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21. Girl Called Eddy
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A Girl Called Eddy is the rather unassuming name used by singer-songwriter Erin Moran. On this, her debut album, she teams up with former Pulp guitarist and acclaimed solo artist Richard Hawley to produce an album of elegance and depth. Quite simply, A Girl Called Eddy is music made by grown-ups for grown-ups. The band, who also featured on Hawley's own opus Lowedges, create sophisticated arrangements that add an almost jazz-like feel to tracks like "Tears All Over Town," "Girls Can Really Tear You Up Inside," and "Life Through the Same Lens," yet they never threaten to overpower Moran's own tender and emotive voice. She is, after all, the real star here, and she proves her abilities both as a singer and as a lyricist throughout. "You're lonely like only the broken can know," she broods on "Somebody Hurt You," and her voice conveys both sympathy and intimacy, never an easy feat on a recording. This is a surprisingly accomplished debut album--dignified, literate, and well-observed. Its mellow, relaxed pace may sound perfect for late-night listening, but A Girl Called Eddy will command your attention. --Robert Burrow ... Read more


22. Feelin' Alright: The Very Best of Traffic
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5-0 out of 5 stars Feelin' Alright? Actually, I am feeling good myself
Of the bands Steve Winwood's associated with, there's Traffic, formed after his departure from the Spencer Davis Group, in which he temporarily departed during his sojourns with Blind Faith and Ginger Baker's Airforce. He reformed the group, which stayed together till 1975. This is also the group associated with Dave Mason, who left and rejoined several times before embarking on a mostly unsuccessful solo career and a brief stint with Fleetwood Mac in the 90's. Traffic itself contributed to the British psychedelic scene, replete with organs, flute, saxophones, sitars, and harpsichords, as well as other instruments, showing how they embraced Indian sounds, the neo-Bachian music by Procol Harum, and the like, and they're all here on this greatest hits compilation.

Some live performance clips of Traffic made their way to MTV's closet classics. Three of those were from John Barleycorn Must Die, the album where Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, and Chris Wood reformed after Winwood's temporary split. "Freedom Rider" featuring a moody sax and fluttering flute along with Winwood's usual psychedelic organ, showed that a two year absence hadn't done the group any harm. The near-seven minute instrumental jam "Glad" was my favourite, demonstrating Chris Wood melding saxophones, flute, and percussion together, with Winwood's piano, wavering from left-hand keys to right, with the slow walking rhythm of the piano towards the end. The sobering guitar and flute title track to John Barleycorn was a tale of the struggle against alcohol as personified by the title, with the growing of barley as an analogy to John growing up. Beer, ale, whisky... we get that from barley, yeah?

From their debut Mr. Fantasy, the dreamy title track with heavy guitars merged with psychedelic organs, a plea to the title character to cheer them up with a tune, is one of their signature tunes and the way Winwood wanted the band to go. The first two singles from that album are the UK Top 5 "Paper Sun," a bright psychedelic piece that mirrors the sound Floyd had with their debut, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn. A sitar introduces and later continues on their UK #2 hit, "Hole In My Shoe" lyrically "I walked through a field that just wasn't real with 100 tin soldiers" and musically like "Strawberry Fields." Oh, and Neil of the Young Ones covered this on his Heavy Concept Album.

Dave Mason's contributions from the second album include "You Can All Join In" with its skippy rhythm and bluesy guitar. He also did what I consider to be another signature tune, the well-paced rockin' jam "Feelin' Alright." Winwood steps towards blues in the upbeat "Pearly Queen," also from the same album.

By the time "Rock and Roll Stew" and the Low Spark of The High Heeled Boys came out, Traffic had added Rick Grech (ex-Blind Faith) on bass and Jim Gordon (ex-Derek and the Dominos") and they were more accessible on FM radio. The near 12-minute title track was an intricate composition hinting more towards jazz/rock as evidenced by the extended piano and sax bits.

Nothing from their last three albums, Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory, On The Road, and Where The Eagle Flies are here, but what is here is the best during their formative years, mostly with the original four members.

3-0 out of 5 stars I appreciate their talent, but this stuff is old
The songs of "Feelin' Alright: The Very Best of Traffic" were recorded in 1967, 1968, 1970, and 1971. The musicians on these recordings have done lots of other songs, and Steve Winwood won Grammy Awards in 1986 for a solo album, "Back in the High Life." Steve Winwood was also in Blind Faith with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, soon after those two were in Cream, with bassist Rick Grech, who shows up in Traffic for the last two songs on this CD. Also joining Traffic for those tracks is drummer Jim Gordon from Derek and the Dominos. Grech and Gordon get credit for writing track 14, "Rock 'N' Stew" with basic on the road again lyrics like, "I don't care where I'm from, cause I'm gone, gone, gone." That was the life captured in this music.

Track 10, "Glad" by Steve Winwood, is totally instrumental, much of it by Chris Wood. The people in Traffic play so well that I wonder why the singing seems to tend toward tuneless rumination that might even be trying to be Chinese on track 9, "Shanghai Noodle Factory." The CD notes calls this "psychedelic imagery."

Track 2, "Hole in My Shoe," by Dave Mason, is actually a cute song, number 2 in UK rankings in September 1967, but the rest of the group didn't like it, so Dave Mason was the first of the group to leave Traffic. Tracks 5 and 6, "You Can All Join In" and "Feelin' Alright?" are also Dave Mason songs, and are also pretty good for Traffic.

Chris Wood plays flute and Saxophone especially well on track 11, "Freedom Rider," and he has been with the group for this entire CD, so he deserves some appreciation when they finally let him stand out. When Traffic toured as a three piece band, I'm sure he did a lot of this and that, organ, percussion, and vocals for sure.

I first heard track 4, "Mr. Fantasy" and track 13, "John Barleycorn" a long time ago. "Mr. Fantasy" is typical of the Traffic sound, and "John Barleycorn" is done so traditionally that I haven't decided how Traffic got involved (for over six minutes) in telling a straight-forward story that made sense in a way that the rest of these songs don't.

Track 15, "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys," at over eleven minutes is a long romp, but it gets going with a tune early and keeps driving. With six musicians by September, 1971, they play and play, and they all knew they were pretty good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Collection Of Traffic
FEELIN' ALRIGHT is a great collection of Traffic's early material, tracing their evolution from a psychedelic folk-rock outfit to a combo steeped in jazz and soul. The emphasis is on the early singles and the first two albums, though six songs from the 1970-71 period also make the cut. This is a great compilation that makes you want to get the original albums.

5-0 out of 5 stars One band which always sounded excellent
Traffic was a golden band. The deep and advanced musical ideas were far beyond the standard sound in that age. Since the first time you listen them , you feel that existed a huge rapport about the meaning point in his music : their originality.
All the songs released were always one step hehind the rest ; consider for instance , the emblematic Heaven is in your mind , this song literally signed the psychodelia age. Togeteher with Fire (Artur Brown), The white room(Cream), Born to be wild (Steppenwolf) and Lucy in the sky with diamonds (Beatles), these songs quartet inspired to a whole generation and became status themes , this music literally shocked the world.
Feelin' alright is a visionary theme where the inner rhytms were inspiration motives for Santana , and late Eric Burdon & War (Spill the wine) , there's a obvious latin taste in that piece.
And consider Empty pages , the most widely known theme from them. This piece has the immortality trade mark. It sounds fresh , even today ; try to make it listen to a teenager, for instance (I did it with my nephew, and now he's a Traffic's hard fan ).
Dear Mr. Fantasy is so great, outrageous beat , so filled with challenging musical ideas, that it becomes one of the treasures of this band.
And finally we arrive to The low spark of high heeled boys. I think without any shadow of doubt ; that this song is one of the top ten pieces ever recorded in any time.
It's a timeless piece ; in a certain way, these musician were in a mood state literally dyonisicac , this rapture state you may find for instance when Miles Davis made A kind of blue , or when The Doors played Light my fire , Smoke on the water from Deep purple or July morning from Uriah Heep. These are special moments.
Do you need another argument for acquiring this album from a cult band?

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost all the Traffic for a casual fan!
If you are a casual fan, then this is about all the Traffic you would need. It hits almost all the high spots and is affordable. It may tempt you to dig deeper into their catalog, but for most casual fans that's not necessary. ... Read more


23. Mermaid Avenue Vol. II
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Mermaid Avenue, Vol. II finds Billy Bragg & Wilco setting Woody Guthrie's words to their own music a second time. The result is more sonically diverse than the first installment, but just as rewarding. With guests Natalie Merchant and bluesman Corey Harris lending their voices to this new-century hootenanny, this 15-song disc manages to capture the collective spirit of both IWW and the WTO times. Woody would've been proud of the initial collection; he'd be prouder still of this one. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a posthumous release you'll be proud to own
Posthumous releases usually reek of shoody workmanship, but this inter-generational collaboration between Woody's words and Billy Bragg & Wilco's music is one-of-a-kind.

Perhaps the greatest aspect of this album are the featured singers. Billy Bragg has made good with his connections. Wilco, one-half of the estranged Uncle Tupelo (the band that single-handedly jump-started the roots rock movement) makes for an exceptional back-up band, and Jeff Tweedy pushes some of the better songs, such as "Secrets of the Sea."

Corey Harris, emerging as the new king of the Delta blues, takes it home with "Against the Law". Natalie Merchant adds a song Woody probably sang for his kids, sweet and simple.

The gorgeous thing about this album (and Vol. I) is its beautiful simplicity. The best songs are stripped down. Bragg isn't afraid to use a banjo, mandolin, or anything else deemed "outdated" by modern music. It's classic without being pretentious. When Bragg wails "All you facists are bound to lose," it might as well be Woody singing it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best album I've heard this year
I bought this album, mostly out of obligation to the MA1 and Wilco. Man, was I floored! This is the best album I've heard this year. In ways, much better than MA1. It took me a little while to get into Wilco's "Summerteeth", but once I heard this one, I can see Wilco is still as prolific as ever. If you enjoy songs by Wilco like, "Casino Queen", "Kingpin" & "Nothingsevergonna...", you'll be all over this album. There are great tracks like "Secrets of the Sea", very much in the vain of "California Stars" on MA1. I was absolutley amazed by the opening tune, "Airline To Heaven". That is a song for the ages. Also, Billy Bragg is in top form with a great "murder" song, "Meanest Man" and the VERY dark, "Black Wind Blowing". Natalie Merchant & Corey Harris are great additions as well. MA1 & MA2 are a seamless pair of albums and should be appreicated and loved for years to come. A great triumph, Woody Guthrie would be proud.

2-0 out of 5 stars I think these guys made one mistake:
Perhaps Bragg though he found some old Buddy Holly lyrics.

