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Pretty Hate Machine
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 November, 1989)
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Considered the breakthrough album that delivered a more palatable version of industrial music to the commercial audience, Pretty Hate Machine left its dingy mark on pop culture. The abrasive "sonarchy" of the album was first churned by despondent club-goers who roiled with the rhythms and aligned with the angst-ridden convictions. Since its release, the album's tempered deviations came to signify an aesthetic reverie for machine-driven martyrdom. Permeated by hissing engines and dissonant strains, the tracks cascade outside channels of modern complacency. Hits like "Head Like a Hole" and "Down in It" are recognized by the acidic beats, piercing riffs, and lyrical hostilities which snare the listener with disparaging rhapsody. Not for the light-headed, Pretty Hate Machine afflicts the inner sanctum and strikes a nerve. --Lucas Hilbert ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Trent's Phenomenal Debut...
Nine Inch Nails broke into the mainstream with the industrial magic of PRETTY HATE MACHINE. It wasn't hard to appreciate the underrated early efforts of Trent Reznor, who proved himself quite worthy with a rabid cult following with the first single "Head Like A Hole". That song broke NIN into the mainstream, and Trent Reznor would only shine brighter from there.

Songs like the seductive "Sanctified", the beautifully haunting "Something I Can Never Have", and the bonafied smash rock hit "Head Like A Hole" were important songs in the mainstream of industrial music, and influenced many future industrial bands. The sinister and angry "Sin", the subdued but untame "The Only Thing", and the keyboard blip, catchy-beat closer "Ringfinger" are also signs of important potential. But even more important are "Terrible Lie" and "Down In It", two songs that also caught the attention of radio. All of the ten tracks on here seethe with anger, writhe with emotion, and strangle your senses. You can't help but be sucked into Trent's world.

PRETTY HATE MACHINE was a great debut, but it was only a hint of things to come for the musical mastermind that is Trent Reznor.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is synth-pop at its best!
What makes this album great is that people who have listened to it believe that it was something truly revolutionary. Ironically, however, a simple dissection of the roots of PHM yields a strong influence of the popular music that dominated the 80's. Trent dabbles in hip-hop- yes that's rap in Down In It -funk, and traditional pop piano melodies that make Elton John swoon(Something I Can Never Have). The drum-machine samples of PHM are ones that will bring back memories of other synth-pop songs. Nevertheless, this album makes good of its genre, and anyone claiming to like NIN beyond Closer is lying unless he/she owns this album. An endnote: IMHO, the best songs of this recording time for NIN come not on this album, but on the three singles (Halos 1, 3, and 4) released supplementary to PHM. The various remixes of Head Like a Hole (particularly "opal" if you can find it), Down in It (the "demo" on halo 3 is best), and Sin are a treat, and the non-album Get Down Make Love is a classic. The true NIN fan owns all the albums and the singles and ep's.

5-0 out of 5 stars freekin excellent
by far the best nine inch nails album ever. I remember buying this from the local record store on vinyl back in 89. My mind spun watching the blue and pink decals twist on the turn table forming this wierd filament of psychodelic colors; WAY cool!. Despite this being an 80s album, this music would still be considered hot today. This record has so much variety in the techno/ industrial genres let alone Reznors other albums. This one is unique and a must have for all nine inch nail fans. ... Read more

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Mostasteless
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 June, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars They can hang with the best in rap
I went to Insane Clown Posse's "House of Horrors" Tour in Worchester, Mass....Twiztid came out to a virtual silence from the crowd...No one knew who the 2 thugs were in white hoodies...They grabbed the mic & blew the place up...They had Jason Voorhees & Mike Myers bobbing their heads with their axes in hand....Monoxide Child & Jamie Madrox have mad skills on the mic...."2nd Hand Smoke", "How does it feel" & "Rock the Dead" are the bomb...."Hound Dogs" & "Spin the Bottle" are very funny tracks that feature the Insane Clown Posse....Twiztid is fat...Run out & buy the CD, you won't be sorry....These guys can hang with alot of rappers in the business....Buy it Now

5-0 out of 5 stars New Blood Rising...The Review
Well, a great effort is put into a great cd by the newest faces under the Insane Clown Posse stable. Twiztid, brings to the Pychopathic family a new twist in music, more rock than the Insane Clown Posse, and the same amount of rap which is a combo! I was hesitant before listening, I bought "Moastastless" and "Freek Show" at the same time. However, never did it disappoint me. The instruments were played percicely, guitars, drums and all. Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child are now in my top five bands, with a third they just very well could be my favorite! This cd should not really be viewed by anyone younger than 13 or 14, some things they may not understand. Like for example, ask a 12 year old what it means to decapitate a woman, then have sex with her. What do you think they will think? Ok, maybe I was joking, I am for kids being able to view music, no matter what the content. Just parents, make sure it is not that bad, besides, Eminem's cds are 10 times as bad as Twiztids and the Insane Clown Posse's combined!

