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50 Words for Snow
50 Words for Snow
Price: £5.99

3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than anybody else, but not even close to "Aerial"..., 17 Dec. 2011
This review is from: 50 Words for Snow (Audio CD)
I was all set to review Kate Bush's latest thought-provoking collection of beauty, having waited until I had fully digested the album before deciding to analyze and review it, but then I checked out a homemade video of "Architect's Dream" on YouTube, and I was shot straight upwards from this album back to "Aerial"... "Aerial" was such a masterpiece, and it has moved me so much once again, that I'm left without anything of quality to say about "Snow"... "Snow" is the best album of the year by anyone, but that shows how much depth "Aerial" had that I am reviewing "Aerial" all over again on a "Snow" review page.

By the way, how did so many reviews of "50 Words for Snow" get written right when the album was released? Kate Bush, more than anyone, needs her music to be heard repeatedly before any complete review can be written... not sure how music of such emotional value can be interpreted after one week.

Anyway, with this album, I am not left praying for Kate's existence to remain with us forever... after hearing "Aerial" again, I am praying and praying.


Smoke And Mirrors
Smoke And Mirrors
Price: £16.84

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars George's lame attempt to get his old fans back, 11 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Smoke And Mirrors (Audio CD)
There are so many things that make George Lynch special, and they usually shine the brightest on his not-so-popular albums such as Lynch Mob's "Smoke This" and Lynch/Pilson's album. His intense riffs, his skilled and sometimes beautiful songwriting, his schizophrenic guitar playing throughout a song... there's so much to this guy that makes him the best guitarist ever. However, he has been cursed by a group of fans who tend to hate when he tries to grow as a musician. Due to the majority of his fans always hanging onto the Dokken and old Lynch Mob days, this album is George's lame attempt to get a bunch of his fans back. What a dud this record is. He actually has a song on here that's a rip-off of the much better "Jungle of Love", which was a song influenced by "Wicked Sensation". You made your point with "Jungle of Love", George, stop already.

In short, these riffs, solos, and vocals have all been heard before and are a poor man's "Wicked Sensation" with just a few updated elements that really don't do anything for these songs. Why doesn't George realize that his best music comes when he does what he wants and doesn't compromise? Yes, I realize he doesn't sell records or attract crowds that way, but there's nothing stopping him from giving in and just opening at shows where nobody knows who he is but WILL know by the time his set is over. Seriously, open for a big club band, blow them out of the water, and you'll make a name for yourself, George. And why not play more in Japan and South America, where they'll love anything you do? God, Souls of We was bad enough, but bringing Oni back for this rehash junk is ridiculous.


The Resistance
The Resistance
Price: £5.86

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here whatsoever, unlike all previous albums, 13 Oct. 2009
This review is from: The Resistance (Audio CD)
I know all Muse fans, including me, hate constant comparisons to Radiohead, so how about a contrast... Radiohead has never released an album that hasn't involved big changes from all previous records... Muse, while nowhere near as diverse in their catalog, still gave listeners a fresh output each album they released, and I consider every one of those records to be a big improvement on the previous one. This album, however, is deja vu throughout. And I know we all love when the multi-instrumentally-talented Matthew incorporates his beautiful piano skills into a song, but the piano-vocal moments in the second half of "Resistance" are the biggest examples of deja vu from previous performances.

I want to know why a band who already has a gigantic international fanbase wasn't able to take more chances on a record. Yes, these songs are all very listenable and do rock, but where's the Muse excitement when there's no "Holy cow, I've never rocked like that before"? Songs like "Map of the Problematique", "Hysteria", "Time is Running Out", and so many more really did give us that reaction. So, I challenge any fan of this album to point out what is new and fresh about this record. I'm very curious to know what I'm missing, if I am wrong at all about this.


Load
Load
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Price: £9.33

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second-best metal album ever, totally underappreciated, 25 April 2009
This review is from: Load (Audio CD)
The lead singers of metal's two heaviest bands, Pantera and Slayer, trashed this album big-time. Pantera's Phil Anselmo laughed on stage at a Dallas Pantera show about how much he thought the album sucked, and Slayer's Tom Araya said Metallica was breaking their fans hearts with this album that he labeled as a complete band sellout. Keep in mind these are the singers of two bands that only barely changed their sound over the years and didn't show much musical growth.

