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Wonders of the World
Wonders of the World
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so many genres, so little time......., 12 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Wonders of the World (Audio CD)
The Long Beach Dub Allstars follow their predecessors Sublime in combining all kinds of music genres in a way that would seem impossible, and returning with an excellent CD. This is a perfect example of that, as we see dub (Wonders Dub), reggae (Listen to DJs), ska-punk (No Way), punk (Every Mother's Dream), hip hop (Life Goes On)and god knows what else blended together. It sounds crazy because it is; nobody else could pull it off. My stand-out tracks are: Sunny Hours, Listen to DJs, Rolled Up, It Ain't Easy, Luke and No Way. This album is also testimony to the fact that Sublime wasnt just Brad Nowell, and there were two other extremely talented musicians (Eric Wilson - bass, Bud Gaugh - drums) in the band as well.I have to say, it's a shame this seven-piece band split up, as they were probably closest to creating the perfect chilled-out, laid-back, lazy, hazy atmosphere of a summer evening on the beach.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the day of the green, 31 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Kerplunk (Audio CD)
right from the moment the punky '2000 light years away' first blasts itself out from your stereo, you know this is gonna be a helluva good album. and, quite frankly, you'd be right! this is an example of 'the' green day sound so many people know and love, it is quite similar to the approach on dookie, and Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals/guitar) Mike Dirnt (bass/vocals) and Tre Cool (drums) keep the punk pure on this record. whether you consider it good or bad, there are no 'time of your life's or 'macys day parade's here. the band were only 19 when they made Kerplunk! and it is amazing how good the music is at such a young age (they had already got one album (1039/smoothed out slappy hours) and a few EPs under their belt).
my personal favourite songs are '2000 light years away', 'one for the razorbacks', 'welcome to paradise' (which was so good they put it on dookie as well), 'private ale', 'one of my lies' and of course the eternally stupid and hilarious country and western-style 'dominated love slave'. not that the other tracks arent excellent.
the last four tracks ('sweet children', 'best thing in town', 'strangeland' and a great cover of the who's 'my generation') were added on to the album at a later date. they were originally recorded several years before and the sound quality is quite poor, but it still shows the even rawer punk than normal that green day started out with. of these, 'my generation' is undoubtedly the best, a great tribute to one of billie joes fave bands, the who.
overall a great album, a must for any green day fan (or any rock fan for that matter)

From Here to Infirmary
From Here to Infirmary
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Price: £12.80

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ***HAPPY DAYS***, 19 Aug. 2002
This review is from: From Here to Infirmary (Audio CD)
overall i would say that this is a very good album.
although the music could be described as similar to blink-182 etc, the lyrical content is the complete opposite. matt skiba ('trio frontman) decides to sing about grown-up themes such as death rather than simply singing about your latest girlfriend.
The guitar parts also are more complicated and certainly more energetic.
my personal favourites are armageddon, stupid kid, private eye and take lots with alcohol.
i am a green day fan and i would say that alkaline trio couldnt compare to the masters of the genre, but perhaps when green day have left the scene altogether, alkaline trio will be one of the bands vying to fill the void. imagine the lyrics of green day's 'warning' album to the music of 'dookie' and somewhere around there you find alkaline trio.
and all in all, they wouldnt do a bad job of it, at least relieve us of sum 41 for a few moments.
this is music to get drunk/cry/sing along/kiss/be bored/scream/hate yourself to......
if you're that sort of person, buy it. if your not, still buy it, because this is truly the best pop-punk fact it doesnt even deserve to be in a genre that conjures up such lame images.

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