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White Pony [Limited Edition Black]
Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 June, 2000)
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Reviews (41)

4-0 out of 5 stars Evil Tactics
Hmm. This seems a bit exploitative. Why has Deftones released White Pony in its original version, then with Back To School (Mini Maggit), and then in red and black versions that include The Boy's Republic? In order to get all of the White Pony songs, you have to buy at least two CD's. If you bought the original (silver) White Pony when it came out, you will have to buy two more almost-duplicate albums. Sure, you can go to all the trouble to use the included software and download Back To School, but that still leaves you without a CD that has all of the songs on it. Kind of annoying. If the limited editions had Back To School on them, it might be a little more excusable. But they don't, so it's not.

The album itself is overall less aggressive than its predecessors, Adrenaline and Around the Fur. It still has its really hard-edge points (Elite) but also includes some very mellow tracks (such as the excellent Digital Bath). Fans of previous Deftones albums may not like all the songs on this CD, but I did.

I would suggest just buying the white version of White Pony (the one with Back To School on it), which is much cheaper than the limited additions, and then going and downloading Boy's Republic somewhere else. It's a great song, but not worth twenty bucks. Hardcore Deftones fans might want to grab both of these collectors items, but I'm not sure that anyone else with consider them worth their money.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you like the song "change" every song is that good
I just got this album today, and I have listened to it about three times. I had not really heard of the deftones until I heard the song change on the radio and thought it was pretty cool. This is the limited edition of 50,000 copies. The extra things are a very thorough and had a lot more stuff than what is usually on enhanced cds. There is even a pac-man like game where you control a white pony and collect musical notes while trying to avoid deftones band members. The limited edition cd also has one additional track. I don't own any other deftones cds to base this on, but as my first experience with the deftones, I can say that I really like this cd. Buy this now because they are going to run out fast, There is only 50,000 copies and I bought mine the day it came out and the little certificate said mine was number 10,235. It also comes in a cool looking all black case. The only downside is that the only track listings are inside the little book, there are no listings on the back of the cd case.

4-0 out of 5 stars Add it to your collection
This CD is pretty good, though not as good as Deftones' second album, "Around the Fur," which is heavy all around in every track. This album has some softer tunes in it than in previous albums. Change can be good, but I like the first two albums the best. The Deftones are a great kick-butt band, and any of their albums will enhance your metal and rock collection. ... Read more

Asin: B00004TL25
Sales Rank: 75229


Around the Fur
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 October, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars the best album album of all time
Around the fur is the best cd I own and is the reason why , in 1997 , I became an hardcore deftones fan !
Every single track here is a perfect moment , the 11 songs are brilliantly written by the person who I consider as the best songwriter of his generation : Chino Moreno .Behind him , four excellent musicians doing very efficient riffs and beats.
I love all the tracks , because the voice , the melodies , the sound of the instruments are sublime.I do mean these words.
Listening to this record , you can either vent your anger (Lotion , Rickets , Head up) or cry (every other song!)
My favetracks ( all ,in fact , but...)are My own summer , Lhabia , Be quiet and drive , Lotion , Dai the flu , Mx.
These songs help you to live and experience the power of the huge set of human feelings .
This album is the best one I heard in my life and I'm just happy that I was born in this century : such an album is extremely rare
and even , unique .
Thank you misters Moreno , Carpenter , Cunningham , Cheng and Delgado : before the end of October 1997 , I thought perfection didn't exist.

5-0 out of 5 stars Piece of art
For me, ATF is Deftones' finest work to date. While White Pony was very eclectic (beautiful of course, five stars!) and Adrenaline was very hardcore based (once again five stars) this CD has the perfect balance between those. It has very peaceful, gentle songs but, on the other hand, also very angry, aggresive songs. Still, they are all in the same style, and that's where White Pony was different. It contained songs which were very much like the old stuff (like Korea) but it even had triphop (Teenager). Hmm. Sounds like I'm criticzing that CD now, but that's not true. I'm just trying to point it out why I called this one my fav. Anyway, the music is great and also the vocals stand out. The lyrics are great too; sometimes very abstract but that makes it more mysterious and it also contributes to the arty feeling Deftones' music always has had. Also a guest appearance on this album by former Sepultura singer (now Soulfly - I don't like em very much) Max Cavalera on Headup and a hidden track. It's called Damone, by the way. Well, I could only advise you to buy this. It's special and unique. One to love.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!!
Before this CD, my favorite Deftones album was White Pony. I had all their CD's except Around the Fur. One day I saw it in a store and I had to buy it. I thought to myself,"It can't be better than White Pony." I WAS WRONG!!! This is ART!

1.My Own Summer(shove it) 10/10 Aggressive, Yet the lyrics still remain poetic.

2.Lhabia 10/10 My second favorite. The chorus is so awesome!

3.Mascara 9/10 Great, but not perfect. It seems to drag at times.

4.Around the Fur 10/10 Love this song. Not my favorite, but it rocks.

5.Rickets 8/10 Good song, I just don't like the verses.

6.Be Quiet and Drive(far away) 9/10 It's good, but not what everybody says. Fun Fact: Listen to this and then Chevelle's Send the Pain Below. Chevelle must be Deftones fans, huh?

7.Lotion 10/10 Favorite song on the album. One of the best songs EVER. I MEAN THAT.

8.Dai the Flu 10/10 Great verses. Great chorus. Great song.

9.Headup 9/10 Good, but unusual for Deftones. Rap verses and a weird chorus? Not bad, weird though.

10.MX 10/10 Cool song. Best chorus in a while.

Hidden Track 7/10 This is a good song, but you expect a little better from Deftones.

Overall 10/10 Favorite Deftones album and one of my favorite albums of all time. ... Read more

Asin: B000002NIW
Sales Rank: 7001


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( )
Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 October, 2002)
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Are Iceland’s Sigur Rós the saviors of 21st-century rock or true heirs to the silk-robed-and-platform-booted, pompous progressive rock of the '70s? On their third album (first for a major label), they are a little bit of both. The group continues to mix the most interesting aspects of U2 (the anthem), Low (the maximalist slow-mo thing), Radiohead (the utter lack of irony in the quest to make meaningful art for stadium crowds), and My Bloody Valentine (guitar as texture), while not sounding like anyone else on this planet. The average song length on the eight untitled tracks is eight minutes, with cascades of moaning, bowed guitars colliding with low-end keyboards while the lovely, alien-registered vocals of singer Jónsi float on top. Dynamics are employed spectacularly, but half of the album is spooky soundtrack music that never really goes anywhere. However, the actual songs on Two Sausages Kissing (or whatever you want to call it)--the third, sixth, eighth, and especially fourth tracks--are mind-blowers, spectacularly worth the price of admission. If they just stopped trying to reinvent the wheel all the time, Sigur Rós could really be a band for the ages. --Mike McGonigal ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Ethereal, Ambient, Winter-Symphony
Bassist Georg Holm has once said in an interview that Sigur Ros weren't a political band, and didn't necessarily have too much to say, other than the fact that they wanted to communicate emotion (subconscious, unconscious) through their instruments. Perhaps this is why the band chose to leave absolutely no credits or lyrics in the sleeve for ( ) (2002).

You don't necessarily need written lyrics (or titles) for this intense experience. Just close your eyes, slip into this 72-minute slice of nirvana, and follow whatever feeling states draw to the surface as you listen. Like the icy-looking cover art, this music is the equivalent of a Winter night, and the thoughts and emotions that are conjured with it: cold, beautiful, dreamy, poignant, nocturnal, encircling, haunting and soothing. While the music is "cold," it isn't cold in an unemotional sense, as the album features nothing but overflowing emotion. The soundcapes are mellow, lush and elegant, while the instrumentation is generally used in ambient fashion, which allow certain atmospheres to be created more effectively. And added to this, the tracks are mostly extended, so the album is probably not recommended for listeners who want quick blasts of aggression, or who want short, catchy pop tunes.

As far as my personal interpretation of the album, or what it conjures through me? I see it as an album divided into two halves (which can also be equivalent to the two parentheses): The first four tracks comprising the "(" half seem like the equivalent of a lonely Winter night, featuring a long snow-capped landscape, and the stars shining at their brightest above. Winter and snow in general remind me of hope, longing, and the necessity (as opposed to luxury) of love, which are what I'm reminded of when listening to the first four tracks. The music in this half is generally the more lush, elegant, dreamy, nocturnal and mellow. Track 3 happens to be my favorite, as an elegant piano chord is repeated constantly, and used for atmospheric proportions, while the basslines ascend in a particular pattern, and lush orchestration tops it off to create an aura of bliss.

The ")" half features soundscapes that remind me of a misty dawn: a somewhat murky sunrise. While the first half seemed generally more nocturnal, there seems to be a diurnal (morning) presence on the second half: night is calm, day is active. Piano was the dominant instrument in the first half, while the second one hears the guitar dominating. This half tends to get more tense, aggressive and somewhat restless in atmosphere, and also features guitar feedback/distortion not heard in the first. Track 7 sees vocalist Jonsi using a pitch in his voice that was not heard at all in the first half.

This album is so dear to my heart for it's ethereal, calming, encircling, evocative and emotional nature. Atmospheric music for escapism, reading, relaxing, lovemaking and possible other pastimes. For best results, listen at nighttime, turn down all of the lights, and light up a few candles. Remember to relax, close your eyes, and let the music take you where it may. Enjoy.

By the way, here are the supposed songtitles that weren't listed in the sleeve:

1. Vaka
2. Fyrsta
3. Samskeyti
4. Njósnavélin
5. Alafoss
6. E-bow
7. Dauðalagið
8. Popplagið

5-0 out of 5 stars If you're thinking about checking this out...
Look, it doesn't matter what kind of music you like, or what you're looking for. Buy this album, and buy Agaetis Byrjun while you're at it, and experience Sigur Ros. You'll notice a lot of superlatives being thrown around about this band: listen to them. Believe the hype, because Sigur Ros simply makes the most beautiful music that you'll ever hear. This album is another stunning example of that, and I find it to be superior to the nearly un-matchable Agaetis Byrjun, as it is more coherent and flows beautifully from song to song. These songs do have names (they've been a part of Sigur Ros' touring set for at least a year and change now), but they're presented in this way to focus the listener on the album as a whole body of music. It is slightly less accessible than its predecessor, but it will still quickly pull in an eager listener. You won't be disappointed.

