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The Moon Is Down
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 March, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars unstoppable
although a little underproduced and rough-cut compared to the other two FSF cds, you can still get so much of a sense of talent from these guys. it's a pity that chris carraba couldn't make another cd with them. while he isn't a very good singer technically, he makes up for it with his songwriting ability and his passion.

also for those who listen to dashboard stuff and like the lyrics, you'll probably like these even more. especially New Year's Project and The Bradley. killer lyrics.. very well delivered. musically there's a ton of crazy stuff that you'd only hear if you pay attention, like how in Montacetti has this crazy 6/8 groove, and how in the Bradley they switch meter from 5's to 6's. as seen in the other cd's, FSF's hooks and grooves are so ridiculously creative. you will enjoy this cd for both its poetry and its musicianship.

5-0 out of 5 stars Further Seems Forever-The Moon is Down
I know this is a little late to be reviewing this album, but great albums have a life span.This is the best emo-indie-rock album out there.This is the definitive one.No one since then has improved upon what these guys did here.The dudes from strongarm know how to right non-sacharine emo guitar work.The drumming is mind-blowing.And of course the vocals...well, it is the best work of Chris Cabeirra.

5-0 out of 5 stars positively amazing EMO
Yes, it is emo. Don't care who ya are, it's emo. Jason Gleason definitely did well on this album, it is my favorite emo album. Snowbirds and Townies.... wow.. relates to me so much. ... Read more

Asin: B00005AKIL
Sales Rank: 21614
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Clarity
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 June, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Probably the best emo ever recorded
Clarity is amazing!The first I really heard from Jimmy Eat World was Bleed American, Sweetness and The Middle on the radio.I thought they were okay enough, but they got overplayed and I didn't think too much of the band.Then Futures came out and I really liked some of the songs so I thought I would give it a try.It blew me away, I never knew JEW was this good!Then I discovered Clarity.... whoa.Futures is great, but this is even better.Buy this album, you will not regret it.It gets better on each listen, and every track is a masterpiece.The only thing could be seen as a flaw is that there is quite a lot of repetition (the last song repeats on for 13 minutes), yet in a way it's not really a flaw at all. I think it actually adds to the strength of the album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Download it for free or buy it, whatever you have to do.
If your reading this, you should get this album

5-0 out of 5 stars It will be mine...
I will remix that last song one day.... what a beautiful track. ... Read more

Asin: B00005Y7DV
Sales Rank: 4742
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Bass    3. Bells    4. Casio    5. Cello    6. Chimes    7. Drums    8. Drums (Snare)    9. Emo    10. Farfisa Organ    11. Guitar (Electric)    12. Mini Moog    13. Organ (Hammond)    14. Percussion    15. Piano    16. Pop    17. Post-Grunge    18. Punk-Pop    19. Rock    20. Strings    21. Vibraphone    22. Violin    23. Vocals    24. Vocals (Background)   


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A Thought Crushed My Mind
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 January, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars I'm a vampire
This is the first Blindside CD I heard, and thinking since this one was sooo good, I bought the "Silence" and was disappointed. Despite what other people say on reviews of their other CD's, this CD is REALLY GOOD. I think Nara is the song that he sings in Swedish, towarsds the end, the CD gets mellow, but a very good kind of mellow. When I get money, I want to own this CD again. King of the Closet was an instant fave of mine, I loved the lyrics.

4-0 out of 5 stars A mind crushed by thought...
I had been told that this, along with their self-titled, were Blindside's best albums, so I bought them. I haven't heard their new stuff yet, but after listening to this and the ST I doubt they could do much better without getting repetitive. A Thought starts out strong with 'Vow of Silence' and never stops. 'King of the Closet' is easily the best song on the album, with an awesome vocal/screaming solo intro. It seems hard to listen to the whole album all the way through, though I'm not sure why. All in all a good album, but I'd still recommend the ST over it.

5-0 out of 5 stars if it were possible i would this album 10 stars
By far this album is in my opinion is the best album BLINSIDE has releases yet, silence, andabout a burning fire are great albums but this album does not shows blindside at its finestthe music it EXCELLENT. Musical arragments are like none other.Finding a decent christian rock band is hard (thank GOD 4 project 86 and DEMON HUNTER)most of them sound them same. But BLINDSIDE is uncomparable to any other christian Rock band i've have yet to hear. the closest band i would say reminds me of them musically wise would be S.O.A.D. (system of a down) and even then i would rather listen to " A thought crushed my mind" ... Read more

Asin: B00000ID2N
Sales Rank: 90946
Subjects:  1. Alternative CCM    2. Alternative Metal    3. Alternative Pop/Rock    4. Hardcore Punk    5. Indie Rock    6. Pop    7. Punk Revival    8. Rap-Metal    9. Rock   


Euphoria Morning
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 September, 1999)
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Since Soundgarden's lamented breakup in 1997, grunge stud Chris Cornell has been working with his longtime friends and musical peers in the band Eleven--keyboardist Natasha Shneider and guitarist Alain Johannes. These stellar musicians make Cornell's latest album crisper, more musical, and less rocky than what one came to expect from Soundgarden. The soaring "Follow My Way" is epic in scope, and, in fact, Euphoria Morning is aptly titled; the album is a cohesive mood-invoking musical meditation, especially tracks such as "When I'm Down," which has a near-gospel feel thanks to backing vocals and a spare, uplifting vibe. Fans of Cornell's mellower work with the supergroup Temple of the Dog will enjoy this ardent and mellifluous 12-song collection from one of rock's most recognizable voices. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Chris Cornell's best work after Soundgarden's unfortunate break-up (Audioslave is pure crap).Amazing, emotion-evoking songs and vocal performances. Best songs: Flutter Girl, Follow My Way, Pillow of Your Bones, Preaching the End of the World, When I'm Down...hell the whole album rules.

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This cd is one of the most wonderful cds to listen to while staring out a window at the Rockie Mountains. If you have ever been in a relationship (and break-up) these songs are extremely relatable. "Preaching the End of the World" is probably one of the best songs that I have ever heard; while "When I'm Down" is vocally brilliant. Don't expect this to sound anything like Audioslave, Soundgarden, or Temple of the Dog - think more modern lounge music with the musical twist of Cornell's unique style.

5-0 out of 5 stars Chris Cornell, make another solo album!
May it be Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, "Euphoria Morning", or Audioslave, Cornell just plain rocks!

Pure talent,....... enough said. ... Read more

Asin: B00001QGL2
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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A Rush of Blood to the Head
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 August, 2002)
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Coldplay required a lifetime to make their wonderfully assured debut,Parachutes. But it tookless than two years for the moody British quartet to deliver a masterful follow-up. As a band, Coldplay have advanced to a stage where they outshine nearly every oneof their rivals in terms of imagination and emotional pull. A Rush of Bloodto the Head is a soulful, exhilarating journey, moving from the catharticrock of "Politik" to the hushed tones of "Green Eyes" without once breaking itsmesmerizing spell. Singer Chris Martin takes his voice on soaring flights,reaching places only JeffBuckley previously dared to go. And the music is nearly flawless, apersuasive cross between PinkFloyd and the Verve.Even if they haven't come up with another "Yellow," you would be hard-pressed tocare. This is exquisite stuff. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the most overated band of current times.
Unimaginative songs, delivered with repetitive and monotonous,completely dull vocals. I just do not understand the hype nor the interest unless ofcourse, it is more about the lead singers relationship with his famous, and equally dull, wife and his tendancy to name children while visiting the greengrocers.
Every generation gets saddled with a dull band most people don't appreciate and who end having no real talent and longevity much beyond their media hype, witness Oasis. Not worth listening to and I guarantee you will tire of it and find it irritating eventually.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "Desert Island" CD
I have had this CD in my computer at work for three years! Most CDs don't last a week. I get bored of them and take them home again. I love every song on this CD--yes, the singles have been played out. "In my Place" and "Clocks" are the most familiar. But the treasures on this album, for me, really are "Warning Sign", the title song and "Amsterdam." Three songs I cannot live without, hence, if I were stuck on a deserted island, this is the CD I would want with me.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Beatles reborn and trying out a new genre!
Coldplay is awesome! I'd say they're almost as good as the Beatles were, but in they're own genre. Really, this is a MUST buy if you're into soft rock or alternative stuff. They completley took everyone bt storm with they're first album "Parachutes". This, I'm sad to say isn't as good as the first one but still really nice. The first track on the album, "Politik" is an excellent showcase of what their made up of and is simmilar to some of their earlier stuff. "Clocks" was their biggest hit on this album and if you listen to english radio you've probably heard it a gazillion times. Overall really nice. If you haven't heard anything else from them, i suggest you start with Parachutes. ... Read more

