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Elephant
Elephant
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The band to beat!, 18 April 2003
This review is from: Elephant (Audio CD)
One would wonder how long the Jack White and Meg White "are they really brother and sister" scenario could go on. But, with the music they are making, who even really cares?
Judging from the Stripes' two previous records, "White Blood Cells" and "De Stjil", it is apparant that the bands playing has evolved. They have come a long way since just being "ANOTHER GARAGE ACT" days of when their debut arrived. But, be in no illusions, this is the White Stripes at their best.
If you are one of those people who has heard any of their previous three albums and wondering why all the fuss, this probably won't explain it to you. If you are expecting a radical change of style in musical direction you'll be disappointed. But, if you want more of the same but different, then you will adore this.
Still refusing to use the bass instrument in their sound, Elephant does have some bassy riffs. For example, Seven Nation Army has a bass riff right? Wrong. It's Jack playing guitar with some pedal and gear effects. Now while the concept of not using bass seems stupid it actually adds to the duos appeal.
Anyway, the songs all range from different things. You get the Led Zeppelin-ish tunes and you get the Queen-ish tunes. But, somehow and to the bands asset, they seem to be totally original songs. The last track on the album, "Well Its True That We Love One Another", is, oddly, a standout. It features Jack and Holly Golightly on vocals with a little of Meg added for flavour. It's a tongue-in-cheek number that with any other band you would have thought it terrible but, with the Stripes, it's amazing. That really sums up the album. I really dont need to explain all the songs to you. It's more of the same, but a lot better.


OK Computer
OK Computer
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird, but still very good!!, 4 April 2003
This review is from: OK Computer (Audio CD)
This album got one of the warmest receptions ever by an alternative indie group. It's not hard to see why. But first off, a warning: If you expect something that's like the Bends download a few songs first, because you might not take kindly to it.
How to describe OK Computer is pretty hard. But in all honesty I'd describe it as a fragile, mellow, alternative album that has sci-fi edges to it. Their are a lot of sound effects used in this album that the average music fan might not dig, but they are their for a reason. Effect.
OK Computer is mainly a set of ballad songs with lyrics that either leave you thinking, A) That Thom Yorke has some way with his imagination and words, or B) He just writes stuff that sounds weird. To be honest I am not sure whether I go in the A 0r B camp. I just know that musically, OKC, is leaps and bounds around the rest of the alternative competiton. Song's like Paranoid Android are a blessing but, sorry to say, it's a little overrated. Same goes with Karma Police. However, songs like Lucky will entrance you and may leave you feeling sour. Some of the songs on this album I find a little tedious and boring, especially Fitter Happier, which is a sorry excuse for a song. It has a Stephen Hawking-ish vocal sprouting some stupid lyrics. That's not a good thing. So if that kinda thing turns you off then you might find OK Computer too hard to swallow. So people who like normal pop-rock music might not like this, neither will Heavy Metal fans who are expecting hard riffs and such. Truth be told this album is very quiet. Still, music fans on the edge will adore this album. I guess it depends on what style you like.


The Bends
The Bends
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's certainly grown on me!!, 4 April 2003
This review is from: The Bends (Audio CD)
I gave this album a hammering a couple of months back, but after several encouragements to listen to this, and OK Computer, by a friend, it appears I may have been to harsh. See, one of the things I didn't like about Radiohead was the fact that they wouldn't state who their real influences were (i.e U2) and this made me think that they were trying to use someone elses work and try to pass it of as their own. While, undoubtably, very U2-ish I have realised this isn't such a bad thing. U2 are one of the most influential bands of the 80s and 90s so I decided to except the Bends as what it is: A beautiful, intricate album that isn't as hard to get into as OK Computer. Songs like High and Dry & Fake Plastic Trees can become instant favourites with their easy melodies and flowing choruses. But the real beauty in this album comes from material like Street Spirit and Just. Two very different songs that can be categorised by their brilliance. Their are some dull moments on the album but apart from that it is a lot better than my first impressions.
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Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain
Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain
by Charles R. Cross
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely exhilirating!!!!, 19 Mar 2003
This book is unlike most biographies: It's extremely good.
Charles Cross has almost made the perfect Kurt Cobain story that should be the last word on this tormented soul. He gives perfect insight into the star and, more importantly, tells the honest truth which has been left out in many of the other books written about Kurt. Cross delves into Kurt's past and gives amazing insight on issues like his parents' divorce and how this played a hugely significant role in Kurt's behaviour and personality. I won't tell any more about the book cos you should really find out for yourself, but rest assured you will love it if you are a music fan, a nirvana fan and someone who likes to read about interesting people.


The Unforgettable Fire
The Unforgettable Fire
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Operative word being "Unforgettable"!, 15 Mar 2003
This review is from: The Unforgettable Fire (Audio CD)
This album is almost a debut for U2. No longer using Steve Lilywhite as producer, they also gave a dramatic gear change in style. Bono's songwriting here is a lot more ambient and all the more beautiful for it. Edge's contribution to this album is remarkable as he produces short, melodic riffs showcased magnificantly in "Pride: In the Name of Love" and the absoultely mesmerizing "Bad". There is not a bad track on this album (which was a first for U2 albums at this time because however good Boy, October and War were, there were some naff moments on all of these albums).
Just like The Joshua Tree had an absolutely explosive first three tracks, so does this in the form of "A Sort of Homecoming", "Pride:In the Name of Love" and "Wire", all of which are achingly beautiful songs. Then comes the title track "The Unforgettable Fire" that is the one of the few U2 songs more focused on the music than the lyrics. It is truly breathtaking. Then their are Promenade and 4th of July which are also very beautiful and, at times, heroic. Then theres Bad. A song about death caused by drug abuse. It's an epic song that truly takes your breath away. The last part of the album is toned down a little with the very serene numbers MLK, Indian Summer Sky and Elvis Pressley and America. All in all this album will always be remembered by people as the one before the Joshua Tree, but you really should look at this album for what it really is: timeless


