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    Diamonds on the Inside
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (11 March, 2003)
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    Ben Harper makes elegant leaps from reggae to rock to folk to funk and back in his fifth studio album. The rootsy singer-songwriter with the silken tenor isn't merely genuflecting at the altar of his musical heroes, as here he shows more quirky imagination and inventive musicianship than on any of his earlier efforts. That said, "Diamonds on the Inside" is painted with the same brush that Bob Dylan used on "I Shall Be Released," but Harper adds his own Biblical aphorisms to make the song his own. Most of the songs display Harper's growth as a poet, as he ponders the dualities of life and love in tunes like the disturbing "Touch from Your Lust" and the disquietingly lyrical "Amen Omen." Harper is compelled to sing what is in his heart and to do what he can to make the world a better place. Witness the Marley-like "With My Own Two Hands." The only misstep on the whole disc is the overly humid orchestration of "When She Believes." --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing listen.
    Ben Harper is much hyped but after taking the plunge and listening to this album I was very disappointed. Harper's thin and whiny voice is probably the worst aspect, but the songwriting is insipid and repetitive, the arrangements standard off-the-shelf fare, and the lyrics trite. I'm sorry, but Harper is another derivative sound-alike and lacks the talent and originality to interest me. I'll give him a second-star for the admittedly competent musicianship, however.

    For all those complaining about the copy protection of the CD, I borrowed it from a friend and ripped it to MP3 using MusicMatch 10 with no problems whatsoever - in fact I only became aware of the copy protection much later while reading these reviews.

    5-0 out of 5 stars killer
    ben is tha mannn!! this guy really has soul! one of my current favorite artistes! altho fans new to harper shuld probably start with "fight for you rmind"!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Ben continues to blow me away...
    When I listen to this cd, and Ben Harper in general, I think its probably how someone in the 60's felt listening to Bob Dylan, or in the 70's listening to Bob Marley. Everyone of Ben Harper's songs tells a story, and it never gets tedious. Its also refreshing to hear spiritual themes, without being hit over the head with a message. With My Own Two Hands, Diamonds, Brown-Eyed Blues, and Amen Omen are examples of this using vastly different styles.

    The only downside to this is that Diamonds on the Inside is kinda all over the place, it doesn't quite flow together like his previous works. I am glad though that Ben isn't getting complacent. This is a great transitional album. I kinda compare it to Pearl Jam's No Code. By experimenting on this album and on his new one with the Blind Boys of Alabama, I'm sure fans like myself can expect a lot more great songs from Ben Harper for a long time to come. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008AY3L
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Deftones
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 May, 2003)
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    While alt/nu/rap-metal typically bounds between two emotional poles--pissed-off and extremely pissed-off--and a musical range to match, the Deftones continue to push the genre's narrow boundaries outward on their fourth big-label release. Mic man Chino Moreno's patent yowl belies a range of emotion rare in the genus, while guitarist Stephen Carpenter seasons his buzz-saw assault with some industrial-strength riff textures and mixer Frank Delgado's spooky, synthetic textures further underscore Moreno's blossoming lyrical impressionism. If they stray uncomfortably close to jagged-rhythms formula in the album's opening quarter, the almost sunny sensuality of "Good Morning Beautiful" heralds some welcome shafts of light amidst the storm clouds. From there on, the mood drifts from languor ("Deathblow") to brooding ("Battle-axe," "Lucky You"), while "Bloody Cape" edges the band ever closer to traditional pop hooks before drifting into the resigned, psych-torpor of "Anniversary of an Uninteresting Event." A compelling and encouraging album--even if it's taken them 15 years to get this far. Enhanced CD features include studio and day-in-the-life-of band video footage, as well as 150 candid photos. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars a band in progression
    All the nu metal fans out there need to stop whining and grow up. deftones in my opinion have always been "different" to all the other american rock bands out there. they aren't ashamed of their 80's influences and it shows in their music. Some of the music on this record is hauntingly beautiful, and yet sometimes heavy as hell, their heaviest stuff they have done yet. "Lucky you" could have quite easily been written by Depeche Mode at their darkest. (some of you kids out there might not know who they are. Check out deftones on the tribute album covering "To have and to hold." )

    Overall a solid album. Although not "White Pony", still a worthy follow up.

    Good to see team Sleep finally being released, and looking forward to the Deftones 10 yr anniversary mix of b-sides and rareties aswell as the new album due out in the fall.

    All you whiners, stick to Korn or wetbiscuit

    2-0 out of 5 stars eh.....well???
    Where should I start? Adrenaline. Only one good song which was "Get bored". Awesone bass lines. Great singing. Pure metal for it's early time. This album...Only one good song "another uniteresting event". With every album they make there is only 1 song on it that I like. Says enough doesn't it? Not to mention everytime I try and listen to them I am reminded of my 3 year old nephew when he throws a temper tantrum. These guys whine too much. Oh stop throwing tantrums already! Grow up! Make good lyrics and sing the song right. Maybe then the music won't sound so bad because the band has talent. Just not a talented singer.

    2-0 out of 5 stars NO
    compared to adrenaline and around the fur this album and white pony both suck! there first 2 albums were brillant i dont know what has happened to them, d@mn. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008YJQW
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Rap-Metal    6. Rock   


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    Elephant
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 April, 2003)
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    Jokingly referred to as the White Stripes' British album, Elephant is scattered with cultural references that give away the fact it was recorded far from home. Just listen to the lyrics on "Seven Nation Army" ("From the Queen of England to the hounds of Hell") or the album outro, in which someone chips in, "Jolly good, cup of tea?" But while there are new twists here, from Meg White discovering her voice to a tongue-in-cheek threesome with Holly Golightly, Elephant is no great departure for Jack and Meg White. They still push their creativity (and the boundaries of their eight-track) to new heights. Check out the startling, Queen-inspired "There's No Home for You Here," while the deep bass line on "Seven Nation Army" makes it a classic indie dance track. But while some songs fly off into new realms, there's plenty of their trademark straight-up bluesy rock, notably the overtly sexual "Ball and Biscuit." And there's Jack's plaintive, resolutely modest and yet theatrical voice. --Caroline Butler ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Elephant poopie
    I like the White Stripes, I liked De Stijl and White Blood Cells but this... album... was... horrible.One good song (Seven Nation Army) for 15 bucks.I kept waiting and waiting for something decent after the first track.Didn't get it.I might give them another shot because I like the band, but this was a really weak effort.I'm not going to get into the musical debate, (Are they talented, are they not?) and so forth.I personally like their raw sound, I like the band, I "get it."But Elephant just sucked, plain and simple.Hey Jack and Meg, I want my 15 bucks back!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm not totally obsessed...
    Unlike the previous three albums from the rock/blues duo the White Stripes, this CD seems to have a slightly softer and darker quality to it.Not that that's a bad thing.This is definitely another unique White Stripes classic.Recorded and mixed without the modern help of computers, as the inside booklet says, it sounds more like 1970's rock and almost reminiscent of Led Zeppelin.The album is full of catchy melodies (like on "The Air Near My Fingers") and foot stomping beats (like on the Grammy-winning "Seven Nation Army"), not to mention Meg's first solo singing song "In the Cold, Cold Night.""Ball and Biscuit" is 7 minutes of perfection and "Hypnotize" is a fast paced, amplified guitar jam (I apologize for my use of the word 'jam'-I hate when people use it to describe a song, but I couldn't think of another word to use) that is sort of like the "Fell in Love With a Girl" of Elephant. Everything else in between that I haven't listed is great and pure White Stripes.If you're as obsessed as I am with them (... but I wouldn't say to an unhealthy level...) [awkward silence] then go and buy this album now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Album
    This is the most original new band to come out and in my opinion the best. The reason Jack White is a genius is not that he is one of the greatest guitarists ever but in a similar way to Kurt Cobain. Not the best voice, not the best guitar, but there's something that sets them totally apart from everyone else. There's not denying it when you see them and hear them. They justify there hype by having success after success. And this album is proof. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008J4P5
    Subjects:  1. Blues-Rock    2. Garage Rock Revival    3. Indie Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock   