As an aside, Sigur Ros is touring now...don't miss it (I'm looking at you, Western USA!). Seeing them perform these songs live (and produce these sounds) is indescribably powerful. Go.

5-0 out of 5 stars ( )
please stop reading the reviews and buy this album. words cannot do it justice--as the members of sigur rós recognized also. you need to hear this work of art for yourself. every single track on this album is just everything more than astonishing. i love every single track. i love the keyboards in track one. i love the singing in track two. jonsi your voice is fn breathtaking. i love the keyboards and melodies in track three. i love track four, hands down. i love the eerieness of track five, oh man i love how he sings. i love the ending of track six. beauty. track seven is just...just close your eyes and listen. you will know. and track eight. what to say about track eight? track eight is fn awesome. all of these tracks are amazing. i am not singling any of them out for a standout or any of them for a track of lesser beauty. amazing album. honestly. get this one. ... Read more

Asin: B00006LLNU
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Disintegration
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 May, 1989)
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Disintegration is a pop album realized on an epic scale. Most of its 12 songs are long mood pieces that develop slowly around the listener. Anchored by complex drum patterns, the layered guitars, soaring bass lines, and rich keyboards blend to create a lush, evocative soundscape that captures the ear immediately; and for all its length, the album is never boring. The lyrical focus is intensely personal throughout, and, with the exception of "Love Song," the mood is overwhelmingly dark and brooding. Here are songs of remembrance that, through their deep candor, transcend the individual level to explore universal longings and fears. Robert Smith, his vocals plaintive or angry or despairing, unfolds a tapestry of loss. Broken bonds, old lies, missed opportunities, belated realizations. Anyone who has experienced the joy and sorrow--especially the sorrow--of love will find his or her deepest sentiments, noble and petty alike, echoed poetically here. --Al Massa ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An album that got airplay ...Remember the 80's?
The Cure's "Disintegration" is a very strong album. Robert Smith's vocals, songs, and guitars are in top form. The albums songs usually have a progression of sounds and heaviness that build up. Usually there is an intro before Robert Smith starts singing. Listeners that are into quick songs will need to be patient and try to enjoy this album. Most of the songs are lengthy, but do not seem overly repetitive or boring at all.

The album has a dark feel both musically and lyrically, but I disagree with most who call this album or the Cure gothic. The Cure just sing about life. This includes love, happiness, sorrows, and a lot of other emotions and subjects.

I think the strongest tracks were the ones that were played on the radio when I was a teen. These would be "Pictures of You", "Love Song", "Lullaby", "Fascination Street", and the title track. They had a lot of hits from this album. I feel that they where well deserved.

I also recommend "Bloodflowers" the Cure's latest cd. This album has darker heavier music while the latter album has darker lyrics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Cure.
Following the hook-heavy pop of "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me," you'd think Robert Smith and Co. would return with a radio-friendly album of Top 40 blandness. Nah, think again. On 1989's masterful "Disintegration," the Cure dig deep into their roots and release an album that's almost as moody and dark as their "Pornography" CD. This recording is a single disc, but it feels like a double album, with many of the tracks clocking in at least five minutes. We have Mr. Smith getting over a breakup in the awesome "Pictures of You," he shines in the superb "Lullabye," and he brilliantly closes the album in the heartbreaking "Untitled." But my favorite track is the slow-moving and haunting 9-minute "The Same Deep Water as You," which is among the Cure's finest. Like much of the record, the song slowly grows and builds on you, revealing layer after layer of detail. And, of course, there's the hit "Lovesong," but it's the only upbeat track in an otherwise gloomy record. Of all the albums by the Cure, "Disintegration" is my favorite, for it stands as a haunting masterpiece that holds up even after all these years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I purchased a copy of this album on vinyl in 1990 and used it to soothe my soul after a particularly difficult breakup with a girlfriend of mine. For a year I did nothing but listen to this album (along with Joy Division) and it really helped me get through some tough times. "Pictures of You" has got to be one of the most powerful and sad songs ever.

I hadn't listened to it in over 12 years when I bought a used copy of the CD recently - and to my surprise I found that it was as moody, beautiful and wonderful as ever. It hasn't aged at all. This is one of those CDs you can put on in your player and just hit replay forever. It really took me back to a time in my life where I was going through a lot of hurt - and it still has a restorative and theraputic power that amazes me. ... Read more

Asin: B000002H70


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Endtroducing...
Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 November, 1996)
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DJ Shadow, a.k.a. Josh Davis, could be credited with bringing newfound introspection to the gloating sounds of hip-hop. Condensed with urban oscillations and scatological beats, Endtroducing shutters with eclectic samples and aural montages that reach beyond the constraints of hip-hop style. Enhancing the mix with fundamentals of rock, soul, funk, ambient, and jazz, the modern fusions fail to go unnoticed, even by the casual listener. While most of the tracks are compiled by layering samples from vinyl treasures found in used-record bins, the production quality of the mosaic is unmatched. Darkened melodies carry throughout the album with its eye on the end of the tunnel. The narration samples come from numerous sources and keep the listener involved and waiting for resolution. With a message as fragmentary as an overheard conversation, Endtroducing conveys no apparent conclusion, but begs the mind, body, and soul for some rewind. --Lucas Hilbert ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Producing one of the best albums ever
From the opening sample of "Building Steam With a Grain of Salt" where a voice is heard saying "Producing..." you know you are listening to an outstanding piece of work. In order to better understand this, you have to position yourself at the time this album came out.

You have to realize Trip Hop was already in full fledge: Massive Attack and Portishead had already come out with their own thing, but DJ Shadow came with a different proposal in 1996 when he produced 'Endtroducing...'. Through the magic of samples, he blended in a way many have tried to copy, yet no one yet matched, genres such as rock, soul, funk, ambient, and jazz, into a final product that transcends time. If you need further proof of that, think how long it's been since this album came out (1996) as you are reading this, sit back, listen to it and be amazed, as so many have been amazed to this day.

After listening to 'Endtroducing...' almost daily for three weeks now, turning back and thinking of acts such as Fatboy Slim almost feels awkward, considering his sample-based 'Better Living Through Chemistry' came out almost a full year after Shadow's debut. Granted that everyone has a place in music, DJ Shadow's genius with sampling work simply is above and beyond, making this not only his breakthrough, but also one of the best albums ever.

Other favorite tracks: "Changeling", "Untitled" and the grandieuse "Mutual Slump". If you want to take a dip into an evolved form of his work, check out his side project, U.N.K.L.E., in particular 'Psyence Fiction'.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably good work
DJ Shadow surprised me twice. First time, when I first heard "Endtroducing", which I borrowed from a friend. Never before had I heard such thoughtful and brilliantly blended instrumental hip-hop-based music. Second time was when I found out, that this entire record is made of samples. Only samples. 100% samples, and nothing else. Knowing this, I found a whole new perspective to this music. Besides being a good composer and songwriter, DJ Shadow is also technically proficient like no one else. His mastery of sampling is astonishing. It's obvious, how much time and effort was put into creating "Endtroducing", and how perfect it became in te end. DJ Shadow displays technological perfectionism in everything.

On to the music. The music is basically hip-hop with a huge influence of jazz, with a touch of drum-n-bass and trip-hop. With an exception of "The Number Song" and "Mutual Slump", the tracks are mostly mellow ambient pieces, and the entire album is very pleasing to the ears, and to the mind either. The abundance and variety of sampled cuts prove that Shadow has a deep background of music studying, since I've never seen anyone guessing the source of most of samples on this album.

Once again I'll insist that this record is an example of music that most of us have never heard before, and at least one album of DJ Shadow is a necessary listen. This one might be the best of them.

5-0 out of 5 stars A shadow of himself
A couple years back i became interested in underground hip hop and turntablism. My first, and best purchase, was DJ Shadows Endtroducing. Nary a day goes by that I do not find myself listening to this album. The way he mixes and blends the songs together puts Shadow at the top of his game on this record. Where this album excels is in its ability to not only drag you into the world that Shadow has produced but takes you through the mind of one the most talented individuals in all of music. If you enjoy music, do yourself a favor and buy this album. You will never find another like it, as it creates a constant state of euphoria, as the beats and samples are blended together in such a way that it is almost impossible to describe.in my top 10 albums of all time. ... Read more

Asin: B000005DQR


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Miss Machine (Bonus Dvd) (Dlx)
Audio CD (20 July, 2004)
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Asin: B00029J24Y
Sales Rank: 21056
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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You Come Before You
Average Customer Review: 3.97 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 July, 2003)
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5-0 out of 5 stars I love it, possibly one of the best in this genre in 2003
If you're into hardcore music and haven't heard of Poison the Well (PTW) by now then you're missing out. This album is excellent no doubt about it. There's really no need to go through each song, if you liked any other PTW album you like this one. If you're just starting to get into PTW definitely buy this album you will not regret but only if you like hardcore music. Yes, PTW is emo and a lot of people cannot get passed the lyrics being sort of mushy. But PTW style emo is nothing like Dashboard Confessional or anything of that sorts it is MUCH harder. In all honesty it's angry emo.
I've read through the other posts and heard some saying that they've gotten weak or soldout. All I can say to that is that PTW released Opposite of December four years ago and they're wanting to expand their horizons. Their still very heavy and have a lot to say lyrically.
I will say ONE complaint I have is that there seems to be a lack of double bass pedal. But, that is a minor complaint because You Come Before You is just that good.
Buy this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars on my nerves, in a good way.
this cd is on my nerves. i just cant stop listening to it. i have all this other great music i want to listen to, but i just cant get over this cd.

i m not some 12 year old kid that says every cd they like "is the best ever you should buy it!!" no, i m savvy music listener and composer, and this is just a good album. not a metalhead, as to not appreciate all things heavy, i like GOOD hard music: dillinger, deftones, every time i die and this.

its just a beautiful album. the mixture of beautiful melody and heavy face stompings is calibrated perfectly. the last two songs are kinda 'more of the same' and do not hold up too well, but tracks 1-10 are spectacular. personally i love 4, 6, 7 (whoa, this is like crazy DOWN riff maddness. again, WOW), 8, and 9. 2 has this jazzy, totally unexpected chorus. this is predominant throughout the album--just enough "wierd' to keep things interesting. it took a minute or two, but after a few listens the genius all made perfect sense.

anyway, i felt compelled to say something, since this album has influences my music more and held my attention more than anything in recent history. wow. like all good things in life, it might not make sense at first, but the more you think about it, or listen to it, you ll find it actually makes more sense than anything else could. its brilliant.

check it out.