5-0 out of 5 stars I stumbled upon a gem...
I was born and bred on rock and roll, but lately I've been more interested in jazz, world music and classical. I'm not really enthusiastic about folk music, but I listen to it from time to time. When I pulled this album from the bin at the library, it was because I had heard some Billy Bragg before and thought it was interesting. I knew nothing of Jeff Tweedy and Wilco. This disk blew me away- ecclectic, original, different yet familiar, I think every track is a winner, even though I like some better than others. Certainly if you are sick of listening to the same old stuff, this is a great mixture of rock, blues, bluegrass, folk, and musical styles that should just be filed under "other." I enjoyed this sequqal much more than the first "Mermaid Avenue" disk- but judging from the other reviews this is an issue of personal taste. Then again, isn't music like that to begin with? I appreciate Woody Guthrie a whole lot more now, and I think it's tremendous what modern independant musicians have done with material from a previous generation. Definately check this disk out- I think it belongs in any serious music lover's collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars remember the mountain bed
remember the mountain bed!!!!!!!!!!!!!awesome!!!!!!!!say what you like, think what you will, but this song is worth the whole album. If there is such a thing as human, If it has soul, then that soul sounds like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more


24. The Stone Roses [US]
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Some albums really can change the world, and in 1989 this was one of them. The psychedlic dance extravaganza that was The Stone Roses ushered in the era of Madchester, baggy trousers, Kangols, and the Hacienda. From the magnificent protracted opening of "I Wanna Be Adored" (where, for once, the arrogance wasn't overdone) to the dying seconds of "Fools Gold," every note was perfect. Jon Squire's guitarwork was a thing of magic, a new hero for a new age, Ian Brown sang with gusto, and the rhythm section had paid attention during the second summer of love (1988 version). Essential. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars They should have been as big as U2!
I bought this album over 13 years ago and it still finds it's way into steady rotation on my cd player. I hate most of the stuff that comes out of the UK, but these guys were unique. They wrote the most beautiful melodies, heaped on soaring choruses and the interplay between musicians was outstanding. They played the most uplifting happy music but never sounded sappy. It wasn't embarrassing to say you dug these guys. Everyone I know who has heard this album has LOVED it. Somehow, they managed to squeeze 30 years of pop music into one majestic piece of work. From the distant clicking train tracks that introduce "I Wanna Be Adored" to the final tambourine shake at the end of "Fool's Gold", the Stone Roses' debut inspires awe and adoration. I'm running out of superlatives here. It's as if they took every good element of indie-pop, folk-rock, funk, house and psychedelia and somehow made it click. "She Bangs The Drums" is pure grandeur. Not one hook or melody is wasted. "Waterfall" takes it's cue from a propelling shuffle beat and a pulsing bass line that raise the shimmering guitars to heights way beyond your standard UK jangle guitar bands. R.E.M. only wish their guitars could chime like this. "This Is The One" is a the most uplifting cynical song ever and "Shoot You Down"'s soft brush drumming and gentle arpeggios create a magnificent ambience. "I Am The Ressurection" sees the band start off in a Merseybeat pop style only to morph into a monstrous psychedelic jam that includes 12-string and countrified slide guitar, maracas, tambourines, bongos, funk-derived basslines and frenetic drum soloing. It's as if all the 60's had been compressed into one eight-minute power pop jam. In truth, there is not one bum track on the whole album. John Squire's guitar playing is the unholy ... child of Hendrix, Page, Johnny Marr, Paul Simon and Roger McGuinn. Reni is the best drummer to come out of Britain in a generation. Not since John Bonham and Keith Moon had their been a limey drummer with such a distinctive style. Mani's bass playing is functional, but, because he's surrounded by virtuosos, somebody has to keep it simple. Ian Brown was tone-deaf live, so his vocals must have been run through heavy harmonizers and sequencers because he sounds good here. At their peak the Roses could do no wrong. Their b-sides could have easily been saved up and used as a second album, and it would have still been better than most bands' best outputs. Oasis copped their attitude, the Verve borrowed their jam-heavy stylings, Blur took the art-school feyness and Radiohead even nicked their producer. The Roses have to be the most influential and inspirational cult band in the world. Unfortunately, they frittered away all their potential by delaying their second album, losing Reni's powerful drumming, by abandoning the sound that made people love them and by playing awful live shows. Their aloofness turned into laziness and killed the band. At least they can be proud of this one gem they bestowed upon the music world. I was lucky to come across something this sublime at the moment it was unleashed upon the world. God Bless.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Is The One
This is an album that is for no year and no age but for all time; simply put, The Stone Roses' classic debut is a record so perfect, so brilliant, so beautifully inspired that it rises above nearly every other album in the history of rock.

It is impossible to fully describe with words the staggering level of aesthetic beauty and perfect songcraft present here. This music by itself is melodically and harmonically extraordinary; when put in the hands of Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani, and Reni, it becomes something more, a phenomenal blur of psychedelic transcendental magic.

The opener "I Wanna Be Adored" seems to drift out of heaven with its distant rumblings. As the funky bass line emerges from the noise and the layers of shimmering guitar harmonies cascade over the ominous rhythms, the stage is set for a truly astonishing musical journey. After this opening swirl of drama, "She Bangs The Drums" makes a perfect entry, its endlessly catchy, carefree melody taking the listener to a different world. And these two songs are but the beginning...

There is never a dull or unenlightening moment on any of these 13 masterpieces; even "Don't Stop," which is "Waterfall" played backwards, is profound and peerless, and "Elizabeth My Dear," a one-minute interlude set to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair," is a political protest for the ages. The album's true shining moment is its conclusion--no album in the history of rock has ended so well. The 13-minute firestorm that is "This Is The One/I Am The Resurrection" is a masterstroke not soon to be replicated by anyone. The triumphant guitars of the former song--which recall the harmonious work of The Byrds--and the sweeping, awe-inspiring instrumental solos on the latter are as close to pop Valhalla as any band could ever hope to be.

Although this album never went platinum and was basically ignored outside of Britain, it went eventaully go down as one of the top ten albums of all time. Some critics continue to downplay its quality and impact, saying that it is simplistic and overly naive. Yet "The Stone Roses" is a much finer piece of work than Nirvana's much-overrated "Nevermind," Oasis' shallow "Definitely Maybe," and U2's derivative "Achtung, Baby." It is better than anything by The Clash, The Rolling Stones, and The Sex Pistols, and thus is one of the absolute finest pieces of music ever, with a place next to "Double Nickels on the Dime" and "Revolver."

5-0 out of 5 stars ************************************************************
don't believe the nerds who complain about recording quality or tone-deafness. the stone roses provide pure pop bliss.
top 100 lists, classic?, not classic?, groundbreaking or not, who really cares?

5-0 out of 5 stars A great moment in popular music
This masterpiece is testament to the fact that melody produces the best music. Buy it before you die. It will make you happy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh no.
People are starting to bash this CD. Please, they are all wet! This CD is PERFECT. EVERY second of this CD is absolutely amazing. Melodic, timeless(!!!), uplifting, thirst-quenching, day-breaking, love-making, soul saving. The guitar playing is flawless (see: JAMMING last 5 minutes of I Am The Resurrection). The airy vocals of Ian Brown (heard throughout). The driving bass (Fool's Gold/I Am The Resurrection) and ecstatic drums (She Bangs the Drums, This Is The One, Fool's Gold). There is not one dud in the whole group. I have listened to this CD HUNDREDS of times and it still makes me feel like life is perfect (although it is far from it).

If you like pop music. If you aren't a crabby, contrarian. (fragmented sentences for dramatic effect. ;) ) If you LOVE great tunes, BUY THIS CD and enrich your life. You'll thank me for gushing like this when you experience this work of genius. I am not being generous, I am being honest. ... Read more


25. The Best of Blur
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Scanning the track listing of this album, it's hard not to conclude that Blur aren't a little embarrassed by their early work. Opening with the chart one-two of "Beetlebum" and "Song 2" (from their eponymous 1997 watershed album) rather than the baggy groove of their debut single, "She's So High," it's apparent that they desire to accentuate their more recent efforts. Running order aside, it's hard to fault the 18 songs which chart the life and times of one of Britain's smartest, most inventive bands. From the tuxedoed ballad "The Universal" through the cartoon Brit-pop of numbers such as "Parklife" and "Country House" to the freshly recorded indie-influenced "Music Is My Radar," their searching intelligence and deft hooks are never less than admirable. --Mike Pattenden ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars why a greatest hits cd?
i don't believe that this "album" is worth 4 stars, but i gave it that score because it's impossible to ignore the quality of the songs here. every one of these is intelligent, catchy, and innovative, which makes blur stand out amidst all these good british bands that have suddenly come out of nowhere. blur is one of the best because they made cohesive, good albums, which is no small feat nowadays. the problem with this collection is that it does not do the songs justice. if you don't own "parklife" or "blur", you will miss the point of these tracks. the songs mean so much more in their proper context, which makes a good greatest hits record an impossible task for a band like blur. the same can be said for radiohead, pink floyd, etc... if you're really into their music, then you're better off owning the albums; however, if you're a casual listener, and are mostly concerned with the hits, maybe this will suit you. the bonus live disc probably isn't worth it even to serious fans, unless you simply love live recordings.

4-0 out of 5 stars Blurred Ambitions? Certainly Not
Finally, a compilation of songs from one of Britain's most inventive and creative bands - Blur. Usually, a compilation would signal the demise of a fading band, and act as a desperate measure to maintain their appeal (read: Oasis' Masterplan ). But not this time. As in their new single, "Music is My Radar", Blur shows clearly where they are heading next. The album recollects their ten year history with an array of songs of very different styles. Ranging from the Nirvana-influenced "Song 2" to the alluring "Tender", Damon Albarn shows the world just why they are here to stay even after these ten years. Gone is their troubled past, and they have since gone on with their own business. Right now, the album blends a mixture of songs into a potent cocktail. That's how music should be made. Certainly, it's an album to savour, Blur fans or not. No doubt this band will be around for quite a while more. Liam and Noel, are you listening?

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome CD
If you haven't heard a lot of Blur and want to introduce yourself to their music this is a great CD for you. I cant think of one song that sucks. It shows what a great band blur is and versatile they are. I don't know why America can't produce talented bands like this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly, the Best of Blur!
My music-buff cousin bought this for me a few years ago as a birthday present. I listened to it and instantly loved the CD. These songs give a general idea of what Blur is about with an eclectic mix of the hyper and dance-able ("Song 2" and "Girls&Boys") to the more tame and temperate("The Universal" and "No Distance Left to Run"), not to say that any of the songs by Blur lack substance. To sum up, it is great music with a message and I highly recommend it.

