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61. Screamadelica
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Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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A watershed '90s release, Screamadelica was the most convincing marriage of overground rock and underground dance music yet. With one foot in Beggars Banquet-era Stones (the gospel-rock "Movin' on Up") and the other in the trippy soundscapes of rave culture (the Orb-produced "Higher Than the Sun"), Primal Scream caught the mind-blown euphoria of Ecstacy better than anyone.Frontman Bobby Gillespie had no singing voice to speak of, but his vision of cosmic hedonism made him a drugged-out Pied Piper for the acid tribes. From the incantatory anthems "Loaded" and "Come Together" to the sinister rendering of the 13th Floor Elevators' "Slip Inside This House," Screamadelica was a modern psych classic. --Barney Hoskyns ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Snapshot of it's era.
Part of 'Screamadelica's critical acclaim may have more to do with its cultural impact rather than it's musical one. It's fusion of a traditional rock 'outlaw' image with the then contemporary dance scene was bound to attract critical enthusiasm. Dance music by its very nature is mostly non-image based, the stationary DJ playing their lyric-free records. Bands like Primal Scream and the Stone Roses helped to bring dance music to an alternative rock/indie audience. In the late 1980's rock in the U.K. was increasingly becoming marginalised, beaten back by the all-consuming rise of pop creators such as Stock, Aitken and Waterman. In contrast dance music was at the cutting edge of youth culture and if British guitar bands wanted to retain some sort of street-cred, they'd have to jump from the sinking ship on to the bandwagon pretty quickly.

On 'Screamadelica' this fusion of styles can be seen in the band's choice of producers, Jimmy Miller and Andrew Weatherall. Most of the album sounds like 12-inch remixes of the original guitar based songs. A process which has become standard for a lot of British guitar bands' C.D. singles. For anyone who's ever been at a rave most of the tracks on 'Screamadelica' make perfect sense as an aid to an ecstacy high, the slow long drawn-out build up adds to the sense of euphoria that occurs at the track's zenith.

As an all-out fusion of rock and dance I think 2000's XTRMNTR was a more inspired effort, but 'Screamadelica' was the beginning of Primal Scream's music experimentation. 'Screamadelica' is frequently listed on British music mags top 100 lists. However in the cold light of day 100 years from now, without cultural reference to the time it was created, pop music historians maybe slightly bemused as to why an album built around repetitive riffs should be lauded in the same way as the expressive, original song structures of 'Revolver' and 'Pet Sounds'.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a seminal album from 1991, blurring the boundaries of rock and dance and epitomising a whole culture. Loaded alone tranformed Primal Scream from rockstar wannabes into the vehicle for one of the greatest euphoric dance tracks ever. Other songs such as the gospel-tinged Movin' On Up, the trance of Higher Than The Sun, the bluesy comedown chillout of Damaged and I'm Comin' Down, and the epic closer Shine Like Stars make this an essential recording from a great year in music that also produced the likes of Nevermind and Achtung Baby.

The record works really well as it progresses in pristine order from the setting of the opening tones of euphoria to the really dance-based tracks in the middle of the album to the comedown towards the end. Screamadelica was the first essential record by the Primals, and they didn't make another till 2000's polar opposite Xtrmntr, a dirty hell of white noise, industrial trance and electro-punk, but somehow the perfect companion to the blissed-out sounds of this party classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars lets get loaded do you review this album without being a least a bit biased...watershed release etc. but, listening to it now..10 yrs after its release, the songs still make you want to groove. the scream moved on to expand their horizons, but this may truly be their greatest album.

3-0 out of 5 stars Relevant But Dated
Hailed as one of the key dance albums of the nineties, "Screamadelica" is indeed an important and challenging record, even if its "classic" status seems a bit over the top. True, it mixes a lot of different musical styles and references and delivers an impressive combo that includes electro, gospel, pop, soul, rock, shoegazer, funk and a little of everything else. Yet, it has its share of filler moments as some of the songs sound too dated today (the ordinary dance number of "Don`t Fight It, Feel It" or the tedious "Damaged" and "I`m Comin` Down"). It`s a well-crafted album nonetheless, and a couple of parts truly shine (the hypnotic and dazzling "Higher Than the Sun", the infectious "Come Together" or the urban hymn "Loaded"). All in all, "Screamadelica" still sounds somewhat fresh and appealing nowadays, even if it has some flaws, and proves the vitality of one of the most innovative bands around.

Impressive enough yet far from stunning.

5-0 out of 5 stars 90's Classic - Still Kicking
I love this album. I can remember being introduced to their single- Loaded- when clubbing in London in the early 90s and decided to grab a copy of the album. To my surprise- Loaded was probably one of the least listenable singles overall.

Primal Scream has gone on to produce wonderful music over the past 10 years- stretching their themes and artistry to new heights while keeping one foot planted on their roots. Before exploring these other options, however, experience Screamadelica and understand where they came from and why so many listeners rave ... Read more

62. Weightlifting (Bonus DVD)
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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. The bonus DVD includes five songs from Weightlifting culled from the band's performance on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic." Sadly, it's not the whole show, but all 17 minutes are excellent: passionately played, well recorded, and tastefully shot on video. --Michael Mikesell ... Read more

63. Tubthumper
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When Chumbawamba--an anarchist musical collective from Leeds--can have a major U.S. hit, this isn't reality--it's more like Utopia. They'd been plugging away in the underground for years, highlighting hypocrisy with wit and releasing a series of brilliant albums before achieving critical mass in 1997. There's the drum & bass ("Smalltown"), and "The Good Ship Lifestyle" where they manage to weld the rhythms seamlessly onto songs. Anything and everything is fair game here, and why not? Chumbawamba have their own voice, and these snapshots of England (Polaroids of Leeds, really) prove that pop and politics can make comfortable bedfellows. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars an ok buy
i am listening to this cd right now so here is a song by song review

1.thubtumping- A very catchy song,the whole reason i bought the cd, one of the best songs on the disc.5/5

2.amnesia- Another catchey song,kinda funny with good rythem.5/5

3.drip,drip,drip- an ok song,a little slower, not as good as #1&2 but all in all a pretty good song.4/5

4.the big issue-a different song, can get a little annoying and a little slow with a not to good rythem.2/5

5.the good ship lifestyle-a strange song that is slow, but the chorus is better.3/5 by one-the beginning is weird,and it dosnt get much better.unless you like slow songs skip over this one.1/5

7.outsider-a slow song at first and dosent get much better.2/5

8.creepy crawling-has a cool guitar rythem,and its not a bad song but near the end is weird.4/5

9.mary,mary-has very good guitar,and isnt too slow either.4/5

10.smalltown-slow with no good rythem i usually skip over this one.1/5

11.i want more-not one of the bad songs,with a good rythem and a little faster.

12.scapegoat-a song with an ok rythem but not the best song.2/5

i got this cd for #1 a long time ago,and not much has changed.if you like kinda slow songs then get this cd but if you like them a little faster then look for a single for thubtumping.

3-0 out of 5 stars This Put Them On The Map, But This Isn't Their Finest
The song "Tubthumping" may have turned them into a household name, but this CD, on the whole, is not representative of Chumbawamba's greatness. This isn't a horrid album, but with the exception of "Tubthumping," not much to write home about. In my opinion, "WYSIWYG", the album following this one, is their crowning glory. They capture that sardonic anti-establishment flavor beautifully on that CD.

If you want to pick up this CD merely for the hit song, it is worth the dough. If you want to hear really great Chumbawamba from the first to final track, I highly recommend "WYSIWYG."

5-0 out of 5 stars 90s Childhood
Whenever I hear "Tubthumping" it reminds of my 10th birthday in 1997. The tribal beats, funny lyrics, and trumpets are awesome!

5-0 out of 5 stars Anarchy never felt so good
There was once a point where Chumbawumba was an angry group of individuals. The album "Shh" contains many tirades, including a british rock/rap attack on censorship(well, I thank God for watchin' what I'm doin', oops, fusion, watch what you're sayin', remember what happened before when you tried to thank God... uh... Christ... uh... him. They had to scrap your lyrics and put it in a bin) and songs that rang from people seeing Jesus in the sky to a woman sewing her abusive husband to a bed.