1st Day Out is my favorite song. Worth a listen too.See my other Insane Clown Posse and Twiztid reviews! Hope I helped you in choosing to give it a listen!

Have a good one!

Ryan

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Debut
This album owns. Great raps, Sick beats. the ony thing it lacks is quanity, seeing how there is only 12 songs (intro dosnt count) ... Read more

Asin: B00000JBGA
Sales Rank: 25607


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The Riddle Box
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 October, 1995)
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5-0 out of 5 stars It looks like the joke's on you!
After putting together two entertaining and intriguing albums ("Carnival of Carnage" & "Ringmaster"), ICP found their formula and hit their creative peak with this masterpiece. "Riddlebox" is the ultimate ICP album. On the 3rd Joker's Card J and Shaggy deliver a hip hop album with so much punch it could crack somebody's ribs if they were turned sideways while this CD was playing. Outrageously funny at times, and psychotic all the way through, the album hits hardest after the track 'Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin'' ends. The final four songs (especially the haunting song "12", which is arguably ICP's best song ever) create the dark mood that best describes the world of the Juggalos and the Dark Carnival, and sets the stage for the 4th Joker's Card, "The Great Milenko". And as for some people saying ICP can't put out good music like Korn or Limp Bizkit? Just check out the remix of "Chicken Huntin'" which came out the same time Korn's first album did, and WAY before L.B. Finally, I will say that if you don't own "Riddlebox", or have never heard it, you will never truly understand yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dark, funny, and brilliant.
This is Insane Clown Posse's 3rd installment of their series of 6 Joker's Cards. A lot of people would call Riddlebox ICP's best album. Some would say this is where ICP is at their creative peak. I would have to agree with that. Many of the songs are some of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope's best work. The coolest songs on this cd are "The Show Must Go On", "Cemetary Girl", and "12". "I'm Coming Home" is personally my favorite track by ICP. The Insane Clown Posse can write some unique rap songs because they rap about a variety of different things. Things like dead bodies, toys, and beating down rednecks. I suggest that you buy all of the Joker's Cards or anything by ICP because everything they put out is phat.

5-0 out of 5 stars #1 jokers card
i'm a big ICP fan. out of all six joker cards this one was the best. the songs "Chiken Huntin'" and "The Show Must Go On" are awesome. even if your not a ICP fan you'll love it. it kicks ass! if you bye it you'll won't stop listening to this. The Riddle Box is wicked and the best!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

Asin: B00000057M
Sales Rank: 8399


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Rage Against the Machine
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 November, 1992)
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Not since the days of the Clash and the MC5 has rock seen such political force as in the uncompromising debut from this L.A. quartet. Expanding the hip-hop/metal style of bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage tap the spirits of vintage Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, coupled with hardcore punk intensity and Public Enemy-style grooves. "Bombtrack" opens the LP with a shot of adrenaline and singer Zack de la Rocha's infuriated chorus of "Burn, burn, yes, you're gonna burn!" The intensity doesn't let up an inch on the militant "Killing in the Name" (with the inspiring chant, "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!"), the ultrafunky "Bullet in the Head," and the engrossing "Fistful of Steel." Tom Morello combines time-honored metal guitar riffs with sounds that suggest a hip-hop scratcher over a rhythm section that simply takes no prisoners. Intelligent and aggressive, this is unimpeachably one of the best hard-rock records ever made. --James Rotondi ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars finally, real rap/metal
I have to say, listening to Linkin Park, P.O.D, etc, RATM is by far the best rap/metal band out there. Alot of rap/metal bands just talk about sex drugs and stuff cough*, cough*, Limp Bizket, cough*. But Rage is differnt they talk about right and wrong. Zack De la Rocha is one of the most respected people out there for his political opinions on our US Government, his lyrics are expreesed in various amounts of anger in hardcore rap. Tom morello, 1 word, AMAZING, his guitar playing is crazy. And would you believe that most of these cool sounds are made by guitar, thats awesome. Timmy C with the bass, very good, the bass blends perfect with the guitar. And Brad wilk, another jaw dropper, his drumming is also amzing, when you listen to all the tracks, the drum pattern is perfect. There Self titled debut is filled with lots of great rap, guitar solos, and plenty of screaming.

