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I lean more towards the bluesy guitar players of the seventies. Page, Kossoff, Bolin, Clapton, West, Lowell George, etc. These are my mainstays. I also really enjoy the 80's players, Gilbert, VanHalen, Malmsteen, LeTekro (if you haven't checked out his work with TNT you're missing out), Wylde, Jake E. Lee, and a host of others. In short, I dig good guitar playing.
Well, to my ears it just doesn't get much better than this. It's not so much Nuno's solos that give me the shivers, cause they often do, but it is the rhythm work that is staggering. I don't know else how to put it. Shadowboxing gets me everytime, puts me in a whole other world. All I know is that out of my nine hundred or so titles, this one gets played as much as any other. Maybe that's the best compliment that I can give it.
Do yourself a favor and give this one a try. Listen to it, listen to it again, and then again. I almost guarantee that if you are into quality guitar work, that you won't be dissappointed. Also, try Cry of Love and Brother Cane for great guitar work.
The answer is all of the above and more. Let me tell it to you straight: this is an excellent album, played at a very high musical level, and lyrically very strong. Not overproduced or overengineered, this is also a record that allows the players to showcase their considerable musical skills.
Are there elements of "grunge" on this record? It depends how that question is asked, the last track ("Waiting for the Punchline") which is embedded in the "Unconditionally" track certainly could pass for it in some circles. In my mind, this is still Extreme, however. They were making heavy guitar based music with fattt blues basses a few years before the Seattle explosion (witness "Get the Funk Out").
The world is still catching up with Extreme. Someday, perhaps, it will get there.
In 1994, the band released "Waiting For a Punchline". The fourth installment featured a new drummer, a darker, more serious tone and an almost-angry overall feel. It was too late by then. The music scene had changed drastically by then and with the masses preferring Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, no one really gave Extreme the full attention that they deserved. It's really a shame. There are some really great songs on this record. "Shadow Boxing", "There Is No God", "Leave Me Alone", and "Unconditionally" are just a few of the songs that many, many people missed out on. Now, if you can find this album, you've really found something special.
It may be somewhat drier than their previous efforts, but upon multiple listenings, you will get the full jest of it. Man, I hope these guys get back together.
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Great album from the funk rockers, though they sound a bit weary and tired on this one which might have been a reaction to the grunge movement, the last true musical revolution... Read morePublished 3 months ago by pirankipada
For those who knew and enjoyed Extreme as only the hair-band-gone-pop who produced "More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted", this album is not for them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by wildwielder
I didn't like this when it was first was released but I listen to this more often than not! !! It's a real grower off a album that gets better with each listen! !! Read morePublished 6 months ago by nick bacic
I bought this CD when it first came out and really didn't like it. Fast forward until about six months ago I decided to give it another chance before I threw it away. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dan
Extreme never released a bad album but this one is definitely their best. This was one of my favorites during the 90s when these type of bands were sent cuffed and chained to the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Johnny D.
This is Extreme's answer to the music of the 90's. Listen to it a few times and you will love it!Published 10 months ago by georgeofthejungle