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Rafi's Revenge
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (03 November, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars this is the 21st century asian dub!
If you like the musical smorgesboard of the sound and production of these multi-ethnic, pop-political rants, then pick up Transglobal Underground's "Yes Boss, Food Corner." BOTH groups, in my mind, are the BEST in driving, chanting, strangely harmonic and stunningly unique modern eastern world music!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars straight, no chaser
this album was my introduction to asian dub foundation. i come at this music from very classic rock, jazz and world music roots. over the years, i have occasionally flirted with music from what is now being dubbed the asian massive. i always found the music unappetizing. for instance, karsh kale's "liberation" is quite lame - there is enough rehmanesque music coming out of bollywood, and in that sense, "liberation" is anything but liberating. another really poor attempt is the state of bengal, ananda shankar collaboration on the real world label. on the contrary, rafi's revenge was revelatory. when the opening bars of "naxalite" first blasted out of my speakers, i was jolted out of my seat, and to be honest, my first instinct was to put it off. but this album is multi-layered, and it reveals its secrets slowly, getting better with each listening. it is completely fresh (in a way that "liberation" is not), with rich rhythmic structures, exhilarating lyrics (once you have deciphered the maze of accents) and infectious energy. the album is littered with high-octane protest tunes ("naxalite", "hypocrite", "free satpal ram", "black white"). amidst the jungle beats, and heavy, deep, drums and bass grooves, the adf announce their call to struggle, and to fight opression. in fact, the music mirrors this passion, and listening to them, i am reminded of the power and forcefulness of early dylan (remember "masters of war" and "hard rain's gonna fall"?). sonically, the person chandrasonic most reminds me of is jimmy page. the hard-driving chordal backdrop of "assassin" creates a tense atmosphere of anger and defiance, and fittingly, deedar belts out a tune about an indian freedom fighter lost to history. these guys are truly innovators, and deserving of all the attention they are getting. if your only introduction to adf has been through talvin singh's "anokha" compilation (another so-so effort, in my humble opinion), then what are you waiting for? this album is the real thing. this is the riddim i like.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bidrohi-Sound-Clash Brilliance!
Before the misnomer of Asian Underground was ever quoted, there were a handful of truly politically conscious musical rebels of the South Asian diaspora. ADF (and possibly early Fun-da-mental) truly defined and perfected this genre and this album proves it. "Rafi's Revenge" is actually a re-energized and re-recorded version of the French only release "R.A.F.I." from the year before. Where "R.A.F.I" was an excellent album, "Rafi's Revenge" achieved perfection. Musically, "Rafi's Revenge" is heaviest on the ragga jungle/drum and bass side with healthy doses of organic samples (thanks to Sun-J and Pandit G), seering guitar statements (via Chandrasonic), and pulsing yet melodic dub bass lines (from Dr. Das). The young Deeder's unmatchable mc'ing, rapping, toasting, and chanting takes their music to an even higher level of musical depth. If this was all that ADF had to offer they would still be superb, but their lyrics leap ADF into dimensions rarely attained. Listen to Naxalite, Assassin, and Free Satpal Ram. If you don't understand the South Asian diaspora's past and present, you'll soon get your enlightment and realize that all of these themes and messages are indeed global and universal. ADF proved the best way to change the world is to change the way we listen to music...that is, make sure the music is as radical as the lyrics, never compromise on your spirit of experimentation, always push musical boundaries, but most importantly, produce some of the most incredible music that anyone has ever heard regardless of musical genre. Asian Dub Foundation...Zindabad!!! ... Read more

Asin: B00004T4AU
Sales Rank: 76413


The Battle of Los Angeles
Average Customer Review: 4.32 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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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD, but still not as good as the debut...
The Battle Of Los Angeles is Rage Against The Machine's glorious return to the music industry. One of the best bands out there has finally come back, and they give their return justice too. This album continues their legacy of delivering a great message as well as great songs. Zach De La Rocha hasn't lost a step, and his delivery is still very strong. Tom Morello is still one of the most talented and innovative guitarists of this era. The band still has their solid lineup of annoyingly catchy songs (try going a day without reciting the line "lights out, guerilla radio").

The Battle Of LA is a great album, but I still wouldn't feel comfortable calling it Rage's best album. It is Rage's freshest album to date, but it still doesn't surpass their 1992 self-titled debut, which blew me away and still continues to. It's good to see them try to surpass it, just as they did with Evil Empire. But, as with Evil Empire, The Battle Of LA only goes so far as to excell Rage's career rather than define it. They didn't lose their touch after the first album like Korn somewhat did, they just can't seem to match it. Still, The Battle Of Los Angeles is an amazing album from an amazing band, and I highly reccomend it to everyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars This album is their best yet! So deep in Music and.......
The Lyrics are sooo significant, the music is sooooo good, you cant beat it. Its is unbelievable and definitly worth the o so long wait. War within a breath is textbook power bass driven hard hitting rage and is by far my favorite song, it has a significant first ending and re-explodes back with Tom playing the hardest bass you'll ever hear. My only Complaint is in the dynamics of the Mixing, every thing is recorded pretty much at one level. But the band takes music to new height, its a true masterpiece, deep in its lyrical and musical texture. Zacks rhymes are more significant and hard hitting than ever, going where most wouldn't dare. Ashes in the fall and Born of A BrokenMan bring Rage into some ne uncharted territory with somewhat softer and different sounds. I think that Ashes in the fall is there most interesting song ever. Obviously Guerrilla Radio is a great song. But the album is much deeper than the hard hitting hit single. Mic-Check a heavily rap oriented track is in my top 3 favorite songs on the album. Its unique lyrics and interesting Eerily echoed sounds make it a song you'll never get tired of. There is too much to say about this album than to put in a mere 1000 words, so i'll just stop here. My advice, order it here or get your a$$ to the store and buy it. This is a true masterpiece from the coolest and greatest band ever!