*The second disc is a Live Blur Concert and gives you a taste of what they sound like in concert.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Best of Blur
The Best of Blur~ Blur is a good collection for people interested in this tallented but strange collection of musicians. They sound to prententious at times and want to sound like thinkers instead of just singers and musicians and that is not good. Overall it is a pretty good collection thta is pleasing to hear. ... Read more


26. Grammy Nominees 2004
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great tracks all in one cd
This is a great grouping. If you love the most popular tracks last year that attracted the most attention and you are not up for buying every nominated cd get this. I love the mix of artists and love almost every song on this compilation. Not much to do but pick the best and put them all in one cd but this one is awesome because there were so many interesting musically aesthetic releases last year.
My favorites:
Crazy in Love - Beyoncé
Clocks - Coldplay
Going Under - Evanescence
Cry Me a River - Justin Timberlake
Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
I'm With You - Avril Lavigne
Dance With My Father - Luther Vandross
Keep Me in Your Heart - Warren Zevon
Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne
Any Road - George Harrison
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Michael McDonald
Send Your Love - Sting
Hole in the World - The Eagles
Unwell - matchbox twenty

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Grammy's
Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z:Crazy in love. I don't like Beyonce, but this was a pretty good. 5/10

The Black Eyed Peas & Justin Timberlake:Where is the love?
Second best song. That's it. 9/10

Coldplay:Clocks. This is an ok, but it might get boring after a while. 7/10

Eminem:Lose Yourself. This is the best mother
f[family website]en song on the CD. 10/10

Missy Eliot:Work it. This song is gross. I hate it. 1/10

Evanescence:Going Under. I realy think that this song is good. 8/10

Outkast:The way You move. Bottom line, good song. 7/10

Justin Timberlake:Cry me a River. Justin was better when he was with *Nsync.

Christina Aguilera:Beautiful. I don't like it. 1/10

Avril Lavinge:I'm with you. Its a d[family website]n good song.
8/10

Luther Vandross:Dance with my father. This song is weird. 2/10

Warren Zevon:Keep me in your heart. No comment. 3/10

50 cent:in da club. Go, Go, Go Charolette its ya birthday. 8/10

Fountains of Wayne:Stacy's Mom. Funny song, good song. 8/10

Heather Hadley:I wish i wasn't. I don't like it. 1/10

Sean Paul:Gimme the light. I know i keep saying this but, it's a good song. 7/10

George Harrison:Any Road. I didn't listen to this one, but there are plenty of other good songs. ?/10

Michael Mcdonald:Ain't no mountain high enough. I'll let you decide. ?/10

Sing:Send your love. Its ok. 5/10

Eagles:Hole in the world. Its ok. 4/10

Matchbox 20:Unwell. Its an original song. 7/10

anything from 7/10 or higher is a good song.

5/10 or higher is ok.

4/10 or below is bad.

Remember, that this is my opinion.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Overview of 2003's Biggest Songs
1. Crazy In Love - Who could forget Beyonce's first hit by herself. Actually Beyonce's first #1 by herself. Yay Beyonce!

2. Where Is The Love? - Well, not only is it Black Eyed Peas's first #1, but Justin's first #1 by himself. Yay them! THE #1 SONG OF 2003!!!

3. Clocks - Coldplay was nominated for best record. This is a good song, but I don't think this should be here. It's too old.

4. Lose Yourself - From Eminem's #1 movie 8 Mile comes Lose Yourself. This song is good, but again, it's too old. I think the Grammy's are more focused on a good songs and not hits of 2003. I don't care, but please don't make the whole CD like this.

5. Work It - From Missy's #1 album Under Construction, comes Work It. I think it's too old, but this is nominated for album, not the song.

6. Going Under - From Evanescence's Fallen, comes Going Under. I think they should of used Bring Me to Life. It was a bigger hit.

7. The Way You Move - OutKast's first #1 hit from Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. I think this was an excellent choice.

8. Cry Me A River - Ok, this is kind of a problem. Cry Me A River is a horrible song. Not a good choice, but a good album.

9. Beautiful - Another great song, but it's too old. They should have used Can't Hold Us Down. That was the 2nd biggest hit.

10. I'm With You - Avril's 2nd #1 hit. It's an awesome song!

11. Dance With My Father - Not a big hit, but who can forget Luther's incredible lyrics.

12. Keep Me In Your Heart - I've never heard this before Grammy Nominees 2004. It's ok. A little to slow and boring. I don't think this was a hit anyway.

13. In Da Club - 50 Cent's first appearance on pop radio stations. IN DA CLUB WAS THE #2 SONG OF 2003! IN DA CLUB IS AWESOME!

14. Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne's first top 10 hit. This song is excellent. It's a little gross though. " Stacy's mom has got it going on. She's all I want, and I've waited so long. Stacy can't you see? You're just not the girl for me. I know it might be wrong but, I'm in love with Stacy's Mom. "

15. I Wish I Wasn't - Wasn't a big hit. It's a good RnB song though.

16. Gimme the Light - Good dance song. Sean Paul's first appearance in the top 100.

17. Any Road - Never heard this before this CD. This is the other problem. Why was this nominatted for best POP performance?

18. Ain't No Mountain High Enough - (see Any Road)

19. Send Your Love - A good dance song. Wasn't a big hit.

20. Hole in the World - A big hit on Adult Contemparary radio stations.

21. Unwell - A big hit. #1 played on Adult Contemparary radio stations in 2003. A good choice.

Overall, a good mix of 2003's biggest songs. (Amazon, I wasn't using a word count so it could be over 1,000 words. Sorry!)

5-0 out of 5 stars GRAMMYS 2004
BEYONCE’ FEATURING JAY-Z "Crazy In Love" Record Of The Year

THE BLACK EYED PEAS & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE "Where Is The Love?" Record Of The Year

COLDPLAY "Clocks" Record Of The Year

EMINEM "Lose Yourself" Record Of The Year Song Of The Year

MISSY "MISDEMEANOR" ELLIOTT "Work It" Album Of The Year

EVANESCENCE "Going Under" Album Of The Year Best New Artist

OUTKAST "The Way You Move" Featuring Sleepy Brown Album Of The Year

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE "Cry Me A River" Album Of The Year Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

CHRISTINA AGUILERA "Beautiful" Song Of The Year

AVRIL LAVIGNE "I'm With You" Song Of The Year

LUTHER VANDROSS "Dance With My Father" Song Of The Year

WARREN ZEVON "Keep Me In Your Heart" Song Of The Year Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

50 CENT "In Da Club" Best New Artist

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE "Stacy's Mom" Best New Artist Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

HEATHER HEADLEY "I Wish I Wasn't" Best New Artist

SEAN PAUL "Gimme The Light" Best New Artist

GEORGE HARRISON "Any Road" Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

MICHAEL MCDONALD "Ain’t No Mountain High Enough" Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

STING "Send Your Love" Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

EAGLES "Hole In The World" Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

MATCHBOX TWENTY "Unwell" Best Pop Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal

5-0 out of 5 stars Grammy nominees 2004
1.Crazy in Love (Jay-Z /Beyonce)
A good song by beyonce and Jay-Z. A song that i will not get sick of. 5/5

2.Where Is the Love? - 4:05 (Black Eyed Peas / Timberlake, Justin)
This is an ok song gets annoying after a while. 3/5

3.Clocks - (Coldplay)
Excellent song by coldplay one of the best on the albumn. Has a great beat and great lyrics. 5/5

4.Lose Yourself - (Eminem)
Eminiem proves on this song why hes the best rapper around. 5/5

5.Work It - (Elliott, Missy 'Misdemeanor')

One of Missy Elliots best songs to date. 5/5

6.Going Under - (Evanescence)
One of the best new artists of 2003. Their debut albumn is also one of the best selling albumns of the year. 5/5

7.The Way You Move - (OutKast / Brown, Sleepy)
This song has a catchy tune and good rapping in it. 4/5

8.Cry Me a River - (Timberlake, Justin)
One of the worst songs on this albumn. Cry me a river for having to actually listen to it. 1/5

9.Beautiful - (Aguilera, Christina)
This song lives up to its name it is absolutely beautiful and has a good message in it. 5/5

10.I'm With You - (Lavigne, Avril)
This song is good but not great. 4/5

11.Dance With My Father - (Vandross, Luther)
Excellent and heart touching song. if this song doesn't touch your heart, there is something wrong with you. 5/5

12.Keep Me in Your Heart - (Zevon, Warren)
I didn't particularly care for this song. 3/5

13.In da Club - (50 Cent)
One of the best rap songs of 2003. 5/5

14.Stacy's Mom-(Fountains of Wayne)
At first i didn't like this song, but after a while this song quickly became one of my favorites of 2003. 5/5

15.I Wish I Wasn't - (Headley, Heather)
This song is ok, not the greatest though. 3/5

16.Gimme the Light -(Paul, Sean)
One of Sean Paul's most annoying songs ever. 2/5

17.Any Road - (Harrison, George [1])
Abouslete Excellent song from former Beatle George Harrison. 5/5

18.Ain't No Mountain High Enough - (McDonald, Michael [Vocals/Keys])
I absouletely can't stand this song for some reason. 1/5

19.Send Your Love - (Sting [1])
Great song from Sting. 5/5

20.Hole in the World -(Eagles [1])
The Eagles prove that they still got it with this song. 5/5