1)Bombtrack (4:05) - great opener to the album, also a nice intro too. 8/10
2)Killing in the Name (5:14) - After listening to this track I was amazed, great song to listen to when you're pissed off, my third fav. track. 10/10
3)Take the Power Back (5:37) - a very political song with some great lyrics. 8/10
4)Settle for Nothing (4:48) - not my favorite but still good. Has a cool guitar solo. 7/10
5)Bullet in the Head (5:09)- cool guitar, another great track one of my favorite. 8/10
6)Know Your Enemy (4:55)- cool lyrics, and great guitar riffs. 9/10
7)Wake Up (6:04)- first heard it in the matrix, another great guitar, best lyrics. 10/10
8)Fistful of Steel (5:31)- meh, ok. 6/10
9)Township Rebellion (5:24)- meh, ok. 6/10
10)Freedom (6:05) - An excellent way to finish the album, my favorite track. 12/10

In all, out of all the best RATM albums pick this up first then move up to there other ones, Evil Empire, Battle of L.A, Renegades, and Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium.

4-0 out of 5 stars rage is the bomb!
Rage Against the Machine has bombastic, fiercly political music that goes against our society. The high energy lyrics of Zach de LaRocha preach his sincere feelings toward conforming by the govrnment and our schools. Backed with technically impressive guitar riffs by Tom Morello & Timmy C., aggressive rhythm from Brad Wilk, this frontman raps a multi-cultural alternative to what you learn in school and see on TV. Rage introduced a new genre to the music scene with thier first record that is a combonation of rock, rap and thrash, The style of this album is very loud with Zach often yelling to get his point across. These are sometimes violent and also adress serious issues like suicide and being your own person. This and all Rage albums are made to express the views of the band members and to inform the audince about what the government is doing in our society. All of the songs on this album have a rich tapestry of lyrics that express their views and tell what's happening to our society. This album as a whole is excaellent. If you like direct lyrics, pounding rhythm and unique bass lines; this one's a must. Zach has a lot of anger that he uses to slam our government thruogh his music.

5-0 out of 5 stars "When ignorance reigns, life is lost..."
I first got into Rage Against The Machine in 7th grade, when I was into crap like Limp Bizkit and purchased Evil Empire because people said I would like it if I liked Limp Bizkit. In retrospect, that comparison is a big insult to Rage. That's like comparing "Goodfellas" to "You Got Served".

Anyway, I really liked (and still like) Evil Empire (especially "Vietnow"). However, I didn't get this album until this past January. Before then, I had a few of the songs on mixes, but that's it. I listened to samples in the store and really liked what I heard, so I purchased it. Forget Wimp Bizkit; this is rock-rap done RIGHT!

First of all, the musicians here; Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk (now of Audioslave); are all very talented. Check out the slap bass, the riffs, the drumming. Add Zack De La Rocha's politically-charged rhymes over top of them, and you get what might be the only band in history influenced by both Led Zeppelin and Public Enemy, which may sound like mixing pizza and ice cream but comes out sounding damn good. Most of the songs on here are favorites.

The angry, anti-authority/government diatribes are what made this album a classic twelve years ago. Before 1992, there weren't too many albums with "[...] you, I won't do what you tell me!" as a lyric. And I think "When ignorance reigns, life is lost" is very relatable to the Iraq war going on today.

Overall, if you want a REAL rap-rock record, check this one out first, then get the others.(...) ... Read more

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Korn
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 October, 1994)
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Combining the stop-start rhythms of Helmet, the hip-hop assault of Rage Against the Machine and the brooding vocals of Faith No More, Bakersfield, California band Korn concocted a golden formula that would reanimate the dormant corpse of heavy metal. The band's self-titled debut is a teenage-fantasy-endorphin-rush--a subversive noisefest as angry and hostile as Slayer but with a propulsive groove perfect for skateboarding, vandalism, or jumping up and down until you're nauseous. Songs like "Blind," "Clown," and "Shoots and Ladders" blend dark, bleak riffs with head-spinning guitar effects and scream-and-response choruses. But even at their most vitriolic, Korn imbue their blustery music with a cathartic element of fun.--Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This CD Kicks...
KoRn's self titled debut is hands down, not only KoRn's best but THE BEST CD OF ALL TIME! On this album Jon lets his feelings out to the whole world more than any other album, and mixed with the crushing guitars, throbbing bass and pounding drums you've got one kick... CD
Here are my track ratings:

