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    Mer de Noms
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 May, 2000)
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    "A Perfect Circle is not a side project," proclaim the members of Perfect Circle. It's a caution worth heeding, since the most identifiable name in the band is that of vocalist Maynard James Keenan, lead singer of Tool. On the other hand, one wouldn't be much inclined to file this one under "side project" anyway. The musicians involved go to great lengths to create something distinctive, and if the uniformity of sound can be attributed to the fact that guitarist Billy Howerdel (whose previous songwriting credits include Tool, the Smashing Pumpkins, and David Bowie) is responsible for the lion's share of the music, well, the others aren't exactly marching in lockstep. Keenan's vocals here are quite different from anything heard from him before. Subtle, thoughtful, sober, they're a far cry from Keenan's work with Tool, which is what makes this album more than a side-project curiosity. Mer de Noms has a life all its own. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more


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    1-0 out of 5 stars Is Judith that only good song?
    I have to say...I hate this band...they are even worse than Saxon but better than Tool or System of a Down...oh...what sh**! I hate this kind of music!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another 5 star review for an amazing album
    When this first came out, I wasn't really old enough to appreciate it.I heard Judith on the radio and it rocked, but I was fairly unfamiliar with the rest of the CD.Now that I'm a little older, I can't say enough good about it.The CD has everything from the rocking Judith to 3 Libras, which is probably the most beautiful song I've ever heard in my life.Orestes is right up there with it, even though it's not quite as popular.Overall, I can't say enough great things about this album, and if you don't have it yet, you are truly missing out on one of my favorite CDs ever.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good. but not better than Tool
    I am a die hard Tool fan. The only reason I was ever interested in a Perfect Circle is because Maynard is a great lyricist and vocalist. It's a good album. I especially love "Orestes". the opening riffs and Maynard's emotional singing will have you listening to that song on repeat. But my favorite song is "Magdalena" because it gives me this 80's rock type feeling whenever I listen to it and Maynard's passion in his singing about how he would sell his soul for one kiss from this woman is so deep. A perfect circle is a great band. They are definitely a lot softer than Tool but they still have emotional and creative lyrics and music just as Tool does (because of Maynard of course). The only reason I give this album 4 stars and not 5 is because I love Tool and I can't wait until Maynard reuinites with them for a new album. Tool is more hard rock/metal and artistic. The drummer in a Perfect Circle is no match for the drummer of Tool. MAYNARD! OKAY. YOU HAVE AN EMOTIONAL AND SOFT SIDE! US TOOL FANS GET THE IDEA! BUT GO BACK TO TOOL ASAP!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

