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Supermercado
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (14 April, 1998)
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The debut release from New York cult band The 2 Skinnee J's is a fun and intelligent mixture of hip-hop, rock, funk and pop culture. Altough evocative at times of other rap-rock fusion groups, the J's are an entity all their own, dishing super-heroes on "Ball-Point Man" and delivering a full-throated geek call-to-arms on "Riot Nrrd". Long-time fans will love the new and improved recordings of "The Best," "Champion" and their tribute to Brooklyn living, 718," as well as the appearance of concert standards like "Pluto" and "The Good, The Bad & The Skinnee". Lyrically, frontmen J Guevera and Special J drop more sly and often obscure references than an episode of The Simpsons. If your idea of a good time includes rhymes about Old Jedi mind tricks, Bhoutros Bhoutros Gahli, and Shazam! layered on top of loud drums and wah-wah guitars, these are the J's you're looking for. --Andrew Boscardin ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Supermercado: An Irresistable Force!!
I first caught the J's live show three years ago in Baltimore. Within seconds of them hitting the stage I was mesmerized by their superior sound and stage presence. They are trully the most entertaing and impressive act I have ever seen. Anyone who appreciates hard working artists who go all out for their fans MUST SEE THEM LIVE! Now the J's reward us with Supermercado. The revamped '718' is incredible and 'The Good,the Bad and the Skinnee' could make everyone a fan. While I miss the high energy and fun tracks like 'Irresistable Force' and 'BBQ', the J's have packed their debut album with all the hits and energy they can. After you read these reviews and purchase this album, I recommend that you check out their websites for tour dates and see them live. See them now in the small clubs before you have to pay big bucks to see 'em at the arena. Jump aboard the 2skinnee Bandwagon. Long live the sound of J!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Review To End All Reviews...
Alright, very honestly, before I bought this CD all I ever heard of the 2SJ crew, was whatever I could remember from "Riot Nrrd" which came out a few years ago. A friend of mine kept raving about them, so I decided to go out on a limb and make the purchase. Surprised was I as I listened to the addicting grooves and pure energy released by these cats. Totally unreal, it was something like I hadn't ever really heard before. Their lyrics go from smart and silly, to funny and witty, and back again. They blend humor with just the right overabundance of skillz to make an incredible album. Some of my personal favorite tracks to check out are #6 "The Whammy", #10 "Riot Nrrd", #9 "The Good, The Bad, & The Skinnee", and gosh, like everything else too! If you expect them to be like Rage, they're not. 311, is arguable (i'm not a big 311 fan myself). Beastie Boys, yeah you're getting a little closer. 2SJ are in a league of their own. But trust me when I say that this album was worth more than its weight in gold, pie, and waffles.

5-0 out of 5 stars By far the best Skinne album.
This is by far the best Skinnee album. This is the one that made me fall in love with the J's.
I feel their newer albums got away from the original Skinnee that made the crowd jump and never want to leave a live show.
This album and the way it mixes the rock and rap will stay in my CD rotation forever. ... Read more

Asin: B0000064TW


One Fierce Beer Coaster
Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (03 December, 1996)
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Like their white-trash Pennsylvania homeboys in Ween and Dead Milkmen, Bloodhound Gang are offensive, rude, stoopid, and vigorously gutter-minded, but they're better off for knowing what they are. And having admitted it, they also happen to be surprisingly clever and pretty damn funny. The group's second album, One Fierce Beer Coaster (yes, the cover is designed as a beer coaster--a nod to the band's frat-boy constituency), is full of smart lines, great hooks, and creative arranging. Not one of the record's 10 originals misses its mark.Unlike Bloodhound Gang's 1995 debut, Use Your Fingers, which was essentially a sample-heavy rap album with rock tendencies, Beer Coaster features a new backing band for more of a live rock sound, with muscle-bound funk touches and rapping (think 311 or Cake). But while the new Gang members are perhaps more in tune with current rock radio styles, Jimmy Pop remains an MC at heart--enough so, at least, to cover Run-DMC's "It's Tricky" and then duet with Vanilla Ice (on "Boom") and ape Ol' Dirty Bastard. If you doubt his mic skills, check the rapid-fire U.S. tour in "Going Nowhere Slow": Pop names 72 cities in under 30 seconds.Overshadowing both music and vocal chops, though, are the lyrics. Full of TV namedropping (Emmanuel Lewis), shopping lists (No-Doz, Rolos), and gleeful juxtapositions (Jack Kerouac and Gilbert Gottfried in the same line), Pop's rhymes are dense enough to be topical as well: various songs cover feminine hygiene, suicide as population control, acting gay as a way to meet women, and so on. The humor is a guilty pleasure for the politically incorrect. As Jimmy says, "I'm an Alka-Seltzer ... You're a sea gull"--and if you get the joke, you deserve to hear the rest of the record. --Roni Sarig ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Wow...
Alright, so I became a Bloodhound Fan after becoming addicted to "The Bad Touch". But, after hearing Horray for Boobies, I wanted to see this band's other music. Well, Use Your Fingers was a tad disappointing, but that's only because Daddy Long Legs was writing along with Jimmy Pop. "Fierce", however, is the perfect redemption. This CD is awesome, with tons of great songs you'll be singing like crazy! Fire Water Burn, Lift Your Head, Nowhere Slow, Queer, all are great songs. So, why only 4 stars? Simple; Boom. Boom is a collaboration with Rob Van Winkle, and to tell you the truth it does not fit into the scheme of the CD. Sure, the rhyming will blow you away, but it's not that captivating of a song. Other than that, everything is great, just like the band...great! Oh, and yes Your Only Friends is long, but it is really funny! Jimmy Pop is a genius, probably the best white rapper you'll come across. Now, let's hope the new DVD doesn't ruin their reputation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Catchy
Just looking at the song listing of this CD should be an indication of how good it is. First of all, the music has enough hooks to keep you interested until you learn the lyrics. Once you know what Jimmy Pop is saying though, you'll really start to see the genius that is The Bloodhound Gang. If you are offended, you really need to stop taking yourself, and your life way too seriously. The Bloodhounds don't take ANYTHING seriously, especially themselves, and thats what makes this album so good. The strange part is that Jimmy Pop actually has flow and the reason his lyrics are so amusing is because they are so clever. Anyone who has a soft spot for the ...80's will really enjoy this album a lot. I mean, how many albums can you name that mention Stryper, Crystal Pepsi (remember that horrible stuff?), Judas Priest, Hans Solo, and Emmanual Lewis in just the first 3 songs? The music is an interesting blend of hard riff-rockers and obscure samples, a mix that matches the weird subject matters perfectly. And can you go wrong with any album that has a guest appearance by Vanilla Ice? So buy this album and loosen up a bit.

