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St. Anger [Bonus DVD Digipak]
St. Anger [Bonus DVD Digipak]
Offered by MMT-UK
Price: £13.55

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And about bloody time, too!, 17 Jun. 2003
RIP up the rule book. The biggest band on the planet has just recorded 75 minutes of raucous rock riffs - without so much as a single guitar solo. Not one.
After two decades as guardians of heavy metal, James Hetfield & Co have dared to be different once more. So will it be a tragic case of rock'n'roll suicide?
There's little light and shade in the aptly-named St Anger. It's unremittingly brutal both in tone and subject matter, including child abuse and alcoholism.
If you're looking for another Enter Sandman or Unforgiven, seek elsewhere. If your favourite Metallica album so far was the symphonic S&M, run for cover.
Because this is as angry as anger gets. With all the knobs set to 11.
Hetfield all but roars each bitter lyric, Kirk Hammett cranks up the amp for ugly guitar riffs and Lars Ulrich pounds the drums louder and faster than ever before.
The arrival of Suicidal Tendencies' Rob Trujillo, all Latin attitude and low-slung bass, has added to the band's attack, as seen at Castle Donington's Download.
Opener Frantic lives up to its name, the title track single - the closest you get to the Metallica of old - offers seven minutes of mayhem and Unnamed Feeling is fast and furious.
Sweet Amber, with its giant stop-start riff, deals with Hetfield's booze problem, the sparky Invisible Kid deals with childhood neglect and Shoot Me Again is anger personified.
Buy early and you'll get a bonus DVD on which the band run through all the tracks live in the rehearsal studio, warts and all, occasionally getting it all wrong.
Like the album, it's not pretty and it's not pretentious.
It is, quite simply, brutally honest.

Big Swing Face
Big Swing Face
Offered by Amazin Deals!
Price: £10.52

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars FACE THE TRUTH, 10 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Big Swing Face (Audio CD)
REMEMBER the days when everything Hornsby did was characterised by tinkling piano and a strong sense of melody? That's just the way it was. Not anymore. This, his eighth album, prefers the self-indulgent clutter of musical styles ranging from rock to drum and bass, a host of instrumental effects and immaculately polished production. There isn't a memorable song to be found in his new left-field vision and although the faultless playing is to be admired, there's little or nothing to enjoy. And surely that should be the point of it all.

The Datsuns
The Datsuns
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Price: £5.96

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HIGHWAY STARS, 10 Oct. 2002
This review is from: The Datsuns (Audio CD)
LIKE The White Stripes before them, The Datsuns have taken rock back to the basics, albeit to a different era. This, their debut album, bursts with the rawest rock riffs this side of The Cult, whose influence pervades the set. Lady could be an Aerosmith out-take, What Would I Know filches Alice Cooper’s School’s Out, Fink For The Man sounds like Stateside rockers MC5, and both At Your Touch and single In Love recall Deep Purple so much the guys wanted Jon Lord to play keyboards. For once all the hype is justified. It’s reigning Datsun cats.

Price: £6.64

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2.0 out of 5 stars AWKWARD BOUNCE, 24 Sept. 2002
This review is from: Bounce (Audio CD)
JON Bon Jovi says he wanted this album to be the New Jersey band's Exile On Main Street, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road or Led Zeppelin IV.
It's not. By a long chalk.
Written in the aftermath of September 11 as a life-affirming exercise, it's actually just Bon Jovi by the numbers and we've heard it all before.
Many times.
Only two tracks make the grade - stadium rocker Hook Me Up (inspired by a Palestinian radio ham)and narrative song The Right Side Of Wrong.
The former filches the feel of One Wild Night and sounds as if written to order for big gig nights, but works well in any surrounds.
The latter is a rare excursion by Bon Jovi into the head of one of his characters, although just what the millionaire frontman could have in common with the song's near destitute parents is open to question.
The title track is perhaps the worst ever recorded by a prominent band. Rock'n'roll for Teletubbies.

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