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    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 May, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Return to the Guitar
    Starflyer fans know what this band is about and know what this album is about.For those of you stumbling upon this album from some sort of Amazon recommendation, this is the bands return to a more rock-oriented sound.Almost every song is saturated w/ throbbing guitar strums or pronounced harmonic picks that form the skeletons of the songs and pull you into the constant head-nobbing groove of this album (this is noteworthy because their previous 3 or 4 albums were more experimental, retro-esque, and probably not even considered "rock").

    What separates Starflyer from the average annoying rock band out there, is A.) Starflyer has talent, B.) they come up w/ some strong melody lines for their guitars, strings, electronic what not, and they lay them on top of the throbbing guitars C.) Jason Martin has a unique voice that is both strong and soft and D.) they do this without bursting your eardrums.Their early albums played a lot w/ noise and distortion, in this the volume is turned down a notch.Underneath, The Lights On, The Kissing Song, Unbelievers, First Heart Attack are all strong songs, and that's half the album.

    If there's one weakness of the album, is that in Underneath and Major Awards, there's this stinky backing vocals that comes out of nowhere halfway through the song, sounds like RuPaul bursting through one of those paper gates that cheerleaders hold up at pep rallies for the football team..."JUST WHEN YOU RE-UH-LIIIIZZZE", out of place and disturbing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Different
    this is SO different from ANY record martin has done in the past. This is a band that continues to reinvent themselves and bleed pure brilliance each time into the next record. It will be one you revolve many times in your cd player , it NEVER gets old listening to this record, no pun intended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the older the better
    why doesn't anybody i know listen to this wonderful band?totally beyond me.this could be their best record yet.it's the perfect soundtrack to accompany you if you're going through that "i'm too old for school-too young for a career-why is God ignoring me?" thing.stop being lame, buy this. ... Read more

    Asin: B000096FSQ
    Sales Rank: 86935
    Subjects:  1. Dream Pop    2. Indie Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Shoegaze   


    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (05 August, 2003)
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    Is this a big-tent revival? A funky throwdown? A jam-band juggernaut? Unclassified is all that, and so much more. The story of Robert Randolph is Hollywood-issue: kid from the gritty Jersey streets is saved from the bad life by playing steel guitar in a House of God Church. Of course, it wouldn't mean a thing if the guy couldn't play, but he can really tear it up. By updating the sacred-steel tradition with heavy doses of blues, funk, and rock, he's not only emerged with his own sound, but he's brought the music full circle, returning those pop-music styles to their gospel roots. The disc reaches some terrific heights from the very start with a fiery trio of opening songs: "Going in the Right Direction," "I Need More Love," and "Nobody" are joyous, uplifting romps brimming with the fervor of gospel music. Four instrumentals show the breadth of the sound, from the country-tinged "Squeeze" to the modal and slightly spaced-out "Calypso" to the scorching gospel-infused closer "Run for Your Life." A couple of the slower tunes impede the album's momentum, but at its best Unclassified comes awfully close to capturing the intensity of the Family Band's live shows--which is no small feat indeed. --Marc Greilsamer ... Read more


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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was expecting...
    All the songs are a bit forced and are following a cliche in the succession of theme intro + guitar solo + bass solo +theme and so on.Surprisingly, I found the guitar playing pretty dull and repetitive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Underrated at 10 Stars!!
    Honestly, this is the first album that I have purchased in a LONG time.Nothing has really moved me enough to put down the cash, but I saw these cats on PBS on Austin City Limits and immediately went online and bought both albums.I burned CD's and listened all night while I worked.I never got tired of these jams, and now three weeks later I still am not tired of them.

    Bottom line is that RRFM can just freakin' PLAY!!The boys have SICK talent that just blazes up the air waves and makes you smile the whole time.Another post said that "this music just makes you happy" and its true. A couple days after I bought the albums, I went to RRFM's website and dropped them a note that said "your music makes me joyful.thanks".

    If you like bluesy-rockin-funk played with alot of energy by a crew that just SMOKES and a guy who can't help but be real-to-the-bone, then you will seriously dig the licks these cats are crankin' out.I plan on seeing them lave as soon as they come my way.The boys are way OFF THE HOOK CRAZY GOOD!!

    Their other album is just as good.Don't waste time, buy both.You will not regret it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My new favorite band...Call them Stevie Ray Wonder!
    My new favorite band! Imagine Al Green singing for the Family Stone with Duane Allman on guitar. Call them Stevie Ray Wonder! They are a genre-bending, jam-band with infectious grooves that simply said make you feel real happy inside. As good as this CD is, it doesn't quite capture how exciting they are live, but it gets close. This band is going to be very popular, and radio or MTV will have nothing to do with it. 4 of the 11 tracks are instrumental. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000A4GC9
    Subjects:  1. Black Gospel    2. Blues-Rock    3. Boogie Rock    4. Contemporary Gospel    5. Hard Rock    6. Instrumental Gospel    7. Jam Bands    8. Pop    9. Rock    10. Rock & Roll   


    Tick Tock Treasury
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 June, 2003)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars The Legacy Continues with Volume 2
    3 1/2Stars

    Joy Electric is back after his last smashing release, The White SongBook. That record held for me the most important turning point in JE's musical direction. For meit was the first time that Ronnie's meloncholy voice/lyrics and high tempo music finally fused into the perfect combination making him feel much more listenable around others. I was finally able to show others a record that perfectly explained why I liked this strange techno/beep music.