5-0 out of 5 stars You Come Before You
The tired opinion of poison the well is that their best cd was Opposite of december, they were hardcore and lost their roots. This is not true, they just could not find their true soun until this cd. Opposite Of December was mainly hardcore, Tear From The Red was moreso emo sounding, and You Comew Before You incorporates both sounds and comes out with a sound that is very pleasing to the ear. Starting off the album you really get the vibe that they finally know what they're doing. The riffs are well placed and sound good, and the breaks for melodies seem to come at just the right time. Jeff also has changed his vocal style from the first two albums. He went from a more screamish vocal to a guttural roar of sorts. Their sound is much finely tuned due to the better production of the cd as well. However, some people aren't ready to admit to the true form of poioson the well, not solely hardcore nor soley emocore, just throw aside terms and it's good music. ... Read more

Asin: B00009VW7T
Sales Rank: 21045
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OK Computer
Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 July, 1997)
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Radiohead's third album got compared to Pink Floyd a lot when it came out, and its slow drama and conceptual sweep certainly put it in that category. OK Computer, though, is a complicated and difficult record: an album about the way machines dehumanize people that's almost entirely un-electronic; an album by a British "new wave of new wave" band that rejects speed and hooks in favor of languorous texture and morose details; a sad and humanist record whose central moment is Thom Yorke crooning "We hope that you choke." Sluggish, understated, and hard to get a grip on, OK Computer takes a few listens to appreciate, but its entirety means more than any one song. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Shape of Punk to Come: A Chimerical Bombation In 12 Bursts
Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 October, 1998)
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If not the album of the year, it's at least the punk-rock album of the year, fiercely representing a musical ethos that has suffered the ignominious shame of commercial popularity. "We want the airwaves back!" shrieks singer (if you can use that word) Dennis, and over the course of The Shape of Punk to Come's 12 sonically stunning tracks, they reclaim the right to rage, rant, and innovate. The Refused broke up soon after recording this album, but they've left behind an invigorating manifesto. --Tod Nelson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Punk Messiahs
Refused. . .my punk messiahs. Fueled by political hatred, Refused has conquered the hardcore punk scene for so long. Without any warning, the aggressive band broke up after the release of this album. The Shape of Punk to Come is one uneven masterpiece. Truly, a work of rare art. What was spawned as an experimental project has become a classic. No album can offer such divine anger and musical harmony. There are vicious complaints about the added techno, but it blends nicely with the metalish guitar riffs. I'm god-awful ashamed that I discovered the band when they parted. Thanks to Punk-O-Rama 4, I found the Sweden band with their emotion-lifting ballad, Summer Holidays Vs. Punk Routine. The song literally hauls your neck, ordering you to make something of your worthless life. After their discovery, I gladly purchased my first Refused album. Never have I heard such celestial Punk come to life and thunder. In all honesty, this is the highest honor I can give any CD. I'd pay a million dollars for this unforgettable classic. There are 12 emotional, cutthroat tracks. Most are hardcore, harmonized with attractive screaming melody. Dennis Lyxzen, the vocalist, has no equal to his singing capabilities. His voice is appealing. Dennis's vocals can be deciphered, his pain, the anger, the fear, and the shredded hope. His ruthless screams and actual singing are done in excellence. The drums are massive with the hard- hitting bass backing it up. Both instruments combined make heart-throbbing music. The Guitar riffs are Metal, but matches every instrument perfectly. Being political Punk, Refused's lyrics are based on anger towards the government. The real fact that bands like Refused never see the light of fame without selling out is heartbreaking. "Liberation Frequency," is such a moving song. It teaches how corrupt the radio can be, as well as fame. Refused's lyrics are complex as they are clever. The Shape of Punk To Come is a total success. Their experiment, mixing instruments like the violin, upright bass, and tambourine, gives a classical music element. Although the word classical music seems threatening, Refused has a style of power to grab the listener like Summer Holidays Vs. Punk Routine did to me. Dennis's political expression is enhanced by the instruments. Together, Refused is one block of uplifting chaos. "The Deadly Rhythm," is an example of great diversity in a song. What seems as a jazzy song transforms into a raging uproar. Amazing. These guys are power. Although I haven't been a fan when the band was pristine, I have to say this is the greatest band. Sadly, they parted 2 years ago. Though hope lies on the vocalist, who joined The International Noise Conspiracy. His endless cause continues. I wish Refused could carry on their robust, heavy punk once more. This is the best what the underground scene can provide, this is the best hardcore Punk band, and this is the paramount album of Punk history. Refused has contributed to the evolution of Punk. And, therefore, they are the true Punk Messiahs.

5-0 out of 5 stars How punk is supposed to be...
Loud, fast, smart, and powerfull. Just what punk isn't anymore with bands like Blink 182, NOFX (though I do like them), and MXPX. Denis writes some incredibly powerful songs and screams his head off when he gets to "singing" them. From the opening lines of "I've get a bone to pick with capitalism, and a few to break" you will get the intensity of the album. It's just too bad they broke up, they could've brought punk back to what it was supposed to be....

Refused not only brings extremly heavy guitars to the fold, but fuses in some jazz elements and some techno. Just when the opening song is about to break into another level of chaos in come some Industrial esq. sound effects that last into Liberation Frequency (imo the best song on the album). The single New Noise is the perfect choice it's just too bad you won't be hearing it on the radio. I think it might make pop punkers brains go pop!

5-0 out of 5 stars Renewed My Belief in Music as a Force For Real Change
Seriously. There is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't own this CD. OK, so the vocals are a bit on the yelled/screamed side--and pretty much everything your parents and Government believe in, this is against. This is the sound of your soul banging its heads against the walls of oppression, indifference, laziness, apathy, capitalism, globalization (which is really just American Hegemony), and every other lie that has been spread like so much filth across our blue-green orb. Not only is the music here breathtakingly beautiful, this is an album of ideas. You might not agree with all of them, but in a world where free speech and intelligent political discussion are being crushed like a wet paper cup, an album that can take a stand is much more precious whatever other crappy CD you were going to buy. Buy this instead so you can ROCK & THINK! ... Read more

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Loveless
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 November, 1991)
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My Bloody Valentine's entire career has been aiming toward the perfect guitar noise that Kevin Shields has in his head: a pure, warm, androgynous but deeply sexual rush of sound. Loveless is overwhelming, with Shields and Bilinda Butcher's guitars and voices blending into each other until they become a distant orchestra, the rhythm section striding in majestic lockstep, and occasional bursts of dance rhythms (as on the single "Soon") buoying the live instruments' warp and drift. Furiously loud but seductive rather than aggressive, the album flows like a lava stream from one track into another, subsuming everything in the mix into its blissful roar, and pulsing like a lover's body. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My Attempt At A Good Summary
I got his album when it came out as a recommendation from a friend who called it brilliant... this guy really knew music too. There is virtually nothing that was copied to make this album. MBV made a totally original album that to this day probably won't be eclipsed. The sound is this constant droning guitar layer, filled with other layers of guitar that seem like they came from another planet, where guitars make different noises. Then there's Colm's drums, where you swear the man has 4 arms. This is an album that you either hate it or love it. Given modern music with the simple bar chord, a fan of the aforementioned genre will be disgusted by this album. If you see the cover of this album, can you identify all the shades of red on the cover? If you can, or care to, then you will like the album a lot. It is some type of noise symphony, where the band pushes the technology of guitar, bass, drums and synthesizer to the limit that most of us cannot imagine. A true story: I blew out my passenger side front window on my car while playing this album on a frigid February evening, while driving on the highway/ motorway... I don't think this would be possible with any other band. The noises on this album are beautiful. They smear and blur into each other in a very precise manner. I won't even begin the Shoegazer description, since no one of that so called genre compares with this album. It is WONDERFUL... for mature listeners only.

