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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 June, 1999)
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    Those who have followed Moby's career are familiar by now with his deep convictions and spiritual connection. On his 1999 release, Play, he celebrates his faith in a masterful, unobtrusive way, channeling gospel and other inspirational samples through beats so earthy they could grow grass on a cement dance floor. It's impossible to separate the joy of the message from the joy of the grooves. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars There really is little to say...
    ...about Moby that stretches beyond remarking on his understated musical genius, wry humour and exquisite creativity.
    This album was a classic from it's first pressing and will live on and on tirelessly. Thank the lord for intelligent, creative souls like Moby, the weightiness of his album sales speaks volumes about how starved of this kind of musical genre people are today. LONG LIVE MOBY!

    5-0 out of 5 stars What is it with you Moby haters?
    First of all, I've noticed in a lot of these reviews that you all think the song Honey goes "gunna gunny gum bag" or whatever. You must be deaf, the lyrics are obviously "When my Honey comes back"

    I loved this album, It never fails to make me smile.

    Honey- Great beat, fun to dance to, and sing to if you aren't deaf and can understand the lyrics...

    Find My Baby- It wasn't my favorite, but I definitely liked it

    Porcelain- One of the first Moby songs I ever heard, I was in love immediately

    South Side- I loved this song, It's my favorite one to sing to other than Honey

    BodyRock- This one just made me want to stand up and dance immediately

    Natural Blues- Loved this song, love the beat to it

    Run On- My favorite one to sing to, after Honey and South Side

    The other ones I liked, but I didn't find anything exceptional about them, but the songs I listed above made up for that...

    5-0 out of 5 stars No Point In Being Long
    Might be my favorite album of all time... so much so that I went out to hunt for the original pressing that had Southside w/o Gwen. Finally got it. The album is amazing. ... Read more

    Asin: B00000J6AG
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Ambient Techno    3. Club/Dance    4. Electronica    5. House    6. Pop    7. Rock    8. Techno   


    Music From the Motion Picture Josie And The Pussycats
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 March, 2001)
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    With the likes of Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger, former Letters to Cleo singer Kay Hanley, and Matthew Sweet on board, the soundtrack album for the live-action update of the beloved Archie Comics spinoff boasts some of the best rock & roll made for a Hollywood flick since Schlesinger wrote That Thing You Do's title tune. Fast, guitars-cranked power pop with Hanley's voice-of-Josie supplying the songs' sassy attitude, the music puts across a sisterly stance that fans of the Donnas and the Go-Go's will recognize. Program out the two frighteningly realistic boy-group pastiches by the fictional DuJour and maybe the Pussycats' sole draggy moment (Couldn't the producers at least have sped up the lame love ballad "You Don't See Me"?) and this is one feisty howl of a CD. Hope for a volume 2. --Rickey Wright ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars Its cool its great but can be kinda be dissapointing
    I bought this and thought it be great i had only listened to little clips of the songs on the web so i had no clue how boring this cd could get!!! Overall the songs are hot at first but by the 2nd time youll hear them you get so po'd and are like i just wasted 14.00 so IN MY OPION you should moderate your listening to the songs.I love love Kay Hanely's amazing vocals . So its an kinda o.k. cd but if your looking for a great cd its not this one!!!! xx taytay

    4-0 out of 5 stars PRETTY GOOD
    the songs that tend to get annoying are
    *Around The World
    *Backdoor Lover
    *Money (that's what I want)

    Other than that the cd is great if you like the song *3Small Words- You will love most of the cd and you probably won't get tired of it because I purchased it my sophmore year of highschool...I was 16 and am now 19 yrs old and still enjoy it.. so all in all this cd is really enjoyable, other than the songs I mentioned.This is definantly a worthy purchase and I think it can appeal to someone a little older than pre teen as well as the pre teen group.The melodies found on most of the songs are definantly catchy enough to want to listen to.Don't hesitate on purchasing this soundtrack it's great.

    3-0 out of 5 stars a secret supergroup
    As other reviews have indicated, the credits on this album are sketchy, most likely to both generate press within credible music circles and uphold the mythology of some actual Pussycats.Be that as it may, though, Kay Hanley is exactly the right person for the vocals, lending her always edgy/sweet voice to Matthew Sweet's guitars.As a lifelong Fountains of Wayne fan, my favorite track is "Pretend to Be Nice," Schlesinger's singular writing credit on the album.The covers fall flat, and the Du Jour songs are funny the first time ("Just because I like the back door, well that doesn't make me-- heeeey!"), but you'll soon find yourself skipping them.Not without its faults, this album does nonetheless showcase several great artists on some good songs. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005AQ20
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Punk-Pop    4. Soundtracks    5. Soundtracks & Film Scores    6. Teen Pop   


    Rent (1996 Original Broadway Cast)
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 August, 1996)
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    Into Broadway's creative vacuum of revivals, movie adaptations, and Hollywood star vehicles comes Rent, the story of squatters, junkies, performance artists, struggling musicians, drag queens, aspiring filmmakers, and HIV-positives (and you thought Miss Saigon's helicopter landing was cool). Undoubtedly among the defining pop cultural events of 1996, Rent has already won four Tony awards and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. More importantly, it threatens to bring substance back to the Great White Way.

    Transposing Puccini's 100-year-old opera La Bohème into modern day Bohemia (19th-century Paris's Left Bank becomes late-20th-century New York's East Village where the scourge of tuberculosis becomes the plague of AIDS) Rent celebrates life among the young, sick, and unconventional. While Broadway shows are hardly the place for authentic portrayals of the latest marginalized hipsters, composer Jonathan Larson (who died at age 36, days before his musical opened) managed to sculpt vivid characters and scenes that bring Avenue A as close as it will ever come to 42nd Street. And by telling a socially relevant story of living without the guarantee of a future (renting, that is), Larson does his own little bit to define an X'ed generation. At worst, Rent is the Hair of the '90s.