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    St. Anger (with Bonus DVD)
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (05 June, 2003)
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    Never underestimate the regenerative powers of Metallica. Following the stripped-down Load and Re-Load, they've returned to the raw, vitriolic savagery of their earlier canon, using 1984's Ride the Lightning as a template for St. Anger. The title track provides the psychic lynchpin of the album by combining the bombast and defiance of the band's earliest high-water marks with more deliberate lyrics and emotional nakedness. Equally cathartic is "Some Kind of Monster," a lumbering beast of a song that declares, "This is the voice of silence no more." Despite that claim, there's an economy to these lyrics; James Hetfield's raw-toothed growl only occasionally punctuates the menacing soundscapes. In fact, "Dirty Windows," the standout track here, is a shimmering five-minute instrumental that's free of the baroque trappings that sometimes clutter the Metallica landscape. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars THIS IS SO UNDERRATED
    1 thing this album isnt that bad.Its not the best but its ok.2nd thing every1 says its the end of metallica because thier new album isnt a masterpiece!GOD!Every1 shood no that metallica will bounce back!if your wondering yes im the 1 hoo called jay z a coppier.

    Metallica will rule the world F*** rap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars My Take OnThe Extremist Views.
    Now I have already written one review for this album and since then done some thinking. Metallica is without a doubt the best band in the world. I have enjoyed every-single one of their albums from the Underground days of Kill 'Em All to the well...whatever it was days of Load. But that's the thing, I enjoyed it ALL.

    I thought about this and found it increasingly strange...Metallica has endured much criticism over the years, for various reasons and I have always remained steadfast in my views. But why was it that I was able to remain to unmoved while it seemed that all fan foundations were slowly but surely rotting beneath the thrash throne Metallica has long enjoyed?

    At first I thought that maybe it was that I didn't really liked it; I just liked Metallica. But after several listens over all their albums(including St. Anger)I realized this was not the case; so what was it.

    The answer is simple really, I enjoy Rock in general. Not just Metal or Alternative. This I find allows for a much broader range of appreciation, in fact it lets you enjoy lot's of good music. For instance I own a mixed cd with Creed's One Last Breath immediately followed by All Within My Hands. Now as we move from the lighter tones of the defidently more melodic Creed into the nerve racking anger conveyed in Metallica's desperate chant of "Kill,Kill,Kill,Kill,Kill" I thought it was strange how I enjoyed both ends of the spectrum and immediately found this not to be a hinderance but a huge help to a music devotee such as I.

    The people who review this cd really as far as I can tell break down into groups:

    Newbies-Those who are not really that into music or rock in general but find the emotion in St. Anger to be all in all appealing. This then leads to them listening to other Metallica albums and sometimes liking both but at others just sticking with the new stuff.

    Thrash Fans-There are those that enjoy bands such as Slipknot; which in reality is really a close reference to what this album is, just one long venting of 3 years of frustration. I happen to own all of Slipknot's albums, so hey what do you know the all around rocker thing kicks in again?

    Narrow Minded Thrash Fans- There are those who have an image of what they like or what Metallica is and know what they like about metallica, but that's just it Metallica is made up of living breathing beings, and over the years people evolve, you cannot expect the music to remain the same and then call someone "Over The Hill" just because there views have broadened, it is denying a natural born creative right that we all have and use. Excellent example is from Kill 'Em All to the Black Album BIG change, but not nesscarilly for the worse.

    So in general there are people who like one segment of Metallica's career and are otherwise unable to cope with change, which in Metallica's case has been a good thing. The House That Jack Built is one of their best songs, on the supposab horrible Load album. And there is no denying heaviness with a title(let along the song) like Aint' My Bitc_. Then there are people who are just overly stimulated and blinded by the Mad as Hell goodness of St. Anger and can't accept other attempts.

    And then there are those like me(which I by no means am trying to say is nesscarilly better) who enjoy all forms of Metallica and recognize a much needed venting. For within St. Anger a story is told, Frantic is like the opening describing their lives maybe. And Ending with All Within My Hands which to me represents a bitter resolve to never lose control of what was so viciously gained in My World. And the lyrics are really quite good in my oppinnion. But albeit Bob Rock is no bassist. So an easy remedy is watch the DVD. Rob is a superb bassist and cooler then shi_ to watch. Lars drums I think...I don't know add to the mayhem I guess. James's voice is gruffer then ever and I'll be dam_ed if I don't enjoy his vocals. But in good conscience I cannot give this album a 5 compared to far more eximplary works(Master of Puppets, Justice). So open your minds Metallica is changing always and they don't care what you have to say so why don't you listen to what they do have to say? It is good. And if you can't then you still have old Metallica, and hey there's always the prospects for the future. Simply Put: This album is Brilliant, Bloody Brilliant.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Metallica's best...
    This is without a doubt metallica's best album but that's not saying much. Although lyrics like "you flush it out, you flush it out" and "tick-tick-tock" are the best Hetfield has written in his career they show that he is an amateur writer. Oh and the drum technician was sick the week when they recorded the drums so Lars had to set up the drums by himself. Btw Kirks guitar technician had the flu the day they were supposed to record Kirks solos so he could not tune Kirks guitar, and Kirk couldn't tune the guitar himself, so no solos on this one baby! as Jaymz would put it. Make sure you add this or any metallica album to your collection of kid rock and limp bizkit! ... Read more

    Asin: B00008OWZG
    Subjects:  1. Hard Rock    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Speed Metal    6. Thrash    7. United States of America   


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    On And On
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (06 May, 2003)
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    Jack Johnson has found himself a groove. Indeed, the Hawaiian surfing champion turned alternative pop-folk star really hasn't changed things one iota for his sophomore release. Fans of Brushfire Fairytales should be delighted with the results. The groove is a mellow one--most of the 16 tracks here are semi-acoustic--and that easy-going spirit filters into Johnson's lyrical philosophies. "What will be will be / And so it goes" he sings on "Times Like These," the opening track. Thankfully, Johnson is never too mellow, and there's a "Don't worry, be happy" vibe to most of his music. "The Horizon Has Been Defeated" even has a pseudo-reggae feel to it. Although classified as an alternative musician, the singer-songwriter's compositions owe much to past hits. "Traffic in the Sky" is reminiscent of Jim Croce's "Operator" and Looking Glass's one-hit-wonder, "Brandy." On the splendid "Taylor," Johnson sounds an awful lot like Donovan. And "By The Way" recalls the Lovin' Spoonful. -- Bill Holdship ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Another Classic
    A great follow up album with plenty of the same great Jack Johnson sound. More of the simple acoustic jamming that is perfect for driving with the windows down. Some classic tunes here.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Breezy...
    Jack Johnson's CDs are not available in my country, but after I heard his latest single 'Sitting,Waiting,Wishing' on the radio I immediately fall in love with his music! ^^ So I borrowed 'On and On' from my friend and since then it's been playing in my cd player every single day.. I just lOVE it! Anywayz, here's my track-by-track review:

