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41. Word Gets Around
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Debut
My first Stereophonics album was Performance and Cocktails, which I bought in London when it first came out. I'd never heard of them, but the record was getting great reviews so I got it to see what all the fuss was about. I loved it, and bought Just Enough Education to Perform and their newest, You Gotta go There to Come Back as soon as each was released. I read about this album, their first, but didn't bother to get it 'cause most of the reviews said it was raw and unpolished compared to their later albums. It is indeed raw and unpolished compared to the later records, but it also has a power and energy that eclipses the later recordings. I love all of their albums, but to me this is their best. The songs have a ragged, hard edge, whether full-throttle rock like A Thousand Trees and Local Boy in the Photograph, or on the softer songs like Traffic and Billie Davie's Daughter. Kelly Jones writes the best lyrics of any British songwriter of today. Yes, they're gloomy, sad and depressing, but the music is full of life and promise, and there's never a hint of the pathetic, self-absorbed "poor misunderstood me" junk of grunge or modern emo music. Jones writes songs that explore different views of bad times and about carrying on through good or bad times. This is a fantastic album, and one that Oasis probably wished they could've made. They may remind you of Faces, Black Crowes, Oasis, and even Steve Marriot, but their sound is entirely their own; fresh, modern and powerful. Kelly Jones has grown to be an even more thoughtful, mature and polished songwriter, but the energy and drive of their first album captures lightning in a bottle. It's hard to believe this is a debut album. It's that good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sleazy, seedy and downright catchy...
Kelly Jones' vocal presence on this, The Stereophonics debut album, is overpowering. A raspy, gargle-with-razorblades voice, like an indie Joe Cocker, he bolsters the intensity and passion of this fine record. Packed with the menace of suburban life, the songs are vignettes, tales which recall Raymond Carver and with superb lyrics. A Thousand Trees is about a neighbourhood paedophile, Too Many Sandwiches about life in a public house and a couple of songs about teenage suicide.

One of these tracks, Local Boy In The Photograph, vies for the title of best song. A heartbreaking, soaring rock anthem as a small town learns to cope and recall the anniversary of the passing of a young boy. It's powerful stuff. Traffic, the obligatory ballad, is good too, but the prize of best track has to go to Same Size Feet, a blackly humorous tale of murder and lust.

If it all sounds a bit heavy-going, then believe me, it's not. The musical pedigree here is way above par and the songs are mostly catchy and likeable. What sets it apart from the countless, increasingly faceless Brit indie bands, however, is the lyrical intensity and, therefore, Word Gets Around ranks with Pulp's His 'N' Hers and Different Class and Manic Street Preachers' The Holy Bible as one of the most impressive Britpop (TM) albums of the nineties.

2-0 out of 5 stars they suck
they suck they only have 1 good song and it is more life in a tramp's vest and that is the only good song out of all the songs on all of their cd's

5-0 out of 5 stars Pedestrian Britpop Perfection
I give this album a highly recommended 4 1/2 out of 5 (rounded up to 5) because even though you've heard this type of guitar-heavy pop band at least four times before, you've never heard it this good. The Stereophonics have perfected their genre and are sincerely amazing songwriters.

This Welsh band has been called the "Matchbox Twenty" of Britpop, which can be a good or bad thing depending on how avant garde you claim to be. Unfortunately, the innate talent of this band was overlooked by many critics, because like Matchbox Twenty of american alterative rock, the Stereophonics arrived after the britpop genre had already peaked artistically but record companies were still churning out several interchangeable bands. If you're looking for a band that knows how to construct quality pop songs that are catchy yet poignant, then they're the band for you. If you're looking for a band that sounds completely different than the pop status quo then perhaps you should look elsewhere.

The Stereophonics put together great songs, each with their own pervasive driving beat, and beefy guitar hooks. The raw vocals of Kelly Jones perfectly underscore their tragic, yet beautiful lyrics. Unlike some of their more idyllic contemporary songwriters, the Stereophonics have an uncanny sense of irony in portraying their song subjects. I doubt Matchbox Twenty or Northern Uproar could come up with the staggering metaphorical lyric from "A Thousand Trees" that describes a football coach torn down by rumors: "it takes one tree to make a thousand matches/only takes one match to burn a thousand trees." This first album catches them at their freshest and their songs capture the idealism of youth fading away as it approaches the harsh realities of the real world.

Songs such as "A Thousand Trees," "Looks Like Chaplin," the breathtaking "Traffic," and "Local Boy in the Photograph" all strive to capture the fleeting tragedies that often go unnoticed in small town life. "Last of the Big Time Drinkers" and "Goldfish Bowl" are both songs that lament and celebrate alcohol only as a self-defeating escape to a droll working class existence.

The surge of the Britpop in the mid 90s brought about many interchangeable bands, and the Stereophonics were classified among them. However, this album soars far above the Catatonia, Bows, or Feeder offerings from that same time period, when Britpop was sputtering out. Had the Stereophonics showed up in 1994 when Oasis did, Kelly Jones would be as revered as Noel Gallagher for his superior pop anthems. This is a great band, that is not to be missed. Their first two albums are necessities for connoisseurs of Britpop.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fab
This is a amazing album. My review may be totally biased as I am in love with Kelly Jones. But it is so great. All the songs are just too good to really write a review for. This album is addictive especially Goldfush Bowl. That has to be my fav song. I recommend this with alll my heart and their other albums are just as good. Definately my favourite band. ***** ... Read more

42. Please Describe Yourself
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43. Bandwagonesque
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Crotchety critics complained that this Glaswegian quartet sounded too close to cult Memphis band Big Star for their own or anyone else's good, but Bandwagonesque proved that unapologetic homage can sometimes work. The Fanclub's mesh of yearning, ethereal melody and cranked, feed-backing guitars came together superbly on "The Concept," "Metal Baby," and the thrashing "Star Sign"--mini-blizzards of mellifluousness that yoked Alex Chilton to Crazy Horse and the Ramones. Dismiss "Alcholiday" as "record collection rock" if you must: it doesn't make the track any less sublime. --Barney Hoskyns ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Every music lover should own this
Teenage Fanclub have made a better album than this in the form of Grand Prix but Bandwagonesque is an equally essential purchase. Part self-conscious evocation of sixties' pop, part grunge-inspired guitar fest, Norman Blake, Raymond McGuinley and Gerard Love pointed the way for a host of cross-Atlantic guitar bands with a Lennon/Wilson fixation and a modicum of talent. Alcoholiday, a blaze of criss-cross guitars and heart-breaking lyrics, is one of the finest singles never released, while The Concept, Star Sign and Guiding Star are not far behind. Utterly wonderful.

4-0 out of 5 stars Get On The Bandwagon
Teenage Fanclub is one of the most underrated bands of the 90's. They are pure power pop and their fuzzy guitars perfectly balance off their exquisite vocal harmonies. "The Concept" opens the album and it is a brilliant song that sets the tone for the album. Lead singer Norman Blake's honey drenched vocals are backed by a fuzz-toned guitar riff and the lyrics are quite sly. Other standout tracks like "Alcoholiday", "Star Sign", "December" and "What You Do To Me" combine the band's Beatles and Big Star influences of slick harmonies, large hooks, crunching guitars and snarky lyrics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack to high school
One of the best records of the 90's. Finally getting around to replacing my long lost worn-out tape. Buy this.

4-0 out of 5 stars up-beat and fun!
This cd is up-beat, fun, happy, sad, mellow, and energetic all at the same time. They use harmonys on the chorus and the melodies are pop-ish. I love it! It is good to chill out to.

