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Master of Puppets
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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One of the defining albums of thrash metal, Master of Puppets is arguably Metallica's best album (as well as their last with bassist Cliff Burton). Focusing on the concept of power and abuses thereof, this is a collection of complex, intelligent music, played at about a hundred miles an hour. Not that these are short songs; this eight-song album clocks in at over an hour, which makes it all the more impressive that not one moment on this recording is boring. In tackling various approaches to their subject, Metallica is insightful lyrically as well as musically: "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" is from the point of view of an institutionalized inmate and "Disposable Heroes" is the perspective of a soldier. If all you've heard of Metallica is what's been on the radio recently, check this one out. You're in for a surprise. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars RIP Cliff
this is my second favorite cd of mine from my favorite band (my first being ride the lightning). no weak spots on this one, solid all the way through. great cd, great band, ENOUGH SAID

REST IN PEACE CLIFF

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST CD METALLICA EVER MADE!!!!!
I wont bore you with all the single song ratings, I'm not gonna waste your time. Just putting it short, there is no flaw with this cd, it's Metallica in their prime. Master of Puppets (song)is my favorite Metallica song and best on the cd. Lots of awesome solos, really heavy and lots of madness. One of the best cds I've ever bought, definitely best Metallica cd. METALLICA RULES THE WORLD!!!!!!! BUY IT!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Great! You should know by now!
Most definitive of their catalog by far, they lost alot of writing ability after Cliff died and have never been this good since(live or studio). Not too many true metal bands left, check out Majur Bludd live if you like real metal like this. ... Read more

Asin: B000002H33
Subjects:  1. Hard Rock    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Speed Metal    6. Thrash    7. United States of America   


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Life Thru a Lens
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 December, 1998)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous voice, mediocre album.
Robbie Williams has a fabulous voice. Truly. But this album doesn't do the best job showcasing it. The songs are short and empty and the lyrics are very trite. It's entirely possible that I'm expecting more than a pop star can offer... but I have faith. I'm currently looking into Robbie's other albums. If this guy can pair up with a great songwriter, he'll be set for life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Immature, but Robbie took off from this very first trial...
I find it not easy to judge this album fairly for I began listening to it after purchasing the four later CDs from him. Undeniably this one is less powerful than other Robbie's megahits, but it's brilliant enough as a debut album. There were still resentment and uneasiness in his voice then. Nevertheless, I think everyone should commend Rob on his creativity and courage to release the album as he mocked on media explicitly and jeered his former partner from Take That but biggest enemy at that time- Gary Barlow. After so many years, songs like "Angels," "Old Before I Die," "Lazy Days," and so on still sound great to the ear, and Rob performs them regularly to keep those works alive.

Above all, if you're a loyal Rob fan, this one is a must-have to comprehend how his talent break out at the beginning. If not, I would recommend "I've Been Expecting You" or his latest "Escapology;" from them you can hear the genuine Rob style shine through.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Powerhouse Debut Album by a Pop Genius
I remember when I first heard of Take That. It was in a video for a song called "It Only Takes A Minute". They were still a brand new boy band in the footsteps of New Kids On The Block but they were british. Out of the five members, Robbie Williams stood out. He was the funniest, cheekiest member and he seemed to have more personality than the others. At the end of the video, there was Robbie pointing his finger up and crooning the line 'Just one minute...'. It was funny. 4 years later, Robbie left Take That and the future didn't seem too bright for the lad. He made several public appearances afterwards, one being as a host of the MTV Europe Awards in the fall of 1996. Prior to that Robbie had done a cover version of George Michael's Freedom. Not too impressing work there and more of a mockery of his boy band image. But Robbie struggled to change that. He hung out with Oasis, grew a goatie for a brief time, and began venturing into Rock music.
Old Before I Die was the first non-pop song Robbie came out with that was an original song that he wrote along with an unknown, Guy Chambers. Highly influenced by Britain's biggest rock band, Oasis, Robbie wanted if not needed to get into the new mainstream since boy band music became a joke. After months of slacking, but not really slacking, Robbie returned with a full length album titled 'Life Thru A Lens' in September of 1997. I think i was the only guy who bought that CD at a Music store in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. And for some crazy reason, i felt like i really wanted to love this album since it felt weird just to hear Robbie on his own and see what he can prove. I was impressed, no...more, I was taken completely by every song on the CD!

The opener struck a chord with me, 'Lazy Days' is a song about depression. A very Oasis-esque tune with the right lyrics. 'Life Thru A Lens' the title track is a fun tune about life in the public eye. 'Ego A Go-Go' is a personal attack from Robbie to his rival and former bandmate Gary Barlow, and manager. 'Angels' is the biggest ballad ever heard or written since Wonderwall. Not only did it spark the light of Robbie in the british conscience, but it had people take Robbie extremely seriously. This is a fine love song. The chorus, each verse, the music all speak for themselves. To this day, Robbie's best song. 'South Of The Border' is another rocker in the influencial direction of Oasis. 'Let Me Entertain You' can easily be viewed as Robbie's signature song. He is here to entertain us. He's good at it. He's been doing it since 1992, the difference is that he used to do it along with four other guys, now he's entertaining on his own but outweighing the entire Take That installment.
'Killing Me' is the most open Robbie song. It's an essential song about Robbie most intimate feelings of insecurity and unhappiness. The depression he began having as a member of Take That and how he escaped it through pretending to be the joker of the group. Reminds you a lot of the way John Lennon was with the Beatles. In fact, Killing Me is in the same league as Isolation from Lennon's debut album 'Plastic Ono Band'. 'Clean' is another fun track where you hear Robbie rhyming 'I'm Clean' with 'Charlie Sheen' and talking about kicking his addictions to the evil substances. 'Baby Girl Window' is a touching song and a beautiful album closer.

Robbie became much bigger, musically and artistically only a year later when he released I've Been Expecting You and finally getting praise in America.

Highly Recommended.

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Asin: B000006X41
Sales Rank: 7223
Subjects:  1. Britpop    2. Dance-Pop    3. Pop    4. Pop/Rock    5. Rock   


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Down on the Upside
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 September, 1996)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Why it's their best
Tracks 11-14 - Tighter & Tighter, No Attention, Switch Opens, and Overfloater - in an area of the CD which seems to get overlooked, are the probably best four rock songs in a row on any CD in the 90s or since then.No review can be written of this album without mentioning these tracks, because while the initial face of the album - Pretty Noose, Blow Up the Outside World, and Burden in My Hand - are reminiscent of Superunkown instant-gratification rock, the real soul of the album lies in these four songs.Out of the sixteen tracks, there are two or three you may routinely skip, you MUST give 11-14 a chance (along with Zero Chance, which is just gorgeous) if you're going to understand why many of us Soundgarden fans say that their last album was their best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Borderline Flawless
Considering this is post "high production" Superunknown, their most commercial and successful album, this one, despite being played to death on many stations like WKRX,is an incredibly intense, felt and constructed album.I hadn't listened to this for now ten years, and the replays are flooding back... I played this nonstop for about 5 months... and for good reason.This album holds up... listening to other Soundgarden in retrospect sounds dated, oddly "grunge" or simplistic.This album surprises me for variety, depth, and sheer raw inner humanity, now this being 10 fricken years later.Scary.Scary good, if you get one album by these guys, this is my pick.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Top Albums of All Time
"Down on the Upside" is one of the top 10 albums of all time easily. Great in the terms of "Abbey Road" and "Srgt. Peppers" by the Beatles and "Physical Graffiti" and "Led Zeppelin IV" by Led Zeppelin and "L.A. Woman" by The Doors. This album has everything going for it" Beautiful songs, masterful musicianship, and perfect production.

Soundgarden explores their dark side with this album, and their mature approach to every song takes it to great levels. There is no dud song, no bad moment on the entire album. This album ssimply passes Superunknown up without question, and it is a shame it didn't do well, and a shame it is not recognized as even a good album.