    Asin: B00004T99Z
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock   


    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 October, 1996)
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    With its heavy-duty distortion, weighty rhythms, and cynical lyrics, Tool is a heavy metal band for the '90s. Rather like Metallica circa ...And Justice for All, the sound is focused heavily on texture, with vocals and guitars layered one atop the other, and heart-pounding drums underlying everything. There's not a whole lot of variety on Tool's second full-length album--most of the songs start off fairly low-key, kicking into high gear for the chorus, and repeat--but Maynard James Keenan's distinctive voice, the prog-rock stylings over a heavy metal base, and a supremely unhealthy dose of vitriol make this the perfect album to bang your head to. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing, intriguing, thought-provoking. The best.
    This isn't just the best metal album ever made. In my opinion it's the best album ever made, all categories. I felt I had to write something and try to contribute towards the 5 stars overall this album deserves. I don't blame the people who gave it one star, it's their opinion, and maybe this album isn't for everyone. First of all, you have to like music. Second, you should like metal. Third, you should be enough interested in life and like the medium of music to express aspects of life. I have owned this album for seven years and it still grows. I can still cry listening to it, just because of the beauty, the pure energy this album conveys. A masterpiece, from the first second to the last. A lesson in life.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I'll have a Maynard James Keenan with pilau rice, thanks!
    Whoa! Everyone seems to have an opinion on this. Tool fans seem to go out of their way to convince the casual buyer that this record is the work of absolute genius, and that it will change you life etc. Being a rather naïve and gullible individual I decided to give the album a whirl. I lay down, put my headphones on and prepared to be swept up in the brilliance that is tool and left drooling. Well, I fell asleep but I tried I really did! It's just this album is so monotonous!
    A song about fisting? Yeah, I know it supposed to have a whole *deeper meaning*, but its still stupid, not to mention bloody painful. The five star reviewers make this album out to be intensely thought provoking and some even go as far by saying that it's so hard to comprehend that only a select few will grasp the true meaning. That's a load of codswallop! You don't have to be really intelligent to get this, there's nothing to get, its just pretentious whining. Albeit twisted to make it into *music for pseudo intellectuals*. I'd rather listen to korn, at least they're straight forward about it.
    Tool fans are quick to insult the average human being for disliking their favorite band by dismissing them as ignorant twits. No, it's just the music is so dull I'm sure over exposure is enough to make anyone brain dead for a little while. My brain cells came out waving a white flag about half way through. I had to listen to skinny puppy to perk them back up again. In a way, tool fans remind me of born again Christians, as in you're either a blind follower or a total waste of space. It's like a cult. Perhaps that's the appeal. Does being a tool fan make you better then other people? If you think so then you are a sad, sad person. Perhaps you think my tiny brain just can't grasp the fact that tool are the best band in the world and that Maynard James Keenan (sounds like an Indian dish) is a god. Personally I think he's laughing his wig off at all of you. But anyway you can't be swayed. To the curious buyer, I'd listen to the samples and look up some of the lyrics before you start believing all the hype. By the way I just want to say the `secretary' from Boston is a plagiarizer. (...)Oh and one more thing. If Maynard James Keenan moved to Spain and (under Spanish law) married Pilar Gòmez Dìaz, her name would remain Pilar Gòmez Dìaz. If they had a daughter christened Mercedes, she will be called Mercedes James Gòmez. If she got married to Juan García Martìnez she would keep her original name but her son, Pedro, would be called Perdro García James. You see where this could go! Having such a long winded name is a danger to Spanish society!
    Have you just read all that? If you have, you now know what listening to a tool album feels like. It's simple and easy to understand but presented in such a difficult and presumptuous way, that it just gets annoying and unnecessarily tedious after a while.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great album
    Ænima, first of all, is hard to understand. Not story wise..what have you. It's a album that you can take in as a whole and see the incredibly long songs and tracks that mean nothing to the album (Useful idiot) and be disgusted by it. But you have to pretty much break down the tracks and digest it slowly to take on this new feel to it. It's a really great and heartfelt album. The kind of stuff Maynard USE to make. Anyway..I mainly made this comment to correct something that somebody said as a comment..and I quote:
    "They are simply carbon copies of so many other nu-metal and alternative metal acts. Some synonyms for the word "Tool":
    NIN, Filter, Deftones, System of a Down, Korn, Drowning Pool, Disturbed, etc...(Shall I go on? I can.)"

    Disturbed's first album came out in 2000. Tool's Ænima came out in 1996..any questions? Drowning Pool: to quote MTV "one of the most anticipated bands of the early 2000's"....once again..Ænima came out in 1996. So, of course, it makes perfect sense that Tool is a copy of bands that came out much later than them because they're all time travelers and can see what's big ahead of time. Sorry, but that had to be said because you are not well educated in music. Peace out
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    Asin: B00000099Y
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