1.Blind: Exellent opening track, starts out with David's cymbals and then the guitar and bass start to kick in until the explosion with the challenge "ARE YOU READY" 10/10

2.Ball Tongue: Nice song, has Jon's scatting like hell 9/10

3.Need To: Lots of screaming and "I HATE YOU"s on this one 9/10

4.Clown: AMAZING SONG, GREAT CHORUS VERY WELL WRITTEN AND GREAT RIFFS, one of my favorites 11/10

5.Divine: Fastest track on the CD, also the shortest one 9/10

6.Faget:GREAT SONG very open, not homophobic (not that i care), another one of my favorites along with clown 11/10

7.Shoots and Ladders: awesome song with bagpipe solo at the begining then the guitar, bass and drums kick in 9/10

8. Predictable: 2nd worst song on the album, kinda like creed 8/10

9.Fake: Another great song, and one of my favs but not as good as faget or clown 10/10

10.Lies: Worst song on the album, but anything from korn is still good 7/10

11.Helmet in the Bush: Creepy song, jon's mostly whispering, set's the mood for the closer Daddy 9/10

12.Daddy: This song is not for the faint of heart, about Jonathan Davis getting abused by someone when he was young but his parent never believed him, the song ends with Jonathan crying (literally), the most emotional song in the history of music 10/10
PICK UP THIS CD AS SOON AS U READ THIS REVIEW COME ON!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Clowning Around
Korn has had a solid twelve year career built on heavy touring and a fanbase. This album recieved little or no attention from critics, MTV, or radio. The reason? Because it dared to step over the line, to go a little bit farther than the rest dared to go. People were scared of such a brave attempt. And what comes out from this explosive album is pure brilliance.

Blind - What a perfect intro for a CD. The quiet cymbol provided by David, and the signature line from Jonathan Davis: "Are you ready?!" And some of you may not be, most people weren't.

Ball Tongue - A great opening riff of heavy distortion. Jonathan's words are hardly audible, including a chorus where he sings nothing but gibberish.

Need To - At first a real dissapointment but as the song goes on, Jonathan basically saves the attempt.

Clown - With an avalanche of razorblade guitars and the first melodic moment on the CD, this is definately one of Korn's best songs.

Divine - Nothing but pure fast-paced heaviness. Awesome song

Faget - Jonathan gets emotional about his childhood on this beautifully crafted song. The sharp, heavy opening guitar riff is followed by tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the rest.

Shoots and Ladders - A surprise fade in from a pair of bagpipes played by none other than Jonathan Davis is met with a heavy repitious riff with pounding bass and drums. Jonathan spurts out some popular nurshrey ryhymes, with a chorus caiming: "Nurshrey rhymhes are said, verses in my head...look at the pages that cause all this evil" Definately one of the best on the CD

Predictable - The only big dissapointment, this song really ....

Fake - Great guitar hook at the end with weird vocals throught. Awesome

5-0 out of 5 stars best korn cd
This is an awesome debut by Korn, and in my opinion their best album. The music is so aggressive and fearless and I just love their signature sound.
Here are the best songs:

Blind- great opener and hit that started it all. Are u ready?

Clown- great guitars and overall kick ass song

Divine- great chorus and vocals and overall just awesome, possibly my favorite along with clown

Shoots and Ladders-nice change with the bagpipes, and i love the end with the thrashing guitars and drums

the other songs are all very good too, but i just mentioned these few because they are just awesome

Overall: this is a great cd with almost no flaws, that started a revolution in music ,new metal, too bad present day stuff isnt as good as this.

