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Seasons (w/ Bonus DVD)
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 October, 2003)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Healing Album
When it comes to hard rock and melody no one does it better than Sevendust.Ever since I picked up Animosity a couple years ago they have become my favorite band and Seasons is a great addition to the Sevendust collection.I understand many people feel like they (sold out) on this album and that it was too soft but you have to understand something.People go through changes in life and LJ said it himself, "This is really a healing album." After the death of his brother the band really had to find itself again and this cd is a true reflection of that.

This is probably the most beautiful musically and its great in that anyone can pick it up and enjoy it.I highly recommend this and all the other albums (particularly animosity, which is there best album to date, and the self titled for some of the greatest heavy songs sevendust has produced).There is not a more genuine , honest, or harderworking band in the business.

4-0 out of 5 stars a good hard rock CD
I know that the popular opinion on Sevenudst's "Seasons" is that it's more commercial than their previous releases, and while I don't entirely reject this notion, I will say that though "Seasons" may be commercial, it's still pretty damn good.In no way does this album represent Sevendust's finest work (this credit rightfully belongs to "Animosity," their third release), but it is still undeniably catchy, blending elements of all-out heaviness with more melodic sensibilities.The latter is best expressed on tracks such as "Honesty," "Broken Down," "Gone," "Burned Out," and "Disgrace," as well as the instant classic "Skeleton Song," while the former rears its head on songs like "Enemy," "Face to Face," and briefly on "Separate".There is no one track on this Cd that I like above all the rest (although "Skeleton Song," "Disgrace," and the title track would undoubtedly be contenders if such a position did exist).In any case, there are a few flaws on this Cd, first and foremost the lack of diversity in the music compiled on it.This is not a completely bad thing, because I follow the logic that if you like one song by a band and they have another that sounds similar to it, you're bound to enjoy that one too.Besides, not all of the songs of "Seasons" exhibit the characteristic, and the ones that do make up for it in other areas (I.E. musicianship, vocals, etc.).My only other complaint pertains to the quality of the lyrics on certain songs, more specifically "Face to Face".I normally don't object to cussing in music, but I feel that this song just takes it a little bit too far.I would like to say that the chorus redeems makes up for the excessive profanity, and it nearly does; but alas I cannot.Despite these minor grievances, "Seasons" is an overall good hard rock album that further progresses the sound Sevendust discovered on "Animostiy" and takes it in a good, albeit more mainstream, direction.

4-0 out of 5 stars Smooth and Tight
Seasons is the first Sevendust CD that I can listen to from beginning to end and then want to play it again.This is probably one of the best produced, heavy discs in a couple of years. This band is good and Lajons voice is at it's prime. He's very soulful with an edge. The best songs on this CD are Seasons and Broken Down. Butch Walker produced this one and I have a feeling had a little to do with the smoothness of this CD. It's still Sevendust, but a more mature, well-rounded one. Plan to hear more hits off this disc. ... Read more

Asin: B0000CG8F8
Sales Rank: 8777
Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Rock   


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The Long Road [Bonus Tracks]
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 September, 2003)
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It's never easy following up a multi-platinum success, but Canada's Nickelback's latest seem sure to match the sales of the many-million-selling Silver Side Up. The formula remains pretty much the same--nothing fancy, just radio-friendly grunge that lends an appropriately dramatic backing to the powerful and increasingly confident voice of Chad Kroeger. Aside from the fast and punchy opener "Flat on the Floor," the tough, staccato "Because of You," and the Oasis-like "Figured You Out," the band deal exclusively in soft-rock anthems (soft, that is, by 2003’s pulverizing standards). The only real change here lies is in Kroeger's lyrical concerns. Where 2000's The State found him suffering the frustrations of small-town life, now he's tortured by a heavy touring schedule that promotes destructive drug abuse and strains relationships to breaking point. That said, you can't help feeling the ruthlessly analytical Kroeger would turn a visit to the supermarket into a riot of hatred and self-recrimination. For fans of Silver Side Up, Nickelback have delivered the goods once more. --Dominic Wills ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Nickelback: The personification of formulaic rock
I'm sure most of you have heard the infamous mp3 that was floating around titled "How You Remind Me of Someday". Well, i was the creator of that, and i'll tell you why i put those songs together like that. A year or 2 ago my girlfriend was a Nickelback fan. Now that sort of bothers me (i'll get to why later) but it's ok until i have to hear it as well. I began to explain to her why it's difficult for me to enjoy music which follows so rigidly to a formula to pump out songs for their albums, because it's just no FUN when you can tell that's exactly what they are doing, and by the end of the song you've got the whole thing memorized. Most of Nickelbacks songs are 90% the same thing, with the only variance being the vocal melodies (which all STILL stick to the same 4 or 5 notes anyway, just a slightly different arrangement) and a bar or 2 of the "clean section" added occasionally or something like that. I made that pairing of the songs because apparently people can't hear all of that on their own. I made it so my girlfriend could hear VERY clearly what i was talking about, and just how similar they really are.

