alternative-dis-alliance,Tangled Tales [Digipak], Youth Novels [825646946457], In the Fishtank [EP] [Tortoise], Life on a Plate [Millencolin], Let's Go [Rancid] [CD] [1 disc]

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Rolling Stone (p.86) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[M]ixing adorable playground scats with spoken-word whispers and parched coos....The arrangements also dress simple tunes in surprising ways, with odd choral bits and percolating percussion webs..."Spin (p.118) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he approach proves bulletproof: Her voice is mousy, the low end juicy, the melodies sketchy, the choruses huge."Spin (p.47) - Ranked #36 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "[T]he steely passion is pure Lykke Li -- this is her proclamation of absolute fidelity."Magnet (p.110) - "'Dance Dance Dance' is driven by a basic acoustic-guitar rhythm, a chugging horn section, minimal percussion and found sounds..."CMJ - "[S]he churns out bright electro-pop at one moment, and then turns around and pumps out tracks full of live instrumentation and delicately soulful crooning at another."Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.48) - "Whether she's waxing intimate and vulnerable on the echo-washed piano ballad 'Melodies & Desires,' or rocking out on the oddly new-wavish 'Breaking It Up,' Li is adding a fresh voice to a growing collective of homegrown Swedish talent..."Blender (Magazine) (p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'My Love' blooms from a simple Spanish guitar into a cymbal-crashing Phil Spector grandeur, and the funereal closer, 'Window Blue,' reveals the sultry timbres of her voice."Paste (magazine) (p.71) - "[D]eterminedly diverse....[YOUTH NOVELS] marries inventive dance rhythms to confessional songwriting....With Li finding cathartic joy in the simple act of making music."57.27895

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CMJ (5/17/99, p.25) - "...Sure, [Tortoise's] gliding beats and electronics occasionally climb atop the trebly, percussive jungle gym, but the Ex's inflamed, adrenalized mood prevails throughout..."17.15914

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Alternative Press (10/94, p.92) - "...Listen and see where everyone else went wrong..."NME (Magazine) (9/24/94, p.51) - 8 - Excellent - "...LET'S GO is serious Good Time Music, incorporating nearly two dozen bursts of belligerently poised Ramone-a-lama rompage..."17.15914

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CMJ (12/13/99, pp.21-2) - "...attacks with snarling psychobilly as its main weapon....the tracks maintain a sinister edge and a fascination with things that go bump in the night."17.15914

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Alternative Press (8/99, pp.76-7) - 3 (out of 5) - "...It's difficult to tell where the punk ends and the hardcore starts...on [F.T.T.W.]....H2O's energy and conviction will please kids in both...camps..."CMJ (5/31/99, p.5) - "...F.T.T.W continues the HC tradition of crew shout-outs and spiffy riffs, but the band sounds so refreshed and re-energized that it's as though the members regrouped at a spa before recording with ex-Bad Religionite...Brett Gurewitz..."New Music Monthly (7/99, p.50) - "...a collection of jolly, feel-good music....easy to relate to, thriving on lyrics that speak universally about hard times, good feelings, learning lessons and staying strong. As soon as you hit play, H20 thrusts you in..."Guitar Magazine (7/99, p.100) - "...[F.T.T.W.'s] superball melodies will be bouncing in your head endlessly....immaculate, high db, high energy high-on-life sock to the kisser..."17.15914

