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Product: Audio CD
Title: Metamorphosis
Label: Buena Vista
Artist: Hilary Duff
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
One of the best !


I think that Hilary's CD Metamorphosis is a really great CD. It's one of my favorite CDs! I think teenagers can really relate to the words in the songs. When I first listened to the CD I really didn't think it was that great but the songs really grow on you. By the third or fourth time I listened to it , I loved every song on it!!! Some of My favorites are Workin it out, Where did I go right, Anywhere but here, and Metamorphosis. But I really love all of them so it's kinda hard to pick out my favs. All I pretty much have to say is I love this CD! Hope this review helps you and that you like the CD as much as I do.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Motown
Label: Motown / Pgd
Artist: Michael McDonald
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
awesome


I love McDonald. Always did even way back when he played with Steely Dan (prior to the Doobies). I have most of his stuff. But with all of the great Motown Music to choos from did 6 of them have to be from Marvin Gaye? All good songs but that happened to the Temptations, 4 tops, Smokey Robinson. If you love michael McDonald buy it...but don't look for a wide variety of Motown Songs.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The First Day
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: David Sylvian & Robert Fripp
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Neither artists' finest hour, by a long shot


I'll preface this review by saying that I'm a fan of both artists. I love every King Crimson album I've heard, and I also dig Fripp's work with Eno, as well as his numerous contributions to other albums (such as Peter Gabriel's second solo release). Sylvian's "Blemish" and "Secrets of the Beehive" also rank very high in my book, and I consider him one of the most important and unique songwriting voices of my lifetime.

With that said, this album makes me cringe. It takes the most new age-y, "adult pop" tendencies of both artists and runs with them. Sylvian's vocals are hammy and overwrought, lacking the fragility and subtlety of his other work. Fripp's guitar tone is pretty abominable -- it's like the more questionable moments of '80s Crimson taken to the extreme. The songs themselves are extremely "funky" (note the quotes), and neither artist does "funky" very well. On the whole, it sounds like a clash between '80s Peter Gabriel and Windham Hill -- and hey, that might sound right up some folks' alleys, but I personally don't feel that this album comes from the same place as the works I love these artists for.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Quintet in Chicago with John Coltrane
Label: Polygram Records
Artist: Cannonball Adderley Quartet & John Coltrane
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Who needs more?


This is a recording made on February 3, 1959 on a studio in Chicago. The (then) Miles Davis sextet decided to record some songs for the fun of it without Miles and became the Cannonball Quintet. For those of you that are not familiar with the Quintet at the time, it suffices to say that John Coltrane was there, together with Wynton Kelly on piano and Paul Chambers on bass (yes, it's almost the same band of "Kind of Blue"). This is a joyful album. As Miles Davis knew, the combination Cannonball-Coltrane is one of the best that ever was, and you can feel they are having fun. I would point out two tracks: "Stars Fell on Alabama" and "You're a Weaver of Dreams" for the intensity of the playing. This is first rate jazz. You can't go wrong here. Buy this album, go home, relax and enjoy the power of Cannonball and Coltrane together. You won't regret it.