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Elp
Elp
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4.0 out of 5 stars Early 70's, Piano Heavy Progressive Rock= ELP, July 19 2004
This review is from: Elp (Audio CD)
(Actual Rating-3.5 Stars)
Emerson, Lake, and Palmer(1970). Emerson, Lake, and Palmer's First Album.
Around 1970, the supergroup Emerson, Lake, and Palmer was formed, which combined Nice's Keith Emerson's Amazing technical wizardry with the keyboard and the Moog Synthesizer, King Crimson's Singer/Guitarist Greg Lake, and Drummer Carl Palmer of Atomic Rooster. With much critical fanfare, and with the success of Nice and Crimson King, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer were destined for Classic Rock fame, and sure enough, their self-titled debut climbed to the American Top 20 and the British Top 5, and forever after they were superstars. Combining instrumentals(Ex. "The Barbarian" and "The Three Fates") and Classic Hard Rockers(Ex. "Lucky Man" and "Knife-Edge"), 'Emerson, Lake and Palmer' creates a diverse album, but its main focus is on the keyboard, while very little guitar is added into the mix. So is 'Emerson, Lake, and Palmer's sound to predominately on the keyboard, or does that make the album better? If you ask me, a little bit of both.....Read on the find out why!
Track Ratings-
The Barbarian- "The Barbarian"'s a Keyboard/Moog heavy Rocker, and Palmer's frenzied drumming and Lake's short bursts of static-y guitar riffs fit in nicely alongside the mostly keyboard instrumental. A rather dark and enigmatic song, ELP pull it off nicely.
Take A Pebble- "Take A Pebble" starts off with Lake's amazing vocals behind Emerson's jazzy piano, but soon Emerson takes center-stage, using a Synth line as background music, but his piano is the main instrument, encompassing jazz, folk, and classical styles in this 12 minute epic. Since this is basically a 12 minute piano track, it gets very repetitive and redundant after a while, but overall a decent track, just don't be expecting any Rock 'N Roll, but a lengthy piano piece.
Knife-Edge- "Knife-Edge" starts off quickly, with Lake's Beatles-inspired vocals being backed up by a synthesizer beat much along the lines of what The Doors do. All the musicians are Top-Notch here, and "Knife-Edge" comes out sounding like The Doors, yet this Classic Rocker contains its own originality.
The Three Fates: Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos- "The Three Fates" showcases his immense Classical Piano skills, and remind me very clearly of Rick Wakeman's solo Piano projects. Since I'm not a huge fan of the piano, this track got a little old, but if you are a fan of Classical Piano, this song is a masterpiece in that sense.
Tank- "Tank" starts off with a low bass beat surrounded by Emerson's Moog Synthesizer line, which sounds odd and reminds me of "The Jetsons". Palmer shows us his admirable skills, dishing out a lengthy drum solo, proving Emerson isn't the only musician. "Tank" sounds oddly disjointed, as if Emerson and Palmer were trying to show off their respective skills. A Pretty Good song.
Lucky Man- "Lucky Man" became a big hit, and why not? "Lucky Man" combines Lake's sweetly innocent vocals and acoustic guitar playing, creating a ballad that seems genuine, almost as if Lake was heartbroken when he sang this. A beautiful and compassionate ballad, it's a superb song and my favorite on the album.
Overall, 'Emerson, Lake, and Palmer' is a dominated by the piano, and Emerson seems to be the entire focus of the album, while Palmer and Lake seem to be left in the cold. That is unfortuneate, because Lake is one of the best vocalists I've ever heard, and his guitar is quite beautiful. Palmer is a great drummer, but his talent can only be seen on tracks like "The Barbarian", "Tank", and "Knife-Edge". Although Emerson is an excellent pianist and synth player, one of the best in fact, I think his playing gets in the way of the other musicians, basically giving them the cold shoulder. "The Barbarian", "Knife-Edge" and "Lucky Man" all incorporate the musicians, and they are all excellent numbers that make ELP's self-titled debut worth the price. Be warned though, this album is not for everyone, and DO NOT come in expecting the album to be totally Hard Rock, as you may be disappointed.
RECOMMENDED FOR FANS OF CLASSIC ROCK, CLASSICAL PIANO, CLASSICAL MUSIC, PROG ROCK, ART ROCK, EMERSON, LAKE, AND PALMER, FANS OF JAZZ OR ANY OF THE BANDMEMBERS BANDS. IF YOU CAN GET PAST THE OVER-ABUNDANT PIANO, ELP'S DEBUT MIGHT JUST BE ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE ALBUMS.
Also Recommended-
In The Court of the Crimson King- King Crimson
Five Bridges- The Nice
The Doors- The Doors
Thanks For Reading!

Binaural
Binaural
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam Exits the 90's and Enters the New Millenium!, July 18 2004
This review is from: Binaural (Audio CD)
(Actual Rating-4.5 Stars)
Binaural(2000). Pearl Jam's Sixth Album, and the First to Feature Drummer Matt Cameron.
As the 90's came to a close, Pearl Jam was still an anomaly in Popular Music, having their first huge hit single,"Last Kiss", since Ten under their belts, Pearl Jam ignored trends and kept on shelling out albums based on their style. Pearl Jam was the only original Grunge Band left, and despite the music scene dominated by such junky bands as Limp Bizkit and N'Sync, Pearl Jam stuck to their roots and never once strayed from their music, much like Metallica and The Stone Temple Pilots. So, along with the guitar mastery of Stone Gossard and Mike McCready(I will refer to them as "The Duo" in my review), the Undeniable Vocal Talents of Eddie Vedder, the bass talents of Jeff Ament, and Former- Soundgarden Drummer Matt Cameron, Pearl Jam was ready to rock! So, is 'Binaural' a classic album along the lines of Pearl Jam's first three albums, or a decent album by a washed up band? Read My Review To Find Out....