5-0 out of 5 stars rage is great .....
this album is the most unique and powerful album that i ve ever heard.the album kicks off with testify,which is a mighty song .the second one ,gurellia radio, is a melodious track ,with zack spitting out his words prodigiously.sporadic track born of a brakon man ;is another track that can revitalize even the dead and listless soul.sleep now in the fire is a preeminent song which is so real and the guitar part of morello in this song is awesome with nasty effects like that of a running dj.fire spitter zack's rapping style in mariais simply perfect.ashes in the fall is another track which should be adored coz zack's ebullient vocals in this song is inevitable.mellifluous track mic check is nicely generated in timing and more than a song it sounds like a mayhem. all in all the album is greatly packed up with power and fury which can knock down so called system ,norm and values.now rage is no more with us .tom morello and other remaing freaks really made a bad move by colliding with chris cornell to form audioslave which is not at all worth listening. ... Read more

Asin: B00002MZ2C


Little Johnny From the Hospitul: Breaks & Instrumentals, Vol. 1
Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 September, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars CO-FLOW: Fine Beat Craftsmanship from El-P & Len.
The use of spacey samples and strange verbal exerpts keeps this release on the underground side, but there's some catchy ish goin' on after you listen a few times. Check out my favorite track, "World of Garbage", and you'll see how that popping-cork sound at the beginning makes you want to freestyle right then and there. Perfect for writing verses, or just as chillin' music to help one's creativity. NO LYRICS HERE, JUST BEATS. If you're expecting another "Funcrusher Plus" with this one, don't bother. If you're open-minded enough to skip the newest DMX single in favor of true expressive hip hop, look no further. Peace.

5-0 out of 5 stars ILL Instrumental Album Co-Flow is the illiest!!!!!!
Company Flow's instrumental album "Little Johnny Comes Home From The Hospital" is damm tight. Co-Flow brings some the illest beats and for me Co-Flow is the best underground hip hop u can find. "Funcrusher Plus" joint is an classic, now this instrumental joint is great for writing rhymes to, or kick a freestyle to, or just sit back and let your brain do the work. El-P, and Mr. Len did a ill job on the production, and yes maybe the album would have been better if El-P and Bigg Jus flowed on it, but still a must have album for true underground heads that are openminded for anything. Like I said in the Funcrusher review Co-Flow does not make music to please the mass they make music to please themselves. Of course you all know that Co-Flow is no longer, but El-P is all over the place with his new Def Jux label(which has the best album of 2001 so far Cannibal OX's "The Cold Vein" produced by El-P and his solo album "The Paincave" is coming sometime in 2001). Mr Len has an album droping sometime soon with matador label. Bigg Jus is coming also on the same label as MF Doom "Metal Face". Anyway go cop this tight Co-Flow instrumental joint up, because it's differant then all this other rap garbage out here and it's an banger.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Piece of Production History
The Funcrusher Plus LP exposed the world to a completely new breed of hip hop. With "Independent as ..." as their rallying cry, Company Flow opened the door for hundreds if not thousands of underground hip hop acts to cross over into a marginal amount of commercial success without sacrificing their basic values. The irony is that although Company Flow made room for many other underground acts, there really aren't any underground acts like Company Flow. They are a seemless amalgum of 1985 and 3000. And despite the undeniable importance of El-P's "is this guy for real?" cadence, and Big Juss's definite contribution to their work on Funcrusher, the true essence of Company Flow lies in the beats. On Funcrusher they were almost entirely composed by El-P, with a little help from DJ Mr. Len. Here Mr. Len and El-P share the spotlight to some degree, providing beats for a millenium far in the distance. This album provides the basis for Mr. Len's follow solo production masterpiece Pity the Fool. And while Len was clearly El-P's apprentice to some degree during this release, Len does provide some of the album's finest moments. In fact Len might have stolen the show if this album did not arguably contain El-P's best beat work. And Little Johnny certainly bridges the gap between the production from Funcrusher and the production of Cannibal Ox's Cold Vein and El-P's own Fantastic Damage. One drawback to this album that if you are familiar with all of El-P's other work, you will be begging for him to get on the mic at least once to assert his intergalactic dominance, instead he lets the beats do all of his talking for him. And if you are an avid Company Flow/Def Jux fan you will release the lack of sampling material he is really drawing from, as some of his beats are simply reworkings or alternate versions of ones you've probably heard before. However, considering that he himself admits that he only has about 100 albums he samples from, it is amazing that he can come up with such consistent brilliance. ... Read more

Asin: B00001T3H3
Sales Rank: 165931
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rap & Hip-Hop   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asin: B0000296JB


New Forms
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 October, 1997)
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For his debut album on Talkin' Loud/Polygram, Bristol, England's Roni Size keeps with the label's tradition of releasing grandiose, song-oriented dance albums. Size teams up with DJs Krust, Die, and Suv; MC Dynamite; and vocalist Onalee to weld the rough-and-ready sounds of British drum & bass to the soul vibes of their hometown. On New Forms, the jazz concepts laid out on his earlier singles are expanded into song form, with live instrumentation and full vocals. The album never fails to be interesting; there's serious musical credibility underlying every track, but New Forms, with its straightforward pop sensibilities, is clearly aimed at the listener. Fans of the Bristol sound will appreciate the "Watching Windows" and "Share the Fall" singles, whose subtle melancholy blends seamlessly with Size's trademark drum assaults. Despite its length (23 tracks spanning 140 minutes), New Forms remains perfectly balanced and eminently listenable. --Matthew Corwine ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars one of the best drum n bass albums
Here we are, Roni Size's debut album that changed the drum n bass world to this day. This album has highlights like the timeless "Brown Paper Bag", the minimal "New Forms", and the hyperactive jump-up "Let's Get It On". "Digital" weaves a solid synth line and bass through a fast paced drum beat. The problem is that these stellar tracks are followed by a less-fantastic second half. "Heros", in my mind, is vastly overplayed, and we have bad mixes of "Share The Fall" (the better mix is on the second disc) and "Watching Windows" (the Ed Rush and Optical mix brings this to shame). On the second disc, we are again greeted with excellent opening tracks. There's "Hi-Potent," an excellent song with acoustic guitar and a cool slappy bass line, and "Trust Me" and "Change My Life" surprisingly keep a high amount of your attention with switch-up precussion loops and well-timed vocal samples that hold water. Like I said earlier, there's the original version of "Share The Fall", which starts off nice and spacey before throwing down some chopped up and fuzzy vocals again from the tender voiced Onallee. From here, the cd gets VERY minimal and jazzy with "Down" and "Jazz" (which are BEGGING to be remixed, by the way) and shoots up to the chilled-out, atmospheric euphoria of "Hot Stuff" which has a truly monumental woodwind sample. It gets very trippy on the opulent "Ballet Dance" and closes with the snare-y jump-up drum n bass insanity of "Elektricks".