    For the majority of us who won't be seeing Rent anytime soon, the Original Cast Recording is more than just an after-show souvenir. Well-packaged with a complete libretto, the two-CD set is a worthwhile album separate of live performance. Full of songs that are funny and catchy, inspiring and touching, smart and hip and not overly sentimental, Rent mixes showtune pop with elements of rock, R&B, dance, gospel, and tango to make one of the best albums of the year--certainly the best rock opera in decades. La vie bohème, indeed. --Roni Sarig ... Read more


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    2-0 out of 5 stars I do not understand the hype
    I do not understand the hype that this musical has.There are maybe only a few song's on this Cd that I really like and the music it in my eye's to rock for musical's.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One Blaze of Glory achieved in the after-life
    Johnatan Larson sadly died before the Broadway Premiere of "RENT", his brilliant debut as a musical theatre writer/director. But he was meant to be remembered for years to come, as his worked would achieve greatness with the passage of time because of the quality of it.
    Great music, great production values, a story adapted from the opera "La Boheme", with contemporary themes, and powerful lyrics make this one a true and total winner.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THIS SHOW IS SO AMAZING!
    Rent has to be one the best broadway shows ever maade!! The music is amazing! It has a rock feel to it but alos some R&B like the song Santa Fe. I have seen this show 5 times and it is well worth it! ... Read more

    Asin: B000005ALT
    Subjects:  1. Music Theater    2. Pop    3. Showtunes / B'way   


    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 April, 2000)
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    Papa Roach is a breed apart in the nearly overfull rap-rock arena. The Northern California-bred quartet lacks the bluster of Limp Bizkit and the political agenda of Rage Against the Machine, instead serving up an ultra-intense, highly personal brand of funk-punk-rock-rap on their stunning major-label debut. Closer in spirit to Faith No More than Korn, Papa Roach's signature sound is defined by Coby Dick's raspy, forceful vocals. Dick's pointed lyrics astutely address everything from divorce ("Broken Home") and attention deficit disorder ("Thrown Away") to alcoholism ("Binge"). Jerry Horton's memorable, melodic, and insinuating guitar lines and the band's aggro, moshable rhythms provide added weight. Papa Roach's intensity is never forced; the songs here are varied, discrete, tuneful, and cohesive. Indeed, the mellow, reggae- like "Tightrope" is as compelling as the commanding "Last Resort," making Infest one of the most arresting heavy-music debuts of 2000. -- Katherine Turman ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good album but...
    I'm sure someone has already said this but, I'll go ahead and remind everyone that the single from this album "Last Resort" is a COMPLETE RIP-OFF of Iron Maiden's Ghengis Khan from their album Killers. The riff sound EXACTLY the same. I used to listen to this album every day when I was younger. Papa Roach is a good band but, if you are into hard rock and metal you MUST check out Iron Maidens first 7 albums (All of them are good but, the first seven are complete MASTERPEICES). Anyways if you want to hear for yourself download Iron Maidens Ghengis Khan then Papa Roaches Last Resort and you'll see what I mean.

    1-0 out of 5 stars more laughable stuff...
    from the guys who brought you last resort, the new lp "caught between my parents", about a bunch of guys who are near 30 are still whining about their upbringing to any 9 year old that will buy it.trash........

    2-0 out of 5 stars I Have Second Thoughts On This
    Four years ago, I loved that Papa Roach song "Last Resort". It was the first song I have ever downloaded. Four years later, I'm beyond radio and don't like Papa Roach anymore. This CD is overrated and not that great. If you want some good rap metal, check out Orange 9mm, Rage Against The Machine and One Minute Silence. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004STPK
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Rock   


    Aida (2000 Original Broadway Cast)
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (06 June, 2000)
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    For his second Broadway musical (and first time out writing a full show directly for the stage), Elton John certainly set his sights high by turning to one of the grandest of all operas as a source. His continued collaboration with lyricist Tim Rice has produced a work far closer to the agreeable pop style and formula of the team's Disney musical, The Lion King, than to the majesty and tragic passion of Verdi's opera. But the compelling tale of conflicting loyalties and star-crossed lovers--retooled in part by acclaimed playwright David Henry Hwang--inspires some of John's signature melodic felicity, as in "Elaborate Lives" and "Every Story Is a Love Story." And the original cast recording marks a dramatic leap forward from 1999's dreary mishmash studio concept album, thanks to the heat generated by Heather Headley and Rent star Adam Pascal as the forbidden lovers. Sherie René Scott can turn on a dime from a parodic stance ("My Strongest Suit") to sad resignation ("I Know the Truth"), while the three get to blend in the ensemble "A Step Too Far"--a pop counterpart to the intensity of operatic ensemble. The score touches on reggae and gospel, and on all-out rock balladry (where it's fun to hear Pascal clearly imitating John's characteristic vocal inflections), but it's most touching in the more reflective moments given to Headley's dignified Nubian princess. --Thomas May ... Read more


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    3-0 out of 5 stars Some good some bad
    When I frist got this CD and when I saw the show I really loved it but now It is just Ok to me.There are something's I like and there are something's I do not like.The one thing I really like is Some of the singing but the music is way to poppy for Musical's.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Aida no more
    One of the worst shows to ever grace the Broadway stage.Only claim to fame was the fact that Elton John and Tim Rice were behind it.Unfortunately, not exactly a good collaboration.Unoriginal tunes, cheesy plot and lines, lame acting, poor singing.One could go on and on and on about this gigantic failure of a production, but nothing says it more than the poor sales of its low-quality cast recording.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
    This is not only an AMAZING musical, but also a wonderful soundtrack. It has a heartfelt and very moving story and score and extremely complicated to put on. Also, in reference to another reviewers remarks, unless you happen to be from my high school, IC in Memphis, you are sadly mistaken about being the first to get the rights first in the nation. Today was the last performance and our cast did a wonderful job in showing just how the music in Aida can apply to all generations and move the audience. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004RCVM
    Subjects:  1. Cast Recordings    2. Film Music    3. Original Score    4. Pop    5. Show Tunes    6. Showtunes / B'way    7. Soundtracks   


    Hybrid Theory
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 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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    1-0 out of 5 stars Crappy modern rock band
    This stuff SUCKS...it's really funny to laugh at how all you people can only say that it's "emotional" or "there is good rapping"....how about if there is actually "a good guitar solo" or mabye "NO rappin"
    Go get some REAL rock

    yo wats up dogg I'm a albino rapper

    This album is(in my humble opinion) a classic the likes of Metallica's BLACK or Guns 'n Roses APETITE FOR DESTRUCTION!Linkin Park debuted with an eclectic but still distinct hard rocking sound that took everything everyone else was doing at the time and stepping it up to the next level.Chester Bennington can sing soft melodies and scream with the best.Mike Shinoda is a capable MC with heartfelt lyrics unlike most rap-metal bands around the turn of the century.Joseph Hahn's use of turntables and samples adds enough depth to the music that there is truly something for everyone.This is truly one of the incredible debuts that come around very rarely.I'm hoping once Fair To Midland(WWW.FTMBAND.COM) are signed they might have such an impact.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Limp Bizkit or Korn, but very good metal.
    Like most people these days, I find myself having a hard time finding a talented metal band. After realizing that the underground metal scence was full of greedy untalented crap like Morbid Angel, Testament, Iron Maiden, Amon Amarth, Nile, Suffocation, Death, Judas Priest, 3 Inches of Blood, Children of Bodom, and Cryptopsy. This Linkin Park band shows you that melody and heaviness can be combined in a brutal way.

