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    1. Under the Iron Sea
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    2. X&Y
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    3. A Rush of Blood to the Head
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    4. OK Computer
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    5. Hopes and Fears
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    6. Parachutes
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    7. The Bends
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    8. London Calling
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    9. (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
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    10. Kid A
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    11. Empire
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    13. Gladiator:Music from the Motion
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    14. Loveless
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    15. The Very Best of Elvis Costello
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    16. Amnesiac
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    20. Mermaid Avenue

    1. Under the Iron Sea
    by Interscope Records
    Audio CD (20 June, 2006)
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    Asin: B000FBHT1C
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    If U2 hadn't already released a pair of career retrospective discs, this British trio's second album would neatly do the trick in one. Not much of a surprise since Keane spent a good deal of time supporting Bono and company following the release their breakthrough debut, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Musicians
    As a person who LOVED Hopes and Fears, I didn't think they could do any better. I'm extremely pleased to say that I was wrong. This is the best album I've heard in years. It is complete from the first song to the last. I just love the fact that it's so different from what is out there (I don't own any coldplay or U2 albums so I can't say if they're similar). The lowest rating I would give any song is 8.5/10. Almost every song gets a 10/10. This album gives me goosebumps it's so good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
    It is perhaps true that you don't like this album like Hopes and Fears in the first hearing, but, man ITIS SO MUCH BETTER THAN HOPES AND FEARS!! The frog prince, Crystall ball and Leaving so soon? are songs to make any band proud of their efforts. Tom Chaplin's vocals in The frog prince are simply awesome. There aren't many singers today that can sustain the chorus (Inherit the earth/ while your prince's crown) at such a high note. The music also is much better and varied than Hopes and Fears, where the songs were much similar from one to another (Listen to the intros of Somewhere only we know, Bend and break and Everybody's changing, for instance). Maybe, simply, I like the new darker and at times eerie sound of Under the Iron Sea more than its predecessor. After considering (and I still do) Hopes and Fears a five star album, I'd rate this one higher, if I could. I do really love this CD.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
    This is not truly a step down from their last album. (I still believe it is above Coldplay.) But this album is too smooth.There are just too many weak clichés and earnest heartfelt vocals.There is nothing original here and the band lacks any real substance.That being said this is a very tolerable album and is not trash and while the other album was not great, not a single song on this album matches "Your Eyes Open" from their last."Is It Any Wonder?" is a little edgy but it feels extremely commercial as it gets old after several listens.
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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Britpop    3. England    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. Rock/Pop   


    2. X&Y
    by Capitol
    Audio CD (07 June, 2005)
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    Asin: B0006L16N8
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Things have gone ridiculously well for Coldplay since 2002's Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Incredible.
    Wow! Just when you're wondering if Coldplay can keep it up or have blown all their cookies producing Parachutes and A Rush of Blood..., boy, do they kick you in the pants to put you straight. This is more complex, more dynamic, simply more dazzling than anything they've produced so far (well, except for The Scientist. Doubt if they'll ever top that!). Too cool by far. If you loved their other stuff, boy, are you going to writhe in ecstacy over this. Best tracks? I could say all of them, but if I have to narrow it down- What if?, Swallowed in the Sea, 'Til Kingdom Come. Buy this!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another Great One from Cold Play
    Songwriting and music equals that of A Rush of Blood to the Head. Possibly a more mature sound.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, absolutely beautiful
    I would have written a review for this album sooner, but I was too busy listening.It will be hard to top this record.Every song is absolutely amazing.I haven't heard a record with this much mood since Pink Floyd's "dark side of the moon", I truely believe this record will hold its place with phenomenal albums such as the above mentioned.FIX YOU, has a special place in my heart and will until the day I die.
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    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Britpop    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. Rock/Pop   


