Shadows Part 2 - featuring Tracy Bonham & Rob Swift
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The Complex - featuring Peter Moore
Their first full-fledged rock 'n' roll album, 'The Complex', features guest appearances from Dan The Automator, Tracy Bonham, Esthero, Dave Matthews, & others. 14 tracks including the single, 'The Current', featuring G... more »avin Rossdale. Lava. 2003.« less
Their first full-fledged rock 'n' roll album, 'The Complex', features guest appearances from Dan The Automator, Tracy Bonham, Esthero, Dave Matthews, & others. 14 tracks including the single, 'The Current', featuring Gavin Rossdale. Lava. 2003.
Jennifer K. from FORT COLLINS, CO Reviewed on 2/15/2007...
The Blue Man group does a nice job of creating rhythms to flow with. Their lyrics are simple and really just compliment the sounds that they make with their instruments. It's a really easy disc to listen to that gets you involved, a lot like their live shows.
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Big rock sound from the men in Blue
Scott C. Smith | Beaverton, OR United States | 03/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Until recently, all I knew about the Blue Man Group was based on their series of odd commercials for Intel. I didn't know anything about their music. "The Complex" blew me away. This is a rock album, make no mistake. BMG's debut album, "Audio," is more true to their live show that's played in venues like The Luxor in Las Vegas, and is primarily a showcase for the BMG's trademark percussion."The Complex" couples BMG's percussion and homemade instruments to a traditional song format, with soaring guitars, a pounding rhythm section, and a big percussive sound.Along for the ride are guest vocalists such as Tracy Bonham, Dave Matthews, Annette Stream of Venus Hum, and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.Lyrically, the songs of "The Complex" explore themes of alienation and the dis-connect from society that is so common to the cubicle-dweller society that is the norm of corporate America. There are a few cover tunes here, with the best being a rocking cover of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," sung by Venus Hum's Annette Stream. It's a brilliant rendition, full of soaring guitars, amazing percussion (the synthesizer sound at the beginning of the song is actually PVC tubing, an instrument the Blue Man Group call 'The Tubulum') and energy.The album concludes with the haunting instrumental "Exhibit 13." If you've seen "The Complex" tour DVD or have gone to BMG's web site, you'll know that "Exhibit 13" is about the Sept. 11 attacks on New York City and some random pieces of paper that blew into a nearby neighborhood.About "The Complex" tour DVD...buy it! It's amazing to watch everyone involved in creating the show, and to see and hear the Blue Man Group's various homemade instruments."
Blue Man Group's New Experiment Rocks!
Michael Milroy | Colorado Springs, Colorado USA | 07/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One Day some time ago BMG decided to try a new experiment: How well its wacky array of make-shift instruments would work in a more traditional Rock Album, and let me tell you it works, it REALLY works. Where ever the Blue Man instruments were put in, it 'fits' like if it was mean't to have always been in there, it doesn't really stand out all that much if you were not really trying to listen for them. It does however start to get exhausting near the end of the album. The amazingly complex music would start to take its toll on the person's brain compelling to stop for time being, this is definately not a once over album if you want to fully appreciate what BMG has made.
Herein is a small review of all the songs and my top 3 songs of the albumAbove:(9/10)
A very nice start
Time to Start:(9/10)
An exceptionally humerous number,
One of the covers of the album, the Dave Matthews Band really makes this track shine. 3rd Place
Up to the Roof:(10/10)
The female counterpart to Sing Along. Tracy easily make this the second best song IMO
A remake of a BMG song, the addition of vocals kinda makes the song itself easier to swallow than its original format, otherwise....
Pure BMG goodness for those who like their original style
Maybe its just me, but I didn't quite like this song as much as the rest of the album, worth a hear if you like Esthero
Another remake of a previous BMG song, nothing special
One word: Woah.....1st place
I Feel Love:(8/10)
An exceptional rock rendition of the disco classic
What is Rock:(8/10)
This is where it gets tiring if you try to give it a once over, otherwise its up to stuff with the rest of the album
The album thankfully gives you a break with this song, its about a person who's made it to the top yet wants more out of life than just success, great song
If the listener wasn't told what this song is about, they would just assume its a nice BMG instrumental with many foreign languages. If they were told that its about the many pieces of paper that fell from the two towers. THEN it gains its exceptional strength and creepyness, and could actually move some people to tears.