What we have here are two drum n bass cd's with definite jazz influence. The structure's and arrangements are excellent. Although you may have to press the "forward" button on your player to hear the best tracks, none of the tracks are un-listenable and all of them have a good atmosphere.

5-0 out of 5 stars New Forms!
By far the funkiest of the numerous high-profile drum 'n' bass albums released in 1997, NEW FORMS, by Bristol, UK DJ Roni Size and his crew Reprazent, is one of the few that sounds as if it has a chance to appeal to the uninitiated. The basic drum 'n' bass design--high-speed breakbeats, minimal melodic underpinning, diva vocals--remains. Size and his partners apply the blueprint to song forms instead of soundscape/groove collages, and they don't chintz on textures, infusing the digital whole with numerous analog sounds. Even the vocals stand apart from that of most club-ready albums. Two superb raps hint at the possibility of a hip-hop/d'n'b alliance that would serve both musics: MC Dynamite's crunching opener "Railing" and Bahamadia's work on the title track harken back to the days when rappers could move the dance-floor with a rhythm other than the funky mid-tempo. And even the instrumental workouts, like the mesmerizing "Brown Paper Bag," which rotates on samples of a stand-up bass and an acoustic guitar, have the sort of hooks and grooves that just aren't found on most electronic music platters. NEW FORMS is an album that remarkably lives up to its bold title.

1-0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a disappointment.
Ok, I've only heard a few songs from this Dj, so I finally decided to check out one of his CDs and see if he's as good as his hype. This CD does nothing but reminds of why I should of kept my $20. Railing is the only thing worth listening to. Other than that, just walk past this album and look for something better. ... Read more

Asin: B000001EYA


Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 August, 1996)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Love this tape Bad!
I have always been a big fan of rock and a bigger fan of reggae and rap. So imaging my delight when I discovered 311!! I was hooked when I heard "Beutiful Disaster" and "Transistor" The thing is that I heard this album first. I went and researched 311 and came up on the self-titled album.. I heard "Purpose" and fell in love. I recommend this album highly, for those who follw each of the genres mentioned above you'll love these rude boys from Omaha, Nebraska!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME CD!
The only reason I knocked off a star is cause this one's edited. I hate that. The regular one is an easy 5 stars! It's full of cool reggae beats not to mention funky rapping! It's like a cross between the Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers! Throw in a little bit of Sublime and you've got a KILLER CD! ... Read more

Asin: B00005ABHG
Sales Rank: 130803


Both Sides of the Brain
Average Customer Review: 4.34 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 April, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A creative electronically influenced comeback from DEL!
A creative electronically influenced comeback from DEL! The beats, produced mainly by DEL are more ELECTRONIC and less jazzy. Also, they seem less thick. Still, they are cool and innovative. DEL does not lack lyrically either. Though he is not as mad as he was on "No Need For Alarm", he gets more creative. Songs have many themes and humorous aspects. "Skull and Crossbones" is about drunk driving, "Soopa Feen" is about a crack-addict / superhero, "If U Must" is about people who smell and who have bad hygene, "BM's" is about smoking weed and dealing with the law..etc.. Still, there are some less humorous songs like "Proto Culture" which is about video games! Also, there are just some straight hiphop MC songs like the slamming "Jaw Gymnastics" featuring and produced by Causal. Also, "Offspring" f/El-P and the incredible "Press Rewind" produced by Domino. "Signature Slogans", produced by Prince Paul is another gem. This is a very creative and lyrically-rich album by the Funky one. Some may not warm up to it quick because it's so different from the stuff on "No Need For Alarm" and "3rd Eye Vision" by Hieroglyphics. Guests include: El-P, Casual, A-Plus, and Khaos Unique. Production is mainly handled by Del himself but some songs are produced by Prince Paul, Casual, Domino, A-Plus, and Khaos Unique. DEL seems more grounded and more mature but has not lost his sense of humor. His sense of humor actually increased. It's a full album that has been slept on. I love it! It's not a classic like "No Need For Alarm" but it's great album.

5-0 out of 5 stars DEL-Both Sides Of The Brain-
This album is a must have for anyone who feels true, raw hiphop! Most of it is self produced by Del himself, and he does anoutstanding job creating fresh original beats. The rest of the production is handled by other dope producers such as Domino, who always lays the fattest beats down, Prince Paul, skills!, El-P from CoFlow and fellow emcees A-plus, Casual, and Khaos Unique lay dope tracks down. So production wise, this album is insanely tight!

The lyrics are classic Del. Original, creative, and very entertaining. The more I listen to it, the more I feel that it is one of the best hip hop albums ever...for real its that good. END

5-0 out of 5 stars DEL OR GOD OF MC'ING
Since ive been listening to del i thought he was one of the most talented mcs but this cd is on another level . Really there is only one track i dont rock . This cd is amazing . Pick it up if your into real hip hop or just want to hear something different than what ur used to . D-E-L yall ' ... Read more

