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The Bends
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 April, 1995)
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While Radiohead saw its stock rising in 1994, it wasn't until 1995's The Bends that it really became a blue chip band. And for good reason. The quintet honed its talent for bombastic Brit Rock, yet still preserved an edge of unpredictability. Even singles like the title track didn't give in to the kind of swooning guitar clichés usually embraced by commercial radio. If the CD proved anything, it was that Radiohead could find solid ground between pop experimentation and the tradition of born-in-the-bone, balls-out rock. --Nick Heil ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Pure sh**!
This is pure sh**! I hate Radiohead...it is as bad as Coldplay...just whining...yhyy...yhyyy...waah!

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing, amazing CD
Listen to the CD a while and you'll start saying Radiohead in a hushed voice. This is one of their best CDs alongside OK Computer and Hail to the Thief. If you dont have any Radiohead CDs, this one is probably a good place to start. All the songs are great, but "Street Spirit" is one of the best ending songs on any CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
I am a big Radiohead fan. Radiohead's music is divided into two different, expiramental genre's. Pre Kid A and Kid A and the newer releases. I like all of Radiohead's stuff, but pre Kid A Radiohead is my favorite.

"The Bends" is just an excellent album beginning to end! It is, in my opinion, the best album Radiohead has released yet to date. When my friends are interested in checking out Radiohead, I tell them to start out with "The Bends" and slowly work their way up to the newer CD's. I really feel "The Bends" is just pure genius. I know most would disagree and say "Ok Computer" is their best album. I like "Ok Computer" a lot, but "The Bends" blows it out of the water.

The first six songs are really good. The whole album is awesome, but my favorite songs are "The Bends", "High and Dry", "Fake Plastic Trees" and "Bones."This album is one worth owning, especially if you are new to Radiohead.The whole album blends so great. Each song compliments that last one perfectly. This is a great album to start out with before exploring their other works, which are all genius in their own way. I give "The Bends" five full stars. ... Read more

Asin: B000002TQV
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Britpop    3. England    4. Pop    5. Rock   


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Ok Computer
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 July, 1997)
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Radiohead's third album got compared to Pink Floyd a lot when it came out, and its slow drama and conceptual sweep certainly put it in that category. OK Computer, though, is a complicated and difficult record: an album about the way machines dehumanize people that's almost entirely un-electronic; an album by a British "new wave of new wave" band that rejects speed and hooks in favor of languorous texture and morose details; a sad and humanist record whose central moment is Thom Yorke crooning "We hope that you choke." Sluggish, understated, and hard to get a grip on, OK Computer takes a few listens to appreciate, but its entirety means more than any one song. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Life-changing
This album is sadly underrated by several reviewers.Some call it sluggish and some call it phony.The first complaint has an element of truth to it, the second has none at all.Radiohead are nothing if not absolutely sincere, and what's more they actually have meaning to spare behind their songs, as well as some welcome irony.

How else can you take a song called "The Tourist", written about the way people speed through life without ever stopping to take in the world around them, when it's played at nearly the slowest tempo possible?And how can you respond when that song rings true not only for the way we as a race behave today, but also for your own life?

The way I respond is by giving the album five stars.This is without a doubt one of my favorite albums.Every song is special in its own way, from the first brooding, then uncontrollable menace, anger and insanity of "Paranoid Android" to the breathtakingly creepy yet strangely beautiful "Climbing Up The Walls", on into a emotional climax that is slow and quiet but definitely earned in the final three songs.OK Computer simply feels complete, both musically and conceptually, and if you take the time to truly listen to it, it will become a major part of your life, just as it did for mine.

5-0 out of 5 stars In Next World War.......
Theres 1659 reviews on this album,and Thom, I want u to know that I'm above the rest of them to be your no. 1 fan (even to the guy who claim that Radiohead is his religion ha..ha...nice try,bro)Yes, Yes Mozart is great, Beethoven is genius, Pink Floyd is bla-bla, Beatles is yada-yada, but every generations have their own hero. This is mine. Who wants to be the best on earth if u can aim to the whole universe.

Magic does not just happen in Hogwarth,mind you. it could come from Oxford too. Yes, this is magic.... cause I doubt that Radiohead can make something as beautiful as this anymore. But who cares. Who needs another Ok Computer? One is enough and stick to this album for the rest of your life.

I love every second of this album and yes, even Fitter Happier and yes The Tourist is the best song here and not just Paranoid Android!

If Neil Amstrong made an album right after his trip to the moon, it should sound like this.Glimmering!

And please dont compare Radiohead with Pink Floyd. I dont know why, just dont.....ok :-)

And if u dont like this, I respect that. We're all different people.

I'm an avid fan, yes, and I've done my duty to give it 5 stars tho i know it needs no support anymore. If u dont like this album, call me, I'll give you your money back. Seriously!