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    Asin: B00004Z459
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rap-Metal    5. Rock   


    Songs from an American Movie, Vol. 1: Learning How to Smile
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (11 July, 2000)
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    Reminiscences permeate the dozen diverse tracks that populate Everclear's fourth outing. The trio, spearheaded by writer/guitarist/producer Art Alexakis, looks back in myriad ways on Songs from an American Movie. Alexakis skillfully and sweetly addresses his recent divorce ("The Honeymoon Song," "Now That's It's Over"), musical heroes ("Otis Redding"), and childhood ("AM Radio"), frequently matching his words with suitably retro music. Although the only cover is a new-wave take on Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl," familiar musical references abound. On "AM Radio," a brief sample of "Mr. Big Shot" sets the tone for funky flashback fun, while "The Honeymoon Song" is full of Brian Wilson inflections. Alexakis references his own "Everything to Everyone" in the title track, while "Otis Redding," "Unemployed Boyfriend," and "Wonderful" are more commercial alt-rock Everclear than homage Everclear. Alexakis set out to make a pop album, and while millennial teenagers have their own definition of "pop," for '70s-kid Alexakis, Songs from an American Movie serves as a summertime soundtrack to his thirtysomething life. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A great album by a good band
    This is a very good album. Against the word of all my friends, who told me this was a bad album, I bought it a few weeks ago from a used CD bin, as I'd heard "AM Radio," "Brown-Eyed Girl," and "Wonderful" on the radio quite a bit over the last few years and liked all of them. Who'da thunk these were three of the weaker tracks on the album? My friends, surprisingly, were very wrong about this album.

    It starts out very well, with the title track, a mellow little number, and keeps getting better as it goes along. The best track on here is "Unemployed Boyfriend." It's an awesome song, basically summing up the whole 'Love at first sight' experience very well.

    This is a good album. Be forewarned, however, it doesn't sound like a normal Everclear album. It's a bit more 'poppy.' But it's all the better for it, I say.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Strong album from a smart band...
    Strong album from a smart band. This is actually a concept album about Art Alexakis growing up and falling in love. The follow-up album is about his divorce and it's on my to-buy list. I love this album so much, especially the cuts "AM Radio" and "Here We Go Again".

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Arc of a Failed Marriage
    Having heard So Much for the Afterglow after Songs, I now realize that Art Alexakis has been mining the same autobiographical lode for some time (the American Movie is of course his life), but what a vein he has struck.With repeated hearings, I keep liking this CD more and more.Its songs are loaded with pain and irony, but also with the moments of bliss and beauty in a now-broken relationship and the joys of fatherhood.He also has that rare quality in rock, a sense of humor (check out "Unemployed Boyfriend").All this comes wrapped in a rock and roll package that variously recalls the sounds of "AM Radio" heyday, the R and B of early Van Morrison (a re-make of "Brown Eyed Girl" that stands strongly up to the original), and judicious use of strings ("Annabella's Song" and "Otis Redding"). "Now That It's Over" and "Thrift Store Chair" are my personal favorites."Now" is a classic tirade song, right up there with Lou Reed's "Hooky Wooky," where he fantasizes throwing his ex-girlfriend's new lover off the roof or Dylan's "Positively Fourth Street".In Alexakis' case he sings, "Maybe we can be friends/Now that we're older/We can have fun.../Now that it's over," pauses and then scornfully screams "Yeah, right!"When I raved about the song to my 26 year old daughter, she said, "Too hardcore" rock.I took that as a generation gap compliment.

    A keeper.

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    Asin: B00004TWIT
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Hard Rock    3. Pop    4. Pop/Rock    5. Post-Grunge    6. Rock   


    Songs from an American Movie, Vol. 2: Good Time for a Bad Attitude
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (21 November, 2000)
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    If scientists strived to merge crunchy, hook-heavy pop-rock-punk and the super-shiniest production techniques this side of Smashing Pumpkins, the result would probably sound exactly like Everclear's Songs from an American Movie, Vol. 2: Good Time for a Bad Attitude. It's a hit-or-miss outing. On the one hand, it's a step up from the tepid Songs from an American Movie, Vol. 1, and it takes the boys back to the loose but mighty muscularity that made Sparkle and Fade such a delight. Art Alexakis and company take some chances, like the funky groove of "Babytalk" and the ballad to bombast and back again of "Out of My Depth." On the minus side, the production is so slick that there's no friction, and rock music without friction is like, well, like large chunks of this Attitude. Definitely a mixed bag from Everclear. --Jason Josephes ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Misunderstood
    I guess that is how I will sum this Songs from an American movie vol. 2... up. I don't know maybe it's just me but I love this album. I am not a person that easily gives five stars to an album, in fact some of my favorite albums only receive four stars. Anyways, this is a rock album. Meaning power chords abundant and alot of Art's patented "Oh's! and Yeah's!" But seriously this is an up tempo album, not as angry as World of noise or tracks like "heroin girl" from Sparkle and fade. Instead this album sounds like what it is, some middle age guys saying I'm going to turn this way up and throw a tantrum for fourty minutes. This is the album I use to introduce my friends to everclear, I know most people will use the argument that sparkle and world were better, but this is far more accessible and toungue and cheek. I mean come on the chorus in "babytalk" is "she's got you by the balls!" try not to sing that all day long. The one thing that I feel I should mention is what a gem the song "good witch" is. I almost break into tears when I hear it. It is a song about that love that is almost within reach. One that if you are in that situation you will feel. I love Everclear and hope that they attempt more albums in this spirit instead of whatever the heck Slow motion daydream is. Thank you for your time.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD filled with great riffs & melodies...
    This album is harder than volume 1, but it's not nearly as good. That being said, it's still an excellent CD filled with great riffs & melodies. Everclear is one of the few hard rock bands today that can write a great hook.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Eh
    I have to start out by saying that everclear is my favorite band, and has been for a good six years now. I read these reviews of people saying 'it's just like sparkle and fade' or 'everclear's getting to the top.' no offense to those of you who wrote these things, but everclear is running out of juice. they still manage to do some good things like 'overwhelming,' but it's nowhere near the levels they were at with 'so much for the afterglow' and 'sparkle and fade.' if you want the real, true everclear rocking out, pick up 'world of noise.' again, this isn't a bad cd, but it's far from everclear's best. ... Read more

