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Live In Cuba [DVD]
Live In Cuba [DVD]
Dvd ~ Audioslave

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Close but no Cigar, 13 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Live In Cuba [DVD] (DVD)
I'm not quite sure why this DVD fails to ignite but there is just something missing.
The track listing is great, the music is competent and, mostly, the singing is good (although not great).
The DVD opens with a small montage of band Cuban cultural shots but a minute or so in you find yourself with the band onstage, bright lights, introducing their first song. There's no build up whatsoever that helps you share the crowds excitement waiting for the band to come on.
Ignoring that minor flaw the music kicks in well for Set It Off. Cornell’s vocals start up at full throttle, but this is where one problem lies. When the vocals need to push up a level for the chorus it’s not possible for him to give more. As a consequence he sounds like he’s straining for the full song. Not out of tune but not dynamic.
I can see why some reviews have been critical of the vocals, but to be fair I think that after the opener they are pretty good throughout. If you make it through to the acoustic Black Hole Sun when the rest of the band leave the stage you can see he’s hitting the notes and this is a fine performance, as is the following track I am the Highway. Perhaps that’s because he is only competing against an acoustic guitar in the live mix.
As I said earlier the music is good. However, I think there is a problem in that the music is so crisp and clear that it’s almost like you’re not listening to a live show. This contrasts to Cornell’s voice which clearly is raw and live. The way the DVD is mixed emphasises this contrast and lets the vocals down badly.
Again although the music is proficient, it lacks kick. This set was played before they released and toured the new album, it’s hardly a surprise that it’s a little pedestrian. The cinematography doesn’t really help spark it up either, spending too long on Cornell’s face when it should be covering a drum roll or lead/bass fill.
Why the three stars rather than less? The above comments are the reason it falls short of a classic issue. The DVD is not poor it’s just not what it could have been. It’s always great to see Tom Morello in action throttling his guitar and there are a loads of shots of his minimalist, but highly imaginative, guitar wizzardry. As mentioned above Cornell shines in the acoustic section.
Finally, once you get past the cheesy opening to the documentary extra where, no doubt for the benefit of the American audience, they appear wow’d that people with a culture do exist in Cuba…and indeed they have two arms and two legs……..it good to see the band off the stage both mixing with the locals and in several interview situations. Although I’m not likely to watch that twice.

R30 [DVD] [2008]
R30 [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Rush

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great release, 12 Jan. 2006
This review is from: R30 [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
I deliberately avoided the Deluxe version of this, I can live without the picks and the backstage passes....what can they be worth personally if you did not collect them at a gig. I've probably got enough live Rush CD's too. I was a little concerned that maybe this was a DVD too far as well.
I needn't have worried. Excluding medleys there are only seven songs on this DVD that were on the Rush in Rio set and it's great to see classics like Between the Wheels, Subdivisions and Red Barchetta get an airing. Overall the sound is different to '...Rio,' less bassy, a little less heavy, but a bit more crisp and sharper. Lets face it every album Rush release has a different production and, as with those releases, a few tracks into the show it just seems right.
The Drum solo's great as usual, but he mesmerises throughout the whole set.
The filming is great too, you don't miss a thing, catching all the band members at the right moments. The energy level seems high too so there's never a dull moment....and they do this without having to flash between different shots every second which some DVD's are prone to do.
With about 19 songs dropped from the '...Rio' gig it's not many bands that can play a gig and leave you without feeling like youv'e been robbed and Rush must be near the top of that list.

Coheed and Cambria - Live at the Starland Ballroom [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Coheed and Cambria - Live at the Starland Ballroom [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome, 29 Nov. 2005
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Following Coheed & Cambria’s release of the awesome ‘Good Apollo…..,’ I dug out the first two albums to update myself on the story so far and was reminded just how good they were. I’m now rueing the fact that I have not been to see them live at an earlier date, at least before some of these tracks are undoubtedly dropped in favour of the quality new material. .
Fortunately, although not quite the same as seeing them in the flesh, this live DVD is nothing less than awesome. The songs are given an extra kick with an increased tempo and the raw live sound adds a whole new dimension to the tracks.
The filming is good too, it doesn’t jump around too much and captures the individual members when they need to be captured. Shots of the crowd are limited so you have optimum band time to admire their awesome musicianship. If I could have chosen 10 tracks to include it would have been these 10, a mix of the melodic classics (Blood Red Summer, A Favour House Atlantic and Devil in New Jersey) and the prog masterpieces (In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth 3 and The Crowing). The balance of tracks are Time Consumer, Everything Evil, Delirium Trigger, Three Evils and The Light and The Glass.
There is a nice touch to the encore….but I won’t spoil the moment!
The extras include two band interviews, three promo videos (Blood Red Summer, A Favour House Atlantic and Devil In New Jersey) a 4 song live extract from a Skate & Surf gig and an audio CD of the Starland gig. To be honest it’s worth buying for the extras alone, the live cd is as good as many other live albums out there.
If you ever wanted to catch a band in their prime, still brimming with energy this is it.

Say Hello To Sunshine
Say Hello To Sunshine
Offered by Music Soup
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great progress, 20 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Say Hello To Sunshine (Audio CD)
This is very different to their debut album. At first it was quite tough to get to grips with as my expectations were very much that it was going to be more of the same as the debut. However, after a few listens it just grew and grew.

The only real similarity between the two albums is the quality of vocals and Nate Barclow's ability to balance emotiveness, melody and screaming at just the right levels. Whereas their debut was much more straightforward melodic fayre, in their own distinctive style, the new album contains much more variety and stamps a much more individual mark on the emo/screamo genre.

It's difficult to single out the best tracks because this changes from listen to listen, but beyond cracking rock riffs there are other jazzy and bluesey moments which break things up well.

The sad thing is that no doubt their core fan base were expecting more of the same as the debut. Whether or not that ws afcator in them breaking up, who knows, but progressing in this day and age, when there is so much competition in an oversaturated genre was always going to be tough.

Lets hope they get back together. Judging by the quality of this album there is far to much talent and promise here to waste.

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