Kim Thayil shows his most mature playing yet, adding layers of color and mood to each song, and of course, rippin' out some rockin' solos as well. Songs like "Tighter and Tighter", "Boot Camp", "Blow Up the Outside World", and "Zero Chance" are as warm and beautiful as songs come by, and 'Tighter and Tighter" is just as good as any other invincible song- "Stairway to Heaven", "Day in the Life", or "Break on Through". Then Soundgarden releases all their energy out on rock songs such as "Pretty Noose", "No Attention", "Rhinosaur", "Ty Cobb", and "Never Named". The Album has perfect balance. Matt Cameron is named a Drumming God after this album: His beats are always perfect, never overpowering, and rock solid amazing (and are recorded brilliantly). Chris Cornell's vocals are at his best, and he is easily the best rock vocalist EVER- at least as good as Jim Morrison and Robert Plant.

In conclusion, this album is one of the top 10 albums Of All Time and defenitly the best of the last 25 years. Screw Nirvana from behind. Maybe one day Soundgarden will be rediscovered and get the appreciation they deserve for this album. ... Read more

Asin: B0000073ZB
Sales Rank: 25569


A Funk Odyssey
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 September, 2001)
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After scoring the crossover hit "Virtual Insanity" in 1998(remember the moving sidewalk video?), the U.K.'s Jamiroquai failed tokeep their momentum alive with the somewhat scattered and skittishSynkronized.Thankfully for fans of the retro (if lightweight) pop/soul that is theband's specialty, Jamiroquai are back with their most cohesive effortsince 1995's Return ofthe Space Cowboy. There's still too much blathering on aboutthe cosmos from StevieWonder-inspired vocalist Jason Kay, the most egregious example being thesubdued and folksy "Black Crow," which takes the bird-in-flightcliché to new lows. Better and much more rugged are the sizzlingsynth-driven "2001" and the guitar-stoked rave-up "Stop! Don't Panic."That's where the guys bring the funk with more bite than you'd expect.--Amy Linden ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Near Perfect Blend of Funk, Jazz, Pop
I've been a Jamiroquai fan for quite some time, but not everything they do resonates with me. At times I find them too jazzy, other times too mainstream, but "A Funk Odyssey" balances both aspects as attributes rather than detriments.

"A Funk Odyssey" provides, for the most part, strong tracks combining the height of Jamiroquai's knack for blending jazz, funk, and pop. Unlike their very early work, "A Funk Odyssey" brings in more modern and edgy sounds--a device that works to their benefit.

"Feels So Good" kicks the CD off foreshadowing the space-age funk jazz yet to come, while harkening back to the cachet of "Traveling Without Moving". "You Give Me Something" is another great track, proving experimentation pays off. "Love Foolosphy", "Stop Don't Panic", "Main Vein" and "Twenty Zero One" follow suit in helping to create one of Jamiroquai's strongest releases of the band's career.

The album is not without it's low points. "Corner of the Earth" and "Black Crow" are both cheesy soundtrack quality polito-ballads, but are easily forgiveable amidst the strength and originality of the remaining tracks that make up "A Funk Odyssey".

Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jamiroquai - Always the hotness!!
Jamiroquai does it again in this album.The song, "Butterfly" alone is worth the money spent.I love the funk sounds and the bass grooves are ALWAYS on point.You can "see" the needle gliding on this record!If you didn't understand the previous sentence, you are not old enough to truly appreciate this album.
It is Funk-tabulous!

5-0 out of 5 stars one of the all time great funk/dance/pop/retro cd's ever
you're missing the boat if you don't get this cd, put it on and catch a major groove.only one - maybe 2 duds on the cd - but the jams totally make up for it.don't think I've missed a week listening to it since it came out. ... Read more

Asin: B00005NZKM
Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Dance    3. Dance Music    4. Pop    5. Urban   


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Rock in a Hard Place
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 September, 1993)
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4-0 out of 5 stars The haters of this album have no depth.
It seems I'm reading typical reasons from the masses for not liking this record. No Joe/Brad, sounding too different from the 70s catalog and the band doesn't look back on it fondly so I won't either.

Come on folks grow a brain. What makes this record interesting is that while yes, it was not a commerical barn burner. It did offer some varying sounds and was an attempt to soldier on through dark days.

If you can say with a straight face Jailbait isn't worthy of inclusion in Aerosmith's most smokin' songs your kidding yourselves. Lightning Strikes the minor hit isn't bad. I personally really like Bolivian Ragamuffin. That beat, oh baby - its the good stuff.

Other noteables on the album are interesting cover of Cry Me A River, the very 80s sounding intro to Joanie's Butterfly. Rock in a Hard place also rocks with a stiff grove.

So the bottom line here? If you want to see Aerosmith attempting to move beyond the 1970s. This is a fascinating listen. Be prepared for those of you who like the current pop band that masquerades as Aerosmith or fans of the back catalog. RIAHP is different. Its a band attempting to claw its way out of the 1970s. You should keep that in mind when listening.

By no means is this thier best effort. Its good though and worth a listen with an open mind. Its quite refreshing when an artist makes an album once in awhile that isn't uber radio friendly or stomps the same tired ground.

BTW - to the person who called Done with Mirrors great - What are you smoking?RIAHP stands up 10X better than that album does. Perminent Vacation ushered in the pop incarnation of the band we're all familiar with now. This album is better than Perminent Vacation too IMHO.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better Than It Should Have Been
Even though the core of the band is missing, this album has some great stuff on it. It's 100% better than any of the newer albums (Get A Grip, etc).
"Bitches Brew", "Cry Me A River" and the title track are equal to anything bearing the Aerosmith name, and there really isn't and all out dud here.
Stronger than you would expect...and it has worn well over time.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Aerosmith album that time forgot
Rock In A Hard Place (1982.) Aerosmith's seventh album.

Aerosmith disbanded in 1980, leaving many long-time fans disappointed by their sudden departure from the rock and roll world. In 1982 a reunion of the band occured, but sadly, it was not a full-fledged reunion. Perry and Whitford, the band's two legendary guitarists, did not participate in the reunion. Instead the band brought in Crespo and Dufay, two session guitarists who had worked with the group on their last album before their initial disbanding. Read on for my review of Rock And A Hard Place - Aerosmith's ONLY album ever released without the classic formation.

This is a much better album than people give it credit for being, but if you're looking for classic, seventies-style Aerosmith, you're not gonna find it here. This is the band's most different-sounding album, in that they take elements of eighties hard rock/heavy metal, and fuse them with elements of hard blues rock. The end result is an album that, literally, sounds like nothing or no one else. This album was a commercial failure, due in no small part to the absence of Perry and Whitford. But a commercial failure does not always mean a bad album - this album rocks! Crespo and Dufay fill the shoes of the missing guitar pair nicely. I swear, these two guys get a bad rap for no reason at all! Not a single hit emerged from this album, which is a shame, because the material on here really is very good. It's NOT an album that's going to appeal to casual fans, though, so only venture into this territory if you're a die-hard.

Aerosmith's albums were remastered and reissued, but the remasters are disappointing in that the record company didn't do twofer issues or include bonus tracks. This is a shame, because there were so many opportunities that went wasted accordingly. In other words, if you have the earlier CD releases of the albums, there's no reason to get the remasters.

Rock In A Hard Place is an excellent, hard blues rock album, despite being a commerical failure. However, due to its wildly different nature from other Aerosmith releases, I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS RELEASE TO CASUAL FANS OF THE GROUP. In fact, I think that this album and the follow-up, Done With Mirrors, are the LAST albums a fan of the group should buy. Still, if you're a fan like me, I bet you'll grow to love this album. ... Read more

Asin: B0000029B3
Sales Rank: 55930
Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Hard Rock    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Rock   