5-0 out of 5 stars Flawless
This album is one of the best, if not the best album have ever bought. Packed full of emotion and originality it is definately an essential album of the 90's, and an essential album to brit pop. Highlights include: Paranoid Android, Exit Music, Let Down, Karma Police, Climbing up the walls and No Surprises. In my opinion it is the best Radiohead album in existence, and probably nothing they release in the future will live up to it. ... Read more

Asin: B000002UJQ
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Grace
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 August, 1994)
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Resembling at times a soft-sung Robert Plant, Buckley was an intuitive vocalist capable of dizzying arabesques and choir-boy sweetness. He is joined here by a tight band for 10 tracks highlighting his stylistic range--Pearl Jam bluesy on "Eternal Life," impossibly serene on Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," art-school noisy on "So Real," Led Zep daring on "Mojo Pin." Unorthodox, this was the debut of '94. --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An under-appreciated masterwork
Grace is a rarity in modern recordings.Influences from Nashville to the Delta echo throughout, while the entire recording is chock-full of gems.A haunting cover of Leonard Cohen's "hallelujah" is both powerful and submissive at once.All the melodies eventually blend into a concise whole, possibly the best road-trip record in history.References to nightmares that "suck me under" are eerily prophetic concerning the late Buckley's demise.
Jeff's voice and vocal prowess are astonishing.It's sad this accomplishment won't be topped, the possibilities certainly seemed endless at the time of its release.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Love This Album
I learned about Buckley through a recommendation from a friend.I was disappointed on first listening to songs like Lover, You Should've Come Over and Last Goodbye, but was hooked instantly by the beautiful Hallelujah.Buckley is almost whispering and you can even hear his breath, and it sounds fantastic.After a few more listens, while Hallelujah started to lose interest, I started to appreciate the other songs more.I started to notice how perfect the choice of the chords was, as for example in Lover under the line of "maybe I'm too young...", and the vocal segments where Buckley seemed to float without direction suddenly seemed to have direction.

This seems to be an album where the greatness stays hidden for a while and then suddenly jumps out at you.I recommend buying this album and, if it doesn't hit you in the first couple of listens, try listening to it on different speakers, even crappy ones, or with slightly different equalization.But buying the album would be a very good place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars Falling For Grace
I feel a little fortunate that I had this album before the untimely passing of Jeff Buckley. I heard a version of "Hallelujah" in Los Angeles that swept me off my feet, and literally had to stop what I was doing till I found out who was singing it. I friend of mine at CBS hooked me up with this CD and was excited beyond anything I usually would here from her. "Expect great things from this guy, Tim," she told me. "We think he's going to be a major artist."

Little did she realize how prophetic she was. Three years after releasing his only fully produced album, Jeff took that ill-fated Memphis dive in the Mississippi. Which leaves us with "Grace," an in-your-face statement of artistic boldness that pressed the folk-mysticism of Van Morrison with bursts of rock that would have made Led Zepplin proud. The songs stretch at their seams with both frustrated sensuality and unbridled joy, and an uncompromising musical vision.

From the teasing come-hither of "Lover You Should Have Come Over" to the cabaret jazz curiosities that would lead him to cover "Lilac Wine," Buckley's self-confidence carries "Grace" to an intensely personal level that so many artists shy away from. It made "Grace" a standout in 1994, and has kept it on my desert island list for over a decade. It's also the touchstone that his now rabid cult takes their cues from. After all, he delivered a stunning debut, cut a tragic profile even in life, and disappeared far too young. Fortunately for the casually curious, "Grace" lives up to its reputation. ... Read more

Asin: B0000029DD
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Skull & Bones
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 April, 2000)
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As rap-metal hybrids continue to sell millions, Cypress Hill fills the "Bones Disc" of this two-CD set with a half-dozen hard rockers that keep things loose-limbed enough to incite the dance floor to something other than moshing. The best music the group has released in years, it shows that this decade-old act is still capable of surprise. The accompanying "Skull Disc" hardly delivers the same jolt, but should satisfy hardcore fans of the Hill. While Cypress Hill sound convincing and forceful over the 64 minutes of Skull & Bones, the record's lyrics have little new to say: most of these songs warn off would-be competitors, praise ganja, or complain about the hardships presented by the rappers' celebrity status. Still, the crunching "Bones" tracks and the occasional Spanglish verses show that this crew hasn't run out of spirit yet.--Bob Roget ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Im not big into rap. Not much hip hop either. But Ive always liked Cypress Hill. I own Cypress Hill III,IV, Stoned Raiders and Black Sunday. Thats some good stuff.

This album was way too flip out and go nuts style. Its like thats all they were going for. I thought Can I Get A Hit was kinda cool...

Skulls is the Rap CD, and Bones is the Metal CD. Id have to say Skulls is not my kinda rap (my kind being similar to the albums I mentioned I owned), and Bones is pretty bad metal. Some of the metal is cool, but bad for the most part.

I liked Stoned Raiders, but I think it was the album that said `Were tired of chillin, we wanna freak out.` Thats what this album is.