5-0 out of 5 stars A heckuva comeback
No one ever made a greater comeback than the Bloodhound Gang with One Fierce Beer Coaster, a year after bombing every way imaginable with Use Your Fingers. It features an even balance of rock 'n' roll with hip-hop, especially noticeable in "Boom," which features Rob Van Winkle a.k.a. Vanilla Ice.

The songwriting has taken a dramatic turn for the better; even though the lead vocalist Jimmy Pop, who has gone solo thanks to the departure of Daddy Long Legs, retains his witty, devil-may-care attitude, he doesn't try quite as hard to cram two hundred lines into each verse, as was the case in Use Your Fingers. But he's still a darn good rapper for a white guy: check out verse 2 on "Goin' Nowhere Slow."

Surprising is the cover of Run D.M.C.'s hit song, "It's Tricky," which works surprisingly well with the band's new heavy metal edge. Other metallic moments include the opening guitar hook on "Kiss Me Where It Smells Funny" and the upbeat riffs of "Goin' Nowhere Slow." The last track, "Reflections of Remoh," which is thankfully the only "non-song" on the album, features Jimmy Pop doing a fairly good impression of Homer Simpson. ... Read more

Asin: B000000OWJ


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Grassroots
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 July, 1994)
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Starting where Holland's Urban Dance Squad left off--thrash rock coupled with hip-hop beats, rapping, and Jamaican-style toasting--311 found their own voice on 1994's Grassroots. Here they prove to be an estimable groove machine on cuts such as "Applied Science" and "Omaha Stylee," blending turntable moves and ska rhythms like a kinder, gentler Fishbone. Avowed stoners, they dip into noodly Grateful Dead territory on the jammy "Taiyed," touch on Meters-style funk in the sleek "Grassroots," and echo the Bad Brains on the rasta-metal mosh "Salsa." Their dub-rock lexicon is spoken by the likes of Sublime, Limp Bizkit, and Sugar Ray--players in a rock genre of which Grassroots is a modern classic. --James Rotondi ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Underated and Misunderstood Musical Geniuses
Despite the financial limitations placed on the production sharpness, Grassroots is 311's most ecletic and in my opionion the best album the band has ever done. Here 311 has mastered and perfected their quick yet smooth rapping. Songs like "Silver" and "Salsa" showcase Nick Hexum and SA Martinez's slickest and quickest lyrical rampages. However, the album has plenty upbeat and trippy melodies as well in songs like "Homebrew", and "Omaha Stylee". The songs are lyrically powerfull, touching on the importance of optimism, self-respect, and making the most of life. While this may seem like silly feel-good bubblegum content, 311 is able to deliver their neo-hippy idealism through a sonic storm of hip-hop, rock, reggae, latin beats, and revolutionary rhythm. No other band out there has the fast and dynamic rhythm that 311 has. Tim Mahoney's guitar work on this album is more free and jamming than on any other 311 album. If you like intelligent and positive songs that rock hard and get you groovin, 311's Grassroots is the cd for you. Even though this cd came out 1994, it still holds up with 311's newer stuff and with the rest of today's music. This album and 311 in general are often forgotten as being the best and most creative representation of hybrid music.

