Album Reviews

This page contains objectionable non-jaded reviews of some of my favorite, and not-so favorite albums. The albums are rated in stars (original, I know) from 1 to 5--5 being the best. No half stars because then I would be rating from 1 to 10 and I don't want to be that precise.

Alanis Morissette - Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie

Trying to out-do Jagged Little Pill was all but impossible which meant that Alanis' second album was bound to get bad press. The album skips the pop music and goes right into the slit-your-wrists depression that mainstream fears, but the dedicated know and love. The album came out and went instantly to number one, but as soon as everyone found that it didn't have a catchy pop sound it slowly dropped off the charts. Three singles came off it "Thank U", "Unsent", and "So Pure". Compared to the 30 million sales of Jagged Little Pill, SFIJ only sold 2 million. Even still, this is a solid album with beautiful songs and raw lyrics. Plus, the CD has Alanis naked. My favorites are "I Was Hoping", "Would Not Come", and "Unsent". Least favorite is "Your Congratulations".

Barenaked Ladies - Stunt

Surprisingly, the Canadian band did better in the US with Stunt (#3 in the top 200) than in Canada (#9)! Two singles were released "It's All Been Done" which peaked at #9, and "One Week" which hit #1 in four different US charts. Aside from the singles, most of the other songs are wonderful as well. "Light Up My Room" has bizarre lyrics, but a gorgeous serene sound. "I'll be that Girl" shows more of BNL's morbid humor. "Call and Answer" is a bittersweet relationship song about competition. "In the Car" is a hilarious coming-of-age tale. "Never is Enough" and "Who Needs Sleep?" are both upbeat cheeky numbers. "Alcohol" is the naked song (i.e. the song recorded fully in the buff)! My favorite tracks are "One Week", "Call and Answer", and "Never is Enough", least favorite is "Told You So".

The Darkness - One Way Ticket to Hell... And Back

The second full album by The Darkness was a bit of a let down to some fans. The first album broke barriers, not only with the high falsetto of the lead vocals, but with having such a vintage sound from such a recent band. The power of both the vocals and the music were toned down for the second album. While at first I was disappointed, after a few listen throughs I became better acquainted with the music and it's grown on me more. "One Way Ticket" and "Is it Just Me?" were both singles that hit #8 in the UK charts. I especially love the strings in "Seemed Like Such a Good Idea at the Time", and the chorus in "Blind Man". My favorite tracks are "One Way Ticket" and "Hazel Eyes", least favorite would be "Bald".

David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust

The full title to this opus is "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars", but due to time constraints, most people simply call it Ziggy Stardust. It's certainly one of the best albums by David Bowie, charting at only #5 in the UK, but holds very critical acclaimed even to this day. It's only single was "Starman". The album is done almost in storybook fashion that tells the tale of an alien that comes to Earth and becomes a rock god who ultimately succumbs to sex, drugs, and the wonton rampages of his fans. There are several powerful ballads as well as up tempo rock songs. Over all, the entire album is a class act all the way. My favorites include "Lady Stardust" and "Ziggy Stardust", least favorite is "It Ain't Easy".

Evanescence - Fallen

The debut album of Evanescence really made a splash by putting a woman at the front of a gothic hard rock band, and still managing to become popular in the USA. This album went six-times platinum. It had four popular singles "Going Under", "Bring Me to Life", "My Immortal", and "Everybody's Fool". Upon first listening, I really liked the first half of the album, but the sound began to drag on through the second half. After becoming more familiar with the songs I appreciated the slower songs more, and I can now say that I like every track on the album. In particular, my favorites are "Tourniquet", "Going Under", and "Bring Me To Life", least favorite is "Haunted".

Eve 6 - Horrorscope

Horrorscope was a great follow up to Eve 6's first album. It had three singles, "Promise", "On the Roof Again", and "Here's to the Night" all three of which made it high into the charts, "Promise" did the best at #3 in US modern rock. The album features a cool comic book style cover, which was used in in the video for "Promise". My favorite tracks are both singles, "Here's to the Night" and "Promise". My least favorite is "Sunset Strip Bitch". Not quite as good as the first album, but certainly worth owning a copy.

The Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up the Girl

Going by popularity alone, this is The Goo Goo Dolls' best album to date--by going triple platinum--and it's my favorite by them as well. The album contains hit singles like "Slide", "Iris", and "Dizzy" (all three of which made it into the Billboard Top 10). Many long time fans felt like the band sold out due to the mainstream sound from some of the songs, especially "Iris", which are inconsistent with their earlier more punk rock sound. I don't see how the fans could have missed the slow songs that have always been part of the Goo Goo Dolls' repertoire from their earlier albums, but certainly the quanity has increased. My favorite songs off this album are "Broadway", "Acoustic #3", and "Black Balloon", least favorite is "Extra Pale".

Queen - Sheer Heart Attack

Sheer Heart Attack was Queen's third album and a landmark in the band's history. It contained their first hits, the singles "Killer Queen" (which made #2 in the UK charts) and "Now I'm Here" (which hit #11). This is also the first album I ever bought as well as my favorite Queen album. I love the country twang of "Bring Back that Leroy Brown", the epic sound of "Living in the Lap of the Gods... Revisited", and the mystique of "She Makes Me". This album was the last Queen album to feature Freddie's mythology songs--"Lily of the Valley"--and it also features John Deacon's first song, "Misfire". I love Roger Taylor's Tenement Funster with the grinding punk sound from the guitar and his rough vocals. My favorite songs include "She Makes Me", "Now I'm Here", "Stone Cold Crazy", and "Killer Queen". My least favorite is "Flick of the Wrist".

Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous

The third full-length album by Rilo Kiley had a slightly more upbeat sound than their previous two albums, but lyrically equivalent. Two singles were released, "It's a Hit" and "Portions For Foxes", both were generally well accepted and this album has seen a large upswing in the popularity of the band putting them on TV both in sitcoms and live performances. My favorite tracks include "Absence of God", "More Adventurous", and "A Man/Me/Then Jim", least favorite would be "I Never", but I hold that all of the songs are very good and worth listening to.

Weezer - Weezer (Blue)

Weezer's first self-titled album (the blue one) was also their most successful album to date at 3 times platinum. The two biggest hits off the album are "Buddy Holly" (included on the Windows 95 CD) and "Undone (The Sweater Song)". While those were the most popular singles, I think that some of the other tracks are a better testament to the band's music. The album was produced my Ric Ocasek, the lead singer of the--now defunct--band The Cars. My favorite songs are "In the Garage" and "My Name is Jonas", least favorite is "No One Else".

Youth Group - Casino Twilight Dogs

I found this Australian band while stalking reading a person's profile. From the name I was almost expecting gospel music, but I was pleasantly surprised otherwise. The mellow sound and melancholy lyrics in these songs sit very well with me. My favorite songs off the album are "Under the Underpass", "TJ", and their Alphaville cover, "Forever Young"; my least favorite is "Sorry". The songs on this album have this amazing soothing sound that is just snappy enough for you to want to listen to, but not too overbearing that it can't be kept to the background. It's really a step up from their previous album which was too bland for my taste. The USA release is missing the track "Let It Go", so be sure to get the Australian import if you plan on buying it.