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Manic Frustration

TroubleAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 16, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: American WB / Def American
  • ASIN: B000002LSM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,427 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Come Touch The Sky
2. 'Scuse Me
3. The Sleeper
4. Fear
5. Rain
6. Tragedy Man
7. Memory's Garden
8. Manic Frustration
9. Hello Strawberry Skies
10. Mr. White
11. Breathe...

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1992 Def American / Metal

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better 90s "Old School" rock albums May 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was introduced to Trouble through Martin Popoff's Guide to Heavy Metal. I had never heard of the band before '98, yet they have a catalouge that dates back to '84. And while I can't claim to have as much enthusiasm for Manic Frustration as Popoff, it does stand up well along newer bands turning out similar type product back in '92.

This album backs away from the heavier sound and imagery shown throughout Run to the Light and Trouble and embraces the new, grungier (at this time) sounds of metal sported by bands like Soundgarden and Four Horsemen (though virtually nothing alike).

Throughout Manic Frustration, the band is intent on exploring a number of different musical angles. Everything from OTT to Beatlesque pop is displayed, usually with winning results. Personal faves include the manic (id) "Scuse Me," reflective, almost mellow "Rain," forceful yet tuneful "Memory's Garden," and closer "Breathe..." the only with epic ambitions in this collection.

For fans of the early 90s sound in hard rock, combining the elements of grungy guitars with some old-school flair, I would definitely pick this one up. There's little doubt after listening to MF and Plastic Green Head, Trouble never received the recognition (in terms of sales, anyway) they deserved.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trouble - 'Manic Frustration' (Warner Brothers) March 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
While 'Manic Frustration' didn't exactly throw me for a loop like their self-titled '90 release did, it is still a decent piece of recorded work. As any Trouble fan might have come to expect, it's decent psychedelic-like gloom. Good tracks include "Come Touch The Sky", "Mr.White", "Memory's Garden", "Hello Strawberry Skies" and the well written "Scuse Me". Must admit that vocalist Eric Wagner puts out a good effort here. An okay find.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp!! April 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Well, this is a Trouble record that reveals alot of experience and sharpness. A very mature guitar playing with both blues and doom-feeling for a grown-up listener. It is so obvious that theese musicians have been around for some time! All the players know their instrument and together they come up with some of the strongest Trouble-material ever! Please listen!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you play it, they will come November 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Trouble. Why has this band not become huge? This CD still gets played at shows in Pittsburgh between bands or during stage set-up. Symphony X and UFO shows lately and for good reason, it ROCKS. "Come touch the Sky" kicks this off and it is just a heavy and catchy riff. Along the lines of "Toys in The attic" or "Daytripper" but much heavier and distorted. Then there is no looking back. Eric Wagner's voice just complements this music so well. It is just a shame the rest of the world or at least the US never really picked up on these guys. I just played this in it's entirety again last night. I have owned this for over a decade. It is that good. It appears this is stuck in the cult following but so many people love this, go figure. BUY IT NOW!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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trouble is a great chicago dish of heavy,psychedelic,gloomy and straight ahead rock bands that never got the publics attention.
this was a great follow up to their first album (actually second),after a 3 year hiatus.
"memorys garden" is the run away smash that true metal fm radio blasted during the summer of much so it was strong enough to make you buy the cd.and what a treasure chest of sound .
hendrix,donovan,tales of darkness all get a deserving tribute.the music is all of those rare albums where everything on it is worth over and over listens.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TROUBLE CD FOR CLASSIC ROCK ENTUSIASTS September 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Trouble's last two albums (MANIC FRUSTRATION and PLASTIC GREEN HEAD) are hard rock. They don't sound like the previous four that were done. Less of the doom but more of a groove. Still the guitar solos are there. Wagner sounds awesome here. Its developed well over the years. Its kind of funny at first but you'll soon find there's alot of power in his voice, you won't hear anything quite like it. A few riffs are reminiscent of Pantera (specifically COWBOYS FROM HELL...I really like that album.) Some of my favorite tracks are THE SLEEPER, FEAR, MANIC FRUSTRATION, and MR. WHITE. Don't pay to much for this (it's out of print.)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real good, not great. October 14, 2010
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All Trouble albums are real good and some are great but ALL are worth having. Get this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This albums marks the first clear-cut move away from doom for Trouble. There is still enough of a doom vibe there for one to say they are a doom-influenced band, but you wouldn't think that if you didn't already have it in your mind that they were a doom band, based on their earlier material. Still, the proof that this is good--really good--is that i saw a video for it (Memory Garden), and despite being a huge Trouble fan, I had no idea the video was for Trouble--but I thought the song I was hearing was really good. It struck me as some of the better earlier Soundgarden stuff, but in no way playing the copycat.

That said, this album definitely has a grunge element, BUT in no way does it come off as a bandwagon-jumping affair. If anything, this sounds like Trouble showing their 70s influences they had from way back but had never shown clearly before, and doing it so well that they seemed to resemble grunge bands. But really, they resemble grunge from a common link, and not because of any intetnional mimicry (besides, this is way fresher and truer than 95% of the grunge out there.)

Now, in a way I am contradicting myself with this rating, because I only gave the self-titled album 4 stars (though I think maybe it deserved 5), and I may like it better than this, and I'm giving this 5. But let me explain. This album marks a move in a clearly different direction. It still has the chunky guitar lines that signify Trouble, and the unmistakable Wagner vocals (which come closer than ever to Plant here). My explanation for this, is that the self-titled album was still doom enough for me to judge it on doom terms, and, as i said in that review, the doom wasn't as overpowering as on the first two albums (though the 4th was true-blue heavy ROCK, make no mistakes about it).
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