1997 Classic Rock Reviews
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We featured albums from the year 1997 during our 20th anniversary celebration in 2017. In this ongoing feature, we have published original reviews of these albums:

Below are further descriptions of each album, in the order that we reviewed them.

February 4, 2017
Ixnay On the Hombre by The OffspringIn 1997 The Offspring released their major label debut, Ixnay on the Hombre, which was their fourth overall album. Here, the Southern California quartet found the sweet spot somewhere between hard rock and hardcore.

Review of Ixnay on the Hombre

February 18, 2017
Secret Samadhi by LiveSecret Samadhi is a freewheeling, hard-edged musical statement by Live, following the initial mainstream worldwide success of their previous release. This album draws influence from a diverse array rock masters, ranging from Led Zeppelin to U2 to R.E.M.

Review of Secret Samadhi

March 10, 2017
Disciplined Breakdown by Collective SoulWhile not quite as successful as their first two blockbuster albums, Disciplined Breakdown continues the knack for constructing catchy and sonically pleasant rock by Collective Soul and, most especially, composer, producer and front man Ed Roland. As a result, this album achieved a respectable measure of success in its own right.

Review of Disciplined Breakdown

March 10, 2017
Nine Lives by AerosmithIt was a difficult trek for Aerosmith to release their twelfth studio release, Nine Lives. However, after two distinct recording sessions with two separate producers as well as some personnel issues, the band delivered a fine rock album with diverse compositions and styles.

Review of Nine Lives

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