Asin: B000069AUI
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Britpop    3. Dream Pop    4. Indie Rock    5. Pop    6. Post-Grunge    7. Rock   


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A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 August, 2003)
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On Dashboard Confession's fourth album, Christopher Carraba welcomes listeners back into his emotionally claustrophobic world, where relationships are minefields, women are brittle and self-absorbed, and every cloud has a pewter lining. But all this is only fodder for his runaway id, as he deconstructs every encounter, giving us evidence of the pain and betrayal that lurks behind every corner. Finding a home somewhere between the positive punk of Green Day, circa "Time of Your Life," and the stream-of-consciousness poetry of the early Counting Crows, this collection is more musically coherent than Dashboard Confessional's earlier albums. Gil Norton's production has taken the band to new heights, allowing the music to have as much grit, substance, and dynamics as the lyrics. The anxious expectorated sputum of "Am I Missing," is an existential assault on your very sanity, with its fretful drumming and spectral chorus, butthis album doesn't sound just that one apprehensive note; Carraba is equally at home with the sparse, acoustic ballad "Ghost of a Good Thing" and the folksy rocker "Carve Your Heart Out Yourself," which could have been lifted from a Buffalo Springfield album. By giving voice to the thoughts that go bump in the night, Carraba gives vulnerability and sincerity a good name again. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars emo
Emo makes me cry, I love it!
It makes me sad, i love it evrn moore!
Emo makes me feel cool inside, when i die miye blonde hair black and walk around in my tight pants who are not going to let me have babyies wen i am olrder!
in conjunction... I love emo!

1-0 out of 5 stars IS THIS ON REPEAT?!?
This is the worst display of musical abilities i have ever heard in my entire life!The first three songs are exactly the same, and upon close inspection, ALL SUCK!!I thought my cd player was on repeat, but it turned out it was three "different" songs (the only noticeable difference was the titles).I would rather watch moss grow on a large tree than ever listen to this album ever again!PLEASE DONT BUY THIS CRAP!

5-0 out of 5 stars I have become a Dashboard fan!!
I love this album and Dashboard. Chris's voice is kind of strange, but it is good. It gives Dashboard a unique sound that no one else can quite match! : )

the best tracks on this album are Hands Down, Rapid Hope Loss, As Lovers Go, Bend And Not Break, Ghost Of A Good Thing, Morning Calls, and Several Ways To Die Trying

wow..half the album is on my best tracks list. i guess that is a testament to how good it is!!

the only bad track is Carry This Picture. i would skip over it..because it gets boring after about the second verse.

anyway, i would definetly advise you to buy this album, even if u have never listened to "emo" before. i hadn't listened to emo before either and now i love it!!
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Asin: B0000AKADQ
Subjects:  1. Emo    2. Indie Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock   


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Madrigals (Bonus DVD)
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 April, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars folks, we have a winner!
    I cannot say enough good things about Howie Day, so here goes: he is one of the most talented guys I have ever seen in concert and a humble guy, to boot.And I love his hair...I think that about covers it.When a friend first popped Madrigals in a player to give me a listen, I was naturally skeptical.So what? I said.He is a guy who sings little songs while playing his guitar.Fast forward to the next week at a Howie Day concert, and I am suddenly in awe of this man and his ability to create a song with him, his guitar and looping.Buy this CD and see for yourself on the included DVD what a swell guy Howie is.He will not disappoint.And if you remain unconvinced, listen to "Ghost" and then tell me you are still an unbeliever.

    4-0 out of 5 stars despite common misconception...
    Howie Day is not a character from your favorite anime series. I've always liked him. This CD is pretty good. This DVD is incredibly good. However, Howie Day's music (from this ep, don't worry) is best described when in reference to live performance. I saw him live in Nashville and St. Louis when he opened for Nickel Creek (and, though it feels like sacrilege, he totally upstaged them) and he was phenomenal. He started off with "Sorry, So Sorry," which had been my favorite on 'Madrigals.' I could hardly wait for the guitar and vocal loop stuff he does toward the end, and it surpassed expectations. He played several other songs (including "My Heart Will Go On," "Africa" and "Don't Panic" covers), my favorite being "Ghost." There was so much going on in that song, but it all made sense musically. He closed with "Madrigals." It was beautiful, and every girl in the audience was swooning, including myself. You have to see it. He puts so much personality into his performance.. I probably enjoyed that aspect the most. The Madrigals CD/DVD is great. I have a new-found appreciation for it after seeing him twice, but whether you have or haven't, I think this is the best Day purchase you could make.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny-- and then some.
    I recently saw Howie Day perform live and I was very impressed. I set out to find a CD of live songs, and lo and behold, I found this gem. This is an amazing deal. If you weren't a Howie Day fan before, you will be after hearing the CD and watching the DVD. It's amazing what one man can do with a single guitar and a little technology.

    The DVD itself is more entertaining than the combo deal may lead you to believe. It's a complete, live, one-man show. Ghost is probably my favorite, especially with his uptempo breakdown at the end, but bunnies is also great, and Sorry So Sorry is a favorite song all by itself.

    All of his songs have a deep, haunting, ethereal quality that is best highlighted in his live performances. His acoustic guitar and scratchy voice suit his style and songs perfectly. The tone of the CD is moody and whimsical, and every once in awhile, his voice is just this side of whiny-- but it works.

    If for no other reason, you MUST buy this for the bonus DVD. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008ZL7I
    Sales Rank: 11945
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock   


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    Let's Dance [ECD]
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (28 September, 1999)
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    David Bowie returned to recording after a four-year break with this relatively clean-cut 1983 album. Although offering another definite new direction for Bowie, with Nile Rodgers of Chic helping to produce a stylish post-disco dance sound, Let's Dance is a mixed bag. Much of the album's success was due to its three danceable hit singles--"China Girl," a sensuous Bowie/Iggy Pop collaboration, the distinctive "Modern Love," and the funky title track. However, much of the rest of the album is bland and vapid, marking the start of serious decline in Bowie's songwriting skills. A cover of Metro's "Criminal World" and "Cat People" are the only other strong tracks here. --James Swift ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars The perfect soundtrack to the greed obsessed '80s
    Shallow, insipid and uninspired.Oh to be fair there are a couple of good if inconsequential tracks on this album such as China Girl written by Iggy Pop.But after the magnificent Scary Monsters, this album was one of the biggest disappointments of Bowie's career. I'm sure it was his biggest seller too, sigh.Let's Dance is Young Americans part 2, except with that awful and entirely unoriginal '80s dance pop sound and even worse lyrics." In the serious moonlight", are you f-ing kidding me? Has there ever been a more cringe worthy line uttered by Mr. Bowie?Yeah the album introduced Stevie Ray Vaughn to the larger world of pop but he just phones in a couple of pedestrian blues leads, big deal.You'd never guess what a master of the blues he was by listening to his contributions on this album.Let's Dance is mildly entertaining, kinda like Roxy Music light, but Bowie never got more shallow than this.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Ziggy gets jiggy
    From the man that introduced rock n' roll to irony comes the perfect soundtrack to a corporate yuppie's day!

