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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars IV, May 5, 2006
This review is from: IV (Audio CD)
Being a Godsmack fan since their debut album, I am neither a "pissed-off loyal listener", nor a sheep who will give this album 5 stars simply because I like the songs and the band. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a band straying a little from its original formula, as long as it's done right. Sully & Co. are able to do this well without sounding like a Staind ripoff, while still adding more emotion than the standard "GO AWAY!!" anger they are known for. I would say, though, that the album's major flaw is the order of the tracks. There is no way that the album should've started with "Livin In Sin". "Speak" of course should've been the opening track, with "Sin" somewhere in the middle of the disc. Whoever arranged the track listing apparently did not look at the bigger picture. With the start-stop feel going from song to song, this album has very little continuity. Godsmack should have taken a cue from System Of A Down on how to arrange their songs, to give the album a better feel. Their albums feel like one long song, especially "Steal This Album!". "IV" feels like a jumble of songs just thrown together in no thoughtful order, and that hurts the album. But overall, Godsmack did NOT sell out, they just didn't take too much time in post-production.

The Long Run
The Long Run
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Eagles go out not with a bang but a whimper, December 9, 2003
This review is from: The Long Run (Audio CD)
After the massive commercial and artistic success of their 1976 touchstone, 'Hotel California', the Eagles see bassist/vocalist/ founding member Randy Meisner leave the group, supposedly after no longer being able to tolerate drummer Don Henley and guitarist Glenn Frey anymore. The band then hires Meisner's replacement from his previous group, Poco, Timothy B. Schmit take a 2 1/2 year hiatus from the rock scene, and emerge in 1979 with their final studio album, 'The Long Run'.
To call this album a dissapointment would be an understatement. Not only did they completely abandon the country-rock format that made them turn heads in the music world in the early 1970's (no "New Kid In Town" on this record), the band that was one of few that boasted 4-5 different yet interesting vocal stylings decide to make Henley the apparent frontman. The degeneration of splitting the lead vocal duties equally from their 1972 debut is complete here. I like to call this album 'The Long Don'. Don Henley's ego has him forcing Glenn Frey to let him sing 65% of the lead vocals on this album and the entire project seems lopsided because of it. Oh sure, you get to hear everyone do a lead on one track (minus Don Felder, whose only lead vocal with the Eagles is featured on the album 'One Of These Nights'), but for the most part this feels more like a Don Henley solo album rather than an Eagles release.
Some positives are "I Can't Tell You Why", which gives the album a dark mood felt throughout and portrayed perfectly with the cover art. Other highlights include "Heartache Tonight", which demonstrate Frey's talent songwriting and vocal-wise which are sorely underused on this record, and the tantric rythyms of "Those Shoes", with absolutely spectacular guitar work by Joe Walsh. Walsh also, left his stamp on this record with his trademark guitar sound saturated throughout the album. After a few listens it becomes obvious that Walsh and Henley were the only two band members on the record to have any real say on the sound and the direction of the recording. Gone is the triple guitar interplay from "Hotel California" and the acoustic tinged tour-de-forces a la "Lyin' Eyes" and "Peaceful Easy Feeling". It is no wonder this contrived effort became the band's final studio album. It clearly sounds like the entire band was not only not getting along, but the pressure to follow up a masterpiece left all five band members dissatisfied with this, their swan song - 'The Long Run'.

Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Chocolate Starfish??, November 19, 2000
The title says it all. I've been toying with the idea of reviewing this album for a while now, and after hearing it being overplayed on the radio for so long, I couldn't wait any longer. First off, I don't subscribe to the idea that Limp Bizkit has sold out or that they never have made anything worth listening to on their now three releases. I LOVED 'Significant Other', and the raw energy and hunger on 'Three Dollar Bill Y'all$' was pretty inspiring. However, 'Chocolate Starfish And The Hotdog Flavored Water' does absolutley NOTHING to squash the feelings in music fans' minds that Fred Durst is a totally empty songwriter. It seemed that every songs lyrics seemed to say nothing more than "Limp Bizkit in the house!" Whoa, I'm impressed. I could have wrote better lyrics using a word list from a third grade spelling bee. And, do you remember when his voice roared on the first two albums? On here it sounds like the rest of the band was pinching his nipples while he recorded his vocals. I listened to this CD a few days after its release, and my feelings then are still the same: I knew this album would make Limp Bizkit more successful commercially, and that both the album and tour would be bigger than the last, but this is STILL an artistic dissapointment. And please Fred Durst, STOP TRYING TO RAP!! You're horrible at it!! If I wanted to hear rap, I'd put on Ja Rule's album. I'm so glad I didn't succumb to the hype surrounding this album by purchasing it. Come on guys, I KNOW you can rock, so just do it, and stop wasting the fans' money, time and insulting our intelligence with tripe like 'Chocolate Starfish And The Hotdog Flavored Water'.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oops...THEY did it again!, October 9, 2000
This review is from: Re-Load (Audio CD)
To call this band "Metalica" still is a travesty. There is absolutely no way that the music displayed on both this album and its predecessor represent the band that most of their longtime fans loved. Anyone who calls 'Reload' or 'Load' a "musical maturity" is full of it. The music here isn't even good rock music, let alone up to the high standards of the band's past. There is nothing whatsoever on this album that could be called listenable. James Hetfield's vocals show that his "growth as a vocalist" means he now must squeal instead of screaming in key. His ridiculous "yeahs" and "he-he's" throuhgout the songs are hilarious, at best. 'Reload' is absolutely pathetic. The only reason that this album even sold well, is due to people either not knowing how the REAL Metallica is supposed to sound, or die-hard fans of this once great band, who will embrace anything they come out with. The people who say that they did not sell out their style with this or 'Load' are lying to themselves. This is not Metallica. Those fans would listen to the group if the lyrical content consisted of James Hetfield singing his laundry list. What happened to the thunderous drums from Lars Ulrich? He now sounds like a 12-year old who learned how to play drums by banging his pencils on his desk in homeroom. Remember when Kirk Hammett's guitar solos used to sing? If he uses that wah-pedal anymore, I'd swear I was listening to a third-rate Stevie Ray Vaughan cover band. This album is utterly sickening. For a fair representation of what the name Metallica USED to mean, check out their 80's releases. It seems like these four guys have absolutely no reason to rock our world anymore. Just keep on copying yourselves, guys - We can't wait for Unforgiven III [yeah right.]

Gran Turismo
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Where Your Sanity Gives In, September 9, 2000
This review is from: Gran Turismo (Audio CD)
"this is where your sanity gives in..."; The Cardigans on the masterful 'Gran Turismo' concocted a collection of eleven tracks that could best be described as an album of sonic lullabys. Singer Nina Persson's sweet yet melancholy voice provides the perfect narration for the mixture of hope, depression, fear, slef-reliance and love that is this album. Never before had the Cardigans attempted to put so much raw emotion and meaning into a release before; it is almost as if they woke up and realized just what kind of music they were supposed to be playing all along. Songs such as "Paralyzed", "Erase/Rewind", "Higher" and the album's best cut, "My Favourite Game" prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that this group is nowhere near the status of Top 40 one-hit wonders. Being a listener who couldn't stand this band before, I gave the album a listen; to say that I was impressed by the songwriting and performances shown on it would be a vast understatement. This album is good anytime: Driving fast down the highway, partying with friends, intimacy with a loved one, or as music to fall asleep listening to, 'Gran Turismo' marks the creative apex in a band's history that otherwise wouldn't have gotten the critical praise and respect it now so obviously deserves.

The Wall
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70 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ......we came in?, June 5, 2000
This review is from: The Wall (Audio CD)
If anyone could sum up this album in one word, that would be it. 'The Wall' is not only the ultimate Pink Floyd album(in my opinion, at least), it is the most creative and awe-inspring recording probably ever. From the explosive opening guitar riff of "In The Flesh?" to the final harmonies of "Outside The Wall", 'The Wall' takes the most extensive journey of the mind, heart and soul of any rock album ever made. With the excellent production of Bob Ezrin (who also produced KISS' classic 'Destroyer'), to the legendary David Gilmour and of course, the brainchild of the whole thing, Roger Waters, The Floyd told the story of a man who was at war his whole life with one person - himself. From the death of his father in WWII, his overprotective mother, his superstardom as a rock musician and the excess which accompanied it, his unfaithful wife, his inability to cope with the rest of the world, and finally, his freefall into insanity, no other recording in history has come as close to telling an actual story so completely and masterfully, in just the confines of music. While experiencing 'The Wall', one can't help but feel the angst of "Another Brick In The Wall Part 2", the confusion of "Empty Spaces", the uncontrollable rage of "One Of My Turns", the hopelessness of "Goodbye Cruel World", and the guilt of "The Trial". This album never fails to get my emotions going, and one of the unique qualities 'The Wall' has, it that one discovers something new in it with each listen. The outstanding production covered all the bases; there are hidden messages behind every background noise, spoken phrase, etc., to help bring the entire plot together. This is without a doubt my favorite album out of my entire catalog, and something I can never let sit long enough to collect any dust. So, in closing, sit back with an open ear, an open mind, take the time to listen to all of the lyrics, and enjoy arguably the best album of all time.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back With A Vengeance, May 30, 2000
This review is from: Californication (Audio CD)
'Californication' is easily The Red Hot Chili Peppers' best and most focused album. Returning in 1999 with John Frusciante back on guitar, the band seemed to know exactly where they wanted to go with this release. The intent seemed to be an album more of groove and feeling, and less of the funk that the band has always been known for. Of course, that too is also evident on various parts of the album, notably "Around The World", Get On Top", and "I Like Dirt", but the overall feel is a great mixture of well written guitar and bass riffs with excellent vocals by frontman Anthony Keidis. One listen to the first single "Scar Tissue" gives the listener a perfect example of the album's overall well-laden grooves and heartfelt harmonies. And the title track itself, is worth the price of purchase alone - an awesome haunting track with simply jaw dropping songwriting and production. Producer Rick Rubin was at the top of his game with this release, as was Keidis, Frusciante, bassist Flea and drummer Chad Smith. This quickly and rather easily became my favorite album by the Chili Peppers, and it is quite obvious in listening, that the band's past problems seemed to have been smoothed over, and the harmony that is evident now was displayed directly into the songwriting and performances.