5-0 out of 5 stars 311 has grassroots
This is in my opinion the best album to start with if you're new to 311. So if you're reading reviews trying to decide if you should buy this CD then YES, BUY IT! 311 is my favorite music artist. I could listen to only 311 and be perfectly content. Here is an attempt at describing the songs on this fantastic album:
(1) Homebrew - This song has a great intro riff and has a section with Nick rapping at his best, then a chorus, then SA rapping at his best, and then another chorus. I've seen them play this song live several times and it is amazing live.
(2) Lucky - This song rocks really hard and was written by Chad (drummer). Great guitaring by Tim too.
(3) Nutsymptom - This song comes in hard and fierce with rapping by SA and then Nick, and then P-Nut plays a funky slap bass line and Chad does who-knows-what on the drums while Tim plays a beautiful solo. One of the best 311 songs ever.
(4) 8:16 AM - A nice jazzy chill song.
(5) Omaha Stylee - This song rocks really hard, a definite headbanger and a great song to see live. Great instrument playing by all.
(6) Applied Science - Another standard of their live show, they always expand the drum solo live and bring out more drums so that the whole band is doing these crazy beats that make you want to jump and thrash around.
(7) Taiyed - The only song other than several on Transistor in which SA sings the whole song. Nick plays second guitar while Tim plays the guitar solo parts.
(8) Silver - Another song that rocks hard with great creative guitar riffs and rapping by Nick and SA. The opening verse by Nick may be his best rapping in any song and has a great anti-racism message.
(9) Grassroots - A fun song with wise lyrics 'the roots underground are as big as the tree, can't you see, if not it will fall down'.
(10) Salsa - This album is the most difficult of their albums for me to choose a favorite song, but Salsa may be it. More awesome creative guitar riffs and great rapping by Nick and SA. I love how the guitar riff sounds like it is rising and then falls like a monster opening its mouth and chomping down.
(11) Lose - A nice slow jazzy/bluesy song unlike any others 311 has done. I really like this song, especially the guitar soloing by Tim.
(12) Six - The beginning of this song sounds like it is creeping up on you. This song has a great chorus sung by Nick, and great creative instrumentation in the middle of the song. Yet another fantastic song.
(13) Offbeat Bare Ass - Another contender for favorite song on the album, this song has verses by Nick and SA that are totally unrelated in their content. SA's lyrics are funny about gross pranks, and Nick sings more wisdom such as 'Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law until you violate the right of another, respect the space of your sister and your brother, the war on drugs may be well intentioned but it falls f***ing flat when you stop to mention an overcrowded prison where a rapist get parolled, to make room for a dude who was sold a pound of weed, to me that's a crime, here's to good people doing time'.
(14) 1,2,3 - The closer to this album is a nice chill song with interesting guitar effects. This is the only song on this album I didn't like right away but it has grown on me and now I really like it.
Grassroots is one of my favorite CDs ever but I must admit that my favorite 311 CDs are Transistor and Evolver. I love all of their albums though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Lord, Yes...
Listening to GRASSROOTS today, I'm still overwhelmed by the variety of styles on this record. When it came out in 1994, it sounded like nothing else on the pop music radar. Here was a hard rock band that was equally comfortable playing reggae, latin-tinged ballads, "jam band" rock, rap and even a little jazz. Unlike many other versatile groups of the time (Phish, Dave Matthews) 311 rocked harder and very often melded these various styles into one seamless track. It's this type of musical alchemy that propelled 311 to their status as one of the top live bands in the U.S., while at the same time confusing lame critics (Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly) who were incapable of accepting a sound so utterly original.

The laugh is squarely on the critics now. 311 have been together for almost 15 years now, and they're as big as they've ever been. Yet GRASSROOTS remains their masterpiece; 45 minutes of essential 311 music.

01. Homebrew 10/10 - The perfect opening salvo with a killer Led Zep guitar riff and lyrics inspired by an acid trip.

02. Lucky 7/10 - Weakest track on the CD. Still salvaged by its percussive groove and funny lyrics.

03. Nutsymtom 9/10 - Heavy intro groove, breaks into a Santana-like jam for the second half with a killer Tim Mahoney guitar solo.

04. 8:16 am 9/10 - Very pretty mellow rocker. Exactly the type of song you wouldn't expect from this sort of band and a great example of their genre-smashing greatness.

05. Omaha Stylee 9/10 - Awesome rap-flavored track is a shoutout to their home town.

06. Applied Science 8/10 - Nice groove, killer Chad Sexton drum solo.

07. Taiyed 8/10 - Another good change-of-pace track. SA handles all the lyrics himself while Nick Hexum sits in on second guitar. Another wicked Tim Mahoney solo (the CD in general is totally loaded with his genius lead guitar work.)

08. Silver 8/10 - One of the heaviest cuts on the disc. Yet another killer groove and more astute lyrics from Hexum.

09. Grassroots 9.5/10 - Title track does a fantastic job of combining 311's many styles into a whole greater than the some of its parts. Total 311 synergy.

10. Salsa 8/10 - Another propulsive headbanger with some great lyrics from SA; "the girl who gave you her sex I heard was homeless..." Priceless!

11. Lose 9/10 - Out of nowhere, a great Caribbean flavored jazz ballad with Hexum coming across like a male Billie Holiday. Guarenteed to impress even the biggest 311 hata.

12. Six 9/10 - Sinewy riff establishes a menacing groove that relents on the ska-infected chorus. The ending on this one is incredible.

13. Offbeat Bare-Ass 9.5/10 - This album is loaded with bad-ass guitar riffs, but this one may take the cake. Lyrics here about being horrassed by the cops for having a Dead sticker on your tour bus are insightful and have a keen sensitivity beyond the grasp of most "alternative rockers".

14. 1-2-3 10/10 - This beautiful slow jam seals the deal for GRASSROOTS as the best 311 album of all time.

Overall, this is an album that-- despite limited commercial success upon its release-- has grown in reputation to be one of the bona-fide classics of the genre. Highly recommended to all fans of great rock music. ... Read more

Asin: B000003CL7


Rage Against the Machine
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 November, 1992)
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Not since the days of the Clash and the MC5 has rock seen such political force as in the uncompromising debut from this L.A. quartet. Expanding the hip-hop/metal style of bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage tap the spirits of vintage Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, coupled with hardcore punk intensity and Public Enemy-style grooves. "Bombtrack" opens the LP with a shot of adrenaline and singer Zack de la Rocha's infuriated chorus of "Burn, burn, yes, you're gonna burn!" The intensity doesn't let up an inch on the militant "Killing in the Name" (with the inspiring chant, "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!"), the ultrafunky "Bullet in the Head," and the engrossing "Fistful of Steel." Tom Morello combines time-honored metal guitar riffs with sounds that suggest a hip-hop scratcher over a rhythm section that simply takes no prisoners. Intelligent and aggressive, this is unimpeachably one of the best hard-rock records ever made. --James Rotondi ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars finally, real rap/metal
I have to say, listening to Linkin Park, P.O.D, etc, RATM is by far the best rap/metal band out there. Alot of rap/metal bands just talk about sex drugs and stuff cough*, cough*, Limp Bizket, cough*. But Rage is differnt they talk about right and wrong. Zack De la Rocha is one of the most respected people out there for his political opinions on our US Government, his lyrics are expreesed in various amounts of anger in hardcore rap. Tom morello, 1 word, AMAZING, his guitar playing is crazy. And would you believe that most of these cool sounds are made by guitar, thats awesome. Timmy C with the bass, very good, the bass blends perfect with the guitar. And Brad wilk, another jaw dropper, his drumming is also amzing, when you listen to all the tracks, the drum pattern is perfect. There Self titled debut is filled with lots of great rap, guitar solos, and plenty of screaming.

