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Room for Squares
Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (18 September, 2001)
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Singer-songwriter John Mayer fills his debut, Room for Squares, with pep talks to and advertisements for himself. Even when questioning his young life, Mayer's doubts come off glib; not one second of "Why Georgia" convinces that "the stirring in my soul" keeps the artiste awake at night. Between his Dave Matthews-wannabe vocals and the accomplished but bland lite rock of his band, he could be just as easily offering tunes for hire to a coming-of-age network series as making a stand for himself and his worldview. The premise of "City Love"--that Mayer couldn't find his way around Manhattan until finding a girlfriend to root him to the place--is nice but not edifying. "My Stupid Mouth" is similarly fuzzy; letting us in on just what he said to alienate a dinner partner would've gone a long way toward fleshing out the song's pat self-deprecation. Ultimately, Mayer comes off less like a commiserating friend than a blabbermouth who's forever forgetting there's someone else in the room. And instead of whining about a discarded lunch box ("83"), dude, learn to brown-bag it the way the rest of us did. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Music
John Mayer has brought a breath of fresh air with his album. His musical ability is far reaching. Several Musicians I know have raved about his ability to write complex jazz chord formations along with great lyrcs. To the average listener it adds up to great music for the ear. Every song protrays a story that has nothing to do with the negative messages brought to us by the Hip Hop or the Alternative sectors. I believe that John Mayer is a new Singer for the next wave of kids who like us grew up with Dave Matthews. He is bringing and living the singer song writer dream much like John Denver, James Taylor, Billy Joel and Dave Matthews giving us a painting of his ability. If you haven't had the chance to catch him in concert do so because he will leave you wondering how he manages to get the SRV sound one minute and then PUT Dave Matthews to shame the next. Don't get me wrong I love Dave but John Mayer is on a different Planet. Lastly the editor is able to voice an option but his option was shallow. People don't need deep meaning to love a song. They want to sing and feel good for that three minutes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Give him a break!
This is rainy day music, indulgent but inviting. The radio hits, especially "Why Georgia", are good, but "3x5", "Great Indoors" and "Not Myself" are the standouts. For me, these songs are thoughtful (without being too serious), unassuming, sweet and genuine.

However, this guy is getting a lot of flak from critics and it's particularly disturbing to me because I was an English major and I'm deeply committed to the necessity of criticism. Except when it comes to John.

First with this CD, and then with his new one, which I haven't heard, everyone's annoyed with the way he balances on this line between art and commercialism. He's too contemplative to have a Justin Timberlake kind of following but he can't get any real artistic credibility--his musical hooks are too catchy, his voice is too reminiscent of the dreaded Dave Matthews (I don't know of another artist with a fanbase as rabidly possessive!), his lyrics too trite, and he's just too cute overall.

And I'm saying, why? Who cares? I don't listen to John Mayer because I think it'll delve into the depths of my tortured soul--and maybe critics should stop assuming that John intends it should be so.

Why must a pop artist who doesn't dance or appear on the cover of "Esquire" have motives of 'heaviness'? I, for one, keep "Room for Squares" in rotation as a sweet, diverting CD that makes me feel good. I think many of his lyrics are really clever, whether or not they stand up to whoever these critics want him to be. I don't think he's a musical or philosophical genius--which is maybe why his music feels so comfortable. He could easily be a friend of mine from high school, who has achieved something that makes a lot of people happy. Good for him.

1-0 out of 5 stars oh god i hate this man.
Jesus this was bad when it was called Under The Table and Dreaming and now its just 10 times as bad under its new name, Room for Squares. This album sucks. Thats all there is to it. No one in their right mind would find this crap good...oh wait I forgot about all those frat boys and girls wearing white hats. Nevermind I guess they need driving music for those long rugged trips in their Ford Explorers to Starbucks. ... Read more

Asin: B00005OAIE


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The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 March, 2001)
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Of all the downtrodden intellectuals turning skate-punk into emo, Dashboard Confessional's Christopher Carrabba is by far the most bruised. With just an acoustic guitar and some choice words, the Ben Folds sound-alike turns the concept of the love song on its head with The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most's torrent of poetic abuse aimed at girls who've taken advantage of his good nature. From "Saints and Sailors" ("This apartment is starving for an argument / Anything at all to break the silence") to "The Good Fight" ("I claimed you as my only hope and watched the floor as you retreated") to "Screaming Infidelities" ("So kiss me hard because this will be the last time I let you"), Carrabba is unapologetically bitter. Yet while his love life may be a tragic mess, the pure cathartic joy he derives from putting the ladies in question back in their place--evident from his venomous acoustic attacks--is unmistakable, infectious, and fantastically liberating. Wallowing in self-pity has seldom been so much fun. --Dan Gennoe ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspirational Music
The first time I ever heard Dashboard Confessional was in December of 2000 during the Drive-Thru Records tour at Club Krome. I was there to see Midtown and had never heard of Dashboard. First off I was shocked that they stuck an acoustic act in the middle of a "punk rock" show, but it was a good move. A vast majority of the kids at the show were hearing his music for the first time, and I did not see one person who wasn't amazed by Chris's talent. After I heard he ditched Drive-Thru and went to Vagrant (which was very wrong of him) to release yet another album I couldn't wait to hear the new stuff on recording. From the first chords of "The Brilliant Dance" to the very last cries of pain in "This Bitter Pill" this album is pure genious. His raw emotions are 100% exposed and the subject matter is something that people in all walks of life can relate to. My favorite band (besides Dashboard) is Saves The Day. When I saw them both perform at the Vagrant America Tour, it was most likely the best night of my life. The crowd was singing along so loud that you could barely hear Chris. The bottom line is that this man is a huge talent. Every single song has a different mood, so matter how you are feeling, there is always a song that you can relate to. If you are considering purchasing this CD, stop thinking about it and buy it. You won't be disappointed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Acoustic Sounds You Fear The Most
Grab a blender. Mix in 2 parts Green Day, 1 part Indigo Girls, 1 teaspoon James Taylor, and 3 parts Robert Smith of the Cure. Hit puree for 5 minutes and walah...you've just mixed you up a strong batch of Dashboard Confessional. Be warned though, this may be one case where the sum of the parts is not equal to the whole. The acoustic format eventually wears on you and Chris Carrabba's voice cracks when he shouts his "emo" lyrics at the top of his lungs.