    Asin: B000051767
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Hard Rock    3. Pop    4. Post-Grunge    5. Rock   


    The Wedding Singer: Music From The Motion Picture
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (03 February, 1998)
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    Sounding like a flashback of the first few years of MTV, the soundtrack of The Wedding Singer starts as an intended goof and ends up quite listenable, thanks. While a couple of these songs (Musical Youth's "Pass the Dutchie" in particular) had already fallen off the cultural radar by 1985, when the movie's action takes place, what's most impressive is the staying power most of them hold. If anything, the Psychedelic Furs' "Love My Way" sounds even better than it did then, and of course "How Soon Is Now," and "Blue Monday" are classics that have transcended their era: Just ask Matt Pinfield. Or Adam Sandler. Or Steven Morrissey. --Rickey Wright ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars A nice 80's time capsule...
    A nice 80's time capsule. From the obvious (Police, Billy Idol, Culture Club), to the hip (The Smiths, The Furs, Elvis, Bowie, New Order) to why? (Musical Youth, Presidents Of The USA covering Video Killed The Radio Star).

    5-0 out of 5 stars great '80s songs
    now, if you buy this CD you have almost every song on the movie.
    i say there are 2 songs missing, it's falco's song "don't turn around" (i think it's called that) and adam sandler's song that says "celebraaaaaate" after his wedding when that one girl doesn't come. even though i watched this movie last night, i still can't remember all the songs on here.

    if you don't already have this movie on DVD, buy it now and buy the 2 soundtracks with it ( i don't have the 2 soundtracks yet, but they look cool).

    "shut your mouth, alright, we all know the words"

    5-0 out of 5 stars A missing song
    Both CD's are great.....BUT......where is the song "99 luft/red balloons?" by Nina. I like that one and to me it stood out (The scene where Drew Barrymore is groovin' to it on her walkman) where as alot of other songs featured on the CDs are buried in the background and not prominent.....Oh well, CD's are great all the same. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002NJJ
    Subjects:  1. New Wave    2. Pop    3. Pop/Rock    4. Soundtracks    5. Soundtracks & Film Scores   


    Weezer (Green Album)
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (15 May, 2001)
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    Weezer, those geek rockers who topped mid-'90s charts with those oh-so-precious pop fables "Undone (The Sweater Song)" and "Buddy Holly," were almost undone by 1997's bombastic Pinkerton. Their sophomore release turned its back on the band's clean-cut debut, with a thrash approach more influenced by Sabbath and Kiss than the Beach Boys. On their third album (self-titled, like their first, but referred to as the "Green Album"), the band makes a concentrated effort to return to anthemic '60s punky pop, demonstrating that, for Weezer at least, it's rather easy being green. In fact, one could say they're almost as green as Green Day, especially on "Knockdown Dragout." At their best, Weezer show such boundless energy and gleeful aplomb that you'd swear you were listening to a lost Badfinger album. Conversely, Rivers Cuomo's twisted genius makes its way onto the anxious and paranoid "Hash Pipe" and the jittery "Glorious Days," making the "Green Album" the most absorbing and rounded vision from these pop masters yet. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Weezer is the best!
    I just love to listen to this CD, I don't know what it is. Every song is so finely crafted and the sound is truly the best. How does a group come along and just make wonderful mucis like this? Some days I have played this CD more than once in a row, as in like three times in a row! It's incredible to find music that is so good these days. I like most of the music on the radio, but sometimes its fun to fine music that is not played o nthe radio, but is still good. This is truly the best out there!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Weezer Hits Midstride
    Weezer fans long anticipated the arrival of Weezer's third release, which came five years after the smash album Pinkerton. Alas it came, but it wasn't a home run, but a fun album nonetheless. Here are my ratings for each song:

    1 - Don't Let Go (6/10) Eh, it was good for an opener.

    2 - Photograph (8/10) The meat of the album begins with Photograph, a catchy song in it's own.

    3 - Hash Pipe (9/10) The awesome, yet strange first single that came off of this album. Strange indeed, but very good.

    4 - Island In The Sun (10/10) GREAT song. You can just lay back and listen to this one, it's catchy and relaxing.

    5 - Crab (10/10) My favourite song on the album. It may only clock in at 2:34, but it's still on awesome song with some good riffs on it. I like it the more and more I listen to it.

    6 - Knock Down Drag Out (6/10) Kind of one of those songs that you hear on a kid's TV show. It's fun, but it's only 2:08, so that brings it down.

    7 - Smile (8/10) The mood switches to mellow, and improves upon the last song. Still, the song doesn't even make 3 minutes, but is enjoyable, and relaxing.

    8 - Simple Pages (7/10) The album begins to thin out here, with a song that's enjoyable, but if it gets more than a few plays, it gets to be unbearable.

    9 - Glorious Days (7/10) Another weaker song, but it's cool and has a fun feel to it.

    10 - O Girlfriend (6/10) This song is 10 seconds shy of 4 minutes, which is easily the longest song on the album. Too bad this wasn't done as a shorter song, as near halfpoint it begins to drag on.

    In all the album is enjoyable, but better purchases are found in that of Pinkerton and The Blue Album.

    4-0 out of 5 stars It's really 4.5
    I'm going to list the songs starting with the worst and ending with the best.
    9.Don't Let Go
    7.Simple Pages
    6.O Girlfriend
    5.Island In The Sun
    4.Glorious Day
    3.Hash Pipe
    1.Knock-Down Drag-Out
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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Emo    3. Indie Rock    4. Pop    5. Punk-Pop    6. Rock   


    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (12 October, 1999)
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    When "Down" shot up the singles charts in 1996, it was the culmination of eight years of hard work for Nebraska-bred, Los Angeles-based 311. Soundsystem ups the ante on the quintet's good-time, never-forced amalgam of hip-hop, rock, funk, and reggae. "Come Original" features Nick Hexum's identifiable talk-singing style, and the tune's lilting dancehall and reggae overtones make it perfect for convertible cruising. From the odd but compelling rhythms in "Freeze Time," to the Santana-influenced stylings and Tim Mahoney's intricate guitar work in "Life's Not a Race," to the almost metallic riffing of "Evolution," 311 have constructed a diverse yet cohesive collection. The band's crisp, edgy sound, well showcased by producer Hugh Padgam (XTC, the Police), is especially winning on the irresistible and rollicking "Mindspin" and the aggro closing cut, "Livin' & Rockin'." It's a good bet that this Soundsystem will find its way onto the sound systems of fans old and new. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe The Nazis
    Dont' believe those music Nazis that always claim that once a band has gone big all their work then sucks.Sure, for the most part this may be true.But its not an exact one-to-one ratio.Some bands have the ability to maintain artistic importance after they've made it big.
    This album by 311 is a good example of this.Each and every song, barring the last two, ebb and flow together well.They keep up the upbeat message with 'Life's Not A Race'.Tracks, 6-8 will keep ya bumpin' and movin' for a long time.I've had this album for about 5 and a half years now, and I still listen to the album like I picked it up yesterday.I'm not saying this album overshadows their previous work, but it definetly keeps the pace.