    3. A Rush of Blood to the Head
    by Capitol
    Audio CD (27 August, 2002)
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    Asin: B000069AUI
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Coldplay required a lifetime to make their wonderfully assured debut,Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Something Missing
    I am not going to rate this particular album as compared to the other two Coldplay releases as they are all essentually the same quality.I really find that I enjoy listening to Coldplay, however it took a while to figure out why.I have decided that Coldplay represents to me what I miss from yesteryear on the radio, however, there is nothing groundbreaking or unique about Coldplay's music.For those younger people who believe Coldplay is the next this or that, well, they aren't.I think my biggest problem with Coldplay is they lack an identity of their own, which is why there is so much debate on who they sound like.Throughout their collection, I hear U2, Dave Matthews, Depeche Mode, the softer Smashing Pumpkins, and even Soundgarden (Daylight).Maybe it is commendable that they remind me of so many other bands, as it suggests they are not one dimensional.
    5-0 out of 5 stars great album
    Coldplay rocks! rocking, yet raw and spiritual, simple and moody, yet uplifting. "Politik" rocks while "clocks" is a beautiful and earthy song. Other standout tracks include "The Scientist", "in my place" and "amsterdam" great album, buy it if you dont already have it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Coldplay's "A Rush of Blood to the Head"
    This is a quietly brilliant album by Coldplay. There's something for everyone here, from the rocking "Politik" to the celestial, beautiful "Clocks". I highly recommend it. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock    3. Rock/Pop   


    4. OK Computer
    by Capitol
    Audio CD (01 July, 1997)
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    Asin: B000002UJQ
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Radiohead's third album got compared to Pink Floyd a lot when it came out, and its slow drama and conceptual sweep certainly put it in that category. Read more

    Reviews (1969)

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums ...
    I dont pretend Yorke is God but i like Radiohead.I loved OK Computer, I liked The Bends and Hail To The Theif, I could tolerate Kid A, and I despised Amnesiac and Pablo Honey.
    5-0 out of 5 stars pure music from the inner soul
    i remember when this came out. i think i was in 6th or 7th grade. radiohead was known to me by the two songs "high and dry" and "fake plastic trees" from their bends album, so the name wasn't totally lost in my memory.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone...
    My college roommate played this cd relentlessly when it first came out & it won me over. More than one listen is probably a requirement in order to fall for this album. Its definitley out there. Apparently the lyrics are about the way machines dehumanize people but I loved to listen to the music even before I could understand what the heck the lyrics were saying.
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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Britpop    3. England    4. Indie Electronic    5. Pop    6. Rock    7. Rock/Pop   


    5. Hopes and Fears
    by Interscope Records
    Audio CD (25 May, 2004)
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    Asin: B000268QB2
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    It's perhaps inevitable that Keane's debut album, Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Album
    This is a very good album.Lyrically, it doesn't do much for me, but musically, it's simple but poignant and says much deeper what the lyrics shallowly convey.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Great album
    This is easily the best album I have heard in the last 10 years. I haven't had an album that was this addictive since Pulp's Different Class. I don't listen to the radio a lot and the only song I had heard before was Somewhere Only We Know, so I was very pleased to find that there were 4 or 5 songs that I really liked. As I listened to it over and over, I found that each song was a masterpiece. I don't know where they can go from here, to me this was a perfect debut and they can't possibly do another album that can top this. Any band will be hard pressed to top this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest album ever made.
    Keane is one of the greatest bands of all time. The fact that they use piano/keyboards/bass/drums on every song, with no guitars at all, shows that they are more musically sophisticated than all the other mindless guitar rock that's out there. There are more than enough guitar-based bands. "Somewhere Only We Know" is the best song of all time. Beautiful lyrics, solid piano backbone, and a steady, moderate tempo, make it a brilliant album-opener. The album has upbeat pop/rock, like "Bend and Break" and "This is the Last Time," slow, sorrowful ballads, like "She Has No Time" and "We Might as Well be Strangers," gentle, peaceful melodies, like "Sunshine," and slightly ethereal, unearthly ones like "Untitled 1" and "Bedshaped." Plus, all the lyrics are intensely personal and honest, ones that everyone can relate to, in one way or another. All together, the album is a classic, one that (if the American public knows anything about music) will live on to be known as one of the greatest albums ever made. Every song is a masterpiece. There are no fillers. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Britpop    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Rock/Pop   


