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Sexy Karate
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 April, 2003)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Big Beat Evangelists Strike Again...
The 2 Skinnee J's...how do you describe a band that invents a genre that so neatly fits smack dab between countless re-inventions of oldschool genres, but creates a sound so driving and uniqe that it begs to be its own category? This album (their third full album release) is entirely recorded and prodced by the band themselves, so there is guaranteed not to be any "sell out" songs on it. The J's are the their usual eclectic selves. The old Skinnee crew stays true to their self-proclaimed title of the Big Beat Evangelists, with the majority of the tracks on this cd having such an open, bob-your-head, driving sound that you'll wonder how something as 2-dimensional as a cd can hold such a fat sound. Get In the Van (track1) begins with a sample of a triad of bass-guitar notes repeated within what quickly develops into a surprisingly compicated, yet easy-to-understand drumbeat...and the lyrics sneak in at the last moment bringing the whole song to a finale that, instead of ending, simply gets better as it continues. On deck for track 2 comes an amazing commentary on their attitudes and experiences making music for the past 11+ years, supported by yet another mammoth-sounding, though sparse, beat. One Summer (#3) calls to mind sweaty, sunny, chill days spent wandering the streets of Manhattan...but never fear 'cause the J's have "Got the Gatorade for your thirsty minds."
I cannot go through each song on this album. They're too good to compress to a few sentences each, or even a single listening. Grab this up, listen straight through, and it should knock you down like a sack of intellectually-charged bricks fired fired from your speakers. If it doesn't, check your pulse and learn the lyrics...they're amazingly well arranged, have quite a bit of humor, and discuss issues that actually need talking about. Seeing them live is the only thing better than hearing them on cd, though unfortunately they plan on an "Indefinite Sabbatical" starting this summer (2003). Playing amazing music for more than a decade straight while waiting for the american population to get up and realize their skill would wear me down as well... The only issue i have with this album is that it could be plenty longer. At only ten songs, it forces me to listen to it multiple times to get the same dose I normally require.

5-0 out of 5 stars The J's do it again!
I got this cd a few weeks ago (pre-order), and I've been listening to it nonstop. 2 Skinnee J's potentially final album is just what you'd expect from them if you're already a fan. Like 311, they have a penchant for hooks and a talent for mixing mellow tracks with big beats! Tracks like "One Summer", "Who Wants This", and "I Can't Hear You" are energetic and infectious. On the other hand "Inside My Room" is chill, melodic and something you can just sorta lay down and groove to. For the most part, this album is on par with Volumizer and Super! Mercado - maybe even better, depending on which aspect of the J's you like. Check it out!

4-0 out of 5 stars Live
The 2Skinnee J's Music always comes off better live than it does on plastic. From way back in the day, when all you could have was sing earthboy sing and bootlegs, to the newest collection of material in order to know the intensive electrifying presence of those deemed 2 skinnee, you must see them live. ... Read more

Asin: B00008RV30
Sales Rank: 91110
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Four Cornered Night
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 August, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars If You Like Rock N' Roll At All, You'll Love This
In the small, remote town I live in, the only music you'll ever hear is on MTV. I never knew music could sound like this. I'd never heard anything indie at all, and nothing that wasn't on the radio.

I heard about Jets To Brazil though EVE6, who sing there praises constantly. I picked up "Orange Rhyming Dictionary" and instantly fell in love. The jet's second album is pure bliss.

This is the CD that sealed my fate as a musician. On some tracks, like Milk and Apples and Your x-rays it is impossible to sit still. little light is a song that will be stuck in your head until next may. This album is dark and catchy.

What's great is the Jets accessibility. You can sing along to this! The lyrics are thoughtful and emotional. The music is lush and full, incorporating cellos and keyboards among other sounds to round it out.

The first three songs are good but after that this album really picks up speed. It is not the same ole same ole. You'll be left in awe.

