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Significant Other
Average Customer Review: 3.74 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 June, 1999)
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Florida-bred metal-rappers Limp Bizkit sold a million-plus records of their debut largely on the strength of a George Michael cover song. But the band indeed had "Faith" and the group's second outing proves that the Bizkit have the goods. Still, it seems as if boastful frontman Fred Durst is loading the band's deck again, this time by including scads of guest vocalists, such as Stone Temple Pilots' singer Scott Weiland, Method Man from Wu-Tang Clan, and Korn's Jonathan Davis. (In fact, Korn gave Limp Bizkit a leg up in the industry.) But the 16 diverse yet cohesive tracks on Significant Other don't need any help. Not as heavy as their mentors Korn--or as they are on their debut--Bizkit give Everlast a run for his money on the tuneful and appealing "Rearranged." "Just Like This" is another winning hip-hop and rock entry, while the amusing and memorable "Nookie" (as in "I did it all for the nookie") has self-deprecating lyrics not unlike the Offspring's "Self-Esteem." Bizkit segues with ease from pleasing rock and hip-hop amalgam to spooky Tool territory on "Don't Go Off Wandering" to moshable moments in the entreaty "Show Me What You Got." Significant Other may be hard to categorize, but it's easy to like. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Nookie can't save this mediocre-at-best album.
I heard "nookie" on MTV 5 million times before i finally took the time to borrow the CD from my friends's brother. All i can say is that i'm glad i didn't spend $ on it. Nookie is my favorite song on the album, but probably because its mainstream and catchy as hell. I really appreciate what Fred Durst has tried to do here but he just couldn't pull it off. Three Dollar Bill Yall is unlistenable at least in my opinion. But i hate rap so if you like rap i'd recommend it over Significant Other. Getting back to the music...No Sex and Rearranged are more melodic songs which are slightly better than the rap-metal tracks which drag down the rest of the album. However, rearranged just doesn't hold together and Fred doesn't have the voice to do anything but scream. No sex is marginally better but if i wanted good rock and roll, trust me i wouldn't have turned to limp bizkit. In the end, Limp Bizkit is too rap for rock lovers and too rock for rap lovers. Their idea is a good one but it just isn't my style.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best LB ever had to offer!
Okay, you read my review on "Chocolate Starfish", now its one step back to Limp Bizkit's prior effort "Significant Other". This, according to me was the best album Limp Bizkit had to offer till date. Fred, Wes, Joh, Sam and Lethal were inseperably directed their collective talent towards the establsihment of Limp Bizkit as a Nu-Metal Heavy Weight and also find a deeper philosophy in their music, unlike their rather random debut. This was the first time they had an all-star lineup which includes Jonathan Davis of koRn, Scott Weiland of STP, Method Man of Wu-Tang Clan. Here is how the album goes:
01 Intro -- Damn weird and totally Limp Bizkit.
02 Just Like This -- Swingin Hip-Hop beats courtesy of John Otto.
03 Nookie -- He did it all for the Nookie. The flow continues.
04 Break Stuff -- The heaviest song on the album!Anger unleashed!
05 Re-Arranged -- Some people may buy the whole godamn record just for this song. Its the deepest and the most beautiful song that Limp ever made. Fred shows he can sing too, not only that, he can sing beautifully as well.
06 I'm Broke -- Continues where Nookie left last.
07 Nobody Like You -- Featuring Jonathan Davis and Scott Weiland.
08 Don't Go Off Wandering -- Uncanily weird.
09 9 Teen 90 Nine -- Don't Stop! It's 1999 baby! Swing!
10 N 2 Gether Now -- Awesome rhymes dropped by Method Man.
11 Trust? -- Probably doesnt belong on this album, but its there.
12 No Sex -- A rather philosophical song, "Dirty Sex!".
13 Show Me What You Got -- Another Thank-you song.
14 A Lesson Learned -- Isn't is supposed to be "Learnt"??
15 Outro -- Sick, and annoying as usual.

That's it hope it was useful. Reviews on the rest of the Limp albums coming soon!

1-0 out of 5 stars DIE FRED DURST DIE!!!!
The title of this album outta be called "Untalented self." That's what these guys are, no-talent white boys with backwards hats and Fubu clothes who try to fuse rap and metal. Kill this band and all of its fans!!!! ... Read more

Asin: B00000JCB2


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Get Some
Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 May, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this now
This Cd is nothing short of amazing, they put Limp Bizkit to shame. Im not even gonna try to pick a favorite song, they are all so good. If youre a fan of the hip-hop metal style, this is the Cd for you. Its too bad their singer, Lynn Strait, died in a car accident. They were so close to becoming huge. Thankfully, the former members are doing other projects. Mikey Doling and Sonny Mayo, the guitarists, are in Soulfly and Amen, Tumor the bass player is also in Amen, and Jaime Miller, the drummer is in Hero. Too bad that none of these groups come close to sounding as good as Snot. Do yourself a favor and get this Cd right now, because it will become one of your favorites, and you'll see what a great band they were and how good Lynn Strait was. R.I.P.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brightest flame burns quickest
Snot were the best of the new metal bands. Their album almost captures the furious intensity of their live shows, but it could never fully substitute for seeing the boys live. Songs like "Joyride" and "Deadfall" showcase their amazing musical talent (as well as Lynns f-ed up sense of humor) at high-speed velocity, while "Get Some" is a grim trip into the creepy depths of self-doubt.

We all will miss Lynn and Dobbs forever... people who are Snot fans NEED to go to loudside.com/snot and see the next album that's coming out. "Get Some" is better than both of Limp Bizkit's albums combined, and the more people we tell about Snot, the more Lynn and Dobbs will live on in our hearts.

"Tecato" recounts Lynn's struggles with heroin, something he beat before fate took him from us. Put this disc in your player, crank it to 11, and rock the f**k out one more time for Lynn. And even if Amen aren't as good as Snot was, buy the record anyway. Support Mikey, Sonny, Tumor, Jamie and Fed.

Lynn, we miss you.

5-0 out of 5 stars GOOD Nu-metal
Looking back on Snot's short history (due to the death of front man James Lynn Strait), one can realize that they did the impossible, they made actual GOOD nu-metal. At the time, Limp Bizkit was a small chord-rock (yes, it's true, hard to believe isn't it?) band who were just starting to make waves, and Korn was well on their way to becoming a house hold name. Following right behind the two was Snot, a band who deserved even more fame than Korn & Bizkit acheived.

Lynn Strait was a great front man and an amazing live performer. The band, in particular Mike Smith were some of the most talented musicians in the metal scene at the time. They had all the potential in the world to be something huge.

(...)"Get Some" starts off with the heavy "Snot", a model for modern hard rock, or "nu metal". Only this song is good. It's something Limp Bizkit might have made, had they not become soul-less corporate rock puppets. "Stoopid" and "Joy Ride" both keep up the fast pace, the latter being the better of the two, with lyrics that are kind of eerie, given how Lynn died.

"I Jus' Lie", "My Ba!!s", "Mr. Brett" and "Get Some" are all fun-loving heavy metal anthems. Which is the best part of the CD, they never really took themselves serious (as they'd explain whenever they were asked where they got their name from) and instead just made music because they enjoyed playing. The charm of that rubs off on you as you listen and made this quite possibly the best nu-metal album ever. ... Read more

Asin: B000000OW6
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Take off Your Pants and Jacket
Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 June, 2001)
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Their formula is simple enough--equal parts teenage humor and brattiness combined with infectious guitar hooks that just beg to be cranked up on the stereo. But with Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, the guys in Blink 182 may have delivered their best album to date, a punk-pop fusion that's so consistent you'll wonder which of the 13 tracks will become radio hits (any has the chance, really). Yes, as with Dude Ranch and Enema of the State, the songs here revolve around falling in love ("The Rock Show," "First Date"), falling out of love ("Online Songs," "Happy Holidays, You Bastard"), and plenty of other ways to kill time while away from school ("Reckless Abandon"). And yes, these guitar-driven songs all pretty much sound the same, but Take Off never gets boring. There's too much nervous energy here, too many slight variations in the arrangements, and too many hilarious lyrics that you won't want to miss. Parents may remember that the Buzzcocks used this same shtick in the late '70s, older siblings may remember that Green Day did it well not so many years ago, but Blink fans know that their band is more clever than anyone else playing today. The bonus tracks are throwaways, but that's OK--the threesome have given us plenty to bop our heads to here. --Jason Verlinde ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not Really Punk
This CD shouln't really get five stars, but I just gave it one to make up for all the people who are trying to screw the rating. I would really give it a 3.5. Anyone who says the Rock Show is the best song is sadly mistaken. Most of the songs aren't even punk except for the first bonus track on the red/airplane version of the CD. Unfortunately, I got the green one.

Just because this CD isn't punk doesn't mean it isn't any good. It is less poppy than Enema and it has much better lyrics. Blink 182 actuall did a political song (anthem part II) on this CD.