    6. Parachutes
    by Capitol
    Audio CD (07 November, 2000)
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    Asin: B0000508U6
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Music doesn't come more touching than this. With their debut single alone, the emotion-fortified "Shiver," Coldplay prove they can shift between elated and crushed in a breath, as singer Chris Martin pours out music's oldest chestnut (unconditional yet unrequited love) with the shakiest of voices and a backdrop of epic guitars. For 10 tracks on Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic
    I'm really late on this review.Parachutes is a classic album and my personal favorite from Coldplay.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice debut
    I really am shocked by some of the things said by metalheads against this album... And then they go as far to say things such as "Try [insert bad metal band here], they're so much better than this pussy band... Chris Martin has no testicles!"
    5-0 out of 5 stars SCHUBERT NOSTALGIA
    Lyrics and Mood are extremely important when considering songs! This is perhaps the best showcase of song writing since... When I hear this album I am saved-I realate it to the intensity of Schubert and the wit of Wolf. This is darn intelligent, thought provoking and praise worthy song literature! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Britpop    3. Dream Pop    4. Indie Pop    5. Indie Rock    6. Pop    7. Rock    8. Rock/Pop   


    7. The Bends
    by Capitol
    Audio CD (04 April, 1995)
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    Asin: B000002TQV
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    While Radiohead saw its stock rising in 1994, it wasn't until 1995's Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Left High & Dry years ago
    I remember going to a R.E.M. concert in Phoenix AZ circa 1994, waiting for ticket prices to go down just before the show while the warm up group played.That group had had one hit, Creep, but despite glowing reviews of their new album, I couldn't be bothered.A few weeks later Fake Plastic Trees arrived to me via a promo CD.I thought it was fantastic and decided to buy The Bends and check out the hype.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Radiohead
    This was the first album of Radioheads I brought and after listening to all their other records I still believe it to be their best. The Bends was a major progression from debut Pablo Honey, it was still Radiohead but more organic.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The Bends ~ A Perfect Radiohead Album
    It's extremely difficult to pinpoint exactly where/how Radiohead were able to transform themselves into one of the most influential alternative rock bands of the 90's with songs that `hook' one in after a few careful and detailed listens. Their stuff is certainly powerful, sheerly brilliant and beyond beautiful, though occasionally a little odd (as in different) but very arty - which is a good thing in my book. The transformation probably began somewhere between ` My Iron Lung EP' and `The Bends', to safely say the least. They're not an easy band to `get into' but once you do get into them you will be captivated by their utter uniqueness and confidence in the music they make. And they're the kind of band that are willing to take risks. My introduction to the band came when I picked up `OK Computer' (the best music purchase of my life) in my local music store. It is indeed my favorite Radiohead album but believe me `The Bends' always comes a close second - sometimes I even prefer it to `OK Computer.' SOMETIMES. I can never really make up my mind now. Not taking the punk rock/grunge approach, as they did with their debut album, `Pablo Honey' (which was of mediocre quality, but the song `Creep' was a standout as a proclaimed self-loathing anthem), the songs in this album [The Bends] seem much more personal and therefore much more touching (`Fake Plastic Trees' is a simple yet beautiful song - one of the best). Frankly, I love pre-Kid A Radiohead so much better than post-Kid A because they weren't in their experimental stages but still gave it all their best and managed to release their follow-up masterpiece, `OK Computer' and finally they were hailed as the best new thing in rock. Something well deserved. `Just (Do It To Yourself)' is a strong, spunky and guitar driven song and the video (in horrific fashion) is just as good. `High & Dry' is a haunting ballad and my second favorite song in the album as Street Spirit (Fade Out) is my first. Though it usually varies. `OK Computer' is to a greater extent - a very complex, complicated, and obscure album, but if you are a first timer to Radiohead's music `The Bends' is the best album to start off with as it's their essential basis. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Britpop    3. England    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. Rock/Pop   