Don't get me wrong, Nickelback is probably the catchiest rock band out there right now... but is that enough? I answer with a resounding NO! The thing is, mass media expects only the catchiest of songs and treats that as about the only aspect of music worth airing. It's not even their fault though, who could blame them? It's how they are going to generate revenue. The average person (and even those who pretend they are more into music than they really are) only listens to something because it makes them a bit giddy when the chorus of the song comes on. Now, if you're doing anything REMOTELY harmonically adventurous, it's TOO MUCH for a casual listener of the radio to grasp, and they won't be able to get into it. This is WHY you don't hear any songs that are truly "different" on the radio. Ever wonder why all songs are about 3-4 minutes, get to the chorus in 30 seconds or less, and repeat it 5-10 times a song? hardly seems interesting to me. But the point is that when the song ends, you'll have that "catch" in your head and want to buy the album. Unfortunately with that kind of easy consumption, almost inevitably comes a quick and painful downfall. Songs that simple are just too hard to be interesting for a long time.

What am i getting at you ask? well, i'm getting at the fact that music has so much more to offer than what most people are typically exposed to, and it's really a shame that something like Nickelback gets touted as the greatest rock band of our time. Do some of you know that not every band has an album of 12 songs at 3-4 minutes long? did you know some bands release songs upwards of 20 minutes? sounds boring huh? well, it would be if they tried to just repeat the chorus and use the kind of structure Nickelback does. My point is, Nickelback songs go nowhere. They start somewhere nice and simple, go into a chorus which is just stepping on the distortion pedal (don't forget their lame "chug chug chug chug" that they do going into every chorus), and then they do that a few times and end. It's not entertaining to me.

Imagine a song which represents an entire emotional experience, running through the gamut of feelings one can get through the music, and leaving you sitting there when it is all over wondering how that just happened to you. When this happens, you'll realize the power of music doesn't come in small 3 minute chunks of the same thing over and over, it comes from transitions between emotions, a "journey", if you will. The whole is infinitely greater than the sum of it's parts.

People can be changed through music... the sheer power of what some people have created is overwhelming, and it's extremely unfortunate that such a small number of people will ever come to realize this. My girlfriend despises Nickelback now, once i explained what it was that makes them unworthy of the praise they get. Let me say though, they are not without talent. I do think Chad has got an excellent ear for melody, and has a unique and fairly pleasing vocal tone. Lucky for him, that's EXACTLY all you need to make it in the pop world, so that's the end of that. Superstardom. I urge you, however, to try to seek more out of your music than just a catchy voice. If you just spend a little time looking (the radio won't help you here), you just may find something that will change your outlook on music, and bands like Nickelback will no longer cut it. Sorry, Nickelback, you're forever pegged to be attacked for what you do musically, but i guess SOMEONE'S gotta be the simplest and catchiest rock band on the radio. After all, most people love that.

5-0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY AWESOME
Nickelback is a totally awesome band. I saw them in concert with Finger Eleven and Puddle of Mudd and they rocked. I have every nickelback cd relased and I have to say there is not one song on any cd that i do not like.Nickelback is one totally kick a** band

5-0 out of 5 stars Nickelback Does It Again
Overall, i am not a big fan of the modern rock coming out these days. However, after hearing "How You Remind Me" on the radio,i really liked it and went out and puchased Silver Side Up. I enjoyed pretty much the entire album so when i saw that The Long Road was being released, I decided to give it a shot. I was not the slightest bit dissapointed. The album is filled with a whole bunch of rockin songs with good meledies that you can help but crank up and sing along to. My personal favorite from the album is "Do This Anymore", a rocking song where chad Kroger really shows off his awesome voice with his combination of singing softly and his ability to belt out lyrics with power while not making it seem like he is just straight out screaming. Other favorites on the album include "Someday", yes its overplayed but still good, "Feeling Way Too Damn Good", and of coarse "Figured You Out" (how can anybody not like that song). so if you liked Silver Side Up than i strongly recemend going out and buying this album ... Read more