    In The Tick Tock Treasury Ronnie continues his legacy series and does an excellent follow up to the white song book. His lyrics seem very introspective and allegorical, as in the past. It has many upbeat tracks as well as his signature low tempo electronic ballads. Many tracks work really well, but the album doesn't really pick up until track 4. While his infectious melodies are still their I felt a bit let down bythe repetitious nature of a few of his choruses, choosing to merely repeat one phrase for the last few minutes made a few songs grow stale. It seemed as though he had mastered the art of the 6 minute track, on this record a few of his choices feel a bit forced in order to extend the track.

    Not as perfect as The White Song Book but this record isstill some of the most original music you can find today. It's far too easy to dismiss it as "video game music" because if you do then you really aren't paying attention to Ronnie's lyrics or mood. The quiet tension he builds in each song makes one feel like he's going to burst at any moment, either from love or sadness. His meloncholy point of view is classic reminding me of such groups as Tears for Fears or The Cure who were notorious for adding surprisingly sad lyrics to up beat pop songs. If your tired of the same old [stuff], this music will give you something new to sing about. It'll grow on you, and remember their areNO drum machines and NO sampling. This is all Ronnie, working []to make music like only he can. for the outcasts...

    5-0 out of 5 stars HE's a Genuis
    I know that there are alot of people that haven't heard or of JE, and I think that it a real shame. Ronnie has such incredible melodies running through his head. If you liked any of his prior work, this is definite must buy. If you think his music is too much of a novelty to enjoy, then you don't matter. This band is really something that everyone should have their collection packed with. It is just that amazing. The album evokes sadness and joy, many times at the same time. Now go and buy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tick Tock Goes the Melody...
    As a longtime follower of Joy Electric, I had high hopes for "The Tick Tock Treasury," Ronnie Martin's sixth full-length album under the JE name. I can say one thing for certain: he is nothing if not consistent, and I mean that as a compliment to the music. Joy Electric can hardly be compared to any one band, at least in my personal observations. There are elements of New Wave and Electronica, but Joy Electric must be heard to be understood. It is a crisp, electronic sound, consisting of analog synthesizers and the high tenor, falsetto voice of Ronnie Martin (in his own words, there are no drum machines, samplers, traditional instruments, etc; the sound is completely pure). Since 1993, Joy Electric has maintained their signature sound while offering fresh perspectives on the chord progressions that have made them legends in the hearts of their diehard fans. "The Tick Tock Treasury" (Legacy Volume 2) carries on this tradition beautifully.

    The album begins with the title track and follows with "Misfortune's Apprentice." Both songs represent the melodic innocence and joy reminiscent of such JE classics as "Strawberry Heart" and "Storybook Love." They are arranged with common three-chord progressions that suggest happiness and serenity, though "Misfortune's Apprentice" is anything but joyful. The juxtaposition of cheerful notes and dismal lyrics is nothing new for Martin, as anyone with the "Melody" album is well aware. This dichotomy is far from contradictory, however. It represents hope amid despair, and a longing for childlike innocence in a cynical adult world. For this reason, "Misfortune's Apprentice" is one of my favorite songs on the album, and I was deeply moved by it.

    My favorite song overall, however, is "(I Am) Made From the Wires." The melody is a bit on the darker side, and resembles songs like "Disco For a Ride," which, if played loud enough, sounds like the perfect club song. Despite the cheery melodies of "The Tick Treasury" and "Misfortune's Apprentice" (and, to a lesser extent, "The Blueprints for Joy," another favorite of mine), the uniqueness of this album is in its predomination of darker melodies. Songs like "(Play Each Note) By Metronome," "J.E. Picturephone (Reflect You, I Connect You)," and "C Minor Miners" represent a mildly gothic edge, musically. I mean that, once again, in a good way, because unlike comparable songs like "Monosynth" and "Robot Beat," these are among the best melodies Ronnie Martin has put together. Most importantly, all the familiar JE melodies are there (let's put it this way: if you know Joy Electric, and you heard one of these songs on the radio, you would immediately know it was a JE song).

