Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Only 5 left in stock.
Sold by Bridge_Media and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
The Complex has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Used: Good | Details
Sold by SHOP@HOME
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Free 2nd Day UPS ground for prime members Directly from Amazon warehouse CD is Shrinkwraped Standard used condition 100% satisfaction Buy in confidence No hussle return policy get it fast & secure
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$7.82
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: cdgiveaways
Add to Cart
$9.33
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: Amazon.com
Add to Cart
$13.49
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: Fulfillment Express US
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

The Complex

4.5 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, April 22, 2003
"Please retry"
$7.80
$3.80 $0.01

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Get Started with Amazon Prime Stream millions of songs anytime, anywhere, included with an Amazon Prime membership. Get started
$7.80 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Only 5 left in stock. Sold by Bridge_Media and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Complex
  • +
  • Audio
  • +
  • Blue Man Group - The Complex Rock Tour Live
Total price: $29.44
Buy the selected items together

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Blue Man Group will release their first, full-fledged rock 'n' roll album The Complex featuring guest collaborations with Dan the Automator, Tracy Bonham, Esthero, Josh Haden, Dave Matthews, and others. Within The Complex, the Blue Man Group was able to record as well as build the wide array of unusual invented instruments used on the album. Aided by the help of some of today's most intriguing vocalists, Blue Man Group has successfully moved beyond the instrumental category and has catapulted full force into the rock world. The track "The Current" is heavily featured in the highly anticipated film, Terminator 3, scheduled to be released nationwide July 3. You'll hear their signature sounds, such as the tube instruments, the giant walls of percussion, and all of the Group's other invented instruments; you'll also hear some more familiar trappings of today's music; thrashing guitars, verse/chorus/bridge song structure, scratching, and in addition, a variety of guest vocalists.

Amazon.com

Take equal measures of Gallagher and Kraftwerk, mix in a 15-year supply of blue body paint and shake with a double-shot of modern marketing savvy and you might have something akin to Blue Man Group. This ambitious second album by New York performance artists cum entrepreneurs Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton, and Chris Wink expands their central artistic contradiction--mainstreaming the alternative--with a propulsive cocktail of rhythm, irony, self-invented instrumentation, and bona fide song structures that feature turns from guest stars Dave Matthews (the music hall dirge "Sing Along") and Tracy Bonham ("Up to the Roof," and with Rob Swift, "Shadows Pt.2"). The conceit is vaguely reminiscent of the Tubes' tongue-in-cheek ode to '80s corporate rock, "The Completion Backwards Principle," right down to being so convincing the irony often melts away. Fans of their live performances will appreciate its wall-to-wall rhythmic thrust and quirky textures, while aficionados and newcomers alike should welcome its surprising, seductive melodies and mature songwriting. --Jerry McCulley
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
1
30
2:46
Play in Library $1.29
 
2
30
3:43
Play in Library $1.29
 
3
30
3:25
Album Only
4
30
3:50
Play in Library $1.29
 
5
30
4:08
Play in Library $1.29
 
6
30
4:30
Play in Library $1.29
 
7
30
3:01
Play in Library $1.29
 
8
30
2:54
Album Only
9
30
3:50
Play in Library $1.29
 
10
30
2:55
Play in Library $1.29
 
11
30
3:11
Play in Library $1.29
 
12
30
6:26
Play in Library $1.29
 
13
30
5:13
Play in Library $1.29
 
14
30
8:50
Play in Library $1.29
 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lava
  • ASIN: B00008OWZD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Scott C. Smith on March 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Until recently, all I knew about the Blue Man Group was based on their series of odd commercials for Intel. I didn't know anything about their music. "The Complex" blew me away.
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.
1 Comment 20 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
One Day some time ago BMG decided to try a new experiment: How well its wacky array of make-shift instruments would work in a more traditional Rock Album, and let me tell you it works, it REALLY works. Where ever the Blue Man instruments were put in, it 'fits' like if it was mean't to have always been in there, it doesn't really stand out all that much if you were not really trying to listen for them. It does however start to get exhausting near the end of the album. The amazingly complex music would start to take its toll on the person's brain compelling to stop for time being, this is definately not a once over album if you want to fully appreciate what BMG has made.
Herein is a small review of all the songs and my top 3 songs of the album
Above:(9/10)
A very nice start
Time to Start:(9/10)
An exceptionally humerous number,
Sing Along:(10/10)
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
Your Attention:(7/10)
A remake of a BMG song, the addition of vocals kinda makes the song itself easier to swallow than its original format, otherwise....
Persona:(9/10)
Piano Smasher:(8/10)
Pure BMG goodness for those who like their original style
White Rabbit:(7/10)
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
Shadows 2:(6/10)
Another remake of a previous BMG song, nothing special
The Current:(10/10)
One word: Woah.....
Read more ›
Comment 17 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you can't see BMG live on the Complex Rock Tour this is the next best thing. BMG is always amazing and by all means see them live if you can. This CD has so much to recommend it from the amazingly layered percussion (at places there are over 50 percussion tracks simultaneously playing) to the wonderful guest vocalists, particularly Tracy Bonham (although I was a little less enthusiastic about Venus Hum).
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."
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
As a huge fan of the Blue Man Group's debut album, "Audio," I eagerly awaited listening to this new album. I knew it would be a departure from their previous work, as the silent, blue men had never included vocals in their music before. I, and other Blue Man faithfuls, were skeptical about this approach, but luckily this album does not dissappoint! Contributions from artists like Dave Matthews, Gavin Rossdale, and Rob Swift give appeal to new listeners while the music has enough of the beloved "Blue Man Vibe" to keep the devoted fans happy.
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 ›
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

The Complex
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: The Complex


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: vinyl pop