Asin: B0000B3FCX
Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Rock   


Birds of Pray (Bonus DVD)
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 May, 2003)
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Live was originally labeled the poor man's U2, thanks to their anthemic choruses and earnest spirituality. Unlike the Irish superstars, however, the Pennsylvaniaquartet have found what they're looking for on their sixth album. Singer and principal songwriter Ed Kowalczyk proclaims in "Heaven" that he not only has gotten his faith back, but also has seen God in his infant daughter and a sunset. Gooey sentiments, perhaps, but Kowalczyk delivers them with a sweet sincerity that delivers a solid psychic punch. The band seemed to have lost its way around the turn of the century by embroidering their trademark guitar-heavy sound with an abundance of frivolous loops, gadgetry, and gratuitous fretwork. This time out, they thankfully reverted back to basics, throwing out the trashy keyboards and again pounding out their rhythmically charged rock. Kowalczyk is also writing less ponderous lyrics. The singer has found his salvation in love, which has softened his stern demeanor and given his stream-of-consciousness songs a playful spin not heard before on a Live record. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable album
Can we stop comparing albums to other albums? A great band not only creates great music consistently, but evolves over time. With the exception of "V", all of Live's records have been great and also different! No, it may not be as good as Throwing Copper, but I think it is unfair to expect a masterpiece like that to be replicated. Secret Samadhi has several excellent songs (Heropsychodreamer, Gas Hed Goes West, etc.) but also had some very boring tunes. Birds of Pray, on the other hand, is enjoyable from front to back. It says something that the lone single from the album is one of its weaker tracks.

I can't say there are many great songs on the cd, but every single one is good. Nothing groundbreaking is done here - There are no incredible drawn out guitar solos, the songs rarely depart from the traditional pop song structure (verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus), and nothing is shocking or controversial about it. What it is, however, is a collection of very catchy, often thoughtful, enjoyable songs that will tempt you to sing along and push the repeat button. It is an album to be listened to in the car, at home alone, at a party, when you are happy or depressed.

The heavy Lighthouse, political What are We Fighting For?, and Sanctity of Dreams are some of the most memorable songs in my opinion. Out to Dry is probably my favorite track. Short and sweet, it has possibly the catchiest chorus of any Live song ever.

I believe that most great albums grow better and better with each listen, and that it often takes time to truly realize and appreciate their greatness. However, if you are impatient and don't like to wait for music to grow on you, Birds of Pray would be a good investment. It's good from the first listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars BIRDS OF PRAY
PERSONALLY I THINK BIRDS OF PRAY IS EVERY BIT AS GOOD AS THROWING COPPER. I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THIS CD. IT IS ALWAYS GREAT WHEN THERE ARE SEVERAL GREAT TUNES INSTEAD OF 1 OR 2. PLUS THE DVD AT THE PINK POP IN THE NETHERLANDS IS AWESOME.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great album
This is my first Live albim I've bought; it's so good I'm looking into more of thier albums. It rocks hard and has great melodies. If you like rock music with real singing this album is a great choice. ... Read more

Asin: B000093FKB
Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Pop    4. Post-Grunge    5. Rock   


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Closure
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 June, 2003)
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3-0 out of 5 stars buyer beware
The cd is pretty good, but beware, it has a cds-100 copy protection that will not let you rip it to use on any a media player. As far as fair use goes this gets an F minus minus.

5-0 out of 5 stars Won't be Sorry
How many times have you bought a CD for a great song only to find out the rest of the cd stinks. Not so with Closure. I heard "Look Out Below" on the Darkness Falls movie and was hooked. I ran out to FYE only to find they didn't carry it. Thank goodness for Amazon. You will not be sorry, I haven't found one song that I don't like. Hope to hear more from this band.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased
I buy a lot of albums,and one of my biggest complaints comes when a band releases a single which is really catchy, you go out and buy the CD, and the rest of the songs do not even sound like the same band.It's the Single Syndrome. I hate it. I am sure alot of others do too.

Closure is a solid, consistent band who made a CD that contains 11 great songs. They have a crunchy, rough sound with just enough polish to make it complete.

'Look Out Below' was their first single, and a good indication of what you'll get out of the CD. Other high points (there are no low points, really) are 'Afterglow', 'What It's All About' 'Crushed (my favorite)' and 'You Are My Hatred'

Sure, some people aren't going to like this. Most likely this will be because it doesn't fit their personal style. Think along the lines of Nickelback, Fuel, Die Trying, and Three Doors Down. These guys don't sound like copies of these bands, they have their own original style, but the target audience is similar.

Buy this CD. You won't be disappointed. ... Read more

Asin: B00009NH6B
Sales Rank: 18662
Subjects:  1. Hardcore Punk    2. Pop    3. Post-Punk    4. Rock    5. V/A Compilations   


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Places for Breathing
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 May, 2003)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A diamond in the rough
Revis had a song on the Daredevil soundtrack in 2003 by the name of Caught in the Rain. A very catchy song, it became one of my favorites, then kinda faded away. I am angry that I did not look into purchasing this CD when I first found out about this band. This is one of the most balanced CDs I have heard in a while, from the upbeat "Caught in the Rain" to the powerful "Seven" to a bonus instrumental at the end of the last song. By the way, this album has 11 tracks, not just the 4 displayed by Amazon's page.

