying a musical pedigree that touches on house, hip-hop, and light drum & bass. Although most people have warmed to the group's shift into dance culture, what will surprise is their sublime choice of tune. Kicking off with the drum-machine jazz of DJ Cam's "Friends and Enemies," the moody hip-hop noir of Deadly Avenger's "Bayou," and their own production on Beth Orton's "Stars All Seem to Weep," the mood is stoner-paced but never drab. Follow this with a little stripped-back ambience courtesy of Carl Craig and a rousingly sanguine finale featuring Donny Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free," and you have the makings of a fine night in. --Paul Tierney ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars I've always loved European "chill" music
    I lived in Europe for awhile, and I've always enjoyed European "chill" music, the after-hours "coming down" CD you would put on the stereo after a heavy night of club-hopping downtown.There's a certain beautiful, brooding mystique to the postclub chill genre--not quite as heavy or intense as a Massive Attack album and not as annoying as your archtypical techno track--the songs on this album possess a sort of jazzy, urbane sophistication that captures the essense of trip-hop and electronica.There are MANY CDs like this, mind you, but this is an excellent album to start off your collection on the post-dancefloor music genre.4 stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars STILL the best of the series
    I own all of them, and I must say, this is still the very BEST in the series.Recent efforts by Orbital and New Order have been disappointing and just don't even compare. EBTG, Faithless, Nick Warren, and Talvin Singh stick to the original "chill" premise.

    "Turn the lights down, pour yourself a drink, and kick back.."Wasn't that what the Back to Mine series was suppose to be all about?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great!!
    Best CD I heard in 2002. Laid back but not overly so. I'm not quite sure how anyone can actually sleep to this CD as the insomniac reviewer stated unlees their use to listening to music at a 180 beats per minute.O'Hara's song brilliantly brings down the pace for a few moments until accelerating back to the CD's mostly mid-tempo vibe w/ Roots's Silent Treatment. Perfect for ecletic fans of jazz, hip hop, and house. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Dance    2. Club/Dance    3. Dance Music    4. Pop   


    Version 2.0
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (12 May, 1998)
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    It's not that Garbage is doing anything particularly new. At times, singer Shirley Manson borrows Chrissie Hynde's phrasing, Patti Smith's rock beat poetry, and Brian Wilson's chorus from "Don't Worry Baby." But producer Butch Vig provides a modern sheen to Version 2.0 that makes it sound fresh and distinctly modern. Purists may blanch--the album is a hybrid of rock guitars, dance rhythms, and pop choruses--but songs such as "I Think I'm Paranoid" (a rip of Elastica) and "The Trick Is to Keep Breathing" (Depeche Mode, without the chill) sound great no matter what they're called. --Keith Moerer ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Standard In Music Production
    WOW. I could have sworn that I bought this cd on some sort of advanced format.This album is so crisp that it really makes me want to be a studio-only musician.I also love this because it helps me drown out all those terrible garage bands popping up everywhere.Pure studio musicianship on the same plain as the stone roses.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Raising the bar
    Of all four of Garbage's albums, "Version 2.0" is probably my favorite. The title itself seems to suggest that the band wasn't really going for a big departure from the sexy post-grunge/techno hybrid they created on their debut, just trying to take the sound to the next level, and I think they accomplished this in spades. "Version 2.0" is a tighter, leaner, meaner, more cohesive album than its predecessor. The crunchy guitars, abrasive beats, and slick production, combined with Shirley Manson's sexy-yet-damaged vocals, make "Version 2.0" an album that brilliantly straddles the line between rock and dance, and between pop and alternative.

    Highlights: The self-deprecating sexiness of "I Think I'm Paranoid", the sinister heavy breathing of "Hammering in my Head" and "Push It", the melancholy "You Look So Fine."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Alternative rock in its purist form
    I have been aware of Garbage for awhile now. But since I've only recently relized that I'm in desperate need for new music, have I decided to give Garbage a deeper look. And all I can say is...wow. This is a great album, and there's not much more to say then that. Anyone who has taken the time to listen to this album knows what I mean. I love how Garbage isn't afraid to mix rock with the likes of dance, techno, and yes, pop. All other bands would fail, but this works so well for Garbage. Every single track on this album is great but my favorite, without question, is "You look so fine". The song just has this great atmospheric mood, and it represents Garbage perfectly. The singles off this album, "Push it", "Special", and "When I grow up" are all great by themselves, but this album offers so much more, and by the last track, you really wish it wont end. To anyone thinking about purchesing this album, I would highly recommend you do, especially if you're an alternative rock fan. You just can't go wronge with Garbage, or this album. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Dance    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock   


    Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This debut revolutionized hip-hop (and launched half a dozen solo careers), as much for The RZA's raw barrage of off-kilter, off-key loops and sound effects as for its elliptically violent lyrics. Martial arts--at least as they appear in kung fu movies--are the Wu-Tang Clan's favorite metaphor, but they're also the organizing principle of the group, a crowd of eight rappers, each with his own way-out-there "fighting style." They created their own little self-contained culture, with its own symbols and shifting identities, and let listeners figure it out for themselves. Unless you're willing to immerse yourself in its world, it can be baffling and a little dry, but its aggression and originality are undeniable. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Wu-Tang
    A classic album by any standards.Wu-Tang delivered big time with their debut album.No track should be skipped on this album.Especially da mystery of chessboxin.With half the Wu-Tang clan on here and Ol Dirty layin down a classic verse you can't go wrong.Also METHOD MAN and CREAM were big hits but overall this whole album is a bit hit.It is a must have for any hip-hop fan who wants to have real hip-hop in thier collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary Hip Hop: The Era Of Wu-Tang
    With nine talented emcees and one of the most creative producers "RZA", there is no way you can go wrong with this LP. With killer cuts like "C.R.E.A.M" and the underground success "Protect Ya Neck", the Wu-Tang were sure to find success. Wu-Tang Clan is pack of all individual personalities with each having their own unique style, which opened several solo projects between them and with "RZA" as their secret weapon, Wu-Tang were seemed to be invincable in those days.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 36 chambers
    this album blew me away. it's for sure one of my favorite hip hop albums of all time, and i have over 250. it has lasting listening ability, you'll be bumpin it for years to come. dont sleep, get this if you havent yet. ... Read more

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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 April, 2003)
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    Jokingly referred to as the White Stripes' British album, Elephant is scattered with cultural references that give away the fact it was recorded far from home. Just listen to the lyrics on "Seven Nation Army" ("From the Queen of England to the hounds of Hell") or the album outro, in which someone chips in, "Jolly good, cup of tea?" But while there are new twists here, from Meg White discovering her voice to a tongue-in-cheek threesome with Holly Golightly, Elephant is no great departure for Jack and Meg White. They still push their creativity (and the boundaries of their eight-track) to new heights. Check out the startling, Queen-inspired "There's No Home for You Here," while the deep bass line on "Seven Nation Army" makes it a classic indie dance track. But while some songs fly off into new realms, there's plenty of their trademark straight-up bluesy rock, notably the overtly sexual "Ball and Biscuit." And there's Jack's plaintive, resolutely modest and yet theatrical voice. --Caroline Butler ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great album!
    The thing that wows me the most in this album is Jack's guitar work. As a guitarist I can appreciate that aspect of it. Meg keeps it on the simple side, but that's cool too! Because i mean, they are a 2 person band...How much simpler can you get? They still have such a powerful, rockin sound. This was the first White Stripes album I got, and I can safely say that I am a fan. Keep up the good work!! :D

    1-0 out of 5 stars Elephant poopie
    I like the White Stripes, I liked De Stijl and White Blood Cells but this... album... was... horrible.One good song (Seven Nation Army) for 15 bucks.I kept waiting and waiting for something decent after the first track.Didn't get it.I might give them another shot because I like the band, but this was a really weak effort.I'm not going to get into the musical debate, (Are they talented, are they not?) and so forth.I personally like their raw sound, I like the band, I "get it."But Elephant just sucked, plain and simple.Hey Jack and Meg, I want my 15 bucks back!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm not totally obsessed...
    Unlike the previous three albums from the rock/blues duo the White Stripes, this CD seems to have a slightly softer and darker quality to it.Not that that's a bad thing.This is definitely another unique White Stripes classic.Recorded and mixed without the modern help of computers, as the inside booklet says, it sounds more like 1970's rock and almost reminiscent of Led Zeppelin.The album is full of catchy melodies (like on "The Air Near My Fingers") and foot stomping beats (like on the Grammy-winning "Seven Nation Army"), not to mention Meg's first solo singing song "In the Cold, Cold Night.""Ball and Biscuit" is 7 minutes of perfection and "Hypnotize" is a fast paced, amplified guitar jam (I apologize for my use of the word 'jam'-I hate when people use it to describe a song, but I couldn't think of another word to use) that is sort of like the "Fell in Love With a Girl" of Elephant. Everything else in between that I haven't listed is great and pure White Stripes.If you're as obsessed as I am with them (... but I wouldn't say to an unhealthy level...) [awkward silence] then go and buy this album now. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Blues-Rock    2. Garage Rock Revival    3. Indie Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock   