Some of the better songs are: Shut Up, Please take me home, # 14 on the red CD, Online Song, and Happy holidays, you bastard. I think that 'First Date' will be another All the Small things. i.e. a poppy song that gets overplayed for no reason whatsoever.

This CD is ok, but if it's punk you really want, check out Dude Ranch or Cheshire Cat (if you don't arleady have them. Buddha- ...uh, it kinda sucks, because the recording quality is really crappy. Also go check out NOFX, Millencolin, Lagwagon, PennyWise, Bad Religion, and some of Offsprings stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Blink CD!
Well there's only one thing to say about this album. And that is that it is great and kicks (edit). Probably the best blink album i've seen in years! Great songs, great humor, and great lyrics! Most of the songs are humorous and have pretty disgusting lyrics but what are you gonna do.
1. Anthem Part 2- Great song, kinda leads off of Enema of the State's Anthem, but not that much. But I have to say, Tom Delounge has a pretty annoying voice.
2. Online Songs- I have to say one thing about this, quit singing about love!
3. First Date- Great song but Tom needs singing lessons. (No offense)
4. Happy Holidays...- I'm not even gonna go there...
5. Story of a Lonely Guy- Pretty Good song, too mellow....
6. Rock Show- Great song! Weird Lyrics though!
7. Stay Together For the Kids- Great song with a great guitar riff. Strong lyrics and message.
8. Roller Coaster- Okay song, little bit of work needed.
9. Reckless Abandon- Great party song (Better than the real party song on enema of the state).
10. Everytime I look For You- Good Song from a great movie!
11. Give Me One Good Reason- Good rebel song but kind of annoying.
12. Shut Up- Good song.
13. Please Take Me Home- Good finishing track!
(Green)
14. (Don't Really Know What It's Called, but guessing its either Hold On, or Dont Tell me That Its Over)- Pretty Good Song, for a bonus track.
15. When You (Edit) Grandpa- .......Who would talk about (edit)ing a grandpa!!!!!
(Yellow)
14. What Went Wrong- Strong Message, good mellow acoustic.
15. The Dog Song- Well, it's plain and simple. They are just trying to say they wanna (Edit) a dog in the (Edit). Pretty funny though.
(Red)
14. Time To Break Up- Pretty Good dating song.
15. Mother's Day- Disturbing...

So overall that album is great!

5-0 out of 5 stars Take Off Your Pants & Jacket....A Must!
This is an awesome cd! I'm a big Blink 182 fan, so don't diss the band! The cd has awesome songs, and some funny ones. This is one of my favorite cds from them (next to Enema), and has used up at least 6 batteries on my cd player from listening to it! Anthem Part 2: True, so very true! Online Songs: Hahaha! This is a sort of funny song, and it's good! First Date: Love it! Happy Holidays: xP Very funny! Short Story Of A Lonely Guy: Wow, this is one of my favorites on this cd The Rock Show: This one ROCKS! Stay Together For The Kids: Ooh, soo good and true! It's one of the "slowest" on the cd Roller Coaster: ^^ Very good! Love it! Reckless Abandon: 'On and on, reckless abandon Something's wrong, this is gonna shock them, Nothing to hold on to, We'll use this song to lead you on' Ooh, ^^ good! Everytime I Look For You: Not my favorite, not my least favorite Give Me One Good Reason: Hmm, very good! I like it, it's probably my 3rd favorite, it's true and it rocks! xP Shut Up: Hahaha, it's sort of funneh Please Take Me Home: hmm...good You have to get this cd, it rocks! ... Read more

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Suicidal Tendencies
Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 February, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Suicidal failure....
Ah, Suicidal Tendencies 1983 debut. Aggressive, catchy, with just a hint of Metal, the album's standout element has got to be the fact that after twenty years, it still sounds fresh. Amazing. And they will never sound this good again. Unfortunately, this is really Suicidal Tendencies only good album. Everything that followed was (and still is) utterly generic Thrash Metal (Muir even changing his vocal style). Although the old-school classic, Institutionalized, is here, every track is great. Now in 1993, ST re-recorded this album. Avoid it. They tried to out-do something that could not be out-done. If this debut had not been so popular, if it had not been so influential, then re-recording it might be understandable. Instead, they sounded like some slick Metal band simply covering a classic album, totally lacking the desperation and anger of the original. But I digress. So if you've just jumped into Punk, do yourself a favor and pick up this truly awesome old-school classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars This CD is rad...
If you like old-school hardcore punk like Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, and Minor Threat, then you should definatly give this CD a look. This CD is about 20 years old now, but it sure doesn't show it. ST's lyrics are a depressing yet energetic look at how the goverment sucks, how they feel suicidal, how it sucks to be controlled and repressed, and basically how life can really suck sometimes. The things that ST sung about in this album still apply to today. Even audio-wise this CD sounds excellent. Anyone else who listens to older punk knows how some CDs really do show the limitations of their recording studios in their time. The best songs are "Institutionalized", "I Saw Your Mommy...", "I Want More", and "Suicidal Failure".

5-0 out of 5 stars Crossover benchmark 5 stars!
The benchmark for a quality crossover album the suicidal boys did it right on this one. Rocky George and Mike Clark aren't even on this album, back then it was Grant Estes handling guitar duties and with Louie Mayorga on Bass and Amery Smith on drums, a great band.
This is teenage ainxte and suicidal tendencies put into the form of hardcore punk/metal crossover with Mike Muir screaming his feelings over the blistering paced riffs. Great lyrics, great tunes, a bit short, but what punk rock wasn't back then? 28 minutes or so of this is still 10 times better than 5 hours of Nupunk or Numetal. ... Read more

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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
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O.G. Original Gangster
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars OG Original Gangster is a classic!!!!
This is without a doubt Ice-T's best album, and one of the best hip hop albums ever. From the moment the sirens start on Home of the Bodybag to Ice-t sayin "Ya shoulda killed me last year" to end the album, you get a non stop rush of adrenaline throughout the 24 track lp. Great tracks like Mind Over Matter, Midnight, OG Original Gangster, New Jack Hustler and Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous are truly classics. He also introduces is famous metal band Body Count, which adds diversity. The album is full of violence, questions, opinions and bravado.The end result is a classic rap album that no hip hop fan should be without.

Peace

Big D

5-0 out of 5 stars Best album eva
This is Ice-T's best album to date and probably one of the best albums ever made. Ice is smart, funny and his flow and lyrics are always on-point. That makes him my favourite rapper of all time. This album made him the legend he is today. The best song on here is the last song, The Tower, with it's dark and eerie soundscape. But it is packed with other tight songs, like New Jack Hustler, OG Original Gangster, Straight Up Nigga, Pulse Of The Rhyme, Ziplock and Bitches 2. Anyone who has anything bad to say about this album don't know what they're talking about. Get this album and see the making of a legend!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Flows and Clever Rhymes
When i first heard of Ice T it was because of his bad rep with the Cop Killer controversy. I assumed he was just a mindless gangster until i heard this album. He has many different contradictory styles on this album, with some songs warning of the consequences of a fast lifestyle, and others glorifying it. Whatever stance he takes, he makes it sound mad clever and presents his case well. The beats by DJ Aladin, Evil E and Africa Islam go perfectly with Ice T's style whether its a laid back song or a fast headbanger.

Best Song on the album= Mind Over Matter ... Read more

Asin: B000002LO8
Sales Rank: 33723


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The Sickness
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Half Sevendust, half Gravity Kills, mix well and serve
"Disturbed" isn't groundbreaking, but it does what it does pretty well. Mosh beats and simple guitar lines with the required off-key spots. Like Sevendust, Disturbed plays it smart by putting a good singer (David Draiman) in front of all the wrath. The lyrics are the standard child abuse/misogyny/I'm-a-psycho stuff that defines nu-metal.

The electronics ("The Game," "Meaning of Life") have a Gravity Kills flavor. They're not overdone, so they mesh well with the Rage Against The Limp Korn rock.

"Voices" is a strong opener with a deep groove. "Numb" and "Want" are the filler tracks. The uptempo "The Game" and "Conflict" should be dancefloor hits. "Down With The Sickness" (my favorite song on here) is a gut-punch if you've only heard the radio edit; a spot after the second chorus lets you know exactly how The Sickness came to be. The cover of Tears For Fears' "Shout" is a hoot. "Conflict" belongs on Front Line Assembly's "Millenium" album from '96.

"Disturbed" is good stuff when you need a big dose of rock that gets to the point double-quick.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Debut From an Incredible Band
Easily one of the best records in the nu-metal genre, this is one cd that stays awesome throughout.

1. Voices (10/10): A terrific opener for the album, this fast and rhythmic tune is one of my favorite songs by any band.

2. The Game (9/10): This song is a great follow up to "Voices" and showcases all the elements that make Disturbed great: gritty guitars, melodic vocals, interesting electronic effects, and a great finish. The versatility of vocalist David Draiman's voice is heard in this song more than any other.

