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    Nevermind
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (24 September, 1991)
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    If Nevermind's sound is familiar now, it's only because thousands of rock records that followed itwere trying very hard to cop its style. It tears out of the speakers like a cannonball, from the punk-turbo-charged riff of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" onward, magnifying and distilling the wounded rage of 15 years of the rock underground into a single impassioned roar. Few albums have occupied the cultural consciousness like this one; of its 12 songs, roughly 10 are now standards. The record's historical weight can make it hard to hear now with fresh ears, but the monumental urgency of Kurt Cobain's screams is still shocking. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Whats With This "Prophet" Moron?
    First off,I have to agree with the guy a couple of spaces below me, this "Prophet Gorden" or whatever his name is, should be sent to prison for abusing his son.If you read the "Prophets" review,he says he beat his kid for lisiting to Nirvana!Getting back to the album, this is on of rock/grunges best ever!Kurt Cobain(R.I.P.)was a rock genius,simply one of the best.This CD fetures the Nirvana classic "Smells Like Teen Sprit",one of their most well known songs.The rest of the album is also very,very good.So if you want a great album,by a great band,buy this!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Egomaniacal Rock Stars. Gotta love 'em.
    Kurdt & co. had just as much input in the mixing and slick-ass production as Andy Wallace and Butch Vig. But Mr. King-O'-the-Grunge Kobain still went ahead and badmouthed said producers/mixers for supposedly making Nevermind too listener-friendly. Kirrt Cawbaiyneeeie lambasted the poor guys for doing what he and his band requested, and vowed to never work with them again. Like always, Kobayne got his way, soon whined like a two-year-old once Nevermind didn't get indie recognition. Instead, it got undeserved worldwide recognition, and brought him more money than he ever deserved. Luckily, he was able to feed his drug habit with that money, and ended up with a shotgun facelift from his own doing.

    Egomaniacal Rock Stars. Gotta love 'em.

    1-0 out of 5 stars REPLY TO THE REVIEWER BELOW ME REGARDING PJ VS NIRVANA
    Pearl Jam is 2nd to nobody. Not Zeppelin. Not Stones. Not Beatles. & It's a laughing stock to think Nirvana was ever in the same league as Pearl Jam, or even Alice in Chains for that matter.. both much better Seattle bands.

    Pearl Jam is not only the greatest band of the 90's, they're simply the greatest band to ever exist, & you should get down on your knees & kiss the heavens for being alive in the same time frame as them to hear their music & see them live.

    By the way, I have also heard Gouge Away by the Pixies, & I completely agree with the reviewer who said it sounds like every song Nirvana ever tried to write, in vocals & in music.

    Pearl Jam fans have nothing to be jealous about...
    At least Pearl Jam is still around & making new brilliant music.. when's Nirvana going to tour again or put out a new album?..you're calling us jealous? ... Read more

    Asin: B000003TA4
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Unplugged in New York
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 November, 1994)
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    The last Nirvana collection recorded before the untimely death of Kurt Cobain, Unplugged caught many by surprise with its stripped down, neo-acoustic offerings with a bridled fury. When Cobain sings, "I swear I don't have a gun, I don't have a gun" with clenched teeth (instead of an open howl) and when the haunting strains of "About a Girl"--from their earliest LP--chills even with quieted guitars, you discover a new appreciation for the nuances of one of the greatest bands of recent times. Highlights include covers of three Meat Puppets tracks (featuring special guests Curt and Kris Kirkwood of that influential "college rock" band), the weepy cello on the Vaselines' "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam," and their cover of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World." --Lorry Fleming ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars It's amazing what a junkie can do when he gets his fix
    Why'd Kurt have such a mellow vibe during the whole performance? Because he had some MTV execs score him some heroin before the show. No joke. Just listen to the way he says "I've already had three cups of tea already, but thank you". Kurt was blitzed. It's amazing that he gave such a good performance on heroin. Yeah, that does embody a lot of what Nirvana was about.

