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Product: Audio CD
Title: Encore [Decca]
Label: Decca
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
No longer a casual listener of music


This is the first Watson CD I bought and probably the first of many I will begin buying. The reason why is simply this: he is the most versatile and talented singer I have ever heard in recent years AND I feel as though he's singing personally to me.
It contains wonderful classical and pop tracks that keep you pleasantly surprised. I am generally just a casual listener of music but not any more. Watson has changed it all



Product: Audio CD
Title: American Life
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Material Life? Pah!


So here it is, 20 years on top of her game and The Queen of Pop presents us with American Life, her first album since the club-loving Music.At 1 and a half years, it's the longest amount of time Madonna's spent recording any album, and the anticipation of a masterpiece is smeared all over - especially after the last two albums.
The album kicks off with the genre-bending American Life. Not my favourite Madonna song ever, it still makes me giggle when I hear that rap...... still though, the acoustic chorus makes up for any "mini-cooper/super dooper" - 3/5
Hollywood picks up where Material Girl left off - old school Madge romp! Twanging guitars and a bumping beat provide one of the album's danceable highlights and ends with a bizarre contortion of Madonna crooning "push the button, don't push the button!" - 5/5
The next song, I'm So Stupid, was originally skipped repeatedly when i first bought the album, but I've since grown to enjoy it, even if the beginning voice affect had me running to throw my CD player out the window. Rock chick Madge, in the vein of the sublime Candy Perfume Girl from Ray Of Light, but without the organ... - 3/5
and swiftly onto the album's one real POP song - Love Profusion. This really is a sublime track, oozing 80s synth pop. The beat is destined to have you tapping and even if the lyrics are a bit naff, this is sheer joy on the ear! - 5/5
from the slightly naff to the, er, plain silly. Madge's ability to experiment were shown on Music's total break out track, Impressive Instant, but on Nobody Knows Me she's trying something different - minimalist techno. I'm unsure of what I think of this, I've heard some remixes and prefer them, but this version ain't too bad - 3/5
and from that, to *this*, Nothing Fails. It starts off with the same jittery guitar as Don't Tell Me but morphs into a gospel tinged masterpiece - think a slower, loved up Like A Prayer. This really should've been the first release off the album, and sadly due to the reaction to the first single/video, will be largely ignored. shame. - 5/5
the mid-tempo Intervention is in the same bracket as I'm So Stupid/Nobody Knows Me - I'll listen to it with the album, but not so special by itself - 2/5
and from a let-down to a delight, X-Static Process. A gorgeous acoustic love-song about, very possibly, Guy Ritchie, Madonna croons "I always wished that I could find/someone as beautiful as you/but in the process I forgot/that I was special too", awwww... - 5/5
and from acoustic to all out disco, Madonna even re-raps (!!) on this sad song about the death of her mother and how it affected her childhood, Mother And Father. The only thing I'm reserved on this track about is the sinewy vocals - 4/5
ah yes, Die Another Day, the critically blasted Bond theme - well I actually like it! I know I'm in a minority but it's a great song, energetic, meaningful and with a great video - 4/5
the album ends with the rather dramatic Easy Ride, which opens with a lush string intro and into a strumming guitar, with Madge yearing for "A good life". Great ending to a very enjoyable album - 5/5
Overall, I think this album has been horribly ignored, and maybe someday people will look back and accept it for the joy it is.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Patriot: Original Motion Picture Score (2000 Film)
Label: Hollywood Records
Artist: John Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Score worthy of the spirit of the Revolution!


This is it folks! This is going to be THE score to beat next year at the oscars. Hopefully Williams will finally get the 6th oscar he deserves! His score for the film is SO brilliant that it truly brings with it the feel and spirit of the men who fought the free this country from British rule in the Revolution. Overall this is Williams best work in years! You should pick it up ASAP.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Powaqqatsi (1988 Film)
Label: Nonesuch
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
One of the 80's finest


In the title track/finale, you have an angelical children's choir singing the word:
p o w a q q a t s i
These soprano voices are enough to move you to tears, but their chanting is followed, almost rudely, by a male baritone choir, in almost impossibly low, evil sounding voices singing:
POWAQQATSI
The point being made, of course, is the universal conflict of the spirit vs. the compulsion to consume and acquire (and destroy). I recall Orwell's line in 1984 (and I paraphrase and/or embellish) "Imagine the face of humanity. Imagine a boot on that face. . .forever."
And this is the album's coda. As brilliant and stirring as it is, it merely concludes the hour or so of miraculous music that precedes it. Forget the film of the same name. Forget the fact that a portion of this music was used in The Truman Show in its most important scene. It stands alone as a symphony. Listening to this and Mike Oldfield's Amarok in the same day may induce heart failure. So, die happy. Get it and grok it!!!!!!