I highly reccomend this album to anyone who enjoys modern rock at all. If there is only one band within modern rock you enjoy, it should be Revis.

5-0 out of 5 stars REVIS, I AM VERY SAD.
To start off, this band is simply amazing. Their music just lifts me up and makes me feel something that I have never experienced before in music. They have this meloncholy, joy of emotion sound that I have never heard in a band before. I just can't describe it. And whats more interesting, is that this band only has one album. I should be saying the word had because I feel that Places for Breathing will be their only album. I don't even know if the band is even together anymore (Their fan site sure isnt telling me crap because nothing is updated). Places for Breathing, which is their most recent and only album came out on May 20th, 2003 and that is a hell of a long time for such a talented band to go on without writing for so long. The last post on their fan site is two years old and their most recent concert was in april of 2004!!! I just want to know what went wrong. Were they dropped from their label and then never played again. Did they slit up? Did a member die? I guess I would just simply like to know what happened thats all; find some resolution. It is honestly, distressing to not know.

Anyway, thats life I guess. It's just sad thats all. Such a good band could of had so much more going on for them. But if its going to be this one album that will be apart of their legacy, then it's one damn good album. But I will still always leave room for hope. It would just be nice to keep your FANS updated. Revis, to me, you are everything that music and good songwriting should be. Thank you.

5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF A KIND VOICE
simply fantastic. please dont download the songs and buy this cd! wheter it being used on ebay or brand new! the songs are just too good to download! these guys have a very UNIQUE sound to them and is a must hear. Spin, Your Wall, City Beneath, Living rooms are just a few BAD ACE songs on this cd! dont listen to those other FCKR'S! if you love (or even like) good rocking music with a constant acoustic sound and some badass vocals, then this cd is what your dreaming of! please trust me! ... Read more

Asin: B0000996HX
Sales Rank: 34341
Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


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Results May Vary (Bonus DVD)
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 September, 2003)
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1-0 out of 5 stars Limp Bizkit Has Always Sucked
I don't get it. Some people usually like the first Limp Bizkit album, "Three Dollar Bill, Yall$", and they avoid the rest. Yes, "Three Dollar Bill, Yall$" is underrated, but it is good? No. It's not really that different from all of the other Limp Bizkit releases (especially this P.O.S.). Fred Durst can't rap worth crap on ANY record. Just listen to this crap record and listen to "Three Dollar Bill". Really, it's not that different. Limp Bizkit has always been terrible. You may not agree with me, but the musicians have no talent and Fred Durst ruins everything. Just because CD's are underrated doesn't mean that they're always good.

If you want some good rap-metal, get these records instead:

Rage Against The Machine - self-titled
One Minute Silence - Available In All Colors
Orange 9mm - Driver Not Included
Faith No More - The Real Thing
Anthrax - I'm The Man EP
Candiria - 300 Percent Density
E.Town Concrete - The Second Coming
Downset - self-titled

Or see my Listmania list called "Rap Metal That Doesn't Suck". Limp Bizkit has always been terrible.

1-0 out of 5 stars Behind Blue Eyes ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
Cheap-Trick - When you get nothing else to put in your worthless album, add a cover version of a popular song.. everyone else now does it, why would LimpBizkit stay away -"Behind Blue Eyes" is the result..

The worst-rock-band-of-all-time's worst album. Copycats !! I can't stand that voice (same goes to Linkin Park)..if Backstreet boys could afford buying a couple of guitars and gazettes, then even they could have been more rocking than Bizkit.

5-0 out of 5 stars good cd
i really dont no wat everyones problem is with limp bizkit, i like them and this cd is actually really good, fred sings in it for once. i really cant understand why everyone hates this band, i love this cd. ... Read more

Asin: B0000C7PS1
Sales Rank: 62302
Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Rap-Metal    4. Rock   


Thank You
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 November, 2003)
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2-0 out of 5 stars No STP, F$%K You!! {replaced word 'thank' with similar one!}

You rottenly taken-advantage-of Neanderthals: don't you realize this accosting "greatest hits" compilation is nothing but the basest of labels' strategies, which they zealously, religiously do always at this point in a year to trap only casual fans who aren't willing to buy the band's entire back catalog, part of even larger tactics to force knuckledragging patsies to buy STP's previous CDs, whose hits they don't all include into this compilation???? You suckers are preyed on to part with your, assumingly, hard-earned money, which, in this jobless-soft economy, is unallowable and even more constrictive on your proletariat budgets. Sorrily, you pawns refuse to see you're being used. STP doesn't deserve you saps' money, though you're submissively programmed with STP-zealotry to authorize it. STP's dishonest, unethically pretending they weren't finished-although it was shamelessly blatant due to Velvet Revolver, and STP's longer-than-usual absenteeism in record-making-while aggressively peddling this money-making scheme to purported "fans", tricking them to misbelieving it was still worthy to purchase their good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank You, STP!
Well, no one ever said Stone Temple Pilots was the best alt-rock band ever, but they churned out some of that genre's best and most anthemic songs. Even if critics repeatedly called them sell-outs and Pearl Jam imitators, STP found a fan base due to their powerful fusion of alternative and arena rock. And it works.