3-0 out of 5 stars ????
I loved Orange Rhyming Dictionary... really loved it... the lyrics and music meshed and after many (many, many) listens you really got what Blake was trying to say (or you developed a better meaning for yourself). Due to the passion I felt for their first album (and for Jawbreaker albums) I was dying to hear this cd... and was disappointed. The lyrics are at times trite, the music nothing special. With additional listenings it has grown on me (at times... there are still some really bad songs). Stand out track is Orange Rhyming Dictionary, worst track is the final one (what was he thinking?). I will continue to love this, but I wonder where "now I'm making out the shapes/ like the shower rod/ can it take my weight" have gone...

4-0 out of 5 stars Blake grows up
Many Jawbreaker fans (of which I am not, in fact I haven't heard anything they have dome) seem to be down on this release. Maybe its because they like bands who play the same song over and over again, Same chords, new lyrics.

These songs are all different and very poetic. Not sure old Jawbreaker fans can handle that. Blake fuses styles of music together with ease here.

I own and love Orange Rhyming Dictionary and yes this is a big departure from that, but as I. State a lot, aren't bands supposed to grow and reach for new heights? Or should they settle on past glories and just become repetitive. Blake seems to be on my side of that fence, he chooses to grow with each new CD.

Maybe I am just a sucker for sad lyrics placed inside optimistic tempos, but either way I urge you to buy this and give it a chance ... Read more

Asin: B00004TZZK
Sales Rank: 46753


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From Chaos
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 June, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars It grows on you!
When I heard 311's new single "You Wouldn't Believe", I knew that 311 was back. I was hoping this album would be heavier, more "old school" than Soundsystem and Transistor. From the first track to the last, this album is perfect the entire way. Well, ALMOST perfect. It took me awhile to pick apart every song, but i realize a few problems with this CD. Still more creative than most bands, 311's lyrics on "From Chaos" are good, but a little shallow compared to 311's past albums. The guitar work is a bit choppy, somewhat lacking the regular flow on past albums. Nick Hexum's voice is slightly flat on a few tracks, including "I Told Myself", and "I'll Be Here Awhile". Its not very noticable. "Sick Tight" is a classic 311 song, fast paced, "Head-rushing", blended style type of song. "You Wouldn't Believe" was a good choice for a first single. "From Chaos" is a cool song, I hope it will be the next single. It has SA rapping and Nick's smooth vocals, not at all flat on this track. "Amber" is the song making fans go crazy. I'm not sure why, I didn't find anything truly "great" about it. "Uncalm" sounds like something off of Transistor. All in all, this album is really good no matter what amazon's editor says (she's crazy). 311 is always breaking new ground! (Tell me if you ever heard a song like "From Chaos" on any other 311 album). This album is great, buy it and you won't be disappointed. Also try the self-titled "Blue Album" if you want to get hooked on 311. If you don't like this album at first, don't worry. Some of the songs take a little listening to get to like them, then you're hooked!

5-0 out of 5 stars From 311 Comes Another Amazing Album
People that don't know about 311's music will say that they had their day in 1995 with the release of their self titled (blue) album, what they don't know is that it's their weakest album and there are better albums before and after. From Chaos is definately one of their best albums ever, like any band should they keep getting better as time goes on, the song writing on From Chaos is great, the vocals from Nick and SA are awesome, Tim Mahoney continues to show his extreme talent without over playing, when he is technically able to, PNut's bass playing is something of envy as usual, and Chad's drumming is insane. With this album it seems as if they rediscovered thier roots and updated them, this is evident with songs such as You Get Worked and Sick Tight, they sound like vintage 311. The guitar harmonies on I Told Myself sounds similar to that of Beautiful Disaster. Songs such as From Chaos and You Wouldn't Believe are great, and both really uptempo with awesome lyrics and catchy melodies. Theres really only one dissapointing song on the album and that's Full Ride, I don't know what they were thinking with that one but it definately ranks up their with some of their worst songs, and in my opinion they only have 3. Another high point of the album are the slower songs Champagne and Amber, the latter which became somewhat of a hit in the spring/summer of 2002, both excellent songs that show off the band. Wake Your Mind Up which was cowritten with the Pharcyde is an amazing track, completely upbeat really catchy, with an astounding bass solo at the end of the song. The album closes with two amazing songs as well, Uncalm which is one of the moodiest songs they've ever recorded, could definately be an outtake from Transistor and the acoustic I'll Be Here A While which is a song Nick wrote years before there even was a 311, and they recorded it for this album, and it's the perfect way to close what is another amazing piece of plastic from one the most amazing bands ever....311

5-0 out of 5 stars Exquisite and flawless work
Allow me to express how in awe I am right now. Got the point? I shall begin my review of 'From Chaos'.

