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Product: Audio CD
Title: Adapt or Die: Ten Years of Remixes
Label: Rhino Records
Artist: Everything But the Girl
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Another Outstanding Album

"Adapt Or Die" collects Everything But The Girl's remixes over the past 10 years, and is an excellent companion piece to their recent hits compilation "Like The Deserts Miss The Rain", since it adds several tracks from their 1999 LP "Temperamental" that were not included in the former. Besides the signature tunes ("Missing", "Wrong", "Walking Wounded"), there are some pleasant surprises along the way, like the Jazzy Jeff remix of "Mirrorball", which stands as one of EBTG's best remixes ever. "Before Today" is given a new lease of life by Adam F, incorporating a harder drum n bass beat than in the original. The remixes for "Single", "Lullaby of Clubland", "Downhill Racer" and "Corcovado" are also outstanding. The inclusion (at the end) of the 1990 acoustic mix of "Driving" is a nice touch, since it gives release to the relentless dance beats that occupied the last 13 songs on the record. Overall, this is one remix album you can actually listen to from beginning to end, because it is very consistent and compelling, just like anything EBTG has ever put out. If you like innovative, intelligent dance music with heart, you should definitely pick this up. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Product: Audio CD
Title: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Label: Capitol
Artist: John Lennon
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Blah, Blah, Blah.

Even I am not pretentious enough to think I can say anything new or original about John Lennon's lo-fi, heartfelt masterpeice "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band". This could be one of the most brilliant and powerful records ever recorded, all the way to the poingnant closer of "My Mummy's Dead". I feel sorry for anyone with bonus tracks after that; you cannot understand the true desolation the album without being shrouded in complete silence when that song ends. Now excuse me, I have some Derrida to read... There I go being pretentious again.

Product: Audio CD
Title: The Best of New Order
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: New Order
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
"Music for the Dance Hall Masses"

All the songs on this CD are great. Granted, I am a huge New Order fan, but when I play this CD for my friends who don't know the band too well, they love it, and ask me again who this band is. Excellent CD that I love to listen straight through.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Medúlla
Label: Elektra
Artist: Björk
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Medulla ~ Bjork

Ever since Bjork released Debut in '93 her releases got better and better, topping with Homogenic, wich was followed by the beautiful intimate Vespertine. This time it's a small step back (in my opinion.) Medulla is a one hell of a challenging album, even for diehard Bjork fans. There are a couple of songs on this album that rival her best and most famous works but also some boring and a bit repetitive tracks because of the absence of instruments. Bjork has one of the most recognized and unique voices in the music buisness but on the acappela tracks I've got the feeling that there is something missing and the songs just don't grab me like most of her previous work. Still, I have a lot of respect for her releasing this album, and all her previous albums are so incredible good that she had to come with something totally different and unique wich not everybody will appreciate.

All the sampling of the voices is really impressive and the choirpieces are exellent as well as the human beatboxes. I'm not a big fan of the Canadian throat singer who accompanied Bjork on the Vespertine tour and did a good job by not sounding to in front of the mix but her voice on Medulla just annoys me, esspecially on Ancestors wich is the very first track from Bjork I actually dislike with all my heart. Robert Wyatt doesn't make me warm or cold either on Submarine.

OK, enough ranting. Where Is The Line,Vokuro,Desired Constellation,Oceania,Mouth's Cradle and Triumph Of A Heart are amazing pieces of music wich have lovely lyrics and awesome vocal performances by Bjork and Co. Most of those songs have some beats who fit Bjork so perfectly. As usual, beautiful artwork (only two photos) but the lyrics are really hard to read inside the booklet. So, absolutely not a good introduction for new fans but an arty and experimental new piece in Bjork's discography. The best listening experience is with headphones!!

1.Pleasure Is All Mine 4/5
2.Show Me Forgiveness 2/5
3.Where Is The Line 5/5
4.V?kur? 5/5
5.?ll Birtan 2/5
6.Who Is It 4/5
7.Submarine 3/5
8.Desired Constellation 5/5
9.Oceania 5/5
10.Sonnets / Unrealities XI 2/5
11.Ancestors 1/5
12.Mouth's Cradle 5/5 My favourite track!
13.Mi?vikudags 3/5
14.Triumph Of A Heart 5/5