    1. Times Like These -- it's a great opening track,very mellow.. Kinda sets the tune for the whole album.. 4/5
    2. The Horizon Has Been Defeated-- this one kinda sounds like reggae music but it's still fun.. 3.5/5
    3. Traffic In The Sky -- one of the best songs.. it's been stuck in my head for quite a while now. =P really laid-back n mellow.. love it! ^^ 5/5
    4. Taylor -- definitely the best song in this album! a really catchy song with great lyrics & it's really fun to listen to.. 5/5
    5. Gone -- deep lyrics.. really slow n sounds kinda sad. 4.5/5
    6. Cupid -- short & sweet! 4/5
    7. Wasting Time -- actually b4 i got this cd, this is the 1st song off the album that i downloaded from the net and it's awesome! very laid-back & makes me wanna sing-along to d song.. 5/5
    8. Holes To Heaven -- not bad, but it's so-so for me.. 3/5
    9. Dreams Be Dreams -- inspiring lyrics,beautiful song.. 4/5
    10. Tomorrow Morning -- one of the best songs.. great intro,very relaxing and there's lots of luv in it! =P 5/5
    11. Fall Line -- a nice short song.. 3.5/5
    12. Cookie Jar -- haunting melody,dark lyrics about d bad effects of TV.. 4/5
    13. Rodeo Clowns -- awesome rhythm n kinda upbeat.. but i've heardanother version of the song by Donavon in a surfing DVD and imo it's better coz it's faster & more upbeat.. 4.5/5
    14. Cocoon -- one of d best.. really sad,deep lyrics,beautiful melody.. what else can u ask for? 5/5
    15. Mediocre Bad Guys -- my least fave track on the album.. gets a little annoying after a while.. mediocre.. 3/5
    16. Symbol In My Driveway -- it's an awesome track to end the album! i like the waves' sound in the background.. makes me feel like i'm at the beach.. 5/5

    You should really pay attention to the lyrics coz it has some stories n philosophy in it.. The depth of the lyrics r really refreshing for this kind of music coz we'll get bored easily if the lyrics suck..

    Overall, this is a MUST HAVE CD for anyone who likes accoustic,laid-back music and even better for the fans of surfing culture.. Highly recommended! ^__^V

    5-0 out of 5 stars The next Ben Harper.
    Cross John Mayer with a Hawaiian surf champion, mix in a little Marcy Playground, and an occasional reggae rhythm, and you get Jack Johnson.

    He plays with a straight forward approach -- singer/songwriter/guitarist -- thathas a sparse, quiet, understated elegance. The disc has a soulful, funky groove not usually heard from in folk rock artists.

    Johnson apparently has never heard of the sophmore slump: This charming, must hear album every bit as good as his debut effort, Brushfire Fairytales. Solid from start to finish.

    Simply one of the best new artists to arrive in some time. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008NG5V
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Bass    3. College Rock    4. Drums    5. Drums (Steel)    6. Guitar (Acoustic)    7. Guitar (Electric)    8. Percussion    9. Piano    10. Pop    11. Rock    12. Singer/Songwriter    13. Slide Guitar    14. Vocals   


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    One by One
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (22 October, 2002)
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    There's a certain sameness to the spiky, percussive bursts of punk-pop tabled by the Foo Fighters. Yet it's pretty hard to fault players as palpably enthusiastic as Dave Grohl and his gang. Every Foos record, up to and including their fourth studio disc, One by One, fluently merges rock menace with unabashedly cheery melody and thoughtful if cryptic lyrics. (And those videos!) So while insistent, guiterrorized tracks like "All My Life" and "Times Like These (One-Way Motorway)" don't expand the Foos' oeuvre, they're catchy as hell and well worth the price of admission. Those searching for veiled Nirvana/Courtney references will no doubt unearth them (or unearth what seem like veiled references), while longtime fans can relax in the knowledge that a seasoned pro like Grohl knows better than to muck with a winning formula. --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars The Food Fighters!
    This is pure garbage! "ALl My Life!" is the only good song! This is worse than Nirvana!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Getting better and better
    The first, self-titled album from the Foo Fighters would probably get a 4 out of 5 from me, which is pretty impressive for a debut album.Fortunately, these guys just get better and better as time goes on."One By One," their fourth album, is easily their best work yet.Storming out of the gates with "All My Life," this album doesn't get stale or boring and never wears out its welcome.The songs vary a little in tempo, with some out-and-out rockers and some more sad, introspective-type numbers, but all of it is quality hard/alternative rock.This is one of those records that I'll listen to a bunch of times in a row, then kind of ignore it for a few months before pulling it back out and getting obsessed with it again.I don't think I'll ever get sick of "One By One," and I don't think you will, either.

    3-0 out of 5 stars GOOD...
    The great Dave Grohl, is one of those musicians I came to associate with, growing up during that grunge-era, Nirvana golden years. For me, the perfect combination of his and Kurt's voice, his musicianship, even attitude clearly defined what was Nirvana. Learning to Fly, was excellent plus the funny video, which was like FF's signature, just watch Low. I find Walking After You, amazing and who could forget that poignant video. True, this album have gems, the explosive, All My Life, cool, Times Like This, and the unexpected, Come Back(which is very long....). The rest were totally generic ones (or fillers, so they say).Still, there's the voice, the musicianship and the attitude, that makes Dave Grohl, one of the best if not the best mucian there is. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Hard Rock    3. Pop    4. Post-Grunge    5. Rock   


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    Poodle Hat
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 May, 2003)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars 3 and a Half Stars- Pretty Good
    Weird Al Yankovic, the most popular (I think) satire/comedy artist of all time, cranks out his 11th CD, (counting the UHF soundtrack) Poodle Hat.
    This was my first Weird Al CD and I thought it was REALLY good when I got it. Almost every song was perfect in my eyes and I listened to it SO much. The problem with this CD is it gets kinda old. When you've listened to all the songs about 30 times, they all get old. This doesn't happen with too many of my CDs, so it was kinda dissapointing when I put this in my CD player and I just didn't think it was as good.
    This album contains parodies of Eminem's "Lose Yourself", Nelly's "Hot in Herre", Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" and Billy Joel's "Piano Man." 3 of those 4 satire songs are great and the other one (Piano Man/Ode to a Superhero) wasn't too good.
    I will now rate all of the songs on the disc and give them a rating from 1 to 10.

    1. Couch Potato- Parody of Eminem's "Lose Yourself"- Even though most of the CD got really old, Couch Potato did not. I like the original version of this song, but this version might be even better. Weird Al must have researched TV stations a lot to figure out all of those songs. This is good and might be the best on the CD.
    Rating: 10/10

    2. Hardware Store- This is, again, one of the best songs on the CD, for the sole reason that he sings fast. Don't know if I like this or Couch Potato better. The best part of the song is where they say what's inside the store. That store has EVERYTHING.
    Rating: 10/10

    3. Trash Day- Parody of "Hot in Herre" by Nelly- This one isn't as good as the first two songs on the disc, but, hey, it's OK. I think Nelly and "Hot in Herre" are both very annoying, so this one's a lot better. It's just okay.
    Rating: 7/10

    4. Party at the Leper Colony- This song is just filler. And it's really bad filler. It's sort of gross, plus the lyrics and the music both stink. Just skip it.
    Rating: 3/10

    5. Angry White Boy Polka- THIS is the absolute best song on the whole disc. Here's the lineup:
    Last Resort- Papa Roach
    Chop Suey!- System of a Down
    Get Free- The Vines
    Hate to Say I Told You So- The Hives
    Fell in Love With a Girl- The White Stripes
    Last Nite- The Strokes
    Down With the Sickness- Disturbed
    Renegades of Funk- Rage Against the Machine
    My Way- Limp Bizkit
    Outside- Staind
    Bawitdaba- Kid Rock
    Youth of the Nation- P.O.D.
    The Real Slim Shady- Eminem
    All of Weird Al's polka songs are good, but I must say this one's one of my favorites, just because they added CHOP SUEY!, one of my favorite songs of all time.
    Rating: 11/10

    6. Wanna B Ur Lovr- Hmmm... I just don't like this song much. It's a lot better than the horrible "Leper Colony", but it's not good. It's sort of funny, and that's the only reason I even sort of like this song.
    Rating: 6/10

