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21. A-Sides
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Soundgarden combined the epic grandstanding of Led Zeppelin with the grunge buzz of Blue Cheer and the psychedelic undertones of the Butthole Surfers to create some of the definitive hard rock of the 1990s. This collection of what can loosely be defined as "hits" (hard rock isn't noted for its singles action) briefly sweeps over the indie years with SubPop and SST, placing emphasis on the band's successful A&M years. Singer Chris Cornell's histrionic wails grabbed the bulk of the attention, but the band's true power rested with the drumming of Matt Cameron and the twin guitar attack of Cornell and Kim Thayil. One need only listen to "Fell on Black Days" or "Blow Up the Outside World" to understand that Soundgarden's complex riffs and superb dynamics were its great strengths. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent choice if you don't have any of their albums.
This 17-song collection is a near-perfect showcase of some of the incredible rock tunes Soundgarden were able to come up with over the last few years. This CD highlights stuff from their indie days (the rocking 'Nothing To Say', 'Loud Love', 'Hands All Over', to name a few) all the way up to their excellent finale Down On The Upside ('Pretty Noose', 'Burden In My Hand', Blow Up The Outside World', and for some strange reason, 'Ty Cobb'). Most of their biggest and best hits ('Black Hole Sun', 'Outshined', 'Jesus Christ Pose', 'Pretty Noose' among them) are here, the only omission really being 'My Wave'. The material had to be balanced though, so there wouldn't be 3 from Badmotorfinger, but 7 or 8 from Superunknown. There are 3 or 4 songs from each of their LP's, which is good, because they perfectly capture the spirit of each respective album. As a Greatest Hits package, you can't go wrong with A-Sides, but if you have all of their albums, the only previously unreleased song is the 'Burden In My Hand' B-side 'Bleed Together', so you might not want to fork out more cash. If you're just a casual fan who never really bothered to buy any of their CD's, then A-Sides is all you need to get your Soundgarden fix.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seattle's Finest
Don't get me wrong, Nirvana is hella good, but they really get too much credit from "being from Seattle". Soundgarden is basically what "Seattle Bands" music is made up of, and alot of bands that followed tried to immitate but can never master. This collection is more of a greatist hits than Superunknown. Don't get me wrong, Superunknown is one of the greatest CD's ever realeased in the 90's, but this collection encompasses their more successful songs, and in my oppinion is on of the best and most talented CD released in the 90's. This collection has some of Superunknown's finest (Black Hole Sun, Fell on Black Days, and Spoonman). It also has some of Badmotofinger's finest (Jesus Christ Pose, Outshines, Rusty Cage, [It's missing Room A Thousand Years Wide, I personally think]). It also has tons of other great songs from earlier years that really are excellent songs. Such as: Flower, Loud Love, Pretty Noose, Burden In My Hand, and Blow Up The Outside World). As with every Soundgarden CD every song is great, and if there has to be one called 'greatist hits' I'd put my vote on A-Sides.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for anybody trying to get into Soundgarden or Grunge!
First off, If you didn't figure this out before, this album is essentially a compilation of the best songs from Soundgarden's 6 album spanning career, not necesarrily a Greatest Hits compilation, as many of the songs on here are not hits, but you will find many hits. Soundgarden, along with Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam, hit it big after the sucess of Nirvana with the sucess of Superunknown, which featured the massive hit "Black Hole Sun", "The Day I Tried To Live", and "Fell on Black Days". It also had the mildly popular "Spoonman", which introduced the major public to Soundgarden. Although this was Soundgarden's commercial breakthrough, they'd had many albums before this one. Soundgarden started off with the EP "Screaming Life/Fopp" which is represented on A-Sides with the haunting song "Nothing to Say", which has a surprising amount of maturity for a song released on their first album, and is one of my personal favorites. Thier next CD turned out to be a full LP, and it was called Ultramega OK, and this album is represented by "Flower", yet again another powerful song with great lyrics from Cornell. Next up Soundgarden released another LP, Louder Than Love, which is represented on A-Sides with "Loud Love", a song with a great chorus that sounds a lot like fellow Grunge band Mother Love Bone, "Hands All Over" has great guitar work from Kim Thayil, and " Get on the Snake", a song that to me sounds like late 80's metal with an AC/DC edge to it. Soundgarden's next album was their first Major Label release, and it was this album, not Nevermind, that was expected to blow the Alt Rock doors open. That album, the mysteriously called Badmotorfinger, is probably Soundgarden at their grungiest and best, and still stands as thier best album in my opinion, with no bad songs on it whatsoever, and it is represented in A-Sides with the less than stellar "Jesus Christ Pose", which is a little to repetitive for me, "Outshined", my 2nd favorite Soundgarden song because of the great chorus and overall musicianship to the song, and "Rusty Cage", a song that features some great singing via Cornell and a speed that rivals Metallica in some ways. The next album, as I have said before, Superunknown, was Soundgarden's huge commercial breakthrough, and most all of the singles off Superunknown are still radio staples on any station. Superunknown is represented on A-Sides with the catchy "Spoonman", a song that gets old after a few listens though, "The Day I Tried To Live", a dark song that builds up to Cornell's haunting lyrics(Great Guitar work too!), "Black Hole Sun", my personal favorite song from Soundgarden, as just everything seems to fit, with Cornell's GREAT vocals, and the end of this song really makes you want to jump up out of your seat and bang your head(Really!), and finally the last song of Superunknown is "Fell on Black Days", a song that starts slow but really picks up at the end, great musicianship all around. Soundgarden's next album, Down on the Upside, was thought to be as big a commercial sucess as its predecessor, but upon it's release, it flirted on the charts for a few weeks, then dropped off, and sales never really picked up after that. Down on the Upside is represented on A-Sides with the songs that follow: "Pretty Noose",a song with great vocals from Cornell and really good drumming from Cameron, "Burden In My Hand",a relatively slow song with an awesome chorus, gets faster at the end, "Blow up the Outside World", a song that starts slow with annoying vocals but quickly picks up to an awesome chorus due to some great vocals via Cornell, and the worst song on the album, "Ty Cobb", a song with a pretty good beat that is ruined by the stupid lyrics that don't add anything to the song. There is also a previously unreleased song on here, titled "Bleed Together", and it is a great addition to A-Sides, with really good guitar and drumming work, and catchy vocals from Cornell. Unfortuneatly, after poor sales on Down on the Upside, Soundgarden decided to part ways, closing one of the best chapters in the history of Grunge, and in effect, ending the whole grunge movement, with Pearl Jam the only one to carry the load but failing to do so with their albums Yield and Binaural. Since the end of Soundgarden, Chris Cornell has gone on to do a solo project, releasing the LP "Euphoria Morning", and also teaming up with the instrumentalists of Rage Against the Machine to release the stellar self-titled LP "Audioslave", which has introduced a whole new generation to Chris Cornell and his faithful old band Soundgarden, and A-Sides is where you want to start.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, more titles, live cuts?
A good collection, but it certainly could have been better.

Three songs I certainly would have considered adding, which I have not seen mentioned here, are:

Girl U Want (from BMF SOMMS) - among best cover tunes ever.
Slaves and Bulldozers (any live version ... no history of this band is complete without a live version of this song and that is all there is to it.)
Big Bottoms (live) - funny and loud and passionate and crud and musical all at once.

That would be a good start.

4-0 out of 5 stars The best of the northwest.
"Soundgarden" being a favorite band of mine for 15 years, I've got to own every album. But for the newcomer or casual fan, this collection pretty much gets to the point, "Soundgarden" rocks! Regardless of their sound at the time (punk, metal, grunge), they have consistently made excellent music, and this disc is proof of that. Included are the hits "Black Hole Sun", "Outshined", and "Burden In My Hand", as well as favorites "Nothing To Say", "Hands All Over", and "Fell On Black Days". Plus the cool unreleased track "Bleed Together". I could tell you what I miss on here, but I don't want to type that much. However my biggest question after many years is, where's "B-Sides". ... Read more

22. Live Through This
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This whole album is filled with scathing fury, mostly directed at the impossible situation that confronts women when they are asked to be both wild sources of pleasure and unblemished mother figures. Live Through This uses the same recipe of punk and metal wrapped around pop melodies that made Nirvana so captivating, but Hole uses the methodology in a more conventional manner. The metal ingredient tends to dominate, perhaps because it's the simplest to master, and too often the album resembles early Heart or late Joan Jett--particularly when Courtney Love opens up with her big, wailing voice. Love externalizes her anger, blaming all her problems on the rest of the world. Self-confrontation makes for far more interesting songs. --Geoffrey Himes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This album changed my life.
If you can listen to this album, unbiased, you will come out of it a better person. Courtney's cries about, not just feminism, but prophetic loss and being jerked around are so incredibly heartfelt. P.S.-to those who say Kurt wrote some of the album's hooks, forget it-Courtney and Eric(Erlandson-the lead guitarist) wrote some of these songs before she even met Kurt-and there is recordings to prove it. "Miss World" has an entrancing, "Malibu"-esque type ambiance. The chords on "Jennifer's Body" and "Gutless" are written and arranged so beautifully, you'd think Patti Smith became a guitarist and these are her vocals transformed into music. Their is no doubt this album turned me onto Hole and the beauty of the band, Courtney and Kristen's angelic harmonising in songs like "Asking For It" and "Softer, Softest." Courtney's obvious skill in harmony was even evident then, ever evolving into now, with new bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur taking a more crucial vocal role and adding extra grace to Courtney's edge. Patty Schemel may just be one of the greatest rock drummers in history. This album is plain and simply outstanding.

4-0 out of 5 stars Grrrrrl Power!
Grunge is dead, but it was a music style that, when done right, could generate some great and memmorable records. "Live Trough This" has got to be one of the best, it truly carries a powerful, moving and addictive mood and energy. Courtney Love may be whatever you call her, but she sure knows how to deliver a couple of unsettling and engaging rock songs. Here, her angry, fierce and revolted voice adds personality and life to the songs, that just wouldn`t be that great if sung by someone else. She makes these songs her own. The highlights are many, since the record is superb, yet the classic "Violet", the deep and incredibly emotional "Doll Parts" and the melodic and hypnotic "Jennifer`s Body" steal the show. The lyrics focus the woman`s roles in society, and there are a lot of interesting elements to find here (the loss of innocence, motherhood, torn love, sexual abuse), portrayed in a moving and poignant way. Hole were one of the best riot grrls bands and this album stands as a strong and captivating tour de force. While you hear this effort, you can tell there`s a tight, professional and compelling band playing, delivering a very consistent work.
A terrific rock record. Definitely a must-own.

5-0 out of 5 stars yeah
this album is so deeply personal, i feel bad listening to it. its so good and poetic and destitute that it makes you want to be a musician to reach the emotional highs and lows that are put forth. its like reading someones diary. excellent and unlike anything else ive ever heard.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album Full Of Energy
This album is definately one of the best CDs ever made. There are few albums that can get you energized like "Live Through This" does.

VIOLET is one of my favorite songs on the album, it was also a single, the chorus is very good and the way Courtney can scream-sing on the "Go On Take Everything" part is awesome

MISS WORLD is a little depressing but still a good song, no yelling on this track, it's a little dull

PLUMP doesn't really have a memorable chorus, which is not a very good thing for a song, but it's still an enjoyable song because of the great guitar

ASKING FOR IT is my favorite song on the album, it starts of with a slow (but not too slow) and then in the end it fires up and she screams the chorus, it's a GREAT song

JENNIFER'S BODY is similar to Violet, it has a mixture of singing and scream-singing. Kinda creepy lyrics, "They found pieces of Jennifer's body..." So this is still a great song

DOLL PARTS is a very dull song, don't like this one much

CREDIT IN THE STRAIGHT WORLD is not very good either

SOFTER, SOFTEST is a slow turned fast song which is great, good lyrics

SHE WALKS ON ME is a screaming song all the way (except for chorus)

I THINK THAT I WOULD DIE is my second favorite on the album, very good

GUTLESS is not a very good song

ROCK STAR is awesome!! Love this song

5-0 out of 5 stars Undoubtedly Hole's best
The great thing about Hole is that each of their three albums sounds so different that each can be appreciated in a different way. However, while I do appreciate "Pretty On the Inside" and "Celebrity Skin," between those two came this album, a work of genius. I don't care if Kurt Cobain did help write it (and I'm not saying he did) -- it's still a great album.

