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Evil Empire
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 April, 1996)
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As the vitriol spewed from Evil Empire, Rage Against the Machine's long-awaited follow up to their 1993 debut owes much to Chuck D.'s polemic fury and rapid-fire urgency--though as always the band rages without hip-hop machinery in favor of the heavy-duty power tools of rock. But no matter if Rage against the Machine amounts to revolutionary rap, protest metal, or a combination of the two, the band's command of sonic rage makes Evil Empire a powerful assault in any musical language.

But wait, there's more to the name. Raging against the machine, like yelling at the TV, is woefully misdirected. Lyricist Zack de la Rocha is clearly someone with strong political views--particularly when it comes to the plight of fellow Mexicans on both sides of the border. He vents his indignation sharply at times ("Vietnow," "Without a Face"), rather clumsily and artlessly most others. Music this angry should be aimed at something more specific than an entire race or nation or government, or else it risks sounding like the empty rants of confused postpubescent rebellion. If only Rage against the Machine's raw musical muscles were grinding over a focused message, lord knows how potent they could be. --Roni Sarig

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rage At It's Best!
First of all, let me start off by saying that I am the biggest Rage Against the Machine fan in the world! I worship everyone of their songs, even the ones on soundtracks, live shows, and compilations. I'm behind their political beliefs 100% Evil Empire is undoubtedly their greatest cd. here's a description of each song:

1. Peoeple of the Sun: Rage manages to gloriously blend alternative rock, funk, and metal with this revolutionary gem of a track. Definitely one of Rage's best!

2. Bulls On Parade: My personal favorite. This track starts off with a crushing two-note intro and continues its juggernaut assault on your ears and doesn't stop. One of the best rock songs ever!!!

3. Vietnow: One of their most angry songs, Vietnow mixes heavy metal with hardcore rap. Listen to this one when you're pissed.

4. Revolver: The intro guitar solo is unbelievable! It's kind of like a subdued Jimi Hendrix type solo. The rest of the song is superb too!

5. Snakecharmer: Many people overlook this one. Zack De La Rocha's (lead singer) mood swings are genius throught this entire song. Great great tune!

6. Tire Me: A grammy winner!!! Fast paced and entrancing, Tire Me is a furious track. Take a minute to catch your breath after listening to this one.

7. Down Rodeo: With highly offensive and revolutionary lyrics, odd guitar sounds, distorted, and furious drum loops, this song is a great example of what Rage is all about.

8. Without a Face: It was clear that the focus was more on rap for this song, and that's not a bad thing!!! Zack is unbelievably gifted. The end chorus is strikingly powerful (and loud not to mention!)

9. Wind Below: One of my favorite Rage songs (I'm not sure why), Wind Below is a devastatingly truthful tirade. You've gotta love it when Rage trashes major companies like GE and ABC.

10. Roll Right: The message at the end of this song ("Take 'em to the seventh level!") is just as powerful as "f*** you I won't do what you tell me!" This is a truly heavy song!

11. Year of the Boomerang: Not very heavy, but never the less catchy, Year of the Boomerang is a beautiful song and a wonderful way to close out the greatest cd ever made.

4-0 out of 5 stars Few flaws, but still a standout
After 3 to 4 years, Rage released this "more metal than rap" style album. Evil Empire doesn't have as much talent as the debut with the exception of a few songs(People Of The Sun, Bulls On Parade, Down Rodeo), but it's still better than Renegades. Battle Of L.A. Is better than this, but this isn't far behind. Tom Morello takes the guitar skills to the next level on Revolver, People Of The Sun and Roll Right. Zack De La Rocha really gives it the young Phil Anselmo style voice on the vocals on the songs like Snake Charmer and Tire Me. Well, here's the song-depth review:

1)People Of The Sun(2:30) - Shortest song, but really heavy. Pretty cool, sounds better live. This is a standout track. 4/5

2)Bulls On Parade(3:52) - My personal favourite on the album, much like everyone else. Seems really cool, no cheesy starts, just goes straight to the action. Not as good as Guerilla Radio from Battle Of L.A., but the best song on Evil Empire. 5/5

3)Vietnow(4:39) - Well, it's not too bad, but it's very average. A bit like Take The Power Back, only less good. Unfortunately it's my least favourite. 2/5

4)Revolver(5:30) - Long, but heavy. This is tied with Down Rodeo for 3rd best song. It's soft, much like Settle For Nothing and Born Of A Broken Man, but then it gets heavy with a lot of screaming. This is a song that never gets old. Standout. 5/5

5)Snakecharmer(3:55) - 2nd best song. It's nice, It's a fast song with a lot of screaming, much like Revolver, but shorter, heavier and more creative lyrics. Another standout. 5/5

6)Tire Me(3:00) - 3 minutes exact. This is the closest song to being much like 13 Steps To Nowhere from Pantera's Great Southern Trendkill. Perfect, but just loses to Down Rodeo. Still good. Zack really makes this a different Rage. This is the only song that even comes close to being heavy metal. 5/5

7)Down Rodeo(5:20) - Nice guitars. A pretty good tune. Nice screaming near the end. It's a very creative song, that doesn't drag on, despite the fact that it's 5:20. It's a perfect song. 3rd favourite with Revolver. 5/5

8)Without A Face(3:37) - Not bad. Just doesn't seem as good as the likes of Tire Me and Bulls On Parade. But still, you just can't skip it. 2.6/5

9)Wind Below(5:50) - Longest song on the album. Although it does tend to drag on, it's got a pretty cool guitar riff, courtesy of our dear friend, Mr. Tom Morello. Zack's vocals really make it seem like a lullaby when it becomes soft, but the chorus really makes him shine. 3.8/5

10)Roll Right(4:22) - OK, this isn't bad at all. Tom really shines here, as does Tim Bob. Zack shines again here. A combination of People Of The Sun and Down Rodeo, kind of. It's not a favourite, but it's listenable. 4/5

11)Year Of Tha Boomerang(4:00) - Nice, we end on a good song. Although not as memorable as Freedom, or the latter War Within A Breath from Battle of L.A., it really shines here. Screaming and rapping again. Nuff said. 4.3/5

That's Evil Empire. Go get it now, or start with the debut and work your way up. You might be disappointed, but it's still a good buy. Get it now.

1-0 out of 5 stars There is no logic to inciting violence to create peace
Look kids! If you shell out $16.00 you too can listen to the supposed socialist political musical stylings of Rage! So much for the band supposedly being anti-capitalism. Rage Against the Machine are 90% bullsh*t. I can't stand how they try to rationalize themselves. Violent, riot-like vocal inflections create riot situations (studies have shown). Vocalists don't get much more violent-sounding than de la Rocha (unless you're Alec Empire of Atari Teenage Riot, who has no relation to this album or Rage). Trying to get peace through inciting violent revolution doesn't work (and don't act like you don't know about the deaths attributed to tramplings at Rage concerts). I don't care if Rage played the Tibetan Freedom concert or not, it doesn't make them any more peaceful. Rage claim they're vehemently against capitalism, but then they go sell their records for profit. They don't even try to reduce the price either! F*cking hypocrites. Yeah, that's right: I'm questioning them, as anyone should be... just like everything political should be questioned. And unlike you Rage fans, I don't groove to the funky guitar solos of the upscale Harvard boy who has no business speaking for the downtrodden (I believe you fans know him as Tom Morello). I groove to my own beat of my own personal views instead. ... Read more

Asin: B0000029D9


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Dookie
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 February, 1994)
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Take one part Ramones, one part Buzzcocks, and one part Husker Du, and you've got the basic foundation of Green Day, a punky, witty, melodic San Francisco Bay area trio who became overnight stars in 1994 when this album, their third overall release and major label debut, catapulted them to the top of the pop charts. Led by guitarist/vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong and their secret weapon, powerhouse drummer Tre Cool, Green Day put '70s and '80s punk in a compact '90s package with songs like "Longview," "Basket Case," "Pulling Teeth," and the hit semi-ballad, "When I Come Around." One the few modern alternative rock bands with a bona fide sense of humor. --Billy Altman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars good, clean, fun staple of 90's rock
Yeah, it's vacant. And yeah, all the songs sound the same, but that's called "having your own style", people. Like Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and Sublime, Green Day is one of the only 90's acts that has a distinctive voice.

And what does this voice want? Well, mostly it wants to drop out of school, screw hot girls, blow stuff up, and eat really sugary cereal. There's no pretensious crap on this record. It's made by normal guys trying to live a normal life, and the normal guys are only good at one thing: making 2-3 minute catchy punk songs.

The secret to this album is that EVERY SONG could have been a hit single, and if I remember right, nearly all of them were, or I heard them on the radio at some point. "Burnout" kickstarts the album and it doesn't stop, with Chump flowing into Longview, the decade's most profane radio hit (well, maybe NIN "closer" was worse). Welcome to Paradise, a reissue from an older record, is killer, especially when mike dint starts doing his bass execises in the middle. Then, like a drum-powered nuclear rocket destroying the sun, "Basket Case" comes on. It's the best summer song ever, the perfect LENGTH--you always want a minute more when it ends. You think the album's done and then that damn "When I COme Around" hook gets you. And are we done there? Nope, you still got "seeeeeventeen and strung out on confusion" coming up to smack you around, and when its all over, there's a hilarious hidden track.

