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Product: Audio CD
Title: Hotel
Label: V2. / Bmg
Artist: Moby
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
I guess Moby is not made of stars...


Ever since "Play" each new production Moby issues just feels like being worth one less star to me. Like many, I loved "Play" and his works prior to it. "18" was good, but it felt like a formula to make him more money after the success of "Play". With "Hotel", in spite of the eclectic mix (compared to the prior two albums), he doesn't come accross as particularly representative of much, with his lyrics just hitting a particularly low spot.

The ambient tracks sound just like his old stuff. His guitar-driven tracks (inspired by Joy Division, New Order and some of his other influences) don't quite make it, specially when he sings, something he should seriously stop doing. Somehow I connected with "Lift Me Up". I also enjoyed every song where he doesn't sing (his version of "Temptation", the sexy "I Like It", the highly danceable "Very" and the closing "Homeward Angel").

I guess Moby is not made of stars... Overall, it feels like a near miss to me, and I thank Napster for making available as a stream. It's as far as I am going to go with "Hotel".



Product: Audio CD
Title: Vespertine
Label: Elektra
Artist: Björk
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Bjork:Championing Modern Music


In an age of bad pre-processed pop and American Idol trash, we should all be thankful that there are artists in the music industry like Bjork. She is one of the remaining few that continues to explore music's limitless possibilities. I only own two ther Bjork albums, Post and Homogenic and I just recently purchased Vespertine, and just as I hoped,it does not sound anything like those other albums. Her sound always varies, yet her approach to making music is always constant. Just by listening, one can tell that she pays attention to every detail of the creative process, just as painter or a sculptor. She has a wonderful sense of musical arrangement and orchestration, and the brilliance of the music lies within her ability to blend modern technology,classical instrumentation, and mesmerizing lyrics. The songs on Vespertine are quite intimate, yet they have layers of complexity that make them intriguing to listen to. The songs here have gorgeous melodies and often very cinematic qualities. On her albums, Bjork creates these intricate landscapes and unique worlds that allow you to visualize not only the lyrics but the music as well. I have often heard the complaint that her voice is not great or is annoying. How can we make this judgement when listening to someone like Ms. Aguilera sounds like listening to a cat in heat? Or, Ms. Spears who has positively no vocal range at all and often lip syncs. Rather than trying to compete with the music, Bjork uses her voice simply to accompany the orchestrations and it is usually the lyrics that are striking. If you have never heard any of her albums or are simply reluctant to purchase this one, it is definitely worth exploring. Just realize that Vespertine does not sound like other Bjork albums, it is softer, dreamier, and very theatrical. It is no wonder that she is so often emulated by other musicians like Madonna and by other artists like Matthew Barney. I simply cannot stop humming the melodies and that often only happens when I listen to Classical music. There is just something haunting about Bjork and the otherwordly music she creates, and to me it is always fascinating and never boring.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Best of 1987-1995
Label: Grp Records
Artist: David Benoit
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Timeless Songs.


This cd has my all-time favorite pianist's greatest songs, including Cast Your Fate, Urban Daydreams, Linus & Lucy, Freedom at Midnight, & countless others. David Benoit- one great pianist, one great guy. If you like this cd, get Waiting for Spring- I love that damn cd so much I wrote 3 reviews for it- one here, one on barnesandnoble.com



Product: Audio CD
Title: Somewhere In Time: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Mca
Artist: John Barry
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Hauntingly Beautiful


I remember seeing this film when I was a kid. I wasn't into the movie, but the music that played in the background kept me watching. Imagine, a kid watching a drama! Who'd a thunkit!

Anyway, this soundtrack contains two of the most beautiful classical pieces I've ever heard. Rhapsody on a theme of paganini is my all time favorite song. The second is the movies main theme. Although not really classical, it feels like it. Maybe neo-classical is a better description.

Even if you aren't a fan of the film, which I can't understand, you will love this soundtrack. Don't believe me? Listen to the samples for yourself and you'll see. This is one I can listen to over and over.