Asin: B00002MDOC
Sales Rank: 32629


White Pony
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 June, 2000)
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Sensual and mellow haven't been adjectives associated with aggro band Deftones--until now. The quintet's third outing finds their aural punch softened and deepened, lending songs such as "Digital Bath" a sultry, layered edge. More Tool than Pantera in its sonics, White Pony, in fact, includes a collaboration with Tool/A Perfect Circle singer Maynard James Keenan in the haunting "Passenger." Fans of the band's earlier, harder albums will still find some satisfaction in these developments. "Elite" boasts chunky riffing and metal/rap leanings, while "Korea" is anguished and edgy. More striking, however, are songs like the quirky, futuristic, fervent "RX Queen" and the gentle "Teenager." If you're in the mood to mosh, 1995's Adrenaline and '97's Around the Fur are better choices. For a different Deftones journey, however, delve into this diverse, dynamic, and heady album sans preconceived notions and let White Pony take you on a wondrous ride. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best yet
Some bands sell-out (ala KoRn), some bands just change style (ala Machinehead) and some bands never change (ala Rage Against The Machine). But the best bands EVOLVE. The best bands being Nine Inch Nails, Tool and Deftones. Adrenaline was cool, love it, but it was only a hint of what they were capable of. Around The Fur was a breakthrough, seeing them developing their own unique style and sound. They were 'carving their niche' :) But White Pony takes it two steps further. The album has a very new, and more layered sound, much more full, alot more is happening. Lyrically its obtuse and vague as ever, but coupled with chinos voice (which has never sounded better) they create a fantastic mood and atmosphere. And Chino does sound terrific - from the most hardcore screaming he has ever done like on ELITE, to the goosebump inducing wailing on KNIFE PARTY to his sweet soft melody on DIGITAL BATH and PASSENGER which also features the awesome Maynard James Keenan (he of Tool, A Perfect Circle fame). The tracks are like this - Feiticera - Cool, middle of the line stuff. Digital Bath - Very atmospheric. Elite - Full-on heavy-as aural assault. Kicks. RX Queen - Again, alot of atmosphere. Street Carp - Very cool, verging on the heavier side of things. Teenager - Very unique, soft, alot of strange sounds. Kinfe Party - Stirring, emotional, bassy, cool. Korea - AWESOME. My fave. Very heavy, awesome singing. Passenger - Two best rock singers alove today together. Very cool, more atmospere. Change - Interestin first single, good song. Pink Maggit - Starts off weird, gets cool at the end. Bonus track - Reminds of Damone, the secret track from Around The Fur.

Overall - doesn't have the anthems like My Own Summer and Be Quiet and Drive but should be immensely popular with fans. They have definately become amazing artists and if they continue to improve at this rate then watch out rock world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic, smiled upon with greatness
Deftones have changed but its not a bad change at all. They kept that Deftones felling and evolved into a sound that leaves your mind in a trance. I'll just do a 1-10 scale showing my thoughts on every song.

Feiticeira- 8.3/10 An excelent opening to the early pick for best album of 2000. A story of a kidnaping with a slow but moderatly heavy guitar.

Digital Bath- 10/10 I swear this will be their second single of this album. A ballad with Frank mixing in seemlessly and Chino using his voice to its full potential. Don't really know the meaning of this song.

Elite- 9.2/10 The lyrics are cryptic but when you really think about them its about someone shy realising his/hers full potential but abusing it after all. Definatly their heaviest song to date and its nice to hear Chino scream but it seems to similar throughout the song to be a full 10. Best lyrics in the whole album including "when your ripe you'll bleed out of control" and "Your into deppression cause it matches your eyes"

RX Queen- 8.1/10 A slower atmoshpheric song like Digital Bath but heavier. To me the meaning is about an old man losing faith in this world and doing suicide to escape.

Street Carp- 7.9/10 Heavier but not as nearly as heavy as Elite. Chino making you believe he forgot his phone number is a cool touch to a cool song.

Teenager- 8.9/10 A very slow acustic/technoish song about someones first love. The lyrics aren't as cryptic as other songs and Chino's voice is simply angelic.

Knife Prty- 10/10 My favorite song on this album. Heavy but not something you could mosh to like Elite. The depictions of violence and blood are covered up in a sense cool line is "in here we are all anemic, In here anemic and sweet" The female singers scream in the background is spine chilling.

Korea- 9.1/10 Very much like the old Deftones as it was the first song written for this album. Heavy with some very original guitar cuts and Chino goes back to that oh so familiar scream. Lyrics are cryptic as hell.

Passanger- 9.3/10 Blend together the 2 best vocalists of all time (Moreno and Keenan) and you get a masterpiece. A story of a kidnaping again but this time a kidnaping that is accepted by the victim.

Change (in the house of flies)- 9.0/10 Very My Own Summer-ish with metaphorical lyrics (I think). The video is cool and depicts the atmosphere good by the way. Very well written on all sides.

Pink Magget- 9.0/10 Starts off slow with only singing and some spaced guitar work but evolves into one of the best songs on the album. Its the story of being the coolest kid in school and later in life getting knocked down. The heartbeat at the end is the perfect end for this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Take a Ride
Beautiful in its dark, gloomy dissonance, the songs on White Pony combine Chino Moreno's haunting melodies crooning over churning guitar riffs which are overlayed by moody textures provided by Frank Delgado's turntables to create atmospheric hard rock unlike anything ever heard -- or felt -- before. The songs could easily follow in the like of Pink Floyd while still living up to the mosh-pit insanity that inspired 1995's Adrenaline, and each song is powerful enough to drive the listener into emotional overhaul as he bangs his head to the cymbol-laced "caffiene beats" of drummer Abe Cunningham. Digital Bath is outlined with moody background electronics and an infectious drum intro before being taken over by a call-and-response guitar riffs and incredible melodies from the likes of Moreno. Rx Queen is another electronic-laced track with a massive percussive effect traced by intricately layered guitars and whispered vocals. Street Carp is a simple, straightforward hard rock smash in the vein of Around the Fur's Lhabia and songs such as Elite and Korea are massive in their bombastic heaviness with chunky riffs and fast-paced rushing. Passenger strings together a dextreous guitar riff, heavy bass, and shrouded vocal interplay between Chino and guest Maynard (Tool, A Perfect Circle). However, the album's glory shines through the most in Change and Knife Prty, two songs that show the newest side of Deftones, while keeping the Deftones heaviness we've all come to love. Atmospheric and moody, they send chills down your spine unlike anything else you've ever heard.