Track Listing-
Breakerfall- "The Duo"'s opening riff clearly shows the influence of The Who, and "Breakerfall" uses Vedder's slightly distorted vocals to his full extent. Good Alt Rock song, but way too short!
God's Dice- "God's Dice" combines stellar drumming from Cameron, the melodic vocals of Vedder, and Reggae-tinged riff to make a short but sweet Alt. Rock song.
Evacuation- "Evacuation" is an odd number, combining influences of Psychadelia, Funk, and Alt. Rock, very much like 'Vs.'s "N.W.A.", and uses Vedder's vocals on the chorus to create an undeniably great and catchy song.
Light Years- "Light Years" is a great ballad, mixing a heartbroken riff from "The Duo" with Vedder's somber vocals to create a melodic yet rocking ballad. Great song!
Nothing As It Seems- "Nothing As It Seems" starts off with a VERY doomy riff, along with Vedder's low and frightening vocals make this a spooky song. The Chorus, the insane solos(note the 's') make this a slow, yet ultimately rewarding song. Horrifyingly good!
Thin Air- "Thin Air" is another ballad, and Pearl Jam mixes a tinge of Country and Folk, yet keeps enough Alt. Rock to still make it a good song. Great vocals and guitarmanship!
Insignificance- "Insignifacance" is a cross between a ballad and Heavy Metal, because "The Duo"'s dark riff mixes with Eddie Vedder's very melodic vocals, making for an excellent experiment. Great guitar work and a killer chorus!
Of The Girl-"Of The Girl" shows Pearl Jam experimenting once more, adding influences of New Age and Jazz onto a ballad. Although Vedder's vocals are great, and the Jazzy Guitarwork from "The Duo" is very good, ultimately "Of The Girl" comes out rather boring. A Decent Song.
Grievance- "Grievance" is a mix between Heavy Metal and Punk, using "The Duo"'s hard as hell and punk influenced riff behind Vedder's melodic, yet angry vocals to make "Grievance" an undeniably good song! Excellent Guitar Work!
Rival- "Rival" is obviously influenced by Led Zeppelin, using "The Duo"'s Jimmy Page-y riff and bluesy solo behind a steady keyboard beat that complements Vedder's sarcastic vocals. Great song!
Sleight Of Hand- "Sleight of Hand" starts off slow, with Vedder softly singing, but soon "The Duo"'s distorted, Heavy, and Dark riff sweeps in. "Sleight of Hand" is slow during interludes, yet it gets VERY hard in some parts. Overall a good song!
Soon Forget- "Soon Forget" is a filler song, yet Vedder's vocals and the almost-not-there ukelele make "Soon Forget" a nice touch to the album, though don't be expecting a song.
Parting Ways- Before Pearl Jam parts ways with us, they dish out "Parting Ways". "Parting Ways" uses "The Duo"'s Middle-Eastern tinged riff with Vedder's comforting vocals to create a very soothing song.
Overall, 'Binaural' is a very good album, and undoubtedly one of Pearl Jam's best! Pearl Jam uses very original techniques here, implementing touches of Folk, Blues, Jazz, New Age, Country, Heavy Metal, and Alternative Rock to show they are one of the most consistently original bands around. I can't give Binaural 5 stars, simply because so many of the songs are short(ex. "Breakerfall", "God's Dice", "Evacuation") and "Of The Girl" and "Soon Forget" aren't all that great, hence the 4.5 Star Rating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! PEARL JAM CONTINUES TO ROCK AFTER ALL THESE YEARS! ALTHOUGH NOT AS GOOD AS PEARL JAM'S FIRST 3 ALBUMS, 'BINAURAL' IS STILL A GOOD ALBUM AND I RECOMMEND IT TO FANS OF ROCK IN GENERAL, ESPECIALLY PEARL JAM AND GRUNGE FANS!
Also Recommended-
Vs.-Pearl Jam
Ten-Pearl Jam
Siamese Dream- Smashing Pumpkins
Thanks For Reading!

Load
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mama Said? Metallica Doing Country? I must be asleep........, July 17 2004
This review is from: Load (Audio CD)
(Actual Rating-2.5 Stars)
Load(1996). Metallica's Sixth Album.