The great thing about this album is that if teenage girls would stop listening to Britney long enough to give it a listen, it could be an incredibly inspiring work of music. The album talks about being a woman, the insecurities and the joys, and it teaches to revel in being a woman (my apologies to Eric Erlandson). With songs such as "Doll Parts," "Softer, Softest," and "Miss World," Courtney Love and Co. create a feeling of empowerment for the female listener. The music could still be good for men, but I think it'll especially resonate with women.

The album creates these feelings in a way that's very pleasurable to listen to. It's not the radio-friendly power pop of "Celebrity Skin," but it's also more accessable and more listenable for the average person than "Pretty On the Inside." It's as if all of the great elements of Hole's earlier and later music combined on this album, and the result is wonderful. The only songs on the album that are a bit subpar are "She Walks On Me" and "Gutless." But you should still run out and buy this album. I promise you won't regret it. ... Read more

23. Bleach
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4-0 out of 5 stars Impressive Debut
For $600, this album is amazing. The production value is quite good for this garage album. What I really love about this album is it's sound; they obviously used tube amps when recording, giving their music that nice, warm humming sound coming from Krist's bass and Kurt's guitar. Such tracks as "Love Buzz" and "About a Girl" are prime examples of the sound. As well, I really like Kurt's voice on this album in contrast to "Nevermind" or "In Utero" where he tends to scream incessently; his voice is more calm, more in control, and it has much better tone. As for the songs on the album, it is really hit or miss. You have the hits (Love Buzz, School, About a Girl, Big Cheese, Negative Creep), and the misses (Scoff, Mr. Moustache, Sifting, Downer). Although the album does not have pop-hit after pop-hit like Nevermind, nor does it contain the abstract qualities of In Utero, it stands as a great moment in Seattle music, or indie rock for that matter.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nirvana's debut album is underrated
It's hard for me to really pick a favorite Nirvana album, becuase they're all very good [if I had to though it'd be their live "Unplugged" album]. While Nevermind probably is the best out of their studio albums, it seems that it and In Utero get far more attention than Bleach and Incesticide. This has a much more unrefined sound then Nevermind does and is a lot more punk influenced. The guitar work keeps true to the fuzz-style of early grunge and most of the songs are short with fast guitars, in the tradition of punk, so this album probably more than any other sowcases Nirvana's punk roots.

For this reason this album seems like a somewhat bad choice if you're just getting to like Nirvana [since in Utero and nevermind both sound much more like what you probably hear from them on the radio], however if you like ohter early grunge bands or punk bands of the time, or like songs such as "Lithium", "Breed", and "Stay Away" off of Nevermind then this is the album for you. My personal favorites off of here are "School", "Negative Creep", "Downer" and the best track of the bunch, "Blew." And also of course, About A Girl which sounds noticbly different on here than it does on "Unplugged" [where as Penyroyal Tea and All Apologies, both from "In Utero" sound more or less the same on "Unplugged"].

So to really get down to it, this album is very good. If you are a big fan of nirvana get it, you will like it. If you are just a casual fan or mainly liek their radio singles then get Nevermind or In Utero, or their new Greatest Hits collection.

1-0 out of 5 stars Listen to the samples before buying. It's awful!
No matter what anybody says, Nirvana's Bleach is sub-par by even the most general standards of music And no, Kurt can't get off the hook for being dead, because a lot of what he made in life was awful. Sure, Kurt and da boyz got the best sound $600.17 could buy, but it still sounds like (...). Does Bleach sound good compared to Soundgarden's first SubPop EP? No. Does it have variety to the sound of the songs? No. Is there any creativity in any of the songs? No... unless you consider shouting "Gimme back my babyback ribs... um, I mean 'alcohol'" twnty times in one song as being creative. In "Aero Zepplin", Kurt was right when he said rock stars can "(...) upon the stage and they'll be fans", because it's so true. Rock stars like Kurt can get away with anything. His fans really would pay to buy an album of forty straight minutes of Kurt having a bowel movement, because Bleach is that bowel movement.

5-0 out of 5 stars I THINK
i think whatever that (...)is smokin is screwin with his mind because bleach is incredibly awseome, especially love buzz, floyd the barber and blew. u dont know (...) about grunge. The whole point of it is to sound like u wanna sound and not what ppl want like this era of cRAP, pop, pop-punk (...)>(...)

1-0 out of 5 stars It's disguisting SubPop charges money for albums so bad
If I had to sum up Nirvana's Bleach in one word, it'd be "ouch". There is nothing on Bleach that makes it deserving of a rating higher than 1.5 stars out of 5. Although, I think you have to take into consideration of how ignorant many of the other reviewers of Bleach are; they're most likely all 18 and under and think they've already heard all the music under the sun. They've made the snap judgement that Nirvana is the end-all, be-all of the music world. How wrong they are. Anybody with at least one functioning ear will be able to discern that Bleach is nothing you want to spend money on. But even if you're deaf, the album cover and inlay should signal to you that these guys are a bunch of drunken laggerheads incapable of making anything with a tune to it. Even "About a Girl" sucks. The Unplugged version is miles beyond whatever the hell Kurt likes to call the style of this Bleach version. Too bad the only Nirvana gig worth listening to is Unplugged. But even that is so dry and boring you'll get sick of it and switch your disc changer back to the Beatles again... and burn your Bleach CD. I'm not kidding when I say Bleach isn't worth dropping money on. It's that bad. It's only worth listening to if you get it free along with a case of beer. Trust me, intoxication is the only way to get through Bleach in one puke-spewing sitting. But as horrendous as Bleach is, there Nirvana album even worse than Bleach. It's called From the Muddy Banks, and heed my advice: You don't even want that one for free. ... Read more

24. Vs.
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good, solid rock album
After "Ten's" meandering and dragging, Pearl Jam released this album, which absolutely rocked. McCready and Gossard showed greatly improved guitar skills, as did Jeff Ament on bass. Vedder's lyrics were still weak, unfortunately; they would improve greatly on their next and best album, "Vitalogy".

It opens with two rock-into-oblivion songs, "Go" and "Animal". This is grunge alot better than Cobain ever did it. Afterward, the album calms down only a little bit, and there are even two more loud grunge rockers ("Blood" and "Rearviewmirror"). On the album, the solos fly like crazy. Eddie Vedder bashes guns (I think about "Glorified G" whenever there's a school shooting), the human race ("Rats"), the media ("Blood", "Leash"), and racism ("White Male American"). There are two semi-acoustic ballads ("Daughter" and the longest title in the Pearl Jam catalogue "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter In a Small Town") that rock in their own ways.

"Vs." has a few weak points. The drumming is better than "Ten"'s, but it still sucks. So do Vedder's lyrics. Also, "Indifference" is a pointless five-minute slow closer. However, this is a good, solid rock album. If you are new to Pearl Jam, buy this or "Yield" first. If you already own those, get "Vitalogy" as fast as you can!

5-0 out of 5 stars Has Everything, Rock, Ballads, Tribal Beats, Funky Riffs,
I got into Pearl Jam after Yield, in 1998 I think, and was stunned by their musicianship and song writing ability, which is evident throughout the album. Then I tried Ten because I enjoyed Yield so much, and was surprised. Yield is mostly melodic with the odd rocker, but Ten is all out solid rock music with a dark, depressing feel. So, I had to try Vs, and was once again surprised.

At first listen, I was almost disappointed. The first three songs, Go, Animal and Daughter hit me with typical PJ style. The fast paced aggression gets you into the mood, and you can really feel the strain Vedder puts into the vocals. But, I was stunned by how mundane the rest of the album was. I became agitated, Glorified G made me press skip due to dull repetition, Dissident was good at first but ran out of steam, WMA summed up agitation, Blood had no melody, and I just stopped, and put in Yield.

Then I decided to give my undivided attention to the album, really try each song. And this time, I was pleasantly surprised. Go, Animal and Daughter are deceiving, I thought (naively) that the whole album would be on the same tone. Most of the songs are unique, and remarkable. I still become bored with Glorified G, but I love the rest of the album for its experimental styles. I can honestly say now that Vs contains a whole variety of exceptional songs, and my favourite is probably Rearviewmirror, the guitar riff is extraordinary and reminiscent of the Ten era riffs. Rats has a great funky drum beat accompanied by the best bass line on the album, the chorus is catchy and has some thought provoking lyrics. Elderly Woman Behind The counter In A Small Town is a solid vocal ballad, very much the same for the closer Indifference, a great contrast between the beginning and end. Where Ten lacks, Vs revels. Ten is very straight forward rock music from start to finish, with the exception of the beautiful Black. Vs on the other hand has a great mixture of styles, which makes it unique, I won't say better.

Highlights: The two opening tracks, Go and Animal have a typical PJ feel to them, great way to start the album. Daughter is less aggressive and more melodic, very solid song. Dissident grew on me, catchy guitar riff. Rearviewmirror is good on first listen and exceptionally good on second hearing, everything is perfect, among PJ's best ever. Rats, for its funky feel, WMA for its tribal style drumming and the closer Indifference is a nice way to end a great album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam's Magnum Opus
This IS HANDS DOWN, NO AND'S IF'S or BUT's about it, the BEST PEARL JAM ALBUM available. All but one track to me, is great. I never tire of this record, and recommend it over ALL of their others. It's seminal, heavy, artistic, and without a doubt, MINDBLOWING in consistancy. Progressed through the last "gasp" of the grunge ending.

5-0 out of 5 stars In my top 5 of the 90's
First I want to comment on the reviewer before mine. I totally agree with what you are saying. Pj, nirvana and AIC aren't the only bands out there. However, i disagree when you say that pearl jam don't break new grounds. Pearl Jam takes new steps in different directions with every album. Pearl Jam is so often put beside nirvana and AIC because they were all grunge bands, but I think Pearl Jam is more a straight rock and roll band that deserve your attention. And this album is a good place to start.

This album is a classic, however it is living in the shadow of the commercial success album 'ten'. Vs sold almost 1 million copies in its first week of release. Back then, they counted 5 days as one week, making vs selling that many copies in only 5 days. Today, N'sync own the record, however, today they count all 7 days of the first week of sale. Even N'sync needed more than 5 days to beat this . Therefore the record still belongs to pearl jam in a way!

On to the album.
The first 2 songs are go and animal,both fast rockers that an be frustrating in the first listens.

Daughter - Pearl Jam's first acustic song. This song is great and recieves a lot airplay on the radio.
Glorified G - A fairly straight rocker with a great solo at the end. They seem to have fun.
Dissident is the albums first masterpiece. A great riff with soaring lyrics and a powerful voice by Eddie.
WMA - A hard first listen. It features a cool drumbeat and a haunting Eddie. The song is great and you will grow to love it.
Blood - This song is heavy and craaazy with eddie screaming his loungs out for 3 minutes.
Rearviewmirror - The albums second masterpiece! WOW, this song was the song that got me into pearl jam. Watch out for the finale of the song, magnificent stuff!
Rats - A cool song with great bass!
ELderly woman behind the counter in a small town - the albums third masterpiece. This is a concert favourite and with good reasons. The song is acustic with Eddie singing about fate. Its one of those songs everyone likes. Very catchy to be pearl jam.
Leash - a rocker that was written on the road during the ten tour. Fast and heavy. Nuff said!
NOW comes the greatest piece of music that has ever been recorded.
Indifference - First time I heard this song I was recovering from a major hangover and I started to cry. Talk about a simple, yet POWERFUL song. Eddie's voice is so good on this track, it's unmatchable. If you don't buy this album, at least do yourself a favour and listen to this track. It an't be described in words. Only Eddie can.

So there you go, A great rock album with plenty of rock and many different styles. If you want to check pearl jam out (which is something you definately should do)get this album or 'ten'. Can't recommend them enough!

3-0 out of 5 stars DAUGHTER???
Alright folks, why oh why does a song like "Daughter" get on the radio? The chorus for daughter sounds like a complete joke! Pearl Jam is overrated. There is music far better than this but because the "alternative rock radio stations" won't play more than just a few select bands most listeners will continue to be spoon fed by the media.

There is so much more to music than Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains (although they were pretty good) and Stone Temple Pilots.

Try listening to bands much more unique and deep like ORPHANED LAND, VISIONAIRE, KATATONIA, and PINK FLOYD!
Those are the bands that are treading new ground and producing depth and mystery, but because the Radio won't play them you won't hear them. (Pink floyd being the exception of course).