Buy this cd it is a classic! ... Read more

Asin: B000002AUU


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Portrait of an American Family
Average Customer Review: 4.49 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 July, 1994)
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Every parent's nightmare and every teenager's dream band, Marilyn Manson take no prisoners on their blistering and brutal Trent Reznor-produced debut.Aiming to shock and rock simultaneously, Portrait scores high marks in both arenas.Manson and his grand grimoire take Alice Cooper's tongue-in-cheek mix of glam and death rock to the nth degree with their vision of youth gone wild, personified on cuts like "Cake and Sodomy" and "Lunchbox," a schoolyard revenge fantasy gone horribly awry. One of the most original, hardest rocking albums recorded in the '90s, Portrait of an American Family is a hallmark of the industrial/metal genre, but not for those who are easily offended. --Gail Worley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Marilyn Monroe + Charles Manson = Brian Warner
Mariyln Manson is NOT for children under 13. But frankly who gives a good Goddamn!!! Manson is probably the World's best "Shock Rocker"! Here's how the Songs are

Prelude (The Family Trip) - Decent Instermental 2.5/5

Cake And Sodomy - Probably Manson's most explicit song, but Fu*king Awsome!!! 6/5

Lunchbox - A power anthem for kids being picked on at school, I like the saying "Next Motherfu*ker Gonna' Get My Metal!" 5/5

Organ Grinder - Funny/Sick lyrics, and very good Keyboard/synthysizer/Organ. Good job M.W. Gacy! 4.75/5

Cyclops - Just another ol' track, but catchy. Nice Guitar, Daisy Berkowitz's highlight! 4.5/5

Dope Hat - The most addictive on the album! If you see the video, you can see how it is a sick parody of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. M.W. Gacy pulls through again! 6/5

Get Your Gunn - My 4th Favorite! Twiggy Ramirez's bass is impeccable! 5/5

Wrapped In Plastic - Not very catchy, but good lyrics 4.75/5

Dogma - Creepy, but Impossible not to sing along! 5/5

Sweet Tooth - Nice Saxaphone And Lyrics, this has more of a "Sadistic" aproach. 4.75/5

Snake Eyes And Sissies - KABOOM!!! Another Hit!!! Manson & Pals really can harmonize in a sick way. 5/5

My Monkey - Funny, but Mediocre Lyrics. I think this was origanally based on a Charles Manson song, give or take a few lyrics. 3/5

Misery Machine - Good way to end the album, for some reason theres a 6-7 minute silence period at the end making this song only about 5 minutes compared to 13 mins. 4/5

Overall this album Kicks...!!

YOU SPOONFED US SATURDAY MORNING MOUTHFULS OF MAGGOTS AND LIES DISGUISED IN YOUR SUGARY BREAKFAST CEREALS. THE PLATES YOU MADE US CLEAN WERE FILLED WITH YOUR FEARS. THESE THINGS HAVE HARDENED IN OUR SOFT PINK BELLIES. WE ARE WHAT YOU HAVE MADE US. WE HAVE GROWN UP WATCHING YOUR TELEVISION. WE ARE A SYMPTOM OF YOUR CHRISTIAN AMERICA, THE BIGGEST SATAN OF ALL. THIS IS YOUR WORLD WHICH WE GROW. AND WE WILL GROW TO HATE YOU.
~Marilyn Manson~

5-0 out of 5 stars Papa Superior Got His Gunn
There are a few bands that can produce great debut albums, and those that do are the truely talented. Such is Marilyn Manson, the man and the band. Portrait of an American Family is full of hard rock songs that will get you moshing in the comfort of your own home. Songs like "Lunchbox" and "Dope Hat" are still going strong as heavy favorites between Manson fans, even after 10 years of musical life. "Get Your Gunn" is an extremely catchy song composed with a little rap, a lot of guitar, and some good ol' Manson ear-blasting. "Sweet Tooth" is creepy musically, and lyrically it explores desire, infatuation, and spite -- all mixed into one nifty track. "Misery Machine" is a parody (sorta) of Scooby Doo's infamous Mystery Machine, and caps off the album nicely -- even though it leaves the listener wanting more (but that, of course, is a good thing).