I bought this CD after hearing these guys in a MTV2 unplugged concert. The kids were all caught up in the music singing every lyric like a group of Boy and Girl Scouts sitting around a campfire. There is also a video out there with the Dashboard Confessionals street performing in San Marco's Square in Venice and it was equally engaging. From the performances, I though the musicianship was above average, especially the drummer. However, the acoustic format really isn't the preferred choice for showing off a drummer's skill, but on "Places You Have Come to Fear the Most" the skill does show through from time to time. If it wasn't for the drummer (who is that guy anyway) this CD probably would have garnered 2 stars.

Some of the songs here are enjoyable and I have no doubt that Chris Cabbarra has an audience of disaffected teens out there wanting to go punk acoustic but not wanting to go to far in the punk world. It's just that imagine the things that were important to you as a teen being put to acoustic strumming and being shouted at the top of one's lungs with a voice that cracks at that decibel level...sometimes it comes off as 90210 angst that becomes difficult to listen to. If you are a teen and want some campfire punk, go get this. If you aren't I would warn you away. Catch the drummer on the MTV2 unplugged segment and see if you aren't equally impressed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Let the bad-girlfriend slamming begin
I can't even begin to describe how liberating it is to listen to a CD like this. Lead singer Chris Carabba is a lyrical genius whose talents probably derived from a lot of heartbreak. Sometimes, emotionally damaging situations bring out the best in us. Armed with his acoustic guitar, he tells tales of girls who break hearts and the guys who endure the pain. During the emotional choruses of many of his songs, he strokes the guitar with so much anger and pain that you can feel it. The best song on the cd is EASILY The Best Deceptions. Listening to the lyrics is like following a story. The song is about an ex-girlfriend he broke up with, but who he still hears about. When the chorus comes up and he screams "So Kiss me hard, cause this will be the last time that I'll let you", you can't help but feel the emotion.

Other noteworthy tracks are....
The Brilliant Dance

Screaming Infidelities---a very depressing song yet liberating.

This Ruined Puzzle--- The chorus where he sings "Does he ever get the girl", is well written.

The Good Fight.

A must buy for emo fans. ... Read more

Asin: B00005AAXE


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Neon Ballroom
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 March, 1999)
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It's the easy way out to dwell on a group's supposed "maturation," but considering the members of Silverchair were 14 when they released their debut album and are a whopping 20 years old with this outing, it's entirely appropriate, not to mention accurate. From a band of any age, though, Neon Ballroom is a stunner of an album. And it's also leaps and bounds beyond the Australian trio's two previous efforts, good if derivative grunge/classic-rock fare interpreted by impressionable young musicians. From the epic, dramatic opening cut, "Emotion Sickness," to "Ana's Song (Open Fire)," Neon Ballroom is a 12-song collection rife with emotions laid bare and songs fully realized with lush strings and piano (courtesy of David Helfgott, the inspiration for the movie Shine.) Silverchair singer/songwriter Daniel Johns outdoes himself with the sonic diversity and fragility of his tunes, especially the ethereal, delicate ballads, with the powerful "Dearest Helpless" smacking of Kurt Cobain at his most beautifully tormented. From the gentle "Miss You Love" to the punky-aggro "Spawn Again" to the flat-out speedy rocker "Satin Sheets," Silverchair have created a haunting, edgy, seductive soundtrack to a young life deeply felt. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Silverchair Rocks, Man...
I just recently started getting into this rock thing with contemporary Christian rockers like DC Talk, The Newsboys, & Jars Of Clay. And now it seems that secular rock is winning a new fan. "Neon Ballroom" presents some eccentric, yet thought-provoking issues like: ingesting pills to suppress depression ("Emotion Sickness"), coping with anorexia ("Open Fire"), a destestation against the murder of animals ("Spawn Again"), & confused love ("Miss You Love"). Some of the songs are "downers" like "Sickness," some of them I can't understand to save my life ("Satin Sheets," "Steam Will Rise"), and some include confusing viewpoints on Dan's love life ("Black Tangled Heart"). But nonetheless, this album is one of the best rock albums you'll ever hear. My top five are "Emotion Sickness", "Open Fire", "Miss You Love", "Point Of View", and "Black Tangled Heart" (my favorite one). I'm actually biased towards all the songs. It's rare to find album where you don't have to skip one song. I don't own the other 2 albums, so I can't say if they made a leap, stayed in the same place, or just slipped on a musical banana peel & fell flat on their backs. People may call them sell-outs, but I wouldn't know if they are. I just know that "Neon Ballroom" rocks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Silverchair 'matures'
I bought this album about a week before it's release (don't ask me how), being a big fan of silverchair. This is very different from their previous two albums, (but then Freakshow was quite different to Frogstomp so there ya go), and I know some fans were quite dissapointed with it. However, those people are quite narrow minded, as this album showcases some of their best work to date.