Although I've always admired 311 and liked a few of their songs here and there, I never became what you would probably consider a complete "fan" until a few months ago. I got three of their albums ('Evolver', 'Soundsystem', and 'Transistor') last month and was extremely impressed, especially with 'Soundsystem'. I remembered loving "You Wouldn't Believe" and "Amber", and wanted to purchase the 'From Chaos' album.

After a month of looking for it, I found it today...and my CD collection will never be the same.

I don't see what this negativity is about - this is a BEAUTIFUL album. Not only is 311 the most original band out there, this album just flows. I am ecstatic about it. I can see this becoming one of my favorite CDs of all time. I like every song on here (that's rare). Standouts are "Amber" (I still haven't gotten sick of it), "You Wouldn't Believe", "Uncalm", and "Champagne." Tim Mahoney is among the best guitarists I've ever heard and even though many reviews on here proclaimed Nick Hexum's voice to be monotone, I find it to be beautiful and soothing.

All in all, a wonderful album. Amazing. I recommend it to anyone - 311 fan, not 311 fan, someone who's never HEARD of 311 - ANYBODY. This album is perfection and I'm not sure how I've went this long without it. ... Read more

Asin: B00005KBBL
Sales Rank: 8658


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Oh, Inverted World
Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 June, 2001)
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Something extraordinary is afoot in Albuquerque. The Shins' first big-timerecord, Oh, Inverted World combines mysterious narratives with golden songstructures, resulting in lavish and opulent indie pop. Touches of Neutral Milk Hotel's lyricalmajesty and the nostalgic swirl of Echo and the Bunnymen abound.But the Shins' music--rich with acoustic guitars, flickering rhythms, and Casio-tonekeyboards--is distinct and peculiar. Worry mixes with abstraction throughout, and whileJames Mercer sings, "You led no celibate life / No skirt while chemicals danced on yourhead / You stole the keys to this ride / And your fables are falling tonight," you maywonder if he's been routing through your fondest, most troubling memories. This vitalalbum is easily among 2001's most distinguished recordings and one of the best Sub Popreleases to date. --Thom Arno ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great album--all the way through
The Shins have managed to combine the best in pop sounds with everything from acoustic ballads, psychedelic sounds and pure rockers. While they maintain strong melodies and pop influence, there is still a hint of experimental sounds throughout this album-whether it's from odd keyboard approaches or wacky lyrics, the Shins have created an album that cannot be compared to anything but the Shins.

For a debut release, it's nice to see a band being a band and not following current trends. This could very easily be one of the finest new bands I have discovered. No song runs over four minutes and not one track on this albums needs skipping past-they all work on all sorts of levels.

The album's opening song, "Caring is Spooky" has such a great feeling to it. "Know Your Onion" is a great teenage rebel type song-talking about a "pimple and angry" kind of guy. The album's single "New Slang" is possibly one of the best acoustic songs I've ever heard-even though there is a great but simple electric guitar section too. And we cannot forget "Girl On The Wing"-easily the best song on the album. It rocks, has an interesting type of time signature, and a great, corky keyboard background.

This is simply a great Indie Rock/Pop album from a band that will be making wavs. It will be interesting to see where they go next. Give it a try.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Music Struggles in the Light of Day
Reading the amazon.com reviews of an album like this is a depressing experience. When I bought this there were maybe 10 reviews on here, all accurately pointing out that this is perfect, lush pop that doesn't sound a thing like anything on the radio or MTV. Now, the Shins are frighteningly close to becoming the "next big thing." I heard them in the Sopranos this past week and they are starting to be mentioned in the hype machine with the Strokes and the White Stripes, two good bands (although not in the Shins' league) who are being done a disservice by MTV and the rest of the establishment. And now, here come the nu-metal fans and the fans who still think Radiohead is relevant and of course they aren't going to understand this album.

