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Whoa, Nelly!
Whoa, Nelly!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut, March 25, 2001
This review is from: Whoa, Nelly! (Audio CD)
Whoa Nelly! is a very promising debut by the young singer. Infact, this album brings to mind another fantastic solo debut by a different female artist.......Lauryn Hill. Don't jump ahead of me though, Whoa Nelly isn't quite as brilliant as Lauryn Hill's Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. However, it is similar in that it blends many different styles and genres into the album; from rock, hip hop, trip hop, and even some jazzy bossa nova thrown in. Nelly's voice takes a little getting used to at first, but after a few listens, you'll probably find yourself enjoying her vocal quirks. Her lyrics can sometimes be a little cute and girlish, but they seem genuine and heartfelt. (Besides, atleast she writes her own lyrics)
At just 21 years old, Nelly Furtado puts Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to shame. And Whoah Nelly is probably the best thing that Dreamworks has released. (Dreamworks has been releasing really horrible music for the last few years.) Remember the name Nelly Furtado, because I'm willing to bet that you'll be hearing about her.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Haunting, March 9, 2001
This review is from: Everclear (Audio CD)
American Music Club's Everclear should be placed along side Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures and Nick Drake's Pink Moon as one of the most haunting, beautiful albums in rock history. It's tender, depressing, self pitying, and occasionally (as on Rise) it can be quite joyous. I suppose the differece is that, while Joy Division and Nick Drake's music is rather stark and stripped down, American Music Club has a dense, intricately layered sound. That fact, however, does not make the music any less potent or personal. Plus, American Music Club is blessed with Mark Eitzel, one of the best lyricists in Alternative rock. I don't really have much more to say. So I'll end by saying that personally, Everclear moves me like few other rock albums can. I whole heartedly recommend it. (As for the reviewer who gave it one star.....where did you get the idea that AMC is anything like Pink Floyd??? I like Pink floyd too, but that's like comparing apples with oranges. They're completely different bands.)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Are the Chili Peppers Growing up????, March 8, 2001
This review is from: Californication (Audio CD)
... that it was only a matter of time before they released analbum like Californication. While most of their other albums weredominated by frat boy funk punk, "Around the World","Get on Top", "I like Dirt" and "Right onTime" are the only tracks on Californication that follow thatterritory. The bulk of Californication is filled with slower, moreintrospective songs. A few of the songs like "Porcelain"and "Road Trippin" are gentle enough to be folk music."Scar Tissue" and "Savior" are two of the mostbeautiful, haunting songs the Peppers have ever written. Both songsalso feature fantastic guitar playing by Frusciante. While "thisVelvet Glove" and "Parellel Universe" really showcaseshis almost psychic interplay with flea. In the end, perhaps thebiggest surprise is Anthony Kiedis. Who would've thought...He cansing!!
John Frusciante's return has really helped the bandtremendously. Especially after the disappointing One Hot Minute.He's a gifted, one of a kind guitarist. I still ... but I'm gladthat he's doing alright for the time being. In short, Californicationis the Red Hot Chili Pepper's most mature album to date. Worth thepurchase.

For Your Pleasure
For Your Pleasure
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roxy's Best??, March 8, 2001
This review is from: For Your Pleasure (Audio CD)
For Your Pleasure is an album that represents all of the popous excesses of 70's glam rock. Everything from the bizarre band photos in the booklet to the psychedelic guitar freakout in "In Every Dream Home a Heartcache" make this album completely ridiculous and utterly fascinating. This is Roxy Music's final album with Brian Eno, and it's quite possible that the making of For Your Pleasure was the catalyst for his departure. While Bryan Ferry has written a wealth of peculiar, yet catchy songs for this album, Eno proceeds to put his stamp all over each song. Listen to the repeating, phased out keyboards at the beginning and end of "Beauty Queen". Or the beautiful, ambient instrumental passage at the end of "For your Pleasure" The combination of Ferry's pop song writing and Eno's experimentation is what makes this album so compelling.
For Your Pleasure is easily Roxy music's most adventurous and experimental album. As a result, it is also one of their best and most rewarding albums. I strongly recommend it to anyone.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I like sue me., March 8, 2001
This review is from: Supernatural (Audio CD)
Maybe it's the guitar enthusiast in me talking, but I enjoy this album. I bought it atleast a year ago, and I still pop it in the stereo every now and then. No, it's not the landmark album that Abraxas was. And no, it's not as musically adventurous as Blues for Salvador or Caravanserai. But it's still joyous to hear Carlos' guitar.
First of all, this albums isn't just a collection of collaborations with pop artists. "Da Le Yaleo," "Africa Bamba", "El Farol" , and "Primavera" are all fine examples of Santana's trademark afro cuban jazz. As for the collaborations, most of them work surprisingly well. The Lauryn Hill and Everlast tracks are somewhat throwaways, but "Love of My Life" with Dave Mathews is a fairly enjoyable song. Even the most famous singles, "Smooth" and "Maria Maria" are quite infectious. Unfortunately, the jam with Eric Clapton, which may sound nice in theory, turns out to be somewhat lackluster here.
To tell you the truth, I don't really mind what medium Carlos plays in. It's just nice to hear his guitar playing. You can say what you will about the songs in Supernatural, but anyone would have to admit that Carlos plays great throughout. I recommend it for any Santana fan. As for the guy who wrote that he heard the song "Smooth" atleast 10 times and didn't know it was Santana, all i have to say is......How could you not know it's Santana?? He's instantly recognizable!! And that Smooth solo had so many signature Santana licks! I only have to hear 3 or 4 notes and I know it's him.