There are huge orchestral tracks such as the excellent opener Emotion Sickness which is a superb example of controlled power and Black Tangled Heart with its massive noise breaks; the heavier more traditional 'chair style songs such as Anthem For The Year 2000, Spawn Again, Dearest Helpless and Do You Feel The Same; a fast punk song (Satin Sheets) in a similar style to Lie To Me; and bunch of exquisite ballads such as Ana's Song (Open Fire), Point Of View and Miss You Love, and even a more funky, atmospheric closer, Steam Will Rise.

Silverchair have confounded their critics now to produce three great, differing albums, Frogstomp with its' fantastic raw and energetic rock feel, Freakshow with its' grungier influences, and now Neon Ballroom, with its' complex melodies and great variation in style.

Buy it, and listen with an open mind.

1-0 out of 5 stars These guys are too old to convincingly pull of angst anymore
The only wonderful song off Neon Ballroom is "Emotion Sickness". "Miss You Love", "Ana's Song", "Black Tangled Heart", "Point of View", and "Paint Pastel Princess" are all whiny, plodding schlock. Nearly everything off Neon Ballroom sounds like a cliche... and a whiny, pretentious one at that. Daniel Johns and the rest of his bandmates are too old to convincingly pull off angst anymore. All of the genuine edge and caginess that was found on Frogstomp and Freak Show is absent. And in the short bursts Johns tries to recapture what he once expressed on his first two albums, he comes off as whiny and pathetic (just take a listen to "Spawn Again", and have a good laugh at Johns once again trying to be thrashy for no reason). "Spawn Again" ranks right up there with "Minor Threat", "Trash", and "Lie to me" as some of the most stupid, pointless Silverchair songs ever. Frogstomp and Freak Show are great Silverchair buys because the guys were still teenagers trying to find their place in the world. They were young enough to get away with being moody and unsure of themselves. But when Ballroom was made they had been adults for quite some time, and any smart person should have been able realize that that Johns should have given himself a more mature portrayal than he does on this album. ... Read more

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Clarity
Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 June, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites...
I won't lie and say I've been a Jimmy fan from the beginning, but after hearing so many good things about them over the years, I decided to try their self titled (Bleed American). I don't think it left my cd player in my car for about 6 months, and all my friends will attest that they started to get a little tired of it. From my experience, whenever a (good)band breaks it big with an album, their previous album usually [is good]. And this album without a doubt [is good]. There are honestly no weak tracks anywhere to be seen, and at least eight songs that would be just as big hits as the stuff they play on radio now.

I could list every great song on this cd, but...well, i'm going to, just to give an idea of how ... good it is. Lucky Denver Mint, Your New Aesthetic, Believe in What You Want, A Sunday, Crush, For Me This is Heaven, Blister, Clarity, and even the 16 minute long Goodbye Sky Harbor. And unlike many bands, the songs are switched up nicely, going from straight out catchy rock songs, to soft melodies, to hard(well kinda) and back again.

Seriously, I can't imagine how anyone could not love this cd, unless you have absolutely no soul in your body.

5-0 out of 5 stars Near Perfection
Currently covering the billboard charts with their radiofriendly hit, "The Middle", Jimmy Eat World's true brilliance was obviously in the past. The harder sounds of Static (although lacking maturity) still beats their now self-titled album, focused on pop and well...more pop. I love Bleed American/Jimmy Eat World, don't get me wrong. The entire CD is amazing. But after cultivating myself to the stunning emotion and beauty of Clarity...things were just not the same.

Their lyrics are emotional, deep, and the melodic soothing or the faster rhythmic songs evoke paralled emotion in me. I'm pretty apathetic usually, but when I listen to Clarity I'm as impressionable as a pre-teen girl. My personal favorites of the album are Table for Glasses, A Sunday, For me this is heaven, Just Watch the Fireworks, Clarity, and yes, the 16 minute Goodbye Sky Harbor. (I'd list more but I feel stupid writing down all of the songs).

If you want to get a Jimmy Eat World album, I suggest starting with Bleed American/self-titled (especially if you're a big fan of sweetness, bleed american, and the middle). Then buy Clarity and don't give up! It's difficult to get into, to understand or to even like, but like all masterpieces it's worth the wait. Clarity is breathtaking, smart, and just simply amazing. It's pretty much perfect...my only qualm...where did the demo/original version of your new aesthetic go? oh well...I can't complain. Plainly, just get the Cd, it's really really good, you're not gonna regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars their best album
I'm not really a Jimmy Eat World fan, but I have always loved this album. Easily one of my top 10 favorite albums. ... Read more