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Rolling Stone (1/20/00, p.57) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Strummer dodges punk nostalgia for something both more elusive and more resonant....[his] old fury has aged gracefully into impressionistic indignation and Dylan-esque significance..."Entertainment Weekly (11/26/99, p.98) - "...there are some catchy tunes....And just hearing Strummer's distinctive rasp - which sounds exactly the same all these years later - is oddly heartening." - Rating: B-Q (11/99, p.135) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Strummer delivers...that bizarre mix of British rock and ethnic rhythms for which everyone knows him....'not' the sound of an old man trying to re-create his glory days. Worth spending both time and money on."Alternative Press (1/00, p.101) - 3 out of 5 - "...an eclectic mix of world beats and textures that yeild mixed results....an exceedingly mellow affair...the songs are pleasant..."CMJ (11/8/99, p.27) - "...interested [more] in pointed protest rather than aimless nihilism. The protests continue here....[while] his lower-key approach allows ska and worldbeat grooves to help carry the message."CMJ (11/29/99, p.3) - "...Strummer has matured, no longer forcing his idealism upon you, rather, presenting it to you with a self-assured verve that exhibits a new kind of passion."Mojo (Publisher) (1/00, p.30) - Ranked #37 in Mojo Magazine's "Best of 1999"Mojo (Publisher) (11/99, p.96) - "...[weaves] together reggae and world, beats and bongos, Spanish picking and plain ol' rock and roll....Strummer's lyrical form is a delight throughout, shofting mood between resignation and defiance, testing old conceits of the Last Gang In Town against '90s reality..."17.15914

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Alternative Press (4/93, p.72) - "...WHITE TRASH...carries on [NoFx's] adolescent pogo party with all the exuberance of a rollercoaster ride..."17.15914

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Kerrang (Magazine) (p.52) - "Catchy, unique, precocious and snotty....Awesome."17.15914

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Alternative Press (8/96, p.92) - 3 (out of 5) - "...This Riverside, California septet punctuates its double-time 'skacore' with tons of percussion and blasts of sax, trumpet and trombone...for all its hardcore intensity the actual mood of FIRME is energetic, lively and upbeat..."Option (7-8/96, p.139) - "...VGS just wants everybody to jump into the mosh pit and have fun..."17.15914

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Rolling Stone (4/1/99, pp.96-97) - 3 1/2 Stars (out of 5) - "...picks up where last year's debut...left off: somewhere between the corner pub and the socialist meeting hall. The four band members pummel through their anthems like punked-out Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robots..."Alternative Press (6/99, p.90) - 3 (out of 5) - "...the Dropkicks progress beyond the three-chords-and-a-snarl formula of so many current punk rockers to produce songs with heart..."CMJ (3/22/99, p.22) - "...bursting at the seams with communal, oi-inspired singalongs that invite you to chant with the Murphys while downing a hearty pint of stout."17.15914

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Spin (8/99, p.152) - 7 (out of 10) - "...Pennywise inherits [Bad Religion's] puritanical fervor, get-a-grip sloganeering, and...an anti-government self-reliance that includes down-with-taxes rants....these are the kids your parents hoped you would be."CMJ (6/7/99, p.26) - "...The group's pure, unfiltered passion saturates its music, which works as an ideal soundtrack for the daily lives of both half-pipe dwellers and alienated punk intellectuals."Guitar Magazine (7/99, p.96) - "...STRAIGHT AHEAD is an apt title for both the record and the band's lyrical and musical attitude....perfectly tapped into the zeitgeist of male teenage America..."17.15914

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Spin (4/96, p.113) - 7 - Reasonably Good - "...NOFX roll oi and thrash and classic Orange County hardcore into a meta-punk the way early-period Mothers of Invention seemed to combine every genre...under the umbrella of rock'n'roll into a single hermetic style....the great user-friendly punk record..."Q (3/96, p.100) - 3 Stars - Good - "...stubbornly simple punk LP, with colourful touches..."17.15914

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Rolling Stone (7/9-23/98, p.132) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...More than anything else, LIFE WON'T WAIT evokes the Clash's SANDINISTA!--but for all the right reasons....an exhilirating punk-rock record, one that delves into ska, blues and reggae..."Spin (7/98, pp.121-122) - 7 (out of 10) - "...Success seems to agree with Rancid's songwriting. Their world, like their sound, has gotten bigger....LIFE WON'T WAIT vacation into reggae textures feels well-traveled and adventurous especially when Armstrong's singing faster than a steel drum..."Entertainment Weekly (7/10/98, p.76) - "...This California quartet may ape some of the poppier punk moves of their most obvious forebears, the Clash, but like that seminal band, Rancid know how to leaven rage with buoyant tunefulness." - Rating: A-17.15914