Tubthumper finds the unusually named band in new territory- commericialism. This was, and is, the only succesfull album the band has(or will) have. It is a departure from their more angry ways, but you can still see some remeniscients of that in songs such as "Mary Mary"(forgive me lord, for I have sinned. I sold my soul, for sex and gin). They get their working class struggles in song form with "one by one"(with lyrics based on a post World War I Kiplying poem- "when they asked us why they died, we tell them 'cause our leaders lied") The album is an amazing exercise in lyrics and song for this former underground organization who has described themselves as "cowering under the broken wing of pop music"

My longwindedness aside, there is just one thing to add- BUY THIS CD! You won't regret it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mary Mary is the best song
What ever happened to Mary? The real question is WHAT HAPPENED TO CHUMBAWAMBA! They went back underground and never came back. Okay, so this wasn't the BEST Cd in the world, but it was pretty damn good. There were two songs I didn't like, but that was just me. Buy it and see for yourself. ... Read more

64. Performance & Cocktails
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Stereophonics have evolved remarkably since they were a Welsh covers band who once prided themselves on the authenticity of their Jimi Hendrix set. Though that 1960s influence is muted on the follow-up to their million-selling debut, Word Gets Around, there are enough hard riffs and vocal shred on the power trio's sophomore outing to evoke more contemporary Seattle comparisons. His band's whirlwind success have informed singer-songwriter Kelly Jones' lyrics and vocal persona with some refreshingly wide-eyed cynicism to season his band's hard-edged pop bent. Though they evoke comparisons to everyone from the Faces to Alice in Chains, Stereophonics are clearly carving their own niche, especially on the infectious "She Take Her Clothes Off," the acoustic-rooted "I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio," the raucous opener "Roll Up and Shine," and "A Minute Longer." Like many ambitious young musicians before them, Jones and company have written about the world they've seen from the back of a bar, a tour bus window, and through TV's jaundiced filter; it's the cinematic grace, wit, and humanity of those observations that sets them apart from their Brit-pop peers and forecasts even greater things to come. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Stereophonics brilliant follow up album to Word Gets Around.
Stereophomics once again produce a fantastic record. Following Word Gets Around with its catchy tunes such as More Life In A Tramps vest & A Thousand Trees which proved very popular the new album opens with the fantastic Roll up and Shine and continues the brilliance all the way through to I Stopped To Fill My Car Up. The singles Pick A Part , Just Lookin', Bartender And The Thief and Hurry Up And Wait are all great aswell as the accoustic I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio. The remaining tracks, especially T-Shirt Suntan and Is Yesterday Tommorrow Today?, are superb and the Rod Stewart-esque A Minute Longer is one of this album's highlights. Buy This Album, especially if you've only heard the singles.

4-0 out of 5 stars I didn't believe my radio when I heard this...
Another fantastic offering from the 'Phonics. 'Roll Up And Shine' opens the album heroically while 'The Bartender And The Theif' is quite good. 'Hurry Up And Wait' is the joint best on the album with its amazing lyrics and brilliant, flowing music. 'Pick A Part' is a poppy affair and is a fantastic track, as is other single 'Just Looking', which has a rhythm guitar riff to die for. 'Half The Lies You Tell Ain't True' continues the albums high tempo, rock 'n' roll feel. The only real let down on the album is 'I wouldn't believe your radio' which has poor lyrics and is a bit of a bland and boring song. 'Is Yesterday, Tomorrow, Today?' is joint best as it is an epic track and a landmark song for the lads from Wales. It is right up there with 'Traffic', 'Too Many Sandwiches', 'Local Boy', 'Goldfish Bowl', 'Same Size Feet', 'Hurry Up and Wait' and 'Not Up To You' as one of the very best Stereophonics tracks. 'A minute longer', although a bit too slow and plain, is a good tune and once again the lyrical genius of Kelly Jones shines through, as it does in 'She Takes Her Clothes Off', another high point of the album. 'Plastic California' is yet another superb track and 'I stopped to fill my car up' is great, although not as good as the heavy, rock and roll live version (which you can get on 'Hurry Up And Wait' CD2).

Overall, not as good as the debut album but still a fantastic effort from the lads.

4-0 out of 5 stars American Perspective
Grunge is just a memory now as the American masses go after Kid Rock. But bands like Stereophonics have been doing the great old punk/metal thing for a few years, and this new record was actually up for this year's Mercury Prize. Songs like "The Bartender and The Thief" and "T-shirt Sun Tan" are classic songs to get excited about. Also they are big on ballads, that show a softer side to the power trio from Wales. I saw them recently live, and they are entertaining, with singer Kelly Jones' head to the side approach, and the drummer Stuart Cable had as much energy as Keith Moon. Finally here's a band who can take the mantel from Oasis and Nirvana. A record for those who want to rock out!


5-0 out of 5 stars 'Phonics Rock
What can I say? The Stereophonics rock on this album, and I have to recommend that everyone pick it up and give it a listen. You'll love it, there's no way you can't. From the fast-paced, hard-rocking of songs like "The Bartender and the Thief" and "Roll Up and Shine" to the slower, trendier tracks like "Pick a Part that's New", the Stereophonics have definitely made an impact on the British pop/rock music industry, and are having a strong affect in the USA as well. Great album!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellant!
Have you ever gotten a new cd, turned the volume up and wanted to sing along immediately but you don't know the lyrics? That just happened to me. Instead of singing though, it's also fun to hit your steering wheel to the beat. Back to the task at hand--I love this cd. It's entirely different from what I'm used to hearing, the lyrics are somewhat obscure(definitely a plus), and "the beats" are wicked. There's a song on the album for every mood that you could possibly be in and the sound is very intense. At the risk of carrying on endlessly, I'll finish this review lamely, with just one statement--if you buy this cd, you will not regret it. ... Read more

65. This Is Music: The Singles 92-98
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This is the Definitive Best of Collection from the Verve. The Package Will Consist of Singles Released from the Hugely Successful Albums "a Strom in Heaven", "a Northern Soul" and "Urban Hymns" as Well as Various EPs and B-sides. ... Read more

66. Texas - Greatest Hits
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Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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The Best of the Scottish Band Texas on One Album, Including the New Single 'in Demand' (Co-written by Producer Dallas Austin) as Well Two Other New Tracks. They have also Gone Back and Re-recorded Some of their Older Material, Like 'so in Love Withyou', which features the Return of Original Member Craig Armstrong. As Well, Greg Alexander (New Radicals) Collaborates on 'my Inner Smile'. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hits from Scotland
One of the greatest unknown bands to US audiances, this is a prime example of why Texas has such huge success in Europe. With classic tracks like "Say What You Want", one of the stongest vocals and lyrics the band has produced, and the upbeat, dance "Black Eyed Boy", the album showcases the diversity of the group and why it appeals to such a broad audiance. Perhaps the best tracks are the three new tunes. The first single "In Demand" highlights Sharleen Spiteri's voice, while "Inner Smile" is one of the most unique-sounding songs to come out in quite some time; a high-energy song, it could be the highlight of the collection. The equally great semi-ballad "Guitar Song" gives fans another reason to pick up the disc. Skip over the opening track "I Don't Want A Lover" and the remix of "Say What You Want" and you'll discover Scotland's best kept secret

5-0 out of 5 stars greatest hits

3-0 out of 5 stars Hmm
Am I mistaken or does every song sound the same? Is that the appeal to European fans? Sameness. I think this "great" band should broden their appeal by venturing into techno-crap jazz.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this album to bits and pieces
I don't know were to start- I adore this album! I adore Texas!

They are in my opinion one of the greatest bands Scotland has ever produced and it is a real shame that almost no one in the US even knows them!

Say What You Want, Black Eyed Boy and When We Are Together are wonderful stylised, updated Motown songs. Especially Black Eyed Boys is channeling the spirit of The Supremes in a very glorious way. So In Love With You is a ballad, specialy written for this album and is achingly sweet with its longing. Inner Smile is a wonderful high-energy song that will pull you to your feet and let you do a little jig around the room(highly recommended for "Bend It Like Beckham" Fans). The wonderful In Our Lifetime with its slightly Asian inclination starts with a low key verse that builds up to a lyrically strong chorus - it is simply divine. Put You Arms Around Me starts with a simple acoustic feel, and then turns into a very powerful song in which Sharleen's wonderful emotional voice is giving one of its best performances. The song simply sweeps you from your feet.
My favourite song though is the wonderful ballad In Demand (the reason for that though has very little to do with the very beautiful song istelf as with its music video)

If I were able I would give this album six stars. It deserves it.

Go and get it! You really won't be dissapointed!

Just in case you wonder why a British band is called Texas- the band name is from the Wim Wenders movie "Texas Paris"

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Songs From A Classic Band
Texas are easily Scotland's finest band, and with frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri on vocals it's not hard to see why. Their unique blend of pop rock has seen them stay ahead of the game for more than 15 years now, half of which have been spent in the limelight of the charts, establishing them amongst the multi-million selling album elite. 1997's "White On Blonde" was the album that broke them into the mainstream and spawned five UK Top 10 smash hits. 1999's "The Hush" followed this up in grand style with more overwhelming sales and critical praise.

So as 2000 drew to a close Texas decided to release "The Greatest Hits," an essential collection of their finest work from the last 11 years. The album was marketed as essential indeed, and the British public seemed to agree; The Greatest Hits became a multi-million selling No.1 smash hit collection over the Christmas period in 2000 in the UK, even managing to knock the Beatles' "1" from the top spot! What this collection provides (apart from some of the best mature pop songs from the past fifteen years) is proof undeniable the power of Texas and their staying power - believe me when I say they'll be around for years to come.

"I Don't Want A Lover," the band's first ever single starts off the collection in fine form. The country-tinged rock anthem was a Top 10 hit for the band back in 1989 and was their first and last for 8 years! "In Demand" was a new song recorded especially for this album, and the result is one of Texas' most popular songs to date. The song is a mid-tempo classic with a real sing-a-long chorus. "Say What You Want" is perhaps the most popular Texas song to date, and it's not hard to see why. The first single to be taken from White On Blonde, this pop classic became a huge radio hit and stormed the Top 3 in the UK. Sharleen's vocals are particularly impressive here on a song that is known by almost everyone in Britain. "Summer Son" is a rock-tinged classic track from the band, lifted from their album The Hush. This song is amazing and the chimes on it just sizzle in the summer heat. "Inner Smile" was another massive hit for the band, especially all over Europe as 2001 dawned. The Elvis-inspired video worked perfectly with this superb song which is undeniably catchy and features some awesome vocal talent from Sharleen. "So In Love With You" was a song that Texas released before they were imbedded into the public's consciousness, so it's not a very popular song yet the anthemic ballad-style makes it a great track.

