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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 April, 2003)
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    Jokingly referred to as the White Stripes' British album, Elephant is scattered with cultural references that give away the fact it was recorded far from home. Just listen to the lyrics on "Seven Nation Army" ("From the Queen of England to the hounds of Hell") or the album outro, in which someone chips in, "Jolly good, cup of tea?" But while there are new twists here, from Meg White discovering her voice to a tongue-in-cheek threesome with Holly Golightly, Elephant is no great departure for Jack and Meg White. They still push their creativity (and the boundaries of their eight-track) to new heights. Check out the startling, Queen-inspired "There's No Home for You Here," while the deep bass line on "Seven Nation Army" makes it a classic indie dance track. But while some songs fly off into new realms, there's plenty of their trademark straight-up bluesy rock, notably the overtly sexual "Ball and Biscuit." And there's Jack's plaintive, resolutely modest and yet theatrical voice. --Caroline Butler ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Elephant poopie
    I like the White Stripes, I liked De Stijl and White Blood Cells but this... album... was... horrible.One good song (Seven Nation Army) for 15 bucks.I kept waiting and waiting for something decent after the first track.Didn't get it.I might give them another shot because I like the band, but this was a really weak effort.I'm not going to get into the musical debate, (Are they talented, are they not?) and so forth.I personally like their raw sound, I like the band, I "get it."But Elephant just sucked, plain and simple.Hey Jack and Meg, I want my 15 bucks back!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm not totally obsessed...
    Unlike the previous three albums from the rock/blues duo the White Stripes, this CD seems to have a slightly softer and darker quality to it.Not that that's a bad thing.This is definitely another unique White Stripes classic.Recorded and mixed without the modern help of computers, as the inside booklet says, it sounds more like 1970's rock and almost reminiscent of Led Zeppelin.The album is full of catchy melodies (like on "The Air Near My Fingers") and foot stomping beats (like on the Grammy-winning "Seven Nation Army"), not to mention Meg's first solo singing song "In the Cold, Cold Night.""Ball and Biscuit" is 7 minutes of perfection and "Hypnotize" is a fast paced, amplified guitar jam (I apologize for my use of the word 'jam'-I hate when people use it to describe a song, but I couldn't think of another word to use) that is sort of like the "Fell in Love With a Girl" of Elephant. Everything else in between that I haven't listed is great and pure White Stripes.If you're as obsessed as I am with them (... but I wouldn't say to an unhealthy level...) [awkward silence] then go and buy this album now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Album
    This is the most original new band to come out and in my opinion the best. The reason Jack White is a genius is not that he is one of the greatest guitarists ever but in a similar way to Kurt Cobain. Not the best voice, not the best guitar, but there's something that sets them totally apart from everyone else. There's not denying it when you see them and hear them. They justify there hype by having success after success. And this album is proof. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008J4P5
    Subjects:  1. Blues-Rock    2. Garage Rock Revival    3. Indie Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock   


    White Blood Cells
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (29 January, 2002)
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    Rock & roll is constantly splintering into multiple personalities. Big radioplayers layer thick slabs of studio shine on their albums, while back-to-the-basicsrockers keep the sound so raw it rubs calluses on your ears. The White Stripes fallin the latter category. The duo strips down to the fundamentals of Meg White's simpledrumbeat and Jack White's garagy guitar and pleading vocals. While the elements aresparse, the Detroit act create a noisy, hip-grinding batch of punk R&B, displayed againon White Blood Cells, the Stripes' third full-length. While it's hard to pickfavorites from such talent, this band only gets better with time. White's vocals weresounding like a young Robert Plant on De Stijl--definitely not a bad thing--buton Cells, he's developed his own persona. He throws musical fits on "Fell in Lovewith a Girl," gets almost loungy on the piano number "This Protector," and keeps the bluesvibe running on "Now Mary." The album is so rich with basic variations on a simple themeit's hard to believe such soulful energy comes from just two people. White Blood Cellsis an amazing piece of work, a benchmark that ought to inspire new legions of garage rockersfor years to come. --Jennifer Maerz ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST EVER
    Being a completely insane white stripes fan, I love this CD ( i can't wait for get behind me satan btw)Well anyway, this is an amazing CD.everthing about it is.......good.. I LOVE THE WHITE STRIPES I LOVE THE WHITE STRIPES!!!!! THEY ARE MY RELIGION!!!!!!!!how much doi love them? sososososo much!!!
    this CD is a perfect accumulation of tracks that are so contradicting.I mean i think i smell a rat? how great was that.and this protector is so good.his voice is so nice in that.and fell in love with a girl is just a classic i can't believe the ppl that don't know that song!!! i mean what!!!

    well all in all i love the white stripes

    5-0 out of 5 stars the White Stripes can do no wrong
    The White Stripes' third album, White Blood Cells (if you're a little slow), is probably the best punk/garage/underground (if those all aren't the same thing)/blues record ever made.It had me entranced from the blaring opening track "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground," to the softer, piano-driven "This Protector."Blood Cells isn't one of those albums you put on for just 2 or 3 good songs, either; you can just put it in and let it play- every song is awesome.It also probably contains the widest range of music than any of their other CD's.It can go from kind-of-almost-country to pure punk rock in just 4 minutes.Wrapping up: buy this CD now...and the White Stripes can do no wrong.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW
    I bought this CD the day after I saw the music video for "fell in love with a girl." I figured any band that makes a music video out of legos can't be all that bad. I was absolutely blown away after listening to the CD. I hadn't heard this kind of dark creativity from a band in years. I assumed that this band was gonna be a one hit wonder, I was shocked to discover fell in love with a girl wasn't the best song on the album, it was the worst and I love that song. The White Stripes are an amazing band, I can't believe that two people can create such an awesome sound. The new Led Zepplin. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005YTFQ
    Subjects:  1. Blues-Rock    2. Garage Rock Revival    3. Indie Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock   


    Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 September, 2003)
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    At a time when experimentation is taboo in most overground rap, that’s all Outkast seem intent on executing. Firstly, this double CD has no cohesive link, other than the fact that it sounds like a pair of solo albums stitched together to demo exactly how Andre’s yin works to augment Big Boi’s yang. Andre 3000’s Love Below disc rates as the more eclectic of the two, given that he’s turned in his emcee credentials to become a full-on funk-soul-jazz vocalist who mostly sings about items of love ("Happy Valentine's Day"), carnal lust ("Spread"), and female adoration ("Prototype"). Minus the big band schmaltz of "Love Hater" and cheesy cover jobs ("My Favorite Things"), Andre’s disc is sick (meaning great). As is to be expected, the Big Boi disc is less arty, more gangsta and worldly, and features the less-progressive guest raps of ATL crunk purveyors Lil’ Jon and The Eastside Boyz ("Last Call") and Jay-Z who rhymes the hook on "Flip Flop Rock". Unlike Big Boi, Andre keeps his collabos to a minimum, once crooning alongside Norah Jones on the cool yet sappy "Take Off Your Cool", and once with Kelis. Boi fulfills his Dungeon Family duty with flying colors by flipping some dirty southern up-tempo raps over electro beats on "GhettoMusick". By the time Cee-Lo sermonizes on "Reset", Speakerboxx and Love Below rate mostly as majestic and inspiring, with the remaining 23 per cent being just plain incredible --Dalton Higgins ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice and experimental
    I like this album and heres my 2 discs review
    Speakerboxx (Big Boi)
    This is the more Hip Hop disc and the better. Big Boi raps about something diffrent to the likes of Eminem and 50 Cent. Dont get me wrong, I like Eminem and 50 Cent but Big Boi dont rap about 50 hating Ja rule. Anyway the beats stand out and Ghettomusick is the best song. U will get guest apperences on tons of the songs. These include Jay Z, Ludacris, Lil John and the eastside boys, Sleepy Brown and some unknown group called Konkrete and many more. I like this and this is why Big Boi and Andre 3000 should go their seprate ways. U can call this non gangsta but it is good. If u want a change from what rap normally raps about listen to this. Good job Big Boi and your disc gets 9/10 because there is too many records with people helping out but not as many as Dr Dre 2001! 9/10