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Alternative Press (3/02, p.96) - Included in AP's "Essential Punk Influences '02 Style" - "...Their definitive album....they'd never eclipse this fireball of creative energy."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.52) - "[A] mix of everyman politics and humanitarian beliefs with combustible indignation that influenced everybody it touched in punk circles."17.15914

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Magnet (11-12/97, p.69) - "...The album is filled with chunks of old-school hardcore in the vein of Marginal Man and Dag Nasty..."17.15914

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Rolling Stone (8/31/00, p.76) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...[Their] mix of American thrash minimalism and Brit punk's sound and fury have transcended revivalist mimicry once and for all....a brutally exuberant rock album..."Spin (11/00, p.209) - 8 out of 10 - "...A roots record scouring off any glossy residue left from the Alternative '90s by returning to pure punk..."Entertainment Weekly (9/1/00, p.80) - "...One of the most vital things the punk world has coughed up in years..." - Rating: A-Q (10/00, p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...There's a lot of swearing, a few handsome tunes...the sure knowledge they'd be sensational live and the sheer, unadulterated gratitude for the fact they de-ska'd the entire album..."CMJ (1/08/01, p.19) - Included in CMJ's "Best of the Year" for 2000.CMJ (8/21/00, p.3) - "...Pure, uncut Rancid: stripped-down, violent and vicious....a classic..."Melody Maker (8/8/00, p.48) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...All passion, no fashion, no bandwagon desperation. That's Rancid. And that is true punk rock."NME (Magazine) (8/12/00, p.36) - 6 out of 10 - "...Fast and furious...and now they want to bludgeon with hardcore muscle..."17.15914

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Spin (5/01, pp.110,112) - Ranked #35 in Spin's "50 Most Essential Punk Records".Spin (12/95, p.62) - Ranked #10 on Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of '95.'Entertainment Weekly (12/29/95-1/5/96, p.132) - Ranked #6 on EW's Top 10 Albums Of 1995 - "...Rancid recalls a time when punk was less about safety pins than it was about bristling, blow-the-roof-off anthems..."Q (10/95, p.125) - 3 Stars - Good - "...they look most likely to cement their country's nascent punk revolution..."Alternative Press (3/02, p.96) - Included in AP's "Essential Punk Influences '02 Style" - "...The sound of 4 street-bred musicians with punk in their jeans - and its post-Clash mix of ska and scruff was catchy as hell..."Village Voice (2/20/96) - Ranked #16 in Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.NME (Magazine) (8/26/95, p.47) - 7 (out of 10) - "...the allure of sulphate riffage coupled with traces of dub and a sensation that all is not quite well with the world is quite considerable....a thousand chugging riffs unearthed since 1978, and most of them are fairly excellent [or] quite awesomely ridiculous..."17.15914

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(Jan.-Feb./91) - "Aside from the corny cover, Bad Religion waste no time or effort as `Against The Grain' is screechingly released hot on the heels of last years punk hit `No Control' which sold so many copies, why not keep the formula untouched?...as much as I like to ignore such a massively accepted `punk' record, the exuberance of this release is kinda tuff ta' blow off."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.52) - "[H]ome to a slicker, more polished output from a band in their prime, boasting a host of classic tracks to prove it."17.15914

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Alternative Press (11/93, p.70) - "...[Hepcat] have produced a stunning album that echoes and updates, in a much more subtle way, those early '60s [ska] bands..."17.15914

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Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.136) - Ranked #191 in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time"Rolling Stone (10/29/70, p.44) - "...They are so exquisitely horrible and down and out that they are the ultimate psychedelic rock band in 1970..."Entertainment Weekly (p.66) - "[O]ne of the dirtiest, grimiest, and most sweat-stained albums ever. It's hard to appreciate just how radical this record was upon it's release..." -- Grade: A+Q (7/01, p.91) - Included in Q's "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time" - "...Everything rock'n'roll is meant to be: horny, sleazy, obnoxious and scarily alive, lik ebein gwired straight into the mains..."Q (1/94, p.119) - 4 Stars - ExcellentUncut (p.120) - 5 stars out of 5 - "FUN HOUSE the album and 'Funhouse' the song turn '60s dreams of unity and pleasure-as-insurrection inside out..."Melody Maker (2/19/94, p.34) - "...FUNHOUSE is, no contest, the greatest rock n' roll album of all time....The Stooges don't merit your respect as a monument in our collective heritage, they warrant full immersion...."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.51) - "[FUNHOUSE] captured the group at their most thrillingly unhinged....[A] dark paean to heedless hedonism..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[T]he Stooge machine was savagely tuned, rampaging, able to precision-blast numerous near-identical takes."NME (Magazine) (9/18/93, p.19) - Ranked #48 in NME's list of `The Greatest Albums Of The '70s.'17.15914