3. Stupify (8/10): Despite being grossly overplayed on the radio, this great song just never gets old.

4. Down With the Sickness (9/10): Oh-wa-a-a-a! This song caps off what is argueably the best four sucessive tracks on any album ever. DWTS was (and is still, thought to a slighly lesser degree) so popular, I'd be willing to bet that everyone has heard this song at least once.

5. Violence Fettish (7/10): "Violence Fettish" is a great song by any standards, but it seems like something of a disapointment after the first four tracks.

6. Fear (7/10): Another solid effort. Not terrific, but still a very good song.

7. Numb (6/10): The fact that this song, the worst on the cd is still above average just proves Disturbed's talent.

8. Want (7/10): "Want" features what might be the best song intro on the cd. A rather quiet few seconds turns out to be the calm before the storm, as Draiman's voice breaks in so suddenly that I actually jumped when I first heard it. Oh yeah, and the rest of the song isn't bad either...lol.

9. Conflict (7/10): Somewhat repetitive but still worth listnening to.

10. Shout2000 (8/10): A harder cover of "Shout" by Tears for Fears. It actually sounds pretty good.

11. Droppin' Plates (7/10): A brutal song somewhat suggestive of rap.

12. Meaning of Life (7/10): It's by far not the best song on the cd, but "Meaning of Life" is a good finish to the cd, despite it's rather weak lyrics.

3-0 out of 5 stars For a debut, it does well
The first time I heard the radio playing the single "Down With the Sickness", I was not overly impressed. It had energy, but was not very memorable. Of course, that was before I heard the whole bridge where David Draiman, well, discloses his less-than-perfect relationship with his mother. If anyone has heard (and I'm sure most rap fans have) Eminem's "Cleaning Out my Closet", Draiman makes Eminem look like a momma's boy in comparison. I mean, the guy calls his own mother a b*tch and wh*re, and tells her that she better get ready to die. Obviously, his mother isn't exactly a sensitive woman either, and Draiman makes it quite obvious that his rebellion against the family being Orthodox Jews doesn't sit too well with her. That phrase is by far the most outraged one I had heard in any song as of now (not the heaviest; Disturbed is no Pantera or Slayer, but I've never felt like the lead singers of those bands needed to see a few hundred therapists, either). Draiman definitely draws you into his gruesome world with this song, and perhaps further down than most of us would like to go. So much for unmemorable.

I wanted to buy this debut at the time, but I wound up getting "Believe" first. My views of the band changed. They were still angry, to say the very least, but as a band, their musicianship and composition skills drastically improved. "Believe" is unlike, and much more emotionally engaged than, any nu-metal album to come before it (contrary to the belief of some reviewers that it is generic, which is the one untrue thing about "Believe"). There may not have been an incredible display of talent, but the band knows how to make music. When I bought this CD, I expected it to be worse, because hey, it's a debut. Again, most of the songs on here are typical nu-metal in that the lyrics display angst and the band uses power chords almost to death. However, like the single, "The Sickness" as a whole delivers lyrics that throw you into Disturbed's mind, even if you are kicking and screaming along the way (that is, if you give this CD the time of day and aren't your typical nu-metal basher). Sure this is nu-metal, but it isn't much like Korn, Linkin Park, Puddle of Mudd, or Limp Bizkit, unlike many of you claim and will continue to claim. They take the nu-metal formula and offer a different sound that, while much different, and, as I see it, inferior to "Believe", pumps the listener full of energy. The main drawback to this album is that it is overly dependent upon the same power chords song after song, and refuses to play anything other than the most basic of rhythms and riffs. Mike is honestly one of the most static drummers I've ever heard, unless he's decided not to show us what he can do. I say this as a fellow drumer/percussionist in Marching Bands, Concert Bands, and various other percussion lines. He seriously needs to invest in some lessons; his double-bass pedals are the only thing he's got going for him. Dan isn't exactly a modern-day Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimmi Hendrix, or Jimmy Page, either. However, for a debut that wants nothing more than to deliever super-charged nu-metal that draws the listener in, "The Sickness" succeeds. ... Read more

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We Have Come for Your Parents
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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"They're the most extreme band that I've ever worked with," explained Ross Robinson, record producer (Slipknot,Glassjaw, and At the Drive-In) and acknowledged figurehead of the nu-metal movement. He is talking of course about his protegés, Amen, whose recording sessions have culminated in this Californian four-piece's second album, We Have Come for Your Parents, a 45-minute distillation of hardcore attitude, gothic self-hatred, and nihilistic death-metal grind. Oh, and some great tunes, as well. The most obvious is "May Day," which has frontman Casey Chaos flipping Mom's good ol' apple pie off the table, stamping it into the dirt and bellowing, somewhat mystifyingly, "Take your Bible! Burn it alive!" All this unmistakably top stuff is presented without a hint of dilution; Amen know they don't need to shoehorn in a ham-fisted hip-hop loop or uncomfortable junglist foray to get the kids on side. Mom and Dad, watch out--on We Have Come for Your Parents, Amen sound unstoppable. --Louis Pattison ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars AMEN brothers and sisters!
I bought AMEN's self-titled album last year and it instantly became a classic in my collection right next to my Black Flag, Unsane, Fugazi & Stooges CD's. Now they release "We Have Come For Your Parents" and I didn't think they would be able to out do themselves from the first CD. ... - these guys are incredible. I cannot stop listening to this CD! This isn't any part of that "Nu-Metal" wave people are trying to classify them in...this is pure Punk Rock, if you must classify it as anything. Casey spews his disgust for corporate America, organized Religion and the general demise of our society. This band is intelligent, brutally honest and 100% real. They aren't "accessable" or "melodic" so if you want that, go buy Papa Roach.

Standout tracks are "Mayday", "Under the Robe", "The Price of Reality" and "Waiting 18". But every song is great - really.

All I can say is that the only thing better than this album is seeing AMEN live. If they come to your town you MUST see them perform. It is better than any religion in the world...it's a cathartic experience...and one that will thankfully start the destruction of the boy bands and Addidas Rock.

Long live AMEN!

3-0 out of 5 stars (3.5 Stars) Another step towards greatness
Amen's "We have come for your Parents" is another step towards thier eventual masterpiece album. Each album Casey Chaos & Co. release guarentees atleast 5 or 6 great songs, 3-4 good ones, and 1 -3 filler tracks. This CD reconfirms everything I love about the band: raw music, unihibited rage, great song writing, and Casey Chaos ability to transfer his volatile onstage chrisma to the studio. Amen's one of the closet things that come to true punk rock today, similar to the way notable punk acts like Iggy and the Stooges, Black Flag, Christian Death, or the Refused approached it. Standout tracks on "Parents" include Ck Killer, Justified (my top pick), the Price of Reality, Under the Robe (my 2nd fav), Too Hard to be Free, & In your Suit. Lyrics are brash but hard hitting, lead singer Casey Chaos' vocal performance warrants a five star rating (despite my 3.5 stars for the Cd as a whole). Punk rock purists will appreciate this album and may also want to check out Amen's 1999 self titled major label debut.

4-0 out of 5 stars You're all hypocrites...
Everyone seems to be bitching about how Amen aren't 'punk' or whatever. A few reviews have said that the lyrics are great but the music sounds nu-metal. The part I find funny is that 'punk' is supposed to be about fighting against conformity, yet you're whinging because they're not conforming to the 'punk' sound. Secondly I'd like to point out, who cares? If you don't listen to this album on the count that someone says it "isn't punk enough", then you don't deserve ears to listen to it anyway. ... Read more

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The Marshall Mathers LP
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 May, 2000)
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Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? On Eminem's sophomore album, he can't decide who he wants to be: the deranged pseudo-psycho of the Slim Shady LP, or a nice guy who just likes to rhyme about slicing and dicing his girlfriend ("Kim"). Of course, according to Eminem, he's just kidding. He refuses to take responsibility for the misogynistic, homophobic bile he spews, whining that he's the victim of people who don't get his unique sense of humor. It's good old America's fault if the kids aren't alright (Eminem blames bad parenting), and he's just capitalizing on Uncle Sam's dark side. On the Marshall Mathers LP, he's ambivalent about his fame, angry at his life, pissed off that people take him seriously, and fightin' mad at boy bands--and a lot of other white people. But the blue-eyed brat is acutely aware of his status as rap's resident alien: he has the most offensive mouth running, but never uses the "N" word. He gives lyrical love to tragic (black) legends like Tupac and Biggie while dissing white rappers hard. Even sitting duck Puffy gets the kid-gloves treatment. Of course, Eminem is an interesting, witty rapper, and there's some nice production on this CD, courtesy of Dr. Dre and others. But the hatred in Eminem's rhymes makes the album rotten at its core. And his protests that Slim Shady is just a persona become less convincing with each arrest. Then again, Eminem's got it hard: he's rich, famous, white, and male. --Lizz Mendez Berry ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars May I Have Your Attention . . . . . .
Eminem's form of expression mixed with humor and complete vulgarity has always fascinated me in an odd way. Maybe it's because he's always testing and then breaking the boundaries of music. On "The Marshall Mathers LP," Eminem goes against the grain, but this time struggles with many different issues, including his new-found fame, the current wave of garbage-pop music, and unresolved questions from his past.

