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Meteora
Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 March, 2003)
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Linkin Park’s second studio effort (not counting the 2002 remix album Reanimation) overflows with glossy production values and Big Rock oomph, fully embracing the pop instincts of their Hybrid Theory debut. For many, Theory sounded inexcusably corporate, from its too-timely rap-rock sound to the long list of product endorsements included in the liner notes. Meteora will only amplify those complaints, but this album is actually truer to the band’s nature. It’s still impossible not to hear strains of Limp Bizkit, Korn, Rage Against the Machine, and the like. None of those acts, howeve, would try something as blatantly anthemic as "Easier to Run," which would sound fine to a Def Leppard fan, or as borderline danceable as "Breaking the Habit" and "Session." Linkin Park is what Trent Reznor was always afraid of becoming, but if you ever wished he would drop the pretenses and just make a hair-metal record, you'll find Meteora to your liking. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Same again
Linkin Park approach their sophomore album with a sure fire success plan - an exact replica of the massive selling "Hybrid Theory" - so much for evolving your sound! Admittedly, Hybrid Theory was one of the better releases during the nu-metal boom, mainly due to LP's boundless energy and twin-vocalled attack. But that was 2000 but now, after the garage rock explosion and the return of metal, Mike Shinoda's monotone, dictionary rapping sounds VERY old hat, as do some of the recycled riffs on display.
The saviour of this album, however, is Chester Bennington, his vocals switching from an angelic croon one second to a blood curdling scream the next, a truly wasted talent in this band of middle-of-the-road performers.
There are a couple of stand-out moments on this album, namely the tracks "Faint" and "Breaking The Habit", which strangely enough are the tracks which see LP straying most from their roots with a bit of sonic experimentation. The fast paced "Faint" enjoys, arguably, the most anthemic chorus you'll likley to hear this year while "Breaking The Habit" sees LP dropping the guitars and allowing to Chester to croon sweetly over a fast paced hip-hop beat. Excellent.
All in all, the kids in hoodies who digged Hybrid Theory will be wetting themselves over LP's carbon copy remake, they rest of use will just shake our head in dismay at another soulless nu-metal album in an already saturated market.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great, Original Rock, About Time!
Continuing to be my favorite band, Linkin Park first began playing in my room when I discovered their debut album "Hybrid Theory". It was awesome. Then, I picked up the remix CD "Reanimation" which was incredible and unique. Now comes Meteora, with their first new songs in three years. Right from the beginning, I was caught up in the furious energy of the sounds of the rap/metal six-piece.
1. Foreword- This is just a brief montage of some sounds leading up to the first song.
2. Don't Stay- The song blasts off with lead singer Chester Bennington singing to great riffs and well-done bass. A great metal intro.
3. Somewhere I Belong- The hit of the album, another great song, with some cool samples.
4. Lying From You- Great rap music by emcee Mike Shinoda leading to an intense chorus with great guitars. The best song on the album.
5. Hit the Floor- This harder, heavier song combines the two lead vocals in a furious unison. The sounds here excel, and the screaming hook is perfect.
6. Easier to Run- Similar to Crawling, this track has its own style but seems to fall short. It's just sappy and uninteresting.
7. Faint- Drums are excellent here, and with a unique combination with classical sounds, this is a cool, fast-paced track.
8. Figure .09- Another song with great rap sounds, accompanied by fantastic guitar and bass work, and is another of the best here.
9. Breaking the Habit- There just isn't enough going on here. The lyrics tried for a deeper meaning, but the riffs and beats just didn't follow it.
10. From the Inside- Not as fast, but sounds more original and defines the band's range and various tones.
11. Nobody's Listening- A neat Japanese flute sound combined with cool turntables and a fun beat. There needed to be a little more compatibility with the chorus, but otherwise, very fun and intriguing.
12. Session- A cool instrumental track, I could see this song more as being part of a larger picture, similar to the One Step Closer remix, as a longer, awesome song. As it is, though, it's incredible, and I found myself repeating it over and over again.
13. Numb- I hoped for something a little more from the last track. Pretty good, though, very emotional.
All in all, "Meteora" is a great album, so go out and buy it! It would be great if this album was a little longer. Quality, not quantity, I know, but there needs to be more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't Get Enough!!
I absolutely love this CD. I listen to it over and over again whenever I get the opportunity-even at school! These songs are what get me through the day. My favorites are "Hit the Floor" and "Lying from You". Besides the great songs, the CD also has cool extras that you can get by putting it into your computer. ... Read more

Asin: B00008H2LB
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Iowa
Average Customer Review: 3.61 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 August, 2001)
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Right from the introductory shriek and grind of "(515)," you know Slipknot are deadly serious about making a real heavy metal album. Iowa is intimidating in its unforgiving heaviness. Produced to perfection by wunderkind Ross Robinson, it takes the best of Slayer as a starting point. "People = Shit," "The Heretic Anthem," and "New Abortion" are relentless and wholly brutal, but this is no mere thrash. "Disasterpiece" features a weird, hypnotic riff, while "Left Behind" comes across like a duet between Alice in Chains' Layne Staley and Slayer's Tom Araya. The rerecorded "Gently" builds slowly from industrial atmospherics to a punishing explosion of noise. The title track (also old and formerly known as "Killers Are Quiet") is a deeply unsettling heavy-metal "Midnight Rambler." Frontman Corey Taylor claims to have performed it naked and bleeding from self-inflicted wounds, which isn't hard to believe. This masterfully constructed collection is painfully raw and utterly compelling. --Dominic Wills ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars 012345678 ---- SlipKnoT
To me Slipknot made this album to improve upon the self titled CD. Everything or almost everything here is just a repeat of the first album but has been changed and worked off from and getting ideas from. The self titled album was a classic and Slipknot's main objective for this album was to build on the sh*t they had going from that. Heavy, dark, obscene, chaotic. I dont like labelling these guys to anything..Nu Metal, Metal, Death Metal etc. They are something on its own, like a machine that comes into this world with pissed off emotions and telling the world whats on their minds. This isn't the heaviest stuff by any means, but it is something that will and Should NOT be done again in the future, because nothing will ever be like Slipknot, and Corey

1.(515) --------- Alright, for an opener it's original, spookey and really sends the message that their not going to be messing around on this one..(9/10)
2.People=Sh*t ------- Tremendous. Catchy at beginning. Trade mark slogan of Slipknot..(10/10)
3.Disasterpiece ----- Amazing. Great opening riff and chorus timing and orchestration.. (10/10)
4.My Plague --------- Excellent. a bit overplayed, but i love the heavy guitar crushings in the verse.. (10/10)
5.Everything Ends ----- Great. sing-along, heavy, generation inspirational... (9/10)
6.The Heretic Anthem ---- Great. verses are kinda plain to me for some reason, but has a revolutionary chorus and scariness..(9.5/10)
7.Gently ------ Great. old song, cool soft build up to punishing guitar, longer and experimental ...(8/10)
8.Left Behind ---- Great. radio, cool 80's flare near end.. (9/10)
9.The Shape ---- Great. reminds me of Surfacing for some reason, but same, good chorus... (9/10)
10.I Am Hated ---- Good. Doesnt come across clean... (7.5/10)
11.Skin Ticket ---- Good. Dont consider it a real song but i find it enjoyable sometimes when i feel alone and insane.. (8/10)
12.New Abortion --- Good. nothing special. (8/10)
13.Metabolic ---- Great. underrated-- (9/10)
14.Iowa ---- Boring. Long. Same as "Killers Are Quiet". Enjoyable when you are not hyper to any extent what-so-ever ... (5/10)

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great work, revolutionary CD. pick it up if your VERY angry.

5-0 out of 5 stars thrash resurrected!
Now really, can you honestly call Slipknot nu-metal? Sure, even nu-metal has its good points (bands like Tool and Coal Chamber are Stereomud indeed), but Slipknot has none of the so-so qualities that make nu-metal. Let's face it: the nine-headed monster from Iowa is called nu-metal simply because they're (relatively) new. But if you listen to their composition, you will find nothing but thrash in the style of the best Slayer, Pantera and Sepultura. Their first album, while still great and still thrash, was a bit sloppily done, and the musical ingenuity only shone out now and then. Iowa is beyond improvement: it is transformation! A brief intro that's worth sitting through, followed by a brutal and brilliantly composed People=S***, then a good but exhausting trip in Disasterpiece. The next song, My Plague, is very melodic and downright enchanting. Everything Ends is a piece of (censored); skip it. But the Heretic Anthem is quite an admirable piece of heaviness. Gently (ironically named) simply engulfs you as the strength builds. Left Behind is a bit commercial, but still a pleasing song. Shape is a bit harder to get into, but you will really appreciate it in the end. I am Hated is simply mesmerizing. Skin Ticket is garbage. New Abortion deserves a fair warning: you might not survive (it rocks). Metabolic is a bit of filler. The title track is worth having, but a bit of an endurance test. These sadomasochistic maniacs show just how versatile thrash still is. Too bad they cut down on sampling and turntabling, but that's not such a big loss. Neither nu-metal nor death metal, Slipknot have a lot to contribute to the metal world.

3-0 out of 5 stars Iowa
Every generation gets the heavy metal heroes it deserves.

The hedonistic '70s produced Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith. The superficial '80s gave us Moetley Cruee and Poison. And now, the violent, dysfunctional days of this new millennium have given us the frightening Slipknot, the new Antichrist superstars of disaffected teens everywhere.

We should not be surprised by their popularity. Everything about this nine-member troupe from Des Moines is tailor-made to appeal to surly adolescents. Start with the look, which is, after all, just as important to kids as the music: The members perform in identical industrial coveralls. They wear freaky-creepy horror-movie masks. They go by single-digit numbers instead of names. Think about it: Anonymity, withdrawal from conventional society, the creation of a fearful new persona, a sense of belonging to a rebellious and powerful group -- what more could your average teen want except a side of fries?

In Slipknot's case, that would be the music -- a monstrously heavy and explosively destructive cacophony of pain and mayhem more akin to the blackest European death metal than the comparatively benign rap-rock of Limp Bizkit. Searing sheets of guitars, pummeling waves of maniacally frenzied rhythm, nuclear-powered bass guitars and tortured vocals that veer from a guttural growl to a white-hot primal scream are the main ingredients in this recipe. And it's all served up with a bottomless lyrical cup of bitter psychotic rage. The message is simple: Slipknot hate everything about society. And everybody in it. Us, themselves, you -- especially you.

Amazingly enough, they're even more pissed off on their second major-label album Iowa than they were on their eponymous 1999 debut. That album was like a middle finger stuck in the face of the world; this one is more like a fist heading towards your skull. On shiny, happy tunes with titles like People = S--, My Plague, I am Hated and New Abortion, Slipknot make their intentions graphically clear: They don't just want you to clear off. They want to stab you, bathe themselves in your blood and have sex with your corpse. We are not hyperbolizing. "I wanna slit your throat and f-- the wound / I wanna push my face in and feel the swoon," bellows vocalist No. 8 on the devastating Disasterpiece, one of the 14 violence-drenched assaults in this hour-long session of brutality. And you thought Marilyn Manson was evil?