5-0 out of 5 stars a power pop classic
I just bought this album due to the fact that everyone says it is so great and because it is really cheap. Everyone is right. This record is fantastic. It is full of great songs like The Concept, What You Do To Me, and I Don't Know to name a few. Really if you are into highly melodic music with some distorted guitars I highly recommend purchasing this record. ... Read more

44. Singles
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45. The Libertines
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Rock'n'roll can pretty much burn off pure mythology alone, but what happens when the soap opera of drug abuse and broken friendships threatens to overwhelm the music? That's the problem the Libertines' eponymous second LP must face up to--and while it sometimes struggles to live up to the magic of its predecessor, 2002's Up the Bracket, it's still peppered with enough inspiration to explain why people still care about this band. Co-frontmen Carl Barat and Pete Doherty tackle their problems head on with the opening "Can't Stand Me Now," an anthemic, harmonica-accompanied number with echoes of the Cure's "Lovecats," that sees Barat sum up The Libertines' troubled history in the album's most quotable line: "The boy kicked out at the world/ The world kicked back a lot f***ing harder." Further rollicking moments come on the Barat-sung "Narcissist" and knockabout closer "What Became of the Likely Lads?" But there's some workmanlike moments, and almost inevitably, they feature Pete at the helm: see the hoarse, off-key "Don't Be Shy." All told, a merely good record. If the Libertines truly want a place in rock history, they'll have to prove they have the discipline to channel their undeniable inspiration. --Louis Pattison ... Read more

46. Weightlifting
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On Weightlifting, their fourth album, Scotland's Trashcan Sinatras tackle love, loss, and personal triumph with beauty and maturity--no easy feat in a culture teeming with cynical alt-rockers. This is a record founded on earnestness and sky-parting melodies, as the driving, anthemic "Welcome Back" makes clear: it's a song of survival from a quintet that has fought tenaciously to sustain a career while keeping its quaint musical ethos intact. Weightlifting may not be the group's masterpiece--that would be its previous album, 1996's A Happy Pocket--but this is far and away the Sinatras' most accessible album, their most carefully crafted, their prettiest. Indeed, crooner Francis Reader and company seem most at home in quieter tunes like "Leave Me Alone," "Usually," and "Weightlifting," knee deep in delicate textures, lush harmonies, and nuanced phrases. With strings and occasional horn parts, the Sinatras harken to music of bygone eras without a trace of kitsch or irony, never losing sight of the importance, in rock music, of catchy grooves and searing guitars. --Michael Mikesell ... Read more

47. Man-Made
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The title Man-Made runs the risk of messing with diehards' notion of what Teenage Fanclub is all about--melodic, classic-era indie pop a la Badfinger and Big Star--but concerns that the Scottish four-piece has swerved from its organic sensibility in favor of something souped-up and synthetic are unfounded. Back in the studio for the band's seventh disc (and its first recorded in the U.S., with Tortoise's John McEntire producing) are the trio of gifted songwriters and instrumentalists that have supplied this outfit with a surplus of talent since it formed in 1990. Norman Blake, Gerard Love, and Raymond McGinley each contribute four songs; parsing who wrote what, as usual, makes for the perfect rock-geek parlor game: is the straightforward, jaunty "It's All in My Mind" (Blake) stronger than the harder-rocking, riffy "Time Stops" (Love) or the earnest "Feel" (McGinley)? In the end the correct answer is who cares: Teenage Fanclub is back. Their vibe continues to be timeless, accessible, and as satisfyingly cool as it's ever been. -Tammy La Gorce ... Read more

48. Up the Bracket
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Can the debut album from London dandies the Libertines live up to the hype? With the Clash's Mick Jones at the production helm, gravelly tracks such as "Horror Show" and "The Boy Looked at Johnny" rattle along like first-gen punk classics. But like the Strokes, the Libertines manage to imbue snotty garage rock with a sort of wistful romanticism that adds genuine soul to their raucous clatter. Although there's no sign of "What a Waster," the single that made their name, there's no shortage of excellent tunes here. "Boys in the Band" is an affectionate ode to a groupie, with frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat hollering: "And they all get 'em out / For the boys in the band." "I Get Along" proves that these boys have a knack for penning tight, nervy songs that evoke the Jam and the Buzzcocks. --Louis Pattison ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars emulates, but never truly imitates
The comparisons to the Clash will be inevitable due to this london band's fushion of punk, blues, dub, funk, and some straight up rock riffs that would make chuck berry smile (not to mention the careful production of Clash co-founder Mick Jones.) Strokes comparisons will also be plentiful thanks to lead singer Pete Doherty's sounding uncannily like a julian casablancas/joe stummer hybrid.
But these guys are certainly not knock offs, and they display a lot more talent than the hives, vines, and most of the rest of the post-post-punk bands that have become all the rage.
Whereas those aformentioned bands sometimes just sound like loud-mouth high school kids who've stumbled across some catchy riffs, the Libertines draw from decades of rock tradition (not unlike the clash) to create an unruly, amazing debut. Check out "Boys in the Band," where funk-fused riffs and Doherty's swaggering vocals pull a u-turn into barbershop style harmonies. Or the hook-laden rock of the title song, which is reminiscent of the clash's finest moments. Rarely does a band approach such a wide array of attitudes with equal proficiency.
This album is destined to be one of the best debuts of the year. Pick it up now so you can tell everyone you heard them first.

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes the Strokes Look Foolish
Upon buying this I expected to hear another mediocre band that had hopped on the "garage revival" bandwagon...boy, was I suprised. The first track, Vertigo, is so good that I played it again immediately after hearing it for the first time ever. It's been said before, but its true that this is what The Strokes would sound like had they decided to listen to The Clash and The Jam, rather than Television and The Velvet Underground. This record is fantastic all the way through, unlike some of the other buzz bands of the moment that have 3 decent singles and an album full of filler. Sick hooks, great choruses...get "up the bracket" and i promise you it will be in your cd player for weeks. The US version also includes their first single, "What A Waster", which was excluded from the UK album release and is probably the weakest cut...maybe 'cause it was produced by "The Butler" rather than Mick Jones, who did the rest of the album. If the Libertines, keep showing this kind of improvement, look out, Fred D and Chester B.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun yet Complex.
I got this CD for Valentine's Day and it really hasn't left my disc player since. Track 8, "Tell the King," is one of my favorite songs of the year. The lyrics are interesting and not bubblegummy, "you can cut and twist like a journalist" is an example. This is an eclectic CD. It's got a punk and rock and pop sound. You'll dig it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Rock Album
For this to be a debut album is nearly unbelievable. It's brilliant, with a mature sound and intelligence that makes The Libertines stand out against other new bands claiming to be similar. With tracks that get better and catchier with every listen, this is an album not to be missed.

5-0 out of 5 stars as long as the lager flows....
When I first heard the Libertines, it was in 2000 with their first single "What a Waster". Like "Highly Evolved", it blew my mind. It wasn't the lyrics, it wasn't the look, it was the music and, THE SOUND! It was obvious then, and even more apparent in this album, that these boys from the South of London understood their roots, absorbed their influences, then, reinterpreted all of it to suit the moment.

I will say it now, Pete Doherty, if he doesn't kill himself first, will eventually be recognized as one of THE greatest songwriters of his generation. The Kid completely gets IT. He has taken the energy of the Ramones, combined it with the poetry of the Smiths, and filtered it all through the swagger and drunken bliss of Oasis.

If you have been wondering what all of the hype is about or, you are just looking for something that will give you hope that Rock n Roll ain't dead...then this is YOUR album. ... Read more

49. God Fodder
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Maintaining a unique sensibility for pop hooks and lyrical charms, Ned's Atomic Dustbin create British pop sounds that are instantly recognizable in their headshaking catchiness. Forged with standard rock instruments, the Ned's sound is even more salient because of the dual bass guitar lineup which provides jolting cross-melodies like no other. A constant barrage of dirty guitar scratches across the surface with flange and wah-wah providing spongy effects. In between the rapid movements, themes of post-adolescent angst come off brilliantly with the shrewdly idiosyncratic lyrics of singer John Penny. With a little help from the "Madchester" scene, they enlivened the steps of listeners further beyond the realm of the typical shoegazers of the time. --Lucas Hilbert ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars It'll make you "Happy".
"God Fodder" is a pretty good album of early 90's brit-pop. Actually it's more brit-rock, considering that most of the album is fairly heavy, compared to others in the genre. The two big songs on here are also the two best, those are "Kill Your Television" and "Grey Cell Green". But numerous other tracks are good and catchy too, like "Cut Up" and "Throwing Things". If you're a fan of the era, or of similar bands, check out "Ned's Atomic Dustbin". You won't know, "Until You Find Out".