    8. London Calling
    Audio CD (25 January, 2000)
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    Asin: B00004BZ0N
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Bursting at the seams with creative energy, the Clash's stunning 1979 double album more than made up for the artistic and commercial disappointment of its predecessor, 1978's tried-too-hard Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums of all time
    This is one of the best ever, of any genre.If you like punk rock, you have to have this.I'm really at a loss when trying to explain the album - there simply are no words.Even the picture on the cover is perfect.Even the colors are perfect.There may be other albums that I like as much, but none that I like better.
    3-0 out of 5 stars .....I Don't Get It
    Actually 3 1/2 stars .The Clash' third album London Calling is possibly the most overated album of all time . I understand if you're into punk you want a claim in rock and roll history , but most of the songs on this album are hardly punk . The bulk of the album is reggae or reggae influenced . The title song is great , Brand New Cadillac ( a cover of a Vince Taylor song ) is great too . Ditto for Lost In A Supermarket , a song that sounds like something from Genesis' Duke period . Spanish Bombs , Hateful and Clampdown are good too . There are 18 tracks on this album .What are the other standout songs ? I don't hear 'em . I would think that " one of the great albums of all time "would be solid from top to bottom . The bulk of this album is mediocre pop/ reggae songs . Where's the edge ? I don't hear it . This is one of those albums like Exile On Main Street that's cool too like ... possibly because the criticssay so ?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Completely Deserves To Be As Popular As It Is
    What a revolutionary album this was, released in 1979. I just love listening to the Clash's "London Calling" Album. It is a fun and entertaining, yet thoughtful masterpiece of 20th-century rock music. The lyrics are often very political. It gets a lot of hype, and I think it deserves all that attention. It truly is a great album! "London Calling" (album) contains a diverse range of musical influences, so it will fit in in almost any music collection. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Britain    2. British Punk    3. England    4. Hard Rock    5. New Wave    6. Pop    7. Punk    8. Punk/New Wave    9. Rock    10. Rock & Roll    11. Rock/Pop   


    9. (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
    Audio CD (03 October, 1995)
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    This big rock candy mountain of an album justifies some if by no means all of the poses and pretentious statements made by Manchester's natural-born rock & roll deities. A dramatic attempt to rekindle the flames of the original British Invasion, Read more

    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Britain    3. British Trad Rock    4. Britpop    5. Hard Rock    6. Pop    7. Pop/Rock    8. Popular Music    9. Rock    10. Rock & Roll    11. Rock/Pop   


    10. Kid A
    by Capitol
    Audio CD (03 October, 2000)
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    Asin: B00004XONN
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars the most interesting group of its generation
    stop comparing this to u2 and pink floyd.the comparisons aren't apt, and this album is far superior to anything that (decent) pink floyd and (horrible) u2 have ever done.
    2-0 out of 5 stars Good listening
    ...when you're gearing up for suicide. This whole album sounds like the last thoughts and comments of a person who's going to just end it all. I found myself suffering nightmares, fatigue, misery and paranoia. My ears unclogged but I started getting headaches and a fuzzy feel in my head. This is not a good album for the stressed, because it will just make you feel worse. I find this album unlikable and mostly unenjoyable. When I first listened to it it sounded inaccessable, after listening to it more and more I started to get more "into" it, but I can't say I found it a good place to be in. It's a somewhat interesting album, but it mostly just dragged me down, made me nervous, numb and hurt my head.
    1-0 out of 5 stars I didn't think that they could get any gayer..(is that a word? Gayer???)
    Listening to this album is like receiving a LONG SLOW ENEMA. I still have no idea what people see in this much OVERATED band. I understand the comparisons to U2 (which, by the way, is a far superior band), but Pink Floyd?? Pink Floyd runs circles around this poor excuse for a band musically and lyrically!! Creep is their only good song.....There I said it. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Experimental Rock    3. Indie Electronic    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. Rock/Pop   


    11. Empire
    Audio CD (19 September, 2006)
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    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    It was easy to see where Kasabian was coming from on its self-titled 2004 debut: Take Oasis' classic rock bluster, slap it together with the Chemical Brothers' acid-soaked club beats, and shake fiercely. But how to improve on a formula the British band already perfected with early singles like "Club Foot" and "Reason Is Treason"? That's easy: more of the same, only louder. On Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Ace followup
    This album bombards you like a cold wave...totally worthy second album.'Nuff said

    1-0 out of 5 stars Bad, bad, bad.
    When I heard Kasabian's first single, "Club Foot", I was hooked. When I heard the rest of the album, I was disappointed, but still worth it. I recently downloaded their sophomore album, and I am horrified. It is very, very bad. It all sounds like a bad remix of their first album with new lyrics. Synth bass on every song, simple drums, synth guitar, uninspired lyrics, and guess what else, synthesizers. All there really is (on the majority of the album) is synth noise. Loud, synthesized noise with monotone lyrics. With most of the songs, I was ready to skip the track, but not because it's bad, but because it goes on too long. If you like it, that's fine, I'm just saying that it's just an expansion of their first album, but worse.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Not like their first but still worthy
    Kasabian's self titled first release is one that I found very enjoyable. Some of the tracks I rarely listened to but cuts like "Reason Is Treason," "Cutt Off," and "L.S.F." has this disc continually in moderate to heavy rotation in my car CD collection. The reasons I liked it so much was the use of electronica/keyboards along with great melodies and a real swagger.
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    Subjects:  1. Britpop    2. England    3. Indie Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. Rock/Pop   


