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Siamese Dream
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 July, 1993)
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An introductory drum roll drops out and is replaced by a single suspended electric guitar, which is then paralleled by a snare, filled in with the bass, and--crash!--"Cherub Rock," the opening track, is enveloped in an explosion of metal guitar. So the journey begins. This album is pre-experimentation vintage Pumpkins. Produced by Butch Vig (Garbage, Sonic Youth, Nirvana's Nevermind), Siamese Dream is first about guitars. Lots and lots of guitars. A very close second is Jimmy Chamberlain's unquestionably excellent power drumming. Throughout each song, Billy Corgan delivers angsty lyrics in his signature breathy whine. "Disarm" is a nice intermission halfway though the album. As the title of the song suggests, it throws the listener into a different mood with its full string arrangements and radiant orchestral chimes. But then it is back to the aural masochism--a pain that rarely sounds so sweet. --Beth Bessmer ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Classic, Pure and Simple
The Pumpkins' follow-up to GISH is right up there with AENIMA and OK COMPUTER as one of the top five albums of the 1990's. From the album's five-star average you can probably surmise that this is an exceptionally good record, so I won't spend any time raving. Even despite Billy's unusual (if at times annoying) vocals, the sheer power and range of this music, which remains very melodic and well-written at all times, shoves NEVERMIND, TEN, and possibly even DIRT out of the way as the best Grunge-era album.

The main singles from this album are "Today" and "Disarm." While both great songs (well, at least the former), they are easily outshined by several other tracks. I'd have to say "Mayonnaise" (Track 9) is by far the best Smashing Pumpkins song ever released; if you're looking for one track to download to sample the album before buying, make sure this is it. "Hummer" is not far behind; that section between about 4:30 and 5:30 ("Ask yourself a question...") somehow sends chills down my spine every time. Other five-star tracks include "Cherub Rock," "Quiet," "Soma" and "Luna."

All in all, this is the high point of the Pumpkins' career, as it manages to expand greatly upon GISH but avoid the tedious experimental sounds found from this point on. The five-star average ought to say something; even classic records like AENIMA cannot pull this off. The bottom line is that this, one of the best rock releases of all time, defined the alt-rock sound of the 1990's and performed it better than any of the copycats, and manages to be both accessible and deep. Don't hesitate to pick up a copy if you're a fan of any type of rock music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Siamese Dream
When SIAMESE DREAM was initially released in the summer of 1993 it was hailed as alternative rock's first great post-NEVERMIND hope. And while it has gone on to become an overwhelming commercial success, it has also helped further re-draw the artistic borders of "alternative" music.

By combining neo-psychedelic AOR guitars (band-members proudly claim Boston as an influence) with Pumpkin auteur Billy Corgan's "outsider" lyrical stance, SIAMESE DREAM creates a rebel image; but one with a wandering eye towards mainstream acceptance as well. Consequently, Smashing Pumpkins are equally successful relating to young lollapaloozers and to classic rock radio.

The album's immediate attraction is plain to see. Corgan and co-producer Butch Vig have sculpted a sonic wall of guitars--in some cases, using up to 32 separate guitar tracks on a single song--that is electrifying in its sheer scope and power. Along with Jimmy Chamberlain's powerhouse drumming, guitarists Corgan and James Iha's thick sound endows SIAMESE DREAM with a fresh feel that holds up even on repeated listens--and how many other "top ten" albums can yousay that about?

5-0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite record of all time.
There aren't enough good things to say about "Siamese Dream". In my opinion, it's flawless; there is no filler and no note is wasted. The Smashing Pumpkins were unique, no other band could have written these songs, with all it's twists and turns. This has Billy Corgan's best lyrics as well.

"Cherub Rock" starts it all. It was the first single released back in 1993. "Cherub Rock" shows that Billy Corgan can sing. It has plenty of guitars of course. 10/10

"Quiet" is a real good rocker. The guitars churn, it's amazing. This is as heavy as it gets on the record (which isn't really heavy by my standards). 8/10

"Today" was the second single, and it is definitely one of the top ten singles of the 90's. Enough said. 10/10

"Hummer" is something only the Smashing Pumpkins could have wrote. It's great. It just twists and turns, goes from quiet to loud to quiet again, and it's almost 7 minutes long. This is probably my favorite song. The lyrics are great too. 10/10

"Rocket" I think was a single, well the Smashing Pumpkins have a video for it at least. I used never care for this song, but after seeing on the internet the Pumpkins playing this live, I became a fan of the song. It's another song that only the Pumpkins could have written, because it meanders and there's no chorus. Once again, I like the lyrics. 10/10

"Disarm" was the third single from this record. It has excellent lyrics to it. I guess the bells and violins in the song might bother people. But it doesn't bother me at all. 10/10

"Soma" starts off slow and dreamy and rocks at the end. I don't like it as much as I used to, but don't get me wrong, this is still an excellent song. 8/10

"Geek U.S.A." rawks. It is my second favorite track. You have to hear a live version of this song, it's just incredible. I don't think that anybody but Billy Corgan could have thought up this rocker. 10/10

"Mayonaise" is many people's favorite SD song. I think it's great. The beginning sort of reminds me of "Tuesday's Gone" by Lynard Skynard. I can't believe this wasn't released as a single for radio play! James Iha co-wrote this one. 10/10

"Spaceboy" is about Billy Corgan's brother. It means a lot to him. But I still think this is probably is the weakest track on "Siamese Dream". 7/10

"Silverf**k" is pretty cool. It has real hard rock moments at the beginning and at the end. In between in is like a dream rock sequence. It's the longest song, clocking in at 8 min. 43 seconds. 8/10

"Sweet Sweet" is a nice little short song. It sounds like something that could have been on "Mellon Collie". 9/10

"Luna" is a quiet lullaby to end a great album. 9/10

I admit, I'm a little biased about "Siamese Dream". It is my favorite album by my favorite band. But I do recommend that you buy "Siamese Dream" because it has little bit for everybody. Plus it's an excellent introduction the Smashing Pumpkins. ... Read more

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Master of Puppets
Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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One of the defining albums of thrash metal, Master of Puppets is arguably Metallica's best album (as well as their last with bassist Cliff Burton). Focusing on the concept of power and abuses thereof, this is a collection of complex, intelligent music, played at about a hundred miles an hour. Not that these are short songs; this eight-song album clocks in at over an hour, which makes it all the more impressive that not one moment on this recording is boring. In tackling various approaches to their subject, Metallica is insightful lyrically as well as musically: "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" is from the point of view of an institutionalized inmate and "Disposable Heroes" is the perspective of a soldier. If all you've heard of Metallica is what's been on the radio recently, check this one out. You're in for a surprise. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Aggressive music
This album, in my opinion, is the pinnacle of Metallica's career. It is a 55 minute thrash-fest. But it's not just banging on drums. This album exhibits true musicianship, some intelligent lyrics (which most people don't listen to), and some great work. Most Nu-Metal bands can't hold a candle to Metallica, which is sad because that's what most people listen to. Anyway here's a breakdown of each song:

1. Battery- Starts out with a nice spanish sounding guitar piece and builds into a fast song. Nice opener. 10/10
2. Master of Puppets- A song about drug addiction. Slower than battery, but still heavy anyway, and an amazing solo. 10/10
3. The Thing That Should Not Be- Slow again, but also heavy. It's not the best song but it's not the worst. 9/10
4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)- Start's out with a clean guitar into a surprisingly faster and heavier middle/ending. 10/10
5. Disposable Heroes- Amazing anti-war song, and amazing speed. This song can seriously can hold your attention for the 8:30 it goes. 10/10
6. Leper Messiah- I don't like this song, and I skip it because of that. So I can't write a proper review. ?/10
7. Orion- An instrumental. I absolutely hate this one too, but I will give credit to Cliff Burton who gave a good bass solo. 3/10
8. Damage, Inc.- My personal favorite song on this album. This song is amazingly fast. 10/10
Overall, even with the one (not including Leper Messiah) weak song, I give this a five out of five.