There is some redemptive value here on Pearl Jam but the above mentioned bands I like are way more interesting and will last for all time. ... Read more

25. Lost Dogs
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5-0 out of 5 stars
It sure is great being a Pearl Jam fan. Few other bands can match this bands dedication to its fans. They fought ticketmaster to keep prices low for fans. They released singles so fans wouldn't have to pay a arm and a leg for expensive imports. They have released 2 complete tours on CD at cheap prices beating overpriced, crappy, bootleggers recordings any day. Oh and of course the reason we are Pearl Jam fans to begin with they have released 7 great studio albums. Now once again Pearl Jam has given a treat to its fans with Lost Dogs.
All album sessions produce various left overs that for what ever reason never ended up on a proper album. Throw in some soundtrack songs &, benefit tracks and you end up with 30 studio tracks and one bonus song giving you 2 CDs of rock music. Most of these songs are good with several downright great.
Disc 1 features hard rocking tunes that will impress you with this bands ability to play. Disc 2 is more mellow in nature with many of the songs being acoustic. Highlights from both CDs are, All Night, Down, Alone, U, Yellow Ledbetter, Fatal, Otherside, Hard to Imagine, Footsteps, Wash, & Last Kiss. A few songs are interesting to hear but probably won't be your favorites such as Gremmie out of Control, Whale Song, Sweet Lew & Dirty Frank. As a bonus there is an unlisted track called 4/22/2002. It is about Layne Staley of Alice in Chains and his death. While not the most musically impressive song, Eddie's vocals are among the best he's ever done. You can feel his pain as he laments the passing of a friend.
If you are big fan of Pearl Jam then of course you should get this double CD set. If you are a new fan start with VS, or Yield and have fun. The only drawback is they didn't include great nonalbum songs like Breath, State of Love and Trust, I Got ID(the best nonalbum track they have ever done), & Long Road. It would have been nice to have these songs but hey I'm happy with the 31 you get. (...)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Thing Since Ten
I bought this album just because I wanted to hear the tribute to Layne Staley ghost track on disc 2. I started listening to the album, and now I can't take it out of my cd player. I was a little disappointed with most of the PJ albums after Ten, but this one is not disappointing at all to me. Disc 1 has more energetic songs than disc 2. The songs on disc 2 seem more emotional and soft. My favorite songs from disc two are "Other Side", "Fatal", "Footsteps", "Bee girl", "Last Kiss", and of course the ghost track. Disc one was great too, and I like the following songs the most: "Yellow Ledbetter", "Black, Red, Yellow", "Gremmie Out of Control", and "Hold On". If you are a Pearl Jam fan or even a fan of Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Audioslave, or Soundgarden, than you should definitely buy this album because it has a great grunge sound to it like the albums released in the early 90's.

5-0 out of 5 stars the overlooked secret track
This is a great CD, especially given that none of these songs were originally deemed great enough to warrant inclusion on a regular album. For greater detail about the overall greatness of the CD, see other reviews. What I'm concerned about is the lack of recognition being given to far and away the best song on this double album, a secret track at the end of the second album. The last listed song on the second CD, Bee Girl, is very short (and pretty unremarkable by the rest of the album's standards), lasting less than 2 minutes. Maybe the majority of the owners of this CD just absent-mindedly stop the CD as soon as "Bee Girl" ends, I don't know. If the CD is turned off after "Bee Girl," you lose a chance to hear one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. So pop some Ritalin if necesssary, and wait all the way till the six minute mark, when this masterpiece begins. Entitled "4-20-02", it is a song that Eddie recorded almost immediately upon hearing of the death of the late great Layne Staley from Alice In Chains. It is a gorgeous tribute. If you are a fan of Layne's music, then it is that much more meaningful, but the song is so melancholy and beautiful that it must stand out to anyone. Despite the presence of numerous other great songs (including Yellow Ledbetter), 4-20-02 is far and away the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lost and found!
This double album sprawls with b-sides that wouldn't fit on albums, but are A-side quality. Disc one has all the rockers, standouts being "Sad", "Down", "Gremmie Out Of Control", and of course who could not forget the concert essential "Yellow Ledbetter!".

Disc two has the ballads on it. Beginning with a slow-burner "Fatal", this disc features better songs than disc one in my opinion. These are classics that shouldn't be overlooked by all PJ lovers, "Hard To Imagine" is the song that makes this collection essential. "Footsteps", "Let Me Sleep", and "Dead Man" are all amazing ballads that would understandibly not fit on the albums

All of these songs were left off the albums most likely because they didn't fit in with the mood, and it's true, never have Pearl Jam sounded so upbeat, and funny even! on songs here, and also, never have they been so emotional as they are on the ballads here. If I could pick an album to truly define Pearl Jam, Lost Dogs would be the one that shows what the band is all about.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Double Disc
I've been a fan of Pearl Jam's since Ten and will probably keep buying what they put out--even though the band's style has changed somewhat. Lost Dogs is a great double disc set, and what makes it work is that each disc has it's own "feel." There seems to be some thought put into arranging the songs (although I think Yellow Ledbetter should have been on the second disc).

The first disc is a little louder and more up-tempo. Best songs are All Night, Alone, Education, You, Leavin' Here, Gremmie Out of Control and Yellow Ledbetter. Some of these I heard before as B-sides to singles, others I didn't know about. The second disc is the better of the two and has songs that are a little slower and laid back. Best ones are Fatal, Other Side, Hard to Imagine, Footsteps, Drifting and Last Kiss.

There are some filler songs on the discs and you can hear why some songs didn't make it. Still, Lost Dogs helped me realize why I liked Pearl Jam so much in the first place and gives the listener a good snapshot of band's work. ... Read more

26. Incesticide
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Originally intended as a stopgap record following the massive success of Nirvana's Nevermind, the archival Incesticide album has taken on an added significance in light of subsequent events. Consisting of outtakes, demos, non-album singles, and live BBC sessions, it's a fascinating if less-than-truly essential listening experience. Highlights include the rip-roaring childhood memoir "Sliver" and its caustic companion (from a pre-Nevermind single) "Dive." There's also a brilliant cover of the Vaselines' "Molly's Lips." Particularly harrowing, however, are Kurt Cobain's liner notes, which at times sound eerily like his suicide note, deriding the fame and money that came upon him like a tsunami, and ultimately wiped him out. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars If you're new to Nirvana, this is the best place to start
Incesticide is NOT Nirvana's finest album. In fact, it's not "really" an album in the way that Nevermind and In Utero were. It is, instead, a compilation of various unreleased studio tracks. Despite this fact, though, Incesticide is my favorite Nirvana album, simply because it is the most listenable. While I don't want to describe the album as "shallow", it is far less deep than Nirvana's other releases. This album is sort of a "Bleach Lite". Some of the songs on this album are down right fun. Tracks like "Sliver", "Molly's Lips", and "Turn Around" are a far departure from "Heart Shaped Box" or "Something in the Way". This is not a "pop"-ie album, though. To insure this, harder edged tracks like "Dive", "Anyeurism", and "Downer" were included (leading to the lop-sided feel of the album). Basically, then, this album captures the range of Nirvana and is, on the whole, a great sampler of their amazing career. If you've never listened to Nirvana before, start out here. Or... at least until they finally release that Boxed Set (hint, hint).

5-0 out of 5 stars my favorite Nirvana CD
though i have an obsession with all of nirvana's albums( Bleach, Nevermind, In Utero, Unplugged)and originally "got into" nirvana by way of nevermind, i have to say that incesticide is a beautiful album and my favorite in the nirvana catalog. although the cd doesn't have the great singles or individual songs as their two studio efforts, like all pieces of art, you have to view the cd as a whole-and as a whole, from start to finish it's solid.something not usally attributed to a collection of b-sides, outtakes and covers-but let's face it, nirvana is an unusal band. nirvana plays much more like a new wave band than a punk band here, and probobly would have been the direction nirvana would have went after In utero. awsome skin-bashing by Dave Grohl on Aneurysm. stand tracks are the afoementioned aneurysm, dive, sliver, aero zeppplin, big long now, and my personal favorite which people always overlook: Beeswax

5-0 out of 5 stars NIRVANA
If u love nirvana u should check this band out all their influences include nirvana their name is cannibal garden their site is you should spread the word around about them.

1-0 out of 5 stars Nirvana changed the face of Rock--For the worst!
What a gyp! The only good song on here is Aneurysm! The rest is awful, tuneless noize muzak! I think I'll pass on this one, and every one of Nirvana's plethora o' peddlings of Crock Pot Rock.

4-0 out of 5 stars Disturbing Lyrics and Hidden Gems
"Incesticide" shows the very excentric side of Kurt but it also shows the more "punky" side of the band. This CD showcases the band's earlier pieces with very simple lyrics and it also shows the hidden b-side gems.

The "simple-yet-catchy-melody" songs are the first category. shows on tracks 1 and 3, "Dive" and "Stain".

Then there are the songs from "Incesticide" that most people know since they were on the "Nirvana" album. These are "Sliver" and "Been a Son".

Then there are the covers. There's "Turnaround" originally by Devo and "Molly's Lips" and "Son of a Gun" originally by The Vaselines.

Then there is a sped-up version of "Polly" that really ruins the version that most of us know from "Nevermind".

There are weird songs and weird songs with disturbing lyrics that I can assure you "Nevermind" fans would not dig. I always skip "Mexican Seafood" because as a 12 year old I don't think that my parents would approve me listening to it. "Beeswax", "Downer", "Mexican Seafood" and "Hairspray Queen" are amongst them. I didn't like the band as much when they were hard core in the early days.

Ah, finally-the hidden gems. The last three songs on this album are amazing, especially "Aneurysm". I love that song! The beat is so catchy, the lyrics have a very punk rock attitude to them. "Aero Zeppelin" is great and so is "Big Long Now".

I would call this album more interesting than wonderful. It really shows how the band progressed from that punk band from Seattle to the mainstream artists they were since "Nevermind". I would reccomend this album but I would suggest purchasing "In Utero" and "Nevermind" first. ... Read more

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28. Unplugged
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Album
Beggining To End Pure Genius!!!!!!! What a line up, its perfect. I've been a Alice In Chains fan for 3 years now i've heard all of their cds but this one comes out on top. This CD is the best unplugged cd ever hands down.

1.Nutshell 10/10 awesome song to start the cd off with, unplugged version is 10x better then studio version.

2.Brother 10/10 Awesome guitar, awesome voice, pure Awesome!!!Catchy Chorus.

3.No Excuses 10/10 One Of the best songs on the CD!!!

4.Sludge Factory 9/10 Not a catchy one But still it is still cool.

5.Down in a Hole 11/10 Best song on the CD I could listen to this song unplugged all day it really forces you to play this song over and over again....Best song ever!!!!

6.Angry Chair 10/10 Pure Genius!!!!

7.Rooster 10/10 Everyone Knows This Song!!!

8.Got Me Wrong 10.5/10 This song is definitly one of the best songs on the CD.

9.Heaven Beside You 9/10 Never Really got into this song until I Heard it Unplugged.

10.Would? 10/10 Speechless just listen to it yourself Unplugged.

11.Frogs 8/10 Least favorite on the CD but it is still a great song...

12.Over Now 9/10 Great Song!!!

13.Killer is Me 10/10 Great song to end with!!!

This CD is completely amazing from track 1 to track 13 don't miss out on such a good CD Buy it Now!!! Alice in Chains Best Band of All Time!!!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars This was the wrong band to go completely unplugged.
Alice in Chains' music has always carried a savage beauty, never compromised by Jerry Cantrell's ferocious guitars or Layne Staley's tortured vocals. Indeed, the majesty and beauty of songs such as "Down in a Hole", "Man in the Box", "No Excuses", "Rotten Apple" and especially the band's best song, "Would?", gained in emotional impact because of the electric guitars and multitracked vocals.

Which is why Unplugged is hands down the weakest Alice in Chains release.

The songs are still powerful -- Cantrell's sure sense of melody would take a lot to demolish. But there isn't a single performance on here that beats the original recordings. "Would?", for example, sorely needed that ominous electric-guitar line sneaking through the break section; "Down in the Hole"'s moody grind went missing on the all-acoustic version; "No Excuses" became morose and less intimate (surprising in an unplugged setting) for lack of electric-guitar colouring.

