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America Town
Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 September, 2000)
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Five for Fighting is actually just one guy with a rather substantial chip on his shoulder who's taken his name from the amount of time a hockey player spends in the penalty box for fighting. Los Angeles native and erstwhile prodigy John Ondrasik really knows his way around a melody, bolstering it with a dramatic sense of timing and rhythm like a more modern and hipper Elton John. And that defiant chip does makes for powerful poetry, although oftentimes he sacrifices logic and clarity for the sake of iambic pentameter. While "Superman" is a catchy affair about the restrictions of being superhuman and the desire to belong ("I'm only a man in a silly red sheet looking for special things inside me"), it's doubtful that anyone who ever read a DC comic would believe that Superman would ever be "digging for kryptonite on this one-way street," since a loose fragment from Superman's home planet might turn him into a blubbering infant or a giant ant. At best, Five for Fighting follows in the narrative-based path paved by Counting Crows. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars 4 For Fighting...
John Ondrasik knows his way around pop piano and engaging lyric. AMERICA TOWN is solid bid to make FIVE FOR FIGHTING a house hold album as SMALLVILLE leaps into its assured second season,and IT AIN'T EASY TO BE ME (SUPERMAN)receives more air play as a prospective series'theme song. The disc is a concept album about heroes; love; love of heroes and bogus hero worship(Michael Jordan). THE LAST GREAT AMERICAN is an ironically chiseled (bitter/better)version of the same title from his previous MESSAGE TO ALBERT outing. AMERICA TOWN challenges reflectively; while ALRIGHT and BOAT PARADE bristle with anger against Yuppie culture reducing the nation to the brink of moral anarchy.

Ondrasik plays with tempo and vocal phrasing to great effect.The album reeks steely ATTITUDE. If you've heard Danny O'Keefe's BREEZY Stories...and liked it...you'll definitely dig (Kryptonite-like)this man's danger-dissing style. SUPERMAN is great. It's worth buying the disc to hear a wistful ballade swell into stirring anthem that'll move you "faster than a speeding bullet". Is Five for Fighting classic One Hit Wonder Band? I'm hoping troubador Ondrasik is on the verge of leaping across the INDIE bridge with this single bound, 4 For Fighting, effort.(4 and 1/2 stars)

4-0 out of 5 stars Contains a real standout.
America Town is a pretty solid, enjoyable batch of tunes, it's not an outstanding album, but most listeners will find something here to like. For me though, one song stands out far and above the rest. That song is 'Bloody Mary'. At first listen I thought 'that's a pretty catchy song' - in a fairly predictable verse-chorus-verse sort of way. Yet the more I've listened to it, the more it entrances me. I love the fact that it's sequenced as track number two - it seems to fit well there, and also for the fact that it doesn't need to go up an octave in the final chorus like so many other cheesy pop songs seem to do. Instead it has a lovely restrained sort of beauty and it reminds me why I love music so much in the first place. As for the rest of the album, if you enjoy the singles 'Easy Tonight' and 'Superman' then you'll feel right at home with most of this material.

3-0 out of 5 stars Solid songs...Wobbly CD
Like many others, I really liked the song "Superman" so I bought the CD.

The CD in and of itself is really...not solid. The CD as a whole isn't very good, however when a song is good...its GOOD.

Superman is such an example.
Love Song is amazing too. It's about a child's point of view when his parents are getting a divorce and everything about the song (lyrics and melody) are totally fresh.
I enjoyed the Last Great American and Easy Tonight was alright.
Jainy was pretty great too...

I'm not sure it was really worth my money to get the whole CD, but I'm glad I have it, and if you've got a couple bucks to spare and you REALLY liked superman, give it a try! maybe you'll like the stuff I didn't. ... Read more

Asin: B00004YC29


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Camino Palmero
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 July, 2001)
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While this Los Angeles quintet doesn't blaze any new trails, they have revived the power ballad to give it their own emotionally charged spin. And if that weren't enough, they inject so many inspirational messages into the 11 songs on their debut that one could almost mistake them for a contemporary Christian band. Musically, this band stands proudly next to such earnest forebears as Creed, matchbox twenty, and Lifehouse. The latter makes sense given that Calling guitarist Sean Woolstenhulme's brother, Rick, is Lifehouse's drummer. With their brooding, contemplative lyrics about love, loss, rejection, and revenge, the Calling embark on an anxious journey into the state of modern relationships. And while they don't offer any conclusions, they certainly provide an interesting mirror on an apprehensive time. Along with their sturdy musicianship and rhythmically driven melodies, this band very likely will enjoy a longer shelf life than most of their contemporaries. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars In For A Surprise?
I was at best buy a few days ago, just walking aroung looking for nothing in perticular when I remembered about a group..The Calling. I had first heard their hit song, "Wherever You Will Go" On the TV series Smallville and ever since I've been turning in on my local rock radio station to sit around just hoping they'd play it.
I got the cd that day at best buy and went hope and listened to every song. I have enjoyed listening to groups such as Matchbox 20 and Creed for awhile and I always loved the lead vocals, but they do not compare with the strong vocal talent of The Calling lead vocalist, Alex Band.
I had bought the CD only for the song, Wherever You Will Go, But actually ended up liking the majority of the songs. I'm a christian and was dissapointed in the two cuss words on the cd but I can honestly say I was not dissapointed in this CD. I have been writing lyrics for about two years and I enjoy hearing good lyrics that are backed with unbelievably powerful vocals.
Also lead vocalist, Alex band is not only extremly talented but also VERY hot. he he...I had NEVER bought a cd before just for one song, but I was in for a surprise...I enjoyed the whole CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Camino Palmero- The Calling's Rocking Debut Album!
Let me start off by saying I have no complaints about this album. It honestly is flawless. Every fan of rock music should give this album a chance. There is not one single track that you have to skip, and once you're hooked, you're hooked for life. The mature, wide-range voice of 21-year-old Alex Band, the lead singer, puts you under a spell from beginning to end. It starts out with the solemn, "what if" anthem "Unstoppable". It's the perfect track to open an album with: "If we had this night together, if we had a moment to ourselves... then we'd be unstoppable". It leads right into the upbeat "Nothing's Changed", followed by the poppish-rock hit "Wherever You Will Go". Listen to tracks #4 and 5 before you hit the next hit single "Adrienne". Squeezed in between track 6 and the album closer "Stigmatized" are 4 tracks that vary from feelings of guilt to the "life doesn't always go your way" lesson. The last track, "Stigmatized", as a saddening song about a couple who manages to keep together when they're so far apart... "We live our lives on different sides, but we keep together you and I". So if you love classic rock & roll tunes infused with modern lyrics and the distinctive voice of Alex Band, pick up your copy of Camino Palmero today- and find your calling with The Calling!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best album I own...
In writing this review, i admit that i will be biased as this album is very sentimental for me. but sentimentality is a good thing. it made me appreciate the true musical talent easily visible on this album and the future promise of soaring to great heights. i fell in love for the first time because of the ethereal 'could it be any harder'. with 'wherever you will go', the calling succeeds where many other bands have fallen - they write the absolute, ultimate rock ballad. yet the writing team of Alex Band and Aaron Kamin demonstrates wonderful variety with the hit tune 'Adrienne' and other gems hidden on the album like 'just that good' and 'thankyou'. 'Stigmatized' goes in another direction to close off the album and is a song that will leave you humming the calling for long after the music has stopped. This is certainly rock at its best and if this is what the future of music looks like then i am very happy. buy the album now. and just for fun, top your purchase off with the band's follow-up album - 'TWO.' ... Read more

Asin: B00005K9T9


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No Name Face
Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (31 October, 2000)
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No Name Face is an auspicious debut from a band seemingly made to rule the airwaves. The insinuating melodies that mark Lifehouse's radio-friendly sound are not unlike those of matchbox twenty or Live in their softer moments. From the first single, "Hanging by a Moment," to the emotive and uplifting "Quasimodo" and the wonderful "Trying" (think Crowded House at their lilting best), Lifehouse are self-possessed and focused. Young singer-songwriter Jason Wade (the son of two ministers) imbues Lifehouse's vibe with a spiritual quality that's never heavy-handed, delivering the goods with the authority of an experienced troubadour. No Name Face may be a first offering from a young band, but it looks to signal the beginning of an estimable career. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Lifehouse's "No Name Face" absolutely rocks!
First off - if you like "Hanging by a Moment" you'll love the rest of the album. I was doubtful about getting the album cause the only song I'd heard was "Hanging by a Moment" but once I got it I was SO glad I did.
You know when you buy a CD and you're lucky to get 2 songs as good as the single that prompted you to buy the CD? Well that doesn't happen with Lifehouse. Every song has an awesome quality and they're all unique.
From the excellent "Quasimodo" to the softer "Everything", Jason Wade's songwriting skill fully shines out on "No Name Face". His unique voice brings soul to the album, while each song has some kind of factor that makes it stand out. Some albums seem to have the same rhythm and guitar work throughout, but "No Name Face" has complete variety.
This CD stayed in my stereo for months after I bought it and still resides there! I know I may love Lifehouse's music and reviewers may seem biased, but if you appreciate good lyrics and like a rock-but-not-too-hardcore sound, "No Name Face" is for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Talent
You can't describe the debut album by this group in one word. There are so many good words I can come up with to describe the album. The best being, Astounding. Everything from the lyrics to the voice and writer behind the lyrics (The truly gifted Jason Wade) to the awesome instrumentals. The first single, Hanging By A Moment, is an awesome blend of great instruments and voice. The lyrics, if you listen, are deep and meaningful. The other tracks on the album do not fall down after this. They keep up with the meaning lyrics and great instrumentals. Hanging By A Moment was a bit of rock / pop. The songs "Somebody Else's Song" and "Quasimado" take a true turn to complete guitar alternative type music, with lyrics still being the meaningful ones. Trying, Simon, Breathing, and Everything are great ballad like songs while Cling and Clatter, Only One, and Somewhere In Between stay in the same vein as Hanging By A Moment. Lifehouse's No Name Face is a true album, and will certainly become a classic. And there's no doubt a great future is ahead for Lifehouse.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly inspiring
These guys are fantastic! Coming from England you don't hear much of these guys around here but i happened to catch the end of 'Hanging by the moment' on a music channel when it first came out on and i instantly loved it but never heard it again. I luckly got the name of the band and went to America a couple of months later and got the album, it's never left the C.D player!
There music is so inspiring and each track is different i love the way theres such a powerful energy building up in the song 'Everything' and theres so much feeling in the writing of the songs. Jason Wade has a gripping voice and i love listening to the album lying in the dark and letting the music just hit me. I've tried to get everyone i no over hear to listen to their music and everyone of them has loved Lifehouse since. ... Read more