The biggest complaint about "Load" was that it was Metallica giving in to the grunge era and becoming a grunge band, themselves. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Dokken and their few open-minded fans had to deal with the same widespread complaint about Dokken's extremely underrated and diverse album "Shadowlife" that was released in 1997. Just because these two bands came out with a new sound in the middle of the grunge phenomenon doesn't mean they were making grunge, themselves.

With that said, "Load" is insane, scary, loud, powerful, addictive, and a huge kick in the ass of previous Metallica thrash found on albums such as "Master of Puppets" and "Ride the Lightning". Those older albums were very original and broke open the world of metal in a huge way, but the songs were empty of soul and based on just technical brilliance. James Hetfield must have walked into the studio as a man possessed when Metallica recorded "Load". His vocals and guitar riffs on this album came from a power source that could be equated with inner hellfire.

There's not a dud on this album. It's a complete improvement and upward abandonment from their previous "Black Album". "Ain't My Bitch" is a great opener for "Load" with an instant kick from all four members' instruments right when it starts that doesn't let up. "King Nothing" lifts the driving riff of "Enter Sandman" into new heights, and the song's guitar power is matched wonderfully by Lars' equally heart-pounding drums. Hetfield's vocals on this track are downright threatening in their warning and sarcasm towards a worthless power figure. Hetfield is even more threatening with sarcasm in "Poor Twisted Me", mocking some whiner who he's fed up with, just like the "king" in "King Nothing"... there comes a point in the song where things get so chaotic instrumentally and vocally that you just hear Hetfield screeching in a muffled, noisy musical environment at whoever this target of his attack is, and you pray that James never gets sick of you. The album's two singles (which can both be found on karaoke lists everywhere), "Hero of the Day" and "Until it Sleeps", should have THRILLED Metallica fans with the fact that this band can combine sheer metal with pure songwriting. Too many fans reacted to these songs with distaste, simply because they are actual SONGS... but how can one complain when you get to bang your head and sing along at the same time? I personally think these two singles proved the band DIDN'T sell out, because both tracks are still both just as heavy as anything the band had written before this.

The album's two long masterpieces, "Bleeding Me" and "The Outlaw Torn", demand the attention of entire cities, whether their inhabitants like metal or not. One time I cranked the chorus of "Bleeding Me" out of my car while driving, and a girl walking down the road, who must have been a fan, almost collapsed in shock and excitement at what she was hearing. The bridge at the end of the song lends itself to fist-pumping more than any other rock song I've ever heard. Hetfield's voice oscillates on these two songs from quiet and beautiful to loud and articulate. When his booming voice articulates, it resembles a carpenter slowly, but mightily hammering a giant nail into a giant coffin with a giant hammer. It is a wonderful thing, and his eventual wolf-like howling at the end of both songs begs for a rewriting of the term "climax".

I'm more than acquainted with Metallica's catalog released before this album, and I've seen enough of their live footage to know that their studio work on this album is far and away their greatest achievement. I wouldn't call it an experimental album like "And Justice For All" was, and I simply label it as a fantastic heavy metal album that contains actual song composition. They'd always been innovative and heavy, but those two traits shouldn't have left metal fans not craving something like "Load".


Evil Urges
Evil Urges
Price: £9.10

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unintelligent experimentation, 23 July 2008
This review is from: Evil Urges (Audio CD)
How was THIS the album that turned My Morning Jacket into a band that could play Radio City Music Hall, Red Rocks, and Madison Square Garden?! Even weirder was all the press they got right before this album came out, as if it was going to be a masterpiece or something. Where was all the press when they came out with GOOD music? I usually love when a band moves onto something new in their songwriting, and "Z" was an excellent example of not making the same old album all over again and bringing the listener something fresh and exciting... but the new "ideas" on this album are shallow and lousy... don't expand yourself if you can't do it, MMJ.
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Pneumonia
Pneumonia
Price: £8.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful bedtime music, 26 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Pneumonia (Audio CD)
This is definitely my favorite CD to listen to when going to bed, and I mean that in a good way. These songs are so gentle, and it's hard to believe Ryan Adams was like, what, 24 when he put this album out?