This album is like a bowl of fruit loops, or a bowl of weed. It's just fun. Too bad green day could never branch out like Sublime to create 5 star music. If you have this album, you dont need any of their others.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pop-Punk Perfection
This is the first album I ever bought, and I remember it changing my life. When you're a teenager the words of Billie Joe Armstrong on this album just really seem to speak your language. This album is filled with infectious catchy hooks, amazing bass lines, and driving beats, it's just one of the greatest albums of all time. As Ben, a friend of mine, would say; "This album should be issued to kids when they turn 13". I couldn't agree more. Every song on this album is an absolute gem, there really isn't any song on here that I felt could have been left off. Let's take a look.
1. Burnout - A song about getting old but instead of feeling like you're growing up you just find yourself feeling bitter, jaded, and burnt out. Features an awesome drum solo.
2. Having A Blast - More themes of frustration with the people around you.
3. Chump - A simple verse/chorus/verse number in the vein of Ramones style simplistic punk.
4. Longview - The big radio hit from Green Day, featuring the greatest bass line ever with subtle hints towards boredom and resulting "fun time with self" time.
5. Welcome to Paradise - A song originally from "Kerplunk!", this song talks about moving away from home and at first being scared to be alone, but then suddenly enjoying the freedom. Catchy as hell.
6. Pulling Teeth - The story of a sadistic girlfriend and the poor bastard involved with her.
7. Basket Case - Yet another of the big radio singles, Basket Case is basically a story about cracking up. going crazy man! going crazy!
8. She - My take on it is that it's a story about a girl that has to live up to certain social expectations, and her eventual moment of breaking out of the shell she lived in. Great song that kind of changes pace for the first time on the album.
9. Sassafras Roots - By far my favorite song on the album. It's got that great anthemic Ramones simplistic feeling again. Also has the greatest chorus in song-writing history "i'm a waste like you, with nothing else to do, may i waste your time too?". Brilliant
10. When I Come Around - Yet another radio staple, I think I like this one the best of the singles. Great chord progression.
14. F.O.D - I hate to skip ahead but this is running long, so let's end it with the great final track F.O.D. This song is great, with a nice sing-along chorus of "you're just a f*ck, i can't explain it cause i think you suck, i'm taking pride, in telling you to f*ck off and die".

So thus end my review of the greatest record of the 90's (yeah, that's right, to hell with Nevermind), everyond should have their own copy of it so it can change their lives like it did mine.

5-0 out of 5 stars really cool; good for any fan
Really awsome for any Green Day fan, but if you're not, step away. I, being a HUGE Green Day fan, think that you'll LOVE most of these songs, I recomend "Pulling Teeth","Basket Case", "Longveiw" and "Welcome to Paradise". The only song on this CD I don't LOVE is "Coming Clean", not really interesting. All really strict parents who hate cuss words as small as "crap", this is a bad CD for your kids. ... Read more

Asin: B000002MP2


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Core
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 September, 1992)
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5-0 out of 5 stars STP's Finest Accomplishment
STP's Core came out during the grunge hype, but they sounded heavier than the grunge bands that were huge at the time. Many people attacked them for being Pearl Jam imitators, probably because Scott Weiland's voice was coarse and some compared him to Eddie Vedder, but if anything, their crunchy style sounded more in the league of Alice In Chains (circa Dirt).

Despite who they might be compared to, Core sounds original and fresh, and added more of a hard-rock bombast to the alternative scene, since the band boasted bands like Zeppelin as an influence, as opposed to Huser Du or the Sex Pistols. Eric Kretz's drumming sounds larger than life, and Dean DeLeo's guitars are screaming, and he is one of the most overlooked guitarists ever. For a debut, STP sounded like they connected very well early on in their career, and their compositions were very sophisticated and confident for a new act. Core still stands above the rest of their impressive catalogue, and still stands above a lot of music out there today, even after STP and their ilk of music seemed to 'go out of style.' This album is full of classics, like Creep, Plush, Crackerman, Sex Type Thing and Sin. One of the greatest rock albums ever.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Huge Debut
Heavy riffage abounds on STP's formidable debut, as Scott Weiland begins with a muffled cry that is none too positive. From there, a thunderous snare pound by Eric Kretz sets "Core" off and running. "Core" is everything critics have made it out to be, both appraising and not so appraising. Yes, it is grungy. Yes, it does contain elements of Alice in Chains and Nirvana. Yes, "Core" is bombastic, lengthy, and ambitious, especially for a band accused of being full-fledged con artists. Finally, "Core" could be construed as a rather trendy, cliched album, in that it followed the overriding grunge-mania that the aforementioned groups had well established just minutes before. It's funny, however, how all that copy-cat talk now seems so irrelevant. With the early 90's well over, Stone Temple Pilots seem more pioneer rock artists than mere fakes, four people who actually made masterful songs at the onset of grunge. STP formed well before the members of Pearl Jam even knew each other (1987), and were even rumored to be a metal-like hair band in their infancy. Whatever, STP created a masterpiece with "Core." The album sounds almost "classic" these days, as countless rock/grunge/punk/electric/swing/rap-metal 90's acts create their "hit" and fall obscurely by the wayside, unrenowned for much of anything. Say this for the Pilots, they always get some sort of reaction. If rocking out was in vogue during the early 90's, "Core" sure didn't disappoint. "Sex Type Thing," "Sin," "Naked Sunday," and "Crackerman" are all cornerstones of the albums guitar-laden sound that put STP on the map and made them so popular. In their loud array of chugging riffs comes an undeniable pop melodicism, mixed with well written songs that are too good to be brushed off. What seperates the determined "Core" from such BUSH-league acts like Sponge is its tough themes, truly haunting sound, and its overall morose outlook, which is far from staged. The album is further set apart by the genuinely crafty songwriting, courtesy of the Deleo brothers. For his part, Weiland's lyrics don't shy from life's darker moments. Despite all this talk of darkeness, these songs are all radio-ready and meant for the masses. "Core" stands out for its boldness and heavy musical savvy.

3-0 out of 5 stars STP's worst, but a solid foundation
This is a good album, but it's hard to listen to after listening to the following four STP albums. Weiland's voice lacks the vocal quality that it has on the next four albums, the songwriting lacks the melodic and artistic qualities that the next four albums have, and Core simply lacks the diversity that the next four albums have.

It's certainly a very good album to rock to, but it pales in comparison to the STP of the future. Purple was already several times more melodic than Core. Tiny Music expanded upon that with new vocals and several directions. No.4 combined Core and Purple with Tiny Music, and pumped out some nice power-ballads. Shangri-La was simply a beautiful artistic album. Core seems like a generic rocker compared to those.

Standouts here are Creep (the only different sounding song on the album, aside from the pointless "Wet My Bed" and "No Memory.") and Plush (a classic). The rest of the album is just a collection of good/decent rock songs, that could be best described as filler. As I said, not a bad album, but a good rock album and a good start. But it has nothing on the STP that would develop over the rest of the decade. ... Read more

Asin: B000002IU3
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Nevermind
Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 September, 1991)
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If Nevermind's sound is familiar now, it's only because thousands of rock records that followed itwere trying very hard to cop its style. It tears out of the speakers like a cannonball, from the punk-turbo-charged riff of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" onward, magnifying and distilling the wounded rage of 15 years of the rock underground into a single impassioned roar. Few albums have occupied the cultural consciousness like this one; of its 12 songs, roughly 10 are now standards. The record's historical weight can make it hard to hear now with fresh ears, but the monumental urgency of Kurt Cobain's screams is still shocking. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Never Mind is Right
Nirvana is a band which arrived at the perfect time. Selling their wares of teen angst and alienation, they appealed to a wide audience of disaffected Generation Xers. They were a group that played simple and catchy semi-punk rock songs and ultimately made it big. Despite this, I do not dislike Nirvana, but when people start talking about them in the same vein as Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, and other great musicians, I have to laugh. Kurt Cobain was a troubled artist and his lyrics come out honestly and forcefully. But the music itself does not measure up to the all-time rock and roll greats. In one of his songs, Kurt sings, "I'm worse at what I do best and for this gift I feel blessed, I found it hard to find, oh well, whatever, never mind." This lyric as well as the album cover are the band's way of revealing that they sold out to appeal to a broader audience. And make no mistake about it, Nevermind is a sell-out album. Although only subtly dishonest, it is abundantly clear that Nevermind was a slick con-job perpetrated by a band that needed to cash in on the grunge trend. I give it 2.5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe even underated perhaps?
'Nevermind' let down no-one, their fans and newly converted alike appetites had been whetted by "Smells Like Teen Spirit", anthem for a blank generation, for all the people who'd given up before they had started. Kurt Cobain had condensed the collective frustration/despair/apathy into a slice of pop genious not witnessed sinced the Sex Pistols heyday. "Come As You Are" is another piece of semi-acoustic bruised beauty while "Territorial Pissings" is as extreme as the record goes. Most of the other tracks lay somewhere inbetween, Cobain never letting the intensity level down for a minute, whether on the deceptively breezy "In Bloom" or the stinging "Breed". For a three peice, the group made one hell of a racket, but it was a racket which was never less than 100% focused, the Dave Grohl/Chris Novoselic rhythmic powerhouse underpinning every track with diamond-edged precision.

It's fair to say that 'Nevermind' literally changed the face of music, a crushing new sound for all types of music fans to celebrate. A pivotal record for a pivotal group.

If somehow you don't own this record, go out and spend some extremely worthwile cash!