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Spin (p.85) - "[B]lending folk, jazz, and avant garde sensibilities into a searching, mystical style..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.71) - "[E]ven when the songs were tailored for Top 40 radio, like 'Aren't You The Girl' and 'I Can't See You,' Buckley refused to be confined..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.86) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "TIM BUCKLEY is a much underrated album with beautiful songs such as 'Wings' and 'I Can't See You,' where that enthralling tenor voice was heard for the first time..."Uncut (magazine) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Ostensibly a folk-rock album, oft-stereotyped as such, in truth TIM BUCKLEY turns the fledgling genre inside out."17.15914

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Spin (4/98, pp.124-125) - 7 (out of 10) - "...Making Irish jigs go `Oi!' like nobody since the Pogues on RED ROSES FOR ME in 1984, DO OR DIE is all-for-one/one-for-all boy bonding....They rock like infantry grunts wishing they were back on the block....Their pennywhistles meld into an anthemic Clash roar, and even their power chords feel like flags waving."17.15914

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Alternative Press (12/00, p.101) - 4 out of 5 - "...A modern ska-punk-metal mishmash...with an elegance that follwos in the Jamaican tradition of ska music..."CMJ (8/7/00, p.32) - "...Taps straight into ska's primary origins in R&B and jazz to create an aura that perfectly simulates the genre's checkered past....reaffirming the band's mastery of the classic ska groove..."17.15914

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CMJ (5/3/99, p.27) - "...The intoxicatingly catchy HOPELESS ROMANTIC is the most accessible offering of the quartet's 12-year career. The band leans a little more on its pop sensibilities, offering up plenty of delicious melodies..."Melody Maker (4/24/99, p.38) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...big phat production and songs worthy of Jonathan Richman or Paul Westerberg at their prime. Sorta classic and really quite a find..."17.15914

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Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.136) - Ranked #185 in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time"Entertainment Weekly (p.66) - "[I]ts nihilistic high points planted the seed of a musical revolution." -- Grade: B+Q (1/94, p.119) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...a marvelous celebration of Iggy Stooge's leering persona..."Uncut (p.120) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[A] dynamo coiled with electric essence, something you can use to recharge your existence today, tomorrow, forever."Vibe (12/99, p.164) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th CenturyMojo (Publisher) (p.81) - "[E]ach song was put down live in one take, a necessity of time and budget, but also so as not to lose the group's energy and spontaneity..."Mojo (Publisher) (7/02, p.162) - "...They gave birth to a high-energy take on 3-chord rock'n'roll that was as heavy as adolescence and primitive enough to be avant garde..."NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #62 in NME's list of the `Greatest Albums Of All Time.'17.15914

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Spin (11/92, p.117) - Recommended - "...a kinder, gentler album...a worthy follow-up to PILLS N' THRILLS AND BELLYACHES...It still tastes great..."Q (7/00, p.141) - Included in Q's "The Best Male Angst Albums Of All Time"Q (10/92, p.80) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...a clutch of cuts that restore your faith in all things grubby, grinning and gleeful...shafts of Hammond, stabs of guitar and exhilarating, chaotic cacophony..."NME (Magazine) (10/10/92, p.39) - "...the joyrider's equivalent to Neil Young's TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT--one of those awful black records to turn to when you're feeling at your most morbid..."17.15914

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Q (9/95, p.125) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...an infectious canon that pinpoints a time and place as headily as anything from the punk years..."17.15914

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