5-0 out of 5 stars Like a groovy, meaningful and soothing surreal dream
After I read a short summary of My Bloody Valentine in a large rock and roll book, I was intriqued by what was said about the band. Especially mysterious was the description of Loveless, so, on a cloudy mid-March Saturday evening, I drove out to the local Media Play and bought this unique album (I try to remember the mood of the days when I drove out into the world, purchased, and listened to albums from legendary, new-found groups that I had never known about--Led Zeppelin IV, Dark Side of the Moon, Revolver, and Gish all come to mind). Without hearing a single song, the cover art (goregous, psychedelic swirls of pink and lavender wrapped around a cool guitar) was already having a soothing effect on my inner self. When I finally ripped off the annoying security plastic wrap off the CD case, I placed the CD in the player and drove all across the cityscape.
I immediately liked the first song for its rocking guitar chords and eerie vocals, sung by a female with a very pretty voice. As the early songs began to slowly weave their trippy, psychedelic melodies into my head, I knew that this album was indeed special, but I did not realize just how high this mysterious album could take you. Initially, I really only liked tracks 1, 5, and 6, but slowly, as the days passed and I gave the album more playing time, the album as a whole began to glow with a warmth that touches the heart and soothes the soul. Track 5 is so beautiful that I find myself overcome with happiness as I try in vain to hold back tears of joy whenever I listen to it. The sad melodic harmony vocal and the really cool guitar chord progression leave me wide-eyed, jaw dropped, and in a tranquil daze of elation. That's the key to enjoying this album and feeling what so many other kids have felt when they gave this album an honest chance. Sit down somewhere peaceful or confortable, chill out, close your eyes, and let the music take you away.
Likewise, track 6 is like a never-ending surreal dream that wavers like a curtain of colorful coral reefs (I just love the blissful guitar soundscapes that miraculously weave in and out with that cool girl's really pretty voice). Listen closely to Track 11, though. I listened to this song for the first time last night, and trust me, this song absolutely rocks out! A hippy dance groove and a psychedelic, angelic guitar sounding like flutes or bagpipes being played on the misty cliffs of Valinor (Tolkien will always have a place in my heart too) will take your breath away. You'll find yourself unconsciously grooving to this exotic rave-like rocker if you let yourself go and let the music uplift you.
I am really happy I stumbled upon this beautiful, unique album, crafted by a group of passionate musicians who realized their dreams and gave to the youth of the world, those confused dreamers who are in most need of hope, love, and inspiration, a timeless masterpiece that has found a place in many hearts, my own included. For a loveless youth like myself, this album makes me want to try harder, to live truer, to be myself so that one day, I might fall in love and sail away with a cute, sweet innocent girl who likes to close her eyes and dream too. Anyways, please forgive me for the personal revelations, but it's OK, though. My Bloody Valentine's Loveless has not only found a place amoung my personal five favorite bands(Early "Classic" Smashing Pumpkins, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Doors), it has not only provided a wonderful sonic balance to the music that I listen to on a regular basis, but it has moved me in such a deep and profound manner that I feel like I have become a better person in just a matter of weeks. If you are down and out, if you feel like living this life is just too tough, buy this life-changing album. I promise you that if you give it a chance, Loveless will leave you in love with everything good and true in this life of ours.
The ancient and secret mystical power of music continues to weave its way through the doors that separate the infinite from the finite. Loveless is one of those doors; I urge anyone who loves lush guitar walls of pure majesty, syncopated, stylish percussive rhythms, and beautiful, spellbounding vocals to open the doors, embrace the mysterious soothing breeze, and chill out peacefully ever after. Peace and love to all, I hope everyone enjoys this early 90's alternative dreamy masterpiece!

5-0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest albums of the 1990's...
in 1991 came the already classic "Loveless". the rockers "My Bloody Valentine" made their rare debut with "This is Your Bloody Valentine" in 1984. then, four years later they released "Isn't Anything", but the album they made them special... the album that made them famous in the rock genre... was "Loveless". which is easily one of the greatest albums out there. what a incredible 48 minutes it is, with amazing tracks like "Only Shallow", "When You Sleep", "Sometimes", and their amazing ending to the album... "Soon. but theres absoulutely not one bad track... those are just the stand-outs. Only Shallow has some of the greatest streaming guitars ever. theres always those complaints with the band with the vocals they can't hear and not nearly enough bass. but if you listen to the record a couple more times... you realize that doesn't matter.

When i first purchased "Loveless" and listened to it, i was a bit disappointed. It got so much acclaim as "one of the greatest albums ever!" so i kept trying, then one day I was listening to it... and... it just... CLICKED! it just clicked to me how beautiful this album really is. its just so many different things! want me to tell you how different? i've wrote over 50 reviews on CD albums here at Amazon, and when I i clicked the "recommended" button on Loveless, it had more than half of the CDs i reviewed. Spiritualized, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Neutral Milk Hotel, and much much more. this part of this review may seem useless to you, but i'm just saying... if you buy any album from the '90s... make it this one. ... Read more

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Surrender
Average Customer Review: 3.96 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 June, 1999)
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Surrender kicks off with a nervous, vibrating whine that brings to mind the first three seconds of Hendrix's "Foxy Lady." But it's just a tease; on their third album, techno's Chemical Brothers have all but turned their back on the rock muscle that earned 1997's Dig Your Own Hole gold status in the U.S. Oh, there are guest rock vocalists galore--New Order's Bernard Sumner, Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval, and Oasis's Noel Gallagher--but only the latter brings out the crunching big beats that the Chems all but invented. The rest of Surrender hews closer to the thinner, synthesized textures of the electro revival that's swept the dance-music world. Much of the time that's just swell. The leadoff track, "Music: Response," is a seamless trip back to 1985, complete with vocoderized singing and Morse-code beeps. And Sumner's "Out of Control" replicates the thrill of hearing the gloomy Joy Division morph into a swell synthpop band. But without the propulsion that their trademark aggression usually provides, the Chems just barely come up with enough ideas to carry the listener all the way through an album, much less rock a dance floor for an hour at a time. --Jeff Salamon ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars "...a taste of something new."
Honestly, I was reluctant to buy this album. I started out buying Exit Planet Dust, which was my first techno cd. It really opened the door to the genre for me, and got me all excited about the Chemical Brothers. I then went on to pick up Dig Your Own Hole, which impressed me even more. I had grown to love the Chemical Brothers' loud, "big-beat" sound. I liked the guest vocals and the variety in the first two albums I had heard, and I wanted more. When I found out that pop-like song I'd been hearing on the radio, by an artist who I thought was Noel Gallagher turned out to be the Chemical Brothers, I told myself "Wow, they sure have gone [bad]. I'm never getting their new album." As always, I had judged a bit too quickly. I should have known that, as usual, the Chemical Brothers' formula was variety, some in the form of unique and unexpected guest vocals. After reading reviews and hearing samples, I decided to finally pick this up.

Naturally, right off the bat, I was unimpressed. Where the hell was the bass, the beat and the power which I'd come to expect from my favorite british electronica duo? Where were those "block rockin' beats"? Little did I know, the Chemical Brothers were going for a fresher, more "poppy" sound, which wasn't a bad thing at all. They had matured, and they were venturing into new territory. I accepted this, and listened to the whole album. After one listen, I wasn't terribly impressed, but made a mental note of songs which I was interested in from the get-go. "Hey Boy, Hey Girl," "Got Glint?," and "Music: Response" were the reasons I wasn't completely disappointed. After a few more listens, I started to like other songs. The edgy vocals of "Out of Control," the energetic feel of "Under the Influence," and even the catchiness of "Let Forever Be" really got me hooked.

After I started to listen to the cd regularly, I began to enjoy it very much. I listened to it while I was walking, on the computer, at school, whatever. And while I never really came to enjoy songs like "Dream On" and "Orange Wedge" very much, I eventually started to consider "The Sunshine Underground" one of the Chemical Brothers' best songs thus far. To sum it up, this album is a taste of something new. Tim Rowlands and Ed Simons are taking a little break from the block rockin' beats, going for a bit more of a dancey, listenable feel. But don't fret, "Got Glint?" and "Hey Boy, Hey Girl" should satisfy your big-beat craving, while "The Sunshine Underground" and "Out of Control" will show you that the Chemical Brothers also have a unique, unexpected sound to them which can be very rewarding. It's not perfect, but there are a good number of great songs on here which are worth the purchase of the album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stayin' fresh
In an age of comercializing, conforming, and making all music sound like 'pop,' it's nice to know that while other artists are changing over to the pop sell-out side, the chemical brothers are still pumpin' fresh beats. Although this album is a great deveation from their earlier works (DYOH, and Exit Planet Dust), I was delighted to see a brand new sound that didn't flow like a generic "TRANCE-MANIA VOLUME 1 (through 10)." Surrender has by far the most diverse sound I have ever heard on a CD. It would be imposible to put into a certain genre of electronica, because it explores all of them. From the slightly retro Music:Response, to some killer trance in Out of Control, to down-tempo, progressive, and the amazing finale, this album rocks through all genres with equal force. If you're a true block-rockin'-beats fan, you might not like this album because only tracks 4 and 5 mimic the Brother's truly original sound. If you are trance-obsessed, you might be a little better off, but not by too much. Yet, if you love a very diverse compilation of music on one disk, GET THIS NOW!!

P.S. When I saw the Chemical Brothers live, they started the show with Hey Boy, Hey Girl, mixed into Block Rockin' Beats; and then mixed the vocal chorus of Block Rockin' Beats and Music:Response TOGETHER to a background mix of the two songs' beats. These guys are TRULY FANTASIC live.

4-0 out of 5 stars great begining but trails off
let forever be and out of control are possibly the best tracks ever from the brothers. other tracks are ok but last half of cd is suspect with slower songs and are somewhat weak. music response is a crazy track check it out. ... Read more

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Between the Buried & Me
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 April, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Thought I'd heard it all with Dillinger Escape Plan. Then I got the Red Chord album and thought I'd heard it all, all over again. (Not that I ever get sick of these chaotic examples of fine metalcore). But BTBAM is f*****g crazy. Not in the sense that they are musically unconventional; in fact they are more conventional then the above stated bands, but they meld so many complex changes into one song, they make Candiria sound like Brittany Spears. (almost, thumbs up to Candiria btw).

The vocalist style is not something I particularly have ever liked, but with time you realise it just fits. There's not much else to say that for those who get a tickle out of this type of music would be spending wisely when they buy this album. Two words sum it up: "fresh" and "chaos". That's all I will say.

Look out for their new album also, being recorded at the moment.Also, anyone who has already checked out Red Chord, BTBAM, or Dillinger, should maybe give Burnt By The Sun and The Minor Times a listen. While not being as chaotic, they have the maths-metal thing down pat.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Insane, incredibly technical, and stunningly beautiful...
The only way to aptly sum up Between The Buried & Me's music is with a phrase another reviewer has used: "Un f-ing real." To try and explain each song individually would no doubt be an exercise in futility: the tracks typically encompass many styles of music, running the gamot from the harshest black metal to the most beautiful dreamy pop.