5-0 out of 5 stars hetfield of play
Metallica's third full length release, Master of Puppets, is possibly their finest work. The lyrics are smart, the fast sections(and I mean fast) are impossibly tight, and the slow sections are melodic and chilling. James Hetfield's vocals aren't exactly pretty, but his intensity matches the music perfectly. Drummer Lars Ulrich manages to hold things together through myriad tempo changes and time signatures(not an easy task) but bassist Cliff Burton seems to get lost in the mix at times. Not to knock Cliff. Listen close in "Sanitarium" and "Orion" and you'll hear some of the best rock and roll bass ever recorded. Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett is a chameleon, blending in as the situation calls; he is at times frenzied, at others morose. James Hetfield's rhythm guitar work is so fast and precise one wonders how in the world he manages to sing while playing. The production is a little rough but even that seems to fit. All in all, it's scary how good this album is. Listen and see why in 1986 all of the heavy metal haters were scratching their heads and saying, "wow, these guys can really play."

1-0 out of 5 stars One Word, SUCKY
I can't stand Metallica, they're the absolute worst band ever. Thats right all you old metal lovers, WORST BAND EVER. I don't get what some people see in them, the lead singer has the worst singing voice ever, and the lyrics are all about stupid stuff that stupid bands like Metallica sing about. The songs also are way too long, they can't even make a song under 7 minutes. All that this awful band does is just play guitair solos, cause thats all they can do. I can see why this band was popular 13 years ago, but not now. If there is anything positive about them, if anything. It's their old music when rock actually was played like that. Not now, now rock is good, and Metallica is screwing it up, their newest cd St.Anger and ecpessily that single is the worst cd ever. Look at your calenders all you Metallica fans, it's not the 80's anymore, its freakin 2004. Metallica sucks! ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 October, 1994)
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Upon the release of Gish--the group's debut--in the summer of 1991, more than one rock aficionado hailed the Smashing Pumpkins as the best band to come out of Chicago since Ministry. A bold statement, yes, but one backed up by Billy Corgan's Hendrix-like riffs and searing signature guitar tone. Intriguing songwriting is evidenced from the start as well, with the driving, amped-up rock of "I Am One," "Siva," and "Tristessa" contrasted with the soothingly eerie psychedelic flavor of "Rhinoceros" and "Window Paine." Gish predates the band's movement toward the loop-based electronic sounds heard in their late-'90s works, yet the seeds for this transition are definitely apparent. Electro guru Tricky even sampled the backbeat from "Suffer" in the tributary "Pumpkin" on his sex-soaked Maxinquaye. Butch Vig shows off his chops as producer and cultivates signature dramatic moods on Gish, which helped put the Smashing Pumpkins on the map as one of the most important alt-rock bands of the '90s--much to the delight of the decade's disenfranchised youth. --Brad Zinser ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Just smashing
They're better known for the sprawling double-disc "Mellon Collie And the Infinite Sadness," but the Smashing Pumpkins first leaped onto the scene with "Gish." It's not as epic as some of their later material, but still a vibrant, musically-polished album, and one that has the flavor of experience on the first time around.

Kicking off with the undulating riffs of the excellent "I Am One," the Pumpkins slip effortlessly between multilayered hard rock (the mind-blowing "Siva," the magnificent bass-sputtering "Tristessa," the panoramic "Snail") and haunting ballads ("Rhinoceros," the vaguely psychedelic "Crush," the sweeping "Suffer") before wrapping up with the eerie "Daydream."

It's a rare band whose music can still be so relevant so long after it first came out -- let alone still being a voice for the disillusioned. Originally released in 1991, "Gish" definitely established the Smashing Pumpkins as a musical force of genuine artistry, talented songwriting and musical integrity. It's hard enough to find one of those, let alone three.

The grinding, kinetic guitars and bass in the harder songs form a wall of solid sound, except in "Siva" -- there, the sound keeps dying away to complete silence, before reviving with a swirling roar when you least expect it. At the same time, Corgan tones down the guitars to a gentle acoustic strum in the more balladic songs. Jimmy Chamberlin's lightning-fast drumming is an excellent accompaniment, as is D'Arcy's bass.

As a songwriter, few rockers can parallel Billy Corgan; his songwriting has the quality of poetry set to rock, which aren't things you generally see together. Corgan's high, reedy voice is interwoven well into the music, giving his poetic lyrics a certain heartfelt quality. And bassist D'Arcy gets to shine with her low, sweet voice in "Daydream."

"Gish" is recognizably the Pumpkins, at the roughest stage of their musical development -- but with edge, the musical force and the beauty that just needed refinement.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Pumpkins Come Out Swinging
While not as grand or sweeping as it's follow-up records,"Gish" is astoundingly concise and assured,especially for a debut.Producer Butch Vig(Nirvana) helms the boards for this one,resulting in the toughest,most traditonally "Rock" sounding album of SP's repatiore.The opener "I Am One" sets the tone for the rest of the album:drummer Jimmy Chamberlain's awesomely kinetic beat,the elegant grind of vocalist Billy Corgan and guitarist James Iha's melodies,and the forward surge of D'arcy's bass.Technically speaking,the Pumpkin's didn't really invent any sort of new sound on this album,they just hammered and chisled away at established forms of guitar-based,vaguely psychedelic rock music,melting it down into so much sonic raw material for them to reconstruct in thier own gnarled,yet always immaculately wrought vision.Add to that head Pumpkin Billy Corgan's undeniable knack for shatteringly intimate confessinal sonwriting that somehow resonates as anthems for the dispossesed,and you've got the blueprint for a new type of mega-band,one that repays obsessive fan devotion with a consistant quality and utterly unique sound and vision.On timeless "Gish" tracks like the beautifully yearning ballad "Rhinosceros",the mind-melting neo-psychedelic jam "Siva",and the dense but understated forboding of "Suffer"(later sampled by Tricky),they establish that modus oparandi in no uncertain terms.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Was Beautiful, Too.
Here is The Smashing Pumpkins' full-length debut album from 1991. The Pumpkins' sound here displays what we would come to expect from the gang: heavy, searing, multi-tracked guitars (a technique which often superficially gets compared to Jimmy Page and Brian May - of Led Zeppelin and Queen fame, respectively), melancholic, dreamy soundscapes and lyrics, contrasts from heavy sounds to soft sounds. However, these are the beginning stages of what would fully blossom on later efforts like 1993's _Siamese Dream_, and 1995's _Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness_. While the heavy tracks feature the ethereal wall-of-sound that the Pumpkins are known for, this heaviness is not as full, lush, and oceanic as it would become on aforementioned following discs, but you can hear where the band was headed.