Eminem spits in the music industry's collective face with his song "The Real Slim Shady," which disses well-known music figures like Christina Aguilera, 'NSync, and Will Smith and includes a great sing-along chorus. Continuing in the same vein is the tongue-in-cheek "Marshall Mathers," which again snarls at boy bands while Eminem ponders why little kids want to be like him. His brutally honest "Drug Ballad" showcases his once back-and-forth relationship with drugs and their brutal effects. Two of the biggest standouts on the album are "Stan" and "Kim." "Stan" illustrates the issue of fan-obsession and its extremes. The song soars with backing vocals by Dido, making it even more captivating. "Kim" is oddly gripping and emotionally exhausting--its haunting melody and lyrics paint a picture of the darker side of a relationship gone too far. Eminem wildly wavers between hate, love, dispair, and hope before ending the song with the utmost tragedy. Eminem's writing skills are amazing--his ability to tell stories conjure up disturbing mental images as he journeys to the dark side of life. Definitely not for the easily offended, Eminem will make you laugh, think, and hit the "repeat" button on your CD player. This album is worth buying and listening.

5-0 out of 5 stars The only White Rap worth Hearing
I never listened to rap before Eminem came out. I find his rhythms and rhyme scheme to be fascinating. I believe in total freedom of speech and if you don't like the lyrics, don't listen.

...OOL LYRICS TO SONGS, LISTEN TO "IM BACK". MARSHALL MATHERS IS A COOL SONG TOO. HOPE YOU ENJOY THE CDg there money on a cd with innoproperite lyrics, and making him that much more rich. He doesn't care about you. He will do whatever it takes to make money. He has led so many people down the wrong path in life. With his money he is probably going to spend it on drugs, beer, and other stupid stuff. Why wouyld you buy something that has lyrics that talk about sex, voilence, drugs, and more. Well hope you don't buy his cd. Peace out.lad-about drugs of course

Amityville-em and his pals d-12 rappin it oy here

Kim-This one is truly a very strange song this is about eminem trying to kill his wife Kim and his hate for her.

Criminal-crazy last som stands out alot

I like this album just give it a chance to sink in and you will like it too forget about how people diss him and say hes not talented. It's goodan awesome beat.

The Real Slim Shady: Ahh, the 'friendly" radio song. It's a good single, but the happy-beat doesn't fit in anywhere on this album.

Remember Me: Another "EM going off track." It's a bit slower than usual, but yet another song that makes this a great CD.

Im Back: Em is mad. He thinks that you forgot about him. Overall, a good-to-fair tune.

Marshall Mathers: The personal song. Em talks about his mom, and Kim. It's a great slow song. "Slow?" Trust me, it works., beautifully.

Drug Ballad: Em's "love song." He mixes hip-hop choruses into it, and this is this time's "Cum On Everybody."

Amityville: I don't particularly care for this song, but it's good enough to not skip.

Bitch Please Part II: Guests galore. It hits hard and fast, with the most straight-rap vibe in this whole album.

Kim: A funny-in-a-weird-way song. His "Na-na-na-na-na"s in the beginning is priceless, and so are the lyrics.

Under The Influence: Whoa. Em starts out talking to Halley-Jade, and then...........Whoa.

Criminal: The perfect closer. A potential single, you'll love it.

As for the skits, Public Service Annoucement 2000 is basically a continuation of the first album's intro, Steve Berman is one where he pokes fun at a record-exec, and Ken Kaniff............let's just say, he got ICP back.

Em is angry at SOMETHING. You can hear it in his voice. He yells, kicks, screams, and, ultimately, gets his message across. And in the process, he makes one of the finest rap albums ever made.

5-0 out of 5 stars "floydianfan" is un-educated on real rap.
This album is great. I'm white, but it doesn't make me a "whigger" to listen to this bumpin' cd. Some people just take music too literal [serious] and actually DO what these rappers joke about. Some people are too stupid to understand what is right, and what is wrong. Em' is a comedian no matter how much he denies it. This album is his best although twisted and not for the easily-offended. It's NOT a freestlye session. And many people can rap "better" but not as "sinister" as Eminem and Slim Shady[his sick side]. So if you take things too seriously, or don't like twisted rap, don't buy it. Otherwise 5 outta' 5! ... Read more

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Here to Save You All
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 April, 1996)
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Too often rap isn't about rapping at all, and it seems a shame that in exchange for a fat beat and hook many hip-hoppers forsake the vocals on which the genre bases itself. Not so former Art of Origin frontman Chino XL. The East Orange, New Jersey, rapper is a fully dedicated lyricist, and a good one at that. So good, in fact, his music suffers by comparison.

The weak link in Here To Save You All, Chino's debut solo album, is no doubt its flat beats and rote backing tracks. Except for the swinging "Feelin' Evil Again" and stirring "Rise," there's a dullness that keeps the album a notch away from great hip-hop. Chino does his part, however, to keep the craft of the MC alive. With relentless, lightning-fast delivery he drops pop culture references like a ghetto Dennis Miller, naming everyone from Eazy E and LaMaze to Donna Karan and Pearl Jam with witty, outrageous insight.

Into the jokes he mixes substance whether he's tackling status and materialism in rap ("No Complex") or the identity crisis of growing up half-black/half-Puerto Rican in a white neighborhood ("What I Am?"). Then, where most rappers make empty claims authenticity, Chino lets his imagination take control. He recounts lives and loves he's never had ("It's All Bad" and "Kreep"), then muses over fallen angels ("Ghetto Vampire") and the afterlife ("Rise"). Part monologuist, part short story author, Chino is an uncommon reminder of all a rapper can be. --Roni Sarig

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5-0 out of 5 stars Chino needs a gambino
Chino XL is a straight up living lyricism to the fullest. The whole album is just amazing. The productions are real dark like "Da storm". The lyrics are awesome. Chino XL spits fire on every track. Every song is tight.Chino XL is the sickest emcee to ever touch a microphone. His wickedness combined with extreme intelligence is a dangerous combination. NO EMCEE DEAD OR ALIVE CAN MATCH THE LYRICAL AND VERBAL CONTENT THIS LETHAL POET HAS TO OFFER. Not even Krs or Rakim can match his talent.His sick metaphors keep me rewinding his tracks over and over. Ever track is head-bangin and ill, but its deeper than that. The lyrics are the illest I have ever heard, and I have heard of 99% of the hip-hop that is out there.This album has inspired me more than anything else. Some of the most extreme hip-hop heads consider this to be the illest album made by one of the illest emcees to spit on a mic. If you havent picked up this classic of all classics yet, you need to do so. Take it from a hip-hop analyst
But, his rhyming is amazing. AMAZING! He's not flashy, thats why he's not signed anywhere, but he is definetly a real Emcee. He is fast, as clear as anyone, and crazy powerful. this CD are just verses with incredibly clever metaphors. He throws some at OJ Simpson, Pee Wee Herman, explorers Luis and Clark, even the muppet babies nanny...be warned, you're gonna break out laughing... The King Of Punchlines" is definately satisfying with his metaphoric rhymes and even his storying telling capabilities... Any Canibus fan should buy this CD... and those 'fake' Eminem fans need to wake up and realize their favorite artist is a gimmick that copied miserably off Chino XL.If he had a big enough crew he would still be rapping the way he use to. THIS MAN HAS GOT TO BE THE..ILLEST HUMAN, TO EVER SPEAK INTO A MIC!AND NOT TO MENTION THE PEOPLE HE HAS ON THESE TRACKS IS UNBELIVABLE IT MAKES HIM EVEN GREATER.CANIBUS, RAS KASS, BIG L...PUT ALL THOSE MC'S TOGETHER AND YOU WILL FORM CHINO....WITH SOME TO SPARE. "COPE THIS CD"!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent album with great lyrical content and smooth beats.
Chino XL is a good lyricist and very entertaining to listen to. His flow is fast, but very clear, and he also has hilarious metaphors. I also disagree with what some people said about the production of this album, it's actually quite good. The beats are pretty smooth and go with Chino's style nicely. Part of what makes Chino fun to listen to is that he mentions practically every single person you can think of in some way or another on this album. Some people he disses, some he just mentions in a metaphor, but it always ends up being funny. He mentions everyone including Martin Lawrence, 2Pac, Rosie Perez, TJ Swan, OJ Simpson, Dru Down, The Dogg Pound, Naomi Campbell, Sinbad, Dennis Leary, the Jets, Tevin Campbell, R. Kelly, his old group Art Of Origin, and loads of other celebrities. And as others already said, Eminem was apparently influenced heavily by Chino and tries to rhyme like him, talking about everyone. However, I think Chino does it with class while Eminem just tries to do it to gain recognition as a commercial rapper. Ras Kass, Gravitation Crew and Kool Keith guest on this album, but it's mostly Chino by himself rapping about everybody. But Chino spits more than just lines about famous people, he also talks about afterlife, a love story, and even the confusion of having a Puerto-Rican father and an African mother and the transition of moving to Newark after living in a mostly white suburban area in New Jersey.