Asin: B00005Y7DV
Sales Rank: 3708
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Jimmy Eat World
Average Customer Review: 4.34 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 July, 2001)
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Emo-rock band Jimmy Eat World exemplify all that is the modern radio rock sound. Singing and playing with a conviction and sincerity that will melt the heart of even the most stoic of listeners, they produce rousing, well-crafted anthems along the lines of Third Eye Blind at their roughest or a more polished Green Day. These guys appear to be able to write ready-made singles at the drop of a hat, as evidenced by "Your House" as well as the title track. In fact, there is a rather shocking maturity to their material that belies the band members' ages (all in their 20s). While they sometimes veer into cringe-worthy power-ballad territory, overall Jimmy Eat World give the people what they want with Bleed American. --Ike Bolton ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Can You Still Feel the Butterflies?
Thankfully, yes we can. While this cd represents a slight departure in stlye from the Jimmy Eat World of the past, it also showcases how far these guys truly have come since their 1st major label release back in '96. Combining parts of "Clarity" with a touch of "Static Prevails", J.E.W. has produced a very solid effort with this cd. While not as raw as Static, nor as emotional as Clarity, this cd still has a lot of power and emotion. Bleed American, the first single and title track, sounds like it could have been on Static Prevails, only with more polished vocals. Other standouts include A Praise Chorus, If You Don't Don't, Get It Faster, the Authority Song, and of course Sweetness...although I agree with another reviewer that the old version of Sweetness was a little better. That actually brings me to a couple of negatives that I think hinder the cd. The demo version of Hear You Me was far better than this album version. The demo just had this intense emotional feel to it, while this new version feels watered down and doesn't quite grab you in the same way. And why wasn't Splash, Turn, and Twist included on the U.S. cd release? This was one of my favorite demo tracks, and I was very disappointed when I found out it would not be included. It is on the vinyl and import versions of Bleed American, and I beleive it should have been on the U.S. cd as well. But all in all, these are minor problems and does not bring down the overall quality of the cd. Bottom line, if you liked Clarity then you will most definitely enjoy this cd as well. It is certainly nothing ground-breaking and it falls just short of being amazing, but it easily beats most anything else out there today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Conquors Pop Punk
After releasing a very rocking debut, then heading towards a more progressive sound, going pop punkish is the last thing you'd think Jimmy Eat World would do. Yet they did it, and released an album that puts Blink 182 and Sum 41 in their places as sellout bands that have no talant. Even "The Middle," which many people dislike due to is popularity as a single, showcases the high ammount of musical ability that these guys have with an outstanding guitar solo. Jimmy Eat World has not sold out. They have merely changed their style to show all those "punk" bands who the REAL masters are. I have no idea how they did it, but they made Bleed American a great pop punk album. If you don't believe me, and you have every right not to, check out "A Praise Chorus," "Sweetness," or "Get it Faster." All those songs are poppy, but still rock. And if Jimmy Eat World is the only band of this style of music that you listen to, definatly check out The Promise Ring, Death Cab for Cutie, or Texas is the Reason. All that stuff is good.

Finally, a mainstream pop punk album that's actually GOOD MUSIC! A year ago, I wouldn't have believed it...

5-0 out of 5 stars Another JEW masterpiece
I'm sorry, but there are only a few bands out there who can claim my absolute devotion. Jimmy Eat World just happens to be one of them. There just doesn't seem to be an end their musical prowess. For those who have just recently heard of them via the radio and are contemplating buying the CD, wait no longer. Buy the thing. It is worth every dang penny. For those old school fans, you should buy it, too. Yeah, it is very different from the likes of Static Prevails, but so was Clarity, and you liked it. It took some time, but you cottoned to it. Same thing with Bleed American. Once it grew on me it didn't leave my CD player for three weeks. Honestly, folks, one of the best discs ever by one of the best groups ever. ... Read more

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Smashing Pumpkins - Greatest Hits [Limited Edition]
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 November, 2001)
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Taken alone, the Smashing Pumpkins' greatest-hits album, RottenApples, is really for the fans that appreciate both the band's early albumsand their foray into over the top, radio-friendly alt rock. For those who missthe band's more artfully aggressive sound, though, a second included CD,subtitled Judas O, delivers what Apples lacks because it adds yetanother dimension to the Pumpkins' sound. Judas O, a collection of B- sides and outtakes, is the follow-up to 1994's B-sides album, Pisces Iscariot. Although thesongs on this latest set of unreleased material came from the recording sessionsfor Adore, Mellon Collie and the InfiniteSadness, and Machina/TheMachines of God, the tracks show a depth lacking in these morecommercially accessible releases. From the art metal of "Marquis in Spades" to"Sparrow"'s acoustic melodies to the velvety dream pop of "Set the Ray" and"Winterlong," Judas sheds new light on this multifaceted band. Of course,Judas also has its share of duds (such as the industrial, heavy"Saturnine" and the uncomfortably whiny cover of "Rock On"). Overall, though,combine Rotten Apples with Judas Oand you have a pretty broadsurvey of the Pumpkins' music with something for fans at all points along theirsonic evolution.--Jennifer Maerz ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pumpkins Greatest Hits
Chicago's favorite sons The Smashing Pumpkins have unveiled a career retrospective just in time for the holidays. (Rotten Apples) The Smashing Pumpkins Greatest Hits is a two-disc set including a career-spanning first disc containing 16 of their best-known songs, along with two previously unreleased tracks. The set also includes a second CD called (Judas O) A Collection of B-Sides and Rarities with 16 more songs, most of them previously unreleased. A handful of the set's tracks are taken from Machina II: Friends and Enemies of Modern Music, a free album released only on the Internet for fans to download. Among the "Rotten Apples" are their groundbreaking guitar anthems "Siva," "Rhinocerous," "Cherub Rock," "Today," and "Bullet With Butterfly Wings," as well as their lighter, synth and string experiments in "Disarm," "1979," "Perfect," "Tonight Tonight" and the Stevie Nicks cover "Landslide."
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4-0 out of 5 stars excellent compilation with bonus
The 'Rotten Apples' greatest hits disk is a nice compilation with a generally good song choice. (For the record, I would have replaced "Siva" from 'Gish' (1991) with "I Am One", "Drown" from the 'Singles' soundtrack (1992) with "Mayonaise" from 'Siamese Dream' (1993), "Eye" from the 'Lost Highway' soundtrack (1997) with "The End is the Beginning is the End" from the 'Batman & Robin' soundtrack (1997), "Perfect" from 'Adore' (1998) with "Daphne Descends", and "Real Love" from the internet-only 'Machina II' (2000) with "Crash Car Star", but you can't please everyone all the time.) The new tune "untitled" is in the same vein as "1979", etc.

