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Jeffrey Belcher "gigusa" RSS Feed (East Hartford, CT United States)

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Brother Sister
Brother Sister
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big, Bad Grooves, March 8, 2000
This review is from: Brother Sister (Audio CD)
This album really strikes me as a major R&B achievement. Andrew Levy is a minimalist master on the bass, constructing grooves so spacious you can sit in them. N'Dea's vocals are crisp, clear and true. The title track shines through with a nice horn arrangement and a sweet lilt. The production itself is top notch...dry yet exciting and crisp. I whip this album out every few months or so and listen to it on a long drive. It's a very special effort from an amazingly tight band.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, March 4, 2000
This review is from: Feathermerchants (Audio CD)
Jim Chapdelaine is a guitar GOD! See them live if you can..

Two Against Nature
Two Against Nature
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sterile..., March 3, 2000
This review is from: Two Against Nature (Audio CD)
Steely Dan's numerous lineups in the seventies contained some of the finest musicians of the day. This hasn't changed. The musicianship on this album is nothing short of perfect...a little too perfect for my taste. The performances here are so flawless, they completely eclipse the heart and honesty that makes good music what it is. Long gone are the warm analog days of "The Royal Scam" and "Aja". Instead, Fagan and Becker supply us with this super-refined, stark white vision of an album.
Now, you're probably saying "Yeah, but are the songs any good?"
Not really...
Dan used to be great because they mixed jazz and rock so perfectly. I mean I literally marvel over some of the chord changes on those old albums. They always managed to throw in a hook where you least expected it too. that's what made them great. Now, the songs are too muddled in brainy insincerity that they just kind of glide past you. I loved Fagan's "Nightfly" and "Kamakiriad". This album just doesn't touch me like any of their older stuff. I miss the good old days...

Young Frankenstein (Special Edition)
Young Frankenstein (Special Edition)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true american classic, February 22, 2000
Gene Wilder's performance and writing are nothing short of genius in this comic masterpiece. Hilarious yet emotional, dark yet brilliantly funny. This film was executed with the utmost experties under the able eye of Mel Brooks. On DVD, this film just comes to life...crisp and in all it's widescreen glory, it's truely not to be missed. The comic timing in this piece is spot on and there are subtle laughs throughout ("Don't worry my dear, it's just a rat...a filthy, slimy rat!"). Some of the people I know can't appreciate this film, but in my opinion, this is a comedy classic of the highest quality. I really can't say enough about it.

Marcy Playground
Marcy Playground
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4.0 out of 5 stars Listen up!, January 29, 2000
This review is from: Marcy Playground (Audio CD)
I prefer to listen to whether or not there's honesty in the music itself. I skip "Sex and Candy" simply because it was WAY overplayed. "A Cloak of Elvenkind" is a really beautiful song. As a musician, I really appreciate the time signature change and unflinching tone of the song. There is more than one potential hit on this album without a doubt. I love how they stick to the simplicity of guitar, bass and drums and don't try to make the songs something they're not. Nice, accessible hooks are everywhere for the listener who's prepared to listen to how the songs say what they have to say. No frills songwriting that frequently inspires me.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Pearl Jam's most consistant album, December 28, 1999
This review is from: Vs. (Audio CD)
Listen, messin' around. This album is a true return to good ole' guitar-driven rock & roll. The record is rocking enough to return you to the glory days of rock, but just experimental enough to tantalize the ear. "Dissident" remains one of the best rock songs ever...yes...EVER! The songs are arranged perfectly on the album itself, ebbing and flowing at the perfect moments to create an experience from start to finish. "Indifference" was cut live in the studio...take one! Turn the lights off, light a single candle and listen to that song. It will have a profound effect on you. The big, crunching guitars deserve to be turned up, the gentle, lilting melodies deserve to be relished. As far as I'm concerned, "Ten" was something of a warmup for the band. With "Vs." they finally found they're voice.

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5.0 out of 5 stars AIC's Magnum Opus, December 26, 1999
This review is from: Dirt (Audio CD)
I know "Dirt" inside and out. It's an album that expresses writhing pain and torment in an all-at-once angry and beautiful way. From the opening yell of "Them Bones" to the album closing statement of "If I would, could you?", the album describes the hell of heroin addiction and makes you feel the suffering withdrawl. Expertly constructed songs and masterful vocal harmonies blanket this record. All I can say is, no matter what your musical taste, you will appreciate the talent and musicianship expressed on this album. My roommate is into Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow and loves this album. If you like thick guitars, virtuosic vocals and songwriting bordering genius, you'll really immerse yourself in this piece of of the best albums of the decade.

No 4
No 4
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5.0 out of 5 stars STP give us the finger, December 12, 1999
This review is from: No 4 (Audio CD)
Stone Temple Pilots are and always have been the most underated rock band around. On "No.4", STP shoves it's collective fist down your throat and barrels out ugly, loud rock and roll and makes not one apology. "Down", the opening cut, combines 10 ton guitars and a cantankerous vocal, courtesy of Scott Weiland, to make a rockin tune. Many of the songs on the album deal with drugs, an obvious subject for Weiland. But the album also leads you through beautiful, longing harmonies in songs like "Sour Girl" and "I got You". While not the most instantly accessible album in the world, "No. 4" really nails you after a few listens. I like to think of this album as STP's comeback on their own terms. Here, they're not trying to please anyone but themselves, and I admire them tremendously for it. It's good to see a band that still makes rock and roll with real sounds that aren't polluted with raps and/or samples (e.g. Korn, Limp Bizkit). STP is still one of the best rock bands out there, and lets hope they can keep it going.

Soft Bulletin
Soft Bulletin
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of their time, December 3, 1999
This review is from: Soft Bulletin (Audio CD)
The Flaming Lips paint lush textures with keyboards, strings, guitars and sound effects. While some artists fail at this, the Flaming Lips take big chances, risking failure at every turn, and succeed. "Feeling Yourself Disintegrate" and "Waiting for a Superman" have to be two of the lovliest songs of the year. Wayne Coyne's quivery, often off-key voice somehow fits their music like a glove. Grand arrangements and big, thick vocal harmonies find their place on this album too, with bombastic drum sounds and slinky bass all intermingling together. This is music for the thinking person, but I can see how someone could hate this music. Give it a shot and see what you can hear in this album. Better yet, get yourself a good pair of headphones and'll be transported.

Midnite Vultures
Midnite Vultures
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More surprises from a musical chameleon, December 2, 1999
This review is from: Midnite Vultures (Audio CD)
I'm very envious of Beck and his freedom as an artist. "Mutations" absolutely blew me away and remains a staple in my CD player. "Midnight Vultures" displays more of Beck's irreverent lyrics and deft songwriting style, with more of an unbridled glee and jump-about thrill. The last five songs on the album are the real treat here, but the album unfolds much better than "Odelay" (which, as much of a Beck fan as I am...I could never appreciate). Highly recommended.
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