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Bleach
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (14 October, 1991)
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When it first appeared, Bleach seemed like a tuneful approximation of what grunge rock in the Northwest United States was supposed to sound like--gruff, enraged, sometimes tuneful, sometimes silly. Singer Kurt Cobain had the pipes to belt out such power trash as "Mr. Moustache" and the Shocking Blue's "Love Buzz," but considering the sheer volume of frustrated tuneage coming out of Seattle in 1989, it was easy to miss Bleach's subtler textures. In retrospect,"Negative Creep" and "About a Girl" are the obvious standouts that point toward the strum and bang attack that would catapult Nevermind to the top of the charts. But this is also a band without drummer Dave Grohl; his predecessor, Chad Channing (and also the Melvins' Dale Crover), while competent, is no Grohl. Producer Jack Endino gave this album the best sound $600 could buy. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars No Nirvana Without Grohl
This is a great first album by Nirvana.....but without Dave Grohl on the drums....it lacks a certain energy that you get with the other Nirvana albums....but otherwise with songs like About A Girl and Blew......this is a primetime example of pure grunge rock....and its awesome.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best
Nirvana's bleach was the best album they ever done. Kurt Cobain was a talented guitarest and Singer. The other alubms are very good to but Bleach is the best they ever done for their 1st cd they ever made.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT!
I think this is Nirvanas best album. Its there 1st and best in my opinion. This is a great cd for Nirvana fans but for the people that are getting into them they might not like it, definatly a cd where you like it or are confused by it. Good over all but I just wish they had Grohl for this one, Channing's okay but Grohl is one of the greatest. ... Read more

Asin: B0000035E7
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Grunge    3. Pop    4. Rock   


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Rust in Peace
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 September, 1990)
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With Rust in Peace, Megadeth reached musical maturity. While not as slick and stripped-down as their later releases, it does bring the style developed on their earlier albums-basically, high-speed progressive metal-to a high point. Guitarist and singer Dave Mustaine and guitarist Marty Friedman are in fine form here, making technically complex passages sound easy. The lyrics aren't as smooth, but it's almost not worth quibbling over when the music is so good. It's all gut-wrenchingly aggressive, from "Holy Wars" to "Lucretia" to "Five Magics" to "Dawn Patrol," but "Hangar 18" and the title track are two high points, standing above the rest on what is already a fine album. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Avoid the remix!
This is the original mix with solid vocals. This album is superb in many ways. Slow, Fast, Soft, Heavy, Catchy... This is the best starting point for new Megafans.

Lovely...

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Thrash Metal
Whether or not megadeth is just an offshoot or metallica is up to the fans to decide. As you most likely know, Dave Mustaine (vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main writer for megadeth) was kicked out of metallica in 1983 for drug abuse. That same year he formed his own little band of jazz-thrash-metal (along with jazz guitarist Chris Poland) and released the album Killing Is My Business... And Business is Good! in 1985. Aggressive, fast paced, intelligent, and at times simply silly, it showed the perfect combination of Jazz and Thrash metal. Metallica obviously kicked themselves for letting mustaine go, and if they did not feel that way upon hearing the opening track, they must have upon hearing Mechanix, mustaine's original version of metallica's Four Horsemen. Twice as fast, twice as skilled and twice as coherent, it was Mustaine's way of lashing back at metallica for them continuing to play his songs after he left, which they had the nerve to continue doing in their timeless classic Ride The Lightning. Fast forward 5 years and you see megadeth with a new lineup, with expert guitarist Marty Friedman. If Peace Sells was a great album due to its anti-social themes, politically minded lyrics and guitar interplay (all of which Rust In Peace possesses by the way), Rust In Peace improved the guitar solo even further. Name me another band where the Rhythm Guitarist and Lead Guitarist are almost equals (AND manage to pull it off without sucking) and their master work would still not compete with Rust In Peace. Granted many bands may have one guitarist capable or ripping these awesome solos. But can you name one with two? Metallica you say? I don't think so. While Friedman Mustaine and Hammet are all at about the same level, Hetfeild can hardly compete with Kurt Cobain, let alone Mustaine (admittedly the weakest of the aforementioned guitarists). Now i do tend to ramble, so let me just give a quick breakdown of the tracks and how i rate them.

1. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due- From the opening solo, you can tell that you are listening to the work of a great guitarist(s). Lyrics continue Peace Sells's political agenda. And then go into a different song about superheroes. Brilliant! 10/10

2. Hangar 18- James Bond-ish opening. Based On Call of Ktulu. Possibly the most famous track from this album. Goes into conspiracy theory about aliens and stuff. The ending solo has a little duel going on between Mustaine and Friedman (i.e. one plays a small crazy sub-solo, drum interlude and them the other plays and it continues like that for a while) the most technically accomplished solo on this album (or possibly ever)by far. 11/10

3. Take No Prisoners- More political stuff. I think you can tell by the title as you did in Holy Wars. Solo was not that much of a standout (especially after Hangar 18) but still good. The best part is the ending chant. 9/10

4. Five Magics- This is the "Dungeons and Dragons" song on this album. Cool opening and tis almost as moody as KIMB's Looking Down The Cross. Cool lyrics and good guitar work. But not as good as the opening two tracks. Still, its almost epic. 10/10

5. Poison Was The Cure - Another cool opening. This one is more of a jumble of words with a nifty little solo. I can swear i heard "Set Fire To Metallica" somewhere in the track. Not very long but adds mood to the album. Would be a 9 if it was longer and had a longer solo. 8/10

6. Lucretia- Good grove to the track. Cool lyrics and vocal performance by mustaine. Guitar work was not very standout on this one though. But it does add a bit of a groovy feel to the album. Not the best track but still awesome. 8/10

7. Tornado Of Souls- This is my personal fave from the album. I love the lyrics and guitar work. But the part that does it for me is the crazy solo. It is one of the most underappreciated solos i have ever heard. It sounds almost like the Hotel California solo. While it is not as complex muscially as Hangar 18, it sounds much cooler since it is slower and you can actually hear each separate note. Killer Track. Can listen to it for hours 12/10.

8. Dawn Patrol- Just a bassline with Mustaine rapping about the environment in a fake british accent. Metallica stole the baseline in its "God That Failed". Not the best track, but it doesnt last too long fortunately. Seems more like a prelude to the end track. 7/10

9. Rust In Peace... Polaris- Lots of good vocal work. Lyrically, this is my favorite track. They even have vic doing the deep voice which is really cool. it has a bit of a feel like the "bohemian rhapsody" operatic part, except with much less clean vocals. Good guitar work though no standout solo. But the lyrics and vocal performance of mustaine save it from extinction. Killer Track. Ends too fast. Awesome end chant. 10/10

In Short. Kill 'em All Popularized Thrash. Peace Sells Revolutionized Thash. Rust In Peace Perfected Thrash.

5-0 out of 5 stars a brilliant album from a brilliant band
this is a classic album of thrash metal right here. a timeless masterpiece that will be looked at in 300 years and still blow peoples minds, every song is over the top amazing, and everyone who likes any form of metal, or rock even, should own it. ... Read more

Asin: B000002UUX
Subjects:  1. Heavy Metal    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. Speed Metal    5. Thrash    6. United States of America   


Regular Urban Survivors
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 March, 1996)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A great album from a great band
I'm from the U.K. and have been a massive Terrorvision fan for years, and I have seen numerous gigs, and seen them play festivals. I can't quite believe that there albums haven't been released in the U.S. you are missingout on a simply great band. I would recommend 'How to make friends andinfluence people' but you can't even get that on Amazon.com. This isTerrorvision's second best album, yet it still deserves a 5 star rating.'Perseverance' and 'If I were you' are great examples of great 'Brit Rock'.If you don't have a Terrorvision album in your collection buy this one, youwon't be disappointed. Terrorvision have been at the top of 'Brit Rock' foryears, they're great, don't expect Oasis or Blur though, Terrorvisionreally do rock.

5-0 out of 5 stars spectacular!!!!
I encountered Terrorvision while in England, and now that I've moved back to the states I'm depressed that you can't get their CD's except on import, because Terrorvision is definately one of the best british bands out there,if not the best.Regular Urban Survivors is not their best album, butneither is either of their other 2.They don't have a best album.All 3of them are unique, and totally awesome in their own right.My favorite'Vision album is the one that happens to be in my CD player at the time,but I can't reccommend this album (or any of their albums) enough.If youdon't buy this, you'll be sorry.

