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BMRA-Round 1-Ten vs. Slippery when wet

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which one?

Poll ended at Tue Dec 26, 2006 10:47 am

Ten
19
83%
Well...em...Bon Jovi's em....what was it called? Slippery when wet?
4
17%
 
Total votes : 23

BMRA-Round 1-Ten vs. Slippery when wet

Postby PlayingWithFire » Sun Dec 24, 2006 10:47 am

Pearl Jam's Ten
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Review by Steve Huey

Nirvana's Nevermind may have been the album that broke grunge and alternative rock into the mainstream, but there's no underestimating the role that Pearl Jam's Ten played in keeping them there. Nirvana's appeal may have been huge, but it wasn't universal; rock radio still viewed them as too raw and punky, and some hard rock fans dismissed them as weird misfits. In retrospect, it's easy to see why Pearl Jam clicked with a mass audience -- they weren't as metallic as Alice in Chains or Soundgarden, and of Seattle's Big Four, their sound owed the greatest debt to classic rock. With its intricately arranged guitar textures and expansive harmonic vocabulary, Ten especially recalled Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. But those touchstones might not have been immediately apparent, since -- aside from Mike McCready's Clapton/Hendrix-style leads -- every trace of blues influence has been completely stripped from the band's sound. Though they rock hard, Pearl Jam is too anti-star to swagger, too self-aware to puncture the album's air of gravity. Pearl Jam tackles weighty topics -- abortion, homelessness, childhood traumas, gun violence, rigorous introspection -- with an earnest zeal unmatched since mid-'80s U2, whose anthemic sound they frequently strive for. Similarly, Eddie Vedder's impressionistic lyrics often make their greatest impact through the passionate commitment of his delivery rather than concrete meaning. His voice had a highly distinctive timbre that perfectly fit the album's warm, rich sound, and that's part of the key -- no matter how cathartic Ten's tersely titled songs got, they were never abrasive enough to affect the album's accessibility. Ten also benefited from a long gestation period, during which the band honed the material into this tightly focused form; the result is a flawlessly crafted hard rock masterpiece.

Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet
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Review by William Ruhlmann

It is probably true that Bon Jovi's breakthrough success with Slippery When Wet, their third album, had more to do with lead singer Jon Bon Jovi's mop of curls and winning smile than with anything in the grooves of the record. Nevertheless, the album contained competent contemporary pop/rock, from its Eddie Van Halen-inspired guitar solos to the singer's enthusiastic, husky wail (which owed a lot to Bruce Springsteen). Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, and songwriter-for-hire Desmond Child had little more on their minds than girls and rock-as-mythology (even the working-class anthem "Livin' on a Prayer" featured a character who was forced to hock his "six string"), but that may only mean they had identified their audience -- young white adolescent males -- and were targeting it accurately.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Sun Dec 24, 2006 10:48 am

At home, drawing pictures of mountain tops, with him on top.
Lemon yellow sun. Arms raised in a v,
and the dead lay in pools of maroon below.
Daddy didn't give attention, oh,
to the fact that mommy didn't care.
King Jeremy the wicked, oh, ruled his world.
Jeremy spoke in class today.
Jeremy spoke in class today.
Clearly I remember pickin' on the boy,
seemed a harmless little fuck.
Ooo, but we unleashed a lion.
Gnashed his teeth and bit the recess lady's breast,
how could I forget?
And he hit me with a surprise left.
My jaw left hurtin', ooo, dropped wide open
just like the day, oh, like the day I heard:
Daddy didn't give affection, no,
and the boy was something that mommy wouldn't wear.
King jeremy the wicked, oh, ruled his world...
Jeremy spoke in class today.
Jeremy spoke in class today.
Jeremy spoke in class today.
Try to forget this...try to forget this...
Try to erase this...try to erase this...
from the blackboard...
Jeremy spoke in class today.
Jeremy spoke in class today.
Jeremy spoke in, spoke in...
Jeremy spoke in, spoke in...
Jeremy spoke in class today...
(spoke in, spoke in...)


;-D
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Postby pokeyjoe » Sun Dec 24, 2006 11:15 am

PlayingWithFire wrote:At home, drawing pictures of mountain tops, with him on top.
Lemon yellow sun. Arms raised in a v,
and the dead lay in pools of maroon below.
Daddy didn't give attention, oh,
to the fact that mommy didn't care.
King Jeremy the wicked, oh, ruled his world.
Jeremy spoke in class today.
Jeremy spoke in class today.
Clearly I remember pickin' on the boy,
seemed a harmless little fuck.
Ooo, but we unleashed a lion.
Gnashed his teeth and bit the recess lady's breast,
how could I forget?
And he hit me with a surprise left.
My jaw left hurtin', ooo, dropped wide open
just like the day, oh, like the day I heard:
Daddy didn't give affection, no,
and the boy was something that mommy wouldn't wear.
King jeremy the wicked, oh, ruled his world...
Jeremy spoke in class today.
Jeremy spoke in class today.
Jeremy spoke in class today.
Try to forget this...try to forget this...
Try to erase this...try to erase this...
from the blackboard...
Jeremy spoke in class today.
Jeremy spoke in class today.
Jeremy spoke in, spoke in...
Jeremy spoke in, spoke in...
Jeremy spoke in class today...
(spoke in, spoke in...)


;-D


Great song! I saw Pearl Jam live earlier this year, what a great show. They went past the deadline for how late the union workers could work to, so they were playing with the house lights on for a good 15-20 minutes.
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Postby acsguitar » Sun Dec 24, 2006 12:41 pm

A frem see them brownnekn

aseeemmm flammma froo!!!

Go Pearl jam ;-D
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Sun Dec 24, 2006 1:16 pm

There may have been a whole 2 songs by Pearl Jam that I could stand, but I'll go ahead and vote against Bon Jovi here. !+)
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Postby The Artful Dodger » Sun Dec 24, 2006 3:25 pm

I voted for Mookie Blaylock. This isn't a regular on my playlist, but it's always a refreshing listen to jam to "Alive", which is my favorite PJ song of all time. ;-D
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Postby BritSox » Sun Dec 24, 2006 6:45 pm

I think PJ are incredibly overrated, but still, their best album kicks Bon Jovi's ass any day of the week.
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