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Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 June, 2000)
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Call it "stoner rock" if you must, but the sophomore release from the Queens of the Stone Age moves mosh music into a woozier realm. Which isn't to say it isn't plenty crunchy, but former Kyuss kingpin Josh Homme and company (including guests Mark Lanegan and Barrett Martin of the Screaming Trees) create an intoxicating brew by mixing metal, alt, and garage-rock elements together and making it smoke! --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Rated A - for awesome
"Feel Good Hit of the Summer" leads off "Rated R" with a crazy, decadent vibe, but the album doesn't remain at such a chaotic, frantic pace. Queens of the Stone Age have everything in their songwriting repetoire: All at once, their music caters to the thinking man, the party goer, the rockers, people with a sense of quirkiness, and mainstream audiences who just like good melodic rock and roll - with a twist of weirdness thrown in.

"The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret" is brilliant, and it's the song that got me into this awesome band. Many of the other songs on "Rated R" share the same low-key melodic vibe of "Lost Art...", which makes for a great listening experience. Vocals on the album are shared on Q.O.T.S.A.'s second album, giving it a more eclectic feel than the classic-rock sound of their debut album, which was also excellent. Also, unlike their darker first album, this one has a brighter sound, a more pop/rock feel to perhaps cater to a wider audience. Various musicians, including the great Mark Lanegan, stop in the studio to help the band, and the results are great.

Perhaps "Rated R's" most interesting - and best - tune is "Better Living Through Chemistry." It begins foreboding enough, with Josh Homme's distant, echoey vocals and a dark guitar riff. Paranoid lyrics give way to a severely quiet lull in the song, before a Zepp/Sabbath riff kicks in unexpectantly. The song is disjointed and a little strange, but perfectly sums up this band and their love of experimentation (on many levels!).

Many of these lyrics are obviously drug-induced, some sex-induced, all of it very rock and roll. It sounds like the band had a good time making the album, as they slowly cruised their way to deserved superstardom. "In the Fade," sung by Mark Lanegan, is a tune that should have made its way straight to modern rock radio playlists all over the country - the song has "hit" written all over it. A slower, mellow tune with pleasant vibrating guitars, it's another great musical moment for this band, one that showcases their versatility as musicians, and their varying tastes. "Tension Head" is pure hard rock, with an aggressive riff and raging vocals by bassist Nick Oliveria. By contrast, "Lightning Song" is a pleasant guitar instrumental that just kind of floats for 2 minutes, making way for the last heavily Sabbath-influenced song, "I Think I Lost My Headache."

Overall, less straightforward than the first album, less ambitious than the third album, "Rated R" is full of yet more interesting sounds and great tunes by a soon-to-be very famous band.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stoner rock with a brain.
Although the latest Queens Of The Stone Age release Songs For The Deaf seems to be getting all the press these days, the previous album Rated R, in my opinion, ranks as their best release. And I hold Songs For The Deaf in pretty high regard, so that's saying something.

This album is way more experimental than your run-of-the-mill stoner rock. Pianos, horns, and electronic effects are pulled out for effect while Josh Homme digs deep into his bag of guitar riffs and comes up with a memorable, headbangable one for each track. The lyrics are typical QOTSA--ironic, intelligent, funny, and drug-induced. Most of the songs are kept short and to the point, and never lose their punch.

And my, what diversity. Loud Olivieri screamers (Tension Head), straightahead yet left-of-center rock (Leg Of Lamb, Autopilot), a floaty little instrumental (Lightning Song), a brilliant number featuring Mark Lanegan on vocals (In The Fade), Sabbath-esque lumbering rock (I Think I Lost My Headache), and just all-out trippiness (Better Living Through Chemistry, Monsters In The Parasol), it's amazing what this band can do with just a 42-minute run time.