In Rainbows
In Rainbows
Price: £6.99

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near as good as the 2007 live versions, 13 Jun. 2008
This review is from: In Rainbows (Audio CD)
For those lucky enough to have heard the live versions of these songs found on the Internet from their 2007 American tour, they'll probably notice they grooved and moved far more to those tracks than the extremely boring, mellow versions found on "In Rainbows". Thom was inspired as all hell at those shows, and it showed in the music, but this album is simply a bunch of boring rehashes of great songs done way way better live on the small theater stages in 2007. And what the hell did the band do to "4 Minute Warning" on the bonus CD?! They butchered what was probably their best song since "Exit Music"!
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Shadowlife
Shadowlife
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Price: £10.89

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Most unique album of 1997, 11 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Shadowlife (Audio CD)
Since most of Dokken's fans are closed-minded, this album got lousy reviews from fans... but not critics, and not me, a very open-minded Dokken fan. Guitarist and musical genius George Lynch went into this album's recording session telling the band that he was set on not making another typical Dokken record, and the band followed, somewhat unwillingly. The result is far and away the most unique rock album that came out in '97 with a very diverse selection of music. Only a few rockers on here, but that's okay, because they rock... "Puppet on a String" and "Sky Beneath My Feet" are exciting as all hell songs. The rest of the album belongs to Lynch, I guess, because Don Dokken said those were the only two songs he felt good about. Nevertheless, some very memorable stuff elsewhere... "Until I Know" and "Until I Know (Slight Return)" are a bunch of beautiful experiments put together into two coinciding songs spread apart on the album. "Hard to Believe" and "Bitter Regret" are both absolutely goregous ballads that blow away all the ballad crap from 80's metal bands. "Sky Beneath My Feet" contains beautiful Beatles-like vocals from Don and some somewhat simple, yet thrilling guitarwork from Lynch. "I Don't Mind", I guarantee, is not like any other rock song ever put out by anyone. Not the most ear-appealing track on the album, but what an original piece of work... so different. My only big complaint about Shadowlife is that the production quality is kind of crappy... most of these songs don't sound clear when they're cranked on the stereo.


Night Life
Night Life
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Price: £16.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars These chicks rock, 20 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Night Life (Audio CD)
Without reading up on Erase Errata, I've listened to a lot of their stuff, and this album blows their previous efforts away. And it's safe to conclude that this record is a true example of remaining parts coming together and turning into something stronger after losing a key part, because their talented lead guitarist left before this album was made. To make up for it, you've got more noticeable bass and guitar riffs than previous albums, and it makes me forget they even lost their guitarist. Very awesome album this is. I could always tell these chicks would be able to compose real songs, and they finally do it on "Nightlife", and most of them are kick ass. My favorite is "Rider", with some intense vocals about guns and knives.


Metropolis
Metropolis
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Price: £15.15

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT the Moroder soundtrack!!, 6 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Metropolis (Audio CD)
The music Giorgio Moroder came up with for his soundtrack to the classic "Metropolis" was unbelievable and actually enhanced portions of Fritz Lang's masterpiece. But this "offical" soundtrack contains ALL butchered versions of the great music found in the movie. Why couldn't they have just inserted what we heard in the film onto the soundtrack instead of revising (for the MUCH MUCH worse) all the songs? The most disappointing track is when Pat Benatar's incredibly moving vocals in the film are destroyed and replaced with a lame effort here. Moroder's film versions of these songs introduced me to deep feelings of romantic love I'd never experienced, and this "official" soundtrack doesn't even match the emotional level of a cheesy chick flick. If you like Giorgio Moroder, do what I did and record the audio off the DVD or video of this film onto a tape or CD... do NOT listen to this soundtrack.
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