21.Unwell -(Matchbox Twenty)
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27. Lost Souls
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In an about-face that could alienate technophiles, this group of dance revisionists celebrate guitars and "real instruments" in the face of processed music. The Williams brothers and their mate Jim Goodwin first had a hit with the disco-charged "Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)," but they became disillusioned with the Manchester scene, picked up guitars, and formed the Doves--a band determined to infuse raw emotion into their music. From instrumental opener "Firesuite," which showcases their rumbling, restrained guitar firepower, to the tumbling acoustic shanty "Sea Song" to the balmy Technique-era New Order rocker "Catch the Sun," none of the album's 11 tracks bears any real resemblance to any other (and, in this rare instance, that's a positive). The Doves have produced an outstanding debut album in Lost Souls, alternately melancholy and uplifting, sparkling darkly with charged atmospherics. --Mike Pattenden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best rock album of 2000...
Why The Doves haven't received more exposure in the States is beyond me. Songs of this quality are the ones that should be playing on your local alternative radio station. As with all good rock music, "Lost Souls" really effects one's emotions. The songs both musically and lyrically are epic. To give you an idea of their original sound, I would take The Verve, Radiohead, Spiritualized, and maybe a dash of Travis - put them in a container and shake it up. If I had to pick the stand-out tracks (which I wouldn't want to do because every single one of these songs is worth listening to repeatedly), I would say: Sea Song, Rise, The Cedar Room, and my personal favorite - The Man Who Told Everything. I have had this album for 7 months now and I still listen to it about two or three times a week. Highly recommended to those who love rock, but have been bummed by the recent contributions of popular bands.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Eclectic Music
Dove's Lost Souls is a mix of various music sounds and styles that are each unique from start to finish. The moods of the songs are very different as well, one could probably call this album an emotional buffet. The result? One eclectic CD that oozes talent.
I'm not going to describe each song (how can you capture the essence of a great song in a couple of sentences? You can't...) but I can tell you that I think the second half of the CD is much better than the first, particularly the bonus tracks. They are without a doubt the best set of bonus tracks I've ever heard on any album...period. In fairness, while I don't think Amazon picked the best song samples for this album, the reader should get a fair idea of Dove's sound from the tracks they provided.
Here's the part where I try to say something bad about the album, as the only people who tend to take the time to write these reviews are the fans, who not surprisingly, tend to leave extremely biased reviews (and why not?). I do this to play devil's advocate and give the reader a small rain-cloud amid the brilliant sun-filled sky of glowing reviews, but I just can't find it in me to do it this time around. This CD is just that good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Glorious retro pyschedelic debut
No doubt that this one hits all the right notes. Sorrow, wonder, ecstasy, disappointment and even love. I happen to catch these guys on their first American tour and they did not disappoint. Their live show was enhanced by a continuous slide show and psychedelic lights. They even played some numbers before they had yet been released such as Pounding and Hit the ground running, which is their take on Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London. Very good show and even surpassed the studio versions of their songs. One song in particular had a very different texture and tone to it and surprised me how much better it was live and that's the song Lost Souls. An incredible song in the studio made even more impressive live with images of Nico on the slidescreen behind the band. Inspiring and breathtaking, all I could do was stand and soak in the sound and rhythms of this incredible group. Well worth the effort to hear and experience the depth and texture of this cd. If you don't like it at first, stay with it, it will become one of your faves. If you like all the aforementioned Britpop bands or if you prefer Pink Floyd, or some other mid-seventies hard rock or prog rock you will definitely dig these guys. I've never grown tired of several tracks on this well played cd. Seasong, cedar room and lost souls are but three of them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Feel the Dove
Lost Souls is easily the best brit pop album to come out in a long time. Coldplay, Travis and the ilk have nothing on this. The band flexes it's brooding cinematic soundscape right from the start with the noirish instrumental "firesuite". Other songs such as "Sea song", "catch the sun" and "the cedar room" are irresistably good peices of dream pop. Don't be a fool, be a Dove and set yourself free!

3-0 out of 5 stars Wildly Overrated
There is one--ONE--outstanding song on this CD, and it is over 7 minutes long (and lets face it, only the Stone Roses and Janes Addiction can pull that off). This labum is wildly, wildly overrated. Beware tyhe astroturf. ... Read more


28. The Masterplan
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Following a British rock tradition initiated by the Beatles and lovingly inherited by the Jam and the Clash, Oasis is the only band of the CD era to offer fans extra tracks on their singles that are often as good as, if not better than, the hits. Rather than saving his new songs for the next full album, Noel Gallagher prefers immediacy. Thus, this compilation of those various "B-Sides"--many available as nonimports for the first time--works just great as a listening experience, offering metallic rushes ("Acquiesce," "The Swamp Song") and absolute melodic beauty ("Talk Tonight," the marvelous "Rockin' Chair"), while conjuring up the ghosts of Mott the Hoople, T. Rex, the Fab Four, and Slade, although Oasis's "Cum On Feel the Noize" is sadly absent. --Bill Holdship ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Oasis' weakest album exposes their strengths
The quality of the songs on this collection of B-sides is impressive. Oasis have often been accused of having a narrow musical range, but here they demonstrate otherwise. From the almost embarrassing tenderness of Talk Tonight to the punkish Headshrinker to the pure-pop Rockin' Chair, Oasis demonostrates that they have the widest sonic range of any rock band today. Couple that with (an often overlooked) wide emotional range, and one can see that Oasis have a solid grasp of what pop-music is about. If Definitely Maybe was shamelessly bombastic and Morning Glory beautifully muted, we know now that it was purposely done (It's hard to imagine Talk Tonight on Def.Maybe or Acquiesce on Morning Glory!). Even more exciting than the songs on "The Masterplan" are the implications which stem from their B-sides. It is easy to forget that in only 5 years together, Oasis have released 60+ songs, which is an impressive amount of hard-work. This work-ethic (which is often obscured by news reports of heavy drinking/hotel trashing/etc. by the band) is highly unusual and is only seen in the likes of U2, REM, and the Smashing Pumpkins. It bodes well for the future. Prdiction: Oasis' next album will be an unqualified breakthrough and may also be a masterpiece. All part of the Masterplan!

4-0 out of 5 stars The Masterplan is a Masterpiece
This album is 4 years old, but I consider this as one of the best CDs in my collection.

Anyway, I'm sure all of the bratty Gallagher duo fans miss the "old" Oasis.....And who wouldn't? These bad-mouthing guys from U.K. have captivated the fans with their Beatlesque music and outrageous behavior. However, their awesome music tells us what it's all about. And who the heck put a lot of effort on their B-sides? Oasis does.

1) Acquiesce- Great, old-rockin' jolly song. This is actually one of the most favorite B-sides of the fans. It starts with a line from the chorus of "What's the Story? (Morning Glory)" It comes with heavy guitar riffs, catchy chorus and the great alternating voices of Liam and Noel. Just perfect.

2) Underneath The Sky- It's one of the best tracks in here. Chorus performance reminds me the famous execution of second voices (Noel does it best) from the Beatles.

3) Talk Tonight- Ah! My fave acoustic Oasis' song. It's a melancholic, eager-like tune which was written by Noel to his younger alcoholic bro.

4) Going Nowhere- One of Noel's "journey" songs. Kinda good, but it has less lyrics.

6) The Swamp Song- Instrumental track of the album. It is composed of flooding guitar tunes and harmonica by Paul Weller.

7) I Am the Walrus- It's noisier, one heck of a cover. But, I still prefer The Beatles' original.

8) Listen Up- The drumming is like from ex-drummer Tony McCarroll's performance in "Live Forever". One of the Oasis' oh-so long songs.

10) Half The World Away- Typical Oasis' guitar-dependent song. But, I think it's a neat track.

12) Stay Young- I absolutely love Liam's voice in here! (Hey! Stay yuuuung and invincible..) Very appealing song with an uplifting message.

14) The Masterplan- This enchanting track completes my favorite songs from this marvelous B-side album. Poetic lyrics, awesome arrangement of instruments (heck, it's the whole orchestra)
and Noel's memorable voice makes this 14th track. This must of the most haunting rock song as for now (Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris" will have to be in the 2nd place)

Indeed, these guys show that they're more of the so-called Beatle pirates. They're the kings of the 90's rock n' roll. If there's one Oasis album that you have to buy, it has to be THIS.

5-0 out of 5 stars NOT the Beatles
All of you out there who feel Oasis are the 2nd coming of beatles are wrong. Though influenced (and which major rock/pop band isnt) by the beatles, Oasis stands for evrything the beatles didnt. Rocking Chair, Listen Up, Going Nowhere, Fade Away, Stay Young, Half the world away, All great songs musically, but if you step inside the lyrics, you find views expressed formally in punk rock. Like wanting to be great in a town where average is expected. These kids from Manchester hated the town, had a poor childhood, and found that there only outlet to their depressing lives was music. As heard in Fade Away- "While we're living, the dreams we have as children fade away." Perfect. Buy the album while theres some left.

5-0 out of 5 stars To be sung by the gods of Uranus for the next 5000 aeons
Oasis' true power has always been showcased in their B-Sides being just as good, and often better than their A-Side. The vocals alternate between Liam and Noel Gallagher, which helps keep this album fresh. Besides a few worthy titles being missed out on this disc, such as 'Its Better People' and 'D'yer Wanna Be A Spaceman', 'The Masterplan' is superb.

The first five tracks of this album are the album's best highlight, with the mega anthem 'Acquiese' starting off the pack. 'Underneath The Sky' is an overlooked piece, with a wonderful melody and piano bridge. 'Talk Tonight' is what acoustic concert-goers long for in it's beauty, while 'Going Nowhere' feeds your dreams of escaping your dead end town. 'Fade Away' has a massive kick of electric guitars and riffs, accompanied by a sneering Liam vocal.

Unfortunetly, the one low point in this disc is the following two tracks. 'The Swamp Song' is decent, but doesn't belong with such gems as the tracks before. And despite many Oasis fans claiming otherwise, 'I Am The Walrus' is by far the worst song Oasis have ever recorded, much less their worst cover. The aural quality is horrible, and it's one of the few times that Liam's vocals leave something to be desired. Luckily for you, you have the power to skip to 'Listen Up'

Ah, 'Listen Up'. Lovely opening riff, even better melody. The epic of the album, filling you with the pride that only Oasis can. 'Rockin Chair' and 'Half The World Away' are two more acoustic sparks that show Noel's power as a massive guitarist/songwriter. '(It's Good) To Be Free' is decent track perfect to sing along with. 'Stay Young' is loud and fun while 'Headshrinker' knocks your head off with its power.
"The Masterplan' is indeed a fitting end to a lovely disc, with a gorgeous outro that wraps up everything you've just heard.

This album is Oasis' grandest achivement, and while we wait for them to finish their sixth album, we have this and many other grand albums to relish in.

Yes, I said relish.

