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Strait Up [Enhanced, Compilation, Explicit Lyrics]

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1. Starlit Eyes - Serj Of System Of A Down
2. Take It Back - Jonathan Of Korn
3. I Know Where You're At - M.C.U.D. Of (Hed) P.E.
4. Catch A Spirit - Max Of Soulfly
5. Until Next Time - Jason Of R.K.L.
6. Divided (An Argument For The Soul) - Brandon Of Incubus
7. Ozzy Speaks - Ozzy Osborne
8. Angel's Son - Lajon Of Sevendust
9. Forever - Fred Of Limp Bizkit
10. Funeral Flights - Dez Of Coal Chamber
11. Requiem - Corey Of Slipknot
12. Reaching Out - Mark Of Sugar Ray
13. Absent - Snot
14. Sad Air - Lynn Straight Of Snot
15. Bonus Track - Straight Up (Explicit)

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Snot singer James Lynn Strait had a lot of friends, if this intensely emotional tribute is any indication. Strait died in a December 1998 car accident, with Snot on the verge of breaking big. Strait Up features a dozen of heavy rock's most prominent singers, including Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Korn's Jonathan Davis, Incubus's Brandon Boyd and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath paying homage to the late frontman. In 1998, Snot's Mikey Doling and John "Tumor" Fahenstock had music awaiting lyrics from Strait, who passed away before beginning the album. So the singers on Strait Up wrote their own lyrics to Snot's heavy music and recorded with the surviving members of Snot. The results are impressive. System of a Down's Serj Tankian offers up a eulogy in "Starlit Eyes": "The first to accept, the last to disappoint/Now you are free to roam the skies". Slipknot's Corey Taylor turns in a melodic but aggro "Requiem", singing: "I see the loss every time someone says your name". But it's the mellow emotion exuded by Sevendust's Lajon Witherspoon in "Angel's Son" that is the standout on a powerful album full of poignant triumphs. --Katherine Turman