1)Bombtrack (4:05) - great opener to the album, also a nice intro too. 8/10
2)Killing in the Name (5:14) - After listening to this track I was amazed, great song to listen to when you're pissed off, my third fav. track. 10/10
3)Take the Power Back (5:37) - a very political song with some great lyrics. 8/10
4)Settle for Nothing (4:48) - not my favorite but still good. Has a cool guitar solo. 7/10
5)Bullet in the Head (5:09)- cool guitar, another great track one of my favorite. 8/10
6)Know Your Enemy (4:55)- cool lyrics, and great guitar riffs. 9/10
7)Wake Up (6:04)- first heard it in the matrix, another great guitar, best lyrics. 10/10
8)Fistful of Steel (5:31)- meh, ok. 6/10
9)Township Rebellion (5:24)- meh, ok. 6/10
10)Freedom (6:05) - An excellent way to finish the album, my favorite track. 12/10

In all, out of all the best RATM albums pick this up first then move up to there other ones, Evil Empire, Battle of L.A, Renegades, and Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium.

4-0 out of 5 stars rage is the bomb!
Rage Against the Machine has bombastic, fiercly political music that goes against our society. The high energy lyrics of Zach de LaRocha preach his sincere feelings toward conforming by the govrnment and our schools. Backed with technically impressive guitar riffs by Tom Morello & Timmy C., aggressive rhythm from Brad Wilk, this frontman raps a multi-cultural alternative to what you learn in school and see on TV. Rage introduced a new genre to the music scene with thier first record that is a combonation of rock, rap and thrash, The style of this album is very loud with Zach often yelling to get his point across. These are sometimes violent and also adress serious issues like suicide and being your own person. This and all Rage albums are made to express the views of the band members and to inform the audince about what the government is doing in our society. All of the songs on this album have a rich tapestry of lyrics that express their views and tell what's happening to our society. This album as a whole is excaellent. If you like direct lyrics, pounding rhythm and unique bass lines; this one's a must. Zach has a lot of anger that he uses to slam our government thruogh his music.

5-0 out of 5 stars "When ignorance reigns, life is lost..."
I first got into Rage Against The Machine in 7th grade, when I was into crap like Limp Bizkit and purchased Evil Empire because people said I would like it if I liked Limp Bizkit. In retrospect, that comparison is a big insult to Rage. That's like comparing "Goodfellas" to "You Got Served".

Anyway, I really liked (and still like) Evil Empire (especially "Vietnow"). However, I didn't get this album until this past January. Before then, I had a few of the songs on mixes, but that's it. I listened to samples in the store and really liked what I heard, so I purchased it. Forget Wimp Bizkit; this is rock-rap done RIGHT!

First of all, the musicians here; Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk (now of Audioslave); are all very talented. Check out the slap bass, the riffs, the drumming. Add Zack De La Rocha's politically-charged rhymes over top of them, and you get what might be the only band in history influenced by both Led Zeppelin and Public Enemy, which may sound like mixing pizza and ice cream but comes out sounding damn good. Most of the songs on here are favorites.

The angry, anti-authority/government diatribes are what made this album a classic twelve years ago. Before 1992, there weren't too many albums with "[...] you, I won't do what you tell me!" as a lyric. And I think "When ignorance reigns, life is lost" is very relatable to the Iraq war going on today.

Overall, if you want a REAL rap-rock record, check this one out first, then get the others.(...) ... Read more

Asin: B0000028RR


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White Pony [Added Track]
Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (03 October, 2000)
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The aggro-rock movement spearheaded by the 'Tones, Korn, Sevendust, System of a Down, and Rage Against the Machine, among others, has been taking on new influences with each new release by the major players. White Pony may be the biggest leap yet for the genre, as Chino Moreno, Chi Cheng, Abe Cunningham, Stephen Carpenter, and DJ Frank Delgado maintain the fierceness that's earned them a rabid following. This time out, however, their patented brand of hip-hop metal is adorned with ambient and alt-rock touches. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Deftones at their peak
"Around the Fur" may be the Deftones' best album, but "White Pony" comes pretty close to that category. Unlike the previously mentioned album and their debut "Adrenaline", "White Pony" finds the band getting more melodic with their sound while still maintaining a heavy edge. Less rap/rock sounding than their previous releases and with slicker sounding production, "White Pony" is a treat for the ears. Standout tracks include "Digital Bath", the Grammy winning "Elite", "Rx Queen", "Korea", "Teenager", "Pink Maggit", and the album's big highlight "Passenger" which features Deftones voice Chino Moreno singing with Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan. That song is worth the price of admission alone, and is incredibly haunting. This is the re-released version of "White Pony" which includes an extra track entitled "Back to School (Mini Maggit)" which is pretty much the same as "Pink Maggit" albeit a bit more rap/rock flavored and fast paced. All in all, consider this essential listening, even if your not a hardcore Deftones fan.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good. . .But
This album is not at all a dissapointment, but it definitely isn't as good as the Deftones second release Around The Fir. But then again how could it be, I still haven't heard anything that amazing all the way through. Here are some small thoughts and ratings I had on each track.

