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For My Friends

Blind MelonAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 22, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Adrenaline Records
  • ASIN: B0014DBZRY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. For My Friends
2. Wishing Well
3. Make A Difference
4. Sometimes
5. Tumblin Down
6. With The Right Set Of Eyes
7. Harmful Belly
8. Father Time
9. Last Laugh
10. Down On The Pharmacy
11. Hypnotize
12. So High
13. Cheatem Street

Editorial Reviews

The recently reborn Blind Melon will release their first studio album in thirteen years this spring. It introduces new singer Travis Warren as a replacement for late front man Shannon Hoon, who died in 1995. Warren joins original members Rogers Stevens, Christopher Thorn, Brad Smith, and Glen Graham. "This record's a great rock 'n' roll record," Warren says. "It's kind of like (1995's) 'Soup' - the more you listen to it, the more it grows on you." Without eschewing familiar Blind Melon sounds, the album ventures off on tracks like "Sometimes". According to Warren, "We definitely want to experiment and do different things."

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy entry into the Blind Melon Canon June 11, 2008
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Facing an uphill battle by coming back after 12 years (and with a new and much younger singer and frontman!) it's kind of amazing this album isn't the disaster it had every right to be. In fact, it's a reason to have real hope about the band's future. New singer Travis Warren sounds enough like Shannon Hoon that the band's sound is still recognizable, but not so much so that he sounds like a cheap imitation. His range is similar to Hoon's but his vocals tend to be a little rougher and perhaps a bit more structured. Not a bad thing; he may lack the wild-eyed soul which made Hoon perfect for the job, but when the songwriting really comes together on the new album, Travis's vocals can really shine. Remember, too, that Blind Melon was always a group effort. Shannon may have been the singer but as a songwriter he was merely part of the creative process. The rest of the band proves their worth by playing their hearts out, really putting forth an outstanding musical collaboration.

This is not to say that the album is perfect. It's actually closest in tone, probably, to the original Blind Melon album, with a few standout tracks, and a bunch of interesting but not-quite-there numbers. "Wishing Well" comes across pretty strong, as do tunes like "Father Time" (featuring a nicely evocative guitar lines) "Make a Difference" "Last Laugh" and the wonderful but atypical "Sometimes". Other songs, ("Tumblin' Down", "Harmful Belly") have some nice parts but ultimately come across as kind of meandering, without real solid pop hooks and melody.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Long Awaited Return... April 22, 2008
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Like Soup, this album will continue to grow on you. I actually got it Friday at the Dallas stop on Blind Melon's tour and have been listening to it ever since. It gets better with each listen. I have to say, after the show the other night, which was completely amazing, I got to meet the band and talk with them for quiet a while and they are all completely genuine and it really shows in the music. They do care about the fans and their old friend Shannon.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! April 22, 2008
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Finally new material from one of my favorite bands Blind Melon. From start to finish this album is excellent, this is one of those albums you listen to from start to finish without skipping over tracks.

I was fortunate enough to see Blind Melon in concert in Dallas and I was absolutely blown away by their performance. The band hasn't changed one bit since the passing of Shannon Hoon, and with the adding of Travis T. Warren on vocals the band is better than ever! Though Travis cannot take Shannon's place he does an amazing job on vocals, I was very pleased.