    5-0 out of 5 stars oh
    I don't own any Nirvana cd's and I've never been to a Nirvana concert. Nirvana never interested me UNTIL I saw Nirvana unplugged on MTV. Wow. Great work Nirvana. RIP Kurt

    5-0 out of 5 stars an essential for any Nirvana fan
    what i really enjoy about this cd is that Kurt Cobain decided to do some covers of a favorite band of his, the Meat Puppets.3 really good songs of theirs are on here, plus a David Bowie song and a Vaselines song they covered. THey draw from songs that are already fairly mellow, and give them an acoustic edge that sounds awesome.I was already a fan of the Unplugged series, and this is one of the better ones.It is very special, and embodies a lot of music that Nirvana stands for.You definitely need this one in your collection. ... Read more

    Asin: B000003TB9
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock    3. Rock/Pop   


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    Dookie
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 February, 1994)
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    Take one part Ramones, one part Buzzcocks, and one part Husker Du, and you've got the basic foundation of Green Day, a punky, witty, melodic San Francisco Bay area trio who became overnight stars in 1994 when this album, their third overall release and major label debut, catapulted them to the top of the pop charts. Led by guitarist/vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong and their secret weapon, powerhouse drummer Tre Cool, Green Day put '70s and '80s punk in a compact '90s package with songs like "Longview," "Basket Case," "Pulling Teeth," and the hit semi-ballad, "When I Come Around." One the few modern alternative rock bands with a bona fide sense of humor. --Billy Altman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sell Out or Not?
    This album is great, and there is no denying it. While to some, American Idiot was "the sellout album" of Green Day. To others, those fans who have followed Green Day from their underground years.. Dookie is "the sellout album."

    Comparing Dookie to American Idiot, the songs are a little more real. American Idiot and Boulevard of Broken Dreams are both OK songs, they just repeat and repeat. While songs like When I Come Around, Burnout, and most of the other songs on Dookie are good songs, with out repeat the title about a zillion times in a row. Though, there is a certin hidden track that... oh have I said too much?

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Most Excellent Piece of Art
    Please note that I am hypercritical.

    1.Burnout - 10/10 - Excellent opening track. Catchy and easy to sing along to.

    2.Having A Blast - 10/10 - Another catchy song about a suicide bomber. Catchy and easy to sing along to.

    3.Chump - 8/10 - A catchy song, but akward music. Flows into Longview

    4.Longview - 11/10 - Exceedingly catchy. An entourage of swear words. A single.

    5.Welcome To Paradise - 10/10 - Inferior to the original version on Kerplunk, but good nontheless

    6.Pulling Teeth - 10/10 - Funny and catchy. A typical great Green Day song.

    7.Basket Case - 15/10 - The best song on the album. Marvelously catchy, never gets old.

    8. Sassafrass Roots - 9/10 - Another catchy song.

    9. She - 7/10 - Weakest track on the CD. Sort of catchy.

    10. When I Come Around - 13/10 - Ditto Basket Case.

    11. Coming Clean - 9/10 - Too short, but good.

    12. Emenius Sleepus - 9/10 - Hilarious. Like everything else on this CD.

    13. In The End - 9/10 - Another solid awesome track.

    14. F.O.D - 10/10 - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! HILARIOUS!

    Overall, this is one of the greatest albums ever! All the songs have this great feeling to them - I can't quite pin it down - of happiness. Buy Kerplunk. Brush your teeth. Help us make pop and rap music illegal. Listen to Green Day. LONG LIVE GUNS N' ROSES!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Da Enventerz Ov Tru Punk Rawk!
    If it wurnt 4 Green Day, we wudint hav al ov doze grate punk rawk bandz like Good Charlotte and Simple Plan! Hooeva sayz dat MC5 and da Ramones envented punk rawk needs 2 jump off a brij and dye, b-cuz dey R pozers! ... Read more