Slipknot may not be evil but they're damned clever. The warning sticker on this CD (at least on the review copy we got) is stuck to the outer plastic wrapper, so kids who buy it can remove it before they get home. As much as we hate those stickers and the censorship they represent, that sneaky tactic concerns us. Slipknot's Iowa is an album every responsible parent should hear, both by themselves and with their kids. Not to try to dissuade teens from listening to Slipknot -- frankly, these songs are so relentlessly over the top and indistinguishably one-dimensional that even kids should get bored of them pretty quick. But adults might want to point out to the young 'uns that Slipknot is selling rebellion the same way McDonald's sells those fries. And that while their horrifically violent reactions to life and its evils make for excellent cathartic fantasies -- and we all have them -- they aren't to be confused with reality.

Otherwise, we suspect it's only a matter of time until another confused, neglected kid listens to a disc like this, picks up a weapon and screws up a whole bunch of lives. And if we as a society just let that happen, it will be just what we deserve. ... Read more

Asin: B00005A46T


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War All the Time
Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 September, 2003)
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5-0 out of 5 stars simply amazing
Thursday is a band that always gets me excited to listen to music. I first had doubts about "War All The Time" because I didnt think it would be able to live up to Full Collapse. I was blown away by this album. The whole CD is a piece of art. It starts off with "For the Workforce, Drowning", which happens to be my favorite song on the entire album. Its classic Thursday. Gripping guitar riff, great vocals, good drumming, and of course, screaming. My other favorite song on this album is the title track "War All The Time". This is Thursdays most political song to date. With lyrics like "war all of the time, in the shadow of the New York skyline, we grew up too fast, falling apart, like the ashes of an American flag, the sun doesnt rise, we replace it with an h-bomb explosion...". Now whether you agree with this political statement, it is a great song and makes you think. There are no bad songs on this album. Period. Buy this album. You won't regret it

5-0 out of 5 stars War all the time
This is the best album of the year. no doubt. Maybe the best album in the last 10 years. Nowadays if you dont sound exactly like Creed, Nickelback, Default, or Staind (Which do all sound exactly alike) your written off automatically. The music on this album may not grab you right off the back, but i promise you, a couple years from now, this album will be considered a masterpiece.
Just like "Full Collapse". Full Collapse had Thursdays four greatest songs: "Understanding in A Car Crash", "Cross Out The Eyes" "Paris in Flames, and "Standing on the edge of summer". But this one is the better album overall, while their were only four amazing songs and a couple good ones. "War all of the time" flows from song to song with an amazing consistency, without any "ok" parts. Every song stands out.
But like all Thursday music. it doesn't grab you the first spin. So listeners looking for that knid off stuff. the stuff that hits you once and dies off the next week: this music finds you, if you keep coming back. Awesome effort, by a unique band, with loads of energy and emotion: album of the year.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great, for the secular "punk" scene
This cd is pretty good. The guitar is great compared to any other "warped tour" type band. The drums are good, may not be that originall, but they still work and flow well with the other instruments. the vocals, well, the crying gets annoying after too much of this, but the energy involved is great. the lyrics are very good and intellegent, which is hard to find lately. But all the songs being about war/suicide and death does get old after a while. Overall its good stuff and its worth the $12. ... Read more

Asin: B0000C5ROW
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Hybrid Theory
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 October, 2000)
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It may be too cynical to assume Hybrid Theory changed its name to Linkin Park in order to appear right next to Limp Bizkit in your local record bin. But rock-rap workouts like "One Step Closer" and "Papercut" do make Linkin Park a comfortable fit with Fred Durst and his ilk. Producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Lit, Eve 6) and twin vocal threats Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda serve up industrial-strength rap and rock melodicism with equal aplomb on this woulda-been-self-titled debut effort. "Points of Authority" aims to sound like Trent Reznor wanking it up with Lars and company, whereas guitarist Brad Delson's Edge-y harmonics help "In the End" and "Pushing Me Away" evoke a dark romanticism akin to A Perfect Circle. Curiously, the band gets by with no bass player, while sample-happy DJ Joseph Hahn's step into the spotlight on the instrumental "Cure for the Itch" suggests a potential for eclecticism that could help Linkin Park outlive its seemingly transient genre. --Bill Forman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Move Over Limp Bizkit
You can stop waiting for the next best thing in rock n roll. The debut album by Linkin Park is the best I've heard in a long time. These newcomers combine rock, rap, sampling, scratching, and a variety of other genres to create a sound fusion that's all their own. The first single, One Step Closer, is as angry and sonically powerful as anything Limp Bizkit or Papa Roach has ever released. The vocal tandem of Mike and Chester provide a perfect balance in order to come at the listener from all directions. Finally a band has released an album where all the tracks don't sound like the same song. Especially of interest is the band's DJ and resident sampler, Big Bad Mr. Hahn, whose influence can be heard dramatically in such songs as Papercut and By Myself. Mr. Hahn adds another layer to the music that most bands are missing. His skills serve the complement the resounding bass and drums that are the backbone of Linkin Park's unique sound. The band really excels in mixing up the tempo of each song and surprising the listener with each passing minute. Don't be fooled by the ballad-like beginning of Crawling (one of the album's finest tracks), the band raises and lowers the intensity enough to get a strong point across. Hybrid Theory is a very beautiful yet intense debut album. Although not an instant classic in the rock cannon, the album shows the kind of promise most new bands at this time are lacking. If Hybrid Theory is any indicator, Linkin Park will soon be known to rock fans throughout the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars sO fReAkIn' kEwL!
I think "sincerety" and "creativity" are just getting SOOO played out. It's time for something new. It's time for Linkin Park.

As the late, great Kid Rock once said, "If music is good, you'll FEEL it." And, while Linkin Park is no Kid Rock, I really FEEL this breathtaking debut. Every single track makes me want to call my parents sell-outs and squeeze Noxzema pads into my mouth until I get really smashed.

Even though the cover art may be the highlight of this album, I can't forget the actual songs. There's the smash hit "One Step Closer", which, in my opinion, perfectly depicts stereotypical teen-angst. "Papercut" sorta sounds like an echo of everything that has been done in rock n' roll history, but it's still really sweet. "Forgotten" has some of those most beautiful and poignant lyrics to come along in weeks - "Taken far from my safety/The picture is there/The memory won't escape me/But why should I care?" That is almost better than the material in Jewel's book of poetry.

I could prolly go on for days about why this is the most subversive fun I've had in 13 years but I really need to get a pair of JNCOs before the store closes. Buy this if ur kewl!!!!11

5-0 out of 5 stars Some of the best hybrid music
As some might know, the band was called Hybrid Theory before their commercial breakthrough, and that name gives you a hint of what this band is like.
No, this band is not Heavy Metal. A lot of people are busy complaining that the guys are a disgrace to Heavy Metal, but really, they are not a Heavy band. They use some metal elements (very well, I might add), along with rap and electronica, which is why some like to label them as Nu-metal. This label might be the most accurate, but their sound is unlike most other Nu-metal bands.
They have a knack of creating very catchy songs, which, of course, explains their commercial success.
More, they really are a bunch of talented artists. Chester sings really well, both aggressive and emotional, even though his voice is a bit untraditional and maybe boyish, but he does it well, and it adds to their distinctive sound.
Mike raps with routine, and complements Chester well, while Brad and Phoenix on guitar and bass does the groundwork in most songs, even if they don't give off any flashy solos. Rob is, in my opinion, one of the best drummers out there, and Joe Hahn - well he is on of the elements that adds to LP's distinctive sound. LP wouldn't be the same without his intelligent understanding of scratching and electronica.
The lyrics are well written and the band keep them universal, so they are easy for everyone to relate to.
Some are annoyed by their heavy use of angsty lyrics, and most of them are about alienation, and yes, they may not be very original, but still well written.
Hybrid Theory is one of the few albums in my personal collection where I can listen to all songs at all times without skipping any of them. ... Read more

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Missundaztood
Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 November, 2001)
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There's a rule in commercial pop: don't bite the hand that feeds you. Translation? If you're getting love on TRL, it's best leaving well enough alone and tinkering only slightly with the sound that pays your bills. So you have to give Pink a whole heap of credit. The Philly-raised songbird may have made her rep with infectious and rugged pop-R&B hits like "There You Go" and the remake of "Lady Marmalade," but like the fuchsia coif she once sported, that sound is gone. In its place is a more driving alt-rock attack, liberally laced with some late-night blues and heartfelt lyrics that, while they sometimes come off like diary entries (the simplistic bon mot "Your pain is painful" in "Family Portrait"), are clearly Pink's thoughts, as opposed to words someone put in her mouth. Helping Pink express her inner Alanis are Dallas Austin, who produced the insistent rocker "18 Wheeler," and former 4 Non Blonde Linda Perry, who Pink has resurrected from one-hit-wonder status. Mixing up thumping beats, ("Get the Party Started"), with folksy confessionals, Pink's potent vocals and her honest determination make this a risk worth hearing. --Amy Linden ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A great sophomore effort
No disrespect to Ludacris, but this second album from Pink should be called "Back for the First Time". This sophomore effort is everything Pink always wanted to do, so you might wanna call this a rebirth for her.

First off, if you're expecting Pink to sing those R&B tunes like she did on her first album, it ain't happening. She's into more rock-flavored tunes now, and it's a good thing too. Though Can't Take Me Home produced the hits "There You Go" and "Most Girls", the rest of the album was pretty lame. Thankfully, Pink brings the soul on some of the rock tracks here to produce a good mix.

For example, there's "Lonely Girl" featuring Where-Are-They-Now artist Linda Perry (of 4 Non-Blondes fame), and the song you've heard before, "Get the Party Started", a funky concoction of dance, '70's-style rhythm, and Pink's soulful/now rock-influenced voice. "Don't Let Me Get Me" is about Pink not wanting to be confused with other girl singers like Britney. But it's on the down-home-blues "Misery" (featuring Aerosmith's Steven Tyler) where Pink really shines.

Most of the material is produced by Linda Perry and Dallas Austin so M!ssundastood is part rock and part R&B. Also, having written most of the material herself, Pink is really a part of this project. This album doesn't have the "Dude, run out and buy this album!" quality that other albums at this time do, but this is an album that's worth a listen.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
P!nk's newest album MISSUNDAZSTOOD is probably her smartest offering yet, which I know is hard to say since its only her sophomore album. Ditching the R&B act, she goes in favor of a more rock oriented sound, thanks to the help of Linda Perry who was involved in most of this album. The result is a smart album, filled with deeply personal songs about demanding respect from guys, disfunctional family values and dealing with the problems, personal issues, and other issues many people in this life can relate to. Perhaps the most poignant and beautiful song on this album is the closing track, "My Vietnam". However, there are other strong points here, including "Family Portrait", "Gone To California", "Eventually", etc. Linda Perry joins P!nk on the track "Lonely Girl", and Steven Tyler joins her on "Misery". The only mis-step on this album is "Get This Party Started" and the title track, which just don't seem to fit the overall vibe of the album. Another mis-step in the same vein, the songs "Just Like A Pill" and "Don't Let Me Get Me" are almost identical, in their messages and meanings underneath. Otherwise this is a song set. P!nk shows us that she has the makings of a great pop star, who is worthy of that title, she provides music with in depth meaning underneath it all, unlike Miss Nobody Spears. Give this one a try!