    The Love Below (Andre 3000)
    Here are my track ratings
    1. Intro- I thought this was mixed up with a choir disc when I heard this. 2/10
    2. Love hater- Way too jazzy for me and I thought what is this? 3/10
    3. God- Little skit not much. 4/10
    4. Happy valentines day- 1 of the few I like and 1 of the few Hip Hop like ones. 8.5/10
    5. Spread- OK beat but lyrics dont appeal. 6/10
    6. Where are my panties?- What is this skit? A joke? 1/10
    7. Prototype- What the hell is this junk? Terrible beat and lyrics plus a worse video. 0/10
    8.She lives in my lap- RnB like track which is OK. 5/10
    9. He Ya- Well overplayed but OK. Once I heard this 8 times on 1 channel in 2 hours. 7.5/10
    10. Roses- Well appeals and not too over played unlike Hey Ya. Big Boi appears too. 9/10
    11. good day good sir- skit again 3/10
    12. Behold a lady- ? 1/10
    13. Pink and blue- Never listened to. NR
    14. Love in war- When I read the lyrics I didn't bother to listen to it. 1/10
    15. Shes alive- See above. 1/10
    16. Draculas wedding (Feat Kelis)- Good 1 of the few stand outs but a little short. 8/10
    17. Take off your cool (Feat Norah Jones)- What is Norah Jones doing here? Lame beats and everything. 1/10
    18. My favourite things- Cover song of a nusery rhyme. Need I say anything? 1/10
    19. Vibrate- Is This country music or what? 0/10
    20. A day in the life of Benjamin Andre- Finally a Hip Hop track but too late final song on the album. Great rhymes and beats give this song a 10/10
    I hate this album except for A day in the life of Benjamin Andre, Hey Ya, Roses, Happy valentines day and Draculas Wedding. This has tons of music styles which r listed below
    Country e.g vibrate
    RnB e.g She lives in my lap
    Rock a ballad/country e.g prototype
    Soul e.g. Hey Ya
    Hip Hop e.g A day in the life of Benjamin Andre
    This is not my kind of album The Love Below so I give it 4.5/10
    Summary on the 2:
    If u like Hip Hop u will only like Spearkerboxx because that is the Hip Hop side but credit goes out to Andre 3000 for trying out so many kinds of music so my verdict is its time for the 2 to go their seprate ways and as for who will keep the outkast name, they should forget about it if they want to stay friends. But then if that happens, I'll not buy any Andre 3000 albums but Big Boi I would so my star ratings are
    Speakerboxx 5 stars
    The Love Below 2.5 stars
    It gets 7.5 stars out of 10 stars so its good but not a classic. Best 5 songs on both discs
    Flip flap rock (Feat Jay Z and Killer Mike)
    Last Call (feat lil John and the eastside boys, Slimm Calhoun and Mello)
    The way you move
    The love below
    Hey Ya
    Draculas wedding (Feat Kelis)
    Happy Valentine's Day
    A Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre
    So buy it for just Hip Hop(Spekerboxx) on 1 disc and a variety of music on the other (The love below) and I liked their idea of releasing a double album because it shows off the 2 guys styles well because like Big Boi is stuck in Hip Hop while Andre 3000 likes to try out diffrent music styles so even though I dont like Andres disk, I give it credit for being a variety of music which is clever.

    2-0 out of 5 stars fell the fu*k off!
    first off, most people that LOVE this album probably wasn't listening to outkast albums like Atliens and Aquemini but probably came in on the whole Stakonia uproar. this album is a joke. outkast has lost their minds. for one thing, andre is the better lyricist of the two but he decides to sing on his disc and big boi is left by himself to rap which is not that good of an idea. you want some GOOD outkast then listen to their first three albums and leave this commercial pop trash alone.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Innovative?
    To be honest, I haven't heard this music more than a few times, so I'm not going to review it, but I quite enjoyed it actually. Clearly, it's a very creative mix of a wide variety of musical influences, especially on Andre's LOVE BELOW. I just want to say "Hey Ya!" isn't the revelatory genius morphing of hip-hop people make it out to be. It just sounds like old New Wave. Fun and poppy. If you like this, you should go check out some old XTC records. Peace! ... Read more

    Asin: B0000AGWFX
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Rap    2. Contemporary R&B    3. Dirty South    4. Hip-Hop    5. Pop    6. Rap & Hip-Hop    7. Southern Rap   


    The Black Album
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (14 November, 2003)
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    If The Black Album is truly Jay-Z's last statement before retirement, he at least goes out near the top of his game. While it probably won't be remembered as his best album, The Black Album is his most personal to date and features some of his most compelling writing. Jay-Z is defiant and defensive here--he's trying to make sure his legacy is properly acknowledged, although he can get a bit heavy-handed at times. Still, he's rarely been more incisive or insightful in his rhymes, exposing his own childhood struggles on songs like "December 4th" while slapping at his haters with "What More Can I Say" and the cutting "Threat." Longtime Jay-Z collaborators Just Blaze and Kanye West churn out outstanding production, especially Blaze, whose beats for "December 4th" and "Public Service Announcement" are among the album's best. Newcomers Aqua and the Buchanans represent well also but Eminem's minor-key drone for "Moment of Clarity" is mired in mediocrity. Jay might fade to black after this one but his last shot doesn't miss. --Oliver Wang ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars My dedication to Jay for all the hard work in his career.
    1.Interlude (N/A)
    2.December 4th (8 Stars)
    3.What More Can I Say (8 Stars)
    4.Encore (9 Stars)
    5.Change Clothes (5 Stars)
    6.Dirt Off Your Shoulder (10 Stars)
    7.Threat (6 Stars)
    8.Moment Of Clarity (10 Stars)
    9.99 Problems (10 Stars)
    10.Public Service Announcement (6 Stars)
    11.Justify My Thug (8 Stars)
    12.Lucifer (3 Stars)
    13.Allure (7 Stars)
    14.My First Song (9 Stars)

    I'm planning to be a professional music reviewer when I'm about 15, so this isn't going to be a full review.I don't know what the website will be called yet, though.The rating system is going to be different too.I'm also not exactly sure of how that's going to work. The only other thingyou should know is that the stars are rated on a 10 scale, which is pretty obvious if you knew that 'Dirt Off Your Shoulder' and '99 Problems' are both one of my top 100 rap or hip-hop songs of all time.To be very specific, there are plenty of those that are here called 10 star songs.

    1-0 out of 5 stars COPPIER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    omg, this guy is totally coppying off of metallica.Oh yeah and the only reason jay z was a rap star was because he wasnt good enough to be a rock star.i havent herad the album but i had to note he was coppying because it doesnt seem any1 else noticed. listen to metallica,ozzy,greenday,acdc,ect.The only reason sh** like this is popular is because none of the fans of rap had heard a rock song .F*** them and F*** jay z!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    4-0 out of 5 stars Jay-Z - The Black Album
    Ok, so Jay-Z announces that he's retiring and this will be his last album.Then I say to myself I have to get this album when it comes out.So on Christmas day 2003, I get Jay-Z's so called "retirement" album simply entitled The Black Album.I opened up the CD and popped it in my CD player to see what Jigga had in store for his final album.Once I started listening to it I was pretty much amazed the whole way through.

    It starts off with a little interlude or intro like most albums do.Then it goes into a song called "December 4th," which is sort of an autobiography of his early childhood years.You can hear his mom in between verses saying a little something about his life when Jay was younger.Then it goes into one of my favorite tracks on the album "What More Can I Say."On this track Jay is basically asking us, what more can I say or do to prove to you that I'm one of the greatest rappers of all time.Just in case you wanted to know, Jay is #5 on my list of the greats."Encore" is another great track where Jay lays out some nice verses to listen to.I hate the part in the song where everyone is yelling "HOVA! HOVA!" because that gets kind of annoying.I think they should not put stuff like that on an album, just leave it for the concerts.The worst song on the album is probably "Change Clothes."The beat is alright and Jay again delivers but the point behind the song and the chorus is pretty lame.Then the Timbaland produced "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" is another one of my favorites.The beat is hot and Jay's flow on the track is really good, probably the best flow on the album."Threat" is about what the song is called, Jay makes threats about you need to quit messing with him or he'll kill you, decent song but not to amazing.The Eminem produced "Moment Of Clarity" is another one of my favorites,deep song about Jay's career and what he's accomplished.Rick Rubin mixes a nice beat for "99 Problems" in which Jay-Z yet again drops something good to fit the beat perfectly.The PSA is sort of like a freestyle type of rap, a good listen nevertheless."Justify My Thug" uses a sample from Madonna's smash hit "Justify My Love."I'm not really feeling this track that much but it's alright.The Kanye West produced "Lucifer" is a pretty nice song but the chorus gets annoying after a few listens."Allure" is another nice track by Jay-Z produced by the Neptunes.The allure of the game is calling you back Jay, you better come back and not disappoint some of your fans.Then the album ends with "My 1st Song."