    Make Yourself
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (26 October, 1999)
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    Young, aggro, and from Los Angeles--it's tempting to put Incubus in the already crowded category populated by Korn, System of a Down, and their other loud and heavy brethren. But that would sell Incubus short, because Make Yourself, the quintet's sophomore album, is a strong progression beyond their 1997 debut, S.C.I.E.N.C.E.. More like Faith No More than Limp Bizkit, Incubus still have that teen-mosh appeal, though the songwriting and instrumentation on Make Yourself is diverse and thoughtful, both lyrically and musically. "Drive" is an easygoing, slightly trippy acoustic-based outing, while oddball scratching (courtesy of DJ Chris Kilmore) and trip-hop funkiness make "Battlestar Scralatchtica" aptly titled. "Nowhere Fast" is vaguely 311-ish with a reggae tinge and lovely melodic interludes, in contrast to the furious intensity of "Out from Under," which gives Make Yourself a surprisingly cohesive diversity that's hard to categorize. Ultimately, singer Brandon Boyd is not a vocal genius, but lyrically and in performance, he's sensitive, charismatic, and unique. Ditto for the 13 cuts that make up Make Yourself. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Just another great g*y band!
    I have heard this album....like Red Hot Chilli Peppers??? Yeah, right---Red Hot Chili Peppers laugh when they heard these kind of sc***! "Drive" is an awful song!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Punchy, Soft, Loud, Smooth, and Everything Under the Sun...
    Incubus take their busy, maniacle, user-friendly sound (S.C.I.E.N.C.E), and strip it down to something more plausible for the basic ear.

    Make Yourself is truely a higher-point in the, "incubus-is-holier-than-thou" parade.

    Winding down off of their 1997 release, 'Science' incubus takes there busy-bodied nu-metal album to a softer extreme. Make Yourself takes off with an instantly single worthy track and ends just the same. Every song on the album is easily comprehendable and every bit as radioworthy as the actual released tracks.

    The incubus quintet really hit the ball out of the park with this album. Make Yourself could arguably be perfect in every way.

    Definitely a starting point for any incubus enthusiast.

    -Tim Cox

    5-0 out of 5 stars make yourself review
    Make yourself

    Incubus really surprised me with their album Make Yourself. I first heard their hit single "Drive" while I was in my car and it really gave me a calming mellow feeling. Their first album S.C.I.E.N.C.E was really kind of offbeat, and was more of a rap mixed with Goth. This album is very different. Their music isn't pop but not quite alternative, I would place it somewhere in the vicinity of rock. Their genre can't really be classified very well; it's a mix of Southern Californian rock with a bit of scratching and obviously doesn't ignore the good old electric guitar. I am positive that Incubus' music has grown since their first two albums, and I definitely like their new sound. They have shown lots of growth through each of their albums and Make Yourself is a great result of that growth. This album is great, not to mention Brandon Boyd's vocals are a treat in their own right. The rhythm, range, and delivery of his vocals are unlike anyone else on the radio today. The rest of the band is composed of three other musical geniuses, Michael Einziger, Alex Katunich, and Jose Pasillas.The album contains 13 songs, but I think only 12 are worth listening to. Songs 8 and 11 are slow ones, and really calm, and the others are fast paced, but not so fast that you want to stop listening. My favorite song on the CD is "Pardon Me" its just one of those songs you want to listen to when you're pissed, it starts off with a slow tempo and then all of a sudden just busts into head banging glory, its just amazing how fast Boyd can sing, and his range in the song is tremendous.The song I avoid is the tenth on the CD, it is considered instrumental but I would more appropriately classify it as boring, but maybe that's just me because I am not really into instrumental all by itself without vocals, so if you like instrumental then go for it.As Boyd says in "Consequence"... "Blink and you miss a beat keep one of your eyes open at all times". So take charge and seriously think about buying Make Yourself, I guarantee that you will love it.
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    Asin: B0000296JB
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Funk Metal    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Rap-Metal    6. Rap-Rock    7. Rock   