This compilation is not a completely thorough collection - certain songs that deserved to be included were forgotten, most egregiously "Atlanta," "Church on Tuesday," and several tracks from Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop. But there's no arguing with what is here. Beginning with the concise but powerful "Vasoline," Thank You hits all the major songs, including "Down," "Plush," "Lady Picture Show," "Interstate Love Song," and the excellent "All in the Suit That You Wear," which was previously unreleased. If anyone needs an introduction to this underrated band, Thank You works wonderfully. Even though Stone Temple Pilots crafted solid albums, none could be considered truly classic. No matter - Thank You proves that the band deserves more recognition than they generally receive, and it's a tremendously entertaining listen as well.

3-0 out of 5 stars Many have said it!
It's got all the radio friendly songs and that's about it. Oh well at least the tunes picked are good ones. STP were a decent band for sure and evolved over the years into a pretty cohesive yet dysfunctional unit. Considering they were being bashed in the early years for ripping off Zeppelin, they came a long way in a short time.

Again these types of Best Of compilations are more for casual fans and not the die hards.

If you like the stuff you heard on the radio, you'll like what's here. ... Read more

Asin: B0000CDLBR
Sales Rank: 1250
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Grunge    3. Hard Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock   


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Fallen
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 March, 2003)
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The Daredevil soundtrack provided a nice boost for this previously unknown quartet from Little Rock, Arkansas. Evanescence’s songs "My Immortal" and the imposing "Bring Me to Life" are clear standouts in the film, mainly because they work so well with the dramatic, eerie undertones of the storyline. They reappear here on the band’s debut, alongside a selection of similarly brooding tracks that evoke pensive artists like Tori Amos and the Cranberries. Vocalist Amy Lee has the kind of voice that can cause weeks of insomnia, but on songs like "Tourniquet" and "Haunted" she belies the music’s sinister mood with evenhanded spirituality, thoughtfully letting some light shine through the tempest. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars I hate this band!
This is not music. This is just another cash in on emotions. The vocals on this album are so anoying. What's with the song of My Immortal? That song could be used for something else, not for a band like that. This album talks about Suicide. That's something no one wants to listen to. Amy Lee can't sing even if her life depended on it. If you want good music, then I suggest Pink Floid's The Wall instead.

4-0 out of 5 stars Breath of fresh air at first,.... yes... but that was then
I give it four stars because it isnt perfect in my book. When I first heard this band back in 2003, I was like,,, wow,, something new with a good sound and great lyrics. I will give Amy that, really knows how to write lyrics from the soul. Her vocals on the album,, great. Vocals in a live show,, not as perfect, but hey,, she runs around and exhausts herself, so what can you expect? With Ben Moody no longer in the line up and writing with Evanescence, I'm not sure they will survive to be honest. Between Ben and Amy they created the Evanescence sound and style. Lets see what this new character has. For now he is nothing more than Ben's puppet really. I can sit and play all the songs off this album, so if I can be turned into a trained monkey to play them, pretty much any guitarist can. For the bands sake, he had better hope that he can write or will they call up Ben and say, hey write for us... LMAO. My guess about their future,, well it doesnt look good from here, but then again, he may just suprise us with his talents, one never knows. Now as far as the comments made about they are pop and not really goth. NO THEY ARE NOT GOTH by any means. They were origianlly signed to a christian lable. Ben has done work on the sounds for Passion of the Christ and the ex-keyboardist which I cannot remember his name at the moment is a Grammy winner pianist/vocalist doing Christian music. As far as the poppy sound, yeppers its there, but with Ben's guitar riffs they make it not as poppy as it would have been if he wouldnt have made them as hard and crunchy, not a metal or deathcore or goth guitar, but still a solid guitarist with good original style I will give Ben that. I am not here trying to put down this band, Amy, nor Ben. The album is what it is. It is well done, the production was done purposfully for the radio. If anyone out there has the origianl Origin they know that most of Fallen is nothing more the redos from Origin. So in a sense, these songs are old as dirt by now. Buy it if you wish, you will dig it, but if you are really into true metal and true Goth, you will not like it Im sure. ENOUGH SAID!