While there is one weak song (the aptly titled Quick And To The Pointless), it's not enough to keep me from giving Rated R 5 stars. Whether you're a QOTSA fan, a Kyuss fan, or just love alternative or stoner rock, this is one of the best-executed albums I've heard lately. Highly reccommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars Queens of the Stone Age return
I'll make this quick and to the pointless. It is a good album if you like queens of the stone age. It is not their best album- Songs for the Deaf. It has enough to songs on it to buy but in my opinion contains fillers. ... Read more

Asin: B00004TH6O


Until Your Heart Stops
Average Customer Review: 4.87 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 May, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best metal album ever
Yeah...you heard me. OK, fine, metalcore...call it what you want, but this is the best metal/hardcore album ever recorded. The guitar work on songs like Juggernaut and Until Your Heart Stops is amazing. The chaos and brutality of tracks like Moral Eclipse and Ebola (which includes the best breakdown I've ever heard) makes all these popular hardcore acts of today seem like they have no idea what they're doing. It really baffles me that hardcore kids don't like this album more. It's heavier than most any other metalcore band out there now, it's more technical and intricate, it's got the melodic interludes, and it's just sheer chaos to listen to. This album is really just perfect in almost every way. It's definitely in my top 3 I would say. Also, for all of the people who were completely baffled by Jupiter and the shift to space rock and think it came out of nowhere, I have a question. DID YOU LISTEN TO TRACKS LIKE "UNTIL YOUR HEART STOPS" AND "CONTROLLED MAYHEM THEN ERUPTS"? This album is like Pink Floyd via tech metal. The space rock of Jupiter didn't come out of nowhere. Listen to this album closer. (joy_opposites)

5-0 out of 5 stars MONKEY!! .. now that i have your attention buy this cd
beyond hypothermia is good. creative eclipses is good. tides of tomorow is good. antenna is good.. i think. but jupiter and until your heart stops.. i dont think they could ever surpass what theyve done on those two cds. spacey metal hardcore nerdcore screamo aggro artrock whatever. amazing music. buy them both. now.

while jupiter is more of a polished, glimmering, lumbering, emotional artrock masterpiece, until your heart stops has oft been likened to boston's finest basement mutation of slayer and raiohead. the crunching, swirling guitars. abrasive and crooning vocals. weird lyrics. good lyrics. the pounding stylistic drumming. entrenched in the scene of course with musical and artistic contributions from kurto ballou, jacob bannon (converge) and the almighty aaron turner (isis, oldmangloom). but any fan of metal or hardcore can enjoy this alubm. and for people who dont listen to screamy music, i would think this would be the one album theyre most likely to enjoy. not because its a compromise on the heaviness, but simply because it is an amazing piece of music. top cuts - juggernaut, the end of our rope is a noose, until your heart stops, halo of flies.

and if i hear carson daily call antenna cave in's debut album i am going to cry.

5-0 out of 5 stars YES
one of the best metalcore cds ever made. definately cave in's best. ... Read more

Asin: B00000DH0Z
Sales Rank: 56273


ConstruKction of Light
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 May, 2000)
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King Crimson has never been so much a band as an adventuresome modern musical academy, a prog-rock institution presided over by headmaster/guitarist Robert Fripp with a playfulness that often belies his more scholarly goals. And though its alumni have gone on to contribute to a dizzying array of more commercial enterprises (including Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, Bad Company, Foreigner, and Roxy Music), Fripp's dedication to experimentation has relegated him to influential cult status. Entering its fourth, unlikely decade with ConstruKction of Light, King Crimson's pared-down quartet (Fripp, 80's recruit/guitarist Adrian Belew, and '90s inductees Trey Gunn on touch guitar and Pat Mastelotto on drums) offers up a curiously lugubrious mockery of rootsy Delta despair ("Prozac Blues") before venturing into the familiar, hypnotically polyrhythmic soundscape of the title track, the challenging harmonics of "Into the Frying Pan," and the delicate, spacious constructions of "FraKctured." "The World Is My Oyster" is almost Floydian in feel and scope, though the Pink brigade haven't made music this oddly compelling since the '70s. There are monster chops throughout, as well as some heavy riffing that underscores Crimson's continued influence on bands like Tool, Marilyn Manson, and Nine Inch Nails. ConstruKction is as restless as it is modern--and progressive in all the right ways. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Heaven can wait
KC's new album is the inevitably second-best follow-up to the box set "The ProjeKCts". KC's late-'90s splinterings have already explored all sonic and rhythmic possibilities within a rock group, and "TCOL" doesn't do much to develop or focus these sounds. Even worse, this is rather a step back, because "TCOL" occasionally draws heavily from past KC adventures: A few guitar riffs of "Red", some wave-pop aesthetics from "Discipline", the difficult rhythms of "Thrak", and so on. In a nutshell, it's a clever recycling of well-known ideas and doesn't point the band in a new direction. The overall sound is funkier than on "Thrak", though, thanks to Pat's innovative 'virtual drums'. If you're looking for a pop tune like "Heartbeat", "Sleepless", or "One time", this album is the wrong place. "FraKCtured", "Lark's tongues..", and most of the other songs are endlessly grinding, aggressive avant-garde metal tracks. However, I don't enjoy the vocals and lyrics: Too evil, too distorted; "ProzaKC blues" sounds like a death metal shouter trying to sing. "Heaven and earth" seems to close the album on a weirdly beautiful note -- it features a spacious intro that is very similar to Fripp's "Soundscapes" efforts -- but as soon as the guitars and drums open the attack, it reminds you, yep, KC it is, working on its own rules and not scared of using cacophony. Well, I have to say that "TCOL" is hardly accessible album and it has a somewhat arrogant flavor. Since highly experimental music has been made listenable by bands like Autechre and Main in the '90s, KC's pretentions are outdated now. An o.k. album, though, it's very dark, uncompromising, and pretty abrasive.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pay these playa hayters no mind...
ConstruKction of Light is great. I really don't claim to know why i really like certain Crim albums and kinda dislike others. Crimson is such a diverse band who has been through so many stages, all with some top-notch, and not so top-notch work, that it really just comes down to preference. But i must say CoL is probably in my top 5.