"Black Eyed Boy" is a superb and feel-good rock pop anthem that radio stations seemed to spin every two minutes back in 1997. The song was a UK Top 5 hit and made the band more acceptable to a wider audience. "So Called Friend" and "Everyday Now" are two songs from the band before they really hit the big time, which aren't really very good. They can't really stand up to the other songs on offer here. "In Our Lifetime" is another classic Texas track which made it into the UK Top 5 in 1999 and was the first single to be taken from The Hush album. Brilliant and shimmery beats work perfectly with this typical Texas track. "Halo" is one of the band's finest moments. Released in 1997 this is yet another brilliant classic track from Sharleen and Co. The vocals on display here are incredible and the beat is just so cultural and feel-good. "Guitar Song" is one of the more diverse offers on display here. The beat is light and bouncy and the vocals are very observational, something different for Texas who usually talk of the past or present, yet not at that very minute.

"Prayer For You" is another song released before the band hit the big time, and evidently isn't up to much, but it's still good to have it here on this greatest hits collection. "When We Are Together" was a Top 20 hit for the band in the UK back in the fall of 1999 and the final single to be released from The Hush. The song has a traditional pop feel to it with some fantastic lyrics and vocal arrangements. "Insane" for me is arguably the band's finest moment to date. This song was the final single to be taken from White On Blonde and hit the UK Top 5 in 1998. The beat here is soft, mysterious and subdued and Sharleen's vocals complement this. The song is just an awesome masterpiece and I never tire of listening to it! "Tired Of Being Alone" is a country-tinged pop song that was released back in 1992 and features some great vocals and has a dreamy kind of feel to it. "Put Your Arms Around Me" is, essentially, the true Texas ballad. This song defines their love song style in just over four minutes of pure emotional bliss and power. The vocals here are amazing and the lyrics are just exceptional. "Say What You Want (All Day Every Day) Texas Featuring Method Man & The RZA" closes this album in fine style. This song was the other song on the Double A-Side of Insane. This version of the Texas classic was performed live at the 1998 Brit Awards. The audience went wild and with good reason! Ah, memories!


For all those interested in Texas, The Greatest Hits is the true place to start. I knew who Texas were from back in 1997 when they really broke, but I never thought of buying one of their albums until this album was released. I bought this for Christmas 2000 and haven't looked back since. The musical genius on display here is overwhelming to say the least, and it led me to buy three other Texas albums which I highly recommend - "White On Blonde," "The Hush" and "Careful What You Wish For." Sharleen Spiteri is truly one of the coolest of women in the known rock world, and her style is just incredibly refreshing and up to date! Buy this now to discover a band that will stick around for longer than you might have initially expected. ... Read more

67. Split the Difference
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Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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It can't be said enough: Gomez is probably the most unlikely name for a five British kids who worship Tom Waits and the Grateful Dead. But that's nothing compared to their sound, a growling brand of blues-rock that sounds like it originates on the Mississippi rather than the Thames. The group's previous album, 2002's In Our Gun, was all about experimenting in the studio. Split the Difference, then, is Gomez getting back on track. The band makes a decent attempt to revive the homemade feel of its early recordings, turning up at least two winners in "Extra Special" and "Sweet Virginia," but it seems like a compromise. While the three-part harmonies soar, a distinct lack on inspiration suggests the band would rather have another go at pushing buttons and name-checking Kraftwerk. "We Don't Know Where We're Going" seems to say it all. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Gomez is back in the saddle!
British rockers Gomez have had to live with the hype of their acclaimed 1998 debut album "Bring It On" (which won multiple awards). Since then, they have searched and tried to live up to that acclaim, with mixed results, and now here comes their 4th album, and it's great to see that Gomez is finally, truly back in the saddle!

"Split the Difference" (13 tracks, 50 min.) is a return to the all out rock'n'roll that brought the acclaim. The album starts off with a blasting "Do One" and doesn't let up from there. "Where Ya Going" reminds me of early-Pearl Jam, just great. "Silence" (a UK single) is almost a pop song (and I mean that as acompliment). "Catch Me Up" (another UK single) just rocks great. "Sweet Virginia" (not to be confused with the Rolling Stones tune of the same name) is a gorgeous ballad. There is really no bad song on the album. If there is a weak track, it's the closer "There It Was".

For those of you who fell in love with Gomez' debut, this is the true and worthy follow-up. For those of you new to Gomez, this is one of the better 2004 albums so far, please check it out!

5-0 out of 5 stars OK maybe four and a half
This album kicks major A-- in my opinion. The only dissapointment to me is the last three songs are just OK. First ten are dynamite, just light it and go.
I read reviews and I usually puke. Music cannot truly be described by words, so how do you write a review then?? Simple..This album Rocks, from song 1 though 10 this album livened up my day, everyday since I bought it. Walking around manhattan , going to work, at work, on the way home...Its so nice to find bands that the more you listen, the more you like them. We can always complain about the fact that one of there singers is much better then the other two, but honestly how many groups have three singers that are all good musicians???..not just bland frontman trying to be the "hip cool" leader. This is a band in all sense of the word.
If you liked Gomez before, this album is a little different, a little more tight and not meandering. I think they decided to make a banging rock album with songs a larger audience would like, but they are still very much GOMEZ. There needs to be so many more bands out there like this....and this album is awesome,. Do yourself a favor, buy it and throw it right on your headphones and take a walk. You will find yourself boppin, singing and doing the white boy dance rather quickly...and at the same time being rocked and funked up with three seperate guitars, three different singers a kick ass drummer and bass player..What more do you need??? Gomez rocks..See ya on the 8th here in NYC!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Hiring Tchad Blake = BIG MISTAKE!!!
Well, after going on in my review of Gomez on my website about how they make original music that doesn't sound like the Beatles, they go and make the most blatantly Beatles rip off album I've ever heard. From the pseudo "Yellow Submarine" artwork to the harmonies in the songs.

Hiring Tchad Blake was the biggest mistake they ever made. Not only does he have a goofy and pretentious way to spell his name he has ruined one of the best bands in music today. In his attempt to make Gomez a "jam band" he has totally taken away all of the innovation and experimentation that made them cool to start with.

It may sound like I hate it. I dont hate it but its certainly their most uninspired and least interesting work to date.

Gomez, if you read this FIRE TCHAD BLAKE, go back to your studio experimentation and piecemeal method of composing. The world does not need another "rootsy" jam band. We've all heard the music on "Split The Difference" before. You were great and now you are merely mediocre.

A true Gomez fan.

3-0 out of 5 stars Lord, They Were Born a Rambling Band
Gomez's bluesy Americana has always been out of place on the Britrock scene. True, it has antecedents - The Faces, Humble Pie, even Oasis fer chris'sakes. But somewhere between their grainy vocal presence and jamming psychedelica they've always felt forced - a cut-rate Dead for the new millennium. Split the Difference couldn't be better named. They have the right producer in Tchad Blake (Latin Playboys; Tom Waits). He anchors their escapades with a bottom-heavy rumble that lets them stretch out on a thrasher like "We Don't Know Where We're Going" or hook a sly groove as on "Meet Me in the City". Perhaps because they've been doing it over four releases now there isn't such a heady whiff of retro (even though Split the Difference is their rootsiest move yet). Yet Lord, they were born a rambling band. Now they're a pretty damn good one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sweet Virginia
Gomez are a bunch of young acidheads from Liverpool who were obsessed with Tom Waits. They got a lot of awards in the early days. In five years they recorded three albums and collected a bunch of extra tunes for a b-sides compilation. They had three different lead singers. They were student types who sang about "Tijuana Lady." Fast forward to 2002: they started playing in the United States a lot and started catching on with the jam band crowd. Gomez even played shows with String Cheese Incident. I saw a show in San Francisco that was one of the most enthusiastic crowd I had ever seen at a venue. It was a two night sold out run at the Fillmore. The next year Gomez was done touring and ready to do some new songs. It was hard to predict what they would do next. They hooked up with Tchad Blake (who has worked with Tom Waits) to make their most unlike Tom Waits record yet. They ended up recording over fifty songs. "Do One" is Gomez at their essence. "Silence" is like The Beatles. This record is less electronic than their previous one. Gomez takes us on a spiritual journey that some Gomez fans are saying is their best yet. Maybe they are not really a jam band. Phish is gone, and Gomez is still here ... Read more

68. Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
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With Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, the self-professed "biggest rock & roll band in the world" continue their exploration of great British rock of the late '60s. Paying homage to heroes is one thing, but many of Standing's best moments sound like their icons' low points. This is Oasis, however, and they do pull some stunners out of their hats. "Gas Panic" and "Where Did It All Go Wrong?" demonstrate the command of catchy hooks and epic anthems that powered their classic first two albums, Definitely Maybe and (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Elsewhere, their influences are more obvious. The psychedelic "Who Feels Love?" is George Harrison in full Eastern mystic mode, complete with sitar, tabla, and tape loops. The rocker "Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is" has the strut and stomp of vintage Doors and Rolling Stones, but is ultimately let down by weak wordplay. Liam Gallagher's "Little James," a paean to paternal love, also contains some laughable couplets ("You live for your toys, even though they make noise"). Still, Standing is a definite improvement over its 1997 predecessor, Be Here Now. For real proof that Oasis resurrected Britpop in the '90s, newcomers would do well to investigate Definitely Maybe and (What's the Story) Morning Glory? --Rob Burrow ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars still hanging on for their ultimate classic
we're all waiting for their next wtsmg, and we all know it, and we all hope that every album is going to be it but while SOTSOG has its great moments, its definitely no WTSMG. Just think back to the way you felt listening to WTSMG, the inspiration, the energy, like no record you'd ever heard in your life before. Well I'm just not getting that same feeling with SOTSOG. I still love it cos its oasis, and i will always love noels songwriting, and liams vocals, and the way this band performs, but there's still something missing. Go Let it out, sunday morning call, and roll it over are vintage oasis from the old days, any of those songs could have been on an earlier album but the rest is a new direction for the band. Where did it all go wrong and gas panic are perfectly crafted pieces of work, while f**cken in the bushes still shows that this is one of the only bands left around who can actually 'rock'. However its too early on to give a solid review. Be here now I didnt like at first but now i adore the album, i think its great. Its pure oasis times 10. THey took the WTSMG formula (cos it was successful) and thought they'd amplify it to the max and the result was Be here now, and for those of us who love that oasis, heavy guitar, crank up the stereo music then it was great. But like Be here now I think SOTSOG will have to be played over and over again, maybe over a period of many months, before a solid review can be derived. At a first glance though, while this album is not great, it still shows they still have that magic from WTSMG (in a couple of songs) that if only they could reproduce ten fold, then we should surely have one of the greatest albums of all time. If any band has the talent, and the magic, its oasis. Lets hope they can do it, and in the meantime, just enjoy SOTSOG for what it is. A good, Oasis album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Album Yet!!!
I think this is the best work that Oasis has put out to date. Most people think DM was their best work, but (besides supersonic and live forever) every song on it sounds the same(but good music). WTSMG was a very good ablum and was my fav. until SOTSOG was released. BHN had a few classics like Don't Go Away and All Around the World, but my fav was Magic Pie. BHN was probably my least fav but still very good work. SOTSOG is now my favorite album by Oasis and any Musical artist I like. It has a much different mood than WTSMG and DM, which makes it good(different sound is always good). Songs like Gas Panic and Roll it Over grab my attention the most and even the bonus cd Let's all make believe is a very good song. Every song on this album is worth listening to over and over again. Well, that was my 2 cents. Worth buying for a Oasis and a non-Oasis fan. Great Work!!! P.S. I can't wait til their concert here on April 21st :-)

3-0 out of 5 stars Buy this one last...
Ok, do not buy this album as your introduction to the band. For crying out loud get Morning Glory or Heathen Chemistry first. This album was recorded in the midst of turmoil in the band, and only the Gallaghers and Alan White came out the other side (White is now also gone). And it shows. But there are many strong points - The instrumental first track features some fantastic drumming and a guitar riff that is still stuck in my head. Go Let It Out is Noel's singalong genius coming out again, and I love it. The other highlights are Where Did It All Go Wrong and Gas Panic - GP in particular should go down as one of their all time bests. But as an album it feels somewhat average, and you know they can do so much better - they proved it, in fact, with Heathen Chemistry.

3-0 out of 5 stars Standing on shoulders indeed
Standing On The Shoulder of Giants has the unfortunate reputation of the Oasis album with no spine. Even though there is a sound byte with cursing in the first track, this album shows a more mellow and contemporary Oasis, a sound that tends to clash against the snarling roar of Definitely Maybe. This did not catch on very well. In fact, one critic pronounced it the worst album of 2000.

In perspective, Standing On The Shoulder of Giants sits in the middle of being an outstanding Oasis album and being a total disappointment. In some ways it hits the mark, and in some ways it misses entirely. This all adds up to a B-.

There are some painfully forgettable tracks such as the Doors rip-off Put Your Money Where Yer Mouth Is, the bland and substanceless I Can See A Liar, and Liam's first recorded original song Little James (a silly aping of Hey Jude). But what's left is gold, such as the Kula Shaker-triggered Who Feels Love. Standing tall is Gas Panic, probably the best track on the album. Noel takes lead vocal on Where Did It All Go Wrong? and Sunday Morning Call (the latter foreshadowing Heathen Chemistry). Giants ends on a soft note with the George Harrison-inspired Roll It Over.

When you add it all up, two-thirds of this album is great Oasis. The rest is just kinda meh (a vocal grunt describing disinterest). But it comes mildly recommended. The b-sides are also worth tracking down.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ignore the backlash!
Oasis comes down to Earth after flying sky high with hopes and ambitions in "Be Here Now". "Giants" is sober, but the music is trippy, in a way only Oasis can pull off. "F***kin' In the Bushes is an excellent opener and the album holds steady through the entire playlist. "Go Let It Out" is basic Oasis, "Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is" and "I Can See A Liar" are weak lyrically, but people seem to miss the barrage of music being played behind Liam's words, excellent drumming by Alan White. "Who Feels Love?" "Little James" and "Gas Panic!" are the three very trippy songs. There is a ridiculous sitar bridge in "Love?" and an even more ridiculous mellotron bridge in "Panic!", must hear both. "Little James" is the first song written by Liam on an Oasis album, his lyrics are simple and at the same time heartwarming in his first song. "Where Did It All Go Wrong?" and "Sunday Morning Call" are sung by Noel, and he is at his best in both; very regretful in "Wrong", and even more regretful in "Call", as this whole album is the hangover after "Be Here Now". The album ender is "Roll It Over" and its appeal can equal "Champagne Supernova" at times as they are both similiar songs. Overall, "Giants" is a solid album, all the way through, and the transformation of Oasis into a more grownup band. The music is more intricate and polished than its predecessors as they were all carried by catchy hooks and simple chords. Recommended for anyone with an ear for good music. ... Read more

69. Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches
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Although this band is largely responsible for defining the circa 1990 rave culture, their music is far removed from the bass-heavy electronica usually associated with dance clubs. Ten songs on this album are characterized by lazy tempos, groovy bass hooks, and artfully simple percussion tracks which interact perfectly to form smooth, danceable beats.The rhythmic foundation is further accented by tasteful guitar licks and restrained keyboard parts. Their lyrical content tends to be a little dark, even seedy for exstacy fueled dance parties.The flat, nearly spoken vocal arrangements mesh with the rest of the musical stew. --Michael A. Massa ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Pills, Thrills, Leave the Bellyaches at home!
I am the only person in Oklahoma to own this album, but I would encourage it as an EXCELLENT blind buy. Who cares if you weren't in high school in 1989? "Step On" is a groovy single, but the rest of the album is sure fire sing-along fun, with back-alley grit poetry and retro-cool galore. I'm even finding that much of the pop music on the radio right now isn't as cool as this eleven-year-old gemstone. Don't think, just buy. It's worth it for "Loose Fit" and "Bob's Yer Uncle."

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun
I love this album! Groovy, lazy and mad - this album, along with the Stone Roses self titled album, personifies the Madchester movement of the late eighties early nineties. Shaun Ryder's vocals (if you can call them that) are not conventional which is absolutely perfect for this cd. This a great cd for the summer - buy it! P.S. Dia, you are not alone, there is some life in Oklahoma.

5-0 out of 5 stars essential madchester album to own
the late 80's to mid nineties thre was a rush of english bands that were great. this gem came out at the beginnings of the whole madchester scene. though the mondays were short lived, they blessed us with this masterpiece. step on, just a great bass line that hooks you in and the rest of the album transports you for a sonic ride.

4-0 out of 5 stars I will try to be neutral
To all die hard HM's fans, I apologize. I am not someone who has been a HM fan for years, nor do I have their first tape from that concert in Chet's basement for Suzy's birthday from twelve years ago.
I am a newbie to the HM's and here is my attempt at an unbiased review:
This is a great cd. I have been a fan of Stone Roses for over ten years, and have never even tried out the Happy Mondays. Recently I saw the movie 24 Hr Party People and decided to buy this album on a whim. This is great stuff - front to back. Impressive guitar "noise", infectious drumlines, and those crazy, unapologetic vocals. Diggin' it - buying more.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's all the rave.
I got into this album about the same time as "Stone Roses" and "Some Friendly", and like them all equally. "Step On" was the track that got me hooked, but the rest is also catchy, and just as sweet. "Kinky Afro" and "God's Cop" are a good start, but I think the last half of the album is stronger. "Dennis And Lois" and "Bob's Yer Uncle" I love, and the last two tracks are a perfect ending to a great party. Alot of this is upbeat and danceable, and what isn't has a good mellow groove to it. "Pills" or not, by the end of this album you should find yourself in a state of peace and "Harmony". ... Read more

70. London 0 Hull 4
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The band whose alumni went on to both the Beautiful South and (improbably) Fatboy Slim was a lot more like the former. Paul Heaton's laconic songs are nicely groomed and innocuous-sounding, with a happy jangle and rich harmonies (the group's interest in gospel extends to technique as well as sentiment), but there is a dryly vicious sense of humor lurking inside them--"Sheep" flips a familiar religious image on its back and leaves its legs waving in the air. London 0 Hull 4, the band's first album, is full of cheerful, taut little tunes about failures of the spirit, barstool sexism, and thermonuclear Armageddon--not to mention love of humanity, which underscored the fact that they weren't just nihilists, they actually cared. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars it's Happy Hour
Yes, this album is full of meaningful lyrics and clever opinions, but let's step aside from the conversation about the political interests of this band. London O Hull 4 is a guaranteed up-lift when you need some happy music. Songs like "Happy Hour" or "Get Up Off our Knees" are wonderful to listen to. The Housemartins were a band made up of great musicians with great voices, which reflects in them implementing gospel-like harmonies and even an accapella song at the end of a very well-rounded CD. I don't listen to this album every day, but I've had it since it was released and I still enjoy it a lot every time I listen to it again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Pop
This is pop. 3 minute songs. Catchy melodies and memorable refrains. BUT it is not shallow. Good pop-songs take great skill to write. The Housemartins just said more so succinctly. Their music stands in stark contrast to so much other self-absorbed music with a message. And you can party to this music. When they were a pub band in the early eighties then they had no peers. It is one of life's great regrets that I never saw them in a smoky bar in Bristol (or Hull, or London) before Happy Hour made them nationally famous. Cheerful music that makes me think and makes me smile.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't let their cuddly exterior fool you.
The Housemartins have a message and they're not afraid to put it plainly. Coming from the 1980s British society that fumbled its way through massive political shifts, they house vitriol in lyricism, like the chorus of "Flag Day" - "It's a waste of time, if you know what I mean / Try shaking your box in front of the Queen / 'Cause her purse is fat and bursting at the seams / It's a waste of time if you know what I mean." But they're equally willing to poke fun at themselves, as with the frenetic and thoroughly uplifting "We're Not Deep" - even though you know they took a page from Twain's warning against symbolism in "Huck Finn".

