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Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
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Jax M. (Destructa) from SAN JOSE, CA
Reviewed on 4/1/2007...
Henry Rollins of Black Flag is ready to get down, but not afraid to put you in your place. He's pissed off at what Americans call "culture". Hard-edged rock.
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"Hero time, time to shine."
IhateMTV | The U.S. | 09/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While their previous albums had been more punk-oriented, "Weight" seemed to be the first album where Rollins Band dove into the alternative metal market. Their change proved to be a success as it helped to diversify their sound, and "Weight" became the band's most popular album. The brilliance of singles such as "Liar" and "Disconnect" helped, as well as the intense vocals of the legendary Henry Rollins. The only problem is that the videos for the previously mentioned singles were so good that it doesn't feel the same listening to the songs without them. Lets take "Liar" for example. The song is good in it's own right, but the message doesn't stand out as much if you don't see Rollins dressing in funny costumes and painted in all red. Sounds like a trivial thing to get upset about, but those were two of the best videos I've ever seen.
The first thing I noticed when I listened to this album is how it's somewhat similar to Rage Against The Machine (nothing wrong with that since they're a fine band as well). The best example of this would be on the song "Civilized". The guitars sound very similar to Tom Morello and the lyrics sound like they would be a natural fit in any Rage song. Since Rollins is an established writer, the rest of the lyrics are quite good, and each one seems to have some kind of powerful message to it. Whether it be the positive lyrics of "Shine" or the way certain individuals hide behind their guns ("Civilized").
From start to finish, "Weight" is a fairly solid album. There are some tracks towards the end that are filler, but the album ends on a high note with the guitar-driven funk of the closer, "Shine". Nothing overly amazing on this record, but the impressive guitar work, intense vocals, and well-written lyrics make this one worthy to listen to."
Henry and Co.'s best album.
Frank (IronBadger@aol.com) | Toledo, OH | 05/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, hats off to Theo Van Rock and Peter Rave for producing and engineering this album-- as far as sound quality goes (especially Melvin Gibb's bass) this is in the top 5 albums of all times.Beyond that, this album is the finest Rollin's band album yet and it even surpasses much of Henry's work with Black Flag. But surprisingly, dispite the band's name, Henry is overshadowed by the excellent work of the rest of the band on this album. The band always sounds tight as hell with their not holds barred approach to recording. Sim Cain holds his own on drums dispite Henry's vocals, Chris Haskett's hard, funky, at times almost Hendrixian guitar stylings, along with Melvin Gibb's bass (gotta love that wah-wah on "Shine")."