4-0 out of 5 stars Probably some of the best guitar driven Brit-Pop
After seeing these mop-topped guys jumping around on MTV, in a paint-splattered room that seemed to be left over from the J. Geils Band's video for "Centerfold," I really was in no hurry to explore this band. Then, while shopping for CDs - I could not get the hook out of my head ("It's In-Si-Ide Her" - from the track: Grey Cell Green) and in fact, only got the right CD by luck. It has since emerged as one of the best that I own - certainly of it's genre. With two electric basses, two to three guitars per song and the most aggressive drum presence of the decade before Dave Grohl of Nirvana, the songs on this album are dense and packed with intertwined melodies, good musicianship and various rhythms. Stand out tracks include the aforementioned "Grey Cell Green" (the only track of Ned's that received any degree of heavy rotation), "Selfish" (contains a sample from the film, Die Hard - grinding, driving song with quite a few rhythm shifts) and the amazing, almost"~ flamenco-Spanish guitar styled, "Capital Letters." These guys are adept at all kinds of wordplay ("The grey cell's green only if the green sells grey, the grey sells green only if the green cell's grey" - Grey Cell Green) ("She'll break some hearts when she grows up. She'll break some hearts if she owns up - minus one. Mine is one." - Capital Letters). 80's and early 90's band, their rock is pretty timeless.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good early 90's alternative rock
This is 90's alternative rock at it's near best. I recommened you check out the song "Grey Cell Green" and if you like that song, check out this album. It sounds good...

5-0 out of 5 stars Terminally Groovy
What a CD. I remember my first exposure to Ned's was when I was in 8th grade, and MTV was periodically playing the video for "Grey Cell Green." There wasn't much to the video, but I kinda liked the song. I didn't rush out to buy the album. But, one fateful day I was at a record store and they were playing the album, and it was on sale for (I still remember) $5.99 for the tape. I bought it. It didn't come out of my walkman for almost 3 months. From the opening chord of "Kill Your Television" to when the distinctive sound of the 2nd bass, I was hooked. Personal favorite songs "Happy" and "Throwing Things." I still listen to the album alotand it still gives me the same charge as it did the first time I listened to the cassette when I was 14 (13 years ago).

2-0 out of 5 stars Now In The Dustbin
God Fodder is another one of those discs that seemed a lot harder and angrier when it came out than it does now. Ned's anthemic 'Kill Your Television' sounds more than a little tired 10 years later. Worse, the rest of the disc is so similar in style and tone that it could pass for remix versions. Of interest to die hard fans and nostalgia buffs only. ... Read more

50. Clocks
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Taken from the 2002 album, 'A Rush of Blood to the Head'.This Australian exclusive five track EP is b/w four non-LPtracks, 'Crests Of Waves', 'Animals', 'In My Place' (Livein Manchester), & 'Yellow' (live KCRW Santa Monica, CARadio Session). Capitol. 2003. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars When this Clock chimes
I am a big Coldplay fan, and this is a great single. It all starts with 'Clocks,' which has become perhaps their biggest hit here in the states (bigger than 'Yellow'? Maybe).

But the great music does not end there. 'Crest of Waves' is a number that will definitely grown on you. It has a unique sound for Coldplay, with a slight 80's vibe. One could argue that it's one of their more catchy tunes. After that is 'Animals,' a song Coldplay has been performing live for quite awhile. In fact, there was some surprise that it did not make it onto the album. It's a little darker than 'Crest of Waves,' but a more beautiful song. I think it's single-worthy in itself. In fact, I think you could throw both of these songs onto 'A Rush of Blood to the Head' and not miss a beat - they are both album quality tracks.

The two lives tracks are a mixed bag. The piano-based version of 'Yellow' is interesting, although I'm not quite sure it works. Think 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' from the CD 'Maybe This Christmas,' released last year. 'In My Place' is an enjoyable little concert piece with the crowd getting involved nicely, and a hint of Chris Martin's onstage charisma.

Even if you're only somewhat of a Coldplay fan, you should definitely pick this CD up. I gave it 4 out of 5 because they elected to include the radio-edit version of 'Clocks' instead of the album version, which is annoying to a big fan like myself. You should really get this for the two B-sides, which you should find to be just as enjoyable as most of the album tracks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful song with awesome b-sides
Clocks is a wonderful song, I fell in love with that song when Coldplay had the previewing of their new album back in August of 2002. Although, the radio edit isn't as strong as the one on the record because they edited a piece of the piano solo out. If you listen to the album version and then the radio version, you'll understand what I mean by this. "Crests of Waves" is a great song. I downloaded it a few months ago and it's definately one of my favorites. All I've ever heard is the live version of "Animals" but it's a chilling song. Then you have the great "Yellow" to sing along to and it's live! And the wonderful "In My Place". I have to admit, when I first heard this song, I didn't like it much. Then, it grew on me and it's one of the highlights of AROBTTH. Buy AROBTTH it offers more material than this import single and includes "Warning Sign", the title track and "Amsterdam". Either way, they're both great cds and you won't be dissapointed. :)

3-0 out of 5 stars Clocks - the longer single
I will not discuss the song Clocks, supposing that you have already heard it by now.

Crests of Waves and Animals capture Coldplay wearing their Echo & The Bunnymen influence on their sleeves. And their inclusion onto A Rush of Blood To The Head would have added some much-needed diversity since they are both far more bouyant than most of the album's songs.

The live recording of Yellow, strangely enough, doesn't seem to have an audience. It's just Chris Martin singing along with his piano, nothing else. I myself prefer the full band version.

The live recording of In My Place is a little on the messy side when it comes to mixing. Martin's voice gets a little off-key at times and the crowd, at one point in the beginning, becomes louder than the band. Aside from those details, it sounds just like the album version.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Coldplay Non-LP
I recently started trying to find all the Coldplay singles, most of which are hard to find. This is by far the best I've found so far. I would reccomend this highly to anyone who likes Coldplay at all, and it's a great first single with which to start a Coldplay collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best single released from "A Rush Of Blood" so far...
In addition to this version of the "Clocks" single, I also purchased "The Scientist" (Canadian) and "In My Place" (Canadian). Hands down, this is the best single of the three. In addition to the stellar first track "Clocks" (in a radio edited version here), the b-sides and live tracks make this one a worthwhile purchase.

"Crest Of Waves" and "Animals" sound very similar to the rest of the tracks on "A Rush Of Blood," and could have easily been included on the album. "Crest" is a mid-tempo track that sounds similar to "Green Eyes" (from the album). "Animals" is a bit slower, but I wouldn't quite call it a ballad--possibly more comparible to the title track "A Rush Of Blood To The Head."

The "live" version of "Yellow" is a very different rendition, almost unrecognizable if not for the lyrics. This track is Chris Martin solo at the piano on the famous Morning Becomes Eclectic show on KCRW. It is much slower and more melancholy than the familiar album version from "Parachutes," but still very pleasing.

The last track captures the energy of the band during their tour for the "Rush Of Blood" album. This "live" version of "In My Place" is from the MTV UK Coldplay special, which finds the crowd singing along and the band sounding as good as ever. This single was also released in the UK with the b-sides, but without the live tracks. Pick up this version, as you will be happy to have the live versions of "Yellow" and "In My Place," too! ... Read more

51. Welcome to the North
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The Music are nothing if not confounding. Their second album, Welcome to the North would, based on its title alone, suggest that this quartet wear their Northern England roots on their sleeve. But rather than producing yet another tired Oasis or Stone Roses pastiche, the Music decamped to the distinctly un-Northern town of Atlanta, Georgia to work with renowned rock producer Brendan O'Brien (best known for working with Pearl Jam and Soundgarden). The results are thrilling--an over-the-top, bombastic album that often manages to combine the rock power of Led Zeppelin with the epic psychedelia of Jane's Addiction (helped by frontman Robert Harvey's vocal similarities to Perry Farrell and drummer Phil Jordan's breakneck drumming, reminiscent of Stephen Perkins). And though the lyrics occasionally venture into pretension (really, who says "mine eyes" anymore?), they're made forgivable by the power of tracks like "Freedom Fighters" and "Bleed from Within" (which even boasts a drum solo). In fact, the only outright homage to their Northern indie heritage is "I Need Love", with a danceable, New Order-esque bassline that drives the whole thing along. But generally, they stick to their guns instead of their roots, making Welcome to the North a great rock album. --Robert Burrow ... Read more

52. 12 Memories
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5-0 out of 5 stars 12 Memories
Here we have what is probably the second best album of 2003. It is dark, it is melancholy, it is good. But it is also cheery in spots, and definitely has some great hooks, orchestrations, and infectious pop melodies. If you're a fan of British pop/rock, then you'll hardly go wrong here.