1-0 out of 5 stars What?
Amy Lee I like how shes not all over talking off her clothes to be popular, but her singing sounds like a Soap Opera I am sorry to say, I like some of the lyrics yes there good, but the band all together's not good. I like how she makes her own clothing also. But I am sick and tried of people labeling this band Goth. Goths are long time gone or older now..Like in the 50s-80s...If you want real gothic music then listen to bands such as Dead Can Dance,Play Dead, Joy Divison, London After Midnight,Dreadful Shadows,Bauhaus..They were goths. Goth is not a bunch of people wearing makeup no you got them wrong..I am only 15 and I know whats real goth and real punk and real music..You may not argree with me But thats ur option and you can say whatever you want to..I am not telling you to stop listening to this band or anyting I am just speaking my mind in a nice way dont say its a mean way or anything cause I am not like that. Go ahead and contine liking this band. ... Read more

Asin: B000089RVX
Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Chamber Pop    3. Goth Metal    4. Pop    5. Post-Grunge    6. Rock   


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Some Devil
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 September, 2003)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Sadly this is better then the new Dave Mathews Record
Sadly this is better then the new album Stand Up. This album has many great songs. Overall, its a solid album.

2-0 out of 5 stars mediocre
i certainly hope he got it out of his system. this leaves a lot to be desired.

5-0 out of 5 stars Live Demos
Dave has said that working with the band is like having dinner with his family, and every once in a while he wants to have dinner with his friends. That's what this album is.
Track by track:
Dodo- very nice, slow and melodic
So damn lucky- fast and slow at the same time. everythings different
Gravedigger- written during the busted stuff sessions , debuted in the summer of 2002. haunting, anti war pro peace number
Some Devil- Dave solo number on the baritone. full of sorrow and yet joy. simply beautiful
Trouble- the beginning reminds me of a jimis chicken chack number. a nice love song, better live, though
Grey Blue Eyes- I seem to be the only one who loves this song. God has the grey blue eyes, by the way.
Save Me- also written during the bs sessions. it's about jesus, you know. 20 days, gonna walk on for 20 more, no food, faith is all i need. save me mr. walking man. awesome song
Stay or Leave- I love this song, so simply a love song, without pretention
An' Another Thing- this song dates back to 1995, when it was known as Little Thing. never played live after the albums release. I liked it better as little thing
Oh- it's actually about his grandfather. no, really, it is. wonderfully sweet little song
Baby- the strings really make this song, the words add to it. a sweet little tribute to the power of love
Up and Away- also a love song. notice a trend?
Too High- the subject is the leader in whom the people have lost faith. brilliant

Dave writes about only a few things, women always leave, alcohol heals the pain of those women leaving, God is apparently nowhere to be found, and don't trust those in power.
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Asin: B0000C3GZ2
Sales Rank: 1002
Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Jam Bands    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Singer/Songwriter   


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Afterglow
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 November, 2003)
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Is Sarah McLachlan a secret punk rocker? To be sure, her rebellion is hushed. On Afterglow, her first studio album since 1997's Surfacing, McLachlan’s music is as tempered as ever; at times even the piano chords at the heart of the sound are tucked neatly beneath layer upon layer of strings and overdubbed voices. Listen to what’s being sung within this soothing aural bed, though, and hear the just-before-sleep murmurings of the quietest riot grrl: "I’m a train wreck waiting to happen.... a wildfire born of frustration," "How stupid could I be.... you’re no good for me, but you’re the only one I see," "I have to push just to see how far you’ll go." The latter song ("Push") resolves itself with the assurance, "You complete me." Ultimately, McLachlan fans will be comforted again by what turns out to be her reliably untroubled aesthetic. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Big Fan of McLachlan
I am a huge fan of Sarah McLachlan and was so excited to get another album of hers. The reason I didn't give it five stars was because I feel like it still can not compare to her old albums with classics such as Sweet Surrender, Building a Mystery, I Will Remember You, etc. However, it is still a very solid album with beautiful songs (my favourites being Fallen, Stupid and Train Wreck). I think at first you feel a little disappointed but as you listen more and more to the album it really grows on you. Afterglow is also one of those albums where you can continue to listen to for a long time without getting bored of it. Fans of McLachlan will not be disappointed and it's clear that she will continue to attract fans both old and new.

3-0 out of 5 stars Afterglow - An albumn for those who are patient

I am not a big fant of Sarah McLachlan, but I happened to catch her version of Full of Grace one day and I really loved her voice. It was very sweet, soft and calm. So I decided to give this albumn a try. At first I was disappointed because I couldn't find anything outstanding with her songs. Nothing in particular catches my attention throughout the entire albumn. I could let this CD run on the background for hours without even noticing it because it just doesn't sparkle. All songs sound similar, soft, slow and calm.

Now however, I've listened for the CD for two days now and some songs start to grow on me. So if you are looking for an albumn of catchy sing-along songs, this one is definitely not for you. But you are one of those people who can chew on the songs for a long time, I recommend this CD.

