""Disclaimer II" is a bit shameful. It is obvious this re-release of Seether's 2002 debut was put out not only to cash in on the buzz surrounding the re-make/collaboration of "Broken" (featuring new vocals and string arrangements by Amy Lee of Evanescence & frontman Shaun Morgan's girlfriend) that has been floating around the airwaves all spring/summer, but also to fill in the space where the band should be releasing a second album (of which, there are still no plans officially in place). Nevertheless, their label, Wind-Up, has put together an awesome deluxe package for us all to eat up at a reasonable price. In addition to the eight non-album tracks tacked on, we are treated to a bonus DVD which is the host of all of Seether's music videos ("Gasoline," "Fine Again," "Driven Under," "Broken"), a short "Making-Of" featurette for the "Broken" video, and a 30-minute concert that plays out Seether's best material. The original album (on here, the first 12 songs) are also re-mixed by Bob Marlette (Saliva, Ill Nino) and have a few noticeable differences from the original mixes -- especially on "Driven Under," which benefits from some beefier guitar tones in the chorus. The b-sides are a nice addition. You'll remember a few of them from soundtracks: The heavier "Out Of My Way" and "Hang On" appeared on the "Freddy Vs. Jason" and "Daredevil" soundtracks, respectively. The uncut version of "Sold Me" (from "The Punisher" soundtrack) is a nice touch, and it's kinda of cool to compare the two versions of "Broken" on the same disc (a lot of fans are split down the middle, I think they're both great). The rest of the songs are either completely new or just re-workings of old demos from when the band went by the name of Saron Gas, the highlights of this series being "Love Her" and "Cigarettes." As for the original album, it's got a nice mix of slower songs ("Fine Again," "Broken"), anthems ("Sympathetic," "69 Tea") and grinding hard-rockers ("Needles," "Pig"). If you liked the original, you should pick up this package that basically expands on the experience (even if it may be just a cheap cash-in). Plus, I get the feeling it's still gonna be a while before we hear new material from these guys..."
Chris Salzer | Gainesville, GA United States | 01/30/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Is Disclaimer II worth it for the bonus songs and DVD? Absolutely. Of course, this CD comes with both the original Broken as well as the new one from The Punisher Soundtrack w/ Amy Lee. Surprisingly, the 8 bonus songs are all actually really good -- including Hang On from the Daredevil soundtrack, Out of My Way, Sold Me, and Got It Made.
The DVD includes 4 music videos as well as the making of the Broken video with interviews with Amy Lee and Seether. More importantly, the DVD gives you great concert footage of 8 songs including great performances of 69 Tea, Gasoline, Sympathetic, and the acoustic version of Broken. Also, the CD insert includes the lyrics. Good stuff."
"Seether is a Real Band. There is no filler on this Album. Seether sounds like the kind of band who puts their heart into their songs, every song. There isnt a single bad song on this Cd. Sure, some arent as good as others, but I definately would never skip through a Seether song.
Gasoline -10/10- A Great Song. Very Hard, Very Catchy all at once. The Lyrics could creep out the weak of heart, but us hardcore people dont mind a lil blood every now and then. Terrific song, probably my Favorite Seether Song.
69 Tea -8/10- A Good Song. Good, as in comparison to other Seether songs on this CD. If it was on a Soundtrack or whatever, it would be the best song on there, but it simply cannot compare to the better songs on the CD, and for that reason it's an 8. And An 8 doesnt make it a bad song, I still like this song alot.
Fine Again -10/10- I believe this was their first single, if Im not mistaken which is possible I Am. I first heard this song and thought it was nice, but I'd pass over it. But the more I Heard it, the more It grew on me. Fantastic Song, wonderful.
Needles -8/10- A Very Hard Song by Seether. The Lyrics lack a certain pizzazz that most Seether songs are, but this isnt a song to take too lightly. I Think its a good song when you're in the mood to rip someones head off.
Driven Under -10/10- Sheer Genius. I cant help but to just love this song. A Slower song by Seether, but that doesnt make it any less amazing. The Lyrics are dead-on and honest, but leave room for interpretation, which is a good thing. This song can mean so many things to so many people, and still be just as amazing. My Second Favorite Song On the CD Probably.
Pride -8/10- My Friend Heather loves this Song. It's not my favorite Seether Song, but definately worth a listen.
Sympathetic -7/10- Something is lacking. If there was one filler track, it'd be this one. But considering there is 20 Tracks, I dont expect any filler. If I were to skip a song, it'd be this one.
Your Bore -8/10- Pretty Bland, and cut from the crop of Seether songs. But nothing is surprisingly really wrong with this song. It's Solid, it's enjoyable, and singable. Not a song I would skip over.
Fade Away -10/10- A Slow Seether Song. But powerful none-the-less. It doesnt seem quite like a Ballad, but it may just be Seether's one attempt at a ballad. The Lyrics arent cutting too deep, but they do gleam emotion.