If you're an old fan and are skeptical about a new guy taking Shannon's place, I urge you to pick up this album... you will be blown away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank's BM April 22, 2008
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I'm not one to type long messages, so this will be short and to the point. I actually bought this cd at their show in New Orleans last week (4/17). It hasn't left my cd player since. Like alot of folks have said, Travis will never replace Shannon, but at least we get more Blind Melon. Travis is still a great addition....check out Cheetum Street (w/ Travis' mom on back-up vocals). It's about time a good album has come along. On a side note; 90% of music today consists of regurgitated crap and lack of talent. Thanks for more talented and original music BM!!!! It's about time. Rest in peace brother Hoon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album April 22, 2008
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This is an outstanding album with great musicianship by all. Travis Warren is a find.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album April 22, 2008
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Just finished listening to the entire album and it is great. Some songs sound a little over produced. Great feeling album! Good Job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love that I have for my friends June 2, 2008
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This is one of those albums that you have to have. I was fortunate enough to meet Brad Smith the bassist for the Melons. While on tour I taught him a tennis lesson. Hes pretty good too. Anyway, afterwards he put me and my buddy on "the list" we got to see the melons in Boise Idaho. Needless to say they rocked. I had to get their album and I wasnt dissapointed indeed from start to finish, this is a classic jam band album. Travis Warren by the way is one of the best lead singers ive ever witnessed in real life. I could not believe his voice was able to carry that pitch for so long. For those who say, hes trying too hard. Not at all that is how he actually sounds for hours. My God they were impressive. Back to the review, from start to finish this is a great album you have to hear to really appriciate. I was a fan back in the day but I cant stop listening to the album the second song is definatly my favorite, makes me think of that girl, that youve had, but now has gone away. Makes me emotional everytime I listen to it. Get the album, Blind Melon is back finally and I hope for the long haul.
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4.0 out of 5 stars With the Right Set of Eyes May 22, 2008
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I had tickets to see Blind Melon on Nov. 4th, 1995. Unfortunately, Shannon passed away on Oct. 21st, just a few weeks shy of the show. I remember thinking that I would never be able to see Blind Melon play live and I was so depressed. Last week on May 2nd, 2008 that all changed. Blind Melon played the El Rey in Los Angeles and totally rocked. It was so great to finally hear songs from the debut, "Soup" and even "Nico", performed LIVE! Of course, Shannon wasn't there but he created that music and his energy will always be in and part of those songs. The fact is Shannon Hoon can never be replaced. I know that, Blind Melon fans know that, and so does Blind Melon. Travis Warren, the new frontman, is not there to replace Shannon, but rather, to keep the music alive and bring back a great band that's been gone far too long.

With all that said, the new album is solid. There's not a bad song in the bunch. There's not a real radio single in the bunch either, but "Wishing Well" is the closest. Travis doesn't emulate Shannon's style very much at all. I noticed slight "Hoon-isms" but just briefly. Yes, they have a similar range and tone, but their style, energy, and approach to song writing (melodically and lyrically) are completely different. Shannon was a free spirit, so free that he was at times, out of control. That energy is apparent on the first album and especially on "Soup". Travis is a bit more structured and has a controlled and steady energy. That's not bad, it's just different.

I think this album is a great start for the new lineup. I think they're just testing the waters right now. Once the band is together for a while I think they will venture into more uncharted territory.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this band
We lost another artist to soon. Love this band.
Published 8 days ago by Chris Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars not blind melon
no shannon hoon...
i thought i was getting a record of previously unreleased material or something
they got a new singer
& it is really... Read more
Published 7 months ago by ohYeah?
2.0 out of 5 stars This is a different band
The band is not the same without Shannon Hoon. It's great they tried to come back together, but it's just not the same band. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gene
5.0 out of 5 stars Melon Head Forever!
Great album! Travis was a good choice on the replacement signer thought no one will ever true replace Shannon. Read more
Published 20 months ago by moosehead03
3.0 out of 5 stars RIP Shannon
Good, but it just isn't the same without Shannon :(

RIP Shannon, you are still loved and missed! You were a life cut WAY TO SHORT! Read more
Published 21 months ago by R. Stone
1.0 out of 5 stars a travesty
a travesty. not Blind Melon. No way. Sorry fellas, this is not the real article. Should have continued with UT. Long live Shannon Hoon.
Published on November 25, 2011 by Roger A. Berkowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good
I buy this CD because I'm a Blind Melon fan, and I buy all the CD's with Shanoon leading the band, and I want to know more about the band without Him, really change for good and... Read more
Published on October 21, 2011 by Carlos Rodriguez
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
It's ok. Kind of bland and lifeless. It's missing that feeling and emotion of their earlier work. "For My Friends" is great, a few are pretty good (With The Right Set of Eyes,... Read more
Published on March 29, 2011 by Marc LaBelle
5.0 out of 5 stars For My Friends........
Great Album, Travis Warren is an awesome singer, the band still sound like.......Blind Melon, you get the feeling that they really have a chemistry that was worth bringing the band... Read more
Published on November 12, 2010 by benisme
2.0 out of 5 stars Its not "Soup" ...
This album start off strong w/ "For My Friends" and "With the Right Set of Eyes" but it falls off after that. Read more
Published on February 26, 2010 by J. Standera
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Blind Melon is back and its about time!
I agree. Travis is fantastic. For all the doubters & naysayers, they sound great. The band is tight and obviously loving being back together playing great music. Give them a try-- you will not be disappointed.
Apr 2, 2008 by Keith E. Fountain |  See all 3 posts
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