    3-0 out of 5 stars 1990's death by a Groove***1/2
    Though not a huge fan of the band, I'm impressed with 311's inability to be easily categorized.S.A. has helped us out with that problem through this album's lyrics; "dancehall," "punk guitars," "funk-slap bass," and "the mics in their hands."This is easily my favorite of the band's albums.

    "Soundsystem" suffers in the same way as 311's other work, namely a few very strong songs and an equal amount of filler, but the four opening tracks could be the band's legacy."Freeze Time" is second only to "Down" as the band's best opening song."Large in the Margin" is equal funk, rap, and pop, and it's infectious as anthrax.And of course "Come Original" and "Flow" are the band's call to arms of originality in rock music.

    Unfortunately, despite sparatic bright moments in places like "Life's Not a Race," the album never really recovers after the Big Four, but that's fine considering the rest is an above average party disc.Not a bad way to leave the 90's behind.

    Overall:7 out of 10.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre - 2 and a half for strong musical performance
    However, it does have "Eons" and "Flowing," two of my favorite 311 songs. The music is strong dynamically, but it is basically the same as all their other albums. Only not as good; I find rapper SA's vocals to be annoying, not sounding anywhere as good as they did on Transistor, which I believe to have the best perfomances from him. The lyrics are pretty mediocre. Save for 5 or 6 songs, not to great of an album. It all right, but now worth purchasing.

    Here is my opinion on their albums, from best to worst:

    1) Grassroots
    2) From Chaos
    3) Transistor
    4) 311
    5) Evolver
    6) Soundsystem - this one

    I don't have Music, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. ... Read more

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    From Chaos
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 June, 2001)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Under the Radar***
    "From Chaos" tends to be one of the least mentioned albums by 311 fans.This is both interesting and unsurprising, since the album is nothing new or special, but packs some of the band's best singles.Truely 311 may get a bad rap for predictability, but after a decade, they can still surprise you.

    Though it may be a typical 311 outing, the band does offer something new: emotion.They do rehash a few tricks, namely the funk-punk of the harder numbers, like "Sick Tight," "Hostile Apostle," and "You Get Worked."Even pop numbers like "From Chaos" and and the borderline hair-metal of "You Wouldn't Believe" are nice, if not calculated.But the real treat are the ballads."Champagne" bubbles with slow grooviness, aching for a chill-party like nothing 311 has accomplished previously.And "Amber" and "I'll Be Here A While" proved to be two of the most surprise come-back singles of the year.Buy it for the band.Stay for the singles.

    Overall:6 out of 10.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This album rocks
    311 is a premier band in our day and age, and they stand apart from a lot of musical acts that are out there and creating waves.I believe they nailed their sound with this record, and I commend them for doing such a good job by recording it live.The rock songs are energetic, the ballads are lovely, and I can tell they are having a blast playing them.That's all I can really ask for when I anticipate a new album from these guys.They come up with song ideas that are good, melodies that are refreshing, while fusing many styles with funk and zest.

    It's amazing that they've been around this long, surviving under the spotlight of media criticism that circulates and stabs what it basically doesn't understand (in the form of 311).In the end it's all about what you like, and what your personal taste is (like if someone hates steak, who are they to tell you not to eat it?).Not everyone can enjoy 311, while others revel in their majesty.I like to consider myself enlightened to their work, and feel very fortunate to have found them in my life.

    This record feels like a revamp of some of their older albums at times (especially on the first track "You get worked"), but it still carries a flavor that is fresh and welcoming to the ears of a loyal fan.Sort of, here's something new, but here's something we know you'll love.You get the best of both worlds.
    Ron St. Germain produced what is the sixth album from 311, and he seems to bring out the best in them (he is said to have been jumping around while they were laying down tracks in the studio).He produced the "blue album" in 1995 which was 311's biggest commercial success, and I believe they wanted to recapture some of that magic and optimism that they were feeling a few years ago.Before then they had been virtually unknown to most radio stations or MTV, so they sort of made it big with him.I think bringing Saint aboard really gave them an edge this time around.

    If you pick apart the music, listening to the guitar riffs, the bass lines, the drum beats, and the subtle programming in the background, you will understand how hard 311 worked on this album.I really enjoy their lyrics, which are positive and inspiring, much like the words of an old friend.They keep me going when sometimes no other mediums can.There's a real connection I feel.I can only hope that they continue their musical journey and bring ear candy to all of their "enlightened ones" in the years to follow.It will be interesting to see where they go with their sound.With this band, so much is possible.

    4-0 out of 5 stars They should have just released the entire session.
    This album could have been a classic.

    The major flaws in this album are lyrics, and the duration of tracks. SA Martinez and Nick Hexum quite easily release the worst 311 lyrics on this album. The angst lyrics do not work for them.. especially not with the nasal SA voice.

    The sessions produced great outtakes like Bomb the Town, We Do It Like This, TWO GREAT songs that could have been intermissions, Dreamland and Will the World, and the acoustic I'll be Here Awhile would have made a nice bonus feature.

    The only real weak song on this album is Full Ride, other than that.. the highlights are the most melodic songs on the album. Sick Tight, and I Told Myself have nice chorus work, but the guitar work just seems rushed. However, this album does have a cohesiveness that brings it together. It's good work, but it could have been made so much better. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 11211
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rap-Rock    3. Rock   


    No Doubt
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (17 March, 1992)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Band Ever!!
    I really like this album; I'm actually listening to it right now.I think that it is a good album considering that it's No Doubt's first made CD.I love ALL of the songs on here.And here's the funny thing:for 11 years, I always thought that the very first song' name: BND, stood for Band No Doubt.I was wrong obviously.It actually stands for the very last song on this CD: Brand New Day.And, I cannot get over the fact that the first song is only 45 seconds!It was like a warm-up session for the band! But, nevertheless, I recommend this CD for EVERYONE...I mean, even it's your first time hearing No Doubt.I mean, come on.It's their very first CD, and they, to me, did such a wonderful job with it!All of these songs could be on the charts! I give it 5 stars.


