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Strangest Things
Strangest Things
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wake Me When It's Over...., 24 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Strangest Things (Audio CD)
.....Because I fell asleep half way through this album!

I purchased this album on the back of the "5 star" rating it had accumulated from my fellow reviewers - the fact I picked it up for 98p in the Marketplace should have set the alarm bells ringing really.

This is a really fine example of mediocre music. The instrumentation and arrangement is just plain dull and the lyrics are about as insightful and original as reading 'Heat' magazine. The vocalist really isn't up to scratch either. Other reviewers are true that they know how to knock out a good melody but their music is completely lacking in any atmosphere or edge. This stuff has been done a million times before a million times better!

If you are looking for that underground indie gem, don't look here - try someone like South instead.

Go With the Flow [CD 2]
Go With the Flow [CD 2]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary John, 27 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Go With the Flow [CD 2] (Audio CD)
The "Go With The Flow" single set is an excellent set overall but CD2 is where the real gem lies. First off you get "Go With The Flow" - in my opinion the best stand alone track from an album that has not been bettered in 3 years by ANYONE. There is also a rousing live Version of Do It Again which breathes new life into the album version.
However, the real highlight here is the live version of classic track Regular John. I don't usually react to comments made by other reviewers but your wrong mate - this version blows APART the original totally! And turned up loud enough will probably result in your walls falling down. Nick's bass is like an unstoppable train and coupled with Josh's eery solos and vocals this just sounds so good live.
All QOTSA fans should own this - it'll soon be hard to find. Get it while you can.

Stone Age Complications
Stone Age Complications
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paying Hommage to Nick....., 20 May 2004
This review is from: Stone Age Complications (Audio CD)
A great little EP from QOTSA that any fan should try and get there hands on. It kicks off with another great Kinks cover - "Who'll be Next in Line?", if you liked the "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy" cover hidden at the end of Songs For The Deaf you'll enjoy this too. The two other covers on the EP are relatively weak but interesting none the less.
The classic UNKLE Reconstruction Mix of "No One Knows" appears mid way through and shines with it's soaring beats and distorted riffs, but the best is saved until last with "Born To Hula" and "The Bronze" - two tracks which appeared on the Man's Ruin Split EP and Beaver Split EP respectively. "Born To Hula" is awesome and is worth the price of the CD alone. Classic Stone Age riffage, Homme's disturbed wail, and his trademark desert scorched solos are the order of the day - but just as you think the track is winding up the band launch into a three minute instrumental pummelling that leaves you thoroughly thrilled! "The Bronze" is QOTSA in their strange mode, again a howling riff from Homme's fret board provides the entertainment here.
It's a great EP, plus any self respecting QOTSA fan will know that Nick Olivieri's playing features on this EP and being as it is very unlikely he and Homme will play together under the QOTSA name again this is a piece of history you really must own.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant, 12 May 2004
This review is from: Endtroducing..... (Audio CD)
Without question the best dance album ever produced. A modern day symphony of haunting samples and atmosphere set against a backdrop of enchanting melodies, raw beats and thundering basslines.
And within this 60 minutes of pure aural pleasure lies the most perfectly formed achingly beautiful 5 minutes of music ever produced. In "Midnight In a Perfect World" DJ Shadow has composed a song to live by - I can't even begin to try and describe how perfect this track is.
The great thing about Entroducing though is the simple fact that each of the other 15 tracks is right up there with it.
A stunning achievement.

Be Here Now
Be Here Now
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Album of 2 good songs....., 8 April 2004
This review is from: Be Here Now (Audio CD)
Be Here Now is a bit of an enigma in how it is perceived - hated by the critics loved by the fans. I'm afraid I have to go with the critics on this one.
But that's not to say that there are not breathtaking highlights on this album. For me "D'You Know What I Mean" and "Fade In/Out" are two of the greatest Oasis songs ever written by Noel, both of them powerful, full of passion and emotion as all good rock songs should be.
Sadly it is the over-production and frankly the length of each track which tires the listener long before the 12 minute disaster of "All Around The World". What happened to the Oasis ethos of writing simple catchy anthems on Be Here Now? Each track starts brilliantly but by the sixth minute of the same obliterating wall of sound which each track has (even the delicate "Don't Go Away" is enough to make the ears bleed) you may find yourself reaching for the "skip" button.
The order of the songs is all wrong for me too. "D'You Know What I Mean" is such a stunner that expectations for the rest of the album are set at such a high level that disappointment is inevitable with the rest of the tracks - why did they not open with a 3-minute version of "All Around The World" and leave DYKWIM as the colossal swan song of the album as Noel did to such great effect with "Champagne Supernova" on the previous release. There are other highlights mind you - the title track "Be Here Now" is full of cocky aggression and "Stand By Me" is classic anthemic Oasis. But with such spectacular disappointments like the inaudble noise that is "It's Getting Better Man" - which I actually heard in toned down form on a documentary a couple of weeks before the release of the album and was blown away by, the album suffers overall.
It is a shame in my view that the album is so overblown, trim two minutes off each track and take out one guitar element and this would have been an unstoppable classic - however purchase is essential if you are an Oasis fan and in my book tracks 1 & 7 are worth the cash alone.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm addicted..., 25 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Strays (Audio CD)
An awesome album! What a return to form for Jane's Addiction. Strays is undoubtedly one of the best rock albums of the past 12 months - it makes The Darkness sound like a bunch of ameteurs if I'm frank. Each track is a mini masterpiece, whether it's Dave Navarro's sky-scraping riffs and solos, the heavy, solid as a rock musical power supplied by Chris Chaney and Stephen Perkins on bass and drums or Perry Farrell's familiar nasal wail. Standout's are True Nature, which is one of the finest ways to open an album of all time, Strays and Just Because, however the diversity and atmosphere of Price I Pay makes it the standout track for me. Basically, everyone who loves rock & roll should own this CD - indespensble!

Life On Display
Life On Display
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life On Display, 17 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Life On Display (Audio CD)
A strong album. Puddle of Mudd seem to have matured a little since their last effort "Come Clean", if not that much musically, definately lyrically - no more embarassments like "She Hates Me" here. Life on display is passionately played and a good solid rock album, however it can get a little tiresome to the end as each track is pretty similar.
The obvious Nirvana comparisons are going to be bolted on to these guys for ever, and while they will definately NEVER write an anthem with the quality and appeal of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" they certainly display the raw power, and sometimes musical competance on "Life On Display" to answer some of those criticisms.
All in all an album with some great moments and definately worth investigation if you were partial to Seattle's finest

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