As for the album, here's my take: lush, eerie, very melodic pop, incorporating solid sixties influences -- Brian Wilson, Moody Blues, Kinks -- into a sound that is decidedly NOT retro. Every song sounds different, but the album has a musical coherence, that along with its short length makes it a great album to listen to in one sitting, whether lying in your room with your eyes closed or driving on a highway at night. It's a subtle and beautiful album, that is good on the first listen but requires repeated listening to develop a complete appreciation. So, please don't condemn it after half a listen.

I don't want to sound like one of these undergound snobs, but I hope these guys don't get huge. I don't need this as background music on the Real World nor do I want to read Linkin Park fans saying this is wimpy or bland or whatever. But for people that love pop and all of the ways it has developed over the past forty years, this album will always be a treat.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Pop Album!
This is one of the best albums I've heard in a very very long time. I heard of the Shins from all the hype they had created due to this album and its follow up Chutes too Narrow. Well, I had some money to blow and I went on down to my local record store to hear the next best thing to sliced bread and I found this one lone copy of Oh Inverted World and paid my money and left, not really expecting much. Boy, was I wrong, this album is like Syd Barrett(my most favorite artist ever), The Byrds and The Beach Boys all blended together into one blissful psychedelic mix. These songs are happy, friendly, subdued and of course a little drug induced. The lyrics are cryptic but lush on imagery and have a frank honest tone to them and their delivery by Mercer even futhers the impact. But the best thing about this album is the actual music in my opinion. Its like a warm cascading waterfall or a lazy summer day spent in the shade. It is definitley an odd ball on Sub Pop's catalog along side the grungy likes of Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney but I give Sub Pop a thumbs up for change and for finding one of the best modern rock-pop acts ever. If you enjoyed this album I reccomend Chutes too Narrow and Syd Barrett's The Madcap Laughs. ... Read more

Asin: B00005JSHW


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White Pepper
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (02 May, 2000)
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When Ween released their debut, God Ween Satan, in 1990, the question on most listeners' minds was "Are they serious?" Ten years later, White Pepper has folks asking "Are they joking?" No, as evidenced by the straightforward pop that makes up their eighth studio effort. This isn't a sellout, but a continuation of the sound explored on their previous release, The Mollusk. Songs like "Even If You Don't" and "Back to Basom" are respective nods to their McCartney and Lennon joneses, and even more stunningly, the brothers Ween bust out their most irony-free love song yet, "Stay Forever." The boys haven't completely abandoned the silly--the Caribbean-flavored "Bananas and Blow" and the Steely Dan-influenced "Pandy Fackler" are good for giggles--but the "more pop, less poop" rule remains in effect, leaving room for majestic tastiness like "Flutes of Chi" and "The Grobe." All in all, a fantastic salute to rock & roll. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Like The Dancer Who Has Lost Her Leg
I'll admit that I'd never heard these guys and expected them to be similar to Weezer or The Presidents of the United States (or whatever they're called), y'know , "quirky" American college music. But instead of lo-fi Sebadoh shennanigans, I was pleasantly surprized to find Pixies/Frank Black style rock with a nice production sheen. Sometimes over produced, but in a purposeful '80s tribute kind of a way.
The only reason why I picked this album up was because I'd read an interview with eccentric UK electronica deviant Aphex Twin citing Ween as an influence. For those of you who've never heard of Aphex Twin, he's been hailed as a modern day Mozart, drives a tank and lives in a bank vault. His albums are consistantly perversely weird (check 'Milkman' on his Richard D. James album), but are generally ahead of their time style-wise. Any Yank alt-rockers who could fuel this guys imagination need to be tracked down, I thought.
Standard rock abounds on White Pepper, but it's all nice and tuneful. Tracks like 'Flutes of the Chi' , 'Even if You Don't' and the spacey Beatles organned, Led Zep riffing, Pink Floyd echoing 'Back to Bason' are all tip-top rock songs. Humour is provided by 'Bananas & Blow' and the nod to Steely Dan, 'Pandy Fackler'.
Because of this album, I might dip into their back catalogue to see if this standard of quality was constant.
Oh, and for Ween-heads reading this, risk a few dollars on an Aphex Twin album (read the reviews on Amazon first) for a alternate reality of Ween's oddness. The 'Richard D. James' album might be a good place to sample first.