Travis' "12 Memories" sees the band sounding very polished and self-assured. Almost every single song on here works, and even the ones that don't quite pull it together aren't bad. The first track, 'Quicksand', gets things off to a great start, with the bitter male lead upset over being left. The vocals and orchestration come together exquisitely here. 'Beautiful Occupation' harkens back to a somewhat Beach Boys style-sound, but is still uniquely Travis. 'Re-Offender' is a good little builder of a song. I listened to it multiple times when I first got the CD. 'Somewhere Else' is great, and 'Love Will Come Through' is a surprisingly straightforward pop song, positive in its message, but it still has a rather dark sound to it. And these are just the highlights. The rest of the album flows wonderfully, as well.

It's good to see that Travis haven't lost their edge. They are well established in their career, and are still producing stunning albums. This bodes well for their future. A future which I welcomingly embrace.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'll Disagree with Many Who Say this is a Bad CD
This album is full of great melodies, and I'm surprised to read that people think that this doesn't sound like Travis. Half their songs from previous albums have the same gloominess tempered by catchy riffs. Some say the political rhetoric is too much, but the political songs are not in your face but rather more subdued: how can you say that "Beautiful Occupation" is not a good song? It evokes the sound of U2 during their more political days, and the lyrics are a bit more generalized so it doesn't become mired in the politics of the day. It could be any occupation, really. Other great songs are "Peace the F*** Out," "Quicksand," "Love Will Come Through," and "Somewhere Else." The weaker stuff is at the end, in my opinion. And, I don't like the idea of the "hidden track" that comes after a minute of silence following "Walking Down The Hill," which in itself is not a terrible tune but doesn't benefit from the techno stylings. The piano tune that follows, "Some Sad Song," is better. All in all, I must say that Travis is my favorite "new" band, and I think they are so much better than Coldplay or Radiohead( two bands that are more style than substance ). Fran Healey's voice is a distinctive one, and his straight-forward lyrics and singing are a welcome antidote to the kind of poison that has been fouling up the airwaves in the last four years( or even longer ). As for production values, the album loses some of its more distinctive guitar work from the previous two albums, on some songs trading the more jangle and echo laden sound for more of a dense, overdriven tone. But, overall, the album is sonically sound and deftly wrought with many layers. Oh, and if you're wondering about the lyrics to the mysterious memory number twelve, go to the last page of lyrics and hold it at an angle to the light. They're "hidden" there in a different shade of black.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fond of "Memories"
Travis takes a sharp left turn in "12 Memories," a controversial evolution in the Brit-pop band's sound. It's more cynical, more sharply melancholy, more political, and experiments with their sound. While it may turn off people expecting a sunny listen, it makes up for its shortcomings with its beautiful writing and instrumentation.

It kicks off with the mournfully catchy "Quicksand," political pop-rocker "Beautiful Occupation," and the vague, quiet "Reoffender." After the rousing "Peace the F*ck Out," they take a slightly different turn with the depressingly upbeat "How Many Hearts," the eerie "Paperclips," and the catchy but confusing "Somewhere Else." The end takes a wild seesaw between the melancholy "Some Sad Song" and the prettier, lighter "Walking Down the Hill" and "Happy To Hang Around."

The political Britpop of "12 Memories" gives a vaguely Beatles-esque feel to the album. Okay, it's not "All You Need is Love," but the darker, frustrated feelings in "12 Memories" are more in tune with the times. Then, apparently having gotten their soapboxing out of their system, Travis focuses on the lonely, chilly ballads and pop-rockers.

Fran Healy's low, rough-edged voice is well-suited to the melancholy music. And that music takes a newer, more experimental edge here, like the build-up of swirling sound in "Mid-Life Krysis" or the meandering, swelling, surreal lament or the tinkling soundscapes of the penultimate track. It adds to the moodiness, and gives the feeling that Travis is growing and changing.

And the political themes may rub some listeners the wrong way, but they remain as explicit as they can be without naming names. Some songs, like "Somewhere Else" and "Mid-Life Krysis," have lyrics that are confusing at best. But overall the writing is quite solid, and Healy's voice brings to life lines like the plaintive "Hopelessly hoping our plan will wake up/Hoping it all will be fine."

"12 Memories" takes Travis to a more cynical, gloomier place, but the chilly, twilight beauty of the British pop-rock is undeniable. Not the best they have done, but certainly intriguing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific.
I first heard travis when watching the trailer for the movie ( not yet out in theatres ) "Garden State" ( natalie portman, zach braff ) and it happened to have one of travis' songs toward the end, " Love will come through" Well, I have to say- I was just captured by the ingenuous mixture of soft drums( or synthesizers) and cooing voices, and the incredible intro melody.. i just had to have it... i paid about 17-18 dollars for it at barnes and nobles and it is worth every cent. I immediately grew attached to many of the other tracks on the album, including beautiful occupation and re-offender. (...)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent blend of mellow and rock
Love this CD. Can't remember the last time an entire CD was so enthused with a blend of mellow and rock rolled into one. A soothing listen, one you'll want to repeat over and over again. ... Read more

53. Familiar to Millions
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In 2000 Oasis wisely dispensed with theatrics and concentrated on being the world's greatest stadium-sized pub-rock band. And so, with just three mammoth video walls in tow, they toured the world. Big as the video screens were, however, the band's straight-ahead rock and Liam Gallagher's mouth were even bigger, and contributed much to the drama, tension, and entertainment of the tour behind Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. Fine examples of both were recorded when they played Wembley Stadium. Musically, Oasis make good on their claims to be the biggest and the best with rocking versions of "Supersonic," "Shakermaker," "Cigarettes & Alcohol," and "Live Forever." As for Liam, Familiar to Millions wouldn't be half the album it is had his inane ramblings, brotherly abuse, and audience taunts been edited out. That's where the real live atmosphere lies--there and in the sound of 70,000 fans singing the choruses of "Wonderwall" and "Don't Look Back in Anger." --Dan Gennoe ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hope springs eternal for American rock fans......
I'm biased - Oasis can do very little to disappoint me. That being said, I think any fan of real rock-n-roll, not the garbage that American audiences seem to crave (boy bands, girl bands & mindless hip-hop etc.) will appreciate this live album. The entire band is in fine form. Highlights include Supersonic, Wonderwall, Don't look back in anger, Stand by me & Live Forever plus the seldom heard Step Out and a great cover of Hey Hey, My My. Listening to 70,000 people sing along is absolutely electric - Long Live Oasis

5-0 out of 5 stars Rock n roll at its finest
Oasis may have lost a lot of their popularity stateside during these times of bubblegum pop (aka Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears, etc), but any afficionado (lover, baby) of straightforward in-your-face-rock n roll should include this compilation of live tunes from one of the best rock bands of our time in their collection. There are imperfections in this CD certainly - Liam's off key singing in "Acquiesce" for example, but then thats what a live rock n roll gig is all about. Liam comes through on all other tracks with virtousity. This is a real rock gig at a premier venue (Wembley Stadium) by a real rock band. There first two albums were masterpieces for sure and the last two had their moments as well- this record definitely goes to show that this band is one of the very few keeping the rock n roll flame burning throughout the world. And with the addition of Andy Bell and Gem Archer in their line-up, it also shows that they are a long way from disappearing in the annals of rock history anytime soon(sibling rivalries aside!) Step Out, buy this CD and capture the atmosphere of a good ol rock gig with this CD. Live Forever.


2-0 out of 5 stars Where are the objective reviews?
I am sorry. I love Oasis' music, own all their albums, but this live recording just sounds terrible. Liam's voice is really rough (too much smoking & drinking?) and he sounds half asleep/drunk on many of the tracks. I really like the new band members and Heathen Chemistry was just awesome, but they sound really new and not that great yet live on this recording. They should really release some live recordings from years ago - How about the Knebworth show? Oasis should take a lesson from U2 - They still sound great live after 20+ years in the business. Hopefully Liam will work on his voice and stay off the booze for shows in the future...