1-0 out of 5 stars I've never listened to this album, but...
A friend of bought this album four months ago after repeatedly reading how utterly fantastic it was,how it was probably the greatest album ever. Today he uses it as a coaster for cups of coffee. ... Read more

Asin: B000003TA4


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White Pony [Added Track]
Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (03 October, 2000)
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The aggro-rock movement spearheaded by the 'Tones, Korn, Sevendust, System of a Down, and Rage Against the Machine, among others, has been taking on new influences with each new release by the major players. White Pony may be the biggest leap yet for the genre, as Chino Moreno, Chi Cheng, Abe Cunningham, Stephen Carpenter, and DJ Frank Delgado maintain the fierceness that's earned them a rabid following. This time out, however, their patented brand of hip-hop metal is adorned with ambient and alt-rock touches. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Deftones at their peak
"Around the Fur" may be the Deftones' best album, but "White Pony" comes pretty close to that category. Unlike the previously mentioned album and their debut "Adrenaline", "White Pony" finds the band getting more melodic with their sound while still maintaining a heavy edge. Less rap/rock sounding than their previous releases and with slicker sounding production, "White Pony" is a treat for the ears. Standout tracks include "Digital Bath", the Grammy winning "Elite", "Rx Queen", "Korea", "Teenager", "Pink Maggit", and the album's big highlight "Passenger" which features Deftones voice Chino Moreno singing with Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan. That song is worth the price of admission alone, and is incredibly haunting. This is the re-released version of "White Pony" which includes an extra track entitled "Back to School (Mini Maggit)" which is pretty much the same as "Pink Maggit" albeit a bit more rap/rock flavored and fast paced. All in all, consider this essential listening, even if your not a hardcore Deftones fan.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good. . .But
This album is not at all a dissapointment, but it definitely isn't as good as the Deftones second release Around The Fir. But then again how could it be, I still haven't heard anything that amazing all the way through. Here are some small thoughts and ratings I had on each track.

back to school- third most aggressive on CD, very appropriate single release, gets me real pumped up. 10/10

feiticeira- could listen to this all day, love the guitar riffs, my personal favorite track. 10/10

digital bath- a little slow but has amazing chorus, Chino Moreno is really amazing here, once again proving he can sing or scream. 9/10

elite- heaviest track, Chino screams bloody murder through out, liked the song but not the message in the lyrics. 8/10

rx queen- this song sounded too mixed for me, too many different beats and percussions, but still alright, strange lyrics. 7/10

steet carp- more great riffs, just a great heavy song, shortest on album. 9.5/10

teenager- slow and light, not exactly the deftones strongest points, good, relatable lyrics about high school love, though. 4/10

knife prty- very different from anything else on the album, features interesting screaming female vocals in the background. 8/10

korea- 2nd heaviest track, really gets tthe blood flowing, great transition in middle. 9/10

passenger- this song features the amazing vocals of Maynard James Keenan (tool, A Perfect Circle), him and Chino going back and forth sounds awesome, my second favorite track. 10/10

change- good, but a little too slow, should not have released this as a single. 7/10

pink maggit- not a good closer, my least favorite song, takes way too long to get going, when it does, it's good but almost EXACTLY the same thing as back to school, then it slows down for a long time at the end. 3/10

If you've just started listening to the Deftones, do yourself a favor and get around the fir as well as this, trust me you'll thank me when you hear it. And if your a long time Deftones fan, I'm sure you already have this and probably agree that it's good but not their best.

5-0 out of 5 stars The new millenium's best rock record!
With the Deftone's third album, White Pony, they set themselves apart from the posers, packaging their usual hammer heavy hardness with a newly attained level of dense, haunting, and textured rock and roll that can only be safely classified as "moody art rock."

The moods swing from the demonic rage of "Elite" or "Korea," where front man Chino Moreno spends most of his time screeching in his now familiar roar, to flashes of Cure-style goth on "Digital Bath" and "Passenger," (which features guest vocals from Maynard James Keenan of Tool). There's even a ballad. The soft and thoughtful "Teenager" sounds like a lament of the carefree days of youth.

Standout tracks include "Change (In the House of Flies)," "Passenger," and "Digital Bath," a song that, at it's core, refers to murder, but sounds almost sweet on the surface. This ambiguisness runs through the record on other tracks like "Knife Party" and "RX Queen."

The new sound is softer than Adrenaline and Around The Fur, but provides the same emotion and intensity without missing a beat. The lovelorn heart of Moreno beats as that of a poet and on White Pony you will feel his sorrow in a swoon of multidirectional harmony and pain.

The record is as complex in its message as it is musically layered. The Deftones have always scated the line between hard and heavy rock and roll and moody art rock. White Pony is the perfect product, a haunting and textured rock record that announces The Deftones as one of the most intelligent, playful, and critically acclaimed bands in the biz. ... Read more

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Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Average Customer Review: 4.85 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 November, 1993)
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This debut revolutionized hip-hop (and launched half a dozen solo careers), as much for The RZA's raw barrage of off-kilter, off-key loops and sound effects as for its elliptically violent lyrics. Martial arts--at least as they appear in kung fu movies--are the Wu-Tang Clan's favorite metaphor, but they're also the organizing principle of the group, a crowd of eight rappers, each with his own way-out-there "fighting style." They created their own little self-contained culture, with its own symbols and shifting identities, and let listeners figure it out for themselves. Unless you're willing to immerse yourself in its world, it can be baffling and a little dry, but its aggression and originality are undeniable. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Put: Classic
This album is mindblowing. Wu-Tang Clan is raw and original. They don't rip off other artist or use recycled garbage. This is an AMAZING album and their best by a long shot. It has a great beat and great lyrics. It cannot be matched by any other NEW rap group albums. Just like many of the Wu-Tang were inspired by Rakim, they too inspired many present-day artists. Enter The Wu-Tang starts off with a bang with "Bring Da Ruckus" and it only can go up a level. The best tracks were "CREAM" "Protect Ya Neck" "Method Man" and "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nothing Ta F'Wit"
This is a solid album and is HIGHLY recommended to any hip-hop album collection. It's fresh and Wu-Tang like you never will ever hear them again

*Solo Albums To Look Out For*
Raekwon - 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx'
GZA - 'Liquid Swords'
Ol' Dirty Bastard 'Return to the 36 Chambers'
Ghostface Killah - 'Ironman'
Method Man - 'Tical'

5-0 out of 5 stars The Birth of The Wu-Tang Clan
Everyone knows that this is the best rap album of all time, I'm just laying it out for you. Wu-Tang gave to us what was needed to signify Hip-Hop as a force to be reckoned with.Never before has the lyrical world and rap world collided in such an amazing fashion.When this album came out everyone was trying to make it big as a rapstar, but soon after they realized that it would be a lot hareder to compete with true masters such as the Clan.The Wu gave us amazing lyrics with steady beats to complete a track justly.The intro told us that they will Bring Da Rukus so you better be prepared to battle.In Shame on a Nigga they tell you whats what.In Wu-Tang Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit they ensure that the Clan is here and there's noplace to hide so if your gonna try to compete you better be ready to fight.Protect Ya Neck they're styles is wild and they're a threat. But the most powerful tracks are definitly Can't It Be All So Simple Then and Tearz. The tracks describe the beauty and tragedy of life, going into a time were life was different. Tearz provides us with two tales as real of life with real life conciquences.Method Man probably got the best out of this album with his own song, launching him to be the most popular member.What some fans wonder is were's Masta Killah, well if you listen closely you can hear Masta on Da Mystery of Chessboxin' with just one verse. The reason he wasn't on more was because he was locked up. If I could have given this album more than 5 stars I probably given it 10 because it's not he just the quality of the music but it's significance as a statment to the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars best wu cd
This CD is impeccable. Except for that one idiot who's claiming 50ยข is the greatest, i think we all agree that this cd is nearly flawless. I'd say that every track is the best song on the cd. I highly reccomend this is your a wu fan at all, and if youre not, you should probably buy it and give it to someone who is, therefore making their life complete. ... Read more

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Metallica
Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 August, 1991)
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Called "the Black Album" by many (due to its monochrome cover), Metallica marks the group's entrance into the mainstream, with shorter songs, simpler song structures, and slower tempos overall. That said, this is an excellent album, featuring some of the best songwriting Metallica has ever done. "Enter Sandman," "Wherever I May Roam," and "God That Failed," despite being slower and more groove-oriented than the band's earlier work, feature the same heavy riffs and heavier rhythms that have always been a feature of Metallica's music. The band goes introspective with "Unforgiven," and proves that they can write a ballad with "Nothing Else Matters," which succeeds better than one might expect. Overall, this is a high-energy album despite its laid-back approach, and is in many ways superior to the previous . . . And Justice for All, which was weakened by overly complicated song structures and mediocre production. -- Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not near their best
People are always going on and on about how this album is Metallica's best. Um.. look at the name METALlica and you'll see the name "Metal" in there. Their previous albums were masterpieces, just works of art. Then they pretty much go downhill after "... And Justice For All". Is it a coincidence that after Metallica's self proclaimed "Black Album" that their other CDs turned out to be total crap? This CD is the one that killed Metallica.

"Enter Sandman" - I think that they were trying too hard on this song. The guitars, drums and bass guitar were decent, but by no way standard to any of their talent.

"Sad but True" - They sold out with this song. Listen to Kid Rock, and you'll know why.

"Holier Than Thou" - This song is actually very good. One of the better songs on the CD.

"Unforgiven" - If Ulrich wrote this song, he should die. But if Hetfield did, he should just be whipped.