After the introduction, there's the classic first track "Deliver", which has a string-laced hip-hop beat and a great performance from Chino, definitely a good track to start the album out. "No Complex" was a single and has an amazing dark beat, and some hilarious lines, especially "I make TLC turn to They Love Chino when I terrify, but I never eat Chilli because I'm an arsonist like Left Eye". The next song, "Partner To Swing" has a funky old school beat to it and Chino talks about his bitterness towards his old group Art Of Origin and says he doesn't need them to swing. "It's All Bad" is more of a deep track with a spaced-out beat and is basically about the struggles of life and the stress he's faced throughout his life. "Freestyle Rhymes" is more of a bright track with some hilarious metaphors off the top of Chino's head, especially "Reject my single I ain't mad-at-it, like OJ getting married again I'll take another stab-at-it", kind of grim humor but it works pretty nicely here. "Riiiot!" is more of a rugged, but laid-back song featuring Ras Kass, which is an excellent collaboration. They both rip this song to shreds, but the only thing I don't like about the song is what Chino says about 2Pac (which provoked a small beef between them just before Tupac was killed). Ras Kass also ripped this song with some great lines. "Waiting To Exhale" features the Gravitation crew that Chino worked with at the time and the track isn't really a highlight as the beat is a little plain but lyrically it's pretty nice for a short song. "What Am I?" is Chino's identity crisis track, where he talks about what it's like to be black and puerto-rican in a mostly white neighborhood and then move to a mostly black neighborhood in Newark. The beat goes perfectly with this song and the chorus is classic. A nice track coming from the heart. "Feelin' Evil Again" is one of my favorites because of the great lyrical performance and the amazing beat which swings with an ill un-winding vibe. Chino says on here, the best line of the album is on here: "I put out more wax than Martin Lawrence's earlobe, I rock forever or at least until the Jets win the Superbowl", poking a little fun at Martin for having big ears. "Thousands" has a nice beat and a cool chorus, though it's not classic it's still a good track to sit back and listen to. "Kreep" is the first single and the main hit from this album, where Chino actually talks about a girl he was in love with. It's got a smooth bass beat and a terrific trumpet during the chorus which has a latin feel to it. An instant classic, but it's strange to see Chino criticize even himself on this song. "Many Different Ways" is a rugged lyrical track, where Chino raps at a rapid speed, and it's good to hear. "The Shabba-Doo Conspiracy" is a great piano-laced track featuring Kool Keith and both emcees tear this track. Definitely a good duo here. "Ghetto Vampire" is not one of my favorite songs on here, it's just a little too out there. The song is about how he "sucks people dry" when he disses them in his rhymes. The beat is decent but the song just doesn't catch on as well for some reason. "Rise" is a heartfelt song where Chino actually talks about afterlife and the beat is amazing. It's a good way to end the album and has a surrealistic feel to it.

There isn't a bad track on this album, but the only slight criticism is that for some reason this album actually has 61 tracks! But after "Rise", track 16, all the other tracks are complete silence for about four or five seconds. There are no more songs, it's just silence for about a combined total of five or six minutes, and then it moves into this short skit about OJ Simpson. This doesn't really affect the quality of the album but it's strange. If you love lyricism this is a must-have. Chino has obvious verbal skill and exhibits it on this album. A true hip-hop classic. It's a shame this album didn't go platinum even with "Kreep" being a hit single. It didn't even go Gold. Truly under-rated, and a great album.

1-0 out of 5 stars Saying Chino XL is average is an overstatement
Chino XL has no right to even say Tupac's name in his music. He is nowhere near Tupac's league. If you are a fan of Tupac then you will not support Chino XL one bit. I know i never will. I wont even download his music for free, it would be a waste of space on my computer. ... Read more

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Let's Get Ready
Average Customer Review: 4.02 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 September, 2000)
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Even the most high-minded hip-hop connoisseur will have a hard time fronting on the booty-bounce directive, "Shake Ya Ass," surely one of 2000's most memorable songs. The lead single off Mystikal's fourth album encapsulates his whole approach: guttural, grunted directives and sexist boasts over some seriously funky production (courtesy Outkast, the Neptunes, and the Medicine Men). Check the tropical backdrop and Nivea-blessed chorus of "Danger" and the wah-wah guitar/808 combo of "Big Truck Boys" for the funk; check nearly every song for that vulgar braggin' and boastin'. The raw bass and slinky rhythm of "Smoked Out" is a nice Southern take on G-funk, and it's a welcome reprieve from the thick "come hither" machismo which dominates much of the other songs. When he's not stroking his ego, though, Mystikal does a good job getting serious too. Uncovering the bad side of the bling, tracks such as "Ain't Gonna See Tomorrow" and "Murderer III" impressively display a more socially aware and mature Mystikal. --Hua Hsu ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars ***Lets Get Ready ***
I was so excited buying Mystikal's new album "Lets Get Ready." When I was done listening to it, it wasn't as good as I had expected. 3 stars is still above average but I thought it would have better tracks. His lyrics are tight and he has a unique flow, it's just his beats he could improve on. There's only 3 good cuts. I still think this is his best album yet but his next will be better. This album is all Mystikal and has very few featured artists. This factor also brings the album down. The album features Da Brat who's good and Outkast who's also good. The three good tracks are:

"Sake your a**" "Danger" and "Neck Uv Da Woods."

If someone asked me for my opinion on this cd I would say it's alright. If I could get a refund, I would deffinitely say no. I still like mystikal and the cd I just think it could be improved on.

5-0 out of 5 stars .... Let's get ready to rumble
After dropping three discs, "Mind Of Mystikal", "Unpredictable", and "Ghetto Fabulous", with the last two being executive produced by the Tank's own, Master P, Michael Tyler brings us "Let's Get Ready". This CD is Mystikal's finest work to date. It seems like Jive Records gave Mystikal more creative freedom with this CD since he was so called "released from his No Limit contract". After hearing the single "Shake It Fast" I knew that Mystikal would have a tight CD, so I picked the CD up on the first day it was released. Mystikal sounds just like he did on his previous three CDs, but the production on this CD is the best that Mystikal has had to work with. Mystikal has contributions from The Neptunes, The Medicine Men (formerly Beats By The Pound), Earthtone III, PA, etc. This is what makes Mystikal's CD, because his voice goes with all the beats that have been provided for him. The CD's best moments are on "Ready To Rumble", "Jump", "U Would If U Could", "Ain't Gonna See Tomorrow" and the KLC produced bonus track, "I'm Throwed Off". To any fans of Mystikal's song with Outkast, "Neck Uv Da Woods", that song is also featured on this CD. This is Mystikal's best CD to date. If you liked his past collaborations with No Limit artists, then you will enjoy this CD from "The Man Right Chea".

4-0 out of 5 stars We're Ready
Alright, to start it off, I have no idea what these fools are talking about, because they don't seem to understand what kind of CD this is, or what kind of music Kal does. The good songs on this were not Danger or Shake Ya Azz, those were commercialized songs put out there to get the pop fans to buy a CD that real rap fans would already buy. Those are some weak songs, and are nowhere near as good as many others on the CD. The best are "Ain't gon' see tomorrow", "I ain't right" and "Lookin' for me"... they're well-delivered (not necessarily well written) and also well-produced. The production of this CD is nicest on "The Braids". It's a hard-rapping track, from a hard-rapping artist. It's a fairly good CD, but there are just too many weak songs that have to be skipped... ... 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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Follow The Leader
Average Customer Review: 3.99 out of 5 stars
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Love 'em or despise 'em, you've got to give Korn props for kick-starting a new metal movement that blends aggressive hip-hop rhythms with roaring hate-metal riffs. In the wake of the band's 1994 debut, many like-minded groups cropped up, including Deftones, Snot, and Limp Bizkit. But with the release of Korn's disappointing 1996 sophomore effort, Life Is Peachy, the imitators seemed likely to usurp the innovators. Maybe that's why Follow the Leader is so crafty and inspired. Instead of continuing on cruise control, Korn have diversified their formula, experimenting with mood and dynamics while intensifying their melody and noise thresholds. "Got the Life" blends a seductive disco beat and vocals reminiscent of "Epic"-era Faith No More with oppressive guitar chimes and squawks. "Children of the Korn" features a propulsive rap beat, throbbing bass lines, and angry guest vocals by Ice Cube. But just when Korn's groovin' psychedelic fury starts to make listeners see red, the band lashes out with "All in the Family," a hilarious rap-metal diss-fest duet with Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, that proves Korn are much more than the sum of their rage. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Follow the LeadeR
Korn- How can a I put how awesome this band in 1,000 words? This hard hitting-hard rock band is pure amazement. Truth is as im writing this review im listening to KoRn right now.