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Live Album
This is, without a doubt, the best live album in the past ten years along with Nirvana Unplugged. This is in the midst of the changes Oasis were going through, of the heels of their heavily criticized Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants album, the replacement of rhythm guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs and bass player Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan with Gem Archer and Andy Bell, and the gradual change of Liam's voice.
The band begins with F**king in the Bushes. There's not much to be said for this because it sounds a lot like the album version, and follows in the tradition of Oasis starting a show with an instrumental. They follow with two more songs from Standing On The Shoulder of Giants (the poppy Go Let It Out and the psychadelic Who Feels Love), befopre launching into Supersonic, a fan favourite from 1994, and follow it up with Shakermaker, which is usually a tedious song, but it is done quite well here (I also see the songwriter credits have been changed to comply with the whole New Seekers thing). Then comes the ultimate Oasis live favourite Acquiesce (amazingly a B-Side). Finally Noel gets a go at singing with Step Out which was left of Morning Glory because of legal problems with Stevie Wonder. Gas Panic follows. This is the best song of Giants, and is chilling here. Roll With It comes next which average on Morning Glory and average here. Then comes the only song from Be Here Now, Stand By Me , which is done nicely here, but let down by Liam's husky voice.
An amazing electric version of their masterpiece, Wonderwall introduces us to Disc 2, and follows with the rocker Cigarettes & Alcohol. Noel sings again on a good version of Don't Look Back In Anger, continuing onto the live favourite Live Forever. A cover of Neil Young's Hey Hey My My comes next, but then the concert is let down for 6 minutes with 'Champagne Supernova which I think shouldn't ever be performed live. The 'last one', the stellar Rock & Roll is followed, and the album closes with a separately recorded cover of the Beatles classic Helter Skelter.
All in all, this is a great live album.

3-0 out of 5 stars An Amazing 2nd CD......
But the first one, not so much. The 2nd CD is just brilliant, the only song that doesn't blow my mind is Rock n' Roll star, and I don't hate that song at all. Oasis does amazing covers of "Hey,Hey,My,My" and "Helter Skelter" as well as amazing version of Wonderwall, Live Forever and Don't Look Back in Anger. Unfourtanatly there wasn't a single song on the first CD worth listening too. So as great as the 2nd CD is, the package falls short. ... Read more

54. Laid
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Along with the more overtly quirky Pavement, James sought to bring the eccentric folk-rock of the Incredible String Band into the alt-rock era, and did an especially fine job of it on this 1993 release. Still reeling from the U.K. chart success of their "Sit Down" single and Seven album, the Manchester veterans (who started out a decade earlier on their hometown Factory label) crafted this thoroughly accessible yet thoughtful collection. Especially infectious are "Sometimes," with its headlong strumming and chanted chorus, and the title track, with Tim Booth's vocals at their mannered best. Meanwhile, "Skindiving" finds the band venturing into the kind of experimental terrain that would later gain Radiohead enormous acclaim. Laid is a fine album from a chronically underrated band. --Bill Forman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!!
On the first listen itself this album mesmerizes you. Transcending the intersection of folkrock and pop, this album combines the magical beauty of lead singer Booth with the neat, never over-the-top production of Brain Eno. The end result is a sweet taste left after you close your CD player. What an album!!! James is an English band who rose to fame in the early nineties due to heavy rotation of single like Say Something, Sit Down etc. Until Booth left in 2001, the band released good album after album, their last classic effort being Millionairs.

Say Something from Laid was heavily featured on Mtv those days but there are scores of better songs on the disc. The album begins with a melodic chanting from Booth in the form of Out to get you. Beautiful lyrics, excellent vocal harmonies which leaves a haunting melody in your ears. Then Sometimes takes over with brilliant yet simple lyrics (sometimes when I look into your eyes, I can see your soul), Dream Thrum, One of the three all melodic rockers but the best is yet to come. FIVE-O and PS are outstanding tracks on the disc. Perhaps the best songs James ever composed!!! They have haunting melodies and hooks. Excellent songs!!!

Rest of the album is good which basically means this is a great album. ten years old and still sitting in the first rack of my CD collection, this is a divine album for lazy summer nights and cold winter ones too...

5-0 out of 5 stars If it lasts forever....
Yes, they're underrated. Yes Tim Booth's voice is a gift from God. Yes, it took me 5 years to appreciate the beauty and brilliance of this album, and the astonishingly prolific band that produced it; but, hey, better late than never :-)

From opening strains of "Out To Get You" to the last haunting lyric of "Skindiving", this album is a winner. Reviewers were right to call it one of the best albums of the 90s. There is not a bad track in this collection of 13 songs. Among my favorites are: "Sometimes" (I dare anyone to find me a better chorus in pop music today); "One Of The Three" (Dear God....); "Five-O" (hands down, my favorite song of ALL TIME); P.S. (Stunning...Breathtaking...Beautiful.); Everybody Knows (I just bet they do).

The wonderful thing about James (and the thing I think attracts people to their music) is their uncanny ability to marry perfect melodies with thoughtful, emotionally resonant lyrics. "Laid" is a perfect example of what James have done so well throughout their career. The album hangs together on thematic threads of hope, love, loss and spirituality; but the musical arrangements are anything but saccharine (just listen to the gently loping, yet sinsister guitar and percussion in P.S.). James prove that it is still possible to make intelligent, catchy pop music.

Also recommended: "The Best Of", "Pleased To Meet You"

5-0 out of 5 stars Where was I all this time?
When I listen to an album this great eleven years after its original release, I realize once more that no matter how much music you THINK you've heard! You haven't even scratched at the surface of the iceberg.

Originally labeled as being Smiths clones, Britain-based James gradually built a name for themselves, until in 1993, they relied on the magical producing wand of Brian Eno to put out this album that brought them to the forefront of American consciousness. Don't be surprised, then, to run into accents, atmospheres and sounds in general that bring back to mind the sounds of U2's memorable 'Unforgettable Fire', 'Joshua Tree' or the experimental 'Passengers', considering that Eno's hand touched these works by the Irish superband. This can be heard very clearly in song #9 "Knuckle Too Far" and the closing track, two of my favorites from the album.

But their greatness doesn't lie in a sound close to U2's or their resemblance to Smiths in their early days. James has a solid sonic and lyrical foundation that can only be achieved by a few great acts. The singer Tim Booth has an enticing style that make him a powerful storyteller that is also able to build an intimacy around his band's soundscapes, comparable to Bono, Sting or singers in Spanish, Miguel Bose or Beto Cuevas ("Lullaby" is a good example of this). Colletively speaking, a band that comes close to what James achieved with their work more than a decade ago is Travis, which hopefully should give you a good idea of how good these guys are!

4-0 out of 5 stars I'm very glad this album has been 'Laid'
'Laid' is a great dayglo pop album which features psychadelica, folk rock and dark delerious rock tracks. 'Out to get You' is a fascinating and haunting psych-pop piece as is the marvellous 'Dream Thrum'. While 'One of the Three' is a magnificent pop gem, the title track single features an annoying opening riff(a rip-off of 'Twist and Shout'). 'Sometimes' is a fantastic pop masterpiece reaching the UK top 20, although deserving a higher entry than No.18! 'Knuckle too Far' and 'Everybody Knows' are folk rock in the style of their fabulous 'Gold Mother' album, which spawned they're biggest hit 'Sit Down'. The two secret jewels towards the end are 'Skindiving' and 'Lullably', creamy, dreamy psychadelica tracks, sending you into a dream world of compelling happiness! 'Low Low Low' and 'Say Something' are marvelous examples of when James experiment with rock and do it well.

Alltogether, 'Laid' is a great pop album. Very experimental, but the pop is as vivid as James gets. For other sublime James releases, look into 'Gold Mother', 'Seven' and of course 'The Best Of...'.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Work
On the first listen itself this album mesmerizes you. Transcending the intersection of folkrock and pop, this album combines the magical beauty of lead singer Booth with the neat, never over-the-top production of Brain Eno. The end result is a sweet taste left after you close your CD player. What an album!!! James is an English band who rose to fame in the early nineties due to heavy rotation of single like Say Something, Sit Down etc. Until Booth left in 2001, the band released good album after album, their last classic effort being Millionairs.

Say Something from Laid was heavily featured on Mtv those days but there are scores of better songs on the disc. The album begins with a melodic chanting from Booth in the form of Out to get you. Beautiful lyrics, excellent vocal harmonies which leaves a haunting melody in your ears. Then Sometimes takes over with brilliant yet simple lyrics (sometimes when I look into your eyes, I can see your soul), Dream Thrum, One of the three all melodic rockers but the best is yet to come. FIVE-O and PS are outstanding tracks on the disc. Perhaps the best songs James ever composed!!! They have haunting melodies and hooks. Excellent songs!!!

Rest of the album is good which basically means this is a great album. ten years old and still sitting in the first rack of my CD collection, this is a divine album for lazy summer nights and cold winter ones too... ... Read more

55. Once More With Feeling (Bonus CD)
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56. Must I Paint You a Picture? The Essential Billy Bragg
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is what a Greatest Hits album should be!
I have every Billy Bragg album except this one, and the rare stuff on the third disc is tempting me to correct that oversight. Record companies take note - that's how a Greatest Hits album is supposed to work!