5-0 out of 5 stars A brilliant recording -- very catchy, original, imaginative!
"Regular Urban Survivors" is one of my favorite CDs of the decade.Why?It combines Brit-pop with an edgier alternative sound, offers imaginative, "far-out" lyrics, and is one of the few"concept albums" of recent years.Terrorvision set out to recorda mock soundtrack of an imaginary film reminiscent of a James Bond oraction thriller film.This CD SHOULD have been released in the U.S., butsadly never saw the light of day.Maybe more people will discover itthrough the excellent forum that Amazon.com has provided. ... Read more

Asin: B0000074EP
Sales Rank: 245049
Subjects:  1. Heavy Metal   


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The Distance to Here
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 October, 1999)
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It takes a certain kind of band in this day and age to release a single called "The Dolphin's Cry."Unsurprisingly, that band is the always earnest Live. The Distance to Here doesn't have the aura of dullness that marred 1996's Secret Samadhi, but the everybody-in-the-pool accessibility of Throwing Copper is nowhere in sight. Still walking hand in hand with producer Jerry Harrison (producer since their debut, 1991's Mental Jewelry), the Pennsylvania-based quartet go for the bombastic and naturally end up over the top. It's one thing to rhyme "shooting star" with "you'll go far," but it's another thing to think that this is a good idea. The literalness of the lyrics aside, The Distance to Here has a few moments where listeners may get caught up in a maelstrom of melody. Will they stick around for the "message?" Not likely. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever made by anyone!
Live is already a great band and Ed Kowalczyk is one of the best lyricist (songwriter period) we have ever had the pleasure of hearing. However, with the album "the distance to here" Live went above and beyond the call of brilliance. Ed writes love songs on so many different levels...from erotic love, friendship love, spiritual love, and more. Also he managed to use the most beautiful and picturesquelanguage I've ever heard to tell us exactly what he was talking about without being cliché or boring. The truly amazing thing is that he did all of this while still using very catchy and melodic choruses, hooks, and just great melodies all together. And last but not least...his vocals were out of this world and every time I hear it I am convinced that I am hearing it live, and I am ready to jump out of my seat like I'm at a concert. I have bought this CD three times within a few years because I've played it so many times that I needed a new one. It is a great shame that more people don't appreciate Live, but an even greater shame that no one appreciates nor takes notice of one of the greatest albums of all time...LIVE'S THE DISTANCE TO HERE!!!
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great
This cd rocks from the first song to the last. I admit that 'Dolphin's Cry' was my main reason for purchasing this album but there are so many other great songs. I would say the songs are more upbeat than 'Secret Samadhi'.

The last 3 songs are incredible... ones that I can put on repeat and listen to for an entire car ride. There are a few slow songs but for the most part this music sounds more lively than Live's previous releases. The lyrics are just as strong.

I would recommend this to any Live fan. It is also the last of their good albums. Everything after 'Distance to Here' is terrible crap by comparison.

3-0 out of 5 stars Actually 3 andhalf stars.....
This was the first Live album I ever bought, after hearing Run to the Water on the radio. At first I loved it, but having since bought Throwing Copper I've come to the conlusion that it's only decent. The Dolphins Cry, Run to the Water, The Distance, Sun, Where Fishes Go and Face and Ghost are all good songs, with good lyrics. Other than that the album seems forced, and not at all like Live. Like I said, it's a decent album....but doesn't hit the heights of Throwing Copper ... Read more

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Vitalogy
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 December, 1994)
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Vitalogy reaffirms the Seattle quintet's status as the principled, proudly confused voice of a generation. On their third album, they've found their footing as a raw, forward-looking '90s rock act that fearlessly tackles the Biggest Questions. Lead track "Spin the Black Circle" celebrates the healing power of Eddie Vedder's LP collection, but it is overshadowed by such masterstrokes as "Immortality" (which can be read, right or wrong, as a reaction to Kurt Cobain's suicide), the Lennonesque "Tremor Christ" and a thrilling anthem for the pro-choice movement, "Whipping." --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars this scared me
I've known pearl jam for a long time, but never cared. Two years ago i got ten. It was great. Then I listened to yield, live on two legs, lost dogs. and now this. It's dark allright. Way darker than anything marilyn manson has ever done. Hey Foxy Mop Handle Mama That's Me is very very weird. Mental petient's voices played along with a gothic jam? Sounds like a soundtrack to a horror movie. But let's talk about the positives since i gave this 4 stars. Not for you is a great song, so are nothingman, betterman, last exit, corduroy. I also like tremor christ, immortality, and spin the black circle. But songs like "Pry To" and "Bugs", "Aye Devanita" are just so weird. And the booklet looks a philosophy magazine. Some lyrics are so hard to read that you cant even read them. And no lyrics for corduroy?!? Still a good album. I still need to hear versus and no code. I still recommend this album to grunge and rock fans.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam thrashes out, gets weird & delivers some great 1s!
I'm amazed at the number of reviewers who claim this is their favorite PJ album. I find it more challenging and not as immediately likeable as their first two (TEN and VS.), but that seems to be part of the appeal for some.

The strange, sort of jazzy noodling that introduces the first song is appropriate as it exemplifies the "anything goes" feel of this album. A somewhat disjointed affair with some strange tangents, VITALOGY none-the-less contains many very good songs and a few of their best.

My impressions:

"Last Exit" - kicks the album off on a strong note with a powerful, insistent beat. Soaring chorus from Eddie Vedder. ***1/2

"Spin the Black Circle" - cranks the rock meter up even higher. This is one of PJ's thrashiest songs with Vedder in scream/sing mode (as he is on much of this album). Rocks hard! ****1/2

"Not for You" - a more even tempo compared to "Spin" but still very powerful. Vedder gets pretty emotional and cusses but no need for a parental advisory note since this isn't a rap album (please note the sarcasm) ****1/4

"Tremor Christ" - rather strange song with wavering guitars. Seems to be about maintaining faith despite everything that goes against it. "Believe in lies/ To get by . . ." ****

"Nothingman" - Pearl Jam classic - tragic and gorgeous. *****

"Whipping" - another thrashy rocker, supposedly a protest against violent abortion protesters. ****

"Pry, To" - brief, funky little interlude. ***

"Corduroy" - another PJ classic. Very distinctive guitars, very passionate song. Very exiting live - typically played harder and faster. *****

"Bugs" - pretty awful to be perfectly honest. I don't care much for accordian to begin with and I certainly don't care for this rudimentary accordian riff played over and over. Gets an extra point for being totally off the beaten path. **

"Satan's Bed" - Pretty basic riff rock that actually sounds really cool. The chorus is great. ****1/2

"Aye Davinita" - kind of a hypnotic mantra or chant. Actually quite pretty. ****1/2

"Immortality" - excellent song with intriguing lyrics. Other reviewers have mentioned it's dedicated to Kurt Cobain. It definitely seems to be about suicide. The reviewer right after me claims it was written before Kurt's suicide in which case the song is eerily prophetic. *****

"Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me" - although I actually really get into experimental music, I can't say I really like this bizarre, atmospheric piece loaded with feedback. It drones on for quite a while, eventually resembling a song to a certain extent with wild drums and a simple bass line. The disembodied voices are quite disturbing. Other reviewers inform me they belong to mental patients. If they really are mental patients, some might find this piece to be exploitative, but I ultimately trust Pearl Jam's intentions to be noble. Vedder has always been a voice for the disenfranchised. I gotta wonder about the reviewer who claimed this to be one of his/her favorite songs, though. ***

4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars - Powerful and heartfelt, with a bit of weirdness!
The Pearl Jam could do anything with their music in the early '90's. The hugely successful grunge band released two albums, 'Ten' and 'Vs.' which are quite simply amazing. They were very much at the centre of the Seattle grunge revolution and in my opinion one of the best, if not the best band to come out of the movement producing music of so much timeless quality. So, their 1994 release, 'Vitalogy', their third studio album had a lot to live up to in order to produce music as powerful and emotive as that on their first two albums.

In my opinion, I think 'Vitalogy' in the wider context, is not quite at the levels that the first two albums reach. 'Vitalogy' is the Pearl Jam's last grunge album before they began to experiment and diversify on later albums when they progressed into the late 90's. Overall, the album is much darker than the two previous releases. There is some seriously powerful music on the disc which definitely strike a chord in my imagination when I listen to it. However, on the whole, it just seems to lack the cohesiveness of say 'Vs.', its predecessor. This may be due to the fact that the album contains three or so rather strange songs which break up the overall consistency of the work. I'm not saying that these tracks are throwaways or are bad (they are designed to go with the albums concept which seems to centre around mental health and related issues) but I would much rather see the Pearl Jam in their creative musical flow with every track. I can only really listen to these tracks every now and again ('Bugs', 'Pry To' and 'Stupidmop') as they are not really that listenable - I haven't given this album 5 stars for that reason, as in my opinion, a top rating album shouldn't give the listener any need to skip tracks. However, that aside, the music on the whole is really excellent and I always get a thrill listening to a lot of it. The work is definitely ambitious, the album sleeve tells you that alone (Vitalogy has a 20+ page inside cover which is like a medical journal!). Similarly, all of the band members are on the top of their game. Eddie Vedder's vocals are as powerful and growling as ever and the lyrics are strong through the album. Mike McCready and Stone Gossard jam out some great riffs on plenty of the tracks.