4-0 out of 5 stars ...not bad...4 sum1 who disses pop & is herself a pop artist
i love this CD. I bought it mainly for Just Like A Pill and found that most of the songs on her appeal to me. The beats and sounds of this make for great party music.

i dont get why she's classified as a pop artist tho...some of the music sounds poppy, but not completely...shes more alt/punk or pop/punk...

good CD....that wraps it up ... Read more

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Fallen
Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 March, 2003)
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The Daredevil soundtrack provided a nice boost for this previously unknown quartet from Little Rock, Arkansas. Evanescence’s songs "My Immortal" and the imposing "Bring Me to Life" are clear standouts in the film, mainly because they work so well with the dramatic, eerie undertones of the storyline. They reappear here on the band’s debut, alongside a selection of similarly brooding tracks that evoke pensive artists like Tori Amos and the Cranberries. Vocalist Amy Lee has the kind of voice that can cause weeks of insomnia, but on songs like "Tourniquet" and "Haunted" she belies the music’s sinister mood with evenhanded spirituality, thoughtfully letting some light shine through the tempest. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars breath-taking.
evanescence is perhaps one of the most incredible bands breaking into the music scene right now. i've recently gotten into the "goth-rock" sound, and this band has kept me comfortably situated between music genres. i hang my head in shame while admitting that i didn't think there was anything particularly special about them the first one hundred times i heard their first single, "bring me to life," on the radio and mtv. i honestly thought that though amy lee had an amazing voice, evanescence would be somewhat of a "one-hit-wonder." i could not have been more wrong.

my friend burned the cd for me [hey, i'm a 16-year old with no job. . .thus. . .no money] and i listened to it once. i guess i wasn't listening very well because i neglected to listen again, thinking that the album wasn't as great as my friend had built it up to be. however, a few months ago, i had the privilege of seeing them live. wow. if you think amy and the guys are great on the cd, you should definitely see them live. they sound even better and their passion for music is obvious. not to mention, amy is gorgeous and should be the envy of all girls in america. i think the greatest aspect of their show, however, was that people, who listened to music from different genres that attended that music festival, all knew the words to their songs. it's not often you find a band that appeals to both goth kids and top 40 radio listeners.

needless to say, after that performance, i was captivated. their sound is indescribable and amy's voice, uncomparable. i seriously prefer staying at home singing along with her voice rather than going out. okay, so that's really sad, but i think you get the idea. anyway, if you don't already have "fallen," shame on you. if you're hesitant and not yet convinced, try downloading "going under," "my immortal," "tourniquet," "taking over me," and "whisper" to get an idea of evanescence's genius. and if they ever stop in your city for a show, make sure you catch it, even if the ticket price is outrageously high. you will definitely not be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Become "Fallen"
I bought this CD after hearing that they were a pretty good band and hearing a couple of their songs. I just could not resist it. This is an incredible CD. Here's what I think of it song-by-song:

"Going Under": Amy is a bit low for her vocal range at first it sounds like, but then she breaks out the high notes and the album takes off running. 4.5/5

"Bring Me To Life": The song that most people know them by. Amy starts out belting out those high notes, and I absolutely love it. This was the first song I heard of theirs, and fell in love. Her voice mixes with the guest artist's so well. 5/5

"Everybody's Fool": This one starts where Bring Me To Life left off. They sound so similar that the transition could easily be made seamless with just small editing. The lyrics are great, everything is great. 5/5

"My Immortal": The song that convinced me that I just had to have this album. Amy's voice is so perfect over the piano, and eventually the strings. This song sends chills up and down my spine every time I hear it, not to mention that the lyrics rock. When combined with Bring Me To Life and Everybody's Fool, this is the best 11 minutes in music history, I think. Very inspiring. 8/5

"Haunted": My least favorite song on the album. I don't know why I don't like it, it just doesn't float my boat. Still a wonderful song, though. 4/5

"Tourniquet": I can't emphasize this enough; I love Amy's voice!! This is a cry out to God for salvation. Beautiful, descriptive lyrics. 4.5/5

"Imaginary": This is also a bit of an odd song. However, it does work for Amy's haunting voice. Beautiful. 4.5/5

"Taking Over Me": Another wonderful song that you can listen to again and again. This one really has a bit of a different sound than anything else on the album. I like it. 4.5/5

"Hello": Some people have said they don't like this song, and that she's a schizophreniac or something. After listening to it, I've found that it has a rather catchy tune, and that she's just swimming in her memories. Another song where Amy is singing over a piano. 5/5

"My Last Breath": This one has almost a techno feel to it in the beginning, but then the guitars hit you like a wave, but then Amy's voice comes in like a breath of fresh air. Altogether, this song works perfectly with the CD. Perhaps its not a very original theme, but that can be forgiven since its such a good song. 5/5

"Whisper": Not only the last song on the CD, but also the longest. This one really brings back the idea of "Fallen" with its lyrics. The chorus is very catchy. You may find yourself singing it in the shower if you're not careful! 5/5

I truthfully feel that this is the best [money] that I've ever spent. Amy has an incredible voice, which is so rare these days in the professional music industry, sad to say. From "Bring Me To Life" to "My Immortal", Evanescence shows their diversity and capabilities with this freshman release. It should be a crime not to own this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Blew me away....
I just recently discovered Evanescence by mistake after visiting a friend's web site and clicking a link for Evanescence - Hello. I absolutely LOVED the track and, having friends who were obsessed with the album and the band, naturally decided to borrow/buy the album. A friend lent it to me, and here I am, listening, several days after becoming obsessed with it myself. I just cannot stop listening to it... Amy Lee's voice is so much more polished and mature than anyone else in her age group of singers, such as Avril Lavigne, Brittany Spears, etc. It's like an angel from heaven has come down to bless us with her talent, and it's no wonder why the song "Bring Me To Life" attracted so many fans to this small Arkansas band and singer! And, without further ado, onto the ratings... Going Under - This song is not my favorite, but nonetheless, it is a great song. The rock beat really strikes my fancy, and the lyrics are well-polished. 9.5/10 Bring Me To Life - The song that inspired Evanescence's fan base, and it's really easy to see why! The lyrics are great, the tune is wonderful, and it's really easy to pick up. It's haunting and rocking at the same time, and overall a great song. It has its shortcomings, however, as it will become really repetetive after a while of listening to it because it is so awesome! 9.5/10 Everybody's Fool - A great song, but it's basically repeating the same thing, merely in different words, through the entire song. 9.5/10 My Immortal - After listening to all of the album and Hello before it, this was my new favorite song. As another reviewer put it, it may be what heaven really sounds like. This is one of the band's songs that you hear everywhere, like Avril Lavigne's Sk8er Boi, and you just instantly love it, but you just never know who the artist is... then you find out, get the album, listen to the song and the rest of it, and become obsessesed instantaneously! Its haunting lyrics and beautiful piano make this an instant classic, not to be missed. 10/10 Haunted - Amy Lee sang the heck out of this one, and because of it, it's great. It's not quite at bloody as Tourniquet, but creepy all the same, and in this reviewer's eyes, creepy = good. 10/10 Touniquet- This song really makes you brood over death. Amy really convinces you that she's in serious pain when she sings so soulfully, and it makes you so sorry for her, that you just can't help but like the song. However, I'm not really one for the morbid-type, so marks down for the gruesome details. Don't get me wrong though; this song is still great. 9/10 Imaginary - Amy describes how she retreats into her own world to escape the horrors of this one, but she can't decide which one she likes better. Very soulful, just like all of the other songs on the album, and one of my personal favorites. 10/10 Taking Over Me - It seems like Amy is willing to drop everything and find her true love, who has taken over her soul and now is morunful for him because he left. The lyrics are great, and the entire song has a very catchy beat. 9.5/10 Hello - This is the song that got me hooked on Evanescence. Haunting and beautiful lyrics, Amy's beautiful voice that will keep you awake (and slightly insane because of sadness and other factors) for weeks to come, and absolutely haunting melody on the piano, this is my personal favorite song on this album. It maintains the sad note of Haunted and Tourniquet, but with much less violence. She doesn't know if she's sleeping or not, and then she realizes that death really does exist, and that nothing will ever be the same. Let me scream for a moment: I LOVE THIS SONG!! 10/10 My Last Breath - When I listened to this, the first time, I got the lyrics stuck in my head because Amy sung them so beautifully! The beat is catchy and fun, and the lyrics are great. Overall, a great song. 9.5/10 Whisper - This song is probably the worst one on the CD, though don't get me wrong; I still love it, but it just isn't up to par with the others. I do, however, love the Latin at the end; Amy translated it roughly to "Save us from danger, save us from evil," and it really fits the mood of the song. It gets pretty slow at the end, so that turned me off of it a little bit. Still a good song nonetheless. 8.5/10 Overall, this album is one of the most polished I've ever heard in years, and it really got me hooked on the goth/rocky genre. I simply can't wait for the next one! Keep up the good work guys! ... Read more

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Untouchables
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 June, 2002)
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The band that unwittingly begat the current, if waning, rap-metal frenzy, Korn has been semidormant since 1999's multiplatinum Issues, while bands they inspired, such as Linkin Park, have ruled the charts and minds of disenfranchised teens. The wait for Untouchables' 14 cutting cuts is more than worth it, however. The quintet's heavy sound and lyrical angst have not been dulled by success. Singer Jonathan Davis's often agonized, cathartic lyrics and slightly lispy, emotive delivery are as heavy and varied as on previous outings. On the first single, "Here to Stay," which boasts a spooky, Nine Inch Nails feel and Fieldy's aggro, down-tuned bass, Davis growls in pain, "This state is elevating / As the hurt turns into hating / Anticipating all the f---ed up feelings again."

Among and within songs, Korn move seamlessly and dynamically from gentle, spooky, and lushly melodic to a bass-heavy propulsive, explosive musicality. "Embrace" is almost grandiose and Cult-like in its rock drama, in contrast to the punky, straight-up "Wake Up Hate," on which Davis's vocals are especially creepy and Marilyn Manson-like as he rants: "I'm, I'm filthy/ Wasted piece of s--t/ I am disgusting/ Take me away." Untouchables, with its brutal introspection and hints of misogyny, is sure to earn its parental advisory sticker. But the album is still a must-have: 62 minutes of deeply felt, ultra-intense spewings, a tour de force that will strike a chord with fans and critics alike. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars They Have Out-Korned Themselves
I admit that Untouchables was just the second Korn album I ever listened to; I was introduced to the band with 1999's Issues. Untouchables is considered by some to be a softie album, possibly due to "Alone I Break," simply 'cause it doesn't feature any overdriven, axe-grinding guitar riffs. If you want a softie album, buddy, go buy "Hell Freezes Over" by The Eagles or something.

Thankfully, every track on Untouchables is a full-length, no-holds-barred song. Gone are the old two-minute interludes that were so popular on Issues. Absent as well are Jon Davis's infamous bagpipes, which were last heard on track 1, "Dead," from Issues. Untouchables is fourteen tracks (thirteen if you want the clean Wal-Mart version) of the darkest, most angst-driven heavy metal you'll ever hear. And don't get me wrong, it's not just a big old pile of noise, which, to a certain extent, Issues was. The songs on Untouchables are deep and inspired, unlike many "I'll say the F-word just 'cause I can" records that're out there today. The one exception is the hideously profane "Beat It Upright," which was banned from the edited version of the album.