Asin: B000050HZO


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Drops of Jupiter
Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 March, 2001)
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In 1999, Train came out of nowhere with the single "Meet Virginia" and soon after found themselves the proverbial overnight success. The San Francisco band with a penchant for the Southern jam could very easily be one of those acts that fade from memory after a lone hit. But the follow-up Drops of Jupiter makes that misfortune highly unlikely. The band employs tools of the roots-rock trade--mandolin, harmonica, bongos, and crisp acoustic guitar--to evoke that sort of "everything's gonna be all right" sentiment common in so many great pop rock songs. But this isn't a band that relies solely on its precursors for inspiration. These accomplished musicians never overplay, and understand the value of a well-placed synthesized accent or guitar effect. On tracks like "I Wish You Would," they command a plugged-in assertion that lends an inspiring jolt to their acoustic instrumentation. The title track is the album's epicenter. With swelling strings and chorded piano melody, the song sounds as if it were lifted from some lost tapes of Elton John's Madman Across the Water.It sweeps you up in an irresistible top-of-the-lungs sing-along and becomes the reference point for the rest of the album. Radio-friendly rock bands these days tend to be virtually indistinguishable from one another, but Train breaks from the crowd, charging full steam ahead. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Welcome to the big time."
That's one of the awards Train is up for at the VH1 Music Awards in December; and I completely agree. I saw Train nearly 3 years ago in a tiny little hole-in-the-wall bar in Columbus, OH...and that was only because a friend MADE me go. There were maybe 10 people there. Yet from that moment on, I was hooked. Their stage energy, ability to "draw the crowd in," and genuine musical talent captivated me. As a music major myself, I'm really picky about who I listen to. They passed the test with flying colors. Pat has one of those voices that will be remembered for generations.

The past few reviews have discussed the "switch-over" to pop that this album had. But what is pop nowadays? Would you consider Britney Spears, Train, and Weezer all in the same category just because their music is sold under the "pop-rock" section? Music, to me, doesn't really fall under a category. This CD is TRAIN...they went into the studio, recorded until their voices left them and until their fingers were bleeding. They put their heart and soul into this album, and the finished product is absolutely amazing. Each song is different, yet they all tie together like a fascinating novel with interlocking chapters. You have to listen to all of them to get the true meaning of the ending.

2-0 out of 5 stars TRAIN ROCKS!! but this cd is ok.
HEY GUYS!! TRAIN first came out with their first cd.....and man did that one rock, "MEET virginia" and "free" were awesome. THIS CD was ok......i mean it had an awesome song, "drops of jupiter", but that kinda got overplayed on the radio. THe thing is though, they totally changed. They used to have that southern twang....they seemed to have the confidence and joy to take over the music industry. They're songwriting was much better, not trying to convert to pop like this one. They were also more meaningful, and THEIR FIRST ALBUM IS one of the best open road cd's of all time.....like when your in the car and you just wanna pop in a good cd you can listen to the whole way through. THIS CD TOTALLY FELL short of its hype, it had a couple other good songs than their hit(Mississippi, etc.), but only a couple. SO THIS CD IS OK....if you like more pop, but to tell you the truth this isn't really that good, SO GET THIS, but first get their FIRST album and listen to it, THAT ROCKS!! SO TRAIN ROCKS!! but this wasn't their best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice work; thank you train.
I heard the single, Drops of Jupiter, on the radio last week; thought for a moment that it was the Black Crows. But Train turns out to considerably different, not as hard . . . maybe better. Great vocals, thoughtful lyrics, and catchy melodies. There's a southern quality about Train; a southern tinge here and there and a feel-good ambiance that belies the fact that they hail from California's Bay Area. Their lyrics are deep and personal. Here's an example: the lead singer, Pat Monahan, actually has a significant scar across his chin. In the title track, he sings, "Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star, One without a permanent scar, And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there?" The song "Hopeless" is destined to be a hit. "Something More" is equally good, and "Getaway" is one of those songs that grows on you -- actually, the whole album does. After 3 or 4 passes, you'll be humming various melodies in your head and looking forward to hearing it all again.

Train just wants to be "real". If that means they want to produce honest, thoughtful and reflective music, they've accomplished at least that. ... Read more

Asin: B000059Z82


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Everyday
Average Customer Review: 3.45 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 February, 2001)
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With three years passed and a new producer at the helm, the Dave Matthews Band find themselves stretching beyond the borders of Before These Crowded Streets to more emotionally explorative territory. On Everyday, Matthews's clenched-jaw delivery has an unrelenting constancy that's cunning and determined. "I Did It" opens the CD in an aggressive groove, while "When the World Ends" follows with clipped licks that dive into a muddier, open-flowing chorus. From there on out, the floodgates open into something that often recalls Peter Gabriel, which is ironic, given that the band replaced producer Steve Lillywhite, whose work with Gabriel is legendary, with Glen Ballard, whose work with Alanis Morissette is of equal note, if not acclaim. The album is Gabrielesque in scope, from Matthews's deepening rasp to the epic instrumentation. Yet, what's lacking is Lillywhite's ability to capture a sense of naked honesty. Instead, Ballard dosses down the tracks in designer-suit production, unable to save a band that might simply not be up to the task on such an ambitious sonic endeavor. That, combined with Matthews's tendency to eschew conventional hooks, leaves the album stalled between the group's jam-band compulsion and radio-friendly packaging. To capture the latent majesty of this album, you're going to have to hear it live, and with this band, that's always been precisely the point. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Guilty As Charged
Though it's a tad early to celebrate, DMB's latest release, Everyday is a great departure for the band. Through their transformation over the years, Matthews, Lessard, Tinsley, Moore and Beauford have gone from the happy jams of Recently (Remember 2 Things) to the brilliant musical composition of The Stone (Before these Crowded Streets) and now to the edgy riffs of the band's new single, I did It. In abonding an already recorded album of songs like Grey Street and Sweet Up & Down, Dave and the boys returned to the studio to rewrite a new album along side new producer Glenn Ballard (Aerosmith, No Doubt), and even colaborating alongside friend Carlos Santana on the latin piece, Mother Father. The final product is an awesome new sound for such a band. Putting a hold on the twangy riffs in What Would You Say and evolving into cutting edge sounds as heard in The Space Between. Have no fear though, Dave fans. Though this recent departure seems tragic in a sense, all of the elements can still be heard. Boyd's still ripping up his violin, Carter maintains his status of best drummer in the world, and Roi is still beeboppin away on his sax (without sunglasses this time). Just go with the flow on this energy-packed release by the band, and remember that they never did a single thing that did a single thing to change the ugly ways of the world, but Dave Matthews Band can still rock!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Album for A Different Band
Last month, I sat through a disappointing DMB concert at Detroit's Comerica Park. The band was passionless, had no energy and played a bunch of notes in the proper sequence. Definitely not worth $50.

I had high expectations for both the concert and the "Everyday" disc based on past experience. I have every DMB album and their Listener Supported DVD. I am an avid DMB fan (with great affection for the genius of Carter Beauford) but am not a great fan of "Everyday."

The band made a mistake switching to Ballard. His formulaic pop rock influence takes the DMB to the least common denominator, which of course, will probably maximize the band's market appeal. One of my friends said it well: The songs are pretty good but Ballard's production values almost completely eradicate the key DMB signatures from this effort. "Everyday" should have been a stellar offering from the band. Instead, it is a high-volume seller of pulp fiction appeal.

Aside from the excellent musicianship of Dave, Carter and Steffan, the key differentiator of the DMB is the folk and jazz influence of Leroi and Boyd with sax and violin. These influences are glaringly absent from "Everyday."

If you are a diehard DMB fan, you probably already have this release and have formed your opinion of it. If you are looking to gain exposure to DMB, don't get "Everyday." Instead, consider "Under the Table and Dreaming," "Before These Crowded Streets," "Live at Red Rocks," and "Listener Supported." Then move to "Everyday."

And on the outside chance the band reads this review, I have this to say: You are an awesomely talented band. Don't confuse Ballard's friendship with his ability to produce your albums the way they should be. Stay friends with him but get Lillywhite back on track and stick with him. Remember that the producer is just as much a musician as the rest of the band. Ballard boned the production on this album. Please don't let him do it again!

3-0 out of 5 stars Not their best
I have been in love with DMB for a while now. I love how their songs are usually half instrumentals and 8 minutes long but never get boring or dull.

Well, this CD didn't give that to me. I love pretty much every song on it, but dmb just doesnt sound like they used to. The songs are very short; it's mostly just Dave singing, theres hardly any instrumental break; and I really think they were trying to change their style. It sounds more pop than anything else. I still enjoy this CD, but if you want to get a real feel of what DMB is about, pick up Before These Crowded Streets, which was amazing. Also, all their live CDs are terrific.

Busted Stuff, the release after Everyday, shows that DMB is back to their old familiar ways. That was a great CD also. ... Read more

Asin: B000056K04


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All That You Can't Leave Behind
Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (31 October, 2000)
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The foursome come roaring out of the blocks with their latest collection. The album's first single, "Beautiful Day," raced to the No. 1 slot on the U.K. singles charts and received a similar rapturous reception stateside. From its shimmering preamble to its sweeping, infectious chorus, it perfectly stakes out the middle ground between the anthemic U2 of the '80s and the more grounded group of the '90s. With Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno sharing production chores again after having taken a break with Pop, the U2 team enters the new millennium with their lineup--and mission--intact. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Come Back!
U2 arrive back trying to recapture their biggest band in the world title.To do this they've decided to drop the experimental leanings of the last few c.d.'s ,which in my opinion were excellent.This c.d. is an obvious attempt to target the American market.Thankfully despite this being possibly their most commercial c.d. yet,it's packed with excellent high quality songs,which I'm sure will sell millions all over the world. You can't get a brighter,more catchy start then the opener 'Beautiful Day'-it's probably the best single U2 have released in years. In fact the first 5 songs could all be conceivably be released as singles.They all follow a format of verse,mini chorus and then main chorus.Song 3 'Elevation' is a real U2 rock song complete with Rattle And Hum 'Whoohs'from Bono.Track 4 'Walk On' is stunning!The Edges guitar riffs are from the U2 of ten years ago.The next song 'Kite' is also amazing with so many hooks that I'm sure there is a part in the song that would appeal to all tastes. Track 6 has a complete change of mood and is a real R/B number.The next song 'Wild Honey' has a real acoustic feel to it and sounds quite unlike your average U2 song-it is one of the c.d.'s highlights.Unfortunately the lowlight is the next song-'Peace On Earth',which was apparently written after the terrible Omagh bombing.Now I know some of U2's lyrics can be a bit preachy,but this is way over the top. Thankfully this track is soon forgotten with the brilliant track 9,which is another good rock number which wouldn't sound out of place on the Joshua Tree.The American city sung about on this c.d. is New York .It starts off with gentle drums and synths and before you know the instantly recognisable Egde guitar riffs slowly but surely take over.It develops into a loud,heavy chorus.'Grace' is a quiet song and an excellent way to finish off this fine c.d.It has all the hallmarks of Daniel Lanois who makes a welcome return to the fray with Brian Eno. I think this is an excellent c.d. and one which deserves to give U2 their world crown back!