The album opens up with the track 'Last Exit', short but jammed out in style with loads of howling vocals from Vedder. 'Spin the Black Circle' is an even heavier follow up, with Eddie Vedder singing about playing old records (the needle references are not to drug taking, as it is easy to presume). 'Not For You' is a classic piece of work - the opening riff gives a great feeling of anticipation to this one and it builds into a captivating track. 'Tremor Christ' has quite a dark aura to it whilst the follow up, 'Nothingman' has a really dreamy quality. 'Whipping' and 'Satans Bed', which comes later, are heavy rockers with lots of drive. 'Pry To' is a weird 1 minute track - to me it just sounds like the band were recorded practising and decided to put iton the album, for some reason!! 'Corduroy' is a great track with a brilliant, catchy chorus. 'Bugs' is another strange one, with a kind of accordion sounding background. 'Betterman' though is another powerful track though, with plenty of heartfelt moments. 'Aye Davanita' is a bit experimental - its worth giving it a chance, its an interesting song. 'Immortality' follows this though and this is truly one of the best tracks that PJ made. This track was actually dedicated to Kurt Cobain (although it was written before he comitted suicide rather than after, as some people believe). It has a really memorable melody to it that makes it another imagination fuelling song. 'Hey Foxymophandlemama, that's me' is a weird finish. Its basically the band playing with recordings of mental patients from an asylum speaking over the top - its certainly interesting, but I would have much rather have seen the album closed with Immortality, it also goes on a bit long - 7 minutes!!

So overall, 'Vitalogy' is a really powerful release from the Pearl Jam. It is certainly much darker than their previous releases and contains some truly memorable material. 11 of the tracks are great however, the other tracks are strange, even if they are part of the album's concept, sadly makes the album a bit inconsistent. Overall, it is a step down from 'Ten' and 'Vs.' (yes I keep mentioning those two as they're so great!) but it is still another excellent release from the Pearl Jam. A must buy for any fan of the band however I would advise new listeners to buy either of the first two albums or the 'rearviewmirror' best of compiliation before exploring the dark and strange corners of 'Vitalogy'. ... Read more

Asin: B000002AZ8
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Memorial Beach
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 April, 2002)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Last of the classic A-ha
This album, though made during the early days of the stripping down period of their career, still contains traces of the original songwriting formula they used on the earlier classics. Even though by this time the keyboards were notably absent, at least there were still some cool drum machine loops going on. "Cold as stone" has a cool repeating loop that sticks with you. This one is as dark as their first album, maybe darker. The piano used here has a very "Doors" sound to it. The band admits to being influenced by that band and it does show.

"Dark is the night" was a great single, catchy riff,meaningful structure and singing despite only a little organ sound from the 'boards. All the other songs have a darker "Here I stand.." or "Love is reason" feel to them. "Lie down in darkness" has a cool groove to it and cool background vocals that force you to sing along. This is about the last album where all the tracks sound distinctive, despite the lack of 'boards throughout the album. Well worth owning if you're a classic A-ha fan or if you just want to hear something different.

4-0 out of 5 stars Dark Delight
A suprise change after their "East of the Sun" album.I like how it has such a dark, melancholy feel.The vocals are striking and sincere.The guitar work is simple, but effective.This album won't cheer you up, but it will keep you company during the darker, pensive periods in life.I am a huge AHA fan, and I think this is their best album!

4-0 out of 5 stars Haunting memories
I was a young teen in 1993, grunge was in full force, I would listen to bands like Screaming Trees, Tad, Paw and ofcourse the mighty Nirvana. Then I fell in love with a girl from Norway and she was into this band A-HA. This album came out andwhat I thought I would hate became an album that has stayed in my collection since 1993 and that always brings out a melancholic side to a day. Even as I sit here in this beautifull warm day in summer, as Memorial Beach comes out of the speakers I am taken back to a time when everything was so much more simple and innocent. Be it "Memorial beach" haunting piano and chorus, or "Angel in the Snow", with its hearfelt lyrics and romantic guitar, this album is all around solid. Not being an old school A-HA fan or anything, I cant compare it to other albums or anything, but as a lover of good music I strongly recomend this album. It just has all the elements that make an album great such as amazing lyrics, in that the music actually reaches inside and touches you. Anyway, once again I recomend this album, you wont regret it. ... Read more

Asin: B00004SALH
Sales Rank: 27452
Subjects:  1. Norway    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. Rock/Pop    5. Synth Pop   


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Supergrass
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 April, 2000)
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Supergrass may be the unluckiest band to come out of the Britpop wave of the early 1990s. Their first album, I Should Coco, saw the trio typecast as a cartoonish indie boy band propelled to stardom by the adolescent hijinks of "Feel Alright" and "Caught by the Fuzz." Unfortunately, this tag proved rather difficult to shake and as their music matured, their audience dwindled; their second album, In It for the Money, was released to critical acclaim and consumer indifference. By the time Supergrass was released in 1999, the band had already been relegated to the "Oh yeah, I remember those guys" category of pop. What a shame, because Supergrass is at least as good as In It for the Money--and that album was fantastic. Flaunting their '70s-rock influences proudly, Supergrass continue to sound like the world's greatest garage band with a sack full of studio toys. These guys know what makes a good pop song: "Pumping on Your Stereo" is practically shouting out for an audience of handclaps, while "Shotover Hill" makes use of the oft-neglected kettle drum. With Supergrass, the boys have again demonstrated how much they've grown up. Pop music, yes, but definitely not kid's stuff. --Robert Burrow ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I love it.
I personally love it, just listen to the samples there's not much to add to what other people said.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another excellent album from Supergrass (4 Stars)
Supergrass follow up their second album with a self-titled work that's hard to place sonically.Usually in every Supergrass album, a clear distinction can be heard from the previous effort.I Should Coco was Pop-Punk and In It For The Money was Brit-Pop but it's much harder to grasp the sound of Supergrass.Although it bears more than a passing resemblance to its predecessor, it's also somehow different.Supergrass has relaxed their style in someplaces by creating deeper grooves and getting rid of any real "orchestral" sounds as they focus more on just the band itself.They also seem more focused on acoustic guitars and funky basslines.The range in styles makes it hard to place in a genre like all the other albums but just like all other Supergrass albums, it's a quality effort.The only negative is that the album is slowed several times by lengthy tracks that don't help much with the flow of the album.Even still, the majority of the songs are without peer and could hold their own against any other Supergrass works.Supergrass is an excellent album but it may appear to be a slight slip up when compared to the near flawlessness of their first two albums.

5-0 out of 5 stars supergrass a go go buy it now!
PLEASE go out and buy SUPERGRASS on cd! forget all the attitude and lack luster looks of rock n roll and listen to supergrass play music like it should..with catchy songs and upbeat rythms..these guys can play and write quality songs. think of a time when music was cool-unstuctured-uncommercial-just good!! SUPERGRASS is the real ndeal folks!! Brit rock at it finest!!!!{i wasnt paid anything for this tribute..} ... Read more

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Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Load
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 June, 1996)
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With Load, Metallica takes a dramatic left turn with their music, continuing in the direction suggested by Metallica, their previous album. The songs on Load have groove; they're slower, with far fewer of the lightning-fast riffs that have been Metallica's trademark since their inception. While songs like "Ain't My Bitch" and "Wasting My Hate" are up-tempo and full of the vitriol one would expect from the quintessential heavy metal band, "2 X 4" is hard rock with a blues beat, "Hero of the Day" sounds positively mainstream, and "Mama Said" is an actual, honest-to-god ballad. While some diehard fans may find this mix unappealing, there's plenty to like about this album, including its laid-back, rhythmic orientation, and James Hetfield's characteristic growl tempered by his growing maturity as a vocalist. -- Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Few Bricks Shy Of A Full Load: But One Heavy Son of A.....
Load is a departure from everything Metallica ever did in many respects but it still holds true in many others. First off for those who are seeking thrash or a heavy song Aint' My Bitc_ suffices. For those who are seeking black album type lyrical brilliance and more melodic sound we turn to King Nothing and esspecially The House That Jack Built. For a departure into uncharted areas you have really the really good songs Until It Sleeps or Bleeding Me. And then also a mix between thrash and black The Cure(one of the best Load songs). So as I've said in other reviews metallica's only real crime is being human. Humans mature and advance in thought, you don't think one specific way throughout your entire life. For instance aside from the obvious example of the title Kill 'Em All was in general about being as big of a bad as_ as you possibly could, seeing about hell, death, destruction, and other things...not suitable for family television.