The Housemartins remain my favorite "80s Nerd Alternative" band and will never go out of style in my house. I was reading Ayn Rand and Nietzsche while I was listening to "Get Up Off Our Knees", and the combined effect has lasted well into my adulthood.

I originally owned this on cassette, and the CD includes several bonus tracks that make it worth every penny paid - most notably, the gospel/a capella rendition of "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" that never fails to bring a tear to my eye while I'm belting along with it in the car. It's on tracks like "Heavy" that P.D. Heaton and his bandmates redeem themselves for the conniving way they've driving socialism deep into your brain with their pop hooks. At their core, the Housemartins are not about politics, they're about people, and their affection for humanity must be the root of the beautiful harmonies and charming pop melodies that put this album in my top 5 of all time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good old nostalic college sounds
Loved it back then and am still amused by it now, but must thank rat_schmitt (reviewer below) for the post collegiate reality check. Baahhhh.

5-0 out of 5 stars EBULLIENT COMMUNIST POP
This record is a joy from start to finish. "Anxious" could have been recorded by the Dave Clark Five at their peak, and "Happy Hour" was one of the best singles of the 80s. The leftist sentiments expressed in the lyrics could be used today in this era of capitalism run malignantly amok. Like Billy Bragg, the Housemartins made polemics fun.

Oh, and for you teenyboppers out there, Fatboy Slim was their bassist. ... Read more

71. The Invisible Band
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The Invisible Band marks no major change in directionfor Travis, but this is no bad thing. That Travis are the mostsimplistic of thepost-Radiohead groups maynot sound like the heartiest of compliments, but it undoubtedly accounts fortheir massive appeal. The ManWho became one of the most popular indie-rock records of the1990s by virtue of its cheery accessibility and its way with a simpleweather metaphor, and judging by the lyrics of "Side"--"The grass isalways greener on the other side / The neighbor's got a new car that youwanna drive"--it's immediately obvious that come their thirdfull-length album, Travis have figured out that their fans are not waiting for abrave sonic crusade. Which doesn't matter a bit, because TheInvisible Band is such a natural, instantly lovable, and thoroughlyunforced record, it seems completely churlish to knock it. The opening"Sing" sounds like, since their inception, all Travis have been missingis a banjo; the florid "Flowers in the Window" harks back toMcCartney's finest Beatlescompositions; and the synth-led "Humpty Dumpty Love Song" lays Travis'ssentimental heart bare. "I'd pray to God if there were heaven," singsFran Healy on "Pipe Dreams," "But heaven sounds so very far fromhere..." And that's exactly why Travis are so popular; they're thehumble down-to-earth boys from next door, still singing the simplestsongs, still making the mundane sound beautiful. --LouisPattison ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pure, Perfect, Priceless
With R.E.M. and Radiohead both releasing stellar albums within the month, the idea of releasing a new Travis album may have seem mis-timed, due to the lack of available attention. I see now that this collection of twelve tracks (and two quality bonus tracks) would have been appropriate at any time, for the sound used on The Invisible Band is priceless.

Highlights include the single "Sing", the John Denver-positive "Flowers In The Window", and the unfortunately-titled, yet incredibley powerful "Humpty Dumpty Love Song". But the fact of the matter is, every song stands out and is pleasing to the ears. Travis' actual musical abilities aren't exactly revolutionary or even unique, but the formulas and cliches that they do use are used in a proper manner and tend to add to the tracks, not diminish them.

Calling Travis Radiohead-lite is unfair to both bands, because (though they share a producer) their ambitions are not at all similar. Whereas Radiohead is out to challenge the boundaries of musical acceptance, Travis justs wants to sing, sing, sing, sing. And they're damn good at it.

5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic britpop
I have to admit that I'm a britpop snob...I listen to Pulp, Supergrass, Belle & Sebastian, Black Box Recorder, etc. almost to exclusion. So when Travis came out to such acclaim with The Man Who, I really wanted to like them. Unfortunately, I found that album to be a bit too moody and depressing and ultimately it didn't get much play on my stereo. After hearing Sing, the first single off of The Invisible Band, I decided to give Travis another shot and I'm so happy that I did. This album is light years better than their previous offering. Pipe Dreams, Safe, and Last Train all have an eerily haunting quality which is superbly mixed with the more upbeat songs like Sing, Side, Flowers in the Window, and Follow the Light. I've been unable to stop listening to this album for the last 2 weeks. Buy it - you won't regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Outstanding Album!
While it was nearly impossible to top their previous album "The Man Who," Travis has succeeded on a number of counts to do just that. It's true that as a whole the album doesn't quite attain the greatness of its predicessor; however, the strength of the album's best songs by-in-large outshines anything Travis has done before. Just a few of the instant classics here are Sing, Side, Follow the Light, and possibly the best song written by anyone since the Beatles--Flowers in the Window. With songs so richly beautiful, it's no wonder that the band quickly became a favorite of mine and my family's--buy it and I'm sure they will become one of yours too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Really moving and beautifull music
i knew travis before from many great videos ("Turn","Why does it always rain on me") that were shown often on Mtv and some other channels,and from few songs that got some airplay on radio.i liked htat kind of music but never really wanted to buy their albums.once i saw "Invisible band" in some local store and i suddenly bought it...i don't know why,propably because adding something more freshs into my collection.i even didn't care much about hit singles from here like "Side" or "Sing".
while i switched on the album i was getting more and more excited and after 41 minutes while the album was ending i said to myself - this is it...
Travis combines beautifull melodies with excellent guitars,Fran Healy's touching vocals and a lot of melancholy.just listen to "Pipe Dreams" is one of these songs that will make you cry each time you listen to it when you are sad.More Up-beat sogns like "Flowers in the window" or "Follow the light" are very cheerfull and they can make you feel even better...what can i add more - Buy this album and feel it.simple but emotional,beautifull and passionate music.i am listening to it almost all the time since i bought it...

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Scotsmen Beautiful Music
This is one of those compilations that got into my head and heart right away. I'm so grateful to have heard this band, I think they are the next Radiohead. ... Read more

72. Bring It On
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Recorded in the north of England in a cold garage by a batch of 20-year-olds before they'd ever played a lick live, Bring It On displays a remarkable maturity, quoting from a musical source that only folks twice their age are privy to. The insularity of the remote garage removes these lads from the territory of their bombastic Brit-rock peers, freeing them to seek inspiration beyond the shores of their isle. Strains of American groove rock (think Little Feat or Dr. John) run throughout: the opening track, "Get Miles," lopes along on a bourbon-infused jam and Ben Ottewell's deep, gravelly voice, and "78 Stone Wobble" sounds like a long-lost Doobie Brothers hit. But Gomez aren't mere revivalists. Their take on American boogie provides a stale genre with youthful verve. --Tod Nelson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars If you're ready...
"Bring It On" resonates with honesty and purity. Recorded in a cold garage in the U.K., Gomez sound as if they're having a great time coming up with new sounds and lo-fi effects. "Get Miles" opens the album with a sizzling, evil bass pulse that turns into Ben Ottwell's earnest, throaty vocals. Highlights include "78 Stone Wobble", "Here Comes the Breeze", "Get Myself Arrested" and "Free to Run". The album is a bizarre combination of blues, reggae, folk, and rock. The guitar sounds are earthy and funky, the drums are understated, the vocals are right up front. You can tell it's really something special after one listen.

This is not music for everyone, but if you feel like today's music is bland and heartless, pick up "Bring it On" and enjoy.

By the way, they are phenomenal live...truely a great young band from whom we will surely see great hings in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST ALBUM IN A WHILE
I heard about these guys when i was in England in the summer of '99, a good friend of mine let me listen to this cd, at first, i questioned their music talent, but after listening to it 3 or so times, i was amazed at all the effort, the sounds the backdrops that tingle the ear for a few moments and leave, i fell in love, i am in fact going to their conert in March, ne ways, this album shocked me, the simplicity and of some of the songs amazed me me, and the intenisity of others also amazed me, this is definately the best album of '98, liquid skin(their new album) is also pretty good, but this is definatley a turning in rock history, its just to bad not every one has heard of them and they dont get much air play, unless your in the tristate area, tune in to 90.7 and listen, they play some songs of theres from time to time, but this is a great album, buy it now

5-0 out of 5 stars Really cool psychedelic sound mixed with a bluesy sound
This CD has flavors of the late 60s/early 70s psychedelic sound incorporated into some modern alternative music. The first track Get Miles reminds me a little of the sound of Strawberry Alarm Clock's Incense & Peppermints, while Make No Sound, The Come Back and 78 Stone Wobble could have been extra songs from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Tijuana Lady and Bubble Gum Years reminds me a little of the old Pink Floyd sound when Syd Barrett was the lead signer. Tracks like Get Myself Arrested, Free To Run, and Rie's Wagon have a bluesy sound to them.