2-0 out of 5 stars Give us Achtung anyday!
After all the hype has died down, listen to this CD and you'll find that it isn't a patch on the wondrous 'The Joshua Tree' or even 'Achtung Baby', the two definitive U2 Albums. Most people have made praising U2 a habit, and when vapid fare like this is released, fans tend to overstate the actual content of the CD.

Removed from the hype, this album falters bigtime. There isn't a single track that demands or commands your attention, and you find yourself sitting through it expecting to be hit by something amazing, only to find that there was nothing to expect. The first single did its compulsory rounds on the charts without really making an impact, as will the rest of the future single releases off this.

If you liked Zooropa or Pop, which many critics call the 'worst' U2 albums, you might well dislike this CD, as it banks on the band's 80's sound to sound interesting. However, it is fairly alright in portions, but all in all, I was utterly bored with it by the time it reached the end. Everythings a matter of personal taste, I understand, so give me 'Achtung Baby' anyday. This album is a testament to the fact that sometimes a band overstays its welcome.

5-0 out of 5 stars Music for a New Generation
When U2 first emerged, they were hailed as the rock voice of a generation. Now, two decades later, they are providing the soundtrack to the lives of those original fans' children - truly making music for a new generation. "All That You Can't Leave Behind" is what introduced the Irish rockers to Generation X, and it's as incredible as the band's past work.

With a lead voice as unmistakable as Bono's, deeply touching lyrics, and elegantly-crafted songs, this album is easily one of U2's best. Sure, it doesn't have the impact of "The Joshua Tree" or "Achtung Baby", but it is far from mediocre. Continuing in the styles that they have made so famous in the past, U2 has once again raised the bar on how great rock albums can be.

It's hard to describe everything on this incredible work, but I'll give you the highlights:

'Beautiful Day': The perfect opening to the album, 'Beautiful Day' is an anthem-laced track about embracing life with all its difficulties. An ideal song to lift your spirits.

'Stuck in a Moment...': Though grossly over-played as a tribute song in the wake of the September 11 attacks, 'Stuck in a Moment...' is a wonderful piece when taken in context. A bit lighter and poppier than the rest of the album, it is nevertheless great.

'Peace on Earth': Perhaps the sequel to the rocky 'Sunday Bloody Sunday', this track is a pleading look at needless violence in the world, examining its roots and futility.

'Walk On': Of all the U2 songs I've heard, this is probably my favorite. Easily one of the best songs the band has ever come out with, it is truly in the spirit of great hits such as 'Pride', 'One', and 'Where the Streets Have No Name'. A great message and touching melody - all elements that have made U2 great.

Perhaps the most startling revelation about this album is how short it is. There are so many great tracks here (not one is bad), I thought it contained at least 15 songs instead of a mere 11. However, each track is so beautiful and well-performed, that you won't mind it's length. After all, this is classic U2. ... Read more

Asin: B00004Z0LW


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Brushfire Fairytales
Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 January, 2002)
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Fans of Willy Porter, Ben Harper, and G. Love will all want to check out Jack Johnson's engaging folk- and blues-inflected pop. Born in Oahu, Hawaii, Johnson, a former surfer and film-school graduate, has a knack for acoustic ballads whose calm surfaces hide a subtle but strong lyrical undertow. "It seems to me that 'maybe' pretty much always means 'no,'" sings Johnson on "Flake," which features crony Harper on slide guitar. Production by J.P. Plunier (who also handles Harper's recordings) is simple and uncluttered: acoustic guitar and drum tracks share the foreground with Johnson's easygoing vocals, which evoke everyone from G. Love (who recorded Johnson's "Rodeo Clowns" on his Philadelphonic album) to Nick Drake to Willy Porter. And while Johnson may not have Porter's guitar chops, these songs have a relaxed beauty and understated depth that reward repeated listening.--Bill Forman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Infectious!
What can I say about Jack Johnson and his music. I got into him about a year ago and haven't looked back. His music is unique and unlike anyone else's. I am a 33 year old father of 4, and have always been interested in all styles of music. I think Jack has found a style that incorporates all of my favorites into one. "Chill", would be the best one word description of his music. All of the songs on Brushfire Fairytales are great. You never have to skip a song. He names his influences as Taj Mahal, Bob Marley, Nick Drake, Cat Stevens, Toots & the Maytals, and more recently Ben Harper & G. Love. Probably the best thing about Jack Johnson is the way he is personally. He isn't trying to be a rock star. His wife goes on tour with him. He allows taping of his shows. He thinks internet trading is great. In fact, recently I've gotten in to collecting his live shows. I have 4 so far. They are great! Anyway, enough said. This is a great CD. And by the way, his much anticipated new CD comes out May 6, 2003. I can't wait!

5-0 out of 5 stars Jack Johnson is one of the freshest, best sounding musicians
From the first note of the riff at the beggining of "Innaudible Melodies", "Brushfire Fairytales" is an amazing album. the entire thing is a non-stop groove of great singing, great bass, great guitar, great drums, and even a little Ben-harper-slide in there on "Flake". I've been listening to this album since i bought it in March 2001, and it has rarely left my CD player since. if you don't have this album, go get it right now! i guarantee you will not be disapointed. Jack is really blowing up big now, and you don't want to miss out on this one. The tunes are amazing, and his live shows are great! if you haven't been see a show! he has some coming up on the west coast in Oct. and east coast in Nov. 2002. check his official site for details. also there is a lot of live music to be had for free. again, his site. Jack, Adam, and Merlo are in the studio in Hawaii this August and Sept. working on the 2nd album, which should be even better! I can't wait. Peace and good vibes. :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
This guy has an incredible amount of talent, both of his cd's have struck me well. You can listen to all of his songs, and be content. Their all good in their own way. Highly recommended. ... Read more

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Room for Squares
Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (18 September, 2001)
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Singer-songwriter John Mayer fills his debut, Room for Squares, with pep talks to and advertisements for himself. Even when questioning his young life, Mayer's doubts come off glib; not one second of "Why Georgia" convinces that "the stirring in my soul" keeps the artiste awake at night. Between his Dave Matthews-wannabe vocals and the accomplished but bland lite rock of his band, he could be just as easily offering tunes for hire to a coming-of-age network series as making a stand for himself and his worldview. The premise of "City Love"--that Mayer couldn't find his way around Manhattan until finding a girlfriend to root him to the place--is nice but not edifying. "My Stupid Mouth" is similarly fuzzy; letting us in on just what he said to alienate a dinner partner would've gone a long way toward fleshing out the song's pat self-deprecation. Ultimately, Mayer comes off less like a commiserating friend than a blabbermouth who's forever forgetting there's someone else in the room. And instead of whining about a discarded lunch box ("83"), dude, learn to brown-bag it the way the rest of us did. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Music
John Mayer has brought a breath of fresh air with his album. His musical ability is far reaching. Several Musicians I know have raved about his ability to write complex jazz chord formations along with great lyrcs. To the average listener it adds up to great music for the ear. Every song protrays a story that has nothing to do with the negative messages brought to us by the Hip Hop or the Alternative sectors. I believe that John Mayer is a new Singer for the next wave of kids who like us grew up with Dave Matthews. He is bringing and living the singer song writer dream much like John Denver, James Taylor, Billy Joel and Dave Matthews giving us a painting of his ability. If you haven't had the chance to catch him in concert do so because he will leave you wondering how he manages to get the SRV sound one minute and then PUT Dave Matthews to shame the next. Don't get me wrong I love Dave but John Mayer is on a different Planet. Lastly the editor is able to voice an option but his option was shallow. People don't need deep meaning to love a song. They want to sing and feel good for that three minutes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Give him a break!
This is rainy day music, indulgent but inviting. The radio hits, especially "Why Georgia", are good, but "3x5", "Great Indoors" and "Not Myself" are the standouts. For me, these songs are thoughtful (without being too serious), unassuming, sweet and genuine.

However, this guy is getting a lot of flak from critics and it's particularly disturbing to me because I was an English major and I'm deeply committed to the necessity of criticism. Except when it comes to John.

First with this CD, and then with his new one, which I haven't heard, everyone's annoyed with the way he balances on this line between art and commercialism. He's too contemplative to have a Justin Timberlake kind of following but he can't get any real artistic credibility--his musical hooks are too catchy, his voice is too reminiscent of the dreaded Dave Matthews (I don't know of another artist with a fanbase as rabidly possessive!), his lyrics too trite, and he's just too cute overall.

And I'm saying, why? Who cares? I don't listen to John Mayer because I think it'll delve into the depths of my tortured soul--and maybe critics should stop assuming that John intends it should be so.

Why must a pop artist who doesn't dance or appear on the cover of "Esquire" have motives of 'heaviness'? I, for one, keep "Room for Squares" in rotation as a sweet, diverting CD that makes me feel good. I think many of his lyrics are really clever, whether or not they stand up to whoever these critics want him to be. I don't think he's a musical or philosophical genius--which is maybe why his music feels so comfortable. He could easily be a friend of mine from high school, who has achieved something that makes a lot of people happy. Good for him.

