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Product: Audio CD
Title: Britney
Label: Jive
Artist: Britney Spears
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Britney's best to date!


I definitely give this cd a 5 star score! The reigning pop queen has definitely done it again with her new album. Though some may have been disappointed by her first single, "I'm A Slave 4 U", the rest of the album really does not sound anything like that. She includes a cover of the song "I Love Rock 'N Roll", which is one of the best. The only ballad on the album is "Not a Girl, Not Yet A Woman" which is a beautiful song and could even be put as a better ballad then "Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know", which was also one of her best ballads. "Cinderella" and "Overprotected" probably have the most attitude in the fact that she is really speaking her mind and telling people to back off. "Boys" is a very unique song. She spends a lot of it talking and then sings the chorus. But it's a very cool song with a great beat and really grows on you. Overall, I highly recommend the cd, especially if you're a Britney fan. If you aren't, well, this cd may just change your mind :o)



Product: Audio CD
Title: Michael Bublé
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Michael Bublé
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Fall in Love Again


A silky voice, melting lyrics, relaxing rhythms. You couldn't ask for anything more in a singer. Give to older family members and watch them dance like youngsters again. Brings families, lovers, and old friends together with the songs we all grew up listening to in one way or another.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Darkness on the Edge of Town
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
It doesn't get much better than this.


Darkness On The Edge Of Town is my pick for best Springsteen album by a narrow margin. Sure, Born To Run may be more grandiose and better produced, but which album is easier to relate to? I prefer the realism and grit of Darkness over the overly saccharine (at times) Born To Run.
The end result of a 3-year long contract battle, Darkness shows an angry and weary Bruce. His guitar playing assumes a more important role here, and the sound is much harsher than any of Springsteen's other albums. The E-Street effect is still present, but is much less evident than in Born To Run. At times Bruce is only accompanied by a piano, which serves to amplify the somberness of the lyrics (Racing In The Street, for example). The lyrics and atmosphere are far more cynical and dark than Born To Run, and reflects a downtrodden and almost bleak concept.
While the mood is darker, it's far from hopeless. Badlands and The Promised Land in particular display a sense of longing for a life the protagonists know is out there. However, in the end the characters are still left searching for a way out, as evidenced by the somewhat anticlimactic title track.
Musically, this is Bruce at his peak. There are lots of "wow" moments on this album--the bitter Adam Raised A Cain, the hushed Something In The Night, the rockin' Candy's Room (my all-time Springsteen favorite, barring perhaps Rosalita and Jungleland), and the lamentful Racing In The Street.
While I'm not a huge Springsteen fan, I can't deny that he had a very strong run of enjoyable material and albums in the first 15 years of his career (ending with Nebraska, in my opinion) and Darkness On The Edge Of Town ranks as the apex of his career. Highly recommended.



Product: Audio CD
Title: DC EP
Label: Record Collection
Artist: John Frusciante
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Another Moving Release


Every time I hear of a new Frusciante album in the pipeline i always rush around finding out the release date. This is what i did with the DcEp and i was not dissapointed. Basically he has just carried on where he left off on The Will to Death but has gone into more detail. I know the chili peppers inside out having been a die hard fan for years and frusciante has gone through hell and now it seems on the other side of this he is writing some superb music. In my opinion the best song on the EP is IN A CORNER. Some beautiful vocals compliment a whimsical chord sequence that gel together into a gorgeous, mellow track. If you haven't already, you must buy this just to hear Frusciante at his best. Cant wait for his next release on the 26th October. Put that on your calender!!! Well done JOHN.