For an extra few bucks, definitely get the version with the bonus disk 'Judas 0' (companion to 'Pisces Iscariot' (1994)). It contains 4 b-sides from 'Mellon Collie' ("Aeroplane Flies High", "Believe", "Marquis in Spades", "Set the Ray to Jerry"), 3 b-sides from 'Machina' ("Speed Kills", "Here's to the Atom Bomb", "Blissed and Gone"), and 3 other original songs from the internet only 'Machina II' ("Slow Down", "Saturnine" (industrial mix), "Lucky 13"). The real gems for the fans are the 7 new songs, the best of which is the dark "Soot and Stars" and the worst of which is the cover of "Rock On".

NOTE: If you have not done so already, I would recommend downloading the last record, 'Machina II: Friends & Enemies of Modern Music', from the internet. The 16 new songs are a great representation of the varying characteristics of the band - from manic rockers ("Crash Car Star", "Dross"), goth plodders ("Saturnine"), and pop beauties ("Home", "Let Me Give the World to You"). In addition, there is 1 cover tune ("Soul Power" by James Brown), 2 previous b-sides ("Here's to the Atom Bomb" and "Speed Kills"), 3 alternative takes on 'Machina' songs (the excellent "Try Try Try" and the not-so-great "Heavy Metal Machine" and "Blue Skies Bring Tears"), and 3 alternative takes on 'Machina II' songs.

3-0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been A Lot Better
I'm giving this only 3 stars because the Pumpkins deserve a 'hits' collection much better than this. The problem with it is that it devotes way too much time to post-Mellon Collie recordings when it should concentrate on songs from Gish, Siamese Dream and Mellon-Collie. These are the three best Pumpkins albums and it is on these albums that their legacy is founded. Sure, you have to include the mandatory new track (Untitled) but Landslide and Eye should have been left off and, of their later material, only Stand Inside Your Love from the dreadful Machina album is good enough to be on this disc. The inclusion of Drown was welcome, although the Batman and Robin soundtrack contribution should've been here also. As for the bonus disc, it is mostly filler, and even dedicated fans might have a hard time getting through it. The best songs (The Aeroplane Flies High, Marquis In Spades and Set The Ray To Jerry) were already released on the Aeroplane box set and some of the rest is terrible. Fans will want to own it but, be warned, you won't listen to it all that much. ... Read more

Asin: B00005QD5U


Morning View
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 October, 2001)
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Though Morning View follows hot on the heels of Incubus's breakthrough single, "Drive," it doesn't feel rushed. After all, their previous album, Make Yourself, was released nearly two years ago. Like fellow Los Angeles metal pioneers System of a Down, Incubus find themselves lumped in with the nu-metal fraternity merely because they're young(ish), angry, and very loud. That's more than a little unfair, because their sound owes more to the clever and creative funk-metal of Faith No More and the Red Hot Chili Peppers than the faux-rap posturing of Limp Bizkit. In fact, songs like "Nice to Know You," "Circles," and the excellent "Blood on the Ground" display real maturity. But that's not all that sets Incubus apart: on "I Wish You Were Here," "Just a Phase," "11 a.m.," and "Mexico," they show an uncharacteristic willingness to tread softly, using acoustic guitars and touches of strings to make less noise, but more impact. Some could call it selling out, but it sounds more like growing up. Morning View is a leap forward for a band that continues to get better with each release. --Robert Burrow ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Surprising...but Excellent
I got interested in Incubus during their last album Make Yourself. When I heard they had a new album coming out, I was looking to more metal/funk head-banging goodness. I bought it. At first I didn't like it. After about a week, I realized that it was different but probably better than Make Yourself. Here's my review of all the tracks.
1. Nice to Know You. One of the best on the cd. 5/5
2. Circles. Reminiscent of MY. 5/5
3. Wish you Were Here. Radio friendly, good song though. 4/5
4. Just a Phase. Starts w/ a 2 minute instrumental and very powerful 5/5
5. 11 AM another powerful one 5/5
6. Blood on the Ground. Best on the cd. 6/5
7. Mexico. Gets a littel slow 3/5
8. Warning. Good song. Good Message. 4/5
9. Echo. Very touching. One of my favorites. 5/5
10. Have You Ever. Heavier song. Kinda mindless though. 3/5
11. Are You In? Extremely catchy and upbeat. Mr. Boyd shows us whjat he can do w/ his voice. 4/5
12. Under my Umbrella. One of the best. Heaviest on the album. One of my favorites. 5/5
13. Aqueous Transmission. Very different. The two minutes of cricket noises at the end are a bit mcuh though. Nevertheless, one of the songs that will make Incubus great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incubus's New Style
When I first heard of Incubus, it was from "Stellar" on the radio off of their album, Make Yourself. I fell in love. They grew more famous with the pop scene after releasing "Drive", also off of Make Yourself. When they released the album, "Morning View", I was first in line to buy it. I am happy to say this is one of Incubus's greatest works. It's definitely lighter sounding and more "mature" as lead singer Brandon Boyd puts it. Every track on this album is beautiful as beautiful as it is powerful. They have a selection of songs that display their new style such as the crisp sounding "mexico" and the melodic, fun "Are You In" and some songs bragging their old, heavier style such as "Under My Umbrella" and "Just a Phase." This CD is for everyone, not just lovers of metal or rock. Teens who prefer bands such as LFO will enjoy this just as well. Brandon Boyd's beautiful and unique style of singing still doesn't fail to move fans to tears and Mike's genius with the guitar will have you listening to this album time after time. A MUST-HAVE for anyone who loves music!