Overall, this album is Deftones' most experimental album that pushes the "boundaries" of rock beyond anything done before. DJ Frank Delgado, who appeared on a few songs on Adrenaline and most of the songs on Around the Fur, really makes his presence known on this album in an extremely subtle way. One of the greatest things about this album is that none of the songs sound the same. From the downtuned, crunching glory and screaming grungy vocals of Elite, to the acoustic-string sampler Teenager, and EVERYTHING in between, White Pony never fails to deliver. The only way to describe every track is atmospheric and dark. It's heavy, but it is also beautiful. ... Read more

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Check Your Head
Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 April, 1992)
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite CDs
"Check Your Head" is, simply, the Beastie Boys' best album. They have done nothing better (only Paul's Boutique comes close) and I find it doubtful they ever will. Although this is awesome to listen to at any time, I personally prefer putting it in my walkman and listening while I'm walking or on the bus. It just puts you in an irrepressable groove. As the Boys say "Life ain't nothin' but a good groove, a good mix tape to put you in the right mood" and that was their intention with this album, which they undoubtedly succeed at. "Pass the Mic", "So Watcha Want", and "Professor Booty" are all hip-hop perfection. They take the genre to its absolute height. All of the other hip-hop songs are excellent too. The instrumentals are better than on any other of their albums, mostly because they're the most funky. I will always love to turn the gain up on my bass amp and play the riff from "Gratitude". This album is also Money Mark's first, and he makes his presence known, ruling most of the instrumentals. I can not say enough good things about this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ecclectic Genius
Check your Head has to be my favorite Beastie Boy album of all time. In this album, the beastie boys blur the lines between hip-hop, jazz, funk, and rock. All this genre-switching upsets alot of people because their too stupid too realize that the Beastie Boys are far too ecclectic and well versed in music to just stick in one category. What i love about the album is that it's a completely untraditional hip hop album. Since when have you seen people rap and play their own instruments? This album is just another display of their excellent skills as artists. Some favorite songs of mine, are "Pass the Mic" ,"Professor Booty", and "Somethings got to Give".

If you've ever heard of the Bad Brains (a black punk rock group) the Beastie Boys give a nod to them and their own punk rock background by sampling the guitar riff in "pass the Mic".

Other than that, it's a great album in it's own right, and a must if you ever consider getting into the Beastie Boys.

4-0 out of 5 stars Check Your Collection
"Check Your Head" by the Beastie Boys is their 3rd full length LP, released in '92. Songs like "Jimmy James" "Pass the Mic" "Gratitude" and "So What'cha Want" really make this album stand out. The rhyming is good, the beats are catchy, and when they play their own instruments, King Ad Rock, Mike D and MCA play them well. The song "Gratitude" is possibly the best song lyrically on this album as well as a funky bassline and powerful guitar chords and words from Ad Rock. A very good song, a very good album. Pick this one up, you won't be let down. ... Read more

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Quality Control
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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The thrill of invention never stops on this first full-lengthalbum from Jurassic 5. Coming out of L.A.'s kinetic hip-hopunderground, the multitalented combo whips up an irresistible flow ofcharisma and keeps the fun at a high-voltage level. J5 can pivot on adime from one style to the next--street-corner barbershop, turntablefriction, or kick-ass swing. But the constant focus is on theessentials of the art: Quality Control fuses fantastic wordplayand MC skills with a killer grab bag of beats. It's the achievement ofJ5 to look back in a way so fresh it shines a light ahead. --ThomasMay ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars The best pure hip hop album of 2000
Jurassic 5 comes correct with their first full length album. Quality Control continues the string of top notch releases from J5, following the Unified Rebelution 12-inch and the J5 EP. J5 combines old school style harmonies of four emcees with the beats of DJs Cut Chemist and Nu Mark. Reccommended to anyone who likes Hip Hop, especially Blackalicious, De La Soul, Mos Def, Freestyle Fellowship, A Tribe Called Quest, The Beastie Boys, or Common. It's fresh hip hop.

5-0 out of 5 stars J5 are Quality!!
This is an excellent album by 4 talented MCs and 2 teriffic DJs. My first exposure to J5 was when my mate played me "Quality Control", which had me hooked to their great sound and lyrical ability.

J5 are brilliant because they use a wide variety of instruments and influences in their music, from keyboards, guitars, piano and drums to strings, sax, clarinet and a whole range of percussion instruments. When the DJs mix the sounds, add scratching and samples the result is funky jazzy. Then you get the pleasure of hearing some of the most unique and meaningful raps and lyrics on top of that great sound.

All the tracks on this album are excellent and the album is without a weak song. They are true hip hop artists in it for the fun and freedom of making expressive music. This can be heard in "LAUSD" with "...for those that appreciate those with skills..." pointing out their reasons for producing such good music. "LAUSD" and "WOE Is Me" are two standout tracks with great lyrics. Two other tracks that I enjoy and that should be pointed out are "Contribution" and the 30's swing influence "Swing Set", which is close to my favourite piece on the album. It really shows the vast array of talent this group has. Also check out "Great Expectations" and the short but potent "Contact". All the songs are worthwhile.

These guys obviously have a good thing going. They mesh well together and their combined sound will make this a hip hop classic for the ages. If you want really funky sound and great, authentic hip hop, then this should be in your collection right next to The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. All I want to know is whens the next album coming out? As J5 say "...the more drums in our kit, the more jobs we can handle..." Pick this album up today!

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good but not mind boggling.
I brought Power in Numbers first, and was absolutely in love with it, I purchased this one and it was alright.

Te End.

Buy it if you have nuttin better to listen to.... ... Read more

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The Low End Theory
Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 September, 1991)
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De La Soul are remembered as the premier Native Tongues posse, those rappers who got low-key, self-consciously thoughtful, and jazzy in the face of gangsta's hardcore threats. But A Tribe Called Quest may have been even stronger, especially on their excellent second album, the bass-thumping, heavily jazz-sampled The Low End Theory. According to the opening "Excursions," rapper Q-Tip's old man says the disc's jazz-rap "reminded him of bebop," and Q calls himself "prominent like Shakespeare." But if Charlie Parker had ever written poetic couplets and backed them with funky-drummer and Ron Carter-on-bass grooves this irresistible, he might have been as big as the Bard and Brother James combined. --David Cantwell ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best rap album ever made.
You should not be reading this. If you don't own this album, read no further, just buy it now! You cannot go wrong with this disc even if you're only a casual rap fan. This is Tribe at its best. If you know anything about rap, you know that Tribe is as good as it gets and therefore their best is better than any other hip-hop CD available.