3-0 out of 5 stars a disappointing release from the best band on the planet.
exactly where i'm at, awful song. just plain painful. fluits of chi, even if you don't and bananas and blow are all amazing. stroker ace and ice castles on the other hand are not. back to basum and the grobe are mediocre while pandy fackler is another unlistenable track. but at least the album ends on a three song high note. stay forever, falling out and she's your baby are all wonderful.

my suggestion...doenload the good songs. ween is my favorite band but this album is just plain disappointing.

check out quebec and pure guava for their best two albums. if you like those get the mollusk and the pod. follow that up with god ween satan and 12 golden country greats. chocolate and cheese and white pepper should follow. white pepper being last.

all hail the boognish! keep it brown boys!

5-0 out of 5 stars Mature songwriting lyrics of adolescent wit...
This, sir, is no PURE GUAVA... 'Pure Genius.' Like the string of thier last 3 albums (Chocolate and Cheese, 12 Country..., The Mollusk) White Pepper has crisp production (even more so than the others) and various musical arrangements. Your first listen of the album will make you think that Ween has put all jokes aside and made a genuine 'pop' record. No sir. The most evident examples of Ween being 'Ween' are probably BANANAS AND BLOW (smooth steel drum calypso) as well as PANDY FACKLER (cheesy lounge music but check out that solo on the electric piano!) There isn't a more perfect Ween song than EVEN IF YOU DON'T; Gene sings about the trials and tribulations of being in love with a psychopathic drug addict. Just listen to f***ing Gene sing that song! These guys can really play. All of the music is done so 'tastefully' that the humor is in the lyrics and the seriousness in the vocal delivery. FLUTES OF CHI, EVEN IF YOU DON'T, and THE GROBE are Ween standards. BRILLIANT. ... Read more

Asin: B00004SUYI


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Maybe I'll Catch Fire
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (14 March, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
this is the trio's second full length album and since i don't have their first album "Goddamnit", it's still my second most played CD so far (their self titled CD is my most played. my favorite tracks in "Maybe I'll Catch Fire" are "Madam Me" and "Radio", but the whole album itself is great, although most of my other favorite alkaline trio songs came from their singles as "For You Lungs Only" and "I Lied My Face Off". this is a really good CD that you can listen to anytime, but especially when you feel miserable.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very melodic punk/emo band, and this album is their best!
After being introduced to this band through Another Year on the Streets (yes the vagrant collection) I found their songs to be the most standout on the CD next to Saves the Day. This band has become my all-time favorite in a few short months, and I have since introduced a lot of people to their great music. Some would argue that the band has sold out; I would very much disagree. I started with their newer stuff, and I much prefer emo to the boring unexperimental punk bands, but I've found I tend to like all of Alkaline Trio's music, and I've found this and the self titled collection to be my favorites. I don't care as much for the album From Here to Infirmary as a whole, but even that still has great songs like "Crawl" "Your Dead" and "Trucks and Trains". But the band has not gone down in quality, as shown by this years split release with Hot Water Music... Alkaline Trio outdid HWM with their own popular song Rooftops! And its not like I hadn't heard the original before it.

As for this CD, I must say I like it the most because Dan has much more time singing on this than the others, his voice is more melodic and original than most punk out there. I'm not saying Matt isn't good, but I like the balance of Maybe I'll Catch Fire more than the other albums where Dan only sings on a few of the tracks. Lyrically this is also their best release, with solid songs like "Radio", ..."Tuck Me In" and "Maybe I'll Catch Fire".

I highly recommend this CD to newcomers to the genre, especially if you like bands with talent and creativity.

