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Product: Audio CD
Title: No Strings Attached
Label: Jive
Artist: *NSYNC
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
*Nsync has TALENT


You know, it's funny how people always say, "They can't play their own instruments", and, "They don't write their own songs", without even knowing what they're talking about. It just so happens that they do both. All play instruments (if you want to be specific I think all of them play the piano, Chris plays guitar, Joey plays drums, Justin plays guitar/bass, Lance plays piano, and JC plays guitar). Anyway, about the cd, alot of people are STILL saying they don't write songs even though they have the cd that says in clear print that they have written some. Not all of the songs, but some. I'm not going to say that they write the best songs, but hey, not everyone that can sing can write good songs. So, please, lay off a bit. It's really unfair attacking. No Strings Attached is definitely a change fron the first ablum, and better in my opinion. I like almost all of the songs and one in particular is #12, "I thought She Knew". Their harmonies remind me so much of Boys II Men, yet have their own style. And for those of you who say, "They're a no-talent boy band that can't do anything," just what are you listening to? Those guys have much talent, you just haven't seen it through your prefixed opinion of "just another boy-band". Anyway, an overall great album from a great group of guys. They don't copy BSB, they don't try to be something they're not, they are a genuine band and that isn't found everyday. Why are they any different that any other band of guys? Not just the Backstreet Boys, but any other band. What, if you threw some guitars and drums onstage would they be any better? To me dancing is way more entertaining. For you criticizers, find something else to do, because it really does make you look stupid to the ones who know the actual facts. No offence or anything.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Our Kind Of Soul
Label: U-Watch Records
Artist: Daryl Hall & John Oates, Hall & Oates
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
HOT!


Whew!, this is HOT, HOT, HOT! I just can't stop listening to this great CD. What a wonderful tribute to such wonderful songs and of course in only the way Hall and Oates could have accomplished. Souls Violins is so much into the period of this music. I was glad to hear John Oates performance as well. John has such an earthy warm voice. If you are a long time H & O fan it will remind you of some of the tracks on the CD, "The Red Ledge," where John's voice carried so well.
Daryl's voice is timeless, unchanging, and perfect. This blue eyed prince could sing Happy Birthday and make a chart buster hit out of it. If you want to bring a smile to someones face just let them have a listen to this classic work.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
5 ain't enough so here's a few more * * *


How anyone can listen to "For You" and not think it is simply one of the greatest songs ever written is a mystery to me. A lot of folks here seem to think this album was nothing more than a vehicle for a young Springsteen to hone his songwriting skills and go on to bigger and better (read: commercial) things. I think with the exception (maybe) of Nebraska, this is it. It's a much more complicated album than, say, "Born in the USA". It has a desperation he never again quite found. Beautiful. Essential.



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


Here is a song-by-song review of this album:
1. I'm A Slave 4 U - I didn't like it at first but it's grown on me. It is definitely a groundbreaking song for her. 4 stars out of 5
2. Overprotected - Wow! This is my favorite song on the album. Britney shows she has definitely grown since her last album and tells us she's not a little girl anymore. The song is irresistibly catchy pop. 5 stars
3. Lonely - A great, funky, R&B-inflected song. Again, Britney wants us to know she's independent. 5 stars
4. I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet A Woman - This is Britney's only ballad on the album. It's a power ballad, not too sappy. I used to think she couldn't sing ballads. After hearing this song, I changed my mind. 4.5 stars
5. Boys - At first when I heard this song, I didn't like it at all. The next time, I liked it more, and it is still growing on me. It's really funky, kind of R&B-like. 5 stars
6. Anticipating - This sounds like a Janet song, in a really good way. I immediately loved it and still do. 5 stars
7. I Love Rock 'n' Roll - I don't really like this cover. It's mundane and kind of boring. 2 stars
8. Cinderella - Again, Britney stresses wanting to be independent. This song is totally awesome. 5 stars
9. Let Me Be - I had the pleasure of hearing this song before Britney's album came out - it's on the "On The Line" soundtrack which I highly recommend to anyone who likes pop music. "Let Me Be" is yet another pop song in which Britney lets us know she is independent. This is one of the best songs on the album. 5 stars
10. Bombastic Love - This song is a little bit slow-moving in my opinion but still good. 4 stars
11. That's Where You Take Me - A midtempo song that is strangely soothing and makes me sleepy. It's pretty good and really sweet. 4 stars
12. What It's Like To Be Me - This song is no less than irresistible! It's easily the edgiest song on the album. Justin's vocals make it even more edgy. 5 stars
Britney's first two CD's were guilty-pleasure albums. This one is a little less guilty and a lot more pleasure.