All in all, this is a great album. Don't let the band's seemingly evil image discourage you; if you're in need of something to rock out to, then this disc is for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Manson's Pinnacle
This album is brilliant. Personally I am a huge fan of Manson's music and respect all of his beliefs and opinions and for me this is his greatest achievment.

look inside, look at the photos on the get your gunn and lunchbox singles, THIS is what Manson is to me. This album is full of punky energy and anarchistic sentiment. It manages all the things the other albums were capable of, but because of the lack of any sort of prop other than these guys were pretty weird, the messages are delivered far more brutally and without any over the top theatrical metaphors. That's not to say this is a faulted work because of it's, some might say, immaturity.
This album is the Manson I know and love. I heard dope hat and then get your gunn and my life changed. I was young (about twelve) so many of the lyrics flew right over my head, but i loved the sickness of it all, the depravity, the ability of a group of guys to make something that makes you feel dirty and almost violated as you listen to it. This power really intrigued me at this age (and arguably led to my taste for the more extreme sides of the musical spectrum)

This Manson didn't need enormous burning crucifixes, thousand pound stage get-up, or hoardes upon hoardes of teenagers to scare the world. This Manson achieved all this in the truest sense possible. They managed to frighten America, and soon, the world. They managed to disgust and become reviled. How many current Manson fans didn't first give them a listen because they were "evil"

Now it's all changed, as oppsed to being an institution worth worrying about, Manson has become a joke, billions of teenagers replicating his sentiments, not having a clue what they actually mean. The band has become overwrapped in drama and pretentiousness. They're still good.

But the blistering assault of Misery Machine,the truly creepy Dope Hat and Wrapped in Plastic, and the resentment filled/fuelled Get Your Gunn are tunes that truly make the listener pay attention.

The majority of Manson fans first discovered them during Antichrist or Mechanical Animals. THIS is the only true Manson album in my opinion.

It's far harder to get your point across when no one's listening. This is the sound of a band trying and succeeding to do this. ... Read more

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Straight Outta Compton
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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A lone voice sneers "You are about to witness the strength of street knowledge," and with that warning the greatest-ever gangsta album begins. Then these Niggas with Attitude--wicked rhymes by Ice Cube, Easy E, and MC Ren; soulful production courtesy Dr. Dre; beats provided by DJ Yella--come barreling into your face, just daring you to ignore the streets of Compton (or any American city) even one day longer. From the anti-police brutality anthem "F__k Tha Police" to the angry, unflinching realism of "Gangsta Gangsta," to the pro-free speech "Express Yourself," this is slammin' and ruthless.--David Cantwell ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The one that started and ended it all....
This was the album. The one that started the "gangsta rap" genre that, depending on how you looked at it, revolutionized hip hop or killed it. That's why I love and loathe this release at the same time. When this hit big time back in the late 80's, everybody jumped on the gangsta bandwagon trying to cash in on NWA's success by "keepin' it real". Unfortunately, this meant old-school rappers who avoided the gangsta-gravy train(Eric B & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Boogie Down Productions, etc) all got eventually lost in the shuffle to the more flashy, media-hyped gangsta rappers. Too bad, cause those other rappers were waaaay better than the flood of NWA copycats. If you want the other release in the late 80's that changed the face of rap, go see the reviews for PE's It Takes A Nation of Millions...

Anyway, having said all that, I still enjoy this release. From the hard-core funky beats, the political/message-driven lyrics, and the old-school "multiple alternating mc's" rap style of delivery, this is a great cd to have in your rap collection. The new re-mastered version supposedly has 4 bonus tracks too so it's worth a purchase. Favorite tracks: Staight Outta Compton(the definitive song of its sub-genre), **** tha Police(absolutely brutal and angry), and Compton's N tha House(inadvertently amusing because the "f" word is used so many times!). Overall, a great rap album I've enjoyed listening to through the years, but hope others don't just make this their stopping point as the 80's had many other great rap artists that did so much for this maligned genre.

