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  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00001O2W5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shout
2. Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)
3. I Have Everything
4. Cosmic Woo Woo
5. Nobody's Home
6. All For Nothing
7. I Said It
8. Back To Eden
9. Bored With Myself
10. Careful What You Wish For
11. Sin City
12. Back To Nowhere

Editorial Reviews

When Meredith Brooks broke through with her 1997 single "Bitch," you could pretty much cut the irony with a knife: a song that was meant to show off her multidimensionality (as well as that of all women) instead became a song that defined her, and in many ways limited her. With Deconstruction, Brooks seems to be trying to take down that graven image piece by piece. Sure, there's plenty of energetic, melodic guitar rock similar to that with which she scored on Blurring the Edges ("I Have Everything," "Shout," "All For Nothing"), but there's also a funky edge to her take on Melanie's "Lay Down" (featuring a guest appearance by Queen Latifah), and some lovely ballads ("Nobody's Home," "Back to Nowhere"). Her lyrics aren't particularly deep (notably the overreaching and unfortunately titled "Cosmic Woo Woo"), but Deconstruction is a follow-up effort that should put an end to the name-calling. --Daniel Durchholz

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Meredith Brooks Deconstruction US CD album

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant November 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
No one should have any hesitation about buying this CD, it is one of the best albums this year, since I have bought it, it's has never been of my CD player- the songs just grab you and your hooked- I think its better than Blurring the Edges. Deconstruction is very easy to listen to, and Merediths voice is excellent. It is a rare album that (in my opinion) that has no weak or filling tracks, my favorite songs are Nobodys Home, Back To Eden and Careful What you wish for. Everyone should buy this CD- it's ace!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Y2Kool August 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I could listen to this CD for hours. In fact, I have been for the past two or three hours straight, at least.
There's just something about this music that rests at the surface, and begs to seep in.
And when the needle hits (there are actual vinyl effects, complete with surface noise from repeated play on "Bored with Myself"), I'm feeling the satisfaction of a junkie's fix.
In 2001, we know that Y2K didn't do much of anything, so that makes the opening track more fun: "...Y2K shuts down L.A./Now you got something to really figure out..." and this follows a reference to Bill and Monica. Remember them? This would be fun in an oldies show.
"Lay Down" features Queen Latifah, and it's a groovy track, I tell you, I tell you. As Frank Zappa once said, "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." Just listen to it.
"I Have Everything" ... rocks.
"Cosmic Woo Woo" is just fun. Or is it serious contemplation? I don't know.
"Nobody's Home" keeps on the spiritual track with the lines "All she ever wanted was a place on this earth/She shouts for a savior or anyone who'll hear her." The previous "Cosmic Woo Woo" is actually wholly about spiritual issues, believe it or don't, from that title.
"All For Nothing" flirts with hip-hop, and is my favorite track here: "After eight years of sharing every dream together we don't even talk/Is that all there is?/What we stood up for Now we stand behind a million locked doors and we can't even say that we'll be friends..."
"Back to Eden" against hints at thing celestial. In fact, Meredith thanks God first in the "thank-you's.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get this CD for the Great songs! July 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a good CD, Not a great CD...

However, it is a CD with some GREAT songs!

Sin City, Back To Eden, I Have Everything, and Careful What You Wish For, are good enough to justify the cost of the CD all by themselves, and if you like the other songs, which are still pretty good, then that is just a bonus. I believe Meredith Brooks is too important of a song writer to not be working, hopefully she will get back to work soon and make another great album like "Bad, Bad One". If you don't have this album, really, theses songs are very good. If you don't know Meredith Brooks, Start With "Bad, Bad One" or "Blurring Edges" and fall in love with her rock music for grown ups!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MEREDITH DECONSTRUCTS THE "ONE HIT WONDER" IDEA October 13, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely loved Meredith Brooks' "Blurring the Edges." I didn't think it was possible for her to top that effort, but she does so with "Deconstruction."
I could hardly wait for the release of her current work, especially since I was aware of her doing a cover of Melanie's classic anthem song, "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)." I had some misgivings about Meredith's interpretation of the song when I discovered that Queen Latifah would be doing a rap solo in the song. I admit that I am not a big fan of rap music and I was afraid the song would be ruined by the inclusion of rap.
When I first heard the version by Meredith and Queen Latifah, I was flabbergasted. Not only did I fall in love with this version, but I also felt the inclusion of Queen Latifah brought the feeling of the original to a whole new generation of people. The rapping actually makes the song more accessible and easier to relate to. Hats off to Meredith, Queen Latifah, and whoever else had the divine wisdom to include this song on this remarkable piece of artistic creativity.
The rest of the CD is just as wonderful as "Lay Down" and worth paying full retail price for. Do not wait until it goes on sale. This music should be heard as soon as possible!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! July 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
In a day and age in which the music industry seems infected with lovely, whispy, airy voiced babes, it is a relief to hear a singer with heart, edge and an incredible power in her performance. I am a recent convert to Brooks' stuff, but what a conversion. I have always liked Ethridge, Raitt, Joplin...women with that hard edged voice and soul. Brooks is another of the powerful women of rock. She plays with the lyrics of a song. In Blurring, she whines about wanting it all...I need it...and makes you believe she does. It is a song that shows the insanity of being driven to want it all. In Deconstruction, she finds she has all she needs. Cosmic Woo Woo, is the anthem of all that is wrong with our flip flop society today. Bouncing from one belief to another, without ever really believing in anything. Damn, this is such good stuff. Like a good merlot, Meredith gets better with each new record.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Her best work.
Published 1 day ago by paris
4.0 out of 5 stars so much Cosmic Woo Woo in my mind
Just get real, don't be a Cosmic Woo Woo. I like the way it sounds on this CD. All the other alternatives are like things people try to teach you. Read more
Published on April 9, 2009 by Bruce P. Barten
2.0 out of 5 stars Huge Disappointment
"Blurring the Edges" is a really good CD that belongs right alongside efforts by Fiona Apple and Alanis Morissette. This CD might as well be by Michelle Branch. Read more
Published on September 11, 2003 by "raeeast"
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to relax at Home!
It's actually quit good! There are about 8 good Tracks!
Published on June 18, 2001 by Buddy
2.0 out of 5 stars Brooks rules; Deconstuction Lacks
I am a hugh Brooks fan and I have all of her cds, but this album is so unbalenced. It has too much of a range. That could be good for some people, but not me. Read more
Published on March 26, 2001 by Thomas CJ Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Game Time
I am a one-song fan of this album, but I like that song so much that I think people should be able to play a little game to find it. Read more
Published on September 27, 2000 by Bruce P. Barten
5.0 out of 5 stars For those of you who haven't bought this CD yet...WHY?
How many more five-star reviews do you need to see before you realize that "Deconstruction" is a MUST HAVE album for your CD collection?
Original? ABSOLUTELY! Read more
Published on April 3, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Meredith rocks on second record
On this second record Meredith really comes out of the shadow of "Bitch" She has made a record that sounds even better than Blurring The Edges. Read more
Published on March 31, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars You Go Girl!
I haven't gotten this cd yet but i can bet a million $ on it that it will be as good if not better then "Blurring The Edges. Read more
Published on March 29, 2000 by "broncosgirl15"
4.0 out of 5 stars Evolution
The girl's got it going on. This sophomore effort solidifies Brooks place at the top as an amazing singer, songwriter, and musician. Read more
Published on March 21, 2000 by goodmdcn
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