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Stadium Arcadium
Stadium Arcadium
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars insane, May 9, 2006
This review is from: Stadium Arcadium (Audio CD)
I'm 18 years old so I really cant say that I was into the Chili Peppers when they first came on to the music scene. The first Chili Peppers album I ever heard was Californiacation. As soon as I heard it I was hooked on their soaring guitars, rock/funk beats, and roaring vocals. I soon realized that Californiacation wasnt even their best work after buying their other albums. The fact that they are the greatest band in the world today, and maybe the past twenty years is an understatment. Anybody who knows something about rock music will tell you that when it comes to pure soul, poured into music, nobody does it better than RHCP. I bought By The Way in 2002 on the day of its release. While it was still better than most any other music today, it didnt quite hold up to the work of albums such as Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Mothers Milk, and Freaky Styley. I wondered if as they were getting older, their music was getting more subtle. My doubts were put to rest today with the purchase of Stadium Arcadium. This is probably RHCP's most extensive and soaring album to date. Twenty eight songs, all different, and all incredible in some way. True, there are still some softer, more subtle songs but they are much more thought provoking, and much better than the slower tracks heard on By The Way. Songs such as the title track, Wet Sand, and Death of a Martian may be slower but they still have the same feel and soul of any other RHCP song. Snow (Hey Oh), soft or not, is one of the greatest songs that RHCP have ever recorded. For the most part, however, Stadium Arcadium rocks out with a sound and energy that hasnt been heard since Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The first single, Dani California, is the perfect kick start to the album. Anthony's rapper-like singing voice and John's funky rhythmic guitar prove to work perfectly. Flea's beyond brilliant bass playing once again provides the backbone of their sound. Other songs such as Tell Me Baby, Hump de Bump, Warlocks, and Storm In a Teacup sound like they could find a place on RHCP earlier albums with a level of intensity that hasnt been heard by the band in over 10 years. However, its the second to last track on the Mars CD, Turn It Again, that turns out to be the most powerful song of the entire elbum. I was blown away by the six minutes of pure energy shot off by this song. If RHCP releases this track as a single there is no doubt that it will tear up every chart in the country. Bottom line is that RHCP are back with this brilliant release that is sure to leave you breathless.


The Great Divide
The Great Divide
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brillian, November 23, 2005
This review is from: The Great Divide (Audio CD)
I think some people just look a little bit too into this. I keep seeing in the reviews things like..."its not Creed" or..."compared to Alterbridge"....or "wheres tremonti?" People, get over it. Creeds over and this isnt alterbridge. As far as im concerned its a whole different artist. That being said, the album is flat-out amazing. From 1-10 its hard not to fall under its spell. The songs range from powerful, to story-telling, to simply beautiful. It Stapp continues to make records like this, he will go down as a legend in rock history. I say keep it going Scott. Forget Creed, forget Mark, forget Alterbridge comparisons. You WERE Creed. Good luck. Thanks for a great 40 minutes and well spent 12 dollars.


Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Masterpiece, September 13, 2005
At the beginning of the summer I was in a frantic state. I heard that Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, and Paul McCartney were all releasing albums within basically three weeks of each other. Clapton's came first and I could not have been more disappointed. A true letdown if I must say. Then came the Stones. Once again I found myself puzzled. Was this really what I was waiting for? I had been expecting something much better especially from the Stones. After two lackluster releases from two usually great acts I was hesitant to buy this one. However I took a chance and my fourteen dollars were the most well speant in quite a long time. Leave it to McCartney to give us the album we deserve as music listners. This is by far one of the best albums of the last twenty years by anybody. An album this fresh, this melodic, this powerful has not been released since U2's Joshua Tree. Paul McCartney proves that he is better than almost anything out there. Never before has his music had such a purpose and such intensity and meaning. His voice rings like it sounded in the 60's. The musical ability here is just incredible. The McCartney legacy has diminished since the 80's, but this could be the album to put him back on the top once again. Truly brilliant. Expect it to be rewarded come Grammy night. It just seems like that type of release.


Chapter V
Chapter V
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars could it be staind's best?, August 10, 2005
This review is from: Chapter V (Audio CD)
In 1999 Staind barged onto the music scene with the distorted and hard-hitting "Dysfuction" (actually their follow-up to their realy debut "Tormented" which was released as an import in 1996). In 2001 they broke a barrier with "Break the Cycle" and hit mainstream with a couple of their singles. In 2003 "14 Shades of Gray" showed everyone that Staind could be tender and passionate while still being powerful, though they would lose many hardcore fans to the excuse that Staind sold out. Now in 2005, the fifth chapter in the Staind saga, aptly titled "Chapter V", has been released and shown everyone that they can, well, prove themselves as one of the top bands, if not the top band, out there today. "Chapter V" is by far the most complete album Staind has ever put out, pleasing a number of different fans with about four different styles of music. Maybe a few of the fickle who broke away from Staind in 2003 will be won back with this release, although that may be hoping for a bit much. From the opening guitar lick on "Run Away" you will realize that this is a very different sounding Staind album. Mike Mushok's guitar is used more than it has ever been on any of their previous albums. You can hear it in just about every song. The guitar crunches, that Staind has so long used to draw you into a song are now replaced by a softer, yet more melodic guitar riff, and leaving you to be hit hard later in the song. It's a very subtle and simple effect and proof that Staind continues to evolve. Lyrically, Aaron Lewis, the child of his parental rage, has never sounded more complete. His voice hits notes that we wouldn't have dreamed of hearing on the other Staind releases, most notably in "Right Here", "Please", and "Reply". As for the lyrics themselves, listen to the subtle complexity of "Schizoprenic Conversations" or the twitsed saga and agony of "Devil" to hear what I mean. Lewis gives his parents another steady beating in "King of All Excuses" which should please many fans looking for another "For You" (the thrasher on Break the Cycle). If you read the lyrics to the song, it actually may seem a bit interesting that they could apply to "someone else". Maybe a high powered government offical, not naming any names. Perhaps I'm just looking too deeply into the song. The bottom line is that with this release Staind sounds as if they really gave their time and effort to make a great album and they pulled it off. Theres nothing cheap or incomplete about this album. It may well be the best rock album of 2005 so far. Time will only tell if songs like "Right Here", "Falling", "Please", and "Everything Changes" (quite possibly the most beautiful song that Staind has ever showcased), will become hits and whether or not the album will be met by the Staind following and the music-oriented public in general, with open arms. One thing is certain however, and that is that with this release, their fifth, Staind has definatley established themselves as a powerhouse in the world of hard rock.