"Wherever I May Roam" - Just.. blah.

"Don't Tread on Me" - Actually one of the better songs Metallica has produced. Reminds me of the old Metallica.

"Through the Never" - This song sucks so much, I can't even remember how it goes.

"Nothing Else Matters" - What.. in the hell.. were they thinking? I mean, don't get me wrong, it's a good song. But it's too slow.

"Of Wolf and Man" - Lyrics are horrendous, riffs are original. But it is a catchy song.

"God That Failed" - Bass guitar was good, that's about it.

"My Friend of Misery" - Reminds me of the last song.

"Struggle Within" - Cheesy song.

If you're a true Metallica fan, you will agree with me that this is not even near their best album.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Album for New Metallica Fans
Ok, most of everybody has probably already heard the songs "Enter Sandman," "The Unforgiven" or "Nothing Else Matters." Why? Because they get some radio-play. They are probably the songs that get most listeners into this band and pretty soon they purchase all the albums and become a metallica fan. That's how i became a metallifan because The Black Album was the first studio album i bought. Now i own all the albums and i would have to say that their best are 'Master of Puppets' and 'Ride the Lightning.'
But the Black Album is a great album with a more melodic side compared to the previous album "..And Justice for All." Their songwriting has evolved into a more complex meaning. The rhythm in all the songs are very catchy and well all the solos are strong and powerful because Hammett remains as probably one of the best lead guitarist along with Dimebag Darrell, Kerry King and Marty Friedman.
Here are reviews for the songs:

Enter Sandman: One of their best and most popular songs of all. 5/5

Sad But True: Great song with great drum beats. its too bad kid rock took the rhythm for this song to make 'American Badass.'
4/5

Holier Than Thou: Probably one of the heaviest songs in the album. Otherwise a great song.
4.5/5

The Unforgiven: A great slow song that talks about the government controlling weaker peoples' lives.
5/5

Wherever I May Roam: The intro is really great. This is one of my favorite songs in the album.
5/5

Don't Tread on Me: .."Liberty or Death" this sounds something like from 'Justice for all'. Better than average song.
3.5/5

Through the Never: Another really heavy song. Not as good as Holier Than Thou.
3.5/5

Nothing Else Matters: THE SLOWEST SONG metallica has ever done. It is another radio-played song that is dedicated to loved ones.
4.5/5

Of Wolf And Man: Great intro and a catchy tune. Lars Ulrich does great with this song. some wolf moans and noises make this song be a perfect song for a Werewolf horror movie.
5/5

The God That Failed: Great song with a great bass tune in the beginning. This song is mostly about broken promises.
4.5/5

My Friend of Misery: Another of my favorite songs. It is the longest song in the album and has probably the best songwriting.
5/5

The Struggle Within: The last and probably the heaviest song in the album along with 'Holier' and 'Through the Never'. AMAZING drumming from Ulrich makes this song a favorite for the heavy-preffered fans.

5/5

This album is REALLY GOOD and it's probably the best album to start off from. If you prefer the more heavy-metal style, then 'Master of Puppets' would be the best. But overall, this one and the previous albums are the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Do the words, "Best CD Ever," mean anything to you?
There is no better hard rock band than Metallica. That issue isn't even up for question. They are amazing musicians who have stood the test of time and will never back down. Getting that out of the way, THE BLACK ALBUM as it is fondly called is specatacular. Although it has a few more slower tracks than fans are used to, it still has the in your face thrash metal that Metallica fans love.

Everybody knows who Kirk Hammet is, and if you don't, you don't know rock music. He is one of the greatest guitarists ever and is a brilliant musician. His bandmate James Hetfield is also amzing. Besides being a great guitar player, he is and excellent frontman. He has a low growling voice that can have it's softer moments too. Lars Ulrich, the drummer and the founder of the band is also a revolutionary rock musician. His drum solos are that of legend. And to think, he was almost going to be a pro-tennis player instead of a drummer for the best band ever.

Introductions done with, let's get to the CD. It starts out with the ever popular ENTER SANDMAN. This is one of Metallica's most famouse songs thanks to the ever present MTV. Besides it's overplay, it is a fantastic song. Next is SAD BUT TRUE, a track that really shows Lars' true abilities. There is nothing "sad" about this song. HOLIER THAN THOUGH comes next with a true Metallica spirit behind it along with good lyrics(like in every song). My favorite track comes next, THE UNFORGIVEN. It is the first of the slow ballads, but it still has it's kick-ass moment, such as Kirk's amazing solo. Following THE UNFORGIVEN, are three hard-hitting metal songs that all have self-explanatory titles. WHEREVER I MAY ROAM, DONT TREAD ON ME, and THROUGH THE NEVER. Another slow song comes next, that is and instant classic. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS. With great lyrics, guitar parts, and vocals, this song has nowhere better to go. All the other songs are great, but you've probably stopped reading this by now, and I'm tired of typing.

All in all, this is a great CD that I recomend for every rock fan out there, no matter what genre you like, you'll like this. ... Read more

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Weezer (Green Album)
Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 May, 2001)
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Weezer, those geek rockers who topped mid-'90s charts with those oh-so-precious pop fables "Undone (The Sweater Song)" and "Buddy Holly," were almost undone by 1997's bombastic Pinkerton. Their sophomore release turned its back on the band's clean-cut debut, with a thrash approach more influenced by Sabbath and Kiss than the Beach Boys. On their third album (self-titled, like their first, but referred to as the "Green Album"), the band makes a concentrated effort to return to anthemic '60s punky pop, demonstrating that, for Weezer at least, it's rather easy being green. In fact, one could say they're almost as green as Green Day, especially on "Knockdown Dragout." At their best, Weezer show such boundless energy and gleeful aplomb that you'd swear you were listening to a lost Badfinger album. Conversely, Rivers Cuomo's twisted genius makes its way onto the anxious and paranoid "Hash Pipe" and the jittery "Glorious Days," making the "Green Album" the most absorbing and rounded vision from these pop masters yet. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Don't call it a comeback...
...because this isn't the same Weezer that we knew in 1996. Oh sure, the hooks are all still there: the 60's style harmonies, the crunching guitars, the songs about girls. But gone is any kind of emotional investment in the songs. Rivers Cuomo himself has stated that he approaches songwriting as a technical exercise now, which really is a damn shame for a songwriter who poured so much of himself inot songs like "Say it Ain't So" and "The Good Life". So what,.exactly, are we left with on "The Green Album"? Well...not a lot. 28 minutes of pleasant (albeit empty) guitar-pop that chugs along on an extremely formulaic way. After repeated listenings, only "O Girlfried" displays any kind of emotional investment. Sure, "Photograph" and "Don't Let Go" are decent enough songs, but they're just not good enough to stand out from the rest of the album. Unfortunately, the one track that does stand out - Hash Pipe - does so because of its horribly insipid lyrics (wow! Rivers rhymed "hashpipe" with "a$$wipe". What a songwriter!) Maybe former bassist Matt Sharp was more important to the Weezer sound than anyone thought - his 1999 Rentals album "7 More Minutes" displays more energy, honesty, and life in one song than Weezer has packed into an entire album. In all, I give "the Green Album" an extremely generous two stars because it is catchy and because I like "O Girlfriend". Disappointing.

5-0 out of 5 stars By far, worth the wait
Weezer's newest CD, referred to affectionately as "the Green Album" by die-hard fans, had caused a bit of a stir in the fan base. Would it be more like the first CD? Or would it take another passionate turn like Pinkerton? Or would we find that Weezer has lost their talent? After five long years and less bass player Matt Sharp, Weezer has delivered its best yet. This highly original band continues to deliver surprise after poppy, lovable surprise on its addictive new release. Weezer loves to rock out and it shows. One cannot help but dance a bit and smile after a few short minutes. "Don't Let Go" and "Photograph" capture your heart in the spirit of The Cars and "Buddy Holly" before you party down to "Hash Pipe" and take a relaxing vacation on an "Island in the Sun" with your true love. Beautiful harmonies in "Smile" follow with the lovesick "little boy" Rivers Cuomo in another highschoolie classic, "O Girlfriend." Sure, they may be a little geeky. Emo, possibly. Childish, if you like. But aren't they cute? And don't tell me you're not singing along to every word. If you're sick of the depressing mullet-rock overtaking the airways nowadays, you'll love Weezer. They dare you to fall in love without abandon, to sing and dance and party your heart out until the next day breaks. Hopeful attitudes prevail in "Glorious Day" and "Simple Pages." Weezer once again delivers quality material througout their entire release, contributing yet another 150% awesome, endlessly replayable CD to the teens, kids, and the starry-eyed kids in all of us.

3-0 out of 5 stars tony moore is a dooshbag
This record isnt pinkerton or the blue record but I'd rather listen to this record than any of the fake,emotionless crap that dominates the commercial music world at this point...(staind,limpbizkit,lincoln park,creed,nicklebackt,ect or whatever...Hey tony lets hear one that u wrote,cause u sound like a musician without the chops who cant make it... ... Read more

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Hybrid Theory (+2 Bonus Tracks)
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 February, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest cd's of all time
Linkin Park is my favorite band. They're so awesome. I didn't even like alternative untill I found out about them. Their music is really cool and it gets you pumped up. All the songs on the cd are awesome. This cd is really good. You have to get it. It's really good because it's not like heavy metal stuff, it's just awesome alternative. Linkin Park rules. I'm waiting for Linkin Park to come out with another cd.