4-0 out of 5 stars Remember When?
Oasis is the only recent British rock band to make an impact in America, if you don't account for groups like The Corrs. Also The Progidy. The horrible musical decade of the 1980s came and went, and we were left with a bunch of arrogant baggy bands from Manchester that nobody really wanted to like. Then Nirvana happened. As we were all doing figurative heroin in tribute to Kurt, finally Suede and Pulp came and took the UK by storm, while here, we where nodding off after Kurt's death. Then came Blur, Radiohead, The Verve, and finally Oasis, what we always wanted. These were songs to get excited to and be inspired. No self-indulgent naval gazing. All about getting high, driving in a jaguar, feeling the sunshine, having an E.... Whatever. Definitely maybe. Noel Gallagher was the best songwriter since (insert name here). Liam was a god and the best frontman since.... Ian Brown!!! Noel was into The Beatles, The Jam, and Bacharach (?). Take a commercial or a Marc Bolan rift and there you have a great song. Number one, mate! For two albums, Oasis were the best, the greatest, and deserving of all our attention (now being spent on Monica Lewinsky!). But then came Be Here Now. Even those who were life-long Oasis fans, had to admit that OK Computer was a fine album. But all along we knew that Noel's B-sides were better than Blur's entire pretensious output. Now all us Oasis fans can walk down the street with a fist in the air, and a copy of The Masterplan in the other. We know damnit! The cover has a picture of Noel as a boy telling a bunch of music professors how to write a song. With the exception of "Swamp Song" and a Beatles cover, this album is nigh perfect. It rocks and has the rightgeous tunes that makes me forget how painful it was to listen to Be Here Now with a straight face. ... Read more


29. Out of Nothing
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This CD Debuted at #1 in the UK in Sept 2004. It Marked a Revival in the Fortunes of the Band that Arrived Powerfully on the UK Scene in the Late 1990s. Their First Album, 1998's "The Good Will Out," Entered the Chart at No. One and Generated Three Top 10 Hits, and it Hit the Top 10 with the 2000 Follow-up "Drawn from Memory" and 2001's "if You've Never Been." ... Read more


30. Be Here Now
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4-0 out of 5 stars 4 stars for an album worthy of it.
Not so long before this album came out, Oasis were praised for there Pop hooks, over crunching guitars, with a pinch of infectious lyricsm. And this album has it all, so what was the problem. Well it seems there arrogance and slating of other artist was getting to people. Which is a shame for this album is worth much praise. From the arrogant snare of Liam's voice, to Noel's clever and sometimes vague lyrics. Your marvel at the music. Sure the lyics don't make much sense sometimes, but who cares. It's just music. "D'ya Know What I Mean" opens the album with a brash stare of cockiness only Oasis could pull off. "Step off the train all alone at dawn/Back in to hole where I was born" are the first lines uttered from Liam's lips, and right then and there you feel a rush of adrenaline. And for 7 and a half minutes your mesmerized by walls of guitars and useless sound effects (but you couldn't care less). The album contiues the trend of loud guitars and "What the hell?" lyrics with songs like "My Big Mouth" "Be Here Now" and pretty much the rest of the album. "Stand by Me" and "All Around The World" shows the anthemetic genius Noel at work. You find yourself humming it or singing the song in your head an hour later. Which is what Oasis is for. But the real show stopper is "Don't Go Away". A heart wrenching song written for Liam's and Noel's mother who was ill (She's fine now). Lines like "Danm my education/I can't find the words to say/For all the things caught in my mind" are probably the most touching things Noel has ever wrote.

So take my word if you wish. Get the album, stomp your feet to it, sing it agian later in you head, and enjoy it. It's just a danm good time.

P.S.
These are b-sides that I believe are worthy of the album, but didn't make it:
(I Got)The Fever
Stay Young
The Fame
Flashbax

4-0 out of 5 stars Be Here Now - Great, but not so great as the Prequels
The instant Be Here Now hit the headphones of the critics it was written off. The hype surrounding Be Here Now was incredible, and therefore people expected 'Supersonic' and 'Wonderwall' repeated, and Oasis didn't give it to them. But Be Here Now is in fact a stunning mix of light Rock and majestic, soaring epics. 'D'You Know What I Mean?' kicks off the album with distroted chords and catchy rock riffs with depth in the lyrics that is often overlooked on first listen. The album reaches the depth only achieved previously with 'Wonderwall' and 'Cast No Shadow' with 'Stand By Me' and 'Don't Go Away', both of which show Liam's softer vocal skills. 'I Hope, I Think, I Know' and 'My Big Miuth' are both fast-paced, catchy little ditties and 'Fade In/Out' catches the listener with a sudden contrast to it's first few minutes with Slide Guitar and hard vocals. 'Magic Pie', though not one of Oasis' greatest tunes, which, unfotunately, does not highlight Noel's singing ability well, does have some beautiful touches in both the lyrics and guitar. Though 'Be Here Now' and the reprisal of 'All Around the World' are both rather weak (However I don't think the Reprisal was meant to be the greatest musical piece Noel's ever written) the end of the album is truly where it shines. 'It's Gettin' Better (Man! )' is a racous yet soaring seven minutes of musical glory with an incredible minute-long guitar riff at the five minute mark and some of Liam's greatest ever singing; he mixes his trademark sneering with some tone and note changes never before seen in him. Finally, 'All Around The World'; a 9-minute epic of a tune, indescribable to mere words and possibly my favourite ever Oasis song; the 'Champagne Supernova' of Be Here Now. If you like Oasis, in fact, if you like Alterntive music at all, you must get this album.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
There's been a stalinist re-write of history on this CD.

'The Greatest Thing Ever' on it's release soon evolved into 'A Misguided Overblown Epic'. Not surprinsingly, it fits pretty neatly between the two. The dross on here is simply pedestrian; nothing on here will make you want to throw the disk away. The songs are too long ('Magic Pie' and 'Do you know what i mean?' outstay their welcomes after the 8th guitar refrain!!!) and the constantly huge guitars do seem to hide some pretty weak songs.

'Stand By Me' is wonderous and 'All around the world' and 'Girl in the dirty shirt' are defiantly celebratory. Though they come off as boorish morans in the tabloid press, the talent within their ranks shines through. And Noel has the best handle on fame that I've ever seen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure rock and roll
Critics suck. This album is better than people give say it is. It may not be their best work, but to anyone with any clue on what good music is should know this cd is a great one. I am a huge oasis fan and own every cd they have. I like every song they have ever written and the B-sides like Lets all belive are great. This album has what most bands dont have anymore, a guitar playing well and loud. The song I hope, I think, I know is one of the greatest songs they have written so i dont know why i hear people badmouthing this album. If i were start over and buy thier albums, this would be number 2 right after Their first one becuase that is my facorite one.

1-0 out of 5 stars This is what beatles sounded when they were stoned
Incredible bad musicians, terrible song writers, the worst vocalist ever, what else can I say?
They totally destroyed what the Beatles created for all of us. All of their songs are copied from The Beatles' Rubber Soul, Revolver and Abbey Road. Please do not buy this cd! I recommend you to buy good alternative rock if you want so: R.E.M and The Cranberries ... Read more


31. The Best Of James
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Talk about your oblique strategies. With a stealth that would make the most cunning panther proud, in its serpentine career the English collective James has accumulated one of the most impressive song catalogs around. It hardly matters that few of these singles have been stateside hits. James's specialty is the chapel-chiming alterna- track, borne on majestic guitar hooks and the breathy, breathtaking vocals of sensitive-guy frontman Tim Booth. Thus, this gorgeous anthology may come as a shock to Yanks familiar with the group only via its quasi-novelty number "Laid," or maybe the whooping "Born of Frustration." Material-wise, the old ("Sit Down") shimmers as brightly as the new ("Tomorrow," "She's a Star"). Booth is such a likable, commanding presence, and his combo such an exhilarating, optimistic force, that you only want to hear more from James once this album ends. Hit the repeat button or explore their catalog--it's your call. --Tom Lanham ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great compilation of one of the most talented pop groups
I first heard James when I was about 12 years old when my brother used to listen to them, and I recently bought this album to see why my brother was so taken by this band, and I've think it's an amazing album. Tim Booth's voice is very interesting, and his vocal abilities are varied and intense. The music is catchy, and a tad repetitive between songs, the same tune seems to be used quite a lot, but the sound is good enough to never really let that get in the way. James, is pop/rock, and that style is not for everyone, but if you liked such classics as "sit down" and "laid", or if you like the work of The Smiths and Morrisey then this album is definitely worth your money.

5-0 out of 5 stars My first James album - who is now my favorite group
Not much else to say that the others haven't said already... brilliant songs from a brilliant group. I knew very little about the band before purchasing this album, only remember hearing the song Laid before. Since then I have collected every James album and can now say they are my favorite group. I honestly believe as a whole this is the single best CD I have ever heard, there are no fillers or stinkers and none of the tracks grow thin with repeat listenings.

After this album, you'll be hungry for more James. Get their latest release, Millionaires after this. I think its their best quality regular album and you won't get any duplicate songs since it came out after the Best of. Unfortunately I'm not sure if its available in the US, I ordered it as an import, but its worth every penny. I usually rotate between the Best of and Millionaires.

After that you pretty much can't go wrong with any of their albums... Stripmining is probably their weakest (still good though), so save that for last (no songs from that album made it onto the best of album). One of my favorite songs that didn't make it on the Best of is 'Lost a Friend' from Whiplash, although the latter half of that album has a few weak songs.

Anyways, I think James is absolutely brilliant. They have a style all their own which isn't really duplicated by any other artist. Also check out Booth and the Bad Angel, Tim Booths solo album, very good as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful and elegant best of package.
James was one of the great unsung bands of the great Britpop era of the 90's. Overshadowed by The Stone Roses, Suede and such others, James churned out great chimey sounding pop. Since some of their albums were of scattershot quality and the band produced brilliant singles, a best of CD of this band makes sense. Its a great package, beautifully put together and a must have for any fan of British rock or great rock in general. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fine music from a fine band
James are one of our finest bands. I'm not sure if they are very well known on the other side of the Atlantic but they are a work of genius. Great songs like 'Laid' 'Sit Down' and 'She's A Star' make James one of the UK's finest bands. Give it a try Americans.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seven you could play in church - but not Laid
One of the key bands to come out of Manchester, UK in the early 1980s. They survived the pressures of stardom and carried on making quality music. Here is a collection culled from the first 17 years or so. A rich tapestry with no fillers; every track is musically rich. Lyrics that are understandable by folk either side of the Atlantic that tell tales often poignant, always clever. From the beautiful Seven that you could play in church on a Sunday - to the tale of strained romance in Laid (that you wouldn't). This album is a delight that you will listen to many times. ... Read more


32. Electronic
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This two-man Manchester supergroup--New Order's Bernard Sumner and the Smith's Johnny Marr--made one of the best debuts of the '90s with Electronic. More New Order than Smiths, the album was a blend of plangent fretwork and frenetic sequencing, with bleak lyrics intoned in Sumner's clean, boyish tenor. "Get the Message" was orthodox '80s pop, but the heartbreaking "Gangster" was an electro-rock masterpiece. The album featured engaging cameos from the Pet Shop Boys on "Getting Away with It" and "The Patience of a Saint". --Barney Hoskyns ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Combination of many talents all in one........
This is Electronics first album. I bought it ten years ago and love it like its a day old. New Order's Bernard Sumner,the Smith's Johnny Marr, Pet Shop Boys's Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe formed togather and made a MASTERPIECE OF ART. This albums is nothing less than perfect. Every song is a smash. "Idiot Country" and "Tighten Up" shows Johnny Marr's talent in full affect. "Reality" really touched me the very first time I heard it and has Bernald's voice at its peak. "The Patience of the Saint" and "Getting Away With It" shows the magnificent coordination of the voice of Neil and Bernald as they perform togather. This album shows the progress of synth-pop and new-wave sound to a new level. There is a mixture of songs that have more electronica and others with more acoustics and guitars.
There is a varity for us all in this great album.
Also check out other albums by Electronic.."Raise the Pressure" and "Twisted Tenderness"

5-0 out of 5 stars OH YA...................
This is Electronics first album. I bought it ten years ago and love it like its a day old. New Order's Bernard Sumner,the Smith's Johnny Marr, Pet Shop Boys's Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe formed togather and made a MASTERPIECE OF ART. This albums is nothing less than perfect. Every song is a smash. "Idiot Country" and "Tighten Up" shows Johnny Marr's talent in full affect. "Reality" really touched me the very first time I heard it and has Bernald's voice at its peak. "The Patience of the Saint" and "Getting Away With It" shows the magnificent coordination of the voice of Neil and Bernald as they perform togather. This album shows the progress of synth-pop and new-wave sound to a new level. There is a mixture of songs that have more electronica and others with more acoustics and guitars.
There is a varity for us all in this great album.
Also check out other albums by Electronic.."Raise the Pressure" and "Twisted Tenderness"

5-0 out of 5 stars The last synth -pop masterpiece
It just doesn't get any better than this. I miss the days when music was this good. This album was the last big hurrah for the synth-pop genre, as the decade of the 90's would soon be flooded with grunge.