    5-0 out of 5 stars Second best album
    This is one of the greatest albums I've ever heard (Tragic Kingdom being the best). My favourite song on it is the beautiful, medieval sounding 'Sad for Me'. I also love 'Lets Get Back'

    1-0 out of 5 stars Save yourself the time, money and energy....stay away.....
    No Doubt is awesome today-Tragic Kingdom and everything beyond that rock-Gwen's solo stuff also looks incredibly promising. But this.....this is incredibly horrific garage music-I mean....worse than that. They were lucky they got a contract at all. This isn't even ska, I mean.....this is 80s and 70s stuff....this is like....SWING or something. The album's only single, "Trapped In A Box," is quite possibly the worst song I've ever heard in my life and easily the worst song here-although that's not saying much, cuz it's all horrible. PLEASE do not buy this as your first No Doubt album-it will give you a terrible impression of them-I'm shocked they improved so much. Their more recent stuff is incredible, but this is complete trash. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 49274
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock    5. Ska-Punk    6. Third Wave Ska Revival   


    Beacon Street Collection
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (21 October, 1997)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Something to "squeal" about
    The music on the cd is really great and all of the songs grow on you after you've started listening. This is Gwen's younger and more energetic voice, so it's a change from the other No Doubt songs, but all of these tunes are different and interesting in their own way. Some of the best songs on the cd are: Open The Gate, Greener Pastures, Total Hate 95', and Squeal. You'll really love this album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars So maybe I'm a little biased...
    Maybe my adoration of Beacon Street Collection is helped along by my all-out obsession with No Doubt, but this is probably their best album. Although if you don't like ska, this is probably not the CD to buy. (Hint, hint Rock Steady hint, hint...excuse me.)
    Total Hate 95 is a collage of different sounds, and Squeal has a steady beat throughout. Snakes seems like a huge metaphor for liars and enemies, and the lyrics to Greener Pastures are interestingly thoughtful. By the Way is just really, really good...I had to mention it.
    All in all, Beacon Street Collection is one of the few CDs I can listen to all the way through and not get annoyed or bored by duds. I highly recommend it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great underground collection
    This album shows the side of No Doubt that people usually don't see.Originally released as an independant compilation of songs that didn't make the final cut for "Tragic Kingdom", this is an underground gem.It kicks off with the fun "Open the Gate", a great ska song.Then, there's "Total Hate '95", an awesome blend of catchy songs and reggae/ska."Snakes" is the kind of edge that isn't seen anywhere else of No Doubt.Then "Doghouse" ends this set, with great synthesizer/guitar/saxaphone parts, and an awesome song, plain and simple.The point of this review is that this is No Doubt's only good album because it's the only one not cluttered with pop.This independant release is raw ska/hard rock and worth any rock fan's money. ... Read more

    Asin: B000001Y4W
    Sales Rank: 51049
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock    5. Ska-Punk    6. Third Wave Ska Revival   


    Tragic Kingdom
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 October, 1995)
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    No Doubt's 1995 release, Tragic Kingdom, brought Southern California's ska scene to a national stage while elevating the band to star status. An irresistible mix of reggae, punk, and power pop, Tragic Kingdom scored several hits, among them "Spiderwebs," "Just a Girl," and "Don't Speak." Singer Gwen Stefani's looks made the group MTV shoo-ins, but her soaring voice is the real star, as evidenced by such songs as "Happy Now?"--a classic you'll-regret-you-dumped-me anthem that recalls Blondie--and the bouncy "Sunday Morning." Despite recurring themes of pain and regret, Tragic Kingdom manages to somehow feel sunny throughout. --Courtney Kemp ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Im not under 13 it just wont let me review otherwise
    hmmmmm 10 million records sold says it all dont you think?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Impressive
    This is definately No Doubt's best album to date. The songs are bouncy, catchy, and just plain fun to listen to. The band made wonderful hit songs without being dirty and without cursing every other lyric (something I find very cool and interesting...).


    Happy Now (4/5)
    Hey You (5/5--they used a sitar or harpsichord, or something. anyway, the solo is amazing!!)
    Sixteen (5/5 for the chorus)
    Don't Speak (of course...6/5!)
    Tragic Kingdom (4/5--I wish I could shave off the last 2 minutes of this song, cuz it really goes on, but it's an interesting view on Disneyland!)

    All in all, this is THE No Doubt CD to buy. Amazing in every way!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Changed the face of music
    Up until "Tragic Kingdom", Ska/Pop type music was unheard of in the mainstream.After the release of the song "Just a Girl", all of that changed.It opened the floodgates for a wide variety of bands with horns.

    Back around 1995, when this album was released was when I actually liked Gwen Stefani.Her voice was excellent (has gone downhill since), and she just had an attractive energy about her.She was the single reason why No Doubt surfaced on the scene.

    This album, Tragic Kingdom, was a masterpiece.I can listen all the way through, without skipping a song.Standout songs are, "Just a Girl", "Spiderwebs", "Sunday Morning", "Don't Speak", "Happy Now", and "Different People".

    A must have! ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock    5. Ska-Punk    6. Third Wave Ska Revival   


    Return of Saturn
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (11 April, 2000)
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    After No Doubt sold more than 10 million copies of Tragic Kingdom, riding that wave of success without toppling over must have been a daunting mission. No sweat for No Doubt. The band toiled as national unknowns with a loyal local following for a decade before that album's release, and during that time the band members were learning how to be better songwriters and musicians. The follow-up, Return of Saturn, glides along that continuum of songcraft perfection. The band presents a cleaner, less apologist representation of their influences. They pull off some of the more difficult maneuvers of pure reggae, ground-pounding ska, and Cars-esque New Wave. Gwen Stefani, the fearless Orange County princess, belts a powerful pout, her Mae West-meets-Siouxsie Sioux vocal bravado the bungee cord that springs in between the band's retro tendencies and SoCal pop-punk attitude. It seems believable that she could stamp her foot and always get her way, but her self-deprecating confessions evade brattiness. Songs like "Bathwater" and "Ex-Girlfriend" reveal the singer's vulnerability to being hurt or dumped on, and the band's sense of humor and exploration (albeit firmly controlled) matches the songs' sentiments. This group is growing out and tightening up, and while the rest of the ska-punk surfer-dude bands do nothing more than repeat history, No Doubt is creating it. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Definitely not No Doubt's best
    It is unfortunate, but true. I bought this album in hopes that it would be as good as Tragic Kingdom and their first, self-titled album, but sadly it didn't live up to their usual standards. the lyrics were poor and almost whiny, the music was was too boring and slow, by the end of it I was shuddering. It was depressing and just plain horrible. The only song that was pretty okay was Simple Kind of Life. the song Ex-girlfriend, for me, teetered between good and really, really awful. I wouldn't recommend buying it, Tragic Kingdom, their first album, and the No Doubt singles album are way better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Comforting Music
    This cd is one cd that you can start it off and listen to the whole thing through without getting to a song you have to skip. Each song is dark and comforting, and all of the work put into this album is absolutely amazing. Each song brings you a gift that is so amazing.