From the very beginning of the opening track, "More Of Myself To Kill," you know you are in for a spectacular listening experience. "You have all wept once more!" singer Tommy Rogers screams in his amazing death vocals, while the rest of the band plays what is probably the coolest, most complicated, mind-blowing intro to any song ever. The song eventually progresses into one of the most gorgeous things I have ever heard, complete with a heart-melting 3-part vocal harmony (did I fail to mention that Rogers also has one of the most beautiful singing voices I know of?). The song then picks it up a bit, and features some of the most tremendous double bass work ever, courtesy of Will Goodyear.

I realized while writing this that it would be impossible to make this review as complete as it should be. This is truly a masterpiece of music. Between The Buried & Me has undoubtebly made something that is truly progressive - they have thrown out all preconceived notions about what music should be. They play whatever they want, how they want to. Tommy Rogers sings however he wants (beautiful clean vox, deadly powerful death vocals, screeching black metal vocals, and one awe-inspiring 80s metal scream in "Aspirations"); guitarists Nick Fletcher and Paul Waggoner weave around each other to create some of the most splendid melodies ever, groove like no one else since Pantera, and combine powers to create the most bone-crunching riffs this side of Meshuggah. Bassist Jason King plays some of the greatest basswork I've ever heard, complementing the guitarists, accentuating the drumming, and playing a few incredible solos of his own (his basswork in "Aspirations" during the melodic middle part puts me in a trance everytime I hear it). And then there is the drummer Will Goodyear. His drumming is absolutely off-the-wall, outrageously good. I dare say that his drumming here is the best I've ever heard. The band as a whole plays the most daring, complete music I've ever heard. Do whatever you must to obtain this record - a milestone of truly progressive music.

5-0 out of 5 stars best ever as far as hard music
i could write 4 books about how great this album is, but it would be redundant.

go buy it, it will change your life for the better. ... Read more

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Rock Action
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 April, 2001)
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The Glaswegian lads in Mogwai continue to tinker with their instrumental rock formula. Whereas Young Team featured the loud-soft dynamic gleaned from Velvet Underground and Come On Die Young copped Sonic Youth's moody experimentalism, Rock Action adds a dash of Yo La Tengo's hushed ambience and Flaming Lips' studio-savvy playfulness (no surprise there--Rock Action was produced by Lips collaborator and Mercury Rev-ster David Fridmann.) Despite quoting from such a heavy lineup of musical mischief makers, Mogwai craft their own sound, largely due to the melodic narratives they conjure up in the interplay between the three guitarists. With hardly a spoken whisper in the mix, they manage to create great moments of drama, tension, and resolution. "Take Me Somewhere Nice" is a meandering journey toward the promised land, "You Don't Know Jesus" wanders with mystical and loopy abandon, and "Secret Pint" thrums in stately glory. One of the great things about Mogwai is that they are still so damned young--if they continue to kick against the pricks of their own invention we'll be hearing much more inventive and wonderful music from them in years to come. --Tod Nelson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, but Too Short
Rock Action is WAY too short of an album (only six full-length tunes and two ambient interludes), but the quality of the songs themselves makes Rock Action worthwhile. The album begins with "Sine Wave," an epic drone the builds into a symphony of distorted drums and guitar noise. "Take Me Somewhere Nice" is everything Come On Die Young wanted to be, but couldn't. A slow, subdued track with a gorgeous string section with almost whispered vocals, "Take Me Somewhere Nice" takes the quiet tone C.O.D.Y. embodied, and fine tunes it into brilliance. "Dial: Revenge" is a strange tune for Mogwai, a three-minute pop tune that at the same time isn't a pop tune: dark, clean guitar with strings and welsh lyrics from the lead singer of Super Furry Animals. "You Don't Know Jesus" is probably the closest Mogwai gets to their loud Young Team days; the track is great loud crescendo Mogwai epic that was lacking from Come On Die Young. "2 Rights Make 1 Wrong" is easily the record's highpoint, a two-part epic that begins as an orchestral post-rock tune and ends in beautiful electronic ambience. The last section is expertly pulled off, starting with glitchy beats, banjo, and guitar and ending with bells and a wall of layered voices. It's one of Mogwai's best tunes, if not the best (try to find a live version of this track to hear Stuart transform the second half into a wall of beautiful guitar noise). Rock Action might seem disappointing at first due to its short length, but it will grow on you thanks to a strong set of tunes. While the loud days of Young Team seem behind them in some ways, Rock Action takes the quiet mood of Come On Die Young and makes it ten times better.

4-0 out of 5 stars Minimalistic Goodness
The music found here is mostly soft, ambient and atmospheric rock. Mogwai seems very experimental, but in a casual, laid-back way. They're defanately not trying to show off. This is my first CD by Mogwai, so I cannot compare to older albums. A common complaint is that it is quite short, only 38 minutes, but it doesn't need to be any longer. I think two of the songs are less than a minute long though, and don't really seem to fit.

By "minimalistic" I mean the songs are a lot of repetitive, simple guitar playing, but not always. I'm not saying that's bad, I like it, but it's probably an acquired taste. Some standout tracks are "Dial:Revenge," apparently sung in Welsh, and has a very nice tune, the epic, uplifting "2 Rights Make 1 Wrong," the opener "Sine Wave" with its strange staticy electronic percussion, and probably the favorite by most "Take me Somewhere Nice" which really does take you somewhere nice with its dim, subtle vocals and strings that bring a warm, feeling.

If you like Godspeed, Sigur Ros, and other post-rock stuff like that, you'll most likely enjoy this too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not that much rock, but a lot of action
In their still-brief career Mogwai have come to be regarded as leaders in the modern "post-rock" movement, and "Rock Action" provides convincing proof that the acclaim this band has received is more than justified. Although some of the songs here do contain lyrics, the musicians of Mogwai combine power and nuance so effortlessly that words are rarely needed. With three guitars intertwining shimmering tonalities while the drums march in lockstep behind them, Mogwai's songs are much more than mere mood pieces. They consistently reach for and attain stratospheric heights the likes of which most bands can scarcely dream of, brilliantly exploiting tension and dynamics to create oceanic sounscapes that are staggering in their psychotropic effects. The two centerpieces of the album, the epics "You Don't Know Jesus" and "Two Rights Make One Wrong," best exemplify Mogwai's skills and are easily among the most powerful songs I've heard lately. The former is a cold, stark, eerie tune that combines dense walls of guitar riffs with swirling sound effects for a scintillating head rush of a song; the latter a mountainous rush of noise whose fragile guitar picking and synth backing are highly reminiscent of Godspeed You! Black Emperor even without all the orchestral elements. The other, shorter pieces on "Rock Action" manage to impress as well, showing a band with ample range and sterling consistency. The opening "Sine Wave" is a study in contrasts, as waves of sound continually crash over pacific guitar strumming for a stunning dichotomy of calm and malevolence. "Take Me Somewhere Nice" and "Dial Revenge" are mesmerizing drones of instrumentation complemented by hushed vocals that fade perfectly into the mix. And the downtempo "Secret Pint" ends the album on a quiet note, sounding almost like a chamber piece as it introduces some piano into the mix. All throughout, Mogwai show signs of the relentless creativity and versatility that's continued to serve them well, up through their most recent classic "Happy Songs for Happy People." Both albums come highly recommended. ... Read more

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Reign in Blood
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 March, 2002)
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No one has bettered the ferocity, pace, and brutal power of this 28-minute 10-song set. Guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King fire out of the gate with the infamous "Angel of Death" and don't take a respite until the fifth cut, "Jesus Saves." And that breather lasts all of 30 seconds. Winding like a mutant Paganini piece, "Postmortem"'s hook is so inescapable that even metal neophytes will find it irresistible. Superbly sequenced and wonderfully executed, this favorite of producer Rick Rubin stands as the most extreme album in thrash-metal history. --Steffan Chirazi ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful brutality...
Brutal is the only word that can accurately describe this album. Reign In Blood almost single handedly inspired the genre of death metal on the American side of the Atlantic, which is a testament to how heavy this album is. Even by today's standards, this is one extremely heavy album, which goes to show how it sounded back in 1986. Slayer's first 2 albums only hinted at their potential, but Reign In Blood was the one that brought that potential out in full force, and in very convincing fashion. While most will dismiss Reign In Blood as merely a wall of noise, one needs to truly appreciate the thrash style to decipher all that makes this album a classic. The musicianship on this album is absolutely amazing. No band could possibly top this record because no band can play that damn fast and still be precise, a quality that makes Slayer one of my favorite bands. The lyrics are a mixed bag. Some of the songs are very convincing, while others come off as being a little silly at times, but despite this, there are no weak tracks to be found. The total package, however, is an undisputed classic. Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman are in top form on this record, busting out punishing and memorable riffs that they've never been able to top, especially on tracks like "Angel Of Death" and "Raining Blood." Tom Araya is also at the top of his game vocally, while Dave Lombardo's drumming is flawless, albeit extremely exhausting, even when you aren't trying to replicate his thunderous double kick bass. While future albums would feature better overall lyrical content and others would feature fantastic progressive musical composition, no album can match the total package of Reign In Blood. This album embodies thrash more than Master Of Puppets ever could, which is why I truly believe this album to be the greatest thrash album of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute essential
Reign in Blood is without question one of the best and most important metal albums ever released. This album marks the first Slayer album with Rick Rubin at the helm, and his expertise shows. With Rubin's guidance, Slayer was able to make the fastest and most extreme album ever produced. From the unbelievable riffs of the opening track, the infamous Angel of Death, to the progressive assault of Raining Blood, this album is an absolute assault. The talent of Slayer cannot be denied. Lombardo plays the kit with inhuman precision, while King and Hanneman's dual guitar solos speed along with ruthless aggression. Araya is also in fine form, with some of the most convincing vocals I've ever heard. Here's a rundown of the twelve tracks:

1. Angel of Death: An unbelievable way to start the album. Speeds along at over 200 bpm. The dual solo at the end is absolutely jaw-dropping. 10/10

2. Piece by Piece: The important second track doesn't disappoint. While there aren't any solo's, it's a very good track. 8/10

