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This is a rock album, make no mistake. BMG's debut album, "Audio," is more true to their live show that's played in venues like The Luxor in Las Vegas, and is primarily a showcase for the BMG's trademark percussion.
"The Complex" couples BMG's percussion and homemade instruments to a traditional song format, with soaring guitars, a pounding rhythm section, and a big percussive sound.
Along for the ride are guest vocalists such as Tracy Bonham, Dave Matthews, Annette Stream of Venus Hum, and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.
Lyrically, the songs of "The Complex" explore themes of alienation and the dis-connect from society that is so common to the cubicle-dweller society that is the norm of corporate America. There are a few cover tunes here, with the best being a rocking cover of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," sung by Venus Hum's Annette Stream. It's a brilliant rendition, full of soaring guitars, amazing percussion (the synthesizer sound at the beginning of the song is actually PVC tubing, an instrument the Blue Man Group call 'The Tubulum') and energy.
The album concludes with the haunting instrumental "Exhibit 13." If you've seen "The Complex" tour DVD or have gone to BMG's web site, you'll know that "Exhibit 13" is about the Sept. 11 attacks on New York City and some random pieces of paper that blew into a nearby neighborhood.
About "The Complex" tour DVD...buy it! It's amazing to watch everyone involved in creating the show, and to see and hear the Blue Man Group's various homemade instruments.
Herein is a small review of all the songs and my top 3 songs of the album
A very nice start
Time to Start:(9/10)
An exceptionally humerous number,
One of the covers of the album, the Dave Matthews Band really makes this track shine. 3rd Place
Up to the Roof:(10/10)
The female counterpart to Sing Along. Tracy easily make this the second best song IMO
A remake of a BMG song, the addition of vocals kinda makes the song itself easier to swallow than its original format, otherwise....
Pure BMG goodness for those who like their original style
Maybe its just me, but I didn't quite like this song as much as the rest of the album, worth a hear if you like Esthero
Another remake of a previous BMG song, nothing special
One word: Woah.....Read more ›
There really isn't a bad track on the CD, and the CD proves that BMG can coexist in the genres of rock and dance music in addition to their own individual, indefinable niche that only they can occupy. The sounds you hear here are like no other on any other CD, and that's a wonderful and refreshing thing.
"Your attention please. Please yell if you are paying attention."
The album was written by the Blue Man Group founders Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton, and Chris Wink, among others, with its translation to a live rock show at the forefront of their attention. Therefore, many of the songs have concert-like crowd involvement features integrated into them. In some places this works, especially in the track Time to Start, but in other tracks, including Your Attention and parts of What Is Rock, I think these features would be better left solely to the rock concert arena. The founders also wrote the lyrics on the album save for the two covers, I Feel Love and White Rabbit.
I'll briefly point out some of the definate high points of the album:
Sing Along, featuring Dave Matthews, is the first single off the album, and is perfect for the airwaves. And its sound, featuring the Tubulum and Air Pole instruments the group is famous for, is unique enough for it to stand out on the airwaves. I look forward to this song coming up as a sleeper hit. The lyrics are simple but thoughtful and quite singable.
I think my favorite song on the album at this point is Persona, with vocals contributed by Josh Haden. The haunting beat of the music is perfect to drive the urban paranoia featured by the lyrics.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love that there are some original Blue Man Group songs included that you see in their shows. The sole reason I purchased this CD had to be for their song "Exhibit 13"... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Keely M.
I recently had the opportunity to watch the Blue Man Group live in a city near me, the show is truly something else. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alec
Blue is my favorite color, has been all my life. I remember being asked as a little boy, what my favorite color was. I replied "blue". Read morePublished 9 months ago by Estring
It is a studio recorded version of the live show. I feel the live show version I have watched / listen to had a much greater depth of the musical instruments and better sound... Read morePublished 13 months ago by David
If you are a fan of the Blue Man Group, I don't have to say anymore since I know you more than likely own this CD already. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Louis M. Rodriguez