    Fun, vapid, and irresistible!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Bowie goes disco with fine results
    David Bowie, it is fair to say, has changed the face of music several times before with classic albums such as 'Hunky Dory', 'Ziggy Stardust' and 'Low'.'Lets Dance' shows that he had not lost his touch when it came to writing timeless rock/dance classics such as the title track and "Modern Love"( reminicent of "Five Years" from 'Ziggy Stardust').The rest of the tracks fall between average and good disco tracks, bar Cat People, a brilliant, catchy, fiery rock track, disgracefully only charting at #26 in the UK!The tracks "Ricochet" and "Criminal World" certainly create an atmosphere, but don't reward repeated listening and are really just for background music, while "Shake It" and "Without You" are the two worst tracks - cliched, unspectacular disco tracks.That said, this is overall a fine disco album and a typically good/polished production of the '80s.

    6/10 ... Read more

    Asin: B00001OH7Z
    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Blue-Eyed Soul    3. New Wave    4. Pop    5. Pop/Rock    6. Rock   


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    The Colour and the Shape
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 October, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars GAWWWWD
    ok...i know people say this album is really commercial for the foo fighters but listen.....if someone likes it alot and more people start to like it what is wrong with that........In my opinion...and as many as yours....this cd is awesome.....to me the best songs on here...arent even singles.....ok....we all know everlong is a singlebut it is one of the best songs....My hero is not really commercial just a really big meaning behind it..*Dave Grohl is talking about Kurt Cobain* if you didnt know that....and one of the best songs of all is Up IN Arms........Foo Fighters is a great band...and always will be throguh the ups and downsso....i give this album a 5/5......for being one the inspirational meanings of my life right now....

    -KASEY

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good 90's hard rock album - but the singles best.
    Nirvana's drummer, Dave Grohl's own band really come into their own here, after their first album. Despite where the band its lead singer came from, this has more in common with, say, Collective Soul than Nirvana. Fusing the alternative rock of the day with a classic hard rock sound, and SOME dark elements representative of grunge (which was way past its peak by '97), they come up with a pretty good album.

    You can somewhat tell that the band hasn't quite found their sound yet (though they would on 1999/2000's breakout - pardon the pun - THERE IS NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE). As a whole, the songs tend to bleed together, especially on the heavier first side (I first got this on tape, so that's songs 1-8) that often approach heavy metal in their intensity.

    Some of the standouts include "My Poor Brain" - a very good 90's mid-tempo hard rocker with a cool piano/keyboard section in the middle. "Wind Up" is a rocker with great riffs - I could almost see Load-era Metallica doing this one. "Up in Arms" starts acoustic and soon breaks into another typical FF rocker (albeit a really short one - in fact, oftentimes you can't help but think some of these songs should've had more lyrics or been longer).

    The two big hits are the best, though: the somewhat inspirational "My Hero" - great anthem that shifts from melodic verses to Dave almost screaming the chorus everybody's probably heard by now. I can never decide if I like that or "Everlong" more - the best song from Side 2. Another upbeat and catchy Smashing Pumpkins-ish rocker with a lot of great riffs and a slight (and I do mean slight) pop sound.

    It's a pretty heavy album all the way through. Even the softer songs, like "February Stars" begin slow but turn into rockers. The only straight ballad, "Walking After You" is more acoustic guitar/slow rock as opposed to a true pop-oriented "ballad" - probably an influence of lighter Nirvana songs like "About a Girl".

    Basically, a good album with better individual songs than taken as a whole. A little too much "samey-ness" (a general problem in many albums today, IMO) is its only real detractor. But a good forerunner to the more pop/rock-oriented TINLTL - which they still have yet to eclipse, in this reviewer's opinion.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Food Fighters
    This is pure garbage! This is even worse than Nirvana and that is much. Pure commercial ****! ... Read more

    Asin: B0000CAXIC
    Sales Rank: 813
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Grunge    3. Hard Rock    4. Pop    5. Post-Grunge    6. Rock   


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    The Pretender
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    A songwriting prodigy since his teens, Jackson Browne had already reached a zenith in confessional writing with 1974's Late for the Sky, a song cycle of his guitar and piano based anthems, reveries, and rockers, distilling themes of disillusionment, apocalypse, friendship, and fragile romances. Teaming with Bruce Springsteen's producer, Jon Landau, Browne himself clearly sought to up the ante with more epic settings, while Landau worked on pumping up the star's vocal attack. But personal tragedy, in the suicide of his partner and mother of his young son, cast an unplanned shadow across these songs, giving The Pretender a darker, heartbroken edge and an authentic, scarred toughness. Fatherhood, mortality, and resignation inform brilliant songs like "Your Bright Baby Blues" (featuring Lowell George's plangent slide guitar and vocal counterpoint), "Here Come Those Tears Again" (with Bonnie Raitt), and the prayerful, desolate "Sleep's Dark and Silent Gate," but it's the title tune that remains the haunting highlight. --Sam Sutherland ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars flawed, but fascinating, and often brilliant
    Jackson Browne left no doubt about his songwriting genius with 1974's "Late For The Sky", an artistic triumph in the truest sense of the word, and also a solid commercial breakthrough.However, by the time Jackson started to record his follow-up album, 1976's "The Pretender", things had changed drastically for for him with the suicide of his first wife with whom he'd had a son.This tragedy seems to have dramatically impacted his music, because, although Jackson's vocal phrasing and melodic style are carried over from "Late For The Sky", "The Pretender" is a big change from its predecessor.Without a doubt, a big part of this change is due to Jon Landau who produced the album.Known for his work with Bruce Springsteen, and having produced his "Born To Run" album from the previous year, Landau may on the surface seem like an unlikely guy to have teamed up with Jackson, but it actually proved a unique match.Browne's voice sounds a lot different here on many of the songs, much tougher and more 'from the gut' than it had sounded before.The album is also much slicker and punchier than any of his previous albums, and opposed to the 5 piece combo used for "Late For The Sky", this one features a load of legendary session musicians including Jeff Porcaro, Leland Sklar, Chuck Rainey, Jim Gordon, and Fred Tackett, as well as appearances from Lowell George, Don Henley, J.D Souther, Bonnie Raitt, John Hall (of Orleans), plus JB regulars David Lindley, Russ Kunkel, and Craig Doerge; aside from vocals, Jackson's only performance credit on the entire album is the acoustic guitar on "Your Bright Baby Blues"--some will try to tell you that Jackson was trying to make a "contemporary pop-rock record", but don't let that give you the wrong idea; this is far from a sell-out.Jackson, hurting from the devastating loss of his wife, sounds like he's desperately seeking redemption on here, and in turn, the album is a step away from the wistfulness that was at the core of "Late For The Sky", even on songs like the eulogy "For A Dancer".Reportedly, the material here was mostly written prior to suicide of Phyllis, but it sure doesn't sound that way--from the opening moments of "The Fuse", you can tell this isn't going to be a repeat of "Late For The Sky"."The Fuse" is such a brilliant song, it's almost hard to describe--suffice it to say it's one of his most powerful songs, containing masterful use of dynamics, as well as Jackson layering his own voice several times, something he rarely did, and doing so to great effect.The yearning epic "Your Bright Baby Blues" is brilliant as well.The mid-tempo pop-rocker "Here Come Those Tears Again" was the obvious choice for a single, and it's a cathartic, flawlessly melodic song with a phenomenal Jackson vocal, and it's the only track here that isn't a Jackson Browne solo composition.However, a couple of tracks add a diversity to the proceedings that unfortunately doesn't come off well--"Linda Paloma", with its Mexican-style arrangement, is really corny with ultra-lame background vocals near the end; and the bouncy horn-laden section of "Daddy's Tune" feels awkward and badly out of place.Still though, this is a fascinating album that also very much points the way to the future for Jackson.I see "The Pretender" as the beginning of a trilogy that also includes 1977's "Running On Empty" and 1980's "Hold Out"--each album is a piece of an ongoing journey, like chapters in a book, so to speak."The Pretender" isn't one of Jackson's very best albums, but it's still unquestionably a must for all of his fans.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Looking up from down on the ground
    When you've just been kicked about as hard as life can kick you, (Browne's wife Phyllis, mother of their son, killed herself before these songs were written) it's certain to make you take a long look at how you're living your life. This album finds Browne coming to grips with her death, single fatherhood, estrangements with his own father, and struggling to decide how to go on living now. Along the way, some of the finest talent of the decade joins him: Bonnie Raitt (harmony vocal for "Here Come Those Tears Again"), Bruce Springsteen pianist Roy Bittan ("Your Bright Baby Blues"), Lowell George (slide guitar, harmony vocal for "Your Bright Baby Blues"),The Eagles' J.D. Souther and Don Henley (harmonies for "The Only Child"), and Graham Nash and David Crosby (harmonies for the title track).

