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Giving Birth To A Stone
Giving Birth To A Stone
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it, 23 Oct 2002
This review is from: Giving Birth To A Stone (Audio CD)
Im a TOOL fan. I admit it. That is my reason for buying this album and Im not ashamed of it one bit.
I was pleased with my purchase of "Giving Birth To A Stone" and I disagree that it sounds remotely like anything TOOL have ever recorded (Yes, Im well aware of the "spasm" and "You Lied" covers by TOOL) as these PEACH songs tend to be a little more quirky and less pretentious than anything MJK and co. have put out. Dont be put off though, "GBTAS" is a solid release and has left me wishing for more PEACH related material.
Highlights of the album include the wonderful "You Lied" and "naked". Its a pity more people never got familiar with PEACH, sooner.
I recommend this release if youre a TOOL fan and feel compelled to a) own some more ADAM JONES artwork b) See what an inspired choice it was to recruit Justin Chancellor to TOOL. Not a TOOL fan but you still like your rock a cut above the "norm"? You wont be disapointed here then! "Catfood" is delightfully surreal!

American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story
American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story
by Cynthia True
Edition: Paperback

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum, 23 Oct 2002
Excuse me while I refrain from singing Ms. True's praises for this book. "American Scream" is a biography of one of the most interesting entertainers of the 80s and 90s, whom died a relatively unknown, only to have his star explode upon his death. Bill Hicks' ideas obviously struck a chord with True (as it did with so many others) and compelled her to write a book about him, some 8 years after his death having never met the man in person.
To me, the book is a disappointment because it relies on the word of casual friends and "co-workers" and (seemingly) bootlegged recordings transcribed in part to form a narrative journey through Hick's life. There is not a great deal of information contained within this book that the average fan doesnt already know via the wealth of articles available online or from John Lahr's profile prior to Bill's death.
The book is undoubtably a fanboy(girl)'s unashamed gushing about someone she admires. Theres nothing really wrong with that but it still feels a tad empty for me as a Hicks' fan that finally something related to Hicks is released and its less than satisfactory way to celebrate the life of one of the greatest entertainers of the past 50 years (who sounds like the fanboy now?). While you do get a somewhat limited insight into certain aspects of Bill's persona that you wouldnt normally get, at the end of the day only the die hard fans will rush out and buy it and... they'd know most of the story anyway.
I, for one, hope Kevin Booth will eventually come through with THE definitive epitath to the life of Bill Hicks - And Im sure he will. Someday.

Critical Mass
Critical Mass
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 1 Sep 2002
This review is from: Critical Mass (Audio CD)
I recently saw Threshold live at Bloodstock 2002 with an audience of maybe 500 people and they were incredible! There was a certain intimacy being in such a small crowd, that made the songs from past albums and "Critical Mass" come alive. It was a delight to witness them live and I encourage more people to do the same.
Right then, the album: I got a copy of this album early and after four or five listens, its clear that Critical Mass is one of the best albums out in 2002. It draws upon their older albums and takes it a step forward (obviously - theyre a prog-metal band!) and creates a unique sound. Some would compare Threshold to a Dream Theatre or a Pink Floyd in terms of scope, but I disagree. Threshold take what existed before in the shape of DT and PF (for example) and forge something completely new. Its very refreshing in today's music scene for someone to have the guts to do that.
I recommend this album without a doubt. Everyone can find something to like in this release, regardless of whether youre a prog-metal fan or not. Take the plunge.

Price: 6.00

7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average, 5 Oct 2001
This review is from: Load (Audio CD)
How do a band follow up a break through album which changed their whole sound... They wait five years of course.
When load was released "Metallica" the album had sold over a million copies and Metallica the band had turned their underground following into BillBOard Sucess.
Load represented an evolution from the glory days of the thrash era to main stream success and finally into Stadium Rockesq metal anthems.
Load isnt a bad album. Many people might very well enjoy the change in direction it represented, I dont. I personally favoured the thrash era and still believe they can recapture those days to a certain extent.
Load's stand out tracks are "Until it sleeps" and "Hero of the Day" which are decent songs and the best material on the album, but pale in comparison to the older tracks from times past. "Mama Said" is a hideous and un-natural direction for the band to take and I think it is perhaps their worst song theyve ever done.
Many of the other songs blend into one constant heavy riff'd anthem from hell after a while and they dont offer the diversity seen in MoP or RtL.
If youre new to Metallica, or you prefer the more mainstream and commercial direction of nu-METALlica then go for this album, you'll love it.
But for those, like me, seeking the glory days of one of the angriest and most aggressive bands of the 80s, the album is both disappointing and average so avoid it.

Price: 4.92

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 16 Sep 2001
This review is from: Toxicity (Audio CD)
Im not usually a Nu-Metal fan, I prefer the more traditional forms of Metal but I must profess to beng a SoAD fan. Their first album was dark and disturbing, with painful and emotional songs (eg. Spiders) along with out and out Mosh-fests (eg. Know). Their second album has improved upon the unique original somewhat. It still features great riffs and distinct lyrics but also adds to the sound with the use of backing vocals from the guitarist and bassist. It makes the unique sound grow somewhat.
Although the album isnt ever going to be considered a classic, it is however a great album and one in which any nu-metal fan will enjoy along with more traditional metal fans (possibly).
Very Good album, more please!