3-0 out of 5 stars What happened Muggs?!
OK, coming from a true Cypress fan, I would consider this album to be the beginning of Cypress's career decline.Before this album, Muggs was widely considered to be one of the best hip hop producers in the game.However, although we hard core fans do appreciate the group's desire to mix things up a bit, Muggs made the fatal decision to try to spice things up with rap-metal beats that happened to be the fad of the time when this album was released (late 90's/2000).It might not be as bad if they offered two completely separate CD's (not just 2 separate discs on a 2CD set), so you can choose not to take the gratuitous rap-metal if you don't want it.What were they thinking?Many people might like that kind of stuff, but it's not Cypress!!Aside from that, the rhythms take a notably artificial and manufatured turn, whereas before Muggs would mix the beat together with some apocalyptic or erie sound bytes (man I miss that!).All I can ask is what happened Muggs?!Of course, all real hip hop has to be judged on two aspects, the beats, and the rhymes, separately.B-Real executes his flows effortlessly in his classic style, the only savior on this album for me, save a few fairly good sounding beats despite their cartoony nature.To be honest, the only song I truly enjoy is "Cuban Necktie" - it's reminiscent of the advanced Muggs beats on their IV album.B-Real is supposed to come out with a solo project soon, maybe he will come out of the shadows, and bring the old Muggs with him!

3-0 out of 5 stars Its aight
This is probaly the worst Hill album i dont really like most of this. First off the rap disc has some tight tracks on like "Stank ass hoe" which has sick beats "Cuban Necktie" and "Rap superstar" but thats about it tracks like "We Live this sh-t" and "Certified Bomb" aint as good.

The rock disc. I aint a fan of metal so thats a minus for this already. Valley of Chrome is the best on this disc. I like Cant get the best of me because that got me into the Hill when I heard them on the radio. The others aint no good and a just wack, eben tho the chorus for A Man is alright.

If u are into the more metal side of cypress then buy it.

and thats all i have to say about that. ... Read more

Asin: B00004SVJR
Subjects:  1. Hardcore Rap    2. Latin Rap    3. Pop    4. Rap & Hip-Hop    5. Rap-Metal    6. Rap-Rock    7. West Coast Rap   


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Black Market Music [Bonus Tracks]
Audio CD (08 May, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars a dark album by a great band
Placebo is a group of 3 superb musicians.Their musical style is unique and VERY addictive.After my first real introduction to Placebo 3 weeks ago I already own all their albums, and I have a very wide range of musical tastes.They're definitely good music in my eyes (or ears i should say).

So yes, this is a great (probably my favorite) Placebo lp.Every song fits perfectly towards the sound of the album.The bonus tracks are amazing as well.Compared to their other albums I would have to say that this one is more meloncholy, more dark.There are really no "fillers" on this album.If you've heard Placebo but never really heard an album all the way through, I suggest making this your first album.It will most likely leave a lasting impression.

These songs are also very therapeutic in a way.

All in all, if you like what you've heard of Placebo but haven't heard this album, I strongly suggest getting it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Race For Rats To Die...
Their first 2 albums 'Placebo' and 'Without You I'm Nothing' were truhly amazing. Afterwords they made this moody piece of darkness. Although it's my least favourite of Placebo, this album doesn't fall short to impress me with thier talent. Actually, my favourite Placebo-song is on this album.
It all starts with one of Placebo's best intro, the intro of 'Taste In Men'. Electronica fused with hard-hitting guitars were the key to succes for this first single. 'Day Before You Came' takes you back to Placebo's debut with the punk-feeling and hard-hitting guitars full of energy.
'Special K' was the 2nd single and it's a quit logical choice. Brian's lyrics are top notch on this one and the melody (actually even the whole song) gets stuck in your head and doesn't leave for days. The experimental track 'Spite & Malice' follows. Obscure lyrics sang by a rapper (not Brian himself). I didn't like it very much when I first heard it, but it's actually quit good and not at all a failed experiment (although I'm glad they haven't got a rap-song on 'Sleeping With Ghosts'). 'Passive Agressive' is one of the best ballads on this album, although it really has to grow on you. 'Black Eyed' is really good, but I would have picked a better 3rd single, in other words it's not that great. 'Blue American' is another ballad, not as good as the previous though. One of the lesser tracks. 'Slave To The Wage'...I really hated it when I first heard it (well maybe hating is a big word, but I didn't like it all), what a lame 4rd single I thoughed... Though, after many listenings I really began to like it...alot...and nowadays it's my favourite Placebo-song ever. Everything on this song is so perfect, and I really recommend you to watch the video of this track. It's the best video I have ever seen of a song, really great. 'Commercial For Levi' seems to get alot of good critics, but I find it to be one of the weakest tracks here.. 'Heamoglobin' starts off mysterious, before the snarring guitars come in. Good track, though weak lyrics.
I concidered 'Narcolepic' to be the weakest track on the album for a long time, but it's quit good actually. Best ballad on here. Oh well, Peeping Tom might be an even better ballad, close match between those two. Few minutes after Peeping Tom ended there's an hidden track named 'Black Market Blood' wich has this creepy sound.
I don't have the extra tracks, but I already heard them. 'Without You I'm Nothing Ft. David Bowie' is good, but I like the original better. 'I Feel You' is a great cover originally of Depeche Mode...