5-0 out of 5 stars S.C.I.E.N.T.I.F.I.C. Pop
I love Incubus. You know what song made me a fan?..*gasp*.."Drive"! I know there's a tendency with Incubus fans to think that everything they did before "Drive" became popular was awesome (which it was), and everything they've done since then has been terrible (which is hasn't). When "Morning View" came out in October of 2001, lots of people accused them of "selling out" or "going soft". The album definetly has a consistent mellow tone that their previous albums lacked, but it was expected; the album was recorded at a beach house in Malibu (or some exotic location). It's kinda tough to be angry in that type of picturesque setting. People also accused them of purposely trying to replicate the sound of "Drive" by writing softer songs, but "Drive" didn't blow up in popularity until spring/summer of 2001, when this album was probably 90% completed already.

The point is, it's a natural evolution in sound. Either embrace it, or go listen to S.C.I.E.N.C.E and stop whining. I'd much rather see a band evolve and expand their sound, as opposed to making the same album over and over again (kind of like Godsmack, Linkin Park, and other modern rock mainstays do).

Anyway..

1. Nice To Know You

The second single, IIRC. And it's a perfect example of what makes Incubus such a great band - here's a song with an unusual mixed time rhythm, lots of tempo changes, and weird lyrics (about lead singer Brandon Boyd regaining feeling in his arm again after an extended period). Yet, the chorus has an incredible hook, making the song totally radio friendly.

2. Circles

Heavy verses with a heavy melodic chorus. Nice harmonies in the "What would it mean to you" part. Like another reviewer said, it's reminiscent of the Chili Peppers.

3. Wish You Were Here

The first single. Not a Pink Floyd cover either. The verses are mellow, and full of metaphorical imagery by Brandon Boyd (a highly creative and underrated lyricist), which lead into the catchy, anthematic chorus.

4. Just a Phase

The best Incubus song ever, in my view. After an extended turntable/piano led intro, the song switches tempo (from 4/4 into 6/8) for the verse. Then it switches tempo again for the pre-chorus, etc. Basically, the song builds and builds, then the final chorus explodes with a wall of guitars. It's a wildly successful experimental song.

5. 11 AM

I kinda expected this to be a single. Like "Wish You Were Here", another mellow mid-tempo song with a memorable chorus.

6. Blood on the Ground

This sounds like something from "Make Yourself". Brandon Boyd rapidly spits out great lyrics in the verses, leading into the explosive, angry chorus.

7. Mexico

A totally accoustic number - no percussion or anything. It's actually a pretty heartbreaking ballad, with great emotional vocal delivery.

8. Warning

This was another big hit single. Again, it's radio friendly and catchy, but unlike other rock bands that get heavy rotation today, it's not full of generic power chords and angst-filled lyrics.

9. Echo

I didn't care for this one initially, but after 4 or 5 listens, it became one of my favorites. It's actually a little reminiscent of "Stellar", but mellow the whole way through.

10. Have You Ever

A heavy song..probably my least favorite on the album. Musically, it doesn't stand out much, but the lyrics are really good.

11. Are You In?

This one makes you feel like you're in the midst of a party with all your friends. Catchy, cool, and very jazzy (jazz pop I suppose). It gets a little repetitive after awhile, but still a good song.

12. Under My Umbrella

Of all the heavier songs on the album, this is my favorite. It works the soft/loud dynamic perfectly, and the bridge is really cool.

13. Aqueous Transmission

Along with "Just a Phase", the most experimental song on here. And it's another success. It's 8 minutes long, *extremely* mellow (you'll feel like you're floating down a river at night as you listen to it), and features a sitar (the main "riff"), a Japanese pan flute (giving it a very oriental feel), strings, and even crickets chirping at the end. It's totally ethereal and wonderful.

And that wraps up "Morning View". Don't listen to some of the harsh criticism for this album. It's a fantastic collection of songs that takes creative guitar licks (from the also highly underrated Mike Einziger), creative lyrics, and overall creative musical ideas, and combines them with lots of memorable melodies and hooks. Thus, it *is* a radio friendly (or "mainstream") album..but it's also innovative and experimental at the same time. That's what makes "Morning View" such a great success.

Best Songs: Just a Phase, Echo, Under My Umbrella, Aqueous Transmission. ... Read more

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Orange County
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (18 December, 2001)
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The nouveau Orange County, California, punk legacy kick-starts the soundtrack to Jake Kasdan's updated teen-hell comedy. The Offspring's newly recorded "Defy You" energetically explores their roots, and Social Distortion offer a live version of their trademark "Story of My Life." But that OC focus quickly gives way to a broad, buoyant collection of punk and hip-hop-inflected pop that includes a Green Day-ish new track by Foo Fighters ("The One") and equally hooky cuts by Cake, Lit, Bad Ronald, Quarashi, and Crazy Town. The album's emotional and musical shadings come courtesy of Pete Yorn's subdued "Lose You," the acoustic "Under the Tracks" by Creeper Lagoon, and Phantom Planet's anthemic "California," as well as a welcome pair of tracks ("Lay Down Burden," "Love and Mercy") by original SoCal Sound legend Brian Wilson. First pressings of the album also include a four-track bonus disc with songs by Zebrahead (the appropriate "O.C. Life"), Ill Kidd, the Ataris, and Riddlin' Kids. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack - Orange County Review
Orange County's soundtrack, as mentioned in our movie review, has an elective mix from a number of high profile bands lending new music to the movie. Headlining the effort is a brand-spanking new track from fellow Californian's The Offspring. Their new track "Defy You" does just that. It is an anti-establishment sediment that literally gives the finger to the man, stating that "I am alive."