    7. A Complicated Song- Parody of "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne- I hate Avril Lavigne. But this is one of the best songs on the whole disc. It's sort of funny.
    Rating: 9/10

    8. Why Does This Always Happen To Me?- One of the best. Weird Al complains about missing The Simpsons because of a hurricane in Peru and some guy who owed him $5 and will never give it to him because he died in a car crash.
    Rating: 10/10

    9. Ode to a Superhero- Parody of Billy Joel's "Piano Man"- This song is BAD. "Piano Man" is already bad. This song is better than Billy Joel's hit, but that's no big feat. Just skip it.
    Rating: 5/10

    10. Bob- This song makes no sense. All this is is stupid filler that no one likes. Another song to skip.
    Rating: 6/10

    11. eBay- Parody of the Backstreet Boys' "I Want it That Way"- The Backstreet Boys are a stupid pop band that are quite possibly the worst band in all of Earth, but Weird Al actually makes their song good. Al talks about all the crap he bought on eBay. I bought this album on eBay.
    Rating: 9/10

    12. Genius in France- This is the longest song on the album, and it's only sort of good. Usually, the best song on a "Weird Al" album is the last song, but not this time. It deserves a decent 8, just because it's sort of cool.
    Rating: 8/10

    So, yeah, it's decent, but definetely not a great album. If you need an album that'll just keep you occupied during a long trip or a CD that you'll only listen to for a couple months, buy this. But, if you want an album that you'll love forever, don't get this one, cause it's repetitive.

    Best Songs on the Disc...
    Couch Potato!!!
    Hardware Store!!
    Angry White Boy Polka!!!!!

    Dumb Filler Songs...
    Party at the Leper Colony...
    Wanna B Ur Lovr...
    Ode to a Superhero...
    Bob....

    So, if you're a Weird Al fan, buy this immediately. If you're not a Weird Al fan, you might like it, you might not.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Annoying...just annoying
    I have a friend that just keeps playing this CD OVER AND OVER AND OVER like it's the greatest thing ever and I have listened to it and thought it was funny, but now, since I've got all the lyrics down and stuff, it just sounds like cr*p to me. Weird Al is totally not funny and just makes fun of all these old songs that were released like 4 years ago and he's making fun of it like it just cam fresh out of the oven. Wrong move. His only good songs that have points and are not over the top are Fat and Smells like Nairvada. Weird Al just takes it for granted that he's the best thing in the world and comes out will all of these albums and DVD's that just get boring after a while. It's like William Hung. Ok, he was funny for a few minutes, but I don't want to see all these DVD's and CD's of him just to spread the word!

    Now a real good Parody machine can be heard on all the recordings of the musical revue "Forbidden Broadway". This CD is just a waste of time and is for only 10 year olds who don't know what to do with themselves and 50 year old-retired "Rockers" who think they got a shot at this. Not good music. A lot of his songs he just speeds up and just starts going crazy like he isn't singing anything at all and is just looking in the mirror with a toothbrush in his hand pretending to sing a song. How are we going to get the lyrics down if he is singing so freakin' fast?? This is a very bad album and it's so bad, they have to enchance it just so you'll buy it. Shame shame.

    4-0 out of 5 stars poodle hat
    The C.D. I am reviewing is called Poodle Hat. The artist's name is Weird Al. It was released on May 20th; 2003.The price is fourteen dollars and ninety-nine cents. The label is Volcano. The number of copies is unknown. Weird Al is a well-known music artist. There is no previous c.d. because it is the first C.D. It works perfectly fine. My first initial impression was I thought it was going to be bad, but it turned it to be great. After I listen through it turned out to be good. I like the tracks "Ebay" and "Why does this Always Happen to me" because they are funny. There are no hidden tracks on the C.D. This C.D. is completely unique. I would give this C.D. an over all four-star and a half of a rating. Fans would be happy and not disappointed. I think it is something its way up and something to look out for. You don't get a special offer. There is some bad track like "White Boy Polka" and some other ones that I just I forgot. You should buy this C.D. because it is a funny sound track, but has some bad tracks. Don't buy it if you don't like funny C.D. sound tracks. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Comedy Rock    2. Pop    3. Spoken / Comedy / Radio Shows   


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    Strays
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (22 July, 2003)
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    Jane's Addiction helped put the word "alternative" on the middle-American map with a scarlet A, but their straight-up rock was always front and center. On Strays, the first Jane's Addiction studio album in 13 years, there's no mistaking Perry Farrell's trademark vocal sound (a nasal goose? a banshee in flight?) and Dave Navarro's ever-adaptable guitar style. But the band--only bassist Eric Avery is absent from their classic lineup, replaced by Chris Chaney--hasn't come to party like it's 1991. Sure, the balance of hedonism and earnestness, environmentalism and decadence, remains, but the quartet's approach is that of a unit ready to flex a few new muscles. Listeners will notice roof-raisers like "True Nature" and "Hypersonic" first, but some of the quieter tracks ("Price I Pay," with the classic Farrell rationalization "I always do the wrong thing, but I got a good reason," "To Match the Sun") are among the most effective Jane's mood pieces ever. Strays is certainly a much more apt return than 1997’s odds-and-sods compilation Kettle Whistle.--Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE!
    It's just sad when how you love a band for years and in the millenium the suddenly suck! I'm sorry but this was just sad!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Much better than I expected
    Generally I don't like bands doing comebacks or people over 40 trying to be rock'n'rollers - usually there is none of the original energy left and the results just sound boring and pathetic. Therefore, when I got hold of this album I wasn't sure if I even wanted to listen to it. But luckily my worries proved wrong this time - Strays is an excellent rock album! The melodies are good and I love the sounds, sometimes raunchy, sometimes a bit oriental and soft. Once more Perry won me over with his charisma, lyrics and energy!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Addictive
    This is my first Jane's album and this thing just rocks. I know a lot of hardcore fans complained this is nothing like their previous works but who cares when it's so good?? And this thing this is blissfully angst-free, unlike Velvet Revolver. My friend burned me a copy of that and it's way overrated and full of angst-ridden cliches, musically and lyrically.

    The whole of Strays is just damn catchy, yes catchy! The only ponderous dud is Suffer Some, I guess they had to make a concession to the moshpit brigade, but the rest is excellent. Buy this now, it's the best rock album I've heard in ages. And so happy you can almost see Farrell grinning all the way through! ... Read more

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    51 Phantom
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (04 December, 2001)
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    Without forsaking the bluesy base of their well-received debut, the North Mississippi Allstars soar creatively on this ambitious follow-up. Original material and a spiritual dimension distinguish the song selection, with highlights that range from the gospel call-and-response of "Ship" to the down-and-dirty "Mud," from the psychedelic squall of "Sugartown" to a harmony-laden revival of the Staple Singers' "Freedom Highway." Producer Jim Dickinson gives the music plenty of room to breathe, while his two sons--guitarist Luther and drummer Cody--refine their soul-satisfying interplay with bassist Chris Chew. As the trio continues to emphasize groove and feel over power virtuosity, their musical progression parallels that made early in their careers by the Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers, and ZZ Top--an indication that these young Allstars have just begun to stretch their wings.--Don McLeese ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars 2nd time works again
    The Dickinson brothers and bassist Chris Chew dredge up tons of earth from the riverbank with powerhouse crunching rhythms as they build up a legacy to old blues masters and their roots.Staying more closely in line with traditional blues, the All-Stars sound more like early ZZ Top in the distortion-fractured "Sugartown," but stay at home in the heat of the Delta ("Lord Have Mercy" and "Leavin'").Like Huck Finn's pappy, someone must have had a frightful case of alcohol-induced nightmares to see "Snakes in my Bushes." The message of "Freedom Highway" stands out for its clarity of purpose and focus, and since these guys are marching for the cause, you'd better check out www.nmallstars.com and www.tonecool.com to see where to catch the bus.Get onboard, y'all, and ride the 51 Highway!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Less 80s, more blues
    Their first album, Shake Hands with Shorty, was badass. This time around, they got away from the rockified blues (and R.L. Burnside) and went more mainstream rock and roll. The only problem for me is that the rock and roll sounds way to 80s glam rock. Example: the laser-beam sound in the background one of the tracks. That's 80s, not blues, and way too cheesey.
    Recommendation: buy their first album, skip this one.