3-0 out of 5 stars solid deja-vu
Well, for those who expected the band to go a notch higher than "without You I am nothing" , there may be a lot of dissapointment with "Black Market Music". Its exactly the same Placebo formula only with cranked up guitars and an ever present androginous Brian Molko, with more bleeding lyrics.Not much creativity, not much development, not much challenge taken, but nevertheless a solid and consistent production for the trio.In "Black Market Music", the rawness of their first album is somewhat balanced with the melancholy of their second.As a whole, the album defines the band and shows its integrity without going any further than what it had achieved. For those who don't know Placebo, this album may turn out to be a worthwhile promising discovery.
eed and regain their footing on the mountain of adrenalized funk. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

Asin: B00005BC2Z
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Neo-Glam    3. Pop    4. Punk-Pop    5. Rock   


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A Book Of Human Language (Accompanied By Mumbles)
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (14 April, 1998)
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As a member of the influential L.A. hip-hop group Freestyle Fellowship and on his solo debut, Aceyalone pushed the boundaries of lyrical possibilities via tricky cadences and abstract wordplay. Independent of any major-label restraints, A Book of Human Language, Aceyalone's sophomore effort, is an attempt to "redefine your hip-hop guidelines," as the MC creates a highly conceptual album based on no less than the whole of human experience. Since this record is a "book," each song is a chapter that builds onto the song prior and lays the foundation for the next, all made conceptually cohesive with interludes, narratives, and the dark, jazzy production of longtime collaborator Mumbles. With Human Language, Aceyalone manages to insightfully and provocatively cover a universe of subjects, delivered in poetically complex rhymes. In other words, it's exactly what one who is familiar with Aceyalone and Freestyle Fellowship would expect. --James Tai ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pure poetry
I almost jumped out of my shoes when I found this one in a record store! I knew it was out of print. Since I had discovered Acey as a member of Freestyle Fellowship and I already had "All Ball Don't Bounce," I could only imagine obtaining this album. With the cover, and the title, I wanted this cd so bad. I was almost pinning it as my favorite Hiphop album ever before I even bought it. See this is why it's bad to go into albums with specific expectations because we need to keep an open mind at all times...not saying that this album was a disappointment, but my expectations were unfairly high for this 1998 album, a year in which underground/conscious Hiphop was making a comeback.
If you don't know, Aceyalone is an incredibly talented and unique MC. He can pull off gangsta-type bragging (with Freestyle Fellowship) or go conscious, abstract, comedy, or off-the-wall. Acey is probably the most slept-on MC in history. This was his second solo album, and it is approached with a loose concept theme. He covers everything from death, time, balance, the state of Hiphop and mankind, etc. Twenty tracks all in the same focused manner.
It took me a few listens through to regard this as a five-star album, mostly because it's so tough to pull off what he attempts. I still regard most of my favorite songs here in the first half, although the second half contains standouts "The Face," "The Thief in the Night," and "Human Language." The ones I like in the first half are "The Guidelines"(Hiphop guidlines that is-maybe the album's strongest song), "The Balance," "The Energy"(the best short song here, out of quite a few short ones), and "The Walls and Windows." "The Grandfather Clock" is solid as well. "The March" and "The Vision" in the second half are both short, but have nice jazz music in the background. The vocablulary here is impeccable, of the highest quality, like you would never expect from a rapper. Some reviewers have complained about the beats on "ABOHL." I liked it though, although none were upbeat, many of the backgrounds produced by Mumbles were unique and organic. I like how Acey rhymes with no background music at times, and there is a live recording at the end of track 19.
I think the reason this album wasn't the best Hiphop cd ever was because it is a tough task to accomplish throughout an album. Acey gives us straight up poetry in its purest form, and if you love poetry, you need to get this! He tackles heavy issues, while barely even cussing, or bragging, and never mentioning anything about hoes, sex, his sexual triumphs, etc. No cliches, very little ebonics! An album of this sort is almost impossibly unattainable, and Acey trys hard and nearly pulls it off. You have to commend him for that. It's just that even though he experiments with his voice, his flow (flavor basically) it's almost impossible for the album to not come off as dull. Just keep listening to overcome this notion. I guess it does kind of depend on the mood you're in before you listen to this. Like I said, while Acey is positive and telling the real, nothing upbeat is to be found (even though there's a reason for that). This album is serious. Although when Ace is experimenting with his voice and flow, at times it seems as though he's not taking his own subject matter seriously (check track 7 for this). Nonetheless, Aceyalone is a talented, intelligent artist who goes for the unthinkable in this album.
Like I said, my high expectations for this album almost caused me to overlook the beauty that it contains. So, is "A Book of Human Language" the best album ever in Hiphop? -I wouldn't go that far. Does Hiphop need an album like this? -Definitely. An album that expresses Hiphop in it's truest form (poetry), and steers away from superficial subject matter. I'd say, if you like mainstream rap or want to get deeper into Hiphop, this album is a great place to begin (if you can find it)! Don't forget about the vocabulary though, oh my God it's beautiful! Instead of the best Hiphop album ever, it should be regarded as another exceptional, high-caliber disc from a gifted, multi-dimensional artist that has a catalog of high-quality releases.I can't think of any MC from the West Coast that is as smart, talented, versatile, and dedicated to the Hiphop art and culture as Mr. Aceyalone.