    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Produced by the infamous Dr. Dre with assistance from Mr. Suge Knight, Doggy Style was the first solo outing by Calvin Broadus a.k.a. Snoop Doggy Dog. Incorporating a straight gangsta vibe into the deep funk grooves pioneered by George Clinton and his Parliament-Funkadelic ensemble, Snoop and Dre dogmatically invent the "G-Funk" aesthetic. Espousing an irreverent dope, bitches, and guns mentality, Doggy Style garnered the Parental Advisory for explicit lyrics it sorely deserved. Still, Snoop's lazy-yet-acrobatic rap/drawl is distinctive and undeniably entertaining. With additional vocals from Tha Dogg Pound (Nate Dogg, Warren G, Kurupt, and Dat Nigger Daz), this disc is deceptively professional and musically quite slick. "Murder Was The Case" is practically an inner-city classic, while "Ain't No Fun" is another blunted, urban-rap anthem. Woof! --Mitch Myers ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars 10+ Years Later
    And this cd hands down is still one of the best. This is a must have, even if you rarely like rap, like I do. Most of the songs I knew of snoop dogg were the ones he released as singles, but after buying this cd, there are also others songs just as good if not better than those. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars snoop is always on top of things
    this cd is fantastic.a couple of the songs aren't quite as good as the others, like "doggy dogg world," but it does not matter.you will love it.this album came out sort of a long time ago.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, even 9 years later
    Going from my title and having read many of the reviews that are written about this album I feel I should point out that this album came out almost a decade ago.At that time, the music scene was MUCH different.Grunge had recently come to an end, r&b was still newish and 80s/90s rap was a dying breed.We had an influx of boy/girl bands singing mindless drivel about the other sex and we had a, for the most part, underground record label in Death Row records.When this album came out, it broke the mould.It fused rap and r&b and let every other rapper out there what the public wanted.This album, though probably not as relevant today as it was, was a reflection of the times Snoop and his compadres were living through.See it as a reflection and you'll not be dissapointed.

    There's not one particular song on the album that stands out and that's the sign of a good album.It flows from song to song with an eloquence meant only for a classic.Buy this album even for nothing more than to have in your collection.
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    Asin: B00005AQF7
    Subjects:  1. G-Funk    2. Gangsta Rap    3. Pop    4. Rap    5. Rap & Hip-Hop    6. United States of America    7. West Coast Rap   


    In Search Of... [Bonus CD-Rom Track]
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (22 October, 2002)
    list price: $17.98 -- our price: $13.99
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    The electro-powered grooves of the writing-production team the Neptunes have abetted fine-to-great tracks by everyone from Jay-Z and Ol' Dirty Bastard to Britney Spears. On their debut as performers, they display an irresistible knack for hooky tracks rooted in the eclectic listening habits they developed while growing up in the multiracial Virginia Beach, Virginia, neighborhoods they still call home. Fusing album rock and rap more forcefully and convincingly than Kid Rock or Durst-style aggro bands (the latter of whom they seem to lampoon on "Rock Star"), N.E.R.D. whip up a creamy yet slammin' mix. Main men Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo coax apropos guest shots from Kelis (the get-your-freak-on "Truth or Dare," the sexiest thing here aside from the ménage-a-wow plea "Tape You") and a handful of up-and-coming members. The live instrumentation that replaces the machine-tooled tracks of an earlier import version of In Search Of retains the tunes' syncopation while rendering it palatable for less eclectic rock fans. While not a commercial blockbuster on the order of many of their clients' discs, this venture is nonetheless one of 2002's standout releases. --Rickey Wright ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars Fun,but surprisingly skillful
    The thing that N.E.R.D. impresses me the most with is their musicality.The members of NERD, particularly Pharrell, appear very capable musically, perhaps more so than they are lyrically, and equally talented with their rhymthmic sensibilities.Their unique beats have been widely popularized as they produced scores of other artists, but NERD stands alone in their tasts for 70's/80's new wave-rock.Blending the moog and heavy guitar with tight synthesizers, live drums, and piano, and you have NERD.On "In Search Of..." I surprised myself (and friends) by absolutely LOVING the sound, though the subject matter has virtually no relevance to my life.The hip-hop samba of "Things are Getting Better," the bossa-nova bridge in "Provider," the 1950's simplicity of "Baby Doll," the dramatic and harmonic "Am I High," plus the intense and aggressive "Rock Star" are highlights for anyone looking for atypical hip hop/r&b.As a jazz and classic soul fan, I find myself enjoying this record.Surprisingly soulful and very witty, this album is a terriffic listen.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Very original, but hit or miss overall
    This was probably one of the most original albums I've heard in a long time. Unfortunately, I only liked about four of the 12 songs. I'm looking forward to their new stuff, hopefully they will refine their mediocre aspects and really accentuate their brighter spots.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good rock album from people you wouldnt expect
    the neptunes are mostly known for there rap but N.E.R.D put out a good rock cd. a few of the songs are rap influenced but with guitar. rock star is very good, so is lapdance and
    truth or dare. ... Read more