    For slow, "pretty" songs (for a lack of better words), "The Confectionary" will be a song to cherish. Innocent and euphonious, it can be compared to "Candycane Carriage" (namely the "Old Wives Tales" version) and "Analogue Grand Diary." In a nutshell, if you have loved Joy Electric in the past, you will fall in love with them once again. If you have never heard them before, this is a very good album to start with. It combines various elements from all JE albums past, and makes up their most mature effort to date. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008L3JO
    Sales Rank: 89157
    Subjects:  1. Indie Electronic    2. Indie Pop    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Synth Pop   


    Kaleidoscope Superior
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 June, 2000)
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    Can you mix industrial, rap, reggae, pop, and jazz into anintelligible combination? Earthsuit has, and they have done itadmirably. The title of their debut project, KaleidoscopeSuperior, is undoubtedly linked with the sound they have achieved.Produced by David Leonard (Indigo Girls, John Mellancamp, Toto, OingoBoingo, Prince), the lavish spread of drums, electronics, and guitarsis like an ornate tapestry. This music moves between aggressive andatmospheric moods with a seamless flow. Another thread that gives thisproject its identity is the otherworldly quality inherent in both musicand lyric. The messages that Earthsuit presents are not typicalChristian subject matter. Taking a mythical and philosophical approachto faith, they challenge the listener to ponder as well as listen. Evenif you don't plug into the transcendent journey that Earthsuit takes,the music pulls its own weight. There is enough talent here to landEarthsuit in the company of mainstream musicians who are known fortheir superior artistry. --Israel Button ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars this is not rock
    Don't let all those other reviews fool you.The music on this cd is NOT rock; rather it is more in the vien of adult contemporary hits.So if you like John Mellancamp, Prince, and crap like that then you will probably like this cd.If you are looking for a rock cd then keep looking.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very nice mix
    This is the most unique album I've ever heard in this genre. It mostly has a progressive sound. Like Saga meets Linkin Park. The lyrics have a great message. Its great to listen to while relaxing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Difference from Boring Tradition
    Earthsuit breaks barriers that most bands falsely boast of breaking.Everything about the requires a second look: the lyrics, the music, their message; it is an interestingly refreshing refuge from the mundane contemporary christian music that is coming out now. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004TM1F
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. CCM    3. Pop    4. Rock   

    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 August, 2002)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Fine Swedish Import.
    There's nothing too original or innovative about this release from Swedish hardcore punk band Blindside, but originality and innovation aren't what they're going for.They're going for no-holds-barred rocking to the MAX, and they definitely accomplish that here.

    The first song, "Caught a Glimpse" starts things off strongly with hard guitars and a haunting chorus, and is followed up by the single "Pitiful", another very loud song about Jesus.You'll find that these guys sing about Jesus a lot.The next few songs all continue the trend set by the previous tracks, but the pattern is broken up by "Thoughts Like Flames," a slower song, which still has a loud chorus.

    The next track, "Time Will Change Your Heart" is another good one, matching a fast-paced, screaming verse with a slower and calmer chorus.The following four songs are sort of a dip in the album.None of them are bad, they just don't stand out from each other and you may find yourself losing interest.The final song, "Silence" is another good one, totally breaking from Blindside's norm in a slow, soft, well-sung capper to a solid hard rock album.

    Silence will probably not amaze you if you seek truly deep meaning, complex layering and composition, or natural-sounding English lyrics (they ARE from Sweden), but it is a well-played, well-executed album of its type.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Buy This CD
    this is an awesome CD by Blindside you need to buy it if you already haven't

    5-0 out of 5 stars Two words: AWSOME ROCK!!!!!!
    This album is one of their best - it and About A Burning Fire. If you've heard their previous two albums, this far surpasses both. I'm going to give you a rating of all the songs from 1 to ten - I'm very critical, so even a good song may only get a 7. So here goes.
    Note: Listen to the songs while you're reading this so you don't get bored.

    Caught a Glimpse - 7
    Great screams, not to good lyrics, good verses, not sogood refrain, good instruments
    Pitiful - 9
    Great screams, pretty good lyrics, great verses, great refrain, great instruments
    Sleepwalking - 8
    Great screams, pretty bad lyrics, great verses, okay refrain, good instruments
    Cute Boring Love - 6
    almost no screams, bad lyrics, okay versus, not so good refrain, good instruments - a filler
    The Endings - 7
    almost no screams, pretty good lyrics, great verses, not to good refrain, pretty good instruments
    You Can Hide It - 7
    small amount of screams - good ones, not to good lyrics, not to good verses, great refrain, good insrtuments
    Thought Like Flames - 7
    small amount of screams - good ones, pretty good lyrics, okay verses, pretty good refrain, good instruments
    Time Will Change your Heart - 10
    awsome screams, great lyrics, awsome verses, great refrain, great insrtuments - one of the best songs I've ever heard
    Painting - 6
    almost no screams, okay lyrics, pretty bad verses, okay refrain, good insrtuments - a filler
    Midnight - 3
    no screams, bad lyrics, okay verses, bad refrain, not so good insrtuments - horrible
    Coming back To Life - 7
    few screams, pretty good lyrics, good verses, pretty good refrain, good insrtuments
    She Shut Your Eyes - 7
    Few screams, pretty good lyrics, good verses, good refrain, pretty good insrtuments
    Silence - 1

    Great album, despite all the 7s I gave - hope this helps
    I recommend About A Burning Fire also - it's good.