Some bands to look into:
Saves the Day, Incubus, Hoobastank, Jimmy Eat World, Rainer Maria, Hot Water Music, and Guster(yes I know they're pop, but they're good, and very similar band setup to Alkaline Trio)

5-0 out of 5 stars this is really good
I love this album, though I have been harsh on these guys as of late I still like them mind you. Anyways this is by far the best Alkaline Trio album out there, it is just out of sight (meaning it's super).
Let me tell you this, this album has great songs on it... Way to go, F you Aurora and Radio are definatly my stand outs. I just love it how it is sung and played, this record probably has the most passionate of material Alkaline Trio has every been able to muster. This would be the one record you should buy... right now. If I was you I would go buy this records, becuase it is good. And I said this, becuase it is that good. ......................................................................................................................... ... Read more

Asin: B00003ZAHD
Sales Rank: 14212


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Death to the Pixies 1987-1991
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 October, 1997)
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Disc One of Death to the Pixies is the random-button scrambling of the Pixies' studio discs; Disc Two is a convincing live show that repeats a few of the songs and still doesn't make you feel that you've heard too much. There are, of course, plenty of arguments to be made for the band's original sequencing, but since the Pixies are as adept at pop hooks as they are at punk screech, the set works to freshen songs you know well--an effective reintroduction to a group that perhaps sounds even greater now than it did when making an LP a year in the late '80s and early '90s. Gigantic indeed. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars NO. Just....no.
I don't care what anybody says--this is NOT a good introduction to the Pixies. Buy the studio albums, starting with Surfer Rosa and Doolittle. Trust me, you'll be a lot more satisfied.

As for the first disc--no River Euphrates? No Hey? No Alec Eiffel? No No. 13 Baby? Come on! While I can't complain with what they did pick (simply because 99% of the Pixies' material is flawless anyway) they seem to have skewed their choices toward the loud, aggressive songs and almost completely ignore the quieter, yet equally masterful compositions. I could name 17 other tracks that are just as worthy of inclusion as the tracks selected here, which is a testament to just how good the Pixies were.

Now, onto the live disc, which was recorded pre-Trompe Le Monde. Definitely some gems, including a great performance of B-side Into The White and an amazing rendition of Where Is My Mind? (complete with audience singing!). However, the steep price tag of this set will deter all but completists who probably already have Pixies Live At The BBC anyway (which is far from comprehensive but has some very interesting selections). So...why don't they release a separate live CD? Damn cheapskates.

Only recommended for serious completists (for the live CD). For the uninitiated, start with Doolittle and Surfer Rosa and move through the catalog.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy This CD!!!
I don't care how many Pixies CD's you have, I want you to do yourself a favor and buy this CD.
I have heard every song on this album on another album, but I still bought this CD and I love it. It is almost a perfect mix of the best pixies songs,(which is really hard to narrow down to just 20 songs.)
The live CD is exquisite, I don't care how many times you have heard Into The White this live version is incredible, so is Crackity Jones. The audience singing on some songs is really neat as well.
The article that was written by Gary Smith really captures how the pixies are so forgotten and influential at the same time.

If you are a cheapskate then you could just burn the CD's, and you can find the article on the Pixies official website, but you will be burning the band and you are missing out on great CD artwork. But hey, let me re-emphasize BUY THIS CD you can thank me later.

4-0 out of 5 stars This is "Gigantic".
This is a great collection. It's one disc of "hits", and one excellent live disc. However it's out of print, so you can only get it as an import or used. BUT, there is a new 23 track "Best Of" coming out, that includes everything from "Bone Machine" to "Alec Eiffel", and a "Neil Young" cover. I'd wait for that. They're touring too. ... Read more