For those unfamiliar with Billy Bragg, his music may be best summarized as "acoustic punk", but he has experimented with numerous styles over the course of his twenty year career. This three CD set collects them all, in a rough chronological order. Disc one begins in Thatcherite Britain: you can picture Billy sitting in a smoke-filled pub belting out coarse folk tunes and love songs with tender quirky lyrics; we then follow him outside into the middle of the poll tax riots, with socialist anthems and rich ballads that tell stories of heartache and broken dreams. Disc two starts at a time in Bragg's career I'd rather forget, the Britpop period, but thankfully the salvation of the later 1990s soon follows. Here he returns to familiar themes - disillusionment with the state of the world, left wing Utopianism, and, of course, love - but the music is more sophisticated and polished. There's even a few Woody Guthrie covers thrown in for fun (and to remind us of his politics). Disc three is made up of remixes and rarities I've only ever heard live or bootleg, which is why I'm going to break down and buy the album!

Regardless of your politics, it's hard not to be moved by songs like "Levi Stubbs' Tears" or "The Space Race Is Over", or to reminisce about relationships gone sour over tracks like "The Price I Pay". Billy Bragg is truly a prolific artist, with a poet's soul and a bleeding heart, and this collection of his work is, as the title says, ESSENTIAL.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised...Now I am officially a NEW fan
I bought this CD on the fact that it was value for money. Depending on your retailer you can get a bonus third 10 track disc. So overall you have 50 tracks and over 200 minutes of music. WOW! If all music CDs were like that...I'd buy triple the new releases CDs I buy now.

The first disc is the more instantly gratifiable (quiet ambient, sonic, subliminal, primeval and surreal). The second disc needs more spins to appreciate, but still as good. The production values of this CD is first class...high quaility sound: guitars, piano and all sort of modern distortions.
Overall I am impressed by this 3CD set. Now I am a fan of Billy Bragg.

5-0 out of 5 stars NPWA!
Bragg's tune, "No Power Without Accountability" sums up his political perspective absolutely accurately, and in this collection, his career is summed up just perfectly. This is a writer who puts his head and his heart on the line. Art as politics blazes through his skewering of the western world. While his neo-socialist underpinnings seem at times dated ("Great Leap Forward"), you need to keep in mind that it was no accident that he should turn to Woody Guthrie and in partnership with WILCO essay some of America's heartland-poet's unfinished songs in so compelling a manner. Like Ireland's Andy Irvine, Bragg has taken to the road for the common man. Fatcats of either white or blue collar are pilloried, their efforts at exploiting those who have entrusted them with power are stripped of the rhetoric designed to feed people what they want and laid open as lies meant to enrich the prevaricators. For all the vitriol, there is an incredibly human voice that touches the heart as well as fires the mind.
Besides all that, Bragg can write a damn fetching tune. For all the rhetoric, he can turn around and write something as emotionally honest as "Somedays I See The Point," one of the greatest songs ever written. His early resetting of "Just Walk Away Renee" is shear (you'll get it) genius. There is a lot to consider here and it is all worth the investment of your time. WILCO, The Blokes, his solo stuff: all are delivered with a sense of commitment. The third disc presents some rarities, including a cut from a radio show in Philadelphia that misrepresents its xenophilic title by content. Nonetheless, Bragg is just brilliant with his "Rhyme or Reason." It's irrelevant whether you embrace his politics. What counts is you have before you the works of a man who has considered thoughtfully the human condition and has found cause to say that the least of us should never be trampled upon. His is a noble soul. Fripp says, "With commitment, everything changes." Bragg clearly lives that commitment. ... Read more

57. The Rutles
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3-0 out of 5 stars Do I Have To Spell It Out? C-H-E-E-S-E A-N-D O-N-I-O-N-S
Yes, the Rutles TV special was very funny, but don't let that distract you from the top-notch Pop on this CD. I like it so much that my band used to cover "I Must Be In Love."

The production is a bit sparse at times, but the great Neil Innes injects enough energy and wit into every tune to carry them through the thinner moments.

"Goose-Step Mama," "Number One," and some of the other 'early' Rutles stuff is good, but when Innes hits the band's 'middle' and 'late' periods--beginning with "Doubleback Alley"--he whips off a few near-classics. "Piggy In the Middle," starts as a baltent rip-off of "I Am The Walrus," but Innes adds a melodic turn that makes it the Rutles own. "Another Day" and "Cheese & Onions" recall 1970-ish McCartney and Lennon without ridiculing either.

Which is, of course, the secret to the Rutles greatness: Innes & Eric Idle were great fans--and great friends--of the Beatles. Imitation may be the greatest form of flattery, but it takes a real fan to do it right.

By the way, there are those of us who have argued for years that, if the Beatles had ever wanted to get back together post-1980, Neil Innes was the obvious choice for a fourth.

As for the eternal question--will the Rutles ever get back together--I think Mick Jagger put it best:

"I hope not."

5-0 out of 5 stars The Rutles Passed The Audition
I wish I could have given this CD 10 stars! If parody is the greatest compliment, then Neil Innes and the boys paid the Beatles the greatest compliment of them all. The music contained on this CD is extremely precise and accurate. There are times on this CD that I have to wonder if I am really listening to the Rutles or the Beatles. I dare anyone to tell me that the vocals on "Cheese and Onions" do not sound exactly like John Lennon. "Another Day" could be mistaken for Paul McCartney, under his "Nomme de merde de taureau," Arsenio Vermounth.

The CD format offers more songs than the LP. One of the extra tracks, "Get Up And Go," sounds very much like the Beatles "Get Back."

Although the film "All You Need Is Cash" was nothing more than the casts of Monty Python meeting Second City TV to poke fun at the Beatles legend; this CD is positively no joke. The music is accurate to the point where you would say things like "That sounds a lot like. . . ", but, by the same token, they are slightly different to add a touch of originality. The lyrics are quite charming and entertaining.

This is a wonderful CD. It is good for die-hard Beatles fans, as well as those who are not. It is definitely worth every penny. And, yes, "the Rutles DID pass the audition."

2-0 out of 5 stars It's some of the most ridiculous songs ever
I found this in a bargin bin in December of 84. I found it for the most part a big steaming pile of shaving cream. Don't forget this is a family webpage. There was some demented genius here with "Good Times Roll" where they play to the tune of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", There is also "Cheese and Onions" not a good mix. "Hold My Hand" which is to the tune of "All My Loving" qualifies as a competent love song, and "Piggy In The Middle" was done to the tune of "I Am The Walrus", but to me should've been released this year as these are songs that would probably be big hits right now as Rock and Roll is truly dead.

5-0 out of 5 stars Long Live The Rutles!!!
Simply put, The Rutles were one of the British Invasion's biggest phenomenons next to The Who, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Between 1962 and 1969, the prefab four of singer/songwriters/bandleaders Dirk McQuickly and Ron Nasty along with guitarist Stig O'Hara (the quiet one) and drummer Barry Wom (the noisy one) created music that was timeless and revolutionary.
The Rutles CD spans the bands entire career covering classics from the critically-acclaimed albums "Meet the Rutles", "Rutles For Sale", "Rutle Soul", their experimental masterpiece "Sgt. Rutters Only Darts Club Band" and their final recordings as a band "Let It Rot" and "Shabby Road" (the latter album spawning rumors that guitarist Stig O'Hara had died because he was depicted wearing no trousers on the album cover). The CD also features music from The Rutles feature films "A Hard Day's Rut", "Ouch!", the critical disapointment "Tragical History Tour" and the animated hit "Yellow Submarine Sandwich".
Musically, the CD shows just how ahead of their time The Rutles really were. Tracks such as "Good Times Roll", "Nevertheless", "Piggy In The Middle" and "Cheese and Onions" feature recording techniques that were innovative and unheard of in the '60s. "Love Life" was one of the first 'flower power' anthems pre-dating The Beatles "All You Need Is Love" by just a few hours. "Let It Rot's" "Get Up and Go" is still an FM rock staple today receiving heavy airplay.
It's hard to believe that The Rutles phenomenon was nearly forgotten after the band broke up in December 1970. It wasn't until the summer of 1978 when Eric Idle of Monty Python fame produced a definitive documentary film of the band, that the world recollected their memory of the beloved prefab four.
In 1996, The Rutles released an album of outtakes and leftovers entitled "The Rutles Archeology" which spawned a full-fledged Rutle reunion (minus Dirk McQuickly).
Nearly 40 years after The Rutles first began, their influence continues to be felt by each new generation of musicians. The songwriting of Nasty/McQuickly continues to inspire millions while the musicianship between Nasty, McQuickly, O'Hara and Wom remains unsurpassed.
Besides containing great music, The Rutles CD comes with a fold-out CD cover which includes a detailed essay on the band as well as an interview with The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, one of the many artists who was famous alogside The Rutles.
With this all said, run out and buy The Rutles CD and relive the fantastic memories of Rutlemania.