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    Asin: B00006AGCR
    Sales Rank: 14591
    Subjects:  1. Alternative CCM    2. Alternative Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock   


    Infinite Keys
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 April, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of 2003's best...
    Ester Drang may not be very popular right now, but this is one of the most solid bands to come around in quite some time.I was very impressed with this album, even more so than their previous offering.Truly great music that doesn't really sound like anyone else these days, and also offers a very positive message through those sometimes hard-to-distinguish vocals.

    An Oklahoma native, I haven't had the chance to "lie down in Oklahoma's plain and listen to the album," because the part of Oklahoma I live in (and that Drang hails from) is more populous than Jacksonville.

    Regardless, great album, good study music as well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Gets better every listen.

    ...And it does!

    Ambient backgrounds and delicate arrangements. It's not as if Ester Drang are extremely original, but they're awfully good at their craft; Quite a bit different & better than most I've heard this year.

    I wouldn't say they're easily accessible, given their atypical structures, but for some, they'll fall nicely into the lap.

    On a side note, I'll say this is a quintessential night-driving album. Preferably by yourself...You'll want no distractions while enjoying this spacious album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best alblum of 2003 you didn't hear
    This record is one of the most rewarding CD's that I have. Its deep, but its not depressing. Its happy and dark at the same time. Kinda like Death to Smoochy. They are just as impressive, if not more so, live. You can definately hear some Flaming Lips influence. I guess they have that Oklahoma thing going on. This just barely tops Golden West, so to someone who has never heard Ester Drang before, I would suggest Infinite Keys. ... Read more

    Asin: B000088E9B
    Sales Rank: 88375
    Subjects:  1. Indie Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Rock/Experimental    4. Rock    5. Rock/Pop    6. Shoegaze   


    Winners Never Quit
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (28 March, 2000)
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    Shame, delusion, and resignation are everywhere on Winners Never Quit. David Bazan's grim songs come off like allegories without the comfort of clearly stated life lessons. The listener is left to sort out the meaning or moral of gloom-ridden scenarios featuring troubled characters who live in America, the land of the winner. "To Protect the Family Name" is a painfully poignant depiction of a vulnerable drunk who's fallen off the wagon and is begging for another chance. Bazan's slow, almostslurred singing deftly places the listener in close proximity to the drunkenprotagonist. The drums have a murky sound quality that nicely reflects thesong's theme and mood. Similarly, the title tune's enervated drumming matchesthe sentiment at hand. It closes out the album with just a glimmer of--for lackof a better word--hope, as Bazan sings, "Count it a blessing/that you're such a failure / your second chance might / never have come." --Fred Cisterna ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars I keep coming back to this
    Just to get my biases out in the open, I'm not even remotely Christian.Born and raised Jewish, and now I'm a Buddhist with some strong pantheistic tendencies.My experience of the New Testament's limited to the Gospels and Revelations. Meaning that there may or may not be subtexts and such that are completely flying over my head here and that, if you're coming to this review from an actual Christian perspective, you might not be getting helpful information here.

    All that aside, I dig this album a lot.Mostly because David Bazan's voice is, for whatever reason, just lodged in my head.It's rough, slow, slurred, gloomy and is just about a perfect match for the music laid down here.Which is likewise slow and gloomy, leavened with a few uptempo bits.It's not really the most original sound - whenever I listen to this album I'm always plagued with the feeling that it all sounds like someone who's identity is on the tip of my tongue - but that doesn't make it any less compelling.

    Lyrically?The vocals are a bit low in the mix for my tastes, meaning I have to strain a bit to catch the words.Which, for someone who rarely pays serious attention to lyrics is, yes, a strain.And maybe Bazan's donoe that intentionally -to really force the listener to engage with the album and its subject.Whatever the case, the story depicted is, like the music behind it, not completely original, but compellingly told.And one that, in the current political climate, is rather apropos.

    (I admit, knowing that this is Christian music, my guard was initially up here.But, coming from someone with a low tolerance for being proselytized at, I found nothing off-putting here - it's simply a well-told and compelling story from a Christian perspective.Not my personal perspective, perhaps, but not an invalid one.)

    On some level, yes, I don't feel as though I'm getting this album 100%.But I get enough to enjoy it for what it is, and it's worth at least a few listens.

    3-0 out of 5 stars meh....
    This cd is ok, but not great.There are a few good songs on it, even a great one (#4).On some songs, the lyrics lack the creativity which makes me such a big Pedro fan.The story that is told through the album is a pretty cool effect, if you figure out what's going on.Overall, the CD is decent, but definitely not worthy of four or five stars, as so many people so eagerly give away.I would recommend another CD by Pedro, instead.