5-0 out of 5 stars As Fly as a Buffalo Wing in the Sky
Hip-hop is known to have some of the most unfairly underappreciated talents of all time.Stretching from Kool Keith to MF Doom, but if one artist of the last 20 years has been criminally slept-on, it's been Acey des uno.Aceyalone.Ever since his debut with Freestyle fellowship, Ace has shined for at least a decade.With classic material all throughout the 90s, Acey has proven to be in the upper echelon of emcees through out the history of hip-hop.But, as awesome as Ace's other work has been, nothing is as monumental as "A Book of Human Language".This could be one of the greatest concept albums of all time, and not just in hip-hop, and Acey is completely flawless and magnificent on the mic as you can get.

It's a shame that "A Book of Human Language" is out of print now, because it is an opus of magnum force.For all you that doubt the steez, pick up The Book and listen to what an underappreciated prophet has to say.

3-0 out of 5 stars Overrated
I saw Aceyalone in concert a little while back, with Prince Paul and Eyedea. It was a really dope show - Aceyalone in particular put on a great performance. But his albums are just not that good. His rhymes are often purportedly high-falooting, but in actuality are rather simplistic in comparison to many, many superior emcees. Aceyalone also shares KRS-One's unfortunate propensity to pump himself up as the "best ever," which is rather annoying but forgivable. And certainly, there are good songs, and the concept is original, but ultimately it fails the test of being something that I would be interested in listening to on a regular basis. ... Read more

Asin: B000006C6A
Subjects:  1. Alternative Rap    2. Hip-Hop    3. Pop    4. Rap & Hip-Hop    5. West Coast Rap   


Paul's Boutique
Average Customer Review: 5.0 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 Still the best after all these years
This is my first Amazon review, but I felt that if I had to review one album, this would be it.My tastes of music have made many transitions over the years...rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and now some samba and bossa nova...but this album can never stay on the shelf for too much time.It has been my favorite album now for over 10 years (I'm 25), and I'm really curious to know if it still will when I'm 65.

To be honest, it took two or three times listening to it to begin to really appreciate it, as its very different than all other Beastie Boys albums, but my appreciation has never died or even dimmed since then.

My only wish is that the Beastie Boys made a few more songs with this album that they're waiting to release some day??Either way, this is my personal favorite of all time, and I recommend it to everyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars !!! I LOOKED DOWN THE BARREL OF THIS GUN !!!
IVE LOOKED DOWN THE BARREL OF THIS GUN, AND IT WAS FUN! THIS CD IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENCIAL PIECE OF MUSIC IN THE RAP SCENE, AS WELL AS ENDTRODUCING OF COURSE. TO ANYONE WITHOUT THIS CD THAT LISTENS TO GOOD MUSIC, OR MUSIC FOR THAT MATTER, THIS CD SHOULD BE SITTING NEXT TO YOUR BIBLE AS JUST AS IMPORTANT PIECE OF HISTORY.

5-0 out of 5 stars Underapreciated gem
This CD is full of interesting sounds and styles. It's something I can always go back and listen to and it never sounds stupid, dated or unoriginal. ... Read more

Asin: B000002UUN
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rap & Hip-Hop   


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Hello Nasty
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (14 July, 1998)
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It's been a dozen years since the Beastie Boys broke, and on Hello Nasty, they show that--though they've grown up, matured, and just gotten older--they're still in touch with the inner brat that always made them so much fun. Turns out that the brat's turned into an ace record collector with choice taste in collaborators, too. --Randy Silver ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Could of been so much more lyrically (Still a dope record)
Hip Hops drunken frat boys are back and they are growing up...sort of. "Hello Nasty" finds MCA, Adrock, & Mike D discovering more styles of music to mess around with and steer away from the drunken rhymes of such seminal albums as their debut "Licensed to Ill". Instead they seem to be talking in rhyme about a whole lot of nothing a lot of the time. They are saying stuff but it is kind of subliminal and not direct. I guess this is my beef with the album while it sounds tight throughout and is worth bumping over a lot of today's hip hop this album generally is not saying anything. I have to respect the beasties for continuing & advancing in a genre where most groups that have been around for twelve plus years are still doing the same things they did at the beginning of their career. The music on this album is pretty amazing throughout and the instrumentals placed on the album are really sick. I guess I would have expected that with all their statements about politics and how bad they feel about their misogynistic lyrics of the past they would have included some of that on here. Either way they dropped yet another groundbreaking album for hip hop and it is definitely worth checking out.

