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Product: Audio CD
Title: The Ultimate Recorder Collection
Label: RCA
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A Great First CD

After falling in love with the recorder, I started searching for CDs and this was the first I bought. It quickly became a favorite CD. I like the fact that it ranges over a wide period--Baroque to Modern, and showcases the instrument in different settings. The liner notes are quite comprehensive as well. In a word--enchanting.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Thankful
Label: RCA
Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Outstanding debut.

At first I was kind of sceptical in whether I should buy this album or not, by the time I finish listening "Miss independent" I decided to get it, maybe she is very famous in the U.S, but in M?xico she's not the biggest star, mainly to the fact that "American Idol" wasn't broadcasted by FOX in this country, anyway, I bought it, and I was pleasantly surprised because the only familiar song for me was "Miss independent" (Yes, neither "A moment like this" nor "Before your love" I was familiar with) but the rest of the songs in it are great,specially: "Low", "Just missed the train", "Beautiful disaster", "Anytime" (my favorite), "A moment like this", "Before your love" and of course "miss independent", by the way add to all this an amazing voice by miss kelly and you'll love it.

Product: Audio CD
Title: The Mirror Conspiracy
Label: Esl Music
Artist: Thievery Corporation
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Lover's of relaxation, conversation, and simple pleasures...

If you enjoy the lounge scene where you reminisce with old friends or spend time getting to know more about that someone whom you're deeply attracted to, please buy this CD. From New York, to San Francisco, to Paris or even the Caribbean, buy this CD and let it take you there.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Fear
Label: Polygram Int'l
Artist: John Cale
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Fear is my best friend...

Out of John Cale's Island trilogy, "Fear", "Slow Dazzle", and "Helen of Troy", I've found that many people site "Fear" as their favorite. While Cale does lay down the framework for the diverse, and highly emotional nature of the Island records with "Fear", it's not quite as focused as "Helen of Troy" (in my humble opinion). Nonetheless, it remains an awesome record that holds up quite well nearly 30 years later.
What's important to remember about this record, is that it's the first of Cale's albums to dive head-first off the deep end into the dark, sometimes violent emotional turmoil prevalent on all three Island records. Before "Fear", Cale had created the baroque and highly accomplished "Paris 1919", a brilliant, hauntingly melodic record fusing orchestral arrangements with slightly off-kilter pop and some country leanings. However, with the first song off "Fear", "Fear is a Man's Best Friend", it becomes immediately clear that Cale is taking us down a far darker and more disturbing path, like a more sophisticated continuation of the floor-scraping he did on the first two VU albums. What's deceptive, however, is that the song starts off with a catchy piano riff and upbeat pop melodies, but gradually devolves into Cale literally screaming his head off and beating the crap out of his bass until someone pulls the plug. This was a crucial and pivotal moment in pre-punk; utterly primal and scary as hell!
Next we have "Buffalo Ballet", a country-ish ballad that could pass for a "1919" outtake. It's gentle, simple, but really not very interesting. It's the kind of song everyone seems to love, but for me, it's a little too conventionally written to be of much interest (though it has a nice bridge). Cale knows how to write much better, more interesting songs, as we'll find out a few songs later.
"Barracuda" is another song of only marginal interest; just kind of bluesy, groovy rock w/ spastic viola here and there. "Emily" is downright weird: a strange ballad w/ ocean sounds and piano and schmaltzy vocal melodies. Interesting as a mood piece, but not a great song. Cale is exuding the kind of musical variety here that makes the Island trilogy so fascinating, yet at this point, his hits are outnumbered by misses.
But then the gorgeous, weak-in-the-knees, Wilsonesque beauty of "Ship of Fools" comes just in time to save the first half from completely sinking. Driven by gossamer, spine-tingling vibes and simple bass and drums, with everything drenched in reverb, this is one of Cale's prettiest songs ever.
Then we have "Gun", another manic, visceral rocker, this time defined by Roxy guitarist Ray Manzanera's blistering guitar, which was being treated and messed with by Brian Eno as Manzanera was laying it down. The song goes on a few minutes too long, but with its bleak, violent imagery and wall of noise, scud-dropping guitar, this song must've scared the pants off of most people at the time. Most people just weren't creating music this frightening back then.
Next comes another pop gem, the hilarious "Man Who Couldn't Afford to Orgy". Over an attractive, though slightly bluesy variation of Brian Wilson's melodic tendencies, Cale differentiates between the kinds of men who can or can't "afford to orgy". That's followed by the achingly pretty "You Know More than I Know", with a hooky guitar line in the chorus that could snag even the most unenthused listener.
The album ends on a bum note, the pointless blues raunch of "Momamma Scuba".
"Fear" is a mixed bag, and although you can hear Cale's genius throughout most of it, to me its weak points detract from the power that it could've had, and the power and cohesion that "Helen of Troy" *does* have. Still, the high points are so amazing, original, and utterly invigorating, it's hard not to call it a brilliant record. It's just that it falls slightly short of being his very best.