And Justice is where you really see the change. Specifically with One. But then the Black Album was obviously an even bigger change leading to even bigger things.

But I think Lars said it best "...No ones gonna [...] sit down and tell me what the [...] Metallicas about. That felt right at the time and (no one can tell us what our sound is)". And it gets the point across, Metallica does whatever the hell they feel like doing and as I've said in other reviews it's better to take things with an open mind, enjoying all rock instead of just one kind. From Puppets to Reload to St. Anger it's all good, you just have to listen with an open ear and try and find a meaning in the lyrics, it provides a new...passion previously concealed in the lyrics. And load is no different. The only thing I didn't like was the absence of lyrics in the lyric books.

4-0 out of 5 stars Load
First off let me say this is no Master of Puppets or Ride the lightning nor is it a St. Anger, ...And Justice For All, or Kill 'Em All, and its not much like the Black Album.It is in a league of it's own along with ReLoad. Load was released in 1996, while ReLoad was released in 1997.This album features shorter more melodic and mature songs. The riffs are not very metal and there is no fast frantic classic Hetfield type singing you find in the other albums.Though the lyrics are probably best on this album.

I will only review the first part of the album because I dont listen to the second half as it is quite weak.

1. Aint My Bitch- a faster Black Album style song that James wrote about an ex girlfriend. It's allright. (6.5/10)

2. 2x4- Kind of a weird song good lyrics bad solos. (6/10)

3. House That Jack Built- Great and I mean Great song. 6 minutes with outstanding lyrics and vocals. Kirk has a "talkbox" solo which is very unique and sounds pretty good. Very catchy chorus sounds great.
"the higher you are
the farther you fall
the longer the walk
the farther you crawl
My Body, My Temple
This Temple it tilts
Step into the house that Jack built"

great lyrics right there and they are sung so well by James. Second best song on Load. The song is about James' addiction to alcohol and probably specifically Jack daniels whiskey(house that jack built as in jack daniels.) (9/10)

4. Until It sleeps- Good song with a weird guitar song but great lyrics and great vocals. With a catchy chorus it demands attention which is why it is a very frequent radio song. The lyrics are very depressing and sad and are about one of James' parents dying of cancer.(8/10)

5. King Nothing- catchy Radio song, nice solos and good vocals. You probanly have heard this on your local rock station.(8/10)

6. Hero of the Day- My personal favorite song on Load. Real catchy, and has great lyrics with some real nice guitars in there.The song has to do with Children these days who look to tv and media for idols, heros and role models when there are ones living with them at home(their parents)(10/10)

7. Bleeding Me- Real long song, a bit more heavy with real complex guitars and lyrics.I still have no idea what it is about but good song none the less. (8/10)

Buy this Album for Hero of the Day, The House that Jack Built, Until It Sleeps, and Beeding Me. And hey you may like the second half of the album. I wouldnt say this is better than 80's metallica but it is better than Reload and possibly St. Anger(very Underrated). Although I really hate ReLoad(only good song is Fuel).



4-0 out of 5 stars metallica's melow side but still good songwriting
load is definetly metallica's melow side but thats not all bad i mean this album proves how great their lyrics can be and even though the guitar work is not up to par with master of puppets and my personal favorite And justice for all!! i still think its a really good album i have owned it for many years and i can still listen to it all the way though and believe i am a die hard metallica fan. i still think this cd is a good listen.
if would like to hear a more mellow tone on metallica then this is the cd for you.

my metallica cd ratings
kill em' all- 4 out of 5 great debut album
ride the lightning 4 out of 5 fight fire with fire and for whom the bell tolls are awesome
master of puppets- 5 out of 5 great guitar and bass work love it
and justice for all- 5 out of 5 jason proves what he can do
black- 5 out of 5 so many great songs so little time
load-4 out of 5 my review says it all
reload-1 out of 5 only 4 good songs
garage inc-5 out of 5 all great covers
s and m- 5 out of 5 beautiful concert i own both the cd and video version and i plan to get the dvd
saint angry- 3 out of 5 still a good effort
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Under the Table and Dreaming
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 September, 1994)
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With popcorn acoustic guitars, trampoline fiddles, bumper-car bass lines, and caramel-coated sax, the Dave Matthews Band's major-label debut is like an evening at the fair. "The Best of What's Around" and "What Would You Say" swirl like the amusement-park ride on the album's cover, sweeping the exhilarated and lightheaded listener higher as the ride spins faster. "Satellite" glides breezily like the prettiest horse on the carousel, "Ants Marching" runs around hitting the bell with the sledgehammer and winning the largest stuffed animals at the target-range booths, and "Lover Lay Down" is the quietest moment on the disc--like the sun setting on a baby's sleeping, snow-cone-stained face collapsed on her daddy's shoulder. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Music That Made Me Fall In Love With DMB
"Under The Table And Dreaming" reflects the true talent and honest emotion of DMB without the underproduction of "Remember Two Things" nor the darkness of "Before These Crowded Streets". From the carpe diem kick-off, "Best of What's Around" to the hoe-down hit, "Ants Marching", to the angry battle with the drug-addicted self, "Rhyme or Reason", this album covers it all-- and covers it well. Just be sure to look up the lyrics if you don't already know them; they are too brilliant to be missed, but are unfortunately nearly impossible to understand due to an imbalance between vocals and instrumentation in the album's production, not to mention Dave's infamous twang.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music, the best of DMB
Dave Matthews Band came at a time in the 90's when the radio waves were getting polluted with bubblegum pop and three chord boring rock. Something fresh was much needed to keep music lovers like myself happy. While watching MTV one day, I saw the video to the song "What Would You Say" and thought it was the most innovative and complex song MTV had played since the 80's. Finding out by the VJ that it was on the album "Under the Table and Dreaming", I picked up the CD just for that song. Wow, it has been one of the best CD purchases I have ever made, and is definitely the greatest CD I bought in the 90's.

The CD starts with the good feeling "The Best of Whats Around". After listening to this song, you'll have a huge smile on your face. It's not cheesy, just a song that makes you feel good inside. There are many, many MANY great stops along the way. "Satellite" is a good song for mediation and reflection, a song that makes you thing about the deeper issues in life. I alwys love listening to it when I'm in a contemplative mood. "Jimi Thing" has a little bit of a harder edge to it than the other songs, but it is a rocking number that makes you want to sing. "Ants Marching", the song that features the line "under the table and dreaming" in it, is a very polished soft rock song that tells a story and makes you feel like your back to the days where you would get under the table and dream with your friends. It is my second favorite song next to "What Would you Say". This upbeat song with it's slick production and instrument arrangements is complex, yet simple at the same time.