    12. Pablo Honey
    by Capitol
    Audio CD (20 April, 1993)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Before Radiohead became the biggest critics' darling since Pavement or Dr. Dre, they were just another pre-Oasis British band with some loose indie ties, trying to gain some cred. Loopy enough to name this moody, often battering debut album for a Jerky Boys routine, they were also a lot more interesting when they hadn't yet learned the word "soundscape." "Creep," the miserably majestic single they now claim nearly ruined them, may not even be the best thing here; try "Anyone Can Play Guitar," an epitaph for River Phoenix before the fact. Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Before The Nerdiness
    I'll concede that OK Computer and The Bends were their peak performances, but this is still a good album from their "we-still-play-musical-instruments" stage of their career. After OK Computer they somehow morfed into this pseudo-intellectual computer generized cluster, that somehow became trendy for critics on both sides of teh pond to slurp. Pablo Honey isn't gonna win any awards, but at least it showed signs of traditional songwriting and musical talent, and not a bad soundtrack to a Nintendo game or a bad rip-off of Moby. Lets face it, nobody actually likes that stuff by Radiohead, but it feels pretty cool to say that you do, doesn't it?

    4-0 out of 5 stars It grows on you.
    Now before any of you give the below reviewer an un-helpful vote, read his profile, as he states that his reviews are jokes. Anyway, this was Radiohead's beginning. Thom and co. were from a city no one really heard about, but they were determined to make it in the music business. Keep in mind that Pablo Honey was made when grunge was still popular. Radiohead tried to make a record influenced by grunge without ripping off greats like Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and... Nirvana... who weren't all that great (and if I hear a Nirvana fan bash this...).
    4-0 out of 5 stars Radiohead's Only Good Album!
    People, get over yourselves. "OK Computer", "The Bends", and "Kid A" were all horrible and boring as hell albums. Few can deny that besides idiots. Here, they started off as a really good Brit Pop-Rock band with Grunge influences. If the band stayed this way, all their albums would be good and maybe they would ACTUALLY progress instead of making crappy boring electro indie alt whatever "music". Most of the songs on here are great, but I rated it a star less since I'm a bit tired of their only true rock radio hit "Creep". (I'm SERIOUS on that one, are you so called true Radiohead fans (even though I'm not lol w/e) getting this?) Still a decent song and better than any other crap they've done though. All in all, this is the only album by them you should EVER hear.
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    13. Gladiator:Music from the Motion Picture
    by Decca U.S.
    Audio CD (25 April, 2000)
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    Asin: B00004STPT
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Most modern Hollywood films have musical "temp tracks" laid in as they're edited, usually classical standards or music from other soundtracks that helps shape the dramatic and emotional intentions of works in progress. Sometimes these temp tracks become the score (as in "2001"), but more often they serve as a template for the film's eventual scorer. That said, we'll boldly climb out on a limb and opine that director Ridley Scott was listening to a whole lot of Holst's Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Zimmer's best
    Hans Zimmer has written a lot of music, but this score rises above the rest for me.Some have complained (and Zimmer has even been sued over it) that this score is too close to some of Holst's "The Planets", and Mars: Bringer of War certainly influenced parts of this score.That said, the action music from this score is blood-pumping, and interspersed throughout are gloriously beautiful melodies that inspire the soul and enlighten the mind.The last 3 tracks are particularly beautiful."The Battle" is the track that recalls "Mars" (I believe) and is some great action music finished off by the most thematically beautiful music I've heard from Zimmer.This one is a classic and deserves a place of prominence in even the most basic of film score collections.