However, when taken as it is -- an album showing the band in it's earliest stages -- _Gish_ is an excellent, highly enjoyable album. It is hardly a disappointing album -- far, far from it. The Pumpkins' amalgamation of heavy (but melodic and dreamy) rockers and dreamy, atmospheric, psychedelic-tinged mellow tracks appear here, giving ample proof that the Pumpkins didn't necessarily change their sound over the years, but rather refined it. "I Am One" and "Siva" open up the album on hard-driving notes. The former could be heard on alternative rock radio stations, even to this day. Do you think that because The Smashing Pumpkins made hard-rockers, they used nothing more than simple power chords? Well, both these tracks feature arpeggiated chords that are beyond simple.

The hard-driving rockers are interrupted for what are possibly the most ethereal, wispy, mood-inducing six minutes on the album: "Rhinoceros" is such a heavenly beauty, and is without a doubt, my favorite track on this album. Billy Corgan's acquired vocal stylings blend perfectly with the dreamy atmospheres brought on by the guitar arpeggios, textured arrangements, and the treatment of them all. Many complain about Billy's voice, but what other vocalist could complement the Pumpkins' music as perfectly as his? Nobody I can think of (except maybe one of the other Pumpkins.. ), but regardless, his voice was an ethereal instrument unto itself.

Elsewhere, "Crush" seems to foreshadow "Thirty-Three," as it's a dream-folk track (it's very hard to categorize in exact terms.) Billy's vocals are lovely here. "Snail" is a moody piece that seems to share a kinship with most adult contemporary music -- except this rocks harder, and the lyrics are probably a bit more inscrutable. The rocker "Tristessa" sounds like it could have been a dry run for "Cherub Rock." Listen to some of those whacked-out fills from drummer extraordinaire Jimmy Chamberlain. "Window Paine" is almost as mood-inducing as "Rhinoceros," and takes it's time by resting on one or two chords, which build up to an explosive, cathartic climax, and the ethereal, acoustic closer "Daydream" features bassist D'Arcy on lead vocals, followed by a brief coda from Billy.

An excellent album from an excellent band, of whom I miss dearly. Definitely worth owning, but if you're new to the Pumpkins, start with _Siamese Dream_ first. ... Read more

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OK Computer
Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 July, 1997)
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Radiohead's third album got compared to Pink Floyd a lot when it came out, and its slow drama and conceptual sweep certainly put it in that category. OK Computer, though, is a complicated and difficult record: an album about the way machines dehumanize people that's almost entirely un-electronic; an album by a British "new wave of new wave" band that rejects speed and hooks in favor of languorous texture and morose details; a sad and humanist record whose central moment is Thom Yorke crooning "We hope that you choke." Sluggish, understated, and hard to get a grip on, OK Computer takes a few listens to appreciate, but its entirety means more than any one song. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars the absolute best
I can't say too much other than this is Radiohead at their absolute creative best. Every single song is polished to perfection with so many musical elements that it is often difficult to listen to the song and hear all that's going on. I am a huge Radiohead fan and I love this album; my copy often doesn't play because I've listened to it so many times.
If you don't own this, go out and buy it right now! It is as essential as the Beatles's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band or Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon or Led Zeppelin IV. Every song is musically amazing (except perhaps for the bizarre and disturbing notes of Fitter Happier, which I'm not sure can be considered as "music" but can still be appreciated by a hard-core Radiohead fan). The tracks are astounding; Karma Police, the ultimate mix of swirling electronic sounds, piano, hard overdriven guitar, and acoustic chords, and No Surprises, perhaps the album's most stunning and perfect track, and of course, Paranoid Android, the album's most chaotic, powerful, and well-known track.
I can't see how anyone would rate this anything under 5 stars. As a musician myself (Radiohead songs from this album and others often pound out of my amp) I can appreciate this musical equivalent of a breath of fresh air that has not grown stale from its 1997 release. Radiohead are amazing. Buy this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!!!
This is one of the most brilliant albums I own. Its hard to explain just how brilliant these guys are. This album combines their raw, rock talent with a hint of electronica and a barrel load of style.

After the success of 'The Bends', Radiohead invested wisely in production and have comprised an album that will be heralded for many many years to come. With its meaningful lyrics, amazing guitar riffs, bass line, drums, samples and sound manipulation, Radiohead have produced a complete package. No track is lacking; not even the bizarre "Fitter Happier", which, when you actually listen to it, has some amazingly apt descriptions of society and its vices. Radiohead, and Thom, love to sing about their angsts and the general disfunction of modern life; they question it, deride it and the results are effective.

The standouts on this album for me are "Paranoid Android", which is a beautiful classic with many changes and climaxes; what sound!!, "Subterranean Homesick Alien", which is a smooth song with awesome lyrics: "...about all these weird creatures who lock up their spirits, draw it all to themselves and live for their secrets..." powerful stuff. "Exit Music (For A Film)" is another golden nuggety journey that starts with slow tranquility and develops with simple beats into a distortion laid grasp of hope and passion. "Karma Police" is a triumphant and proud sounding anthem that is just awesome, and "Lucky" is another favourite.

The entire album is without flaw. Radiohead here make a lasting statement about their ability and undeniable talent. This is without a doubt a masterpiece and should be owned by everyone; inspirational!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Genius.
This is the exception to the rule that the music on the radio from my generation sucks. This is purely wonderful music, of genius caliber. Radiohead, with each song and album that the release, will simply put you into a state of awe. This are five seriously talented musicians. Thom Yorke(lead singer) is a modern musical genius, and his other four bandmates (Colin Greenwood, Johnny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway) work together to produce a sound that no other group of musicians has ever done. Radiohead is a band that will be remembered for generations to come, and OK computer is the pinnacle of their work. Radiohead is a name that will be remembered along with the likes of The Beatles and Pink Floyd. ... Read more

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Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 October, 1995)
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Emotionally over-the-top pop extravaganzas like the string-swelling "Tonight Tonight," the Metallica-influenced alternative rock of "Zero," the techno via new wave of "1979"--the 28 songs on this swell two-disc album are as eclectic as their themes are epic and ambitious. Billy Corgan's thin whine isn't much of an instrument, but he makes the most of it by writing smart songs that take emotional chances that more-typical alt rockers would deem uncool. Pessimistic and feeling trapped but still wanting to believe in love, in a future, in something--this is the sound of Gen X at the millennium, with all the self-indulgence and power that would suggest. --David Cantwell ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A near-perfect musical journey...
Not many albums leave me with as many conflicting emotions as this one. I love a great deal of the songs on "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness", but I can't stand a good number as well. However, the feeling I have when I have completed the album is like no other. I always feel like I have just taken a magnificant and long journey.