    5-0 out of 5 stars crunchy, yet satisfying
    wow.as a confirmed agnostic/jew, i wouldnt have expected this much from a christian group, but bazan's lyrics and voice mixed with the acoustic guitar makes for an amazing musical experience. i give this album my go, two thumbs up AND a gold star.pedro is quickly becoming one of my favorite groups. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Emo    2. Indie Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock   


    Laughing City [EP]
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars great band Eisley Marvelous Things
    Growing up home-schooled and cable-less in the East Texas town of Tyler, the DuPree kids had a lot of time to develop their imaginations, carving out an odd, insular little fantasy world. Their band name is a Star Wars reference, and their music could be dubbed Narnia-pop: Singer-songwriter Stacy (the youngest at 15, she leads two sisters, a brother and a neighborhood friend) looks and sounds like something straight out of British fabulist C.S. Lewis. Here she plays Alice, guiding us through a misty, minor-key Wonderland populated by scores of "Marvelous Things" - mermaids, horses that grow from the ground, bats with butterfly wings and two-part harmonies that swoop and soar. Dorky? Sure. But with songs this full of imagination and existential yearning, Eisley can hoard their 36-sided dice and Magic cards with pride.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Essense of an Indie Legend's Birth
    Within the last couple of years Eisley's fan base has exponentially grown to a vast array of Indie and Pop lovers everywhere. Personally speaking, there blissful and radient melodies are only outshined by the personalities behind the sound. Eisley has swept me off on my feet along with thousands whom have stumbled upon both of their EP's and new release "Room Noises" (all a MUST for any fan). Eisley, because of their tight knit family includence, and long time neighbor and family friend, have transcended a connection most musical groups lack that makes their whole aura on CD and Live for that matter, a simply magical experience. Never before has music so greatly moved me as much as the way this genuine quintet from Tyler, Texas has. I can only continue to listen and watch in awe as this "Marvelous" group moves forward in their career. They earn My 5 stars hands down. Andrew Mayberry.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Eisley makes me happy
    When I first heard Eisley I wasn't sure what I was listening to, but as it went on I became infatuated.I have now found that they have taken over my car, my cd player, and my computer.So: if you want my opinion, yes! buy this CD!buy the others too!be a happy family of Eisleyness!but yeah.They're good. ... Read more

    Asin: B000094Q4M
    Sales Rank: 39622
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. United States of America   


    Fluorescent Jellyfish
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (30 November, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars now that i own it, it's even better!!
    "rry", from colorad-y.

    finally got it!
    this is WAAY better than i'd expected!

    it's..rap...or is it?
    it's right between rap and...not-rap.

    no, it's cooler than that.

    no matter! give this cd a spin!

    if you don't like something...you probably will on the next track.

    rock and jam on!
    - Henry

    3-0 out of 5 stars Awsome
    Furthermore's Flouresent Jellyfish C.D. is awesome. It's a funny, hip-hop/rock c.d. that displays Christian themes.If you aren't a hip-hop lover, and despise it, you might hate this c.d.It's a great c.d, and it's worth a lot more than you'll pay for it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Hip-Hop/Alternative
    This album has 10 quick tracks, and every one is good. I really don't like rap, but this reminds me of early Beastie Boys...in fact the last track "Melted Vinyl" is similar to a song off of Paul's Boutique. I know you've heard this said before about certain albums, but you will really love or hate this particular CD. ... Read more

    Asin: B00003001M
    Sales Rank: 135416
    Subjects:  1. Alternative CCM    2. Alternative Rap    3. CCM    4. Christian Rap    5. Pop    6. Pop-Rap    7. Rap    8. Rock   

    Jars of Clay
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (24 October, 1995)
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    Touted by some as Christian music's answer to The Rembrandts, this Nashville four-piece delivers artful, acoustic-based rock. Shipped in to produce two tracks, Adrian Belew captures the band's sweet intensity and clean melodies on "Flood and Liquid," which features a jaw-dropping Gregorian chant sample. --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Christian Album for all to Love
    This simply is a great album.This was my first purchase of a Christian album back in 1997.Since then I have not been much of a Jars of Clay fan, becasue they have changed quite a lot from this debut album.BUT that doesn't mean that this album is not the best good wholehearted effort that I have seen in Christian music in many many years.
    I personally perfer much much harder genres of Christian music (Demon Hunter, Project 86, Chevelle, Pillar, etc.) but I cant say enough how I just love this album (BUT who cant love the early DC Talk, Newsboys stuff!!!!).From the intro to the ending you will not be dissapointed.Even though every song is not a blockbuster, it is still a very worthy purchase.
    This album is mostly synth pop, but trust me its very good.If you want to start your music collection in Christian music this is a great way to start.If you have tons of Christian music and you don't have this one then order it, its a must have.
    This album is great for any age, with a profound clear meaning in each song.


    1. Liquid - A great way to start the album out, gets you in the mindset for the rest (love those chants)
    2. Sinking - Not one of my favorites but very worthy
    3. Love Song For A Savior - Wow, what a great song, could be the best one
    4. Like A Child - Faith is Christ gets you far!
    5. Art in Me - Will take awhile to learn to like this one, not bad, good meaning yet not catchy like the rest, soft
    6. He - A song about abuse from a childs mind, great song, wonderful depth
    7. Boy on a String - Very popular song, not one of my favorites, yet good meaning
    8. Flood - Probably the best known song on the album, very different from the rest, more a rock
    9. Worlds Apart - You'll fall in love with this one, great meaning
    10. Blind - eh so so, BUT wait don't forget the hiden song six minutes in, you will recognize it from the Much Afraid album

    Clearly this CD is a must.Any age can dive into this CD and love it for the message it brings.Best of all its all for Christ!