After the Massive Success of Metallica(AKA The Black Album), Metallica fans were expecting another masterpiece from the Thrash Gods, Metallica. In many ways, Load was the exact opposite of what everyone was expecting. Metallica decided to drop all but a microscopic amount of their Thrash roots, instead blending Heavy Metal, Alternative Rock, and even Blues in many places. Many fans said Metallica's new direction was a good thing, and other people considered it a terrible thing. No Matter what you think, 'Load' was extremely sucessful, reaching Top 5 on the Billboard Charts, and spawning such Modern Rock hits as "Until It Sleeps", "King Nothing", "Hero Of the Day", and "Bleeding Me". So was Load a step in the right direction, or a step in the wrong direction? I would have to agree with the latter, and read on to find out why-
Track Ratings-
'Load' starts off with "Ain't My Bitch" and "2x4", which, while having stormy riffs, confrontational vocals, and bluesy solos from Hammett, seem generic because of sloppy writing and repetitiveness. "The House That Jack Built", starts slow, and unfortuneatly, never picks up, making it seem unfinished. Good lyrics, but there's a horrifying "Noisemaker" solo here! NO! The best stretch of 'Load' starts with "Until It Sleeps", a catchy ballad that gets very hard during the chorus. Musicianship is Top-Notch here! Then comes my favorite song on 'Load', "King Nothing", Metallica at their best! Hammett's dark riff slowly builds up to the insane chorus, where Hetfield's shouts of "And Your Crown Means Nothing!" force you to bang your head! Great musicianship! "Hero Of The Day" and "Bleeding Me" show Metallica's soft side, crafting ballads with Hetfield's soulful vocals and Rhythm Guitar playing, along with Hammett's bluesy solos and hard-hitting riffs make these great songs. Next up is "Cure", which is a bad rip-off of "King Nothing", featuring the EXACT SAME RIFF, CHORUS, AND VOCALS! The only difference is the bad lyrics and solo! "Poor Twisted Me" starts off with a Bluesy Heavy Metal riff, but Hetfield's vocals sound like Dave Mustaine's on "Sweating Bullets", which is not a good thing(He sounds like he's dying). This song gets very repetitive after a while, and Hammett's solo could be better. "Wasting My Hate" is a Fast-Paced Heavy Metal Rocker in the vein of "Holier Than Thou", with Hetfield's pessimistic vocals and Hammett's punishing riff. Unfortuneatly, Too short and no solo! "Mama Said" is a country ballad......Need I say more? I didn't pay for Country! "Thorn Within" starts well, with Hammett's Black Sabbath/Doom-y riff, but overall the repetitiveness turns a hopefull song into a generic Heavy Metal song. Hammett's solo is non-existent! "Ronnie" and "The Outlaw Torn" Finish Up 'Load', with "Ronnie" being a slow, generic, and incredibly repetitive rocker that never gets to the point, and "The Outlaw Torn" Ends well, with a Heavy Metal Ballad, with a decent riff and decent vocals.
Overall, I think 'Load' is a mixed bag, with "Until It Sleeps", "King Nothing", "Hero Of the Day", and "Bleeding Me" being the only standouts, and "Until It Sleeps" and "King Nothing" are the only songs that even COMPARE to Metallica's earlier material. Load's biggest problem is it's sloppy writing and repetitiveness, which ruins most songs on the album. I think it has its strong points, mainly Hetfield's vocals are good, Lars' drumming is spot-on, and Hammett's Bluesy Riffs/Solos are very creative and original. That's all I have to say good about 'Load', but you might just like it. Like I said, a Mixed Bag!
RECOMMENDED ONLY TO METALLICA FANS OR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THE
SINGLES, OTHERWISE I ONLY SUGGEST PICKING UP 'LOAD' USED! AT LEAST 'LOAD' IS BETTER THAN 'RE-LOAD' AND THE DISGRACE FOLLOWING THAT!
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Yield
Yield
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3.0 out of 5 stars The All-Important Return To Normalcy, Not PJ's best but good, July 16 2004
This review is from: Yield (Audio CD)
(Actual Rating-3.5 Stars)
Yield(1998). Pearl Jam's Fifth Album.
Throughout the 90's, Pearl Jam was, and still is, an Enigma. Unlike other bands, they despised the spotlight, yet their albums, and the songs off them, became more popular than they could ever imagine. 'Ten', 'Vs.', and 'Vitalogy' were Bona-Fide Grunge classics, and Pearl Jam, instead of embracing their popularity, tried to destroy it. They experimented with New Age in 'No Code', and it was a commercial and critical failure. Then Pearl Jam became embroiled in a Legal battle with Ticketmaster, which put them on hold. So, in an attempt to win back the fans and the critics, Pearl Jam made and produced 'Yield', where they got back to the bare bones of their Early Grunge Days, blending genuine Hard Rock, Punk, and Mellower songs. So, is 'Yield' as good as the Big 3, or is it just another 'No Code' Disaster? Read On To Find Out....
Track Listing-
Brain of J- An ode to JFK, "Brain of J" starts 'Yield'off well as Gossard's Black Sabbath-y riff blows out the speakers, and Vedder's questioning vocals echo throughout the room. A Great Rocker, and Gossard/McCready's Guitar Work is amazing!
Faithfull- Pearl Jam softens up for "Faithfull", focusing on Vedder's vocal talents, but Gossard/McCready(I'll refer too them as the duo from here on out) shell out riffs and solos that make this "Ballad" an intense rocker.
No Way-"No Way" blends Psychadelic Rock with Funk, and by mixing in Vedder's soft-spoken vocals, and "The Duo"'s bluesly guitarwork makes this an interesting experiment.
Given To Fly- "Given To Fly" is a "Pearl Jam" Ballad, which means it can go from Vedder calmly belting out lyrics behind mellow guitars, to him screaming out the chorus behind "The Duo's" chugging guitar. "Given To Fly" is no exception!
Wishlist- "Wishlist" is 'Yield's biggest hit, but it's a very weak song. Vedder's vocals are inspired, but the song never picks up, and basically Vedder's vocals are all the song has to offer.
Pilate- "Pilate" is another "Pearl Jam" Ballad, with slow musical measures being interspersed with energetic choruses. Vedder's vocals are top-notch, and "The Duo"'s riff is enjoyable if a bit dull.
