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The Question
The Question
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "The Question Leaves too many questions behind, and none of them are good questions.", August 5, 2005
This review is from: The Question (Audio CD)
About a year and a half ago, a little known band burst out onto the indie scene. This band was named Emery. Basically a christian alternative to Thursday, Emery rose to be one of the heaviest hitting bands of 2004. Very played over, not over played. Their first album, "The Weak's End" was a very solid debut cd. It wasn't perfect, but darn near it.

But through their growing popularity, Emery has done what most bands do on their sophmore effort, fail. The new album, "The Question" leaves so many questions as too what the heck happened, that it left me struck in the head when I finished it. The lyrics are the poorest I've heard on any album this year (although they almost tie with the new Weezer album, which was this years biggest disapointment for me, until this), and everything just feels rushed. It's great that Emery wants to capitalize on their growing popularity by releasing a new album at such a pinicle in their career, but the album is way to rushed. For example, the song "The Terrible Secret" has the lines "these are our words, we built these vows

but all the letters of the alphabet could never spell it out". This is just an example of the very dull, repetitive writing on this album. Very unpoetic.

I will give this album two stars however, for unlike the new Weezer album, this album retains some abilities to sound good at times. The song "Study Politics" is perhaps the best example of what this album should have sounded like, and the lyrics on it, aren't half bad. But when you listen to that song, you almost feel like your listening to a different album completly.

Skip it. Relisten to "The Weak's End" a few times to get your taste for Emery.


Crimson [Enhanced CD]
Crimson [Enhanced CD]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 41/2, but it's still a must own for trioheads., May 24, 2005
This review is from: Crimson [Enhanced CD] (Audio CD)
Alkaline Trio is back again. After 2003's successful "Good Mourning", the band has finally shifted into a new direction. And that new direction? More rhythum, not so much punk rock. The dark lyrics, allthough present on this album, are not nearly as dark as the Alk 3 we are all use too. This album is also 99% curse free, minus one s word. Strange for the Alkaline Trio.

Time To Waste is by far the best song on the album, and the first single. But other great songs include "Burn", "I Was A Prayer", "Mercy Me", "Deathbed", and "Sadie". But this whole album sparks a much different turn for the Alkaline Trio.

Someone told me awhile ago that this album is what thier last sounded like, and they went back into the studio and changed it at the last minute. Intersting. Well "Crimson" is a great album, and is very much an Alkaline Trio album, I can't help but say that "Good Mourning" was a better album, as well as all the other albums.


Stand Up
Stand Up
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 in a half, but still it's dissapointing..., May 10, 2005
This review is from: Stand Up (Audio CD)
So I picked up the new Dave Matthews Band album today expecting greatness, and I got mediocrecy. Although good, the new album is not great. This is by far their worst album, and although some of the songs are good, catchy, and unique to anything else out there in music, it's just not a full effort. Like what happened to Carter Beuford's drumming on this album? All the drum beats are so boring and drawn out that they've lost their creativity and fun. Part of the fun of the Dave Matthews Band was that it wasn't just about Dave Matthews, it was a full band effort. Since Dave Matthews solo release, which was very good, you can tell the DMB has been going south. Now with this album, at least four or five of the songs are piano based, which is very weird for the DMB. This album just doesn't sound like DMB, it sounds like some weird orchastra that Dave Matthews has created. I can actually say that "Everyday" is a better album now, considering that was my least favorite album.

And another thing I have to complain about, is this whole album is one big political message. It seems to banish the thoughts of Religion and talk so much about how it sucks that Kerry wasn't elected, that the creativity and originality that is Dave Matthews has been pissed away for some political idea. I'm sorry, but DMB is heading south, and I hope someone can save them in time for their next album. Moderate album, but it's no "Under the Table & Dreaming" or "Crash".

I must also touch on one last thing... You can only put this album on your pc if you use Windows Media Player to play mp3's/wma's. If you use itunes or any other program, your screwed. It will not burn onto another disc, even if your just making a backup copy for yourself. Ridiculous, I piss on the music industry for that now.


Totally James Bond: Essential 007 Themes
Totally James Bond: Essential 007 Themes
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Actually gets zero stars., April 16, 2005
This is dreadfully horrible. All the songs have been edited and are now being sang by new artists you've never heard of. Truly horrible because I just wanted the old songs. Stick with the "Best of Bond" album, because this is awful.


Everglow
Everglow
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the Best Album You'll hear in 05', March 29, 2005
This review is from: Everglow (Audio CD)
I was not a Mae fan before I heard their new songs. I have Destination Beautiful, and I thought it was a decent album, but it was lacking alot of emotion and feeling. The lyrics didn't feel that meaningful, and the album just didn't fit. Destination B-Sides really put me back on this band. I hated that album, I felt it was worthless. I felt that Mae was becoming a very poppy crappy band.

Then last month, "Anything" debuted on purevolume. I was stunned. This is one of the best songs I have ever heard, and everything fits. I immeaditly went out and bought "The Everglow" the day it was released.

The stand out tracks on this album are: "Anything", "Suspension", "Someone Else's Arms", "Painless", and "The Ocean". But don't get me wrong, every song on this album is complete. This album just comes alive with so many great There's nothing bad with this album. The rest of the songs fit well, and this whole album is defintely one of the best albums I've ever heard.