5-0 out of 5 stars Alternative Album of the Year
It's hard to put this album into a particular category of music. It has the powerful drive of good alternative music mixed with lines of melodic rap. The sound that Linkin Park produces is incredibly good. The sound is similar to Limp Bizkit, but clean and higher quality. If you've heard them on the radio, you've probably heard a lot of "One Step Closer"-a good song, but not one of the best on the album. The 2 bonus tracks at the end of this album add a lot. While the rest of the songs on the album have a similar sound, both of the bonus tracks prove that Linkin Park can do an unbelievable job at setting more than one kind of mood. The chorus of "High Voltage" is distorted to sound a bit electronic. This song drops the heavy guitars and features more rap than the other songs. It's a good song, but nothing to write home about. "My December" on the other hand, is perhaps the best mellow ballad I have ever heard, with a sound similar to that of Counting Crows' "Colorblind". "My December", however is a bit less sedative and is a song that you will want to play over and over again the first time you hear it. This song altogether abandons the rap-rock genre with a refreshing slow, reflective mood. Every song on this album is high quality, not one is a disappointment. This CD is a must-have for every collection!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome
When I got this CD ,I listened to it like ten times. It was great . I mean just Runaway and A Cure for the Itch make it awsome. Seriously this and Meteora are definatly CDs to buy if you already don't have it . ... Read more

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Infest
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 April, 2000)
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Papa Roach is a breed apart in the nearly overfull rap-rock arena. The Northern California-bred quartet lacks the bluster of Limp Bizkit and the political agenda of Rage Against the Machine, instead serving up an ultra-intense, highly personal brand of funk-punk-rock-rap on their stunning major-label debut. Closer in spirit to Faith No More than Korn, Papa Roach's signature sound is defined by Coby Dick's raspy, forceful vocals. Dick's pointed lyrics astutely address everything from divorce ("Broken Home") and attention deficit disorder ("Thrown Away") to alcoholism ("Binge"). Jerry Horton's memorable, melodic, and insinuating guitar lines and the band's aggro, moshable rhythms provide added weight. Papa Roach's intensity is never forced; the songs here are varied, discrete, tuneful, and cohesive. Indeed, the mellow, reggae- like "Tightrope" is as compelling as the commanding "Last Resort," making Infest one of the most arresting heavy-music debuts of 2000. -- Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Decent. Few Slips.
Papa Roach's debut disc, Infest, is your average rap/metal album:hate-driven lyrics about the world and songs of "Broken Home"s. I don't see why this album's averaged rating is so bad. This is a really good CD. But there is a few bad songs. You'll see.

1.Infest-1/5-I don't like this. Boring beginning and overall bad song.
2.Last Resort-4/5-Yeah, you've heard it. Would've been a 5, but I've listened to it too much.
3.Broken Home-4/5-I think this is pretty much Coby Dick's past. Sad...but, it's a good song. Cool guitar intro.
4.Dead Cell-5/5-This is the best song here. The whole thing's fast. Rap/Metal at it's finest.
5.Between Angels and Insects-4/5-This song's OK. Nothing else to say.
6.Blood Brothers-5/5-I know you heard this on the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 soundtrack, so I won't put anything.
7.Revenge-5/5-This is a very dark song about a girl "abused with forks, knives and razorblades" getting...revenge!
8.Snakes-4/5-This is a dark song, too. More rap than rock, but still some rock. Thank God.
9.Never Enough-5/5-I like the guitar solo at the beginning. The versed are very...different. Good sound. 2nd best.
10.Binge-1/5-I've listened to this once and didn't like it, so I can't review it.
11.Thrown Away-1/5-See #11.

Overall, this is a good effort from Papa Roach. Get it if you like Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, POD, or Crazy Town.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good rock
This is a great rock album. I personally wouldn't call them a nu-metal band, their sound is much more consistent and exciting than what I usually see around these new bands. Highly recommended! Check it out

5-0 out of 5 stars Papa Roach RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am one of the many real Papa Roach fans, by that i mean, i like all their music and ive been lucky enough to see them in concert, they were amazing and the concert featured songs from their first major album Infest and their second album Lovehatetragedy. Both albums are amazing! Both are worth getting, however they are both different. The first album contains more rap..which is great, (e.g Revenge, Snakes) and the hidden track after Thrown Away called Tight rope is amazing! At first i didn't recognize who it was by, because Coby sounds so different, the song sounds more melodic and its different to Papa Roaches usual style.I wont go through every single song on both albums, but Infest and Lovehatetragedy are 2 of the best albums i have. Here are some of my favourite songs on both albums:
Infest:
Infest-great opening to the album
Last Resort-their first single? An amazing song
Broken home-one of the best on the album
Between Angels & Insects-this song was sensational in concert
Blood Brothers-love the whole song

Lovehatetragedy:
Time and TIme again-so catchy!
Walking thru barbed wire-one of the best songs on the album
Decompression period-a depressing song that means alot
She loves me not-a funky tune lol with a cool rap part
Black Clouds-great again
Bonus tracks gouge away and never said it are great!!!
(Someone called josh said that he can't believe kids actually like papa roach and give it 5 stars, well maybe he should try spelling first :p nothin personal but p-roach rock, sorry if u can't handle the album-you should leave the real paparoach fans to rate it!) P.s PAPAROACH AREN POISON :P THEY RULE AND CAN ACTUALLY SING. ... Read more

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The Living End
Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 February, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Forget Silverchair, these Aussies are the shiznit!
The Living End. What a name for a promising up and coming rock band. If they are the best of what's to come, we are all in for a big treat. Although the lyrics are sometimes a little simple, as on the songs "Strange" or "Bloody Mary" there is no denying the promise this band shows. Their seamless connection of three genres, ska, punk, and rockabilly is amazing, and they pull it all off very credibly. In terms of sound they come off as a clash between the Clash and Brian Setzer, quite a unique hybrid at that. Still, regardless of the innovativeness and originality at play here, what's important is that the band pulls it off; almost effortlessly. Songs like "I Want a Day", "Have they Forgotten?", "Fly Away" , "Growing Up", "Second Solution", "Save the Day" and hit single "Prisoner of Society" are good examples of the Oi-punk/ska and rockabilly mix that is so elusive, melodic and oh so catchy. Highly innovative and well-read in the schools of rockabilly, punk, ska and straight ahead rock n'roll, the Living End takes cues from everyone from Elvis to the Reverend Horton Heat to Sid Vicious. Their exceptional musicianship and keen sense of purpose only helps to further their cause. Quite simply, in a genre like punk rock that has been virtually carpet-bombed with over-hyped, pissed off dissidents with not enough sense to rub together a coherent thought, Australia's The Living End is the real shrimp on the Barbie.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Living End Rocks On
For many yankees on the mainland who havent heard of this great aussie band listen up. Go out now and buy this cd. Every person that I have showed this to has fallen in love with the band. Chris Cheney on vocals and guitar will honestly blow you away, and having an upright bass, reminiscent of the Stray Cats, adds an edge to this music that many bands cannot achieve. There really isn't a genre you could accurately put this record into, because it takes varied styles, rockabilly, punk, oi, british pop, and ska and mixes them into something seldom heard. This first lp of TLE is their best to date, but if you end up loving this definetly go out and buy all their other cds, Hellbound/It's for your own Good and Roll On. Although they seldom play shows in the U.S., they are amazing live and hopefully will come out to promote their newest album. Still skeptic? Download Prisoner of Society and you may understand.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I live in the 'not so well off' areas of Australia and I have to say songs like 'West End Riot' really sum it up so well. It just sounds so authentic to that style of living. For instance, Country music takes you to a farm with a soft wind blowing and lots of green grass. This music, when I hear it, I can see the streets of poorer areas of Sydney. Make no mistake, this is first class 'Punk'. Actually, I recently heard a song of theirs on radio and it sounded so mainstream, but when this album came out, I was in yr.8, and I remember the stirr it caused. I mean of course there were always hard-corse who only liked anything that was at least as heavy as Pantera but for the everyday soughts. This album isn't about some introspective person worrying about some feeling in their heart, these are hard-hitting social issues that are true of News items. My favourite track would have to be 'Monday' about public schools, but I like the music more than anything, 'Have they forgotten', a song abotu morals, and of-course, 'Save the day', it's so energetic. ... Read more

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S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 September, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!! the young incubus had major talent
this album wuz one of the best ive ever bought!! yes i did give the cd time to grow on me. by all means i will do a song by song review:

1.Redefine - excellent mix of scratching and guitars. good opener. amazing bass solo.(8/10)

2. vitamin - WOW this song grew on me enormously. i has a great course and cool weird lyrics (9/10)

3. new skin - hmmm......... probably the second best song on the album. great chorus and guitar (9/10)

4. idiot box - cool song, cool guitar and bass rythm, cool lyrics
(7/10)

5. glass - to me this song iz nuthing special, but i guess itz ok
(5/10)

6. magic medicine- good instrumental with a cool bassline. not as good as battlestar though
(7/10)

7. a certain shade of green - oh my god this has got to be one of the best incubus songs ever!! sweet guitars and bass and vocals from brandon. alot of peepl say new skin iz the best song on this cd but this one iz way better!!
(10/10)

8. favorite things - just another song to me with rebellious lyrics that i like
(5/10)

9. summer romance - ok. good guitar distortion and vocals

10. nebula - crazy awesome song. i love how the styles switch so fast. this song is a work of art. it grew on me the most
(10/10)

11. deep inside - rilly kool bass intro. ok song
(6/10)

12. calgone - a quite strange song. funny lyrics.

hidden track - i think it iz stupid. sum parts are funny though

buy this cd!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Incubus Rocks!
Just to Start of incubus rocks! and this is there best CD ever! Well I'm kind of person who will rate every song for it's self so here it is

1. REEFINE: great song has a really nice tune plus lyrics even though if you listen to it to much you get bored of it 3/5

2. VITAMIN: one of my favorites really like it's chorus plus just has a great tune to it 4/5

3. NEW SKIN: probably the biggest hit on this CD and has a cool ending 4/5

4. IDIOT BOX: cool track not much to say about it even though it's beginning is the best 3/5

5. GLASS: my favorite nothing but an excellent track 5/5

6.MAGIC MEDCINE: even though this has no words in it still rock has a good calm tune 4/5

7.A CERTAIN SHADE OF GREEN: pretty heavy and i think there second radio hit 4/5

i'm too lazy to write the stuff about the other songs but just read this: 8.FAVRIOT THINGS: 4/5 9.SUMMER ROMANCE (ANTI GRAVITY LOVE SONG) 5/5 10.NEBULA 4/5 11.DEEP INSIDE: 5/5 CALGONE: 4/5 HIDDEN TRACK: 5/5 well pretty much its the best cd ever and if you want every thing out of Incubus get SCIENCE!