And finally, Whippin' Picadilly is just plain cool.

I am beginning to wonder if we are about to have another British/U.K. Invasion (I wasn't alive for the first one, but I do know my music history), as there is a lot of cool music coming from England again. Gomez is definitely included in that statement, as are bands like South London's The Koreans, Jem Coldplay, Supergrass, Snow Patrol, etc.

2-0 out of 5 stars OK, but nothing like Liquid Skin
This album shows the potential that Gomez has, and Liquid Skin shows Gomez fullfilling that potential. It's not that this album is horible, it's just average. I would recomend anyone interested in Gomez to by Liquid Skin, than once your a fan, go back to this album and prepare to be disapointed. I was atleast.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gomez= Beautiful
Bring it On was the 2nd album I heard from Gomez despite it being their debut. I first listened to their Liquid Skin album. I had bought it because of a song I heard on the radio but after hearing the entire album once, or even twice, I wasnt impressed so back on the shelf it went. Three years later, which is recently, I decided to play it out of boredom, and I was completely floored by the beauty of their music and little did I expect that they would become my favorite band. So out I went and bought this album. It is just as beautiful. The music is as smart, as organic, as rich, as soulful and as open-minded as I would like my music to be. Being an avid listener of all genres of music, I have never found such a perfect combination of music before. And this precious rediscovery, made me realize that patience with music, and with Gomez the band, is essential if you want to love what you hear...So Go and experience Gomez, maybe start with liquid skin, and then this one, and maybe youll have to go through the rediscovery experience that I did, but I promise with patience, the payoff of what you get from this music is worht it. ... Read more

73. Pulp Hits
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Pulp has suffered the twin misfortunes of releasing an era-defining pop hit in 1995's "Common People" and a boasting a gangly, instantly recognizable frontman in Jarvis Cocker who is better known than his songs. The years spent as an indie land produced some fine (and not-so-fine) songs. It's easy to forget just how brilliant the band can be, as witnessed by the shimmering, slow-burning beauty of "Last Day of the Miners' Strike." With a dignity that few of his contemporaries could muster, Cocker sings "Some joker with a headband is getting chicks for free" and name-checks kids spitting on the town hall and frightening old ladies. "The future's ours for the taking now, if we just stick together." Let's hope for the future of guitar pop that they do. --Ben Johncock ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars long as you save a piece for me
You know you'd give it up for Jarvis Cocker. Without question. The way he can sneer right through a song while coasting on his smooth, white-soul voice inspires a host of dirty thoughts. Amazingly, this is a a 'best of' that manages to avoid glaring errors and ommissions. Don't even try not to shake yer hips to the first half of the album- songs such as 'Babies' and 'Common People' (the massive hit that pitted working class against upper crust with it's tale of a poor little rich girl) are laced with campy synths and have driving beats lifted straight from the Discoteque. And of course, it's all loaded with the kind of cheeky bantor that would make anyone but Jarvis blush. After all, how many bands could make you sympathize with a man who cheats on his girlfriend with her sister? As the pace slows the music segues into a series of slow-burn croons like the sentimental a "Little Soul," never losing the uniquely British character that Pulp refused to water down for marketability outside the Commonwealth.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hopefully not Pulp's epitaph
On this evidence, Pulp may be the so-called "Britpop" act that has best weathered the '90's. They've been able to subtly alter their sound without retreating into obtuse "experimentalism" while also avoiding the trap of becoming one's own cover band. Older tracks like 1993's fantastic "Babies" still sound fresh, and the tracks from 2001's neglected "We Love Life" are easily on a par with the band's best work. In a rarity for compilations, even the new track is good!
Despite sagging sales, Pulp is still very much on top of its game. Let's hope that their current hiatus is not permanent.

5-0 out of 5 stars They had it all
Its such a shame Pulp have faded from our lives. In 1995 they were megastars in the UK with their release 'Different Class' which typified the indiekid/britpop movement and beat all the other bands that were part of it (and yes that includes YOU Oasis and Blur) to, quite literally, a Pulp. But unlike the many other bands who have had one successful album amid a fog of underachieving ones, Different Class isn't actually that far ahead of other Pulp albums. Its just that Pulp were so part of that particular moment that, as its fashionability passed, and 'indiekids' became no longer 'kids', they lost their limelight.

While the singles from Different Class remain brilliant (their best known, the classic 'Common People', and also 'Sorted Out For E's and Whizz' and their best track ever, 'Disco 2000'), there's plenty more on offer in Pulp's Hits album. There's the pop charm of the singles from the earlier 'His n Hers' album (particularly the album's opener, the fantastic 'Babies'), the harder work of the 'This Is Hardcore' albuim the rockiest of which is 'Party Hard' and the later commercial failure but artistic success of the 'We Love Life' album, particularly 'Bad Cover Version'.

There's also a decent, slow-burning new track, 'Last Day of the Miner's Track'. RIP Pulp ... Read more

74. Songbook: The Singles 1
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Super Furry Animals are not a band for the frail hearted. Sure, they might have an adorable name and endearingly shaggy manes. Some of their songs even start out sounding a little bit soft and gentle like Coldplay. But then singer Ghruff Rhys throws on an astronaut helmet, starts waving around a light sabre (literally) and soon the whole thing goes ballistic. The psychedelic Welsh quintet has made a career of taking perfectly good pop songs and inverting them violins, horns and magic dust. Songbook: The Singles 1 serves as an introduction to the wobbly world of the group's first six albums, punctuated by odd classics like "Golden Retriever," "Hometown Unicorn" and "Juxtapozed With U" - all of which are indeed actual titles to actual songs. For anyone that thinks they've heard it all, they haven't until they've heard this.--Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Irreverent Goodness
I had heard about these Welsh guys a long time ago. Entertainment Weekly loved Phantom Power, but I didn't pay attention. Lo and behold, several years have passed and I found out they had a greatest hits cd out. So I preordered it and got it two days ago. Their music has few similarities to bands before them, except for the Beach Boys at times. If the Beach Boys had done this many drugs, maybe I would have liked them too. But Super Furry Animals form very innovative music in the vintage soundscapes they create. I recommend scanning over their razor-sharp witty lyrics while listening. In fact, now I want to learn to speak Welsh just to figure out what exactly they're saying on "Yesbeidiau Heulog", and "Blerwytirhwng?". I'm definitely going to join the SFA cult and if you like music at all, you should too.

Oh, and don't forget to blast "The Man Don't Give A F*ck" down neighborhood streets ;)

5-0 out of 5 stars A greatest hits for SFA...I must be getting old
How can this not be five stars, ya know?I have followed them since Fuzzy Logic and really, they've done no wrong.Their b-sides are better than some bands'a-sides.I am about to purchase the dvd instead with the videos and documentary.As much as I am a fan, listening to their full lengths will always sound better.If you are newly keen on this band, the greatest hits is a great start.If you want to try more, "Radiator" or "Rings Around The World" are definite must-owns.

5-0 out of 5 stars SFA=OK
The Super Furry Animals are the most important band in the history of music, everywhere, for all time, forever.NO OTHER BAND has made the kind of musical leaps and bounds from album to album while preserving their very own voice.NO OTHER BAND could make otherwise head-bobbing wastrels sing along to songs in Welsh.NO OTHER BAND could make such joyfully depressing songs and be so very right all the time about everything.

People who do not enjoy the Super Furry Animals do not enjoy music.I feel sorry for those people, because not being able to enjoy music is like not being able to see the sun come up.

Some people say that the Super Furries are merely brit-pop, as if they produced the kind of throw-away trash you'd hear on a Blur or Oasis album.These people are foolish.They have been tricked, or misinformed.Take any two SFA albums and listen to them; expand your mind; and learn to sing Beach Boys-type harmonies, in Welsh.Don't listen to silly people who dislike layered music, who don't bother to listen full to SFA before talking about them.

This collection is as good a place to start listening to SFA as any.Everyone should enjoy listening to SFA once and a while or even more often than that.Listen early, and listen often.

SFA=OK ... Read more

75. Faded Seaside Glamour
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Delays singer-guitarist Greg Gilbert has such an incredible voice that he might be the only man in rock who has drawn comparisons to both Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks and the Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser. That's just the first sign that this English band is not just another standard-issue moody Coldplay knockoff. Instead, the music on its debut album conjures the blissed-out guitar-and-grooves sound of classic English groups like the Stone Roses and the La's, with each of the three opening songs delivering devastating knockouts. The rest of the disc doesn't easily repeat the feat but the band's exuberant spirit easily carries through. -- Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fine debut album of melodic pop
Melody is such a lost art these days that a band like the Delays that remembers how to use it really stands out. This is their debut album, and it's a fine one that fans of melodic bands like Travis should check out. Singer/guitarist Greg Gilbert has a very feminine sounding voice--he sounds like Stevie Nicks with a sore throat. The band is a four piece that gives keyboards and guitar equal weight, with no soloing. The focus is placed on the songs rather than the playing.