    2-0 out of 5 stars 2 stars: Am I Not Merciful?
    It's really amazing.
    5-0 out of 5 stars And I thought The Last Samurai was awesome
    Up until I received Gladiator as a birthday present, I had thought The Last Samurai was the best soundtrack out there. I had thought TLS was that special soundtrack that recreates the movie in your mind, allowing you to just relax and let the music take you where it will...
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    Subjects:  1. Film Music    2. Original Score    3. Pop    4. Soundtrack    5. Soundtracks    6. Soundtracks & Film Scores   


    14. Loveless
    by Sire / London/Rhino
    Audio CD (05 November, 1991)
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    Asin: B000002LRJ
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    My Bloody Valentine's entire career has been aiming toward the perfect guitar noise that Kevin Shields has in his head: a pure, warm, androgynous but deeply sexual rush of sound. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, this deserves every star.
    I came to Bloody Valentine a little late in the game (late 90's) and I wasn't too enamoured with their other works. In fact, I had a difficult time getting into this album. I think this album is like one of those 3D puzzles where you really have to relax your eyes, or better yet, don't try and find the picture you're supposed to be looking for. Relax your brain, turn off your active listening, and then put this album on repeat. I found that in order to really get the initial experience of this album it should be on very low volume while your doing other "brainy" things. After a few hours of writing heady material, solving the world's problems, or replacing the brake pads on your car, somehow everything about Loveless will magically "click". Once I figured out how to introduce this album to people I have yet to have anyone call me back and tell me "they don't get it".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant & Revolutionary
    I've owned this album for ten years now...I can't think of a more awe inspiring cd in my collection.I relisten to it from time to time and still in 2006 it seems ahead of its time and revolutionary.
    5-0 out of 5 stars As close to perfection as I've ever heard
    What can I say about this album that hasn't already been said?There are a handful of albums that have altered the musical landscape with their genius, and this is definitely in that class.The knock-off bands are still coming out of the woodwork 15 years later.As close to perfection as I've ever heard... and maybe ever will hear... ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative/Indie-Rock    3. Dream Pop    4. Ireland    5. Noise Pop    6. Pop    7. Rock    8. Rock/Pop    9. Shoegaze   


    15. The Very Best of Elvis Costello
    by Rhino / Wea
    Audio CD (17 April, 2001)
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    Asin: B00005ARFU
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The debate over whether he is punk or new wave is long over; today Elvis Costello is less likely to be found on a list with Strummer and Scabies than he is with Bacharach and David and Jimmy Webb. Lauded initially for his energetic and literate attacks on the social ills of Thatcher's England, he has become a peerless master of the popular song. The evolution of Costello's craft as a songwriter and performer, from the early high-octane polemics, through his stylistic experiments with country and soul, and on to standards written for others, is splendidly documented on this elegant two-disc set. Chronology is ignored in favor of a thoughtful program that catalogs the jewels from his prolific output and a sprinkling of covers that demonstrate the maturing of his singing voice. The 42 tracks here lean generously to the first 10 years with the Attractions, but also collects the best of his subsequent collaborations with the cream of America's session musicians and on through to "She," his contribution to the soundtrack of 1999's Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, even for the passing Costello fan
    I was never a big Costello fan but I enjoyed a few songs of his. This compilation has enough "hits" to have kept me listening while I learned to appreciate his the lesser known songs. Now some of those are my favorite.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The stand outs
    This CD is an great compilation of EC's best work. I have to say my favorite song on the whole thing is unfortunately the shortest. His version of My Funny Valentine has to be his vocal masterpiece. His voice was meant for that song. The other bluesy cuts are excellent (Riot Act and Almost Blue). Yes, the upbeat stuff is great too but I do hope someday he rediscovers that early edgy attitude and does a whole set of blues songs. At any rate, this CD set is a must-have!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's incredible, but I can't recommend it.
    Costello is one of the absolute all time greats in 20th century music. (thus the 5 stars) I cannot say you should buy this album when their is a much better substitute. It will cost a bit more but it is very much worth it: Buy The Best of Elvis costello and the attractions (a different one, not this one). And buy The best of Elvis Costello (Extreme Honey). They both contain many must-have gems that are sadly overlooked on this newer addition to the Macmanus Canon. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. British Punk    3. College Rock    4. New Wave    5. Pop    6. Pop/Rock    7. Pub Rock    8. Punk    9. Rock    10. Rock & Roll    11. Rock/Pop    12. Singer/Songwriter   