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite C.D.
    This is a great introduction to Jars of Clay for novices. You can sense their youth in this c.d., as it is their first, but that's what makes it so wonderful-because it has such raw, innocent beauty. "Flood" is by far their most recognized song in history, but is as equally good as other songs like "Love Song for a Savior" and "Worlds Apart". "He" is about child abuse from the child's mind, and is very sad. "Worlds Apart" is my favorite song, as it describes every Christian's struggle to give God our desires and let him mold us to want more of Him and less of the world. "Flood" is intense and the darkest on the album. It talks about those times when we have lost all hope and feel like we are drowning in our problems. "Love Song for a Savior" is a beautiful melodic love song, expressing our desire to "fall in love" with our Father. A hint if you get this c.d.: wait after the final track a couple of minutes and you will hear a bonus track entitled "4:7". It is a very cool rendition of the "Jars of Clay" Bible verse, in 2 corinthians. After that is a studio recording of "Blind" and supposedly, you can hear people talking about the O.J. Simpson trial in the background!(Though I couldn't make it out, because it was too far away).

    4-0 out of 5 stars An acoustic must-have
    This is one of my favorite CDs of all-time and Jars of Clay's best. The lyrics are skin-deep, heartfelt, and will almost bring you to tears. The acoustic and melodic sounds are refreshing and serene. The heaviest songs on the CD aren't too loud and match the content of each song especially "Liquid" which is a beautiful song about the Crucifixion but also hard-hitting with New Age-like sounds and a good way to start of the CD. My favorites include "Love Song For a Savior" which is peaceful and beautiful and "Flood" just because it is still acoustic but can be considered rock-alternative. But in my opinion the best song is "World's Apart" which is a song of conviction which literally brought me to tears and it really makes you think. This is the type of song you put on during a rain storm, a lay-in-a-comfy-spot-close-your-eyes-to-and-play-over-and-over-again melodic piece of art. I recommend to everyone because in a loud world full of sit up and decipher songs, this is lay back and let it sink in music that isn't too religion oriented and not too in-your-face. I really give it 4 and a half stars. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative CCM    3. CCM    4. Pop    5. Rock   


    The Legend of Chin
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (17 June, 1997)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars be caught dead with this!


    3-0 out of 5 stars In the beginning...
    Despite the fact that Switchfoot is one of my favorite bands, they had a bit of a rocky start with their first CD, "The Legend of Chin."

    With a somewhat depressing feel about this CD, songs like "Concrete Girl" and "Love, and Life, and Why" leave you with the feeling you get when your car has broken down and there's nothing you can do about it for three days.There are some upbeat songs on this album that do seem to lift the spirits of the listener - "Might Have Ben Hur" and "Chem 6a" make you want to smile and tap your foot a little with the beat and great guitar sounds.

    Overall, Switchfoot is one of my favorite bands because of their well-rounded musical talent.And while I appreciate this album, it is definitly not on my recommendation list for someone who is just starting to listen to the band.Future albums such as "New Way to Be Human" and "Learning to Breathe" give a much better Switchfoot beginning experience.But for those interested in the beginnings of the band's musical career, pick up "Legend of Chin" and satisfy your craving for a little Switchfoot.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Memories, memories...
    I remember when I first got this CD. I'd ordered it on a whim, having never heard them before. They'd just put it out, a new band. I was in this weird mode where I was mass-ordering CDs by bands I'd never listened to (and in most cases, never even heard of) before. Some were a waste of money, some have stuck with me to this day. Switchfoot is most definately one that stuck, and with a vengeance. They've never put out a single album that I haven't bought and enjoyed thoroughly, and I still listen to each and every one of them, including their first--"The Legend of Chin".

    Even from the get-go, you knew Switchfoot was gonna be something special, and if they hadn't put out another album after this one I would have been shocked and disappointed. For a debut, it is above and beyond what you normally get from new bands. There isn't one song on this album that I don't like, not one that isn't catchy, not one I can't relate to. Well-written and sung lyrics, well-written and performed music, they're tight and polished even this early, and they only got better with time.