First, i know the references to days of Crimson past annoy some people who claim it's Crimson saying "they're out of original ideas". But i find them kinda cool in that "im a member of the Inner Crim Circle" kind of way. The lyrics i actually liked as well. ProzaKc Blues is actually kinda funny, and a humorous take on modern society. And the references in "I Have a Dream" i felt were great too. "Symbols of our life and times" indeed.

But let's face it. The bread and butter of any KC album has always been the music. So how does the music on CoL stack up to the classics? Quite well i'd say.

ProzaKc Blues is classic Crim. From the wacky beat and riffs to the traditionally un-traditional bass vocals. The ConstruKction of Light certainly isn't the best Crimson instrumental ever, but it holds it's own. And then in the second part the vocals elevate it to a better than average track. Into the Frying Pan is perhaps the best track here. With it's mix of metal guitars and Thrak-like heavy beats it's my personal favorite on the album. FraKctured, despite the fact that it has some fantastic playing on it is kinda pointless and aimless. No need to improve on the perfection of the original. The Worlds's My... is kinda the companion piece to Into the Frying Pan. Both have the metal riffs with heavy beats and sporadic, yet excellent soloing throughout.

Next comes the monstrous Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part IV (which is split into three tracks). Easily the best instrumental on the album and one of KC's all time best in my humble opinion. The opening of track one almost sounds like an industrial remix of Larks' Part II. But the second track is where it really picks up. With chaotic guitar soloing over a crushing drum/bass beat. It finally settles into a groove, building in intensity, until leading into track 3. Track 3 features some almost demonic like guitar soloing over an even more crushing bass/drum beat. Until finally climaxing in a musical train crash.

Coda: I Have a Dream is probably my least favorite track on the album. It just can't distinguish itself from the the other vocal tracks on the album and is kinda anti-climactic coming off the heals of Larks" IV.

The bonus track Heaven and Earth is pretty decent. I'm not the biggest fan of the "Projects", but if you like Space Groove you'll like it.

In the end this has become one of my favorite Crim albums. I actually prefer over the more critically popular "Power to Believe". CoL may reference days of old King Crimson, borrow from recent albums, and not have a barrel of originality, but it still stands on it's own two feet with some great, classic Crimson magic.

2-0 out of 5 stars Even the best are allowed a duffer once in a while
I know that "The ConstruKction of Light" has many admirers among King Crimson's legion of "Audients," but I respectfully dissent from the consensus view. Although this record has its highlights, Fripp and Co. serve up way too much bluff this time around. It's a rare duffer in an otherwise stellar discography.