    I gave this album a 4/5 because I feel it is a great album to go out on.The lyrics and content kept it from getting a 5.Jay's lyrically abilities aren't really impressive compared to some of the other rappers out now, and he repeats himself many times on this album about the same stuff such as being the best rapper alive.All Jay-Z fans, you better keep your faith in Jay cause I think he'll be back with a new album sometime in the near future.I would suggest this album to almost every type of rap fan and if you haven't heard much about Jay then you better give him a chance because he won't let you down with his music. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000DZFL0
    Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Hardcore Rap    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Rap    6. Rap & Hip-Hop   


    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 November, 2002)
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    The debut of thundering supergroup Audioslave--featuring members of Rage Against the Machine post-Zack de la Rocha with ex-Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell--is as much curio as fascinating blend of visions. Cornell might be outnumbered, but his unmistakable holler and nihilistic imagery ensure that Audioslave, the album, recalls early Soundgarden. That's especially true since de la Rocha took Rage's signature rap and politicking with him. Still, if this is Soundgarden, it's Soundgarden set to stun. Rage guitarist Tom Morello is more of a mauler than Kim Thayil ever was--witness "Shadow on the Sun," which moves from bruising thud to psychedelic freak-out and back again--while the Rage rhythm section of Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk anchor the bottom end with pure instrumental cement. Intentionally or not, "Gasoline" bears passing resemblance to "Rusty Cage," while the sweeping "I Am the Highway" and slow-burning "The Last Remaining Light" best showcase Cornell's surprisingly New Age-y lyrical bent. Cover art by Storm Thorgerson, who gave Pink Floyd records their distinctive stamp, underscores the set's inherent celebrity. Fans of Rage and Soundgarden can raise clenched fists in unison, for Audioslave is win-win. --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Debut Album
    This album is simply one of the best to come out in 2000's. The singles on this are "Cochise", "Like A Stone" and "I am the Highway." The first 8 tracks of this are great and amazing with everyone one of them having ther own unique sound. After track 8 it just seems to become so mediocre. It is so much better to have Chris Cornell singing with Tom Morello's guitar's then having RATM's lead singer. SG and RATM are a great combination and even there second album is great. With Chris they easily surpass RATM's music.

    4-0 out of 5 stars One of the better modern rock bands out there
    Audioslave (2002.) Audioslave's first album.

    Just as the twenty-first century arrived, music was going downhill severely. The pop music of the day was nothing short of terrible, for the most part, and the once awesome alternative/grunge rock genre had spawned far too many clones, resulting in the very disappointing nu-metal genre. Many of the alternative rock giants that had made the nineties such an awesome time from rock and roll were gone. And then, something completely unexpected happened. Chris Cornell, former vocalist for Soundgarden, one of the greatest bands of the nineties, joined forces with Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk - former Rage Against The Machine members. The collaboration of these artists took the name Audioslave. The group's self-titled first album was released in 2002. Interestingly enough, the cover art for the album was created by none other than Storm Thorgueson, the guy who had gained fame in the seventies for creating Pink Floyd's album covers! Read on for my review of the album.

    I went into listening to this album with somewhat mixed emotions. Though I was a big-time Soundgarden fan, I was never that big of a Rage Against The Machine fan - and this band was one quarter Soundgarden and three quarters Rage. My doubts were shattered with one listen to the album, though. Admittingly, the stylings here are more Rage-like than Soundgarden-like, but it's like the band takes all the best elements of Rage's sound. Fuse those with Chris Cornell's awesome vocal abilities, and this makes for a cool record. Most modern rock bands are pathetic clones of one another whose sound is godawful, but not Audioslave. Their ability to combine the sounds of Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine makes for one of the more interesting rock releases of the era. Many of these songs became fairly popular radio hits, including the instant classic Cochise. That's not to say the non-hits aren't excellent, though. Through and through, the group delivers a plethora of excellent modern rock tunes. While many of the songs do sound alike, they manage to maintain just enough of a sense of individuality to keep things interesting. Admittingly, when the band recorded this album, they hadn't toured together or even played together much at all, so the album does seem a bit rushed in places, and the production could have been better. Still, this doesn't make me dislike the release. In an era when pretty much all the rock music of the day sucked, this album was the light in a world of shadows. If you're a fan of either Soundgarden, Rage Against The Machine, or just someone who wants to hear the best of what modern-style rock has to offer, Audioslave's debut is a worthwhile purchase.

    Since this was a fairly recent release, it is still readily available in stores. And more likely than not, its popularity will be rekindled by the release of the band's second album in 2005, Out Of Exile. It's not likely that this record will become scarce anytime soon, being that Audioslave is fairly popular, and unquestionably one of the better modern rock bands.

    In the end, Audioslave's debut album stands as one of the best rock releases in what I ultimately consider to be a dark time for rock music in general. While other bands were failing left and right, creating a sound that failed to please on many levels, Audioslave knew how to please listeners. If you're a fan of either of the bands that the members came from, or you just want to hear the best of what modern rock can give you musically, Audioslave's self-titled first is an album worth picking up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Audioslave is a breath of fresh air
    In this day of music, where everyone wants to tune their guitars down low and all sound the same, Audioslave is a breath of fresh air to the music industry.They are looked at as being a supergroup, but they completely stand on their own, independent of their "original" sounds.Audioslave has managed to take my favorite part of Soundgarden, Chris Cornell, and of Rage Against the Machine, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk, and put them together.Cornell's vocals blend well with the music put up by the rest of Audioslave.Morello gets a lot of credit for his guitar playing, but Commerford and Wilk are no slouches either.Both are tremendous musicians and excel greatly in what they do. This album rocks right from the opening chords of "Cochise" on to the end.These 4 brilliant musicians definitely excel better together than they did with their former acts.Anyone out there looking for a good rock cd with some catchy guitar riffs, this is your cd. ... Read more

    Asin: B00006RU5B
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Hard Rock    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Post-Grunge    6. Rock   


    This is Not a Test
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 November, 2003)
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    There's a reason rap enthusiasts breathlessly await new Missy albums. Maybe it's because her work is so uninhibited--who else but Missy would marvel at the magic of, er, self-love gadgets like she does on "Toyz"? And tastefully too! Perhaps most A-list rap stars don't need sexual aids to get their groove on, but Missy's looking out for the 95 percent of the female rap population who might not look like Halle Berry. Some would apologetically rock fake hair extensions, but Missy celebrates them on "Let Me Fix My Weave." The self-deprecation continues on the jazzy "I'm Not Perfect." But This Is Not a Test is not all about Miss E. With her beat-wizard buddy Timbaland, she's on a crusade to revitalize what they feel is a stagnating commercial rap marketplace. It reaches its apex on "Wake Up" (featuring Jay-Z), where she reminds us that wearing big Liberace chains and driving high-end sport utility vehicles is not all that important. Sure, most of the guest collaborations here either sound unpolished or unnecessary, but, like Bahamadia, Missy's one of the few modern-day femcees who would rather push envelopes than lick 'em. Despite its title, this album does test rap's experimental boundaries with much success. --Dalton Higgins ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars I thought it was a test
    First off, why in the WWF is Missy experimenting? She made 5 or 6 albums (maybe more or less, not a long enough fan to know). You would think she found her style by now, though maybe she's trying to get a bigger audience, which probably is working.

    The album starts with an intro, than moves to "Pass That Dutch". The song does have a nice production and beat, but it's only satisfactory for Missy E. Another similar song is "Wake Up".

    Next up is "Keep It Movin'", which I'm guessing is some sort of R&B experiment, that turns out weak. The vocals...meh! They sound pretty average, maybe a little below that. The production so far has been good, but not as crisp as earlier albums. Though, the production also seems much different, because the rap seems to be getting more dancier and not so much rough or aggressive. Then we get to "Is This Our Last Time?". It's seems like another R&B attempt, but it's more rappier and dancier than the last track.

    "I'm Really Hot" is probably one of my favorites of the album. It sounds similar to the tune of "Gossip Folks", but it's not annoying. The production is once again not the crispist from Missy and her producers, though still fun and listenable.

    Now we're at another bad R&B song; "Dats What I'm Talkin'". I don't think much people will say that after listen. Just another song like "Keep It Movin'".

    The song "Don't Be Cruel" make me wonder who this producer was. It sounds like it was leftovers from Britney Spears's sucky album "In The Zone". And, the vocals somewhat match. Hopefully, that's the end of that.

    "Toyz" is probably one of the most unique song of the CD. It really did remind me of a 70's dance song, sort of disco-ish. Anyway, this song was quite good.

    I wouldn't be suprised if someone heard "Let It Bump", they would think about "Work It". "Work It" was excellent, so this is definently good.

    "Pump It Up" sounds like it was done in a basement with a cheap Casio Keyboard. The production is horrible, and vocals and lyrics don't help it.

    "It's Real" sounded like it came from Kelly Rowland or something. It's a nice song, and yes, it is real.

    "Let Me Fix My Weave" is the worst song on the CD. The production is awful, the vocals are awful, lyrics mean nothing. Nothing on this song seems to be good.