Karma and Effect
Karma and Effect
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars insane, May 29, 2005
This review is from: Karma and Effect (Audio CD)
Just bought this album today and im pretty shocked at how good it is. People are definately underestimating this band. Seether is an extremely talented young band that could just about challenge any group out there right now. They're style is tough, hard, and raw but also deep and moving at the same time. Their songs arent "ima slap my bitch around all night" or "america sucks". They ALL mean something, and even better they all mean something different. "Remedy" is a crazy good song. No wonder why its the first single. "The Gift", "Never Leave", and "Plastic Man" are all radio-ready and contatin moving and powerful lyrics presented in a lighter but just as powerful tone. And dont worry, "Because of Me", "Burrito", "I'm the One", "World Falls Away", and "Simplest Mistake" ought to satisfy those wanting a little more power. Perhaps the best song on the album (which probobly wont even be released as a single) is "Diseased" which is one of the most haunting songs by any group I can remember. "Karma and Effect" is the best rock album of 2005 so far, possibly the best album of 2005 so far which is funny because NOBODY predicted it to be. It is only after hearing crap like Simple Plan, The Killers, and Yellowcard where you really start to appreciate Seether. The bottom line is that Seether is an extremely promising band, who may have just established themselves as a strong force to be reckoned with in the area of hard-rock with this album. I look foward to listening to this album again and I highly recommend this CD to not only hard-rock fans but to people who might be sick of the mainstream radio.


How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars U2 is what they are, May 26, 2005
I bought this album the night it came out. I will admit that it took me one listen to get attached but once i sat through it once I was hooked. Of course I know its not their best album (though I do think it belongs in the top 5). The Joshua Tree will always be considered their best and that will never change. I firmly disagree with anyone who thinks that this album is the next Joshua Tree or Acthung. Even a monkey could see thats not the case. After that, it could be War but I think this one is next in line. Needless today, its the best U2 since Acthung Baby and you are foolish if you think otherwise. People are missing the whole thing about what U2 is all about. The key word is experimentation. They did it the Joshua Tree and Acthung. They've been doing it throughout the 90's. They did it at the turn of the millenium with ATYCLB. Here once again they are experimenting, this time on a bit more of a political and personal level in regards to the songs themselves. With the actual production of the songs, it feels as if the band digs back to their basic roots, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The opening five songs could be the best opening we've heard on a U2 album since the Joshua Tree. Vertigo (once you get past the millions of times it has gotten airplay) is alot like Elevation from ATYCLB. Nowhere near the best U2 song but it holds you over for some better work and it opens an album perfectly. Miracle Drug and Sometimes You Cant Make It On Your Own could be the best 2-3 punch we've seen from U2 to date. The former ties in emotions with politics (I get the feeling it is an anti-"pull the plug" song, U2 being probobly the most pro-life group on the market). It features beautiful lyrics: "Freedom has a scent like the top of a newborn baby's head" is the most memorable line. "Sometimes" is a personal statement from Bono, to his father who died in 2001. Bono sings his heart out and you can feel his passion. Anyone who thinks he sold out for this album should listen to this song if they want to be proven wrong. "Love and Peace or Else" is an anti-war statement no doubt aimed at the War in Iraq. Although it may get drowned in liberal politics, if you look at it as a song it is quite impressive. "City of Blinding Lights" is an absolutley incredible song. It might be the best song on the album, or close to it. From the intro to the powerful bridge to the striking conclusion everything about it screams classic U2. the album takes off in another direction from tracks 6 to 11. "All Because of You" is the second single. Here we hear U2 stripped down. Hard guitar riffs, screaming lyrics, incredible bass line, gets U2 away from its poprock 90's appeal. "A Man and a Woman" is the first of three "subpar" songs. "Crumbs From Your Table" and "One Step Closer" are three weaker U2 attempts but that is to be expected. Like I sayd, this album is not like The Joshua Tree in which every song was basically a gem. At "Original of the Species" U2 mixes rock with pop, in a Beatlesque performance which I think works very well, contrary to many beleifs. The lyrics are great, the melody is catchy, and the song means something which is hard to say about many rock performances today. The last song, "Yahweh", is a religous cry and one of the better U2 closers. "Take this mouth, so quick to criticize, take this mouth give it a kiss" is a brilliant line which basically sums up the album. Love, and then do what you want, which is basically what U2 has been trying to say since 1980. The album is great, and I think in time people will begin to see that.


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