The opening track, "ProzaKc Blues," is as offensive and unlistenable as anything Crimson's produced since 1970's grotesque "Lizard." The title song, which follows, features impressive instrumentation, but sinks once Belew chimes in with embarrassing lyrics about alien genitalia and whatnot. More zaniness follows with "Into the Frying Pan" and "The World's My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum." At this point the record has become the aural equivalent of a David Lynch film: much talent wasted on weirdness for weirdness' sake.

The only genuinely impressive tracks hark back to past glories ("Larks Tongues in Aspic Part IV" and "FraKctured" - darn, this "Kc" thing is getting annoying to type!) Everything is overproduced to the point of inducing listener fatigue.

For a sample of recent Crimson at their finest, go for 1995's brilliant "Thrak" or 2003's return to form, "The Power to Believe." ... Read more

Asin: B00004SX3H


1000 Hurts
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 August, 2000)
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Shellac is back for another aural attack with 1000 Hurts, a more accessible album than previous fare such as At Action Park. Frontman Steve Albini has never sounded looser or more sarcastic than he does on the one-two opening punch of "Prayer to God" and "Squirrel Song"; the former finds the screechy one singing (!) wails of resignation over a punchy backing, while the latter has him sneering "Don't be surprised if I bust out crying" before indulging in some wicked aggro-arena stylings. Cage-rattling aces Todd Trainer and Bob Weston are given gonzo airlift by the big-room sound Albini loves to champion--it's helium light and lead heavy at the same time. The shorter tracks, such as "Canaveral" and "QRJ," allow for easy-in, easy-out rock fiestas, while longer cuts such as "Watch Song" give the rhythm section a workout. Another fine effort from Albini and company. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars truly different, even by albini standards
it really must be weird to sit down and have a discussion with steve albini, just judging by the various musical endeavors he's done (as a performer, not producer), he is one eclectic individual. shellac is so sparse, realistic, angry, and at the same time so spacey that it is simply amazing. this record could probably do with out 'mama gina' and the instrumental, but otherwise it is truly mindblowing...it sounds like a demo tape. no overdubs or polish. just guitar, bass, drums, and albini's incessant, droning voice. 'canaveral,' 'the squirrel song,' and 'prayer to god' may be some of the best songs that i have ever heard. the packaging is also incredible, something you should already expect from a shellac release. the package is a plain, fold-open box that is made to look like an old master tape carton. hell, the record even starts like an old recording spool start off message. i was not aware that the lp had a free cd of it too, but reading that review i will definately have to pick up a copy.

5-0 out of 5 stars The terrifying power of Shellac at their best
From the simple yet impressive packaging on this record to the stark roll-call announcement which precedes the opening track, you get an instant impression that Shellac mean business. "This a sculpture," Steve Albini said back on 'Terraform', "of a couple of things I wanna get straight," but never have his no-nonsense vocal and guitar-mangling grievances been so concise, so raw or so devastating. When he simply and plainly wishes death on an antagonist in 'Prayer To God' you know he means it, and as usual, the crunch and clank of his distorted guitar virtually do the job for him. Elsewhere, in 'Shoe Song' and the dark waltz of 'Mama Gina', there are moments of sorrow so moving that only such naked, scything riffs could do them justice. And he knows it. "This a sad f**king song," Steve barks by way of describing 'Squirrel Song'. "We'll be lucky if I don't bust out crying."

In '1000 Hurts' Shellac have coupled their trademark steam engine of thwacking bass and drums to a renewed, almost visionary expression of humanity in Steve Albini's delivery. It strips the human spirit as raw as it does the fundaments of rock n' roll. Yes, that good.

4-0 out of 5 stars 1000 Hurts sure to please
This is a great album. Not as good as At Action Park but still really good. Don't buy the CD, though. A true Shellac fan should have a record player. CDs are the rich man's 8-track. ... ... Read more