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    "Here Come Those Tears Again" finds Browne struggling with a lover who comes and goes, but it's easy to read between the lines and see it as his pain over losing Phyllis ("Just when I was going to make it through/Another night without missing you/Thinking I might just be strong enough after all/When I hear your footsteps echoing in the hall")

    "The Only Child" reads like advice Browne wishes he'd given his young boy before her death ("Take good care of your mother/When you're making up your mind/Should one thing or another take you from behind") then shifts perspective to his boy's actual situation, urging him to find a woman who's dealt with her own grief to share his life with ("When the pain of another will serve you to remind/That there are those who feel themselves exiled/On whom the fortune never smiled/And upon whose life the heartache has been piled/They're just looking for another lonely child").

    The title tune finds Browne seeking significance in his own life ("I'm going to pack my lunch in the morning/And go to work each day/And when the evening rolls around/I'll go on home and lay my body down/And when the morning light comes streaming in/I'll get up and do it again") only to decide that he won't find it until he finds a new soulmate ("Thought true love could have been a contender/Are you there?/Say a prayer for the Pretender/Who started out so young and strong only to surrender")

    LOWS:
    "Linda Paloma" is a Spanish tinged number with thick harp (not harmonica...an actual harp) that just sounds out of place stylistically here. It breaks the flow of the album for me.

    BOTTOM LINE:
    Jackson Browne was one of the biggest stars of the "singer-songwriter" movement of the 1970s. This is one of his finest albums and one of the decade's defining moments musically.

    4 1/2 stars

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm Gonna Be A Happy Idiot !
    David Geffen must have pooped his pants when he finally figured out just what he had, when he signed Jackson Browne to his first record deal..It was pure accident..Geffen's secretary found a photo of Jackson Browne in the office trash can, looked at it, told David, don't toss that out, without hearing it..He is a nice looking boy, well mannered, humble..Listen to his demo, please!..There's something special about him..Geffen listened and called Jackson back for an audition..It apparently went well..And Geffen took an immediate shine to Jackson..Saw his "Boy Genuis" qualities, right away!..In fact, for awhile they were roommates, until Jackson got some financial momentum of his own, and could pay his own rent..The rest is rock history.."The Pretender", Jackson's first Big Album (units sold) put him on the Rock and Roll Superhighway..Though he and Glenn Frey (Co-founder of The Eagles) and their other Laurel Canyon cronies (the Buffalo Springfield) had been around LA playing Sunset Blvd. club dates for years, anonymously..Waiting for that elusive break..The Nexus between Geffen and Jackson Browne became the platform for Geffen's fortune, his billions..Because Jackson Browne introduced Geffen to all the hot country rock acts emerging around Sunset Blvd. (Joni Mitchell, Poco, for starters) as payback for Geffen's unyielding faith in him..Geffen to his credit, intelligently left Browne alone, to create his own special brand of brilliant, confessional, West Coast Country Rock.."The Pretender" is Browne's defining anthem..His ethos..And to appreciate Jackson Browne one has to know "The Pretender", from A to Z..This CD is either the first or second best Browne compilation ever.."For A Dancer", being that other close competition for best CD set..Like copper, this CD gets better with age..The classics always do..And Jackson never wrote or sounded better than he does on "The Pretender".."So put your dark glasses on and make love til all your strength is gone"..Sounds like "Risky Business", another Geffen project..And "Be a Happy Idiot and Struggle for the Legal Tender"..It obviously paid off handsomely for Jackson Browne, our Rock Mozart, "The Real Pretender"..Buy the CD!!..It's money well spent and likewise money well earned..No struggle at all for your legal tender.."Become a happy idiot where junkmen pound their fenders, and believe in whatever may lie, in the things that money can buy, and beware you could have been a contender"! ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Pop/Rock    3. Rock    4. Singer/Songwriter    5. Soft Rock   


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    American IV: The Man Comes Around
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    On first thought, the idea of the Man in Black recording such covers as "Bridge over Troubled Water," "Danny Boy," and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" might seem odd, even for an artist who's been able to put his personal stamp on just about everything. But American IV: The Man Comes Around, which also draws on Cash's original songs as well as those by Nine Inch Nails ("Hurt"), Sting ("I Hung My Head"), and Depeche Mode ("Personal Jesus"), may be one of the most autobiographical albums of the 70-year-old singer-songwriter's career. Nearly every tune seems chosen to afford the ailing giant of popular music a chance to reflect on his life, and look ahead to what's around the corner. From the opening track--Cash's own "The Man Comes Around," filled with frightening images of Armageddon--the album, produced by Rick Rubin, advances a quiet power and pathos, built around spare arrangements and unflinching honesty in performance and subject. In 15 songs, Cash moves through dark, haunted meditations on death and destruction, poignant farewells, testaments to everlasting love, and hopeful salutes to redemption. He sounds as if he means every word, his baritone-bass, frequently frayed and ravaged, taking on a weary beauty. By the time he gets to the Beatles' "In My Life," you'll very nearly cry. Go ahead. He sounds as if he's about to, too. Unforgettable. --Alanna Nash ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice pick Lyle.I guess.
    Oh boy. Uhhh...Well, my friend Lyle stopped over today because I've been stuck in the house for the past 2 days.He brought this over and told me it was really good or whatever.Well....Okay, I really tried to like this, guys.I mean, I hold Lyle WAY up there in regards to being cool, and I always try the things he reccomends, but Whooooweee is this a stinker.Usually it becomes more cool to listen to a guy after he dies, and I'm all for that because sometimes it makes people more legendary when they die or something.I can't really explain it.

    Okay, well I guess this guy is (was) some kind of old cow-boy who mumbles out some pure-country jams with a guitar.The problem is that every time he sings, it sounds like he's trying not to die.For all I know he might have died right after the last song on the cd.If I imagine that it happened like that, I guess it makes it a little bit more cool.I imagine this cd as Johhny trying to play one last concert immedeately when he realizes he's going to die, and he struggles out every last thing he's got in him, and when the last song is done he falls on the stage and just dies.If that's how it went down then I guess it makes it kind of legendary, but it probably didn't.Maybe he's just drunk.

