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Road Movies
Road Movies
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed album, some great songs, April 26, 2001
This review is from: Road Movies (Audio CD)
Minibar's debut feels as though some corporate moron was in charge of track selection. The opening track, "Holiday From Myself", is wretched. The writing stinks, the chorus is annoying, and, of course, it is the first single. The Ryan Adams penned "Choked Up" is great, but the glossy production (and a couple of line changes) makes it a little less appealing than the Whiskeytown demo recording. Still very good, though. After that, though, the album really gets good. It feels as though the PR guy threw the singles on at the beginning and the band put the stuff they liked on after. Not surprisingly, the band picked the good songs. "I Know Without Asking" has some superb songwriting:
"Cause if you need a shoulder, I"m not going anywhere, 'cause if you need a moment I've got hours of time to spare, 'cause if you need pickup you can smash my old guitar"
Beautiful! The title track, "Road Movies" is probably the most impressive cut on here. An epic song about moving from England to California that is good enough to make oyu think that you could relive the American West of the 70's. Maybe if they released that as a single this album would actually get heard by people who love good music, rather than the twits who'll get it for "Holiday From Myself" , which, fortunately, sounds nothing like the rest of the mellow, introspective songs that color this record. Overall, its a pretty good album with some incredible songwriting and excellent songs. Definately worh picking up, assuming you know how to program your CD player to skip the first track.

Time Out of Mind
Time Out of Mind
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark, wonderful journey with the master., December 11, 2000
This review is from: Time Out of Mind (Audio CD)
I got this album the week it came out in the stores. I have been a Dylan fan for years and eagerly awaited this release, way before the Grammy hype propelled its sales. If you are thinking "Man, I really love Mr. Tambourine Man, maybe I should pick up this much-lauded album" Don't. While it is certainly possible to enjoy this album without prior Dylan experience, I really don't think the casual listener is going to find much here. Like those guys that pan "Highlands" below. That is an absolute masterpiece, the most engaging long-form narrative Dylan has done since "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts." This album combines the death-filled seriousness of the "The Times They Are A Changin'" album with the increasingly personal lyrics of his early 70's material and buries it in a death shroud of decades of wear and change. If that sounds depressing, it is. If you want happy Dylan, get "Another Side," because this is dark, bleak stuff. But it also great stuff. Dylan hasn't sounded this powerful in years, nor has his writing been so sharp. Unlike much of the last 20 years there isn't a weak track on this album. If you like Dylan when he's dark, you'll love this. If you like the Nashville Skyline Dylan, you're going to be bored and tuened off by this album. It is the most Grammy worthy album in 15 years.

America's Volume Dealer
America's Volume Dealer
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4.0 out of 5 stars COC experiments a little, October 10, 2000
This review is from: America's Volume Dealer (Audio CD)
Well, if you are new to the band, you ought to know that this is actually Corrosion of Confomity, a great band that has gone though a lot of changes. Most recently it was shortening the name down to COC, which is what everyone called them anyway. With this change, however, comes a few new changes in the already everchanging COC sound. They started off a hardcore punk band, then after Pepper Keenan took over on vocals, a more Black Sabbath-style groove metal band. The last 2 albums, 1996's Wiseblood and 1994's Deliverance were sparse, raw rock, and had some limited success, but America's Volume Dealer has cast off most of that garage sound, and with only a little distortion remaining, progressed into the 00's. The name itself implies its aiming for a larger audience, and if COC's old fans can avoid Metallica sell-out comparisons, it should have little trouble reaching the mainstream. The album makes use of a lot of voice distortion , and (dare I say it) rap-rock rhythms. There is even an almost-ballad, Stare Too Long (yes the dreaded Mama Said syndrome), but I think it is a step forward. The album is much less repetitive than previous outings, and melody is not neccesarily a bad thing in metal. Although COC hasn't really been a metal band in a long time, if ever. They are a rock band in the tradition of Sabbath and Zeppelin. If you want Pepper Keenan doing metal, get Down's NOLA album (also great). Overall, a solid collection of rock songs that isn't afraid to try something a little different in a genre that can always use a little fresh air, even if the cost is sounding a little more radio-friendly.

Seed of Decades
Seed of Decades
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About Time, September 29, 2000
This review is from: Seed of Decades (Audio CD)
After a musically sparse decade, it is great to hear the new one kicked off by this awesome album. 60 watt are equally parts of AC/DC, Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath with a groove all there own. If you have been looking for a rock band to get in to, this is the album to get. By far the best album of 2000. Check out that wicked slide groove on I've Been Down! Awesome!

Somebody's Comin
Somebody's Comin
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but..., April 6, 2000
This review is from: Somebody's Comin (Audio CD)
I really recommend that if you like this CD you check out Todd Snider's "Songs for the Daily Planet." That album features tthe original, and superior, vewrsion of Somebody's Coming, and unlike this album manages to be spiritual without alienating non-christians. Both inspired, but Todd Snider's is inspiring.

Stiff Upper Lip
Stiff Upper Lip
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A big juicy 40 oz. slab of ROCK!, February 29, 2000
This review is from: Stiff Upper Lip (Audio CD)
It is a very difficult thing to say that any particular AC/DC album is their "best." They have so much high quality material. But suffice to say the Stiff Upper Lip delivers the hard-rocking' goods on every track, just like Highway to Hell, Back in Black, and High Voltage. It suffers from none of the muddy production problems that plagued their post-Mutt Lange albums, in fact it sounds better than any of their albums, in terms of production, except the remastered Back in Black. AC/DC's previous two albums (Razor's Edge & Ballbreaker), to me anyways, signifigantly improved over the majority of mid-late 80's material (Fly on the Wall, Blow Up Your Video), but SUL absolutely demolishes The Razor's Edge and Ballbreaker in terms of power, riffage, and Brian fixed-up vocals sound better than he has in a long, long time. Every song has that indefinable "timeless" rock sound that pours out from a lot of their late 70's material. Each song has you wondering "How can they not release this as a single?" Songs alternate between Back In Black evil rock (Safe in New York City, House of Jazz, Damned(my fav) and Powerage-style funky blues licks (Meltdown, Hold Me Back, Can't Stand Still). You absolutely cannot go wrong with record. Easily on par with your favorite AC/DC album, and easily better than the rest.

Step Right Up
Step Right Up
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to Snider's catalog, January 20, 2000
This review is from: Step Right Up (Audio CD)
While not as humorous or as country-influenced as Songs for the Daily Planet, Snider lays mdown some great tracks on this record. The superb Hey Hey and Try to Keep it Down are some serious musical gems. This album is a little less, um, rough than Snider's third album, Viva Satelite, opting for a mellower, softer approack than either of the other records. While I think it is not quite up to par with the astounding Songs for... it still easily deserves 5 stars.

Back in Black
Back in Black
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than 3 Chords, January 17, 2000
This review is from: Back in Black (Audio CD)
Not only is this one of, if not the, best rock albums of all time, but it also uses more than merely three chords that so many dissidents seem to think. The excellent title cut here in fact uses the A, G, B, D, E, G# and A# chords. If you have ever thought about getting an AC/DC album, get this immediately! You will not regret it!

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