Asin: B00004UEGT


Between The Bridges
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 September, 1999)
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Sloan stake out their usual turf--a piece of emotional land somewhere on the border of knowingness and bemusement--on Between the Bridges. Their most ambitious yet, the album cleverly strings one track into the next while marshaling a full complement of early-'70s pop-rock influences (Todd Rundgren, Badfinger). The result is as creamy ("Don't You Believe a Word") and cutting ("Friendship") at times as Rumours; for good measure, there's the tear-away tour de force "Sensory Deprivation" and the echoes of Imagine that open "The N.S." In an age where few bands make it this far--Bridges is their sixth long-player, counting 1998's live 4 Nights at the Palais Royale--Sloan reaffirm their power with each new release. With any luck, this one will make more listeners outside their Canadian homeland aware of that fact. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The world is waiting ,Sloan !
Sloan have been slated as a band of copyists by many but when the quality control is this good ,so what ? The album opens with a suspiciously John Lennon sounding keyboard and you would expect a post-Beatles dirge to follow but when you hit the chorus you are hooked by a wonderful harmony and there really is no going back.'Beyond me' is a lead-in from 'The N.S.' but the quality still doesn't let up.'Don't believe a word' is a joyous harmony from start to finish.Just when you think you are moving into mellow territory, the album grabs you by the throat with two crunching hard-rock songs which have a similar meaty chorus and soaring harmonies.The remaining tracks mix 'Big Star' era power-pop with good old fashioned hard rock hooks that would really make Bryan Adams give up if he heard them.In all this album delivers on all fronts.This is due in no small part to the fact that there are four EXCELLENT songwriters instead of one.There is no substitute for strong songs with lifting choruses and this album deserves to be hailed as an all-time classic for this alone.I would strongly recommend this album -especially to lovers of Beatles,Supergrass,Jellyfish,Posies,Velvet Crush,Myracle Brah etc.

4-0 out of 5 stars More excellent retro-pop from Canada's finest
Sloan is the best kept secret of the Great White North. Though the Toronto-via-Halifax quartet has been the toast of teenagers across Canada for more than half a decade, garnering gold records, tours with Alanis Morrisette and music videos galore, they are virtual unknowns in the United States. It's hard to understand why, because these perfectly adorable geeks have been churning out record after record of the kind of completely accessible retro-pop music Lenny Kravitz and Oasis take all the way to the bank. "Between the Bridges," a refreshingly concise 12-song aperitif, is no exception. If you're looking for musical visionaries, you've come to the wrong place. Sloan's greatest strength is certainly not the originality of their songs; one can easily hear references to classic rock standards throughout all of their records, and the nods to Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, John Lennon, Thin Lizzy, and even .38 Special are particularly evident on this album. Instead, what the lads in Sloan do so well is breathe new life into a classic rock formula made tired by endless, repetitive radio play. The superbly written songs on this and past Sloan albums defy notions of mere recycling by reminding listeners why they like classic rock and pop in the first place. The good cheer, enthusiasm, and efficient, skillful musicianship on "Between the Bridges" makes the album pretty difficult not to like. The band members, all of whom write and sing their own songs, exude charm as they crank out tunes that are imprinted on the listener's brain by the second listen (who can forget a couplet that rhymes "ocean" with "Nova Scotian"?). A couple of rote riff- rockers dampen affairs somewhat, but when you hear the creamy harmonies and funky rhythm guitar on the insanely catchy "Don't You Believe A Word," you may say to yourself: it's the same old song, but it sure sounds good.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sloan are originally Canadian, like moi :)
Losing California is an addictive song, I've listened to it more times than I care to admit! Sloan is one of those bands deeply influenced by classic rock from the 60's and 70's, and they do that style VERY well. They also have the Beatles hair goin' on. :)

David Rehak
author of "A Young Girl's Crimes" ... Read more

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New Hampshire
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 August, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars interesting......very, very interesting
well, you made it this far. stop what you're doing, read no further and buy this now. ....... there, now that you own it let me tell you what you just got yourself into. i don't know exactly what kind of music this is, so let's just call it new hampshire redneck rock and roll.

that's all you need to know. these guys get down and dirty with some of the most interesting material i've heard in a while. the music is mid paced, guitar based, hard rock and roll. what's the catch? the vocals! this guy, "ironlung" is nuts. he goes from snarling beast to clean at the drop of a hat. but even better than the vocal stylings are the lyrics. some songs only have 4 lines, yet you love it. and the stories that the songs tell...they're the craziest ever from dog fighting monkeys to decapitations to redneck mountain men.

this baby's fun to listen to all the way through, and is certainly one of the most interesting releases i bought in 2000. do yourself a favor and pick it up. if you like stoner, this is more interesting. if you like metal, this is more fun. if you like new rock and roll, this is more innovative. if you like mtv, this could be your salvation. thanks....enjoy! ... Read more