Overall, I like the melodic songs better than the hard rockers, but there are a few exceptions. My favorite soft songs include "Tonight, Tonight", "Cupid de Locke", "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans", "Take Me Down", "1979", "Thru the Eys of Ruby", "We Only Come Out at Night" and "Lily (My One and Only)". I do also like many of the rockers, including "Zero", "Bullet with Butterfly Wings", "Muzzle", and "XYU".

However, my least favorite song of all time is the awful "Tales of a Scorched Earth". When I listened to it (I skip it now) I used to think, I thought the Smashing Pumpkins were an ALTERNATIVE band. When did they decide to try to be hard core metal? The song does not work.

That misstep aside, "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" is a gem of an album, a breathtaking musical experience and an amazing double album. Buy it. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars The 90s Answer To The "White Album"
Bigger,better,faster,more--"Mellon Collie" is every significant musical and stylistic innovation of nineties rock times ten.Coming on the heels of thier global smash"Siamese Dream",and following much public sniping over who's playing what and who's in charge,the Smashing Pumpkins retrenched into the studio,mustered unprecedented levels of creativity and stamina,bolstered thier team with production wizes Flood and Alan Moulder,and set forth to steam-roll all opposition.What blasted forth is quite possibly the grandest epic-double-disc blow-out in rock history.Clocking in at at around eleven-and-a-half-hours,and with one-hundred and thirty-nine tracks(not really),the album sprawls all over the map,from churning,grinding,industrial-age monstrosities("Jellybelly","Tales Of A Scorched Earth","Bodies"),sweeping,elaborate operettas("Porcelina Of The Vast Oceans","Thru The Eyes Of Ruby"),haunting,minor-key laments("Thirty-Three","To Forgive","Stumbeline"),and jaunty new-wave pop oddities("1979","Lily[My One And Only]"),to flat-out rockers("Zero","X.Y.U.).That doesn't even mention "Tonight,Tonight" and "Bullet With Butterfly Wings",two classic singles that garnered the Pumpkins a slew of awards in '96.This album's length may seem a bit daunting to the uninitiated at first,but trust me,give it a chance.Wait until you have about two hours of free time,go in your room,turn out the lights,strap on your headphones and dive in feet first.I guarentee you within moments this'll be on your top ten.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quite Simply the Greatest Album ever created.
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the greatest combination of musical genius ever created. I feel that Billy Corgan achieved Musical Immortality with the earth shattering collection that is these two CDs. A huge collection of all types of rock, so no matter what your flavor, you will find it all in this stunning variety. It's the only album I have ever listened to that I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of the songs. Galapogos, Tonight, Tonight, Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Stumbleine, and Zero rank among my all time favorite songs. I completely recommend the collection of B-Sides from this album found in the "Aeroplane Flies High" box set. If you have never heard of the Smashing Pumpkins (Shame, if you haven't) or simply have never picked up this album, do now, as you will enjoy it till the end of time. It's just too bad the greatest band ever formed is no longer around, but their music will live on forever ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 August, 1991)
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Part of the '90s Seattle grunge triumvirate completed by Nirvana and Soundgarden, Pearl Jam debuted with Ten, their most accessible, least self-conscious album. Over time, PJ's rep as a politically correct band just a little too above it all to prostitute its music on MTV has nearly superseded the music. But before that, they were a simply an in-your-face, in-your-head, loud, melodic rock band. And lead singer Eddie Vedder was known for his possessed stage presence and a primal growl that sounded like it required three vocal chords. The personal, narrative singles "Alive," "Jeremy," and "Even Flow" catapulted the reluctant band into the 10-million-plus-sales division. Subsequent albums are more intricate, subtle, thematically complex, and, in many ways, better than Ten. But the band may never repeat the stampede caused by this debut. --Beth Bessmer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Of A Dynasty
Okay everyone knows how Pearl Jam came to be, the members of Pearl Jam rooted in the seattle bands Green River, and Mother Love Bone, its lead singer (Eddie Vedder) who was with the seattle supergroup, Temple of the Dog. Ten was their debut release following the heels of the groundbreaking "Nevermind" by Nirvana. Everyone also knows it would be Ten that would launch Pearl Jam in the same orbit as Nirvana. but lets break down what Ten is, although it is Pearl Jam's most commercially sucessful album to date (due to the following albums absence of music videos, which i fully support), the sum is greater than its parts. Aside from Evenflow and Jeremy, we have the sonic rocker Deep which i find is sort of Eddie Vedders road map to stardom. The deep perplexic Garden, The gorgeous ballad Oceans, To the most underrated track in the Pearl Jam catalog, the moving Release. Which sometimes makes me still cry after all these years. Some say this is the album for all new Pearl Jam listners to get, I say get it because its the foundation. Even if your looking for something listen to or a group to get into, pick this one up and discover the dynasty's foundation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Emotional Release, Not Pent Up Anger
Admittedly I don't take to Pearl Jam the way many of their more hardcore fans do. I understand that PJ represents a complete change in the music scene, but as far as the "these guys changed my life" sentiments, I'll have to pass.

What PJ and their debut album Ten are at heart is good rock. PJ are a throwback to the 60s when rock was supposed to send a message to the listener. Personally I've always found those types of recordings a bit preachy. But PJ does it in such a way that it's more of a release than a burden to listen to.

Ten deals more with emotional letting go and dealing with things than in the actual rage that you bottle up because of these awful things. In this respect they are the exact opposite of Nirvana. It is the release of this rage and the catharsis that it brings on that makes Ten an emotionally charged album.

Ten is easily PJ's most rock oriented album. There's little experimentation here. The songs are basic and they rock. Ten is not my personal PJ favorite, but it's a very close second to Vs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music, great debut album
Not so often, have I seen and heard so much good music on one record. I got the album two years after it was released and it was like an explosion, literally, at least for me. I was a little bit sceptical at the beginning, especially not liking Nirvana, but so surprised after hearing it. It was nothing like anything I heard before. The music is absolutely absorbing, breathtaking and soulful at the same time, great guitar playing, good rock with still enough rhythm to be listened to by the crowd. Not to talk about Eddie Vedder's voice and his way of singing. The first time I heard Alive I couldn't believe anybody can have a voice like that and can sing a great and said story like Jeremy or deeply personal lyrics like Alive or Black so well. Truly amazing. I would recommend this album to absolutely everybody who appreciates good music, good lyrics, and great voice. Probaly the best voice.... ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 September, 1992)
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Alice in Chains were initially tagged with the "grunge" moniker, when in fact their haunting, ponderous sound was far closer to the progressive rock of Queensryche. Their second album, Dirt, is a moody, portentous affair, filled with occasionally inspired riffing from guitarist Jerry Cantrell and hair-tossed wailing from singer Layne Staley. Perhaps the band got lumped in with Generation X because their lyrics focused upon depression, death, and drugs. Certainly, titles such as "Down in a Hole," "Junkhead," and "Hate to Feel" didn't leave much room for doubt as to Cantrell's perspective. The quartet did have a slightly lighter, almost poppy side to them, though, as "God Smack" and "Hate to Feel" indicate. Ultimately, Dirt is classic angst rock. --Everett True ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Essential Rock Release
1992 was a great year in music. Dream Theater had "Awake". Stone Temple Pilots debuted with "Core". Megadeth changed things up with "Countdown to Extinction". And maybe most importantly, Alice in Chains hit it globally with "DIRT". This is truly a great album... an easy top 5 pick of mine from the entire 90's decade. It captures all the raw tormented emotions of Staley and Cantrell. More or less, the heroin-addicted Staley, with Cantrell playing his demonic chords in the background. Mike Starr continues his wizardry on bass, as Sean Kinney plays an often times complex drum kit. Lyrics are dark & twisted (death, depression & drugs dominate)... would you be expecting something else? But from these tortured souls come brilliance. I put "DIRT" up there with those other manditory/legendary rock & roll releases like Deep Purple's "Machine Head", Aerosmith's "Rocks", Boston's 1976 debut, Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" or "Dark Side Of The Moon", STP's "Core", Kiss' "Alive!", Van Halen's 1978 dubut, etc. With the exception of maybe Aerosmith's "Rocks", never have I heard 6 songs put together back to back on an album before that were just incredible. Listen to the start of the cd; "Them Bones", "Dam that River", "Rain When I Die", "Down in a "Hole", "Sick Man" & "Rooster". All classic "Alice"! Throw in "Angry Chair" and "Would?" and this is practically a 'Greatest Hits' package. While Alice In Chains will forever be lumped in the Seattle 'Grunge' category with Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam... AIC remains the heaviest of the bunch. "DIRT" remains essential and timeless... and AIC will always be one of the most original rock & roll outfits in a world full of cheap imitations. Rest in peace Layne and hopefully good things will come to Mike, Sean & Jerry in the years to come.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dark. Haunting. Beautiful.
From the second that the jarring guitars and drums hit you in the first track, the brilliant, anguished "Them Bones", you get a good idea of what you're in for when you listen to this CD: a dark, heavy, unpretty view on the life of someone in their own private hell. And that's what makes it such a great album.

