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Acrophobe [EP]

Joe Cocker, Bad AstronautAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 6, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Honest Don's Hardly
  • ASIN: B000056ZT7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Grey Suits
4. Quiet
5. 500 Miles
6. Needle In The Hay
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9. Logan's Run
10. Unlucky Stuntman

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album I've purchased in a year September 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album is great!
Superb musicians and even better song writers. These songs are lighter in sound than Joey's Lagwagon, but far superior in craftsmanship (except for maybe some of the stuff off of "Feelings" and some of the newer songs of "Leftovers"). For being such a "new" band it's hard to believe how interwoven the instruments are throughout these songs.
Don't expect the snare crashing 220 beat per minute songs of Lagwagon, but if you're into punk, rock, emo, or even metal (you metal heads will like the musicianship) you'll enjoy this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars is this cd real? September 2, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Bad Astronaut is a perfect rock band with a real fresh sound. Joey Cape has to have is hands full between Lagwagon, Me First and the Gimme Gimme's, running a record label, and touring; all this makes a man wonder where he gets time to not only make a record with another band, but to make a completely original rock'n'roll masterpiece. I wouldn't call Bad Astronaut punk, I'd call it a new form of progressive space rock with punk and emo influences. cool, very cool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow... August 4, 2001
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This is really some serious songwriting. The music is superb, Derrick Plourde really shines teaming up with his old LagWagon cohort Joey. But, while this is a 5 star album, it is NOT a "party/fun" ride. Most songs are very serious, and downright sad. But, its awesome songwriting, exceptional even.
And the answering machine clips are friggin hilarious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROCKIN ALBUM November 15, 2002
By Matt
Format:Audio CD
This is a really, really, interesting album. It's definitely a music major's paradise. The chord progessions and changes are great. When I first heard this not quite 2 years ago, I was hooked. (I recall only months ago e-bay sellers had a tough time getting rid of this EP... Not anymore) This release will refresh you if you are bored with radio. Also, check out their more experimental/less Lagwagonish new album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard about Joey and Derek getting back together for this little "experiment", I was overwhelmed to hear it. Now, between this and the new Propaghandi, I have no other Cd's in my life. If it gets better, e-mail and let me know.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The kind of music the world needs October 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is hot. Seems as though Mr. Joey Cape took the long awaited opportunity to pump out a sound that had been boiling in his head. However "Acrophobe", the first BA album, sees Cape somewhat fail to leave his Lagwagon past. This is evident in the pop punk track "grey suits".

In saying this the album takes on new elements. Generally the songs have a more spaced out sound especially notable in the instrumental rock outs. Capes ever impressive lyrical genius continues to announce personal politics in particular his view towards the music world. The last song on the album "unlucky stuntman" perhaps best sums this up as he draws upon pressure from fans and critics "damn them and their eyes" as well as stating that his fear of 'getting big' - "I stare at the sun and quickly lose sight" reasons the name of the album "acrophobe" - meaning scared of heights in this instance the heights of the music world and all its implications.

The albums weakness hence not getting 5/5 is its lack of length (25 mins) and songs that drag down the excellence of the others namely, the cover "500 miles".

Nevertheless, Cape has shown his influence from a wide variety of music in this album from radiohead to bad religon to iron maiden to elliot smith unlike his punk rock peers giving a much needed new aspect to the punk rock genre.

This transitional album allowed Cape to let his emotions loose. The honest 10 tracks paved way for the near perfect second BA full length "housten we have a drinking problem".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album. Not your average punk band October 14, 2002
By Dan
Format:Audio CD
I don't like punk very much, in fact, this is pretty much the only punk album I like. If you can even call it a punk album, that is. This is much more complex and serious than most punk bands could ever be. Now, what we have here is a mix of punk, emo, acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, metal guitar solos, and metal and progressive rock influence. The result? A brilliant album. Unlike anything I've heard before. The songwriting is superb, and the keyboards add alot of good to this band. Awesome drumming and some cool guitar work as well. The singer has a great voice, perfect for this band. I feel like I could go on for a long time about this album, but I'll wrap it up now. Every song is fantastic. If you like the music I mentioned above and you have an open mind, check this out. Maybe it's not for everyone, but you just might like this. Also, their new album is out on the 15th, I can't wait to get it. Ok, I've definitely talked for too long now, cya!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Record - MUCH BETTER THAN LAGWAGON March 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This band consists of Joey Cape of Lagwagon fame, along with former Lagwagon drummer Derrick Plourde and several other Santa Barbara rock locals...
This is their first release and it's only a glimmer of what's to come... This record is fantastic pop-rock in the style of Jawbreaker, Radiohead, and even a little bit of Lagwagon...
Every song here is fantastic and this record will not leave your stereo...
They have an upcoming full length release on My Records that will be even better, plus a split release with CO's Armchair Martian in which they play each other's songs...
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5.0 out of 5 stars few and far between are records this good
I've been a fan of Lagwagon for years. Maybe this is sacrilege to say but I prefer Bad Astronaut to the older stuff. Its just more mature, more full-circle. Read more
Published on July 10, 2011 by ihaveeleventoes
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
This album is perfect. Definatly one of my favorites. I don't think I've ever heard another band that is remotely close to sounding like this. Read more
Published on February 10, 2006 by Emily P
5.0 out of 5 stars Great work of art
this is a great work of art. Very deep and complex in heart like most PUNK ROCk bands, in which most people wont understand. Well worth the money and time listening to as well. Read more
Published on January 11, 2006 by marely
5.0 out of 5 stars Acrophobic!
Acrophobe is the first Bad Astronaut release and is great from start to finish you seriously cant skip a track on this album, the stand out tracks are probably quiet, anecdote and... Read more
Published on July 20, 2003 by Paul Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars A League of Their Own......
Yep, like the rest of the lucky folks who found this album, I think it is genius. they are supposedly coming out with something new this summer. if it is anything like acrophobe... Read more
Published on April 30, 2002 by Let's go to Luchenback Texas...
4.0 out of 5 stars Lagwagon minus fast pace=bad astronaut
like the title says, bad astronaut sounds basically like a slower lagwagon. they've got lagwagon's singer so its gonna sound pretty similar. Read more
Published on January 14, 2002 by Sam
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