Three singles made their way to the radio from Untouchables: the fierce, headbanging album opener, "Here to Stay"; the vocal-and-guitar-driven "Thoughtless"; and the inspired, semi-soft "Alone I Break." These are not necessarily the record's best songs. In fact, there are only one or two songs that an eclectic hard rock listener will not enjoy.

In addition to the outstanding riffs, beats, and vocals, many of the songs on Untouchables feature sampled openings and hooks, most notably the addictive main hook of "Hollow Life," the album's slowest (but not softest) song. "Hating" opens with a fast hook and a gothic beat, and features an incredible chorus.

Although the album may not be loved by Korn's more exclusive fans (the ones who didn't know the band existed until "Freak on a Leash" came out), it's sure to be adored by fans of albums like Metallica's "Black Album," Limp Bizkit's "Significant Other," and even Korn's own self-titled debut.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST KORN CD OUT OF THE FIVE
... When Untouchables came out, I couldn't wait to buy it. It's similar to Issues because of voilent lyrics, but different because it's alot heavier with better bass. Fieldy must have been practicing. Jon's vocals scream (feel sorry for me) with his raw, screaming voice. David has mastered the drums and the heavy guitar riffs between James and Head are excellent. This cd has its soft moments, but the hard, loud moments give you the spooky sense of death metal. Rap plays a small role in this cd also. It's Almost like a not nearly as fast version of Slipknot. If you don't have any Korn cds, you should buy this one first, just so you can hear all the great aspects of this band roled into a single album. THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST OF KORN!

5-0 out of 5 stars this is probably the second best Korn album
Most of the songs on Untouchables sound different from anything Korn has ever done before. You can still tell it's Korn, but there seems to be a different sound and a more melodic atmosphere to much of the album. The entire CD is great. The songs and my reviews of each are:

1) Here To Stay (10/10): a great, heavy guitar riff. The lyrics are really good. An excellent intro to the CD, and probably my second favorite song.

2) Make Believe (8/10): This isn't one of my favorite songs, but it has a nice electronic kind of sound. Great chorus.

3) Blame (10/10): The first 10 seconds or so sound the same as the beginning of Here To Stay. Great guitar riff, nice drumming, cool-sounding lyrics . The chorus is great. My fourth favorite song.

4) Hollow Life (9/10): This hardly sounds like Korn! It's more calm than most of their stuff, but it has an eerie, HOLLOW sound to it :) The chorus is pretty good.

5) Bottled Up Inside (10/10): My favorite song! The opening guitar riff is awesome, as are the lyrics. I like from about 2:50-3:12 when the lyrics slow down and become louder, augmented by very heavy guitar playing and some amazing drumming, with scat in the background. This song is perfect.

6) Thoughtless (10/10): Nice guitar riffs. I like the chorus with two voices going at once saying the same thing at different times. I like the scatty vocals towards the end. A great song.

7) Hating (9/10): The beginning sounds strange. I like the bass throughout the song, especially during the chorus. The lyrics sound really cool.

8) One More Time (9/10): Another different-sounding song. Unlike all the other songs. This song is really catchy.

9) Alone I Break (10/10): It's hard to tell this is even Korn! One of the most unique Korn songs I've ever heard. It's hard to describe. I love the chorus.

10) Embrace (10/10): What can I say other than WOW! A great guitar riff leads to some excellent vocals mixed to the guitar sounds. The chorus is pretty good, and this entire song is great. EXCELLENT drumming from 2:35-3:10. My third favorite, this is one heavy and dark song.

11) Beat It Upright (7/10): Nice opening guitar riff, but this song is kinda weird. Scatty-sounding vocals towards the end are pretty cool.

12) Wake Up Hate (8/10): Very eerie sounding, especially the chorus. Really fast-paced with nice vocals.

13) I'm Hiding (9/10): Great guitar riff. The lyrics are cool. This song has a nice chorus.

14) No One's There (8/10): A very slow song. As with Hollow Life and Alone I Break, this is one of the songs where you need to check the cover to be sure it's even Korn! It's not as heavy or hard-hitting as their other songs, but it's a good song nonetheless and an excellent ending to this great CD.

127/140, 91%

All in all, this is a superb album, and if you like Korn, you definitely should buy Untouchables. ... Read more

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Take a Look in the Mirror
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars For KoRn an ..Peachy fans
This review is just intented to early KoRn fans (from the first two albums, and follow the leader).

I'm sure you guys are expecting some return to the old korn, because that's what the band's been selling in this album..well remember Metallica with St. Anger? "this is our hardest sound and hardeest album" well Anger sucked and sucked BIG TIME.

This is almost the same...but not entirely. I'm sure you all hated Issues and Untouchables as i did but this cd is not that bad. I actually could hear it interely without really hating all the songs. J.Davis is screaming a little bit more like he used to, the guitars are a little bit more decent aswell as the bass and there's bo synth sound for our luck.

Jon still sings some verses horribly but not as bad as Issues and U.
If you want you may download some songs but DO NOT buy the album. Instead you could user your money in The Mars Volta or something like that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Top of Their Game
Take A Look In The Mirror redefines Korn's sound yet again, while maintaining the same aggressive and intense style they have always been known for. From the heavy intro riff of Right Now to the dissonant melodies of I'm Done, Take A Look In The Mirror pounds the senses with a variety of moods and emotions. The core of this sonic barrage lies within the voice and lyrics of singer, Jonathan Davis, continuing to express himself with honesty and integrity.
With Korn's last album, Untouchables, the singer showed another facet of his vocal abilities with intense melodies and diverse vocal stylings challenging fans to evolve to the next level of Korn's constant, musical ascension. Taking his experiences from working on the soundtrack to the film, 'Queen of the Damned', Jonathan Davis brought to the table a new and fresh spin on the already original and defined Korn sound. Hailed as Korn's best studio album to date, Untouchables proved to fans, critics and haters alike why they were responsible for reshaping the landscape of rock and metal in the mid 90's.
Take A Look In The Mirror doesn't hold back and takes the next, logical step forward for a band that never repeats themselves. Mixing the melodic sounds of Untouchables with the raw, unbridled energy of Korn's first two albums, the band unleashes some of it's heaviest material to date.
Just when fans thought Jonathan Davis couldn't push himself any further, the 33 year old singer finds even more unque sounds to express his rage and pain. With deep, resonating growls and pitch perfect screams, Jonathan Davis delves deeper into his personal demons and emerges with as much raw hate as ever.
Reflecting on not only coping with fame, he also touches on his own personal struggles inside as well as his contempt for those around him that feed off of his success and others that try to keep him down. Take A Look In The Mirror not only symbolizes the band's look back at their 10 year career, but it also signifies Jonathan Davis' inner reflections as an accomplished musician, husband, rolemodal and father and his constant battle in stabilizing and balancing all of those things within himself.
Jonathan Davis is indeed at the top of his game and is able to express himself better than ever. To those that wondered if Korn would reclaim their place in rock music, Take A Look In The Mirror not only solidifies that they are one of the best bands of this century, but also that Korn will always stay true to their music and themselves.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great, but not REALLY great
"Take A Look In The Mirror," Korn's newest album, is my fourth favorite Korn CD, but that doesn't make it bad at all! It delivers a mix of all of their previous work, but it's not totally similar to any one of the ealrier CD's. If that makes sense to you, then you'll also understand the greatness of this album. The songs on it and my reviews for each:

1) Right Now (10/10): A great intro, and one of the best songs on the album.

2) Break Some Off (8/10): This song is pretty good, but it's a little short.

3) Counting On Me (7/10): Not really a big fan of this song. It starts to drag near the end.

4) Here It Comes Again (10/10): A nice opening guitar riff. This song is pretty slow and melodic and not as heavy as most, but it's still really good.

5) Deep Inside (9/10): A little short, but still pretty good.

6) Did My Time (10/10): The beginning is really good, as are the guitar riffs and vocals. Nice chorus. Overall, one of the best songs on the album.

7) Everything I've Known (7/10): Definitely not one of my favorites. It's an O.K. song, but I just never really got into it.

8) Play Me (1/10): A worthless piece of junk. The only reason I gave it any stars is because the first 30 seconds or so are all right, but it just goes down hill from there.

9) Alive (10/10): After hearing the dissappointing "Play Me," this song is a huge relief. It's my favorite on the CD, and everything about it is perfect, and I especially like the chorus.

10) Let's Do This Now (10/10): This song has the greatest chorus on the entire album! The bagpipes in the beginning sound pretty funny.

11) Y'all Want A Single (10/10): One of the best songs on the album. It's pretty funny, and the guitars are excellent.

12) I'm Done (9/10): I usually skip over this song, but it's still really good.

13) When Will This End (9/10): This song is pretty good. The drumming is great, along with the chorus. Since the CD is only about 45 minutes long, this doesn't seem like it's the last song.

BONUS TRACK: One (10/10): This starts out with drumming and cheering, which leads to really good guitars and bass, and an overall great song.

All in all, Korn has shown that they are still the leaders of the so-called "nu-metal" pack. This is a great CD, and every Korn fan should have it! ... Read more

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The Slim Shady LP
Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 February, 1999)
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On The Slim Shady LP, Eminem wants it all. He's conflicted, you see; the world has treated him badly, and he wants to respond in kind. But he isn't a straight-up gangsta--this is, after all, the first release on Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records, his post-Death Row-era venture--and Eminem (born Marshall Mathers) doesn't really want anyone to follow in his footsteps, which leads to some interesting contradictions on this album. In the first single, "My Name Is," he's self-deprecating, rapping about his poor upbringing and his hairy palms. But on the very next song, "Guilty Conscience," he plays the devil to Dr. Dre's angel--that is, until Eminem brings up an incident from Dre's devilish past, rapping, "You gonna take advice from someone who slapped Dee Barnes?" Later, on "'97 Bonnie & Clyde," he turns Will Smith's "Just the Two of Us" on its ear, making it a tale of murder; but on "My Fault," he actually feels bad--though whether it's for the girl he overdosed or for himself is tough to figure out. With his nasal Midwestern tone, Mathers has a clean, clear flow, and the production--by Dr. Dre, Marky, and Jeff Bass--is crisp but consistently fun. With his outlook, it's tough to take Eminem too seriously, but he's made an album you don't have to take seriously to enjoy. --Randy Silver ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One Of Em's Finest
Simply a classic Marshall Mathers masterpiece. Slim gets help on the mix boards with one of rap's most admired producers of all time, Dr. Dre. Dre makes songs like "Guilty Conscience" stand out with a unique feeling that you won't get from listening to anything else. My favorite tracks (in no particular order) are: My fault, As the World turns, Role Model, Guilty Conscience, My name is,'97 Bonnie and Clyde, Just don't give a F--- and Brain Damage. This album often gets hard knocks due to hits harsh lyrical content. Since buying this album two weeks ago, I have listened to it quite a few times and the lyrics do not bother me at all. However, if you are under 16, I do not reccomend playing this album in front of your parents. Eminem is one of the most talented emcyees to pick up a microphone in years. He makes words rhyme brilliantly in ways you could never immagine. If you are thinking of buying em's third release-The "Eminem Show", or his sophomore effort-"The Marshall Mathers LP" I deeply reccomend picking up this album first. It will help you relate to what he is saying in his newer releases, and will let you travel deep inside the mind of Em's dark alter-ego-Slim Shady. If you love classic rap like Tupac, Biggs, Nas, Jay-Z, Dre, and Snoop-then I promise you will fall in love with this album immediately. 10/10-lyrics 8/10-beats (if you want some very tight beats buy "The Marshall Mathers LP") 9/10-production, 10/10-Flow. Pick up this album soon!

