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Pay Attention Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (May 2 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00004SSTB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let Me Be [Album Version (Explicit)]
2. The Skeleton Song [Album Version (Explicit)]
3. All Things Considered [Album Version (Explicit)]
4. So Sad To Say [Album Version (Explicit)]
5. Allow Them [Album Version (Explicit)]
6. High School Dance [Album Version (Explicit)]
7. Over The Eggshells [Album Version (Explicit)]
8. She Just Happened [Album Version (Explicit)]
9. Finally [Album Version (Explicit)]
10. I Know More [Album Version (Explicit)]
11. Riot On Broad Street [Album Version (Explicit)]
12. One Million Reasons [Album Version (Explicit)]
13. Bad News And Bad Breaks [Album Version (Explicit)]
14. Temporary Trip [Album Version (Explicit)]
15. Where You Come From [Album Version (Explicit)]
16. The Day He Didn't Die [Album Version (Explicit)]

Product Description

Product Description

1 x CD Album
Europe 2000

1Let Me Be3:52
2The Skeleton Song3:00
3All Things Considered4:01
4So Sad To Say3:10
5Allow Them3:27
6High School Dance2:52
7Over The Eggshells2:59
8She Just Happened4:57
10I Know More3:08
11Riot On Broad Street3:13
12One Million Reasons3:01
13Bad News And Bad Breaks3:33
14Temporary Trip2:27
15Where You Come From2:46
16The Day He Didn't Die3:24

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' Pay Attention is crippled by its 16-track length. Although the album clocks in at an average length of 51 minutes, clumps of filler tracks make the listening experience seem even longer. This is a shame because a few of the tracks show that the 'Tones are more than distilled-ska manufacturers. "The Skeleton Song" swoops down with driving horns and a well-placed xylophone, punching its introspective lyrics straight into that part of the brain that nets catchy songs; an anthemic bridge only furthers infernal internal "make it stop!" repetition. Also, "Riot on Broad Street" shows the Boston-based eight-piece adding some south-of-the-border spice to the mix. Alas, anonymous songs that sound like they were cribbed from the band's earlier releases dominate the affair, as do head-scratchingly banal lyrics such as "If you stay down too long, you can sometimes lose your grip." Indeed. --Jason Josephes

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
As far as I know (you may correct me on this one), but this is the lengthiest Bosstones release thus far. With sixteen songs, you choose when you may Pay Attention or not.
The opener Let Me Be is pretty satisfying. What I like about it is that the new guitarist does the off-beat ska strumming in a tone that really takes up lots of space. So even when he's playing clean, it's very heavey and full. The album also delivers the goods with Bad News and Bead Breaks (sort of a swing/honkie tonk feel), High School Dance (I assume it's about Columbine HS), the empty politics of All Things Considered, and the latin-esque She Just Happened. My favorite would have to be the frantic Riot on Broad Street.
But with 16 songs, Pay Attention suffers a bit from what I call "White Album Syndrome." That just means too many songs. Every Beatles nut has his or her own idea of what to trim from the infamous White Album, and I'm sure some Bosstones fans have various views on how to shorten Pay Attention to, say, 40 minutes. Over the Eggshells, Finally, I Know More, Temporary Trip, and to some extent, Allow Them, just take up space. The songs sound like they were written in a hurry and have little substance to them. And So Sad To Say, although a single, is not very memorable at all. The Impression That I Get, that grossly overplayed Bosstones single from some years back, has more merit than this attempt to get some radio airplay.
But Pay Attention is worth a used-CD price. The dull moments just kind of roll off your back, but the good songs really do stay with you. And who am I to say what is good and what is a waste? You may find the whole thing essential to your daily listening. But the Bosstones have come a long way and their new-found musical maturity is nothing to sneeze at.
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Pay Attention is probobly my favorite album. How can one say that the fact that it has sixteen tracks makes it bad? Jeeze dude, I wish they didn't cut 'Meaning' 'Just As Much' and 'Together' from the album... Pay attention is not an 'upbeat' or 'poppy' album. As a matter of fact, this album is possibly the darkest one they've made yet. Question the Answers dealt with problems in society, Pay Attention deals with personal grief, jealousy, anger, regret, and pretty much every negative emotion an individual is capable of...
The album kicks off with 'Let Me Be' a song about losing control and just wanting to be left alone... The Skeleton Song is about someone's dark secrets being discovered... 'All Things Considered' is an admiration of an older man who rants and rambles, 'so sad to say' is the power song of the album talking about love lost, which as everyone knows is quite painful... Allow Them is the best song on this album. It is a song about disgust with the innerworkings of corporate america (it makes me chuckle considering the Enron scandal... etc...) 'Highschool Dance' is about teenage neglect, 'Over the Eggshells' is about being caught redhanded, 'Finally' is a sort of empty-worded personal triumph of finally having the guts to do something, 'I Know More' is about a person regreting their past and knowing that they knew so little about life back in the day... 'Riot On Broadstreet' discusses a violent riot that occured in Boston; 'One Million Reasons' is a song i really like (but 99% of everyone else hates) about a man trying to stop their loved one from leaving, but coming upon the realization that no matter how many reasons or arguments he tries to make with her, its useless, and that it is time to let go.
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If you liked the Let's Face It album from the Bosstones, you will have 1 of 2 reactions to this one, you'll either be glad they are keeping that light and jumpy pop to their music (which is not the case to some of their earlier work, which was full of dark gutteral vocals) or you will be disappointed by the fact that its just not a step UP from the Let's Face It album... there really aren't any particular songs on this CD that leap out at you, but I personally would reccomend Let me Be, Finally, Riot on Broad Street, So Sad to Say and Temporary Trip.
My favorite song is "Riot on Broad Street" w/ "Finally" taking a close follow-up.
There are 16 tracks... but its a mix between songs you love and songs that really don't do much for you. You know the type of CD I'm talking about; where you've got to sift through the songs to find all the ones you like. This CD's like that.
The previous album (Let's Face It) is your best bet if you are new to the Bosstones and it's profanity free, with amazing beats and tunes, a jazzy rocky-romp through a punk-ska zone! I'd rate that one among my top 10 fave cds of all time, this probably would be at 87th place.... and I've reviewed hundreds of CD's... so its still good, but nothing amazing. If you've already listened to Let's Face it, and want more M.M.B., then go for Pay Attention!
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By Brooks Williams on Nov. 29 2001
Format: Audio CD
Let me first say that I've been a big fan since Junior High School and I still love these guys now that I'm two years out of Collage...
This album seems a little flat. It was hard to put my finger on at first. When I saw that Nate Albert had left the band, that gave me a major hint. Lawrence Katz does a good job at getting a similar guitar tone as Nate, but it's not the same for me (this might also have something to do with production).
So Sad To Say, Let Me Be, The Day He Didn't Die, She Just Happened -- all great examples of strong song-writing. Riot of Broad street is an example of the BossToneS's ability to do more than the traditional ska-core.
On the other hand, I found Over The Eggshells, Finally, I Know More and Where You Come From (this song has an awful chorus, but great verses... go figure) to be rather weak and I often skip them when listening to the CD.
I still love the band and I'll continue to support them in the future, but this album just didn't do it for me like some of their older stuff.
Real quick because I know this has nothing to do with the music, but I think the packaging for this album is pretty bad. Oh well...
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