Asin: B000002HR4


A Rush of Blood to the Head
Average Customer Review: 4.44 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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3-0 out of 5 stars Should be 2.5 bt 4 a band that made parachutes i'll round up
Coldplay's new album to be released on 26 august 2002 and exicitment courses. Into the shop and then into the cd player, shoot score! WELL good album. and then i listened to it again and i worked out how irritating a whisper is and then daylight and then Mtv murdered clocks and narrowly avoided distroying the scientist. Last month they release one of the weakest songs: god put a smile upon your face. And we're supposed to be happy. Parachutes was an album of absolute brilliance ft. amazing songs like Parachutes, Everything's Not Lost and Trouble. The album's only amazing points are Amsterdam, AROBTTH, and Warning Sign. there are other good points like the scientist and politik. but what has become of the band who wrote See You Soon and Careful where you stand and even Bigger Faster. Check out those songs and you'll understand how good coldplay really can be. The thing is right, Coldplay were a band that envoked so much emotion inside of you that you wanted to burst into tears and alot of that was due to the subtlety of the music making it seem like they were holding some part of themselves back for the next release and urging you to listen to the album over and over again. This time round Coldplay goes pop, they sound like a band more concerned with sales than music and it shows with how successful it has been. There is no doubt Chris Martin is brilliant but he is using that brilliance soley to make money

5-0 out of 5 stars Voted #1 album of 2002 in Billboard Magazine
I first saw Coldplay live a few months ago. What a treat! This is one of the few bands that sound the same live as they do on their CD- no studio creation here. The band opened with the 1st track on "Rush of Blood to the Head", which is "Politik"- once you've heard lead singer Chris Martin perform that one live, you'll be a hardcore Coldplay fan forever.

With the huge success of the band's freshman CD "Parachutes" came the fear that their sophomore effort wouldn't be able to measure up. Not so. Beautiful and powerful all at once- particularly "Green Eyes" (being a green-eyed girl myself, I'm fed up with all the blue or brown eyed girls getting all the swoony songs- every other song about green eyed girls makes them out to be evil!). I can't get enough of this London band, who announced at their concert that they couldn't believe how America has embraced them. Humility, charm AND indisputeable talent. Get this CD and DEFENITELY see Coldplay live when you get the chance.

4-0 out of 5 stars They are still kicking it!
The sophomore effort from Coldplay is in no way a "sophomore jynx". It is not an extension from Parachutes either. It is totally different; not so much as a radiohead record but never-the-less different. Instead of coming off as indieish and a complete band effort, it sounds more mature and like a showcase for Chris Martin. This is due to the seemingly more emphasis put on the lyrics and vocals. Both of which are improved from their last outting. Also, their seems to be more keyboard used here especially on the two hit singles "clocks" and "scientist". It is difernet also in that it is much longer than thier debut; by over twelve minutes.

This record excels on many levels along with the aforementioned. It works more as a pop record and therefore seems more appealing to the casual listener. It also contains the groups strongest songs to date. However, despite its brillience, it is not perfect by any means. Among its flaws lie within lyrics. The greater emphasis draws people in. And on a couple songs, like the title track, the lyrics try to be way too philisophical and fail to accomplish their goal. Also, the record contains a couple straight forward rock songs. They are not bad but not what Coldplay excels at.

All of the flaws seem to make this record feel less complete, inviting track skipping and quick boredom. These are not qualities that Parachutes had and therefore AROBTTH is a slightly inferior record. I must urge people to pick this up though since it is still very very good. Don't expect the utter brillience from the first album to carry over however.

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Politik- good opener despite werey lyrics.
In my place- pure pop
God put a smile upon my face- best rock song on the record
The scientist- sweet piano and lyrics
Clocks- captivatingly brilliant piano play
Daylight- worst track but listenable
Green eyes- good range of vocals and lyrics
Warning sign- beautiful
A wisper- driving guitar
A rush of blood to the head- too philisophical but still good/great
Amsterdam- best track ... Read more

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Left & Leaving
Average Customer Review: 4.96 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 August, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars my very favorite record--ever
I'm in love with this record and this band. This is punk rock for grown-ups. It's not jaded, but slightly weary. It's intelligent, political and romantic without being obtuse, preachy or sappy. It's simply beautiful. I'm constantly being asked to describe their sound (because I tend to talk about them a lot!) and I don't know how. I can not compare them with anyone else and they defy the usual genre lumping. When I first heard them I thought of the first time I heard the first Fugazi record. Not because The Weakerthans sound anything like Fugazi, but because the music they play is so original and honest, and made with such intelligence and heart. John K. Sampson's lyrics are amazingly poetic and touching. I've been lucky enough to see them live 3 times in the past few months (traveling as far as possible to do so!) and they're even better live!