5-0 out of 5 stars This isn't nu-metal or rock? well it's still d*mn good
Holy @%*#$@%&$*!!! I'll just give the list of songs and ratings:

1 Public Service Announcment- funny - 10/10
2 My Name Is- Funny, creative, and sturdy - 9/10
3 Guilty Conscience- Very Creative, got Dr. Dre, flowing - 9.5/10
4 Brain Damage- A little funny and smooth song - 8.5/10
5 Paul- Ok, I don't necessarily care about his lawyer, but ok - 5.5/10
6 If I Had- Funny and sad, cool song - 8/10
7 97' Bonnie And Clyde- Wicked and freaky, but awesome song - 9/10
8 [bitch] Eh, just some ... - 5.5/10
9 Role Model- Super Creative and...trippy - 9/10
10 Lounge- Hey, he can really sing! - 7.5/10
11 My Fault- um, just not for me, it's alright - 7/10
12 Ken Kaniff- Funny, somewhat creative...I think - 9/10
13 Cum On Everybody- yeah, not for me, but ok - 7/10
14 Rock Bottom- ONE [HECK] OF A SONG!!! - 10/10
15 Just Don't Give A [FUCK]- Wacky and awesome - 10/10
16 Soap-...oh, weird thing to put on a CD - 7/10
17 As The World Turns- Good and creative, that's about all - 8/10
18 I'm Shady- Good and creative - 8.5/10
19 Bad Meets Evil- Good, but nothing as creative as it seems - 7.5/10
20 Still Don't Give A ... Less Awesome than Just Don't Give A ..., but still great - 9.5/10

5-0 out of 5 stars Sick!
I liked my name is that's funny! Gooooood lyrics and great beats. ... Read more

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Toxicity
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A New Type Of Killer Toxin
Every so often, a music group explodes with such a different and solid style that just about everyone who listens to it happens to love it. System Of A Down is one of these groups, blowing up with their 2nd official CD, "Toxicity". This CD is near-flawless all the way through and any fan of hard rock will fall in love with it quickly. The lead vocalist, Serj, has such a crazy sound to his voice that it really grapples you into the songs. All in all, SOAD is filled with very anti-regulation, rebellious, good hard music.

The album starts out with a very hard song, "Prison Song", which is sure to hit the listener hard with its lyrical content and sound. It's a great introduction to most of the material we will be hearing later on the CD. Following the first song are two great ones, "Needles" and "Deer Dance", both of which have hard choruses and flowing vocals by Serj. After these comes a pretty short song (barely over 2 minutes, but short songs are somewhat common to SOAD) but hard and fast. The drummer really kicks in and goes crazy on this song. Track 5 entitled "X" comes in a bit slower but just as solid as the rest... then Serj goes very fast on most of the vocals. Next is the single track that really hooked me to SOAD's newer sounding style (over their self-titled LP a few years back), "Chop Suey!". This was a huge radio hit and is one of those songs that you love listening to even though it's so mainstream. The vocals are really "chopped" up but all flow together, and the chorus is... well... "heavenly" I guess. Very angellic sounding, if that makes any sense. Awesome song.

The 2nd Half of the album is just as good as the first. And truthfully that does not happen as often as it should in music these days. Track 7, "Bounce", follows Chop Suey! up with a fast paced and *insane* song. Definitely the craziest on the album. "Bounce, Pogo Pogo Pogo POGO!!". Good song. Following that is "Forest", a semi-long song weighing in at 4:00, but possibly one of my favorites. It has a medium paced beat going with it as Serj screams after every line. At track 12, we come to "Toxicity", the title track and very deserving of this title. Slower paced and more instrumental, this is one of my favorites. Psycho is a pretty dark song and very emotional, with a screaming memorable chorus, "Psycho...Cocaine...Cocaine...Crazy!" in increasing speed. A really good cut. And the final track: Aerials. This was their 2nd single and the most mainstream sounding song with the exception of Chop Suey!. They made a badass video to go along with this slow song. Good lyrics, and good end to the album.

Overall, I was unbelievably impressed with the quality of the work that System Of A Down was able to produce with "Toxicity". It's much more mature sounding than their self-titled CD even though that is awesome work as well! The group really made their own nitch in the hard rock community with this release and it's going to be great to see what System can come out with in the future. GET THIS CD, PERIOD.

Overall Rating: 9.5 / 10

5-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly(?) Good for a jaded Metal Fan
O.k., I originally wrote System of a Down off as yet another wanna-be corporate Mtv "nu-metal" band. I WAS WRONG. THIS CD IS FANTASTIC! Yes, I do think that SoaD should get down on their knees and worship at the feet of "Faith No More" (this CD brings "King for a Day" and "Album of the Year" to mind), but they really have their own sound that comes out and distinguishes itself from other bands.

I really liked their first CD, and on "Toxicity" the band is even more polished. The only song that doesn't seem to fit on the CD for me is "Chop Suey!". It sound a little out of place compared to the other music, but that's probably because I've heard it on the radio so much. With good reason, it's a great song!

Anyway, the rest of the CD is a little heavier than the radio hit. I really like the lyrics. The lyrics of most of the songs talk about social or political injustices, like Rage. Unlike Rage, SOAD has a sense of humor and don't seem to take up an issue with Everything.

All in all, I think this CD is a safe buy. Metal friends of mine are split on their opinions of this CD. Some love it, some hate it. The odd singing and rapid time changes could definitely throw a listener off. I know this is often said, but I really believe that if you don't like it at first listen, believe it or not "Toxicity" WILL grow on you. So will their first CD. If you like Faith No More, Korn, and Rage; go ahead and experiment with System of a Down. If you can, see them live, too. Their energy could light the planet! (Am I the only person who thinks that the lead singer of System looks like B-Real on a massive ammount of stimulants?)

1-0 out of 5 stars corgancobainmalakian is a dipsh*t!!
corgancobrainmalakian, you make me want to vomit!! Zach De La Rocha is a much better singer than Serj Turkian (he's a stupid Turk) will ever be!! So what if RATM isn't around anymore, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath aren't together anymore. I'm glad RATM isn't in Hot Topic, its a sign that they're too good for that. Daron Malakian is a terrible song writer and guitarist. Soil's guitar solo was NOTHING to scream about. 99% of his songs don't make sense. RATM isn't one dimentional, each of their songs sound completely different from the rest. SOAD is a hypocritical no-talent new-metal (not nu) band, get that through your empty head you ass-raming chode!! If you're from England and if Amazon has a British website, go to that one you retard!! Stay in your own website!! I hate you and I hate any band who's main influences are Slayer and Cannibal Corpse. Go listen to the kids in my school, ha!! All the kids in my school are retarted, they listen to rap, or the rock kids listen to pop-punk emo crap like Simple Plan and Dashboard Confessional. The metal kids listen to Korn and SOAD. I hang around the classic rock kids. They can actually sort out good and bad music (something you can't do). Another reason SOAD sucks is because they're in favor of religion over science, why don't these guy might as well say creationism is more factual than evolution!! Face it corgancobrainblahblahblah, RATM was, is, and always will be better than SOAD. If you don't like the truth, suicide is your answer. ... Read more

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St. Anger (with Bonus DVD)
Average Customer Review: 2.88 out of 5 stars
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Never underestimate the regenerative powers of Metallica. Following the stripped-down Load and Re-Load, they've returned to the raw, vitriolic savagery of their earlier canon, using 1984's Ride the Lightning as a template for St. Anger. The title track provides the psychic lynchpin of the album by combining the bombast and defiance of the band's earliest high-water marks with more deliberate lyrics and emotional nakedness. Equally cathartic is "Some Kind of Monster," a lumbering beast of a song that declares, "This is the voice of silence no more." Despite that claim, there's an economy to these lyrics; James Hetfield's raw-toothed growl only occasionally punctuates the menacing soundscapes. In fact, "Dirty Windows," the standout track here, is a shimmering five-minute instrumental that's free of the baroque trappings that sometimes clutter the Metallica landscape. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Greedy over-hyped trash
Yes, Metallica's long-awaited new album is more hardcore than ever, boasting the most metal riffage, technical drumming, and Hetfield hollers of any album of their's to date. Why, then, did I give it such a low rating? Well, it's simple; it's not on the level of Metallica.
I mean, these are the same guys that made masterpieces, such as Master of Puppets, Ride The Lightning, the Black Album. Hell, even their Load and Reload albums were halfway-decent, and S & M added a nice little touch to some Metallica classics. It's just that Saint Anger, well, sounds like crap.
There are four main reasons why this album sounds like crap:
(1) Hammett has practically no guitar solos (Hetfield did lead guitar for the album) and the guitars are badly detuned, nu-metal style.
(2) The drums sound like friggin' trash cans (Ulrich must've been on a hangover when he tuned his set.)
(3) Hetfield's lyrics are the worst to date (listen to, oh, say, Frantic or Invisible Kid, and you'll understand what I mean; remember when Metallica lyrics were actually insightful and inspiring?)
(4) 75 minutes of music. Why didn't they just cut it down to their best songs, presumably several songs that didn't make the cd?

On another note, I know this has nothing to do with St. Anger, but it's funny that Ulrich and Hetfield were oh-so-big on fighting Napster users. This might sound sacreligious, but maybe they took those steps because they were afraid of those Napster users putting all of St. Anger on Napster, and then their fans would realize how much the album stinks. Just a theory, Metallica fans, but I think that Metallica could release an album with Ulrich on lead guitar, Hammett on vocals, and Hetfield farting in a drum mic, and sell millions. Their old material is still good, though, so save up your money, go to Wal Mart, and get that one Metallica CD (from 1991 or before) that you have yet to buy, so you can hear Metallica before they became MTV commercialized trash. On another note; they still rock live :P

1-0 out of 5 stars If This Dosnt Signal Coming of the Appocolypse, Nothing Will
Thats right, this is the worst cd ever. What a quincidence, its also the worst band ever. But wait, they're not a band they're just a group of guys playing guitair solos. I would rather listen to Brand New by far, then listen to them. St.Anger is the worst song ever. Yep, it can't get any worse then this in the music industry. Who ever signed them is the stupidest man ever, god help him.

5-0 out of 5 stars just give me a cigarette
simply awesome from start to finish metallica has done it again with another great album i would say this album is as great as master of puppets if not better there's atleast 3 minute long solos in each song by kirk Hammet faster that those on kill em' all and ride the lightning awesome bass lines by cliff burton lars does blazing fast double pedal especially on some kind of monster John Hetfeld is probably the best lead guitarist i've ever heard he's way better than Yngwie Malmsteen, Dave Mustaine, Chuck Schuldiner, Marty Friedman, Joe Satriani, and criss oliva put together only thing i can say now is that this is a truly an intriguing album period ... Read more

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Steal This Album
Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 November, 2002)
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With Rage Against the Machine disbanded, System of a Down ascend to the political aggro-rock throne, and with Steal This Album, the Los Angeles-based quartet prove themselves worthy to wear the crown. A play on the late activist Abbie Hoffman’s Steal This Book, the album consists of 16 System songs from the mid-1990s through 2001. The band stresses the songs are not "B-sides or outtakes"; in fact, they clearly show System at their apex. These smart, varied songs feature Serj's frenetic, staccato, Jello Biafra-like phrasing atop the band's edgy, commanding, metal-meets-punk base. From the funny, frantic "Chic 'N' Stu," to "F**k the System," "A.D.D. (American Dream Disorder)," and "Boom!" System keep listeners guessing with discomfiting time changes that match up with Serj's incendiary lyrics. In keeping with their creative, fan-oriented approach, System are releasing four limited runs of the CD, each version featuring artwork from a different band member. This is not escapist rock. It's an intense and eye-opening aural history lesson you can mosh to. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Steal This Review
Let's get to the point, this album is awesome!! Here is a run-through of the songs.