5-0 out of 5 stars The First Classic Gangsta Rap CD
Ok well, you might ask yourself, who is the NWA? They ain't just some fools from Compton, they compose of six of the most lethal rappers who ever touched a mic, and one of the most creative DJ's who is known to create chaos on the wheels of steel (Technics 1200 turntable). You got people like Dr Dre, Ice Cube, and Eazy-E providing lyrics that cross the line of explict by a mile. If that isn't enough you have MC Ren, The D.O.C. and Arabian Prince (Brother Rab) in the backseat also spitting madness on the album. The whole CD in general has its highs, and lows. Also it provides a variety of styles. "COMPTON'S N THE HOUSE (REMIX)" is Dre and MC Ren rapping live on stage with cutting by Yella. "STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON" is a classic gangsta rap track with really dope bass and beat production by Dr Dre. Eazy-E's "8-BALL (REMIX)" is a story about him and his beer which sounds very familar for its 1988 setting. If you want to hear the explict lyrics I was talking about listen to "GANGSTA GANGSTA" AND "F--- THA POLICE" with heavy influence from Ice Cube. My personal favorite is when the NWA combines some of its electro beats with hip-hop flavor when Arabian Prince and the rest of the NWA on the track "SOMETHING TO DANCE TO". Also upcoming star The D.O.C. who was famous for his song "IT'S FUNKY ENOUGH" which was released a year later, appears on "PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED". The ONLY "clean" tracks on the album are "SOMETHING TO DANCE TO", "QUIET ON THA SET", and "EXPRESS YOURSELF". But don't let this album get to your head. When you listen to it, remember that these guys told everyone in interviews that they aren't gangbangers, they just use that image to make money. For example, Ice Cube isn't really from the "hood". He went to the classy San Fernando Valley High School and took drafting classes at a university in Arizona. Dr Dre and Yella both were part of the famous World Class Wreckin Cru who performed songs wearing sequins, make-up, lip gloss, and more. You might know Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dr Dre, and MC Ren for their solo CDs, but you haven't really been a fan of them until you peep this album first. This is NWA's second album and went gold when it orginally released in 1988. Enjoy the album when you get it though, this is really a classic in any old skool or gangsta rap collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars The First, and Best, Gangsta CD
Let me start by saying, I love all kinds of music. I am a fan of punk, ska, reggae, classic rock, hop-hop, gangsta, and even a little country music (Johnny Cash). That said, this is the best rap CD ever, bar-none. Straight out of Compton is an energetic opener, and contains one of the phattest beats ever. From the first couple rhymes, to the last, this CD represents what gangsta rap should, and could, have been in modern day. Dr. Dre sounds great on this CD. If you like this, check out Notorious Big. If you are a hip-hop fan, buy some Biz Markie CDs. And while I really don't care for his music, I geuss Tupac Shakur would be another good artist to add to your collection. NWA has inspired these guys (With the exception of Biz), and they are in some circles just as great. GET THIS ALBUM! ... Read more

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It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (02 May, 1995)
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It Takes a Nation of Millions was the sign that hip-hop had exploded like a grenade. A rap record as abrasive, hardcore, and eloquent as a JFK speech, the 1988 disc is one classic track after another: tense, multilayered, harmonically wild music. Chuck D. declaims like a master preacher with foil Flavor Flav's voice darting around his. They've got the desperate energy of people fighting for their lives, and everything from their pumped-up rhetoric ("Prophets of Rage") to the group's quasi-paramilitary organization to the sirens and sax squeals in nearly every track declares how urgent their mission is. It's a hugely influential album, and it still sounds fresh and frightening after all these years. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Public Enemy- It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Public Enemy's 2nd Album "It Takes Nation of Millions to Hold us Back" (1988) is a hiphop classic, in the true meaning of the word too. Sixteen tracks total, fifty eight minutes long it is one of the most influential hiphop albums of all time. Public Enemy on this album consists of: Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Terminator X, Professer Griff and Security of the First world, produced by the Bomb Squad. The album is Rap, Jazz, Rock and Funk influenced througout. The music on this album is very meaningfull, Public Enemy addressed very important issues specifically within there community, while making music that everyone could listen to while daring to delve far deeper politically and socially then any of there counterparts. I did not come across this album until recently when I started to listen to albums that are oldschool to me (this one dropped when I was six) so I did not grow up with it, but I am real glad I found it because fifteen years later Public Enemy's music is still relevant, enjoyable to listen to and completely substantial- though one has to be open minded. I like every track on this album. Some of my current favourites include: "Bring the Noise" Love the rock/rap combination of this track listening to it gets me hyped up, the short jazz based "Show Em Whatcha Got","Night of the Living Baseheads" which has Chuck D addressing the Crack epidemic of the eighties, the powerful "Prophets of Rage" and the albums last track "Party for the Right to Fight"- But it's proven and fact And it takes a nation of millions to hold us back. Public Enemy's "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" is an album I recommend to people who are looking for conscientious thought provoking music, music that goes far beyond the norm.