    "Spelling Bee" is another unique song that has an old school beat rather than a normal beat. It does somewhat fail, but it is pretty danceable.

    The last song is "I'm Not Perfect". It is unique, and has another 70's beat, making me think Missy's going disco.

    Though the CD's production wasn't the best, and it was an experimental album, Missy E delievers some good tunes. Hopefully on her next CD, she will do what she does best...ORIGINALITY!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Expect the Un-Expected on this album!!!
    I have been a fan of Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott even before she dropped the legendary "Supa Dupa Fly" lp. Over the years her styles have changed throughout the years. From finger waves, to low hair cut with "The Real World Album", she even spiked up her hair to look like Don King on the "So Addictive" project. But now-a-days she's rockin a cool dyed weave, and enough about her letz git into this hot project:

    01. Baby Girl Interlude/Intro {Feat. Mary J. Blige} - Okay I really love how Missy is rhyming on here, the words are so real, and she reall reels her fans in on this one and Mary J. Blige just makes the introduction even hotter.
    02. Bomb Intro/Pass That Dutch - The very first single, that set this project. I really luv this track, it's somethin' everyoune should feel off this album. And the video Missy is revealin her thighs to the world for the first time.And I really love that about her not bein shy to show a lil sumthin.
    03. Wake Up {Featuring Jay-Z}- This song was featured @ the end of the "Pass That Dutch" video. When I first heard this one I was addicted to it. Her rhymes are very on point on this track. She' has improved her rhyme skillz since she begain in 1997. Not to mention Jay-Z rhymes are also tight on this track.
    04. Keep It Movin' {Feat. Elephant Man}- This song has that dancehall flava that is ever present on this track. It's not one of my favorites off the album but it's not a lame song. Just missin that sumthin that woulda really set off this track.
    05. Is This Our Last Time {Feat. Fabolous}- Now this is a first, I never heard Missy use this style on any of her previous work. But I luv it, she really gitz down on this song, one of my favorits actually. The beat to this track is crazy and Fabolous really fits well on this one.
    06. Ragtime Interlude/I'm Really Hot - Now the interlude before this track is mad hilarious, Missy be killin us with her jokes and no wonder she was named "Class Clown". Then it rides into her second single, now if I were Missy I wouldn' have chose this song for the second single, but anywho the video for the track was really, really hot. This track is a alright track nothin' really special about it. Just regular Missy doin' her thang.
    07. Dats What I'm Talkin About {Feat. R. Kelly} - This track is what I believe coulda been a single, but it wasn't. I could think of a video treatment and everything for this song. Well anywho it's one of my favorites off of the album.
    08. Don't Be Cruel {Feat. Monica & Beenie Man}- This track is straght fya, shoulda been a single. Well it wasn't the beat is more than hot it's a volcanic explosion lol. Then when u think this is the only beat present on this track it changes right before Beenie Man begins to rap and then that's like the volcano erupting right thurr. The track just getz even hotta after that.
    09. Toyz Interlude/Toyz - On the interlude Missy is walkin' into Pleasure World or whateva, she throws on a ball cap sho they won't know who she is, but it didn't work a gurl named Sashay noticed who it was and started jockin Missy then she calls over her overweight co-worker and he confirms that it is Missy the skit is just plain 'ol hilarious. With the track Missy is talkin about how a man can't please her so she grabs her a Toy. She insist's that every gurl should have a toy.
    10. Let It Bump - I love this track, I kinda believe this is where The Ying Yang Twins got the concept for their track "Whisper" but anywho Missy rhyme skillz on this track is very on point. And Timbaland also appears on this track with a short verse I guess that why they didn't give him credit in the album inlay.
    11. Pump It Up {Feat. Nelly}- I must say that Missy shoulda left Nelly off this track, i'm not hatin' on tha brotha. But he just doesn't fit well on this track. Well the beat is melodic and you can really grove with it. That's basically it with this song. The line I luv is when Missy says, "I luv my gut so f**k a tummy tuck" LOL.
    12. It's Real - This song is emotional to me. To me this song can be dedicated to anyone you have lost in your life or are missing. What I luv most about this song is the drums on the track. And the song is very meaningful and I luv it.
    13. Let Me Fix My Weave - This song is straight up and down hilarious. She mentions the Ben & Jen relationship on this track. The reason I luv this son is because of how hilarious it is.
    14. Spelling Bee Interlude/Spelling Bee - There isn't much of an interlude before this song, just Missy sayin' she's gonna teach us how to spell. I luv the beat Timbaland did on this track. It's different and that's what I luv about Timabaland and Missy they are alwayz changin their style.
    15. I'm Not Perfect{Feat. The Clark Sisters} - This is the only gospel track present on this album. I love this album it really gives u insiration. Missy lettin everyone she's not perfect like us. She has problems, and she's not gon sit here and judge. And that's great to know about Missy.
    16. Outro {Feat. Mary J. Blige- Has the same beat as the intro the song is just as hot as the intro. It's just Missy closing up the project and like I said about the intro Mary really sets the track off.

    **Well this album was hot to def, I do reccomend that you buy it, but I have to say it wasn't my favorite Missy Elliott album. Mine would have to be Da Real World project in which I also did a review for earlier.**

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good, Great Songs
    I Just heard this cd for the first time, actually this is the first time i heard any of Missy Elliott's songs, except for Get Ur Freak On. I Really like this cd. she has good songs on this disc like, Pass That Dutch, I'm Really Hot, Don't Be Cruel, Let It Bump, Let Me Fix My Weave & Spelling Bee.

    If You Liked This Cd Check Out Underconstruction, Also By Missy Elliott & All Of Her Other CDs. ... Read more

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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 March, 2003)
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    Linkin Park’s second studio effort (not counting the 2002 remix album Reanimation) overflows with glossy production values and Big Rock oomph, fully embracing the pop instincts of their Hybrid Theory debut. For many, Theory sounded inexcusably corporate, from its too-timely rap-rock sound to the long list of product endorsements included in the liner notes. Meteora will only amplify those complaints, but this album is actually truer to the band’s nature. It’s still impossible not to hear strains of Limp Bizkit, Korn, Rage Against the Machine, and the like. None of those acts, howeve, would try something as blatantly anthemic as "Easier to Run," which would sound fine to a Def Leppard fan, or as borderline danceable as "Breaking the Habit" and "Session." Linkin Park is what Trent Reznor was always afraid of becoming, but if you ever wished he would drop the pretenses and just make a hair-metal record, you'll find Meteora to your liking. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more


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    2-0 out of 5 stars Linkin Park is great. Until you listen to real music.
    This cd has plenty of catchy tracks, namely Somewhere I Belong and Numb to name two which have also got clips.
    The rest of the other tracks kind of blur together.
    Even the good tracks on this cd can't last repeated plays, after awhile one just finds them utterly predictable.
    I could care less if this band made bajillions, but at least they could make their later releases somewhat different.

    The music aside, I recommend not reading this band's lyrics, which are utterly average and gives one a feeling that the band members perhaps hired angsty high school teens to write their lyrics for them

    2-0 out of 5 stars For once can you stop the "Turntable" stuff?
    Back in 2000 when I first saw Linkin Park, I honestly thought they something that Rock really needed. I bought their first album,"Hybrid Theory", and thought it was a decent album that fused Rap with Rock in to a somewhat good field. But the new-found pouplarity(Especially Rapper Mike Shinoda)Linkin Park thought it would be alright to embrace a Will Smith style rap, minus the partying and the "uh" sounds Will smith makes and a kinda neo Turntable rock style that gets repetitive real fast. The result is "Meteora". A generally pleasing album for Audiences 8-13 and teenage girls. Although it does a few decent moments(Faint,Somewhere I Belong),its WAY too short and feels rushed. Linkin Park barely use actual Guitar Riffs, they don't take enough time to present any Musicanship(for a Nu-metal band),and Mike Shinoda is absoultey TERRIBLE Rapper.Another note is the heavy use of Musical Instrument samples and scrathing. Why can't they be like Ex-Rage Against The Machine Guitarist Tom Morello and scratch with strings and a Wah-Wah Pedal.Or use guest musicans like The Mars Volta to play piano and violin? Most likely because they think its not very MAINSTREAM. Overall you should just pick up more creative, musicanship-like acts like The Gorillaz's new Album "Demon Days" instead.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great, Creative, and Extraordinary
    I found this CD quite enjoyable. I have to give it five stars due to the creativeness of this band. I normaly become angry when rap is mixed with nu-metal (hard rock, ect.). However, they did an extraordinary job. (Until Jay-Z ruined Numb.)