1. Chic 'N' Stu-Very, VERY strange,but........no just strange. I liked it because it had that SOAD feel to it.

2.Innervision-It has a real kool Chorus and also that SOAD kick to it.

3.Bubbles-I like it. SOAD worthy.

4.Boom!-An amazing display of Serj's political views. I agree.

5.N - guns-Something about genocide.

6.A.D.D.-Very disturbing vocals. Sounds like something off of their first album. Your government is using you.

7.Mr. Jack-Spooky intro, kinda slow, but still SOAD worthy.

8.I-E-A-I-A-I-O -I got 8 words for ya..woop, woop, woop, woop, woop, woop, woop, woop.

9. 36-Short and Sweet. Too bad is isnt longer.

10.Pictures-This is one of the best song on the album. You just have to listen

11.Highway Song-Thought provoking. Just like a SOAD song.

12.F**k the System-Very interesting. Sounds like the first album in one song.

13.Ego Brains-The second best song on the album. Soft but hard.

14.Thetawaves-Simply amazing.

15.Roulette-Probably one of the best songs on the album. An acoustic masterpiece.

16.Streamline-The guitar is insane. Perfect example of SOAD's creativity.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but uneven.
A great compilation, but fails to mesh at times. Also why "The Metro wasn't included is baffling.

1) Chic N' Stu- 9/10 (Funny, and political.)
2) Innervision- 10/10 (A great song that should have been on Toxicity - because it doesn't fit as well on this album.)
3) Bubbles- 9/10 (Pure rage, should have replaced Jet Pilot.)
4) Boom!- 9/10 (Poetry to music - literally.)
5) Nuguns- 2/10 (Annoying...)
6) ADD- 10/10 (Jumps starts it from Nuguns, a tough feat.)
7) Mr. Jack- 10/10 (Should be their next single. Much like Spiders in its melody.)
8) I-E-A-I-A-I-O- 9/10 (Great chorus and humorous lyrics.)
9) 36 - 3/10 (Pure filler.)
10) Pictures- 7/10 (Fast, but little depth.)
11) Highway Song- 9/10 (Dramatic and insightful.)
12) F**k the System!- 6/10 (Too much mumbling.)
13) Ego Brain- 8/10 (Great background, average lyrics.)
14) Thetawaves- 4/10 (No purpose, a poor song.)
15) Roulette- 9/10 (Great lyrics, should have had a bit more of a beat.)
16) Streamline- 7/10 (Sounds cobbled together, as you can tell becuase it is a different version than there was in Scorpion King.)

3-0 out of 5 stars let down 4 the system
I am a loyal fan, but the system has failed me for the first, and hopefully last time Steal this album frankly made the system seem to suck. 1 thumb down and a fart! ... Read more

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Follow The Leader
Average Customer Review: 3.99 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (18 August, 1998)
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Love 'em or despise 'em, you've got to give Korn props for kick-starting a new metal movement that blends aggressive hip-hop rhythms with roaring hate-metal riffs. In the wake of the band's 1994 debut, many like-minded groups cropped up, including Deftones, Snot, and Limp Bizkit. But with the release of Korn's disappointing 1996 sophomore effort, Life Is Peachy, the imitators seemed likely to usurp the innovators. Maybe that's why Follow the Leader is so crafty and inspired. Instead of continuing on cruise control, Korn have diversified their formula, experimenting with mood and dynamics while intensifying their melody and noise thresholds. "Got the Life" blends a seductive disco beat and vocals reminiscent of "Epic"-era Faith No More with oppressive guitar chimes and squawks. "Children of the Korn" features a propulsive rap beat, throbbing bass lines, and angry guest vocals by Ice Cube. But just when Korn's groovin' psychedelic fury starts to make listeners see red, the band lashes out with "All in the Family," a hilarious rap-metal diss-fest duet with Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, that proves Korn are much more than the sum of their rage. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Follow the LeadeR
Korn- How can a I put how awesome this band in 1,000 words? This hard hitting-hard rock band is pure amazement. Truth is as im writing this review im listening to KoRn right now.

The problem with people today is they dont respect roots. Half the bands today wouldn't have their sound they do if it hadn't have been for KoRn. They were pioneers in the metal/hard rock stage of the 90's. They were infact one of the first bands to use down tuned 7-string guitars.

The self-titled album had already been a hit, and Life is Peachy was a comedic genius of hard rock, why not come up with some hard hitting stuff?

Follow the leader put what most bands dreamed about into music. It is a hard hitting style of beats and guitar riffs that put amazing lyrics sung by their own bag pipe playing Jonathan Davis make one great album. I personnally havent pulled it out of my CD player since I bought it.

Listen, for all you people who don't like Korn, here's a tip, STOP LISTENING TO THEM AND HATING! Korn is simply the best band I've ever listened to and quite frankly this IS the best music I've listened to (in my opinion)

All I can say is, great job guys, make a new CD like this one (although Take a Look in the Mirror was exceptionally great).

5-0 out of 5 stars KoRn's Best CD
After their first two much darker metallic records, KoRn made a wise decision to evolve and grow as a band, instead of beating the same formula into the ground over and over. FTL certainly has a phat tune to it, very modern-sounding and melodic, while still showing their heavy rock and lyrical vitriol have not dimished. KoRn still talk about anger, hate, pain, murderous lust, happiness, paranoia, and other raw emotions coupled with the band's very energetic, edgy, almost manic delivery. Jonathan's frantic, emotional vocals have not changed a bit and Fieldy's bass is still slappy and rapid-fire.
Modern-sounding songs like "Children of the Korn", "Seed", and "B.B.K." are experimentation for the band while songs like, "Freak On a Leash" and "Dead Bodies Everywhere" harken back to Life is Peachy and the self-titled. Perhaps the best thing about their new sound is KoRn seem to have grown up a bit. On Follow the Leader especially, KoRn manage to be powerfully hostile while still giving their music an element of pure fun.
I first got into KoRn after seeing the video for "Freak on a Leash" and later on watching the South park episode where they played, "Falling Away from Me". For those of you you are new to KoRn, this is the perfect place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars Follow ThE LEADER
This was the second CD that I got of Korn's (after Untouchables). I've read lots of reviews of this CD and not too many of them were really positive. Most of them were complaining about how they have CHANGED. A word that has been popping up a lot in the music world. Change.
Well, I, for one, am all for change. I except it. That's why Follow The Leader is one of my favorite albums by Korn. It has a strange pop vibe to it, such as in songs like Got The Life and Freak On A Leash. There's even a few rap songs on the album, like in "Children Of The Korn" and "All In The Family".
However, Korn doesn't just dump their metal sound. It's all still there. Even though Korn changed doesn't mean that they are a terrible band now. They still have rocking tunes and great guitar.
If you like Korn, definatly buy this CD, despite all the crap that people are saying about it. It's a great Korn album to have in a CD collection. ... Read more

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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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Hot Action Cop
Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A hidden masterpiece
I first heard Hot Action Cop on the end of the "Real Cancun" movie when they showed a clip of them playing. I had never heard of them prior to this, and I doubt a lot of people have ever heard of them, hence the title of my review. Anyways, I thought "Fever for the Flava" was a real good song, very catchy and pretty different, so I decided to check out the rest of the cd. As I listened I found every song to be different from the song before or after it, yet just similar enough so you could tell it was the band playing. They have a sound all their own, with quite the large influence of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Also you'll notice through some songs (Doom Boom, Show Her etc.) that Rob does a Shaggy-like impression which adds to the songs. They are a talented band and are worth a listen. Lyrics are also very good and well crafted, although they may be a bit too raunchy for some people. I wouldn't recommend the edited version however, because it really takes away from a lot of the songs. Overall this CD is very solid, w/ my favorite songs being: Doom Boom, Fever For The Flava, Why Judy, Busted and In A Little While. Get this CD if you want a good one to throw in your car stereo and just cruise.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wicked ill
I say wicked ill because I have always wanted to describe something that way. I mean it though, and Hot Action Cop has become a favorite of mine. This album is the epitome of funk rock while mixing many other elements like reggae, rap, etc. to the sound. From the first time I saw the video for Fever for the Flava I was hooked, and it still remains my favorite song off of the album. In my honest opinion though every song is good, and it holds the distinction of being one of those rare cds I can play the entire way through without skipping any songs. The best songs to me also include Dont Want Her to Stay, Why Judy and Club Slut. Downloading those tracks first will give a good indication of what to expect from the rest of the album. So overall I recommend this cd whether you want to relax or party or whatever you do. It is just that good.

5-0 out of 5 stars funkiest rock album around!!
This album kicks royal buttocks.Funk rock at its finest. Hopefully HAC is got a new album coming out soon. Their website says that they are in the studio, hopefully with an august release.

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Reload
Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (18 November, 1997)
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For many heavy metal fans, Metallica epitomizes the genre, especially for those listeners who remember the band's fast-and-furious 1983 debut, Kill 'Em All. As a result, their continued foray into a more stripped-down, laid-back sound with this album has met a mixed response. However, there's enough innovation and just plain strange stuff on this album to make it worth a listen. The creepy "The Memory Remains" is perfectly accentuated by Marianne Faithfull's backing vocals, and "Where the Wild Things Are" features the multilayered vocals and guitars that Metallica is famous for, albeit at about half their usual speed. The opening ("Fuel") and closing ("Fixxxer") tracks are especially strong, and intermixed with some slower, country-inflected tunes are the obnoxious rockers that made Metallica the long-running success they are. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the most underrated CD of all time
What an amazing CD. Easily just as good as the legendary Master of Puppets or Ride the Lightning.

1. Fuel - While most die-hard Metallica fans say this is the only song off the CD that they like, it's actually one of my least favorites. The bridge is the best part, but it's just too short. To be honest, I often skip this one.

2. The Memory Remains - OK, OK, so this song is purely alternative, and Marianne Faithfull's voice is easily the most annoying thing you'll ever hear on a Metallica album. Fortunately, they managed to make this song into something amazing on S&M. I usually skip this one, too, but the best is yet to come.

3. Devil's Dance - Wow! It's just as heavy and frightening as anything off Puppets or Justice, yet rarely is mentioned by old-school Metallica fans. Hmmm...

4. The Unforgiven II - Miles ahead of its lackluster predecessor. OK, the first one isn't so bad, but I can't believe people go around calling the sequel inferior! It's so much better that it's astounding! It could be because I heard the sequel first, but I don't care. I love it.

5. Better Than You - Another mediocre track, which is pretty much filler. I often skip this one. You might be wondering why I gave the CD 5 stars when there's three weak songs on it. Keep reading.