    This isn't my favorite album by them, but don't let that spoil your perception of this review. "New Way To Be Human" (their second release) is quite possibly my favorite, with their newest "The Beautiful Letdown" close behind, but like I said, I enjoy ALL of their albums immensely. Their newfound mainstream appeal has opened the eyes of a lot of new fans, and it's a shame that many don't even realize that Switchfoot has three other incredible albums before "Beautiful Letdown"! If you've heard their new work and haven't discovered their earlier releases yet, do yourself a favor and buy a piece of music history. I've been enjoying them for many years, I hate to think that people have only been enlightened for a mere fraction of Switchfoot's blessed career! ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative CCM    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Pop    4. Post-Grunge    5. Rock   


    Destination: Beautiful
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 February, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars wow
    oh wow. mae. i heard them first at a something corporate concert and then eventually i got the cd. and the way they write their music, not just the sound but the lyrics, it's like the music speaks to my soul. everysong tells me something, it's about how it makes me feel. the emotions conveyed in each song are amazing. i must say, it's a brillant cd. if you dont have it. get it. it's a must have in any cd collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
    This CD is one of the best I own.A truly remarkable band.A great soundtrack for driving.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
    I had never heard of the band Mae until I saw thier cd in stores and listened to it and then picked upa copy. They can sure put music together. Although some might be turned off the high voice of the lead singer. Once you get to used to it though it sounds fine. You will enjoy them. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008BNUU
    Sales Rank: 2203
    Subjects:  1. Indie Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock   


    How to Start a Fire
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (11 February, 2003)
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    Just two albums in, and Further Seems Forever seems destined to be known as the band that launched Chris Carrabba’s solo career. Too bad. The Dashboard Confessional frontman may have provided the vocals for the band’s debut, The Moon Is Down, but with newly recruited singer Jason Gleason, the Florida band has developed into a dynamic unit, imbuing its hardcore roots with thoughtful lyrics and incredibly elaborate song structures. How to Start a Fire showcases a set of well crafted, expertly played rock tunes, particularly the inspirational title track, "Pride War," and "Insincerity as an Art Form." The band would probably shudder at the thought of being labeled the emo Genesis, but it’s honestly a compliment to Further Seems Forever’s precision guitar work and dramatic flair. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    I'm not really a big emo fan, but God I love this cd.The new cd Hide Nothing isn't really all that great to me and the first cd with Chris Carraba is good, but I definitely give this one the top honors.The lyrics, musicianship and all around emotion on this album is incredible.The singer, Jason, I think is his name puts so much into each song and the emotion in his voice is what really makes it.I honestly can't believe they got rid of this guy.Anyways my personal Favorites are Pride War, On Legendary, How To Start A Fire, and The Sound, which has one of the best chorus' of any song I can think of.A great add for your Cd collection if you can appreciate good music and aren't ingorant to a particualar type of music.Most people who either can't play an instrument or create their own music fall into that category and can't stand anything that's not their genre of music, so for all of the people out there who actually know talent firsthand then you'll love the cd.

    5-0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite overall cds
    each song is done with so much passion. the lead singer is definitely the best of the three. he ushers in so much energy. this cd is defintely underappreciated. productionwise, it is a lot better touched-up than the first cd. the electric guitars are so crunchy and the bass/drums are so thick.

    a majority of people like the first one best. i like it a lot but i would put this one slightly above. musically it is probably the best of FSF's career, mixing together creative musicianship and very well-done production. also, this one's lyrics are so heartwrenching and honest, and so deep. the guy is an excellent lyricist. some border on eccentric.. like "sharks keep moving never stopping"... but some are utterly beautiful. On Legendary is my favorite.. Against My Better Judgment is driving and catchy. Pride War plays a lot with meter, switching into weird random meters of 7 that make it interesting. Insincerity as an Artform musically is intense and passionate.

    you will love this cd unless you have no heart.

    1-0 out of 5 stars christian emo...excuse me while i vomit...
    furtherseemsforever needs to just give it up already. they've gone thru 3 lead singers in 3 albums, and every single one sounds crappier than the last. following in the trend of most modern day christian acts (except for maybe the talentless relient k), there is no blatent mention of god or jesus, only further proving that most modern christian acts are more in it for a record deal rather than to preach. if you actually like this crap, than you really do need jesus... i heard he was living somewhere in pamona, maybe you should look him up. ... Read more

    Asin: B000087DUE
    Subjects:  1. Emo    2. Pop    3. Post-Hardcore    4. Rock   


    The Waiting Room
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (24 September, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars One Of The Top Christian Rock Albums Ever
    This album is among the best Christian music recordings I have heard, and possibly the best in the harder rock category. Every track has a mystic, ethereal quality which seems to trancend the sum of its parts. While not the loudest, craziest rock album out there, this album packs a musical and lyrical intensity that is difficult to find elsewhere. Each song seems to give a unique, poetic insight into the vocalist's life, and the lyrics are in no way derivative of any other Christian band.

    While every track is good, standouts include opener "Revolve," "Now," "A Month of Moments," "Friday to Sunday," and the title track. The first three feature big guitar riffs, with "Month" showing distinct blues influences, and present a unique and artful style of rock. "Friday to Sunday" touches on a unique theme in Christian music, the thoughts of the disciples from the crucifixion to the resurrection (hence the title) and then relates this despair and joy to the singer's own emotions. "The Waiting Room" is by far the best cut on the album. It features a long introduction, something most rock songs shy away from these days, and metaphoric which builds to a shrieking climax. It is a songwriting masterpiece, and it is worth buying the whole album just to own this cut.

