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  • Audio CD (November 10, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic UK
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005K9JX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pleasure And The Greed, The by BIG WRECK

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Give a band a little success and suddenly its members are posing next to buffet tables of wine and roast pig. In the case of The Pleasure and the Greed, the excesses of the album cover art hint at things to come--the disc is louder, raunchier, and grungier than Big Wreck's 1997 debut, In Loving Memory of... (which unleashed "The Oaf" onto Billboard's Top 10). Canyon-filling electric guitars and misty-mountain acoustic textures top thunderous rhythms, while vocalist and chief songwriter Ian Thornley's hairy-chested bellowings turn even the most innocuous melody into a Viking battle cry.

The Pleasure and the Greed never strays too far from the Toronto-based band's defiantly untrendy Led Zep-encrusted blueprint, but the disc does deliver a number of standout moments. "Everything Is Fine" is a pounding, snotty Alice in Chains-like dirge, and "All by Design" rocks with a soaring chorus and majestic lead-guitar line. The title track steals a page out of the Aerosmith songbook for a funky white-boy break, while the carefree acoustic groove, casual vocal, and ragtime piano of "Ease My Mind" offer a respite from the Charles Atlas guitars. Still, those looking for head-banging epiphanies need look no further than "Undersold," "Ladylike," "Mistake," or just about any one of this disc's other 13 foot-stompers. --Shawn Conner

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This is beautiful, impressive, progressive art by musically talented people, and a lot of work went into making it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Haug on June 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Thank God for this album! Big Wreck's sophomore Atlantic Records release is an absolutely powerful sigh of relief and daring rescue from the hardly-adequate music that record companies have the nerve to present us with these days.
"The Pleasure & The Greed" is proof that a band can evolve without losing their identities. Big Wreck's sound is very current and musical. The talent of all four members of this outfit is evident all over the album and is used most tastefully as it was on their last album, "In Loving Memory Of..." which was released in 1997. Already being a fan, I found that this album remains a nice sound palette with what I've become familiar, yet evolved, fresh, and new! Both albums are a multi-textural mix of hard-edged, progressive, and alternative rock and is very easy to digest!
Ian Thornley's vocals really carry-out the feel of the lyrics in every song. His sound is reminiscent of Chris Cornell and then you realize that it's much better, and more emotional. These vocals' intensity are perfectly matched by three more awesome musicians who complete Big Wreck: David Henning(Bass), Brian Doherty(Guitar), and Forrest Williams(Drums). Keyboards and additional guitars are performed by Ian....
Instrumentally speaking, it's such a relief to hear guitar players play more than a few "power-chords." There is a nice balance of electric and acoustic guitars, tastefully played solos (when applicable) and use of alternate tunings. The bass lines get clean and dirty but never sloppy-very articulate and is never the same old boring, repititious pattern. The drums are hard, punchy, and tight- Lots of dynamics and no over-playing. Absolutely not the same-old repititious thing going on here, either!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FixMe on September 19, 2005
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The band's second album The Pleasure and the Greed (released in 2001) was at disadvantage by poor marketing and was not as big a hit as their debut album, especially in the US. Sadly Big Wreck broke up a year later partly because of it. This is my review.

This is Big Wreck's biggest and best album, no bones about it. Their sound is less metal and more experimental with tunes like "Ease my Mind" and my favorite song of all time, "Defined by What we Steal". Though it shares the same score as In Loving Memory....., The Pleasure and the Greed would get a 14 if my score system went any higher. There exists nothing like this record. It's a beefy release at 16 songs, all more than worth the resources it took to record them. "Inhale", "Ladylike" and "Knee Deep", the latter being released only in Canada. Hence "poor marketing". It's also more than worth mentioning that Ian Thornley wrote all of the music for this and the last album.

"Defined by What we Steal" is first and foremost, the greatest song the band ever released. Sadly it was not a single, it absolutely should have been though. But it would have been violently cut in half like that of "Blown Wide Open", another lengthy epic, and I doubt Ian would have that. I'll let you draw your own definition for this song, though it hasn't been confirmed to my knowledge, my interpretation of this song goes as follows. It seems as though Ian is talking about possibly crimes or general thefts of ones past, that come back to haunt them. In the moment, it's a rush, "just for a moment we're sure we're alive". This song could mean multiple things, but that is just my interpretation.

"All By Design" is a great tune, just a great rock song. This should have been released as a single, I think it would have worked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 2001
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I never heard of Big Wreck before I saw them open for Dream Theater a few years back. Because it was a smaller night club, I was able to get up pretty close to the stage to see this opening band. I was floored by their sound, and Ian's composure to a sometimes sarcastic croud that was likely there more for Dream Theater than Big Wreck. I immediately bought ILMO, which I've played to death in anticipation of their second release. When I got The Pleasure and the Greed the other day, I again knew nothing about what to expect. Then I heard "Inhale", the first track, and just started laughing out loud at how excellent this band has become. Heavy, melodic, and catchy, three qualities that not many songs have. Ian's songwriting, and singing, combined with the remainder of the band's solid musicianship, immediately reminds me of classic Zeppelin, mixed with Superunknown-era Soundgarden, with hints of ILMO. Awesome, with some tracks heavier than others ("Everything is Fine" immediately comes to mind), with the others still being catchy, well-balanced, and heavy in their own respect. In an age when so much popular music is overworked and calculated, conservative and, sadly, lacking any instruments whatsoever (!), Big Wreck provides something important that music fans (such as me) really need, and value. If you enjoy the sounds of any of the bands I've mentioned in this review, you'll probably feel the same about this release. Plus, it's 16 songs!! Fantastic, and worth every penny you'll pay for it.
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