5-0 out of 5 stars Revelations
Quite a while ago, I picked up Morning View. I liked it a lot, but it wasn't enough for me to keep looking for Incubus (and the fact that I only ever found songs from Make Yourself didn't help). Then one day in a restaurant, I heard some music playing that I really liked the sound of. It sounded like Brandon singing, but there was no way the Incubus I knew could be playing music like this! So I made a mental note of the one lyric I could pick out, and then searched for it. Turns out it was "Favorite Things" and as soon as I found out where it came from, and having listened to one or two other songs on the album, I went and bought it.

At first listen I was more surprised by the difference between S.C.I.E.N.C.E. and Morning View than anything. I didn't really understand what was going on with the music - the funky, syncopated groove of songs like 'Redefine' and 'New Skin' went right over my head. 'Vitamin' was much more friendly, since I listen to a lot of hard rock and it immediately seemed right at home (this CD has a lot of bass in the mix. I blew my speakers listening to 'Vitamin' too loud ;) A couple of the songs I just didn't understand - like the heavy-quiet 'Idiot Box,' and 'Magic Medicine' with its bass, drums, and children's book reading, while others like 'Glass' and 'Deep Inside' I loved the first time I heard them.

The CD stayed in my player for about a month, and over that time I finally started to get my head around the idea of funk - and I realized that I really liked it, especially when fused with the hard rock that I like so much. This combination put Incubus in my top 4 favorite bands, along with I Mother Earth, Spacehog, and Dream Theater.

If you like funk or hard rock and are looking for a little new music, give this album a listen. If you really like A Crow Left Of The Murder and are looking for more along those lines, try Make Yourself or Morning View instead. If you want to see Incubus' true roots, check this album out. No true Incubus fan that I know likes only their new stuff.

The only problem I have with it is the fact that it's Incubus' only album like this. More musical, tighter, and more polished than their previous stuff, but before they turned to where they are now. Their new music isn't a compromise made for radio play or anything - they just took a COMPLETELY different direction. If you listen to 'A Crow Left Of The Murder' and 'S.C.I.E.N.C.E.' it sounds like two different bands. ... Read more

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Smash
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!!!
Well, I can honestly say this is a great CD. It's also the one that brought the Offspring to their fame. Yes, Ignition and their self-titled album are also good, but they really weren't noticed until Smash. Many people also think this was the peak of the Offspring's career, but I have to disagree. They sound just as good now as they did back in 1994 when Smash was made. So, here's the track-by-track rundown:

Time to Relax- 8.5/10 This gets you in the mood for the rest of the CD. Seems like how they'd treat you in first class on an airplane.

Nitro (Youth Energy)- 10/10 A fast-paced song which is a great way to kick off the CD. Solid drumming plus the live fast lyrics make it a hit the whole way through.

Bad Habit- 9/10 Second song I heard on the CD, it's a solid piece. About a road rager who seems a little too much on the edge. Sadly, I know people who will end up like this.

Gotta Get Away- 9.5/10 A good opening baseline and chords kick this one off, and the lyrics suit the song well, along with the way they come out. It's about a guy who needs some "alone time" to really look at himself, kind of to be someone else.

Genocide- 9.5/10 This song depicts the life of a country fighting within itself, I think it could be a good song for Blackhawk Down. Solid guitar riffs and a fast-paced chorus.

Something to Believe In- 9.75/10 A lot of people don't like this song, and though the chorus just does repeat itself a lot, I think it's a well written tune, and the lyrics are strong and they show how people will try and get you to do something based on their beliefs.

Come Out and Play- 9.25/10 Easily the equivalent of Pretty Fly or Original Prankster, this fun song shows the violence of schools today, with a nice funky sound.

Self-Esteem- 10/10 When I first got the CD, this was the only song I'd heard, and I figured it would be the only one I'd like, but I was horribly wrong. This song has some great chords, and Dexter's voice is really good on this one. It's about a guy who's girlfriend constantly mistreats him and cheats on him, but he thinks that's ok.

It'll Be a Long Time- 9.5/10 This is a solid song, although the singing seems a bit off. It's about how places can crumble in an instant, and it'll be a while before everything can be right again.

Killboy Powerhead- 8.5/10 It's a really short song, just like much of the second half of the CD is, and the chorus gets repeated for much of it. It's a cover of another band's song, and it sounds just as good as the original.

What Happened to You?- 10/10 Even though it's short, I like the ska-punk sound of it. It's about a friend who was once sane and in control, but after doing drugs is totally out of it.

So Alone- 8.75/10 A super short song, it's basically screaming thw whole time, yet oddly enough, it still sounds good. I'm not sure what this is about, though.

Not the One- 10/10 This is a great song about the fact that although there are problems in the world, it's not our fault and we shouldn't blame ourselves for them. A cool intro on this one.

Smash- 9.75/10 Nice song, saying how you shouldn't do stuff just because other people are doing it.

That's the rundown of the songs on of the greatest CDs. Definitely pick this one up, even if you don't like the Offspring. You will be amazed at how good this one sounds.

5-0 out of 5 stars Offspring's Finest
Smash is the album that made the offspring famous and its deffinatly their best work. Sure, this CD might be from 1994, but it's still awesome

1)Time to Relax- an intro, so nothing to worry about. no rating
2)Nitro (Youth Energy)- a catchy drum line at the beginning and powerful sound. the song has great lyrics that will fill you with energy. the song is basically a song about teens doing what they want. 10/10
3)Bad Habit- a very funny song that starts out w/ just slow bass, then turns into a really rocking song. the lyrics are amusing and shows the humor that these guys posess. the song is about someone w/ road rage 10/10
4)Gotta Get Away- 1 of the hits, it's got a great sounding intro and a catchy sounding chorus. the song is about someone who is paranoid and can't stand himself 9/10
5)Genocide- its got a very catchy punk sound w/ good but not great lyrics. the song is about how people fend for themselves and walk all over the little guy 10/10
6)Something to Believe In- 1 of their political songs, its about society falling apart. the song starts out slow, but gets faster and has a good sound 9/10
7)Come Out And Play- 1 of the hits, its the song that made them famous. the song has kind of a strange, but catchy middle eastern sound to it. it also has a great sounding chorus. the song is a sarcastic look on teenage gang violence 9/10
8)Self Esteem- 1 of the hits, the song has a more mid-tempo sound and is organized strangely, but has awesome lyrics. you can just visualize the situation going on- the guy trys so hard to look for love, but all hit gets is abuse. but that's all made up for when he gets sex(...) 10/10
9)It'll Be a Long Time- 1 of their political songs, it gets faster and has a more punk sound as it goes a long. the song is about how the the superpowers (ie usa and brits) do what they want, but in turn harm the rest of the world 9/10
10)Killyboy Powerhead- a dijets cover, the song has rather pointless and repetitive lyrics, but an ok sound with good guitar 7/10
11)What Happened To You?- a very fast paced song w/ high energy and almost a ska sound. the song has some good lyrics that move fast. it is about a good person who fried their brains on drugs 9/10
12)So Alone- the hardest sounding song on the CD, it is about loneliness and depression. however, the song is so short (a minute 15 seconds) that its hard too enjoy 7/10
13)Not The One- 1 of their political songs, it is about how society's problems are passed on to the next generation even though they didnt cause them. the song has a good punk bass and drum beat 9/10
14)Smash- the best song on the CD! it has an awesome sound and a great solo. it also has the perfect lyrics for a punk song and it is about doing what you want and not conforming. the song is actually 3 minutes long, but if you keep listening, there are about 5 minutes or so of instrumental pieces, after it 10/10

5-0 out of 5 stars this is why everybody likes offspring
this album rocks. the singles for this are the kinda songs you dont mind hearing over and over on the radio. the rest of the songs in this are good and is the best offspring cd out there. they may not be the most hardcore punk band out, but who cares? ... Read more

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Ten
Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Of A Dynasty
Okay everyone knows how Pearl Jam came to be, the members of Pearl Jam rooted in the seattle bands Green River, and Mother Love Bone, its lead singer (Eddie Vedder) who was with the seattle supergroup, Temple of the Dog. Ten was their debut release following the heels of the groundbreaking "Nevermind" by Nirvana. Everyone also knows it would be Ten that would launch Pearl Jam in the same orbit as Nirvana. but lets break down what Ten is, although it is Pearl Jam's most commercially sucessful album to date (due to the following albums absence of music videos, which i fully support), the sum is greater than its parts. Aside from Evenflow and Jeremy, we have the sonic rocker Deep which i find is sort of Eddie Vedders road map to stardom. The deep perplexic Garden, The gorgeous ballad Oceans, To the most underrated track in the Pearl Jam catalog, the moving Release. Which sometimes makes me still cry after all these years. Some say this is the album for all new Pearl Jam listners to get, I say get it because its the foundation. Even if your looking for something listen to or a group to get into, pick this one up and discover the dynasty's foundation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Emotional Release, Not Pent Up Anger
Admittedly I don't take to Pearl Jam the way many of their more hardcore fans do. I understand that PJ represents a complete change in the music scene, but as far as the "these guys changed my life" sentiments, I'll have to pass.