3. Necrophobic: Un ultra-fast song clocking in at under two minutes. One of my favorites, it's a shame Slayer doesn't play this live often. 10/10

4. Altar of Sacrifice: Another amazing track. Very disturbing lyrics. Tom is very convincing as he yells out "Enter to the realm of Satan!" halfway through. (For the record, none of Slayer are Satanists) 10/10

5. Jesus Saves: Marking a change of pace as Slayer slows down for the intro to this song. I love the build-up to the normal ultra-fast pace of the CD. 10/10

6. Criminally Insane: Another slow-starter, Criminally Insane never really manages to reach the pace of the rest of the album. It is not a bad song however. 8/10

7. Reborn: While the guitar work is simple, the vocals are extremely catchy and well-done. Tom Araya does very well here. 8/10

8. Epidemic: The most underrated song on the album. The song is much more complex structure-wise than most other songs on the album, and the guitars mix it up halfway through. An undiscovered classic. 10/10

9. Postmortem: As the Amazon reviewer mentioned before, Postmortem's hook is unescapeable. The beginning is very catchy, but soon falls into a more traditional structure. This all changes when Tom let's out a blood-curdling scream ("await the final Call!") From here on out, Slayer speeds through to the conclusion. Works best as an intro to Raining Blood. 10/10

10. Raining Blood: A total classic. Taking a more progressive approach than other songs on the album, Raining Blood builds to a ferocious conclusion. A great way to end the album. 10/10

11. (Bonus Track #1) Aggressive Perfector (fast version): Wow. Slayer took an old song and made it much better. A bit more accessible than the rest of the album, this is great song to use to get people interested in Slayer. 10/10

12. (Bonus Track #2) Criminally Insane (remix): In my view the weakest track on the album. I think the album would be better without it, but you can't really complain about a bonus track. 7/10

In conclusion, Reign in Blood is an absolute must. Well-worth your money.

3-0 out of 5 stars Reign-in Money
Just looking through my metal collection, trying to decide what to listen to, and I happened upon this acknowledged classic... and I finally decided to sit down and write about what has always bugged me about this album...or at least this particular issue of it, which has held sway in the catalog for many years now.

In violation of Amazon's "review guidelines" (sorry, Amazon, there's no getting around the fact that price is a legitimate factor in an album review) this review has little to do with the music on this album. It has always surprised me that amid all of the raves about this album, it is seldom, if ever, mentioned, what an unbelievable rip-off this issue of it is. It especially surprises me, when you consider how "anti-commercialism" most extreme metal fans profess to be. Who, at the record label, thought it was a reasonable value to issue a 28-minute album with only two insignificant "bonus" tracks that barely get the total playing time to 35 minutes...AND charge full price for it! Does anyone think this is a rip off, or is this album too much of a "sacred cow" in the annals of metal to mention what a lousy value--and what a glaring example of the music industry at it's consumer-screwing worst--this reissue is! If the label is unable to acquire the rights to one of Slayer's previous albums--such as the Haunting the Chapel EP--to pair with RiB, then they need to reduce the price of this album, accordingly, and get rid of these insultingly lame "bonus tracks." This is a classic example of commerce using the "supply and demand theory" as an excuse to screw the consumer: if it weren't such a metal icon, this EP-length "album"--in fact I have several "extreme metal" EP's longer and cheaper (and btw better) than this--would only be about ten bucks...hell, most Van Halen albums are longer than this (even Diver Down--ouch)! Also, shame on the band, to some degree, for allowing this rip-off to be perpetrated on the fans to whom they are supposedly so appreciative.

If you don't already have this album, buy it used, or have someone "burn" it for you. In its current form, it is not worth full price, "classic metal album" or not. ... Read more

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The Downward Spiral
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 March, 1994)
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Nine Inch Nails are a pretty amazing phenomenon when one considers what they--um, he--have done with just a few studio recordings. The Downward Spiral, NIN's second full-length album, is just as packed with vitriol as Pretty Hate Machine and the EP Broken--and has just as solid a base of pop hooks that go a long way toward explaining NIN's popularity. Most recognizable is the down-tempo single "Closer," which remains a staple of dance clubs everywhere. But for the most part, the album is all heavy beats and aggressive guitars--industrial music with a pop angle. That winning combination is what makes Trent Reznor a law unto himself, becoming insanely popular while the main body of industrial music retains its subculture status. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Audio Suicide Note
"Roar Of Machines" might have been a good name for this as well. Dark, moody, loud, angry and groundbreaking, these five words best sum up "The Downward Spiral" in all it's bloody glory. When you listen to this album, listen to it all the way through, then you can pick out your favorites and hit repeat. Why? It's a concept album. Kinda like a book or a movie, you wanna see, read, hear it all in sequence. To start off this masterpiece is "Mr. Self Destruct". The song is so heavy that you will not believe your ears, it has enough distortion to make Jimi Hendrix turn in his grave. The song then leads directly into "Piggy". The exact opposite of "Mr. Self Destruct", it has an almost jazz feel to it with Trent Reznor whispering "nothing can stop me now". "Heresy" is the closest thing to "Closer" on this disc, so if you bought it for "Closer", chances are you'll like this song too. Especially the "God is dead" chorus. "March Of The Pigs" is one of NIN most solid songs ever, definate perfection. "Closer" is NIN biggest hit and I can see why. This is a classic sing along. "Ruiner" has the greatest chorus I've ever heard in a song. Lyrically it's okay but musically it's perfect. "The Becoming" might be my favorite track here. "Annie, hold a little tighter I just might slip away", that floors me every time. "I Do Not Want This" is the worst song here but NIN worst is still better then other artists best, it's still a good song too. "Big Man With A Gun" is the controversial song here, it's hilarious though, good, but short. "A Warm Place" maybe NIN best instrumental, very heavenly. "Eraser" starts off very annoying but song bulds up and explodes everywhere, nice. "Reptile" is, simply put, amazing. "The Downward Spiral" is a crazy song, when tat scream comes in... "Hurt" is probably the saddest song ever, really touching. It's easy to see why Trent Reznor is the best at whatever he does, he really is a genious. In an artical I read about Trent, it said with this album Trent killed off the industrial genre. At first I didn't know what they meant, but then it struck me, Trent did everything in this genre that could possibly be done. This is one twisted tale about a sick puppy who does all the wrong things, yet you still feel sorry for. A classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing album to be listened to from start to finish
This is by far one of the best CD's I own. It's the CD you'vealways wanted, the one where EVERY SONG is worth listening to. TrentReznor creates something wholly dark and original, pleasantly dissonant, with thought-provoking lyrics. One thing I recently learned is that this is a concept album, a cohesive piece of work. Listen to it completely through, and you won't be disappointed. "Mr. Self-Destruct"--The CD kicks off with a song with parallel structure in the lyrics and movement-inducing music. "Piggy"--Suddenly Trent slows it down, to a nightclub beat that'll have you grooving and crooning along. "Heresy"--Trent's back in screaming mode as he takes on organized religion. Note: turn this down if someone around you will be offended by "your god is dead / and no one cares" "March of the Pigs"--One of the best, most frenetic, earth-shattering songs on the CD, you won't be able to resist the urge to bob your head along. And plus, a nice piano tune. "Closer"--The popular favorite, this song has so many layers that every time you listen to it, you'll notice something different. Amazing. "Ruiner"--An angry rant against the Ruiner, this song continues the loud dissonance. The bridge goes on a bit too long, but this is still a cool song. "The Becoming"--A haunting tale of a man becoming a machine (metaphorically, of course) with an unexpected acoustic section. Yes, they can play guitar normally. "I Do Not Want This"--A perfect expression of how much "this world can beat you down". "Big Man with a Gun"--A short, fun little ditty supposedly mocking gangster rap. "A Warm Place"--A soft, peaceful instrumental...beautiful. "Eraser"--Dark, disturbing, hard tale of a breakup gone bad. "Reptile"--Ever had the feeling your girlfriend's cheating on you? Perhaps she's a "reptile". "The Downward Spiral"--An acoustic reprise of the "Closer" theme sets the stage for this disturbing suicide song. "Hurt"--An acoustic ballad of pain, sympathy, and perhaps...hope. All in all, an incredible work.

1-0 out of 5 stars hot topic ??? the nirvana of industrial music
you call this crap music, my grandma makes better... get into real music with real guitars not this satanic techno crap... try children of bodom, pink floyd, or the cars if you want nice keyboard ... Read more

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Jane Doe
Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 September, 2001)
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Converge duck all the rules of hardcore and heavy metal and out of a loophole comes a new beginning. These guys live on a sonic continent near the street screech of Candiria and the fluttering high-speed precision of Dillinger Escape Plan, sounding something like Slayer backed by armies of curb-cracking skateboarders instead of hell's minions. Their uptempo doom is shaded with downbeat indie-rock tones instead of infernal majesty, and there's even a hint of British-style shoe gazing on the slow five or six seconds of this CD. Mostly what you get from this 10-year anniversary release is a frightening debacle of giant objects hurtling over your head, while impassioned but utterly distorted vocals fend off certain destruction with little pleas for humanity. It's an unpredictable and elegant triumph, softened to offer catharsis rather than total brutal assault. --Ian Christe ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing better
There is probably no way my humble words could do this album any justice, it is just too good. There is so much emotion in this, so much power it's heavy dude, real heavy. The crown of this cd would have to be the title track "Jane Doe" one of the only 11 minute songs that I wish would last forever. But let this review just state that this record will kill it is fierce and yet retains some texture and beauty despite the pounding drums and the hell screams heard throughout. This record tears every band who claims to be hardcore apart. All those loser "screamo" bands will be laid to waste as this genre defying band kills em'. You can have emotion and complexity in hardcore without being a "emo-core" band. From Autumn To Ashes and all those crap bands could never express this much emotion no matter how hard they tried. Heard the rest? Try the best that's my word.