This album has everything you could want from A Tribe Called Quest. Q-Tip is almost perfect. Phife is not far behind, and Ali has never been better at laying tracks down. 'Nuff said about the group.

The two tracks that include guest apperances are better than almost all other rap collaborations out there. "Show Business" features Brand Nubian and makes it seem like they are part of the group.

"Scenario", on the other hand, is perhaps the best rap song of all time. The highly underappreciated Leaders of the New School are the guests on this joint. If it weren't for this song, Bustah Rhymes would not have the career he has now as a solo artist. Verse to verse, this song nearly reaches perfection. Phife's intro is spectacular (although out-dated with a reference to Bo Jackson). Charlie Brown (where are you?) follows with, in my opinion, a fantastic verse from the best voice around. Next is Dinco D with his super-fast delivery that was later rivaled by Das EFX. Q-Tip follows with the shortest verse, though not even close to the weakest. Then comes Bustah. If you don't know by now, don't waste any more time. Stop reading and buy it now. You won't be disappointed.

To wrap up, just get it if you don't have it. If you already have it, thank you for your time.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Tribe Called Quest- The Low End Theory
A Tribe Called Quest's (Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Phife Dawg) "The Low End Theory" (1991) is a Hip Hop album to have, a very nice blend of Hip Hop, Jazz & Funk. Written, produced (+Skeff Anselm) and arranged by the tribe with appearances from Ron Carter (Jazz Bazz), Ms. Vinia (Vocals), Diamond D, Lord Jamma,Sadat X, Charlie Brown, Dinco D and Busta Rhymes. From "Excursions" to "Scenario" the tribe drops music to remember on this 14 track release. Ali Shaheed Muhammeds beats are ill, and Q-Tip and Phife Dawg come across with introspective, thought provoking & intelligent lyricism. To be honest it took me a look time to absorb this album, its not exactly a joint you blast while cruising in the ride, to me its more an album to listen carefully to through and through. Some of the tracks that stand out the most for me are the sick "Verses from the Abstract", a track about the game called "Show Business", the controversial "The Infamous Date Rape", and "Check the Rhime" which is about being .... over for a record deal. Jazz (We've Got) is my favourite track love the way it flows. A Tribe Called Quest comes out innovative and memorable on "The Low End Theory" an excellent release from one of Hip Hops most talented groups.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
If People's Instictive... was a classic, then this album was even better. It gave Phife Dawg a chance to shine in his own right (see "Butter") and Q-Tip was sounding better than ever, especially on "What" and "Verses from the Abstract". Everyone knows about the posse cut "Scenario" with Leaders of the New School (Busta and Brown rip it), but don't forget about another posse cut, "Show Business" with Lord Jamar, Sadat X and Diamond D. This posse cut is just as good as, if not better than, "Scenario". ... Read more

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Fear of a Black Planet
Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 July, 1994)
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PE's third album is dense, heavy, and urgent as a bullet. Fear of a Black Planet single-handedly added half a dozen phrases to the language, and not just from Chuck D.'s troop-rallying bellow--Flavor Flav's "911 Is a Joke" is as catchy an indictment of urban policy as anyone has ever come up with. The Bomb Squad's music is complicated, challenging, terse, and totally funky, and Chuck matches it with one impassioned pronouncement after another: on Hollywood's racism, on miscegenation, on "real history / Not his story." The album ends with "Fight the Power," the group's ultimate statement of purpose, from its pounding, atonal sound collage to its furious politics. Put Black Planet on, and it's always a long, hot summer. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary Generation
"Fear" is the best rap album ever made. It was made at the right time, when sampling didn't cost artists so much. It allowed Terminator X and the Bomb Squad to produce the most radical apocalyptic hiphop assault on the ears. "Brothers Gonna Work it Out" swirls with immediacy (sampling Prince's "Let's Go Crazy"), same with "Power to the People" (and you thought the beat slowed down) and "War at 33 1/3." I like this album slightly better than "It Takes a Nation of Millions," because this album is so much more chaotic and dense. The beats are huge, adn Chuck D is full of fury (scary as hell). I would agree that Flavor Flav was more fun on "It Takes a Nation of Millions," but he shines on "911 is a Joke."

5-0 out of 5 stars PE GOT A BRAAAND NEW FUNK!
This album takes the noise to a further level, it is an album with no pauses, with beats and lyrics that seem more sporadic (Welcome To The Terrordome) than the more straightforward but still original jams on PE's first two albums. The subject matter is again about empowerment, plus gets onto the topic of Hollywood (Chuck is joined by Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane), AIDS, interracial dating, B-Sides vs. A-sides, the use of 33.3 records vs 45's, women's empowerment, 911, etc. Different things are done with the vocals making songs like Reggie Jax and BSide Wins Again something special, Terminator gets disgusting on "Leave this off your F**inkg Charts," and Flav has two jams in 911 is a Joke and Can't Do Nothin For Ya Man. The beginning of the album is quite amazing, the intro followed by Brother's Gonna Work It Out, my favorite jam on the album. Overall, another classic PE album, more experimental than even Nation of Millions was.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fear nothing
This is a landmark in the hip-hop genre. Chuck D and Flava Flav really stick it to... everything in this masterpiece. The beats, the messages, the mood, it all adds up to an essential record. If you're looking to expand the variety of your collection, pick this one up. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 October, 1994)
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The collaboration of studio whiz Geoff Barrow and singer Beth Gibbons, Dummy was made at the same time as a short film noir called "To Kill a Dead Man," and the same approach--gloomy, tormented, and wildly melodramatic--permeates the album. "Sour Times" (the hit in which Gibbons cries, again and again, "Nobody loves me, it's true") and the more cryptic "Glory Box" are the linchpins of the album, defining its sound: dark flashes of old soul and film music, dehumanized electronic bleeps, Gibbons emoting like she's consumed by shame, and a bass-and-beat pulse derived from the slow bump and grind of the Bristol scene that spawned Barrow's old collaborators, Massive Attack. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars 10 years old and still hasn't aged a day.
The sublime, noir beauty of Portishead's debut hasn't been replicated since its '94 release. No other British trip-hop act comes close, save maybe Massive Attack (and I find their work to be somewhat uneven over the course of their four albums--Mezzanine is genius, Blue Lines is good but dated, and Protection and 100th Window are merely so-so). Vocalist Beth Gibbons and studio artist Geoff Barrow really tapped into something brilliant here.