"Nearer Than Heaven" is the clear standout track, the catchiest song I've heard all year. "Wanderlust" and "Long Time Coming" are the other best songs on the album. Since these are the first three songs, the album makes a fantastic first impression, one that the rest of the album can't fully live up to. "Wanderlust" and "Nearer Than Heaven" sound something like a more accessible Cocteau Twins, but the rest of the album shows classic rock influences. "Hey Girl" wouldn't have sounded out of place on the radio during the '60s.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Erase Rewind
This record sounds a lot like some of the 4AD records of ten or fifteen years ago. Maybe something like Cocteau Twins or This Mortal Coil. But the lead singer turns out to be a guy named Greg Gilbert. So he has that JJ72 thing going on. It's very melodic indie pop that is very listener friendly. The Delays have a dandyism vibe going and they are easy on the eyes. Songs like "Nearer Than Heaven" and "Long Time Coming" bring you in. They are an English band from the south. The La's and The Manic Street Preachers initially influenced them. Their name sounds like a Britpop band but they felt that they were anti-Britpop. Some Americans are obsessed with bands with any traces of the throne of Britpop. For other, any sort of Beatles or Mod revivalism is an idea that went nowhere. So over the past five bands like The Delays and The Thrills have looked elsewhere for inspiration. Songs like "You Wear The Sun" and "Hey Girl" are like Britpop never happened. And bands like Stereophonics and Travis never existed. The Delays are a surprise.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very much like the Feelies/Reivers c.
Very similar male/female(ish) vocal harmonies and song structures. It sounded great twenty years ago, and it still sounds good...

4-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Melodies!
I have since learned the meaning of falsetto. Maybe not for everybody but I love this cd!

3-0 out of 5 stars Nothing to rave about...
A male vocalist who sounds like Stevie Nicks with Bangles sounding hooks and harmonies. ... Read more

76. Like You Do...Best of the Lightning Seeds
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1997 compilation on Epic featuring 13 of the best by Ian Broudie's indie power pop act plus, 'Waiting For Today To Happen' ('97 Version) and the brand new songs 'What You Say'& 'Brain Drain'. 16 tracks total, also featuring 'The Life Of Riley', 'Pure', 'Sugar', 'All I Want' & 'Perfect'. The full title is 'Like You Do... Best Of The Lightning Seeds'. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars stop with the remakes
This CD was a good album overall. But why do the music industries keep allowing groups to remake old songs. Let's just get on with our lives and leave the past behind and be more original with our songs. One song had over a 2 minute instrumental intro which got boring really quick. It shouldn't have been over 50 seconds.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful Sounds that Never Die!
Amazing that that wonderful British pop sound (in the tradition of Soft Cell and Dexys Midnight Runners among so many others) still was going strong in the 90's.Joyful and smooth-music that really makes you feel good
My personal favourites are 'The Life of Riley' ,'Change','Waiting For Today to Happen','Pure','All IWant' and 'Three Lions' -the last which was written to inspire the England soccer team to win the 1998 World Cup

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful British Sound Going Strong
Amazing that that wonderful British pop sound (in the tradition of Soft Cell and Dexys Midnight Runners among so many others) still was going strong in the 90's.Joyful and smooth-music that really makes you feel good
My personal favourites are 'The Life of Riley' ,'Change','Waiting For Today to Happen','Pure','All IWant' and 'Three Lions' -the last which was written to inspire the England soccer team to win the 1998 World Cup (alas unsuccesfully)

4-0 out of 5 stars Wow, a greatest hit album already!
The lightning seeds have been plugging their own brand of guitar Indie/Pop for several years now, but like their colonial contemporaries, Crowded House, a greatest hits album has sneaked up on us without us realizing that they'd had that many big hits. In fact they haven't. They've managed to pad the album with a couple of very good new songs and a remake of one of their old standards. On the whole if I could only buy one Lightning Seeds album, it would be this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars British Music
The Lightning Seeds have very quietly over the years built up an impressive portfolio of top tracks. Like You Do is a greatest hits album featuring some of their best singles like, Change, Sugar Coated Iceberg, Perfect and What If. This is a good album to have as its good throughout, whereas their previous albums all contained a few dodgy tracks where this album doesn't ... Read more

77. Yellow 2
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Second Part of the Hit Single that Established Coldplay as a Viable International Act. Both Back Tracks Are Not Found on the Album "Parachutes" and Are Exclusive to this Single. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Choice
This Cd includes songs from Coldplay's first demo cd and is a great investment for any real fan.

3-0 out of 5 stars Only to complete your collection
There's not much spectacular about "No More Keeping My Feet." I like all of Coldplay's stuff, so this is probably the only song I don't enjoy. "Help Around the Corner" is a nice acoustic piece which brings the single's rating up to 3 stars. ... Read more

78. Republica
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Mix Bananarama with Elastica and you've got this giddy, goofy confection in the yummy Top-of-the-Pops tradition. And yes, trainspotters, that's Dave Barbarossa of Bow Wow Wow delivering the big Burundi beat. --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and Catchy!
I first discovered Republica when the song Drop Dead Gorgeous appeared in one of my favorite movies--Scream. I tracked down their CD and was hooked immediately. An amazing blend of catchy techno-dance mixed with rock and electronica, this CD is fantastic. Even the lyrics are different from anything I've heard before--someone criticized the line "In a Hollywood bowl of serial killers," but I thought it was brilliant. And contrary to what another reviewer said, the CD has aged very well and is as good now as it was five years ago. I love all the tracks on this one, but Drop Dead Gorgeous, Ready to Go, Out of the Darkness, and Holly are the stand-outs. A terrific CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my personal all time favorite cds
Although this band's career has been a brief career, their first album has remained a personal favorite of mine. I remember being blown away by the fusion of rock with dance music when I first saw the video for "Ready to Go". I simply fell in love with the band's music right away. I was rather disappointed in the band's second and final album "Speed Ballads". I thought it was awful. The songs on that album lacked the hooks and techno beats that I fell in love with on their first album. I never heard anything before like what I heard on Republica's self-titled album. I particularly dug the original mix for "Ready to Go". I wish that was released as the single here in the US but unfortunately America remains clueless on techno music. "Drop Dead Gorgeous" is my other personal favorite track off the cd. Saffron's vocals is awesome. She sounds like she is shouting and singing at the same time on every track in a good way. "Out of the Darkness" and "Holly" are other faves of mine. All the songs off this cd are excellent. There isn't a single track on this album I did not like.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a crack, yeah I'm back from the rooftop shoutin' out...
This is a rememberal song, I've never heard the others, but I bet they are pretty good! The title is my fav Republica song "Ready To Go" the US mix is sweet in it's own way, original mix has Eng. but was recorded in Germany, "ACH-TuLiBa"! Hahahahahaha! Any way, pick up this CD, IT'S FUN!

2-0 out of 5 stars What's a catchy dance song that isn't catchy?
The problem with writing several songs that are supposed to be catchy dance tunes is that if they aren't as catchy as you think they are, then there is absolutely nothing for the music to fall back on. REPUBLICA has a few tracks that succeed as being great, throw-away, and fun dance numbers, but the rest of them are fairly forgettable. Most of them fail to have a good catch or a hook to grab the listener.

The two singles "Ready To Go" (recently the background music in a car commercial or two), and "Drop Dead Gorgeous" are about as good as this CD gets. The change of quality from these two tracks to the rest of the forgettable material is fairly dramatic. Instead of catchy little techno-dance tracks, we have boring songs with lethargic drum beats. I've listened to the CD several times in the past week, and I simply can't remember anything about the other songs. Looking at the track listing reveals no recognition on my part. I've heard these songs, I've listened to them several times, but all I can remember about them are vague drumbeats.

The downside with being too simple is that if the single thing that you attempt to do fails, then the entire endeavor is wrecked. Apart from the notable successes, the failures on this album destory any chance it has of being a winner. When the dance songs are too limp to dance to, there isn't a reason to listen anymore. Party music definitely shouldn't be boring.

2-0 out of 5 stars boring and quickly aging sound
I've seen reviewers relating this album to Garbage 2.0 and Elastica. This is far from true. Republic is techno-dance. They are capable musically and vocally but the lyrics to the songs and the melodies are lame and amateurish at best. "Ready to go" is cool but is not worth the price of the CD. Download the mp3 of it and move on. ... Read more