1-0 out of 5 stars oh god i hate this man.
Jesus this was bad when it was called Under The Table and Dreaming and now its just 10 times as bad under its new name, Room for Squares. This album sucks. Thats all there is to it. No one in their right mind would find this crap good...oh wait I forgot about all those frat boys and girls wearing white hats. Nevermind I guess they need driving music for those long rugged trips in their Ford Explorers to Starbucks. ... Read more

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Come Clean
Average Customer Review: 3.13 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 August, 2001)
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Possessing a likable, arena-rock amalgamation of grunge, alternative, and nu metal, Kansas City's Puddle of Mudd are at once emotional and straight-ahead. Indeed, their no-frills lineup puts one in mind of a less uptight Creed. Singer Wesley Reid Scantlin possesses an Eddie Vedder earnestness that on hard-hitting tunes like "Nobody Told Me" takes on a Cobain-like urgency. Ranging from acoustic-based yet lush midtempo rockers such as "Drift and Die" to the gimmicky fun of "She Hates Me" to the edgy Nirvana-esque "Bring Me Down" to the dynamic and direct "Control," the 11-song-strong Come Clean is an assured, accomplished, and varied debut likely to resonate with rock fans of many tastes and temperaments. Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Durst Does it Again
1. I'm already sick of comparisons of this band to Creed. 2. Wesley Scantlin does not sound like Eddie Vedder. 3. People need to quit labeling groups "post-grunge." Grunge was not a time period - it was, and is a musical style.

...and for the review. Well, the main reason I picked up this album was because of the single "Control." I played it in my car, waiting for dissapointment after Control ended, but to my suprise, the rest of the songs actually make the album worth owning. There is a consistent hardness throughout the album even on the "lighter" "She Hates Me" which is kinda of a wacky song...more fun than wacky.

What got me even more on this album, is this is one of Fred Durst's "star search" bands that he just found and happened to give a record deal (much like Staind...Durst's other mentionable). Puddle of Mudd shows that Fred Durst has actual musical taste, which is undetectible on his own albums...

Buy this album. Wont dissapoint.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEYOND 5 STARS!!! THE BEST DEBUT ALBUM IN HISTORY!!!
The band Puddle of Mudd is the best band in history. If you purchase this CD, it'll stick with you 'till you die.
-"Control" is the first song on the CD and is awesome.
-"Drift & Die" is the next one on the album, and shows great musical talent' both instrumental and vocal!!! My favorite song on here!
-"Out of My Head"-- Brace yourself for a great-sounding rock tune that far surpasses any song of their style (other than "Blurry" and "Drift & Die"!
-"Nobody Told Me" is a great song- even when following a hard rock jammer like "Out of my Head"! This song itself is worth half the price!!!
-"Blurry" is the song that has really made this CD famous. The combo of great lyrics, elite instrumental talent, and awesome vocal ability by Wes Scantlin will bring quite a sound to your eardrums!
-"She Hates Me"-- great song, and likely the most explicit. However, even more instrumental ability and vocalizing talent make this song a hit.
-"Bring Me Down"-- what can I say? It's mainly just a kick-butt song!!! The band lives in this song!
-"Never Change" is the best song after track #5, "Blurry". Hard rock and smashing vocalizing will rock your CD player so hard, it may skip.
-"Basement"-- this song is truly a masterpiece!!! If you like songs like "How You Remind Me", "Basement" will be a definite hit for you-- it's even better than "How You Remind Me"!!!
-"Said" demonstrates some of the finest rock material ever. Wes Scantlin and his band rock the neighborhood with this tune!
-"Pxxx it all away"-- the final song. This album goes by way too fast. The best song I've ever heard that concludes a CD!!! Wes and his band are at it again!!!

As you can see, "Come Clean" is a CD that is most definitely worth buying. It's better than Metallica, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Linkin Park, Sublime, and even Led Zepplin!!! Now that's saying something!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Puddle of Garbage
If you think nirvana was bad enough, this pile of s***
is even worse, this is an annoying piece of trash
that even kurt nobrain would hate too, poor songs
poor writing and even worse guitar playing in years
Thankfully terrance j. reardon did not review this
Thank You kurt nobrain and Fred Douchbag you allowed this stupid music to happen, Puddle of Mudd totally sucks so badly. ... Read more

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Parachutes
Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 November, 2000)
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Music doesn't come more touching than this. With their debut single alone, the emotion-fortified "Shiver," Coldplay prove they can shift between elated and crushed in a breath, as singer Chris Martin pours out music's oldest chestnut (unconditional yet unrequited love) with the shakiest of voices and a backdrop of epic guitars. For 10 tracks on Parachutes, he adds new-found meaning to the most tired and overused rock sentiments--love found, love lost, love unrequited--over acoustic guitars and emotionally fraught rock. And for once, all the clichés ring true because Chris Martin genuinely sounds like a man picking over the bones of his life, coming up with just as many reasons to be cheerful as seriously depressed. Not that Parachutes is a depressing album--there's too much conviction to the guitars and hope in Martin's words for that. Instead it's a beautifully tender balance that comes as close to perfection as anything that's come before it. --Dan Gennoe ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars More than Radiohead-lite
"Parachutes" is a really astonishing debut album from the British band Coldplay. "Parachutes" is best described as a mood piece--mellow, melodic, acoustic guitar, mopey at times but ultimately convinced that "Everything's Not Lost."

Coldplay's sound is a mixture of shimmering guitars, keyboards, and Chris Martin's incredible voice. His voice is probably the cause of the many Thom Yorke, Fran Healy and Jeff Buckley comparisons--like those three singers, he makes very effective use of his falsetto. His voice just crackles with real emotion. They have a great tendency to pair rhythm acoustic and lead electric guitars, which produces a very specificly textured and meshed sound.

All the tracks on the album are worth a listen. Highlights include the sublime "Shiver" (truly swoon-worthy), "Yellow" (simply romantic), "Trouble," and the last track, "Everything's Not Lost."

Highly recommended to fans of Travis's "The Man Who" and Radiohead's "The Bends." Coldplay shares a general musical aesthetic with those two bands, but they also have their own sound and musical project. Listen to the sound clips, and you'll see how Coldplay is both familiar and unique. You won't be wasting your money if you pick this album up.

4-0 out of 5 stars Simple yet Not
Coldplay COULD have been just like all of the other bands of the past ten years. Thank God they're not.

I find more quality in PRE Nirvana rock, and even Radiohead took awhile until I found the magic in it. No, I'm not middle aged - I'm in my early twenties. The past years of the industry has produced bland forgettable band after another. In some ways, I'm scratching my head as to why I don't share that same opinion towards Coldplay - but I suppose it's good to have a little mystery in life.

The album is a set of quality tender songs in disguise as your traditional verse-chorus Brit-pop songwriting. You see, track 7, the title track of all numbers, is under a minute. And a song that is actually longer than that is at the very end and not even given a track listing. In fact, one thing I picked up on is how Coldplay writes a song that is done when the song says it's done, not when the record execs say so. Several songs (and most songs on their followup CD) go 4 or 5 minutes or more. It seems so ridiculous to note that nowadays, mainstream song clips are barely over 3'30''. People's attention spans have shrunk amazingly, and I think Coldplay may have a good remedy for the problem. This was the first bit of evidence about "good songwriting" that entered my subconscious mind when I was exposed to the single "Yellow" on TV/radio. Make no mistake, this is VERY intelligent music. The band knows how to expose their souls and still be able to package it in a way that won't alienate themselves from the world.

I don't know what it was, but I bought both of their albums, and find myself addicted. While the songs seem simple, there's much going on beneath the surface, and I think this is why the band may have a successful tenure ahead of them. At the bottom of the depths of all of it is the naked emotion displayed by Chris Martin. He presents himself as VERY sincere, which hopefully won't make him vulnerable to the constantly shifting tides of the music industry. Next level up, the CHORDS!!! YAY!!! Ladies and Gentlemen, may I direct your attention to "Yellow" itself, "Sparks," or basically any other song - there's nothing too arrogantly sophistocated about the songs, but check out the guitar parts - they are very carefully constructed and exquisitely arranged. So, while the rest of the world thinks that the key to the next millenium is a bunch of programmed drum loops and studio trickery, Coldplay is busy evolving music by actually making music. Who would have thought? Next level up - the atmosphereic sonic paintings. I think this is the reason that you get a little extra of your money's worth. This IS an album where you pick up something with each new listen, and you don't have the whole thing memorized after just one spin. It's so easy to get caught up in the mood (and that's a good thing!), you may forget there are other components at work here! But take your time - this cd and this band aren't going anywhere.

Even on the surface, there's no debris. The lyrics are intelligent and real. One thing about Radiohead (since everyone seems to be comparing them) is that I feel they go out of their way sometimes to be so cryptic, they introvert themselves to the point where they are even hiding from their own fans - but as for Coldplay's "Parachutes," there's a warm feeling that you can relate to the songs and the lyrics. A HUMAN element, that sadly, music seems to have all but lost. I mean, how about the line in "We Never Change" - "I want to live my life/and have friends around." I think it was Roger Waters who said, if the lyrics seem so obvious and simple and you're about to toss them in the trash can, that's when you put them on the record instead.

Probably a personal favorite would be the almost gospel-like closer (minus the choir) "Everything's Not Lost", reminding me of the superior "hang in there you'll be alright" attitude of Bon Jovi's "Livin' On a Prayer."

In closing, what I said about the last track is probably the reason the songs are so good - you can hear them in your head with a huge gospel choir or an orchestra or whatever, but if a song is really good enough, it should be able to function in a really barebones form - such as some piano, bass, and drums. I would LOVE to see these guys work with an Orchestra, I think the results would be to die for. Meanwhile, why not just be content with the best stuff that modern music seems to be able to offer us?

4-0 out of 5 stars Look at the stars
Coldplay's debut album, is a perfect example of why it's more important to be good than to be original. Firmly rooted in the mainstream, and following a well-trodden path, Coldplay have ascended to become one of the biggest rock n roll bands on the planet. And one listen to 'Parachutes' is enough to understand why: it is a beautifully melodic, wistful record that occasionally borders on the sublime.

Chris Martin's vocals, at times rich and resonant, at others, tremulous and fragile, are the main reason why Coldplay have risen above other bands of their ilk (Travis, Doves etc.). His is an instantly recognisable voice - an essential factor if a band is headed for the stadium (think Bono, think Michael Stipe, think Thom Yorke). The other factor that helps is to have a bucketful of good tunes, and that Coldplay also possess. 'Don't Panic', 'Spies', 'Sparks' and 'Trouble' are all classis, but it was the anthemic 'Yellow' ("Look at the stars, see how they shine for you") that truly captured mass-market adulation.