What PJ and their debut album Ten are at heart is good rock. PJ are a throwback to the 60s when rock was supposed to send a message to the listener. Personally I've always found those types of recordings a bit preachy. But PJ does it in such a way that it's more of a release than a burden to listen to.

Ten deals more with emotional letting go and dealing with things than in the actual rage that you bottle up because of these awful things. In this respect they are the exact opposite of Nirvana. It is the release of this rage and the catharsis that it brings on that makes Ten an emotionally charged album.

Ten is easily PJ's most rock oriented album. There's little experimentation here. The songs are basic and they rock. Ten is not my personal PJ favorite, but it's a very close second to Vs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music, great debut album
Not so often, have I seen and heard so much good music on one record. I got the album two years after it was released and it was like an explosion, literally, at least for me. I was a little bit sceptical at the beginning, especially not liking Nirvana, but so surprised after hearing it. It was nothing like anything I heard before. The music is absolutely absorbing, breathtaking and soulful at the same time, great guitar playing, good rock with still enough rhythm to be listened to by the crowd. Not to talk about Eddie Vedder's voice and his way of singing. The first time I heard Alive I couldn't believe anybody can have a voice like that and can sing a great and said story like Jeremy or deeply personal lyrics like Alive or Black so well. Truly amazing. I would recommend this album to absolutely everybody who appreciates good music, good lyrics, and great voice. Probaly the best voice.... ... Read more

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Sublime
Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars RADIO HIITS, WHO CARES, STILL A GREAT CD!!
I don't get why some people will give a cd a lower rating cause it gets radio play. You shouldn't like or dis-like a cd cause some of its songs on the radio. Anyway i'm a huge Sublime and own all there cd's (execpt stand by your van) I think this cd doesn't get enough credit just because excellent songs like what i got, wrong way, santeria and doin time are played on the radio. It also holds some other gems like Garden Grove, April 29, 1992 (Miami) which has a great story line, Same in the end, Burritos, Get Ready and Caress Me Down. The best song has to be what i got (reprise) when you listen to it just makes u feel good. In my oppion this is Sublimes second best album behind 40 oz to freedom, but it is still great.......... mad love out to lou dog and RIP BRAD..........PEACE!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE GREATEST CDs OF ALL TIME
If you haven't heard Sublime before, I suggest buying this CD. It's full of ska, reggae, punk, rap, and hip-hop. All of the songs are great, energetic, and they all sound different. This is how I would rate each song:
(1)Garden Grove:A++
(2)What I Got:A+
(3)Wrong Way:A+
(4)Same In The End:A+
(5)April 26, 1992:A+
(6)Santeria:A+
(7)Seed:A+
(8)Jailhouse:A
(9)Pawn Shop:A
(10)Paddle Out:A
(11)Balled Of Johny Butt:A
(12)Burritos:A
(13)Under My Voodoo:A
(14)Get Ready:A
(15)Caress Me Down:A+
(16)What I Got(reprise):A
(17)Doin' Time:A+

This is the last CD that Sublime made before Brad passed away, and it's one of their best. It's to bad he went away at the height of their success, but he new some day he would "lose the war".-Pool Shark

R.I.P. Brad Nowell

5-0 out of 5 stars Bradley Nowell sounds even better now that he's Dead.
"Sublime" is one of my favorite albums of all time and it is by far the best Sublime record. Listening to "Sublime" is like the equivelant to watching an episode of Cops. There are songs about prostitutes, pawn shops, weed, race riots, and guns. All good fun!
Some highlights are:
"Garden Grove"- I like when Bradley goes through the list of reasons why his soul is unsound.
"Same in the End"- Totally rocks.
"Seed"- Totally rocks too.
"Burritos"- Should have been another single. ... Read more

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...And Out Come The Wolves
Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Punk Immersion...I Thank the Fab Four of Ska-Punk!
While the first CDs I ever got were Throwing Copper by Live, Smash by The Offspring, and Vitalogy by Pearl Jam, I never actually knew what the hell punk was. Sure, like everybody else, I knew songs like "I Wanna Be Sedated", but I didn't know about punk at all until fall last year. Then I was introduced to big time punk bands like Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, and RANCID. The very first time I heard the CD, I found myself singing along to "Roots, Radicals", doing all those uniquely masculine motions known as air guitar to every song, and realizing that Limp Bacon is not a real musical band, just like N*Sync.... Wes Borland, I'll take Lars Frederiksen any day!

This album is easily the crowning achievement of Rancid's career. After all, it's sold something like 8 million copies...for punk? Eesh! That's like superstardom! But it is deserved stardom. With great ska-punk hooks, very catchy lyrics, and songs that don't express mindless rage like the aggro rap-rock... scene does these days, ...And Out Come the Wolves is far and away my favorite sing-along punk experience. Buy this CD (or burn it...it's cheaper!) now, plug in and enjoy. I guarantee even non-punk fans will love this, and possibly be converted to the "other side" as I was.

*If you're already an established punker, then check out Lars Frederiksen ... another addicting album.*

5-0 out of 5 stars Not true punk, but music I enjoy
OK, before you disbiss my 5 star review of ..And Out Come the Wolves as something written by some prepubescent junior high wish-I-was punk with spiked bracelets and converse high tops who goes to the Warped Tour and likes NOFX and Green Day, hear me out. I'm not any of what I mentioned before, and I DO know what true punk is (Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Misfits, Sex Pistols, Minor Threat, etc.) and I am a huge fan of it and all the bands mentioned before. That being said, you're probably wondering why I'm not giving this a one-star review and saying something like, "these Rancid dudes are such poseurs, they're killing punk, blah blah blah..."

Well, first of all, I've learned reviews like that are usually just skipped over and seldom taken seriously. Second, I actually listened to the CD was floored. From the bass bolo to the opening song ("Maxwell Murder"), to the anthemic chorus of "Roots Radicals", to the ska-ish feel of songs like "Time Bomb" and "Old Friend", I was shocked at how much I was enjoying a band that I had always thought was a band for punk poseurs who wear black and sport poorly fashioned mohawks and usually are about 14-15 years old. In a way, I was, and still am, right, but since this is supposed to be a music review, I won't go there. This was my first Rancid CD and definitely wasn't my last. After seeing this record on many of the Amazon.com Listmania punk lists, I decided to give it a try. The first track, "Maxwell Murder" is definitely a pure punk song with a god-like bass solo in the middle via Matty Freeman. This track, though great, is rather misleading as to what the rest of the album will be. I heard MM and was half-expecting the rest of the album to be along these lines, so you could imagine how I felt after hearing the second track, "The 11th Hour". It wasn't disappointment by any stretch, but more of a shock.

After hearing the rest of the album, I learned that this was not a true punk rock record, but I was far from disappointed with my purchase. This music is great, fast, catchy, and will keep you coming back for more. I've had it for about 2 years, and have since bought other Rancid records (Let's Go and Rancid 2000). And while I am forced to agree with the masses that this is Rancid's best work, I cannot say that this is a good representation of Rancid's punk rock. If you want a pure punk record by Rancid, go for Rancid 2000 (Let's Go is a bit too light in my opinion).

Bottom Line: Not true punk, but damn good music.

4-0 out of 5 stars i wont get sick of this for a long time
this is a good album for youger people just getting into rancid.
when i got this album i listened to it so many times and i didnt get sick of it like i normally would. It is melodic and has good choruses.there is some great bass playing also. best songs are junkie man back to olympia and journey to the end. ... Read more

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Phunk Junkeez
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Phunky Phunky ...
I had a blast at their video taping of Bounce and had the opportunity to hear some of their other stuff! Love it! I'm having a hard time finding this one. Please re-release it! Phunk Junkeez are phantastic!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Fun CD
This cd is just a blast to listen to. I have had it for over 3 years now and still love to listen to it. If you are easily offended you should not buy this cd though. This cd is totally a party cd or a cd that will help to put you in a good mood after a hard day. Just sit back listen and go crazy.