    In conclusion, there must be something here that I'm not getting, because if Lyle likes it, then it must be pretty great.I'll work out the rating proccess for you guys:Starting at zero I will give him 1 star because of his cool sounding name (Johnny Cash), plus 1 star in case he really died right when the cd was done, and 2 more stars because Lyle likes it.Then we will make sure that he can't get the 5th star due to actual musical content.That brings it up to 4 stars which Lyle should be happy about.Later.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the last hurrah and a final whisper
    This closes out the career of the man in black, and no ablum could more effectively do so. The songs are predominatly covers with some of Cash's own songwriting intermingled. The instrumentation is simplistic, predominantly acoustic; none of the songs are musically complicated, and some of the songs are probably weaker than the originals. But the ablum is carried by Cash's strong, but wavering voice that embodies a tired emotion. His singing on this ablum communicates his readiness to die.

    Cash manages to take songs such as NIN's Hurt, the Beatles In My Life, Simon's Bridge over Troubled Water, and the Eagle's Desperado, and wields them to churn out a very dark, somber album. The overall mood is that this life is tough, but paradise is just around the bend.

    5-0 out of 5 stars music's all downhill from here
    i listen to everything from robert johnson to van halen, pantera and venom so i have quite a range of musical taste's . i've always been a fan of johnny cash but for some reason never went out and bought one of his albums. after finally doing so i completley regret the last ten years of my music buying endevers. i just finished listening to this album and attempted to look through my collection of around 300 cds to decide what to listen to next. so i made a stiff drink smoked a cigarette and am now listening to this for the third time in the last 3 hours. i can honestly say i wont look at the majority of music i own or any music out there the same way again after hearing this. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Country    2. Interview    3. Pop    4. Singer/Songwriter    5. Traditional Country   


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    De-Loused in the Comatorium
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (24 June, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
    My friends told me about the Mars Volta, but I did not really listen to them after their recommendations. It was not until recently, when my friend lent me her copy of De-Loused in the Comatorium, that I listened to the album. It is extremely hard for me to classify their music. Words that comes to mind are: stupefying, astounding, extraordinary, staggering, and genius.

    I do not play any instruments, but The Mars Volta's album can make anybody appreciate the instruments played. I preferred this album to Frances the Mute, but they are both remarkable albums.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This album is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This album is absolutely brillaiant. I have had it for about a week but i have listened to it about 20 times through! Brilliant guitar, percussion and vocals throughout in an array of original, addictivetracks. You would be a fool not to buy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    Prog metal, space punk, electronica, psych jazz; The Mars Volta are often labled all of these and more. This is because when people hear the Mars Volta, they are confused, and they feel that they must be placed in a genre to make listening more confortable. The Mars Volta, however, are none of these really; they're just amazing.

    De-loused in the Comatorium is definitely one of the top 5 best CDs I own. The Mars Volta are excellent musicians. I listen to primarily jazz and fusion, and very few 'rock' bands, if you will, intrigue me. This group however aren't just a bunch of mindless rockers who are filthy rich. They are musicians. De-Loused is composed of very melodic key changes and intricate rhythm structers that are much more appealing to those who have a musical background. The intrumentation is very clever and the arranging is so emotional. The lyrics are very thought-provoking. I suggest you read the bio at themarsvolta.com to fully understand what De-Loused is all about. If you like albums like Tool's Lateralus or Radiohead's Hail to the Thief, give the Mars Volta a try. Don't let your idea of At the Drive-In persuade you, all though Relationship of Command is probably the closest of atdi albums to the sound produced by the Mars Volta.

    Very unique. Try it out. I have been listening to Francis the Mute a lot recently, but in my opinion De-Loused in the Comatorium is much better.
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    Subjects:  1. Neo-Psychedelia    2. Pop    3. Post-Hardcore    4. Post-Rock/Experimental    5. Rock   


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    Calendar Days
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 February, 2003)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Rocker Summer Sizzles
    I recently stumbled acrossed this band a few days ago.I would have to say that I'm quite impressed with their effort. I have yet to hear their first cd or the new one that came out a fews days ago, but if they sound anything like Calendar Days, then I'll be buying them as well.

    If you like the indie rock, emo sound then this is a cd to get you started.

    Well most people will say and i'll agreel Lyically they aren't as good as someone such as Copeland or Mae, but then again they sound completely different all together.With the expections of "cheap shots and TV family" most of the lyrics seems to be writted for high schoolers. The song titled Saturday says it all. The tracks just have a carefree, immature style to them. But hey it still works... for the most part. It's a great cd to pop in the car and just drive.

    The vocals aren't as clean as I think they could have been. Some peopole complain about the lead's whining, straining.FOr me it's actually what i liked about the songs.He sings his heart out, in tune or not. Another great thing, is something that I find rare; the music(the tempo, sounds etc) actually supplments the lyrics and the vocals.It's seems the wrote the lyrics to a track, rather than adding a track to lyrics if that makes sense.

    Stand Out tracks: TV Family, Mean Thoughts and Cheap Shots, What we Hate We Make, and This is me.

    There are 1 or 2 filler tracks on the cd, but tother than that, I think the cd is pretty good. I would somewhat recommend.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Feel-Good album of the century!
    I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this album sooner, but I must save the viewers from the bad reviews!!!

    This albums is fun, catchy, and happy music in a punk world where depressing and upsetting emo reigns supreme.Avery has the capabilities, the voice, and the style of a typical emo band, but he delivers something that is truly needed these days.His songs, are simple, up-beat, and fun, and they make you feel good.He exposes love in its infancy for what it truly is, and what it truly should be.Before the heartbreak and complacency, love is fun, crushes are real, and life is good.This is what "Calendar Days" is all about.

    For those who would rather listen to a singer who whines about his love life, hoping fans will commiserate (I would know, I'm guilty of it too) they may find The Rocket Summer immature and unbearable.But for those who are not so far removed from the happier moments of their life, where things seem to pick up and come together, then this album is for you!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Everything That Is Wrong About Music Today
    If ever there was an album worthy of zero stars, it would unquestionably be this one. Woe to Amazon that this album is ever awarded even one star.

    Only today's musically illiterate youth could swallow this migraine-inducing garbage, and only the uneducated kiddies of our current generation (What is it now? "Z"? Are we back to "A" yet?) would allow something like this to ever see the light of day. If Bryce (and of course it's spelled with a "y") had been alive in the 60's or 70's and tried to pull this crap on the listening public in that era, he would have been stoned to death for heresy, and rightly so.

    This disc is irredeemable wretchedness, not necessarily from the "band's" musical ability (which is limited but capable), but from Bryce's incompetant, earbleeding "vocals". Never before has a worse voice ever deigned to enter my ears, a squealing whine of such staggering emasculation that to bear witness to it will send the fingers of anyone with the faintest shred of musical taste clawing at their eyes, ears, and anything else that might end the suffering sooner. There is nothing on this earth to compare to Bryce Avary's vocals, except perhaps the forbidden lovechild of Elmer Fudd and Narcissus Prince from the Super Punch-Out! video game.

    It may sound like I'm joking, but I have never in my life heard "music" as awful as this (though Dashboard Confessional and Jesse McCartney are comparable). Go ahead and read the other reviews listed here. These imbeciles claim that this CD is one of the best they've ever heard (or even THE best), and that the lyrics are heartfelt and mature. "Happy Birthday" has more profound lyrics than anything Bryce Avary could spit up. I'll bet you a million dollars none of this band's followers are even old enough to drink.

    There is no plausible reason in a sane world why Bryce Avary should ever be allowed to record another note again, and anyone who allows him to is guilty of contributing to the destruction of listenable music, which has been on a steady decline ever since the early 90's. The key to the Rocket Summer and the majority of today's bands' abominable output are poor vocals, simple as that, and Bryce Avary is at the bottom of a very, very long list. It exemplifies everything that is wrong with music today, and the only prescription for this little punk is a solid beatdown by your friendly neighborhood thugs.

