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Babies Are For Petting EP
Babies Are For Petting EP
Offered by CAMusicFiendz
Price: CDN$ 21.96
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4.0 out of 5 stars Promising blend of psychadelia, punk, and blues-rock., July 6 2003
From the opening riff of "Look Out For Traffic", one might make the mistaken assumption that The Vue are just another "nu-garage" band. It only takes a few seconds for the band to dash that apart with the inclusion of a rather psychadelic-style riff into the song itself. Indeed much of the band's strength lies in a fusion of garage-punk, old-school blues-rock, and some psychadelia that isn't as noticeable as the other two, but it's still there. The title track, despite its name comes off as a more raucous get-drunk-at-bar-and-meet-strange-ladies-and-follow-them-back-to-their-place-"tipper gore"-all-night-and-sleep-all-day song. The live rendition of "Find Your Home" owes obvious influence to Led Zeppelin and the fifth track, "It Won't Last" could do any rocker proud. In fact if you ask me, the rest of it could be half-... covers of Puddle of Mudd songs and it would still be worth it just for the final track. This EP's flaws however would be that sometimes the instruments take center-stage over the vocals and the elements of the styles aren't perfectly combined yet.

Let Go
Let Go
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1.0 out of 5 stars At last I speak!, May 24 2003
This review is from: Let Go (Audio CD)
I have observed people's love and backlash against Avril for quiet some time now. And here is what I have to say. Avril Lavigne is quiet possibly the most fake person in the music industry. More fake than Britney Spears even. Avril writes her own songs: WRONG! She writes them with the help of about three other PROFESSIONAL POP songwriters. Meaning that she contributed maybe a line or two. She has guitar-playing talent. WRONG! She holds the guitar and poses with it in pictures in order to look cool. She can't actually play it or else she would play it live, but she doesn't. Her band does. She's punk. WRONG! She's pop-rock. And not even good pop-rock like maybe Savage Garden or Matchbox 20, both of whom can be creative and write far more meaningful lyrics. She can sing. WRONG! One only needs to see and hear her live to realize that she has no singing voice and that her voice is perfectly synthesized. She never claimed to be punk. WRONG! When she first appeared she claimed that she re-invented punk-rock for this generation and was this generation's Sid Vicious (never mind that later she admitted that she didn't even know who Sid Vicious was). She ultimately is just some wannabe who was picked by a major record label to cash in on Britney's now-waning fan-base with the same safe, bubblegummy songs about puppy love that shallow people eat up. That is all

Days Of The New (Red)
Days Of The New (Red)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Starfax is an idiot, July 13 2002
This review is from: Days Of The New (Red) (Audio CD)
"it's clear that he ripped off Tantric's fresh, new sound without Meeks"? lol. Little kid, you are tone deaf and know nothing about music. First of all, while Tantric's CD was okay, it wasn't incredibly fresh. The Tantric debut CD follows along the same lines as DOTN's first CD. Second, this album combines orchestral arrangements and ethnic sounds. Such elements were in place in Travis's vision since the GREEN album, which came out before Tantric's CD. While Tantric are okay, learn something about music and take a music appreciation class before you come out here sounding like some MTV rent-a-teenybopper.

Come Clean
Come Clean
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1.0 out of 5 stars Straight out of "How to Exploit Trends", May 27 2002
This review is from: Come Clean (Audio CD)
Aagh! More simpleton rock. Completely unoriginal riffs, poor instrumentation, and stupid-arse lyrics make up the grung wannabes of Puddle of Mudd, the most accurate band name around. It's sad that rip-offs like these guys, Nickelback, Creed, and others get all the attention while other grunge-influenced, yet far more imaginative, original bands like Local H and modern Days of the New (Travis Meeks is a musical genius) are given the shaft. POM's lyrics are nowhere near as poetic as Kurt Cobain's, Eddie Vedder's, Layne Staley's (God rest his soul), and Chris Cornell's lyrics, nor is the instrumentation anywhere near such bands either. These guys will be nowhere five years from now. They're an example of all that's wrong with modern rock. Boooooooo!!!!