Philosophy: The Best Of Bill Hicks
Philosophy: The Best Of Bill Hicks
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of The Best:, 15 Sep 2001
Being a big fan of Bill Hicks for a number of years (although not when he was alive, sadly) and having many friends who are getting into some of Bill's material I can whole heartedly recommend this album to all (owning all the material on other CDs).
This CD is the CD to play for new fans to get them into his Philosphy and acts.
Buy this album if youre just starting to experiance this visionary comic. Although if (like me) you own all his work anyway, maybe you should think twice... but buy it anyway.

by Chuck Palahniuk
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of his best work, 31 Aug 2001
This review is from: Choke (Paperback)
Every author has their breakthrough album. A certain Fight Club was Palahniuk's and a blinding book it was. His books superceding FC have shown a great evolution of his style for the better. Choke is the result of FC, Survivor and Invisible Monsters in that it is perhaps, his most accomplished work.
Gone is his frankly overused gimmick of starting at the end of the story and working backwards (dont misunderstand, the style is great! But variety is the spice of life after all) he instead uses a more traditional method to carry the first person narritive.
The characters in the book are perhaps his most emotionally identifiable creations and you can empathise with motives for alot of the actions carried about by Victor, Denny, et al.
Palahniuk's other trade marks are present. Repetition of sentances and the partial use of telling tales of the past are prominent. Also the great Palahniuk plot twist is in effect here, but to a lesser degree than in previous novels.
Overall it is a very solid read. Plenty of empathy with the characters, fast paced and interesting plot, well researched and above all - a damn good read.
But it perhaps isnt _AS_ good as Invisible monsters or Fight Club.
...Hats off to chuck: Another great read!

Rant In E-Minor
Rant In E-Minor
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly Missed, 25 Aug 2001
This review is from: Rant In E-Minor (Audio CD)
Bill Hicks is the best comedian of the 20th Centuary. Controversial comment I know, but listen to ANY CD and you'll soon agree.
Rant, is perhaps his most polished CD in that it flows as an album much better.
Rant is also his most bitter and cynical album in that alot of the material was written and performed when he knew about his cancer. Hick's vicious outbursts are provocative, intelligent but above all - True. Almost everything he says, you think to yourself "He's got a point there".
Rant's material is hilarious but it isnt full of jokes. Its just him discussing his perception of the world. And the saddest thing of all is that the world lost someone who saw things from a different view point yet was right. He could've made a great President (if he didnt despise the people that is).
The highlights of the CD are plentiful. "Artistic Role Call" where he, literally, rants about Jay Leno. "Easter" and "Gideons" are extremely funny. "Rush Limbaugh" is distasteful, yet you can kinda see where he is coming from. And "Waco (Koresh)" / "The Pope" are the best on the album.
Buy this album and you'll become enlightened in a way you never thought possible.
In Bill We Trust.

Chasing Amy [VHS] [1997]
Chasing Amy [VHS] [1997]
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 22 Aug 2001
Seldom do you see a movie that mixes humour and love in such a way that it both makes you wet yourself laughing and feel a strong connection with the plot.
The plot is pretty straight forward but the quality of the writing is the thing that sets it a part from the rest of the films of its ink.
Affleck and Adams pull off terrific performances as the lovers, Affleck in particular performs the best he ever has in this film. But Jason Lee steals the show once again (much like Jeff Anderson in Clerks) as the jealous best friend. He not only performs with hilarity but with a heart too. He plays the funny man perfectly and much of it is reminiscent of his past performance in 'Rats. A great part casted to perfection, hats off to him. Jay and Silent Bob make a welcome appearance in another memorable scene, but it isnt as comedic as their parts in 'Rats (nor should it be) but they are there and their presence is felt.
The script is incredible, Smith wrote an absolutely amazing declaration of Love acted beautifully by affleck and it really shows his sensitive side.
Overall a film that truely deserves all the praise Clerks had and more. It will make you laugh, cry and think hard about love and sexuality. The best of the New Jersey "trilogy".

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing, 25 July 2001
This review is from: Aenima (Audio CD)
Very few albums of the last 50 years can truely be considered Masterpieces. Led Zepplin IV (Led Zepplin), Master of Puppets(Metallica) and Ok Computer (Radiohead) are probably the only ones that spring to MY mind at least. Enter Aenima.
I bought the album 3 years ago while on Holiday in America. After the first listen I honestly didnt appreciate it. I mean I didnt think it was a bad album, I just couldnt put my finger on what was so different about it that made it hard to understand.
After 6 months it hit me like a right hook. The lyrics combined with the truely unique music behind them, made my jump up. Literally.
The album is perhaps the best answer to the nu-metal bubblegum pop that is so popular nowadays. Its truely a special thing. Only after 60 or 70 listens (Yes, that many!) can the full genius, complexity and unique nature of both the band and album, become apparent. The album starts off with the unusual Stinkfist, full of anger yet understanding. The duality of the lyrics later becomes apparent. Eulogy is perhaps one of the best songs on the album, Maynard bares his soul for the first time on the album and its breathtaking. H is next and it continues the tread of metaphysical lyrics and dynamic song structure. Hooker with a Penis is an angry jab at the "trendy" fans that follow every band and turn on them when the band gets some recognition. Its a very bitter and unique song, spat at you by Keenan. Jimmy is perhaps the best song recorded in the 90s. It tells of Maynard's inner feelings of being left alone, and there are many layers to the song. Pushit is another song where Keenan bares all for the world to see, his emotional words hit home with an awestriking finale which shows his vocal brilliance. Aenema is a bitter commentary on the way America's (especially LA's) way of life which a furious drum beat and grinding guitar riff throughout. The final song, Third Eye, Sampling the funniest man ever to live (Bill Hicks), is a near 15 minute marathon of emotions, hitting the peak with the repition of "prying open my third Eye" to me is a metaphore for the themes Tool put forward. Great song to end with.
Overall it is the most important album of the 90s and also the most under appreciated. A truely mavellous album with lyrics so complex you have to have a good level of intelligence to fully comprehend them. Wow.

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