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Because They Can

NelsonAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 19, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000000P0T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful departure January 6, 2010
Format:Audio CD
It took five years for Nelson to finally issue a follow-up to their best-selling 1990 debut After the Rain, and by the time 1995's Because They Can was released, the musical climate had taken a dramatic shift. Radio and MTV were no longer interested in Nelson's brand of pretty boy pop metal, instead doting over the latest mopey alterna-rockers. I suppose there was no way for Nelson to win, but you have to give them credit for what they came up with for this album.

Because They Can isn't the catchy, melodic arena rock of After the Rain, nor is it some weak attempt to pass themselves off as grunge. Instead the Nelson brothers - sons of the late Ricky Nelson - came up with an album that played to their strengths as singers as well as songwriters. Because They Can is probably best described as adult contemporary or AOR. It's very laid back, with almost acoustic guitar strumming replacing power chords and substance replacing flash. With a little more twang it could even be a passable country album. The change in styles was drastic, and I confess I was disappointed at first, but after a few spins the album really grew on me. It's a very melodic album, and the signature Nelson vocal harmonies are just as amazing here as they were on the debut. If anything, the mellow nature of Because They Can makes the vocals stand out that much more. The songwriting is also much improved. There are some very beautiful, very moving songs on this album, "Cross My Broken Heart", "(You Got Me) All Shook Up" and "Nobody Wins In the End" to name a few.

If you go into this album not expecting another After the Rain, you should find Because They Can a very enjoyable album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yes they can July 12, 2001
By Beth
Format:Audio CD
I love this album. I love all their albums. I had a dubbed tape version of this album(I know I am evil) because I didn't know where to find it. When my cd collection ballooned, I forgot about all my poor little tapes, even the good ones, like this. I found the tape and immediately ordered the cd, remembering how much I loved these guys and their music. Originally, Imaginator was their second album but Geffen wanted After the Rain II. They came as close to it, without replicating it completely. If you liked their debut, you will love their "sophomore" effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow start July 24, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I loved "After the Rain" (I own five copies of the cassette), so after the positive reviews, I was sure I'd love this one as well. After the first five songs, I was thinking I should give the cd to my country-music sister. Considering the reasonable price, it was probably worth the money... half the songs for half the price. "Won't Walk Away" was excellent and their instrumentals are always a joy, but it didn't live up to my expectations.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They rock, simply because they can... October 9, 2001
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After the success of "After the Rain," the band had...let's just say....difficulties in the release of their second album. Finally after a five-year wait, this is what emerged. And let me just say the wait was worth it. As much as I love their first album, this album is ten times better. Much more was put into this disc than the first, I find. From the opening chords of the album, you can't help but be hooked. This album is sure to please a music fan of every taste. It was ballads ("Love Me Today"), instrumentals ("Remi") and up-beat melodic rock ("The Great Escape.") Ever since I picked up the disc, I've been in awe. The emotion that pours forth from the music is so pure, and will no doubt please fans of soft-core country to even some hard-core pop fans and just about anybody who's a fan of good old pop-rock in general.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melodic Country Pop&Hard Rock April 15, 2001
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How can I describe this album? I may give only three comparing with After The Rain. But as a country pop rock album maybe I should give five stars. So it may not be their cups of tea for those who want them to rock hard. They should buy Silence Is Broken,Imaginator or Life instead. But if your music taste is broad enough to appreciate Faith Hill, Shania Twain and The Corrs why not try this. My #1 favorite is The Great Escape which is true to their regular rock style. Love Me Today one of the best ballads by Nelson, and Roller Coaster rock Won't Walk Away are awesome. Recommended for wide range of pop rock fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT ACOUSTIC POP MUSIC February 13, 1999
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I'll come right out and tell you this. I love this record. These are the kinds of songs that lift your spirits and make you feel alive. Gunner and Matthew Nelson are without a doubt two of the best performers/songwriters around. To reassure us that life is in fact precious, they have recorded such songs as "Only a Moment Away", "Right Before Your Eyes","Love Me Today" and "Cross My Broken Heart". All of these and others, all heard here on this record, will give you just about as much hope and love that music can give you. If you get the chance, take it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. April 26, 2007
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I own all the Nelson CDs and have to admit that I love them all - I guess I'm just a Nelson fan. Sue me.

This is just a wonderful CD with the Nelson harmonies at their absolute best.

Try these on for size: THE GREAT ESCAPE (slow and romantic); CROSS MY BROKEN HEART (a love-gone-wrong-but-I-won't-admit-I-miss-you song); PEACE ON EARTH (truly romantic); and RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES (a romantic song about unknowingly having the love of your life right in front of you - and not knowing it).

Get this CD while it's available - I believe it's out of print.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful CD to listen to!
I don't care what the reviews say, this is a wonderful CD. It's a bit poppy, more country. Very acoustic. I listen to it all the time! Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time fave CDs
Just a few words, to say that even though I have this CD since 95, I am still in awe at it, still discovering new flavors to songs I have known for more than a decade. Read more
Published on May 4, 2012 by Eric Ah Kow
3.0 out of 5 stars great tape but...
I LOVE this tape! The music is fantastic, and the tape plays perfectly. However, for a brand-new (as opposed to used- still in the original wrapper) product to arrive in a broken... Read more
Published on August 26, 2011 by aria archer
1.0 out of 5 stars I Just Like The Cover...
Contrary to popular belief, the producers of this album actually hired the two dogs on the cover of this album to write and record this album because they had more talent than the... Read more
Published on November 20, 2008 by WillyMcCabe
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Glad They Did...
Most albums have "filler" material, right? You know....those "OK" songs in between the fabulous songs? Not so with this album. Read more
Published on September 25, 2008 by Music Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bright and exuberant as their first album...
...but it's pretty good nonetheless. People who know them best for "(Can't Live With Your) Love and Affection" will find this album extremely different. Read more
Published on March 8, 2006 by L. L. Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars COMPLETELY UNDERRATED!
This is probably one of the most underrated CDs I own, not to mention one of the most underrated bands of all time. Read more
Published on September 13, 2004 by C.B. Radley
5.0 out of 5 stars Because they can produce great music
I purchased this album at a hard time in my life, when I had to take decisions that would eventually change the entire course of my live. Read more
Published on April 27, 2002
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