2-0 out of 5 stars Hello Mediocre
I've been a Beastie Boys fan since I was in 8 years old. I played the cassette version of License to Ill until it did nothing but make a squealing sound in my head phones. And until a while ago I would maintain to anyone that EVERY Beastie Boys album was great, cool in its own right and an evolutionary step forward by some of hip hop's most talented artists. (Get to the point. I know, I know.) But I had never really owned "Hello Nasty' myself. It was the only one of their albums I hadn't picked upon release. Until recently.
Now, upon closer inspection reveals that there really isn't a stand out track on the whole album. "Intergalactic," "Body Movin'" and "Super Disco Breakin'" may have been pseudo hits but they don't really stand out from the rest of the album, which feels like mostly filler. Decent filler, though. There are a few stinkers: "Song for the Man" (It's cool when they try to do new things and the lyrics are interesting, but this track is utterly skippable) and Dedication (following House of Pain's shout out track lead is indulgent and just plain boring to listen to).
Like their previous two LPs, there are a few decent instrumental track that break up the album. But in general the whole album seems to pass unnoticed. I listened to it 4 times in a row while at work an couldn't really discern any standout track. But for what it's worth, I wasn't annoyed.
All in all it's cool to hear the B-Boys make a cohesive album with a unique sound, but it's not mind blowing. I'd recommend it for serious fans and people collecting all their CDs. It's certainly won't detract from your collection and there will be a time you'll want to listen to it. But I wouldn't expect to find yourself picking it over Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head or even To The 5 Boroughs (awesome, by the way) for that matter.

5-0 out of 5 stars my favorite of the beastie boys collection
I'm a relatively " late"beastie fan, because I only really started listening to them when this CD first came out. I decided to check it out because some of my friends were recommending them and Intergalactic had sounded pretty nice on the radio.

I was pleasantly rewarded when I indeed bought this album. Unlike some albums, it has A LOT of solid songs, and are all well-balanced. These guys can flow.

I then checked out their previous albums, which arent bad, but I still say this one is their best. (song-wise though, nothing tops Fight for your right and Sabatoge!!!).. But for total number of good songs on one CD, this one is up there.

Highly recommended. ... Read more

Asin: B000007TE8
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Rap    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Rap & Hip-Hop    6. Underground Rap   


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Americana [ECD]
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 November, 1998)
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Maybe hanging out with Jello Biafra put the fun-loving spring in Offspring's step. Or perhaps it was just the royalty checks, hot babes, and fast cars. Whatever the case, the band's fourth record, Americana, is its most lively offering to date, replacing angst and rage with energy and sarcasm. The novelty single "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" matches infectious riffing and shout-along vocals with fly-girl chants of "Give it to me, baby" and lyrics about wannabe scenesters; and a storming punk-rock version of Morris Albert's "Feelings" sees the band hitting a new level of, er, (in)sensitivity. Elsewhere, the humor is slightly more subtle; "She's Got Issues" cops a new-wave guitar line from the Cars songbook, "The Kids Aren't Alright" opens like an Iron Maiden anthem, and "Why Don't You Get a Job?" is a blatant reggae-style spoof of the Beatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da." Musically, Americana offers no real revelations, but the songs are a bit craftier and more diverse than the rest of the Offspring oeuvre, veering haphazardly between anthemic punk metal, blistering hardcore, and near-psychedelic experimentation. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best CD Ever
This CD is probably one of the best I've heard every song is excellent and is done in a way to really get you excited I highly recommend this to anyone one who are fans of punk rock. If you buy it you'll love it.

1-0 out of 5 stars I have issues with this album.
I am not really all that fond of music that came out in 1998, and this is one of the albums that I feel is why I'm so down on the music of that particular year. Mind you in 1998 I was in a real funk anyway, but the music made it worse. To me this was a real disappointment as far as albums go. "Pretty Fly" sounds like a rewrite of "Come Out And Play", and not as good sounding either. "Why Don't You Get A Job?" doesn't make me think of sandy gold beaches in the Caribbean it makes me think why are these people writing about this? Has rock and roll gotten that dead that we can't think of anything else to write about? For the most part this album is horrible with only one song that I can say I can halfway tolerate, and that was "The Kids Are Not Alright." It put me back in the frame of mind I was in back in 1998, and that was one of angst and depression. I was 30, and still single, and hating it every moment I saw a couple together, and being all lovey dovey. It made me remember all the anger I felt, and to a certain extent still do. However, with all things I have to go beyond this stage as I have felt stagnated, and down on things. I don't know what it will take maybe a different attitude towards people, or hopefully someone will take the time to see who I really am. I also know one thing now that I have gotten this out of my system as this was one of the things that have bothered me STAY AWAY FROM THIS ALBUM!!!!!!! It's gaurunteed to get you down on life, and make you want to kill yourself. Not so much the words, but the music.

4-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, yet lacking.
!Heather's Teenage Son!