5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest Rap CD Ever Made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This album is a non-stop attack on your ears that you wish would never end. So I highly request that you buy this and put an extra dollar in their pockets. 1. Countdown to Armageddon- is an ok begining but i recomend skiping it- 7

2. Bring The Noise- Classic-10

3. Don't Believe The Hype- Another Classic- 10

4. Cold Lampin' With Flavor- Flavor is not a great rapper but it is still a pretty good song- 7

5. Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic- This show X's great DJing skills and is another great Track- 9.5

6. Mind Terrorist- This is not a track that you will listen to by its self, but you will listen to it when it comes up- 9

7. Loudre Than A Bomb- This just another great track that everone in the world should hear at least once before they die- 10

8. Caught, Can We Get A Witness- This shows how Chuck Feels about sampling and how he thinks that music should not be copyrighted and that he should be allowed to use whatever he wants- 9

9. Showem What You What You Got- Another track you will like but will not pick up the CD to listen to- 9

10. She Watch Channel Zero?!- This is my favorite song because of the mix of the guitar riff and the the great beat- 10

11. Night Of The Livng Bashheads- This is a Ok track to me but compared with what else is out there this track is amazing.

12. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos- This track is amazing just amazing I would just recomend the album if this was the only song on it and it cost $50 bucks!!!!- 10

13. Security Of The First World- This a song made for the S1W's when they go on stage to do marching moves to- 7

14. Rebel Without A Pause- This song was the first ever PE club hit and it is an amazing song with a great saxaphone scriech that so maney other rappers now use (Dr. Dre, RZA, ECT.)- 10

15. Prophets Of Rage- A great song that I think is another Classic on this Album-10

16. Party For Your Right To Fight- Just a great song to listen to on head phones because the voices come from the two sides.......I cant explain it just get it and find out- 10

Average Rating = 9.2

(PS. Anyone who says they are raccist have never really listened to the lyrics and are just plain non hip hop heads...)

5-0 out of 5 stars Dont slag this record...
...because you're a hip-pop loving doucher.

This is a cornerstone of hip-hop and should be treated as such and if this was all then I would probably not even be writing this review. However, such is not the case. This album was the voice of a generation. It spoke for the depressed state of inner-city African Americans and the constant injustice they faced. Its true, hip-hop used to be about more than just money. ... Read more

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Royal Highness
Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 August, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Kottonmouth Kings on the rise.. without airplay!
What can be said about kMk? Daddy X has put together another great group, just like the Humble Gods. Except with kMk being much more talented lyrically and musically. DJ Bobby B puts an amazing sound to the music. "Royal Highness" is there first album, "High Society" is a great and I mean great follow up album. WIth tracks on "R.H." like "Bump", "Spies", "What's Your Trip".. tracks like that to keep you moving. .. And the hip-hop based "Play On". This album covers it all.. except country.. haha. The hidden track[s], "Pimp Twist" and the "Bump [Remix] are also great tracks. "Pimp Twist" being one of my favorite kMk songs ever. For a suggestion.. go out an buy "Hidden Stash". A kMk CD with old school and un-released tracks. Including one featuring the infamous Johnny Richter.. the original kMk member. But Saint.. I send much love, and we miss you in the crew! Peace out stoners.

5-0 out of 5 stars kottonmouth kings are off the hook!
in my opinion i strongly feel that the kottonmouth kings cd royal highness, is so tight. it's punk rock, rap, reggae, and funk all put together to make a pimped out album. if you haven't tasted kmk's flava, then go check there cd out today. i promises you'll want to be down with the kmk klick as soon as you here one song. and if you like this record, check out there new one, hidden stash. then get kmk's infamous dj bobby b's new cd, 99 rips beyond. also try out too rude self titled album. too rude who is featured on a few songs on the royal highness cd, tears it up with his reggae sounds. i think that kottonmouth kings are the greatest and i really think that you will too. just check it out, and see for yourself!

2-0 out of 5 stars Was I really that stoned back then?
Recently re-discovered this album in a dusty old box, and gave it a spin for the first time in about five years. At first I was excited to visit old times, as I had bought this when I was 14-15 or so, and absolutely loved it. I'm 20, and it's just ridiculous garbage to me now. These guys are friggin' dorks. How is this turd of an album getting a higher overall star rating than the likes of De La Soul's "Stakes is High," or Redman's "Whut? Thee Album"? Malarkey.

After all of that, why was I so generous as to grace it with two stars? Because some of the production on one or two of the songs is actually pretty nice, like on Planet Budtron, and maybe a couple of others. If you had some decent emcees who weren't a bunch of jackasses rhyming over the beats, it might be a halfway decent album.

I literally use it as a mirror now, and I'm really not joking about that. I cut it into a smaller disc, and put rubber around the edges for finger comfort. It's a good mirror. ... Read more

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