    Asin: B000002MP2
    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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    Ten
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 August, 1991)
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    Part of the '90s Seattle grunge triumvirate completed by Nirvana and Soundgarden, Pearl Jam debuted with Ten, their most accessible, least self-conscious album. Over time, PJ's rep as a politically correct band just a little too above it all to prostitute its music on MTV has nearly superseded the music. But before that, they were a simply an in-your-face, in-your-head, loud, melodic rock band. And lead singer Eddie Vedder was known for his possessed stage presence and a primal growl that sounded like it required three vocal chords. The personal, narrative singles "Alive," "Jeremy," and "Even Flow" catapulted the reluctant band into the 10-million-plus-sales division. Subsequent albums are more intricate, subtle, thematically complex, and, in many ways, better than Ten. But the band may never repeat the stampede caused by this debut. --Beth Bessmer ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good album...but not better than Nevermind
    I like Pearl Jam alot. Ten is a great album. Pearl Jam is one of the greatist rock bands in the past 25 years. I dont understand the arrgument between Pearl Jam and Nirvana. I prefer Nirvana and thats my opinion. I was reading in a magazine the other day about Pearl Jam was opening for Nirvana and Pearl Jam did "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for there last song and when thy went of Eddie said to Kurt "Remember we did it first". I almost died laughing. Ten is one of the greatist albums in the past 25 years. Pearl Jam is in the top 10 of the greatist rock bands of all time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars PEARL JAM'S 'TEN' vs. NIRVANA'S 'NEVERMIND' - the truth
    August 27th, 1991 - Pearl Jam released the revolutionary 'Ten'
    September 24th, 1991 - Nirvana released the "revolutionary" 'Nevermind'

    Another one for the ages in the classic example of one album vs. another - It's an argument to go along beside 'London Calling' vs. 'Nevermind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols' - 'Pet Sounds' vs. 'Sgt. Peppers' - 'Led Zeppelin 4' vs. 'Dark Side of the Moon' etc.. etc..

    I have opinions regarding those albums that can be bent & changed depending on my mood - What cannot be changed is my opinion of 'Ten' vs. 'Nevermind' -

    The Seattle revolution was praised for changing the music scene from hair metal, to honest rock n roll again - Nirvana getting most of this praise since they got big first, & afterwards with Pearl Jam getting big months later - In modern times, unfourtantely, the hype & legend of this scene has covered many points in reality that the music at the time was so praised for - Nirvana was thought of as revolutionary, nothing like 'Nevermind' was released before... right?

    Wrong.

    - The Pixies. A band that combined the spirit of punk rock with basslines & drum beats wrapped around the guitars in a style not heard before.. the Pixies, while critically acclaimed, were not a well known band - Kurt Cobain, however, was one of their devoted listeners.. aswell as their biggest thief - He claimed that if it wasnt for 'Doolittle', Nevermind wouldve never been made... can't argue with the man there, he's right... 'Nevermind' is a blatant rip-off of 'Doolittle', aswell as 'Surfa Rosa'

    Nirvana basically took the exact same style of song writing & technique the Pixies invented, & made it mainstream... since the mainstream listening public is well known to be ignorant sheep, they hailed it as being "a revolutionary sound" - thereby annoying the christ out of all Pixies' lovers such as myself -

    So why did music critics acclaim 'Nevermind' then? - Guess what? THEY DIDNT - Rolling Stone magazine gave 'Nevermind' an average 3 stars for their effort ('Ten' got 4 stars)... it was only after the ignorant mainstream public loved 'Nevermind' to death, that it started becoming trendy to critically acclaim the album - It wasnt acclaimed from the beginning such as 'OK Computer' (whats that? it wasnt acclaimed because it was such a new sound? Bad argument. So was 'OK Computer' & it was acclaimed before it was released)

    Kurt was worshipped as being so "real"... guess what?

    Not really.

    the song 'Something in the Way' was reportedly written after Kurt was living under a bridge... Kurt NEVER lived under a bridge - He lied.. he was kicked out of his house when he was about to be intimate with a girl, & lived with friends for a while - Thats the true story, nothing dark, or sensitive.. just another case of the legend overshadowing the actual truth

    Here's some truth...

    the Pearl Jam song 'Release', written by Eddie Vedder, was a song he wrote about the death of his real father he never knew was his real father.. his mom never told him - This is a REAL song.. REAL emotion.. a TRUE story - not a legend, or a myth, just the truth.. also 'Alive' is based after the same story - Metaphorically believing his mom "raped" him

    Whereas Kurt seemed to keep things more self-centered in songs such as the simple-minded repetitive 'Lithium' & .. oh hell, every other song off Nevermind except 'Polly'... Eddie was writing songs reflecting the state of the world, in songs such as 'Jeremy', 'Even Flow', & 'Why Go?'