After the success of "Facelift", the late Layne Staley and company knew they had to work hard to create a worthy follow-up. And so they did. Sadly, Layne was struggling with a crippling drug addiction (which, unfortunately, would go on to claim his life). Thus the theme of the album: despair, depression, anger, etc. Some standout tracks include "Them Bones", "Dam That River" (which has a great riff), "Rain When I Die", "Sickman", "Rooster", "God Smack" (which inspired another great band's name), and "Would?" (which, IMHO, is a brilliant song).

Alice In Chains was a great band, and Layne's legacy will live on through their music. Rest in peace, Layne, and thanks for everything.

5-0 out of 5 stars brilliant
dirt was one of the best alternative rock albums from this great band from seattle and was one of the most succesful grunge albums ever along with ten by pj and superunknown by soundgarden and nevermind by nirvana.this album was succesful due to the presence of classics like them bones,rain when i die,rooster and the titanic down in a hole.go and buy this great cd.very very highly recommended. ... Read more

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Before These Crowded Streets
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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The Dave Matthews Band is moving its music forward incrementally. While Before These Crowded Streets offers more of the folky melodies and vaguely international rhythms that made this Charlottesville, Virginia, group a major record and concert draw, it also finds them adding subtle new colorings to the mix. Alanis Morissette guests on two cuts, "Spoon" and the disc's first single, "Don't Drink the Water"; banjo Bela Fleck steps in, too. Most intriguing, however, is the modernist string arrangement from the Kronos Quartet on the driving "Halloween." Matthewsat least partly fulfills his obvious hopes to lead something other than a jam band here; at the same time, Streets should keep his fans satisfied. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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Dave Matthews Band's 1998 studio album,"Before These Crowded Streets" is spine-tingling,to say the least.I can't express how much I like this CD.I really love how the guys mix jazz(one of my beloved musical gernes) and folk,along with some worldy rhythms(especially African rhymes).Dave Matthews' moany vocals top off the beautiful sounds that his band comes up with.

Among the tracks that blow my mind most is the fiesty "Rapunzel",
which features a graceful violin solo by member Boyd Tinsley.
This song has that supper-club jazz feel that's raw enough for you to feel it but that's also accesible.I LOVE this song!
The haunting "Don't Drink The Water"("Before These Crowded Streets" intial first single) is another high-point.This track
even features equally chilling background vocals by Alanis
Morrisette.The laid-back "Stay(Wastin' Time)" is such a feel-good song.You can't listen to this song and not smile.I love the soulful background vocals on this song(courstey of longtime Luther Vandross background vocalists) and the crisp horn arragement."Stay" also has a slight New Orleans/Mardi Gras feel too.Again,I couldn't say enough about this song!

But the most mind-blowing song on "Before These Crowded Streets"-
if I had to choose-would be the moody "Crush".One word:whoa...
Dave Matthews' vocals on this song sound somber,like that of a man who's head-over-heels in love with a crush but that love is
unrecruited(duh,that's what the song's about!)."Crush"'s range of
mood is amazing.From sad to optimistic to romantic to lovelorn.
Man,this is wonderful stuff.Again,part of this song's magic is it's smoky underground jazz feel.But again,"Crush" is an accesible song.(Accesible enough,for it to be released as the third single on this album).

The plesant-somewhat-atmospheric "Pig" is yet,another winner on a album full of them.This album is so amazing.It really is.
"Before These Crowded Streets" made me a big Dave Matthews Band fan.

Recently,I even had the pleasure of actually seeing them live.
Exellecent expierence.Yet,I was very disapointed by their 2001
studio album,"Everyday".It sounded glossy,radio-ready,and polished over.In other words,nothing like this gem right here.
But some tracks grew on me over time("When The World Ends","Everyday") but it still didn't that spark that "Before These Crowded Streets" had.This album is near-perfect.

(I mantain that "Everyday"'s weaknesses my have something to do with the fact that Steve Lillywhite-"Before"'s producer/longtime DMB producer-didn't produce it,the famous pop producer Glen Ballard did instead).

4-0 out of 5 stars DMB crashes forward into the un-pop laiden world of Streets.
With "Before These Crowded Streets", the Dave Matthews Band has issued a challenge to all of those fans so enraptured with the pop culture of their previous albums. Although songs such as "Stay" and "Crush" may satisy those searching for the skip and go naked beats of the past, the majority of the album delves into a darker and deeper place. The band employs the talents of guitar genious Tim Reynolds, Banjo god Bela Fleck, vocal angel Alanis Morisette and the dramatic strings of the Kronos Quartet. "Last Stop" is simply fantastic as Tinsley and Moore sweep the listener away on a Siamese rift and Matthews delivers raw vocal power. "The Stone", a longtime concert regular, is reincarnated with the vibrance of the Kronos Quartet, giving the tune a new found drama. As much as these songs deserve praise, they are the very reason that I hold back on the fifth star. They are symbolic of Matthews refusal to submit to the da! rker side of his music. Both "Last Stop" and "The Stone" create a wonderful tension in the listener only to fall back upon a less challenging, happier respite. "Halloween" and the first single "Don't Drink the Water" manage to maintain this morose consistancy, but don't offer the same musicianship with which the former sparkle.

I wish that Dave and the boys had taken the final step over to the Dark Side, but they have conjured up a wonderful album nonetheless. A work that flirts with gravity only to bounce away into the sunset.