Pick it up!


What To Do When You Are Dead
What To Do When You Are Dead
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good...But Very Sophmoric, March 1, 2005
Indeed it's been almost two years since Armor For Sleep came out of no where and unveiled one of the best albums of 2003, "Dream to Make Believe". And as a band, you can't ask for a more better debut album. The album really came alive for me, and Armor For Sleep was indeed one of the best new bands recently. Now with their follow-up album, "What To Do When You Are Dead" they try to acomplish two things here: 1) Make a concept album and 2) Try to make a better album then their debut. The problem here in this album, is the lyrics. By about song 8, you'll get tired of hearing lyrics such as "Now I'm in Your Basement" and "It Rains In Heaven All Day Long". Sure the album is trying to be a concept album, but it just doesn't feel like it works.

With that said aside, it's different from their debut, but "What To Do When You Are Dead" indeed somewhat lives up to their previous masterpiece. "Car Underwater", "Stay On The Ground", "Basement Ghost Singing" and "The Truth About Heaven" are the standout tracks, but each track sounds good. I just can't help but feel somewhat dissapointed though. But it's indeed worthy of your money, especially if you highly enjoyed "Dream to Make Believe", but don't expect a repeat effort.


Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5: Great Effort, Great Music, Lacking Something..., February 8, 2005
I picked up the two new Bright Eyes albums 10 days before they were in stores. Good thing, they've been sold out all over the chicago area.

With that said, I think both new albums are excellent. However I fail to see the point with certain reviews. I read all 49 reviews of this album, some good, some not so good, and I found that all of the negative reviews were from people that didn't actually review the album. They just put on the show of "this is emo and emo sucks". Well maybe emo is a lifestyle, so what? First of all, if you don't like emo music, then don't go reviewing every emo album that's released. Keep your biased opinion to youself. Secondly, Bright Eyes isn't , nor ever was emo. Bright Eyes is a mixture of many different kinds of music, and ultimatly, can be listed under Alternative, if best.

Now the reason I give this album 4.5 instead of the coveted 5 is because it's not as good as the past Bright Eyes albums. "Lifted" reached very high and new heights for Oberst, but I feel this album sets him back a bit. The highlights of this album are "Gold Mine Gutted" Take It Easy (Love Nothing), "Hit The Switch", and finally "Arc of Time (Time Code). The rest of the album is filled with the very weird and poppy sounding techno beats. But what makes Bright Eyes a very unique band, is that with every album, they can sound totally different. I see a very different band from 2000's "Fevers & Mirrors" to 2002's "Lifted or The Story is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground". Very different sounds. I just feel if some songs were cut out of this one, and combined with the other new album, they would have a very complete, very different mix of a album. But don't let that spoil one of the best albums of 2005.


I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great effort from Connor Oberst..., January 26, 2005
One of the two new albums from Bright Eyes released on the same day, this is the more Bright Eyes that your used to. It's true and honest folk at it's best. This album was recorded back in February 2004. Connor and some of his friends, My Morning Jacket, and M. Ward helped record this album, and everything in the album is amazing. At The Bottom of Everything, and Lua are my personal faves, as well as We Are Nowhere & It's Now. And for those that are ticked because he's being called the Bob Dylan of my generation, that's stupid to get ticked off, he's america's best songwriter right now.


Adore
Adore
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance comes in all styles of music..., January 26, 2005
This review is from: Adore (Audio CD)
With there 1995 release, "Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness", The Smashing Pumpkins showed the world how hard they could rock, but also a softer, more mellow side. Then with the departure of Jimmy Chamberlin, and the death of their pianist to a drug overdose, The Pumpkins had to scramble with what to do next. Then the death of Billy's mother in 1997 really put a strain on things. You can't help but realize that this is what makes this album so much different from the other pumpkins albums. Alot of people hate this album, and think that this is the downfall of the pumpkins. I think this is where the pumpkins really started to shine. They showed the world that they could grow up and stop singing angst written songs and start writing brilliant ballads and amazing acoustic songs. This album is just magnifacient in comparison to all the other Pumpkins albums. Sure it's definitly not the place to start if you are a new Pumpkinhead, but it's defintily a worthy purchase down the road.


Siamese Dream
Siamese Dream
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Rock Album of all time..., January 26, 2005
This review is from: Siamese Dream (Audio CD)
Because Pink Floyd was more experimental, and Dark Side of the Moon is my favorite album ever, the Pumpkins come in as a close 2nd, but alas, this album is the best "rock" album of all time. It came at just the right time, and totally blew Nirvana out of the water. Everything here is just masterfully done. A drum roll and electric guitar open up "Cherub Rock". Who can forget the amazing song "Today", one of the best radio rock hits of the 90's. Songs like "Hummer" and "Rocket" really add to this album, and "Disarm" was an instant radio hit as well. My personal favorite on this album has to be "Mayonaise" There just hasn't been a song like it. "Silverf**k" is a long song that really shows the impressive drumming of Jimmy Chamberlin.

Nothing can compare to this album. It just came at the right time. It brought the Pumpkins instantly into the light, something that Gish didn't do. Don't get me wrong, Gish is a great album, but if you want somewhere to start if your a new Pumpkinhead, this is the place.


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