79. The La's [UK Bonus Tracks]
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Digitally remastered reissue of the brit-pop act's 1990 album. Includes five bonus tracks, 'All By Myself', 'Clean Prophet', 'Knock Me Down', 'Over' (Live in a stable in Liverpool) and 'I.O.U.'. 2001 release. Standard jewel case. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Oasis, amongst others, cite Lee Mavers and the La's as a major influence, and it's not hard to see why. They both have an obsessive devotion to 60's music, both Noel gallagher and Lee Mavers produce extremely catchy guitar based pop, both engage in minor plagarism ( "There She Goes" owes it's main riff too The Byrd's "Mr. Tambourine Man"), both milk the Manchester angle for all it's worth. Hell, Liam Gallagher even sings like a higher pitched Mavers! The La's were truly inspiring for the time, with many of the album's tracks having the potential to be number ones - "Way Out" "Timeless melody" "I Can't Sleep" in particular. In fact, the only spot on this excellent album is the stupid, cloying, "Freedom Song" which has the ugliest melody ever committed to disc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sadly forgotten by most
It is one of the most terrible disappointments in music that so many people are blind to the sheer genius of this album, the one and only by the La's. Released back in 1990, it has not aged a day and goes far beyond the simple "60s sound sampling" that a lot of British bands were privvy to practicing back in those days. The entire album is a 40 minute long joyride through sublime melodies, tight musicianship and humorous lyrics. Because primary songwriter Lee Mavers was such a perfectionist, all the songs are perfectly put together - even though he claims he was rushed into finishing the album and handed the record label an album of "demo" quality. This perfectionism also essentially killed the La's because they haven't recorded anything since. The band was a killer live band, due to 12-hour rehearsals to be on top of their game. Mavers apparently still writes songs, but refuses to record them.
"Son of a Gun" is a great little ditty that opens the album, crisp acoustic guitars and a man who's at "loggerheads with his past". Doesn't even reach 2 minutes, but still great. Follow-up song "I Can't Sleep" is another killer melodic song, bouncy and fun. "Timeless Melody" is exactly that. "Liberty Ship" sounds a little like an old sea chanty from another century, huge fun. "There She Goes" is the band's signature song and has relegated them to a one-hit wonder, which is a terrible shame. It's also funny how Sixpence None the Richer, a Christian band, got famous for covering this song: it's about heroin. "Doledrum" is a bouncer about visiting the village of Doledrum, apparently a boring place.
The second side begins with "Feelin" a song with a guitar sound lifted right out of 1966. It's a big song with the Naked Chef, he plays it during the intro to his show. "Way Out" is a simple acoustic song performed in 6/8 time, very catchy. "I.O.U" is just great, another catchy song (aren't they all?). "Freedom Song" is the one song that is cut from a different cloth, an acoustic lament with very sharp lyrics. "Failure" is like a furnace blast, a raucous meditation on teen angst the year before Cobain Americanized it. Album closer "Looking Glass" is the perfect epoch of the La's sound, the longest, most luxurious and most melodic song on an album chock-full of melodies. As the song fades out, snippets from the past triumphs are mixed together and fed through backwards faster and faster until the album suddenly ends. "the glass is smashed..."
I don't know if I sold too many people with this review but I hope you do consider my ramblings as those of a man who holds this wonderful album as a precious jewel in his almost 300+ album collection. Amazing everytime you listen to it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rare form
It is so rare for every track of a CD to be enjoyable, and this is one of them. Every single song on the CD is good... isn't that a hoot? How can you not buy this. I bought it when it came out in the '90s, and have been listening to it ever since. It definitely has a "British" feel to it, and I find it enjoyable to this day. Too bad they split up :-(

5-0 out of 5 stars the blueprint for Britpop of the 90's
this album really fell on deaf ears here in America at the time of its release. England of course tended to gravitate to it more so than American audiences due to its prevalent Mersey sound. Lee Mavers might then have been considered a special songwriter in that he was able to inject his brand of creativeness to the songwriting process however still leaving a foot firmly planted in the magical world of the British Invasion. He has since the release of this album become a recluse and still whenever found for a comment or remark about his bands fleeting daliance with world pop stardom that the recording for this album was never up to snuff. it's been widely reported that the instruments and equipment used during the production of this album were left with the dust still on them whilst recording because it added that element of mysticism to the sound (see Brian Wilson). Indeed, there is certainly an enchanted feeling and vibe you get when listening however im not sure how much it actually had to do with the "dust". it might be noted that several Brit pop stalwarts have recognized this album as the one which layed the groundwork for their respective sounds. the songs are uplifting and have certain cheeriness to them. im sure you could have placed a band like the La's next to others like the Kinks, Hollies and the Who they would have certainly fit in. it's nice to know that artists still draw from this amazing time in musical history for their influences and that while still sounding relative to that time and place it spawned a much needed music movement in England and the world over. Noel Gallagher once said that his ambition for Oasis was only to pick up where the La's left off. Well done, Noel!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Revelation
I am constantly in search of new, enlightening records, records that synthesize the 60s genius of The Beatles, The Byrds, and Dylan and add a distinctly modern twist. Although I have previously discovered excellent records in this vein, I have never come across an album quite as astounding as "The La's."

The one and only album ever released by Lee Mavers' genius band, "The La's" is a sleek, uber-melodic, mind-blowing tour de force, a record that towers over the landscape of British (and, for that matter, all) pop music. The unforgettable melodies, such as the chiming and heavenly tune that is "There She Goes" make a case for The La's being the direct descendents of fellow Liverpudlians The Beatles. Maver's thickly accented singing is rich and varied, a blueprint for every singer from Liam Gallagher to Stephan Jenkins (well, if you can consider the latter a 'singer').

Each and every song is flawlessly constructed, concisely and effectively arranged with minimalist guitars and bubbling rhythms. All of them clock in perfectly at or under three minutes, with the exception of the epic closer "Looking Glass," which is nothing less than a latter-day "A Day In The Life," an avant-garde suite complete with escalating tension and embedded with snippets of the eleven track that precede it (try to pick out the melodies of "Liberty Ship" and "I Can't Sleep" during the fadeout). Mavers' lyrics are inventive and poetic, and he delivers them with style and power (I love the way he says "person-arly I think that's fine" on "Son of a Gun").

It's a shame that The La's never made a follow-up to this absolute classic, although I doubt that they could have ever outdone it. "The La's" is a truly perfect record, and a precious gem in any record collection. ... Read more

80. Elastica
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It all began with the perfect pop moment of "Stutter," and then everyone wondered if Elastica had it in them to produce more sublime songs. Elastica showed that they did. Never quite as much Britpop as Birdpop, Justine Frischmann parlayed a Bryan Ferry hairstyle into an individual take on the world with material like "Car Song" and "2:1," while the rest of the band showed that they were along for more than just the ride. And if they owed a debt to Wire, well, it was all paid in the end (out of the royalties). The question was, could they ever follow it up? Chris Nickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars If Britpop had a defining moment, this is it.
If you were to take bits and pieces of every Britpop band (Pulp, Blur, Suede, OCS, Supergrass ect) and classic punk metal bands (The Clash, Sex Pistols, and The Stranglers), add an angsty and desireable female singer, black clothes and combat boots, and mix them all together, you would have Elastica.

"Elastica" is a fantastic record, by a mostly girl band that seems to have disappeared into nowhere (throughout 1998, promises of a new album hung in the air which were, alas, never to be kept). But to their credit, they gave us one of the finest Alt.rock albums of all time. Such classic songs are "Connection", "S.O.F.T", "Blue", and "Car Song". Each one had Justine Frischman's tomboy-ish, attitude-laced vocals and brilliant use of guitar and bass.

All of this is pressed into a neat, 16 song, 40 minute package that is sure to please everyone. The music, while not the most original, leave an impact. The proble is that they didn't do themselves any favours by only releasing this one album.

4-0 out of 5 stars Neo-Wave goddesses in Frishmann/Matthews.
Elastica may have played its trump cards in the form of frontwoman Justine Frischmann's pout and photogenicism, but Elastica is, surprisingly, a guitar band above all else, Frischmann and lead guitarist Donna Matthews offering melodically smart guitar sounds with an edge (the element often missing from bands these days).

Sexual innuendoes abound on the lyrics to the album ("Stutter" isn't about verbal impotence at all), but the best songs on the album -- "Stutter", "Car Song", "Connection" and crowning glory, pure pop-rock anthem "Waking Up" -- are all based around synth-flavoured guitar riffs that choke, wail and serenade their way into your memory. It helps that Frischmann, though no great singer, delivers lead vocals with confidence to match the insrumental punch, and the melodic instincts shown on this album are pretty impressive.

Half a decade has passed since this debut album. It remains to be seen whether Elastica will base its career model on The Sex Pistols career or The Clash.

4-0 out of 5 stars Snap up this Elastica
I always forget how good Elastica's eponymous debut album is, so it's a pleasant surprise to pop it into the stereo. There's nothing particularly revolutionary about this record (although having three out of four band-members being female is, sadly, still something of a rarity), but what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in spontaneity. This is a fun, bouncy, catchy bunch of songs and no mistake.

The tracks don't deviate from their guitar-bass-drums sound. They're all short and fast-paced. It's slightly punkish sounding, with a harder edge to it than most of the rest of the Brit-pop that was out around this time. There are some really nice melodies running through here. It's hard, but not too hard -- tuneful, but not too tuneful. A few of the songs are great, and none of them are bad. There's nothing on here that's any worse than solid.

The album has a very consistent sound (perhaps a polite way of saying all the songs sound the same, which is a fair criticism, but since I like them, it's not something I'm going to complain about). If you liked "Connection" (which was all over the airways when this first came out) you'll probably like this; if you hated that song, then the rest of the album probably isn't your cup of tea either.

Oh, and Suede fans will note that Brett Anderson gets a song writing credit in "See That Animal" (did every song he was writing in the mid-90s have some reference to animals?!).

5-0 out of 5 stars Amongst the best of the 1990's
Elastica is dead, long live Elastica.

Justine et all put together perhaps one of the best albums to come down the pike in the nearly barren wasteland of the 1990's (heck that extends to the 2000's).

Stutter and Connection are the obvious songs on the CD and are the glue that holds it together. Intermixed beside these two incredible songs are a load of very good songs (2:1, Vaseline, Car Song, etc.), which is a tough trick no matter what band you are.

If you do not own this CD, get out from under your rock and buy it. It is not too late.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of playfully punky pop gems
This album has become an essential staple in my Cd player since i was lucky enough to find it at a local store.
Its sixteen, relatively short songs, are energy bursts full of spunk and punky magnificence.
Such songs as the most popular, "Stutter" and "Connection", "Car Song", "Waking Up" and "2:1" are filled the catchiness and wittiness to keep you coming back for more.

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