The other songs on the album are just as great. The "hidden song" (#34) is an instrumental piece were the band can show off their jazz roots and musical ability. Infused with rock, pop, jazz, and soul, this album has it all. It was the most original album I had since the 80's. DMB went on to release many other successful CD's such as "Crash" and "Before these Crowded Streets". The other CD's are great, but still don't hold a candle to this one. This is the ULTIMATE DMB CD. It has it all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh look at all these people with Dave on their minds
You know it's quite baffling to me that so many people have so much time on their hands to write about how much they hate Dave Matthews and Dave Matthews Band. Unoriginal? Ha ha. If it weren't for Dave Matthews there would be an awful lot of current musicians (Mraz, Mead, Gray, Meyer, Day) that would still be standing in front of the mirror wondering if this whole acoustic-guitar-in-a-band thing would possibly not get me shot.
Like 'em or leave 'em one thing is for sure based on the reviews in this article, the man sure is on your minds. I would imagine by most of the "is this helpful" ratings that the majority of people do not see through the DMB as one reviewer so eloquently put it, but rather see through the childish reviewers and their obvious jealousy of a band that totally enjoys playing together 15+ years later. At the end of the day if you're enjoying what you are doing with your life...is that wrong?
This is the first BMG record the band recorded and it has certainly withstood the test of time. It is not my favourite DMB studio albun, Before These Crowded Streets holds that honour, but it is certainly worth having in your collection if you are a DMB fan.
To the reviewer that was on a drive with a fan that kept skipping to the next song - this is perfectly normal behaviour. In the case if DMB who have well over 100 songs in their catalogue it is normal to think ahead. When you drive by yourself you are more likely to listen to the track at hand, when you have someone else you want them to hear as much as possible in the shortest time. Don't get carried away geezer just because you are still playing that one song you wrote that will never be popular.
DMb are a good studio band but they are even more enjoyable live. Throughout the last 6 years since the first time I saw them I have made so many great new friends and been to places I otherwise would never have visited, most recently San Francisco. The band brings much more than just music to people's lives and this page of reviews is obviously a load of tripe from a bunch of insanely jealous people.
Eat, drink and be merry. ... Read more

Asin: B000002WQS
Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. American Trad Rock    3. Jam Bands    4. Pop    5. Rock   


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Monster
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 September, 1994)
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R.E.M. pushed the jangle out of the picture with Monster, replacing it with reverberating snaps, crackles, and pops. An album that wraps itself to '70s glam finery while reaching out to the flannel-clad post-Nirvana throngs, it largely succeeds at demonstrating that these Georgians still know how to rock. The MTV fave "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" kicks things off on a high note as Peter Buck's distorted power chords set the tone for the 12-song set. "Strange Currencies" may be alarmingly reminiscent of the Automatic for the People hit "Everybody Hurts," but it's actually the superior song. "Let Me In" is a heavily distorted nod to the fallen Kurt Cobain. While Monster is far from R.E.M.'s most consistent effort, it stands as a ragged and risky respite from safe and sound alterna-rock. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars please give it a chance, its really awesome!
I know that most people don't like this album, and I can understand why, but if you are new to the band don't be deterred from checking this out.It is completely awesome, heavy and distorted in a controlled way, with interesting arrangements in vocal and guitars.I think this one of the best things REM has come out with, even though I do like all of their albums and dig most of their songs.What I really like about this album is that Stipe's singing is so unique, and mixed in with everything in a cool way.None of their big hits are present here, for the hits you should get Automatic, Out of Time, and Document.But here, all of the songs are just well arranged with guitar distortion and texture that has never been heard on an REM cd before or after.real rocking out, I think!
I think this cd is exciting, fun and uplifting, and I think they had a lot of guts to make something that deviates so much from previous material.Maybe its just a freak thing that I like this so much, because it doesn't rank high in most other fan lists.However, I urge you to check it out with an open mind.REM is a terrific band that doesn't deserve the flak they get from people who say that the majority of the band's output is mediocre.almost everything the band makes is interesting and terrific.I urge you to check out all of their albums, including this one (especially this one).As always, listen before you buy.

2-0 out of 5 stars Eh...

Okay, Amazon, thanks for telling me how to feel. "Strange Currencies" better than "Everybody Hurts"? I don't think so. As many people have pointed out, there are only two goods songs on here (and both are classics): "What's the Frequency" and "Bang the Blame". It's so dissapointing that REM can't put out a totally solid album. With this band, it seems their hits are all classics (rightfully), and everything else is just mediocre or worse. There's no middle ground with these guys. I think I'm being generous with two stars for two songs, but whatever.

4-0 out of 5 stars don't believe the hype...
I read reviews about this album and now understand why Monster is not appreciated in the REM collection. This album is clearly not about Michael Stipe, it's about Peter Buck. Monster is Peter Buck's moment. Just listen to the ethereal arrangements in "I don't sleep I dream", the delayed distortion effects in "Let me in" and the western style experimental chords in "You". Monster also has great songs: the sexy "Crush with Eyeliner, the softly beautiful "tongue". Frankly, I have to disagree with the critics. Monster is one of REM's most interesting achievements and clearly shows the band deos not just want to please the public. The other good side of it is that most of REM albums tend to dwell in too much melancholy and sometimes sapiness, but Monster is uplifting, full of energy and it shows REM as a gutsy upfront band. Weel done, boys. ... Read more

Asin: B000002MU3
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Still Cyco After All These Years
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 June, 1993)
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5-0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Material,5 Star Execution,5 Stars for balls to do it
I bought Suicidal Tendencies self titled debut when it first came out and way blown away by the band's intensity and musicianship. When I first heard that Cyco Miko and the boys were planning on re-recording this classic, I was skeptical (to say the least). I'm what you would call a metal/punk purist. However, Still Cyco After all These Years upholds the mighty tradition of Suicidal Tendencies and even strengthens their legacy as punk metal pioneers. I applaude Mike Muir for having the foresight and the balls to re-record these classics...and I do mean CLASSICS. Just look at the track listings: Institutionalized, I Shot the Devil, Subliminal, Two-Sided Politics, I Saw Your Mommy...the list goes on and on. This album just takes a tighter, faster Suicidal unit and does these songs even faster and better. For production values alone, this version completely shines over their classic debut. Overall, Still Cyco is a strong buy for any metal/punk fan but an absolute must-own for ST fans. Highly Recommended.

2-0 out of 5 stars kinda sad
i dunno...maybe Mike isn't/didn't get any cash off these songs the first time or something....wouldn't be surprised. whatever the reason/s, this album frankly doesn't work very well at all. the new versions [take] the life out of some of these songs, and even the ones that manage to survive the process sound like they're being played by a compentent but uninspired cover band....which is kinda what's happened, here. ST's first & best is what you need...remakes rarely improve on the originals.

2-0 out of 5 stars Get the first LP Instead
I Dont understand the reason for this release? maybe they
had an album quota they had to meet or their wallets were a bit light,In any case,Get the first lp, its a hundred times better
I gave it 2 stars because the songs are great,it's just there
on another album. ... Read more

Asin: B00000275E
Sales Rank: 17421
Subjects:  1. American Underground    2. Hardcore Punk    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Punk Metal    6. Rock    7. Skatepunk    8. Thrash   


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Sound of White Noise
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 May, 1993)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Underrated, but not a classic
What is with all the negative reviews, blasting the slowness of it? Speed has nothing to do with good metal. For proof, look no further then Slayers "South of Heaven", and for proof that speed doesn't mean it is good, look no further then napalm death or cannibal corpse.

I liked old Anthrax, but always felt Joeys singing was a bit thin, but not bad by any stretch. John Bush adds a lot to the sound. It also shows off Dan Spitz skill at guitar. They definately lost there sense of humor that really marked them out, somewhere along the line. It is a shame that Charlie and Scotts ego destroyed the band.

The problem with this one is that there are maybe 4 good songs. The rest are just filler. This is the last good release from Antrax.

2-0 out of 5 stars The new slower sound
John Bush isn't really a big competition to Joey Belladonna.This is where The greatest thrash band ever changes their fast sound to a much more slower one.