    Gwen and the rest of the band puts so much emotion into each song, you can feel how they feel. Most songs are dark and slightly depressing on the cd, but a couple of them are brighter. I love this cd very deeply and I love this phase and style the band went through while making it. It's full of heart ache with some anger, and all the mixed emotions resulted in one totally kick a** album.

    The time to buy the album is now, I highly reccomend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Probably their best
    "Tragic Kingdom" put them on the map, and I love the breezy, fun-loving "Rock Steady", but "The Return of Saturn" is probably No Doubt's most artistically accomplished work. I think what makes "No Doubt" such an intriguing band is the juxtaposition of the mercurial, innovative, fleshed-out sound of the band combined with Gwen Stefani's sincere, vulnerable lyrics and vocals. Those two powerful, yin/yan forces really come together beautifully on a lot of the tracks here. While the band explores and experiments with sounds and influences, Gwen adds the emotional core by singing about lost love, insecurities and longing for family. The result is pop music bliss. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Pop    4. Post-Grunge    5. Rock    6. Ska-Punk    7. Third Wave Ska Revival   


    Happiness Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Without A Mess
    "Happiness Is Not A Fish You Can Catch" is an interesting CD.The cover with a grim-faced middle-aged man holding a fish would seem to be visual proof.On the inside cover, he attempts to eat the fish, gills & all.There is a great deal here that is quite entertaining."Potato Girl" is a sonic assault with Raine Maida's agonized vocals, "But I'm just so tired of waking up on the ground.""Is Anybody Home?" is a midtempo churning heartache with some high Brian Wilson background vocals and Maida's snarling pained vocals, "Tonight your faith has come down to money & a TV.""Thief" is a stadium-sized slow song, "I can't see that thief that lives inside of your head, but I can be some courage at the side of your bed.""Annie" is a lurching track with an "oh oh" chorus that seems like a pinball bounding around a pinball machine.Jazz drummer Elvin Jones joins the band on "Stealing Babies" giving some added punch to the final track.The track from which the title comes, "Happiness & the Fish," churns relentlessly with some offbeat lyrics, "Talking is just masturbating without the mess.""Happiness..." is a strong effort that has worn well since its release by this Canadian band.Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing.
    My brother played this on the mini compo one night while raving on and on about how amazing this band was and I shut my ears. I thought I would not open it again. Then, halfway through the CD, I opened my ears and a beautiful song came in.

    That song was called 'Thief' and it is one of the best songs I have ever heard.

    This CD is full of meaning, true rock, true music and power. I love this CD and now I love this band. It is truly amazing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars are you worried that your thoughts are not quite clear?
    Happiness Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch by Our Lady Peace is a very, very good album, but something prevents it from being a great album. Perhaps it's the overwhelming feeling that this could just be any random band picked up at a CD store, which in my case it was. They never defy the conventions of traditional rock nor do they explode into one of the greatest guitar solos of all time. The album has very few surprises but, that being said, they color within the lines very well. I feel as though there are a hundred albums like this out there, but it is exactly the type of music I wish I knew more of.

    The music is much better than the sum of all its parts. The slightly overfiltered drumming holds the music together, as it is expected to; the guitars (besides using kills rhythmically before exploding into sound) don't maintain much interest; the singer sounds like he just woke up and you have to envy that he still hits the notes perfectly. Ultimately, the music just isn't CRISP enough to be The Verve (the first band I would otherwise compare them to). However, unlike their shoegazing contemporaries, Our Lady Peace is no enigma; not only are they more agressive than The Verve, they pull some of the oldest tricks in the book to make the music maddeningly fun to listen to.

    In almost every chorus the singer breezily hits a couple of falsetto notes to lock the tune into your brain for weeks, and there are always huge changes in tempo and dynamics that create tidal waves of euphoria. The best example is the strongest track on the album, "Is Anybody Home?", which starts out with a hook and slows to a pause (one of the coolest ways to make the sound that much more gripping) before tumbling in with a guitar part that barely sounds like a guitar... more like Peter Frampton screaming through his voice machine. It is, like many songs on the album, a remarkable balance between soothing and epic.

    It would be nice if the guitarist tried to be more creative, or if the singer experimented with more unusual structures than the traditional ABABCB, because throughout it all the music obviously had an ambient base that keeps the listener from feeling ashamed about how catchy it is. Occasionally there is too much sound with too little complexity to it, so hard listeners like myself are not necessarily rewarded. However, OLP's formula is a brilliant one, and certainly one of the few somewhat "common" sounds that even the biggest music fan has trouble growing tired of.

    Overall : A- ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 40836
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    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 February, 2001)
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    With three years passed and a new producer at the helm, the Dave Matthews Band find themselves stretching beyond the borders of Before These Crowded Streets to more emotionally explorative territory. On Everyday, Matthews's clenched-jaw delivery has an unrelenting constancy that's cunning and determined. "I Did It" opens the CD in an aggressive groove, while "When the World Ends" follows with clipped licks that dive into a muddier, open-flowing chorus. From there on out, the floodgates open into something that often recalls Peter Gabriel, which is ironic, given that the band replaced producer Steve Lillywhite, whose work with Gabriel is legendary, with Glen Ballard, whose work with Alanis Morissette is of equal note, if not acclaim. The album is Gabrielesque in scope, from Matthews's deepening rasp to the epic instrumentation. Yet, what's lacking is Lillywhite's ability to capture a sense of naked honesty. Instead, Ballard dosses down the tracks in designer-suit production, unable to save a band that might simply not be up to the task on such an ambitious sonic endeavor. That, combined with Matthews's tendency to eschew conventional hooks, leaves the album stalled between the group's jam-band compulsion and radio-friendly packaging. To capture the latent majesty of this album, you're going to have to hear it live, and with this band, that's always been precisely the point. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Dave Matthews Band - Everday
    Dave Matthews Band introduces a slightly new sound on Everyday. They leave the lengthy jam-band songs behind for shorter, pop-produced pieces, partly due to working with a new producer and co-writer, Glen Ballard, who has worked with Alanis Morissette, Aerosmith, and No Doubt.

