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  • Audio CD (10 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bad Taste
  • ASIN: B000CR7R2K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. De Ste Croix on 18 April 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Grrrrrrrreat album. This got me into Danko in the first place. Full on guitar driven rock with just enough "old school metal" to appeal to a young and old(er) rock audiences. This will not appeal to fans of Yes, Genisis, REM, U2 or Journey but rockers into AC/DC, Motorhead, Sex Pistols,and the Wildhearts will lap it up. Incredibly enough this is their 5th or 6th recording, and is the best of the bunch. Never Too Loud was a dissapointing follow up although decent enough, but they have shot back to form with their latest release Below The Belt. Top notch.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mail-order Christ on 10 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a decent album. Baby Hates Me is the only really good song on here though, the rest get a bit samey and are too American and don't relate to anybody outside the United States. Actually that's not really true, but certainly the songs are definately aimed at a specific audience, which is young American people certainly. Bye.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Hard rock therapy for all the guys out there. 29 Aug. 2007
By Otto Correct - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
To start, I have this and I have "Born A Lion," which I bought before this album, and I gotta say, the sound hasn't really changed at all. Sure, its a little punkier than before (a bit more buzzsawing this time around), but its still Danko carving out a lot of awesome, heavy riffs while his bass player follows Danko on his bass (which is always distorted and fuzzed out, which I totally LOVE!!!) and his drummer tightly playing basic rock 'n' roll beats not unlike Phill Rudd from AC/DC (both drumers play barely ANY fills). In short it rocks. It rocks hard.


I gotta say, as awesome as "Born A Lion" is, "Sleep Is The Enemy" is, in my opinion, much better. Heres why:

First off: Its about a million times catchier than "Born A Lion." Danko apparently hit the hook goldmine when writing this album, because I can't play it even once without about three of four of the songs getting stuck in my head the whole day. Which songs? All of them! Even my least favorite song, "When Will I See You," still finds its way into my brain on occasion. But the awesome songs? Oh man, they won't leave you after you hear them! "First Date" "She's Drugs" "Don't Fall In Love" all ten times catchier than ANYTHING on "Born A Lion" and "Born A Lion" was an AWESOME album.

Secondly: Unlike "Born A Lion," some of these songs actually have a certain amount of emotional resonance. Sure, all the songs still basically adhere to his unchanging theme of love, sex, and agression, but there are a few tracks here that come from a very human perspective and can really hit the listener.

Take "Choose Me" for example. On the surface it sounds like Motorhead, but lyrically is about seeing the person you want with someone else. Conceptually its nothing radical, but they way Danko sings lines like "I'll wait for the day, but it might be to late, if the world comes crashing down, I'll be the loudest mouth in the crowd. And if that day comes, choose MEEEEEEE!!!", you really get the feeling like he's been there, like he's seen the woman of his dreams walking around with a man thats not him, and he really knows how much it hurts when you realize you can't really do anything about it. That song really hit me straight in the heart, as I'm going through exactly that situation right now. Danko nails those feelings of frustration perfectly.

Or "Invisible" where Danko screams all these crazy masochistic things he'd do to himself if it would only mean this girl would give the time of day. Its over the top, sure, but what guy hasn't had that intense frustration over somenone who just doesn't seem to notice him?

I think it helps that he's a little more vulnerable on this album too. He's not getting every woman ever on this album, the women he's looking at don't notice him, aren't available, aren't fully devoted to him, etc. He's not the towering, unbeatable colossus of testosterone that he was on "Born A Lion." On "Born A Lion" he was angry and bitter. On "Sleep Is The Enemy" he's also sad, yearning, frustrated, in general just more human.

Danko may not be saying anything new, and he isn't saying anything complicated, but there's a certain truth in the simplicity that, along with his performances, make the sentiments come across as very sincere.

Overall, in my book, a big improvement on his already winning forumla.

Not that it matters, though. In the end, people like Danko because he rocks.

Meaning that in the end, whats important isn't that its better Danko Jones, its that its MORE Danko Jones.

Because something tells me that (just like all his musial influences Motorhead, AC/DC, and the Ramones) he'll keep finding new ways to do the exact same thing, and like the bands just mentioned, give us dozens upon dozens of great rock 'n' roll songs in the process.

So pick up "Sleep Is The Enemy," because Danko Jones should be this generations AC/DC.

Seriously, he's that good.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The are for real!!!! 25 April 2006
By John Outlaw - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I thought maybe their last LP was just a one time deal. But they keep the energy going with this hard line rock and roll with this LP. I hope this CD puts them on the map, they need to be noticed because they are the saviors right now of Rock'n'roll. They remind of the AC'DC days with Bon Scott which the songs of Dirty Deeds, T'n'T, and Highway to Hell. Yes, they are that dam good. The guitar riffs are amazing and the lead vocalist has a voice that can screetch.
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rock s**t hot!! 1 Jun. 2006
By J. Batten - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If punk ever rock 'n' rolled this is how it would sound! For the love God it's about time this hard workin', hard rockin' band got their due. The opening track "sticky situtation" charges like a GTO on fire with the devil behind the wheel. And just when I was pickin' up my d**k outta the dirt the mango kid enlists ex-Kyuss howler John Garcia on back-up vocals for the song "Invisible", brilliant. Danko is in full bad-boy swagger too, you can just see him lickin' his lips and eyein' the pretty girls in the front row as he tears through a tasteful solo. Compared to AC/DC, Motley Crue, and Kiss (and I'm sure he's not losing any sleep over those comparisons, after all it is the enemy) this album does not stop for ballads or pedestrians and Danko's soulful voice growls like the hounds of hell on amyl nitrate. See them live. Buy the record and rock s**t hot!
Really knows how to craft simple hard rock songs 27 April 2006
By George Dionne - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Good

How Danko doesn't stumble on the tongue-twisting chorus of "Sticky Situation" is beyond me. His musical back drop is layered with simple yet effective power chords. "Baby Hates Me" treads AC/DC territory with its biting riffs and lamentations of love. Danko is more melodic and soulful on the mic than Bon Scott and Brian Johnson ever were. Jones comparison between the addictive qualities of a fine woman and a controlled substance are fairly close on the rapid-fire track "She's Drugs."

There's no doubt that the repetitive hooks of "The Finger" will become a Danko live set anthem, complete with audience participation. The lyrics of "First Date" are sure to connect with single listeners, and the memorable chorus will reel in everyone else. As cool a rock song as "Invisible" is, sorry Danko, I just don't believe that any guy will rip his nuts off for any one. Powerful drum work and fuzzy guitars dominate "Time Heals Nothing." The album's title track "Sleep is the Enemy" barrels along like a collage freshman jacked up on No-Doz.

The Bad

A full album should be more than 34 minutes. I want more Danko! Plus, Europe has had this album for months.

The Verdict

Danko Jones really knows how to craft simple hard rock songs, and make them infectious enough to burn in your head forever. Sleep is the Enemy is a perfect example of that.
No Naps Here 19 April 2006
By Soulboogiealex - Published on
Format: Audio CD
When Danko Jones released We Sweat Blood it seemed than Born a Lion was going to be the definite Danko. We Sweat Blood was Danko struggling to make a proper follow-up and failed. Sleep is the Enemy finds Danko back in form. He even manages to progress a little. On Sleep he infuses choruses without losing any of his raw power. His music is still pure macho R&R. Political correct he ain't. This is Rock Hard. Danko is often compared with AC/DC. This album proves he can play in the big league. Not only that, it proves he can out-rock the big league. AC/DC seem like pussies next to this bad boy.
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