The problem with people today is they dont respect roots. Half the bands today wouldn't have their sound they do if it hadn't have been for KoRn. They were pioneers in the metal/hard rock stage of the 90's. They were infact one of the first bands to use down tuned 7-string guitars.

The self-titled album had already been a hit, and Life is Peachy was a comedic genius of hard rock, why not come up with some hard hitting stuff?

Follow the leader put what most bands dreamed about into music. It is a hard hitting style of beats and guitar riffs that put amazing lyrics sung by their own bag pipe playing Jonathan Davis make one great album. I personnally havent pulled it out of my CD player since I bought it.

Listen, for all you people who don't like Korn, here's a tip, STOP LISTENING TO THEM AND HATING! Korn is simply the best band I've ever listened to and quite frankly this IS the best music I've listened to (in my opinion)

All I can say is, great job guys, make a new CD like this one (although Take a Look in the Mirror was exceptionally great).

5-0 out of 5 stars KoRn's Best CD
After their first two much darker metallic records, KoRn made a wise decision to evolve and grow as a band, instead of beating the same formula into the ground over and over. FTL certainly has a phat tune to it, very modern-sounding and melodic, while still showing their heavy rock and lyrical vitriol have not dimished. KoRn still talk about anger, hate, pain, murderous lust, happiness, paranoia, and other raw emotions coupled with the band's very energetic, edgy, almost manic delivery. Jonathan's frantic, emotional vocals have not changed a bit and Fieldy's bass is still slappy and rapid-fire.
Modern-sounding songs like "Children of the Korn", "Seed", and "B.B.K." are experimentation for the band while songs like, "Freak On a Leash" and "Dead Bodies Everywhere" harken back to Life is Peachy and the self-titled. Perhaps the best thing about their new sound is KoRn seem to have grown up a bit. On Follow the Leader especially, KoRn manage to be powerfully hostile while still giving their music an element of pure fun.
I first got into KoRn after seeing the video for "Freak on a Leash" and later on watching the South park episode where they played, "Falling Away from Me". For those of you you are new to KoRn, this is the perfect place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars Follow ThE LEADER
This was the second CD that I got of Korn's (after Untouchables). I've read lots of reviews of this CD and not too many of them were really positive. Most of them were complaining about how they have CHANGED. A word that has been popping up a lot in the music world. Change.
Well, I, for one, am all for change. I except it. That's why Follow The Leader is one of my favorite albums by Korn. It has a strange pop vibe to it, such as in songs like Got The Life and Freak On A Leash. There's even a few rap songs on the album, like in "Children Of The Korn" and "All In The Family".
However, Korn doesn't just dump their metal sound. It's all still there. Even though Korn changed doesn't mean that they are a terrible band now. They still have rocking tunes and great guitar.
If you like Korn, definatly buy this CD, despite all the crap that people are saying about it. It's a great Korn album to have in a CD collection. ... Read more

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Born Dead
Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 September, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars INSANE THRASHCORE !!!!
On this album,Ice switches to a thrashcore style lovers of the style will go mad about.The song are mega fast,with furious social lyrics and full of hatred.If you're into thashcore
and dig bands like Ratos De Porao,get this one at one.It suffers from some degree of dynamiccompressionthough,
but if you can correct that,it'll blow your brains againt the nearest wall

3-0 out of 5 stars Sophomore Slump Blues
BC's 1994 sophomore follow-up to their 1992 "killer" debut, suffers from the annoying "sophomore slump blues". And that is no lie. Where their 1992 debut is the perfect metal concept story about life and death on the streets of LA. Their Born Dead flow does have a cohesive, consistent flow like their debut, meaning there are some unmemorable tracks here and does not have the finesse of their debut. The CD starts off with another BC sing-along-anthem Body M/F Count. There it's the lackluster rhythms of Masters of Revenge, Killin Floor, and Necessary Evil. All 3 tracks are on the pedestrian
metal sound. Drive-by is a spoken word interlude, Last Breath is decent. There's an unnecessary cover of Hey Joe that is an exact replica of Jimi Hendrix. Surviving the Game is a strong tack, and the record ends on a positive note with Street Lobotomy and Born Dead. I'd imagine Body Count just wanted to make an all-out metal record. They did do that, but Body Count
sounds uninspired and without taking the subject matter to a certain subject, which we know Ice-T is capable of, the music suffers from the bland lyrical content. This is the weakest release in the BC cannon. Move on the Violent Demise: The Last Days instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars light like DeBussy, with overtones of Stravinsky
I was very often moved to tears by "Body Count". Not since the Beatles has anything been so refreshing, nay startling, in its efferescence and unadulterated musical joy. I think Mr. Ice should consider moving into the realm of modern Gospel music, such is the depth and profundity of his glorius music. If I were getting married, I can think of no more appropriate music for a wedding march or, for that matter, great background music for the honeymoon night. Mr. Ice has, with this record, taken his rightful place with Errol Garner, Hoagy Carmichael,Irving Berlin Leonard Bernstein and the like as one of this century's truly immortal composers. I played the record at a recent meeting of the Proud Young Americans For Truth and was completely overcome by the exhaust fumes issuing from all the dead bodies bubbling up out of the swamp. Oh, the beautiful melodies!! Oh, the emotion!! Oh, the oil plug on a 1965 Volkswagon "bug". Mr. Ice should be President of the United States in my opinion. No one could possibly be more qualified. This record has changed my life forever. Mr. Ice will, no doubt, soon be canonized and take his proper place with St. Francis and Mother Teresa. Every family in the U.S. should be required by law to play this record before dinner every night. Just think of the positive effect it would have on the youth of America!!! Pass me the beaker, Dr. Foley, if you please. I'll have to stop here. I am overcome with emotion just thinking about the illustrious Mr. Ice's gorgeous recording and my tears are starting to short out my computer keyboard. Oh the humanity!!!! Oh the humanity!!!! ... Read more

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Hotshot
Average Customer Review: 4.16 out of 5 stars
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In 1993, when Shaggy successfully reworked thePrince Buster skaclassic "Oh Carolina," he wason the cusp of creating a hot, new ska/pop fusion. Unfortunately, he opted tobecome a pop-reggae noveltyact like Snow. Shaggy's fourth album certainly won't win over new fans or appealto reggae purists and Capleton enthusiasts, butthat's fine by him. Whilethere are no immediate club anthems in the "Boombastic" or "Oh Carolina" vein,Shaggy's coarse vocaldelivery shines on the sweet, Latin-music-inspired "Chica Bonita." Likewise,"Not Fair"--where he boaststhat he'll take a woman "to the clouds without going downtown"--has Hit Singlewritten all over it. On thedownside, Shaggy's rap-reggae flow doesn't match the production values of theR&B production duoJimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. On "Lonely Lover," Shaggy andNext's T-Lo bastardize aclassic Main Ingredient song, whileon "Dance and Shout,"he distorts the MichaelJackson legacy bysampling "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)." --Dalton Higgins ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Shaggy's Most Famous Cd
I'll start off by saying this.... I bought this album just because of the track "Angel". Before that song was released I didn't really know or care who Shaggy was, but after hearin' the song on the radio, and seeing how sucessful his album was on the billboard charts, I picked up a copy. For the first few weeks, I only listened to "Angel", and "It wasn't Me", but later I decided to give the whole thing a listen. As I finished up the album with the song "Chinca Bonita", I was a little happier about purcasing the cd. But at the same time, there is a part of me, that wonder's if it was worth 14 dollars.

The cd pro's - 90 percent of the tracks are great dance tracks, and are just fun. Single's such as "Angel" and "it Wasn't Me" don't age. Plus, each song doesn't repeat too much, and each track is a good length, (for a total of 53:07 minutes on the cd). The chorus's of most of the song's are very catchy (Think "Luv Me, Luv Me"). The whole album would work perfectly for a party. The lryic's are also pretty good. Even though I don't real care for some of the lryic's for tracks like "Freaky Girl". Tracks such as "Keep'n it real", "Angel", "Dance & Shout", "It wasn't me", "Luv me, Luv me", and "Hope" are all worth listening to at least once.