Rock Steady
Rock Steady
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1.0 out of 5 stars Since when is dumbing down a sign of maturity, May 27 2002
This review is from: Rock Steady (Audio CD)
Bah! This is [junk]. The intricacies and intelligent lyrics of such masterpieces as Tragic Kingdom and Return of Saturn are all gone. A group that once sounded like a full band with a poetic frontwoman now sounds like an inane [person] w techno gizmos that tend to repeat a beat and some stupid words over and over again. It's clear that TRL has poisoned the band's, or should I say Gwen's, head and musical integrity. There's never anything wrong with a band expanding its musical horizons (Incubus has done this well as has Travis Meeks with Days of the New's RED album, which was the most overlooked album of 2001) or with writing upbeat songs (once again, Days of the New's RED album, Bob Dylan's latest, Incubus, Barenaked Ladies, and the legendary Beach Boys and Beatles), but that's no excuse for poor instrumentalism and cheesy lyrics. This is the kind of music listened to by casual music fans whom don't expect much out of their art, who listen to radio all the time and only to certain bands who are trendy, just before stepping on to the next fad, leaving the old ones behind, who think that Creed is a better band than Pearl Jam, etc. Hopefully, this is just a phase and the band goes back to writing meaningful music and not this inane, low-brow [tuff]rwise they're official sell-outs. Bah!

Camino Palmero
Camino Palmero
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2.0 out of 5 stars A poor man's Matchbox 20, May 15 2002
This review is from: Camino Palmero (Audio CD)
I'm sorry, but these guys just don't cut it. The musicianship lacks the imagination that Matchbox 20 can inject into some of their songs (i.e. Busted, Real World, etc.) and the lyrics aren't as good as the oftentimes profound lyrics of Rob Thomas. On top of that, these guys dropped out of high school at THEIR LABEL'S REQUEST. It's bad enough when you drop out of high school, but at your label's request. I'll give these guys some credit though for being a bunch of middle-class suburbanites and not jumping on the trendy angst-train like so many others.

Magnolia
Magnolia
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!, May 11 2002
This review is from: Magnolia (Audio CD)
I got this CD due to all the hype (a dangerous thing these days) and after hearing about Aimee Mann's United Musicians coalition. Talk about incredible! Aimee combines elements of rock, pop, and folk into a sound all her own. Her lyrics are simple, yet profound. They come off sounding like things that everyone has thought at some time, yet never wrote down or said because they were sure that they were the only ones. Best tracks are "Driving Sideways", "Deathly", "Wise Up", and of course, the Grammy-nominated "Save Me" with the brilliant chorus.

Weathered
Weathered
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1.0 out of 5 stars What happened?, May 11 2002
This review is from: Weathered (Audio CD)
Man, Creed are in a sorry state indeed. "My Own Prison" was a great album. Sure they were a Pearl Jam knockoff, but they were a FIRST-RATE PEARL JAM KNOCKOFF. The kind of knockoff that showed potential. Sort of like Days of the New. They were a first-rate Alice In Chain knockoff and now look at them. Or I should say him, Travis Meeks. The RED album was one of the greatest albums of 2001. As for Creed, they have squandered their potential and chosen to make the same song over again it seems. Also, to the person whom said that current rock is better than early 90's rock, what are you, nuts. Or just some casual-minded simpleton. Most of what you hear now is just some rip-off of what occurred back then. As for Pearl Jam, they're not any worse. They just mature and add variety to their catalog, unlike Creed, where every song sounds the same.

Camino Palmero
Camino Palmero
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1.0 out of 5 stars A poor man's Matchbox 20, May 11 2002
This review is from: Camino Palmero (Audio CD)
I'm sorry, but that's just what these guys are. The instrumentals lack the imagination that Matchbox 20 has shown in songs like "Real World", "Busted", "Bed of Lies", and such and the lyrics can't hold sway to Rob Thomas's oftentimes profound words. Plus these guys dropped out of high school AT THEIR LABEL'S REQUEST! It's bad enough when you drop out of high school, but AT YOUR LABEL'S REQUEST! That just screams that you're in it for the money. Save your money by passing this over and getting a Matchbox 20 or Lifehouse CD instead.

Yourself Or Someone Like You
Yourself Or Someone Like You
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-crafted traditional pop-rock, April 20 2002
...This band talks about real stuff that's deep, important, and meaningful. This is REAL, sophisticated music. Not avant-garde or anything, but still poetic in its own right. Things that every true artist and poet talks about..."Real World" talks about not wanting to grow up and wanting to remain innocent and naive instead, but realizing that you must grow up, while still pleading to remain some semblance of childhood innocence. "Push" is a great song of hurtfullness. "Busted" is about the dangers of alcoholism. If you like modern straight-forward rootsy rock (like Hootie and the Blowfish,...then you should love this.

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