6. Slither - So what if the riff is just Enter Sandman backwards? Slither blows away the absurdly overplayed Sandman! This is the song could have made Metallica famous.

7. Carpe Diem Baby - I hated this one at first, but it quickly came to grow on me. It's a slow, but fun rock song that gets stuck in your head easily.

8. Bad Seed - Another possible radio hit that, if released instead of Enter Sandman, could have made Metallica just as famous as they are now. Have you noticed that I'm sick of Enter Sandman?

9. Where the Wild Things Are - Incredible. Now we get into the very best of Reload, with what is definitely the most messed up, frightening song Metallica has ever graced us with. From the shockingly scary intro to the mind-numbing dual voices of the bridge, and while this song might never get played on the radio or at Metallica's shows, it shows us that they're still capable of writing music just as scary as One or anything else off Justice.

10. Prince Charming - Amazing! This heavy hard rock tune with two, count 'em, TWO furious solos, an incredibly infectious riff just as fast as Blackened or Fight Fire With Fire, and catchy lyrics, (Yes, catchy lyrics!) this is one of the greatest Metallica songs of all time!

11. Low Man's Lyric - Metallica gets a lot of [heat] over this, but I don't care. The hurdy-gurdy and entirely unheavy guitars sound like they would ruin Metallica forever, but somehow they manage to make an incredibly emotional ballad way better than any song off The Black Album! But if you don't like it, I can't blame you.

12. Attitude - Another great hard rock tune that would have fit in perfectly with the rebellious music scene of the 80's. It's kind of like Prince Charming, but not quite as good. The next song, however...

13. Fixxxer - Holy sweet mother of smeg. I've heard every single one of Metallica's CDs, from Kill 'em All to S&M, and I must say that without a doubt this is the best song Metallica, and perhaps anyone, has ever made. Master of Puppets got me into metal, but I have to say that even that amazing song pales in comparison to this godly work of art. I can't stand listening to songs multiple times in a row, yet once I listened to this 8.5 minute epic 11 times in a row and never got sick of it! I can't describe it without making it sound less than what it is. Even if you hate Metallica's new stuff, listen to this and prepare to be humbled.

4-0 out of 5 stars Foray into deeper darker alt. rock/metal
'Reload' is one of my favorite Metallica albums though its nothing like old school Metallica. The reason is that I think it is okay for a band to mature, adapt their sound to the times and soften up just a little bit. With 'Load', the four horsemen decided to enter an alternative grungy territory. Most of the songs off this album and Load sound more like something from Alice In Chains or Stone Temple Pilots. Fuel is an awesome opener. The Memory Remains and Devil's Dance kinda remind me of Sad But True..a slow but raging beast. I love Unforgiven II even though its not as good as The Unforgiven cos its very tuneful. Slither and Carpe Diem Baby sound evil and cool. Where the Wild Things Are is probably one of my favorite songs off this album..has an epic/anthemic flavor. Dont care much for Bad Seed, Prince Charming or Attitude. Better Than You is okay. Low Man's Lyric though soft is awesome with Hetfield's bassey voice (can't believe how deep it gets!) and Fixxxer is a perfect sludgy end to an almost perfect album. If it werent for those three songs I mentioned earlier, I would give this 5 stars. Bottomline..very cool stuff by Metallica, go get it now!

4-0 out of 5 stars good but for true metallica fans only
i know i know this is one of their downfall albums but i like a lot of music besides thrash metal and this is one of em.Lots of good songs on here the opener is the best song. the band really can do well at what they do but once they experiment they sometimes can lose a lot of fans same with other bands too.But im a true metallica fan(cause they're my fav band)so this album is for me...others that are in love with the old metallica stuff stay away from this. ... 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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Ride the Lightning
Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Don't let that classical-guitar-ish opening to "Fight Fire with Fire" fool you--Ride the Lightning packs a heavy-metal wallop. While not as ambitious as the subsequent Master of Puppets, this early Metallica album is indubitably one of their best. Thematically, it explores death and dying from myriad points of view: nuclear war ("Fight Fire with Fire"), electric-chair execution (the title track), and drowning ("Trapped Under Ice"). Interestingly, the best track on this album is probably "Fade to Black," a slower, more introspective song about suicide. There's also "Creeping Death," which remains a concert favorite. An excellent mix of rapid-fire guitar riffs, rip-roaring solos, and singer James Hetfield's trademark growl, this is thrash metal at its finest. Very highly recommended. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Musical Overview
Metallica are purely original in sound, pioneers in the broad, unexplored spanse of heavy metal music. Ride The Lightning helped Metallica get to the top, where they still are today, so here's an overview from a musical perspective:

Fight Fire With Fire: 10/10 How could you not love this song? It starts off with a beautiful array of clean sound. Then it gets really fast, really heavy, and everything great. The only thing I can say against it is that the lyrics are kinda dumb.

Ride The Lightning: 10/10 I love the opening lick to this track. The singing part is pure brilliance. I love the solo. Very old school metal genius.

For Whom the Bell Tolls: 10/10 The guitar in the beginning (I guess thats a guitar. I dunno, maybe its a bass.) that accompanies the simple notes of the other guitar is really cool. Then, again, the lead guitar helps it shine. Then the verses start with a simple riff, but helped along with great vocals. The refrain is great. Simple, slow, amazing song.

Fade to Black: 10/10 YES! This song is worth a billion stars. The chord changes flow so purely, so fluently. One of the best of Hammet's solos begins this masterpiece. The vocals are nearly as brilliant as the guitar riffs. I love it more than almost every other Metallica song. ("One" may surpass.) After four minutes, the song changes into yet another of the greatest riffs, followed by another. It ends in a solo that takes you on a journey.

Trapped Under Ice: 10/10 Really fast. This song has a really fast solo to start it off. Not the best song on the CD, but VERY good, and awesome enough for an easy ten. Metallica pulls through mostly on the guitars on this one.

Escape: 9/10 Definatly not the best on the album, but wow, is that cool or what!? It makes me wonder how anyone could not consider Metallica as one of the best bands to ever live. The chord changes are few, but the changes in the refrain are really cool. The ending is the best part.

Creeping Death: 10/10 great harmonies, then an awesome riff that makes you want to scream. This song is about the Exodus, which makes for an ususual set of lyrics. Another one of the best guitar solos takes place in this song. I think that the chord changes in the refrain don't exactly connect the verses, but the vocals connect to it well. The bridge is the height of the song, besides the solos. At about 6 minutes into the song, Hammet does some pretty basic tapping, which adds to the song as well.

The Call of Ktulu: 10/10 A great instrumental. Much better than Puppet's "Orion." The chords are meant to be together. I love the melodic introduction. Fantastic. Very thoughtful and inspiring solos. This is the longest song on the album at about 9 minutes.It approaches the end in a melodic set of very cool chords. Then, Lars whacks a low tom a few times and they play a few boring ending notes. I wish it ended with the melodic stuff.

This is one of the most positive reviews I've given, not marking any song down at all, and that really says something: "This is one of the greatest albums ever!"

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST album from these guys
This album is a GREAT album, actually their best. Better than Master Of Puppets(And that's saying a LOT).

All who think Master Of Puppets is the best, that's OK. It's a good album, no doubt, but Ride The Lightning is just a better album in my opinion. The Thing That Should Not Be is nowhere near as cool as For Whom The Bell Tolls, and Fade To Black is soulful and more melodic than Sanitarium.

Review of band:

James Hetfield(Rhythm Guitars/Vocals): Essential part of Metallica. He rocked the guitar scene and no one can change it. Apparently, he doesn't like the song Escape from this album. He sings pretty good, particularly in For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fade To Black, Trapped Under Ice and Creeping Death.

Cliff Burton(Bass): The life of Metallica. This guy rocks, Pulling Teeth from "Kill 'Em All" proves that. It's very sad to see him go. Jason was a good replacement, but NO ONE can fill the shoes of Cliff. R.I.P. Cliff, say hi to Dave Williams(Drowning Pool frontman) for me. His moments are in pretty much all of 'em.

Lars Ulrich(Drums): This guy was so kick ass back in the day, but then went downhill from there, and it was his cause, but still, you just can't just hate him because of St. Anger. Nice work Lars. His highlits have to be Fight Fire With Fire, For Whom The Bell Tolls and Creeping Death.

Kirk Hammett(Lead Guitar): OK, Metallica isn't Metallica without Kirk Hammett, FACT! He's a classic shredder on the axe. His solos are so cool, especially in Fade To Black, the title-track, Creeping Death, Trapped Under Ice and The Call Of Ktulu.

Ride The Lightning is their finest hour by far. Here's the songs:

1)Fight Fire With Fire(4:45): The classic guitar opening is a great addition to an otherwise kick ass album. 30 seconds in or something into the song and it becomes a masterpiece. This song, much like the other songs, has a message, this one is about Nuclear Warfare and the Apocalypse. Not the best song on the album, but still a kick ass song. 4/5(B-)

2)Ride The Lightning(6:38): Another kick ass song, I guess this one's message is the Electric Chair. "I don't want to die" one line from the song, is probably the reaction to it. It's a cool song. Not a favourite but still addicting. Not as good a title track as Master Of Puppets, but still amazing. 4.5/5(B)

3)For Whom The Bell Tolls(5:11): About Death and the funeral, the opening bells fit in perfectly. A good song. 3rd best song. It just rocks, it has the longest opening on the album. This song is DEFINATELY in their top 20. 5/5(A)

4)Fade To Black(6:54): Saddest song on the album. Talks about Suicide, and a very good message at that to such a melodic and sad song. Great use of acoustics by Kirk and James. This one is in Metallica's top 10. It's just that good. This song is tied with Trapped Under Ice for 2nd best song. Very moving song, sadder and more melodic than both One and Sanitarium. Nice job Metallica. 5/5(A+)

5)Trapped Under Ice(4:03): Shortest song, but I like it. Tied with Fade To Black for 2nd best song. OK, this song's message is about Drowning and Freezing to Death. Thrash at it's total BEST! Cliff and Lars aren't too bad, but Kirk's biggest moment is now. 3 solo's in one 4 minute song. That's a good moment. Well done again Metallica. 5/5(A)

6)Escape(4:23): Unfortunately, Escape doesn't quite live up to the work that the last 5 had to offer, and it's my least favourite song. Apparantly, James hates this song, so they'll probably never play it live. But still... This song talks about Claustrophobia and escaping this true-false world. Just not as good as the last 5 songs. Still better than Leper Messiah from "Puppetz". 3/5(C+)

7)Creeping Death(6:35): Best song on the album, HANDS DOWN! This one talks about Ancient times, how the Pharaoh used Creeping Death to kill all of the first born male child of every family and how Mosus diseased Pharaoh with the 7 plagues. Nice work from the band. Better than most of the songs on Master Of Puppets. A very DAMN good song. 6/5(A+)

8)The Call Of Ktulu(Instrumental)(8:54): Don't know what this one's about. A little difficult due to the fact that uh.. it's an instrumental. Still, this instrumental is cool, better than Orion, and tied with To Live Is To Die. James gives his throat a rest, he'd probably need it after the cool vocals he's done throughout the record, and just played his rhythm guitar. Kirk really shred for pretty long, seeing as it's 9 minutes long. Lars and Cliff don't rest at all, they rock the song as well. I find this song as the gem of the album. Great song, and a great ending to the album. 4.7/5(B+)

That's Ride The Lightning, I don't care whether you press the helpful or not helpful button, I just did this review to help you decide. And I did.