Do The Evolution- "Do The Evolution" is an awesome Hard Rocker, with "The Duo"'s Folk Rock-y riff(It sounds nothing like Folk Rock though) blaring out the speakers behind Vedder's angry vocals.
Untitled(Red Dot)- This nameless song is basically just a weird filler song with "What, Go Crazy" being said over and over.
MFC- "MFC" starts off like "Even Flow" with "The Duo"'s light-hearted riff coming out front and center, with Vedder singing with his usual flair. This is a very "happy" song, and "The Duo"'s guitarwork really makes me happy.
Low Light- Another ballad, "Low Light" contains some great vocals and keyboarding, yet it comes out sounding very boring. A decent song.
In Hiding- "In Hiding" picks up the pace, emphasizing "The Duo"'s skills, creating another light-hearted song. Vedder's brooding vocals and the guitar riff make this a "Pearl Jam" ballad. Awesome Hard Rocker!
Push Me, Pull Me- "Push Me, Pull Me" is very odd, with Vedder talking behind a chugging guitar, and being interrupted by a choir of "Push Me, Pull Me". It's like where Roth talks during "Hot For Teacher", except it's a full song. An okay song.
All Those Yesterdays- "All Those Yesterdays" is a mix between Alt Rock and New Age, very much like the material from 'No Code'. Although it takes awhile to get fully going, Vedder's vocals and "The Duo"'s guitarwork really shine. Unfortuneatly it takes too long to get to the point.
Overall, I found 'Yield' to be a good, yet flawed album. Although I'm glad they went back in a good direction, Pearl Jam still seems like they haven't quite found another Ten or Vs. yet. While the first half of 'Yield' was excellent, minus "Wishlist", the second half seemed rather bland, with "In Hiding" and "MFC" really only standing out. Vedder's vocals were top-notch, and Stone Gossard and Mike McCready's guitar work were also excellent, but that's wasted on filler like "Untitled" and "Push Me, Pull Me", which really saddens me. A Good, Yet Flawed Album.
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Hey! Ho! Let's Go: The Anthology
Hey! Ho! Let's Go: The Anthology
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never Mind The Sex Pistols, Here Come The Ramones!, July 16 2004
Hey Ho Let's Go! Ramones Anthology(1999). The Ramones' Second Compilation.
Back in the Mid. to Late 70's, Underground Punk was taking the world by storm, with bands such as The Clash, The Sex Pistols, and The Pixies dominating the Punk Scene. But one lone American band, taking influences from The New York Dolls and The Stooges, called The Ramones, were just as popular. Adding more traditional Rock N Roll to Punk, The Ramones were one of Punk's most influential bands, and were one of Kurt Cobain's biggest influences for his band Nirvana. Although nobody would say they were incredibly talented, The Ramones were able to mold a catchy, hooky, Punk tune, emphasizing vocals and inane lyrics to appeal to listeners, while always having the chugging guitar right behind it. So it's no surprise, at the Turn of the Century, The Ramones released a massive 2-Disc career retrospective, containing almost 60 songs, and a booklet containing The Ramones ENTIRE career. So how does Hey Ho Let's Go-Ramones Anthology stack up? Read on to find out?
PROS-
-ALMOST SIXTY SONGS ON TWO DISCS!- The Ramones Anthology has 58 songs on TWO(!) discs, so you can expect bank for your buck!
-HAS ALL OF THE RAMONES' BIGGEST HITS!-The Ramones Anthology has instantly recognizeable hits such as "Blitzkrieg Bop", "California Sun", and "I Wanna Be Sedated", which won't fail to please Casual fans!
-SO MANY UNDERRATED MASTERPIECES!-The Ramones Anthology is basically made up of underrated masterpieces, including "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker", "Do You Remember Rock N Roll Radio?", "Judy Is A Punk", and so many more!
-COVERS ALL OF THE RAMONES ALBUMS- From 'The Ramones' to 'Adios Amigos', The Ramones Anthology has songs from every album, making this a superb retrospective!
-EACH DISC FULLS UP THE 80 MINUTE LIMIT!-Unlike most compilations, The Ramones Anthology takes up almost 80 Minutes on each Disc, showing you get what you paid for!
-THE BOOKLET IS A VIRTUAL HISTORY ON THE RAMONES!-The Booklet for The Ramones Anthology is 80 pages(!), making it the longest, most detailed, and interesting booklet I've ever read through! Great!
CONS-
-EXPENSIVE!-The Ramones Anthology will set you back 30 Dollars, while 'The Ramones Mania' and 'Loud, Fast Ramones:Their Toughest Hits' will only set you back Fifteen Dollars, making it less accessible to casual fans.
-NO NEW TRACKS!-The Ramones Anthology has no new tracks, so it's basically worthless to Diehard fans, and it's too expensive for casual fans, making it very inaccessible.
Overall, Hey Ho Let's Go- The Ramones Anthology is a very good and detailed compilation, but casual fans and diehard fans may be turned off because of its lack of new material and price. But, if you were only going to buy one thing by The Ramones, I would suggest picking this up. If your a casual fan, I recommend the 'Ramones Mania' compilation, because it's also very good and a lot cheaper.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, IF YOU'RE ONLY GOING TO BUY ONE THING BY THE
RAMONES, YOU SHOULD BUY THIS! IF YOU'RE WILLING TO SHELL OUT 30
DOLLARS, IN THE END THIS COMPILATION IS WORTH IT!