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this album
The Weakerthans made the cover of Punk Planet in the summer of 2001. It was the first time I had ever heard of Jahn Samson, formerly of Propaghandi. The music on Left & Leaving is good. The lyrics are great. John Samson's verses conjure up a flood of imagery and feelings. I don't know how to classify their sound. It's not punk, folk or mainstream alternative. Maybe Punk Poetry? Whatever you want to call it, I recomend getting Left & Leaving. It's one of the best buys I've made in awhile.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get it now...
This CD is really quite amazing. There isn't anything more to say than that - go experience it for yourself. You won't regret it. ... Read more

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Take Back the Universe and Give Me Yesterday
Average Customer Review: 4.05 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 April, 2001)
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With the release of Take Back the Universe and Give Me Yesterday, San Francisco's indie-rock darlings Creeper Lagoon take a large directional leap into the mainstream alternative realm of full harmonies and slick production. For their second full-length album, the band worked with four different producers (Jerry Harrison, Dave Fridmann, Greg Wells, and Mark Trombino) to add lush melodic textures and pack synthesized swirls and beats around their high-soaring tracks. As a result, Take Back the Universe is an energized burst of radio-friendly rock built on tenderly emotional songs that yield completely to the soft pop spot in Creeper's musical heart. Opening tracks "Chance of a Lifetime" and"Wrecking Ball" set the Take Back tone, boosting wistful lyrics about easy living and stumbling relationships with sparkling rock endorphins. Throughout the disc, melancholy sentiments build into robust choruses as the songs trip through co-vocalists Ian Sefchick and Sharky Laguana's musings on love and lighthearted affairs. With the release of Take Back the Universe, Creeper Lagoon show they have the ability to embrace their sensitive sides with the sweetness of old indie bands like Sugar without hydroplaning on an overly spit-shined final product. --Jennifer Maerz ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Forget yesterday, buy the album
As a fan of Creeper Lagoon's earlier independet releases, I have to say that I think they've done a nice job of balancing their signature sound with some more radio-friendly stuff. Overall, I have to say that I found the production to be tastefully done.

Yeah, I've heard the rumblings that Creeper Lagoon has gone the way of "corporate rock" by signing with Dreamworks. But they've got solid tunes on the album to please older fans while attracting new ones. The songs are well written and imaginative, the performances are great, so get over it. Besides, I would rather hear a Creeper Lagoon song on the radio than the current overproduced, manufactured bile that passes for music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best record of 2001
I, too, discovered Creeper Lagoon on Reverb... I thought they rocked. I picked up this record thinking it would be a smart guitar driven indie rock record. What I got was a total suprise. This record is expansive... It's all over the place and in my mind, it all works very well. I haven't heard a decent "rock" album in quite a few years... This one takes the cake. The production is stunning. I hear they spent a million dollars making this record, and if they did, it shows. Unfortunately, this album may be too good for the band's own good. It will be interesting to see if the label has the chutzpah to let these guys do another album. I never really saw any promtion for this record, and it is truly sad. I've heard just about everything that's come out this year from the Strokes, The White Stripes, Radiohead, Spiritualized... this record takes the cake. It's just a great record, plain and simple...

5-0 out of 5 stars This album shoulda been huge
On this album Creeper Lagoon unleashed a huge sound that more than fulfilled the promise of their debut. Big soaring guitars and catchy tunes that actually have something going on below the surface. I can't figure out why this wasn't all over the radio and didn't sell a million copies. Not that I wanted everybody running around in Creeper Lagoon shirts, but they deserved better. I know they're still around in a different form, but it just isn't like it was on this album. Ian (the ex-lead singers) new band On the Speakers is really good though, and if you miss what he added to the band check them out. They only have an ep out now, but it's got some great catchy stuff on it that's very reminiscent of Creeper. If you never heard this album, you need to get it. I've had it since it first came out and I still listen to it nearly every week, I just can't get sick of it. ... Read more

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