    AVOID. AT. ALL. COSTS. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 38668
    Subjects:  1. Emo    2. Indie Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock   


    Old
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 May, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Return to the Guitar
    Starflyer fans know what this band is about and know what this album is about.For those of you stumbling upon this album from some sort of Amazon recommendation, this is the bands return to a more rock-oriented sound.Almost every song is saturated w/ throbbing guitar strums or pronounced harmonic picks that form the skeletons of the songs and pull you into the constant head-nobbing groove of this album (this is noteworthy because their previous 3 or 4 albums were more experimental, retro-esque, and probably not even considered "rock").

    What separates Starflyer from the average annoying rock band out there, is A.) Starflyer has talent, B.) they come up w/ some strong melody lines for their guitars, strings, electronic what not, and they lay them on top of the throbbing guitars C.) Jason Martin has a unique voice that is both strong and soft and D.) they do this without bursting your eardrums.Their early albums played a lot w/ noise and distortion, in this the volume is turned down a notch.Underneath, The Lights On, The Kissing Song, Unbelievers, First Heart Attack are all strong songs, and that's half the album.

    If there's one weakness of the album, is that in Underneath and Major Awards, there's this stinky backing vocals that comes out of nowhere halfway through the song, sounds like RuPaul bursting through one of those paper gates that cheerleaders hold up at pep rallies for the football team..."JUST WHEN YOU RE-UH-LIIIIZZZE", out of place and disturbing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Different
    this is SO different from ANY record martin has done in the past. This is a band that continues to reinvent themselves and bleed pure brilliance each time into the next record. It will be one you revolve many times in your cd player , it NEVER gets old listening to this record, no pun intended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the older the better
    why doesn't anybody i know listen to this wonderful band?totally beyond me.this could be their best record yet.it's the perfect soundtrack to accompany you if you're going through that "i'm too old for school-too young for a career-why is God ignoring me?" thing.stop being lame, buy this. ... Read more

    Asin: B000096FSQ
    Sales Rank: 41361
    Subjects:  1. Dream Pop    2. Indie Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Shoegaze   


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    Alive in America
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (17 October, 1995)
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    The eagerly awaited return of the Becker/Fagan axis was widely viewed as an anticlimax in concert, and the same faults that dogged these 1993/94 tour dates--predictable repertoire, play-it-safe arrangements--are reprised here. It's fine as a tour memento, but these dozen classics sound tired and lackluster next to their still-potent studio counterparts. Nice choice, though, as an Christmas present for the pony-tailed dad on junior's shopping list.--Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars LOVE ALIVE IN AMERICA!
    I don't know what these other reviewers were missing!I saw SD live in 93, loved them, and was so glad to find this live album later.Unlike a lot of bands making comebacks, they have not only not stagnated, but have kept growing musically, playing their old hits with new and exciting and dynamic rearrangements.Much more jazzy, much more dynamic. The new live version of "Bodhisattva" is to die for!The drummer and guitarist pump the band for all they're worth.All the performances are sterling!I think it's the best ever recording of a live rock band, any time, any where!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Live!
    To me the mark of a good band is their ability to maintain quality in live performances.Steely Dan is known as a group who have slick, heavily produced studio albums and I was surprised and pleased that their "live" sound maintained the quality.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Greatfor every Steely Dan fan
    Alive in America is good.Really good.

    I loved it. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Jazz-Rock    3. Pop    4. Pop/Rock    5. Rock    6. Soft Rock   


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    Is This It
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (09 October, 2001)
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    With all the media hype that dogged the Strokes before the release of their debut album, it's rather apt that they chose the title Is This It. On the strength of just five songs released on two singles, the Strokes were being hailed as everything from the saviors of rock & roll to the Savior himself. Surely, few bands could live up to the impossibly high standards set for this young five-piece, but the band needn't have worried: Is This It is one of the most exciting and energetic debut albums to spring from New York's long-dormant club scene. In fact, the Strokes are a New York City band through and through; like the Velvet Underground, these are a bunch of uptown artsy types elegantly slumming downtown to the tried and tested themes of sex, drugs, and rock & roll. Their singer-songwriter, the fantastically named Julian Casablancas, delivers his lyrics with a weary nonchalance that belies his age on songs like the title track, "Soma," "Hard to Explain," and the altogether wonderful "Barely Legal." And the band recalls the likes of Television and the Stooges on "Last Nite" and "The Modern Age." Let's hope this sexy, stylish, and undeniably cool band is the future of rock & roll. --Robert Burrow ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars The Strokes should be called the electric shock thereapys
    Yes This Is It...And It Sucks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Strokes album so far
    I had bought Room on Fire first because I had heard some of the songs before.I really enjoyed it so I went ahead and bought Is This It.Turns out, Is This It is a better album in my opinion.My favorite songs are Soma, The Modern Age and Hard To Explain.If you buy this album, you wont regret it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece
    is this it is one of best recent rock album along with the albums from jet and the darkness which are certainly anydays better than the awful nu metal albums which are being released.my rating five stars. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Garage Rock Revival    2. Indie Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. United States of America   


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    The Rising Tide
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    When the defunct Sunny Day Real Estate regrouped for How It Feels to Be Something On in 1998, the band's fans were divided.Some saw it as a collection of frontman Jeremy Enigk's most potent songs, and others dismissed it because it didn't sound like the band's previous efforts. The Rising Tide will probably thin the herd even more, not because it's a bad album but because the band once again has gone traipsing through the fields to find a new pasture in which to graze. Tide engages their emo-antics with the kind of seven-cornered songs that made up Enigk's solo release, Return of the Frog Queen, but this time they're topped with a dose of progressive-rock overdrive. It sounds a bit hard to swallow, but producer Lou Giordano deserves a hand for making a shift of sound go down smooth. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars How could you??
    I have no idea how anyone could pan this album. Rarely has more intelligent and melodic music been made that still rocks. This is what Genesis might have sounded like had they evolved from their "Selling England By The Pound" days. I think Sunny Day had just hit their stride with this album. Track 10 is made for walking down the street on a fall day with your iPod cranked. Also, Snibe is just a fantastic rocking song with a GREAT chorus. Too bad they broke up. Luckily, you can continue to enjoy quite a bit of their sound by buying The Fire Theft.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Ever heard of Indie-Prog?****
    These underground bands have some rabid fans.Words like "Sell-out" and "Poseur" get used a little too often; as though the plebians shouting the profanities were being complimented by the accusations.No matter.Truth is I CAN hear why many fans would be disappointed with Sunny Day Real Estates last two albums."How it Feels to Be Something On" sounds worlds apart from the basement recording "Diary."And "Rising Tide" deepens the gap.But something critics and fans will NEVER understand is that you can like two things.Punk and progressive rock are mortal enemies, polar opposites, like water and oil... or so we've been told.Try this - take a CD, put it into your player, listen to it, and ask yourself this question, "Do I like this?"Internet critics have taught people to ask "Am I supposed to like this?" or "Is this an acceptable genre" or even, heaven forbid, "is it COOL to like this?"Now try this: if you answered "Yes" to "do I like this?", your answer to "is this cool?" should also be yes.Feel weird?You'll get used to it.

    Now back to the record.I love (absolutely love) both sides of the "heads-tails" coin that is SDRE's career."Diary" is simply one of the great albums of the 90's and one of the greatest debuts in alternative music history, if not rock history."How it Feels to Be Something On" was and is a masterpiece, both on paper and in reality.Most fans can accept this.But "Rising Tide" being a good record?"But, it meshes indie and prog!Those are polar opposites on the cool spetrum!"The music however, speaks for itself.The hat-trick worked.Jeremy Enigk emerges with the best vocals of his career, and this indie band melds punk concpets ("Snibe") that sound like Rush ("Television," "Rising Tide").Recreating the wheel's not a bad way for the 90's best indie band to call it a day.