Also Recommended-
The Essential-Clash
Never Mind The Bollocks, Here Come The Sex Pistols!-Sex Pistols
The Very Best Of-The Pixies
Thanks For Reading!

Load
Load
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2.0 out of 5 stars Metallica doing Country and Blues? Whoa man...., July 16 2004
This review is from: Load (Audio CD)
(Actual Rating-2.5 Stars)
Load(1996). Metallica's Sixth Album.
After the Massive Success of Metallica(AKA The Black Album), Metallica fans were expecting another masterpiece from the Thrash Gods, Metallica. In many ways, Load was the exact opposite of what everyone was expecting. Metallica decided to drop all but a microscopic amount of their Thrash roots, instead blending Heavy Metal, Alternative Rock, and even Blues in many places. Many fans said Metallica's new direction was a good thing, and other people considered it a terrible thing. No Matter what you think, 'Load' was extremely sucessful, reaching Top 5 on the Billboard Charts, and spawning such Modern Rock hits as "Until It Sleeps", "King Nothing", "Hero Of the Day", and "Bleeding Me". So was Load a step in the right direction, or a step in the wrong direction? I would have to agree with the latter, and read on to find out why-
Track Ratings-
'Load' starts off with "Ain't My Bitch" and "2x4", which, while having stormy riffs, confrontational vocals, and bluesy solos from Hammett, seem generic because of sloppy writing and repetitiveness. "The House That Jack Built", starts slow, and unfortuneatly, never picks up, making it seem unfinished. Good lyrics, but there's a horrifying "Noisemaker" solo here! NO! The best stretch of 'Load' starts with "Until It Sleeps", a catchy ballad that gets very hard during the chorus. Musicianship is Top-Notch here! Then comes my favorite song on 'Load', "King Nothing", Metallica at their best! Hammett's dark riff slowly builds up to the insane chorus, where Hetfield's shouts of "And Your Crown Means Nothing!" force you to bang your head! Great musicianship! "Hero Of The Day" and "Bleeding Me" show Metallica's soft side, crafting ballads with Hetfield's soulful vocals and Rhythm Guitar playing, along with Hammett's bluesy solos and hard-hitting riffs make these great songs. Next up is "Cure", which is a bad rip-off of "King Nothing", featuring the EXACT SAME RIFF, CHORUS, AND VOCALS! The only difference is the bad lyrics and solo! "Poor Twisted Me" starts off with a Bluesy Heavy Metal riff, but Hetfield's vocals sound like Dave Mustaine's on "Sweating Bullets", which is not a good thing(He sounds like he's dying). This song gets very repetitive after a while, and Hammett's solo could be better. "Wasting My Hate" is a Fast-Paced Heavy Metal Rocker in the vein of "Holier Than Thou", with Hetfield's pessimistic vocals and Hammett's punishing riff. Unfortuneatly, Too short and no solo! "Mama Said" is a country ballad......Need I say more? I didn't pay for Country! "Thorn Within" starts well, with Hammett's Black Sabbath/Doom-y riff, but overall the repetitiveness turns a hopefull song into a generic Heavy Metal song. Hammett's solo is non-existent! "Ronnie" and "The Outlaw Torn" Finish Up 'Load', with "Ronnie" being a slow,generic, and incredibly repetitive rocker that never gets to the point, and "The Outlaw Torn" Ends well, with a Heavy Metal Ballad, with a decent riff and decent vocals.
Overall, I think 'Load' is a mixed bag, with "Until It Sleeps", "King Nothing", "Hero Of the Day", and "Bleeding Me" being the only standouts, and "Until It Sleeps" and "King Nothing" are the only songs that even COMPARE to Metallica's earlier material. Load's biggest problem is it's sloppy writing and repetitiveness, which ruins most songs on the album. I think it has its strong points, mainly Hetfield's vocals are good, Lars' drumming is spot-on, and Hammett's Bluesy Riffs/Solos are very creative and original. That's all I have to say good about 'Load', but you might just like it. Like I said, a Mixed Bag!
RECOMMENDED ONLY TO METALLICA FANS OR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THE
SINGLES, OTHERWISE I ONLY SUGGEST PICKING UP 'LOAD' USED! AT LEAST 'LOAD' IS BETTER THAN 'RE-LOAD' AND THE DISGRACE FOLLOWING THAT!
Recommended Instead-
...And Justice For All-Metallica
Rust In Peace-Megadeth
Among The Living-Anthrax
Thanks For Reading!

Hey! Ho! Let's Go: The Anthology
Hey! Ho! Let's Go: The Anthology
Price: CDN$ 29.59
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4.0 out of 5 stars Never Mind the Sex Pistols, Here Come The Ramones!, July 15 2004
Hey Ho Let's Go! Ramones Anthology(1999). The Ramones' Second Compilation.
Back in the Mid. to Late 70's, Underground Punk was taking the world by storm, with bands such as The Clash, The Sex Pistols, and The Pixies dominating the Punk Scene. But one lone American band, taking influences from The New York Dolls and The Stooges, called The Ramones, were just as popular. Adding more traditional Rock N Roll to Punk, The Ramones were one of Punk's most influential bands, and were one of Kurt Cobain's biggest influences for his band Nirvana. Although nobody would say they were incredibly talented, The Ramones were able to mold a catchy, hooky, Punk tune, emphasizing vocals and inane lyrics to appeal to listeners, while always having the chugging guitar right behind it. So it's no surprise, at the Turn of the Century, The Ramones released a massive 2-Disc career retrospective, containing almost 60 songs, and a booklet containing The Ramones ENTIRE career. So how does Hey Ho Let's Go-Ramones Anthology stack up? Read on to find out?