    3-0 out of 5 stars One of the best young blues bands
    The second cd from this band shows them branching out musically while still keeping true to their blues-rock roots. There are bits of gospel, soul, and even some hints of reggea on some of these songs. This is better produced than their first album and even though the songs are shorter and more compact the musicianship still comes through loud and clear. This new outing shows the band is growing. ... Read more

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    Meteora
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 March, 2003)
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    Linkin Park’s second studio effort (not counting the 2002 remix album Reanimation) overflows with glossy production values and Big Rock oomph, fully embracing the pop instincts of their Hybrid Theory debut. For many, Theory sounded inexcusably corporate, from its too-timely rap-rock sound to the long list of product endorsements included in the liner notes. Meteora will only amplify those complaints, but this album is actually truer to the band’s nature. It’s still impossible not to hear strains of Limp Bizkit, Korn, Rage Against the Machine, and the like. None of those acts, howeve, would try something as blatantly anthemic as "Easier to Run," which would sound fine to a Def Leppard fan, or as borderline danceable as "Breaking the Habit" and "Session." Linkin Park is what Trent Reznor was always afraid of becoming, but if you ever wished he would drop the pretenses and just make a hair-metal record, you'll find Meteora to your liking. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Linkin Park is great. Until you listen to real music.
    This cd has plenty of catchy tracks, namely Somewhere I Belong and Numb to name two which have also got clips.
    The rest of the other tracks kind of blur together.
    Even the good tracks on this cd can't last repeated plays, after awhile one just finds them utterly predictable.
    I could care less if this band made bajillions, but at least they could make their later releases somewhat different.

    The music aside, I recommend not reading this band's lyrics, which are utterly average and gives one a feeling that the band members perhaps hired angsty high school teens to write their lyrics for them

    2-0 out of 5 stars For once can you stop the "Turntable" stuff?
    Back in 2000 when I first saw Linkin Park, I honestly thought they something that Rock really needed. I bought their first album,"Hybrid Theory", and thought it was a decent album that fused Rap with Rock in to a somewhat good field. But the new-found pouplarity(Especially Rapper Mike Shinoda)Linkin Park thought it would be alright to embrace a Will Smith style rap, minus the partying and the "uh" sounds Will smith makes and a kinda neo Turntable rock style that gets repetitive real fast. The result is "Meteora". A generally pleasing album for Audiences 8-13 and teenage girls. Although it does a few decent moments(Faint,Somewhere I Belong),its WAY too short and feels rushed. Linkin Park barely use actual Guitar Riffs, they don't take enough time to present any Musicanship(for a Nu-metal band),and Mike Shinoda is absoultey TERRIBLE Rapper.Another note is the heavy use of Musical Instrument samples and scrathing. Why can't they be like Ex-Rage Against The Machine Guitarist Tom Morello and scratch with strings and a Wah-Wah Pedal.Or use guest musicans like The Mars Volta to play piano and violin? Most likely because they think its not very MAINSTREAM. Overall you should just pick up more creative, musicanship-like acts like The Gorillaz's new Album "Demon Days" instead.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great, Creative, and Extraordinary
    I found this CD quite enjoyable. I have to give it five stars due to the creativeness of this band. I normaly become angry when rap is mixed with nu-metal (hard rock, ect.). However, they did an extraordinary job. (Until Jay-Z ruined Numb.)

    I also have purchased Hybrid Theory, although, Meteora is almost musicaly better. I reccamend this to those who are first trying nu-metal. Although the intro and instramental remix tracks are kind of a waste, this CD rules over all.

    They just need to answer my one question, was the weed really necessary? ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Rock   


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    Evolver
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (22 July, 2003)
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    It takes some nerve nicking an album title from the Beatles, even in a slightly modified state. But since this Omaha, Nebraska band went through so many significant changes leading up to the release of its seventh studio album, at least it's a logical move. The aggressive Woody Woodpecker-style lyrical play and needling funk core of career lows, 1997's Transistor and 1999's Soundsystem, are toned down, replaced by a more sophisticated sound that stretches the group's well-trounced reggae-rap-rock template to include wisps of electronica and soul. The members of 311 still aspire to be half-as-clever as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but finally seem satisfied in their on skin on tracks such as "Creatures (For a While)" and the emotional "Beyond the Gray Sky." The psychedelic experiment "Seem Uncertain," meanwhile, merely lives up to its title. Producer Ron Saint Germain (Creed, Living Colour) has obviously taken significant strides in shaking the band up. This album points the way forward. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars FTB!!!Demand that Amazon list ALL these great albums!!!
    311 has put out some really great albums over the last decade +, but if you are learning of this band for the first time as a result of your visit to Amazon.com, keep in mind that there is one excellent album that they've left off the list.I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt and say that it was a minor oversite on their part, however, I'm more inclinded to believe that Amazon has sold out to the "politically correct" crap thats infected most of America.Since the album is called "Dammit" (SHOCK, HORROR!I've never heard such language, but I also don't turn on the radio, television or leave the house!), and one of the song title contains the dreaded "F-word" and the "BS word", Amazon seems to have decided that we can't decide whether or not we'd like to listen to it.They'll warn us as to "explicit" lyrics, and for some other groups that have explicit language in their song titles, they'll just block out the words, but still list the song.This one they just decided to leave off altogether . . .the whole ALBUM.

    Get a clue, Amazon, the only people that give a crap about explicit lyrics are the people that are going to whine and cry whether you put them on your site or not.You want people to respect you and spend money, show them you've got a set!

    This is the kind of "BS" 311 was referring to.You don't get to make up our minds!

    5-0 out of 5 stars 311 keeps up the good work
    I have been a fan of 311 for some time and always anticipate their next release, watch their live dvd all too often, rock them in my car always, and have not been disappointed to date. I must say, their sound just keeps maturing with each new release, in fact, I wouldn't mind a little de-maturation with the next release, if that makes any sense. Well, if you're looking for the definition of a mature sound, check out Evolver. It is interesting to compare this CD to the older releases by 311.

    On this album, both the lyrics and the music has reached a new level. It isn't the classic fast-paced rock 'em up rap-core style that we're used to, which in my opinion, isn't a bad thing. Change is always good. You will have your handful of people who "claim" to be 311 fans and will call them sell-outs with a release like Evolver, but i couldn't disagree more. They've carried on with a lot of the sounds from From Chaos with songs like "Crack the Code", "Reconsider Everything", and even "Creatures". But they've also brought a whole new range of sounds to the table with songs like "Sometimes Jacks Rule the Realm", "Beyond the Grey Sky", "Seems Uncertain", the list goes on. I think these songs portray a sound we have never heard from 311 before, the closest you will come to it is the songs from Transistor, but it is still different. And I will be the first to say, this new sound they've produced, they've done it very well.

    Evolver is not a CD I will pop in if I'm looking to head-bang around and flow with S.A. But if I want some flat out good music, it is one of my first considerations. This CD has a pretty slow mood to it, with a few here and there that speed it up. They've reached a new sound, and a new level lyrically. The lyrics on Evolver are pretty darn good. 311 has moved from singing about being pulled over and having weed in the car...to singing a pretty deep song about a friend dying, etc. It's all a maturation process. But don't worry, they still mix in those classic 311 lyrics we all love as well.

