Alive & Amplified - Mooney Suzuki
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  • Summary: The New York indie four-piece team up with, of all people, producers The Matrix on this follow-up to 'Electric Sweat.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. 83
    The sweetest, cleanest grunge ambrosia since Urge Overkill's 1993 major-label bid, Saturation. [Aug 2004, p.105]
  2. Gone is the rock'n'roll grit reminiscent of '70s Detroit rock, and in its place is a stylishly tailored sound more akin to '60s California pop. [Sep 2004, p.136]
  3. Like the enraged hormones of Iggy Pop slugging it out with the grandiose pomp of Queen. [28 Aug 2004, p.57]
  4. The whole record is wrong. Predictable, slick, soulless, and worst of all, boring, it meets the expectations of everyone who thought the band was foolish for working with the Matrix.
  5. 40
    The Mooney Suzuki are NYC's retro-homage to America's spandex pop-metal scene. [Sep 2004, p.98]
  6. 40
    This is rock theater of the most uninspired kind. [Aug 2004, p.136]
  7. 20
    They're a bit like '80s vintage Judas Priest but not quite as good. Or indeed as gay. [Sep 2004, p.99]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. andrewg
    Apr 11, 2006
    10
    I don't usually listen to indie rock, but i heard one of their singles and just fell in love with this album.
  2. cameronb
    Apr 9, 2005
    9
    This album rules ignore all the crap "official" reveiw. what do they know anyway?? Its a great album LOOSE N JUICY
  3. RossN
    Apr 21, 2005
    8
    A ot of the reviews of this album miss the point and prefer to back the 'credible' but boorish stand that because it was produced by the Matrix it must be bad. So I heard this in a my loacl record shop the other day and jumped on it - it's rock n roll and when it's done right, as it is here for at least 60% of the songs, it's a wonderful thing. The first half of the record is great, then it tapers off a little until one cringe-worthy track (Naked Lady), but then rebounds with a cool unlisted bonus track. Expand
  4. WillyP.
    Jun 9, 2006
    8
    Is it dumb? Yes. Is it overproduced? Yes. Does it rock? Abso-frickin-lutely!!!