    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 August, 1991)
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    Part of the '90s Seattle grunge triumvirate completed by Nirvana and Soundgarden, Pearl Jam debuted with Ten, their most accessible, least self-conscious album. Over time, PJ's rep as a politically correct band just a little too above it all to prostitute its music on MTV has nearly superseded the music. But before that, they were a simply an in-your-face, in-your-head, loud, melodic rock band. And lead singer Eddie Vedder was known for his possessed stage presence and a primal growl that sounded like it required three vocal chords. The personal, narrative singles "Alive," "Jeremy," and "Even Flow" catapulted the reluctant band into the 10-million-plus-sales division. Subsequent albums are more intricate, subtle, thematically complex, and, in many ways, better than Ten. But the band may never repeat the stampede caused by this debut. --Beth Bessmer ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good album...but not better than Nevermind
    I like Pearl Jam alot. Ten is a great album. Pearl Jam is one of the greatist rock bands in the past 25 years. I dont understand the arrgument between Pearl Jam and Nirvana. I prefer Nirvana and thats my opinion. I was reading in a magazine the other day about Pearl Jam was opening for Nirvana and Pearl Jam did "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for there last song and when thy went of Eddie said to Kurt "Remember we did it first". I almost died laughing. Ten is one of the greatist albums in the past 25 years. Pearl Jam is in the top 10 of the greatist rock bands of all time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars PEARL JAM'S 'TEN' vs. NIRVANA'S 'NEVERMIND' - the truth
    August 27th, 1991 - Pearl Jam released the revolutionary 'Ten'
    September 24th, 1991 - Nirvana released the "revolutionary" 'Nevermind'

    Another one for the ages in the classic example of one album vs. another - It's an argument to go along beside 'London Calling' vs. 'Nevermind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols' - 'Pet Sounds' vs. 'Sgt. Peppers' - 'Led Zeppelin 4' vs. 'Dark Side of the Moon' etc.. etc..

    I have opinions regarding those albums that can be bent & changed depending on my mood - What cannot be changed is my opinion of 'Ten' vs. 'Nevermind' -

    The Seattle revolution was praised for changing the music scene from hair metal, to honest rock n roll again - Nirvana getting most of this praise since they got big first, & afterwards with Pearl Jam getting big months later - In modern times, unfourtantely, the hype & legend of this scene has covered many points in reality that the music at the time was so praised for - Nirvana was thought of as revolutionary, nothing like 'Nevermind' was released before... right?


    - The Pixies. A band that combined the spirit of punk rock with basslines & drum beats wrapped around the guitars in a style not heard before.. the Pixies, while critically acclaimed, were not a well known band - Kurt Cobain, however, was one of their devoted listeners.. aswell as their biggest thief - He claimed that if it wasnt for 'Doolittle', Nevermind wouldve never been made... can't argue with the man there, he's right... 'Nevermind' is a blatant rip-off of 'Doolittle', aswell as 'Surfa Rosa'

    Nirvana basically took the exact same style of song writing & technique the Pixies invented, & made it mainstream... since the mainstream listening public is well known to be ignorant sheep, they hailed it as being "a revolutionary sound" - thereby annoying the christ out of all Pixies' lovers such as myself -

    So why did music critics acclaim 'Nevermind' then? - Guess what? THEY DIDNT - Rolling Stone magazine gave 'Nevermind' an average 3 stars for their effort ('Ten' got 4 stars)... it was only after the ignorant mainstream public loved 'Nevermind' to death, that it started becoming trendy to critically acclaim the album - It wasnt acclaimed from the beginning such as 'OK Computer' (whats that? it wasnt acclaimed because it was such a new sound? Bad argument. So was 'OK Computer' & it was acclaimed before it was released)

    Kurt was worshipped as being so "real"... guess what?

    Not really.

    the song 'Something in the Way' was reportedly written after Kurt was living under a bridge... Kurt NEVER lived under a bridge - He lied.. he was kicked out of his house when he was about to be intimate with a girl, & lived with friends for a while - Thats the true story, nothing dark, or sensitive.. just another case of the legend overshadowing the actual truth

    Here's some truth...

    the Pearl Jam song 'Release', written by Eddie Vedder, was a song he wrote about the death of his real father he never knew was his real father.. his mom never told him - This is a REAL song.. REAL emotion.. a TRUE story - not a legend, or a myth, just the truth.. also 'Alive' is based after the same story - Metaphorically believing his mom "raped" him

    Whereas Kurt seemed to keep things more self-centered in songs such as the simple-minded repetitive 'Lithium' & .. oh hell, every other song off Nevermind except 'Polly'... Eddie was writing songs reflecting the state of the world, in songs such as 'Jeremy', 'Even Flow', & 'Why Go?'