    I think I've said all I can about this gem of a CD. 311 can put together some good stuff, Evolver is no exception. I'm looking forward to the next release and I hope you all out there are too.

    Thank you 311 for all these years of truly wonderful music.

    2-0 out of 5 stars 311 are sputtering in this entry point ** 1/2 STARS
    Ive simply been enthusiastic as usual that 311 still put out albums long after there relavence has been shot and none of their albums brink on bad, misteps yes a few but they've never really made anything bad.Evolver is still decent but at best its standard 311. the usual smooth hooks vocal interplay of hexum is there and thankfully Martinez is finally dropping the rapping which has gotten tiresome over the years. But its same old story on Evolver. The earnesty is higher though instead of there usual ryhmes boasting about how good they are this is there most introspective lyrically album yet. I guess the evolution is where its at. but the music is mostly underwhelming. The usual quasi-metal quasi-reggae...expcet the guiatrs are sadly workshop riffs which dont as fresh as they once did. songs like "beyond the grey skies" and "sometimes jacks rule the realm" move beyond the formuls engsaging rythyms and unique guitar interplay. but the rest is predictable, "same mistake twice" builds on a ctachy chorus and rythyms and chord progression, and "dont dwell" kicks in a slap bass rythym which is signature. It seems there going back to there roots. but at this rate in the game there experimenting would be welcome now more than ever. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rap-Rock    4. Rock   


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    The Artist in the Ambulance
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars THRICE BEST CD
    I was introduced to Thrice by a friend who loves them and also by their video of the single "Stare at the sun" .I really liked so much that song and I was totally addicted to it and wanted to hear more Thrice. I have to say that I tought that Thrice were not "heavy music" becasue the single isn't heavy but it keeps the energy of the band in a very good way with one of the best choruses I have ever heard on my life it is totally awesome. When I decided to buy the cd I tought "The most probable thing is that stare at the sun is the only good song on th cd like a lot of other bands do". I was with this negative idea until I put the Cd on the stereo and started to hear the first song "Cold cash and colder hearts" this song is totally aewsome and has nice lyrics and a good message and at the end the screaming and specially the way the screaming complements the music totally blows me away. The cd con be divided into to parts the soft song or the songs that don't have screaming (stare at the sun , all thats left and the artist in the ambulance) and teh songs that are heavier (all the other songs ). My favorite of this heavy songs are sillohuete ( it reminds me deadbolt)and the abolition of man both are just totally awesome. The artist in the ambulance is a very good song also wich combines the energy of teh group with nice lyrics and awesome guitar by Teppei. I totally recomend this cd and also their previous releases and theyre new DVD (the new DVD has acoustic versions of cold cash colder hearts and the artist in the ambulance you have got to check them out it also contains two of the songs of the comming cd).

    5-0 out of 5 stars A very high quality album.
    This CD is very well put together.It has great music, good lyrics, and the they teach good moral values.One of the better CD's I own.If you don't like it at first listen, don't worry, it really isn't my style of music so I was iffy at first.I have listened to it dozens of times now and I simply love it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars They just keep getting better
    I've been listening to Thrice for a long time, since I picked up a used copy of "Identity Crisis" just after it came out.While I thought their first album was pretty good, these guys have gotten better and better over their short career."The Artist in the Ambulance," their third album (and first on Island Records), continues the upward trajectory.Thrice combines melody and metal better than most other bands, throwing melodic vocals up against hardcore breakdowns and chugging metal riffs.Singer Dustin Kensrue is capable of letting out some intense screams, too.This is definitely one of the better hardcore/emo/punk/whatever records of the past few years. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Emo    3. Pop    4. Post-Hardcore    5. Punk Revival    6. Punk-Pop    7. Rock   


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    Best of
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (26 March, 2002)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Tone Deaf
    Much hype has surrounded G Love & Special Sauce. Don't believe the hype. The instruments are muddled. The tone-deaf singing and stupid lyrics are uninspired. G Love should leave blues music to real artists. If you want to hear talented musicians, spend your money on Jason Mraz or Jack Johson, or Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication

    1-0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous Title
    How can anything this guy does be titled "Best of"?Me thinks it would have been better to title it "WORST of".This guy just plain sucks!Can I say that? I sure hope so cause I'd hate to see anyone waste their money on this crap.You'll get more musical enjoyment from the sounds of three hungry cats.

    3-0 out of 5 stars I like him better with Jack Johnson
    I think this group needs to work on their writing. Although I will occassionally listen to this CD, their best work on it is remakes and duets with other artists. I like G. Loves work on "Thicker that water" better that on the Best of CD. ... Read more

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    Storms of Life
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (13 August, 2002)
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    Dynastic bluesman Bernard Allison is a second-generation star now shining in his own right. The guitarist-vocalist son of the late legend Luther Allison paid his early dues leading Koko Taylor's crack Blues Machine band, learned the family business leading his father's electrifying group in Europe, and has now created his own catalog of fine recordings. Storms of Life is the most eclectic and uniformly excellent example yet. After the sizzling solo slide guitar opener "Slip Slidin'," Allison roams wide and free, confidently overlaying his blues personality on material ranging from the reggae-tinged "Just Do Me Any Way You Want" to the R&B title track, which glides over a cushion of keyboards and extra percussion. A bouncy, horn-powered rendition of "Goodbye Little Girl" that recalls Bobby "Blue" Bland provides a fitting conclusion. Allison surprisingly, but effectively, mixes a wide variety of cover material, including everything from ZZ Top's "I Wanna Drive You Home" to Mark Knopfler's "I Think I Love You Too Much" to mentor Johnny Winter's suitably manic "Mean Town Blues." The well-chosen covers, including tunes by Anders Osborne, Leon Russell, and papa Luther, convincingly demonstrate his gifts as an interpreter. --Michael Point ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Braving the Storms
    Once in a great while, I hear a new blues release that recalls the depth and energy of the great electric blues players I grew up listening to, players like Waters, Winter, Clapton, Green, Rush, et al.After listening to this CD for almost two years, I've come to the conclusion that it's the best blues release of 2002.It's got everything a great blues album needs.Allison's voice and guitar work are tasty, gritty, and well-seasoned, evidence of the amount of work and dedication he put into his apprenticeships with Koko Taylor and his father.And the song choices are superb.My favorites are "Fistful of Dirt," a killer rock-steady mid-tempo shuffle with a profound message about living through hard times; "Mean Town Blues," which is ample proof that Allison can lay claim to Johnny Winter's Texas electric slide legacy; and "Snake Bit Again," a remarkable vehicle for Allison's gritty, dead-on singing.There's a lot of redundancy in more recent blues releases, but this album shows Allison is capable of being a truly original talent in this often hackneyed genre.Check it out.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BERNARD ALLISON ROCKS!!!
    When I first came into the blues scene most of my friends in the hood would make fun and call it old peoples music, but I was relieved to find out that this guy was only ten year older than me.What's even better is that he's not alone in the new blues scene.I was blown away with his first two albums "Hang On" and "Across the Water" were he was playing with the Jimi/Stevie influencial fire, but when this album began with the slide guitar playing I couldn't move.This was something I had not heard from him before.Sucks his talent is rarely heard.If you are a blues/rock fan you will not be dissapointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars my my he`s smooth
    THIS IS JUST A SOLID BLUES/ROCK CD.BERNARD CAN FLAT OUT PLAY THE SLIDE GUITAR AND THE REGULAR GUITAR.HE DOES A GREAT REMAKE OF A JOHNNY WINTER SONG MEAN TOWN BLUES.BUY THIS IF YOUR INTO GREAT BLUES GUITAR WORK. ... Read more

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    Did My Time/One
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (22 July, 2003)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Y'all wanna single? Then get this!
    Well, getting this is almost pointless now if you own the KoRn CD Take a look into the mirror, which features Did my time. Did my time contains the Mirror version of Did my time, a re-mix of Did my time, and a live production of the song "One" by mettalica which can also be found of Take a look into the mirror if you wait after the last track is done. On mirror there is silence for several minutes then you start to hear the crowd cheering in the song One.