Now that Alice in Chains has a real greatest-hits album out (with a boxed set on the way), there isn't much point to this unplugged collection. Stay with the studio recordings.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best MTV Unplugged Performance Ever.....
I realize this may offend Nirvana fans but Alice In Chains'dynamic and gut-wrenching "Unplugged" performance is, without a doubt, the finest acoustic show ever recorded. I love Nirvana's unplugged set but nothing in music compares to AIC's tortured set. Witness Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell harmonizing. Even when they slip, and there are times when they do, they are unbelivable. The band was tight and Jerry's guitar playing here is excellent when you consider that he had all kinds of equipment problems and a bad stomach virus. Truly a professional. The band's excellence alone would be enough to back up my opinion in this review but when you add Layne's vocal performance to the package, it becomes insurmountable. There is nothing like listening to the pain, anger, suffering, humor, and sorrow in Layne's voice. Kurt Cobain was depressed his entire life and so the angst in his songs was not suprising or unexpected. Layne, however, was a happy, friendly guy who was destroyed by his heroin addiction. He knew it was killing him and he couldn't stop. Knowing all this, his pain becomes your pain when you listen to Alice in Chains.
As an experiment, put this CD on in your player at home with no background noise and no distraction. It is probably better to do this at night. You can also play it in your car, at night. If you put on "Down In A Hole" and listen to it in those settings and you don't get goosebumps, I don't know that you are human. Layne's vocals, while powerful and kickass on AIC's studio and live records, are so much more potent here. If you have ever been depressed or addicted, you feel as one with Layne. I can't say enough about his performance. Over the years, you could hear his voice declining as a result of his abuse of heroin. Here, he summons all his strength and almost seems capable of exorcising the demons that haunt him. Alas, it was not to be. Layne was found dead in 2002. So for all of you people out there complaining about the lack of new Alice In Chains material, it is not to be. Layne is gone and I don't think he can record 9 new alblums after death like Sublime or Tupac. Alice In Chains, the greatest Seattle band, the greatest grunge band, and the greatest band of the 90's will forever have it's place in rock's history. Let's hope for a Hall Of Fame induction soon. As for this remarkable album, BUY IT NOW! A gripping performance, perhaps not the best of Alice In Chains' career, but it will still leave you with that powerful feeling. I can't describe it and very few artists can accomplish it but true fans know what I'm talking about. GET THIS CD NOW!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic...even if you don't like the band!
This is an excellent CD, by far one of the best I own. I usually find Alice in Chains to be a little too metal for my taste, but this CD is just great. You have to listen to it, I guarantee you'll love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album
I am a bit biased- as I am a huge AIC fan- but I have probably listened to this album over 100 times. I love it. I defy you to listen to this album and not get the chills. If you are thinking of purchasing only one Alice in Chains album- buy this one. ... Read more

29. Facelift
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5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable Quality
Is it possible for a band to release a first album that is so good it outshines the rest of the bands material and each album goes progressively downhill afterward? In my opinion no Alice in Chains album is as good as Facelift. It simply and utterly rocks. Whereas Dirt is considered the all time favorite for many Alice in Chains fans, this album is a lot cleaner and not so dirty as Dirt, no pun intended.

What makes Facelift worth the money? Signs of brilliance on every track, interesting and dark lyrics, accompanied by the awesome voices of Staley and Cantrell. This is what many new bands strive after but most do not write such good music. Listen to "Sunshine", "I know somethin", and of course "Man in the Box" and become immersed in the sounds of Alice in Chains.

BTW, purchase everything up to the self-titled album, because that marked the beginning of the end for the band. As it seems that Layne Staley was already completely fried in the head from drugs. Also the self-titled album had poor production, not unlike the new album from Metallica. Long live Alice!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great first album by a Great Band!
This album is extremely underrated. Most rock fans acknowledge it simply because "Man in the Box" is on it. Well, even though "Man in the Box" is probably the best song on it (as well as one of the best if not the best Alice In Chains song ever), there are numerous other tracks that are just as bone-crunching. The CD opens up with "We Die Young", a great song (check out the demo version on "Nothing Safe", it rocks). "Bleed the Freak" is an other excellent tune. However, my favorite song on the album is "Sunshine", this has got to be one of the most underrated songs in rock music history, I love it! Jerry Cantrell is fantastic on this album, as always, and Layne Staley's voice sounds great. The harmony between the two is incredible, especially on the melodious "I Can't Remember". I gave this album only 4 stars because it is not as good as "Dirt". What this needed was a song like "Down In a Hole" to provide temporary relief from the unceasing assault of hard-rock. I definitely recommend this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Real Greatest Band ever Made
In the 1990's glam metal aka hair metal was dying (even though myself Like that genre), so the music industry needed a change and this is the album that change the face of music, every single song was so beautifully constructively it even blew that no-talented nirvana right out of the water, man in the box was one of the greatest songs ever in the 1990s and that was the true explosion my friends from seattle.
Alice In Chains was one of the best bands to ever came out of seattle and one of the best bands of the 1990's
way better than nerdvana's nevermind.
Big Thumbs Up for Me.

5-0 out of 5 stars The album that started it all!
Facelift by Alice In Chains started it all. Grunge began here. So did one of the greatest bands of all time, Alice In Chains. Jerry Cantrell's guitar playing is amazing and so are his lyrics. Michael Starr and Sean Kinney's rythm is tight as always, and Layne Staleys voice sounds as amzing as ever!

The album starts off with one of Alice In Chains best songs, 'We Die Young' is hard, heavy, and scary! 'Man In The Box' is next and it just maybe Alice In Chains best song. It has one of Jerry Cantrells best guitar solos. Next is the classic 'Sea Of Sorrow' which is also one of Alice In Chains best songs. 'Bleed The Freak' is one of my all time favorite Alice In Chains songs, its just a killer song! 'I Cant Remember' is another great song, a little slower but still heavy as hell! 'Love, Hate, Love' is a great hard rocker, its kinda crazy though! 'It Aint Like That' doesnt really stand out but its still a really good song. 'Sunshine' is a killer hard rock song with awesome guitar! 'Put You Down' is a strange but good song. 'Confusion' is a really strange song but I love it. 'I Know Something about you' has Beatles-esq lyrics but metal music, is killer! 'Real Thing' is the perfect song to end the album.

Buy this you will love it and I can garanty that!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Original and Best
Years ago, MTV played "Man in the Box" on Headbanger's Ball and I was intrigued enough to purchase this cassette. Wow! Talk about blown away. While "Man in the Box" is very strong, the rest of the album is just as good. If you like this group, you'll understand the perfect combination of powerful metal and harmony (with Layne Staley's unique voice). This is definitely heavier than their later productions (Jar of Flies, SAP). And, for that reason mainly, it is also their BEST. ... Read more

30. Live at Benaroya Hall
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31. Razorblade Suitcase
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5-0 out of 5 stars "Bush have found themselves!"
I bought this album the day it came out and literally liked every sinlge song on the thing. Once again have used their skillful contrasting, their sonically beautiful solos, and Gavin's warm voice to put them on the map.

"Cold Contagious" and "Synapse" are the best songs on this album while "Swallowed" runs a close second. "Cold Contagious" brings back all the elements I loved about the obscure "Alien." And yes, these lyrics are easy to understand. "Swallowed" is perhaps the deepest look that you can have into Gavin's mind. Its about the pain of being in a crowded room, but no one seems to notice you. I think this song was basically written about Bush's fame. They make it big, press hates 'em, and Bush are trying to figure out why. But it could also be a simple love song. That is for the listener to figure out. Bush take it to a new step with ballads "Bonedriven" and "Straight No Chaser." You could say its an attempt to recreate "Glycerine" but really these songs surpass their counterpart. The beautiful, yet raw, string arrangements make them go beyond "Glycerine." The main thing that made me like the album was the rawness. It sounded so simple, yet so beautiful. I think Bush went for pureness on Razor Blade Suitcase, and they sure found it. Whether you like it or not, Bush are great. And besides, whats wrong with someone liking the sounds of America opposed to England. Thank God Bush didn't try to sound like Oasis. That would be scary. Instead they have done what they wanted and slipped the finger of those who hate them. If you like good, moving music give this album a try. You will not be sorry!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Drink life as it comes...
Look here all, if your not a fan of bush or at least someone who has listened to the cd more than once, please dont write a review. This is not better than 16stone because so very much different than it. Razorblade Suitcase when I first heard it, was ok. However, after listening to it I realized that this is powerful music, Gavin shows many different sides to him in one song than most monotonist rock groups do on a cd ( limp bizkit kid rock ). I notice that people who write a bad review for this cd often have a very short review, hmm..., makes you wonder. anyway the best songs are "Straight no Chaser", "Synapse", and the best "Bonedriven", I recomend this to anyone who is into DEEP music.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Grunge Album of the 90s
Yes, with a title like that, it seems like I'm almost inviting the knives to come out. After all, how could a British grunge band so far removed from the Seattle scene ever possibly expect to put out a "real" grunge album.
But that's just geography. Regardless of where they hail from, it's hard to dispute that Bush were one of the most talented grunge bands of the 90s. And as a true fan, I'll vehemently differ with any of those who would rate Sixteen Stone higher than Razorblade Suitcase. Yes, their first album was unquestionably a strong debut, and with such solid tracks as "Bomb", "Machinehead," "Everything Zen" and "Testorone"--to say nothing of the big hit "Glycerine"--it seems easy to see why people would say that.
But I challenge you this: listen to the two albums from start to finish. Sixteen Stone has some great tracks, but as an album, it is often uneven and unbalanced. The songs don't blend into each other nearly as well, and there are times when certain songs jump out so abruptly that you question the entire production process.
Razorblade Suitcase is definitely a bird of a different feather. While it may lack that one killer track like "Glycerine" or "Machinehead," what it does give you instead is a great sense of songwriting balance. Unline Stone, Razorblade's tracks meld into each other with a sense of planning and precision that its predecessor badly lacked. Listen, for instance, to the sharp ending of the incredibly powerful track "Greedy Fly" followed up by Gavin Rossdale's hauntingly beatiful strum-vocal entry on "Swallowed." Or the frantic ending of "Insect Kin," my personal favorite track on the CD (love that dirty little guitar fill in the middle) blending into the heavy, dark drumbeat of "Cold Contagious." Or even the surprisingly refreshing and unexpected inclusion of a violin in the transition from "Mouth" to "Straight No Chaser."
Dear Readers, this is not an album that will hit you over the head first time. It is what some call a "grower." But as with all great albums, the ones you always seem to like best are the ones that grow on you with time. This one is definitely in that category.
I'd like to close with an anecdote that I hope will bear out my point. A friend of mine, a diehard Nirvana fan who liked Sixteen Stone but didn't love it, could never understand why I liked Razorblade Suitcase so much. So I actually bought it for him for his birthday to try to win him over. Interestingly enough, he had it for two years but barely played it. Then one day he put it on in his car and listened to the whole thing, and wrote to me to tell me that he was surprisingly impressed how solid an album this was. I encouraged him to give it another whole listen, and so he did.
Needless to say, he is completely hooked--so much so, in fact, that he now calls this "the second best grunge album of the 90s" (behind, of course, Nevermind). While I might not go that far, I will say that this is really a great, thoroughly solid album, and one that should never be judged by first listen.
I hope those who purchase this will take the time to really listen to it. Believe me, you won't regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars 90's Alternative Music Will Never Fade Away
In my opinion, "Razorblade Suitcase" is equal in greatness to the five times platinum "Sixteen Stone," both of which are far better than the next two full albums. The next two albums, "The Science of Things" and "Golden State" were disappointing beyond belief. "Razorblade Suitcase" consists of thirteen songs as follows:
Song 1) PERSONAL HOLLOWAY- a song about comparing female struggle to being trapped in a world where you can't speak or you can't hear, but it doesn't mean that your brain isn't fully functioning
Song 2) GREEDY FLY- a song that commands "make up your mind" and states that "we are servants of our formulaic ways"
Song 3) SWALLOWED- a song about low self esteem
Song 4) INSECT KIN- a song about winning and about doing it your own way
Song 5) COLD CONTAGIOUS- a song about seeing how relationships break up, how happy homes get destroyed, desire for revenge, and people's beliefs about other people
Song 6) A TENDENCY TO START FIRES- a song for the future about the future
Song 7) MOUTH- a song that says we all suffer from communication breakdowns (I must suggest listening to the remix of this song off the "Deconstructed" album)
Song 8) STRAIGHT NO CHASER- about being totally crumpled inside
Song 9) HISTORY- a song about abortion from a woman's point of view
Song 10) SYNAPSE- the song whose lyrics inspired the name of this album, "Razorblade Suitcase," which represents emotional luggage or perhaps a bag of tricks
Song 11) COMMUNICATOR- a song best left open for self-interpretation
Song 12)BONEDRIVEN- states that power comes from the deepest part of you
Song 13) DISTANT VOICES- a great album closer which doesn't receive as much recognition as it deserves
Out of these songs, my personal favorites are Greedy Fly, Swallowed, Cold Contagious, A Tendency to Start Fires, Mouth, Straight No Chaser, and Bonedriven; so practically I love the whole album. I'm not going to sit here and tell you how good this album really is. There is a lot more to tell about this album than I can write in the space alotted. My advice to you is: Read up about the band, get the lyrics and song meanings off the internet, and at least listen to sound clips, if not the whole songs before buying the album. That way, you can decide for yourself whether or not this album deserves five stars. Finally, you are presented with an informative review that is refreshing from all those other reviews that state Bush is trying to be like Nirvana(whom I recommend also), talk nonstop about grunge music(which there's nothing wrong with grunge music), and talk about how attractive girls find lead singer Gavin Rossdale to be (even though I disagree). Bush is one of my listening favorites and I recommend this album to anyone and everyone, which is why I believe "Razorblade Suitcase" deserves the top rating of five stars.