While The Offspring's new track is leading the CD, don't you think it will stop there. The new Foo Fighter's track "The One" has been getting massive airplay as we await their new disc this summer.

Crazy Town is also featured on the soundtrack with their past hit (read: old) "Butterfly." Also making an appearance is the generally poppy Cake with "Shadow Stabbing" and punksters Bad Ronald with "1st Time." The ladder track feature some generally funny lyrics about a man's first time.

Brian Wilson's new track "Lay Down Burden" is a very mellow track that seems to fit nicely in the middle of the CD. While I was disappointed with the poor quality of Social Distortions live rendition of "Story of my Life," it is always nice to hear from Social D.

Most of the tracks featured on this soundtrack are actually in the film (a rare occurrence these days) so if you see the movie and like the music, you can bet it will be on here. Over all a very good, if not average, soundtrack.

-Erich Becker is defying you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome soundtrack. completely worth your $
At first, i passed up this cd for just being another movie soundtrack with weird songs. On closer inspection, however, i realized that it is one of the best cd's i own. i rate the tracks as follows:

The Offspring-Defy You=10/10. This is the best track on the cd, and an absolute anthem to todays oppresed youth.

Social Distortion-Story of My Life(live)=8/10. this is a nice song, whick i enjoyed, but being live detracts from it somewhat.

Foo Fighters-The One=9.5/10. This is an excellent rock song that will become an instant classic.

Cake-Shaddow Stabbing=6.5/10. Not one of the better songs on here, cake always sounds a bit too country-ish.

Crazy Town-Butterfly=9/10. a cool song with a sexy summer beat and slow rap vocals.

Bad Ronald-1st Time=5/10. i have never heard of these people before and its apparent why. no need for this song.

Brian Wilson-Lay Down Burden=8/10. a slow, soft song that is a nice break in the soundtrack.

LIT-Everything's Cool=9/10. a classic punk/rock song that brings out the crazy guy in everyone.

12 Rods-Glad That It's Over=7.5/10. an okay punk song thats dragged down by sketchy vocals.

Quarashi-Stick 'Em Up=9.75/10. This song is easily the second- best track on the cd. Quarsashi sounds like a hybrid of the Beastie Boys, The Ramones, and Limp Bizkit, and they make it work

Pete Yorn-Lose You=7.75/10. not a bad track, a little slow, but sure to please fans.

Creeper Lagoon-Under the Tracks=8.5/10. A cool track with an acoustic sound that sounds like it came strait out of OC.

Brian Wilson-Love and Mercy=7/10. this song didn't really appeal to me. on this song, Brian sounds like ozzy, which isn't good since the song makes Train sound heavy.

Phantom Planet-California=8.75/10. PP's take on "California" is a nice SoCal sounding song that sounds very heartfelt and emotional.

Bonus Track-9/10. I really like this song, though i don't know who performs it or what its called. it sounds like a mix between "California" and "Under the Tracks".

5-0 out of 5 stars music person
I thought this was an awsome cd. I my self grew up in orange county, and thought the movie was hilarious, and the sound track was even better. one of my favorite songs was 12 rods "glad that its over", depicting much of my teen age years. there are many other wonderful songs on the sound track as well, such as california by Phantom Planet(also one of my favorites. there were even tracks i did not like, but were tolerable because it was such a great sound track. I highly recommend it to anyone who will listen. ... Read more

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The Guest
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 February, 2002)
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Having Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake as your record producers is roughly the equivalent of having musical life insurance. In addition to the pair's outstanding work together in the Latin Playboys, Froom has produced Crowded House and Suzanne Vega, to name two, while Blake has mixed or engineered seminal groups from the BoDeans to the Bangles. That said, the danger in hooking up with such a studio-savvy pair is the sheer force of their dominance, and unless an artist has real vision, the star of the show will inevitably be the ensuing sonics, not the songs. While fledgling pop combo Phantom Planet write breezy, accessible, jangly, upbeat songs that only occasionally speak to darker themes (the mildly cynical "Turn Smile Shift Repeat" and wistful "One Ray of Sunlight"), The Guest feels maddeningly measured, as if every chiming guitar part were scripted and directed for maximum sheen. In other words, it's toothless. If a band can't stretch in the presence of Froom and Blake, when can they? --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Damn Skippy That's Good Music!
Sometimes, I get the feeling that Phantom Planet is the best band in the whole entire world. Their music is so good, and this album will hopefully never be taken out of my cd player. Does it get any better than a song that has hand claps, I ask you? There's a definite magic with this band, and I'm not sure where it started. Is it Alex Greenwald's amazing voice? The fact that Sam, Darren and Jacques are just plain awesome? Or maybe it's Schwartzman and his awesome drum skills that make this album what it is. I don't know, but I love what I hear everytime I hear it. And, I haven't stopped listening to it since I bought this album in May. Phantom Planet deserves all of their success and hopefully this album will launch them to something more than the band with that "Rushmore" guy in it.