    Pearl Jam were original. No band sounded like Pearl Jam before Pearl Jam did - Sure.. Eddie had Jim Morrison type vocals, but thats as far of an influence you could hear through their music... anyone familiar with the Pixies, heard a blatant rip-off of the Pixies in Nirvana....

    Nirvana were not original. They were rip-offs. As much of rip-offs as Puddle of Mudd is to Nirvana, only Pixies were way less known - To further prove this fact, the amazon editorial review writes, 'Thousands of albums have tried to copy 'Nevermind's style" - Hey.. maybe they WERENT, maybe the bands thought of as trying to copy Neverminds style, were just ALSO heavily influenced by the Pixies

    Please listen to the song 'Gouge Away' off Doolittle (pixies) - & in that song, you'll hear every song Nirvana ever wrote summed up into one song.

    Eddie Vedder wrote songs revolving around things that actually happened to him.. way more personal songs - & when he didnt, he wrote about songs for the state of the world -

    Kurt Cobain hardly wrote about songs he actually lived - In fact, their biggest hit, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' was a song Kurt wrote about having friends....

    Awww... how sweet...

    Party music.

    Whereas Kurt insulted hair metal bands, he also cited hair metal leaders such as 'Van Halen' as huge influences...(anyone else notice that people who bought 'Nevermind' also bought 'Appetite for Destruction'?

    - In the end...

    Pearl Jam were always a more honest, & revolutionary sounding band than Nirvana... Kurts death overshadowed this, & he became a legend with fables told about him... theres no fables about Pearl Jam (except their name).. theyre just a true band.. & often times, non-fiction is much more amazing than fiction.. Pearl Jam vs. Nirvana is a case of this

    ***** BUY THESE 2 GREATEST HITS ALBUMS ******

    1) Pearl Jam's 'Rearviewmirror'
    2) The Pixies' 'Wave of Mutilation'

    Kurt hated Pearl Jam's music? Well guess what Kurt - Black Francis of the Pixies, your biggest idol, hated YOUR music as I read in Blender magazine recently (& why not? it was just a watered down version of the music his band already made before)

    FACT: Kurt called MTV behind the scenes, & told them to play more Nirvana music videos

    FACT: Pearl Jam quit making MTV music videos

    & people think Nirvana was so rebelious? ha..

    In closing, I'd like to say anyone who connects with 'Nevermind' more than 'Ten' (even if is more popular) - & anyone who connects with "songs about friends" more than the epic Pearl Jam's 'Black' - Is about as rebelious & has as much emotional depth as a bottle cap.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best album of 1991
    And yes you read that correctly, NOT Nevermind, which certainly has its place in music history but not nearly as good as Ten. But as far as debuts go, perhaps one of the best ever. Right up there with Appetite For Destruction and Definatley Maybe. Eddie Vedder captivates right from the beginning with his dark often brooding lyrics with a voice that could NEVER be duplicated no matter how many people try to copy it(Scott Stapp, i'm looking at you) but for me, the best song on this album is hands down "Alive", truly a piece of rock n' roll greatness with Vedder growling more passionate than ever, with incredible lyrics to boot "Son ohh she said, have i got a little story for you, what you thought was your daddy, was nothing but a...while you were sitting home alone at age 13, your real daddy was dyin', sorry you didn't see him, but i'm glad we talked" truly amazing with an excellent chorus. Best CD of 1991, a must own. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Grunge    3. Hard Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. United States of America   