3-0 out of 5 stars from sixteen stone to this?-dang
"sixteen stone" is easily one of my favorite albums of all time.with RS, bush tries to mellow it out a little bit-and fails for the most part."swallowed" is a much weaker track than many point it out to be and the only thing carrying this cd is "mouth" which would kick even more if they didn't screw around so much during the song.definitely a misfire from 16S but still the same old band. ... Read more

32. Frogstomp
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good CD
When I bought this CD, I wasn't to sure of what I was getting. I heard Tommorrow and was quite amazed to here that the song was written while they were 14. I bought the CD and listened to it straight through. I found a pattern in most of the songs. They usually start out mellow, slowly get heavier, then all of a sudden, BOOM! Daniel John's vocals rip through the speakers! Although this is good, there is such thing as too much of a good thing. Israel's Son is a good song, with the ending in your head for days. Tommorrow, amazing. Pure Massacre, a great, mellow, depressing song. Suicidal Dream is my personal favorite, another mellow song. This is followed by Madman, a silverchair classic. This instrumental (almost) is an awesome tune. The lyrics are mostly about death and depressing matters. 'I kill myself/I'll put my head in the noose'. Lyrics are one of the few problems on this CD. Overall, considering age and that this is their first album, is a great CD, worth picking up if you're into the grunge thing.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very impressive considering their age - 3.5 stars
With a sound that appealed to angst-ridden teens and a look that attracted teen girls, Silverchair hit on a formula that was bound to be huge. Their debut album, Frogstomp, is quite impressive considering that the members of SC were all around the age of 15 when they recorded it. Some of the songs are heavy and in the vein of bands like Helmet and ... yes, Nirvana. Their flaws come out when they get sentimental, on songs like "Shade", which had vocals and lyrics that made me cringe. Lyrics are a weakness of the band, with such goofy lines as "I fantasize about my death / I'll kill myself from holding my breath" (from "Suicidal Dream"). Those flaws aside, they still manage to come up with intense rockers that tackle powerful themes, with the strongest tracks being "Israel's Son", "Tomorrow", "Faultline", and "Undecided". This band was at its best when they pounded out harder rock songs, but they've taken a turn for the worst with their later albums. When they turn the volume down, that only makes the band's weak areas more apparent. There is better rock in this genre (some would call it "grunge") out there, like Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Silverchair's sophomore album "Freak Show", but this is recommended if you enjoy this sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seemingly-simple Rock music with a message
Speaking from the mouth of an experienced music listener, I can safely say that there are no similarities between Nirvana and Silverchair, unless you count having blond hair a similarity. Nirvana has some songs that were within the listenable territory, but they were far from what everyone has hailed them as. Nirvana had no message to tell teens, but Silverchair do. Especially on Frogstomp. All of the songs on the album have great hooks and melodies, but the icing on the cake is Daniel Johns' surprisingly well-written lyrics. They're simple yet still have meaning. Silverchair create full-on music without all the gibberish and pretentiousness that Kurt Cobain had. Johns writes songs about being anti-abuse (whether they be human or drug abuses), anti-war, anti-suicide, and the uncertainty most teenagers feel. I suggest buying Frogstomp instead of Nevermind, but that's only if you want to hear somebody that actually has something to say worth hearing.

Fave tracks as of right now: Israel's Son, Faultline, Undecided, Pure Massacre, and Shade.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seek and you shall find ...
I'm not a huge Silverchair fan, but I feel I have to say a few things.

Firstly, I, like few others, often laugh at the comparisons between Daniel Johns of Silverchair and Kurt Cobain, and for a different reason to most people. Daniel Johns is Daniel Johns, not a Kurt Cobain double. Why compare them? Daniel doesn't look like Kurt, doesn't sing like Kurt, doesn't play like Kurt, and doesn't sing like Eddie Vedder as Courtney Love once felt she (for some reason) had to point out. Those who feel Silverchair aren't anything special are either Seattle based grunge fans, or fans who don't really appreciate grunge if it isn't from the United States. Having said that, there is absolutely nothing wrong with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden or any other similar grunge bands of the past - they're just different to Silverchair.

The only thing that could have been better in this cd was the lyrical content as it is, at times, a bit simple and predictable. Still, the boys were around 14-15 when this was recorded.

Everything else about this cd is awesome. John's vocals are good; the riffs are excellent and packed with raw energy, harder and heavier than most other similar bands - just listen to 'Madman'; there are standouts, particularly 'Tomorrow', but there are no bad or any throw-away tracks.

If this was really such a bad-try-hard 'copy' of early 90s grunge bands, there wouldn't be so many people out there wasting their time defending this cd and this band with objective and good reviews. If you're on the 'Silverchair are tryhards' bandwagon and you have never even heard the band play before, jump off it!, and give it a listen. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars You people are crazy
How can you people that like rock and or grunge not like this album? And if this cd has a Nirvanaish sound, then it is done extremely well and in my opinion isn't a copycat of the Nirvana sound at all . Not just that, these guys were only 15 when this was made. Now that right there shows pure and solid talent. Even if these guys made this at the age of 25 this would still be good rock. I can tell any of you bashers right now that this kind of quality rock is extremely hard to find these days. Even the debut album of this band beats practically any other band's albums these days. You people are just way too fussy. This stuff frigging rocks. ... Read more

33. Stardog Champion
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5-0 out of 5 stars A strange, beautiful amalgomation of grunge and stadium rock
The only disappointing thing about this collection is that this small but authoratative compilation of various album songs, demos, and soundtrack work is all that remains of what could have been a truly, truly amazing band.

But for what's here, this is truly a masterpiece. Thankfully the person(s) in charge of putting this comp. together managed to squeeze every drop of music possible in, clocking in at some 75 minutes long. Some of the songs ("This Is Shangrila") jump right out at you in a riffing, cocky way, while others ("Bone China," "Stargazer") take a few listens to really assimilate as beautiful. The stand-out song is definitely "Stardog Champion," the feel and power and subdued grace stand out brilliantly among the other fantastic songs.

But, unfortunately, the tragic death of Andy Wood trainwrecked the wonder of Mother Love Bone. However, through his death he gave birth to two of the most powerfully brilliant bands of our time: the Temple Of The Dog project (Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament & Matt Cameron) and Pearl Jam (Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament & Dave Krusen, Dave Abbruzzese, Jack Irons and now Matt Cameron). The Temple Of The Dog project, an outlet for Cornell's sorrow, brought some of the most moving music I've ever heard in my life to the forefront of the music scene, and Pearl Jam obviously still thunders on to this day.

You have to wonder while you're listening to this that, had Andy Wood lived, would there even have ever been a Pearl Jam? And, if there weren't, would that be so bad, so long as Mother Love Bone was still around?

5-0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary genius
By far one of the best grunge CD's ever, even though its a little polished for grunge. Mother Love Bone is essentially the same line up as Pearl Jam, without lead singer Andrew Wood. MLB was headed for huge success if Wood's hadn't OD'd on Heroin. I have played this album to breaking point, it is so perfect with its mixture of Hard Rock anthems like "This is Shangrila" and ballads like "Man Of Golden Words". It is a disapointment that Woods killed himself because as you will see, Woods is a much better singer than Eddie Vedder. On my top 5 list with Alice and Chains and Metallica. If you like grunge, buy this album, it will stay in your Cd player a long time.

3-0 out of 5 stars I REALLY don't know what to make of this....
I never was a huge grunge mark, though I am a huge fan of Pearl Jam, Mudhoney and Soundgarden. But after hearing so much about this band I was led to think it was even better then Pearl Jam and this was the beginning of grunge music. My result was a bit dissapointing but this was an interesting listen. My first compliant is the vocals by Andrew Wood. I've never seen any interviews/music videos (Stardog Champion I saw a few years ago) so I don't know too much about his flamboyant style. His vocals were kinda high pitched at the first listen, but they do grow on you real fast. The music is really glamish and 80's sounding. Namely like Guns n Roses but with a harsher edge.

The sound isn't the harsh, hard and downright cynical grunge sound like Mudhoney or even Nirvana. Nor the clean but still cynical sounds like Pearl Jam or Alice in Chains. It's a cross between what Pearl Jam would sound like if it was crossed with the late 80's cockrock sound. The real standout song to me on the album would be Crown of Thorns. The piano start to the calm middle and the crashing end make it one of the best songs I've ever heard. The use of glam sounding drum work mixed with offbeat guitaring was really cool to hear - until Andy started singing that is.... But some of this album really shined to me, but the other stuff never grew on me, nor even appealed to me. But still if you Do in fact buy this album be on the listen for the tunes Stargazer, Bone China, Crown of Thorns, Stardog Champion, Gentle Groove and Heartshine. They really have a good sound to them and to me was worth listening to what others call music history.

Andy Wood would later die of a drug overdose, and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden would form a supergroup and release one of my favorite albums ever... But that's another review.

Recommended for grunge die-hards.
Mildly recommended for (metal/hard/glam) rock fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this album
I cannot listen to "Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns" without getting chills. "Stargazer" and "Stardog Champion" are quite enjoyable too. I own no Pearl Jam CD's; I consider the forerunner to be far superior. Andrew Wood was a very insightful artist.

4-0 out of 5 stars Grunge fans -- your collection needs this one
This is typical early Grunge style, by artists who didn't know at the time that they were the precursor to Pearl Jam. It's an underrated CD. If you enjoy early Grunge, or want a complete Grunge collection, this one is worth a serious look (listen.) Talent so often comes across so much more effectively before it becomes neck deep in commercialization. ... Read more

34. Alice in Chains
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5-0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As Dirt, But What Is?
Song Grades

1. Grind-well-deserved radio hit
2. Brush Away-comparable to Dam That River
3. Sludge Factory-sludgegy song like title says
4. Heaven Beside You-absolute masterpiece
5. Head Creeps-what song Junkhead on Dirt wishes it could be
6. Again-overated hit, like Them Bones
7. Shame In You-acoustic-like masterpiece, would have been best song on SAP/Jar Of Flies
8. God Am-anti-religious song like Godsmack, but slightly better
9. So Close-not as bad as some people say
10. Nothin' Song-a band actually dared to write a song bout' a song they couldn't finish-pretty damn creative
11. Frogs-longest song on CD, pretty haunting guitar riff
12. Over Now-would sadly predict band's fate

It's sad that Alice In Chains didn't make another CD after this. They are the second greatest band of all-time, Metallica being first. Their influence is heard today in bands like Staind, Creed, Godsmack etc... All inferior. They were the true leaders of the alt. revolution that began in 90-91, not an inferior band like Nirvana.

5-0 out of 5 stars A slight change of style makes for another great album.
I heard someone say that this was a big change from Facelift and Dirt but trust me it isnt all that different.They just toned down the metallic rockers a little bit and added some Sap and Jar Of Flies style songs on here as well.While it isnt as dark and heavy as Facelift or Dirt it is just as good.Its still pretty heavy too.Just more melodic.My favorite songs on here are Brush Away,Heaven Beside You and Sludge Factory even though the other songs are really good too.Nothin song is catchy but goofy and Grind is one of Alice In Chains' best songs.Head Creeps and Again are Alice In Chains classics and the heaviest songs on the album. Shame In You and God Am are great songs and have insightful lyrics.So Close is pretty good but doesnt do much for me.Frogs and Over Now are a lot like the songs on Sap and Jar Of Flies only a little better.This is a great album even though Alice In Chains never really made a "bad" album.Its a classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Probably their Best
From start to finish, this album is dark and interesting. Its a great album and possibly better than Dirt.
Worth the buy!