5-0 out of 5 stars Electronic Rocks!
I have been a longtime fan of New Order and I have always enjoyed The Smiths. This album is the brainchild of Bernard Sumner, New Order's vocalist with Smiths' guitarist Johnny Marr. This album also had an assist by Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys. While Tennants influence is felt on a few tracks, Electronic is a unique creature unto itself borrowing the best from its respective bands. With Marr's amazing guitar riffs and Sumner's Brit-boy vocals, the self-titled album emits great feeling, despite being synth-pop. However, the lack of organic instruments do not detract from the sound. Through and through, you will find that the album is mostly up-tempo and will make you want to move. However, if you listen to the lyrical content, you might find yourself feeling a little down. Between the two contradiction, the album will leave you in the aftermath of an emotional rollercoaster. I highly recommend this to any who appreciate the music of the Manchester scene in England.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best from the best
However I look it's clear to see I love this album !!! Fantastic vocals fantastic taste in instrumental organisation, this album is as catchy as it can get but also with very deep meaningful lyrics,

Don't listen to Getting away with it when you have just split with someone though, especially as its so damn good a song,

If you like the the eletronic scene from the late 80's with the like's of Depeche mode, New Order, Pet Shop Boys then get this album it has your name all over it !! ... Read more


33. The Full Monty: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack
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The soundtrack to the best movie ever made about strippers nods to the second-best, with a new version of Irene Cara's theme song from Flashdance, and to another famous cinematic striptease, with Tom Jones's cover of "You Can Leave Your Hat On." The bulk of the score, though, consists of songs that are more or less real-world stripper classics. It's hard to hear Hot Chocolate full blast and not bump and grind at least a little. Trivia note: Anne Dudley, who wrote the movie's incidental music (two pieces are included here), used to be in the Art of Noise.--Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Get up and dance!
If you loved the movie, you'll love the soundtrack. I play this one in my car on a regular basis. It's a great mixture of dance songs and they also bring alive some memories of great scenes in the film. You just can't sit still while this one is on. Once you've seen the movie, can you EVER hear Donna Summer singing "Hot Stuff" and not see the guys in the unemployment line? Buy it, you'll like it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Full Monty Review
"The Full Monty," is the soundtrack to a movie of five men who are in need of money. Hey, what better way to make money than by simply STRIPPING?. That's basically the theme and the style of the music on the CD. Great! It is the perfect party CD, because the beats are fast and the lyrics become stuck in your head straight away. My favorite song on the CD is "You sexy thing" by Hot Chocolate, but there are many other cool songs on the CD. I highly recommend it!

4-0 out of 5 stars This soundtrack is "Hot Stuff".
The truth is, this is a great disc to have if it's your favorite movie, or if you just really love to strip. Most of these tracks are well known, and each one is more fun to dance to than the last. There's a few oddballs here, but most of it's oldies/disco era tunes, and all likely to put a smile on your face, and a jump in your step. My favorites are "You Sexy Thing", "Land Of 1000 Dances", and "Rock N' Roll, Part 2". Of Course it's hard not to like "Hot Stuff" and the "Flashdance" tracks too. After this, all you need is a good stereo and a stripper's pole.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great movie deserves a great soundtrack
With a mix of rock and roll types from the 70's to the 80's, one can't help but like The Full Monty soundtrack. The original songs written for the movie are also wonderfully unique in their sound. And, with titles like "The Lunch Box Has Landed" how can one go wrong?! =) (The song is actually quite good). Though the redo of "Leave Your Hat On" isn't quite as good as the original, it does have a nice flair to it. A feel-good compilation! =)

4-0 out of 5 stars A fun, up-beat album
A great mix of classic songs like "You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate, and a great remake of "You can leave your hat on" by Tom Jones. There are also 2 tracks that are from the original score, composed by Anne Dudley. This is an album that will make you wanna get up and dance, with it's semi-camp 70's disco songs, and the final song may even get you to doing your own version of The Full Monty. Just make sure that the curtains are closed. ... Read more


34. You Gotta Go There to Come Back
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3-0 out of 5 stars Far too mellow for my liking
For many long-time Stereophonics fans, going back to the 1997 "Word Gets Around" debut album, this album is likely to be a disappointment, as it is for me. "You Gotta Go There To Come Back" (13 tracks, 57 min.) is the Welsh band's 4th album, and a startling transformation. From a brash alterna-stomp-rock sound, the band is now already settling into a middle-of-the-age, lazier sounding bunch, regretfully.

The album is dominated by pensive, easy sounding songs, even ballads with strings and all, if you can believe that. Some of them work quite well, like "Maybe Tomorrow" (the 2nd single) and "Rainbows and Pots of Gold". Others don't quite make it, like "I'm Alright", "Since I Told You It Was Over" and the truly out of place "Climbing the Wall". The album does contain some (2 to be exact) tougher-sounding tracks: "Madame Helga" (the 1st single) and "High as the Ceiling", both excellent. For me, the album's epitomized by the opener "Help Me", a lazy blues-rocker that, at 7 min., drones on about 3 min. too long.

If it sounds I'm being harsh, it's because the Sterophonics have been much better. I don't imagine they'll play too many of this album's tracks at Cardiff's Millenium Stadium home-town gig later this Fall, because this album clearly doesn't translate well to stadium rock. Kelly Jones' vocals remain as instantly recognizable as ever, of course. But for their better work, steer instead to "Performance & Coctails", their best CD by far.

5-0 out of 5 stars Its New!
We all need bands like Stereophonics. While they don't achieve the high successes of Oasis, Radiohead et al, they keep the rock n roll clock ticking, and fans have something to buy in between releases from the big bands.

This album is classic, and somewhat new ground for Kelly Jones. The standout track is "I'm Alright", which is in the mould of Massive Attack ,and this shows the maturity and vision of his songwriting. From the bluesy I Miss You Now, to the full out rocking off High As The Ceiling and Madame Helga, the variety is terrific. Have a tissue ready for Since I Told You Its Over as this is the most beautiful song written this year. His growl is at its best, and while JEEP was primarily a completely chill out album, this one is packed with rocked, chilled and reflective music, perfect for any mood you may be in.

Although their success isn't exactly massive, I've always rated Stereophonics in my top two bands along with Oasis. In YGGTTCB, the lyrics mach perfectly with the music, and the mood set is flawless.

Now Kelly seems on the verge of going solo with the sacking of the drummer Stuart Cable, and I think some of the stuff he could churn out could be massive.

Phonics fans beware, you have a CD to buy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Must love rock
This is my first Stereophonics album and I must say that they know what they are doing. The album has great rock songs that let you get driven by the sound. Well structured and melodic pieces is what you get here. There's nothing fancy or too technical about it, but Getaway, Maybe tomorrow and I miss you know are mellow bluesy cuts that hit deep inside.
If you love good, straight forward rock, you're gonna like this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Kids Are Alright
Let me tell ya...these guys rock! I first read about them in the local St. Louis music paper, bought their CD and was lucky enough to see them blow Bowie off the stage at the Fox Theater. I haven't heard music like this since the Black Crowes burst on the scene. Just when you thought music was going in the dumpster along comes the Stereophonics proving The Kids Are Alright!

4-0 out of 5 stars A warning to those who saw them live...
I first heard (and heard of) Stereophonics when they opened for David Bowie in St. Louis; point blank, they were AWESOME (as was David, by the way). I bought this CD the next day, and while it is definitely good, I thought that their live show was a little better. While onstage, Stereophonics had fun with their music and let the sound explode (both "I Miss You Now" and "Help Me" were 7+ minutes long); the album versions, however, are more subdued and, in my opinion, too polished -- there seem to be too many extra sounds (like the repetative "Help me" over the last chorus on the first track).

Still, this is a good album; however, I'm really looking forward to a live CD... ... Read more


35. Don't Believe The Truth [Dualdisc]
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36. Hopes and Fears [DualDisc]
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1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this CD!!!
I am one of the few people that buys all of his music (instead of illegal downloading) because I want to support the artists that I like. When I buy a CD I always make a copy so I can burn a back-up, play it in my portable player, make my own mixed cd,etc. These new "Dual Discs CANNOT be copied/ripped on a computer!!!!! I have tried 4 different programs and it wont work. In my opinion it ruins the way that I want to use the music I purchased. I will NEVER again buy a dual disc. What sense does it make if you cant listen to the music the way that you want to enjoy it.

BE WARNED. BOYCOTT THE DUAL DISC!

4-0 out of 5 stars great album, good to ok surround
This is a wonderful album.Keane brings to mind Rufus Wainwright and Coldplay mixed together.There are no guitars on this album which makes it stand out from their contemporaries.
I have about 20 dvd audio discs and one other dualdisc and have never had a problem with them, but for some reason the dvd audio mix on this album will not play.Well it would be better to say it plays but there is no sound.The dvd video mix (ac3) plays fine.I wonder if anyone else has encountered this problem with the album.
The mix of the surround is good, it's just not much different than listening to it in stereo.I wish the engineer had been a little more inventive.It would have been nice to have a dts mix as well, but my guess is there wasn't enough space to accommodate it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hopes for "Fears"
British mope-rock is alive and well, as Brit-pop trio Keane makes their debut with "Hopes and Fears." Strong, soaring vocals from Tom Chaplin are backed up by some solid piano-based pop and rock. Despite constant comparisons to Radiohead, Travis and Coldplay, Keane shows plenty of promise as a unique new band.