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    Follow The Leader
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (18 August, 1998)
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    Love 'em or despise 'em, you've got to give Korn props for kick-starting a new metal movement that blends aggressive hip-hop rhythms with roaring hate-metal riffs. In the wake of the band's 1994 debut, many like-minded groups cropped up, including Deftones, Snot, and Limp Bizkit. But with the release of Korn's disappointing 1996 sophomore effort, Life Is Peachy, the imitators seemed likely to usurp the innovators. Maybe that's why Follow the Leader is so crafty and inspired. Instead of continuing on cruise control, Korn have diversified their formula, experimenting with mood and dynamics while intensifying their melody and noise thresholds. "Got the Life" blends a seductive disco beat and vocals reminiscent of "Epic"-era Faith No More with oppressive guitar chimes and squawks. "Children of the Korn" features a propulsive rap beat, throbbing bass lines, and angry guest vocals by Ice Cube. But just when Korn's groovin' psychedelic fury starts to make listeners see red, the band lashes out with "All in the Family," a hilarious rap-metal diss-fest duet with Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, that proves Korn are much more than the sum of their rage. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars korn are a bowl of peaches
    and a mixed sort of other fruits. tra tra tra transvestite. follow your idol the one in korn who's bisexual. he is the next michael jackson. he's going to molest all his boy fans. he'll make you guys hardcore after you suck him off. tra tra transvestite. and then as korn's roadies, you can be korn's sex slaves.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another exellent korn creation
    This is definatly kick ass album.
    Where do i start.
    all in the familly is a classic metal/rap song.
    probably the best Fred was ever in.
    children of the korn is a great colaboration between metal and hip hop.
    2 of my favorites korn and Ice cube.
    cameltosis is another great colaboration.
    This album just tops off korns great albums.
    it's a must to have.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This is the one.
    Korn's "Follow the Leader" is the album that got me into heavier music upon its release, which I believe was late 1997. Almost 8 years late, there is obviously better music out there, but Korn's third effort stands out among their albums as the one that got them on the charts. The songwriting here is much better than on "Issues" or "Life is Peachy" (I haven't really heard the latest ones, so I can't judge). On this album, Korn explores all the possibilities, from exremely heavy (It's On, Got the Life), to slow, plodding monsters of songs (My Gift to You, Dead Bodies Everywhere), hip-hop (Children of the Korn, All in the Family), all while still retaining their classic Korn sound.

    In my opinion, this was Korn's most creative output, and with the help of a few friends around the music scene, Korn spawned the nu-metal movement which has become so saturated in the modern age. This was the beginning, and I think it's still the best. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rap-Metal    5. Rock   


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    Significant Other
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (22 June, 1999)
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    Florida-bred metal-rappers Limp Bizkit sold a million-plus records of their debut largely on the strength of a George Michael cover song. But the band indeed had "Faith" and the group's second outing proves that the Bizkit have the goods. Still, it seems as if boastful frontman Fred Durst is loading the band's deck again, this time by including scads of guest vocalists, such as Stone Temple Pilots' singer Scott Weiland, Method Man from Wu-Tang Clan, and Korn's Jonathan Davis. (In fact, Korn gave Limp Bizkit a leg up in the industry.) But the 16 diverse yet cohesive tracks on Significant Other don't need any help. Not as heavy as their mentors Korn--or as they are on their debut--Bizkit give Everlast a run for his money on the tuneful and appealing "Rearranged." "Just Like This" is another winning hip-hop and rock entry, while the amusing and memorable "Nookie" (as in "I did it all for the nookie") has self-deprecating lyrics not unlike the Offspring's "Self-Esteem." Bizkit segues with ease from pleasing rock and hip-hop amalgam to spooky Tool territory on "Don't Go Off Wandering" to moshable moments in the entreaty "Show Me What You Got." Significant Other may be hard to categorize, but it's easy to like. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible!
    This is the most overrated band in the music history since Tool...piece of sh**! This is awful! Why are you here???

    1-0 out of 5 stars limp bizkit
    the music is bad hands down, but i think the name limp bizkit is cool for two reasons and both being very descriptive reasons of this music and the band members

    1) limp: i'm sure all the members are limp and have to use tweezers as masturbation tools because their thingofabots are so small and limp.

    2) bizkit: biscuits is another name for turds which can be easily compared to the music and intelligence levels of "bizkit" and his fellow band members.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kwit Dissin On My Bizzkit!
    All ov U 1-star reevuers R ideeutz! Limp Bizzkit iz da god ov deth metul! All ov U pafetik poseurs onlee h8 Limp Bizzkit beecuz U think dat Judas Preest and I-earn Mayden R a milliun timez bettur dan Limp Bizzkit! Do we C doze lozerz on MTV? No! Fred Durst iz god! ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Post-Grunge    5. Rap-Metal    6. Rock   