PROS-
-ALMOST SIXTY SONGS ON TWO DISCS!- The Ramones Anthology has 58 songs on TWO(!) discs, so you can expect bank for your buck!
-HAS ALL OF THE RAMONES' BIGGEST HITS!-The Ramones Anthology has instantly recognizeable hits such as "Blitzkrieg Bop", "California Sun", and "I Wanna Be Sedated", which won't fail to please Casual fans!
-SO MANY UNDERRATED MASTERPIECES!-The Ramones Anthology is basically made up of underrated masterpieces, including "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker", "Do You Remember Rock N Roll Radio?", "Judy Is A Punk", and so many more!
-COVERS ALL OF THE RAMONES ALBUMS- From 'The Ramones' to 'Adios Amigos', The Ramones Anthology has songs from every album, making this a superb retrospective!
-EACH DISC FULLS UP THE 80 MINUTE LIMIT!-Unlike most compilations, The Ramones Anthology takes up almost 80 Minutes on each Disc, showing you get what you paid for!
-THE BOOKLET IS A VIRTUAL HISTORY ON THE RAMONES!-The Booklet for The Ramones Anthology is 80 pages(!), making it the longest, most detailed, and interesting booklet I've ever read through! Great!
CONS-
-EXPENSIVE!-The Ramones Anthology will set you back 30 Dollars, while 'The Ramones Mania' and 'Loud, Fast Ramones:Their Toughest Hits' will only set you back Fifteen Dollars, making it less accessible to casual fans.
-NO NEW TRACKS!-The Ramones Anthology has no new tracks, so it's basically worthless to Diehard fans, and it's too expensive for casual fans, making it very inaccessible.
Overall, Hey Ho Let's Go- The Ramones Anthology is a very good and detailed compilation, but casual fans and diehard fans may be turned off because of its lack of new material and price. But, if you were only going to buy one thing by The Ramones, I would suggest picking this up. If your a casual fan, I recommend the 'Ramones Mania' compilation, because it's also very good and a lot cheaper.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, IF YOU'RE ONLY GOING TO BUY ONE THING BY THE RAMONES, YOU SHOULD BUY THIS! IF YOU'RE WILLING TO SHELL OUT 30 DOLLARS, IN THE END THIS COMPILATION IS WORTH IT!
Also Recommended-
The Essential-Clash
Never Mind The Bollocks, Here Come The Sex Pistols!-Sex Pistols
The Very Best Of-The Pixies
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Dolores Claiborne
Dolores Claiborne
by Stephen King
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Look Into What Drives a Person To Kill......., July 15 2004
Dolores Claiborne(1993). Stephen King's 22nd Novel, Published Simultaneously With Gerald's Game.
Between the Late 80's and Early 90's, Stephen King was hard at work with the novels "Gerald's Game" and "Dolores Claiborne". He originally concieved them to be issued in a Two-Volume Set Entitled "In The Path Of The Eclipse" because of the similarities. Both main characters experience Total Solar Eclipses, and for one moment in both stories, are bonded. Both novels portray plotlines about Child Abuse, And Learning to live with the Horrors of your Past. Both Novels stand as some of Stephen King's most ambitious, but "Dolores Claiborne" is more so. A startling confession of the human mind, and the reasons that drive people to murder, present themselves in their full glory in "Dolores Claiborne"'s unending narrative(It has NO chapters or paragraphs), and it is a compelling read from start to finish. In Usual Fashion, "Gerald's Game" and "Dolores Claiborne" claimed the #1 Spot each, and both stand as some of Stephen King's deepest novels, dealing with the demons inside of us and from the past. "Dolores Claiborne" has been made into a successful and emotional movie, Starring Cathy Bates(Star of "Misery"). Read On To Find Out Why "Dolores Claiborne" stands as one of King's strongest novels.
Plot-
After the mysterious death of Vera Donavon, Longtime Housekeeper Dolores Claiborne is accused of pushing her down the stairs. As she goes in for a Police Interragation, Dolores decides to relate all of the misdeeds in her past. She tells the police that she never killed Vera Donavon, but she did murder her husband over 30 years ago. What follows is her compelling testimony of her troubled past, and what drove her to kill her husband, and most importantly, Why she did. We also learn of her deep friendship with Vera Donavan, and their troubled yet very loving relationship. Dolores relates everything about her past, and in her testimony, irrecovable sins are revealed, relationships are made and torn, and the horrors of the past are revealed in "Dolores Claiborne".
Writing-
Stephen King's writing in "Dolores Claiborne" is undoubtedly the most original I've ever read. Why, you ask? Mainly because the entire story is a narrative from a Police Interragation, and we read through the records taken at the interrogation. The reader learns everything of her past through Dolores Claiborne's "Yankee" drawl and slurred speech. While it takes a little while to get used to it, by the end of the novel, the unfinished words, the slurred words, and the made-up words seem completely natural, and the narrative flows quicker than most books I've read for THAT reason. Since there are NO chapters and NO Paragraph, the reader is almost FORCED to read "Dolores Claiborne" in one sitting, and I must say, that's not Hard At All! I found myself reading for about 4-5 hours straight just to finish "Dolores Claiborne", and you will undoubtedly do so to. In years to come, "Dolores Claiborne" will be recognized as one of King's best, as it doesn't focus on "outward" horror(Such as Evil Clowns, Possessed Dogs, or Evil Cars), but instead, focuses on the horror(or evil) inside of us all.