It starts off with a strong piano solo in the quiet "Somewhere Only We Know," followed by a stream of catchy pop like the thoughtful "Everybody's Changing" and the shimmery "Bend And Break," and gossamer ballads like the melancholy "We Might As Well Be Strangers" and soaring "She Has No Time." It wraps up on a strong note with the plaintive "Bedshaped."

As a dualdisc CD, this also has a DVD side if you flip it over. It includes several music videos of okay (though not great) quality, including one that is different in the U.K. It also contains a special photo gallery and song lyrics, which are a pleasant accompaniment to the CD itself.

If any British band breaks the rock mold, it seems to be labelled as a Radiohead/Coldplay wannabe. On some superficial levels, Keane sounds rather like those bands. But it manages to remain a bit apart, rocking a bit harder and sounding a bit more straightforward and simple. It's hard to truly classify Keane as really being pop -- the lack of guitar and the prevailing piano seem to edge its catchy melodies closer to classical pop.

The first thing to know about Keane is: No guitarist. At all. Ever. Don't let it scare you -- the mix of rippling piano and gentle percussion are enough to make their melodies catchy without electric riffs. At the same time, they take some musical risks. Psychedelic piano-pop? Believe it or not, Keane does that.

Tom Chaplin's vocals are the strongest point of Keane's lineup; his solid, high soars along with the shimmery music. At times his vocals get a bit TOO high, like when he sings the title line of "She Has No Time," but most of the time he manages to sound like a heartbroken guy exorcising his breakup demons. The songs themselves aren't terribly complex or insightful, but they can be quite poignant: "And if you have a minute why don't we go/talk about it somewhere only we know?/This could be the end of everything/so why don't we go/somewhere only we know?"

Keane needs to distance itself more from the other Brit-mope-rock bands before it can blossom into true greatness. But in "Hopes And Fears," they have succeeded in the basics: bringing forth some beautiful, sometimes heartrending music. ... Read more


37. The Saint: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack
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This '90s update of the classic U.K. television series of the '60s was roundly criticized for its murky, convoluted plotting and quirky performance by Val Kilmer in the title role of Simon Templar. But its soundtrack--a typically market-driven collection of modern pop--is actually one of the better efforts of the '90s. Leaning heavily on electronica influences (Orbital's conservative rendering of Edwin Astley's TV theme, Moby's driving "Oil," The Chemical Brothers' "Setting Sun," and others), The Saint at least holds together as a cohesive musical statement, something many similar collections can't claim. Also includes songs by the Sneaker Pimps, Duran Duran, David Bowie, Everything But the Girl, and Duncan Sheik. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Big Name Techno here we come
When I first bought this CD, it was for the theme tune by Orbital. However, I found on it a selection of techno from big names, such as David Bowie, Daft Punk, and Chemical Brothers.

I found that after listening to this CD I was able to identify those short clips that spiced the movie, such as the blast of Chemical Brothers as the goon squad leapt out of their car and after Val.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excillent Selection
In, general, sundtracks to such movies can be extreamly cheezy and pathetically generic. But htis Cd stands apart like a shining star. Following are the resons why this is my favourit Cd of all time.
1..Excillent tracks by some of the most modern and cuttin edge artists of today.
2..Orbital's reworking of the original saint theam is beautifully rendered and perfectly mixed to create an air tight masterpiece.
3..The track by Uderworld is one of the best jungel/dance song i have ever heard.

4..Sneaker Pimps are always a please welcome addition to any album.
5..Duran Duran, David Bowi, Fluke and Daft Punk add to this Cd an exciting array of modern rock and infectious electronic groovs.
6..The version of before today by Everything but the girl is fantastic!

I absolutely love this Cd and this is a must have form anybody who remotely understands and respects good music.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Memories
You know how sometimes a music can conjure up memories of a time in your life that is pleasant, or not so pleasant? That is what "The Saint" soundtrack and even movie does for me. I remember seeing the movie in 1997 - and the friends I saw the movie with. The club heads, the cars, and etc.

This CD is real quality. I still love it today - so much so that I bought it a few times as the ones I had before got scratched - always around the Duncan Shiek track... This was out just when Sneaker Pimp's "Six Underground" was starting to get popular (before Ministry and every other mass "chill-out" compilation overplayed it), Duncan Sheik had released a feature cd maybe the year before that did very well in the US as did EBTG (Walking Wounded). But some of the hidden stand-outs that do spark up the good memories of when I saw this movie and when I lived in England - Underworld's Pearl's Girl, Polaroid Millenium's song and Daft Punk's "Funk". "Roses Fade" is also a cut that I really like with the guitar build-up in the beginning.

I definitely recommend it. For me it is one of those special CD's that I cherish. Mind you some cuts I will pass through - but if anything it is because I had heard the songs too much in 1997-1998! (Fluke, David Bowie). Enjoy

5-0 out of 5 stars THE SAINT DOES TECHNO
DEAR READERS,

THE NEW SAINT MUSIC IS ALIVE AND ON TARGET. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE OLD FANS OF THE SAINT, THIS IS A FRESH NEW TAKE ON THE OLD STYLE AND TUNE. THE MIX IS WELL DONE AND QUITE MODERN. TAKE A LISTEN AND REMEMBER THE SAINT WILL ALWAYS RETURN... 0 O /|\/' \| / \ /_ |_

3-0 out of 5 stars well...
Great album, but when watching the movie, I heard "You're All I've Got Tonight" performed by The Smashing Pumpkins, but found it to be missing on this soundtrack. too bad, as it's an excellent version...

it can be found on the Aeroplane Flies High box set, tho, so that will have to do ... Read more


38. Different Class
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Like the Boomtown Rats fronted by Martin Amis. Classic Britpop. --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Essential Britpop
I bought this album when I was a young boy, and "Common People" captured my attention. I really liked the melody, and being a 12-year old boy at the time, I saved up my measly allowance and bought this album for the song. Lo and behold, I didn't listen to the other songs very often, and I soon forgot I had this album.
I dug the album out of its hidden place near the end of 1999 and gave it a chance, and I finally realized what I was missing the first time I heard it: the sexual innuendo, the great song structures, the insanely catchy melodies. "Disco 2000" quickly became a favorite of mine, and everytime I hear it, I can see metrosexual Britons singing it in the clubs at the height of Britpop mania.
In my opinion, this album outclasses and outshines the offerings of Blur (The Great Escape) and Oasis (What's the Story Morning Glory) in 1995: when music historians look back on the good, bad and ugly of the Britpop scene, this album will stand head and shoulders above any other albums and be regarded as a true (lost) classic of the turbulent 1990s. Get it today and see what you've been missing all this time.

5-0 out of 5 stars The blueprint for the indiekid
In the depths of the UK sit the tribe of pale-skinned, overthin, intellectually bright group of semi-weirdos: the indiekids. Their leaders? Pulp. Their blueprint for survival? Different Class?

Pulp blend the Britpop music of Blur with wryly observed lyrics on class, society, and standing out. As the album sleeve states, 'Please understand. We don't want no trouble. We just want to be different. That's all.'

There are some great little melodies and songs on the album, but its really more than music: it is a message. Therefore its lyrics are the real matter. Mis-shapes is the definate indiekid song, so perfect and some which indiekids can relate to so incredibly that it makes you shriek with delight.

Common People, obviously, is on class. The lyrics to each song are written like essays - with full stops and question marks, in sentances, not lines. Elsewhere Pulp tackle aging from Childhood ('Disco 2000'), Love ('Something Changed, Feeling Called Love') and Drugs ('Sorted for E's and Wizz'). We love Jarvis Cocker because he's so weird, in an average sorta way.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best British album of the past 20 years!
This is one of my favorites. I first saw a snippet of "Disco 2000" on a TV in an Army PX in Kuwait City in '96. Soon as I returned home, I bought it. It was in my CD player and separate from its case so often, I didn't know most of the song titles. I played it so much, my 220-pound-corn-fed hillbilly roommate even liked a few tunes. I lost that copy after a few years. When I found it later on for $2.50, I giggled like a kid.
This album is one of the few reasons why the mid-90s didn't suck completely. I recommend this CD to every carbon-based life form on the planet. BUY IT!

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST OF THE BEST
I am not usually a fan of what could be termed "Brit Pop" - but since I heard "Common People" on a dancefloor 7 years ago now, i have been hooked on this album. Unfortunately, this album seems to have been Pulp's Magnum Opus because I found their previous and subsequent albums of a significantly lesser pedigree. I believe that most bands have one seminal work in which the music, lyrics and performance all comes together - this album is it. Slightly tacky, lots of fun, wicked, aggressive and highly creative - all at once. A must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm obsessed with Jarvis Cocker
The 1st time I heard Pulp, I immedietly fell in love with Jarvis's voice and his amazing lyrics. Every one of their CD's is great, and they all have a different sound and different inspirations. "I Spy" is probably one of the sexiest songs I've ever heard, and I'm very selective about what I find sexy. ... Read more