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    Battle of Los Angeles
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (02 November, 1999)
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    Having successfully fused music and politics from their start, inspiring both moshing and young minds in the process, Rage Against the Machine emerges in peak form with merely their third album in seven years. Guitarist Tom Morello is one of the most distinctive and innovative players of his era, and his foil, vocalist/lyricist Zack De La Rocha, is as unrelenting and inspiring as ever on The Battle of Los Angeles. Rage, whose past antics include performing naked with duct tape over their mouths to protest censorship, released Battle on Election Day, but the politics of the group can be separated from the sounds. Indeed, the 45 minutes of mayhem heard here can be enjoyed solely as rousing aggro hip-hop rock. There's more variety found on Battle than on its predecessors, however. "Sleep Now in the Fire" is one of their most straight-ahead rock tunes. The trippy guitar on "Calm Like a Bomb" is out there even for the adventurous Morello. And "Born a Broken Man" serves up lovely musical interludes. Overall, the more finely honed Rage heard on Battle may not inspire a generation of young revolutionaries, but they still stir up more mutinous spirit than the rest of the current rock pack. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not their best work, but still worth it
    "The Battle of Los Angeles" was the last album that RATM made with original songs. Although it's not as strong as "Evil Empire" and the unforgetable debut (self-titled) way back from 1992, it's still got that catchy groove, aggressive bite, and angry poetry from Zack's notebook. Not the best album to start on if you're looking into getting to know Rage (start with Evil Empire), but once you get what they're all about, you'll find yourself getting this one soon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the last real epic rock album
    Rage Against the Machine had a hell of a career, if a bit too brief.Their debut was brilliant, but I find Battle of LA to be the band's most distinct and impressive work.Nearly every song on this album is memorable and stands out in its own way, and the songs have a larger-than-life quality and sense of authority that most heavy music lacks today.

    The sounds and dynamics of 'Battle' are crunchy and in-your-face, and give the album that epic feel.Even with the shorter tracks, the band never slacks off; the sounds on this album are creative and original and never fail to entertain.RATM was always a band with a political message, but they knew how to have fun with it and make it entertaining and energetic.Born of a Broken man, my favorite song on the album and one of my personal all-time favorite songs in general, is especially heavy and driving, not to mention atmospheric and beautiful.

    Fans of metal love to bash RATM mainly because of Tom Morello and his refusal to sound like every other guitarist out there.To you people: get lost (to put it lightly).A virtuoso guitarist is not one who shreds the fastest, he is one who knows his own music well and creates a dynamic sound that makes the songs work.For example, Dave Mustaine is one of my favorite guitarists out there, and he's fast and very technical, but he still could not replicate Morello's sound, riffs, or solos.Only Morello can.

    As for the people bashing RATM for their political stance: politics and music go hand-in-hand.Always have, always will.And I'm sure Morello has more of a right to talk politics than most politicians do.

    Overall Battle of Los Angeles is nothing short a masterpiece.As the title says, I consider this to be one of the last true epics of rock.And for the rock/metal elitists who whine about this not being "real rock" or "real metal" for its rap and techno influences, think again.This is creative metal set to groove and rhythm, and it rules.

    5-0 out of 5 stars their most darkly powerful release
    I think that this is RATM's strongest effort based on their message.it is not quite as funky or mindbending as their previous two cd's, but the message they are trying to bring across is extremely clear and poignant.this one is extremely dark, and zach d has a more focused perspective in his lyrics, instead of just the same old ranting from Evil Empire.they have really branched out their artistry on this one, and if their career hadn't been cut short, this proves that they would have continued to inspire and amaze.Many fans only like the first two cd's, and refuse to acknowledge the importance of this one or Renegades.Battle of LA is a little more rough around the edges and experimental then the first two, but songs like "Calm Like a Bomb" and "New Millenium Homes" show that Rage still had the power.

    This was my introduction to the group, and I was blown away by the intensity of the music.I have never heard another group that was so focused on social and political issues, and it had never before occured to me that you could do that in music.This cd has stood up to years of repeat listening, and is definitely deserving of a place in your collection if you like Rage.You shouldn't worry about getting it if you are a new fan; in my view the band hasn't released a single mediocre cd.But most people recommend beginning with the self titled cd of theirs, and I am going to recommend getting that one before you get this.On all accounts don't overlook this cd. ... Read more

    Asin: B00002MZ2C
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Californication
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (08 June, 1999)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $14.99
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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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