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BMRA-Round 1-Ritual De Lo Habitual vs. Follow the Leader

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which one?

Poll ended at Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:53 pm

Ritual de lo Habitual
20
65%
Follow the Leader
11
35%
 
Total votes : 31

BMRA-Round 1-Ritual De Lo Habitual vs. Follow the Leader

Postby PlayingWithFire » Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:53 pm

Jane's Addiction's Ritual De Lo Habitual
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Review by Greg Prato

Ritual de lo Habitual served as Jane's Addiction's breakthrough to the mainstream in 1990 (going gold and reaching the Top 20), and remains one of rock's all-time sprawling masterpieces. While its predecessor, 1988's Nothing's Shocking, served as a fine introduction to the group, Ritual de lo Habitual proved to be even more daring; few (if any) alt-rock bands have composed a pair of epics that totaled nearly 20 minutes, let alone put them back to back for full dramatic effect. While the cheerful ditty "Been Caught Stealing" is the album's best-known track, the opening "Stop!" is one of the band's best hard rock numbers, propelled by guitarist Dave Navarro's repetitive, trashy funk riff, while "Ain't No Right" remains explosive in its defiant and vicious nature. Jane's Addiction always had a knack for penning beautiful ballads with a ghostly edge, again proven by the album closer, "Classic Girl." But it's the aforementioned epics that are the album's cornerstone: "Three Days" and "Then She Did...." Although Perry Farrell has never truly admitted what the two songs are about lyrically, they appear to be about an autobiographical romantic tryst between three lovers, as each composition twists and turns musically through every imaginable mood. And while the tracks "No One's Leaving," "Obvious," and "Of Course" may not be as renowned as other selections, they prove integral in the makeup of the album. Surprisingly, the band decided to call it a day just as Ritual de lo Habitual hit big, headlining the inaugural Lollapalooza tour (the brainchild of Farrell) in the summer of 1991 as their final road jaunt. Years later, it remains one of alt-rock's finest moments.

Korn's Follow the Leader
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Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

More than anything, Korn are about sound. They write songs, but those wind up not being nearly as memorable as their lurching metallic hip-hop grind. They have yet to exhaust that sound, and that's why their third album, Follow the Leader, is an effective follow-up to their first two alt-metal landmarks. Not that it offers anything new -- it's the same sound, offered in a more focused forum than Life Is Peachy, but not sounding as fresh as Korn. In fact, it begins to wear a little thin toward the end of the album, but guitarists Head Welch and Munky Shaffer find enough tonal variations over the course of the album to keep it interesting, and vocalist Jonathan Davis nearly matches them with his cavalcade of voices. If the songs themselves don't leave much of an impression, it's because they're not supposed to -- they're simply vehicles for the metallic grind, which provides all the visceral rush any Korn fan needs.
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Postby The Artful Dodger » Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:01 am

I don't like either band, but I had fond memories of listening to Jane's Addiction and so, for nostalgic purposes, they get my vote. ;-D
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Postby Old_Style » Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:03 am

i was a big korn fan growing up. thank god i'm past that part of my life. jane's addiction. ;-D
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Postby BritSox » Wed Dec 20, 2006 7:20 am

Never really 'got' Jane's addiction. KoRn here.
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Wed Dec 20, 2006 9:18 am

Old_Style wrote:i was a big korn fan growing up. thank god i'm past that part of my life. jane's addiction. ;-D


I like your style, even if it is old. ;-D :-b
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Postby ThatDude » Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:28 am

I remember going to a Tool concert in Chicago many many years ago. Had to have been back in '95/'96 or so. My memory is a bit fuzzy that far back.

They had some band called Korn opening for them, and aside from one song, Blind, I remember being totally unimpressed by them.

Years later, I'm still unimpressed.
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Postby ironman » Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:13 am

That's not even the best Korn album, and even then none of them could hold a flame to Ritual.
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Postby acsguitar » Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:01 pm

Hmmm which weirdo to vote for.

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Postby Simulacrum » Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:04 pm

I just don't get Janes Addiction... but I LOVE Porno for Pyros. Great band.

And I love Korn's old stuff.. but Follow the Leader kind of sucks...

I guess I just won't vote. :-S
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Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Wed Dec 20, 2006 4:06 pm

Jane's Addiction has to be one of the most underappreciated bands from the 80's/90's. Amazing material and Farrell is a great songwriter who rarely gets the credit he deserves.
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