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Indestructible [Pa Version]
Indestructible [Pa Version]
Price: £17.37

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the return of rancid, 31 Aug. 2003
This album should prove anyone who had thaught that rancid had sold-out, or that they wouldnt make anything else after the solo stuff, totally wrong!
It screams into action with the pure punk title track "indestructible." This followed by the lift up song, that describes the relatioships within the band, "fall back down" is brilliant.
Highlights of the album include "david courtney" "start now" "memphis" "road block" ivory coast" and "back up against the wall." as you may realize from that, it is very difficult to pick stand-out tracks from an album that fits together perfectly, and with crisp production from Brett Gurewitz, rancid have done no wrong with this major label release.

Layne Staley, Angry Chair: A Look Inside the Heart & Soul of an Incredible Musician
Layne Staley, Angry Chair: A Look Inside the Heart & Soul of an Incredible Musician
by Adriana Rubio
Edition: Paperback

13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chilling Insight Into the Life of a Great, 9 May 2003
This book really is a chilling look at laynes whole life, from thinking his father was dead, to his father returning, then right through the tangled career in Alice In Chains, and then the last ever interview before his tragic, if not surprising, death on April the 5th 2002.
The inspiration for some of the lyrics that Layne used in Alice in Chains stemmed from the early trauma of thinking that his father was dead. This book takes you through this experience, and to what was probably the start of Laynes death. When his father returned, he offered layne heroin, and the authour does an excellent job of trying to make you realize what Layne must have felt like.
The next step goes into his life in Alice in chains. The highlight of this band is undoubtably "dirt", and "Angry Chair" guides you through the life of heroin that inspired this album, and the continuous fall-outs that Layne had with other members of the band, especially Jerry Cantrell. These fall-outs eventually ended in the demise of the band, and after this Layne virtually dissappeared from our world.
Then we have the last ever interview with Layne before he died. It came-about when Layne found out that "Angry Chair" was being written, and he wanted to get his side across. This is the best, and worst part of the book. Layne Staley sais "I know I'm dying, I'm not doing well. My liver is not functioning and im throwing up all the time" and continues "The pain is more than you can handle. It's the worst pain in the world. Dope sick hurts the entire body. I know i'm near death." He was. Just four months later he was found dead. Rubio also received Staleys support for the book, he said "Go and write about the real meaning of drugs, be smart, use your brain. Go and write for the people that i never wanted their thumbs up about this drug use."
Lets hope people listen to what Layne said, and what Rubio sais in the book, and that people will learn from Laynes tragic life, that drugs kill. It killed Layne Staley, and Alice in Chains.
This book is a must-have for any Alice in Chains fan, it guides through Laynes whole life, from the very beginning to the very end. Chilling, but brilliant.

Ambition Is Critical
Ambition Is Critical
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.73

5.0 out of 5 stars real british punk, 14 April 2003
This review is from: Ambition Is Critical (Audio CD)
Mr Zippy are back again, and are better than ever, with "ambition is critical". They show the world how british punk was intended to be. quick, snappy rythms, speedy bass lines, and some sipmle but effective riffs.
The first song, "new beginings" looks certain to be a live favorite, and is a good opener for the album. The techinical ability of this band is not in question, but they make it all seem so simple, which is just how punk music should be.
highlights of this album come through "new beginings" "twenty something" and the amazingly catchy "road movie", but even if these songs do stand out above the rest, thats not to say that the other songs on the album are not up to standard. The whole album is a top class british punk record, something that there hasnt been a lot of for a while, with 4ft fingers and [spunge] being the only real exceptions.
If you havn't already been able to catch Mr Zippy live, i reccomend them. They always have a bit of humour, and are very down to earth people, let's hope that when they hit the big time they stay that way. This album is bound to be the break through they have been looking for, so my last words are...BUY IT!!!!

Away from the Sun
Away from the Sun
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £3.90

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the debut?, 10 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Away from the Sun (Audio CD)
this is the second full release for this band, and is the follow up to the hugely successful "the better life", and at the first listen it is a bit of a letdown. where "the better life" had the immediatley catchy tunes, the kind of tunes that stick in your head, but dont get annoying and it had a classic song in the form of "be like that." "away from the sun" however, is a lot more of a grower. At first it dosnt seem to live up to expectations. after a few listens though you can begin to see, or hear, the deeper side to this album. "the better life" woz an album about the difficulty of life, and asking if its worth it, and from the first listen this seems like the same again. but actually it is an album of hope, and even love. the lyrics have true meaning and show light at the end of the tunnel, even if some are more depressing. the title track, for example is about depression and darkness. but then in songs like "i feel you" you can see hope in this mans life.
after a few more listens you realize that this is just as good as the first album, if not better, but it is difficult to compare. they both have the catchy guitar riffs, and the meaningful lyrics and the stunning vocals. but each has a seperate meaning and this album is brilliant in its own right.
i reccomend you buy this album after listeing to the first release to see the full power of hope in the songs.
great band, awesome album

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