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My So-Called Life

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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000LX7UXQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,346,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Remember back in 2001? Nu-metal was at it's saturation point. Remember all of those nu-metal bands that came out? Switched? No One? Thank god we haven't heard from some of these groups since then, eh? But From Zero, they were definitely an oasis that year. Their major label debut, "One Nation Under" definitely stuck out from the crowd, making them one of the few decent debuts out of the sea of crap we had to swim through. Fast forward to 2003: From Zero were one of the few groups left over that actually got to record a follow-up. That follow-up, "My So-Called Life," however, didn't add up to much.

I think the main problem with From Zero's second album is that they sound stuck in an identity crisis. Sure, songs like "Time Of Day," "Myself" and a rocking cover of Phil Collins' "I Don't Care Anymore" are reminiscent of a really great band. But elsewhere, they try new things, and unfortunately fail. Such failure is perfectly captured in the proposed single "Sorry," where frontman Jett reduces himself to some really whiney, awful ranting (and rapping). Not just that, his lyrics are rather poor, not just on this song, but throughout the album. Musically, it's hard to hear the same band that brought us "One Nation Under." When they're not repeating themselves, they just sound watered down. I guess the biggest compliment I can give this album is that doesn't sound like anyone else, but that's not exactly a good thing.

I'm not sure what happened to From Zero, but if I had to guess, I'd say their time has expired. They shared the same label as Adema, who, after the label shifted management, got tossed aside. And I'm guessing since From Zero weren't even as successful as them, that they got trampled underfoot as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing follow-up May 14, 2003
By Matt M.
Format:Audio CD
When I first listened to One Nation Under, I felt that it was a promise of greater things to come. Unfortunately, My So-Called Life does not deliver upon that promise. In truth, not only does it feel like a bit of a step back from the sheer power of One Nation Under, but it also isn't as good as their self-titled indie debut.
It seems the band tried to diversify their sound a bit with this album, an idea I have no problem with in theory. The problem lies in the fact that someone's idea of diversity seemed to be to make them sound more like Incubus. (This is apparent with songs like "Lines" and "Sold Out.") Another problem lies in the lyrical content of their songs. Take, for example, the opening line of "Lines": "I used to think that we were just, like, so tight..." And just about every song seems to be about a failed or challenged relationship of some sort.
I feel, however, that the worst sin committed on this album is the cannibalization of what is, in my opinion, their best song, "Swing," for the new song "Time of Day." I was hoping that maybe they might rerecord "Swing" for this album untouched, but they did exactly what I was hoping they wouldn't do. I strongly recommend anyone who is interested in From Zero's music to download an MP3 of "Swing" immediately, as it is likely to be the only way you'll hear the song.
This isn't to say that there isn't some great music on this CD. Both the opening track, "Myself," and the title track--despite its verses falling into the Incubus-soundalike category--deliver on the promise of the previous albums. The final track, "Believe," also an excellent song, makes one look to the future and hope for better albums from this band. I know they have it in them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Zero...well worth the wait!!! June 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Too bad this band slipped through the cracks with so many annoying bands(Linkin Park, Cold, Finch, Chevelle etc.)making it big. Bummer. Oh well, From Zero is so refreshing!!! Jett's vocals are just as killer as on One Nation Under, however, this album started off slow. The lyrics are still great. I do agree that the song "Sorry" is annoying. That rap/singing thing, while good intentioned I'm sure, rubbed off as stupid. After hearing it on the radio before I got the cd, that song put me off a bit. HOWEVER...the rest of the album totally kicks much bootie! I'm finding myself replaying tracks 7-11 over and over and over...From Zero has the ability to get you hooked on the first listen and keeps getting more addictive with every listen. The choice of "Sorry" as the first single, to me, is a bad move and really doesn't make the point of From Zero, they'd be better off releasing "Drama Queen" or "Believe". From Zero is just [...]! :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From Zero: My So-Called Life May 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I loved From Zero's debut cd, One Nation Under. It is one cd that always gets me pumped and never plays out. From Zero is so talented the band is heavy and fast at times but they can also be very melodic and calm in the same song! I would say that My So-Called Life is a great CD and I would definately reccomend it to anyone. One Nation Under is a must have and if you like that CD and are a big fan, buy this one because it opens up another side of them. Songs like "Time of Day" still hold true to their heavy, fast paced sound while others like "Sorry" are a bit different than the sound we are used to hearing, but still very good. This CD is a must have for any From Zero fan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It's okay!
Although not as good as the sophomore effort... It's pretty good!! I would recommend it if you really liked the first Cd and just wanted to delve deeper...
Published 11 months ago by Songbird2
3.0 out of 5 stars Their Debut is what to buy
This album is dissappointing and not anything like From Zero's debut. It has a few good songs but most of them are just too slow but I like them and ill give um 3 stars, more like... Read more
Published on March 9, 2005 by Darkhorse04
2.0 out of 5 stars My So-Called Life
Underneath all the cliches that From Zero seem to stumble into on their albums, there's a sense that the band is really trying their hardest to make their songs shine, and although... Read more
Published on January 8, 2005 by Mr. Penfold
2.0 out of 5 stars My so called life departs from One Nation Under.
Where did the strong melodies that were so apparent on some of the songs in the first album go? Someone find them again and put them back. It's not funny anymore. Read more
Published on August 15, 2004 by krosspyder
1.0 out of 5 stars My So called piece of sh*t
wow. i cannot believe i even gave this BS cd a chance. i want my 35 minutes back please. after hearing the song "the other side", which is a great tune by the way, i... Read more
Published on December 14, 2003 by Paul
3.0 out of 5 stars From Zero's Softer side
When I bought From Zero's "One Nation Under", I was amazed at the emotion and intesity of the album. It defiately became one of my favorite cd's. Read more
Published on November 29, 2003 by Reed
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the same but acceptable
I think this CD is not like their old Hardcore stuff that they used to do a lot of times i really dig this band i love them they are fkn great but you CAN"T never compare this... Read more
Published on August 1, 2003 by Skye
4.0 out of 5 stars good,but nothing compared to 'one nation under'
from zero kinda slipped under my radar since their 2001 debut which amazed the heck outta me.i saw this cd perusing thru a cd store one day and i had to buy it; it was really... Read more
Published on July 27, 2003 by J. Moscatello
2.0 out of 5 stars My So-Called Sophomore Slump
My So-Called Life is Chicago based group From Zero's follow-up
to their phenomenal debut, One Nation Under. Read more
Published on July 25, 2003 by Aaron Heuer
4.0 out of 5 stars From Zero to Millions
Let me start by sayin From Zero is an incredibly diverse band, with that said everyone one here said "Jett should rap" "he sounds like Eminem" shouldnt be... Read more
Published on July 24, 2003 by "mike122885scott"
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