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The Complex
Blue Man Group
The Complex
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
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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 »


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All Artists: Blue Man Group
Title: The Complex
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 6
Label: Lava
Release Date: 4/22/2003
Album Type: Enhanced
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Style: Experimental Music
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075678363122, 756783631220


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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.

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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 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,
Sing Along:(10/10)
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
Your Attention:(7/10)
A remake of a BMG song, the addition of vocals kinda makes the song itself easier to swallow than its original format, otherwise....
Piano Smasher:(8/10)
Pure BMG goodness for those who like their original style
White Rabbit:(7/10)
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
Shadows 2:(6/10)
Another remake of a previous BMG song, nothing special
The Current:(10/10)
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 Complex:(9/10)
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
Exhibit 13:(9/10)
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"