    I also have purchased Hybrid Theory, although, Meteora is almost musicaly better. I reccamend this to those who are first trying nu-metal. Although the intro and instramental remix tracks are kind of a waste, this CD rules over all.

    They just need to answer my one question, was the weed really necessary? ... Read more

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    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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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best debut since Disturbed came out
    Since the end of Heart's heyday, the hard rock scene has needed a female to front a hugely popular group.A talented one who doesn't sell herself on her looks, novelty and/or skanky lifestyle-I don't count Courtney Love, obviously.Such a singer is found in Amy Lee, Evanescence's modest, gothic, beautifully voiced and infinitely talented frontwoman.

    Evanescence has been in existence for several years, releasing scattered EPs but rarely playing live shows.Their debut record Fallen, including two tracks from the Daredevil soundtrack, is an immensely promising debut.

    Despite the misconception promoted by the lead single, Daredevil's "Bring Me to Life," Fallen is by no means a Linkin Park-with-a-chick-singer-rap-rock album.In fact, the rapper in the single is not even a member of the band.

    The rest of the record is filled with a mix of electronica, goth and metal that supports Lee's amazingly haunting vocal melodies.This contrast-female vocals that could win American Idol over dark rock music-is what makes Evanescence unique and will give them a very broad fan base, ranging from Celine Dion fans to Goths to metal heads.

    Lee is clearly the star of the band, as only her picture appears on the cover of the album.The rest of the group proves itself competent if not always outstanding.The guitar riffs are often catchy and inventive, but they are just as often simple, repetitive clichés meant solely as a background for Lee.Given the quality of the vocals, however, it's not like one could blame Ben Moody (now out of the band) for not wanting to get in the way.

    The piano, string and choral parts are breathtakingly beautiful, especially for a metal record.The electronic passages drive the songs along, usually without making them sound overtly mechanical.

    The lyrics on Fallen are consistent with the music: dark, spiritual and written in an abstract but very personal style.They tell of deep emotional pain and death; yet, even on close inspection of the lyric sheet, one cannot tell any specific event in the writers' lives.The themes are perhaps repetitive, but they serve their purpose extremely well.They are personal enough to be true, but abstract enough that anyone can relate to them.

    Fallen is the most promising debut in several years.From beginning to end, it is a brilliantly crafted effort that leaves little obvious room for improvement.Perhaps the only downside is that it will be difficult to follow.Anyone who enjoys dark-themed music of any type would be well-advised to buy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars they have great musical talent
    and it shows through their songwriting and catchy guitar hooks and smooth beautiful vocals from amy lee. I can't wait to hear their next CD where we could hear more musical diversity evanesence is capable of doing just as they did on Origin and their earlier work.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A slight deviation...
    So the first real album from Evanescence to reach the UK.Yaaay so I went and bought it almost wetting myself, loved and subsequently went to see them in concert.And at said concert they played "Even in Death".Hmm...doesn't seem to be on Fallen, in fact Ms. Lee introduced it as being an older song...
    So after much hard searching I finally manages to track down copies of Origin (the American album released before Fallen) and SHOCK HORROR there were also 4 other EPs in the underground.So after taking at least a year to track them all down and after spending hours upon hours of listening, I find that Fallen, whilst a very well produced, slick and modern album falls short of the previous genius of Evanescence.the lyrics are still deep and meaningful, but gone and the heart-wrenching lyrics that plagued tracks such as October, Forgive Me and Listen to the Rain.So my advice to buyers is thus: Yes, a very nice album, well produced, balanced with decent lyrical content (Hello, Tourniquet) and good riffage (Track 11: Whisper in particular), and by all means buy if you are new to Evanescence.Hardcore fans will be slightly dissapointed. ... Read more

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    14 Shades of Grey (with Limited Edition Bonus DVD)
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 May, 2003)
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    The Beatles had the White Album, Metallica, a black album, and now Staind has its gray album. While lumped in with the often indistinguishable nu metal crowd, Staind stands out, thanks in part to memorable ballads, such as the pained and beautiful "It's Been A While" and "Epiphany" from the quartet's 2001 breakthrough Break the Cycle. Their latest represents a natural progression; realizing the commercial potential of the poignant but heavy rock ballad, they've penned a slew of them. The light and cheery "How About You" is radio-ready, while the layered, string-backed "So Far Away," and honest and grateful musing on success, is another get-out-the lighters showcase for singer Aaron Lewis. Lewis's beautiful ode for his baby, "Zoe Jane," a tribute to late Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley ("Layne," which intentionally and effectively cops Alice's signature sound), and the grandiose thank-you note "Intro" are more strong, overtly introspective entries in Lewis' sometimes mushy, sometimes touching CD diary. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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    1-0 out of 5 stars What happened to these guys?
    When you look at monumental collapses in the music business, you have to look at Staind. Their album "Tormented" from 1996 was pure thrash. The songs on "Tormented" were angry songs filled with tenacious disturbance which made the album great.
    Then came "Dysfunction", my personal favorite. This was also an album filled with anger. Some of the menacing riffs and words from songs like "Mudshovel" and "Spleen" made this album what it is. By the end of 1999, I had become a major Staind fan, waiting the release of some new music from the band. I cannot explain how disappointed I was when "Break the Cycle" was released. Where was the thrashy, angry Staind that we were all accustomed to? I listened to the album 1 time through and never listened to it again. I was beginning to believe that Staind sold out. This belief was backed by the release of "14 Shades of Grey". I thought "Break the Cycle" was horrendous. I listened to the songs before hand to see if I wanted to buy the album or not. I didn't even bother making an attempt to get this because it made me sick to my stomach that a great band like Staind made a huge turnaround like this. I often compare their collapse to the collapse of Metallica. Metallica has more of a legend than Staind does, but it was almost a Metallica - like meltdown. Even though Metallica is my favorite band, I still recognize their collapse. Even though Staind had released 2 albums before their collapse and Metallica had released 5, it is comparatively close.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as their last album
    This album is definately not as good as their last album. In fact I don't think any of their future releases will be as good as break the cyle. For what its worth this album is still good and has some classic staind songs(if there is such a word). If your a fan purchase this album, if not buy their previous album.

    3-0 out of 5 stars OK
    This album is ok.I loved their first album, I loved the fact that the songs they sung were real, I could relate to them, they didn't try to sugarcoat it or anything.It seems like with this album and with Break the Cycle they tried to show how they felt but at the same time tried to make it uplifting, it works sometimes, but not always.I really only liked a few of the songs on this album, the rest weren't bad, they just weren't that good either.If you liked their first album the best and understand what I'm talking about, you should get their first self-released album, you can buy it on Staind's official web page, it's pretty raw but good.Some of the best songs on 14 Shades of Grey are "Zoe Jane", "Yesterday", "Price to Play", and "How About You". ... Read more

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    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars The review can almost write itself
    Come on Good Charlotte Fan, at first I thought you were just another MTV zombie, but now I just think you're just plain ignorant to listen to any music not played on MTV. Limp Bizkit couldn't make original music if they tried and what the **** is up with Fred Durst? He thinks he's the toughest guy in music, but all that he did is insult a bunch of bands, so that the frontmen of those bands hate him. (coughTrentReznorcough) For anyone who wants to hear bands similar to Limp Bizkit, here are some:

    Nine Inch Nails (Both bands write angry music, but Trent Reznor hates Fred Durst)
    Glassjaw (Daryl Palumbo kicks Fred Durst's ass)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Hate This Band!
    This is the worst album they have done! "Behind Blue Eyes" is a flop! The Who's original version is much better! Why make this kind of sh*t???

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wut Iz Yo Problem???
    Limp Bizkit R da godz of deth metul! All that Iron Gayden eva did wuz play pafetik muzik dat neva made it 2 MTV.

    All hail Fred Durst! ... Read more

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    St. Anger (with Bonus DVD)
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Never underestimate the regenerative powers of Metallica. Following the stripped-down Load and Re-Load, they've returned to the raw, vitriolic savagery of their earlier canon, using 1984's Ride the Lightning as a template for St. Anger. The title track provides the psychic lynchpin of the album by combining the bombast and defiance of the band's earliest high-water marks with more deliberate lyrics and emotional nakedness. Equally cathartic is "Some Kind of Monster," a lumbering beast of a song that declares, "This is the voice of silence no more." Despite that claim, there's an economy to these lyrics; James Hetfield's raw-toothed growl only occasionally punctuates the menacing soundscapes. In fact, "Dirty Windows," the standout track here, is a shimmering five-minute instrumental that's free of the baroque trappings that sometimes clutter the Metallica landscape. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more


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    3-0 out of 5 stars THIS IS SO UNDERRATED
    1 thing this album isnt that bad.Its not the best but its ok.2nd thing every1 says its the end of metallica because thier new album isnt a masterpiece!GOD!Every1 shood no that metallica will bounce back!if your wondering yes im the 1 hoo called jay z a coppier.

