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Product: Audio CD
Title: Letters from Home
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: John Michael Montgomery
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A very good commercial county album


Of the flood of post-September 11 patriotic tunes, few have reached the lyrical heights of Alan Jackson's "Where Were You," and in general most songs in the ouvre have been clumsy and ham-fisted, stuff like Toby Keith's oafish and embarrassingly bad "Courtesy Of The Red, White & Blue" and "American Soldier" or Daryll Worley's catchy but poorly reasoned "Do You Remember," songs that seek to persuade or score points in the ongoing cultural turf war back on the homefront. In contrast, this album's title track, Tony Lane and David Lee's "Letters From Home," transcends the politics of the moment with an understated, emotionally resonant, well-crafted portrait of a soldier at war whose crushing daily regime is lightened by news from the folks back home. By not mentioning Saddam or Osama, the song retains a timelessness, speaking to the hardships and determination of soldiers in general, not just those send abroad in the Bush years, and its rise to the top of the charts is quite justly deserved. Though not as powerful as the single, the rest of the album is also pretty good -- on the very next track, Montgomery mentions seeing the war on the evening news, but lapses into escapism and the comfort of baby's arms. On the whole, though, singing one great song with such emotional power ain't bad, and fans who buy this album just on the strength of that track alone will not be disappointed by the rest of the disc.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Soul Temptation
Label: Higher Octave
Artist: Bryan Savage
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Truly a Soul Temptation!


Bryan Savage showcases his talented, saxopnone artistry on the title track, as well as on "Mulholland Drive", "River of Dreams", and "Kaleidoscope". A smooth collection of great musical hits destined to become classics! The music to come home to...encore!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Measure of a Man
Label: Rca
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
yummy


Clay is sooooooooooooo delicious. Everytime I listen to this masterpiece I like it even more! For the first time in my life I have been brought to tears by a VOICE.



Product: Audio CD
Title: It Had to Be You... The Great American Songbook
Label: J-Records
Artist: Rod Stewart
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Wonderful - full of memories


I do not usually write reviews, however I do read them. BUT this CD was just too wonderful not to express our delight in hearing these old songs again!! It brought back so very many memories that we enjoyed "back then" and now! It reminded us a little of Nat King Cole in the gentle delivery. The arrangements were also superb. Thanks Rod!!