    Asin: B000078JM3
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Rap    2. Hip-Hop    3. Neo-Soul    4. Pop    5. Rap & Hip-Hop   


    I'd Die Without You [Single]
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (06 November, 1992)
    list price: $6.49
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A brilliant Pm Dawn track
    As a lover of the Bliss album, track 15 I'd Die without you is my second favourite, Holding On with Boy George (I wish) has to be the favourite. Without sounding morbid, I'm gonna have I'd Die without you played at my funeral - when such times occur. ... Read more

    Asin: B00000DE8E
    Sales Rank: 245671
    Subjects:  1. Dance Music    2. R&B    3. Rap    4. Rap & Hip-Hop    5. Urban   

    Everybody Got Their Something
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (22 May, 2001)
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    Nikka Costa's fiercely bootylicious first single, "Like aFeather"--that song with the thick, clapped 16th notes--has alreadygarnered the 28-year-old singer one hell of a buzz, and for the mostpart, she's got the goods to back it up. Already a platinum-sellingartist in Europe and South America, the Tokyo-born, L.A.-bred singer'sstateside debut bulges with ambition. It's a mixed bag of musicaltricks that's equal parts '70s-style funk, hazy LedZeppelin-inspired psychedelia, and angst-ridden alternachick yowling, withhealthy dollops of soul, hip-hop, and thrash thrown in for goodmeasure. Produced by Costa, Australian rocker Justin Stanley (who'salso the singer's husband), and high-profile New York City DJ MarkRonson, the album works best when it piles on the noise--like on thestandout "Tug of War," which features the unmistakable rim-shot work ofRoots drummer?uestlove. On that track, a flurry of scratched samples, layers ofsoundboard-smeared noise, and a few luscious string sweeps break intogospel-choir harmonies that swirl gorgeously beneath Costa's reedymezzo-soprano wails. It's a shame that she can't match this intensityon sparser down-tempo ballads like "Nothing" and "Just Because," whereshe sounds like Fiona Apple'sslightly less annoying older sis. As the album's title says, everybodygot their something, and Costa sounds best when she sticks to hers.--Sylvia W. Chan ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great
    This isn't one of my normally long reviews, but I'm just posting to say go buy this album. If you're a fan of soul, funk, rock, R&B, you'll love her. She becomes the female Prince/Lenny Kravitz on this album in more ways than one. She is an all-around soul singer, and girl throws down on many occasions. Buy the album!

    5-0 out of 5 stars why oh why don't more people know about her music?
    This is one of the few CDs that I can play all the way through.

    I prefer Nikka's upbeat songs, but her slowies 'Nothing', 'Push and Pull' and 'Corners Of My Mind' keep me listening too. It really sounds like she's put her all into each and every song.

    If you like pop/funk with good lyrics then buy this!

    4-0 out of 5 stars She's Hot
    After hearing "Like A Feather" in a trendy clothing store, I searched high and low to find out who this girl was.Her CD was better than I expected and proved to be a wonderful companion on road trips from Chicago to Detroit.Her vocals are outstanding and her lyrics are poetic."Tug of War" has to be my favorite track, it combines a bluesy sound with my favorite lyric ("there's nothin' I don't know, just hasn't come to me yet") rivaling what lyricists today come up with.I have yet to come across a CD that I can listen to in it's entirety, but this one comes close. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005B0S6
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Contemporary R&B    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Urban   


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