2-0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY THIS CD
I hate to criticize people, but I have to be honest about this record to spare others from wasting their money. This album is terrible . Each song is more self-absorbed than the next and no song is even remotely musically or lyrically profound. I'm convinced that Phantom Planet writes their lyrics based on what they do that day, for example:
I woke up really sad/
Then I took a showa/
I hope I get through the day/
So I can have a better one tommoraaaaa... you get the idea.
But it's not only the vapid and ridiculous lyrics I have a problem with, it's also the *** of the songs. I can tolerate stupid lyrics if they are on top of some catchy melodies, but this album also lacks catchy melodies! I hate to be so harsh, but I need to be harsh for my message to break through . This band is not like Weezer or the Strokes in any way, meaning they lack musical talent and songwriting skills. So, if you are looking for something Weezeresque, look elsewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite CD
I'll dig up the review I wrote for a newspaper one of these days. In the meantime -- trust me, this is a PHENOMENAL album. ... Read more

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Rockin' the Suburbs
Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 September, 2001)
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On the evidence of Rockin' the Suburbs, Ben Folds's decision to jettison the two-piece Five that had backed him on four largely excellent albums has not resulted in any significant shift in trajectory. The Ben Folds Five were only getting better, gradually discovering the confidence not to hide their musical uniqueness (there have been too few piano-led power trios) and lyrical intelligence behind undergrad Barenaked Ladies-style gags. Songs like "Mess" and "Brick" signaled an extraordinary new songwriting talent worthy of comparison to Folds's obvious idols, Elvis Costello and Paul Simon. Only this album's title track harkens back to Folds's fondness for comedy, and it is by far the weakest track here. The rest is mournful, reflective, and, at best, quite magnificent. Folds's hymns to his family, "Still Fighting It" and "The Luckiest" are shot through with an honesty that's rare in alternative rock. The acerbic essence of character sketches such as "Carrying Cathy," "Losing Lisa," and "Zak & Sara" are leavened with a generous compassion. Folds's second solo effort is his best album yet. The remainder of his career must be anticipated with equal parts expectation and impatience. --Andrew Mueller ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ben Folds At His Best
When I first bought this album and listened to the first few tracks, I worried that "Rockin' The Suburbs" would fall into the problem that most albums tend to do...have a magnificent first half and a mediocre second. However, after having listened to the entire CD, I see that this is not the case. "Not The Same," and "Losing Lisa" are not bad tracks, and for some reason, "Carrying Cathy" reminds me of Vince Guaraldi-style piano playing. However, the hilight of the second half is "The Luckiest," perhaps the first love song I've ever known Ben Folds to write ("Magic" from Ben Folds Five's "Messner" album was penned by the drummer, Darren Jesse). It also ties up the general theme of life in the suburbs. The title track is probably the "weakest" song in the album, but it's still a fun song to listen to.

The first half of the album is not to be overlooked either; "The Ascent Of Stan" is a unique mix of classical piano playing and modern pop, the opening track, "Annie Waits" has the catchiest piano hook I've heard in a long time, "Still Fighting It" is a pick-me-up song that Ben wrote for his son and "Gone" is classic Ben Folds angst, but it sounds much more "grown-up" than any other "angry song" on his previous albums.

All in all, the album is by far the best work I've heard from him, and I'm looking forward to watching his solo career take off.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent album!
I only bought this disc recently, even though I have had it in and out of my hand since it was first released. Brick is one of my favorite songs ever, and I really enjoyed that entire album. I had read reviews on the later albums, and it sounded as if the music was getting more and more obscure. When I heard the first single off this album, Rockin' the Suburbs, I was a little confused. I wasn't sure if it was a joke, or if it was a serious change in musical direction for Ben Folds. Thankfully, it is the only track of its kind on the album.
Ben Folds is probably one of the greatest songwriters around right now, and somehow doesn't get the attention he deserves. This is probably because of his music's heavy piano sound - hopefully this will change with the re-emergence of Elton John and new comers, Five For Fighting.
This album has something for everyone. A little piano rock, and a little piano ballad mix for an excellent listen. What really drives the album are the thoughful, emtoional, humorous, intelligent lyrics. I haven't bought an album in the last few years with the kind of emotion and diverse topics that Ben provides on this album. From fatherhood on Still Fighting It to addiction on Carrying Cathy to lost relationships on Gone the album stays fresh and enjoyable.
There are some tracks (as always) that standout more than others. Still Fighting It was the reason I took a chance on the album. Other great songs are Annie Waits, Gone, Fred Jones Part 2, Carrying Cathy, The Ascent of Stan, and Fired. None of the tracks on the album deserve to be skipped though, not even the humorous Rockin' The Suburbs - where Ben sounds as if he is trying to pull a Wierd Al on the listener.
I read on some of the other reviews where some people feel as though the old band is sorely missed. I tend to disagree. The production on the album sounds great, to me. The lone exception would be Annie Waits. While he may have been going for the "80's" sound with the drum machine, it just didn't seem to fit the rest of the album. Small, small complaint though.
This album should be in everyone's collection. If you've been hesitating (as I was) don't!

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite..EVER!!
I love this CD. There are 3 songs on it that have moved me to tears more than once. Ben's lyrics are so meloncholy and I think everyone has experienced what he has written about at some point in their lives. A couple of the songs really speak to those of us who are middle aged and realize how short this life really is. His lyrics are amazing and great for a long drive in solitude with your stereo and your own personal memories. ... Read more

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