back to school- third most aggressive on CD, very appropriate single release, gets me real pumped up. 10/10

feiticeira- could listen to this all day, love the guitar riffs, my personal favorite track. 10/10

digital bath- a little slow but has amazing chorus, Chino Moreno is really amazing here, once again proving he can sing or scream. 9/10

elite- heaviest track, Chino screams bloody murder through out, liked the song but not the message in the lyrics. 8/10

rx queen- this song sounded too mixed for me, too many different beats and percussions, but still alright, strange lyrics. 7/10

steet carp- more great riffs, just a great heavy song, shortest on album. 9.5/10

teenager- slow and light, not exactly the deftones strongest points, good, relatable lyrics about high school love, though. 4/10

knife prty- very different from anything else on the album, features interesting screaming female vocals in the background. 8/10

korea- 2nd heaviest track, really gets tthe blood flowing, great transition in middle. 9/10

passenger- this song features the amazing vocals of Maynard James Keenan (tool, A Perfect Circle), him and Chino going back and forth sounds awesome, my second favorite track. 10/10

change- good, but a little too slow, should not have released this as a single. 7/10

pink maggit- not a good closer, my least favorite song, takes way too long to get going, when it does, it's good but almost EXACTLY the same thing as back to school, then it slows down for a long time at the end. 3/10

If you've just started listening to the Deftones, do yourself a favor and get around the fir as well as this, trust me you'll thank me when you hear it. And if your a long time Deftones fan, I'm sure you already have this and probably agree that it's good but not their best.

5-0 out of 5 stars The new millenium's best rock record!
With the Deftone's third album, White Pony, they set themselves apart from the posers, packaging their usual hammer heavy hardness with a newly attained level of dense, haunting, and textured rock and roll that can only be safely classified as "moody art rock."

The moods swing from the demonic rage of "Elite" or "Korea," where front man Chino Moreno spends most of his time screeching in his now familiar roar, to flashes of Cure-style goth on "Digital Bath" and "Passenger," (which features guest vocals from Maynard James Keenan of Tool). There's even a ballad. The soft and thoughtful "Teenager" sounds like a lament of the carefree days of youth.

Standout tracks include "Change (In the House of Flies)," "Passenger," and "Digital Bath," a song that, at it's core, refers to murder, but sounds almost sweet on the surface. This ambiguisness runs through the record on other tracks like "Knife Party" and "RX Queen."

The new sound is softer than Adrenaline and Around The Fur, but provides the same emotion and intensity without missing a beat. The lovelorn heart of Moreno beats as that of a poet and on White Pony you will feel his sorrow in a swoon of multidirectional harmony and pain.

The record is as complex in its message as it is musically layered. The Deftones have always scated the line between hard and heavy rock and roll and moody art rock. White Pony is the perfect product, a haunting and textured rock record that announces The Deftones as one of the most intelligent, playful, and critically acclaimed bands in the biz. ... Read more

Asin: B00004Z400


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Paul's Boutique
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 July, 1989)
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After the out-of-nowhere success of Licensed to Ill, the Beasties had to prove they were more than one-album wonders, and they hit it out of the park with this follow-up. The Boys' lyrics are a hysterical deluge of cultural allusion (Ponce De Leon, Sadaharu Oh, and Love Connection's Chuck Woolery all get name-dropped), compressed wordplay, and adenoidal snottiness, but the real stars are the Dust Brothers, whose production is a hip-hop landmark. Their music tracks sound like the history of rock and funk radio boiled down to a pure concentrate--monster jams built out of thousands of unexpected samples (Johnny Cash! The Sweet!). It's a killer party album, kinetic and dense, and it never slows down. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute masterpiece
Every time I listen to this album (and that would be almost every day) I can't help but be awed by one simple thought: by all conventional rules of music, this album is not supposed to work. How many of you could add rhymes like "Tom Thumb/Tom Cushman/or Tom Foolery/date women on TV with the help of Chuck Woolery" over samples of the Commodores AND a cowbell? Can you drop Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff" into a rockabilly groove about a homeless guy? I didn't think so, and it's a testament to the talent of the Beastie Boys and the Dust Brothers that this album not works so well, but that it works at all.

Lyrically, this is probably the most inventive album I've ever heard, as the Beasties will rap about ANYTHING. Pop-culture references include "The Brady Bunch", "The Flintstones", Donald Trump, Humpty Dumpty, Houdini, Ben Franklin, Ponce De Leon, Jack Kerouac, Vincent Van Gogh, Rapunzel, and "Amazing Grace", among others. They're simply hilarious. However, the real highlight of the album is the music, which is unbelievably rich and creative. "Paul's Boutique" contains a mind-numbing **400+** samples, including: Johnny Cash, the Ramones, the Beatles, Isaac Hayes, the Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Chic, Public Enemy, Curtis Mayfield, Bob Marley, the theme from "Psycho", Sly Stone, Alice Cooper, James Brown, and so many more. The samples are layered and used so creatively that they're never simply theft; instead, they create something new out of something old.

"Paul's Boutique" is not just one of the best rap albums of all time, or one of the best "alternative" albums of all time, or one of the best dance albums of all time. It is one of the best albums ever, period. If you don't own it, it needs to be the next CD you buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Beastie Boys Cd - BY FAR
More serious than their joke debut album, yet not as serious as Check Ur Head and Ill Communication. Paul's Botique is the greatest Beastie cd that combines both revolutionary samples and ill rhymes. Also, in my opinion is the ultimate party album from To All the Girls to the and of B-Boy B. Heres wat i think of each song.