2-0 out of 5 stars Hair band goes awry in Seattle
Cryptic song titles, sludgey riffs, pained singing from thinly stretched must be an Alice in Chains CD. Yep, that's the one.

AIC don't bring their A-game to the table on this self-titled disaster, except for a few key tracks: "Heaven Beside You" and "Again" are true keepers, the rest of the record is deplorable. Sadly, the only good record these guys ever made was 1993's stellar "Jar of Flies," an acoustic gem that broke AIC through to the big leagues of the music industry, where they always longed to be.

Rumor has it these guys used to be a hair-band from the '80s. That's abundantly clear from this mess of a record album CD. For true rock, check out Creed 'n' Bush.


4-0 out of 5 stars WE'LL MISS YOU LAYNE STALEY
This is a great cd for any hard rock fan's collection. It has a lot of great songs in which some are dark and solomn and others are just good.I cant believe the lead singer is dead but I will mis Layne Staley forever ... Read more

35. The Presidents of the United States of America
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The Presidents of the United States of America scratch that itch that you can't reach. They do and say all those things that you'd like to, but fear what people might think of you. They are your inner-child, but stinking drunk on a half-case of cheap beer. And, with the youthful appeal of the Dead Milkmen, the off-kilter storytelling of Primus, and a razor-sharp sense of irony, they are utterly undeniable.

Try, if you will, not to sing along with "Lump." It sticks in your brain after the first chorus and won't leave until you hear something supremely catchy just to scrape the chorus out of heavy frontal lobe rotation.Musically, they keep everything very minimal (they have only five strings between bassist Chris Ballew and guitarist Dave Dederer) and use their incredibly twisted wit to engage the listener. From the punkish "Lump" and "We Are Not Gonna Make It" to the funky "Boll Weevil," the Presidents are the perfect antidote to the serious, heavy-handed rock perpetuated by their Seattle brethren. --Adem Tepedelen ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rock and roll: no BS, no gimmicks
Since most of the Seattle grunge bands (i.e. Nirvana, Soundgarden) were finished by 1995, it was good to see and hear a new rock sound from a new band. The Presidents Of The United States Of America's self-titled debut offered great relief from the angst of music; and was (and still is) a whole new breed of music. Yes, this is mostly simple rock music, but it's simple rock music at its very best. No one can say that songs like "Lump", "Peaches", and "Kitty" didn't influence them and/or their musical preferences. And in turn The Presidents had struck gold a few times over. Their songs are to the point; carrying along some comedy and, again, a great rock & roll sound. 12 of the 13 tracks on this debut CD are absolutely brilliant. And here's an [informative] overview of those 13 songs.

The CD begins with one of the band's best: "Kitty". The second single on the album is actually the reason I became such a huge fan of The Presidents. "Peaches" and "Lump" also took part in that. Most people know it by now. One of my particular favorite songs here is "Feather Pluckn". The first track was pretty straightforward, as it was about a cat, but "Feather Pluckn" is a great song about nothing too specific. The first verse reads: '10 million monkeys all pick up guitars / 5000 fishies rockin really really really hard / check out chickie, drivin piggy's little blue car' with a background shout of '...and nobody taught them how'. There's really nothing we as fans can relate to, but it's still an awesome song. All I have to say about "Lump" is if you like it, you'll like the entire CD. The main single showcases the album's sound quite well. The song "Stranger" is also one of my favorites. It's about a striper and is a little more harmonious in its beginning than the previous three. The citation of the Lynyrd Skynyrd hat is hilarious yet smart at the same time. A song that's become a fan favorite over the years is "Boll Weevil". "Boll Weevil" is catchy, but it took me a while to fall in love with it. It's about a bug; as if you couldn't guess. What I said for "Lump" easily goes for "Peaches" just the same. There's just so many excellent songs that it's hard to find a low point. And "Dune Buggy" is certainly not a low point. Again there's not much to allow us to relate, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it's a stellar rock song.

Starting off the CD's second half, The Presidents produce their most cynical song. The title "We Are Not Going To Make It" kind of speaks for itself (seeing as how they have, in fact, made it). And the false start that I'm pretty sure was intentional gives the song true character. It will always be a certain favorite of mine. Next we have a cover of MC-5's infamous "Kick Out The Jams". It's one of the shortest (at 1:24 or so) yet still one of the best. Again, it'll always be a favorite. With the exception for the start of "Stranger", all the previous songs have been hard rock songs. But "Body" breaks that mold; in a manner of speaking. "Body" tells the tale of different reptile deaths that become embodied in the singer's head. Hence the phrase 'I can't get your body out of my mind'. It's a fun song, but is rather sad in the end. Another fan favorite is "Back Porch"; and that's for good reason. The way the band handles the 'two-string/one-string/no-string guitars' part is amazing and probably makes the song good in its own. The worst song on the disc is, hand's down, "Candy". It's not terrible, but on the other hand I find myself usually skipping over it. Even if "Candy" is moderately bad, the closer "Naked And Famous" makes up for it. I'm not sure if The Presidents' singer is actually a nude model, but he tells a funny story nonetheless. All in all, "Naked And Famous" rounds out this 5-star release with absolute perfection. 'Everybody wants to be just like me / I'm naked and famous' wraps it up quite nicely.

To conclude this review, there is not enough good things I could begin to say about The Presidents Of The United States Of America and their debut. It was just so great to see a new type of music. And this type of music seems to be living on thanks exclusively to this band and this CD. If you enjoyed "Lump" and/or the other two hits from this album, you MUST own this CD. No matter what your musical preference, you should be able to enjoy all these songs; or at least form seedy opinions about them. This is one of the top 10 albums I own and will always be in constant rotation in my CD player. The only way you'd not be able to enjoy this type of music is if you lack a sense of humor, dislike occasional simplicity, or you hate straight-up rock & roll music. Otherwise The Presidents Of The United States Of America are surely for you. Don't miss out on one of the 90's greatest American rock groups; and one of the greatest albums ever.

4-0 out of 5 stars Short But Sweet Presidential Address
1990s new rock needed levity after Kurt Cobain's death, Scott Weiland's addictions and dark grunge records like Soundgarden's "Superunknown." The Presidents of the USA wouldn't see the new millennium, but provided an unforgettable debut mixing hard rock with a touch of goofiness and cornpone humor.

Make no mistake, this trio could rock as its cover of MC5's "Kick Out The Jams" attests. They also reference ZZTop, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Beatles musically and lyrically. The topics were fun ("Kitty," "Lump," "Dune Buggy") and the group had a way with a guitar hook. Moreover, like that fun 60s rock, the Presidents made their points quickly and got out (most songs struggled to make it to three minutes.) This is the album the infamous Shaggs wish they could have made.

But it wouldn't last. Green Day took the same approach, added a whinier voice, slacker world view and a touch of schmaltz to bring LPs like "Dookie" and songs like "Time Of Your Life" to the charts, while the Presidents recorded another year, cut a movie theme, then split. A shame, really, we could have used tunes like "We're Not Going To Make It," and "Peaches" one of these every couple of years, to remember that rock and roll needn't be angry to be enjoyable - or good. Recommended.

1-0 out of 5 stars Tuneless, noisy, and not funny
Amidst the awful noisy grunge bands of the 1990s, The Presidents Of The United States Of America stormed onto the scene in 1995 with a debut album that surpassed even Nirvana and Silverchair for sheer awfulness.

Though it was seen as a change from the amplified grunge that dominated the charts in the 1990s, in fact the Presidents literally took and exaggerated the very worst elements of the grunge sound: its hyperamplified, utterly shallw vocal and guitars that were/are every bit as airburshed as the oft-condemned 1980s arena-rock sound. The whole of this album has simply not a trace of melody: it is just noisy, hyper-shallow guitar melodies with nothing to say.

Nothing of this music attempts to get at the heart of a listener, who ought always to be left with the feeling that they have heard something no different from an unattractive noise - yet a noise that will stick in your mind because the songs are so catchy, as on the two hits "Peaches" and "Lump". Both of these songs have the most trivial, not to mention outrageously stupid, lyrics that seem to come from spoilt 11 or 12 year olds.

Totally the wrong place to look for good music. That it is out of print is really a good thing. Try something with depth and feeling, like Joni Mitchell's "Hejira" or Talk Talk's "Laughing Stock" if you want to grow out of this.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a shame!
I didn't realize that this CD is out of print. What a shame! This really is a classic album, and should be a part of everyone's collection. This is one of those rare albums in which there are NO BAD SONGS. A couple (Body and Kick Out The Jams) are borderline, but the rest are pure gold.

If you don't have this CD, track it down and buy it used. You'll be glad you did!!

5-0 out of 5 stars good times
I would just like to say that i am a very big fan of PUSA. I have been listening to their songs since i was 7 years old, when my cousin introduced me to them at that age their were some words on their that I wasn't supposed to listen to, but i loved the song kitty so much I would go in my room and lock the door and put the music on low so my parents couldn't hear the words. This group is just incredible! After many years i was doing an english project for school and i needed to pick my fav song, i pulled them out and now I can't stop listening to them. They are a great group and their songs seem pointless but are so funny. ... Read more

36. Gish
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Upon the release of Gish--the group's debut--in the summer of 1991, more than one rock aficionado hailed the Smashing Pumpkins as the best band to come out of Chicago since Ministry. A bold statement, yes, but one backed up by Billy Corgan's Hendrix-like riffs and searing signature guitar tone. Intriguing songwriting is evidenced from the start as well, with the driving, amped-up rock of "I Am One," "Siva," and "Tristessa" contrasted with the soothingly eerie psychedelic flavor of "Rhinoceros" and "Window Paine." Gish predates the band's movement toward the loop-based electronic sounds heard in their late-'90s works, yet the seeds for this transition are definitely apparent. Electro guru Tricky even sampled the backbeat from "Suffer" in the tributary "Pumpkin" on his sex-soaked Maxinquaye. Butch Vig shows off his chops as producer and cultivates signature dramatic moods on Gish, which helped put the Smashing Pumpkins on the map as one of the most important alt-rock bands of the '90s--much to the delight of the decade's disenfranchised youth. --Brad Zinser ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Debute, Great Band
This is a very good debut album from a great band. This album isn't their best though. It is mutch more basic than their next few albums. The insterments are still very good and the vocals rock.

The album starts out strong with the rockin track "I Am One" the olny song not written soly by Billy Corgan. James co-wrote this one. "Siva" is a bit more unique. I realy love this song. "Rhinoceros" is a slow phsicdelic song. "Bury Me" is one of the best songs on this album. The bass is just great. "Crush" and "Suffer" are good slow songs. "Crush" has strong bass and "Suffer" is another slow phycodelic song. "Snail" is my favorite song on this album. Its realy upbeat and sort of hippyish."Triessa" isnt that great. I get lost on that track. Its just not specail but no skipping nessacary. "Window Paine" is realy cool but kind of creepy when he starts to sing accapella. He doesnt realy have an acapella voice(in NO way am I saying his voice is anything other than great!!!). Its cool though. I don't like "Daydream" because D'arys vioce sounds like an old crazy lady singing. Shes good on harmonys though. The music to that songs very pritty though. the hidden track is a good finisher. I think 5 stars is given out way to much, so im only giving it 4. If your goona get all of sps albums get this them in order so you can see how they changed (and it is dramatic). If your olny gonna get 1 get Mellone Collie. This album is better than most rock albums. Billys voice is great(allthough he shows it better on other albums).Also, Darcys bass is very good this album. Jimmy is a great drummer and maybe the most talented member of the band depending on how you rate talent. If you like phsycadelic music you'll probably like this album but most rock fans will like it too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Recipe for groundbreaking rock music
I don't think any band's first album has ever been as good as the Pumpkin's debut. Already with many of the trademarks in place that would elevate them into rock valhalla with Siamese Dream, Corgan, Iha, D'Arcy, and Chamberlain create a wonderful mutation of garage rock and the burgeoning grunge scene. Corgan's vocals on this album are surprisingly gritty and caustic, as his psychedelia-tinged lyrics create the canvas on which ringing, sputtering guitars and thundering precussion leave their mark. The songs are inspired genius, one after another, and though borrowing from much of rocks past take enough left turns to keep the listener enthralled. "I Am One" leads off the record perfectly with apocalyptic bombast. "Siva" takes that one step further with perfect loud-soft dynamics that would become the Pumpkin's trademark. The lyrics convey a shadowy, understated sense of doom while sounding ephermeral at the same time, especially prevalent in "Rhinoceros," an almost otherworldly epic with perfectly timed melodies thorughout. Devotion, loss, and perseverance also surface, like in "Suffer" where the protagonist searches for an ambiguous sort of salvation while at the same time seeing its "too late to discover piece of mind, too late to recover." The overall message, however simple, is elegantly stated and perfectly complemented by the loud but tuneful music: Hope prevails above all. This is especially evident in the second to last song "Windowpane," which builds to a crescendo of guitar crunch as Corgan intones "Do what you've got to do/And say what you've got to say/Start today." The Pumpkins always had a sense of hope and perseverance at their core, and with their best music it was powerfully conveyed. Essential, along with Siamese Dream.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just smashing
They're better known for the sprawling double-disc "Mellon Collie And the Infinite Sadness," but the Smashing Pumpkins first leaped onto the scene with "Gish." It's not as epic as some of their later material, but still a vibrant, musically-polished album, and one that has the flavor of experience on the first time around.