    Pearl Jam were original. No band sounded like Pearl Jam before Pearl Jam did - Sure.. Eddie had Jim Morrison type vocals, but thats as far of an influence you could hear through their music... anyone familiar with the Pixies, heard a blatant rip-off of the Pixies in Nirvana....

    Nirvana were not original. They were rip-offs. As much of rip-offs as Puddle of Mudd is to Nirvana, only Pixies were way less known - To further prove this fact, the amazon editorial review writes, 'Thousands of albums have tried to copy 'Nevermind's style" - Hey.. maybe they WERENT, maybe the bands thought of as trying to copy Neverminds style, were just ALSO heavily influenced by the Pixies

    Please listen to the song 'Gouge Away' off Doolittle (pixies) - & in that song, you'll hear every song Nirvana ever wrote summed up into one song.

    Eddie Vedder wrote songs revolving around things that actually happened to him.. way more personal songs - & when he didnt, he wrote about songs for the state of the world -

    Kurt Cobain hardly wrote about songs he actually lived - In fact, their biggest hit, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' was a song Kurt wrote about having friends....

    Awww... how sweet...

    Party music.

    Whereas Kurt insulted hair metal bands, he also cited hair metal leaders such as 'Van Halen' as huge influences...(anyone else notice that people who bought 'Nevermind' also bought 'Appetite for Destruction'?

    - In the end...

    Pearl Jam were always a more honest, & revolutionary sounding band than Nirvana... Kurts death overshadowed this, & he became a legend with fables told about him... theres no fables about Pearl Jam (except their name).. theyre just a true band.. & often times, non-fiction is much more amazing than fiction.. Pearl Jam vs. Nirvana is a case of this


    1) Pearl Jam's 'Rearviewmirror'
    2) The Pixies' 'Wave of Mutilation'

    Kurt hated Pearl Jam's music? Well guess what Kurt - Black Francis of the Pixies, your biggest idol, hated YOUR music as I read in Blender magazine recently (& why not? it was just a watered down version of the music his band already made before)

    FACT: Kurt called MTV behind the scenes, & told them to play more Nirvana music videos

    FACT: Pearl Jam quit making MTV music videos

    & people think Nirvana was so rebelious? ha..

    In closing, I'd like to say anyone who connects with 'Nevermind' more than 'Ten' (even if is more popular) - & anyone who connects with "songs about friends" more than the epic Pearl Jam's 'Black' - Is about as rebelious & has as much emotional depth as a bottle cap.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best album of 1991
    And yes you read that correctly, NOT Nevermind, which certainly has its place in music history but not nearly as good as Ten. But as far as debuts go, perhaps one of the best ever. Right up there with Appetite For Destruction and Definatley Maybe. Eddie Vedder captivates right from the beginning with his dark often brooding lyrics with a voice that could NEVER be duplicated no matter how many people try to copy it(Scott Stapp, i'm looking at you) but for me, the best song on this album is hands down "Alive", truly a piece of rock n' roll greatness with Vedder growling more passionate than ever, with incredible lyrics to boot "Son ohh she said, have i got a little story for you, what you thought was your daddy, was nothing but a...while you were sitting home alone at age 13, your real daddy was dyin', sorry you didn't see him, but i'm glad we talked" truly amazing with an excellent chorus. Best CD of 1991, a must own. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000027RL
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Grunge    3. Hard Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. United States of America   


    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (09 September, 1997)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars kick ass!
    in my opinion this is their best album just because of the first 3 songs on the cd, all the rest rock too but i think thoses ones are the best
    buy it im sure ul love it as much as i do.................what are you waiting for?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Revelations
    Quite a while ago, I picked up Morning View.I liked it a lot, but it wasn't enough for me to keep looking for Incubus (and the fact that I only ever found songs from Make Yourself didn't help).Then one day in a restaurant, I heard some music playing that I really liked the sound of.It sounded like Brandon singing, but there was no way the Incubus I knew could be playing music like this!So I made a mental note of the one lyric I could pick out, and then searched for it.Turns out it was "Favorite Things" and as soon as I found out where it came from, and having listened to one or two other songs on the album, I went and bought it.