OK, so 'Parachutes' isn't breaking any boundaries with its acoustic guitar/piano led sound, backed up by electric guitar, bass and drums. But in truth I'd rather be listening to Coldplay than Radiohead at the moment, no matter how genre-defying the Oxford quintet's last three albums have been. Great if you can pull off both tricks at once, but not too many have managed that since 'OK Computer'. In the meantime give me the hearfelt, yet derivative beauty of Coldplay and let's hope that messrs Yorke and co recapture former glories soon. ... Read more

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August and Everything After
Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (14 September, 1993)
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It's amazing the difference a year makes. Upon its release, August and Everything After sounded remarkably fresh, a welcome change from the crunch and screech of grunge. Blending the vocal athleticism of Van Morrison with the moody rock of The Band, the Counting Crows turned on a whole legion of fans turned off by modern rock. But what sounded fresh soon became stale as dozens of bands flocked to the radio with euthanized versions of the Counting Crows' sound. But you shouldn't hold that against the Crow boys. August and Everything After is a fantastic rock album. Though "Mr. Jones" was the moneymaker, the disc features such standout cuts as the dark lilt of "Anna Begins," the morose "Rain King," and the outstanding U2-meets-Grant Lee Buffalo anthem "Murder of One." Maybe time, and another listen, will heal the damage wrought. --Tod Nelson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Some of the most beautiful music of the 90's
The first I heard of Counting Crows was the radio-hit Mr. Jones, which while being okay, it didn't exactly change my world. A few months later after borrowing the CD from a friend, I had a new all-time favourite band.

I find the whole album, and in fact the Counting Crows, can be defined by the pictures in the CD-booklet - set in a washed-out, gloomy, run-down part of town, just a group of guys laughing and jamming on the side of the street, doing what they love - no hollywood hype here.

Duritz's voice tends to be a love it or hate it whine. Pray you don't hate it, because it's a voice full of emotion. Pack that on top of some of his lyrics, and its soul-stirring stuff. Most of his songs are about the trials of relationships, about love, pain, and yearning. And it comes off. It has that lonesome highway feel, grey skies and small towns, yet has enough heart to avoid sinking into bleakness. Melancholy may just be the word.

Its also one of the few albums where I feel no urge to push the skip track button (although Time and Time Again has a slightly repetitive chorus). Real highlights include:

Round Here - sounds just a tuneful catchy beat at first, but the deeper you delve the more substance you find, until you realise its one of the most moving songs on the album. Some real cool lyrics.

Perfect Blue Buildings - A restrained song of a kind of quiet desperation, and the yearning for release into the blue. The sort of song to listen to at 4.30 am.

Anna Begins - A story about falling in love - 'nuff said.

Raining in Baltimore - My fave. A simple song, just Adam on the piano and vocals, about being alone and the aching longing for someone. Beautiful.

If it's bubblegum and glitter you're after, this might not be your thing. Some of my friends call this album depressing, but to me it's much more, and covers the range of emotions, from the dreaming of Mr. Jones, to the quiet sadness of Sullivan Street, to the defiant hope of A Murder Of One. Like most singer/songwriters try to do, Duritz has opened up a piece of his life to let us peer in. If the music can be judged by how well people connect with that piece, he has more than succeeded.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite CD, period.
I hate reviews because outside of factual information all you have is opnion, and if someone disagrees with your opnion they like to grab facts and start sling.... So I'll just say, yeah... On this album, you can hear REM, Van Morrison, U2, if you want to strike off marks for unoriginality then go ahead... But none of those bands have ever put togeather an album this great, with every song containing epic songwriting on a Dylan scale and simplistic deep melodies that haunt you with the lryic (Sullvan Street, Time and Time Again), never have I ever felt an artist pain more... Where REM touched on with hits like "Losing My Religon" Counting Crows almost bring the listener to tears with tracks like "Raining In Baltimore". Every track is incredible bringing imagery to live, from the opener Round Here, Adam Duritz pulls the listener in and begins talking "Step out the frontdoor like a ghost into the fog where no notices the contrast of white on white/and in between the moon and you, the angels get a better view of the cumbling differences between wrong and right" from their your drawn into Adams world and with every song you can feel his emotions....

If you're just into listening to music and being happy, this one probably isn't for you, if you want to hear the work of a group of artist expressing themselfs, you won't be able to stop listening.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Round Here" Will Fascinate You
Ever since I got a promotional copy of "Round Here" I became fascinated with this song. The lyrics, the voice, it just makes such a perfect ballad to move anybody's heart.
"She has trouble acting normal when she's nervous..."
"She's always on my mind..."
I don't know why this song never reached the popularity it deserves (people will always see this album as the "Mister Jones'") but hey, just give it a chance! ... Read more

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Grave Dancer's Union
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 October, 1992)
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3-0 out of 5 stars What A Shame
What was that? The video influenced your perception of the song? And they say that videos compromise the art! Outrageous!

This is a thoroughly mediocre effort from a band that put out such classics as Hang Time and Made To Be Broken. There are some highlights including "Somebody To Shove," "Without A Trace," and (Alright! I give in.) "Runaway Train;" but much of the album sounds like they've gone full-over-the-cliff-commercial, yet tried to hang onto their old fans by throwing in some half-hearted rockers. At face value it's a good pop record, but Soul Asylum sacrificed a lot for their big hit. The glory and energy of their previous albums is lost here, the songwriting is perhaps Pirner's worst to date (no Dan Murphy songs!), and despite the slickest production of their career, many of the songs sound thin and hollow. Unfortunately the two following Grave Dancers Union are even worse. Oh well, pop fans won't be dissapointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS ALBUM ROCKS
I agree that Soul Asylum is a really great band; they can write a variety of music which gives them wide appeal. This can be seen on Grave Dancers Union, they have some slow, country music like "Runaway Train" and some fast like "Somebody to Shove" and a cute one at the end ("The Sun Maid") but anyway they're all great so give it a try. If you like this one you should definitely get "Soul Asylum and the Horse They Rode in on" but you might not like their later albums "Let Your Dim Light Shine" and "Candy From a Stranger". If you ask me, they're ALL FANTASTIC. Anyway, basically my point is: I love Soul Asylum :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album from a band that is truly missed...
In the early 90s, it looked like good music was finally about to take back the radio waves. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, and Soul Asylum, all offering passionate rock and roll and putting to rest years of drek like Bon Jovi, Poison, Warrant, and Motley Crue. Sadly, ever since the mid/late 90s, bands like Soul Asylum are rarely heard on mainstream radio. It's a shame because Dave Pirner & co. know how to write and arrange songs, something that often seems lost on the current crop of bands like Nickelback and Linkin Park that have taken over the airwaves.

What I love most about this album is that there's no formula to it. Songs didn't have to resort to the "soft verse, heavy chorus, soft verse, heavy chorus" mode of a lot of late 90s and current rock. A song that starts with acoustic guitars as the main instrument STAYS with the acoustic guitars throughout the whole song. "Runaway Train" definitely ranks up there as one of the best songs of the 90s. "Black Gold" & "Somebody to Shove" are also exquisitely arranged songs that were so well produced that they sound just as fresh now as they did over ten years ago. "Get on Out" is the best song The Who never wrote. An eclectic album, it features great Aerosmith-like hard rock riffs in "April Fool," but also country-tinged numbers like "New World" and "Homesick."

What this album really makes me think of is how much passion is missing in rock today. Sure, there's tons of great new music out there today, but it is harder to find than it was in the early 90s. _Grave Dancer's Union_ is an example of a band that knows how to inject songs with melody, passion, and originality. ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 35647


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Mad Season
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 May, 2000)
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Sell 10 million copies of your debut album and you might find yourself putting on a few airs. Evidence that it's happened to matchbox twenty can be found in the new, spelled-out format of their all-lowercased name and the pretentious insertion of that name into the title of this, their sophomore set. The level of popularity achieved by their 1996 debut, Yourself or Someone Like You, posed a more profound problem, though--should they follow in the footsteps of that smash effort, or strike out in a different direction? To their credit, the Orlando quintet puts their massive popularity on the line by opting mostly for the latter course: there are no obvious retreads here of earlier hits such as "Push," "3 a.m.," and "Real World"--or of "Smooth," the multiple-Grammy-winning Santana hit penned and sung by matchbox frontman Rob Thomas. Instead, the album sports a nice mix of material that is catchy, but may take a little longer to settle into your memory banks, such as the moody yet intense "Bent," the horn-driven rocker "Black & White People," and several songs examining various aspects of relationships, "If You're Gone," "Rest Stop," and "Bed of Lies." Whatever the members of matchbox twenty want to call themselves, these guys may yet be able to have it all--artistic growth as well as massive sales. They're not headed for Hootieville just yet. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This gets thrown around a lot, but I mean it: a masterpiece
Being a huge fan of matchbox twenty after their first album, I of course was in the store on the day Mad Season came out. The first time I listened to it, I was immensely unimpressed. This was nothing like the sound Matchbox 20 had generated. Certainly, it was Thomas' voice, but it was a way different sound, and I didn't like it.
But I kept listening. Quickly I realized that some of the distracting blues horn or piano in many of the songs only added to the songwriting brilliance of the songs' lyrics. That whole summer I didn't need one other album, I could find so much in Mad Season. Day after day I found something new and great about the album. This also gets thrown around too much, but now I absolutely love every song on the album, and pop rock really isn't my thing. But this album is a MASTERPIECE.

1. Angry- Begins with an unfamiliar electric riff that totally violates all previous assumptions about the band. The song really sets the tone for the album, light-sounding, but, when analyzed closely, a really deep emotional expression for Thomas.

2. Black and White People- Brilliant lyrics. The horns at the start are sort of stupid, but they grow on you, and the lyrics, as aforementioned, are awesome. There are vague statements about racial unity, and everything else is an emotional scape of life in general.

3. Crutch- Gets a lot of respect and really deserves it for its rough and twangy sound. A good tune that will gradually start to annoy you.

4. Last Beautiful Girl- I would hate to be the woman who Thomas wrote this about, because the lyrics are vividly angry and condemning. Its really an uplifting song for someone going through a breakup.

5. If You're Gone- Really a good love song. Of course, when I say love song, this is Rob Thomas we are talking about, and he tends to not add the whole "Green Eyes" touch to his songs. He has a lot of frustration molded into the song.

6. Mad Season- An awesome title track. This is one of my favorite MB20 songs ever. Enough said. It's a spectacular blues song.