Pick up Ride The Lightning NOW, and get ...And Justice For All and Master Of Puppets as well. And get something from Pantera while you're at it, particularly Vulgar Display Of Power.

Thanks, now get off the computer, go down to your nearest record store, and Buy The Lightning.

5-0 out of 5 stars PHENOMENAL THRASH ALBUM...
Just for the record, I am not a Metallica fan (I listen to bands on Nuclear Blast mostly). But I will agree to review this album because this is the only Metallica record I care for. I bought this album a couple years back but it has mostly been sitting on a shelf right now. Nevertheless, this truly is a legend in the annals of speed/thrash metal. This is an exceptional concept album that explores many angles of death and doom:

Fight Fire With Fire- 5/5 Brutal thrasher about nuclear armageddon straight out of the deepest chasms of hell.

Ride The Lightning 5/5 Awesome take on electric-chair execution with one of Kirk Hammett's most outstanding guitar solos.

For Whom The Bell Tolls 5/5 Melodic metal marcher about funerals.

Fade To Black 5/5 Best track on album. Suicide is theme and features great acoustic guitar riffs and hauntingly beautiful intro solo.

Trapped Under Ice 5/5 Great fast number with THREE (gasp!) phenomenal guitar solos! Can't quite figure out what it's about, though.

Escape 3/5 Weakest song on album, but kicks Leper Messiah's ass any day.

Creeping Death 4/5 Good swing-time rocker about Moses bringing the Ten Plagues to Egypt. The middle part ROCKS!

The Call Of Ktulu 5/5 I love instrumentals and this one sets the standard for all future Metallica instrumentals.

If you absolutely MUST have any Metallica albums, just get this one and you will be fine. For better speed/thrash metal, you should check out Nuclear Blast's catalog (two of my favorite NB bands are Dew Scented and Strapping Young Lads). ... Read more

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Kill 'Em All
Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 June, 1995)
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While not as timeless as Ride the Lightning or Master Puppets, Metallica's debut album--originally released in 1983--is still a fine piece of thrash metal, and as good a marker as any for the debut of the genre. Fusing the rapid-fire attack of bands like Motorhead with a guitar style reminiscent of such British heavy metal bands as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, Metallica essentially created a new kind of metal. Several of the songs from this 1983 album have since become classics, including "Seek & Destroy", "The Four Horsemen", and "Jump in the Fire". The songwriting isn't as sophisticated as on Metallica's later releases; still, it's a great listen, and essential for any heavy metal fan. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The start of a legendary band.
Kill 'Em All is the debut album of Metallica. If Metallica didn't invent thrash, (that title goes to the black metal gods, Venom), they certainly perfected it with this release. Kill 'Em All has the speed, (Metal Miltia, Whiplash), and the intricate structures, (The Four Horsemen, No Remorse), that would set the standard for their first four releases as well as the entire thrash metal genre. Lyrically Kill 'Em All is very primitive for the most part, dealing with subject matter such as head banging, phantom lords, the devil, etc. A far cry from the political/angry lyrics of the future 80s albums or the personal lyrics of the 90s. This is forgivable and even honest sounding, considering Hetfield was only 17 or 18 when he wrote these songs. With that said, Hetfield does show lyrical promise in Motorbreath, a well written lyric about living life in the fast lane. Lars Ulrich's drumming is compotent but is not as tight and creative as all the future releases. Cliff Burton gets to show off his bass playing abilities in Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth). A very unique solo that allows one to witness the genius he displayed. What's more mind boggling is that he was 21 when he recorded it. Kill 'Em All, despite a few flaws and one misguided song, (Jump In The Fire), is easily outweighed by it's strong points and is a true metal classic. A groundbreaking album that belongs in every metal collection, and it foreshadows the even greater Metallica masterpieces that were to come.

4-0 out of 5 stars A strong debut. 4.5 really
Metallica's 1983 album is in no way comparable with Ride The Lightning or And Justice For All, but it is a classic. The thing that this album wins on, however, is aggression (James Hetfield was only 17!), which is a plus. For early thrash metal, it would get 5 stars, but as a Metallica album in general... well, you saw my rating. Anyways, here is, as usual, a breakdown of the songs.

1. Hit The Lights
Great solo! Another fast intro. A+

2. The Four Horsemen
A bit long, which is ok, but it has a very memorable guitar riff. A-

3. Motorbreath
Makes no sense at all, but is still a good lick. B+

4. Jump In The Fire
Another highly memorable riff. A

5. Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)
BOOOOOORING! Why'd they even bother? As an instrumental, it [stin]ks, especially when compared to, for instance, "The Call Of Ktulu". D

6. Whiplash
Certainly good relief. As the lyrics say, you'll "Bang your head against the ceiling like you never did before". A+

7. Phantom Lord
Nothing too special. B

8. No Remorse
Loud enough for my tastes, but a bit slow. B+

9. Seek And Destroy
The best on the album. Memorable riffs, and an excellent thrash section. A++

10. Metal Militia
Makes little sense, but is stil a good closing tune, especially on a debut album. A-

I would recommend it, but not over their next three that followed.

4-0 out of 5 stars What a way to get started!
I live in San Jose, CA where Metallica came out of. I saw them with the original line up with Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and the bassist before the late Cliff Burton. These guys were breaking new ground and this album is concrete proof! Of course, their later work is better but what a way to get started! ... Read more

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The Marshall Mathers LP
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? On Eminem's sophomore album, he can't decide who he wants to be: the deranged pseudo-psycho of the Slim Shady LP, or a nice guy who just likes to rhyme about slicing and dicing his girlfriend ("Kim"). Of course, according to Eminem, he's just kidding. He refuses to take responsibility for the misogynistic, homophobic bile he spews, whining that he's the victim of people who don't get his unique sense of humor. It's good old America's fault if the kids aren't alright (Eminem blames bad parenting), and he's just capitalizing on Uncle Sam's dark side. On the Marshall Mathers LP, he's ambivalent about his fame, angry at his life, pissed off that people take him seriously, and fightin' mad at boy bands--and a lot of other white people. But the blue-eyed brat is acutely aware of his status as rap's resident alien: he has the most offensive mouth running, but never uses the "N" word. He gives lyrical love to tragic (black) legends like Tupac and Biggie while dissing white rappers hard. Even sitting duck Puffy gets the kid-gloves treatment. Of course, Eminem is an interesting, witty rapper, and there's some nice production on this CD, courtesy of Dr. Dre and others. But the hatred in Eminem's rhymes makes the album rotten at its core. And his protests that Slim Shady is just a persona become less convincing with each arrest. Then again, Eminem's got it hard: he's rich, famous, white, and male. --Lizz Mendez Berry ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars May I Have Your Attention . . . . . .
Eminem's form of expression mixed with humor and complete vulgarity has always fascinated me in an odd way. Maybe it's because he's always testing and then breaking the boundaries of music. On "The Marshall Mathers LP," Eminem goes against the grain, but this time struggles with many different issues, including his new-found fame, the current wave of garbage-pop music, and unresolved questions from his past.

Eminem spits in the music industry's collective face with his song "The Real Slim Shady," which disses well-known music figures like Christina Aguilera, 'NSync, and Will Smith and includes a great sing-along chorus. Continuing in the same vein is the tongue-in-cheek "Marshall Mathers," which again snarls at boy bands while Eminem ponders why little kids want to be like him. His brutally honest "Drug Ballad" showcases his once back-and-forth relationship with drugs and their brutal effects. Two of the biggest standouts on the album are "Stan" and "Kim." "Stan" illustrates the issue of fan-obsession and its extremes. The song soars with backing vocals by Dido, making it even more captivating. "Kim" is oddly gripping and emotionally exhausting--its haunting melody and lyrics paint a picture of the darker side of a relationship gone too far. Eminem wildly wavers between hate, love, dispair, and hope before ending the song with the utmost tragedy. Eminem's writing skills are amazing--his ability to tell stories conjure up disturbing mental images as he journeys to the dark side of life. Definitely not for the easily offended, Eminem will make you laugh, think, and hit the "repeat" button on your CD player. This album is worth buying and listening.

5-0 out of 5 stars The only White Rap worth Hearing
I never listened to rap before Eminem came out. I find his rhythms and rhyme scheme to be fascinating. I believe in total freedom of speech and if you don't like the lyrics, don't listen.

...OOL LYRICS TO SONGS, LISTEN TO "IM BACK". MARSHALL MATHERS IS A COOL SONG TOO. HOPE YOU ENJOY THE CDg there money on a cd with innoproperite lyrics, and making him that much more rich. He doesn't care about you. He will do whatever it takes to make money. He has led so many people down the wrong path in life. With his money he is probably going to spend it on drugs, beer, and other stupid stuff. Why wouyld you buy something that has lyrics that talk about sex, voilence, drugs, and more. Well hope you don't buy his cd. Peace out.lad-about drugs of course

Amityville-em and his pals d-12 rappin it oy here

Kim-This one is truly a very strange song this is about eminem trying to kill his wife Kim and his hate for her.

Criminal-crazy last som stands out alot

I like this album just give it a chance to sink in and you will like it too forget about how people diss him and say hes not talented. It's goodan awesome beat.

The Real Slim Shady: Ahh, the 'friendly" radio song. It's a good single, but the happy-beat doesn't fit in anywhere on this album.

Remember Me: Another "EM going off track." It's a bit slower than usual, but yet another song that makes this a great CD.

Im Back: Em is mad. He thinks that you forgot about him. Overall, a good-to-fair tune.

Marshall Mathers: The personal song. Em talks about his mom, and Kim. It's a great slow song. "Slow?" Trust me, it works., beautifully.

Drug Ballad: Em's "love song." He mixes hip-hop choruses into it, and this is this time's "Cum On Everybody."

Amityville: I don't particularly care for this song, but it's good enough to not skip.

Bitch Please Part II: Guests galore. It hits hard and fast, with the most straight-rap vibe in this whole album.

Kim: A funny-in-a-weird-way song. His "Na-na-na-na-na"s in the beginning is priceless, and so are the lyrics.

Under The Influence: Whoa. Em starts out talking to Halley-Jade, and then...........Whoa.

Criminal: The perfect closer. A potential single, you'll love it.

As for the skits, Public Service Annoucement 2000 is basically a continuation of the first album's intro, Steve Berman is one where he pokes fun at a record-exec, and Ken Kaniff............let's just say, he got ICP back.

Em is angry at SOMETHING. You can hear it in his voice. He yells, kicks, screams, and, ultimately, gets his message across. And in the process, he makes one of the finest rap albums ever made.

5-0 out of 5 stars "floydianfan" is un-educated on real rap.
This album is great. I'm white, but it doesn't make me a "whigger" to listen to this bumpin' cd. Some people just take music too literal [serious] and actually DO what these rappers joke about. Some people are too stupid to understand what is right, and what is wrong. Em' is a comedian no matter how much he denies it. This album is his best although twisted and not for the easily-offended. It's NOT a freestlye session. And many people can rap "better" but not as "sinister" as Eminem and Slim Shady[his sick side]. So if you take things too seriously, or don't like twisted rap, don't buy it. Otherwise 5 outta' 5! ... Read more

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