    At first listen I was more surprised by the difference between S.C.I.E.N.C.E. and Morning View than anything.I didn't really understand what was going on with the music - the funky, syncopated groove of songs like 'Redefine' and 'New Skin' went right over my head.'Vitamin' was much more friendly, since I listen to a lot of hard rock and it immediately seemed right at home (this CD has a lot of bass in the mix.I blew my speakers listening to 'Vitamin' too loud ;)A couple of the songs I just didn't understand - like the heavy-quiet 'Idiot Box,' and 'Magic Medicine' with its bass, drums, and children's book reading, while others like 'Glass' and 'Deep Inside' I loved the first time I heard them.

    The CD stayed in my player for about a month, and over that time I finally started to get my head around the idea of funk - and I realized that I really liked it, especially when fused with the hard rock that I like so much.This combination put Incubus in my top 4 favorite bands, along with I Mother Earth, Spacehog, and Dream Theater.

    If you like funk or hard rock and are looking for a little new music, give this album a listen.If you really like A Crow Left Of The Murder and are looking for more along those lines, try Make Yourself or Morning View instead.If you want to see Incubus' true roots, check this album out.No true Incubus fan that I know likes only their new stuff.

    The only problem I have with it is the fact that it's Incubus' only album like this.More musical, tighter, and more polished than their previous stuff, but before they turned to where they are now.Their new music isn't a compromise made for radio play or anything - they just took a COMPLETELY different direction.If you listen to 'A Crow Left Of The Murder' and 'S.C.I.E.N.C.E.' it sounds like two different bands.

    5-0 out of 5 stars redefine
    From the start to the finish, Science has captured something sacred when it comes to how music can sound. The song Redefine is a song with a great introduction to the cd, a funky verse, and an explosive chorus that sends a message. The next few songs are accompanied by great drums, bass, and the rest. They have now established themselves as proffessionals. Magic Medicine is a great interlude for this kind of cd. My Favorite Things and A Certain Shade of Green are next, but not in that order. They're accused of playing really good songs that display good messages in this area of the cd. Next, Summer Romance, with its jazzier sound, shows off a different side of Incubus. Nebula is a deeper sounding song with good everything, and cool structure. Deep Inside is a great song. Period. Calgone is one of the most innovative songs I've ever heard in that it goes on for nearly 20 mintues and is split up in to seemingly different songs. This cd is a must listen to for anyone who enjoys any shape or form of Rock music. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002BUY
    Sales Rank: 94217
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   

    Throwing Copper [Bonus Disc]
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (06 December, 1995)
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    Ed Kowalczyk knows a thing or two about transmitting personal anguish through song. Even though the Live frontman is often derided as a budget-bin Michael Stipe, there is no denying his cathartic influence on this Pennsylvania foursome's musical direction. Throwing Copper is not only Live's most successful release (six-million-plus copies sold) but also the best showcase for Kowalczyk's fierce vocal prowess. From the violent "Selling the Drama" to the moving "Lightning Crashes," this is an album of unparalleled intensity by a singer and group of rare passion. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more


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    2-0 out of 5 stars short and simple
    This album is not worth buying compared to any other albums that were made near the same time. it has 2 good songs lighting strikes and selling the drama. Definatly do not buy, pick up some pearl jam or even candlebox, just basically anything is better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars +It Was I Alone I Am Thankful For+
    +1994+ I was driving eastbound on Belleview on my way to high school in my old Blue Jeep. The overpass to I-25 was directly in front of me...and the radio started playing "I Alone." I've never forgotten. But the radio went into some other song eventually. Maybe a week later I heard it again, this time driving westbound at night, and a female DJ said "That was Live..." I cannot express my frustration, having never heard of a band called "Live" (did I misunderstand her?) and the recording certainly *wasn't* live.