    Unlike previous Dave Matthews Band recordings, Matthews is the obvious front man, with few improvisational solos from band members Boyd Tinsley (violinist), Leroi Moore (saxophone), Stefan Lessard (bass), and Carter Beauford (drummer). The addition of the electric guitar heard throughout the tracks is another first for this group. Even with these changes, the album is eminent and has a intimate, casual, melodic vibe.

    The first track "I Did It" starts with a frisky, aggressive, punchy electric guitar lick that sets the tone for the fresh Dave Matthews Band sound. It has been argued this song is about the band selling out to create more radio-friendly pop tunes: "I did it, do you think I've gone too far, I did it, guilty as charged," sings Matthews, begging the question. Another energy-driven track "So Right" has a catchy electric guitar riff followed by a potent, resonant saxophone that flows throughout the vigorous song.

    Matthews brings back the acoustic guitar and accompanies it with a wistful saxophone and dreamy piano for "Angel." The enticing harmonies of the chorus and empathetic lyrics ("When you're not here love, it's hard to pretend") make it the best heart-rending ballad on the album.

    Several of the songs on Everyday focus on love and relationships. The subtle serenade "When the World Ends" is an atypical love song about being with the one you love during the destruction of civilization: "We will rise as the building's crumble, midst the burning we'll be churning."

    Everyday is an impressive album with captivating, compassionate songs that caress the ears.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Another good album
    A lot of great songs here also. Not their best but still a good effort.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A sign of the times
    This CD reflects what music was going through in 2001 when it was released.Alternative had died out a few years earlier.Jangle rock and boy bands were the rage.The music was all being driven by certain producers, and not the artists.Producers were creating bands or changing the direction of existing bands.Artists were not creating.Producers were continually reproducing the sound that had scored big.

    This is a producer's album.It was produced by Glen Ballard, who also co-wrote all of the songs.He molded and guided Matthews in his own image.

    Before this Ballard had produced for Barbara Striesand, Paula Abdul, Wilson Philips, the Corrs, Michael Jackson and Alanis Morrissette.Ballard took that same formula on put it on this album.What you end up with is the Dave Matthews Band trying to do pop.

    I applaud bands for experimenting and trying new things.But, it is the artists who must have the creative spark to change to be successful.It is rare that an artist is successful when being driven to change by a producer, or trying to change according to the prevailing musical styles.

    While Glen Ballard's pop style has worked with some artists, Dave Matthews is really not a pop star.I think that this music emphasizes Matthews' weaknesses while rarely highlighting his strengths.

    This CD starts out well, and the first two songs are very good.But, after that, the songs just get tedious, boring, and in some cases sappy.Space Between is just hard to get through.Dreams of Our Fathers is somewhat better, but then ends with this horrible buzzing.If you listen to it through headphones, it sounds like you have a fly in your ear.

    The next four songs are fairly poor, but the CD does pick up again at the end.Sleep to Dream Her and Everyday are fairly nice songs.Mother Father is very good, poignant song, but it repeats to much and becomes draining in the first two minutes.I aslo think that the guitar work at the end is too bombastic for the material.A slower, blues working of the song probably would have been more effective.

    I think the period of 1997 to 2001 was a pretty dreary time for music.I think a goodcompanion CD for this album would be U2's It's A Beautiful Day.It is the same kind of popish-jangle rock style of music. ... Read more

    Asin: B000056K04
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. American Trad Rock    3. Jam Bands    4. Pop    5. Rock   


    All That You Can't Leave Behind
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (31 October, 2000)
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    The foursome come roaring out of the blocks with their latest collection. The album's first single, "Beautiful Day," raced to the No. 1 slot on the U.K. singles charts and received a similar rapturous reception stateside. From its shimmering preamble to its sweeping, infectious chorus, it perfectly stakes out the middle ground between the anthemic U2 of the '80s and the more grounded group of the '90s. With Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno sharing production chores again after having taken a break with Pop, the U2 team enters the new millennium with their lineup--and mission--intact. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Piece of sh**!
    This album is full of rubbish! They can't make music...why they don't just quit? It would be the best...this is like Radiohead! Terrible!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Its really not that bad.......
    ........this was U2 (apparently) going back to their roiginal sound after the more experimental (but much better) Pop and Zooporopa and Actuang Baby.

    The problem is its little poppy and was liked to much by the mainstream pop audiences, which probably lost them respect from their fans.
    This is a fantastic album when you compare it with "How to dismantle an atomic bomb"
    everything they did was great until after the promising "electrical storm."

    2-0 out of 5 stars Leave it behind!
    Boring, insipid, banal, uninteresting, lifeless, dull, flat, fatuous, tedious, trite, trivial, hackneyed, ordinary, unremarkable, bald, inane, jejune, vapid, commonplace, empty, vain, unavailing, useless, ostentatious, superficial, obvious, predictable, futile, weak, fake, unoriginal, tired, passionless, monotonous, worthless, tasteless, apathetic, sluggish, indifferent, awkward, wretched, untalented, primitive, pointless, u2less... worst U2 album ever. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004Z0LW
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


    10 Things I Hate About You: Music From The Motion Picture
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (06 April, 1999)
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    An updated read on William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, Gil Junger's 10 Things I Hate About You is a teen comedy about two sisters on opposite ends of the social spectrum: one is pretty and popular, the older sister is bitter and vengeful. Family rules dictate that the younger sibling can't date until the older one has. You see where this is going. The soundtrack features Letters to Cleo in a '70s mood covering Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me" and Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind." Sweden's Cardigans include a rare B-side, "War." George Clinton's "Atomic Dog," Joan Armatrading's "The Weakness in Me," and Madness's "Wings of a Dove" still sound fresh. The only real misstep is Sister Hazel's "Your Winter," which sounds like a Seven Mary Three parody, full of breast-beating sincerity and lyrics that defy the laws of coherence. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars answer
    someone said they were looking for the song in the beginning [the pretty, popular girls in the car], i believe it is: "one week" by the barenaked ladies.

    3-0 out of 5 stars First Song of the movie
    I have I doubt since I read the info about the soundtrack. I'd really like the first song in the movie (when credits appear), even before of "Bad Reputation", so I listened all tracks of the soundtrack and I didn't find the name. Does anybody know the name of the song, or the band??

    4-0 out of 5 stars hmmm
    someone back there asked what song plays in joeys car right at the beginning. its by k-ci and jojo and its the all my life remix, its the same song when he tells Kat about the rambo look and when he picks up chastity and bianca.

    there arent enough songs as there should be on this album what about sunshine on my window and one week? ... Read more

    Asin: B00000IGPN
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Soundtracks & Film Scores   


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