    16. Amnesiac
    by Capitol
    Audio CD (05 June, 2001)
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    Asin: B00005B4GU
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    More song-driven and acoustic than Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Why all the hate?
    Radiohead is my favorite band, but I'm not giving this album 5 stars because of that. I'm giving it 5 stars because it's a GOOD record. It may be another electronic album like Kid A, but it's still a different record. While Kid A had a quiet and bleak tone, Amnesiac has a more frantic and ambient sound. Like Aphex Twin but with lyrics and more frantic. This album gets as much play as the other albums from me, so I can't complain. On a side note, Radiohead fans are such pains. They hate this and Kid A (both are great records) because the tone has changed completely from Ok Computer, but they also hate Hail To The Theif because it sounds too much like an "Ok Computer re-hash". Make up your minds, Radiohead fans.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Find Your Vein
    I don't know if heroin is a prereq for this album, but I don't do it so I listened without. If they are trying to capture what is like to be finding a vein by an old railroad track near dilapidated factory in Liverpool, and rolling around in your own vomit, than I think they succeeded. They still rock though.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Okay, they lost me here
    Radiohead delivers amnesiac as a follow-up to the much anticipated yet somewhat misunderstood Kid A. From here, it should become clear that leftovers are leftovers for a reason. In Ryan Adam's recent three albums of 2005, his plan was to release all music from one session and make not one album but three. The result. Fillers. Radiohead, however, made a remarkably experimental album in Kid A, and while by no means their best, remains severely underrated. Anesiac is almost the opposite. It was created from unreleased sessions from Kid A, and while a few songs such as "I Might Be Wrong," "Pact," and "Hunting Bears" remain true to form, most of these should have remained sessions. Sorry guys, bravo to the max for absolutely everything prior, but I can't really get into this one. I hated Kid A at first, kept retrying until I loved it, but I'm afraid that its just not working with this one. I'll give it an extra star for its three decent songs and for it being made by radiohead.
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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Experimental Rock    3. Indie Electronic    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. Rock/Pop   


    17. Aerial
    Audio CD (08 November, 2005)
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    Asin: B000BHNLX0
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    It's often said that a musician's debut represents the culmination of a lifetime's worth of experiences, but their sophomore effort is usually derived from just the intervening year. By waiting 12 years between Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Aerial Soars
    This is a mature, feminine, ethereal and extremely beautiful piece of art! No one makes music like Kate Bush and Aerial proves it! Both discs are great, but A Sky Of Honey is obviously the true gem as it is a conceptual piece! There's no one like her and there never will!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Truly Brilliant!
    As I commute home in the golden afternoon sun, listening to the song cycle "A Sky of Honey" on the 2nd disc is like going off on a vacation and returning quite refreshed, all in the span of 40 minutes.I feel like I've slipped away to a little ocean village in Italy with my one true romantic love, and that God made the world just for her and I.I feel like I skinny-dipped in the ocean under a dome of stars, and the birds sing, and nature and mankind are united in love and laughter forever.Thank you Kate for touching both mind and soul!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Oh so beautiful....there's nothing else like it
    I can't explain how powerfully this album moves me. At first listen, I was disappointed. There was no "Night of the Swallow," no "Moving," or other rousing songs that make me want to dance, alone, in the night.
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    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. England    4. Pop    5. Prog-Rock/Art Rock    6. Rock    7. Rock/Pop   


    18. Origin of Symmetry
    by Maverick
    Audio CD (20 September, 2005)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Pomposity, bombast, pretension and prog-rock: they're four crimes that blight the landscape of modern music and Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Good,but not as good as Absolution or Black Holes
    This album has a few terrific songs, such as "New Born", "Bliss", "Plug in Baby", and
    4-0 out of 5 stars Music to make your blood run cold
    Terrifying and loveless music. This album's baroque drive and brilliant use of classical forms bring a theatrical excess to its despair. All the cruelty and luxury of the eighteenth century are here. The castrato "Micro Cuts" is excoriating - one can almost see the Marquis de Sade watching from the gallery. Debates about "Radiohead" or "not Radiohead" are missing the point. This is "progressive rock" in the very best sense.
    3-0 out of 5 stars No match for "Absolution"...
    Having highly enjoyed "Absolution", I figured "Origin of Symmetry" would be equally good. Though you can hear some of the musical seeds that resulted in "Absolution" in this album, they simply were not ripe yet and sound nowhere as good as the band's landmark production, released three years later. I would say pass on this album and, if you haven't, get yourself a copy of "Absolution" instead. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Britpop    2. Indie Pop    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Rock/Pop   