    +Ten Years Later+ With today's Internet, it's easy to track down these things, but I wasn't so lucky in 1994. I still don't know how I found out who Live was, but I was fortunate to finally have this album placed into my hands.

    +Throwing Copper+ is masterful, a thought-out, original, musically creative album that, in my opinion, hasn't been equaled until "Birds of Pray." Kowalczyk's lyrics are some of the best I've ever heard, and Live's music is shamelessly good. It took me a long time to get used to the "rock-frequency formula" -- Live's songs tend to start in a quiet trough, then reach a loud crest, fall quiet again, and finally become some super force of pure energy. "Iris" became an instant hit for me, and I've played this song thousands of times. "Pillar of Davidson" is underrated and is also one of my favorites.

    +Also, something+ about the end of "White, Discussion" haunts me, as if I've heard it before...I guess I'll always wonder.

    +To this day+ I have never had such a vivid recollection of a song on the radio, one that caught my attention, only to bring back floods of memories a decade later...I think that's a shame for the music world. But Live definitely struck a chord with me and I'm thankful I was even listening to the radio that morning.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent..!!!!
    If you are a fan of Live, this is the best cd before Awake "great hits". Nothing more to say, just buy it.
    Excelente cd, muy bueno, solo superado por el Secret Samadhi, buenos ritmos y armonioso sonido. "All Over you", "Selling the drama", "I Alone" "Lightning crashes".... tantas canciones buenas en un solo álbum. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000071MW
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Post-Grunge    3. Rock   


    The State
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 March, 2000)
    list price: $17.98 -- our price: $14.99
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    Nickelback, winners of Canada's Juno Award for Best New Band and Creed's tour-mates, are heavily influenced by the anthemic and articulate soulfulness of Pearl Jam. The State is consciously dramatic--sweet strums are overwhelmed by crashing waves of distorted guitar. Singer Chad Kroeger meaningfully wails tales of small-town woe, centering on complex relationships, a claustrophobic underground culture, and the struggle between staying and leaving. Yet Nickelback are at their best when they set aside their Pearl Jam debts, as with the heavy "Deep," the grinding "Not Leavin' Yet," and the more experimental "Worthy to Say." Nickelback are good, but still growing--possibly into something great. --Dominic Wills ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars By far the best........
    Simply stated (no pun intended).......this is the best album Nickelback has put out.The songs rock and arent repetitive sounding.I have tried to get into realeases after this, but they fail to rock out like this one does.BUY IT IF YOU ARE A TRUE FAN!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nickelback's Debut.....
    I started off as a fan of Nickelback after their Curb CD. Realising that they had a debut album I decided to buy this one and whilst many of the songs were listenable they were to me flat sounding. Nickelback was relatively knew on the music world stage and it took them sometime to get their footing and become well known. It was only ever going to be a matter of time.

    This CD is not going to be for everybody, however it is a introduction to how Nickelback sounded at the beginning and their musical evolution over a matter of time. I wish the band all the luck in the future and they have certainly improved 10 fold over the last few years.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good album
    The Vancouver Canada based quartet deliver a solid album as usual.Has about 2 skippable tracks but the rest are good, with 1 great song.Has the deeper songs that make you think, something they are good at doing, as well as the more upbeat faster songs.As with all their releases, you won't be disappointed.Has one acoustic song which isn't the best.Not their best album to date but definately a good, solid album and a must have for their fans or fans of alternative music.

    #1 - 9.5 (great song)
    #2 - 8
    #3 - 8
    #4 - 7
    #5 - 7.5
    #6 - 7.5
    #7 - 8
    #8 - 6
    #9 - 8
    #10 - 6
    #11 - 4 (same as #3 but the acoustic version)

    Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    Asin: B00004NRWH
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock   


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