Asin: B00004RDHN
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Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 October, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Intense
I'm surprised by the reviewer who says that Trail Of Dead cannot capture the intensity of their live shows on record. I saw them live recently, and they are still one of the most incredible bands I've ever seen live (and this was probably one of their tamer performances too). But I do think that Madonna captures the intensity of their live shows. Madonna is a lot harsher, chaotic, and noisy than their brilliant Source Tags & Codes, but the melodies and musicianship make for one of the best releases of 1999. Trail of Dead have been compared to Sonic Youth on this record, but they are in no way ripping SY off. Trail of Dead have more of an upfront hardcore-punk sound, are much angrier, and have less of an "avant-garde" or "art rock" slant. Again, the combination of melody and noise is brilliant; I was really suprised how intense the band sounds on this record. A few songs do fall apart ("Totally Natural" and the must-hear-to-believe "A Perfect Teenhood"), and the rest are played with much vigor and passion. The strings that are oh-so-prevalent on ST&C pop up here and there (including on some eerie interludes) and do seem to hint at what these guys were headed into for the future. And the album's closer ("Sigh Your Children") is so gorgeous, I wish it would have gone on much longer (two minutes is not enough). Trust me, see them live and buy the album. You'll be getting your money's worth both ways.

3-0 out of 5 stars Serviceable but not enough
This album is loud indie rock background music. Its fine for cleaning your house to but probably not something to sit down and listen to closely.

The drummer seems to be much more advanced then his bandmates and does a lot of interesting things on the recording. However, this does not make up for the lack of good musical decisionmaking shown by the singer. While yelling is a viable and valid choice for vocalists (See At the Drive In, Rage Against the Machine), the vocalist here manages to yell in a monotone; something I previously thought impossible. He also has an irritating habit of emphasizing the last word in sentences. The final song ,"Sigh Your Children", on the album downplays his weaknesses and is the most successful song on the recording.

The album is not terrible but does nothing to interest me in this band's previous or subsequent recordings ,so in that sense, it was a failure.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good "Mood" Album
Trail of Dead are one of my favorite bands, and I can't say that I've heard anything bad that has their name on it. This, their second album, sounds less polished than "Source Tags + Codes" yet remains in the vein of gorgeously constructed and well thought out indie rock. Aside from the key rockin' tracks which make up about half the album; there are these great, what I like to call, "darker" pieces of music; these songs greatly add to the overall strange mood of this album. Most of my favorite songs off of this, in fact, are some of these departures from your average indie-rock fodder, including "Children of Hydra's Teeth", "Aged Dolls", and "Day the Sky Turned Blue". Altogether this is a great album that closely rivals it's more recent accomplice "Source Tags + Codes". This band has yet to fail in impressing me, and I definitely think this is worth a listen if you appreciate an album that you can sink your teeth into. ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 24570


More Light
Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 October, 2000)
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It was time for J. Mascis to move on from his Dinosaur Jr. days. He may never leave the comfortable environs of his home studio in Amherst, Massachusetts, but at least he can import folks like My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields to add sonic deviation. He'll always sing in that anguished whine that suggests someone is twisting his arm behind his back (or sometimes he'll sound surprisingly like Alice Cooper). As long as he keeps the guitars choogling with his trademark hyperdistorted tone, he'll be OK. "Same Day" employs this strategy with the expected results. "Where'd You Go" and "Back Before You Go" have a Southern rock vibe running through them. Even more revealing, however, are the moodier pieces in which the arrangements head into psychedelic territory ("Waistin," "Ground Me to You") with swirling keyboards and subtler guitar moves. An old dog may not learn new tricks, but he can add some nice twists to the old ones. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars True to the Dinosaur Jr. legacy
Although Dinosaur Jr. is now extinct, J.Mascis shows he hasn't forgotten where he came from on "More Light," his first album with new band, the Fog. From the opening crunch of "Same Day," the album delivers the intense sound, energy and emotive guitar work that have come to define J's work. In fact, after a single listen, it almost sounds as if "More Light" is nothing more than a follow-up to "Hand it Over," the last Dinosaur Jr. album. That of course would not be bad by any means. But after a second, third and fourth listen, it becomes apparent that J. has broken away slightly from the Dinosaur Jr. pattern and created an even better product. As difficult as that may be to believe, take a few spins with "More Light" and you'll find a sharper, cleaner edge to songs that previously would have been lost in a maze of distorted mayhem. At the same time, however, the album never loses the intensity, earnestness and "from the heart" fret-work that characterize J. Mascis. His lyrics and singing style, as well, continue to evoke emotion in a way that no other artist has ever been able to do (at least no one I've ever heard). Check out "Same Day," "Waistin," "Back Before You Go," "Ground Me to You," and "Ammaring" to see what I mean. To me, this is my favorite J. Mascis album, one that the majority of Dinosaur Jr. fans will love. I never tire of playing it. And after seeing J perform it live a few months ago in Houston, I doubt that will ever change (If you ever get the chance to see him play, DO IT! He's absolutely unbelievable!)

