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Lean Into It
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Japanese only SHM pressing. Includes two bonus tracks. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Uni... more »
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Japanese only SHM pressing. Includes two bonus tracks. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players.
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Jason J. from MOORHEAD, MN
Reviewed on 8/18/2006...
Includes smash-hit "To Be With You."
2nd album showed they could WRITE as well as they could play
Bill M. | MA, USA | 11/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first Mr. Big album showed that the band members were each virtuosos on their individual instruments. "More chops than a butcher block" as singer Eric Martin described it. But their second album, "Lean Into It", showed that Mr. Big could also strip away all the flash and 7-minute solos, and simply create well-written songs with rhythm, groove, and good melodies.By the late 80s, "shred" was somewhat popular -- the new wave of progressive "musician's bands" who could play mind-blowing complicated riffs on their instruments at lightning speeds. Mr. Big was in that same category that would include musicians like Steve Vai, Nitro, Blues Saraceno, Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani, and Dream Theatre. On top of that, members Billy Sheehan (ex-David Lee Roth, Talas) and Paul Gilbert (ex-Racer X) already had that reputation before forming Mr. Big.However, with this album Mr. Big proved they were truly a BAND, not just 4 individual musicians waiting for their turn to solo. This crucially set them apart from the many short-lived groups of virtuoso musicians thrown together. "Lean Into It" certainly has its share of dazzling playing in the solos and certain intros, but over all it's a CD that non-musicians are going to like too. "Alive and Kicking" and "Never Say Never" are great hard rock songs with a strong 4/4 grooving beat. "Little Too Loose" and "Voodoo Kiss" are great heavy, bluesy songs, one up beat and the other really laid back. "Road to Ruin" and "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind" have incredible singing harmonies by the band. And of course there is the #1 hit, "To Be With You", with its great vocals and a guitar solo that's flawless in every way. Mr. Big followed up with more albums of damn fine song writing, but this was the real big turning point in their writing direction. They're one of the few bands to master both technical playing and "song" playing, and it's a shame that most people aren't familiar with them beyond one song."
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Mark White | Memphis, TN | 11/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This would have to top my list of CDs to be stranded with, not even a 4 star song in this 5 star bunch. From the Makita drill intro of Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy to the last falsetto of To Be With You Eric Martin and company delivers. Tight arrangements, impeccable musicianship and the best vocalist to stand in front of a microphone all blend seamlessly into one of the best all time hard rock releases. In Japan Mr Big, with new guitarist Ritchie Kotzen, are one of the biggest acts touring, too bad America let them slip away."