    Metallica will rule the world F*** rap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars My Take OnThe Extremist Views.
    Now I have already written one review for this album and since then done some thinking. Metallica is without a doubt the best band in the world. I have enjoyed every-single one of their albums from the Underground days of Kill 'Em All to the well...whatever it was days of Load. But that's the thing, I enjoyed it ALL.

    I thought about this and found it increasingly strange...Metallica has endured much criticism over the years, for various reasons and I have always remained steadfast in my views. But why was it that I was able to remain to unmoved while it seemed that all fan foundations were slowly but surely rotting beneath the thrash throne Metallica has long enjoyed?

    At first I thought that maybe it was that I didn't really liked it; I just liked Metallica. But after several listens over all their albums(including St. Anger)I realized this was not the case; so what was it.

    The answer is simple really, I enjoy Rock in general. Not just Metal or Alternative. This I find allows for a much broader range of appreciation, in fact it lets you enjoy lot's of good music. For instance I own a mixed cd with Creed's One Last Breath immediately followed by All Within My Hands. Now as we move from the lighter tones of the defidently more melodic Creed into the nerve racking anger conveyed in Metallica's desperate chant of "Kill,Kill,Kill,Kill,Kill" I thought it was strange how I enjoyed both ends of the spectrum and immediately found this not to be a hinderance but a huge help to a music devotee such as I.

    The people who review this cd really as far as I can tell break down into groups:

    Newbies-Those who are not really that into music or rock in general but find the emotion in St. Anger to be all in all appealing. This then leads to them listening to other Metallica albums and sometimes liking both but at others just sticking with the new stuff.

    Thrash Fans-There are those that enjoy bands such as Slipknot; which in reality is really a close reference to what this album is, just one long venting of 3 years of frustration. I happen to own all of Slipknot's albums, so hey what do you know the all around rocker thing kicks in again?

    Narrow Minded Thrash Fans- There are those who have an image of what they like or what Metallica is and know what they like about metallica, but that's just it Metallica is made up of living breathing beings, and over the years people evolve, you cannot expect the music to remain the same and then call someone "Over The Hill" just because there views have broadened, it is denying a natural born creative right that we all have and use. Excellent example is from Kill 'Em All to the Black Album BIG change, but not nesscarilly for the worse.

    So in general there are people who like one segment of Metallica's career and are otherwise unable to cope with change, which in Metallica's case has been a good thing. The House That Jack Built is one of their best songs, on the supposab horrible Load album. And there is no denying heaviness with a title(let along the song) like Aint' My Bitc_. Then there are people who are just overly stimulated and blinded by the Mad as Hell goodness of St. Anger and can't accept other attempts.

    And then there are those like me(which I by no means am trying to say is nesscarilly better) who enjoy all forms of Metallica and recognize a much needed venting. For within St. Anger a story is told, Frantic is like the opening describing their lives maybe. And Ending with All Within My Hands which to me represents a bitter resolve to never lose control of what was so viciously gained in My World. And the lyrics are really quite good in my oppinnion. But albeit Bob Rock is no bassist. So an easy remedy is watch the DVD. Rob is a superb bassist and cooler then shi_ to watch. Lars drums I think...I don't know add to the mayhem I guess. James's voice is gruffer then ever and I'll be dam_ed if I don't enjoy his vocals. But in good conscience I cannot give this album a 5 compared to far more eximplary works(Master of Puppets, Justice). So open your minds Metallica is changing always and they don't care what you have to say so why don't you listen to what they do have to say? It is good. And if you can't then you still have old Metallica, and hey there's always the prospects for the future. Simply Put: This album is Brilliant, Bloody Brilliant.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Metallica's best...
    This is without a doubt metallica's best album but that's not saying much. Although lyrics like "you flush it out, you flush it out" and "tick-tick-tock" are the best Hetfield has written in his career they show that he is an amateur writer. Oh and the drum technician was sick the week when they recorded the drums so Lars had to set up the drums by himself. Btw Kirks guitar technician had the flu the day they were supposed to record Kirks solos so he could not tune Kirks guitar, and Kirk couldn't tune the guitar himself, so no solos on this one baby! as Jaymz would put it. Make sure you add this or any metallica album to your collection of kid rock and limp bizkit! ... Read more

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    Life on Display
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great album, great band
    I can't belive all the people that think POM is ripping off Nirvana. Cobain can't even sing, he killed himself from listening to his own voice too much. The only reason they were popular was because of everyone else BUT him. Dave Groll for a drummer will make any band good. POM writes, performs great music. Anyone that buys this album will NOT be disappointed. For all you cobain FOLLOWERS, get a life.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Puddle Of Mudd...shining through
    This album is not a bad listen. 'Life On Display' reminds me of Staind's album '14 Shades Of Gray'. But then where Fred Durst is concerned, what would one expect? This album is great for it opens its 13 track listing with a gem of a song called 'Away From Me', that easily became a hit. Three other songs for me set this album apart from the nu-rock scene and the offering of albums daily and they were 'Change My Mind', 'Spin You Around' and 'Freak Of The World'.

    I cannot for the life of me figure out why this particular album recieved so many bad reviews. Puddle Of Mudd is a highly inventive band that does not sound the same or mundane. And each song has its own particular sound and theme. The lyrics to 12 of the 13 songs, anyone listening can at least find some common ground with the lead singer.

    Give Puddle Of Mudd a try....you won't be disappointed.

    1-0 out of 5 stars An actual puddle of mud is more fascinating
    Okay, here's the deal, Wes Scatlin and his pals, had a band right? called puddle of mudd, they play simple tunes reminding very much of Nirvana and also of Alice In Chains. They were lucky to get a record deal, and they put out a commercial grunge rip off album "Come(as you are)Clean", then another called "Life On Display", both records sound very alike, similar lyrical themes about broken relationships with very clichéd lyrics. Guitars are easy and overheard, most songs are light and then burst into heavier choruses. They follow the same structure the whole album through, just as their previous cd, and they rip off Nirvana! Nirvana did write simple songs and stuff and so did AIC, whether lyrically or guitarwise, but usually they were way, way more interesting, Wes has the exact same thing going on. That mellow acoustic guitar turning to a heavier one, yada yada. BORING! I mean what the hell have they got!? very little range in songs, no originality, no talent, nothing big, nothing dangerous, no charisma, no nothing! This is even more boring than Creed, and even more rip-off than Gavi Rossdale's Bush (!). Sure teens got fooled and the guys made some money, but music is a form of art! for cryin out loud! People shouldn't support art that's total rip-off! IF SOMEONE REPAINTED DA VINCI'S "MONA LISA", WITH JUST A TINY DIFFERENCE (TOWARDS WORSE), AND THEN CLAIMED IT'S HIS OWN, WOULDN'T PEOPLE SEE THERE'S SOMETHING STRANGE!? There you have it, understand!? ... Read more

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    Blink 182
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    While Blink-182's pop-punk has given more than its share of entertaining moments over their career, "sonic experimentation" is hardly what you'd expect from their sixth studio album. Within their guitar-bass-drums template, however, they offer moments of playfulness and lyricism that stretch their definition of sound. The tempo changes and uses of (relative) silence in "Violence" and "Stockholm Syndrome" borrow post-punk conventions, and lend a new feel to the band's trademark cranked-upness. (The use of treated piano on the latter song also suggests that they’ve bent an ear to a few psychedelic-pop classics in their time.) As with 2001's Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, a theme of loneliness emerges upon the first couple of listens, but this time it feels as if Blink wants to connect it to something larger than before. Growth from the guys who once jokingly celebrated man-on-dog intercourse? Yeah. And best of all, it's worth hearing. --Rickey Wright ... Read more


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    3-0 out of 5 stars Look, stop flaming.
    I guess you could say that I was a "13 year old girl teenybopper", since I am 13, and I am a girl.

    But I love this album. And I'm NOT your regular teenybopper. I listen the Casualties,Children of Bodom, Nofx, Metallica, Rancid, etc. Basically, most death/power/heavy/tech/thrash/etc metal (maybe some nu-metal), ALL types of punk, adult alternative, emo, post-pop, post-punk, ska, and hell, even some pop, classical, rap, and 1000000 other things that I couldn't list.

    So, don't say that I have to listen to XXXX and I'll start hating this. I HAVE listened to all the other punk you call true punk. I HAVE listened to all the metal, all the "oldies", etc. It's good, but Blink is good too. It's NOT punk, and I'll never call it punk. It's POP-punk. Modern punk with pop influences. Those 2 genres, punk and pop-punk, are very different creatures. Pop-punk is modern punk with pop influences.

