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Product: Audio CD
Title: Naked City
Label: Nonesuch
Artist: John Zorn
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5

Naked City's "sort of" debut (techinically it is a John Zorn album named Naked City) just may be the best of what John Zorn has to offer, given my limited exposure to his material.
This album veers erratically from one thing to another, manic and insane at one point, then smooth and jazzy the next. Zorn manages to create his own genre here, and accordingly, this record is as hard to pin down as it is to find. Not quite as abrasive as his band Painkiller, it makes up for with its diversity and softer, more beautiful moments that Painkiller cannot rival.
This is Zorn at his manic best. Throw in some movie themes and an Ornette Coleman cover, and you have one of the most amazingly unique listening experiences you will probably ever hear.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Finally Woken
Label: Ato Records
Artist: Jem
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5

However hypnotic/hip/intriguing the song "They" is (I admit myself to enjoying this song), a previous poster made a very lucid and very valid point. There are numerous postings on this website about how 'original' Jem's song "They" is. However, I must point out, as did the aforementioned reviewer, that the backing vocals for "They" is taken straight out of the a capella group The Swingle Singers' album, "Jazz Sebastian Bach". The song is actually "Prelude No. 11 in F Major", and is in and of itself a very intriguing piece of music, made even more so by the Swingle Singers. Please take note that I am most definitely NOT degraded Jem's album. I am merely making an attempt to give artistic recognition to those whom truly deserve it, namely the Swingle Singers as well as the great J.S. Bach.
Carpe Diem

Product: Audio CD
Title: Come on Over
Label: Mca Int'l
Artist: Olivia Newton-John
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Don't 'Come On Over'

'Dull' is the word. Outside of the title track and "Jolene" there's not much electricity to be found here. Album was a moderate hit at the time thanks to its nice packaging. Despite a long list of yawners, there's still "Don't Throw it All Away," a catchy, mellow tune that would have made a good single at that time.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Closer Than Ever: Original Cast Recording
Label: RCA
Artist: David Shire, Richard Maltby
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Another Maltby and Shire success

I became interested in finding this CD after hearing one of the songs from it (It's Never that Easy/I've Been Here Before) in a production of another one of their musicals, Starting Here, Starting Now(which if you haven't heard, you should). The sung struck me- it was so powerful. All of the music in this recording displays strong emotions. The different beats used, such as the dance Tempo in Fandango,the bar-stlye singing in There, the scat in Back on Base, along with many beautiful ballads offers a variety of listening enjoyment. They are also wonderful for singing and audition pieces if I could ever find the sheet music(if you know where I could find it, could you email me?). I strongly recommend this CD. It is a lot of fun.