Kicking off with the undulating riffs of the excellent "I Am One," the Pumpkins slip effortlessly between multilayered hard rock (the mind-blowing "Siva," the magnificent bass-sputtering "Tristessa," the panoramic "Snail") and haunting ballads ("Rhinoceros," the vaguely psychedelic "Crush," the sweeping "Suffer") before wrapping up with the eerie "Daydream."

It's a rare band whose music can still be so relevant so long after it first came out -- let alone still being a voice for the disillusioned. Originally released in 1991, "Gish" definitely established the Smashing Pumpkins as a musical force of genuine artistry, talented songwriting and musical integrity. It's hard enough to find one of those, let alone three.

The grinding, kinetic guitars and bass in the harder songs form a wall of solid sound, except in "Siva" -- there, the sound keeps dying away to complete silence, before reviving with a swirling roar when you least expect it. At the same time, Corgan tones down the guitars to a gentle acoustic strum in the more balladic songs. Jimmy Chamberlin's lightning-fast drumming is an excellent accompaniment, as is D'Arcy's bass.

As a songwriter, few rockers can parallel Billy Corgan; his songwriting has the quality of poetry set to rock, which aren't things you generally see together. Corgan's high, reedy voice is interwoven well into the music, giving his poetic lyrics a certain heartfelt quality. And bassist D'Arcy gets to shine with her low, sweet voice in "Daydream."

"Gish" is recognizably the Pumpkins, at the roughest stage of their musical development -- but with edge, the musical force and the beauty that just needed refinement.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Was Beautiful, Too.
Here is The Smashing Pumpkins' full-length debut album from 1991. The Pumpkins' sound here displays what we would come to expect from the gang: heavy, searing, multi-tracked guitars (a technique which often superficially gets compared to Jimmy Page and Brian May - of Led Zeppelin and Queen fame, respectively), melancholic, dreamy soundscapes and lyrics, contrasts from heavy sounds to soft sounds. However, these are the beginning stages of what would fully blossom on later efforts like 1993's _Siamese Dream_, and 1995's _Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness_. While the heavy tracks feature the ethereal wall-of-sound that the Pumpkins are known for, this heaviness is not as full, lush, and oceanic as it would become on aforementioned following discs, but you can hear where the band was headed.

However, when taken as it is -- an album showing the band in it's earliest stages -- _Gish_ is an excellent, highly enjoyable album. It is hardly a disappointing album -- far, far from it. The Pumpkins' amalgamation of heavy (but melodic and dreamy) rockers and dreamy, atmospheric, psychedelic-tinged mellow tracks appear here, giving ample proof that the Pumpkins didn't necessarily change their sound over the years, but rather refined it. "I Am One" and "Siva" open up the album on hard-driving notes. The former could be heard on alternative rock radio stations, even to this day. Do you think that because The Smashing Pumpkins made hard-rockers, they used nothing more than simple power chords? Well, both these tracks feature arpeggiated chords that are beyond simple.

The hard-driving rockers are interrupted for what are possibly the most ethereal, wispy, mood-inducing six minutes on the album: "Rhinoceros" is such a heavenly beauty, and is without a doubt, my favorite track on this album. Billy Corgan's acquired vocal stylings blend perfectly with the dreamy atmospheres brought on by the guitar arpeggios, textured arrangements, and the treatment of them all. Many complain about Billy's voice, but what other vocalist could complement the Pumpkins' music as perfectly as his? Nobody I can think of (except maybe one of the other Pumpkins.. ), but regardless, his voice was an ethereal instrument unto itself.

Elsewhere, "Crush" seems to foreshadow "Thirty-Three," as it's a dream-folk track (it's very hard to categorize in exact terms.) Billy's vocals are lovely here. "Snail" is a moody piece that seems to share a kinship with most adult contemporary music -- except this rocks harder, and the lyrics are probably a bit more inscrutable. The rocker "Tristessa" sounds like it could have been a dry run for "Cherub Rock." Listen to some of those whacked-out fills from drummer extraordinaire Jimmy Chamberlain. "Window Paine" is almost as mood-inducing as "Rhinoceros," and takes it's time by resting on one or two chords, which build up to an explosive, cathartic climax, and the ethereal, acoustic closer "Daydream" features bassist D'Arcy on lead vocals, followed by a brief coda from Billy.

An excellent album from an excellent band, of whom I miss dearly. Definitely worth owning, but if you're new to the Pumpkins, start with _Siamese Dream_ first.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good
As a huge Pumpkins fan, I would say that Gish is a strong album with some good songs. I'd even say that, for most bands, an album like that would be their best album. But this is certainly not the best Smashing Pumpkins album.

Their debut is one that shows a huge amount of technical ability. By technical ability, I mean that the members of the band can play their instruments better than you would often hear. I always refered to this as the Smashing Pumpkins' Led Zeppelin album because it has the same idea as much of Zeppelin's music: show off on guitar as much as possible. However, it did not display the same emotions as are shown in the Smashing Pumpkins' later albums.

It's a good album with some solid songs such as Window Pain, Rhinoceros and Snail. However, it is not their best album by far. ... Read more

37. Nothing Safe: The Best Of The Box [ENHANCED CD]
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Although Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley dropped off the radar following 1995's Alice in Chains, it's amazing how good he sounds on 1998's "Get Born Again," the one new track on this 15-song best-of outing. Sounding like a Dirt-era offering, the band's trademark dirgeful sound and melodic, layered, and haunting vocals shine on this strong Staley-Cantrell composition. And there's other interesting material that makes Nothing Safe a safe bet for fans. A demo of"We Die Young" is faster and more metal than the version on 1990's Facelift, while a live "Rooster," lilting "Got Me Wrong" (from Unplugged) and "What Hell Have I" from the Last Action Hero soundtrack are all eminently listenable. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It's about time.........
A lot of fans might think this is pre-mature of this great rock band to put out a greatest-hits collection (or even a box set), but they're missing the point. This band is currently at a crossroads between the state of rock music changing and budding solo career(s) within the band, and what better way to wet the appetites of fans than to release this cd. This cd is a just a sampler of the music that will be available on the box set: Live cuts, soundtrack songs, b-sides, etc. I'd rather have "What the hell have I" on an AIC cd rather than buying the crummy soundtrack it was on.(I just hope "A little bitter" will be included on the box set-GREAT song!) If you're wondering what gems will be on the box set, try and find a cd entitled Alice in Chains super rare demos. They once sounded like a typical "80's" rock band a'la Ratt and/or Motley Crue! Hopefully, this talented and under-rated rock band WILL once again record a FULL studio album and tour again. These releases shouldn't be considered their "swan" song!

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
While I think that Alice in Chains cannot be well served by any one-disc compilation, seeing as their albums were separate artistic statements, I'm happy to say that Nothing Safe does just about as good a job as possible under the circumstances. It doesn't leave out any of their albums, and it does present most of the important tracks.

It is, however, imperfect. I have _no_ idea why they included the 40-second long, pointless "Iron Gland." Other than that, though, Dirt is fairly served here. Replacing "We Die Young" with a demo, though, can be chalked up to another crass marketing move. And "Brother" was a good enough track to be included here with "Got Me Wrong." Next, "What the Hell Have I" is an utterly pointless inclusion - the more so considering that they left off "Heaven Beside You," which was probably the band's greatest hit ever. Furthermore, "Head Creeps" would have been a better inclusion than "Again." Jar of Flies is well served, though.

On the plus side, however, the new song "Get Born Again" is excellent - hard yet melodic, in short, classic AiC. Staley, as usual, sounds great - in fact, the band sounds so tight that it's hard to believe that they've been on hiatus this long. Unfortunately, the name of song would prove deceptive and the band would not "get born again." But that's hardly the fault of this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Great CD you should buy it no matter what. All songs are good in different ways. The only track i don't like on here is iron gland. Makin fun of sabbath isn't cool. but i still love alice in chains music. my favorites are them bones, got me wrong, and man in the box.

4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent choice for any AiC fan!
I am a very big fan of early 90's grunge and rock music like Nirvana,Stone Temple Pilots,Red Hot Chili Peppers, I don't really listen to this new age "sell-out" rock. Alice in Chains has the best song lyrics and vocal melodies,and in my opinion has the most talent out of any of the bands I have mention above. "Nothings Safe: The Best of the Box" is a C.D that you HAVE TO OWN if you like any type of early 90's grunge rock and or heavy metal. The first song I heard from AiC was "Man in a Box", I instantly fell in love with the song and decided to look into the band more,learned some more of there songs,and picked up this C.D,the rest is history!
The best songs in my opinion on this C.D (in no order) are:
"Get Born Again"
"Angry Chair"
"Down in a Hole"
and "Would?"

5-0 out of 5 stars (Almost)Definitive Collection of a Great Band
This is it, folks.You won't hear a better best-of from any band as "Nothing Safe," chronicalling AIC's brilliant career. There's no need to waste money on the earlier "Greatest Hits" album, which contains fewer hits, zero new songs like "Get Born Again" and the demo version of "We Die Young" heard on "Nothing Safe," and sounds less than steller. OK, as in most greatest hits collections, there's always too few hits from the band you can put to record (or disk)for a serious hardcore fan like me, and so "Nothing Safe" is missing a few songs I consider essential: "Dirt," the title track from their breakthrough second album (a number that's played as often as "Would" on today's rock radio stations); "Heaven Beside You," which, along with "Rooster," happens to be one of AIC's best musical efforts (still puzzeled why they excluded it here- even "Greates Hits" has it!); and "Sludge Factory," another winning track from their self-titled 1995 album. Still, I guess "Nothing Safe" works as an incentive to listen to other AIC's work, and I am certainly greatful that this collection has persuaded me to check out their other albums. Plus, there's no denying that a handful of the classics, as well as a few surprises, are prominantly featured. If you are a first time fan, this is the starting point for your AIC collection. RIP Layne Staley- You and your band will truely be missed. ... Read more

38. Clutch
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5-0 out of 5 stars There is not a stitch of dissapointment on this CD
A friend turned me on to Clutch through the songs "Juggernaut", "Escape from the Prison Planet" and "Texan Book of the Dead" . The later two appear on Clutch's self titled CD, and are why I bought it.

When listening to Clutch abandon any preconceptions on how "rock" is supposed to sound. This CD delivers follow up combinations like a prize fighter...there is no energy lost from the opening track to the instrumental ending.

Listen to the lyrics to appreciate Fallon's storytelling, feel the bass lines roll through under Maines' control, the insane guitar genius of Sult, and Gaster's mastership of the drum kit. In short, this is an album not to be missed. It's well worth the price of admission. Buy it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Clutch=good
For those who think music can't be simultaneously heavy, catchy, and intelligent, the work of Clutch should serve as a thudding refutation. When it comes to Clutch, you can basically just take everything you know about heavy music and throw it out the window, because they bend genres more easily than Superman could bend a fork. Is it metal? Hard rock? Jam Rock? Stoner Rock? More like "E," all of the above.
What makes this self-titled second album lovable and durable above all is its extreme quirkiness. Every song stands out on its own, making for a collection of memorable tunes. "Big News I" boasts a deep bass groove and some hilariously inane lyrics, while its sequel "Big News II" and "Animal Farm" turn on the heaviness. "I Have the Body of John Wilkes Booth" and "Tight Like That" are solid slow-burning Jams, and "Spacegrass" is a soaring, multi-faceted epic. I could talk about every song, but suffice to that the variety on display here is truly impressive.
On top of the songwriting, there's a lot more to like about this band. Neil Fallon has quickly earned a place among my favorite vocalists. Sometimes he sings, sometimes he wails, sometimes he growls, but he always sounds like he's been gargling with gravel. Tim Sult is a terffic and versatile guitarist, who cranks out lots of thick, heavy riffs and insinuating lead lines. Meanwhile, the rhythm section of Dan Maines and Jean-Paul Gaster keeps up an infectious power groove in the background.
I don't think this is Clutch's best album, as I think they've been improving with the subsequent releases "The Elephant Riders" and "Pure Rock Fury." Still, the self-titled album and its predecessor "Transnational Speedway League" are still a good place to start. I like all kinds of heavy music, from classic metal right up to death metal (and beyond), but Clutch will always occupy a prominent place in my CD collection. If you like your metal mixed with some intelligence, you can't go wrong with Clutch.

