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Product: Audio CD
Title: Original Pirate Material
Label: Vice/Atlantic
Artist: The Streets
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Close minded music fans


For anyone who says this isn't hip hop, your right. It's not the tright bull ish "hip hop" you are used to hearing on your local radio station. Because you don't recognize inovations and think that all music must sound the same, does not mean that an artist is untalented, or that music is bad. Just because it isn't something you are used to hearing doesn't mean it's crap. If you call yourself a true music fan, then open you mind to new music, and don't pidgeon hole an artist into one genre. Following, if a follow up album is made and it doesn't sound exactly like the first one (so it is usally dubbed crap by all those who liked the first album), does not mean that it is bad. It means that the artist doesn't want to remainn stagnent. They want to try new things ad grow as an artist. So, in conclusion. The Streets is an insane "group" and you should all check out all his ish.



Product: Audio CD
Title: In The Zone
Label: Jive
Artist: Britney Spears
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Did I get the right CD???


Although not a fan of Britney herself, I am (or should I say was) a fan of her music...that was before this CD. If I were to hear the majority of songs on this CD without knowing the artist, I would never have guessed it was Britney Spears. This is not because the songs are not 'typical' Britney Spears pop, but rather because her voice cannot be separated from the backup singers' voices. Only on a few songs (ie. Me Against the Music) do you hear Britney sing without assistance from the backup singers. Aswell, 'Brave New Girl' sounds like it belongs in the '80s, with the video full of flashy lights, balloons, and a bubble machine. Although Britney has matured as a woman, 'Touch of My Hand' is just a bit too sexual for her young fans. While I disagree that celebrities should be role models to children, Britney is in the spotlight and should keep that in mind. Letting her fans know she 'got drunk til the break of dawn', 'passed out on the couch', and told a guy 'we can hook up at the hotel' isn't something that should be shared with these young fans that look up to her. On a positive note, I really enjoy the music in 'Toxic', 'Me Against the Music' always gets me dancing, and I enjoy the heartfelt 'Everytime'. All-in-all, I am very disappointed with the latest CD from Britney Spears; with all the publicity stunts she’s pulled lately, she should have the music to back it up, because she’s turning more into a (dirty) sex symbol than a musician.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Josh Groban
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
It's Just What I Needed


Josh Groban is a surprising talent in an area of music where very little "singing" takes place. Opera is one of those genres that require a lot of screaming, but very little staying on key. (See also: Vocal pop)
I'll admit that I didn't ..uh.. *ahem* necessarily buy the CD just for the music, and was surprised to find such a rich voice behind the boyish curls. Each track is entirely enchanting and sung with such passion that even a novice to operas would find it soothing and downright necessary for their collection.
The tracks vary greatly, but mostly bounce between classic songs sung in English and Italian masterpieces. You have to admire Josh for taking such a risk (perhaps it's his age that permits him to be so impulsive in choosing tracks), but each song is admirable. His voice is unlike any other; rich, full, powerful. The pronounciation is clear and precise and he takes artistic license only when appropriate and never bounds from your stereo in a startling fortisimo.
If nothing else, buy it for his cover of Don McLean's "Vincent." I think you will be very pleasantly surprised.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Michael Bolton - Greatest Hits 1985-1995
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Bolton
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The Best of Michael Bolton


This album should have instead been entitled "Greatest Hits 1987-1995". The earliest hits, THAT'S WHAT LOVE IS ALL ABOUT and (SITTIN' ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY were from 1987's THE HUNGER. Hits from the multi-platinum SOUL PROVIDER are the title track,HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU,HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS,GEORGIA ON MY MIND and WHEN I'M BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN. From TIME,LOVE AND TENDERNESS(also multi-platinum) are the title track,MISSING YOU NOW,STEEL BARS and WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN. SAID I LOVED YOU...BUT I LIED is from 1993's THE ONE THING. The five original tracks are THIS RIVER,I PROMISE YOU,CAN I TOUCH YOU THERE,A LOVE SO BEAUTIFUL(written by Jeff Lynne and the late Roy Orbison and previously recorded by Orbison),and I FOUND SOMEONE,previously recorded by Cher.