5-0 out of 5 stars hilarious
Brilliant stuff. I nearly busted a gut when I saw the film and saw that the George Harrison character was played by an Indian. ... Read more

58. Just Enough Education to Perform
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Three albums in, and Stereophonics have written their first truly mature work, Just Enough Education to Perform. While the Welsh trio's first two albums were blighted by the occasional spot of facile pub-rock tub-thumping, which served only to dilute Kelly Jones's emotive laments into ear candy, Just Enough Education to Perform evokes the ragged croak of early Rod Stewart or the world-weary country lament of Neil Young without feeling the need to unnecessarily embellish its content. It's not all good: the album's first single, "Mr. Writer"--a stab at dismissive music journalists--is, ironically, petulant and unwieldy, spoiled by Jones's clunky lyric: "You've just enough, in my own view, education to perform/ I'd like to shoot you all." Far more successful are the simple semi-acoustic readings of "Nice to Be Out", "Step on My Old Size Nines," and "Lying in the Sun," which prove that, stripped down, Jones can match most singer-songwriters of an alt-country persuasion without breaking into a sweat. By this time in their career, Oasis began losing themselves in bland bombast and a fog of hollow guitar solos; to their credit, on Just Enough Education to Perform, Stereophonics do not let fame cloud the clarity of the record's meaning. --Louis Pattison ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars More than enough education to perform
JEEP is, without doubt, the best effort yet from the Stereophonics. It's a gentler album than their previous one, "Performance And Cocktails", with the emphasis here more on melody than on the fairly boring hard rock that characterised PAC, (with the exception of "Just Looking" and the outstanding "Pick A Part That's New").

It doesn't open brightly, though. "Vegas Two Times" would've fitted quite nicely on "Performance And Cocktails", launching into a boring tune after a ridiculous 50 seconds of warming up sounds. Worst song on the album. "Have A Nice Day" should have been the opening track.
However, things start to look up quickly. "Lying In The Sun" is soft and beautiful, with exceptional lyrics from Kelly ("But you burn me up you paint my skin/In bad designs that ain't even in", etc.)
The first single, "Mr. Writer", has a pretty good chorus with cool backing vocals. The rest of it is just okay.
The third single, "Step On My Old Size Nines", is the second best song on the album. Great melody, lovely harmonica playing, a beautiful ending.
The highlight of JEEP is "Have A Nice Day", the second single. It's one of the best songs ever, no question. I don't care if people think it's sappy and that the cab driver in the song has nothing interesting to say, it's excellent!
"Nice To Be Out" is okay, "Watch Them Fly Sundays" is another of the album's strongest tracks, and the remaining ones are pretty good, except maybe for "Everyday I Think Of Money".

Overall, this is a solid recording from a great Welsh band, who have proved with this release that their music is maturing a great deal. Keep up the good work!

5-0 out of 5 stars Well Educated
This is the Stereophonics third album and it was always going to be sifficult after the massive success they had with their previous two albums (Performance And Cocktails and Word Gets Around). Just Enough Education To Perform is slightly slower in tempo throughout the album with a few up beat songs. The first single to be lifted from this album is Mr Writer(top five in the UK) which shows that this album has already got a good start. Some of the key tracks on the album are the fourthcoming single Have A Nice Day, Nice To Be Out, Step On My Old Size Nines and Lying In The Sun. The whole of their album is upto their usual standard and i love it, i havent stopped listening to it since i bought a week ago(released on 9th in the UK), and i have even taped it to listen to in the car. Well Done Lads

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a good cd.
I had never heard this band in America till last year, when over the summer I was glued to one of the very addictive music television channels in India. They played many Stereophonics videos. When I came back to the States, I programmed my Yahoo Launchcast radio station to play them, and I really enjoyed them. After looking at their CDs available in Borders, I bought "Just Enough Education to Perform". I enjoyed most of the tracks, except, for some reason, the first one about Las Vegas. The lead singer's voice is very nice, and the music is comforting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic
I consider myself a pretty mature and well traveled conossieur of music. I am into everything from the Dead to Pearl Jam to Sinatra. I discovered this band about 6 months ago and absolutely fell in love. They are simply fantastic by having a familiar yet completely new sound. I am seeing them open for Bowie next week and am as psyched to see them as the Thin White Duke himself. Do yourself a favor and give these guys a listen. They represent all that is good with British music today and for my $ are the best band, outside of Guns N Roses, Nirvana, The Black Crowes and Radiohead to emerge in the last 15 years.

5-0 out of 5 stars As good as your favorite pair of jeans
I was suprised to read all of the negative reviews of this CD. I happened to think this one of the best records I've ever purchased. To each his own, I guess.

I think of it this way. To me and a lot of other people, this record is like your favorite old pair of jeans. When a new style of clothes hits the stores, we may buy it because it's new, exciting, or different. But, if you're anything like me you eventually get sick of the novel and go back to the old favorite pair of jeans.

There's nothing flashy, shocking, or groundbreaking about this Stereophonics album. Most music that is those things fades out as quickly as it hit the scene. Bands like the Stereophonics stay on the radar because they continue to give you what you like.

If you like bands like Travis, Starsailor, or any of the myriad bands of this genre, this album is terrific. It delivers a lot of the emotion and feelings that got you liking the Phonics in the first place. If you're not a fan of this type of tunes, you may want to stay away from it.

"Just Enough Education to Perform" won't be enough to "convert" you to Britrock or even to this band. But if you like this stuff, you won't be dissapointed. ... Read more

59. Supergrass Is 10: Best of 94-04
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4-0 out of 5 stars JOLLY GOOD
I was amazed how many songs Supergrass have had- wot a collection of records! These songs are very feel good summer drive time songs- play in your car and start the summer fun! A refreshing change to the manufactured crap (aka Busted- down with Busted) out there. Listen

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Collection
Supergrass seem to have flown under the radar recently. Their later albums, following the wonderful In It For The Money, have attracted little attention but the band has continued to release some terrific music and now we find them at the ten year anniversary of the beginning of their career, prompting the release of this best of compilation.
They are without doubt one of the best bands of their generation, one of those groups that wears their influences on their sleeve, yet creates a unique and instantly recognisable sound and style of it's own. Though they are sometimes lumped together with the "Britpop" bands, that label never entirely suited them and they have continued making great music after that era faded, while bands like Oasis and Blur either fell by the wayside or lost the plot completely. Judged on the music alone, this is the best CD you will hear this year. If you have never heard Supergrass before and you like smart, hooky British guitar-pop music, I imagine that hearing all of these songs together would leave you pretty dazzled (I am biased though!).
This compilation takes a pretty safe route by gathering together all of the singles from the band's four albums (and there are plenty) plus "Strange Ones", which as far as I know isn't a single. For some reason there are also three "bonus tracks" tacked on the end. The presence of these "bonus tracks" is a little puzzling - these are album tracks but, like "Strange Ones", they all come from I Should Coco (which is probably the most intoxicatingly exciting debut by any band that I have heard). There doesn't seem to be any reason why tracks from other albums couldn't be included - tracks like Sitting Up Straight (ironically also from I Should Coco), Beautiful People, Your Love, G Song, Tonight and Evening Of The Day would have been welcomed.
The only slight disappointment with this collection is the two new tracks, which is the reason long-time fans like myself are buying this. "Bullet" is not too bad, but it's a bit heavier than the usual Supergrass fare and it's maybe a bit too grungy and non-descript. The other song, "Kiss of Life" is very weird, not in character with the band at all. It seems to be heavily influenced by Prince - in fact, I thought it sounded like an outtake from Beck's Midnite Vultures album! Honestly, there are a lot of Supergrass b-sides that are way better than these songs, for example "Nothing More's Gonna Get In Our Way", "Melanie Davis" "20ft Halo" and "Believer" so these songs may be a bit of a letdown for hardened fans.
To put it simply, if you are curious about Supergrass or just a casual fan this is an almost perfect compilation. If this is your introducation to Supergrass I can guarantee that you will be compelled to check out their albums. The music is simply that great.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's retribution
....from the supernatural, you better watch out cos they're coming to get you, woooo!!! Brecon Beacons, one of my favorite songs by supergrass isn't on here, but this is still a really good "best of" album. Buy it!!!!! ... Read more