1)To all the Girls- classic intro, cant picture album w/o it
2)Shake Your Rump- funny @$$ song, "well im mike d and im back from the dead"- lol wat else can i say (had a pretty funny video)-- a must listen
3)Johny Ryall- song about NYC "hasbeen" bum - not my favorite
4)EGGman- samples Curits M.-Superfly and rocks!- beasties take it to another level-- easily one of the best on the cd
5)High Plains Drifter- least revolutionary sounding sound on album- sounds like its from Licensed to Ill
6)THE SOUNDs of SCIENCE- AWEsome! starts off with slow rhyming and climaxes with the sampling of the beatles "the end"-- "ROPE A DOPE"
7)3-minute Rule- only song with ping pongz lol- MCA's "freestyle" is illmatic!!
8)Hey Ladies- only song off album to hit the Top 40- my least fav tho. gets annoying
9)5-piece chicken dinner- just a whacky musical interlude
10)Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun- sounds like songs from future albums(Check Ur Head)- personally i like the whole rap/rock thing
11)Car thief- Kool if not awesome intro- kinda funny but gets boring during verses
12)what comes around- funny funny funny -- "got more lewie than phillip risuto"--- nice beat 2
13)SHADRACh- BEST SONG (except possibly #15)- great samples and chourous-- ¡¡¡the verses are hillariousy funny !!!---"Dirty minds with dirty thoughts.. we salute u" ... "better than mad's alfred e nueman"
14)Ask For Janice- kool to here the dude from the actaul paul's botique
15)B-Boy Bouillabaisse!!- Classic mix of beats and rhymes to fuses for the best outro of any any any cd/album--- "Took her to the place, threw the mattress in her face.".... "Hot cup of coffee and the donuts are Dunkin
Friday night and Jamaica Queens funkin
Elevated platform I'm never gonna conform
Riding over the diner where I always get my toast warm
Bust into the conductor's booth with busted out rhymes
Over the loud speaker about the hard times...."

More cds should be like this one-- just my opinion

5-0 out of 5 stars the album that kicked off the 70s revival
I first heard Paul's Boutique in 1988 after coming back from London. There, a 1970s fashion craze was sharing the stage with acid house, acid jazz, etc. The Beastie Boys were the first to put something out like this in the states.

I love the city street scene on the cover, the dirty sound that smacks of vinyl records and 8 track tapes. Each track is dense with references to pop culture and samples and snippets from everywhere, I don't know how much of the sound is Beastie Boys and how much the Dust Brothers, but it all comes together.

The snot nosed kid sound of Licensed to Ill is still here, looking for a piece of ass and a window to break. Hey Ladies is a fine example of the good natured fun, slightly malicious and politically incorrect. Likewise with Car Thief, but there is a kind of warped record sound that makes it all sound a bit ominous. In the lyrics, there are stirrings of deeper things to come such as A Year and a Day which are gonna lead into the Buddhist chanting and philosophizing in Check Your Head. Most of all it is funny as hell and has an excellent groove from start to finish.

If you buy one Beastie Boys CD this is the one. ... Read more

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Make Yourself
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 October, 1999)
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Young, aggro, and from Los Angeles--it's tempting to put Incubus in the already crowded category populated by Korn, System of a Down, and their other loud and heavy brethren. But that would sell Incubus short, because Make Yourself, the quintet's sophomore album, is a strong progression beyond their 1997 debut, S.C.I.E.N.C.E.. More like Faith No More than Limp Bizkit, Incubus still have that teen-mosh appeal, though the songwriting and instrumentation on Make Yourself is diverse and thoughtful, both lyrically and musically. "Drive" is an easygoing, slightly trippy acoustic-based outing, while oddball scratching (courtesy of DJ Chris Kilmore) and trip-hop funkiness make "Battlestar Scralatchtica" aptly titled. "Nowhere Fast" is vaguely 311-ish with a reggae tinge and lovely melodic interludes, in contrast to the furious intensity of "Out from Under," which gives Make Yourself a surprisingly cohesive diversity that's hard to categorize. Ultimately, singer Brandon Boyd is not a vocal genius, but lyrically and in performance, he's sensitive, charismatic, and unique. Ditto for the 13 cuts that make up Make Yourself. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars c'mon ppl
oh please yalls- I loved SCIENCE and my favorite band is tool- but just because incubus add sum more melodies and slow down a bit doesnt make them automatic sellouts- its refreshing coz im getting sick of the monotonous heavy 3 chord bands like limp bizkit and such. yu have to listen to this album with an open mind- i think the vocals and lyrics are really well done- ok ya- i miss you is a bit cheesy but it has a good sound- -this is one of those CDs you can listen to all the way through without skipping over stuff- i love all the songs- battlestar is an awesome d&b track that rocks- i love incubus for their unique sound and all the diversity they incorporate in their music- this cd will appeal to incubus fans and attract newer listeners as well- give them a break people- just because theyre trying new stuff doesnt make them sellouts- and if they get some radio play outta this- good for them

4-0 out of 5 stars (4 1/2 Stars) Talk About Your Quantum Leaps...
...Man, where did this come from?!?! The aggro-funk-nu metal of the band's previous efforts barely merit one star between them. S.C.I.E.N.C.E is so bad that I can't believe their record company allowed it to be released.

Why is Make Yourself such a quantum leap over the prior efforts? Well, for one, the boys decided to write actual songs, instilling them with previously lacking components like verses and choruses, harmony and melody. For another, Incubus dramatically, and I mean dramatically, alters their sound into a potent brew of a vaguely alternative, atmospheric, yet piercing rock.