7. Rest Stop- Emotional and immensely depressing. I'm a Radiohead junkie, though, so if you're like me, the emotional pull you feel from this song is really powerful and awesome.

8. The Burn- Another song with a stupid start that makes you want to turn it off, but it turns out to be a good song in the end.

9. Bent- Best matchbox twenty song ever made. Deserved every bit of air time it received. If you hated this song, buy the album anyway. If you liked this song, buy the album anyway. In my opinion it's a classic (seriously).

10. Bed of Lies- Another soft one, with a pleading mood and the typical Thomas anger always right below the surface.

11. Leave- Really a sad song, and very, very good, after you get used to how terrible it makes you feel. Needless to say, it's really powerful.

12. Stop- It sort of sounds twangy and out of place near the end of the album, but I can't find anyone who doesn't like this song, including myself. Stop defies logic and makes you want to hear it again.

13. You Won't Be Mine- The slow blues piano has you at the beginning. An awesome song. The orchestration just makes you speechless with sadness for just an instant.

If you want a happy album, obviously this album isn't too good. It sounds like a mix between country and Raffi when you first turn it on, but then you hear the blues, and the jazz, and the rock, and you realize that this is a wonderful album. With this album, matchbox twenty demonstrated their ability to experiment with their music in a way that to date only U2 and Radiohead can match. One of the best rock albums in the nascent decade.

5-0 out of 5 stars Give it a try...Mad Season takes more than one listen.
I got this CD the day it came out, although I didn't write this review until now. I was so excited...Matchbox TWENTY's (or 20)'s first album was the second CD I ever bought. However, when I brought Mad Season home for a listen, I was sort of disappointed. This CD has absolutely none of Yourself or Someone Like You's sound, except for maybe Rob Thomas's distinctive voice. But I gave it a few more spins and now Matchbox TWENTY is again one of my favorite bands.

Suprisingly enough, "Bent" and "If You're Gone" are not my favorites. I mean, they were the first two singles off their album played in Dallas/Fort Worth. Mad Season came out around summer, and I have to tell you people, there is absolutely nothing to do during the summer. I was so bored I checked out a sign language book from the library and learned the 300 or so signs to the album's "Last Beautiful Girl" and "Mad Season"! I highly doubt you'll do the same.

"Angry" is the first song on the album. It contains a lot of background vocals that occur repeatedly through Mad Season. Those are hard to get used to - the vocals sound...tribal or something and make you squirm inside. The falsetto thing on "The Burn" makes me squirm, too. You get used to them, I guess.
Well, I won't spend my whole day reviewing this album - "Black and White People", "Crutch", "Mad Season", "Rest Stop", "Bed of Lies", and "Stop" are my favorites.

Say what you like. Matchbox TWENTY is not some guy band destined to fail. Can't wait to see their next effort.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
Okay, first let me tell you that matchbox twenty is a band unparralelled by any band of the past or present. seriously don't think any artist will match what they have done. Second, I don't think there will ever be a greatest hits collection because if there were it would have to be a three disc or more set featuring every song they have ever written. There is not a bad song in there library. If you don't have all of the CD's, buy them on amazon or at a store. You won't be let down. The CD starts off fast with the wonderful "Angry" which is only preparing you for what is to come. It is one of the weakest songs on the album, but it starts the album perfectly and. Then comes the incredible "Black and white people which completely destroys "Angry" This song should have been a single, and is one of the best songs on the album, or of the last fifty years. Following it up is "crutch", which is kind of like the sequel to "angry" to, and proves to be about the same in the goodness area. Then, just when you think the rest of the album might be like track's one and three, "Last beautiful girl" comes on and then you are truly hooked to the end of the album. This is another one of the best. Then comes one of the three songs on the album that everyone knows. "If your gone" is a fantastic and moving ballad. It was the third song off the album released as a single. It is really good, but nothing will prepare you for what comes next. "Mad season" the title track and the second song release as a single is possibly the best song on the album, and one of matchbox twenty's best. It is such a great upbeat masterpiece, that if you don't like it, you should get airlifted to the closest medical center because something its wrong with you. "Rest stop" is another one of the best on the album, and continues the albums on going streak. It's such an incredible piece of music you may think that matchbox twenty has alreay shown all of it's best songs, and the rest of the album won't be that great. You are wrong. You, believe it or not, have already seen the worst. Next up is the song that challenges "Mad season" as the best, "The burn" and it may even beat it. It is such a fantastic song that you could listen to it a million times and it wouldn't get old. This ALONE is worth the price of the album. Next comes the first song that was released as a single,"Bent" and blieve it or not, is one of the weakest songs on the album. I loved the first matchbox twenty CD, and after hearing this song, I thought that they had only managed one great album. I was wrong. Next comes "Bed of lies" a great song like all the rest. The lyrics are pretty amazing in this one, mad season, and "the burn". Then comes the amazing ballad that is "Leave" a song that gets better with every listen, and then the CD charges right in to "Stop" one of the harest tracks, and one of the best. I really cannot explain the sensation listening to this song gives me, and then fianlly, after the musical ride of a lifetime, comes the finaltrack "you won't be mine" which is the perfect song to close out the album.
In the end, mad season does exactly what it should. Improve one the original, and states that there is no such thing as a sophomore slump. ... Read more

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Gold
Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 September, 2001)
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Torrential creativity has fast-forwarded the artistic evolution of former Whiskeytown frontman Ryan Adams from country-rock boy wonder (see Faithless Street) to despondent troubadour with a 1960s fixation (his solo debut Heartbreaker), but it may also explain why listeners often need to wade through some pedestrian material just to find a few pearls of poetic excellence. Gold is no exception to that trend, a sometimes engaging middle-of-the-road roots-pop album that's both overlong (70 minutes) and at times overindulgent. There are high spots--such as the bouncy, breezy opener "New York, New York" and the plaintive ballad "When the Stars Go Blue" (which features a vocal turn reminiscent of Morrissey)--but much of the disc gets lost in forests of indistinct guitars and plodding percussion that never nudges Adams into actually rocking. Gold is the work of a notoriously prolific songwriter who hasn't yet learned to play to his strengths, one whose execution doesn't yet match his vision. --Anders Smith Lindall ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Sheer craft
One of the most significant albums of the year for the sheer pleasure of craft it evokes, Gold is a uniformly strong set of songs. Quite ambitious, it reaches across and touches just about every viable stop along the singer/songwriter spectrum. From jangling acoustic-strummed rockers such as New York, New York and Firecracker that are the logical extension of Adams's Whiskeytown days, to Elton John-esque piano-led ballads like Le Cineague Just Smiled and Sylvia Plath, to rocking rave-ups like Nobody Girl and Enemy Fire, to the more reflective songs that dominate the latter part of the album, to the decidedly Rolling Stones-esque Tina Toledo's Street Walkin' Blues, Gold positively brims with pure songwriting fury. Adams is clearly a gifted musician and writer. Over the course of its 16 songs and 70+ minutes, Gold touches on many bases, and can be a bit overbearing at times in its sheer ambitiousness. However, it's that very quality that makes Gold one of the year's biggest successes. From the looks of it, Ryan Adams has a very successful career ahead of him, and Gold will be looked back at as the point where he really started to show what he was capable of.

5-0 out of 5 stars An important and addictive album
Like many rock music fans, I often find myself returning continously to my old Stones, Dylan and Neil Young albums when the highly formulaic rock music of today fails to even spark my interest. Ryan Adams' latest release certainly is a refreshing dose of the folk/rock/country-blend that made Dylan and these other artists so appealing in the first place. While highly reminiscent of Van Morrison and (especially) Neil Young, as basically every reviewer has pointed out, Adams writes heartfelt, catchy and sometimes moving love songs and effortlessly weaves them into different syles and genres fairly successfully. While the first track and single "New York, New York" is an urgent, upeat folk-rock track, it is in no way indicative of the entire 70 minute album. "La Cienega just smiled" is laid-back alt country, while "The Rescue Blues", which to me sounds like a re-write of the Stones' "Bedroom Blue"s off of Exile, has blantant gospel-blues flourishes. Perhaps the strangest, and most appealing song, on the album is "When the Stars Go Blue", featuring Adams singing in a Morrissey-esque croon with a simple arrangement and truly touching lyrics. If you have ever experienced the type of latenight break-up loneliness that he describes so vividly here, you love this song as much as I do. He picks up the pace a bit with some long, extended guitar jams in "Nobody Girl", which is followed by a fascinating, abstract character sketch in "Sylvia Plath". I am usually exhausted by the time I get to the final six tracks. I can live without "Enemy Fire" (track ten), but the energetic "Gonna Make you Love Me" and the absolutely stunning "Wildflowers" are true highlights. "Harder Now..." is classic Neil vocally and lyrically. It would fit nicely on After the Gold Rush--featuring the fantastic lyric "when I threw that drink in that guy's face/it was just to piss you off". Adams' full range of emotions are at the forefront of this album, alternating between bitterness, anger and all-out depression. I redemptive sense of true love, however, tends to romance the listener out of the dark thematic terrain. All of the criticisms of this album are fair. It runs a bit long and the influences are fairly direct, almost bordering on Lenny Kravitz-style parody. But with a certain New York punk band that will remain anonymous (clearly ripping off the Stooges and Lou Reed) garnering huge critical support, I cant understand why Adams' stylistic choices are under such attack. By far, the most interesting and satisfying album I have heard by a newer artist this year. 5 stars.