5-0 out of 5 stars A huge leap foward
With Dinosaur Jr behind him, J Mascis continues to do the solo act along with the likes of Mike Watt and Kevin Shields. This band is like an indie collective almost, with Mike being in the Minutemen, Kevin in My Bloody Valentine and J being in Dinosaur Jr (all this needs is Thurston Moore and they're set).

I heard many good things about this album. First good thing I heard was that J didn't change his styles of distorted, loud and heavy guitaring but what he didn't change he fixed. I heard that keyboards run through most of the songs and the last I heard was that the lyrics and vocals have lightened up.

All of the above was true. From listening to Same Day and hearing J do his trademark solos and scratchy vocals, I knew I was in for a treat. Wastin really changed the flow with the chorus that includes some original keyboarding, then we go where the album really picks up at Where'd you Go, which for some reason, reminds me of the old Dinosaur Jr. I think Where'd you Go is J's message to us after three years absense. Grand me to you slows things down a bit, sounds like the Dinosaur Jr from the Without a Sound era almost.

But the next track changes the whole album. Ammaring. It starts with some easy guitar and a keyboard running along with it, the drumming and base are unusually louder then usual. About a minute in J runs through the first solo which sounds slightly distorted then the song just bangs into another LOUDER guitar but maintaining the same easy flow. Another solo which fits the song more. But as J starts singing louder everything picks up then he unleashes the loudest and most powerful solo I've ever heard him so. It's crazy and very distorted. The whole song is just amazing to listen too. It's the defining song of the album, and I'm shocked that this wasn't a number one hit.

Then we run into All the Girls. A slower song that is also reminisent of the Without a Sound/Hand it Over era of Dinosaur Jr. Wait for the distorted middle that runs with a keyboard, that's awseome. I'm not Fine, the next track, is just pure guitar power. Along with a pretty nutty ending. But then things mellow out as much as they slow down with Can I take this On. This song is the nicest song I've ever heard J do. Includes a keyboard, banjo and a barking dog, simply harmless rock. Does the Kiss fit is another great song with a keyboard that runs through it. I love that track personally like Ammaring.

But J tries something new with the closing title track More Light. He completely cranks everything up too 10+ and just lets loose with LOUD distorted guitaring that I just can't define by typing. It's amazing and I think J should try something like that again.

J Mascis would go on to follow this album up with Free so Free which is a HUGE fall back from the pure power and energy this album had.

I recommend this album to anyone new to J Mascis or Dinosaur Jr.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most amazing albums ever
OK, first off, J mascis is a MUSICAL GENIUS. He is an excellent composer, and although the majority of his better releases were with dino jr, the songs on this album are great. I've been listening to "Ground me to you" over and over, because i can relate to it completely, as i am still struggling to get this one girl to love me, but anyway........ The piano solo on that song, combined with the crack in his voice as he whines"i dont want another picture, i need you" is enough to make you weep, and is worth the price of all the songs. ... Read more

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Apocalypse Dudes
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 January, 1999)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Turborock
Need a companion for your Nashville pussy, Hellacopters or other Backyard babies albums?
Turbonegro mixes classic rock with punk and hard rock, very classic but plaisant and fun!
A touch of early Alice Cooper, in the look but also in the music and a touch of glam.
Apocalypse dudes rocks from A to Z but doesn't shine with novelty, also I found the Lead vocals sometimes a lil weak.Anyway good rockin' album and excellent "garage" type production.I hope you don't mind the word motherf+++er which is probably said and yelled more than a hundred times on this cd.
3 and 1/2 stars would be more fair.