Pig -9/10- A Harder song like Gasoline. Sorta makes me wanna play Air Guitar everytime I listen to it. It has a beautiful mix of slower and harder parts, which I think Seether pulls off very well, and this song is a very good example of it.
FXXK It -10/10- Wow, what can I Say. It's an amazing song. Surprisingly Hard, and Slow. This plays Seether songs very well if you know what I mean, this song is what Seether does best. My Number Three Favorite song, but it's a good contender for number two. I listen to this Track all the way through, everytime I Hear it. It's so aggressive, and during the Versus, so passive/aggrisive that it makes the Extremely Hard Chorus even Harder sounding.
Broken -10/10- The original version of Broken without Amy Lee. This was on Disclaimer I, and the verison with Amy Lee wasnt. Metal fans say that Amy Lee ruined it, and they love this version better. Frankly, I could listen to either one, and love it just the same.
Sold Me -7/10- A Very Hard Song, but Seether doesnt seem to pull it off too well in comparison with all their others. It sounds sort of Nirvana-esque on the Drumming, which is a nice change of sort, but just not Seether's complete style. I'd skip this one.
Cigarettes -7/10- Cigarettes are mini-cigars. Seriously, look at the name... Cigar-ettes. Isnt that crazy? Anyway. Not my favorite song, but Im sure somebody out there would like it. I like it, just in comparison with the other awesome songs, it gets a Seven.
Love Her -9/10- Alright, now at this Track on the CD, Seether starts kicking it back into gear and doing what they do best. Emotional Music. Seether is better than Staind, because Seether is more real. Staind is too "Parents Suck I Hate Them" which is aggrivating after a long while, but Seether is more into Love Relationships.
Take Me Away -9/10- Yes, yes. (claps) Acoustic sounds very good with Seether's Style. Im surprised more songs arent Acoustic. (wipes tear) Just lovely.
Got It Made -8/10- Something is missing from this song, I cant exactly put my finger on it. Like, they couldve made it better somehow, someway. And all I can think about is ways to improve this song everytime I hear it. But it gets an 8 because all my other friends seem to enjoy this song and find nothing wrong with it.
Out Of My Way -9/10- Interesting change of pace for Seether. Sounds like they tried to do pop-rock while keeping their usual Grunge-ish sound. Surprisingly they pulled it off quite well.
Hang On -8/10- Sounds like most of other Seether songs. But it's not as good. Which isnt a bad thing ,I'd still not skip this track. It's just repetitive up to this point, mabey if it was earlier in the CD it would sound better.
Broken Amy Lee -10/10- Like I said, some people hate this version, saying that Amy Lee ruined it. And I dont like Evanescence, I truly dont. Im an Avid-Evan hater. But I dont think she ruined this song. It was a great song without her, and a great song with her. She just added a new level to it, which doesnt take away from it. But she doesnt really ADD anything to it except her voice. "
Better Than The Origional
W. Spence | Lewisburg, TN United States | 06/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had bought "Disclaimer" about 2 years ago,and I couldnt believe my ears.This was the first album from a New Band that I liked Every song on the album.When I feard that they were gonna re-release it with extra tracks,I didnt think I was gonna buy it because I had the soundtracks with the extra songs on it.But I looked on the back and saw that there were a few songs that I had never heard.I decided to buy it and I couldnt be more pleased with what I got.Although most of the songs that are on the origional release arent changed,there are a few songs that were re-done.Although they arent really Big changes to the songs,they did make the songs alot better.These are the songs that I noticed changes : "PIG" "FADE AWAY" "NEEDLES" and of course "BROKEN".My favorite song that they re-done is "Pig".My Favorite New Track would have to be "Cigarrettes".It Reminds Me of Nirvana.With this being said I strongly recommend EVERY Seether fan to pick this one up.Its very well worth the money even if you already have the origional release.Plus the Bonus DVD Has All There videos and a 30 min. Concert.That in itself is worth the money,let alone the 8 extra Tracks.BUY THIS NOW!!!"
IF I COULD GIVE IT 6 STARS I WOULD
RockBoi | London, England | 07/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I will first admit that I didn't purchase the original version of Disclaimer as I only got into Seether about 4 months ago. So after hearing that it was to be re-released with extra songs and a DVD I thought I would wait for that. Upon receiving this on the day of release, I stuck it straight into my CD player and cranked it up. Being a Nirvana fan, I can make some comparisons along the lines of they sound rather similair. For me, the best songs are Gasoline, Fine Again, Driven Under, Sympathetic and Broken (with Amy Lee). This is probably the first album that I own with which I have no alarms toward any song - they are all absolutely brilliant ! Now I suppose I shall wait until 2005 for the proper follow-up and if it is anything like Disclaimer (musically), then I can't wait. Also - I have heard a lot of people compare Seether to Staind. All I can say to that is that apart from 'Break The Cycle', Staind are yet to produce anything of any quality - whereas Seether have managed it with their first try and hopefully Seether's next album will be just as good."