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Product: Audio CD
Title: Northern Exposure II: East Coast
Label: Ultra Records
Artist: Sasha & John Digweed, The Biz
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Pure listening pleasure for the soul.


From Gus Gus's "Believe to Frontside's "Dammerung" this album has the smoothest feel. Dreamy synth rythms wash over lush soundscapes, carrying the listener on a velvety voyage. Lock your headphones into place, click play, shut your eyes, and prepare to be wisked away.
The Northern Exposure series is the cream when it comes Trance/Progressive House. I overwhelmingly recommend all the albums in this series.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Hurlyburly: Soundtrack From The Motion Picture
Label: Will Records
Artist: David Baerwald
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Hurly Burly - Baerwald Dishes Trippy Jazz!


I have been a fan of David Baerwald since his DAVID + DAVID daze. I broke up with my girlfriend Kim to David Baerwald's BEING ALONE TOGETHER, so that whole thing reminds me of that time.
This CD plays like it belongs in TWIN PEAKS, and THAT is a GOOD thing!
The thing that I cannot understand, is why David Baerwald is an undiscovered treasure, instead of a majordomo of the music world!
Welcome to the Boomtown . . . indeed!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Long Distance
Label: Nettwerk Records
Artist: Ivy
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
"Worry About You" is the theme song for Kingdom Hospital


Just another interesting tidbit...I knew I had heard that song somewhere before and spent quite awhile tracking it down on the Internet. Another reason to go back and pull this disc out for another listen. _Long Distance_ is a great, mellow, trip-hop/electronica CD and has had a long shelf-life, what with its use in the film _Shallow Hal_ and now this. Highly recommended.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Measure of a Man
Label: Rca
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Beautifully Done


"MEASURE OF A MAN"....What a interresting and revealing title for the debut solo CD of the "male waif with dyed eyebrows".
On this product, "La diva AIKEN" drowns himself in syrupy musical arangements. The artwork on the CD is stylish and simple thus my rating of 2 Stars.
Vocally, AIKEN produces the image of a wanna be christian cabaret singer hoping to join the troupe UP WITH PEOPLE. Loosing his "broadway edge", he is opts to be produced as a "infomercial singer". This CD casts AIKEN in the spolight of a GRADE B LOUNGE ACT.
AIKEN must learn to study the contents of his lyrics prior to whaling words into a microphone. His vocal techniques will no longer impress television judges but may end up annoying the public at large.
This CD does make one wonder if AIKEN could be the next SAM HARRIS . . . (by the way: where is SAM now ?)
On a good note, MEASURE OF A MAN does sound perfect once ZAPPED in a microwave. After all, it's coated in a heavy dose of CHEESE.Unfortunately, this product is predictable and far less artistic than the products delivered by his peers, KELLY CLARKSON and JUSTIN GUARINI. In the long run, artistic content and not "likeability" will be the true test of who can survive the longest under the glare of the musical spotlight. Aiken best realize that to be true if he wants to record another CD !