    Before Mirror came out this single was popular because KoRn fans were desperate to get their hands on anything knew from this great, amazing, awsome band. Did my time did not dissapoint them. We all expected that Did my time would be on the upcoming album. I frankly was dissapointed when I heard One would be on there too, though. It made getting the single almost pointless if you owned the album because when you buy it it would only be for the Did my time re-mix (and for the picture of Laura Croft on the back (: ) Anyway, the single was only 4 dollers when i bought it and i think it will probobly stay that price. The did my time Re-mix is good, but I wouldm't pay the money just for it.
    The point is get the album knew KoRn album Take a Look into the Mirror before you get this, and if you like the song Did my time enough then the single is defenantly worth checking out.

    Also look out for the Did my time music video which can be found to download for free of some websites. It features Laura Croft. ;)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best one Johnathan has made yet
    I did my time is a great song. It realy makes you notice the grunge style KoRn has influenced people. :) It really makes kroft look more hot in the movie

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great cd single
    Now did my time is the 1st single off of koRn's 6th studio album "take a look in the mirror" this is a good single but the album is alot darker then this single so if you think the new album is untouchables pt 2 put that thought to rest now the reason this got 4 and not 5 stars is because the remix of did my time sucks there cover of one though is very good even though its to short and i wish head had tried Kirk's solo ( NOTE: ONE is the hidden track offf of Take a look in the mirror) All in all though its a very god buy. Hope this review was helpful to you. Later my fellow KoRn kids ... Read more

    Asin: B0000A5A37
    Sales Rank: 87405
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Reflections
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 June, 2003)
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    B.B. King unleashes his inner crooner on this collection of 13 of his sentimental favorites. With a five-piece studio band rather than his usual orchestra, the arrangements stay spare throughout, allowing King to exercise his classic vocal chops--although some fans may be disappointed by his low-key guitar playing, as King's beloved axe Lucille plays second fiddle to Texas guitarist Doyle Bramhall II's six-string. Still, King's in excellent voice, whether revisiting early inspiration Lonnie Johnson's romantic "Tomorrow Night," embracing buddy Willie Nelson's golden "Always on My Mind," or tackling numbers recorded by Sam Cooke and Nat "King" Cole ("(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons"), Louis Armstrong ("What a Wonderful World"), and Frank Sinatra ("I'll String Along with You"). Fans will recognize "On My Word of Honor" and the King original "Neighborhood Affair" from previous recordings and "I Want a Little Girl" from his live performances. Although King does justice to all these numbers, his most heartfelt selection may be "A Mother's Love," a performance that seems to draw on the heartache he still carries from the loss of his own mother when he was a child, nearly 70 years ago. --Ted Drozdowski ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars b.b. king???
    I should have know better than to buy any album where the artist is recording "standards". The only thing worse would be an album of Christmas music by b.b. I listened to the first song and thought I was listening to show tunes and then fast forwarded through the rest. B.B.'s voice sounds as good as ever but the concept is a waste.

    5-0 out of 5 stars woooooooo hoooooooooooooooo
    who cut the cheese, oh that was me oops(lol).this is a great cd, by a blues legend... you guessed it bobby bland, nah just kidding, this cd features John Lee Hooker singing a duet with BB on Exactly Like you(naaahh just kidding).However the rolling stones do make a guest appearance on For Sentimantel reasons(got you!!! another fib).Buth the honest truth of teh matter is, that this cd isn't BB singin' da blues, it's bb's bluesy interps. of jazz standards with big band and string, with very few guitar solos, but TONS of great voclas, and although Eric Clapton, and other rock bozos don't show up here, thsi cd is one MIGHTY FINE BB cd, go ahaed make my day, by the cd, please, pretty please with ice cream on top, with whipped cream and a cherry, and peanut butter, with cranberry juice and hot sdalso and chips, with carna sada, and chilic sauce with redhots, and onions, fried, not stirred!!!!HAHAHAHA!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A beautifully done album of bluesy ballads and standards
    BB King is 1st and formost a blues singer and jazz based blues guitarist.On this cd his is heard more as a singer, then a guitarist, although he does play a few licks here and there.This cd is proof that King as as much a crooner as Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby or Tony Bennett.

    The opening number Exactly Like You(which has been recorded by Little Jimmy Rushing and frank Sinatra), is a perfect example of King acting as an urban blues singer, turning a swing standard into a blues romper much the way Big Joe Turner might have done it on one of his OJC sessions.BB also handles blues ballads with sensitivity and firmness at the same time creating a bluesy intamacy, for instance on On My Word Of Honor, he'll bring you to tears with his ematioanl performance.There are aslo great standards which BB makes hsi own like I Love You For Sentimanetal Reasons, making you forget even Nat KING Cole's version, which was sappier, as where BB made it a Reflection!Also BB stands out on Satchmo's great Waht A Wonderful World.a trutly great and touching cd, and the best release from the king in a decade. ... Read more

    Asin: B00009P1MK
    Subjects:  1. Blues    2. Pop   


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    Songs for the Deaf
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 August, 2002)
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    Despite the advent of the '00s, thoroughly blunted longhairs wearing three-quarter-length T-shirts still boot around the suburbs in painted vans listening to roaring metal. Fittingly, a whole new crop of post-Dazed and Confused-era stoner rockers--Fu Manchu, Monster Magnet, and arguably the kings of them all, Queens of the Stone Age--provide a shredding contemporary score for righteous three-finger devil salutes. On Songs for the Deaf, core members bassist Nick Oliveri and singer-guitarist Josh Homme (also see Kyuss) balance pure guitar-induced carnage with more complex, though no less aggressive, speed rock that whips by so fast it creates its own breeze. Opening with the 90-second "The Real Song for the Deaf"--a cheeky and amorphous bit of bloopy electronica quite possibly recorded at the bottom of a swimming pool--the disc explodes with track two, a toxic squall of power chords and now-classic Olivera death howls. It's here the album's recurring concept/conceit is introduced as a generic-sounding announcer from L.A.'s "Clone" radio spits out some psychobabble reinforcing the tired if true cliché that commercial radio stinks. Similar mock broadcasts surface elsewhere, but they're easily forgivable, given the bounty on offer. Homme-powered tracks dominate--the lurching, weirdly springy "No One Knows" is a kind of "Monster Mash" for grownups; the vocal harmony-driven "The Sky Is Falling" is almost dreamy until a small army of guitars surges to the front lines to begin firing. And a lyrically winking hidden track, "Mosquito Song," is either an in-joke of ridiculous proportions or a declarative statement about the level of musicianship lurking just beneath the quaking veneer of the Queens' sound. Either way, genuine excitement comes early and often on Songs for the Deaf. It's a remarkable achievement--a hard rock record so good that it immediately evokes a conspiratorial fervor that makes you want to tell everyone you can about it. Er, job done. --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A musical dream
    This cd is one of the few cds that is great all the way through. The only filler is the amusing radio DJs talking about random crap. The drumming is absolutely brilliant - Dave Grohl is the man. The vocals are also amazing, creating a mixture of darkness and light. Overall great album - this one has stayed in my car for over 2 years now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars SO Original , So Amazing, So Good
    This is one of the best albums i have ever heard. It rocks hard the whole way through. the only bad song is six shooter. So orginal. This is a MUST buy it really its that damn good. Classic

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best rock records you'll ever lay your ears on.
    Queens are an interesting band because they don't really follow trend or date, they just try to write stuff that they think is cool. Well, I think it's cool too. This album is their masterpiece to date. Great songs, tight dirty sound, and stellar performances by all involved. Josh Homme is very apt at putting together great musicians who can really create a chemistry. Lanegan sounds awesome and really adds a nice color to the songs he's on. 'Former' bass player Nick Oliveri is rabid and screaming his own sonic contributions and cooler than ever.

