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Product: Audio CD
Title: La Belle et la Betê
Label: Nonesuch
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Extraordinary music, but get the DVD movie, not the CD


I agree with previous reviewers that this represents Philip Glass at his very best, but I want to warn potential buyers that there is a much better way to get the work, and that is by buying The Criterion Collection 2002 DVD version of the Jean Cocteau BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (the 1998 version does not contain the Glass work). That disc contains not only the fully restored film but contains as an alternative soundtrack the Philip Glass opera. Since Philip Glass originally composed the opera as a mixed media presentation of opera to accompany that film, this is unquestionably the preferred format. Seeing the movie while listening to the opera brings home the enormity of Glass's achievement. Incredibly, his music creates a second great film, one that stands as a monument to the genius of the original film. Moreover, Glass's composition perfectly complements the film, meshing with it completely in mood and tone.
Philip Glass is unquestionably one of the most interesting and least consistent musical talents in the world today. He is capable of being repetitious and boring, but he is equally capable of producing something profound and sublime. Perhaps because he was composing a piece to mesh with another work, limitation in this case inspired him to be more creative than usual. The music consistently attempts to mimic the organs that once provided the musical background for silent films in the Golden Age of cinema, and does so magnificently.
So, while I can't recommend the musical work highly enough, I do strongly recommend getting it in the 2002 Criterion DVD version. On top of the advantage of getting the film and a ton of extras, the two sets cost about the same, so there is no financial disadvantage to getting the DVD.



Product: Audio CD
Title: American Life
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
"Madonna Does It Again!"


Madonna is a survivor and knows current trends. I have been a Madonna fan from the her first album. She is keeping up with the times using Mirwais as a producer on American Life once more. I enjoy most of the songs on the CD. I was not a fan of her guitar sounding songs on Music, but actually enjoy some of those types of tracks on this CD. The lyrics are much better and meaningful. I was disappointed to only find around three worthy dance tracks. Mirwais is a perfect producer for upbeat tracks, and was not used to the fullest. My favorite song is "Nobody Knows Me." It really gets you up and dancing. "Die Another Day" was added, but was released earlier. If you are a true Madonna fan, you already have this track. For the next CD, Madonna should add more producers to the line up in addition to Mirwais if she choses to use him. Mirwais' creativity has been used to the maximum. Her tracks need more base. They are starting to sound empty. Overall, Madonna did a wonderful job and I still love her. This is a great CD, buy it!



Product: Audio CD
Title: A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular
Label: Sony
Artist: Hooverphonic
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Possibly the best find in Years!!!


I always pop this CD in when I feel that I need to relax. This CD has songs that flow. It's not a CD that you sing along to or perhaps dance to. But it is a CD that you LIVE to. Pop it in and CHILL!!!!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Tonight [ECD]
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
on its own great cd


a great album. not bowies best. if I rated it and compared it to his others it would get a 3 or 4. But on its own, as an album its really good.