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2.0 out of 5 stars A Few Surprises Feb. 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
I never have liked tribute albums because most of the time the songs are just half-assed by the singers. For example, Fred Durst's "Forever" is a really patheic attempt to having a meaning to. (hed) p.e.'s Jahred doesn't do much better to make a honorable tribute. Serj Tankian version of "Starlit Eyes" doesn't quite match up with Snot's demo of "Choose What". While he does so more meaning than the other two Max Cavalera's "Catch A Spirit" isn't much different from anything Soulfly had to offer. However there are a few highlights in my opinion. Jonathan Davis' "Take It Back" is quite a different approach with Snot backing him up instead of the almighty Korn. Sevendust's "Angel's Son" still makes me choke up to this day Lajon really shines in this track. Corey Taylor's "Requiem" shows that Corey isn't just screams that he is truely one of the better singers of today. Finally Snot's "Absent" truely shows how amazing the next album would've been had it not been for Lynn's death. "Sad Air" finishes the album in true grace with the haunting spoken words of Lynn himself. I'd recommend buying this used because there are a few meaningful songs but i was rather dissappointed in some people's performances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An X-treame tribute, just the way he'd like it. March 20 2001
Format:Audio CD
Well, everyone has heard what has happened to Lynn Strait by now and how great he was. So after the funeral, the remaining members of Snot made this. When i heard about it, I planned on buying it right away. i just reviewed it cuz I actually have time on my hands. This thing has all of his friends singing and writing the lyrics with great results! Here's the summary of each track:
1. Starlit Eyes - Serj Tankian: Serj mainly talks through this one. It's a starter on who Lynn was.
2. Take It Back - Jonathan Davis: One of my favorites. Jon Davis always likes to talk about his pain in his songs. This time, it's no exception. He oviosley misses Lynn a lot.
3. I Know Where You're At - M.C.U.D.: MCUD and DJ Product team up for this for a softer melody. It was okay, another song about the pain.
4. Catch A Spirit - Max Cavalera: A high-powered song with high-powered lyrics that also kind of shows how Soulfly sounds (with 2 of the members). Talks about Lynn's spirit above us.
5. Until Next Time - Jason Sears: This is a fast-talking ballet (like all of RKL's songs). This is one of those songs I like for the beat also along with "Take it Back."
6. Divided (An Argument For The Soul) - Brandon Boyd: One of the best songs wheather you like it or not. It's the best song for comforting. You see when someone dies, they're really not gone.
7. Ozzy Speaks - Ozzy Ozbourne: well, since Ozzy dosen't sing Metal-Rap, Ozzy makes a :13 appearence on this track. It's a little note of Ozzy wishing his dear friend goodbye.
8. Angel's Son - Lajon Witherspoon: No wonder why this one was a single! It was the song completely made for the album. It talked about how much pain Lynn went through his whole life. 9.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best CD's I Own March 9 2001
Format:Audio CD
To start off with,when I first bought this CD I had no idea who Snot was.Now that i have bought the cd listen to all the tracks,found some info on the band,and went out and found a Snot CD,I am now a huge fan of Snot. Moving on,this is a wonderful CD.All the songs you can feel the emotion they put into it and know that this album had alot of work put into it.So if you like metal go out and buy this cd now.Here is a review of each song:
Starlit w/ Serj from System of a Down:5/5 This song has great music added to Serj's always awesome lyrics and vocals.Chorus rocks too.
Take It Back w/ Jon of Korn:5/5 When both singers go at it during the verse you are just met with unsurpassed emotion.Great track.Music kikcs major ass.
I Know Where You're At w/ MCUD of Hed P.E.:5/5 My favorite track on this CD.Lyrics,music,emotion,and vocals make this an unforgetable song.
Catch A Spirit w/ Max of Soulfly:4/5 Good music and vocals.I thought the lyrics could have some work.
Until Next Time w/ Jason of RKL:2/5 Good lyrics and ok nusic,but I cannot stand this dude's voice.
Divided w/ Brandon of Incubus:5/5 Beautiful.The only word i can describe this song.Absolute masterpiece.
Angel's Son w/ Lajon of Sevendust:5/5 This is another beautiful track.The vocals and lyrics make this song one of the best.
Forever w/ Fred of Limp Bizkit:4/5 Awesome music!The lyrics needed help but the overall song is great.
Funeral Flights w/ Dez of Coal Chamber:1/5 I hate this song.The music is ok at best,lyrics suck,and his vocals sound so damn horrible.I cannot tel how much i hate it.
Requiem w/ Corey of Slipknot:5/5 Awesome.Emotion drives this song.One of my favorites on the CD.
Reaching Out w/ Mark of Sugar Ray:5/5 I thought this song would suck because of SR being sell-outs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Feb. 24 2001
Format:Audio CD
Strait Up is an album that I wish I didnt have to add to my collection. Although it is sad, the songs are so good, and the lyrics really make this disc shine. I bought it for the guests, not knowing of Snot-but after listening to Sad Air, I came away from Strait Up with a newfound respect for every artist included (including Snot). Here's a song by song review. Starlit Eyes-Very good song. At first I thought it was kinda funny (Serj sounds so weird on this track) but his lyrics are a look back on Lynn's personality. A great opener-and started off by Lynn saying, "do i have to get naked for you people to remember my name?" Take It Back-This is the most profound song on the album. The lyrics are the best-the way Jon talks about death (I especially love the lyric "as i feel emptiness growing in my heart/i cant help but scream at you/hating you/i bet you think its funny/you give us a gift/then you take it back") is almost a mirror of the emotions I have gone through when people I know die. (mostly anger and resentment) Although his lyrics don't lack the style, of say Brandon's, they are deep and right to the point. However, musically, the track lags a bit, sounding a bit like a weak Korn song. I love it. I Know Where you At-At first, the song sounds kinda goofy, and after lots of listens, it still is. There is nothing particularly outstanding with this track, but it's good nonetheless. Catch A Spirit-Out of the 14 songs, this is one (the other being Funeral Lights or whatever) that I don't really like. Im not a big fan of Soulfly, and I find his constant screams tiring. The music is weak, and this track can be easily skipped over. Until Next Time-This song is great, one of the few tracks which uses humor and a sort of lighter side of dealing with death. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars All in all, not bad
Strait Up is a success in the long run, but there are songs that just sucked or didn't belong.
For example, is it really nescessary for Fred Durst to plug Limp Bizkit yet... Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by "demon_eyes_kyo"
5.0 out of 5 stars Strait Up - The Ultimate Tribute
This cd is one of my favorite disc's. I am a huge Snot fan and I hated it when i heard of Lynn's passing. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Album reveiw: Various Artists - Strait Up
You have to give credit to the bands who thought this up to come up with a album to suport the memory of such a great person, but sadly as good as this album is, it isn't! Read more
Published on Dec 19 2002 by Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Tribute To Lynn Strait
Most of music was originally written as Snot material and the lyrics and vocals are from various people. Some songs are better than others, but all are heart-felt. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2002 by Serj Malakian Pasillas IV
5.0 out of 5 stars Loss for Words
Only recently did i learn what a great man and frontman James Lynn Strait was. But i was too late. Just wanted to let everyone know this is an incredible album, get it right... Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD.
This is such a good cd. I'd give anything if it didn't have to exist though. My personal favorite is Reaching Out by Mark. They're all right behind it though.
Published on Jan. 7 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Lynn Strait and his Dog will be forever missed
This is a great C.D. a bunch of great artists sing tribute to a great man. I once had the pleasure of meetin Lynn st one of his concerts, his was so [edit]ing cool and down to... Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2001 by Fallen Maggot
5.0 out of 5 stars Lynn Strait and his Dog will be forever missed
This is a great C.D. a bunch of great artists sing tribute to a great man. I once had the pleasure of meetin Lynn st one of his concerts, his was so [edit]ing cool and down to... Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2001 by Fallen Maggot
2.0 out of 5 stars Strait Back To The Store...
... if i didn't love, admire and respect Lynn, that's where this cd would have gone.
'Strait Up', a cd dedicated to late Snot frontman Lynn Strait & his dog Dobbs Strait, who... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2001 by Charlie Ackerly
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad to see him go...
This is the greatest tribute album with awesome recordings by artists like System of a Down's Serj Tankian, and others. Read more
Published on July 19 2001 by Ben Lacy
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