    As for their drummer on this album, the 'Too Damn Talented For His Own Good' Dave Grohl, well let's just say that his drumming on this record is just plain perfectly sick. Tight, energetic, tasteful and always adding to the songs. It's guys like Grohl that make musicians like me pissed off. In a good way though.

    If you like original, guitar heavy, atmospheric rock then look no further. As far as I'm concerned this is the best rock album put out in the last 5-10 years. Yeah, it's that good. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Does This Look Infected [Limited Edition w/ Bonus DVD]
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (26 November, 2002)
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    Sum 41's blockbuster debut, All Killer No Filler, lifted riffs from Motley Crue and the Beastie Boys to make a formidably dumb racket, but this follow-up finds the Toronto quartet reining in its spiky-haired insolence. Drawing musical inspiration from toothy metal icons Iron Maiden and Def Leppard, Does This Look Infected? is not only meatier than its predecessor, but songs like "Still Waiting," with its opening refrain of "So am I still waiting, for this world to stop hating," and "Yesterday.com" reveal social consciousness creeping in. The album is not completely deprived of the goofy skate punk that launched the band, but it provides convincing evidence that CNN has taken over from Nickelodeon as Sum 41's preferred tour bus viewing. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best punk cd you will own.
    I usually dont like punk, pop punk or anything like that, but this is a really good CD. Sum 41's Chuck is also very good.

    1-0 out of 5 stars WTH?
    What kinda garbage is this??? This makes Canada look retarded!!!

    hey listen to some REAL canadian artists, like Nickelback!

    ARG!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sum 41's Best
    After all the hype and success of the generic pop punk phenomenon All Killer No Filler, Sum 41 released a much different CD near the end of 2002. This one was harder. This one had more intricate guitar work. This one had better lyrics. The band lost all of their old poppy pop punk ways and made a great CD that I still enjoy to this day.

    The best part of this CD is the guitar. Dave is a great guitarist. The solos he does are amazing. Its a huge improvement from All Killer No Filler. Of course, everything on this CD is a huge improvement from All Killer No Filler. The members of this band sure know how to play their instruments. The lyrics could be better but they too are an improvement from the band's previous work.

    And of course, there is the bonus DVD. It is HILARIOUS! I swear, the members of this band are funy and this DVD is sure to please. If you love immature potty humour, you'll love the DVD. It makes purchasing this disc well worth it.

    Buy this if you like great pop punk music with lots of talent. And buy it if you like watching a bunch of guys goof around on DVD. When you put the two together, it sure makes one kick ass combo which is sure to please even the most pickiest pop punk fan.

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    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Punk Revival    3. Punk-Pop    4. Rock   


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    So Long, Astoria
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (04 March, 2003)
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    With a handful of indie releases and a few hectic years of touring under their belts, this release marks the Ataris big-label bow. And if the concept uniting it is an ode to the power of memory--a conceit attributed to Richard Hell, but one that ironically might as well have originated with the likes of Billy Joel--Kris Roe and company blitz their way through it with kinetic power and hooks to spare. But therein lies the rub: Fans will find this an album rife with positive energy, bright, well-constructed songs, and upbeat deliveries (if sometimes in service of awkward intellectual pretensions like "Unopened Letter to the World"'s parallels between Kurt Cobain and no less than Emily Dickinson); cynics may hear at as further evidence that punk and alternative rock have been co-opted in service of formulas as well-honed--and rigid--as anything the dreaded Corp Rock '80s ever yielded. Still, if play-it-to-the-back-rows, unabashed power-pop is what the Ataris were after here, they've delivered it with nigh perfection, right down to a slick, pumped up cover of Don Henley's classic-rock warhorse "The Boys of Summer." --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars found myself saying "i've heard this before"
    i bought this album because "boys of summer" got stuck in my head. i thought itd be something new and fresh. i struck out there. after the first song everything sounds repetitive. i got bored by song 4, since i somewhat enjoyed "in this diary". i wanted to enjoy it, i really did, but it just seemed so recycled. every song seemed to try and make teenage girls cry. im not a girl but the only time i contemplated crying was when i realized i couldnt get my 15$ back. sure it sounds a bit different from the run-of-the-mill stuff we're getting today, but not by enough. every verse and chorus could be played over one riff, its that identical. im all for a band keeping with its style, but that doesnt mean the style has to be narrowed down and boring. i wouldn't recommend this to many people. sorry, its just weak

    4-0 out of 5 stars very emotional
    every song on this cd is like a letter. som songs will make you cry you can find out for yourselve all together 7.5/10

    "i remember waiting for to come/ i remember wiating for you to call
    waiting never to find nothing at all"

    5-0 out of 5 stars omg very good
    i got this cd 2 years ago and i still sing along to so long astoria the song and album. what a way to make a major breakthrough in the field of emo or indie rock ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Hardcore Punk    3. Pop    4. Punk    5. Punk Revival    6. Punk-Pop    7. Rock   


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    Shaman
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (22 October, 2002)
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    How could Carlos Santana hope to follow the massive comeback album Supernatural? The solution he settled upon was to once again pull in as many guest artists as possible. Shaman features a slew of stars, but, despite their presence, the instrumental "Victory Is Won" is the standout track here, as Santana blazes through an exhibition of his patented fusion of Latin and rock. In contrast, the sugary pop single "The Game of Love," sung by Michelle Branch, illustrates the lack of consistency that mars the album. Only Ozomatli and Macy Gray seem to totally get Santana. That said, his cover of Angelique Kidjo's "Adouma" is storming, and Santana stands strong when he ventures into world-music territory ("Foo Foo," "Aye, Aye"). However, if the celebrated guitarist had concentrated a little more on who he is and not on who he believes people would like him to be, he'd have made a better album. --Jake Barnes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This music is excellent.
    This music has excellent beat, rhythm, and instrumentals.This music is very good for the heart and soul.I wholly recommend it because it is very good stuff for people to listen to.The music offers protection with a harmonizing effect.Anybody would love this music.

    4-0 out of 5 stars a nice followup, if a little uneven
    I enjoyed Supernatural and was looking forward to this release, and I was very happy listening to it.I wish Santana would stop focusing on collaborations, he would be so much better with just himself and a band, he is one of the strongest guitarists alive today.I enjoyed some of the collaborations, with people like Michelle Branch, Chad Kroeger and POD (though these people are all pretty weak musicians and are all in for 15 minutes of fame; they only hold up with Santana's support).

    Worse than that is that he still feels the need to put dumb rap singing by pathetic nobodies in his songs; he should cut out the atrocious style altogether.Other than this, the album is wonderful.It sounds a lot like Supernatural, except it sprawls more into unpredictable places and is completely wild.Santana continues to lay down mellifluous lines on his guitar that are impressive, keeping interest throughout.I don't think this album as a whole is as strong as Supernatural, but its darn close.I dig it, but I would cut out the rap, definitely.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For Music's sake !
    I wish people liked music simply for music's sake! Why should one Album of a Musician sound the same as the next or the next ever?

    Shaman is different from the usual Santana, but still great great music. As long as it sounds great and makes you feel great, then it is music to the ears. ... Read more

    Asin: B00006IR5V
    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Blues-Rock    3. Hard Rock    4. Latin Rock    5. Pop    6. Pop/Rock    7. Rock   


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