The Hidden Mandelbrot:(9/10)
An awesome quasi-western-style varient to the mandelbrot family. A nice way to end the album"
Not pure Blue (Lyrics???) but this CD stands on its own
Joanna Daneman | Middletown, DE USA | 04/23/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Blue Man Group evolved from a quirkly avant-garde show into a permanent institution in at least four cities, and touring others. Three athletic guys slather themselves with blue greasepaint and wordlessly create mayhem on stage and in the theater with drums that shower fluorescent sparks, battling TV's flashing the lyrics of "White Rabbit" and humans and marshmallows as never seen before.But does "Complex" seem like Blue Man Stuff? Well, kind of. It's definitely ravey-new-wavey. My favorite cut is "Time to Start." While this CD has lyrics (the show is dialog-free), the music is in the spirit of their innovative show. I loved seeing Blue Man Group in Boston and I liked this CD, but for itself, not because it really reminded me of the theatrical production."
Rock Concert Movement Number One: The Basic Head Bob
Robert I. Hedges | 11/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you can't see BMG live on the Complex Rock Tour this is the next best thing. BMG is always amazing and by all means see them live if you can. This CD has so much to recommend it from the amazingly layered percussion (at places there are over 50 percussion tracks simultaneously playing) to the wonderful guest vocalists, particularly Tracy Bonham (although I was a little less enthusiastic about Venus Hum). There really isn't a bad track on the CD, and the CD proves that BMG can coexist in the genres of rock and dance music in addition to their own individual, indefinable niche that only they can occupy. The sounds you hear here are like no other on any other CD, and that's a wonderful and refreshing thing. "Your attention please. Please yell if you are paying attention.""
A Totally Unique and Complete Album
Jennifer Cody | Tulsa, OK | 04/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As a huge fan of the Blue Man Group's debut album, "Audio," I eagerly awaited listening to this new album. I knew it would be a departure from their previous work, as the silent, blue men had never included vocals in their music before. I, and other Blue Man faithfuls, were skeptical about this approach, but luckily this album does not dissappoint! Contributions from artists like Dave Matthews, Gavin Rossdale, and Rob Swift give appeal to new listeners while the music has enough of the beloved "Blue Man Vibe" to keep the devoted fans happy.The album was written by the Blue Man Group founders Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton, and Chris Wink, among others, with its translation to a live rock show at the forefront of their attention. Therefore, many of the songs have concert-like crowd involvement features integrated into them. In some places this works, especially in the track Time to Start, but in other tracks, including Your Attention and parts of What Is Rock, I think these features would be better left solely to the rock concert arena. The founders also wrote the lyrics on the album save for the two covers, I Feel Love and White Rabbit.I'll briefly point out some of the definate high points of the album:Sing Along, featuring Dave Matthews, is the first single off the album, and is perfect for the airwaves. And its sound, featuring the Tubulum and Air Pole instruments the group is famous for, is unique enough for it to stand out on the airwaves. I look forward to this song coming up as a sleeper hit. The lyrics are simple but thoughtful and quite singable.I think my favorite song on the album at this point is Persona, with vocals contributed by Josh Haden. The haunting beat of the music is perfect to drive the urban paranoia featured by the lyrics. Its quite a relevent song to the insecurities and loneliness that has arisin in urban life.The Current, with vocals by Gavin Rossdale, is a throwback to 90s alternative with guitar that just makes you want to rock. Exhibit 13, followed by Hidden Mandelbrot round out the end of the album. Exhibit 13 is a deep instrumental that was written as a tribute to September 11, 2001. It was inspired by the pieces of falling paper that littered Lower Manhatten following the collapse of the towers... and proves to be a touching but eerie rememberance of that day. For the Blue Man-committed, your favorite song will probably be Hidden Mandelbrot... it has all the rockin' goodness of the rest of the Mandelbrot pieces in the Blue Man repertoire.An all around fun, ecclectic, and abnormally intellegent album in comparison to what's out there in the music world today... I highly reccomend this album to anyone with an open mind."