5-0 out of 5 stars Puts the Rock back in Punk Rock!
Well, actually it is a Tour de Force through all chapters of Rock and Roll from Motorhead influenced to Glam Rock. But all delivered with a force that is unmatched and a tongue in cheek homo-humor that the predecessor definitely lacked. This album just rocks (not being a metaphor). Only the more pure rockish norwegian compadres Gluecifer and Finlands the Hives come close. If you like pedal-to-the-metal rock that's anything but cheesy, this is the one to buy and even if you hat all the american dumb-rock bands: This band is easy to like. Respect the Rock. And don't forget to listen in on Gluecifer and the Hives...

5-0 out of 5 stars Scandinavian Leather
From Black Metal Churchburners to Boy-Loving priests, Turbonegro has something for everyone. Apocalypse Dudes cannot be described; it must be experienced. The new album, Scandinavian Leather, due April 2003, will drench the false Metal world in its own vomit. Are you ready for Train of Flesh? Do you think Duct Tape and Plastic will protect you?

Asin: B00000GBRY
Sales Rank: 262422

Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 December, 2000)
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Editorial Review

If Renegades proves to be the last Rage Against the Machine albumto feature singer Zack de la Rocha, who quit the band after nine years, it's a cool way to go out. Produced by Rick Rubin, Renegades is a salute to the artists who made Rage what they are--or were. While it's easy to hear Rage's rap roots in songs from Afrika Bambaataa, EPMD, and Volume 10, it's more interesting to see theirtake on rock in its classic and punk forms. Rage capture the raw spirit, if notthe quite the intensity, inherent in the MC5 classic "Kick Out the Jams." A superior second livetake appears at the CD's end, followed by a concert version of Cypress Hill's "How I Could Just Kill a Man," with help from B-Real and Sen Dog. Devo's "Beautiful World" is rendered quietly unrecognizable, while Minor Threat's "In My Eyes" is given a wonderfully melodic, ultra-aggro treatment. The Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man" takes on a techno vibe that's unsettling and Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm" is also effectively modernized. Ultimately, Renegades is a must-have for its song selection, musical execution, and the unhappy fact that it's likely the ultimate offering from one of rock's most musically and politically relevant lineups. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars a great band goes out in fine style
I always enjoy it when bands cover songs by artists that influenced them. It gives some insight into where they are coming from, and demonstrates the continuing relevance of the artists they choose to cover. This album is a wide-ranging collection of rap, rock and folk (well, folk-rock anyway) songs given dynamic, modern interpretations. Musically, the playing is top-notch, a tight band at its best. Standouts: Springsteens's "Ghost of Tom Joad", the live version of the MC5's "Kick Out The Jams" Dylan's "Maggie's Farm" and EPMD's "Pistol Grip Pump" although all the tracks are great. De La Rocha is at his fire and brimstone best on many of these songs, particularly "Tom Joad", which in this version seems like their own song. One gripe: the liner notes don't identify the original artists, leaving the less knowledgeable in the dark. Overall, an excellent album that sadly is the band's last. Even if you don't share their politics, you have to admire their musicianship, attitude and sheer ability to rock.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best "cover" album ever
Rage's "Renegades" is a great follow-up to the "Battle of LA" and (*gasp*) their final album. Sad to say, folks, but this unbelievable collection of cover songs by Rage will most likely be their last album for a long time. I know its cliche to write this, but the album rocks from start to finish. A cover of Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm" is, without a doubt, the best song on the CD, with the Stone's "Street Fighting Man" and the MC5's "Kick Out the Jams" running a close second. Even a version of Devo's "Beautiful World" finds its way on here, along with 2 hidden live tracks of "Renegades of Funk" and "How I Could Just Kill a Man" after "Maggie's Farm." Plus, as a bonus, if you pick this up at Best Buy, there is an addtional EP featuring a live version of "People of the Sun" and "No Shelter" included with the regular CD. "Renegades" is a definite must for any RATM die-hard or any fan of great rock 'n roll. Don't hesitate to pick this up or download it off Napster; its worth it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hmm!
Good stuff. But is not my favorite one. ... Read more

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