    Overall:8 out of 10.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You people are rediculous
    Let me start by saying, this is the BEST SDRE or SDRE-related album, no contest.Do NOT listen to these other clowns, lest you pass on this slab of sheer beauty and brilliance.Anyway...

    Forging momentum from the stunning "How It Feels to be Something On," Sunny Day Real Estate manage to outdo themselves again despite the loss of bassist Nate Mendel. 2000's The Rising Tide offers a blend of accessible yet hardly commercial post-hardcore and indie rock. Cascading melodies effuse and then break over patchy, punchy drumming as vocalist Jeremy Enigk serenades the listener into oblivion. Its orchestration vociferates a more polished sound than previous efforts, while progressive elements have nearly vanished. Nevertheless, this is a fresh, utterly free sound drenched in creative genius and musical prowess.

    Production: "The Rising Tide" marks the band's major label debut with Arista subsidiary Time Bomb; and let's just say: the funds for recording were sufficient. Producer Lou Giordano achieves god-like status with the album's enormous assembly and production. Of course, most emo dorks are uncomfortable with crystal production because it's, well, not punk enough.

    Vocals: The talents of vocalist Jeremy Enigk reach new heights - literally - as his savory shrills resonate to the heavens with unmistakable warmth. It's this warmth, I think, that vindicates such a dicey vocal policy. In fact, it's Enigk's vocal policy that makes "The Rising Tide" so remarkable. For the sake of comparison, I might say Enigk sounds a bit like glam-crooner Kevin Cronin (Reo Speedwagon) in a very grotesque sort of way, though the comparison is by no means interchangeable. Unlike Cronin, Enigk's vocals possess a natural gumption, which compliments the instrumentation perfectly. Objectivism aside, surely this is the voice I was seeking.

    Song Writing: Although guitarist Dan Hoerner is undoubtedly capable, Enigk is responsible for most of the song writing. Apparently, several of the songs - including the ethereal "Tearing in My Heart" and the vehement "Faces in Disguise," some of my personal favorites - were initially set to be released on Enigk's second solo album. It's unlikely, however, that they would've been executed so brilliantly without the help of both Hoerner and drummer William Goldsmith. In any case, "The Rising Tide" is a showcase of layered, mid-tempo guitars and atmospheric keys, ranging from delicate strumming with harmonious arpeggio to full-fledged power chords. What sets the mix apart, I think, is an overwhelming feeling that it's all constantly melting. I don't know how else to describe it. The music is undoubtedly lush; yet it's anything but organic. In fact, it's mechanized orchestration and execution and surreal ambience make it utterly alien. Imagine sailing the skies in a hot-air balloon on a crisp, clear night - the spectacle of a lighted city below - and the boy or girl of your dreams ensconced in your arms, as the most appropriate music imaginable gently seethes from the boombox on the floor of the carriage. "The Rising Tide" is that appropriate music.

    Drumming: First off, if you're at all familiar with SDRE as well as the current state of the post-hardcore/"emocore"/indie scene, surely you're comfortable labeling drummer William Goldsmith a bohemian. His style is so securely misleading, as the man blatantly wallops his kit yet superbly manages the ever-changing ballistics of the melody. Furthermore, his beats are played with such conviction.

    In all seriousness, fans of innovative, dreamy musical substance cannot afford to neglect this album. Its musicians are gods, its production golden. Like any delicacy, you must capitalize; like no other delicacy, you must indulge repeatedly. And you will. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Emo    3. Indie Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock   


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    War All the Time
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (16 September, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
    I'll just say, this album is stunning. I have always been impressed with Thrusday, but upon first full listen of WATT I fell in love.The music is harder, yet more melodic and harmonic, the mood it sets is a poisoned, rotting city, adn the lyrics are what wins me over. Thurwsdya has inspired me beyond belief. This CD is emo, but not the regular kind, not songs about fights over a girl, but about betrayal, the blessing and curse of love, and crumbling naiton of America.

    For The Workforce, Drowning-10: Great intro, urgent feel, great guitar, and greatly benefited by the use of keyboards on this Thursday album. The lyrics are some of the best. "Memos swim throguh the current, computers spark like flares,I can see them, they don't touch me, touch me." A song about the prison thats everyday adult life, everyday being the same, and being near brainwashed by our jobs.

    Between Rupture and Rapture-6: Good guiatr, not one of my favorites, but it grows on me.

    Division St.-8: A new direction for Thusday. Heavy music with lots of melodies, a tragic song about betrayal of singer Geoff Rickley's friend, who he turned away from after discovering they were on heavy drugs, and was stabbed in the leg.

    Signals Over The Air-9: First single of this cd, which pulled me in from the first listen on FUSE. People have said this song is about Geoff complaining Thursday doesnt get enough play-time. WRONG. "They stole the love from our lives and put the sex on the radio." This song is about the commercilazation of sex. Magazines have horrible articles on covers, for all to see, such as "25 sex tips to blow you away, try #17 tonight." The human race is sick with lust.

    Marches and Manuevers-6: A song about the despair of war, and how it holds no glory.

    Asleep in The Chapel-10: Awesome song with great guitar, lyricsquestioning faith. Taking from Nero, the roman emperor. "Since we can't compete with modern saints, we douse ourselves in gasoline, and hang our bodies from the street lamps." Great.

    This Song Bought To You By A Falling Bomb-10: This is not like any other Thrusdya songs. Just piano and Geoff, lyrics about solitude and depression, and facing the world in times of trial.

    Steps Ascending-10: A heartbreaking song. Geff gets in a fight with a best friend. Before he can apoligize, which he fully intends too, the friend is shot and killed. Lyrics bought tears to me eyes. "I ran down the stars and in to the garden and thrust my hands into the soil, in the spring you will bloom like her heart through the blouse in the back of the ambulance, as it turned and turned down the stree, one mroe time would you come back to me, as it turned, its red lights you were turning into red roses.

    War All The Time-10: Beautiful. A song about the wars fought everyday,all the time, not between armies and soldiers and nations, but family members, friends, and lovers. And the dying shadow of America.

    M.Shepard-8: Great song, thanking Matthew Shepard and Marvin Gaye for their homosexuality, giving rights to gays. Love is love.

    Tommorow I'll Be You-10:If TBS hadn't written Slodance on The Inside, this would be my all time favorite song, but there tied. Amazing. I cried. I love it. A man is sick. He has been told and told that he will be healed on New Year's Day, btu whn it come she still is fatigued from sickness, and keep telling himself it is a bad dream. And then he is cured. I fell in love.

    I know I'm late with this, but nevertheless, buy this cd. Thursday is currently writing a follow up to WATT, due out in Fall 2005. All hail Thursday.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Power rock with intelligence
    One of my many complaints about modern day rock is that often the only kind of bands you can find is the sickeningly soft and intelligent or the inanely loud and mindnumbing. Of course there are exceptions, and both of those types can be good. But I was very much looking for something new, something better. Thursday caught my interest with Full Collapse, a seemingly intelligent record overrun by screams in all the wrong places. Still, it was a better than average album, so i kept my eye on them. Then they put out War All the Time. To listen to the music itself, it is loud, fast, uplifting, with breakdowns and yells and anthemic beats all over the place. It is nice to listen to. Then i took out the lyric book one night and read through it, joyed to see that none of the intelligence had been lost and in fact, it was so coherent and mind-shattering, that i fell in love with it immediately. Then the next night, i put the cd in, took out the lyric book, and settled myself in for an experience. It has become one of my favorite albums by any in the emo/screamo/light metal genre. It is both hard and intelligent. This album, if given the due that it deserves, will transcend the decades and become one of the great albums for the future

    4-0 out of 5 stars Thursday Shock Me...
    The title track is just outstanding and it seems the tracks before that build up the momentum. I wouldnt recommend this disc to anyone while driving because it can make you go really fast.

    my favourite song on the album however would be something that is emotionally superior to anything on the disc.It's called "this song was brought to you by a falling bomb" and it's an absolute anarchy of sorts.After around 50 listens I still feel like listening to it.It demands my attention more than anything.