I still enjoy Sarah Mclahlan's voice. It is very pleasant to listen to. But I just wish the songs could've been more upbeat and catchy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Afterglow
I loved this album. When I listened to it for the first time, I was very impressed by her music. She puts a lot of a emotion into her lyrics and music. I like World on Fire. That song is excellent.There is not much more I can say about this album. I can sum it up in just one more word. Amazing!! ... Read more

Asin: B0000C6E4D
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Heavier Things
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 September, 2003)
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John Mayer's big-label debut was a multiplatinum breakthrough success whose sensual anthem "Your Body Is a Wonderland" scored him an unlikely Grammy for Best Pop Vocal. That out-of-the-box succes--and more than a few critics grousing that Mayer's muse was cloned from Dave Matthews--primed him for the typical sophomore slump. Instead, Mayer delivers an album whose tone and title suggests a gentle, tongue-in-cheek rebuke to his naysayers. Propelled by the subtle ambitions of an expanded pop-jazz framework (largely courtesy of Sheryl Crow/No Doubt/Jellyfish producer Jack Joseph Puig), Mayer's breathy vocal tack now suggests a detached, conflicted, and significantly less precious incarnation of Michael Franks. But, the way he weds fluid pop hooks to lyrical concerns whose self-obsessions are undercut by telling dollops of self-deprecation from the my-spirit's-too-big/smart-for-my-body laments of "Clarity," the upbeat single "Bigger Than My Body," and the bluesy plea "Come Back to Bed" to the cautionary, melodically-rich "Daughters" and even the antimaterialist agitprop of "Something's Missing should clearly draw in listeners." --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars ZERO STARS FOR THIS ZERO STAR
John Mayer is terrible.He is the most boring, untalented, not-even-good-looking "star" since Debbie Gibson...sorry, Debbie, for putting you two in the same category.He thinks he's Dave Matthews but HE'S NOT EVEN CLOSE!He tries to sing like him but JUST SOUNDS ANNOYING!That's his problem; he tries way too hard to be something he's not.(John, it's nice to imitate your heroes, but have the decency to do it in the privacy of your own home.That's what untalented people do.) Dave Matthews isn't even that interesting, but at least he has talent (in spades) over little Johnny.On top of not having any talent whatsoever, John Mayer had the audacity to be extremely arrogant when he won a grammy this year.He complained that his record company "picked the wrong song to be a single:"THE SINGLE THAT JUST WON HIM A GRAMMY!For crying out loud, John, get a grip.You should be more humble than anyone on this planet.Wait, Hilary Duff (who my 15 year old niece has dubbed, "she who cannot be named") comes pretty close for having the most off-kilter talent/success ratio...or is it Britney Spears?Whatever, they all sound and look the same:BORING, BORING, BORING.

1-0 out of 5 stars john mayer is getting closer to being john tesh
Simply put: it only deserves one star, if that.

Anything else I could write would be fodder for diehard fans to whine about and declare "how insensitive that reviewer is" or "he just doesn't understand the feeling of the emotional and pure talent of John" or "blah blah blah Dave Matthews is great too!".

I can only understand why this is available, if people keep buying this ______ (insert your own expletive here), corporate music marketers will keep pushing this on our bleeding ears.

Bye bye.

5-0 out of 5 stars despite what you say
this album wasn't quite as strong as "room for squares" but i've been a john fanatic for a long time now and can never quite be dissappointed in him. my absolute favourite song is from this album is "duaghters" which i liked waaaayyyyy before it's radio release. all the songs are beautiful and bring out the sravastic side of John. Check it out.

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Asin: B0000ALSDR
Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock   


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Year of the Spider
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 May, 2003)
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Though Cold's music has become more melodic and accessible, that doesn'tmean that they've turned over a new leaf. Scratch the surface and you'll findthese Florida soreheads are still mad at the world, but happily able to channel that rage into compelling, brainy head-banging. In fact, it wouldn't be going too far to call them post-alt-metal Beck, what with their collage of disparate sounds and effects and their self-referential declarations, mimicking the diminutive singer's early outings: "I'm a loner / I'm a loser / I'm a winner in my own mind / I'm a bad one / I'm a good one / I'm a sick one with a smile." But they're not just a hardened bunch of nihilists. Their bleak worldview is rescued by a staunch sense of self and the quaint but sweet notion of the healing power of love. The affection of a good, but flawed woman is pervasive on the album's 13 tracks. With Scooter Ward's powerful vocals, inventive guitar interplay, and Sam McCandless' nonstop primal bashing, Cold, after 15 years together, are outshining mentors Limp Bizkit. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I feel it
I was amazed after hearing this album for the first time. I feel the pain and heartache portrayed by the band as if it were my own. I loved their second album but Year of the Spider was incredible. It was heartfelt and true. The musical aspects were great also. The drums, guitar, vocals all top noch. My favorite songs are Suffocate, Sad Happy, and Day Seattle Died.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Cold Album yet.
"Year Of The Spider" didn't have much publicity other than their hit "Stupid Girl" but this album is a materpeiece. I listen to it every time I see it. It's slower than past Cold albums but the songs are more solid. Cold has gotten better with each album and I can't wait for their 4th release. Buy this album, it will not let Cold fans down. Dont listen to the Weezer fan (lol) below.