5-0 out of 5 stars As they always do, Converge create another amazing album
Regardless if you consider them metal or hardcore or whatever odd combination of the two you can't deny just how amazing Converge are. Jane Doe strongly holds their reputation up and in my mind is at least an equal to When Forever Comes Crashing if not better. One thing I noticed was that while the music here is as brutal and technical as ever it was a bit catchier I would say and possibly even sticks in your head a little, not something I thought I'd ever be saying about this band. Another thing slightly unusual is the amazing production job they did this time, lightyears beyond the horrible lo-fi rumble on the Agoraphobic Nosebleed split. Of course there are many diehards out there who instantly equate catchiness with "selling out" and their ignorance of what makes a good song sets them short of seeing how incredible the music here really is. Jane Doe will be in my stereo for a while without question.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpeice of Aural Intensity
From the masters of metalcore, Converge!!! From beginning to end "Jane Doe" pummels you with abrasive,majestic,and intense music which makes you do "the one-man mosh" and your jaw to drop all at the same time.In terms of heaviness,Converge brings the meaning to new levels while other bands rely on downtuning and raw production,while Converge does use both of those methods(quite effectively I might add) they bring a staggering amount of energy to the table so to speak.Also packaged quite well and the cover art being done nonetheless by Jacob Bannon himself(great poetic lyrics as well) lends another dimension to Converge,not just musically but artistically.Overall this is an intense experience,not just musically but of body and mind that any fan of extreme music should not be without.Sincerely Amazing. ... Read more

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars best cd of 2000
I found out about Glassjaw through hearing about them signing to Roadrunner, and i wanted to check them out, and i also found out about how they appointed Ross Robinson to produce their cd. When i heard them, i was awe-struck, at mostly how real and emotional their music is. Well, the music is just absolutely amazing, Glassjaw would best fit under emocore, yet they are probably the best in the genre. Each song is filled with emotion. The guitars are just awesome, very talented guitarists. Pretty Lush is one of the highlight tracks, it is basically a hardcore song with beautiful sounding fillins and stuff. Ry Ry's Song is definately one of the best, it is a emo punk song, with a really nice "swirl" of guitar, and lots of melody, you'll be singing it, believe me, i know. Lovebites and Razorlines is definately a better track also, it has the really heavy parts with the awesome screaming vocals, then it breaks into a really nice touch of singing drums and guitars, another one you'll be singing. tracks 7-9 are all straightup emo songs, very well written songs, with beautiful singing and melodies. Babe is a straightup hardcore song as well. But the best track on this cd is Siberian Kiss, to briefly describe it, you can say that it is the most beautiful hardcore song ever heard". This song has the ever pounding drums, with the heavy and most beautiful guitars heard since.........i don't know. it is just the best cd ever released on Roadrunner, and for the year 2000. Buy this cd, or forever hold your peace.

5-0 out of 5 stars Glassjaw is Great!
I bought Glassjaw's "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence" about a month and a half ago, and the first time I listened to it, I didn't love it. Then, I listened to it again, and I liked it. After that I listened to it, and I absolutely loved it. This is an amazing cd. It is the most emotional music I have ever heard in my life, every single song is totally full of emotion, and the music is really great too. My favorite songs are "Lovebites and Razorlines", "Siberian Kiss", "Ry Ry's Song", "Her Middle Name was Boom", and "Piano". All the songs are great, except "Hurting and Shoving" and "Babe". Oh yeah, they ACTUALLY sound NOTHING like the Deftones. "Motel of the White Locust" sort of does, but that's it, I have no idea what people are talking about, maybe it's because they toured with them it seems easy to compare them to Deftones. BUY THIS CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars This the emocore, i like to hear...
Yeah glassjaw has a unique sound and no can't deny it! I got this from a friends suggestion but i wasn't to sure if i should buy it...Let's just say, im glad i did. Great sing along songs and original lirycs rimends me of such bands like deftones,coheed and cambria, &,lost prophets, which i don't realy listen to any of them except for ca&co.All and all pretty much worth it... having great production and tight melodis with heartfelt songs. Buy it! ... Read more

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Bitches Brew
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 June, 1999)
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The revolution was recorded: in 1969 Bitches Brew sent a shiver through a country already quaking. It was a recording whose very sound, production methods, album-cover art, and two-LP length all signaled that jazz could never be the same. Over three days anger, confusion, and exhilaration had reigned in the studio, and the sonic themes, scraps, grooves, and sheer will and emotion that resulted were percolated and edited into an astonishingly organic work. This Miles Davis wasn't merely presenting a simple hybrid like jazz-rock, but a new way of thinking about improvisation and the studio. And with this two-CD reissue (actually, this set is a reissue of the original set plus one track, perfect for the fan who's not so overwhelmed as to need the four-CD Complete Bitches Brew box), the murk of the original recording is lifted. The instruments newly defined and brightened, the dark energy of the original comes through as if it were all fresh. Joe Zawinul and Bennie Maupin's roles in the mix have been especially clarified. With a bonus track of "Feio"--a Wayne Shorter composition recorded five months later that serves both as a warm-down for Bitches Brew and a promise of Weather Report to come--this is crucial listening. --John F. Szwed ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Well, this ain't Kind of Blue...
..but it's still quite interesting. While I am a Miles Davis FREAK, I'm not a huge fan of either his fusion stuff OR free jazz in general... yet I still find myself drawn to this one.

I do agree with those who say CD 1 is weaker... both tunes meander a bit, and Miles's presence isn't as strong. But he makes up for it on the second one. Spanish Key and Miles Runs The Voodoo Down in particular have excellent grooves to them, the playing by Miles and crew is understated yet first-rate, and the editing by Teo Macero throughout is spot-on. (Don't believe me? Listen to the Complete Sessions CD's, and you'll wonder 'how did they pull this crap into an album?')

Í'd only recommend two of his subsequent fusion CD's (Live-Evil and Jack Johnson), and I go to this one more than both of those combined. Maybe it's because when I listen to it, I can hear a musical wall being torn down.

5-0 out of 5 stars Miles Davis VS Rock
If you're wondering were to begin with the 'electric' period of Miles Davis, his jazz - rock fusion period, don't look any further. You just found it! Fans of fifties Miles and 'Kind of Blue' fans, a sign of warning - you'll be in for a surprise! And what a surprise it is! Listen to it with head - phones, that way you'll get the full satisfaction. Mind - blowing and timeless, for the jazz and none - jazz listener alike. I don't listen to jazz (well not a lot) so when I first heard it I was astonished. I had never heard anything like that before. Although the tracks are very long (up to 27 minutes for 'Bitches Brew'), all 94 minutes on the album will pass really quickly.

Don't expect to hear something mellow, this is dark, sometimes scary music for those late nights. The first time you listen to it you may not even like it, so it requires an open mind. There are hard rock rhythms with the fiery trumpet by Miles, the sax by Shorter, the 'screaming' guitar work by John McLaughlin, the driving beats of the drums by Jack DeJohnette, the piano by Zawinul...Wow! Song highlights include 'Bitches Brew', 'John McLaughlin' and 'Miles Runs The Voodoo Down'. This is the album that started a revolution, that started the fusion sound of the seventies that many other groups will follow , and for that it will always be considered as one the most important jazz albums ever.

5-0 out of 5 stars He's not another Zappa, but this is very addictive
Music is to be listened to. It's not to be applied as a reaction to one's social environment. If the derivative, formula-reliant, three-minute pop or rap ditty is all you really stick to, you might want to stay away from this...or even better, use it to force your ears open.

In the realm of "music for its own sake," this is among the most successful non-Zappa attempts to turn improvisation into composition.

Lovely, violent, insistent, original, dreamy, merciless, one-of-a-kind....this is a companion piece to the prior album, In a Silent Way, and scratches brain-itches that you didn't even know you had.

If it's too "weird" for you, listen to it about 20 more times and then come back and talk to me.

MUCH more interesting than Miles's earlier, more customary jazz. And what good is music unless it speaks for itself instead of reflecting a limited, bygone era?

Miles would never be a Coltrane or Parker on a blown instrument, and nor would he ever be a Zappa, Fripp, Emerson or Anderson, regarding combining previously segregated idioms like jazz, funk, classical and rock. But there's only one Bitches Brew in history, and your ears will thank you for it. It won't even need a label, a compartment, a square to draw around it.

A video game for the aural senses, a lotion for the lobes, caffeine for the blood and an adventure for any dreamer, it's an album that will let you down if you come to it expecting something in particular. Inversely, it will surpass your expectations if you keep your ears open and stay ready for anything. ... Read more

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Debut
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 July, 1993)
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Her first album following the breakup of the Sugarcubes, Debut is Icelandic trickster Björk's statement of purpose: bringing curious experimentalism to the dance floor and putting her startling, expressive voice front and center. Her perspective is a little alien--it's no accident that the first song talks about "getting close to a human"--but her leveling of genre distinctions has some wonderful results, especially the eroticized easy-listening reggae sway of "Venus As a Boy." Paired with producer Nellee Hooper (of Soul II Soul), she comes up with a series of invitingly artificial settings for her pipes, built from late-night beats and peculiar timbres, and sings like she's overwhelmed with joy from all her senses. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars More straightforward
This being Bjork's debut album (hence the title of course), it is nowhere near as abstract as "Homogenic" but is still a smarter-than-average pop album with solid songs throughout, no filler here. If you are a new Bjork fan, better to start here and work your way to the challenging stuff lest you freak out and get turned off Bjork, which would be a shame.