Ray of Light
Ray of Light
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The album Madonna was born to make, May 29, 2000
This review is from: Ray of Light (Audio CD)
Finally, finally finally......
'Ray Of Light' is the album Madonna was supposed to make all along. For once, this is something EVERYBODY can listen to and love, no matter what your musical tastes may be. Sure, everything that Madonna has ever touched has turned to gold, and has always had stellar performances over her now 17 year career, but it was with this 1998 release that she found the proper foundation for a truly spectacular recording. Throughout this entire masterpiece as she dives head first into the so-called "electronica" musical background, her harmonies and words have never had such meaning and heart put into them. One listen to "Nothing Really Matters" can easily make anyone feel the entire spectrum of emotions that songs are supposed to do. With the raw energy and tenderness brilliantly combined in these songs, this makes 'Ray Of Light' easily Madonna's most heartfelt album to date, as well as her best. In closing, I give this album five stars, and say, If well-established artists like Madonna can continue to find their calling at this stage of their career, music will be alright after all.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Raging debut with a lot of promise, May 28, 2000
This review is from: Godsmack (Audio CD)
Godsmack's debut album is one of the few hard rock albums released in the late 1990's where the listener does not need to skip a single track. Lead vocalist Sully Erna's menacing vocals tear through every song on this awesome debut with such ferocity and pain that fans can feel every scream he belts out as if it were their own. The first eleven tracks blister with a hint of Alice In Chains here and there(the band's name was even taken from the AIC tune on 'Dirt'), and in places it does seem that the lyrics tend to be a bit repetitive. But even that doesn't take away from the raw power displayed completely throught 'Godsmack'. The album concludes with the haunting "Voodoo", easily the most groove-laden song on the album, and also the record's most abmitious. In a whole, an awesome raging debut from a band with a lot of promise.

Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The strangest swan song of them all........, May 11, 2000
This review is from: Mardi Gras (Audio CD)
Creedence Clearwater Revival released their final album, 'Mardi Gras', four years after thier amazing self-titled debut rocketed them to superstardom. This album, was to be however, their most unique, misunderstood, and unsuccessful effort, commercially. It was however, the group's most ambitious album ever. This record never worked for several reasons: First, founding member, rhythm guitarist (and brother of frontman John)Tom Fogerty had already departed prior to this project; Also, Lead guitarist (and up until this album, the only vocalist)John Fogerty had finally relinquished his "lead man" duties to satisfy the musical urges of the two remaining members. The now trio split the songwriting and vocal duties equally. And finally, the formula of this record was doomed because the overall musical feel on this recording was a little unique for CCR - 1972 country, at a time when country simply wasn't cool. Aside from all that, this album should not be taken too seriously, considering its overall fun attitude and lightheartedness. True, this is definitely CCR's worst album, but it is a fun listen if you have an open ear. Lead guitarist John Fogerty was the most obvious example of country delvings in his songs. "Looking For A Reason" will probably remain the oddest choice ever by a constantly successful group for an opening track, and probably the weakest. It was pretty clear Fogerty's heart wasn't put into this album, as he was thinking of future ventures. Despite this, two of his four songs were the only tunes on this album to become minimal hits, and it is fair to say that "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" is an EXCELLLENT rock song. It is probably the only sign anywhere on 'Mardi Gras' of past Creedence triumphs. Bassist Stu Cook brought a unique flavor to this album with his songs. His vocals were mediocre at best, but his songwriting was intriguing at worst. Also, his tune "Door To Door", despite its ridiculous lyrics, was a pretty rocking song. Last but not least, drummer Doug Clifford brought the most enthusiasm and effort on this album. His voice was ear friendly, and harmonizes very well on songs like "Need Someone To Hold". Finally, I gave this album for one reason, and one reason only: Despite being CCR's ugly duckling, I gave this album MANY listens trying to like it and eventually, I did. If you are new to Creedence Clearwater Revival's music, this is definitely the worst representation of their musical legacy as a whole is. 'Mardi Gras' probably won't make a new listener a CCR fan, but it is a fun and care-free final album; perhaps the way all swan songs should be.
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