5-0 out of 5 stars if I could, I would give it 6 stars
man, I cannot say enough good things about this album. I first remember hearing a promotional copy of it before it was officially released, and I remember not really knowing what to think about it. It had a bluesy, Black Sabbath sound but had a raw, funkiness to it, but at the same time, was incredibly heavy... my first impression of the vocals was a cross between Tom Waits and Lemmy from Motorhead but with a set of balls the size of Texas. the lyrics are the most creative, inventive, original lyrics I've ever heard. Neil Fallon remains to this day one of my all time favorite lyric writers. Clutch's self-titled album just sounds better and better and better each time i hear it. I must have listened to this album a million times so far and I never get tired of it. I know alot of old-school Clutch fans don't like anything past the Transnational Speedway album, but I have alot of respect for Clutch for letting their music evolve and grow. this was a huge turning point in their musical style. before their music was much angrier and brutal. now, starting with their self-titled album, they have lowered the anger, and turned up the funky blues element in their music. this album grooves and yet is heavy at the same time.

5-0 out of 5 stars clutch rocks
Why is this band not popular? This is probably my favorite album by clutch. Tight jams like spacegrass and tight like that should have this band selling millions of copies. Instead you have crap like metallica (st Anger)selling all those cds. Do your self a favor forget metallica and all the rest of the crap, and take a listen to clutch, a band that knows how to jam.

5-0 out of 5 stars You'll never be the same
Transnational Speedway League was good. This album is just fantastic, easily in my top 5 ever. I literally had this in my car's cd player for over three months straight. I just couldn't get enough of it. Each tune is a force in it's own right, but as a collective work, it is legend. Clutch are just effing amazing, and if you ever get a chance to see them live, do yourself a favor, and go. You'll never bee the same. Ever. ... Read more

39. American Thighs
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5-0 out of 5 stars Veruca Salt hits your sweet tooth...
This is one of the best albums to embody the entire style of the early 1990's alternative rock. "American Thighs" has some of the most jolting and melancholy songs ever written. The most famous single from this album, "Seether" is a great song, with loud guitars balanced by the girlishly sweet voice of Nina Gordon. The rest of the songs fall victim to killer harmonies that parallel the style of the Wilson sisters of "Heart". Veruca Salt is completely original and fresh. Their sound is unique, and yet so universal. My favorite song, "Forsythia" has an incredible bass line and the lyrical nonsense that adds up to make perfect sense. Buy this if you like good alternative rock with a punk flare!

5-0 out of 5 stars Indie Triumph
Remember Veruca Salt? She was the brat in CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY who was sent down the bad egg chute, screaming, "I want the whole world, and I want it NOW!!!" This time, Veruca is back in the form of a band (in the shape of a cuddly media package) and armed with one of the most hyped records of 1994. As a result, the single "Seether,"from their debut album, AMERICAN THIGHS, charted on Billboard and received national airplay before anyone could buy it.

With hooks as gleaming as the stars shooting off of Wonder Woman's teeth, Veruca Salt powers past Breeders comparisons which are on track, but only halfway there. Instead of the Breeders' surf rock noodling, Veruca Salt dish up straight ahead riffs and meatier, more thought-out solos. Their songs seem a tad more focused, even mean. With lyrics about killing people, and bubbling withrage befitting of Roald Dahl's covetous brat, AMERICAN THIGHS sounds more like the bully compared to the Breeders' pothead road trip, chock full of tongue-in-cheek wordplay. "Number One Blind" praises the virtues of Levelor blinds, "Levelor, which of us is blind?/Levelor left me in the dark." And when they sing about "Spiderman," we relive their comic book childhood right along with them.

AMERICAN THIGHS shows a band with obvious potential, one with an impressive grasp of a rock guitar dynamic which does not cloud their freshness or their indie rock charm.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Underrated
I'm going back through my collections and I've hit the Salt mine. ;)

Where to begin with this? Every song is good. The girls have a knack for hauntingly mixing melodies and harmonies in layers that weave back and forth, and the songwriting runs the gamut from softly whispered to right-out-rocking, but it never loses its grit or its edge. This is a remnant of the effectively dead Chicago grunge scene in the mid-90's, and it lives up to that classification heartily. Crunching guitar riffs with huge distortions and electified, simple solos with the picks screeching along the metal.

Yet the most compelling aspect of this record is the evocative sadness that pervades much of it. There's a sense of nostalgia present, and it's not a derivative of the record's age. It's present in the songs themselves; songs such as "Fly" and "Celebrate You", "Wolf", "25" and "Sleeping Where I Want" are catchy yet suppressively dark at the same time. Ultimately, these will be the tunes that keep this record from falling into obscurity behind the rest of your collection.

The lead single "Seether" is of course the most recognizable to anyone over the age of 24; but the ferocious opening rocker "All Hail Me" will catch the attention and get things going, and the haunting, dark "Spiderman '79" will solidify Veruca Salt in the mind of the listener. The only song on the album which sounds out of place is the copycat "Forsythia," which, while certainly having catchy drum and bass lines, just seems a tad too contrived in comparison to the other songs.

5-0 out of 5 stars I F--CKING LOVE VERUCA SALT
Obviously, I love everything about Veruca Salt that everyone has already mentioned 10 thousand times. But I am surprised no one has mentioned anything about Veruca Salt having 2 lead vocalists. Nina and Louise trade powerful lead vocals throughtout this album which surprises the listener, gives the album variation, and makes every song different from the others. And then the harmonies...never have I heard such powerful harmonies in a rock song. Usually, back-up vocals are kept basic not to "outshine" the lead vocalist, or are solely in the chorus. But Nina & Louise definetly share the mic.(A good example of their powerful harmonizing would be in the song "Wolf", my favorite song on the album!) To me, this is what makes them original and sets them apart from, well, EVERYONE.

If you are a die-hard fan and want to have a Veruca chat email me at I am truely obsessed!

Way back when--as the saying goes--I got to see Veruca Salt play live (and meet the ladies) a couple of months before the video (and consequently the album) broke onto the "American Musical Consciousness).

I was blown away by them on stage. Untainted by fame or notoriety, this band was a force of nature. These two rather diminutive ladies could rock!

I met both Louise and Nina after the performance. Both were very engaging and I had an interesting conversation with Nina (who also drew a nice snail for me).

Then I heard the album.

For some reason it did not capture the elemental power of the band. The lyrics are somewhat easier to hear in the more smoothly produced studio versions, but they are a good deal less effective in their neutered form.

The videos that followed gave the band a boost, but although the album is strong, I don't think it was solid enough to withstand the band's flirtation with the microscope of fame.

I have no idea whatever happened to this band. I only felt moved to review this album when Amazon's purchase engine suggested it to me. All the same--in their time Veruca Salt was one of the best live acts that I've ever seen. They are worthy of remembering, even if the album isn't. ... Read more

40. Eight Arms to Hold You
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There's more of producer Bob Rock (AC/DC) here than the feisty band that recorded Seether two years previously. That's a good thing on the single "Volcano Girls," complete with its squealing guitars and "I Am the Walrus" nod. Titles like "With David Bowie" and "Venus Man Trap" are the best thing about the rest of a rather one-dimensional package. --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Much more emotionally resonant than ever given credit for.
Veruca Salt's Nina Gordon is one of the best songwriters on young people's feelings out there right now, an achievement scarcely acknowledged.

In a way she is the positive flip side of postmodern culture amidst all of its pop-culture obsessions, wordplay, irreverence, laxitude and restlessness. Gordon's songwriting can simultaneously cut to the heart of the matter while remaining intriguing on the basis of her lyrical genius and musical punch.

"Loneliness Is Worse" is the masterpiece on this album, an aching, sweet ballad that perfectly captures endless nights of crying yourself to sleep with one phrase: "It's got a way of making everyone the same." Wrapped in angelic vocal harmonies and a surprisingly evocative wash of distorted guitars, "Loneliness" is the single most sincerely emotional song in the post-grunge era. For all of Kurt Cobain's meaningless doodlings, nothing beats a truly beating heart.

Eight Arms to Hold You contains its share of gut punches, pop delicacies and weird moments, as well. "Volcano Girls", despite its silly title, contains incredibly catchy lyrics coupled with an aggressive guitar riff; "Benjamin" is pure pop; "With David Bowie" is teenage exuberance personified in song. Gordon's bandmate Louise Post, though not as strong as songwriter, contributes some stylistic variety: "Sound of the Bell", almost reminiscent of Smashing Pumpkins' "1979" in texture, rings true, striking gold with its loud-soft dichotomy.

Gordon and Post have now gone their separate ways, with Gordon set to release as solo album (she's on Lilith Fair in 1999) and Post allegedly carrying on with Veruca Salt alone. This album almost emblematizes their ailing partnership: Troubled, but as much full of real feelings as energetic fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Of The Most Listened To "New" Albums I Own
Veruca Salt is a band that I had criminally overlooked upon their bursting onto the pop scene way back in the day of 1994. I had originally thought of them, like many nay-sayers, as a Breeders rip-off, but this album really got me into them. Bob Rock's production benefits the two singer/songwriters Louise Post & Nina Gordon greatly. With thick rhythm guitars and noticeable differences in the pair's voices, the album is some different than what I've heard from the previous album, American Thighs. Louise has that classic, almost Courtney Love-like voice, without sounding strangled like Ms. Love, while Nina Gordon has a beautiful, sweet voice, sort of like Kim Deal's. The songs are excellent, too. Gordon's "Volcano Girls" and "With David Bowie" are two of those incessantly catchy tunes that only come around every once and a while, while Post's "Straight" and "Don't Make Me Prove It" are more of the same. I recommend this album to anyone. Great Stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eight Arms to Hold You
After listening to this album countless times I am still amazed at how wonderful it is. All of the songs are very well written and produced just perfectly. I give this album 5 stars and would highly recommend it to anyone who is and is not a Veruca Salt fan.

3-0 out of 5 stars catchy, but watered-down chick rock
There were a slew of vital, trail-blazing female artists around the time Veruca Salt had a hit with "Seether," and this followup doesn't really do much to elevate Veruca Salt past their contemporaries, particularly The Breeders, whose Last Splash was both more fun and more intelligent than this record. However, Eight Arms To Hold You is a pretty good pop record at parts - "Benjamin" and "Loneliness Is Worse" could have been early-90's pop power ballads, "Don't Make Me Prove It" and "Stoneface" have a great spunk to them, and "Shutterbug" portrays the band as cleverer than you would have guessed. To get yourself into good female rock groups that take risks, buy a Sleater-Kinney album, but for simple pop pleasures, you could do worse than this.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good rainy day CD...
If there are some songs listed here without a review, it's because they're too good to put into words. =D

Straight - 10/10 - A great opener to a CD.

Volcano Girls - 10/10

Don't Make Me Prove It - 10/10 - I love the music in this one. The guitar rocks.

Awesome - 8/10

One Last Time - 10/10 - Great slower song. I could imagine either Keith Richards or Gwen Stefani sing this one.

With David Bowie - 10/10 - This song has great music. 'Nuff said.

Benjamin - 10/10 - My favorite on the CD. Very laid back.

Shutterbug - 10/10 - Great bass guitar. I could imagine myself listening to this song, in a room with no windows and a black light turned on and this song blasting from the speakers.

The Morning Sad - 10/10

Sound of the Bell - 10/10 - Great music. I could imagine this song playing in a movie, over the opening credits, while showing shots of people riding along in a car down an empty highway.

Lonliness is Worse - 10/10 - Couldn't be more true. =(

Stoneface - 10/10

Venus Man Trap - 10/10

Earthcrosser - 10/10 - A great song to end the CD on.

138/140, not bad. =) This is a must have. Also, I don't know if anyone's mentioned, but the group got their name from the character Veruca Salt from the book Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. ... Read more

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