Cd cons - Because of Shaggy's limited vocal range, most of the song's end up sounding pretty smiliar, (in fact "Angel" is probably the only song that doesn't really sound the same vocally). Tracks like "Hot Shot", "Freaky Girl", and "Hey Love" could have been better. Also, as it starts to get past track 10, the song's become filler's. That doesn't mean they're horrible, it just mean's they aren't as fun, as the other tracks. In fact the beat of the song's changes a lot at that point.

Although Shaggy, will never have as much sucess with other works, as he did with this, it doesn't mean he is a bad artist, or a one hit wonder. This cd remind's me of the newer artist Sean Paul, who has a simliar style. I listen to probably 8 to 10 tracks on this album, when it's in the cd player, so it's definitly a good album, it just could be better. If you buy this, I don't think you'll be disappointed, but you may be suprised by some of the seriousness of some of the tracks. After all is said and done, this is still a good album, by a decent artist.

5-0 out of 5 stars SHAGGY'S BEST ALBUM YET!
HOTSHOT is definitely Shaggy's best album ever. Though I haven't heard this entire CD, I'm only reviewing on the two hit singles from this CD that I've heard: "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel". Both are amazing songs! "It Wasn't Me", featuring 'RikRok', is telling the story about a guy cheating on his girlfriend. Even though his girlfriend has caught him, he lies and tells her, "It wasn't me" - which basically refers that he wasn't cheating on her, even when he really was. Bottom Line: A great, uptempo, fast-beat, R&B song. Probably Shaggy's best single. "Angel", featuring Rayvon, tells the story of a guy who loves his girlfriend so much and says that she'll be the only one still there for him in the end and is thanking her for giving him that love. Bottom Line: A wonderful R&B love ballad. My favorite Shaggy song after "It Wasn't Me". Both songs are very overplayed on the radio now, but that doesn't bother me because I love both songs. Shaggy's album has only been out for about a half a year and has already got two major #1 hit singles. Talk about a totally awesome album. Can't wait to buy it! Definitely worth your money. Even if you just like "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel", you must buy this album. It's one of the year's best!

4-0 out of 5 stars it's good
I thought this CD was very good. I bought it before "It wasn't me" and "Angel" became popular (and i bought it for the song "hot shot"). I was very suprised when I started hearing these songs on the radio and that other people knew of them. All in all this CD is good, because you need variety (even in a massive reggae collection like mine). Oh and one last thing: Shaggy is NOT pop, he is and will always be some sort of Reggae/Dancehall. This album was in the Reggae section, so it annoys me when people say it's pop. ... Read more

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Bad Brains
Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 March, 1996)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The best album by the Master Blasters
Make no mistake, if you have never heard Bad Brains before, they are not for everyone. At times they can make bands like Black Flag sound like Destiny's Child, and this album will just plain kick your teeth in. The first thing that will grab you is Dr. Know's whirlwind guitar that carries you through their barrage of speed and thrash, but it's all held together by a terrific rhythm section. Bad Brains were influenced by reggae from the very start and it shows on their albums, there are a couple of reggae tunes. If you like it hardcore and haven't heard them yet, start with this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy This Now!
Bad Brains can be credited with inventing hardcore, and along with Minor Threat, they proved that you could play incredibly loud and incredibly fast and still be very musical and intelligent. Not only are Bad Brains a great hardcore punk band, they're also a great reggae dub band as the tracks "Jah Calling" and "I Love I Jah" prove. As for the punk tunes, you can't get any better than "Sailin' On," "Pay To Cum," "Attitude," etc. No other band can really match the intensity of these guys. The sound quality on the self-titled release can be a little poor at times, but the songs themselves make you forget those problems. H.R.'s sometimes high-pitched vocals might take some time to get used to, but in the end, this should become a favorite record of yours. Every fan of hardcore/punk should own this.

5-0 out of 5 stars pay to cum
Saw them in 80, 81, 82 & 85. 82' at 40 Watt was one of the (if not the) best live shows I've ever seen. If you don't have this cd, get it, not as slick production as "Rock For Light", but performance is still amazing. ... Read more

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The Fat of the Land
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 July, 1997)
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An album even the technophobic couldn't ignore, The Fat of the Land made Prodigy one of the first U.K. rave acts to infiltrate pop culture. Hard-core hip-hop-derived breakbeats, layers of unabashed (but creative) sampling, and meaningless shouted lyrics struck a chord beyond the electronic-music community. The inclusion of "Firestarter" and "Breathe" (both previously released hit singles) certainly aided the disc's widespread success, but it was the ferocity (and controversy) of "Smack My Bitch Up" that caught the world's attention. Guest Shahin Bada's Indian vocalizations convey the sense that dance music has come a long way from "Pump Up the Volume"! "Diesel Power," featuring Kool Keith, and "Funky Shit" set a wicked groove; the cover of L7's "Fuel My Fire" recalls the energy of the Sex Pistols. In fact, the dark aggression of The Fat of the Land bears closer resemblance to both rap and punk than the hedonism of techno. Leader Liam Howett simply gives up 10 solid songs with bombastic production values, transforming dance music into the art of noise. --Lisa Ladouceur ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing dance & techno, the best ever
Just when you think an artist can't get any better...they do. Prodigy's music has grown since their time in England's underground techno scene, during which their first album, "Experience", was released. Afterwards, they followed up with "Music For The Jilted Generation", with some of the greatest techno songs ever released on there. This album shows how far Prodigy has come though, and how truly refined their music is. The whole album has the amazing feature of blending so many different styles of music. Hard rock and heavy guitars bring out the energy in "Breathe" and "Fuel My Fire", more defined techno tracks like "Climbatize" and "Mindfields" are present, as well as "Diesel Power", featuring the hip-hop vocals of rapper Kool Keith.

The purer techno sounds make up only a portion of the album, as said before, showing up in "Climbatize" and "Mindfields". "Narayan" is also a wonderfully crafted song, with some great vocals by Crispian Mills adding to the effect. All three of them show the genius writing and mixing of Liam Howlett, the genius behind The Prodigy.

This album also goes to prove that house and dance music isn't dead and still has some hope. "Smack My B**** Up" is a fast-paced, amazingly crafted song with an Indian vocalist by the name of Shahin Bada contributing to the song's stellar performance. Also, "Funky S***", with samples taken from a Beastie Boys song, is a great, faster techno or dance song.

As said before, "Diesel Power" is an amazing song which shows music that Prodigy hasn't dealt with on this level before, which is hip-hop. This song is just proof of how wide Prodigy's music range stretches, as this is a great rap and techno song at the same time.

The two singles from the album, "Breathe" and "Firestarter" are unforgettable. The lyrics are loud, dramatic, and well-written and just go hand-in-hand with the amazing music. This goes for "Serial Thrilla" and the cover of "Fuel My Fire", which features some amazing guitars by Jim Davies.

All in all, this album is nothing short of amazing and is the best techno can really get. I can only hope that Prodigy releases their rumored new album soon, and hope it will be as brilliant as this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars The CD that made dance music cool...
Prodigy's "The Fat of the Land" was the CD that opened the floodgates to the brief explosion of electronic dance music and culture into mainstream pop culture. Listeners were roped into buying the CD after hearing tracks like "Firestarter" and thought they were getting an industrial punk band that dabbled in rock and hip hop, but quickly became fans of the CDs instrumental hardcore dance tracks like "Funky S---" and "Smack My B---- Up". Well, the dance explosion was brief and never really took off in America, but this CD has stood the test of time and is still a steady best seller. The overall feel of the album is dark and agressive yet full of energy. About 2/3 of the album is instrumental and the rest is filled with either rap or punk lead vocals (depending on which vocalist is singing). Overall, this CD can satisfy dance fans, rock fans and hip hop fans looking for something with an edge. One of the best techno albums ever recorded. If you enjoy this style of dance music, then I also highly recommend mr.deviant's "Techno Obsession" which is just as dark and agressive as "Fat of the Land".

5-0 out of 5 stars A Prodigy Indeed
Prodigy has always been a great band. Mixing several genres and coming up with something that is not crap. I love this album from beginning to end. Prodigy's "The Fat of the Land" is to Electronica what "Nevermind" is to Rock. Favorite tracks on this album are "Smack my Bitch Up", Breathe", "Mindfields", "Narayan", "Firestarter", and "Climbatize". ... Read more

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Burn Berlin Burn
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 April, 1997)
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ATR is one of those bands that look great on paper: youth fighting the system, a band blending old-school punk with samplers and break beats, a musical revolution. Unfortunately, Burn, Berlin, Burn! is mere cathartic venting, not a full frontal assault on government, press, and social ills. Musically, they dish out a mix of recycled punk and bad jungle--not even much for ear candy. It's a shame because they are the type of band you really want to take seriously, but so are the reunited Sex Pistols as they scream about EMI 20 years later. A good idea taken to an unoriginal conclusion. --Bill Snyder ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Stop the riot!
I have mixed feelings about this CD. Songs like 'Speed', 'Atari Teenage Riot' and 'Into The Death' are brilliant techno/punk. Other tracks descend into raging noise. They are angry, they have strong political beliefs, they need to make the music a little more accessable if they want the message to be heard. Overall it just gives me a headache to listen to the whole CD.