2-0 out of 5 stars lacks the funk
not as good as injected and fear of a wack planet but it is ok but not all that good. i think phunk junkeez got there sound rocking on injected but in this cd there sound isn't all that rockin. so buy injected first then buy this cd. ... Read more

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2Pac - Greatest Hits
Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits
This is a really good collection of 2Pac's Greatest Hits. Of the 2 cd's, DISC TWO is probably the better disc. Disc one's best songs are Keep Ya Head Up (a great song, proving he has enormous respect for females), 2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted (great collab. with snoop dogg, i aint a fan of snoop dogg at all but this is a great song), God Bless The Dead (another great song, love the music), Hit Em Up (2pac and the outlawz completely go off in this song! awesome diss on biggie, lil kim, etc, check out the last verse, 2pac cuts sick!), and the rest of the songs are tight too. Disc two pretty much every song is the best. Troublesome 96, Brenda's Got A Baby, I Ain't Mad At Cha, I Get Around, Changes (very classic song, sad song too), California Love, Picture Me Rollin', How Long Will They Mourn Me? (one of my favorites), Dear Mama (possibly the best song on the album), All About U, To Live & Die LA (classic 2pac, nothing else needed to be sed), and Heartz Of Men is a good way to finish off. Overall, this sums up 2pac's career near-perfectly. However, it is still missing some of the best 2pac songs ever, such as Part Time Mutha, and Me And My Girlfriend. Nevertheless, you MUST own this album if you call yourself a rap fan. If you don't, your opinion is garbage, fo' real.

3-0 out of 5 stars Seems more like, "Death Row's Greatest 2Pac Hits"
I'm not gonna give this album five stars just because it's 2Pac. This is because, even though it's good to relive memories on such songs as "I Get Around" and "Hail Mary", there are a few flaws present. "All About U" cuts out Snoop's dialogue and is replaced with a Snoop-soundalike named Top Dogg doing a freestyle. "Changes" features lyrics previously heard in "I Wonder if Heaven Got a Ghetto". And lastly, it seems like Suge and co. really wanted people to know that 2Pac was on Death Row because the majority of songs on here are from All Eyez on Me and The 7 Day Theory, while "If My Homies Call" and "Holler if You Hear Me" are noticeably absent. In the place of those are anti-Bad Boy songs like "God Bless the Dead" and "Hit 'Em Up" (like we really need to be reminded about what could have possibly gotten him killed in the first place).

R.I.P. Tupac, and I pray that Death Row won't keep depending on your legacy to make money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Asome CD
I love all the songs from the CD from Keep ya Heap Up to It's all About You. I have it on Tape and now I'm going to have it on CD. It's a must have for 2pac fans. ... Read more

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Californication
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Pride of Ca.
I've listened to the Red Hot Chili Peppers offhandedly throughout the years, but "Californication" was definitely the album that made me stand back and take notice of these guys. I was lucky enough to see them live, where they still perform with heart and energy, and it was the songs from this album that got to me the most in the large arena I was in. "Californication" deserves all of its accolodes and multi-platinum status. Anthony Kiedis gets his b-boy chops going immediately on the frantic opener, "Around the World," one of several hit radio singles from this album. Right away, you get a sense of confidence, love of life, a peaceful way of thinking, diversity, and collective musical communication from each member. No lie, these guys turn it on in a big way. "Parallel Universe" is another prime example of the Pepper's lust for life, a vibrato guitar-heavy tune that make you want to jump all around in ecstacy, especially at the boastful chorus. These guys have gone from fun-loving funk rockers to definite classic rock status, on such sweet tunes as "Californication" and "Scar Tissue," the latter of which contains wrenching guitar licks by John Frusciante and great vocals on the chorus tag line.

I must also say that I'm most impressed with the lyrics of Anthony Kiedis, a man who seems to go from braggartly silly to pretty heavy from one song to the next like there's nothing to it. He usually doesn't hide his lyrical content with strange metaphors or mumble his words or drown them out with the surrounding music. The guy is bold, clear-as-a-bell, and obviously happy to be one of the biggest current frontmen in rock and roll music. Song after song on "Californication" just blows you away. Danceable tunes include "Get on Top," "I Like Dirt," "Purple Stain," and "Right on Time." These tunes send out a righteous and positive vibe, an aura that guys like Limp Bizkit couldn't convey with hand written instructions. If you buy this record simply for the radio hits, you'll be amazed at what you stumbled upon. The non-hits like "Easily" and the entire back half of the album are every bit as good.

"Porcelain" slows everything down to a tender moment, Kiedis taking a break from his non-stop rhyming assault, singing, and vocal belting of everything under the California sun. "This Velvet Glove" is a lyric heavy song where Kiedis gracefully lays it all out: "It's such a waste to be wasted in the first place," he complains knowingly. "My will is well," he cries out later, making it a song of new-starts and redemption. John Frusciante is to be commended for his quircky guitar work and contributing soft vocals, which offset Anthony's more bellowing tone of voice. Finally, if these guys choose to release another single, they would do well with "Purple Stain," a song with a hip-hop, funk beat, a drawling chorus that states once again their State of choice within the Union, and finally, a murky haziness of guitars that end the awesome song. Friends, do yourself a favor and discover these guys all over again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Smart, Touching, Cruel, and Honest
A blend of everything that is American music comes together in the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As the millenium closed and rock was dying, out came Scar Tissue. Spewing blood and past memories on the floor, a group of former heroin-junkies released a tired salsa-flavored pop-rock tune. At first scoffed at, it caught on to symbolize something much more than the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It symbolized an America that was looking over its shoulder scared and running from something.

Even though America looked back with Scar Tissue, it gave the Peppers hope. The album that wasn't supposed to sell started to sell. The ... Red Hot Chili Peppers had written an album's worth of morose twisted tales with equally enchanting, and beautiful drumming, basslines, and guitar work.

Anthony Kiedis deserves props for the lyric sheet to Scar Tissue alone. Added onto that "Other Side" and "Californication" and Kiedis became the poet laurette for rock music in 1999.... On this album though, [Guitarist Jon Frusciante] takes it one step further. He becomes a certifiable rock God, that all guitarists should look to to copy.

Flea is just the best bassist out there. Only Sting and Paul McCartney have had a bigger impact on modern music using the bass.

The drummer Chad Smith deserves props because he never had an ... addiction and stuck with the three above nutcases. He also is just a bruising, great drummer.

This CD is a river of nightmares, but also of dreams, it is ultimately the Chili Peppers exorcism into the new millenium. A fitting end and a great beginning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Top heavy, good stuff nevertheless...
"Californication" is top notch Chili Peppers, but the best tracks on the album are definitely in the beginning. 'Around the World' is one of the best openers ever, and it rocks hard. 'Scartissue' is a radio hit and so is 'Otherside', and 'Easily' is easily (sorry) one of the best tracks on the album. The title track is the best track and speaks of West Coast superficiality. The rest of the album is scattered and not very cohesive, but it includes a variety of different songs and some sound a little experimental. "Californication" was one of the most successful rock albums of the 90's and rightfully so. Highly recommended. ... Read more

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Punk in Drublic
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Punk
ummmm...NOFX rocks. They might be the best punk band to hit the scene in the last 20 years, and this might be their best work. Fat Mike's lyricisim is better than ever on this record, his writing is incredible and the rest of his band is well above average too, Eric Melvin's name isn't in Guitar World or pretty much anywhere else for that matter, but he's probably one of punk's better six stringers. El Hefe, and Erik the drummer are also both awesome musicians. In any case, NOFX's "Punk In Drublic" rules. It's 17 straight songs of pure, wild, blow the roof off punk rock. It's a hard CD to describe, all I can really say is that if you're a real punk fan, you own this cd or you're going to buy it. Highlights..."Linoleum", "Don't Call Me White", "Leave It Alone", "Perfect Government" and the best beer drinking song about Jewish people ever writtern, "THE BREWS"! Go get this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just Buy It and it is spelled NOFX not NoFX
I love this cd. This was the first NOFX album I bought.I listen to this cd all the time.It's that cd that about all NOFX fans have and is a great album if you're just getting into NOFX.Anything from 1991 and on from NOFX is great. Lets get to the tracks.

1.Linoeum:10/10 Unbeleivable song, greatlyrics.
2.Leave it Alone:10/10 I love this song too, really catchy. Cool video.
3.Dig:10/10 One of my favorite songs on this album.Again great lyrics and I really like the ska.
4.The Cause:10/10 Awesome song.
5.Don't Call Me White:10/10 Rad song, its super catchy and I really like the lyrics. One of my favorites.
6.My Heart is Yearning: N/A Funny opera type song.
7.Perfect Government:9/10 Good cover song.
8.The Brews:8.5/10 I thought it was the best song when I first heard it. But now I'm kinda tired of it. Wonder why the fans didn't cath on to the song Dig.
9.The Quass:9.5/10 No lyrics but it is really cool and is a great transition into Dying Degree.
10.Dying Degree:10/10 Lotsa energy.Kinda melancholy. It really should've been a single. It is one of the best songs on here.
11.Fleas:8/10Good more downbeat song.
12.Lori Myers:9/10 Again little melancholy, but this song is great. A girl from The Muffs sings the last half of the song.
13.Jeff Wears Birken Stocks:10/10 Awesome energy. I really like it. Really
14.Punk Guy(cause he does punk things):10/10 Funny song. Tons of energy. A little short but hey its punk. One of my favs.
15.Happy Guy:10/10 I really like what it stands for. I've always loved this one.
16.Reeko:9/10 At first I didn't like it but give it a chance. Cool and diverse.
17.Scavenger Type:N/A I dunno what to think of it. Its folk music.

5-0 out of 5 stars good cd
nofx is 1 awesome punk band. i like punk but lets face the truth unforentualy punk is dead. rancid and bad religion made terrible albums nofx just gave up and every1 is now calling nfg and yellowcard punk bands but they arent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! face the truth ... Read more

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