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Making the Grade [Import]

DiffuserAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 4, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00016123W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,291,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. New High
2. Get It On
3. Only in the Movies
4. Why
5. I Wonder
6. Far and in Between
7. Breakaway
8. Here's to You
9. She's All Mine
10. Long Way from Home
11. Nothing Left to Say
12. Avoid the Friction
13. Bury My Wounded Heart [*]
14. Today Is the Day [*]

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Japanese release featuring a bonus track

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Diffuser makes me feel like a school girl... December 12, 2003
By tbiddy
Format:Audio CD
I know, I know. I'm probably too old to like this stuff. Heck, this made me even question my membership as a manly-man. But, lo and behold...I looked in the mirror this morning, facial hair? Check. Yes, it's true...I'm still a man. But you know what didn't change? I STILL like this album. Maybe I won't like it 2 years from now, maybe I will, but there is one thing I've learned in my short 25 years on the planet Earth: you have to critique music on the merits of their respective genres. Meaning, if it's nu-metal, is it GOOD nu-metal, if it's pop-punk, is it GOOD pop-punk?
Diffuser could fit nicely in the categories of emo/pop-punk/power-pop. Before you review (or more accurately make an alleged "un-biased" "biased" judgment) you must FIRST know what you're getting yourself into. Are we gonna hear rabid, rapid-fire political rants? Nope. Are we going to hear bloodcurdling screams and/or barking followed by frantic, frenetic strumming and inhuman tempo changes? Probably not. Should we suspect hook-laden melodies, and infectious even "bratty," occasionally vulgar, corn-syrupy sweet vocal harmonies? Darn tootin.' APLENTY.
Now, I admit I'm making a reviewer "cardinal sin" by not having heard any of Diffuser's other releases. Some might argue this might make my review either "less valid" or "more objective" depending on your viewpoint, but I'm throwing all that out the window and reviewing this album solely on its own individual effort.
Like when listening to a lot of pop music, or watching any movie made in the 80's you have to have sort of a "suspension of disbelief" if you will. In other words...just have fun. Get lost in it, don't think about it too much, just kick back and go with the flow. Diffuser makes it very easy to do this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Making The Grade July 17, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Diffuser's album Making The Grade is an above average attempt at a record for the masses. Heartfelt, easy to relate to lyrics paired with rock instrumentation give this band one decent addition to anyone's collection. "New High", "Get It On", and "I Wonder" are definately not your average uptempo hits, nor are they what makes this band different from the rest; songs including "Breakaway", "Nothing Left To Say", and "She's All Mine" are just the right type of calm, serene, slower balads that seperate them from all the other new alterna-pop/punk rock bands the new music scene is fueled by. A definate to take a few listens to.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Radical change for Diffuser, and not for the better December 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was introduced to Diffuer by the Mission Impossible 2 soundtrack. I liked their single "Karma" enough to go out and by their album Injury Loves Melody, a truly great album that was just straight out rock'n'roll. Imagine my dismay when I heard the few first songs off of this release. They have been tranformed into a generic pop-punk band meant to appeal to the teeny-boppers who buy Good Charlotte and A simple plan albums. Their songs could not possibly be more cliche. I would recommend buying their first album, but their second album makes me want to cry. Of course, their objective with this Cd was album sales, and that, no doubt, is what this album will acheive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made the Grade July 16, 2003
By Molly
Format:Audio CD
This Cd is Amazing...it Def. made the grade in my book....the lyrics are captivating and real....you can feel what Tomas felt when he wrote these songs..there is not a single song to skip over and THAT makes a GREAT Album when you can listen to it straight through...i Def. wont be taking it outta my cd player and time soon!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Although They Changed, This One Still Makes The Grade October 24, 2003
By CFal
Format:Audio CD
The title may be saying this one is "make-it or break-it," but Diffuser have come out swinging (again) with the release of their second full-length album, "Making The Grade," which although changes to a much more firendlier, conventional sound, but still contains the charm of their first disc.
"Injury Loves Melody," was the perfect title for the first cd, which had a raging flair to it's melodic choruses. Now, the band has replaced two members and is working with one of punk-rock's most respected producers, Mark Trombino, a man who made blink-182, Jimmy Eat World as well as billions of other bands high school girls love famous. Well, Mark has transformed Diffuser from a differnt kind of punk band into what punk is defined as today: fast, catchy and well, sometimes bland.
But, Diffuser take this formula and are able to capture the magic of very catchy hooks and winning lyrics that their first album contained. Sure, it's all pretty general stuff, nothing new or spectacular, but that's just fine, because Diffuser has the capability to make their sound a little more distant than bands that begin to sound alike, with each passing moment (Good Charlotte and Mest, anyone?).
The album starts off strong with the bright-and-sunny, yet kinda-dark "New High," and then follows with the song that will stick in your head like gum, "Get It On." They continue this magic trend with other catchy, "f*** you" power houses like "Here's To You," "I Wonder," and the nearest thing to metal, "Avoid The Friction.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars SO I checked out another video and really liked both so I got the CD
I found this band completely by accident. I was goggling 'diffusers' as in ceiling and amongst the returns was a video for this band. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Johnny Fuller
5.0 out of 5 stars Check out if you like rock
Even though Diffuser is a well unknown band, Diffuser is a very good band. This CD just soars through good songs any rock lover will love even more. Read more
Published 14 months ago by kylerawks10
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could give it more!!! 8-)
WOW! When I heard a few of the songs from a friend I absolutley fell in love with this cd!! I ran out & got it ASAP!... Read more
Published on January 20, 2005 by Joel L.
1.0 out of 5 stars You've got to be kidding me.
I have no idea how such utterly archetypical pop-slush is getting such glowing reviews. Sorry to say, but this music is unoriginal. Read more
Published on January 5, 2005 by k41j1
4.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
Ditching the 80's glam rock meets emocore style of "injury loves melody" in favor of pop-punk, Diffuser has retured with an album sure to bring them lots of success. Read more
Published on December 29, 2004 by xTragedyxBrittanyx
5.0 out of 5 stars look at it this way
ok tha only song i have heard from this album is I Wonder and i thought it was good, so if tha rest of tha cd is like that i would highly recommend it. Read more
Published on June 12, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
The best cd-- Diffuser is great! I saw them in concert, and rushed to buy this cd, and was completely satisfied with what I got.
Published on December 25, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars New Breed Of Rock Band
Lately it seems there has been a New Breed Of Rock Band popping up all over the radio and on MTV, replacing the Boy Band/Pop sound that was popular a few years ago. Read more
Published on October 12, 2003 by augustunicorn
5.0 out of 5 stars What is it like?
Okay, if youre wondering whether or not to buy this album, I'll tell u the answer!!! BUY IT!!!!! it really has a lot of feelings mixed into it and the music totally rocks!!! Read more
Published on August 24, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars All the good of "Injury Loves Melody"
Diffuser's first album, Injury Loves Melody, was somewhat like a bi-polar person. It had incredible highs like "Karma" and "The Way that I feel" and then it sank to weird... Read more
Published on August 10, 2003
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