5-0 out of 5 stars Music to Live your Life By!
Ok, I'll admit it. "Crushed" was playing in the background when I fell in love for the first time in my life. But I feel hardly biased when I contend that this CD by the Dave Matthews Band is one of the richest, most powerful compisitions I have ever had the pleasure of owning. Pick any track you like, because none really stand out, nor overshadow the others. It really just feels like a balanced stroke of genius, and a consistant recording.

From the joyous dynamics of "stay" to the angry sound of "halloween", to the eeiry power of "crushed", this album has it all. The recording quality is top notch, and listners will be rewarded for their close attention. I swear the more expensive the system, the better it gets! Inspiring music AND definitive mastering??? Spoiled I am!

It is hard not to love this group, but if your experiance with them is from radio stars like "ants marching" and "crash" - you truly haven't gotten the essence of the group yet.

Spin this disc, if you don't like it, send it to me. Mine will be worn out soon. ... Read more

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Alice in Chains
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Decidedly Weak By Alice In Chains' Standards.
Personally, I think Alice in Chains made a wise decision stopping the production of albums after this one... because they really started to stray too far from their roots, musically. I don't mean their roots as a grungy rock band, but as a soulful rock band.

The main problem with the band's self titled album is that many songs just lack the heart of the band's previous efforts. Remember how Staley almost sounded like he was starting to cry in Man In The Box? Or when he seemed to get really psyched up during the heavier portions of Rooster? Don't expect to find any of that here. Layne somehow sounds very bored in most of this album's songs. And a lot of the tracks just lack the catchy songwriting of previous AICs. Rather, they try to go for a darker, more moody tone. But the end result is some occasionally bland music.

That's not to say there aren't a few good songs here. There are several, actually. Heaven Beside You is an excellent track, and Sludge Factory should definitely take you back to the band's Dirt days. But the remaining songs simply range from being okay (Again, Frogs, Over Now, Head Creeps) to decidedly weak (Grind, God Am, Brush Away). Grind, in particular, shows Alice In Chains straying further from their roots than they ever did before. Not that that's a bad thing, but it just doesn't work for me. The E-minor tuning was a bad idea for an AIC song IMO, and the choruses are a little grating (it almost sounds like the band was trying to cash in on the major-key alternative music that was popular at the time).

On the whole, with the exception of a few songs like Heaven Beside You and Head Creeps, I'm afraid I just didn't enjoy this album as much as previous efforts. Perhaps by any other band, I would have enjoyed it more. But for the band that gave us hard rock classics like Dirt and Facelift, it's fairly weak. I'm not saying the band shouldn't change, nor am I saying they sold out as some claim they did. But the album as a whole just seems like an experiment gone wrong in my opinion. Fortunately, they made up for it with their excellent Unplugged performance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Probably their Best
From start to finish, this album is dark and interesting. Its a great album and possibly better than Dirt.
Worth the buy!

2-0 out of 5 stars Hair band goes awry in Seattle
Cryptic song titles, sludgey riffs, pained singing from thinly stretched vocals...it must be an Alice in Chains CD. Yep, that's the one.

AIC don't bring their A-game to the table on this self-titled disaster, except for a few key tracks: "Heaven Beside You" and "Again" are true keepers, the rest of the record is deplorable. Sadly, the only good record these guys ever made was 1993's stellar "Jar of Flies," an acoustic gem that broke AIC through to the big leagues of the music industry, where they always longed to be.

Rumor has it these guys used to be a hair-band from the '80s. That's abundantly clear from this mess of a record album CD. For true rock, check out Creed 'n' Bush.

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...And Justice For All
Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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This record has so much good material that it's a shame the production is so shoddy. Songwise, this is probably Metallica's most sophisticated album, exploring the theme of justice and perversions thereof with a vengeance. "One" is one of their best songs ever, building from a slow, edgy beginning into effortless overdrive. The title track is excellent and never boring, despite clocking in at more than nine minutes. It's the epic of the album, but all of the songs are long, displaying impressive chops and songwriting. Metallica took a commercial turn after ...And Justice for All, and it's interesting to speculate on what would have happened to their music had they continued in the direction suggested by this album. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars bad production stops this masterpiece cold
This album tried to take 1986's Master of Puppets one step further by looking at our corrupt justice system and other typical Heavy Metal topics: Insanity, rebellion...etc. And Metallica, considered by many (not me) to be the best band ever, comes out swinging. "Blackened" in Battery revisited, with scorching guitars and classic Metallica arrangment. However, once you get past the speed at which this album starts out, you notice one thing (well, at least I did) There's no bass. I pumped the bass up to the max on my stereo and still I couldn't hear anything, save for the occasional weak bass trying to work its way into the riffs every once in awhile. The result is that a lot of the songs, though well arranged, come off sounding thin and watery, without the punch that good bass brings to a song. I honestly don't know if Jason Newsted even showed up to the recordings. The production is crap, and it's a shame becuase it ruined whatever hopes this album had to be "best ever" status. Still, "Justice" does boast songs like "One" and "Dyer's Eve", great Metallica and a great effort. Buy this album, and just pretend there is some bass :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Metallica's most elaborate, experimental, & angry work.
Despite the poor production on And Justice for All, this stands out as Metallica's most complex album, and my personal favorite from the band. Most of the songs on And Justice for All are extremely long, but thats certainly not a bad thing when when you're dealing with Metallica. All the songs go through elaborate stages, changing up the tempo & mood constantly. It's very impressive just to sit back & listen to. Whether they're playing speed-metal, pounding you with some slow steady riffs, throwing in some acoustic parts, or going off on a classic, thrashy guitar solo, its all done very well on And Justice for All. This album has an epic vibe to it, and it has two of the best songs ever written by the band. There's "One" or course, widely considered to be the bands best song, and then there's "To Live is to Die", an emotional instrumental tribute to Cliff Burton. That song is simply breathtaking. The rest of the album is outstanding as well. James's lyrics on this album are the most meaningful he's ever written, shouting out against various injustices concerning the government. This is also the band's most passionate & angry album as well, as they vent from pain & sorrow of losing their close friend & bass player Cliff Burton. While Master of Puppets overall may be considered Metallica's best album, personally I like And Justice for All more because of its raw & angry sound. Its much less polished than Master of Puppets & plus its has "One" & "To Live is to Die" which are my two favorite Metallica songs. So you can complain about the poor production & nearly inaudible bass on And Justice for All, but Metallica fans cannot deny that the actual music on the album is among the band's most experimental, progressive, & best work.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 *
1. Blackened 5/5
2. ...And Justice for All 6/5
3. Eye of the Beholder 4/5
4. One 100/5
5. Shortest Straw 3/5
6. Harvester of Sorrow 3/5
7. Frayed Ends of Sanity 4/5
8. To Live Is to Die 4.9/5 too long
9. Dyers Eve 4/5

almost every song starts off the same way, but other than that, a very good album.