4-0 out of 5 stars digital hard core baby!
I dont understand how anyone could dislike burn berlin burn...I hear this cd being refered to as "recycled punk and bad jungle"...well listen to all the recent music in the 90's...I have said and will say till the day I die,all beyond the 90's is just recycled from another generation...it has all been done and there isn't much left to create. Look at the "NeW" retro fad...I cant believe people refer to it like that...I give atari teenage riot and burn berlin burn the credit for blending and mixing some really cool things together.But I need not defend ATR because they defend themselves..critics,press,social disease spread by the govornment and the fascist media. I give burn berlin burn 5 stars for being a DiGiTal HaRd CoRe band but -1 star for touring with shizuo! (a horrible untalented digital hard core band)---also,if you like atari teenage riot,you should check out ec8or! they're "all of us can be rich" is a great cd!

4-0 out of 5 stars Music to make your ears bleed
There aren't many bands out there on the music scene that actually falls under the 'hardcore' label and actually sounds 'hardcore'. Bands like Linkin Park, Korn and Limp Bizkit are not hardcore. They are far from what bands like Black Flag and Minor Threat were in the '80s. Frankly Linkin Park, Korn, and Limp Bizkit are the new Poisons and Warrants of metal today. Another great hardcore band I felt that truly deserved the label was the German techno/punk band Atari Teenage Riot. I bought their album "Burn, Berlin, Burn" back in the late '90s because I was looking for something different and something noisy and intense. I read about the band in a magazine and my curiousity was immediately piqued. What I heard was a great fusion of hardcore punk's political sensibilities along with the frenatic beats of hardcore techno. The results is pure chaos. If the Dada movement had a soundtrack, I would have to say that "Burn, Berlin, Burn" was it. As art was completely deconstructed by the Dada movement, the music I heard on ATR's album was deconstructed as far as song structure is concerned. There is nothing melodic about the music (except for "Speed" which I personally found to be quite catchy). ATR totally disregard the rules of music with their obviously leftist policies and chaotic techno beats and intense screaming by Alec Empire, Hanna Elias and Carl Crack. "Burn, Berlin, Burn" is definitely not for everyone but I sure as heck has enjoyed listening to it over the years. ... Read more

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Hybrid Theory
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 October, 2000)
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It may be too cynical to assume Hybrid Theory changed its name to Linkin Park in order to appear right next to Limp Bizkit in your local record bin. But rock-rap workouts like "One Step Closer" and "Papercut" do make Linkin Park a comfortable fit with Fred Durst and his ilk. Producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Lit, Eve 6) and twin vocal threats Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda serve up industrial-strength rap and rock melodicism with equal aplomb on this woulda-been-self-titled debut effort. "Points of Authority" aims to sound like Trent Reznor wanking it up with Lars and company, whereas guitarist Brad Delson's Edge-y harmonics help "In the End" and "Pushing Me Away" evoke a dark romanticism akin to A Perfect Circle. Curiously, the band gets by with no bass player, while sample-happy DJ Joseph Hahn's step into the spotlight on the instrumental "Cure for the Itch" suggests a potential for eclecticism that could help Linkin Park outlive its seemingly transient genre. --Bill Forman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Move Over Limp Bizkit
You can stop waiting for the next best thing in rock n roll. The debut album by Linkin Park is the best I've heard in a long time. These newcomers combine rock, rap, sampling, scratching, and a variety of other genres to create a sound fusion that's all their own. The first single, One Step Closer, is as angry and sonically powerful as anything Limp Bizkit or Papa Roach has ever released. The vocal tandem of Mike and Chester provide a perfect balance in order to come at the listener from all directions. Finally a band has released an album where all the tracks don't sound like the same song. Especially of interest is the band's DJ and resident sampler, Big Bad Mr. Hahn, whose influence can be heard dramatically in such songs as Papercut and By Myself. Mr. Hahn adds another layer to the music that most bands are missing. His skills serve the complement the resounding bass and drums that are the backbone of Linkin Park's unique sound. The band really excels in mixing up the tempo of each song and surprising the listener with each passing minute. Don't be fooled by the ballad-like beginning of Crawling (one of the album's finest tracks), the band raises and lowers the intensity enough to get a strong point across. Hybrid Theory is a very beautiful yet intense debut album. Although not an instant classic in the rock cannon, the album shows the kind of promise most new bands at this time are lacking. If Hybrid Theory is any indicator, Linkin Park will soon be known to rock fans throughout the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars sO fReAkIn' kEwL!
I think "sincerety" and "creativity" are just getting SOOO played out. It's time for something new. It's time for Linkin Park.

As the late, great Kid Rock once said, "If music is good, you'll FEEL it." And, while Linkin Park is no Kid Rock, I really FEEL this breathtaking debut. Every single track makes me want to call my parents sell-outs and squeeze Noxzema pads into my mouth until I get really smashed.

Even though the cover art may be the highlight of this album, I can't forget the actual songs. There's the smash hit "One Step Closer", which, in my opinion, perfectly depicts stereotypical teen-angst. "Papercut" sorta sounds like an echo of everything that has been done in rock n' roll history, but it's still really sweet. "Forgotten" has some of those most beautiful and poignant lyrics to come along in weeks - "Taken far from my safety/The picture is there/The memory won't escape me/But why should I care?" That is almost better than the material in Jewel's book of poetry.

I could prolly go on for days about why this is the most subversive fun I've had in 13 years but I really need to get a pair of JNCOs before the store closes. Buy this if ur kewl!!!!11

5-0 out of 5 stars Some of the best hybrid music
As some might know, the band was called Hybrid Theory before their commercial breakthrough, and that name gives you a hint of what this band is like.
No, this band is not Heavy Metal. A lot of people are busy complaining that the guys are a disgrace to Heavy Metal, but really, they are not a Heavy band. They use some metal elements (very well, I might add), along with rap and electronica, which is why some like to label them as Nu-metal. This label might be the most accurate, but their sound is unlike most other Nu-metal bands.
They have a knack of creating very catchy songs, which, of course, explains their commercial success.
More, they really are a bunch of talented artists. Chester sings really well, both aggressive and emotional, even though his voice is a bit untraditional and maybe boyish, but he does it well, and it adds to their distinctive sound.
Mike raps with routine, and complements Chester well, while Brad and Phoenix on guitar and bass does the groundwork in most songs, even if they don't give off any flashy solos. Rob is, in my opinion, one of the best drummers out there, and Joe Hahn - well he is on of the elements that adds to LP's distinctive sound. LP wouldn't be the same without his intelligent understanding of scratching and electronica.
The lyrics are well written and the band keep them universal, so they are easy for everyone to relate to.
Some are annoyed by their heavy use of angsty lyrics, and most of them are about alienation, and yes, they may not be very original, but still well written.
Hybrid Theory is one of the few albums in my personal collection where I can listen to all songs at all times without skipping any of them. ... Read more

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Ultraspank
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (31 March, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Love or Hate? Worship!
I've read through some reviews and it looks like you either love Ultraspank or hate them. I don't see how any metalist could hate Ultraspank.

(For the guy saying they want to sound like Tool)??What! Tool and Ultraspank have very different sounds. Took uses a bit softer lyrics and instruments. Both bands use different topics and the like.

Anyways, This band is the God of "Heavy Metal." I say Heavy Metal because it's not Nu or Industrial. This music is pure Heavy Metal.

Ultraspank has a way of putting you in a trance. This is some of the best guitar working I've ever heard and a beat you can just sink into.

Only a few bands have really impressed me with vocals like this. At one moment your hearing soft welcoming sounds, feeling a bit secure in their way. Then you are blasted away by some major power vocals.

This band is so hard to put to words. It's best to discover this awesome band for yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut
I heard about this band because they were on Ozzfest a couple of years ago and Ozzfest is known for bringing great unkown metal bands to the forefront. Ultraspank is no exception as this is one of my favorite cds. Their music has a kind of Toolesque sound incorporated with some techno/ industrial flavor and leans more toward the dark side. Though heavy, it's not groove-oriented like Korn or Pantera, but is more laid-back say like Staind. The vocalist possesses great range from singing to screaming and has a kind of Toolesque singing style going. The backing vocals also add some depth. Standout tracks include "Sponge", "Wrapped", "5", and "Butter". Despite the references to Tool, Ultraspank has their own unique sound, which is hard to describe, yet is original and definitely worth checking out. Static-X, Spineshank, and Rammstein are also great bands.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional numetal
Ultraspank's self titled CD and the followup "Progress" are very similar in sound, and both are unique, amazing CDs. While a numetal band, Ultraspank, like Nothingface, definately set themselves apart from the pack. A landmark metal CD. ... Read more

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