60. Second Coming
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4-0 out of 5 stars (Finally) Following Up a Masterpiece
It only took The Stone Roses five years of lawsuits and general self-destructiveness to produce the only follow up album to their 1989 self-titled masterpiece. It has since become apparent that "Second Coming" is also their swan song. That said, though not as strong as the debut, it's a pretty darn good album in its own right. The Roses were never ones to shy away from extended tracks, and they start right off with the nine-minute epic "Breaking Into Heaven," which starts slowly with a bunch of sound effects and pays off handsomely. After that comes a selection of songs more sonically challenging and for the most part less danceable than the debut. Other highlights include the beautifully melodic "Ten Story Love Song," the equally pretty "Your Star Will Shine," the rocking "How Do You Sleep," and the hit single "Love Spreads," which is the most dance floor ready of any of these tunes. The rest of the material fills in adequately, but the "hidden" tracks at the end are, for the most part, not worth the effort.

Overall, a strong successor to The Stone Roses' excellent debut that also serves as their epitath.

4-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Deserve All The Harsh Criticism
The Stone Roses' sophomore effort "The Second Coming," at the time of its release in late 1994, probably caught more undue flak and bitter criticism than any LP in the history of rock music. If you were to read these harsh and pretentious album reviews written by the likes of Q, Rolling Stone, and NME, you would be inclined to belive that "The Second Coming" was not only a mediocre album but also one of the worst albums in living memory. It is neither. It is an excellent piece of work that, though imperfect, is still an intriguing and worthwhile listen.

John Squire's guitar playing here is consistently mesmerizing and enlightening. His blistering solos on the epic, atmospheric opener "Breaking Into Heaven" (ingenious intro) and the classic comeback single "Love Spreads" (like "Voodoo Child" with religiously controversial lyrics) are a thing of magic, and his sublime, more harmonic riffing on "Ten Storey Love Song" and "Your Star Will Shine" prove that his technique is just as melodically subtle as it was brazenly pyrotechnic. Mani's bass playing is thick and swampy, an ideal compliment to Squire's bluesy inclinations. Reni adds his characteristically accomplished drumming and beautiful background vocals, and Ian Brown noticeably grows as vocalist, eschewing his previously naive whisper for a sleazily enthralling moan.

The instrumental work alone merits much praise and attention; Squire as a virtuoso blues guitarist is far superior to Jack White or any of the current "blues revival" axemen, and Mani and Reni comprise one of the finest and most versatile rhythm sections of all time. The songs here aren't to shabby either. In addition to the ones I named above, you also get the frenetic dance-blues fusion "Begging You," the vague Zeppelin parody "Tears," and the fiery Hendrix tribute "Driving South."

Yet despite these ubiquitous strengths, almost every single review of this album that I have read begins with a line similar to: "Well The Stone Roses have finally followed up their absolutely perfect debut album..." When reviewing an album, I try to judge it on its own merits and not rank it relative to another album that was recorded at a different time with different intentions. "The Second Coming" is far different than its predecessor, yet I think that this is not necessarily a bad thing. When listening to the awesome psychedelic blues mayhem that fills these twelve tracks, I get the notion that the band didn't want to make a clone of "The Stone Roses." After all, they had pretty much maximized their previous musical style, producing some truly awesome classicist pop and spawning a thousand guitar-rock/pseudo-dance bands in the process. I honestly belive that if they had made another album just like their debut, it would have worn out its welcome and been judged by the same impossible standard as "The Second Coming." Everyone had already made up his mind about the Roses' second album, dismissing it with narrow-minded musical prejudice.

In conclusion, the new, heavier direction is brave and admirable. At least the Roses didn't bend to the level of Oasis and begin spewing rudimentary and unimaginative pop. The songs here are thoroughly melodic, intensely rhythmic, and mostly well-written, making this "disappointing" sophomore album better than the best efforts of most other bands.

5-0 out of 5 stars A travesty that this isn't well known
This album puts a HUGE majority of albums to shame with it's virtuosity, lyrics, melody, beauty and art. It is SO overlooked and underappreciated that it should be considered a crime against humanity.

I really have to respectfully submit a theory that those who don't like this CD had expectations problems from the first release. This CD is not "The Stone Roses Part II" it is a new direction with hints at the old direction (listen: "Ten Storey Love Song").

This is a BIG slice of funk, blues, pop, and rock that would make any rock music fan drool endlessly. I am so sad that this CD is not listened to and admired as it should be. From the opening jungle sounds, betraying the (ultimately) African (or African American) influences which shaped this wonder to the final guitar soloing, breathy singing of Ian Brown, and rollicking bassline of "Love Spreads", this CD is full of quality art.

Please, if you discovered the Stone Roses late or just never picked this up, pick it up and listen to it as a work of art. An independent CD not related to the first CD in any but the smallest ways.

Let me put you in the picture,
let me show you what I mean.
The messiah is my sister,
ain't no king man, she's my queen!

Thank you Stone Roses for giving us this beautiful CD and all the other wonderful music you created!

3-0 out of 5 stars Man oh man . . .
. . . was this a heart breaking experience the first time I listened to it. The first Stone Roses album is, in my opinion, one of the greatest albums ever made. It's an effortless little bit of dancey psychedelia, where the four band members seem to be actually inhabiting each other's brains - that's how tight it is.

Which understandably gave me pretty high expectations for the follow up. Which the boys decided to call 'Second Coming,' out of either ego or a weird fatalistic sense of acceptance. Because a second coming, this record ain't. I still remember listening to it the first time, sitting on the floor, trying to convince myself that it was actually good. I couldn't, and ended up selling it for cigarette money.

Five years later, I decided to give the thing a second chance. And I found myself liking it a lot more. Honestly, if this were the debut album from some random unknown band, I'd probably say it has a hell of a lot of potential and some catchy, engaging tracks. But it isn't some band I've never heard of - it's the Stone Roses - and this doesn't measure up to what they were capable of in the past.

What's wrong with this album? First, it doesn't feel as though the boys ever really came together on their songs the way they did in the past. It's like Brown or Squier wrote a couple of songs, played it for the band, and then just recorded the thing, right then and there. There isn't the loose effortless feel - there are clearly 4 separate musicians who aren't quite on the same page, musically speaking.

Second, John Squier is not a terribly good writer of lyrics - some of them are, in fact, painfully bad.

Third, Squier is an excellent guitarist. Not a problem in and of itself. But here, he seems very eager to show the whole damn world just how good he is. And how funky (which is not very). His soloing is incredibly self-indulgent and really sticks out like a sore thumb.

So is there anything good about this album? Absolutely. About half the songs are quite good. 'Breaking Into Heaven,' after the interminable intro, is excellent. As is 'Ten Story Love Song,' idiotic lyrics excepted. 'Your Star Will Shine' is quite lovely. 'Begging You' is a nice dancey little number that, unfortunately, suffers from extremely muddy production. 'Tears' is quite cheesy, but there's something compelling about it.

And 'Tightrope' is, in my opinion, almost worth the cost of the album. It's not like much the Stone Roses have done before, but it's lyrically excellent, and has a nice loose feel to it. It would have been nice to hear more in this vein.

The rest of the album is, if not unlistenable, very very generic. Nothing horrible, but nothing beyond your standard middle-of-the-road mid-90s radio pap. With a really really technically proficient guitarist.

So, all in all, there's good stuff here. For a big Stone Roses fan, this is hard-listening, making you wonder what might have been. For a Stone Roses neophyte, this is quite good, so long as you keep in mind that their previous album is the best musical thing this universe has ever seen.

2-0 out of 5 stars COMING UNDONE!
DAYBREAK: 4 stars.
BEGGING YOU: 2 stars.
TIGHTROPE: 1 star.
GOOD TIMES: 1 star (talk about an ironic title).
TEARS: 2 stars.
LOVE SPREADS: 4 stars.

Tally 'em up:

28 stars
12 songs

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