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i never thought i could love a cd so much in all my life. his music is creative, sexy, honest, thoughtful, unique...this is an excellent cd and even better than his first solo work. out of all of his solo albums (heartbreaker, gold, demolition, rock and roll and love is hell parts 1 & 2) i rate this as the best. those who have heard the corrs' cheap rip off of 'where the stars go blue' will be surprised to hear the original version written by ryan adams. he shines on tracks 1, 4, 5, and 7. track 8 is the longest and best on the entire cd because it contains so many moods and styles. his creativity is astounding. ... Read more

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Opaline
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 April, 2002)
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J.R. Richards's tenor voice oscillates between the silky ease of one who knows the girls in the audience will be drying their eyes and the disgruntled ache of a teenager who's just been grounded. He plays both of these aspects well throughout Opaline, lending his voice greater versatility than it may actually possess. Though they often drift pleasantly, Richards's lyrics are never vague--they state with straightforward eloquence that this whole "life" thing is not easy, just worth it. The music complements the vocal work simply and well, creating an overall sound for Dishwalla that seems refreshed and reinvigorated rather than new or different. Do not expect flashy and surprising new musical work, but if you liked Dishwalla before--even if you never admitted it but secretly did--nothing here will disappoint. --Mark Huntsman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars incredibly beautiful; a MUST have! :o)
Dishwalla has long been well-known as one of a few pop bands that have mastered the art of songwriting: in each album, the instruments are distinctly layered, the choruses catchy, and the transitions between verses, chorsuses, and bridges impeccably smooth. I own and love all three of their albums "Pet Your Friends", "And You Think You Know What Life's About" and their latest effort, "Opaline", as they capture a range of emotions that most people have felt at least once in their lives :o)

What sets "Opaline" apart, however, is that it reflects immense growth -- musically, lyrically, and emotionally. This is the first album in which all the instruments and, most definitely, JR Richards' voice flows freely all throughout the entire album. From the opening beats and soft guitar strumming of "Opaline" to the Richard's poignant vocals and lyrics in the last song, "Drawn Out", the members of Dishwalla masterfully weaves each of their distinct musical interpretations of each song into solid, powerful, unified entities. It's storytelling at its best, similar to watching a movie in which the score manifests and punctuates the storyline and emotions perfectly.

The question "And you think you know what life's about" that Dishwalla posed in their second album is answered in "Opaline." JR Richards' vocals and lyrics take the listener on a journey of Life's Lessons. They emote a feeling of learning difficult, sometimes painful, lessons about life and love -- and then coming out on top once one realizes that love and life are essentially up to yourself. In the the tenth song, "Nashville Skyline", Richards' discovers and shares with the listener that "Underneath it all, you yourself are free/forevermore is the love that you need to believe/and you yourself are there/floating high above/the Nashville Skyline"

This, if anything, is the heart of "Opaline" -- amidst the diversity of life's experiences, Dishwalla has found a way to be free and freely love. Musically and lyrically, "Opaline" embodies this feeling, this lesson so well that you cannot help but learn. And even if you go in feeling that you think you know what life's about, after just one listen, you will feel as if you're "floating high above", no matter where you happen to be...

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Albums Ever Made...
This was a CD I got on whim earlier this year and I've never really stopped listening to it. I remember Dishwalla from "Counting Blue Cars" but this album is fantastic. The opening track "Opaline", though sort of strange, is a great opening song and "Angels or Devils" is so emotional and heartwretching, making me cry almost every time I hear the song. "Angels or Devils" describes the inner turmoil but also says goodbye too to a chapter in life, it's so strong and sad too. "Somewhere in the Middle" combines elements of Goo Goo Dolls on the guitars but the lyrics remain crystal clear and strong. "Every Little Thing" is a plea to be all that someone wants you to be so they love you, sacrificing yourself, and it's so soft at first but gets stronger as if the plea gets louder and louder as the song continues. "When Morning Comes" is probably one of the weaker songs on the albums but it's still good and "Home" goes more acoustic but the lyrics flow with the rhythm of the guitar quite nicely. "Today, Tonight" and "Mad Life" are good as well with great guitar rifts. "Candleburn" is probably the most passionate and depressing song on the album with it's subject of losing innocence by just giving it completely up since it's the only way to try to hide the past and pains. "Nashville Skyline" starts out like a sunrise almost but remains truly amazing and "Drawn Out" ends the album with passion but also with guitars and almost ends like a relationship that had to end, as if this song is the goodbye. The CD has tons of complexities and takes more than one listen to catch a lot of the deeper meanings but lyrically and musically, this CD is a masterpiece and my favorite CD released in 2002 thus far. I hope Dishwalla continues with this style because it really works for them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Coming from a singer/songwriter
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Sugar
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 November, 1999)
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Sugar is the cure-all for your rock & roll blahs. The follow-up to 1997's platinum-selling Lemon Parade shows that the Los Angeles trio Tonic has taken a big step forward. Here they've forged a sound that's memorable and timeless, thanks to stellar songwriting matched by equally fine instrumentation and vocals. There's nary a bad song on this self-produced, self-assured 13-song collection. The more upbeat fare, including "Future Says Run," is open, catchy, and forceful. Ballads, such as "Waiting for the Light," are instantly appealing and beautiful without being sappy. Nearly all of Sugar's tunes have that hauntingly familiar feel. With the exception of "Jump Jimmy," which is redolent of the Tubes' "She's a Beauty," they're fresh, honest, buoyant, and gladdening. Here, at least, high doses of Sugar are beneficial to your psyche. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Even better than debut
Tonic's first album, "Lemon Parade", was a very good album with a couple of excellent singles--namely "Open Up Your Eyes" and "If You Could Only See". While this follow-up effort didn't get as big a single as its predecessor, to me it is actually a better album from beginning to end. When I first heard this CD back when it came out, I was surprised how good it really is.

Sure, the first single "You Wanted More" is excellent--melodic with an edge in parts. "Knock Down Walls" is a catchy, uptempo rock radio track. But the rest of the album is equally as good. "Future Says Run" is a memorable leadoff track, the title track is a nice mellow song, and "Queen" flat-out rocks. "Waiting For The Light To Change" is a track that I still rave about--a beautiful emotional track with a slower tempo. "Waltz With Me" is another fantastic slower track, while "Drag Me Down" is another good late-album rocker. All in all, I have to say that the average song on this album is better than the average song on "Lemon Parade". Both are good to great albums. And for sure, I hope Tonic gets more noteriety in the future. With future efforts like this one, they most definitely should.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tonic proves they're here to stay.
I enjoyed Tonic's first album "Lemon Parade"' but got bored with the slower songs after a while. I still bought "Sugar" the day it came out after hearing "Knock Down Walls" on the radio. I was pleasantly surprised and haven't been able to take this cd out of my player since I bought it. Tonic has deffinately improved since their debut album and have grown as song writers. The album is still very diverse with heavy songs such as "Future Says Run" (my favorite) and "Knock Down Walls",to the more melodic "Waltz With Me" and "Waiting for the Light to Change" which includes a string section.

Tonic has managed to write an album that can produce several hit singles without selling themselves out. I though Tonic was destined to be a one album wonder with "Lemon Parade", but "Sugar" has the ability take Tonic to the next level. This is one of those cd's that just pulls you in and creates a lot of emotion.

A damn good cd and well worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tonic deliver the goods again...
A alchemic blend of rock-anthems and melancholy musings, this album from trio Tonic is even better than Lemon Parade. This really is the thinking man's rock in a world quickly sinking beneath the nu-metal and hip-hop deluge. It's an eclectic sound...somewhere between Paul Simon and Live, with perhaps a dash of Crowded House. In equal turns both soothing and inspiring, this album is the latest in my collection from a Band that continues to grow and explore.

My personal favourite tracks are Knock Down Walls, which growls and drives with a 'still-humming-it-3-hours-later' chorus, Queen, which is both subtle, and rock-out fun, and Waltz With Me, a rythmic, gentle love song that is touching without getting slushy.

Yeah, I have favourites, but I love every song on this album...its one that I'll stick in my player and realise only when I come to switch it later that its already played through 3 times. More upbeat than Lemon-Parade, I'd highly recommend this to fans and new-comers alike. ... Read more

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Yes I Am
Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 September, 1993)
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Yes I Am is the album that catapulted Melissa Etheridge into superstardom. The 1993 collection's mercilessly driven, bluesy songs--nearly all dripping with sensual lyrics and rousing rhythms--made it the ideal breeding ground for a couple of career-enhancing music videos. The eerily possessive rock ballad "Come to My Window" hit the tube first with a bizarre twofold portrait of Etheridge and her guitar and actress Juliette Lewis having a nervous breakdown. This single brought the album into the public consciousness and was quickly followed by the similarly obsessive, slow-groovin' "I'm the Only One" and the co-dependence-battling "If I Wanted To." But the album's real strength is in the hidden gems untouched by MTV programmers. The slow-building "Silent Legacy," the undulating blues scream "Yes I Am," and the playful, acoustic "Ruins" are what make this album a whole. --Sally Weinbach ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Gem
If you like Melissa Etheridge at all, you must own this CD. I borrowed it from a friend of mine, and now I need to go out and purchase it, because I can't imagine not listening to it regularly. It's fantastic. The songs are personal and meaningful with themes the listener can relate to. I absolutely love If I Wanted To - I think everyone's had at least one relationship like that. I love the way Etheridge manages to show her range on this CD, while creating songs that all fit together. There's no song on here that doesn't belong, and nothing I'd ever want to skip. The guitar work is fantastic and Etheridge's voice is in fine form. You really sense that this is her coming out album in more ways than one -- she seems totally confident and self-assured. The music we're getting here is true Melissa. This album, to me, seems like the more logical follow up to Brave and Crazy than Never Enough was - it takes the next step from what that album revealed about the artist. I've tried to pick out my favorite tracks, but they're all standouts. That said - don't miss Yes I Am and I Will Never Be The Same (one of her better slow songs).

5-0 out of 5 stars The quintessential Melissa
First of all, the album title is very appropriate - "Yes I Am" - alluding to her coming out as a lesbian earlier in 1993. And this album is indeed all about the now-public lesbian pride, felt through several high-energy songs and thoughtful lyrics. This is also the Melissa that most people are familiar with, as this album was the best-selling Melissa album ever.

The first track, "I'm The Only One," sets the tone with powerful bass and and a strong message affirming her love against all hostile circumstances. It is followed by "If I Wanted To" - a very high-energy song. "Come To My Window" is rather a let-down, but that may be because the radio stations tended to overplay it. The rest of the album is made up of high-energy songs like "All-American Girl," which is about the everyday life of a working-class single mother, and thoughtful vocal reflections such as "Silent Legacy," "I Will Never Be The Same," and "Talking To My Angel." Don't forget the title track either!

I find every track to be a gem in its own right, and do not hesitate to give album the highest rating. Coming out of the closet often means devastation to an artist's career, but Melissa has done what she has been always good at - great music and meaningful lyrics - to turn it into an even bigger message and success. This album may not have the subtlety of Melissa's earlier works, but it is nevertheless a great one... buy it and you will find yourself shouting "Lesbian Power" before you know it. Even if you are straight or male!