    "Marches and Maneuvers" , "Asleep In The Chapel" , "Steps Ascending" , "War All The Time" are other well thought out songs on the disc.Buy this disc if you liked their Thursday's "Waiting" On first listen three listens I thought "War All The Time" wasn't as good as Waiting but later I realised that I hadn't given the whole disc an earnest listen.

    I'll remember this album for the title track and my favourite track. I'll definitely take Thursday as a more serious solid band now than a band that represents a certain season of vivid momentarly lapse of stillness in us.

    With some due respect,

    K ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 3812
    Subjects:  1. Emo    2. Pop    3. Post-Hardcore    4. Rock   


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    Achtung Baby
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 November, 1991)
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    "I'm ready / Ready for what's next," Bono announces at the outset of Achtung Baby, the album that proved the so-called "band of the '80s" was capable of blazing into the '90s by replacing its flag-waving arena-rock stance with screaming synths, clubby rhythms, and industrial skronk. The group advances its sound without losing accessibility on "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses," "Even Better Than the Real Thing," and "Mysterious Ways," while pushing the envelope a bit more on "The Fly," "Zoo Station," and "Acrobat." The moody ballad "One" is arguably the finest song the band has produced, full of sorrow, compassion, and hope all at the same time. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Perfection!!!!
    With its original sound, straightforward lyrics andsocial message, the band U2 has been a worldwide critical and commercial success for more than two decades now. The album "Achtung Baby," released in 1991, is one of their boldest enterprises and remains my favorite CD by the group... actually, it's one of best CDs ever released by anyone! I think it's a musical masterpiece!

    In November, 1989, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. U2 finished their "Joshua Tree" tour in 1990 and flew to Berlin to begin a new album. The group was on the last commercial flight to land in Berlin before the unification of East and West Germany. It was an extraordinary time in world history. The track "Zoo Station" was inspired by a train station called "Zoo Bahnhof," which had been the gateway to the East, when the world was divided by Cold War. And as the destruction of the Wallrepresented a changing world, "Achtung Baby" signals "Attention"- U2 is changing again too. Here they introduce industrial guitars, altered vocals, and electronic dance beats into the experimental mix. Rather than addressing world problems and politics, song lyrics convey a more intimate, introspective message of love, loneliness and heartbreak.

    Produced by Steve Lillywhite, "Achtung Baby" has twelve tracks and its run time is about an hour. I love the wildly romantic cut "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses." The music caught my attention from the first, and the lyrics are phenomenal, "You're an accident waiting to happen / You're a piece of glass left there on the beach." "Even Better Than The Real Thing," is another I listen to over and over again. And "One" simply blows me away. It is so beautiful - a soulful and emotional ballad. Another heavy on the emotions track is "So Cruel," with its painfully cutting lyrics and its simple piano sound: "You say in love there are no rules / Sweetheart / You're so cruel." Bono's voice is intense here and the song comes to a stunning, shattering conclusion. "The Fly" showcases The Edge andsimply Wows!"Until the End of the World" throbs with an energetic, almost tribal music, a great rock song and vastly underrated, to my mind.

    I can't recommend this brilliant, formidable U2 classic highly enough. Quite simply, it's great!!
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    1-0 out of 5 stars YH!
    This is awful! Why to make such sc***! This is terrible! I hate the songs like "The Fly" and "Zoo Station"...they are just like from the depths of H'll! "One" is a g'y song!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
    This album is simply transcendent.As good as U2 is, to say that this album is their best does not even do it justice.This album can take on so many personal meanings, and even after hundreds of listenings, it does not lose any of its power.

    First and foremost, this is not a brisk, light album, which is why you must get past Mysterious Ways, good song as it is, when you delve into the album.As usual with U2, the biggest single of the album is quite unrepresentative of the rest of the album.(Was Pride representative of The Unforgettable Fire?)Achtung Baby is dark, moody, and broken, and the beautiful sonical layers created by the band are merely a cover for the tortured soul at the heart of it.

    They say strife and personal problems lead to the best music, and that was certainly true in this case.The band almost broke up before the recording of this album, unsure of where they should take their new sound.And it's a common fact that the Edge's break-up was the inspiration for many of the shattered lyrics that make up the core of the album.

    Zoo Station is deliciously nasty and Even Better Than the Real Thing sounds flawless.On Until the End of the World and The Fly, the disturbing guitar coming from the Edge are the perfect fit for the unsettling lyrics; you'll have to hear this to understand.Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses and Ultraviolet are lyrical masterpieces that underscore the uncertainty of lost love, while Love is Blidness ends the album on a disturbing note; there is no ambivalence of the feelings towards lost love here.

    Yet all of these songs are merely second class when compared to Acrobat, So Cruel, and One, all among U2's five or ten best songs.To try to describe One at all would be to taint it; all I'll say is that Bono's current idea of using it as a political vehicle is hideously inaccurate.Just like the rest of Baby, it is an intensely personal song.

    This album is so good because it sounded like nothing U2 had recorded when it came out; not only did U2 create the best album of their lives in 1991, they reinvented their sound and discovered a much more mature, subtle, and inventive group.Achtung Baby may overwhelm you at first, but it will stun you with its genius. ... Read more

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    Liberate Te Ex Inferis
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (28 September, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars ZAO---------@much,much more-----------/``````````
    zao ,zao,zao who will ever be as creative as zao when you sayzao you think of a legend when you say zao you know you mean it...........................ZAO MASTERS OF METAL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Holy Cow!
    Zao has done it again! When you talk about metalcore nobody else comes close. When you put together the amazing guitar riffs with the insane drumming and have Dan at the vocals. You're gonna get an amazing CD. "Ghost Psalm" is by far their best song and "Autopsy" might as well be one of their most underrated songs. Though this album rocks, it still takes a back seat to "Where Blood and Fire..."

    1- Circle I Limbo: Intro 18/25
    2- Circle I Limbo: Savannah 23/25
    3- Circle II the Lustful: Autopsy 25/25
    4- Circle II the Lustful: If These Scars Could Speak 22/25
    5- Circle III the Gluttonous: the Ghost Psalm 30/25
    6- Circle III the Gluttonous: Desire the End 19/25
    7- Circle IV the Hoarders and the Spendthrifts: Dark Cold Sound 20/25
    8- Circle IV the Hoarders and the Spendthrifts: Skin Like Winter 25/25
    9- Circle V the Wrathful: Kathleen Barbra 20/25
    10- Circle V the Wrathful: Man in Cage Jack Wilson 19/25

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
    1. Circle I Limbo: Intro10/10
    2. Circle I Limbo: Savannah10/10
    3. Circle II the Lustful: Autopsy 9/10
    4. Circle II the Lustful: If These Scars Could Speak 10/10
    5. Circle III the Gluttonous: the Ghost Psalm20/10 BEST SONG ON THIS CD!!
    6. Circle III the Gluttonous: Desire the End9/10
    7. Circle IV the Hoarders and the Spendthrifts: Dark Cold Sound 10/10
    8. Circle IV the Hoarders and the Spendthrifts: Skin Like Winter10/10 another one of the best songs on this cd
    9. Circle V the Wrathful: Kathleen Barbra 9/10
    10. Circle V the Wrathful: Man in Cage Jack Wilson 9/10
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    Sales Rank: 15662
    Subjects:  1. CCM    2. Christian Punk    3. Pop    4. Punk Revival    5. Rock   


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