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Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 March, 1994)
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"Fell on Black Days," indeed. Seattle sludge slingers Soundgarden made a living out of cathartic, woe-is-me wailing (we're talking the banshee vocals of Chris Cornell and the crypt-creaking guitar of Kim Thayil), but this wallowing in grim depression ironically proved to be the band's most uplifting career effort. When the reclusive Cornell ventures out of his shy-guy shell, it's typically via a primal scream of cathartic emotion--he might camp it up with a sophomoric "Spoon Man," but most of this vicious disc leaps straight for your jugular. Generations in the post-millennial future will one day refer to this record to discover exactly how 1990s rock & roll was done. --Tom Lanham ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Grunge.......
"Superunknown" is Soundgarden's full-blown masterpiece. Picking highlights is difficult, because every single track is a gem in its own right, giving this album a consistency that is seldom found on any album of any genre. My personal favourite is the sludge-grunge of "Mailman", which showcases Chris Cornell's unique vocals at their very best. But there are plenty more stunners here, from the self-deprecation of "Fell on Black Days", the eerie psychedelia of "Black Hole Sun", to the apocalyptic "4th of July". Every other song has its merits too, to the point where the album is almost flawless.

Kim Thayil's riffs are brilliant on Superunknown and background the passionate, anguished wails of Cornell to great effect. The vocals and instrumentation here are impeccable, as are the cryptic lyrics, which deal with depression, misanthropy, nihilism and darkness in it's myriad forms, with an intellectual sensibility that is rarely found on modern rock records.

The album closes with the haunting ballad "Like Suicide", which fits nicely with the dark theme maintained throughout the album. This album is one of my personal all-time favourites, and is certainly recommended to fans of the Seattle grunge sound.

Note : some versions of Superunknown come with the bonus track "She Likes Surprises", which is worth seeking.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
I've listened to lots of music, and "Superunknown" doubtlessly stands as arguably the best album I have ever heard. Visionary, perfectly executed and technically impeccable, Soundgarden set the standard for dark hard rock with this one. I can't really think of a place to start in praising this album, but Chris Cornell's vocals are as good a place as any. From the hushed tones of "Fell on Black Days" to the cathartic wailing of tunes like "My Wave" and the propulsive singing of "Fourth of July," Cornell can simply do it all. His dark, churning, guitar riffs, aided by Kim Thayil's soaring, distorted solos, complete the powerful atmosphere of these songs. Add in Matt Cameron's nimble and inventive drumwork and the result is a musical masterpiece. The variety of this album is also noteworthy, as it mixes hard rockers like the opening double shot of "Let Me Drown" and "My Wave" with slower, more melodic numbers like the hits "Fell on Black Days" and "The Day I Tried To Live." The megahit "Black Hole Sun," while a strong song, is easily the worst track on the album, with the exception of the filler track "Half." "Superunknown" boasts all that serious music fans could possibly want, from creativity to technical precision to complex arrangements to a truly masterful and powerful overall vocal performance from Chris Cornell. A masterpiece in every sense of the word.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Best Grunge Album and Band in the 90's
I dont know how to explain on how this album was one of the best albums in the 90's fellowed by Badmotorfinger. It's obvious that Superunknown was consciously styled as a masterwork, and it fulfills every ambition. ... Read more

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Sixteen Stone
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Nirvana should've been quite flattered by Sixteen Stone. The English quartet perfectly mimics the early '90s grunge sound with this '94 release. As for Kurt Cobain comparisons, singer Gavin Rossdale has a captivating voice, but lyrics are not his forte, as the splintered ramblings of "Everything Zen" indicates. (Gotta do better than "There's no sex in your violence.") The players meanwhile produce a perfectly competent approximation of their Northwestern heroes. "Little Things" is a successful rewrite of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" while "Machinehead" crunches like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. In fact, the whole album feels like a throwback to 1992. Sixteen Stone may be derivative, but it's catchy as hell, too. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Misinformed
The next [person] that says Bush sounds anything like Nirvana, should be shot. Gavin Rossdale got all his inspiration from non-American line ups. The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Pixies, etc. Don't get me wrong, I like Nirvana, but Nirvana never even came close to matching the power and driving feelings Bush has...

Gavin Rossdale, especially on this first cd in his younger years, had the teenage testosterone "I don't like you" rage. Kurt Cobain... nothing but apathy.

Nigel Pulsford is Bush's main guitarist, he's also writing some solo stuff now, but it isn't Bush... but it's still good if you like the melodic darker songs that were on Razorblade Suitcase, which I actually like better than this cd, but the two are different.
The Science of Things was a really good mixture,
and the New Golden State album has about 4 really good songs on it.
Other songs by Bush that aren't on albums -- Bubbles, by far one of the best grunge songs of all time, it's on the mallrats soundtrack.
And Gavin just released Adrenaline, which I think is alright.

No, Bush does not sound like any other "grunge" band. Not Pearl Jam, not Alice In Chains, not Nirvana, not Dust for Life, not NickelBack (though I think Nickelback is the closest we've come to the grunge era since Bush lost their very large following they used to have in America.

Okay now that I'm done complaining, anyone who is interested in Bush, definetely start with this album, and then get Razorblade suitcase. As for the last two-- they're about equal in quality, so whatever you feel like.

And for any girls that care, Gavin Rossdale was labelled the hottest guy to ever live by Rolling Stone magazine-- (but sorry, he just married No Doubt's Gwen Stefani).

1-0 out of 5 stars Boycott Bush (take that anyway you want)!
Why did a band with so any decent singles yet so many pathetic non-singles have to name itself after such an incompetent president? Maybe because Gavin is such an incopetent guitarist. Boycott Bush (take that anyway you want to)!

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awesome
This is an absolutely awesome CD by an awesome band. Probably one of the best bands to come out of England in the past 10 years. It's very hard to understand why this album wasn't an instant hit when it came out. I remember it became a huge success when the Machinehead video started to get airplay on MTV in 1996.

1. Everything Zen: Very good song, one of my favorites, and a good way to start off the CD. Very contagious chorus. It also has a very cool guitar intro. (5/5)

2. Swim: A much darker song, it maintains a slow pace throughout the whole song. Similar in some ways to Greedy Fly. It blows up at the ending. (4.5/5)

3. Bomb: It begins pretty much like a Nirvana song, I see some resemblance to Something in the Way in the slow parts. (4/5)

4. Little Things: Very good and very catchy song. Probably my favorite song on this CD. Can't get tired of listening to it. There is some strong resemblance to Smells Like Teen Spirit. A homage perhaps. You can notice it more in the beginning (just when he starts to sing) and at the chorus. (5/5)

5. Comedown: A very, very good song. It's slow but it rocks. It's one of the best songs on the CD. (5/5)

6. Body: Another great song. The guitar intro is very cool. The chorus is really cool as well. Another one of my favorites.

7. Machinehead: Everybody knows this one, so I don't think I need to say anything. Kick ass song. (5/5)

8. Testosterone: Probably not a bad song, but after listening to Machinehead, it sends it to a lower level. "Got a big old gun" (4/5)

9. Monkey: Another one of those Bush songs that starts slow and gains pace as the song develops. (4/5)

10. Glycerine: Another one of the singles and big hits. I absolutely love this one for it's simplicity. The guitar sounds perfect and the string arrangements make it a real masterpiece. (5/5)

11. Alien: Yet another progressive song. It starts really slow, almost acoustic, and at parts it rocks, and then mellow again. Then it rocks, and gets mellow again. The acoustic guitar that sounds during the slow parts is really cool. (5/5)

12. X-Girlfriend: This song is nothing like the rest of the songs on the CD. It feels like Green Day. It only lasts 45 seconds. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 September, 1992)
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5-0 out of 5 stars STP's Finest Accomplishment
STP's Core came out during the grunge hype, but they sounded heavier than the grunge bands that were huge at the time. Many people attacked them for being Pearl Jam imitators, probably because Scott Weiland's voice was coarse and some compared him to Eddie Vedder, but if anything, their crunchy style sounded more in the league of Alice In Chains (circa Dirt).