Overall, I found "Dolores Claiborne" to be an excellent triumph for Stephen King, as his unstopped and troublesome narrative is sure to influence other such books with it's magnificence. Although "Dolores Claiborne" isn't scary, it fully makes up for it with its Mystery, so any "Constant Reader" of Stephen King is sure not to be disappointed.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! FANS OF STEPHEN KING AND MYSTERIES WILL HIGHLY ENJOY "DOLORES CLAIBORNE". DRAMATIC AND UNFLINCHING, "DOLORES CLAIBORNE" WOULD MOST LIKELY BE ENJOYED BY MOST ANY READERS ALSO!
Also Recommended-
Gerald's Game-Stephen King
Phantoms-Dean Koontz
Mr.X-Peter Straub
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Some Kind of Monster
Some Kind of Monster
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some Kind of Monster, with the T Shirt!, July 14 2004
This review is from: Some Kind of Monster (Audio CD)
Some Kind of Monster(EP)(2004). Metallica's Second EP, comprised of Two 'Some Kind of Monster' Tracks and 6 Live Tracks.
To stir up fans to go see their new Documentary, 'Some Kind of Monster', Metallica decided to release a EP, featuring two versions of 'Some Kind of Monster', the regular song of 'St. Anger', and a new edit. They also added six new Live tracks they took from a concert in Paris, France(The Hottest Day in Paris' History), consisting of tracks from Kill 'Em All, Ride The Lightning, and Master of Puppets. Since this is the first material after the disappointing St.Anger, and Metallica's most affordable Live collection(S&M and Live Sh*t: Binge and Purge are the others), being a Metallica fan, I was expecting a lot from this EP. So,does the 'Some Kind of Monster' EP live up to my expectations, or just fall flat on its face like St. Anger? Read on to find out...
Track Listing-
The first thing you notice about 'Some Kind of Monster' is the Track Listing is rather odd. First, you have the 'St. Anger' "Some Kind of Monster", and a new edit of "Some Kind of Monster", so two of the 8 tracks are "Some Kind of Monster", and since it's a sub-par song, that's not a good thing. Then, we get an array of tracks from the 80's, but, unfortuneatly,other than "Motorbreath", most of the songs are some of Metallica's weakest tracks from the 80's. We get Three tracks from Kill 'Em All, which include "The Four Horsemen","Motorbreath","and "Hit The Lights". Since 'Kill 'Em All' is Metallica's Worst Record of the 80's, it's surprising that it contains the bulk of the material, which, while very good, is not Metallica's best. From 'Ride The Lightning', we get "Ride The Lightning", which is one of the best songs off 'Ride The Lightning', and I'm glad they included it, because it's not very popular. From 'Master of Puppets', we get "Leper Messiah" and "Damage, INC.", arguably the worst songs off 'Master of Puppets'. That sums up the track listing, but here's how I would have done it-
1. Seek and Destroy
2. For Whom The Bells Toll
3. Sanitarium
4. One
5. Enter Sandman
6. King Nothing
7. Whiskey in Jar
8. Some Kind of Monster
I feel that more accurately represents Metallica's material, and I was a tad dissapointed at the Track Listing, although I did like the inclusion of "Ride The Lightning", arguably the best song on 'Some Kind of Monster'. Track Listing- 2/5
Band Performance-
First off, the two "Some Kind of Monster"'s are what you'd expect from St. Anger. Tin-Can Drumming from Lars, Good riffs from Hammett(Nothing compared to earlier material), but unfortuneatly, no solos. Hetfield's vocals aren't to good, except during the chorus. Overall, "Some Kind of Monster" is a Sub-par performance. On to the concert! Lars Ulrich's drumming is Spot-on, and his performance accurately represents the songs he plays. On many tracks though, the drums sound slightly "off-tune", except nowhere near the bad quality on 'St. Anger'. Kirk Hammett is Kirk Hammett, and shows why he's one of the premier guitarists in Heavy Metal. His performance is great, showcasing blistering solos and equally agressive riffs, and his guitar sounds perfect, and he represents his old material very well. James Hetfield's vocals are good at times, and bad at times. Because he "deepened" his vocals during the 90's, the 80's material sounds MUCH different. For me, I happen to like the original vocals from Hetfield, but sometimes his vocals work, such as on "Ride The Lightning", while other times, such as on "The Four Horseman", they sound weird. Robert Trujillo has a good performance, and I can't fault him in his bass playing! Overall, a pretty good Live performance, though not as good as S&M or Live Sh*t. Band Performance- 4/5
Sound Quality/Crowd-
'Some Kind of Monster' generally has good Sound Quality, except it's a Live album, so some features, such as the drumming and the bass, get lost in the thick of things, and sometimes both instruments sound hollow. Hammett and Hetfield's guitars sounded perfect though, and they perfectly echo out through my speakers at the blistering speeds they're played. Hetfield's vocals are clear, yet, as I said before, they sound a little strange on some of the songs. The Crowd Interaction was like it wasn't even there, because other than clapping, Paris did absolutely nothing! Oh well it won't affect my rating! Sound Quality- 4/5
Overall, 'Some Kind of Monster' was all I expected, not less or more so. The reason I give it Three stars is, because of the less than stellar Track Selection(But they did put "Ride The Lightning" on, and it's the best here!), the iffy vocals from Hetfield, and the slightly off(But not badly) sound quality of the Drums and Bass. If you're looking for a cheap way to hear Metallica Live, the 'Some Kind of Monster' EP is for you. Although, I would recommend S&M more, but some people might not like the orchestra.