1-0 out of 5 stars ???
This Album came out i was so disapointed no Joey it was hard to get used to John Bush it never grew in me, then i saw them live and John Singing classics killed my mood... buy Joey Era stuff its better than this piece of crap ... Read more

Asin: B000002HC3
Sales Rank: 12429
Subjects:  1. Heavy Metal    2. Pop    3. Rap-Metal    4. Rock    5. Speed Metal    6. Thrash   


Hysteria
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Probably Def Leppard's best album, and certainly their most successful, Hysteria pretty much sums up 80s hard rock: catchy, tuneful, and fun. It's also one of the few albums from the period that doesn't sound dated now, and singles like "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Armageddon It", and "Rocket" remain staples of rock radio. The rest of the album is equally entertaining; "Animal" and "Hysteria", while mid-tempo, have the same slick intensity, and "Love Bites" is one of the few pop-metal ballads that doesn't sound saccharine over a decade after its release. Def Leppard may be remembered more for their hair than their music these days, but that's more due to changing tastes than anything else. It's still good. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

Reviews (185)

5-0 out of 5 stars Re-issue?
When will the record company EVER re-issue this album?A remastered 2CD set would be nice.All the B-sides on disc 2....NOT the Retro-active versions either! The real raw original recordings...my fave "Tear it Down" (remastered of course!). Not to mention a few unreleased bonus tracks...hmmm....how about some real old stuff? I can hear the original version of "Ride Into The Sun" buzzing in my head now....A head banger can dream can't he?

5-0 out of 5 stars Whatabout the price?
Are you nuts?. US$ 214????. This is the best band that I had ever heard but US$ 214.....I can buy all their cd collection for that money....finally, the normal edition sounds the same!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Transcendent Masterpiece
Every once in a while an album transcends it's own genre to become part of the mainstream.It's even more rare when the genre is hard rock.AC/DC's Back in Black did it.And, with this cd, DL did the same.There are several songs on here that make even the most conservative music lover reach for the volume knob to "crank it" when the first snippets of the song reach their ears.It is simply perfection in its production, musicianship and songwriting.This one should be part of everyone's collection for those moments when you want to play drums on your steering wheel in 5 o'clock rush hour traffic. ... Read more

Asin: B000001FKY
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Blur
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 March, 1997)
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By early 1997, British pop had become less a scene than a competition, so with this album, Blur's frontman Damon Albarn basically announced that he was withdrawing from the race, in favor of exploring other kinds of rock he'd been getting into. Most of Blur finds the band discovering the clipped structures and oblique words of American indie rock (the best hook on the album goes "woo-hoo!"), and that's a liberating strategy. Without having to exemplify England's Dreaming, Albarn can be tuneful and playful, and even when he cribs directly from his favorite records ("M.O.R." is pure Bowie, and "You're So Great" tries for Guided by Voices-style non-production), his gift for texture puts his stamp on these songs.--Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars a grower
when this first came out, my friends were pissed. they all wanted to know what the hell hapenned to Blur and why they decided to trash their english pop sensibilities in favour of become Sonic Youth? after the initial shock, this album starts to reveal it's own personality to the jaded Blur fan. in my opinion, the single "Song 2" (which became their biggest hit) is not a good representation of this album. most of the material here is hazy and noisy with some distant melody floating in and out of the drone. there's some interesting stuff here, but it seems a bit unfocused and sloppy and desperate at times. but, it shows a spirit of experimenting and adventure. the seeds of their next album "13" can be well researched here on this self titled piece of work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Change is good
As the reviewer before me said, Blur really needed a change. This album is not much like any of the old Blur, although some of it is. Here's a quick song-by-song.
Beetlebum:Good song, a little bit long but it starts off the album great. 8/10
Song 2: This is one of the best 2 minutes of music I've ever heard. 15/10
Country sad...: This is really one of the best songs on the album, but it is really underrated because on the first listen you think "blur has really sunk to a low this time", but it's a 9/10
MOR: It's a good song, like the old blur, but for some reason I don't really like it because of the repeated guitar riff. 7/10
On your own: Not memorable but it's a great song, it foreshadows what's to come (great music) 8/10
Theme from Retro: Hmm.... this is OK but it's really creepy 5/10
You're so great: I can't stop singing this song. It's amazing, the chords go great together and it's just an amazing song. 10/10
Death of a party: Another great song but a little creepy... 9/10
Chinese Bombs: A short punk song that leaves you saying "eww" after the first listen, but after a few more tries you will decide this is almost as good or better as Song 2. 10/10
I'm just a killer..: Very much like 5,7,8, but with some unclear lyrics. It's still good... 6/10
Look inside america: End Of A century part 2. Sequels always suck, so does this one. It's almost good but not good enough. 5/10
Strange news from...: Interesting, according to other people it's like all of the album 13, quiet and eerie. It's a good song. 8/10
Movin' On: Great song, much different from some of the other songs. 9/10
Essex Dogs: EEWW!! What an GREAT way to RUIN a GREAT album. 11 minutes of someone playing instruments like they just learned how to. Listen to it all the way through... I dare you. It's way too quiet and there's like no lyrics.

GREAT ALBUM OVERALL! Get it, you won't regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A [much needed] new direction.
After three albums of pure britpop, Blur decided it was time for a change. This self-titled album is the result; the lavish arrangements of those past albums are replaced by a much rawer, stripped down sound.

The swirling, psychedelic/late 60's vibe of "Beetlebum" opens up the album on a great note. It's challenging, yet catchy at the same time. Then of course, there's the smash hit "Song 2" (aka "Whoo-hooo!") - two minutes of punk/pop perfection.

"Country Sad Ballad Man" is lo-fi folk rock at its best..not too dissimilar from Mellow Gold-era Beck. And "Look Inside America" is a great mid-tempo tune with a soaring chorus. It sounds like something from the brit pop era put into this stripped down, indie-ish environment.

They also tackle infectious dance-pop (the insanely catchy "On Your Own"), ambient instrumentals ("Theme From Retro"), glam rock (the David Bowie inspired "M.O.R."), and lo-fi accoustic ballads ("You're So Great").

The experimental "Essex Dogs" closes the album, a challenging mixture of white noise and spoken word passages. Unlistenable at first, fascinating later.

Other highlights include the spacey "Strange News From Another Star", the punk assault, "Chinese Bombs", feedback soaked fun of "Movin' On", and the creepy "Death of a Party".

"Blur" is an excellent album, and a great change in sound for the band. If the brit-pop stuff was a little too sugary for you, this one might be right up your alley.

Best Songs: Beetlebum, Theme From Retro, Look Inside America, Movin' On, Death of a Party, Essex Dogs. ... Read more

Asin: B000000WDA
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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The Best of the Joe Perry Project: The Music Still Does the Talking
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (14 September, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT ROCK AND ROLL, ANY TIME ! !
The Joe Perry Project, bottom line. Was just a cool Rock and/or Roll band. At first I was afraid to order this one. Because (...), doesn't list the song tracking. I do have the first two lp's. And keep them safe in plastic. Never got to see 'em live, but! I sure as hell crank'd them up all the time. Never heard Once a rocker, Always a rocker. After hearing the 6 cuts on this cd. I felt rip'd off by the people who kept it out of my reach for so long. And thankfull to those who brought it back,Thank you!! some great r&r here. This would make a great, any time gift. So please get it for someone, if not yourself.

FROM:LET THE MUSIC DO THE TALKING(1980)

1.Let the music do the talking- 2.Conflict of interest- 3.Discount dogs- 4.Shooting star- 5.Break song- 6.Rockin' train- 7.Life at a glance-

NON-ALBUM B-SIDE(1980)

8.Bone to bone (instrumental)-

FROM: I'VE GOT THE ROCK'N'ROLLS AGAIN(1981)

9.East coast,west coast- 10.I've got the rock'n'rolls again- 11.No substitute for arrogance- 12.Buzz buzz- 13.Soldier of fortune- 14.South station blues-

FROM:ONCE A ROCKER, ALWAYS A ROCKER(1983)

15.Once a rocker, always a rocker- 16.black velvet pants- 17.King of the kings- 18.Bang a gong (yes,the T-rex song!)- 19.Walk with me Sally- 20.Never wanna stop-

NOTHING MORE THEN SOME HOME TOWN GREAT ROCK AND ROLL!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Project Album To Buy
Since this has almost all of the Project's best songs on it it's the one you wanna get. Great tracks include Let The Music..., the instrumental Bone To Bone, Once A Rocker, No Substitute, etc. Hell, they're all good. Buythis.

4-0 out of 5 stars SOLOSMITH
Joe Perry Project was good for the music, if nothing else.Collecting songs from his 3 albums its a decent way to get all the Joe Perry you'll ever need without collecting all 3 albums.1 of which is out-of-print. ... Read more

Asin: B00000K3LQ
Sales Rank: 5625
Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Hard Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Rock/Pop   


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