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Live At Benaroya Hall - Oct.22, 2003
Live At Benaroya Hall - Oct.22, 2003
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pearl jam almost acoustic ? nice!, 6 Jun. 2005
This is a good album. Simple as that. Its not entirely acoustic but its Pearl Jam in a laid back and sometimes playful mood, and its for a good cause. Excellent.
Maybe not for casual fans, as there are not many tracks from Ten on it and a fair few covers and obscure b-sides and such, but its a good listen nonetheless.
Also a rather funny revelation from singer Eddie Vedder regarding mishead lyrics to songs, where he reveals that guitarist Mike McCready used to think that a particularly well known Kiss song had a chorus that went like 'I wanna Rock and roll all night .... and PART OF every day'. Heh heh.

Hot Fuss
Hot Fuss
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars what's the fuss, 6 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Hot Fuss (Audio CD)
OK, the singles were pretty good if unspectacular, but compelling enough for me to borrow a copy to have a listen. What's all the fuss about? They're American but sound English. They like their synths. So what?
The singles are head and shoulders above the rest of the album's tracks and after having them drilled into my head by music channels, the singer's voice is starting to get irritating. I think it's a bit shrill and flat to be honest, and not particularly emotive. When he sings that 'indie rock and roll is in his soul, its what he needs' I have trouble believing him. I also have a lot of trouble believing that this album could be so hyped.
Great bands often outlast the scenes that they are associated with but I really can't see the Killers becoming a long term prospect. Prove me wrong by all means and release an awesome sophomore, but I wouldn't bet on it.

Without A Paddle [DVD]
Without A Paddle [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seth Green
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably entertaining, 23 May 2005
This review is from: Without A Paddle [DVD] (DVD)
This film really doesn't stand out from the pack in any way whatsoever. Its pretty much all been done before, but to it's manages to create likeable if uncomplicated characters and is never less than entertaining. There are a few belly laughs along the way, but of course if you happened to have seen the trailer you'll already see them coming. Worth a watch if you're bored, or just want some light accompaniment to some beer and snacks.

Blade: Trinity [DVD]
Blade: Trinity [DVD]
Dvd ~ Wesley Snipes
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars huge waste of time, 10 May 2005
This review is from: Blade: Trinity [DVD] (DVD)
Even if you're a fan of the first two Blade films - I think you'll find little to like about this 3rd installment. The characters are poor, villains useless, script duff and the less said about the cliche strewn plot the better. It's not so bad its unwatchable, but it has no engaging qualities about it whatsoever. Even the presence of WWE wrestler Triple H is not enough to save it.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Experimental? Not really, just rock!, 10 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Vitalogy (Audio CD)
It seems that people either love or loathe this album. Now seriously anyone who likes good, well played passionate rock music that sat down with this album for a few listens (most PJ albums seem to take a bit of time to sink in!) could not possibly think that this album is bad. Flawed, maybe, but are there any truly perfect albums out there? Basically PJ have had their taste of the limelight seeing what is happening to Nirvana and decided to do things their own way. This is what I respect about Pearl Jam. They make music that they feel strongly about and are willing to stretch their boundaries, and I think if you are truly passionate about your music then people will feel this and latch onto it (albeit in smaller numbers than immediatley accessible commercial music). That is not to say that PJ have made an uncommercial or unlistenable album. Several of these songs could have been hits if promoted well enough, but PJ just don't pander to the hit single short verse, catchy chorus template.
Admittedly there are some 'experimental' (God I hate that word!) tracks here 'Bugs' is amusing and does not detract from the experience of listening to the album but 'Pry to' and 'HeyFoxymop...etc...etc...' are a waste of space, but hey one's short and the others at the end so you can turn it off. Problem solved. There are also a couple of songs that just don't go anywhere. But at least PJ are willing to try new things.
So lets concentrate on the good. The triumvurate of solid rock out songs that open the album are a great start. 'Last Exit' is a bold stomper of a song, 'Spin the Black Circle' is a punk rock adrenaline rush and 'Not For You' is a slightly ominous sing-along. There are two power ballads here that could have done wonders in the singles charts, 'Betterman' and 'Nothingman', the latter being a fragile and beautiful track and easily the standout of the album. 'Corduroy' is a cutting, yet upbeat song of defiance and 'Satan's Bed' is a tongue in cheek rocker which I see as a send up of the 'link' between rock music and satanism.
Overall I would describe this album as a flawed gem. Well worth a listen to those who have the time and patience to discover it.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Ten (in my humble opinion), 10 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Vs. (Audio CD)
Bottom line: This album is better than Ten. Hard to believe as that is, I think it is more diverse and manages the feat of being consistently great. It is an unsung classic that deserves it place amongst the great rock albums of the 90s along with Ten, Nevermind, Superunknown and Dirt of the same era.
It takes a few listens to sink in but, like all truly great recordings, before you know it you will fall in love with this album.
It rocks: Opener 'Go' is frenetic, and 'Animal' and 'Leash' possess a thunderous groove. 'Blood' is a raw explosion of noise which has Vedder howling himself hoarse over a thunderous rock barrage.
It soars: 'Dissident' is Vs' answer to 'Alive' and very nearly as good!
It sooths: 'Daughter' and 'Elderly Woman...' are gentle, poignant, mainly acoustic numbers.
It's political: 'Rats' compares humans (unfavourably) to rats - its true, think about it, 'Glorified G' is a mocking take on America's gun culture many years before Columbine, Micheal Moore and Marilyn Manson - with lines such as 'Got a gun, in fact I got two but that's OK cos I love God!'. WMA tackles racism in the police force.
It has the ultimate album closer: 'Indifference' where Vedder ponders how much difference anything you do makes over a gently ambient soundscape of guitar, organ and bass. It is the ultimate late night with an incense stick type of song and is lyrically superb.
Buy this give it a few listens and fall in love. If you already have then, hey, you know I'm right...

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