5-0 out of 5 stars Same old Cold
Normally when a band never changes their musical style it tends to get stale, over-used if you will. Using the same guitar riffs and the same drum combinations make people think you're riding on a wave of popularity that you think will only grow if you rehash old material. Cold reuses their riffs and drums in such a way that it sounds fresh and new. This whole CD sounds almost exactly like End Of The World off of their previous release 13 Ways To Bleed On Stage. Scooter's voice and lyrics have yet to be better and the musical backdrop only compliments his vocal stylings better. It took me a couple listens to really grasp what this album brings to the table, but once I did I was hooked. There's not a song on here that doesn't have something catchy about it, a definite plus.

This CD starts off with Remedy. With good lyrics/vocals mixed with a powerful beat, this song quickly takes you back and reminds you of why you started liking them. Cure My Tragedy (A Letter To God) could possibly be one of the most emotional songs on here. Scooter's voice, in my opinion, is at it's best on this song. This is probably the best song on here. Wasted Years could be considered the ballad of this CD. It's acoustic until the end of the first chorus and then a light drum beat kicks in. This seems to be Scooter's confession to the world. Sad Happy is another highlight on here. This particular song paints you a picture when listened to closely, it tells of an abused teenage girl. To me, it seems that this touches a chord with Scooter because his voice soars through the chorus. The Day Seattle Died is a touching tribute to the late Kurt Cobain. There's more anger in this song than one might expect. While the band never really goes all out and jams, Scooter has a new-found intensity in his voice. The lyrics paint a rather grim picture, it's fitting though. Black Sunday is my personal favorite song on here. There's nothing special here, no punches pulled. Just a traditional Cold song. The final song, Kill The Music Industry, is in no way my favorite song but is worth mentioning. The anger this band has for the music industry is stifling. It's worth a listen just for the razor sharp lyrics.

A couple of my favorite songs on here are Wasted Years, Sad Happy, The Day Seattle Died, and Black Sunday. While the CD does seem to run together for the first few listens you are greatly rewarded for your patience. If you're a fan of Cold or just rock music with an edge then this release is definitely for you. ... Read more

Asin: B00008XS44
Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


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Hail To The Thief
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 June, 2003)
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Filling the gulf between OK Computer's epicprogressive rock and KidA's skittering electronic theatrics, Hail to the Thief borrows equally from each.Its title implies that this will be a collection filled with songs of anger and dissent, but Radiohead no longer howl at the moon like they did on 1995's The Bends. Instead, theyuse eloquent metaphors and complicated arrangements to express the uncertainty, fear and anger arising from the 2000 U.S. presidential election and a post-9/11 world. There’s no doubt about where Thom Yorke and company stand; the prog-rock break on "2 + 2 = 5" and Yorke's terror at the thought of being "put in a dock" make that immediately clear. But there's a prevailing sense of powerlessness here. The tinkling piano behind the cold sonic surface of "Backdrifts" and the brief, swooping melody in the middle of "Sail to the Moon" are islands in a sea of confusion. Like the band's best work, Thief requires more than a few listens to fully appreciate, but those who stick around will be richly rewarded. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars an awesome culmination
I have recently been introduced to this terrific band by a friend who wisely had me listen to their albums in chronological order. I liked Pablo Honey. I loved The Bends and every subsequent effort. This band is a rarity--each album gets not only better but progressively complex and meaningful. This album is a work of art, a masterpiece, the culmination so far of some great work!

4-0 out of 5 stars tasty radiohead
I like this album, but I do begrudge is lack of momentum.Its a very good album if you're already in the mood of it, but when I just want to listen to music for the sake of music, rather than mood, this is not the album.However, if you are in the dreary, hopeless mood and just want to soak it up, its great, and comes with plenty of neat sounds and ideas as well, even if I don't feel they're integrated in the most careful or refined manner.Personally, I think I prefer Amnesiac for dreary though, and find that album, potentially because of its thinner textures, more regularly listenable.

5-0 out of 5 stars 2+2 = 4 in this case
Gold here! 2+2=5, Backdrifts, There There and Punch up at a Wedding are highlights. But this is a great collection. Best Radiohead since Ok Computer and that is saying something!! ... Read more

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