Human Behavior: a funky, bouncy opener, but still no indication to the twists that lie ahead. A
Crying: a Latin-flavored ballad about missing one's lover, being alone in a crowd. A
Venus as a Boy: erotic reggae twist, sexy lyrics. a treat. A+
There's More to Life Than This: a high-energy dance number that drops out twice as if we stepped out the party while Bjork tries to woo us away to some fun. A
Like Someone in Love: also sung by Sinatra, Bjork is accompanied only a shimmering harp. beautifully done. A
Big Time Sensuality: big time music as well, energetic song that begs for remixes. A+
One Day: downbeat techno, planitive vocals, a favorite. A
Aeroplane: features a sleazy big band; Bjork is gonna follow her lover in an airplane. A-
Come to Me: another downbeat song, beautiful arpeggios. A
Violently Happy: a high-energy dance song, expresses what we all try to when we're so happy we wanna smash things. A-
The Anchor Song: the weirdest song; Bjork alone with an accordion, going off to live in the ocean. quirky, but enjoyable. A

A weird, wonderful and highly enjoyable disc; the sound of Bjork before wild experimentation ran amok on her later work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Violently Happy
Bjork has refined her sound and evolved as an artist, inspiring others since her first album, released in '93, but 'Debut' is a treasure that's just as priceless and definitely worth having in one's collection. She impressed and showed much potential here, suggesting more to offer in the future, and is one of few that manages to outshine the previous endeavor with the next. She blew many electronic fans away with her refreshingly innovative style and wacky video ideas, staking her claim as a force not to be reckoned with.

On latter albums such as 'Homogenic' and 'Vespertine', the songs were deeper and ultimately darker but most of the material here is playful dance tunes. The music, however, is creatively unique with Bjork's vocal prowess and groovy atmospherics. She became a household name with club hits like "Big Time Sensuality" and "Violently Happy" but, for me, the true highlights include the emotionally-charged "Venus As a Boy" - a striking melody with hypnotic beats and lush strings that have a slight Middle Eastern feel, and the beautifully crafted "Come To Me", which may just be my all-time favorite Bjork song with its delicate, melodic rhythms and gentle yet achy cooing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Bjork - Debut
Bjork is back with a new sound...her own.

1. Human Behaviour - The first single from Debut. This is one of Bjork's earliest songs and still one of the best. Her voice soars and has one of the greatest videos I've ever seen. 10/10

2. Crying - When I bought I was hesitant to any song I hadn't heard before. I was letting the cd play one day from Anchor Song and on and this came on. It is wayyy better live though. But still one the best songs on the cd. 9.3/10

3. Venus As A Boy - A really good Bjork but it really does depend on your mood. It's very poppy and upbeat. It has some great Icelandic lyrics though. 8/10

4. There's More To Life Than This - I first heard a sample of it in a Bjork Megamix (Igor's Violenty Happy Remix w/Depeche Mode). I loved it. I downloded it and bought the Venus as a Boy single just so I could get the studio version (Non Tiolet Mix). 10/10

5. Like Someone in Love: Annoying. I absolutely hate it. 0/10

6. Big Time Sensuality : When I first heard the fluke version I loved it from the beginning to the end. This version is way better though. It sound very 'Ray Manzeryck' like. 10/10

7. One Day: I love her voice but I don't listen to it often b ut nontheless it is a very very good song. 8/10

8. Aeroplane: Definetly my favorite song on the cd. At first it sound indimated and unproportionate. It is on of the best songs she has ever written. Better live though. 10/10

9. Come To Me: Hate it. 0/10

10. Violently Happy: Let's put it this way...it should have been on the Greatest Hits CD.....10/10

11. Anchor Song: I love the jazz sections and Bjork's voice. It simply soars through the song. 10/10

Over all rating: 8/10 or... 4/5 ... Read more

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Autobahn
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 February, 1996)
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Though they'd recorded three previous albums, Kraftwerk's modern pop legacy starts with the sounds of a few footsteps and a slamming car door--the beginning of a 22-minute musically impressionistic excursion down Germany's famed superhighway. An unexpected hit on both sides of the Atlantic, Autobahn's "fahren, fahren, fahren" refrain echoes "Fun, Fun, Fun" by the Beach Boys (just one of Kraftwerk's unlikely influences), while the entire concept recalls Brian Wilson's frustrated attempts at creating what he called "a pocket symphony." The rhythmic synth pulse that carries the title track will be familiar to Kraftwerk admirers, while cofounder Florian Schneider's flute work and other more delicate melodic touches hearken back to the band's prog-rock foundations (as do the atmospheric "Kometenmelodie 1 & 2," "Mitternacht," and "Morgenspaziergang"). Kraftwerk's fascination with technology has been well documented, but the revelation of Autobahn is the playful human spirit behind the robots' masks. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is still Kraftwerk's best.
This is Kraftwerk's best release followed closely by Computer World, Man-Machine and Radio-Activity. Although this album is reviewed by many as an all synthesizer album, it's not. Autobahn is Kraftwerk's last album before going completely electronic. In addition to synthesizers, Autobahn contains flute, violin and guitar. The title track is a classic. It beautifully gives the listener the feel of a high speed drive on Germany's autobahn. At about 22 minutes, it gives Kraftwerk time to develop the whole concept. There is a beautiful break featuring the Autobahn melody performed on flute along with the electronics. Another break feautures the debut of what would become Kraftwerk's trademark; pulsating and layered percussion that has been imitated (but not very well) by countless groups. Also, the sound of cars speeding passed the listener in stereo is interesting. The fact that the vocals are in German, gives the music even more authenticity. Autobahn is a must for all Kraftwerk fans and anyone who enjoys beautiful melodies and arrangments. This is a great album. Other songs are Kometenmelodie 1 and 2. Kometenmelodie 1 is an eerie and slow piece with great atmosphere and Kometenmelodie 2 is a speeded up and cheerful version of 1. Mitternacht (Midnight) is a strange sounding song that would fit perfectly into an old horror movie. Morgenspierzagang (Morning Walk) is like an electronic walk in the park complete with electronic birds chirping and an electronic stream of water accompanied by a pleasant melody played on the flute. This album is a perfect example of why Kraftwerk has been so influential since 1974 and continues to be so in many areas of music. Over the years, many have tried to copy Kraftwerk without success. Kraftwerk is unique, and Autobahn is their best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kraftwerk's best
This is Kraftwerk's best release followed closely by Computer World, Man-Machine and Radio-Activity. Although this album is reviewed by many as an all synthesizer album, it's not. Autobahn is Kraftwerk's last album before going completely electronic. In addition to synthesizers, Autobahn contains flute, violin, piano and guitar. The title track is a classic. It beautifully gives the listener the feel of a high speed drive on Germany's autobahn. At about 22 minutes, it gives Kraftwerk time to develop the whole concept. There is a beautiful break featuring the Autobahn melody performed on flute along with the electronics. Another break feautures the debut of what would become Kraftwerk's trademark; pulsating and layered percussion that has been imitated (but not very well) by countless groups. Also, the sound of cars speeding passed the listener in stereo is interesting. The fact that the vocals are in German, gives the music even more authenticity. Autobahn is a must for all Kraftwerk fans and anyone who enjoys beautiful melodies and arrangments. This is a great album. Other songs are Kometenmelodie 1 and 2. Kometenmelodie 1 is an eerie and slow piece with great atmosphere and Kometenmelodie 2 is a speeded up and cheerful version of 1. Mitternacht (Midnight) is a strange sounding song that would fit perfectly into an old horror movie. Morgenspierzagang (Morning Walk) is like an electronic walk in the park complete with electronic birds chirping and an electronic stream of water accompanied by a pleasant melody played on the flute. This album is a perfect example of why Kraftwerk has been so influential since 1974 and continues to be so in many areas of music. Over the years, many have tried to copy Kraftwerk without success. Kraftwerk is unique, and Autobahn is their best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kraftwerk's Definitive Magnum Opus!!!
Kraftwerk's fourth album, 1974's "Autobahn", is not only a milestone for the group but for popular music as well. "Autobahn" marked the beginning of an era of synthesized pop music which would later explode in the early '80s. Had it not been for "Autobahn", bands such as Devo, Depeche Mode, The Human League, OMD and countless others may not have ever existed.
The "Autobahn" album, despite it turning 30 years old in 2004, still retains a vast amount of freshness and timelessness. Quite honestly, the album is still being discovered and embraced by generations of music lovers.
For this album, Kraftwerk expanded its line-up to a quartet with percussionist Wolfgang Flur and violinist/guitarist Klaus Roeder joining founding members Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider. Flur provided the rhythms using a handmade electronic drum kit while Hutter and Schneider modified their sound with the very latest in synthesizer technology (notably Minimoog and ARP synthesizers). Mix these experimental techniques with a dose of cheerful poppiness, and the end result is a winning combination.
"Autobahn's" title track is essentially an extremely long pop song clocking in at nearly 23 minutes. The different sections of the piece are divided between sung verses and choruses with lengthy instrumental sections which paint an audio picture of driving the German roadways. The stereo effects (especially those which are heard in the middle of the piece) are well executed as the band recreates the sounds of vehicles whizzing by at rapid speed with their electronic instruments.
The remainder of the album is taken up by four shorter pieces. "Kometenmelodie 1" is a slow dark forboding piece that has a sound reminiscent of Tangerine Dream. "Kometenmelodie 2" is an upbeat version of "1" with a slight '60s surf rhythm provided by Flur along with pleasant melodies provided by Hutter and Schneider. "Mitternacht" is another dark cinematic piece in the style of Tangerine Dream. Hutter and Schneider provide a slow repeated five note phrase while Klaus Roeder provides eerie wolf-like tones from his electric violin. This is probably the most haunting piece of music Kraftwerk has ever committed to tape. The album's closer "Morgenspaziergang" begins with electronic bird chirps and waterfall effects before Schneider brings in a pleasant melody with his wooden recorder and flute. Hutter then joins him on the piano followed by Roeder's guitar which turns the melody into a playful child-like round. This brings the entire "Autobahn" album to a close.
"Autobahn" continues to remain a timeless classic and a groundbreaking blueprint for electronic music. Even today, Ralf Hutter and Florian Schnieder continue to enter new boundaries and are still very much alive today as Kraftwerk. Wolfgang Flur remained with the band until 1990. Klaus Roeder's time with the band only lasted as long as this album. Before Kraftwerk hit the road to tour in support of "Autobahn", he was replaced by a second percussionist Karl Bartos who, like Flur, would remain with the band until 1990.
"Autobahn" is a definite must for anyone's music collection. This is an historic masterwork which paved the way for the music of the future. A classic worthy of every possible merit!!! ... Read more

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