    I think Blink is the creator of modern pop-punk. And they remain one of the best. And most of their songs are good.

    As with any genre, lot of pop-punk artists, like Good Charlotte and Simple Plan, aren't very good. But since I beleive NO album deserves 1 star (just think about it), I'd give those 2. And some pop-punk artists are just as good if not better than Blink, like Fall Out Boy. Both FOB and Blink have original-sounding voices, and they put some good thought into their songs. They've both got some hits and misses, as well.

    For the most part, their albums are fun, the instruments are played fairly well, and there's some guitar solo work.

    But I will say that some Blink songs annoy me. ALOT. (like Asthenia).

    Bashing this band won't make you look cool. So stop.

    And this album doesn't deserve 5 stars either. 5 stars means NO flaws, NO bad songs. And this does have some misses. More than I'd like. Which is why it deserves 3 stars.

    In fact, the only album I'd give 5 stars would be The Mars Volta's Deloused in the Comatorium. Many albums, like Franz Ferdinand's debut album, Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP, Finntroll's Nattfodd, and the Killers self-titled album come extremely close to the 5 star mark but don't make it, so 3 stars is decent.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Their best album since Dude Ranch
    First off before crucifying them for their lyrics or use of the English language you should take a step back and read your own review.It was loaded with grammatical errors that would make any third grade teacher squirm.This album was definitely a step up instrumentally from the last couple albums.The production on it is tight and it is very listenable.Second, labels are lame.Blink never claimed to be punk rock, they just played the music they enjoyed.They never forced it down anyone's throats.The fact that they sold millions of records is great, what band wouldn't want to get their music out to as many people as possible.That is the whole point.They chose to make music a career and therefore did the best they could at their job, they were rewarded with countless fans and fat pocket books, so what.Are you telling me if you were an auto mechanic and somebody offered you a $100 for an oil change you would say "no, i'm punk rock, just give me $10"? I would most definitely recommend this one and the first two albums.

    5-0 out of 5 stars why you haten!
    all you blink haters who keep talking about blink182 just shut up! if you don't like them then don't listen. you don't have to complain about it! Anyway i think this album is the best it rocks. Like the song I miss you great song! which brings me to the point when tom says yead it still means head!it's just a word. you don't have to write a whole book about it!well this is there best cd yet!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

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    Take a Look in the Mirror
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best Korn records
    In a year aching for a well-done metal release, this record provided eleventh-month relief. It is melodic, unique and heavy.

    Stylistically, Take a Look in the Mirror falls somewhere between Korn's self-titled 1994 release and 2001's Untouchables. It is heavy and groove-oriented like the former, and melodic, dramatic and well-produced like the latter.

    The combination of these elements makes the album sound like Korn while staying distinct from any one previous release.

    Song quality is on par with Untouchables: outstanding. Whereas early Korn records had a lot of filler material, recent CDs have been consistent and amazing. Melodies are catchy and emotional while the guitars, bass and drums have great production and head-bobbing riffs.

    One standout track is "Play Me," featuring rapper Nas. It does an excellent job of standing out in the field of rap-metal, with a talented and accomplished musician at the microphone. Midway through the track, the mood unsuccessfully shifts into Jonathan Davis's singing, but the track is worthwhile and notable overall.

    Despite the record's high points, however, some improvements could have been made. Most of the track "Y'All Wanta Single" is downright horrible, for example, though it's possibly intentional.

    Also, all the lyrics cover the worn-out territory of (guess!) child abuse and depression.

    At least Take a Look in the Mirror makes 2003 worth looking back on.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Joining the argument
    You know, I have to agree with the last two on this one. Especially C. Steihl's articulate argument: this is a free country, and we are all free to listen to the music we wish. I find many of the heaviest, hardest metal out there to be musically offensive to my ears, as I perceive is as nothing but screaming and hitting a few chords as hard and fast as possible. However. I have a certain appreciation for musicians of any genre, and I can certainly respect people for actually knowing what they do and don't like.

    As for categorization, I find referring to Korn as Metal is a grevious error, as it would be to refer to Jimi Hendrix as folk. It all can fall under the "Rock" umbrella, but it's just not the same. Metal is a genre passed down through the mainstream with Megadeth and Metallica, and through the more underground routes with Kamelot, Blind Guardian, Cradle of Filth, etc, etc. There are better examples, but those are what come to mind for me at the moment. In any case, the best you can do with Korn is put them in the "hard/heavy rock" category, as they're not quite metal, but they're also not rapping. Korn didn't even so much fall into the genre as help define it, when a movement began against the grunge style of just standing there depressed looking onstage. Most of the bands Korn gets compared to are, ironically, copying the style of the albums Korn and Life is Peachy.

    So please, before posting a review, try to make sure you're focused on the band, and not the fans. Remember, Korn is far more deserving of a career than most of the stars out there. At least they can play their own instruments and write their own songs. It's not the fans fault if Korn makes a bad album. All bands are prone to that.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Guilty Pleasure
    You know what? I like this record, and I couldn't give a damn what any 35 year old virgin metalhead still living with his parents thinks about that! It certainly beats BR00TAL style death metal any day of the week.
    Sure, you have to look past the lameness and corniness of JD's lyrics, and the music is quite cheesy at times. But I simply can't deny that here Korn have written a very catchy and satisfying album. The albums strength is certainly Fieldy's bass which quite simply sounds superb.
    Ok, it's not f*cking Mozart, or Burzum for that matter, but I simply cannot deny the dumb yet wonderful appeal of this album.
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    The Reason
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Wow, this CD is very bad.
    I won't say that they sold out, not at all, but they changed their style very much from the previous record, might be some sort of maturation process who knows.

    In short, this CD is not worth buying. The only 3 good songs on this CD are Same direction, The Reason, and Unaffected. That's it. Nothing more. I know what you're thinking, no don't listen to it. Instead if you have to have some of the songs download them for 99 cents each. The music in most of these songs is just goddamn awful (sorry for the politically incorrect word). The guitar riffs and the melodies are just crappy.

    I admit that Hoobastank is a talented band, but with this showing they took a step back. I hope they rebound quickly and fairly well.

    Tthat's my two cents.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This CD Rocks!
    I love this CD from the first track to the last track. Of the best songs of course is "The Reason"I also really love "Let it Out" and "From The Heart" This is so worth the money! Hoobastank rocks.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This CD is the absolute worst...
    OK...So i admit that even though Hoobastank is really poppy and NOT a rock band that i actually kinda liked their first CD.Then i heard "The Reason" about a million times on the radio and saw it on MTV about the same.And I want to know "WHAT"S THE CATCH?"The other songs are just as bad - thank God they weren't played as much as "The Reason."The lyrics are whiny and lame, and the riffs and chorus's aren't catchy in the least.Whoever gave this CD a plus rating doesn't understand music or is deff because this CD sucks, and I'm upset that lamos sell millions of records because of people that can't appresiate the art of music.Do me a favor and don't give these sellouts your money by supporting their wannabe pop lyrics.As an aspiring musician I know that it is extremely difficult to please people to get big.But they were already big before they made a sorry sophomore effort.I have lost a lot of respect for this band.Good luck on try #3 guys.PEACE! ... Read more

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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is GREAT
    That dude at the bottom is high: the one that says the CD sucks. This CD is awesome. Beside the hits Hit That and (Can't Get My) Head Around You, the new songs are great a few of my favorites are the Noose and Spare Me the Details. Da Hui is kind of weird, but not bad. When You're In Prison is random and hilarious, contrary to what other reviewers are saying. I'm a big Offspring fan and stayed that way with this CD and along with the new CD that is coming out soon with older and newer hits i'm told.

    4-0 out of 5 stars a step up from their last 2
    not that they were bad albums, but CO1 and americana never really stuck with me. they were just a little too poppy.this is one of their best cds, with the only problem being the length.there is a wide variety of sounds on this, from rock to punk to ska, but its all good.the best songs are neocon, the worst hangover ever, and my favorite, spare me the details.

    2-0 out of 5 stars "Can't Repeat"

    As stated quite eloquently by the gentleman below, Splinter does infact suck. The Offspring are releasing "Can't Repeat" soon, and although I've only heard the first two minutes and fifteen seconds of it, I can safely say that it's better than everything off Splinter. Despite the fact that Dexter's vocal pattern during the verses is ripped straight from "The Kids Aren't Alight", the guitar riff wasn't recycled from any previous Offspring songs. The clip I heard cuts off right before the point where the solo should kick in, so I haven't heard the entire thing, but the intro (with a bass line VERY similar to "LAPD" and the sound of an airplane engine revving up) is awesome. It's not groundbreaking, but it'll do. To bad we have to settle for "it'll do" with the Offspring nowadays.
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    The Long Road [Bonus Tracks]
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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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

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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not that bad.
    Like about 99.9% of the people reviewing this album, the first song I heard was HEADSTRONG. I waited for about a year but finally bought it. I would probably give it a 3.9, but that rounds to 4. Here's how I feel...