Being a die-hard Offspring fan, I of course enjoyed this album alot.But, it's definately not them at their best.Their best albums are definately Ixnay and Conspiracy of One, while this is their worst...but I'm giving it 4 stars.So, that should tell you how purely awesome this band is.The track "Walla Walla" is fast and fun and I love listening to it over and over again, so I would suggest you listen to that one."She's Got Issues" is great and catchy, and my favorite track on this CD."Pretty Fly" is entertaining, also along with their other single off this album "Why Don't You Get A Job".But, there is one song on here called "Have You Ever".It sounds so much like "Dirty Magic" from the album Ignition it's not even funny.So, skip that one unless you want to hear "Dirty Magic" only faster.

So, overall this album entertains but their lyrics are not as meaningful as on their other CDs.Get this one if, like me, you absolutely love this band. ... Read more

Asin: B00000DHRZ
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Punk Revival    5. Punk-Pop    6. Rock   


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Smash
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 April, 1994)
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Call them the Nine Inch Nails of punk. Like NIN, the Offspring preserve the essential ingredients of their chosen genre--guitars grinding out three chords, shouted vocals, and plenty of vitriol--and layer them over a melodic base that packs considerable popular appeal. The singles from Smash, the Offspring's breakthrough album, still receive considerable radio airplay: "Gotta Get Away," "Come Out and Play," and "Self Esteem."With these and Smash's 11 other tracks, the band chronicles the adolescent experience with clarity and surprisingly incisive wit. That pretty much describes all of their albums, but this is the one to get. It's got more shape than their earlier material and isn't as disturbingly poppy as their more recent recordings; it's the perfect blend of riffs and rage. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars prety cool
1.time to relax 7/10 funny!
2.nitro[youth energy]9/10 great guitar playing
3.bad habit 10/10 also good guitar and bad words
4.gotta get away 4/10 to much drums
5.genocide 8/10 amazing guitar and drums
6.something to believe in 2/10 anoying and gets stuck in your head
7.come out and play 11/10 to good for words
8.self esteem 8/10 o.k.
9.it'll be a long time 0/10 uh,oh
10.killboy power head 9/10 rock on!!
11.what happend to you? -1/100 acustic guitar?
12.so alone 200/100 aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!
13.not the one 5/10 hmmmmmmmmmm
14.smash 6/10 to,to

4-0 out of 5 stars prety cool
1.time to relax 7/10 funny!
2.nitro[youth energy]9/10 great guitar playing
3.bad habit 10/10 also good guitar and bad words
4.gotta get away 4/10 to much drums
5.genocide 8/10 amazing guitar and drums
6.something to believe in 2/10 anoying and gets stuck in your head
7.come out and play 11/10 t00 good for words
8.self esteem 8/10 o.k.
9.it'll be a long time 0/10 uh,oh
10.killboy power head 9/10 rock on!!
11.what happend to you? -1/100 acustic guitar?
12.so alone 200/100 aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!
13.not the one 5/10 hmmmmmmmmmm
14.smash 6/10 to,to

5-0 out of 5 stars Purely awesome....
!Heather's teenage son!

Well, seeing as The Offspring are my favorite band and I've only heard parts of this album, I bought it to add to my little Offspring collection.This can't compare to Ixnay on the Hombre, but it's still REALLY enjoyable.Dexter's vocals have a higher pitch on Ixnay for some odd reason (probably was recorded differently) but other than that this and Ixnay are similar, Ixnay is more enjoyable.These are my personal favorite songs on the album:

Come Out And Play
Catchy lyrics and interesting guitar notes make this song the best one on the album.I can listen to it over and over again without getting tired of it.

Bad Habit
A song about road rage.It's got some pretty funny lyrics, and it kind of reminds me of my brother when he's on the road.For fans of fast-paced punky songs.Great!

What Happened To You
Catchy, short and poppy and it has a similar beat to Don't Pick It Up on Ixnay.It's a very enjoyable song when you are in a good mood.I suggest this one highly.

Self Esteem
This song is just...wow.Great lyrics, great guitar...great everything.

So, this is an overall great album and it's very worth the money I paid for it.GET IT IF YOU ARE AN OFFSPRING FAN! ... Read more

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Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Hard Rock    3. Pop    4. Post-Grunge    5. Punk Revival    6. Punk-Pop    7. Rock   


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Good Feeling
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 October, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Easy does it
This cd is so complete. I didnt like it much when i first heard it, but i realized that they put alot on the plate. Falling Down is the most beautiful song theyve ever written...Except that Christmas song.

4-0 out of 5 stars The potential was there
This CD showed what Fran Healey was capable of. I find it such a shame that, since the success of The Man Who, they felt they had to leave the rockier side behind them. Turn Turn Turn, Sing Sing Sing - come on Fran, all we wanna do is rock!

I do love The Man Who, but, to me, this album knocks the spots off it. From the rockathon numbers, to the typical (at the time) Britpop numbers - such as Happy and Tied to the Nineties, it's nothing but uplifting; his voice seems to carry any cliche, any nuiance of datedness. Listen to Good Feeling, the title track, and the use of the piano that almost takes to back to a 1940's pub with the knees up piano.