39. Heathen Chemistry
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At their career zenith, Oasis were lauded as the best band in the world. They were actually never the greatest rock & roll band at any time, but for a few years they were the biggest. While they offered the '90s two of its most defining albums, and a resurgence of '60s-influenced Manchester rock, Oasis tumbled off the top of the mountain in the last half of the decade. Heathen Chemistry is their first step back up the ascent, albeit a small step. The album opens with "The Hindu Times," which will certainly be listed among Oasis's best anthems, and it closes with "Better Man," a distorted-guitar-driven thrill that revs up to 60 mph in second gear. But between the strongest songs on the disc, Noel "Walrus" and Liam "Eggman" Gallagher exploit the Beatles references almost to the breaking point. It's no secret that the Gallaghers worship the Beatles (who doesn't?), but here they've gone beyond obvious influences and stepped right into infringement territory. On "Born on a Different Cloud," Noel's guitar weeps a little too gently, and Liam's signature rasp now sounds like a deliberate imitation of Lennon with a cold. Further, Liam shares the mic with Noel, who sings lead on several tracks, the best being "Force of Nature." Unlike on Beatles albums, however, the switch back and forth is jarring (Liam might be the biggest troublemaker, but he is also the better singer). Nonetheless, if a band is going to unapologetically rip off what was unquestionably the best band in the world, no one does it better than Oasis. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Band, Superb Album
Wow!! Not what expected! As a big Oasis fan (obviously as I'm the first reviewer) I had high expections for this album. The singles prior to the release of Heathen Chemistry...'Hindu Times' (great rocker) and 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out' (excellent power ballad) wet my appetite for some classic Oasis music. But I must say my expections were met in ways I would've never dreamed. Let me tell you this....LAIM SONGWRITING CARRIES THIS ALBUM. You still there?! Yes, snarls and all...this guy has talent and beyond that unique voice. To date the Oasis magic has stemed from Noel's earnest songwriting which has been recently evolving into superstardom (reference: 'Carry Us All', 'Gas Panic', 'One Way Road', and 'Sunday Morning Call').
But Liam's three contributions on this album have you listening intently like never before. For example, take 'Songbird' a folk rock ditty that'll never end up on an Oasis Best Of but where did it come from. Liam's only song credit to date has been 'Little James' a simplistic jam rememberable only for its addictive NA-NAs. I guess I chose a round-a-bout way of saying Oasis is creating something creative unlike anywhere they've treaded before. P.S.-Liam's other two tracks are atmospheric guitar driven rockers in case you're not into folk rock. I guess that leads us to Noel's contributions. Traditional Oasis to be sure, but he's not taking that eventual next level in his music. His songs like 'Force of Nature' show a slight variation, but he seems preoccupied in throwing venom and distaste and his ex-wife Meg in the lyrical content. Has the divorce ordeal swayed Noel from elevating his music? Does he need a B-Side to do it? A guest musician? We are waiting because he is too good to keep pace with his earlier accomplishments. Nonetheless, he doesn't disappoint on 'Little By Little' and the two singles to date. To sum up, if you've followed Oasis for years this is not the time to walk away. This album is Oasis through and through, apart from Liam's sweet curveballs which will definitely keep this CD in your heavy rotation.

4-0 out of 5 stars So what if they are arrogant?
This is a great album, a really really great album. An album they probably should have made straight after Morning Glory when they WERE the biggest band in the world.
Starting with the very Oasis-esque The Hindu Times you can tell this album is Oasis at its best.
Noels vocals have not always been the bands strong point but Force of Nature follows on quite well as does the Liam Gallagher driven Hung In a Bad Place.
Stop Crying your heart out is meant to be the don't look back in anger equivalent whilst the two acoustic performances on this album - Songbird and She is Love come out with two thumbs.
Born on a Different Cloud is definitley Beatles inspired as are Liams vocals on the track which sound almost identical to that of Lennons. Despite the messy engineering on that song it remains probably the stand out.
HC finishes off with Better Man - a 4 minute rock diddy which leaves you wanting more after its quick guitar rise and dump right at the end. Heathen Chemistry goes for about 74 minutes - your typical length for an Oasis album, but it is actually filled with about half an hour of silence after Better Man in which case you are then hearing a 5 minute instrumental. Thats probably the only downside of the album for me, to wait that long or even skip to it but yes, it's worth it.

A definite buy for anyone who enjoyed Oasis' early work and those who despised Be Here Now - don't worry Heathen Chemistry is nothing like it!

"Talking to myself again, this time i think i'm getting through"
- Born on a Different Cloud

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Heathen Chemistry may just be Oasis's most consistent album. Every song is enjoyable to listen to, and the the album flows extremely well. For those of you who think this album doesn't rock enough, you obviously don't know what your talking about. "Hindu Times" is one of their best songs, and it contains some great guitar playing by Noel. In fact, the first three songs on this album all rock. "Force of Nature" and "Hung in a Bad Place" are some of there more underrated rockers. Another great rocker is the closing number "Better Man", which obviously has some influence from John Lennon. Also, after listening to "Born on a Different Cloud", I was amazed at how much Liam sounds like John Lennon, and I now feel that that song is a tribute to him. This album is highly critized because of sounding too much like the beatles, but I do not think that is a bad thing. In fact, Oasis through out their career have been bashed by many critics for ripping off the beatles. Here's a news flash for everybody, almost every band today has ripped off the beatles in one way or another, and I still fail to see how Oasis is any different than any other band. Noel and Liam are great song writers and they can play great music, even if they sometimes sound a little like the beatles. Now back to the album, the rest of the songs on this album are just as stong as the ones already mentioned. "Stop Cryin Your Heart Out" is a beautiful ballad. "Songbird" and "She is Love" show Oasis on a more accoustic note, and even show flashes of country. Overall, this album is a must buy for any Oasis fan, and I do feel that this album may help the band find their old magic again. I can't wait for their next album.

5-0 out of 5 stars good cd
There's no reason to hate oasis, it's just that people got so sick of hearing wonderwall, that they forced themselves to hate them. Now anything new that comes out is overshadowed in the one hit wonder crap that gets their 2 months of airplay and then fades. At least that's the case in the states. In England, hell, the country can't get enough of this band. Maybe I should move there b/c I love the band.

Heathen Chemistry, although not yet a classic as What's the Story and not (in my opinion) as structured as Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, it still fits in nicely as the latest effort pulled out by the guys. What's to notice about this album is that only Noel and Liam are the only remaining members of the original band. Then again, they are the backbone of the band. It is obvious to any fan that the sound is much different than the first 3 albums though. It can be a good thing in some songs such as the "Hindu Times" which rolls through w/ much energy, and "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" which was somewhat of a recent hit and also in the movie "The Butterfly Effect" at the end. Another UK single, "Songbird" which rather short, was written by Liam. It should have been longer b/c it's a great song and very catchy.

Noel sings lead on "Force of Nature", "Little By Little", and "She is Love." Usually the songs he sings end up as B-sides, but can't forget his most famous "Don't Look Back in Anger" plus he did a nice job w/ "Where Did it All Go Wrong." Personally, "She is Love" should definately been scratched on this album. It doesn't really fit in w/ the sound of any other songs. Would have been a nice B-side that Oasis masters more than any other band of all time. "Force of Nature" is cool which shows some sarcasm in it. The last UK single, "Little By Little," is a great song w/ a nice chorus and good guitar solo. The video for LBL is sweet as well.

"Hung in a Bad Place" is somewhat of a filler, but still a great oasis song that ranks w/ any non-single they have. "A Quick Peep" is like the new version of the "Swamp Song" but just only over a minute. I'm sure they extended it somewhere down the line. "(Probably) All in the Mind" is a Beatlesque type song w/ a nice ring to it. Liam writes and sings "Born On a Different Cloud" This is his best song to date. "Better Man" also provides the album w/ a crisp new sounding oasis. The only thing that sucks is that they put a 30 minute gap until the hidden song. There's no lyrics and mostly just jumbled guitar play, w/ a nice drum beat and later on some kind of woodwind, maybe a flute. Anyway if you forgot to push stop, you'll eventually get to it.

You can bash oasis as much as you want for not putting out any u.s. singles since "Don't Look Back in Anger" but you shouldn't hate the music if you are an oasis fan. They are pretty much a whole new band, and actually for the better. Heathen Chemistry may not be the best oasis album, but it still is a great oasis album.

3-0 out of 5 stars (Almost 4 stars) An Honest Review
Oasis's 5th album is an impressive return to form.

Overall the album falls short a fairway compared to their first two, but its good to see that Oasis have made a return to form on this one, and important that they have made a return to form also.

Many songs on this album are good, very good as the Hindu Times shows, which without a doubt is as good as many of their other songsof Whats the Story...... and Definitley Maybe.
Anyway heres a rundown of how good the songs are, and note that alot of these tracks are compared to the songs off their first two albums and The Masterplan(as they should be), which are the best and only good Oasis CDs so far.

1. The Hindu Times - This is Oasis at its best.

2. Force Of Nature - 10/10

3. Hung In A Bad Place - 10/10

4. Stop Crying Your Hear Out - This is a very very good song, and is two steps away from being as good as Wonderwall, but there are'nt enough electric guitars in it, which their should of been and even if their were the song would not of been the same but better, its good but not great compared to "Live Forever" and 'Wonderwall"

5. Songbird - Its listenable, but the lyrics are stupid and it should not of been on the album, its songs like Songbird and She Is Love that let this album down alot.

6. Little By Little - This is really close to being as good as Don't Look Back in Anger, and even though it is'nt, its really brilliant, one of the best songs of the album and one of their best songs too.

7.A Quick Peep - All instrumental, really good.10/10

8. Probably All In The Mind - Its almost there, the guitars could of been alot louder than they are, it could of been a much better song.

9. She Is Love - Listenable but also a stupid song, I don't like it, and I don't see why anyone else should either.

10. Born On A Different Cloud - Really Great song, but theres to many effects noticable, some great guitar bits, should of been louder which would of had more effect.

11. Betterman - Not like other Oasis Songs, good song though and is more of a groove. Would of fitted better on the album if the majority of the other tracks were real good.

So their you have it, an honest review of Oasis's 5th album by a person with good taste.
Its a shame it was'nt as good as it could or should of been, but they will return to form without a doubt. ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars The Redwalls
I saw The Redwalls play at The Garage in London on 2nd January 05, supporting Nine Black Alps and was blown away by the energy and overall talent of all the members! They had charisma and a very original style that is displayed perfectly through this CD so I'd certainly recommend buying it! The four-piece from Chicago are definitely worth a listen, and to hear them live is awesome! I met them after the gig in the bar, and they are such nice, down to earth guys, that so evidently love what they do so give them a chance... they will not disappoint!

5-0 out of 5 stars Check them out at Lollapalooza
I saw them open for Keane in Orlando and they were outstanding.

The sound is familiar and fresh - like hearing an old track rerecorded then realizing you don't know it after all. They don't sound anything like Jet, but it's the same feeling I had hearing them. You can give this album to your kids or keep it for yourself, but it needs to be in your music collection.

I hear they've been added to Lollapalooza. If you're going, don't miss the set!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
I haved not seen them live, but the lead singer from my band (Quiet Kid shameless plug) has and says they have phenomenal energy. Their album is quite good and has a great sound to it, so I imagine them live would be awesome. Very consistant quality, but still varied enough that you dont feel like you're hearing the same song over and over. I'd love to see them live. Pick it up!!

5-0 out of 5 stars See them live
I saw these guys live in the Twin Cities last week. They opened for Keane and The Zutons. These guys were definitely the best part of the show. They had great energy and actually looked like they were having fun. To top it off, they sounded great and their songs were well written. Give these guys a shot, unless you hate Rock 'n' Roll!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Beatles reincarnated, with extra edge.
these boys are awesome.Having recorded this album just after high school, their talent is pure and true.Their songs are upbeat, with a rock undertone.trust me, they are good.I saw them open for keane with the zutons, and i highly recommend them live.but the album is great too. ... Read more


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