Despite who they might be compared to, Core sounds original and fresh, and added more of a hard-rock bombast to the alternative scene, since the band boasted bands like Zeppelin as an influence, as opposed to Huser Du or the Sex Pistols. Eric Kretz's drumming sounds larger than life, and Dean DeLeo's guitars are screaming, and he is one of the most overlooked guitarists ever. For a debut, STP sounded like they connected very well early on in their career, and their compositions were very sophisticated and confident for a new act. Core still stands above the rest of their impressive catalogue, and still stands above a lot of music out there today, even after STP and their ilk of music seemed to 'go out of style.' This album is full of classics, like Creep, Plush, Crackerman, Sex Type Thing and Sin. One of the greatest rock albums ever.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Huge Debut
Heavy riffage abounds on STP's formidable debut, as Scott Weiland begins with a muffled cry that is none too positive. From there, a thunderous snare pound by Eric Kretz sets "Core" off and running. "Core" is everything critics have made it out to be, both appraising and not so appraising. Yes, it is grungy. Yes, it does contain elements of Alice in Chains and Nirvana. Yes, "Core" is bombastic, lengthy, and ambitious, especially for a band accused of being full-fledged con artists. Finally, "Core" could be construed as a rather trendy, cliched album, in that it followed the overriding grunge-mania that the aforementioned groups had well established just minutes before. It's funny, however, how all that copy-cat talk now seems so irrelevant. With the early 90's well over, Stone Temple Pilots seem more pioneer rock artists than mere fakes, four people who actually made masterful songs at the onset of grunge. STP formed well before the members of Pearl Jam even knew each other (1987), and were even rumored to be a metal-like hair band in their infancy. Whatever, STP created a masterpiece with "Core." The album sounds almost "classic" these days, as countless rock/grunge/punk/electric/swing/rap-metal 90's acts create their "hit" and fall obscurely by the wayside, unrenowned for much of anything. Say this for the Pilots, they always get some sort of reaction. If rocking out was in vogue during the early 90's, "Core" sure didn't disappoint. "Sex Type Thing," "Sin," "Naked Sunday," and "Crackerman" are all cornerstones of the albums guitar-laden sound that put STP on the map and made them so popular. In their loud array of chugging riffs comes an undeniable pop melodicism, mixed with well written songs that are too good to be brushed off. What seperates the determined "Core" from such BUSH-league acts like Sponge is its tough themes, truly haunting sound, and its overall morose outlook, which is far from staged. The album is further set apart by the genuinely crafty songwriting, courtesy of the Deleo brothers. For his part, Weiland's lyrics don't shy from life's darker moments. Despite all this talk of darkeness, these songs are all radio-ready and meant for the masses. "Core" stands out for its boldness and heavy musical savvy.

3-0 out of 5 stars STP's worst, but a solid foundation
This is a good album, but it's hard to listen to after listening to the following four STP albums. Weiland's voice lacks the vocal quality that it has on the next four albums, the songwriting lacks the melodic and artistic qualities that the next four albums have, and Core simply lacks the diversity that the next four albums have.

It's certainly a very good album to rock to, but it pales in comparison to the STP of the future. Purple was already several times more melodic than Core. Tiny Music expanded upon that with new vocals and several directions. No.4 combined Core and Purple with Tiny Music, and pumped out some nice power-ballads. Shangri-La was simply a beautiful artistic album. Core seems like a generic rocker compared to those.

Standouts here are Creep (the only different sounding song on the album, aside from the pointless "Wet My Bed" and "No Memory.") and Plush (a classic). The rest of the album is just a collection of good/decent rock songs, that could be best described as filler. As I said, not a bad album, but a good rock album and a good start. But it has nothing on the STP that would develop over the rest of the decade. ... Read more

Asin: B000002IU3
Sales Rank: 2397


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Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 August, 1998)
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4-0 out of 5 stars something i didnt expect
I have been reluctant to buy this album ever since the hit "Got You (Where I want You) which alone makes up for 3 stars of the 4 star rating. I finally decided to shell out a few bucks at a used cd store to get it. I thought maybe some of the songs would be like the smash hit, but not really. Almost a complete mixed bag of altered and drugged up music w/ distorted lushed up ozzie like vocalist.

I do understand after reading the few reviews that this is a great Cali party beach band maybe, but just something I didn't expect after "Hey You."

There's sparks from "Girls are the Cruelest" and the disco like "The Family". Of course "Got You" is the best song by far. Other than that, I find it hard to really get what the band was trying to do in most of the songs. I will admit I do like the cd after several listens. It's something different from the usual hard rock stuff I like, and The Flys is a unique sound all in itself.

What's great about the album is I don't think the band really cares what people think about it. They cater to themselves and the fans who know what to expect form them. They seemed to have fun making this album, and even though I don't have any other The Flys albums, I might reconsider that after I start to appreciate the sound more than what I began. But damn, this is one psyched out blurred album w/ some crazy sounding songs. Oh well, just have to enjoy it when it makes its way to the cd player. For now, 3 stars for "Got You" and 1 for the cleverness of the band.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Rock Album!
This is California rock, no doubt, and a great "rock party CD' at that. The 70's party rock band was Van Halen, the 80's brought us Jane's Addiction and the 90's delivers The Flys. Speaking of Jane's Addiction, this CD sort of instills the image that their little surfer brothers all formed a band and this is what came out. This is a fairly nice mixture of today's popular genre's all mixed into a stew to be served on modern rock instruments. They even include subtle "tributes" to Sly Stone and Barry White along with the nearly hidden recurrence of the elements of surf music from days gone by. Another pleasantry within is a consistently positive (although sometimes sarcastic) message regarding the female persuasion: that is, very little of the break-up-song, you broke my heart mentality. All in all, a great rock album with tasty songs and recording techniques. Rock lovers will appreciate!

3-0 out of 5 stars Weird stuff, man.
Does anybody remember this band? Probably not, but I'll review them anyway. I remember hearing my girlfriend listening to this CD like 2 or 3 years, ago, and I was just like "uh, ok". This has got to be one of the weirdest bands I've ever heard. It's kind of alternative type music, but then there's kind of rapping, and the lead singer sounds exactly like Ozzy. Well, maybe that's a stretch, not exactly like him, but the first thing you will think of when you hear him is "Dude, that sounds like Ozzy!". In fact, this guy actually did a cover of "Suicide Solution" on a tribute album, and it's actually pretty good. But his voice totally doesn't fit this kind of music at all.

I'm giving this 3 stars because I'm really not sure what to think of it. It's not good, it's not bad, it's just, well, weird. ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 74956


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