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Product: Audio CD
Title: Tracks
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
When's the next one due?


What a Christmas gift this was! While this collection isn't a great idea for the casual fan, for the longtime Springsteen fan it's gold, and the vault still isn't empty! Available bootlegs of tapes spirited (in the night) out of sessions over the years show an amazing amount of high quality music that still hasn't seen the official light of day. I'm always up for an album of new original material, but anytime Bruce feels the need to toss out a bone like this one, I'm buying.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Get Ready
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: New Order
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Rediscovering New Order


I went through my teen years in the 80's, at the height of New Order's (at least, American) popularity and commercial success. I always knew and liked New Order, even owned a few of their CD's (we called them "records" then). I recognized then that they stood apart from the other techno/synth bands for some reason, but never really appreciated the music until rediscovering the band with "Get Ready". I can't praise this CD enough. The most impressive thing about "Get Ready" is how modern the music sounds while not departing too much from the music they've recorded in the past. Somehow they've managed to continue to write and play songs in a similar style through the years, yet the music remains new. The strange thing about this band is that, on paper, they don't look good (at least, in my mind). The combination of (largely) computer and electronically generated music, a weak voiced singer (no offense, guy) and apparently simple lyrics shouldn't work, but it does. I once read that Bernard Sumner believes that there is something spiritual about New Order and I believe he must be correct. A few gems from "Get Ready" - "Crystal" is the best of New Order, the lyrics and music beautifully capture a kind of defiant vulnerabilty; the song has energy to burn. "Slow Jam" is full of energy, wit and unbridled joy (so refreshing to hear lyrics like "I don't want the world to change"). Finally, "Vicious Streak", while it sounds deceptively simple, both musically and lyrically on first listen, that GD song is addictive. If it were as simple as it initially seems, I know I could not listen to it repeatedly. In any case, if you were a New Order dilettante in the 80's, pick up "Get Ready" now and rediscover New Order as the extraordinary band that they are.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Very Best of John Coltrane [Impulse]
Label: Universal
Artist: John Coltrane
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Very good


Read NY Times review of 9/23/01.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Room for Squares
Label: Sony
Artist: John Mayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Mayer can't get much better


John Mayer is HEAVENLY! I first heard his voice on a the 'Serendipity' soundtrack with '83' and his voice was so beautiful i had to listen to the lyrics, which are so intelligent and touching, and the mealoides which are indeffinately catchy but intricate all at once. I had to have more and searched for information over the Internet and all of this guys songs are of an equally star-high level! 'Back to you' is over taking as a song and 'Yours body is a wonderland' has lyrics which simply make you ache they are so good! All the tunes are inspiring - i simply can't rate this guy enough as a singer/songwriter! i hope he goes sky high into the industry so everyone knows his name - its a shame not more English people have heard of him! BUY THIS CD!!! - THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN REGRET IT!