    Throughout the album, production, musicianship and vocals are excellent. The detailed craftsmanship sets this album apart and rewards multiple listenings. That said, it is not for everyone. It consciously avoids rock and Christian rock cliches and revels in mood and atmosphere. Those searching for sing-along choruses, danceable grooves, or head-banging metal should look at any of the thousands of look-alike bands in either secular or Christian music. But, for serious fans of any genre, this album is an excellent pick.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Comeback
    Not sure what the previous reviewer was smoking . . . but this is now my favorite Poor Old Lu album overall and I've been playing it over and over.What a great comeback.Poor Old Lu does what they do best, giving us uplifting, amazing songs and great musicianship (as always).I love their back catalog, but I feel that this album is strongest and most consistent.I've seen them play live on a number of occasions, and I can't wait to see them play the stuff on this album.

    I am tremendously excited by this album and I hope it's not their last!

    1-0 out of 5 stars boring letdown
    I've been a fan of PoLu since "Sin."And in my opinion, this album takes a big, fat, boring leak on their legacy.I am annoyed that I spent ten bucks to get it used (I note a few days later the used price is going south - apparently I'm not the only one who doesn't want their copy).

    To be plain, where the other poor old lu albums were fresh, where they were exciting, where they jazzed your ears and made you get up and rock... this album serves you a big old pot of boredom stew.If you listen to any new indie music, this will sound like the unoriginal retread that it is.It's not even boring in that it repeats their old stuff; it's different from their old stuff in bad ways.It's over-produced, for one.There are no rough edges, everything interesting has been dulled by studio professionalism.And the music, the band...they sound like some lame arena rock hosers.Scott's voice is still distinctive and interesting but he is stuck singing some pretty annoying, unoriginal songs.

    If you are new to poor old lu, start elsewhere.Sin, Mindsize, Straight Six, Eighth Wonder, they're all worth your time and money.This is not.If you are a longtime poor old lu fan wonder if you'll like this, maybe you will, but I was badly disappointed and regret buying it.I will probably keep it but I doubt I will play it more than the two times I make myself listen to everything I buy...

    If you are a poor old lu fan with all their old stuff, why don't you try a different band like modest mouse, cush, the flaming lips, clinic, rainer maria... all of them have albums much better than this snooze-a-thon. ... Read more

    Asin: B00006JJ41
    Sales Rank: 150218
    Subjects:  1. Alternative CCM    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Christian Punk    4. Pop    5. Rock   

    Truth, Soul, Rock & Roll
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (22 October, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Kings of a New Melody
    Alright, these people just plain rock.

    They have the influence of the best rock and roll bands ever, as you can probably tell.

    The guitar licks are catchy yet powerful (as is with the vocals). Probably the only nick on this album would be "You've Got No Room To Talk!"...this is an incredible song live, however on the album it seems subdued and lacks their rocking drums.

    With vocal styles of the beatles, the guitar style of the who, and some generalities thrown in with the drummer and bassist, The Elms are today's ONLY solid group of musicians.....aaand Thomas Daugherty is an incredible guitarist

    Knock the radio off its stand, please.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Beauty of Musical Emotion
    In The Big Surprise, there were many fast-beat songs that seemed to magically match the rhythm of your heart as you sang lyrics which you didn't quite understand, but went with the tune perfectly. In this, Truth Soul Rock & Roll, the songs are a bit more slow, but so much more intense. These songs celebrate the beauty of musical emotion flowing purely from the heart of the writer/lead singer, Owen Thomas, as his beautiful range and vocals mesmerize your ears. As I let my mother listen to this album she said it brought back old memories of The beatles, and indeed, much of their sound is akin to the classic rock&roll sound, but their inspiring christian lyrics make all the difference. Who says kids today have no taste in music? Obviously someone who hasn't heard this album. If you want to sample some of the best for this album, I suggest Happiness or All the While Having Fun. But the CD in it's entirety is magnificent. God Bless The Elms!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Anyone Who Says Rock Is Dead Hasn't Heard The Elms
    This album really rocks! It reminds me of all the great bands from yesteryear. The sound is original and distinct, the music is catchy, and the lyrics are actually about something(which becomes more rare with each dying oldschooler). So buy this record and you won't be dissappointed. ... Read more

    Asin: B00006LI13
    Sales Rank: 19163
    Subjects:  1. Alternative CCM    2. Christian Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock   


    The Winter of Our Discontent
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 March, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great! album
    I just say this album is Great! I love it for the begining to the end VIVA EL SYNTHPOP!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hooray!
    This is a must have for any collection! I highly recommend this album and seeing these guys live.

    3-0 out of 5 stars expectations too high?
    I don't know, other than New Gold Dream and Fall Awake (which are fantastic) this CD doesn't do much for me. The songs are way short of anything on Songs from the Ocean Picture; there's too much electronic noodling and attempts at trip-hop, and not enough solid melodies.

    Hate to say it, but I expected a little more from this. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008YFVV
    Sales Rank: 20879
    Subjects:  1. CCM    2. Pop    3. Rock   


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