RECOMMENDED FOR FANS OF METALLICA WHO WANT A TASTE OF RAW, LIVE METALLICA AND DON'T WANT TO PAY A LOT OF MONEY FOR IT, PLUS YOU GET A T SHIRT!
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Siamese Dream
Siamese Dream
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing Pumpkins Cherub Rock To the Top of Alt. Rock, July 14 2004
This review is from: Siamese Dream (Audio CD)
Siamese Dream(1993). Smashing Pumpkins' Second Album.
Around 'Siamese Dream''s release in 1993, Grunge was ruling the airwaves, with bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden achieving massive sucsess, and the Smashing Pumpkins set out to achieve the same sucsess as their counterparts. Instead of combining Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, and Punk like the other bands, Billy Corgan set out to do something totally original, combining influences of Heavy Metal, Alternative Rock, Goth Rock, Progressive Rock, Goth Rock, and even Psychadelia, mixed with creative and heartfelt vocals, and a swirling, distorted guitar, and frequent solos. Because of disagreements inside the band, Corgan played almost every instrument besides the drums, which Jimmy Chamberlain played. He vowed that if Siamese Dream didn't do well(Like the previous album 'Gish'), Corgan would disband. He didn't have to worry. 'Siamese Dream' quickly rocketed into the Top Ten, eventually selling over 4 Million copies in the progress. It spawned the Alternative Anthems "Cherub Rock" and "Today", while the soothing ballads "Rocket" and "Disarm" also became big hits. Although not quite as sucessful or inspired as 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness', 'Siamese Dream' stands as a definite triumph for the Smashing Pumpkins. Read on to find out why...
Track Ratings-
Cherub Rock- The Pumpkins start the album well, blending Corgan's distorted guitar and vocals to create Alternative gold. Very heartfelt!
Quiet-Chamberlain and Corgan thrash 'Quiet' out, and Corgan's vocals are very soothing behind the chugging distortion.
Today- 'Siamese Dream''s biggest hit, and why not? My favorite also, Corgan's oddly symphonic vocals behind the gothic guitar riff blend to create a masterpiece. Not as dark as it sounds, but actually very heartfelt.
Hummer- One of 'Siamese Dream's longest, "Hummer" is a blend of Alternative Rock and Prog Rock, and the end result is a hard rocking ballad that is simply beautiful. Love the solos!
Rocket- Corgan belts out guitar chords and vocals reminiscent of "Today", except adding more depth to the chords and riffs. Great songwriting!
Disarm- Corgan's brooding lyrics and solemn acoustic guitar, blended with cello's and violin's in the background, create a surreal ballad that is totally original. Superb.
Soma- Prog Rock at its best, "Soma" chugs along slowly at the start, but soon the distorted guitars sweep in, and soon Corgan belts out impressive vocals and an even better solo. Another "Hard Rocking" ballad, this song is very good.
Geek U.S.A.- After two ballads, the Pumpkins come back with a heavy Alternative Rocker, combining Corgan's spontaneous riff(He changes it often) behind his vocals works well. The song goes through many different musical measures, from slow to fast, and this song shows sophisticated talent. Great solo.
Mayonaise- Another ballad, Corgan's pained heartbroke vocals, behind the slow melodic guitar riff create an amazing song. Great solo!
Spaceboy- Once again, Corgan blends his syphonic vocals along with the cello and the violin, not to mention the oddly distorted acoustic guitar to craft yet another superb ballad.
Silverf*ck-Tied with "Today" for my favorite, "Silverf*ck" is Alt Rock at its best! Corgan's Metallic riff sweeps in at blistering speeds, and Corgan's whispery vocals mix well. The song slows down for a while, but at the end Corgan and Chamberlain showcase their incredible speed. Prog Rock + Alt Rock= Masterpiece!
Sweet Dreams- Another ballad, Corgan's melodic vocals, sinfully sweet acoustic guitar riff, and the deep lyrics keep this short song from being filler.
Luna- "Luna" ends the album slowly, and the Smashing Pumpkins remind me a little of Coldplay, using Corgan's vocals primarily while adding in odd instrumental beats. Easily Siamese Dream's worst, it's a little too slow, yet it manages to still be good
Overall, I found 'Siamese Dream' to be an Alternative Rock milestone, and Corgan's clever mixture of Melodic vocals and Distorted guitars never fail to please. 'Siamese Dream' has a little something for everybody, ranging from Hard Rock, Alt Rock, Hard Rocking Ballads, and Soft Ballads, and the range of the songs is impressive. Though not quite as good as 'Mellon Collie And the Infinite Sadness', 'Siamese Dream' should appeal as much as the other.
HIGHLY RECOMMENED! FANS OF PROG ROCK, METAL, ALT ROCK, AND THE SMASHING PUMPKINS WOULD HIGHLY ENJOY THIS ALBUM! ALTHOUGH NOT QUITE AS GOOD AS PEARL JAM, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS WERE ONE OF THE 90'S DEFINING ALT ROCK BANDS!
Also Recommended-
Mellon Collie And the Infinite Sadness-Smashing Pumpkins
Ten-Pearl Jam
Superunknown-Soundgarden
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