While most trip-hop strives to sound dark and downtempo, Dummy is the only trip-hop album that feels like it could be incorporated seamlessly into a '40s noir flick while sounding perfectly distinctive on its own. There are traces of jazz, hip-hop scratches and beats, acoustic guitar flourishes, chiming percussion, and some clever, low-key sampling. Sometimes the crackly sounds and pops of an old 45 can be heard. It establishes a perfect atmosphere, one in which smoking a filterless cigarette and wearing a trenchcoat would not be out of place; and I haven't even begun to describe the vocals yet.

Beth Gibbons' melancholic wail just oozes soul out of every pore; on the hit single, the James Bond-esque Sour Times her sorrowful voice runs a chill up my spine. In other songs like Glory Box, she recalls the stylings of Billy Holiday, and on It Could Be Sweet her smoky, low-key singing is downright sexy. Overall, Gibbons is one of the finest voices in trip-hop, up there with contemporaries Elizabeth Fraser and Tracy Thorn.

There's not a single out-of-place track here, just an excellent unified sense of moodiness and sorrow, not feeling too bleak but not insincere either. If you've come looking for the perfect music for rolling down the sparsely populated city streets in the rain at 3 am--you've just found it. Dummy is absolutely essential.

5-0 out of 5 stars TIMELESS
Portishead's 1994 debut, "Dummy", is a timeless album that swings from mood to mood(from heartbreakingly dark to teary eyed to slightly optimistic). And implies many styles( rock, jazz, soul, hip hop, gospel, classical) while keeping it consistent and gaspingly beautiful. "Dummy" doesn't even sound like it was recorded in ANY era. It's ahead of it's time while keeping a effective film-noir quality.

The surprise hit "Sour Times" ("No body loves me/ It's true") stills sounds relevant as it did when first released with it's tense delicacy. From the most accessible cut "It Could Be Sweet" to the quaint "Numb"(sampled by R&B singer Ginuwine on his 1996 single "G Thang") to the lithing morose state of "Roads" to the seductive "It's A Fire", every song on "Dummy" is just enwraps you. Every song is beautiful and enticing. No filler or duds.

With Beth Gibbons' soft, delicate vocals (reminisit of Dido meets Sade) and Geoff Barrow's genius (he first got some shine producing Neneh Cherry's underrated classic "Somedays" on N's "Homebrew" project two years prior to this album's release),
"Dummy" proves that it's one of the most influential albums of all-time. "Glory Box" has been heard in several films with it's Issac Hayes sample and slow strings and dozens of Portishead imitators and acts influenced by the group emerged. This album has been duplicated so many times. One of the best albums of the 1990s and one of the best debuts of all-time as well. Timeless (it could have been recorded this year, it's so relevant) and without peer (OK, maybe Esthero and Everything But The Girl!-since both are as high standing as these guys).
You'll be in a new multilayered, multicolored world when you put this disc in. Out of this universe.

5-0 out of 5 stars No "Dummy"
Trip-hop was never so dark and magnificently despairing as it is here. Portishead draws listeners into a velvety abyss in debut album "Dummy," a glorious blend of jazzy instrumentation, subtle electronica, and Beth Gibbons' sweet moaning vocals.

"Mysterons" opens with an chilly, ghostly air, followed by the exotic despair of "Sour Times" and the jazzy, eerie "Strangers" and "Wandering Star." Portishead delves into pure trip-hop in the pulsing "It Could Be Sweet" and "Numb," then synthesizes strings and stately organ in "It's A Fire," before wrapping things up with the steady lament "Glory Box," with its undulating riffs.

A noir feel permeates "Dummy," giving a grounded feel to the spacier edges of the music. It's easy to imagine trenchcoats, smoky offices, rainy days and femme fatales set to this music. It's soaked in melancholy and dreamy depression, set to music.

The blend of lounge music and trip-hop could have been awkward, but it blends seamlessly. The Rhodes and magnificent Hammond organ are the core of the silky unearthly sound, adding an epic feel to many of the songs. At the same time, the flexible guitar riffs and jazzy percussion bring it down to earth. And the Hammond does double-time as a jazz instrument as well, even when paired with strings.

Beth Gibbons's vocals are outstanding: high and clear and sweet, except in "Strangers," where she sounds like her voice is being filtered through an old radio. She pours plenty of emotion into the despairing lyrics. The songs themselves are simple and evocative, with loneliness and regret dripping from them. ("The salvation I desire/Keeps getting me down")

Jazz and trip-hop blend seamlessly into the beautiful haunting whole that is "Dummy." A beautiful experience, and one of the best albums of the 1990s. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 June, 1999)
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Those who have followed Moby's career are familiar by now with his deep convictions and spiritual connection. On his 1999 release, Play, he celebrates his faith in a masterful, unobtrusive way, channeling gospel and other inspirational samples through beats so earthy they could grow grass on a cement dance floor. It's impossible to separate the joy of the message from the joy of the grooves. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Moby Steps Forward
With Play, Moby combines his creativity with a generous heaping of musical savvy to create his most success offering yet. And what a soulful, joyful album he's shared with us.

From start to finish, Play is an aural delight. The highlights may be "Honey," "Porcelain," "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad," "Natural Blues," and "Run On," but nearly all the remaining songs hit the spot, too.

The first half of the album consists largely of lovely, hymn-like songs (with the exception of the dancefloor-ready "Bodyrock), while Moby gets to explore his ambient roots more on the second half. This way he smartly snags the more commercial listeners with his hooky opening material, so that maybe they'll stay along for the rest of the ride and a for bit of an education.