Logical Progression
Logical Progression
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Buy, March 8, 2001
This review is from: Logical Progression (Audio CD)
First of all, the title of this album is a little bit misleading. This album isn't just an album of LTJ Bukem's work. Rather, it is a compilation of music by Bukem and other artists on his label, Good Looking Records. That being said, Logical Progression is one of the best Jungle / drum n bass albums you'll ever listen to. You would be hard pressed to find an album to match this. All of the tracks contributed by Bukem are fantastic. "Demon Theme" in particular is absolutely mind blowing. The tracks by the other artists are almost on par with Bukem's. I especially enjoy PFM's "One & only" and Photek's "Pharoah." CHameleon and Peshay have fine tracks as well.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you like drum n bass or jungle (Especially mid tempo stuff) then I guarantee that you will enjoy this album. It's a roller coaster ride for your cerebral cortex.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish Pop, March 8, 2001
This review is from: Siren (Audio CD)
Whenever I talk to another music fan about Roxy Music, they usually know very little about the band. But the one song that they all seem to know is "Love is the Drug." I suppose I should have predicted it, I mean, that song is one of the most perfectly crafted pop songs I've ever heard.
If "Love is the Drug" is Roxy Music's most realized pop song, then Siren is their most realized pop album. This is Roxy Music's first album where all of the arty pretentions of their early work is gone. From "She Sells" to the wonderful closing track, "Just Another High", every song in here is slick and stylish. And Bryan Ferry's Elvis/Casanova crooning is both humorous and strangley cool. The rest of the band give fantastic performances as well. Most notably guitarist Phil Manzanera, who even plays a cool guitar solo on "Both Ends Burning."
Along with Country Life and For Your Pleasures, Siren is my favorite Roxy Music album. There's just something about music that works as both art and pop. For the uninitiated, Siren is an excellent introduction to the music of Roxy Music. Siren may be the highlight of the whole Glam era.

Friday Night In San Francisco
Friday Night In San Francisco
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4.0 out of 5 stars Accoustic guitars....not for wimps, March 8, 2001
Think accoustic guitars are wimpy?? Then you've probably never heard Friday Night in San Francisco. I can't think of any other album with this much technical virtuosity. The sheer speed of Al Dimeola and John Mclaughlin is nothing short of jaw dropping. Paco De Lucia is no slouch himself, and is consistently tasteful throughout the album. Although the 3 guitarists have incredible technical skill, I think what's more impressive is their seemingly psychic interplay with one another. I doubt that the entire tour went as well as this, but on this one night, their minds were like one. In certain parts, it can start to drag on, but this is still a fine album. The one complaint that some people have about Friday Night is that it doesn't have much emotional content or depth. While that may be true, I believe that this album was supposed to be a casual, light hearted event anyway. And in my opinion, there are plenty of moments where the three guitarists choose to play with taste and restraint. But let's not kid ourselves; most of us want to hear the fireworks and the excitement...and Friday Night certainly has plenty of that.
Basically, if you enjoy spanish/flamenco guitar as much as I do, then I strongly recommend this album. (If you liked this you may also want to check out Marc Ribot as well)

Relationship of Command
Relationship of Command
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Emo?, March 8, 2001
This review is from: Relationship of Command (Audio CD)
At the Drive in's major label debut is quite an exciting affair. Although they are considered emo-core, At the Drive in manages to escape with almost none of the negative connotations that most emo bands have. I say "almost" because every song in Relationship of Command has redundant, indecipherable lyrics which is all too common in emo music. However, the band performs the songs with so much energy and conviction that the lyrics hardly matter.
If I had to describe the album to someone who's never heard At the Drive in, I would say they sound like early Fugazi fronted by Zack de la rocha of Rage Against the Machine. While singer Omar Bixler doesn't attempt rap, he has a similar, shrill, quivering vocal quality. Not only that but he sings with just as much enthusiasm and conviction as the Rage frontman. Infact, the entire band is lively and energetic throughout the album. Along with their single "Pattern against user", some of my fav tracks are "Arcasenal", "Sleepwalk Capsules" and "quarantined." "Rolodex Propaganda" is a nifty one too, which features Iggy Pop!
I suppose the one complaint that I have is that Relationship of Command sounds a little too similar to the hordes of rap metal bands that flood the airwaves these days. When you hear At the Drive in on radio immediately following Linkin Park, it's hard not too hear the similarities. On the other hand, At the Drive in's music never sounds like fake posturing. Nor does it have the stupid, "Break Stuff" mentality of bands like Limp Bizkit. At the same time, they're not the usual wimpy, whiny emo either. Ultimately, At the Drive in a perfect middle ground between aggresive hardcore and heartfelt emo.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Punk rock doesn't get any better than this, March 8, 2001
This review is from: Vs. (Audio CD)
Mission of Burma is probably the best kept secret in old school punk rock. Next to the Clash, they are probably my favorite punk band of all time. And Vs. is the undeniable masterpiece.
I call Mission of Burma a punk band, but if it was released today, it would problably just be labeled as indie rock. You are not going to mistake this album for the Dead Kennedys or even the Sex Pistols for that matter. But Vs. is often just as intense and visceral as any album by those punk bands. One of the biggest differences is the instrumentation. Most of their songs are mid tempo, and have dense layers of jangly guitar lines. Infact, some of their songs don't sound all too different from REM's instrumentation. However, what makes this album so gripping is it's ability to invoke feelings of nervousness, paranoia, and great urgency. I think the only band that I can compare Mission of Burma to is Gang of Four. There are 16 tracks on this album, and every song is performed with incredible conviction. My personal faves are "Secrets", "New Nails", "Weatherbox" and "Fun World".
Long story short, if you like indie rock or punk rock, it doesn't get much better than Vs. Also, I strongly recommend checking out the Signals Calls, and Marches EP. (It contains the fantastic "academy fight song" as well as "That's when I reach for my revolver.")

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