5-0 out of 5 stars an excellent CD
I must confess gay people make me very insecure,but I like Melissa,her songwriting and rough vocals make this an excellent rock album.Every song here is good,no need to program your CD player to skip tracks,let it play all the way through.The production and recording quality are great,provided by Hugh Padgham.Mauricio Fritz Lewak contributes a great drumbeat throughout. ... Read more

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Jagged Little Pill
Average Customer Review: 4.34 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 June, 1995)
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Her intensely personal lyrics grabbed the headlines, but the bravest departure here is the way Morissette's unique vocals stand naked in the mix--a technique that drives home the painful honesty of tracks like "Right Through You," "Forgiven," and "All I Really Want."Sheryl Crow or an earthier Tori Amos are fair analogies, but Morissette is a genuine original with a rare ability to make listeners care, think, and question.--Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rock Heaven - Thank You Alanis
16 million copies sold and I STILL think think the numbers do justice to this album. Everybody who listens to music should have this CD as part of their collection. Alanis has a simply mindblowing voice that exudes so much emotion, so much sincerity. Jagged Little Pill that will please everyone - from radio friendly material like "Head Over Feet," "Hand In My Pocket," and the timeless "Ironic," to edgier, unadulterated rock, "Not the Doctor," and "All I Really Want." My personal favorites are "You Learn" and "Mary Jane." I hope people who sidetrack rock music won't get disillusioned by this album for its hard, real sound - Trust me, you'll enjoy ...

5-0 out of 5 stars ALANIS MORISSETTE'S BEST! touches me everywhere
I am a teenage girl, and I feal these songs touch me everywhere. there not the average Ill love you forever .... Instead, she has meaningfull lyrics about life in general.
1. All I Really Want-the first time i heard this song i hated it, now i feal this song kinda depicts me. Alanis kinda schreeches thourgh it but has TERRIFIC control. the lyrics are very powerful.
3. Perfect- good song, soft, touching, about parents that expect their kids to be perfect in everyway
4. Hand in My Pocket- this song is ME. great lines, but the chorus is ehhhhhh.
5. Right Through You- good lyrics, good beat, good in general
6. Forgiven- terrific song, terrific lines
8. Head over Feet- VERY good melody, good lyrics
9. Mary Jane- dont like this one
10. Ironic- teriffic, extremely addictive

Her lead voice is slightly raspy, and that adds a lot. I actually dislike each song the first few times i hear it, but usually end up liking them right away, so dont start to judge until you've listened a bit. I recomend her newest "Under Rug Swept"
Good listening!
-Hannah
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5-0 out of 5 stars "Unquestionnably The Best Album of The 90s"
I never really liked Alanis until i heard "Ironic"..i then listened to her album and...wow, i jus completely changed my view on her. My personal favourite is "You Oughta Know", its just...rage and emotion, some think she's crazy, but..i think thats good music. Same goes to "Right Through U" and "Unforgiven". All the songs on this album are different from each other. They have different meanings and topics,no wonder why she won album of the year at the Grammys. I also love "Hand In My Pocket" and "You Learn". I love the harmonica in "Head Over Feet", u jus cant match it. "Mary Jane" really shows her vocal ability and her hittin the high notes, i guess u can call it the "ballad" on the album.Overall, whoever doesnt have this album..its a must, ur missin out. ... Read more

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Alanis Unplugged
Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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Nevermind that Alanis Morissette's career spans back to her early teens and she has four prior CDs to her credit. It's just too early to go unplugged. Performances like this are better done in the privacy of one's acoustically appointed bathroom. An expressive, emotionally naked singer, Morissette bares a little too much on this outing. Recorded at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music and produced solely by Morissette, there's absolutely nothing wrong with the carefully wrought songs and slices of her inner life, but there's little to be said about her shrill, thin delivery. Included is the never-before-released "No Pressure Over Cappuccino," which shedebuted on her Jagged Little Pill tour, and two songs left off last year's Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie: "Princes Familiar" and "These Are the Thoughts." They were dumped for good reason. The only redeeming moment is her out-of-breath rendering of the coy "Head Over Feet." --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars BEST LIVE ALBUM EVER
When I first heard Alanis, it was sort of a revelation. Even though I am a man, turning the things around, I may identify. Jagged Little Pill was great, and she plays here in UNPLUGGED the best songs of this records, and also the best songs of SUPOSSED FORMER INFATUATION JUNKIE. Yes, maybe is too soon, but when you hear it you prove that there's nothing wrong with an advanced attempt. Combining the great lyrics with the best musical arrangements, Alanis and David Campbell created an album that sticks in your mind. The best songs are definetly These R the Thoughts and Uninvited. But Head Over Feet surely overpass the studio version. Adding a great cover- Police's King of Pain - She makes a version even better than the Police's song. Yes! Believe me! . And How can you forget The great string arrangement of You Oughta Know. Is simply better than any song I've ever heard with orchrestations. So, If you want a great collection of her songs (only the best) you can buy this record.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nearly A religious Experience
Alanis Morissette has an unique ability that I have seldom ever seen before. There are three aspects of her all over style that must be addressed. Firstly, her voice. Yes, some say she is a screamer, and granted, she has been known to scream alittle in her earlier work on Jagged Little Pill, although whenever she would screech, it was mirroring the emotions the song was written about. She would wail when she was singing about lost love, sexism and pain. In this album, as in Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, she doesnt scream at all. In Unplugged especially, she has a much mellower version of all her songs. Her voice flows easilly, and she has a relaxed way of approaching them all.

Secondally, the lyrics. Alanis is a truely wonderful writer. She has insight and perceptiveness about everything she writes about. Of all the twelve songs on Unplugged, only one is not her own, "King Of Pain" written and composed by "Sting" but she brings a fresh depth and exhuberance to it. The other eleven are a mixture of classics, and three exciting 'new' tracks. All of her classics are revamped, in a delicate, precise way that shows a braveness on her part, because she is so going against what made her famous in the first place, yet brilliantly suceeding, even with a very different style. Noteably, her rendition of "Ironic" and "Joining You" are particually wonderful in thier total difference from the origional versions. The three 'new' tracks are wonderful too. "No Pressure Over cappuccino" is especailly Lyrically rich, with lyrics that are not only catchy, but deep and rich in meaning, both hidden and obvious.

And lastly, the music. Alanis herself plays the harmonica, the guitar and the flute, and probably a few more that she doesnt flaunt as of yet. She has supreme control on all her instruments, so much so that in the flute melody at the end of "That I Would Be Good" I am always drawn to tears by the somewhat eerie meaning that transends her flute playing. Her general music style is always wonderful, mirroring what she is singing about.

All in all, this CD is an absolute marvel. I will not be putting this away for some time. She is so talented, she can sing, write and compose better than anyone I have ever come across. If you want to be immersed by the talent that is alanis, buy this CD.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Unplugged performance!!!
Alanis has out together a nice Unplugged CD. It's a great recording - has the real open ambience of a live performance.

Some thoughts on the tracks:
1. You Learn -A nice version, but not significantly different from the studio version.
2. Joining You - Beautiful vocal performance.
3. No Pressure Over Cappuccino - An interesting new song.
4. That I Would Be Good - GREAT song, very heartfelt. This song pulls you in and doesn't let go.
5. Head Over Feet - A nice version, but again, not significantly different from the studio version. I still think this song has one of the funniest harmonica parts ever.
6. Princes Familiar A song left off of Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. I LOVE this song. Possibly my favorite song on this album.
7. I Was Hoping -Great performance.
8. Ironic A nice version, but again, not significantly different from the studio version
9. These R The Thoughts A song left off of Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie . Alanis thoughts while alone. Haunting.
10. King Of Pain - A nice version, but Alanis doesn't really make the song her own,. I was hoping for more out of this one.
11. You Oughta Know A nice version, but again, not significantly different from the studio version
12. Uninvited - Heartbreaking. Beatuful. ... Read more

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No Stranger to Shame
Average Customer Review: 4.03 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 September, 2002)
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Uncle Kracker might have rap-rock numbskull Kid Rock to thank for putting him on the map, but with the release of his solid sophomore set, the Michigan mauler can stand up and take a bow. For not only is Uncle Kracker the most Southern-sounding musician ever to emerge from the edge of the Great Lakes, he's also one of the most versatile. As such, No Stranger to Shame is by turns country, rock, soul, blues, and sometimes a vigorous mix of the lot. The horn-section-goosing opening track "I Do" is pure Stax with a little '70s-era thwacketa-thwacketa guitar menace; "Thunderhead Hawkins," with its drawling vocals and slide guitar, is pure Arkansas front-porch boogaloo; "Memphis Soul Song" is just that; "To Think I Used to Love You" could have been torn from the Merle Haggard songbook; and "Keep It Comin'" is fierce hip-hop. A ballad, "Letter to My Daughters," is sweet if unnervingly sappy (think Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses"), while Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath adds negligible freight to the title track. But No Stranger to Shame's finest moment is a borrowed one--a faithful cover ofDobie Gray's inspirational rock & roll love letter, "Drift Away." An underappreciated classic from the early '70s, "Drift Away" still sounds relevant, and Kracker's soulful version--featuring Gray himself--will do much to spotlight that comforting old chestnut. --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD!
I'm a huge country music fan and the first time I heard of Uncle Kracker was when he did the "When the Sun Goes Down" duet with Kenny Chesney. I loved his voice in that song, so I researched his music. I listened to songs on his website and loved every single one, so I just had to buy the CD! Every song is great. I am not a rap fan, though I do like some of Kid Rock's stuff. If you like country, pop and some blues, you will like this CD. My favorite song is "Memphis Soul Song". This is just an awesome CD and my new favorite! Sorry Kenny...have to put you aside for awhile!

5-0 out of 5 stars WOOHOO 4 UNCLE KRACKER!
I was soooo happy when I first heard "In a little while" on VH1 early one morning in early October. I was really excited to hear the rest of the album and received it as a Christmas gift. One of my favorite cd's I've heard in a long time! Uncle Kracker is so talented. He isn't afraid to give thumbs up to his heroes either (as evident with "Thunderhead Hawkins" and the cover of "Drift Away"). Uncle Kracker has it all! He's got soul, heart, a good taste for music, AND he's hot! Can't get any better than that!! Oh, he's from Michigan too!! My favorite songs are: In a little while, memphis soul song, Thunderhead hawkins, and drift away. BUY THIS CD because its awesome!

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars.....Kracker's 2nd album.
Though very, very different from Kracker Double Wide album, i Still Give it 5 stars. This is not hip-hop like Double wide. this is straight memphis soul, Oldies Rock and Country. The Only Rap is the first and last songs. Theres A Bonus track Called AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL.

Best song is THUNDERHEAD HAWKINS. ... Read more

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