Privilege a hard driving, straight ahead track, effectively announces the arrival of the New Incubus. Nowhere Fast and Consequence keep the momentum going. The pace relents on The Warmth, but the tune is a welcome step back, an introspective piece of work that recalls the late, great Veldt. Stellar is a hypnotic, grooving track that lives up to its name. The title track takes a little time to appease the ear, but it emerges as one of the album's best efforts. Elsewhere, the massive hit Drive, another change of pace track, is well placed on the album, if a bit overplayed on radio and TV. I Miss You, not quite a ballad, but definitely a love song, conveys a wonderful emotion the band seemed entirely incapable of producing before this release. Out From Under closes the album with a potent wallop, providing an emphatic exclamation point on the emergence of the New Model Incubus.

Undoubtedly, Make Yourself immensely benefits from the production hand of alt-rock producer extraordinaire Scott Litt. He is a tremendous step up from Jim Wirt, who is certainly among the worst producers in rock today. Litt cleans up the sound without sanitizing it. And most certainly he inspired and implored the band the come up with some decent tunes before he set foot in the recording studio.

All in all, a wondrous effort. If Incubus can continue the dramatic development witnessed on Make Yourself, they will be a cinch as one of the best mainstream rock groups currently in the game.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's no S.C.I.E.N.C.E
My first taste of Incubus was Morning View. Even though I was not an Incubus fan at the time of listening I didn't think it was anything special. My interest in this band was reignited after a friend lent me S.C.I.E.N.C.E. That album simply blew me away with the way it used turntables and I became an instant fan. Then I bought Make Yourself. I was expecting music in the same vien of S.C.I.E.N.C.E but was slightly disapointed. The turntabling that made S.C.I.E.N.C.E. so great has been toned down in this album and in my opinion it is worse off because of it. Without the turntables I think this album sounds a bit blander and more mainstream. Don't get me wrong, this is still an awesome album, but could have been a lot better if DJ Lyfe had stayed on, or at least given some lessons to DJ Kilmore. But it still gets four stars because it is a very good album. ... Read more

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Playmate of the Year
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 August, 2000)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Stands out in a Crowd
While I do have reservations about giving out 5's, after listening to Playmate of the Year six times in a row and loving every time it went back to "I am", I realized Zebrahead has something special going on here. I'd give it a 4.5. A fan since Waste of Mind rocked my world, not only does ZH put on an amazing live show (especially when they steal the show from a headlining act like they did in DC) and put that into their studio work, but have a great deal of musical talent in a variety of diverse ways: from the hiphop-cum-pop-punk feel of Ali and Justin's dual vocals to the powerful and playful beats to the raging rhythm chords and surf-punk lead guitar riffs, Zebrahead is the most unique and exciting band out there (can we even put them in a genre?), and they mix it up on every song on P.O.T.Y. From the driving and danceable songs bookending the album to the soulful and powerfully socially-conscious "What's goin' on?" to the latin-inspired "Livin Libido Loco" Zebrahead has a formula for playing great songs and having fun that translates to a veritable musical journey. While P.O.T.Y. does betray a bit of the hi-fi polish that comes with big-label production, ZH maintains the passion and drive of their shows. With the thousands of generic pop-punk-emo, boy-band, and alt-rock songs out there in the post Third Wave era, ZH's second major US LP is an upbeat gem, shying away from the trend of complaining and being sad all the time. Hey,I'm now listening to it for the eighth time straight, so there you go! Hook up this album and you won't have to buy another CD for a while. Even though I only give 5's to albums like Bob's "Legend", Zepp's "4", or "Survival of the Fattest", "Playmate of the Year" is pretty close.

5-0 out of 5 stars You can't live without this CD...
This, by far, is my fave CD. If you've ever wanted to listen to something that nobody else is, check out Zebrahead. They aren't THAT well known, but they should be. Because, I have to say they are much more impressive than some of the other music that's deamed 'popular'. The CD fuses a few different types, but mainly keeps to the pop-punk theme. If you're a fan of pop-punk, you'd love this CD. This is a CD that you'll say, "That's pretty cool." If you aren't ready for a new experience of listening... Don't buy this CD. You are defintly in for an adventure the first time. I was! The CD has a combonation of very good songs, like 'I Am, Playmate of The Year, (This if my fave) Now or Never' and alot more! This CD is one that you may never put down. That is, until you get thier follow up album, MFZB, which is just as good, if better, than this one. This is one of the best albums I've ever bought, and alot of people feel the same about Zebrahead!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD
This CD starts out awesome. "I am"....an awesome catchy song. "Playmate of the Year"...a catchy song that is awesome. "Now or Never"....has to be my second favorite...nice track to put at this part of the CD. "Wasted"...nice lyrics. "I'm money"....i love this song...it's so awesome. "Go"...not my favorite...and the beginning of the song isn't that great, but it gets better around the chorus. "What's goin' on?"....my favorite song on this CD...the lyrics are awesome and for a slower song it's pretty rad. "Subtract You"....fits well where placed on this CD....awesome song and lyrics. "Hell that is my life"....i like the lyrics and the guitar in this song...and it's very catchy. "E Generation"....weird...way different from the rest of the stuff on this CD...but still awesome..and the lyrics are nice. "Livin Libido Loco"...they could have left this song off the CD...this song is what makes me rate it a 4 instead of a 5. "In My Room"...awesome lyrics...chorus is awesome....perfect song for ending the CD. ... Read more