I have to admit, I prefer the single version of More Than Us - the strings (whether over-produced or not) just make it that more beautiful. And better than anything since this album.

I let a friend in Denver listen to this album when they went "big" with Driftwood, and he hated it. To me, that makes me like this album more. Travis, to me, are now a dead band; I've lost interest. Fran showed he had the potential to be something big, but he (and the band) "sold out".

I wanted more, and expected it, from them (I was massively into them from the start), but now all I feel is wishy-washy niceness. If you want to hear what they really had, buy this album. If you're into magnolia, buy everything since.

4-0 out of 5 stars I've got a "Good Feeling"
Travis is best known for being one of the most downbeat Britpop bands in existance, but their debut "Good Feeling" is Brit-rock -- happy rock, depressed rock, evenly divided between melancholy and joy. It doesn't have the musical polish of their later efforts, but it does have the infectious exuberance of a young band.

"Hey/I would really like to talk to you/girl/all I want to do is rock!" Fran Healy announces happily at the start of the album. That sentiment carries through the first half of the album, full of uptempo powerpop that ranges from the fuzzy "Good Day To Die" to the swirling melody of the title track. What they lack in experience, they make up in gung-hoety.

When it hits the midway mark, "Good Feeling" changes in tone -- it becomes less about wanting to rock, and more poignant and plaintive. Despite the bouncy poppiness of "Happy," the second half is overwhelmingly melancholy ballads, usually about the fragility of love. While not as much fun as the powerpop, these piano-led ballads are extremely beautiful.

Most bands sound awkward when they're still figuring out what kind of music they want to do. Travis wasn't one of those bands -- they sound equally good when they do sad ballads, and upbeat catchy pop. And though Travis later decided to do the melancholy music, if you listen to "Good Feeling" it's hard not to wish that they could include a few uptempo numbers too.

For a beginner band they were remarkably polished -- the piano melodies are exquisite, and they do some remarkable things with crunchy guitar riffs and some reverbing basslines. The songwriting is one of the few stumbling blocks -- the downtempo numbers are prettily written ("I think you should be framed/in some fine art gallery/I know you'd disagree with me/but I love you anyways"), but the pop numbers contain some real groaners ("I'm a foot without a sock").

Those groaners are admittedly hard to notice, though -- Fran Healy sings these as if he's been doing it all his life, and he adds some extra life to an already solid album. One minute he's purring along and happily yelling along to the riffs, then he's softly murmuring along to the piano.

The style of "Good Feeling" got left behind by Travis, but their debut remains a solid Britpop album that mixes solid powerpop with exquisite ballads. Definitely worth checking out. ... Read more

Asin: B000002BZD
Sales Rank: 47501
Subjects:  1. British Trad Rock    2. Britpop    3. Indie Pop    4. Pop    5. Rock   


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Californication
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 June, 1999)
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Reunited with producer Rick Rubin and guitarist John Frusciante (both of whom were on board for the 1991's breakthrough Blood Sugar Sex Magik), the Chili Peppers waste no time in burying their last effort, the so-so One Hot Minute. Californication's kickoff cut, "Around the World," swaggers around the room, reacquainting itself with old fans and welcoming new ones. Fuzzy Hendrix vibes and popcorn bass lines still rule the roost, along with a heaping helping of disco magic and some unexpected twists. Ten years ago, Anthony Kiedis and company wouldn't have been comfortable doing revamped new wave ("Parallel Universe") or unpretentious ballads (the acoustic "Road Trippin'"), but such material fits Californication's extra-wide canvas. Except for a few meandering numbers that could have been excised, the Red Hot Chili Peppers succeed and regain their footing on the mountain of adrenalized funk. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Band
I love the chili peppers because they are just the best you cant explain.(...)

5-0 out of 5 stars there is so much to get out of this cd
probably the songs on here are the most beautiful songs they ever made.touching, arranged perfectly, with elements of funk and soul only RHCP could have crafted.This album was my introduction to the band, and I recommend it wholeheartedly for new fans.There is no way in the world that you cannot enjoy all the tracks here, they are just put together so well.This album made them really popular with teens today, more than any other album of theirs.just get it, its absolutely wonderful music.

5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing album from an amazing band

When i went to see The Red Hot Chili Peppers in london last summer their set consisted mostly of californication tracks,which was great because i have always thought of californication as a really summery jump about album partly due to its number of upbeat songs (and hot front cover!).The track that stands out for me from this album will always be californication but there are some real other quality songs and each one goes in a different direction.There are quieter tunes such as this velvet glove and porcelain and faster paced tracks such as right on time and paralell universe.Alot of the tunes are quite experimental for the chili peppers as soem are quite unlike the bands previous material.The album has a good balance of fire fuelled tracks and moving mellow ones.
Californication is a must because the chili peppers,such talented and experienced musicians who are really at one with what they do,make its catchy guitar riffs and feel good beats cant help but work their way into your head!Defnitly my faviroute and i hope it becomes your too!
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Asin: B00000J7JO
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Funk Metal    3. Pop    4. Rap-Rock    5. Rock   


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