    Headstrong-8/10 great song but does tend to get old
    Made of Glass-10/10 great underrated song
    Hollowman-8/10 exactly like headstrong
    These walls-6/10 not to good. but not too bad
    Slill frame-9/10 hard rock that doesn't lose it's frame, needs a video
    Echo-10/10 best song on the album, NEVER GET'S OLD
    Game-4/10 worst song on the album, makes no sense and it's just not really trapt
    When It's said and Done- 9/10 Impressive, very impressive
    Egnigma-5/10 oK, not bad, not good
    Stories-7/10 a good song and it gets addictive
    New beginning-5/10 It's alright

    Not the best band, but still pretty good

    1-0 out of 5 stars Trapt by Trapt
    Trapt is another band who has been trapt by Hollywood, Clear Channel, and the rest of public media.They are light pop garbage that doesn't deserve to be on the market, unless there is some market for bodily wastes that I haven't yet discovered.If I ever do find this market for brown solid torpedo shaped waste products, I will most certainly sell my used copy of Trapt's miniature frisbee on this market and make some money.

    Headstrong and Echo are the two singles that actually got somewhere: onto top 40 radio.That's a sure sign that the rest of the albums SUCKS just as much.This may be music to the ears of some, and those some are crap to all of me.Trapt is trapped in a loop of a mix of metal ballads(is there such a thing), and acoustic $ex music.Please save your money and buy some quality music.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad For The First CD
    I first Heard 'Headstrong' on my hometown rock station before the album came out. The first thought that went through my head was "Oh s***, another one hit wonder." There have been so many come-and-go bands recently that I paid Trapt little attention. Then I heard the second single titled 'Still Frame' and it got to me. I decided that I still didn't want to own the CD, but I would give it a shot. I borrowed from a friend of mine and listened to it while reading the lyrics off the internet (I only borrowed the disc). I was amazed at how the lyrics and guitar riffs flowed and moved with the beat. What impressed me more was that you could actually hear what the bass player was playing!!! That's almost unheard of anymore. I think that, while they are only OK, this band deserves at least a four star rating because few bands are that good at the release of their Freshman Album. I think they are gonna go places and hope to hear the new CD soon. ... Read more

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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Fans of Godsmack’s dark, swirling, commanding music will be delighted by the Boston band’s powerful third effort, which mixes arena rock in the vein of an Alice in Chains (in fact, Godsmack takes its name from an AIC song) with the aggression of Pantera. With new drummer Shannon Larkin (formerly of Amen), Godsmack stick with the riff-heavy, layered tunes and sharp, confident bridge-burning lyrics (witness the convincing vitriol of "I F@?king Hate You"). Highlights include Sully Erna’s gut-spewing scream on "Changes," the memorable chorus and commanding assured "I Stand Alone," and the radio-ready "Straight out of Line." The tribal drums and chanting of the instrumental "The Awakening" sets the stage for "Serenity," the final track, which brings Faceless full circle, the acoustic guitars, congas and strings providing a sinuous conclusion to a potent album. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars An interesting blend of hard rock & stunning lyrics
    'Faceless' was the album that introduced me to this hard rock alternative band Godsmack. And the album ain't half bad at all. Godsmack shares so much of the sounding of the beats and rhythms to Staind and Korn. Usually in these types of bands you will find one dimensional lyrics but in 'Faceless' the lyrics outdoes the actual music. My favourite songs were 'Faceless', 'I Am', 'I Stand Alone' and 'Serenity'. These songs made the album a hit.

    This album was my introduction to this great band that has evolved with wisdom in their careers and are sticking with what made them great. This is Godsmack's third release and I am now a proud fan of this great band. Also watch out for the song 'Re-Align' that is some great sound beats.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Great Album/ Not Much Different From the Others!!!
    Godsmack is a pretty great rock band with it's own style of music!!! There isn't much of a difference between this and the first two albums but, it is still pretty good!!! Songs like: I Stand Alone, Faceless, Re-align, Dead and Broken, and I am

    Straight Out of Line: 3/5
    Faceless: 4/5
    Changes: 4/5
    Make Me Believe: 4/5
    I Stand Alone: 5/5
    Re-Align: 4/5
    I F***** Hate You: 4/5
    Releasing The Demons: 2.5/5
    Dead And Broken: 4/5
    I Am: 4.5/5
    The Awakening: 1/5
    Serenity: 2/5
    Est:3/5 My Personal Rating: 4/5

    There are other bands that are better but this band gives you an awesome experience!!! If you like this band check out Metalica, Disturbed,KoRn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,and System of a Down!!!!! I feel that Godsmack should try to use more variety in their music. I don't get some of thier songs but most of the time they say what they mean like I F***** Hate You!!! For Metal Heads like me!!!!!!
    I suggest you get the first two albums before you get this one!!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars They Rewrote The Same Album For The Third Time?!?
    Godsmack, in my opinion, is a somewhat decent band that all of the sudden fell to the power of the evil corporations. The first album was a great album, and I liked it. "Awake" was fair, although it did copy the first album, but "Faceless"? This is one of the most generic album Godsmack has ever released, and I have a copy of this album. I couldn't get into it, no matter how much I listened to it. The title track, "Straight Out Of Line", sounds too much like "Keep Away" and "Awake" mixed together. "Faceless" is another favorite track, as it stands out from the rest of the other tracks, but the CD wasn't something I could get into. It was all a bunch of recycled material, and the final track, "Serenity", is a complete knockoff of "Voodoo". This is just a rewrite of their debut, people. There's nothing new to see here. Just redundant radio-rock music.

    Also, these guys are trying way too hard to be the next Alice In Chains. There are too many bands trying to revive the dead grunge genre. Creed is ripping off Pearl Jam, Puddle Of Mudd ripped off Nirvana and Godsmack is ripping off Alice In Chains. Wow, the music industry is succumbing to a whole bunch of crap these days.

    Not recommended. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008J2DQ
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Industrial Metal    3. Pop    4. Post-Grunge    5. Rock   


    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (17 September, 2002)
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    Editorial Review

    The Windy City alt-metal provocateurs Disturbed surprised everyone when their debut, The Sickness, sold over 2 million copies. Here, once again, the band's imperious chrome-domed vocalist David Draiman bleats out the band's messages of nonconformity, self-empowerment, and individuality with a passion and ferocity that hasn't been heard since the '60s--though there's little room for peace, love, and understanding in Disturbed's world. Instead, Draiman laces the band's message with equal parts rage, disgust, and menace, all delivered in a thundering voice that alternates from the lyrical to the grizzled. Ozzy Osbourne has called Disturbed the "future of metal," and he might be right; they have almost single-handedly plucked the genre out of the aggro dung heap and fueled it with intelligence. The band is just as aggressive here as on their debut, but they've lost some of their dark angst, and as a result have created a melodic, psychically lighter album, despite the fact that the CD kicks off with "Prayer," a conversation between Draiman and God, inspired by the singer's grandfather's death. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best metal records ever
    Their sophomore release, Believe proves that Disturbed has the potential to last in the rock scene.

    Both stylistically and qualitatively, Believe stands head and shoulders over the also-amazing The Sickness, their debut release.They trimmed the occasional but very awkward rapping from their songs, replacing it with more advanced concepts of melody and time.Perhaps largely because of this, Believe contains one of the best and most consistent song sets in modern heavy metal.

    5-0 out of 5 stars More mature than first but still great.
    With their second release, Disturbed has managed to make aslightly more mature, less out of control cd and still make it sound great. My favorites are Prayer, Remember, and Awaken.There is a sense, on this album that the band is capable of not having to be loud and obnoxious to create music, not that their first album wasn't good.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Different...
    I got Believe when I heard "Liberate" on "Tony Hawk Underground 2".
    I expected it to be heavy and angry like "The Sickness", but it turned out to be quiet and some songs almost sounded like pop!
    If you let the entire CD play through you will find that after a while the songs begin to sound the same.
    It does have it's strong points though. "Prayer" is one of those songs that echo through your head as you try to get to sleep.
    The CD (Well the clean version anyway...) could propably be played at a church, as many of the songs deal with religion.
    Just because you liked The Sickness doesn't mean you'll like "Believe". My advice would be to get to know two or three songs really well before you buy the CD. Thats my opinion anyway. ... Read more

    Asin: B000069KN8
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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