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Dos Dedos Mis Amigos
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 December, 1995)
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5-0 out of 5 stars PWEI BUENO
AMAZING CD... MORE PEOPLE SHOULD CHECK THIS BAND OUT... CLINT IS A TRUE MUSICAL VISUALIST MESHING SEVERAL SOUNDS STYLES TEMPOS TEXTURES ...DEEP BASSLINES WITH TRIBAL BEATS AND BACK UP VOCALS SUPER HOOK DRIVEN WELL THOUGHT OUT SONG ARANGEMENTS...AND PLENTY OF BALLS AND BLACK LIGHT PAINT...FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAM DAMILY....DOS DEDOS MIS AMIGOS EVERYTHINGS COOL!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars only two tracks
are worth the time: the opening track and 'everything's cool.' hard to believe that this is one of the guys who went on to do the PI soundtrack but we all have to start somewhere. the flaw foreshadows the greatness: attempting to intergrate too much too quickly, it hints at what would later be brought to the soundtrack

5-0 out of 5 stars this album kicks
want a totally different sound? this is it, a new crossbreed of rock & pop, I love it ... Read more

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Attack of the Killer B's
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 June, 1991)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential collection of high-quality rarities
Anthrax with Joe Belladonna were a thrash band that managed to mix the funny with the serious perfectly. This record is compilation of rare B-sides from singles, EPs and other releases of that type. It may serve as a perfect introduction to Anthrax, because it has everything that band was famous for.

You have documented live performances in "Keep it in the Family" and "Belly of the Beast", tat show Anthrax at theur heaviest.
You have innovative unique Anthrax rap-metal blends in "I'm a Man" (released back in 1987) and the Public Enemy song "Bring the Noise", that's performed together with PE members.
You have tribute to their side-project S.O.D. in "Milk" (the song that started the blast-beat) and "Chromatic Death".
You have excellent covers of earlier punk-bands songs "Protest and Survive" and "Sects"
And finally, you have Anthrax's own hillarious tracks-for-fun in "Startin' up a Posse" and "Dallabnikufesin".

All in all, this records proves to be a great listen, and very varied, too. It steps far beyond your typical thrash-metal style. I won't even mention this line-up's highest proficiency with their instruments, it's a well-known fact. This CD will appeal to anyone with even just a mild interest in thrash or classic metal, and is a good purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars this was their last good album
anthrax's last good album with one of my favorite covers milk by s.o.d i think joey equaled if not sounded better than billy milano on it i am a very big m.o.d/s.o.d fan but this cover was a masterpeice. get this it was their last good album get from fistfull of metal (with neil turbin on it) to this album after this they sucked a reviewer said this was their last effort before they matured, my butt thrax ruled and was real metal after this it was like industrial poser crap john bush belongs in armored saint protest for danny and joey to come back
p.s God Bless death to false metal

4-0 out of 5 stars May The Attack Be Brutal!
Here is a collection of hard-to-find covers, new tracks and live stompers to brighten the black heart of any Joey Belladonna era Anthrax fan. Unfortunately, problems with Belladonna and with their record company came to a head during the promotion for this release. Tragically, Belladonna was fired, and Anthrax departed Island Records. Thus ended a classic era for speed metal. However, ATTACK gives us a clear picture of Anthrax's strengths and weaknesses; where they had been and their future directions.

MILK (ODE TO BILLY) - We begin proceedings with a cover song of Scott Ian and Charlie Benante's side project, S.O.D. A head banging ode to breakfast time, this tune turned me on to S.O.D, and I've being afflicted ever since. LOL! Joey Belladonna does a stellar job on vocals . . . but doesn't he always?!

BRING THE NOISE - The groundbreaking team up of Anthrax and Public Enemy on an updated PE classic. It also sewed the seeds of discontent in the mind of lead singer Joey Belladonna and caused him to be ousted not long after this album's release.

KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY (LIVE) - Live headcruncher from the 'Persistence Of Time' tour in Birmingham, England.It shows that Anthrax was getting more into the serious subjects than before. Something that would increase with the substitution of Belladonna with ex- Armoured Saint frontman John Bush.

STARTIN' UP A POSSE - A comment of Tipper Gore and the whole censorship debacle. The 'Wild West' theme is sprinkled throughout the track, with the 'Bonanza' theme thrown in for good measure. With Scott Ian on lead vocals, never has Anthrax been so cutting. "And this ain't sexist, neither!" This is pure, in -your-face stuff.

PROTEST AND SURVIVE - Stomping cover version of a track by Discharge.

CHROMATIC DEATH - Another S.O.D. ode, guaranteed to cause permanent whiplash. Short, sharp and brutal.

I'M THE MAN '91 - An updating of their innovative rap metal hybrid song, 'I'm The Man'. Spends the first part of the track telling us how innovative they were in the first place and putting down other rap/metal contenders. Not as good the second time round . . .I get my kicks with the original.

PARASITE - Energetic reading of early Kiss/Ace Frehley effort. Anthrax and Kiss were always intertwined having toured together, and Anthrax also covering two 'early period' Kiss tunes, 'Love Her All I Can' and 'She'.

PIPELINE - Can you bang your head and surf the finest waves at the same time? Anthrax sure as hell tried, with this instrumental surf classic.

SECTS - A cover of the band Trust, who also inspired Anthrax to cover their ANTI-SOCIAL for their 'State Of Euphoria' album.

BELLY OF THE BEAST (LIVE) - Pitch black and menacing killer song from the 'Persistence Of Time' tour, recorded in Birmingham, England.

N.F.B (DALLABNIKUFESIN) - A hilarious kick to the head for all those faux-metal bands who persisted in dishing up 'power ballads'. The scary thing is that Joey's voice suits that style to a tee. Wait for the track's payoff, it 'kills' me every time
(sorry about that!).Oh, and for those 'not in the know', read the title backwards!Got that? ... Read more

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