    19. Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols
    by Warner Bros / Wea
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    Asin: B000002KIE
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Recognizing that there's no such thing as bad publicity, manager-Svengali Malcolm McLaren molded the Pistols into the most confrontational, nihilistic band rock & roll had ever seen. Propelled by Johnny Rotten's maniacal vocals, Steve Jones's buzz-saw guitar, and (most importantly) bass player Glen Matlock's hook-filled compositional skills, the Pistols' early singles "Anarchy in the U.K." and "God Save the Queen" defined the raging style of British punk. By the time they recorded their lone 1977 album, Matlock had been bounced, replaced by the image-correct but utterly untalented (and ultimately group-dooming) Sid Vicious. Not a 10th as good as the singles, the album nontheless remains a bile-filled emblem of the times. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars the sex pistols is punk rock the way it was meant to be
    I agree, if you want to listin to emo and pop go ahead (You cant help it if your not grown up yet). But dont come in here and trash the best punk rock group ever because of it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the best album ever and you know it
    i wish these kids that cant takereal punk rock would just admit it already emo is for kids!

    1-0 out of 5 stars the most overrated album I know of
    I can't get over the shock that people would actually like this album. Punk rock didn't really get good until bands like Pennywise, Descendents, and Green Day (their early stuff) came around. The only real good punk rock album in the style of the Sex Pistols is Wire's Pink Flag, which I'm pretty sure came first even but don't take my word for it. Anyway, it's an understatement to say I hate this album. I loathe it! I can't believe it, I just can-t.. URGH! How can this band have fans? They're like the Hawthorne Heights of the late 70's! The singer has no talent, the melodies just have no good chord progressions to offer (Anarchy In The U.K> is sort of good I guess, but other than that every track is just lame-o), and the lyrics are blah! If the Sex Pistols were trying to get a record deal in this day and age, they'd get laughed at because THEY SUCK! I'm seriously thinkin' that the 2000s is the best age of music yet in history. Classic rock is too inconsistent, only Van Halen, Quiet Riot, and Guns'N'Roses have come through for me there. Synth-pop was the worst era of music easily, and only starting in '89 with Nine Inch Nails' "Pretty Hate Machine" did good music start up again. Sorry, got off track there. I HATE THE SEX PISTOLS! For goodness sake, their name even is stupid.
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    Subjects:  1. Britain    2. British Punk    3. Pop    4. Punk    5. Rock    6. Rock/Pop   


    20. Mermaid Avenue
    by Elektra / Wea
    Audio CD (23 June, 1998)
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    Asin: B000007NC0
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    A ghost, a band, a troubadour. Easily the strangest co-op project ever, and easily one of the finest and most evocative albums of the year. British socialist and folkie Billy Bragg was given unprecedented access to Woody Guthrie's unrecorded lyrics. Teaming up with alt-country band Wilco and quoting from more than 50 years of country, folk, and rock music, Billy and company bring Guthrie's politics, poetry, and morality to the end of the century and prove he's as necessary now as ever. Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Woody Guthrie Lyrics to Billy Bragg Tunes
    You'll find yourself singing along after the first listen. California Stars and Ain't Nobody that Can Sing like me are new favorites for me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Something to Bragg About, for Wilco ,too.
    This is an example of the brilliance that results when two great talents join forces to write music and record the lyrics of American folk music icon, Woody Guthrie.Bragg and Tweedy collaborate seamlessly to set to music the words that Guthrie wrote over 50 years ago, and it still sounds fresh today.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
    This is a reply to those reviewers who think that Guthrie "really wasn't all that left-wing" or that Bragg is, by comparison, too "didactic" or "rabidly left-wing" (as some would have it).The fact is that Bragg can't imagine being as politically radical as Guthrie was, not because Bragg is a closet liberal, but because Guthrie was a part of a radical movement in the United States the likes of which is simply not to be found in the U.S. or Britain nowadays.
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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Folk-Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Rock/Pop    6. Singer/Songwriter    7. Urban Folk   


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