As you've probably already read, on many of the songs, Moby threads samples from old blues songs (specifically the Alan Lomax field recordings from "Sounds of the South") into his own electronic compositions. In the hands of a lesser composer (and "composer" is a title that fits Moby better than many of his contemporaries), this device could easily come off as stilted and gimmicky. Instead, Moby makes these musically anachronistic styles flow seamlessly, and the results are both organic and infectious. It's not that others haven't done this sort of thing before; they just haven't done it this well.

Moby is definitely a musician who follows his own path, and as he finds his way, he's finally getting the attention and praise he deserves. Play is one of the finest releases of 1999.

4-0 out of 5 stars Just techno? I think not ...
True, Moby was once considered the "face of techno," having brought some identity to a largely faceless genre of music. *Play*, however, is a bold departure from that format, edging away from the cold, mechanical feel normally associated with techno (only "Machete" and "Bodyrock" sound like "techno," and they both seem somewhat out of place on this album) and retooling electronic dance music for the non-technophile.

The first half of the album gives you seven or eight truly distinctive pop songs with funky beats, various arrangements, and an uncommon spirituality not found in most current music. Oh yeah, and it has samples, too - not just your typical James Brown or P-Funk samples but long-forgotten snippets of blues, gospel, spirituals, field hollers, and the like. It's really an amazing progression of songs that contains more propulsive numbers like "Honey" and "Bodyrock" alongside bluesy mid-tempo tracks like "Find My Baby" and "Natural Blues," and elegant Europop like "Porcelain" and "South Side." The second half begins to meander a bit with a dive into ambient territory, but it stills seems to fit into the format established in the first half and offers a change of pace with its reflective instrumentals and spoken-word interludes. Highlights include "Everloving," "Inside," and "My Weakness." It also includes a quirky number called "Run On" that oddly juxtaposes an entire song from that bygone era with modern elements, and strangely it works! Solid from start to finish, *Play* leaves a deep impression and sustains the listener for quite some time. Deep and uplifting, the album will appeal to a broad spectrum of music lovers. It has a balance to it that gives it a commercial quality but also challenges the listener at the same time.

This album is a minor milestone in modern music, and imitators are sure to follow. Hopefully, we can expect more such innovation from Moby.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Hands Down Must Buy
When you say the word "techno", people tend to imagine loud, obnoxious electronic dance songs with loads of annoying sound-effects. Rest assured that if that's your defintion of techno, this ain't techno.

Moby takes 18 tracks and tackles multiple genres: rock, hip hop, blues, gospel, accoustic, and many more. Many tracks contain samplings of other songs (ranging from Love Rap by Spoony G and The Trecherous 3 to Run On For A Long Time, a 1937 gospel piece), while others are true original compositions with Moby doing the vocals himself. It creates for a rather confusing effect: you won't know exactly who you're listening to--but believe me, you'll be enjoying yourself too much to care.

Moby is a devout Christian, and his spirituality shines in every one of these 18 tracks. It would be wrong, though, to call this religious music--it's not looking to convert anyone, if that's a worry of yours. I'm an Agnostic myself, and I loved the spiritual, empowering feelings of these songs.

I've noticed other reviews say that some songs are great while others fail, but I honestly believe each and every one of these songs has something to offer. Some, like "7", "Down Slow", and "Inside" don't have any lyrics and do resort to a more traditional techno sound, but are enthralling nevertheless.

So go on and add it to your shopping cart. If you don't absolutely love it, then--well--feel free to write me an angry e-mail. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (31 May, 1990)
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Even as greatest hits packages go, this is an utter gem. Every song is inspired, in a class of its own, whether the real version of "I Shot the Sheriff," the hymnlike "No Woman, No Cry," or the sheer joy of "Jamming." Even allowing that Marley never wrote any bad material, then Legend is still the crème de la crème, the heart and soul of the Jamaican people packed into one five-inch compact disc. He was unique, and the message of this record, more than any other, is that he died far too soon. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Don't stop here
These are his "greatest hits" on one cd. However if you would like to buy a more thorough assembly of his songs I would recommend the box-set Songs of Freedom, a chronological compilation of songs, (and you can do without legend.) Here is some other essential Bob Marley material- Babylon by Bus(live), LIVE (the Wailers first live album), Catch a Fire (first Wailers album),Rastaman Vibration. And here is a list of songs that I like just as much as any song on legend (from each album in chronological order):

soul rebel
concrete jungle
slave driver
no more trouble
burnin' and lootin'
lively up yourself
them belly full
trenchtown rock
rebel music
positive vibration
roots rock reggae
want more
who the cap fit
rat race
jah live
natural mystic
the heathen
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Albums EVER!
This is certainly one of the best Reggae albums that you can buy today, and perhaps one of the best albums of any genre. No-one sticks out way above the rest in their particular music genre as Bob Marley does with Reggae, and this album is a collection of legendary tunes.

It is difficult to know where to start when trying to describe which tracks are the highlights in this collection. Certainly 3 of the most recognised (and stirring) songs are his live performance of No Woman No Cry, and the political and historical tunes of Buffalo Soldier and Redemption Song. However there is not another song on the CD that is dissapointing.

If you already have this CD then you may wish to look at "Natural Mistic: The Legend lives on" a second 'best of album' featuring some other great tracks. If you are getting into reggae, or even if you are not a reggae fan - then you should still listen to this album. It is an essential compilation about which one cannot say enough.

5-0 out of 5 stars An essential cd to own
I honestly can't say that I am a fan of reggae music. For me, the music sounds the same no matter who is singing. However I will make an exception with Bob Marley, namely his greatest hits cd "Legend". I consider myself more as a casual fan of Bob Marley's music so I felt that it was appropriate that I would be better off with "Legend". "Legend" is a good representation of Bob's stellar career. My all time favorite Bob Marley song is the politically charged "Buffalo Soldier". I have always loved that song since I first heard it on a mix tape from my brother. Another personal favorite is "No Woman No Cry". The Fugees did a nice cover of the song but nothing beats Bob Marley's version. "Redemption Song" is another great Bob Marley song. It is such a great uplifting song. I love all the songs on the cd. It is a great cd to listen to at a party, and I know I have heard it many times at lots of house parties in my college days. ... Read more

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