The Bends
The Bends
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5 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not sure how to put this!, 15 Mar 2003
This review is from: The Bends (Audio CD)
I have never been a fan of Radiohead, I'll be honest. I first bought OK Computer and I disliked it very much. Some of the songs on OK Computer were ok but I found it the most overrated title in history. Anyway, if you want to read my review on OK Computer, go to the OK Computer page.
So after deciding that I'd buy the bends, after seeing that it had gotten positive reviews. I again was disapointed. Sure some of you may say Street Spirit is a haunting masterpiece, I say its depresses you like hell and is also just a shoddy knock off of Nirvana's Something in the Way. Those that have heard both songs can tell you the score. Haunting acoustic guitar played over brooding strings with sometimes very high pitched vocals. The difference is Kurt Cobain's lyrics were beautfully poetic and heroic and, at times, self loathing. Thom Yorkes are all about him not being able to communicate with machines, and are basically about him living in an insular world. Now while might see this as heroic songwriting I see it as merely bedroom angst and thats the way I sum up this album. If you want to get depressed then this album is the one to get depressed to. Don't get me wrong, some of the songs are more optimistic such as Fake Plastic Trees (the most U2 moment on this album, however, there are plenty more) and High And Dry. But with songs like Just and Street Spirit you end up forgetting about these other songs.
Oh, and one more thing, Street Spirit is the darkest song on the album. Now which other band uses this as their signature "curtain call"? Isn't it their huge rock idols?
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U2 - Best of 1990 - 2000 [DVD]
U2 - Best of 1990 - 2000 [DVD]
Dvd ~ U2
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Music DVD you have to have!!!!!, 30 Nov 2002
If you buy one music DVD this year (or next year), make sure its this. This DVD is a must have for all U2 fans and basically good music fans. Not only does it contain a perfect mix of music, from hard rock to smooth classics, but it demonstrates why U2 were the band of both the 80s and the 90s.
They once said that the 60s was the golden era of music: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who. Well did any of these bands make good music after the 70s? U2, who have been making good music since the beginning of the 80s, continued to make music that recieved critical and commercial success. In this DVD package we see the transformation of the worlds most popular and successful band become, er, the worlds most successful and popular band in the world. But with a difference. U2 shot to success with albums like the Joshua Tree, which is a fantastic and breathtaking record. After this album U2 realised they wouldn't duplicate the success of this album unless they did something that other world famous bands had tried (and failed): Re-Invention.
December 31st 1989. U2 are performing at a concert when Bono addresses the crowd and the rest of the world that U2 were going away. Going away to "dream it all up again". Then comes Achtung Baby about 1 year later. People were surprised. But very happily surprised. Instead of writing about the joys of life U2 turned to more darker topics as illustrated in songs like "One", "Numb" and "Please" all inlcuded in this DVD. While some songs are not as clever as The Joshua Tree's, many are but in a very different way, that's why this collection of songs is such a delightful package. And instead of just getting videos, there are also mini documentries and commentaries on each song. And as an even better bonus, there are 7 hidden songs (mostly from the underrated Pop album).
If you are a music fan, this SHOULD be in your music DVD collection. Simply classic.


The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic in all meaning of the word!!!!!, 21 Nov 2002
This review is from: The Joshua Tree (Audio CD)
From the minute you put this CD on, you'll know why many people are hailing it the greatest of all time. "Where the Streets Have No Name" is a classic opening song as it lifts you up higher than the sun. Then "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" brings you back down to Earth again with a thump. Then, the masterpiece, "With or Without You" will literally send chivers up and down your spine. The song is that good. As is the rest of the album. Never have so many emotions been jampacked into 1 hour of music. Simply stunning.
"She walks through the streets, with her eyes painted red"


The Best Of 1990-2000 (2CD+DVD)
The Best Of 1990-2000 (2CD+DVD)
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £6.59

23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definatley, the definitive BEST OF collection., 1 Nov 2002
As I consider myself a serious music fan I feel it is my duty to tell the buying public that this should be in your album collection. Whether you have any of the albums which the songs are taken from, buy it. Buy it for the sheer brilliance of the track listing. This album from start to finish is an absolute masterpiece. From classic tracks like "One", to the new hit singles like "Electrical Storm", there is a certain quality to these tracks on this album that you will only ever be able to hear nowadays from a band like U2. Described by critics as the "post-modern" U2, the album features songs from the albums "Achtung Baby", "Zooropa", "Pop" and "All That You Can't Leave Behind". If you have been lucky enough to buy the Limited Edition Album you will be treated to a stunning collection of B-Sides which include "Miss Sarjevo" & "Lady With The Spinning Head". From the minute you put this album on you will be amazed at its sheer qaulity. If you are one of the many people out there who always say "I like all the old U2 stuff" then you really do not have a clue on what you are missing. It may appear that U2 tried to move forward into reinvention but behind all of this nonsense, it's the same U2 people had came to love.
Listen to this album.....then listen to the Best Of 1980-1990......then listen to this album again. You will notice they are different in every way....except their sheer brilliance.


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